Namibia Splendour

Safari Type: Guided Safari

Duration: 9 nights / 10 days

Price as from

Low Season (01 November 2017 – 29 June 2018):       ZAR PRICE ON REQUEST

High Season (01 July 2018 – 31 October 2018):   ZAR PRICE ON REQUEST

Departure Dates:

Low Season Dates: 12 November 2017; 26 November 2017; 27 December 2017; 24 March 2018; 07 April 2018; 21 April 2018; 05 May 2018; 19 May 2018; 02 June 2018; 16 June 2018; 10 November 2018; 24 November 2018; 27 December 2018

High Season Dates: 30 June 2018; 14 July 2018; 28 July 2018; 04 August 2018; 11 August 2018; 18 August 2018; 25 August 2018; 08 September 2018; 22 September 2018; 13 October 2018; 27 October 2018

 

This guided safari is the ideal safari option for participants that would like to discover the highlights of Namibia but are restricted by time. This safari includes Namibia’s classic destinations, the Namib Naukluft Park and Sossusvlei, the coastal town of Swakopmund, the southern “Skeleton Coast”, Damaraland and the Etosha National Park.

Safari Highlights

  • Namibia’s Capital City, Windhoek
  • “Khomas Hochland” highland region
  • Namib Naukluft Park
  • Sossusvlei, Dune 45 and Deadvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Walvis Bay – Dolphin Cruise
  • Bushmen art, “the White Lady”
  • Burnt Mountain and the Dolomite Columns
  • Etosha National Park

Included Services:

  • The tours are quoted on half board basis or as per program except for Windhoek and Swakopmund.
  • Services of a qualified driver / guide
  • Fuel & Transportation in an air-conditioned VW Microbus / similar
  • Bottled water on board of vehicle while in transit only
  • Excursions as described in above itinerary
  • Entrance & Admission Fees were applicable
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance
  • Namibian Bed Levy
  • 15% VAT (Value Added Tax)

Excluded Services:

  • Additional meals (as stated in the itinerary) and beverages
  • Optional Extra Excursions
  • Items of personal nature i.e. telephone calls, bar bills, laundry etc.
  • Gratuities and Portage
  • Personal Travel & Luggage insurance
  • Flights arrangements

Day 1

On arrival at the Windhoek Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to Namibia’s Capital City, Windhoek. Overnight accommodation will be at the AVANI HOTEL / similar on a bed and breakfast basis only. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure to visit the city centre. (Lunch and dinner today will be for the clients own account.)

Day 2

Departing from Windhoek, today’s journey continues over the “Khomas Hochland” highland region in a westerly direction towards the great escarpment. Descend the escarpment via Namibia’s highest mountain pass, Spreetshoogte, to enter the central Namib Region. Late afternoon arrival at Sossusvlei Desert Camp (Taleni) bordering the Namib Naukluft Park. Overnight accommodation will be at the SOSSUSVLEI LODGE/ similar on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis only. Picnic lunch included on route.

Day 3

Conduct an early morning excursion along the path of the ancient Tsauchab River into the Namib Sand Sea including a visit to the famed Sossusvlei, Dune 45 and Deadvlei. Many visitors to Namibia say that no part of the desert is more stunning than Sossusvlei, with its monumentally high dunes, the shadows of their sinuous crests continually changing as the day waxes and wanes. Gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand, the highest estimated at 325 m. The warm tints of the sand, ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, contrast vividly with the dazzling white surfaces of the deflationary clay pans at some of their bases. An afternoon excursion will be conducted to the Sesriem Canyon, a small yet picturesque canyon carved over millions of years into the Tschaub River. Overnight accommodation will be at the SOSSUSVLEI LODGE/ similar on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis only. (Lunch today is for the clients own account.)

Day 4

Departing from the central Namib Region today’s route continues in a northerly direction along the eastern boundary of the Namib Naukluft Park passing through the small settlement of Solitaire on route to the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons. Continue across the “gravel plains” of the Namib Desert on route towards Namibia’s premier coastal resort town, Swakopmund. Excursions on route will be included to the erosional feature of the “Moon Valley” and to Namibia’s ancient plant species, the “Welwitschia mirabilis”. A picnic lunch is included on route. Late afternoon arrival and overnight at the HOTEL ZUM KAISER / similar on a bed & breakfast basis only.  (Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant and is for the clients own account.)

