Exploring Namibia – Scheduled Guided Tour 13 Days | Windhoek to Windhoek 2018-01-19T12:47:32+00:00

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Exploring Namibia – Scheduled Guided Tour 13 Days | Windhoek to Windhoek

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The classic Namibian Safari. This is an introduction to almost all the major highlights Namibia has to offer, including the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Fish River Canyon, the surreal Namib Desert and the majestic mountain ranges in Damaraland and the amazing wildlife in the national parks and conservancies. This safari will leave you engrossed in Namibia.

Highlights

    • World’s largest sand mass – Kalahari Desert
    • World’s highest dunes on Earth at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei
    • World’s second largest canyon
    • 2 UNESCO & 1 RAMSAR World Heritage Sites
    • Diamond ghost town of Kolmanskuppe
    • Experience the Damara culture
    • Wildlife discovery in the Etosha National Park


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Tour Information

Days / Nights  13 / 12
Languages  English / German
Departure Days  Saturday
Category  Classic & Superior
Classic pax Min 2 – Max 20 Guests
Superior pax Min 2 – Max 6 Guests
Combinations CZ

Departure Dates

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
4, 11, 18, 25 2 6, 20 10, 24 10, 24 7, 21
May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct
5, 19 2, 16, 30 14, 28 4, 11, 18, 25 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 6, 13, 20, 27


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Bold departure dates:  English Departures
Red departure dates:  Special Discounted Rates

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Day 1 | Saturday

KALAHARI DESERT

Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries.

The Bushmen refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area. With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acaciae and shrubs, it is still home to a surprisingly large number of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the undulating dunes and the wildlife and plants in the environment during the afternoon.

Classic: Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge
Superior: Intu Africa Zebra Lodge – Dinner and Nature Drive

Day 2 | Sunday

FISH RIVER CANYON

Travel south through expansive rocky plains, visiting the unique Quiver Tree Forest. Nestled amongst huge dolomite boulders, stacked in a mysterious way, the area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”. We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to Fish River Canyon. Here we can optionally explore the area on foot or on a guided nature drive in the later afternoon.

Classic: Canyon Village – Breakfast
Superior: Canyon Lodge – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 | Monday

LÜDERITZ

Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160km long and up to 27km wide and in places almost 550 m deep. After our photo opportunities, we continue our journey along the scenic Mountain range along the Orange River, which forms the natural border to South Africa, and through the Ai/-Ais/ Richtersveld Transfrontier Park towards Lüderitz. On the way we stop at Garub to encounter the wild horses of the Namib Desert.

Classic: Nest Hotel – Breakfast
Superior: Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 | Tuesday

LÜDERITZ

Our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted diamond mining town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once a cosmopolitan centre, a town built to last until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past. We will also visit Diaz Point and explore the coastal town of Lüderitz itself.

Classic: Nest Hotel – Breakfast
Superior: Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 | Wednesday

NAMIB DESERT

After an early breakfast we travel north through the pre-Namib to our lodge in the Namib Desert. This is the gateway to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool or taking part in optional activities offered at our lodge.

Classic: The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 | Thursday

NAMIB DESERT

This morning demands an early start. The first rays of sunrise paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, captivating our senses and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be mesmerised by the surreal Dead Vlei, surrounded by the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst majestic dunes.

Take the opportunity to walk up one of these dunes to admire the desert landscape below. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.

Classic: The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 & 8 | Friday & Saturday

SWAKOPMUND

After breakfast we travel via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Moon Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. In Walvis Bay we visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups.

Depart for Swakopmund and spend the remainder of the day leisure. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African time, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is fun.

Classic: Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel – Breakfast
Superior: Strand Hotel – Breakfast and Dinner & Marine Cruise

Day 9 | Sunday

DAMARALAND

Heading further north, we travel via the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the rare desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. We visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2500 pictures some 6000 years ago. After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara we proceed on to the Petrified Forest – a geological phenomenon depicting the metamorphosis of living material into stone. We encounter the Welwitschia mirabilis plant, the oldest living desert plant on Earth.

Classic: Damara Mopane Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Vingerklip Lodge – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 | Monday

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

After a relaxed breakfast, we travel towards Etosha National Park, famous for its vast number and variety, of wildlife. Once we have reached our camp located outside of the national park, we have the rest of the day at leisure. An afternoon guided game drive in an open game drive vehicle can be booked with the lodge as an optional activity.

Classic: Etosha Safari Camp – Breakfast
Superior: Eagle Tented Lodge & Spa – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 & 12 | Tuesday & Wednesday

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

The following (2) days are devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to (4) of the ‘Big 5’ – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist.

Game viewing in the park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some pumped from a borehole. Waterholes are ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for the avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, elephants, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland are all found here as well as some of the endangered species such as black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala.

An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing the visitor an opportunity to do a real game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters.

Classic: Mokuti Etosha Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Onguma Collection – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 | Thursday

RETURN TO WINDHOEK

After breakfast we continue southwards to Windhoek. We will visit the craft markets in the main street of the capital city, where after you are dropped off at our hotel or at the international airport in time for your onward schedule flight.

Breakfast

Scheduled Tour From To P/Person (N$) Sgl. Suppl. (N$)

Classic ( Low Season )

01 Nov 2017

30 Jun 2018

33,200

4,580

Classic ( High Season )

01 Jul 2018

31 Oct 2018

36,000

4,580

Superior ( Low Season )

01 Nov 2017

30 Jun 2018

69,000

7,550

Superior ( High Season )

01 Jul 2018

31 Oct 2018

75,000

9,340

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