Safari Type: Guided Safari
Duration: 11 nights / 12 days
Price as from:
Low Season (01 January 2016 – 30 June 2016): ZAR 42 200-00 Per Person
High Season (01 July 2016 – 30 November 2016): ZAR45 650-00 Per Person
Low Season Dates: 12 December 2015; 18 March; 22 April; 20 May; 10 June
High Season Dates: 01 July; 22 July; 05 August ; 19 August ; 09 September ; 30 September; 21 October
While on this guided safari guests will have the opportunity to experience the diversity of Namibia’s habitats and landscapes. Despite being considered a desert country the occurrence and sometimes seasonal abundance of game in certain of these desert environments only serves to prove how adaptable the flora and fauna in these regions are. Namibia has been referred to as “the land between two deserts.” This safari includes visits to both the Namib and Kalahari Deserts. In addition to viewing game in “wilderness” areas, this safari includes visits to the Etosha National Park, the Skeleton Coast Park and the Namib Naukluft Park.
- Kalahari Desert
- Namib Naukluft Park
- Walvis Bay & Swakopmund
- Cape Fur Seal Colony
- famous work of bushmen art, “the White Lady”
- Kaokoland & Desert Adapted Elephant
- Etosha National Park
- Accommodation on full board basis, except while in Swakopmund
- Full board accommodation for the guide / driver throughout the tour
- Services of an English speaking guide throughout the tour.
- Fuel & Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle as specified
- Those activities / excursions as specified in the itinerary
- Park entrance / admission fees where applicable
- Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance.
- Namibia Tourism Bed Levy
- 15 % Vat
- Additional meals (dinners in Swakopmund)
- Excursions which are not included in the above itinerary
- All beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic, in restaurants, hotels etc).
- Any personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
- Optional extras.
- Gratuities and tips
- Visas, airport taxes, airport fees.
- All flights
- Personal Travel & Luggage insurance
Upon arrival at the Windhoek International Airport (your flight should arrive eaerly morning), you will meet your guide and then travel to the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek. From here you will continue south to the Kalahari Desert, and the Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve. Arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon nature drive in open 4×4 vehicles, on the Intu Afrika Reserve (included). Overnight accommodation at INTU AFRIKA GAME RESERVE / similar with all meals included.
This morning you will join a guided Bushman walk at Intu Afrika (included), before you depart for the Namib Desert – considered to be the oldest desert in the world! Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. The remainder of the day will be at leisure. Overnight accommodation at LE MIRAGE DESERT LODGE & SPA / similar with all meals included.
Early this morning, your guide will conduct an excursion along the path of the ancient Tsauchab River into the Namib Sand Sea, including a visit to the famed Sossusvlei, Dune 45 & Dead Vlei. 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. Thereafter, you will also visit Sesriem Canyon, a small yet picturesque canyon carved over millions of years into the Tsauchab River. Overnight accommodation at LE MIRAGE DESERT LODGE & SPA / similar with all meals included.
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 and the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons, and across the “gravel plains” of the Namib Desert to Namibia’s premier coastal resort town, Swakopmund. On the way you will visit the erosional feature of the “Moon Valley”, and see Namibia’s ancient plant species, the “Welwitschia mirabilis”. Late afternoon arrival and overnight at the HANSA HOTEL / similar including bed & breakfast. A packed lunch will be included en route. Dinner tonight will be for your own account, and can be enjoyed at one of the local restaurants.
After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to Walvis Bay, from where you will enjoy a morning Dolphin Cruise. On this fantastic cruise enjoy the refreshing sea breeze while taking in the amazing views of the coastline and harbor and interacting with a variety of marine and birdlife. Relax and indulge in some fresh oysters and sparkling wine on board. Then after the boat cruise, you will enjoy an afternoon 4×4 excursion to Sandwich Harbour. Here, giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean, creating breathtaking sceneries and unique landscapes, just waiting to be discovered! Return in the late afternoon and free time to explore the town of Swakopmund. Today this quaint town, surrounded by the desert and the sea, is covered with lush vegetation, palm trees and gardens. There is a great selection of restaurants and coffee shops selling traditional German cakes and pastries, while the coast and the desert offer a range of options for those who love adventure or relaxation. Overnight accommodation at the HANSA HOTEL / similar including bed & breakfast. Lunch and dinner today will be for your own account.