Day 5

After breakfast we proceed to Walvis Bay to participate in the “DOLPHIN CRUISE”.  This is a lovely marine cruise.  Return to the Walvis Bay Yacht Club in the late morning, and an excursion will be conducted to Namibia’s largest commercial harbour, Walvis Bay and the Walvis Bay Lagoon, protected under the RAMSAR Convention as an important wetland. The lagoon is renowned for its seasonal abundance of both the Greater and Lesser Flamingo species. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to explore Namibia’s premier coastal resort town, Swakopmund. Today this quaint town nestled between desert and ocean is enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended gardens. There is a good selection of restaurants and coffee shops selling traditional German cakes and pastries, while the coastline and the desert respectively offer many options for adventure or relaxation. Overnight at the HOTEL ZUM KAISER / similar on a bed & breakfast basis only. (Lunch and dinner today will be for the clients own account.)

Day 6

Early morning departure from Swakopmund in a northerly direction on route through the National West Coast Recreational Area towards the small fishing town of Henties Bay. An excursion included on route is a visit to the Cape Fur Seal Colony at Cape Cross. In 1486, the first European to set foot on the coast of Namibia, Diago Ciao, erected a cross in honour of John 1 of Portugal at a site now known as Cape Cross 115 km north of Swakopmund. In addition to being of historical interest, Cape Cross has a breeding colony of Cape Fur seals. Leaving the coast continue in an easterly direction crossing the “gravel plains” towards the abandoned mining town of Uis, and Namibia’s highest Mountain Range. The Brandberg is 2573m at its highest point and renowned for the famous work of bushmen art, “the White Lady”. Late afternoon arrival and overnight accommodation at the TWYFELFONTEIN COUNTRY LODGE / similar on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis only. (Lunch today is for the clients own account.)

Day 7

Twyfelfontein is one of the richest areas of rock engravings and Bushmen paintings in Namibia. A guided walking excursion will be conducted to some of the engraving sites. Interesting geological features in the area include the Burnt Mountain and the dolomite columns known as the “Organ Pipes”. Departing from Twyfelfontein continue towards the small town of Khorixas. An excursion can be conducted to the Petrified Forest, with approximately 50 examples of petrified trees dating back some 260 million years. From Khorixas continue on route towards the small town of Outjo. This small farming centre has its origins as a hunting and trading centre and was first inhabited by the early European explorer Tom Lambert in 1880. From Outjo continue in a northerly direction for an afternoon arrival at the TALENI ETOSHA VILLAGE/ similar situated on the southern border of (Okaukuejo side) Etosha National Park, dinner is included.  (Lunch today is for clients own account).

Day 8

Today will be spent conducting game viewing drives in the Etosha National Park from the central Okaukuejo Region. Today’s game drive will be conducted in open 4 x 4 vehicles. NB The gates of Etosha National Park opens at sunrise and close at sunset. It is best to enquire at the entrance of Etosha National Park, the exact time of the opening and closing of the entrances to the Park.

The park has recorded over 114 mammal species, 350 bird species and 21 different vegetation types. The most common plains game species encountered include; Burchell’s Zebra, Springbok, Black– Faced Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Gemsbok / Oryx antelope, Giraffe and Red Hartebeest. The Etosha National Park also boasts healthy populations of Lion, Elephant and Black Rhino. While in the park a visit will be included to the Etosha Pan or the “Great White Place”. Return to TALENI ETOSHA VILLAGE/ similar for overnight on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis only. (Lunch today is included.)

Day 9

Departing from the Etosha National Park today’s journey follows the main route south through the country via the towns of Outjo and on to Otjiwarongo and Okahandja.  Here you visit the woodcarvers market, before you continue to Windhoek. You overnight just outside Windhoek at Naankuse Lodge

Overnight at NAANKUSE LODGE / similar on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.  Lunch also included, as is an activity as offered by the Lodge.

Day 10

Today marks the end of your visit to Namibia.  Your guide will take you to the international airport in time to meet your departing flight.

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