The Highlights of Namibia

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15

Days

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For this tour you would need to book your international flights to arrive in Windhoek and depart from Windhoek.

Your tour highlights:


  • Windhoek

  • Quiver Tree Forest & Giants Playground

  • Fish River Canyon

  • Sossusvlei Dunes, Dead Valley & Sesriem Canyon

  • Swakopmund

  • Walvis Bay

  • Skeleton Coast National Park & Cape Cross

  • Damaraland - Brandberg White Lady

  • Etosha National Park

  • Okonjima Private Nature Reserve

  • Africat Foundation

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Windhoek

  • 2 Nights - Fish River Canyon

  • 2 Nights - Namib-Naukluft National Park

  • 2 Nights - Swakopmund

  • 1 Night - Uis

  • 3 Nights - Etosha National Park

  • 1 Night - Okonjima

  • 1 Night - Windhoek

Included:


  • Meet & Greet and assistance on arrival at airport

  • Travel Documents:

                       Working itinerary

                       Vouchers

                       Maps

                       Travel directions

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations / 4X4 Camp: 13 Nights

  • 14 Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 2 Dinners

  • Conservation fees as per itinerary

  • Vehicle Hire:

                       Contract Fees

                       Unlimited Milage

                       Maximum insurance cover

  • Boat cruise in Walvis Bay

  • Okonjima:

                       Tracking leopard on safari

                       Africat Foundations

Day 1:


Depart for Namibia on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.


Day 2:


Our representative will meet you upon your morning arrival at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport. He / She will hand over your travel documents (vouchers) and assist with the collection of your hired vehicle at the rental agency at the airport. After checking in at your lodge, you can depart on an afternoon city tour of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Visit on the way the “Christuskirche” or Christ Church, a significant landmark that was built after the wars between the Germans and the Khoikhoi, then with the Herero and Ovambo people. Continue to the “Tinterpalast” or “The Ink Palace”, the current seat of both the National Council & National Assembly. Take a stroll through Parliament Gardens before visiting the Rider Memorial that honours the soldiers and civilians who died on the German side in the Herero and Namaqua Wars. Also visit the Old Fort which served as the headquarters of the imperial German Schutztruppe during German colonisation. You will find that most of the city’s architecture has been influenced by the German colonisation. End your tour with a visit to the historic Cape Dutch style Railway Station, another impressive building found in this charming city with its blend of African and European cultures. Windhoek was developed at the country's geographical centre, on the site of a permanent hot spring found in the Khomas Highlands. Dinner tonight can be enjoyed at your hotel. Overnight in Windhoek.


Accommodation:  Windhoek

Meals:  None


Day 3 & 4:


Travel south via the small towns of Rehoboth, Mariental & Keetmanshoop to the Fish River Canyon. Lunch en-route. On the way you can also visit the Quiver Tree (Kokerboom) Forest and Giants’ Playground. There are over 250 Quiver Trees found in this forest and some are hundreds of years old. They are known as the Quiver Tree because the San people traditionally used its branches to make quivers. The San also believed that the tree will bring you good luck if you nurture it. Adjacent to the Quiver Tree Forest is Giants’ Playground where 160 million year old dolerite formations have been exposed due to the weathering of the surrounding sedimentary rock. These are fascinating angular formations that resemble huge building blocks. The next morning you can visit Hell’s Bend and other Fish River Canyon viewpoints before returning to the lodge. This spectacular canyon is the largest in Africa and the second largest in the world, after the magnificent Grand Canyon. The Fish River, the longest interior river in Namibia, has eroded over millions of years a gigantic ravine which now stretches 160 km (100 miles) long, 27 km (17 miles) wide and 550 meters (1804 feet) deep. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in the coolness of your room or just take it easy by the swimming pool. Lunch can be had at the lodges’ restaurant. Return this afternoon to the lip of the canyon, as there are not many places better to see the sun setting over Africa than at the Fish River Canyon. Overnight near the Fish River Canyon.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Fish River Canyon

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 5 & 6:


Travel to the Namib-Naukluft National Park located in the southern region of the true Namib Desert, Africa’s largest conservation area. Its barren landscape, deep gorges and continually shifting barchans’ dunes leaves one with an awe-inspiring sense of space. Afternoon and evening at leisure. The next day you could join an early morning escorted 4 X 4 tour to Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan surrounded by soaring red sand dunes. The name Sossusvlei is of mixed origin meaning “dead end marsh”, as it is here where the Tsauchab River flows into a drainage basin without outflow. Within the Sossusvlei conservation area one also finds Dead Valley, which is surrounded by the 350 meter (1150 feet) high “Big Daddy” dune, as well as Sesriem Canyon which has been shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of years and is one of the few places in the Namid Desert that holds water throughout the year. A combined visit to Sossusvlei, Dead Valley and Sesriem Canyon is probably Namibia’s most spectacular and best known attraction. On this memorable morning, if early, you could witness a dramatic sunrise over the Namid Desert, walk the awesome Sossusvlei dunes or Dune 45, visit Dead Valley and explore Sesriem Canyon. Overnight near Sossusvlei.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Namib-Naukluft National Park

