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TRIP SUMMARY

 

Right from the start of this 13 day Namibian tour, you will be pampered with assistance and information, as the guide takes you around the capital, Windhoek. After overnighting in Windhoek, you are driven to the Fish River Canyon via Mariental. Once we finish be-wondering the Fish River Canyon, second in size to the Grand Canyon, we head East and stay over at Luderitz. The following day, we pass through a ghost town, Kolmanskop, before heading towards Sossusvlei. For those who want to enjoy the picturesque scene of Walvis Bay, with the  odd 80 000 wading birds, flamingos and pelicans, we head to the German colonial town of Swakopmund. Thereafter we proceed for an overnight in the Damaraland before spending the last days in Etosha Safari Camp.

If you want to experience desert life in its grandest fashion, this Namibian trip should be on your ‘bucketlist’.

 

Optional Excursions available on Request

 

Payment Terms Namibia

20% Prepayment at time of booking.

30 days after invoice

 

Cancellation Policy Namibia

29 – 22 days prior to travel:   25%

21 – 15 days prior to travel:   40%

14 – 07 days prior to travel:   60%

06 – 03 days prior to travel:   80%

02 days – NO SHOW:           90%

Special cancellation terms may apply for certain

 

General Terms:

Price quoted per person sharing in a Twin/Dbl Room

Minimum of 2 pax required for tour departure

Specific Language Guides strictly subject to availability

A full itinerary would be provided on confirmation of services.

Health:

See your doctor for advice in regards to vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis.

Travelling with children:

  • Parents travelling with children will be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate (including the details of the child’s father as well as the mother) of all travelling children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children.
  • When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from parents proving permission for the children to travel.
  • The above applies to foreigners and South Africans travelling to or from South Africa as well as travelers in transit.
  • Please note that the child must be the appropriate age (according to accommodation stipulated) at the time of travel
  • Unless otherwise specified, children under 12 years of age qualify as a child rate and over 12 years of age as an adult rate.

 

Disclaimer:

Travel and safety information and advice is based on information received from the various Southern African tourism boards of the countries we trade and operate in, and is deemed as correct and up to date at the time of publish. A guarantee of accurate and complete information, as well as a liability for any occurring damages and / or changes, cannot be applied.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Windhoek

Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport. Here you will be met by your personal Guide/Driver for your Namibian Safari. Your guide will welcome you and assist with your luggage, before you proceed to Windhoek, the Capital of Namibia.

Arrival and check-in at the Olive Grove Guesthouse. Thereafter enjoy an afternoon tour through the City of Windhoek.

Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia is considerably enhanced by stately historic buildings built in the German architectural style of the turn of the century. You can visit these buildings which lend a singular charm to the city, including the historic seat of government also known as the Tintenpalast, which means “palace of ink” in German. Next to the Tintenpalast, the Christuskirche with its graceful sphere provides the city with a striking landmark. The white–walled Alte Feste, which was once a fort and is now a museum, reflects the history of the country.

Windhoek lies 1650m above sea level. The population of Windhoek consists of approximately 450 000 people, which makes it the largest city in the country. The largest part of Windhoek’s population resides in Katutura, the Bantu- speaking suburb of the city. Katutura is an Oshiwambo word meaning: “the place where we do not want to stay”. All along Independence Avenue (the former “Kaiserstrasse” - German for “emperor’s street”), one can see the old colonial houses right next to the buildings of the modern, post-independence Namibia.

Bed, Breakfast and overnight accommodation

Travel distance: 44.5 km

Day 2

Windhoek to Mariental

After a hearty breakfast, we drive towards the South-Eastern part of Namibia via Rehoboth and Mariental.

Amongst a relatively dense woodland of camel thorn, sweet-thorn and candle-pod acacia, lies the historical town of Rehoboth. Like many towns in Namibia, Rehoboth was once a missionary station. It is inhabited by the 'Baster' community, which consists of the descendants of people of mixed parentage who trekked across the Orange River under their leader Hermanus van Wyk and settled at Rehoboth in 1870.

Arrival and check-in at the Kalahari Anib Lodge.

Optional Tour

• Lunch at the Lodge. Additionally a Nature Drive can be booked at the Lodge (not included).

The Kalahari Desert forms a great part of the eastern side of Namibia. Because of its sandy ground it doesn’t allow sufficient water absorption into the soil and due to the extremely high evaporation in this area, it is characterized as a Desert. In reality it is a lively wilderness and on the sparse grass plains you can see huge herds of antelopes and other animals grazing.

Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and overnight accommodation

Travel distance: 281.8 km

Day 3

Mariental to Fish River Canyon

Breakfast and Depart to the Fish River Canyon via Mariental, Keetmanshoop and Seeheim.

En-route we will visit the Quivertree Forest near Keetmanshoop.

About 14km north-west of Keetmanshoop on the farm Gariganus is the Quiver Tree Forest, a dense stand of quiver trees, some of which reach a height of 7m. The Quiver Tree’s name is derived from the Bushman practice of hollowing out the pithy insides of the branches and using the tough outer casings of bark as quivers, in which to keep their arrows.

Arrival and check-in at the Canyon Lodge during the afternoon.

Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and overnight accommodation

Travel distance: 393.7 km

Day 4

Fish River Canyon to Luderitz

Arise early and depart at the crack of dawn, to visit the Fish River Canyon. Sunrise at the Canyon is indeed a beautiful sight to behold.

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. Set in a harsh, stony plain scantily covered with drought resistant succulents and the distinctive Quiver Tree or Kokerboom, the canyon represents a spectacular natural phenomenon. It took hundreds of millions of years to evolve into its current shape. While the full length of the canyon is 161 km, the most spectacular section is the 56 km long stretch which lies between the northernmost and southernmost viewpoints. Baboons, Rock Dassies, Ground Squirrels and Klipspringer Antelope are commonly sighted in the canyon.

Afterwards we continue in a westerly direction via Aus, to the town of Lüderitz. A few kilometres outside Aus is a waterhole, where the Wild Horses roam freely. Here we will make a short stop and with some luck we will see these famous wild horses of Aus.

An intriguing feature of southern Namibia are the legendary desert horses, which can be seen when travelling between Lüderitz and Aus. There are a number of theories regarding their origin; one of these and the most likely, is that they are descendants of horses left behind when the German ‘Schutztruppe’ abandoned Aus during the South West African Campaign in 1915. About 1500 German Soldiers from the ‘Schutztruppe’ were kept here as prisoners. Here you will also find the remains of houses built during their imprisonment during World War I.

Arrival and check-in at the Lüderitz Nest Hotel

Built on rocks in a small enclave within the Sperrgebiet (restricted Diamond Area) is the quaint harbour town of Lüderitz, with its curious array of historical German-style buildings. Set around the sparkling bay, with their gables, winding stairwells, verandas, turrets and bay and bow windows, the buildings have a unique character of their own. The most striking is Goerke House, a former magistrate’s residence built in 1909.

Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and overnight accommodation

Travel distance: 385.0 km

Day 5

Luderitz to Sossusvlei

Today we have a long distance to travel as we depart from Lüderitz in the early morning for the Ghost Town of Kolmanskoppe, approximately 20km outside town.

A visit to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, once the focal point of a glittering diamond rush, is an excursion not to be missed. Former stately homes, their grandeur now scoured and demolished by the wind, bear witness to one of the most vivid periods in Namibian history. Diamonds were discovered in April 1908, which sent hordes of fortune hunters streaming to the diamond fields. When mining operations ceased Kolmanskop became a ghost town, the splendid old houses gradually falling prey to the encroaching sand dunes.

We continue our journey hereafter via Aus and Helmeringhausen, into the beautiful Namib Desert.

Arrival & check-in at Desert Camp in the late afternoon.

Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and overnight accommodation

Travel distance: 498.6 km

Day 6

Sossusvlei

Before sunrise we will depart from Desert Camp and drive to Sesriem, the Entry Gate to Sossusvlei/Namib Naukluft Park. The last 5 km, are drive in 4x4 vehicles. Here you have the opportunity to climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world.

Sossusvlei is a dune wonderland, with towering dunes up to 300m high surrounding a huge, dried-up pan. Dunes extend as far as the eye can see and their rich tints vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. During a good rainy season, the Tsauchab River flows into the pan and creates a heaven for water birds. Even during the dry season, Oryx, Springbok and Ostrich can be seen feeding off the sparse vegetation along the water course.

At the entrance to Sossusvlei lies the Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down for 30m to 40m, are deep pools of water which become replenished after good rains. Sesriem derives its name from the time when early pioneers tied six lengths of rawhide thongs together to draw water from these pools.

Return to Desert Camp and the remainder of the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the swimming pool.

Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and overnight accommodation

Day 7

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

After breakfast we will drive through the amazing Namib Desert to the Namibian Coast. Our journey takes us via Sesriem, Solitaire and Walvis Bay.

Solitaire is given its name from two meanings: one is the reference to a single solitaire diamond, the other being the solitude or loneliness of the area. The two meanings combined create the definition of a distinctive, precious and solitary place. The small settlement found in the middle of the Namib Desert features a gas station, post office, general dealer and a restaurant/bar which is widely known for its delicious apple pie. It is the perfect stop-over to break the journey between the Sesriem and Sossusvlei area, and Swakopmund or Windhoek.

Walvis Bay is Namibia’s major harbour town; it is fast developing into a sought-after haven for spending a holiday at the coast. Attractions include the lagoon with its prolific bird life, where altogether some 80 000 wading birds including flamingos and rare white pelicans can be seen. A former enclave belonging to South Africa, Walvis Bay and the offshore islands were incorporated into the Republic of Namibia on March 1, 1994. The town has a well-developed and efficient port, while its fishing harbour is the hub of Namibia’s fast-growing fishing industry.

Arrival in the early afternoon in Swakopmund. Hereafter you can enjoy an optional city tour, or get to know this quaint and lovely town on foot at your leisure.

Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the inland heat. It is also popular amongst visitors for its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory’s main harbour for many years. The distinct German colonial character has been well preserved and today many of the old buildings serve a useful purpose. The Woermann House (1905) now houses an art gallery and the Woermann Tower was used in earlier times to watch ships entering the harbour. Other old interesting buildings include „Die Alte Kaserne“, the „Hohenzollern Haus” and the Railway Station Building.

Bed, Breakfast and overnight accommodation

Travel distance: 344.6 km

Day 8

Swakopmund

Enjoy a relaxing day at your leisure. In Swakopmund there are many activities to choose from, such as a boat cruise in the Walvis Bay lagoon with oysters and sparkling wine served underway, the famous ‘Living Desert tour’ or a quad bike excursion into the dunes.

Bed, Breakfast and overnight accommodation

Day 9

Swakopmund to Damaraland

An early wake-up precedes our departure, bound for Namibia’s fascinating Damaraland region. We drive via Hentiesbaai and Uis to Twyfelfontein, where we will view the Rock Engravings.

Twyfelfontein, meaning doubtful fountain, lies to the west of Khorixas and resembles a large, open-air art gallery. This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections in Africa.

Afterwards we drive via Khorixas to the renowned Vingerklip Lodge.

The Vingerklip is situated amongst the rugged Ugab Terraces. Approximately 35 m high, this distinctive monolith has been moulded into its curious shape by erosion. This prehistoric formation is situated on the farm Bertram.

Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and overnight accommodation

Travel distance: 370.2 km

Day 10

Damaraland to Etosha South

We enjoy a relaxed breakfast today at the beautiful Vingerklip Lodge, prior to our departure whereupon we head towards the Etosha National Park via the town of Outjo. En route we visit Himba village at Omapha.

Outjo is known as the southern gateway to the Etosha National Park. The town developed around a spring where a trader, Tom Lambert, settled in 1880. Depicted in the Outjo Museum is the history of the town and its surroundings, with the focus on gemstones and wildlife.

Arrival and check-in at Etosha Safari Camp.

In the afternoon we have the first opportunity to drive into the Etosha National Park in our coach, to view the wildlife. It is a National Park’s requirement that we leave the Park before sunset.

Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and overnight accommodation

Included: Omapha Himba Village

Omapha Himba Village in Etosha South, Namibia, is home to the indigenous Himba tribe, who are half-nomadic people. The people are famous for maintaining the traditional way of life of their ancestors up to recent times. External influences have not polluted them, and this reflects in the way they dress, cook, trade, interact and live. An array of wildlife can be seen roaming freely close to the village. Guided tours are offered, and guests can look forward to exploring the village in its natural environment.

Travel distance: 186.3 km

Day 11

Etosha South

Early breakfast at the lodge followed by a full day of game viewing onboard our coach in the world famous Etosha National Park.

The Etosha National Park, consisting of 22 270 sq km of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 sq km. For the greater part of the year the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud, which shimmers with mirages on most days. It is seeing vast herds of game, with this eerie „great white place of dry water“ as a backdrop, which makes the Etosha experience unique.

A total of about 114 mammal species are found in the park, including several rare and endangered animals such as black rhino and black-faced impala. Many bird species occur in the park, of which approximately one third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders.

Return to Etosha Safari Camp.

Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and overnight accommodation

Day 12

Etosha South to Windhoek

After leisurely breakfast we depart for Windhoek, travelling through the towns of Outjo, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja.

Originally known as Kanubes to the Herero people, Otjiwarongo is said to mean “pretty place” or “place of the fat cattle” as the area is well known for its cattle ranches. Situated approximately 250km north of Windhoek, on a slope amid undulating plains, there are many guest farms and lodges in the Otjiwarongo district. Two interesting features of the town are the Otjiwarongo Crocodile Ranch where crocodiles are bred, as well as the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an internationally-recognized organisation. The CCF is dedicated to ensuring the long-term survival of the Cheetah through research, conservation and education.

Directly north of Windhoek lies Okahandja, a town of great significance to the Herero because it was the seat of Chief Samuel Maharero. Every year in August thousands of Herero’s gather here for a pilgrimage to pay homage at the graves of their great chiefs. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north.

Arrival in Windhoek and we may still have time for last minutes shopping for souvenirs as remainder of the afternoon is at own disposal.

Bed and Breakfast and overnight accommodation

Travel distance: 405.0 km

Day 13

Departure Day

Departure to the Hosea International Airport for flight back home.

Have a safe trip home and come again soon!

Travel distance: 43.9 km

TRIP INCLUDES

Accommodation and meal boards as per itinerary

Omapha Himba Village

The price includes a service fee for the configuration of the requested Tour Package / Services according to your specifications.

Transportation in a air-condition vehicle with a driver guide

TRIP EXCLUDES

International & local flights

Travel insurance

Optional and recommended Excursions

Expenses of a personal nature

Visa fees (where applicable)

Airport taxes

Souvenirs

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