Early departure from Swakopmund and continue north, travelling through the National West Coast Recreational Area towards the fishing town of Henties Bay. You will visit the Cape Fur Seal Colony at Cape Cross, located about 50km north of Henties Bay, before heading inland. In 1486, the first European to set foot on the coast of Namibia, Diego Cao, erected a cross in honour of John 1 of Portugal at a site now known as Cape Cross. In addition to being of historical interest, Cape Cross has a large breeding colony of Cape Fur seals. Leaving the coast, continue towards the region known as Damaraland, famous for the desert adapted elephant and the Twyfelfontein rock engravings. Arrival in the late afternoon for overnight accommodation at TWYFELFONTEIN COUNTRY LODGE / similar including dinner, bed and breakfast. Lunch will be included en route.
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 early this morning, and you will also see other interesting geological features in the area such as the Burnt Mountain and the dolomite columns known as the “Organ Pipes”. Then your journey will continue north to the Kunene Region. Officially known as “Kaokoland”, this region is located in the remote northwest of Namibia, on the border with Angola. The Kunene River, which forms the border between these two countries, gave the name to the area. Many of Namibia’s primary attractions are found here: the famous “Desert Adapted Elephant”, the ancient culture of the semi-nomadic Himba People, the rare black rhino as well as beautiful landscapes and interesting geological formations. Inhabitants of this are divided among three dominant ethnic groups, the Damara, Herero and the Himba. Arrival at your lodge in the afternoon, in time for a Sundowner Drive in this beautiful area (included). Overnight accommodation at KHOWARIB LODGE / similar including all meals.
Today will be dedicated to searching for the desert elephants and exploring this beautiful area (included – this will be a full day activity, with lunch). The desert elephant is in fact not a different type of elephant, but simply a group which has adapted to life in the desert. When their migration path to Etosha National Park was blocked by farms, the elephants in the Damaraland and Kaokoland areas had to remain and adapt. The result is that these animals appear a paler colour, with a more slender body and longer legs. Return to the Lodge in the afternoon. Overnight accommodation at KHOWARIB LODGE / similar including all meals.
This morning you will visit a Himba village in the area (included). One of the highlights of a tour to Namibia is the opportunity to interact with the fascinating Himba people, one of world’s last nomadic tribes, whose lifestyle has remained largely unchanged for many centuries. They wear minimal clothing, and smear their skin with a mixture of cattle fat, ash, and ochre to protect themselves from the harsh desert climate and the merciless sun. This paste also gives the Himba a deep red colour that is very striking to see, and a highly desirable look in their culture. Return to the lodge and depart towards the Etosha National Park and the Etosha Safari Lodge, located a few kilometers from the entrance of the park (near Anderson Gate, on the Okaukuejo side). Overnight accommodation at ETOSHA SAFARI LODGE / including dinner, bed & breakfast. Lunch will be included en route.
Spend the day exploring the park with your guide, visiting various waterholes in search if wildlife. Please note: you will explore the park with your guide, in your tour vehicle; the drives in the park will not be in open 4×4 game drive vehicles or with a local ranger. The Etosha National park is home to 114 species of mammals, 350 bird species, and 21 different types of vegetation. The most commonly seen wildlife here include Burchell’s zebra, springbok, black-faced impala, wildebeest, oryx, giraffe and red hartebeest. The park is also home to a good number of elephant, lion and black rhino. You will also visit the Etosha Pan, or the “Great White Place” – the parks definitive feature!. For the greater part of the year the pan is a bleak expanse of white, cracked mud which, on most days shimmers with mirages. Seeing wildlife against this eerie backdrop makes Etosha game-viewing a unique experience. Overnight accommodation at ETOSHA SAFARI LODGE / including dinner, bed & breakfast. Lunch will be included at one of the resorts within the park.
After breakfast, depart Etosha Safari Lodge and head south, passing through the towns of Outjo and Otjiwarongo. Arrival at Okonjima Private Nature Reserve or Erindi Private Nature Reserve, in time for lunch. In the afternoon you can take part in an activity as offered by the lodge. Overnight accommodation at OKONJIMA PLAINS CAMP or ERINDI – OLD TRADERS LODGE including all meals, and the scheduled activities as offered by the camp.
After breakfast and a scheduled morning activity (time permitting), departure from the lodge and head back to the Windhoek International Airport for your flight home (which should be in the late afternoon / evening). You will travel through the town of Okahandja, where, if time allows, you will be able to visit the local craft market. Arrival at Windhoek by the early afternoon; possibly some free time available before your transfer to the International Airport. You need to check in for your flight at least 2 hours prior to the departure time.