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Escorted 4 X 4 tour to Sossusvlei, Dead Valley and Sesriem Canyon


Day 7 & 8:


Travel via Kuiseb Canyon to Swakopmund, a coastal town surrounded by lunar landscapes and the prehistoric Welwitchia plants. Arrive early so that you have the rest of the afternoon to explore this seaside town with its beautiful beaches, arts & crafts markets and curio shops. The next morning, you take a short drive to the port city of Walvis Bay, where you embark on a marine educational sightseeing tour in search of the “Marine Big 5”, namely whales, dolphins, Mola Molas (fish), Leatherback turtles and Cape fur seals. Every year, between July & November, the majestic Southern Right whale and other whale species grace the shores of western Namibia. The initial cruise takes you past oyster farms and Pelican Point with its landmark lighthouse. The dolphins love to swim alongside the boats and the seals & pelicans are cheeky enough to come aboard to get their daily feed. Coffee / tea will be served once on board and a scrumptious lunch with delicious platters, savoury snacks, oysters & sparkling wine is also served to round off a perfect morning. You then have the afternoon at leisure. Try book an exciting guided “Living Desert 4 x 4 Tour” in search of creatures endemic to the Namib Desert. Hidden in this apparently barren landscape and amongst the dunes are Peringuey’s or Sidewinder adders, Palmato geckos with their beautiful colours and transparent skin, large Namaqua chameleons, sand-diving lizards, fish moths, beetles, FitzSimon’s burrowing skinks and dancing White Lady spiders. Evenings at leisure and dinners can be enjoyed at any one of several restaurants or excellent seafood restaurants found within a short safe walking distance from your hotel. Overnight in Swakopmund.


Accommodation:  Swakopmund

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch (Day 8)


Included Activity:


  • Morning - Dolphin & Seal Cruise in Walvis Bay


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Afternoon - Living Desert 4 x 4 Tour


Day 9:


Today you travel up the Skeleton Coast National Park to Cape Cross and across the Namib Desert. Cape Cross is now a protected area and is known as the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. The reserve is the home to one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies in the world. You then continue on through the Namib Desert to the southern Kunene region, an area formerly known as Damaraland. This area, found in the northwestern Namib Desert, has its own unique landscape with unusual mountain and rock formations. The Brandberg Mountains are surrounded by flat Namid gravel plains allowing “Königstein” or King’s Stone, Namibia’s highest mountain standing at 2573 meters (8442 feet) above sea level to be seen from great distances. Deep within the Brandberg Mountain range there are KhoiKhoi (Bushmen) paintings dating back thousands of years. These fascinating people of the Great Kalahari and Namid Desert left their life stories on the rocks in the form of paintings & drawings. You can view some of this art and see the Brandberg White Lady painting on a guided walking tour. The origin of this famous painting has long been an archaeological dilemma. Overnight near the Brandberg.


Accommodation:  Uis

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Guided walking tour to the Brandberg White Lady rock art paintings


Day 10, 11 & 12:


After breakfast, you depart for Etosha National Park, one of the famous parks of Southern Africa. Enter Etosha to the west via Galton Gate at a good time of the day for some game spotting. Etosha National Park, found in the northwestern region of the country, was first proclaimed a game reserve in 1907 when Namibia was still known as German South West Africa. The reserve that spreads over an area of 22 270 km2 (8 600 miles²) got its name from the Etosha Pan, Etosha meaning “The large white place”. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several rare and endangered species such as the black rhino. Spend the next couple of days in Etosha in search of four of the “Big 5” animals namely rhino, lion, elephant and leopard, as well as a host of other animals and wonderful creatures found within their natural habitats. All meals can be enjoyed at the camp restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. After dinner each night you could relax with a drink around your campfire and listen for any nocturnal visitors, as well the sounds and calls of the wild emanating from the African bush. There is no better way to get close to nature than to stay within the boundaries of a national park such as Etosha. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Etosha National Park

Meals:  Breakfast (Day 10)


Day 13:


An exciting adventure lies ahead. Depart after breakfast for the 22 000 hectare (55 000 acre) Okonjima private nature reserve located in the Omboroko Mountains in central Namibia. It is home of the Africat Foundation, as well as the world’s largest cheetah and leopard release program. Arrive in time for lunch and a thrilling sunset safari, where you actually track that illusive leopard while searching for other threatened and endangered species. Dinner will be served at the lodge. Evening at leisure. Overnight at one of the lodges found on this massive family owned private nature reserve.


Accommodation:  Okonjima

Meals:  Lunch & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Sunset open vehicle safari tracking leopard with the camp ranger


Day 14:


After breakfast and your visit to the Africat Foundations’ cheetah & leopard enclosure at Okonjima you drive back to Windhoek. Afternoon at leisure. You could enjoy a farewell dinner at the famous Joe’s Beerhouse restaurant found in town. Overnight in Windhoek.


Accommodation:  Windhoek

Meals:  Breakfast


Included Activity:


  • Visit to Africat Foundation cheetah & leopard enclosure


Day 15:


Morning at leisure before you depart for Windhoek Airport for you to catch your direct flight home or your flight to Johannesburg and then your connecting flight home. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rental agency at the airport.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast