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NAMIBIA

2 to 19 September 2017

17 DAYS

STUNNING LANDSCAPES

Wildlife utopia

Namibia possesses some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa, and a trip through the country is one of the great road adventures. The wildlife utopia of Etosha National Park enthrall, but it’s the lonely desert roads where mighty slabs of granite rise out of swirling desert sands that will sear themselves in your mind. It’s like a documentary come to life as sand dunes in the world’s oldest desert meet the wild Skeleton coast. The country is a rich tapestry of cultures, with the Bushman of the Damara and the nomadic Himba.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 2nd Sept Arrival Windhoek Hotel Thule

  • 3rd Sept Namib Desert Luxury Mobile Camping

  • 4th Sept Namib Desert Luxury Mobile Camping

  • 5th Sept Namib Desert Luxury Mobile Camping

  • 6th Sept Swakopmund Hotel Swakopmund Plaza

  • 7th Sept Swakopmund Hotel Swakopmund Plaza

  • 8th Sept Damaraland Twyfelfontein Lodge

  • 9th Sept Damaraland Twyfelfontein Lodge

  • 10th Sept Grootberg Etendeka

  • 11th Sept Grootberg Etendeka

  • 12th Sept Hobatere Concession Hobatere Lodge

  • 13th Sept Hobatere Concession Hobatere Lodge

  • 14th Sept Etosha Halali Camp

  • 15th Sept Etosha Halali Camp

  • 16th Sept Etosha Namutoni

  • 17thSept Cheetah Conservation Fund Otjiwa Lodge

  • 18th Sept Windhoek Hotel Thue

$7285 twin share + air

$600 single room supplement

Price subject to change due to currency fluctuations

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Windhoek / Hotel Thule

(accommodation with breakfast)

Windhoek, with its lingering heritage of German architecture, activities and atmosphere is a city that can be visited throughout the year. The day is spent at leisure. We are met by our guide at the arrival hall of the airport

Day 2/3/4: Namib Desert/ Classic mobile

(camping luxury mobile, all meals + 2 x Sossusvlei & Sesriem excursion)

We drive south to our camp on the edge of the Namib Desert. The following morning is an early departure for Sossusvlei – situated in the oldest desert in the world, stopping in the dune belt to enjoy the changing colours of the world’s highest sand dunes. The mornings are spent walking amongst the dunes of Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Dune 45, Hiddenvlei. We also enjoy a short hike through the Sesriem Canyon.

Day 5/6: Swakopmund / Hotel Swakopmund Plaza

(accommodation with breakfast only + marine boat cruise)

Swakopmund, with its quaint Bavarian style architecture, is the principal coastal resort of Namibia. Time is spent at leisure to enjoy the charm of this old town or to undertake one of the many optional activities on offer (scenic flights, hot air ballooning, etc. at own expense). A morning Marine Boat Cruise is included, where a variety of bird species can be seen. There is also the chance to see two of the dolphin species and the leatherback turtles that inhabit this area of the Namibian coast.

Day 7/8: Damaraland / Twyfelfontein Lodge

(accommodation, all meals + Rock engravings + Damara Living Museum + search for desert elephants excursion)

An early morning drive takes us to our lodge in Damaraland – one of the last true wilderness areas in Africa. Here we visit the Twyfelfontein area – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 2000 rock carvings. We visit the fascinating Organ Pipes, a peculiar geological feature with numerous dolomite columns and then see the volcanic, Burnt Mountain. We also visit a Damara Living Museum. Together with the Bushmen the Damara belong to the oldest nations in Namibia. Due to their loose social structures the Damara were not able to defend themselves against aggressors during the colonization of Namibia. This is one of the reasons why their culture has to a great extent fallen into oblivion. Within the framework of the Living Museum of the Damara an attempt was made to reconstruct the ‘lost culture’ of the Damara. We experience the daily routine in our traditional museum, including a traditional blacksmith (making of weapons and tools), tanning of leather (production of traditional clothes), jewellery and crafts, dancing, singing and traditional games, Holy Fire and fire making and much more. During the afternoon of the second day we enjoy a riverside drive hoping to encounter the unique desert adapted elephants

Day 9/10: Etendeka

(accommodation, fully inclusive)

In the foothills of the Grootberg massif, in stunning scenery set amidst the ancient Etendeka lava flows of northern Damaraland, you will find Etendeka Mountain Camp. Here the ancient basalt has been slowly eroded over millennia, leaving scattered boulders lying upon dramatic flat-topped mountains. The emphasis here is on Nature, and this eco-friendly camp bears testimony to her many riches. Accommodation is in ten en-suite meru tents, which are connected by pathways to the main dining tent. Extensive use is made of solar power throughout, both in the kitchen and the guest bathrooms, as well as for general electricity requirements. Necessary comforts have not been overlooked though, and these include flush toilets, hot-and-cold running water and the stunning open-air “bucket” shower. Simple, fresh, wholesome meals are prepared, either on solar or on open fires, and enjoyed under African skies. Desert adapted wildlife forge a precarious existence amongst the towering basalt mountains and Mopani-shaded rivers beds of the Kunene region. This apparently unforgiving landscape is actually refuge to a diverse number of plant and mammal species. Desert elephant and black rhino share boulder strewn valleys with watchful cheetah and thundering herds of oryx. Dew darkened game trails show the heavy track marks of lion and the mountain zebra they hunt. Scorpions prowl between volcanic rock shards and snake eagles drift through the warm afternoon breeze. Your days here are spent exploring the area on foot and in open game drive vehicles with the exceptionally knowledgeable guides. This is not a fast paced safari, but rather a privileged introduction to an environment that holds many of Namibia’s unique natural attractions. Here one is reminded that we are all guests of Mother Nature.

Day 11/12: Hobatere Lodge

(accommodation, all meals + AM game drive + night drive)

Hobatere lodge is situated in a concession area in the region of Damaraland. The area offers a wild and memorable experience, with free roaming wildlife found on a concession area of 8,808 hectares with a host of species to be seen such as elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and normal game. We experience game drives in open vehicles with well-knowledgeable rangers. An early morning and night drives are included where many nocturnal animals, such as aardvark, cape fox, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, genet and many more are encountered.

Day 13/14: Etosha National Park / Halali Camp

(accommodation, all meals + PM game drive day 13.3 x game drives with the park’s open vehicle on day 14)

Day 15: Etosha National Park/ Namutoni or Onkoshi or similar

(accommodation, all meals + AM game drive done with Karibu vehicle, PM game drive with the park’s open vehicle)

This Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa. Thousands of wild animals are attracted to the area, including lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, elephant, zebra giraffe and several species of antelope. The birdlife is prolific with 326 recorded species. Early morning and late afternoon game drives are enjoyed with the evenings spent watching an amazing diversity of animals around the floodlit waterhole bordering our camps.

Day 16: Otjiwa Lodge or similar

(accommodation, all meals + activity at Cheetah Conservation Fund)

We depart Etosha after breakfast, arriving at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in time for lunch. The CCF is an incorporated association not for gain which mission is to be internationally recognized centre of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their environment. We visit the education centre where we can learn about the history of the cheetahs. After lunch we join the staff for the feeding of the cheetahs that stay in the centre. After the visit we continue to our overnight lodge.

Day 17: Windhoek / Hotel Thule (accommodation with breakfast only)

Return to Namibia’s capital around lunch time.

Day 18: Windhoek- end

GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS

from $7285* pp
twin share

Namibia possesses some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa

GLENN AND CAROL

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