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Namibia Highlights

11 night / 12 day guided tour

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.

While on this guided safari, you 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 desert environments only serves to prove how adaptable the flora and fauna in these regions are.

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Namibia

Namibia Highlights

Key Info

  • Capital: Windhoek
  • Population: 2,606,971
  • Currency: Namibian dollar (NAD) & South African rand (ZAR)
  • Time Zone: CAT (UTC +1)
  • Languages:

    English,
    Afrikaans,
    German,
    Otjiherero,
    Khoekhoe,
    Oshiwambo,
    Kwangali,
    Setswana,
    Siloz

  • Climate:

    Temperatures increase by about 6°C for every 1,000m you descend (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft). As a result, Namibia’s parks are hotter, especially those located in the desert. Rainfall is higher in the far north, including Etosha and the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip). Further south the climate is hotter and drier.

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Namibia

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Terms and Conditions Apply.
Rates and itineraries are liable to change.
Prices to be offered are an indication and do not constitute a quotation.
Pricing will be subject to currency fluctuations and may alter without notice.
Minimum two people.

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What’s Included

Your pricing will include:

  • Full board basis or as per itinerary, except for Windhoek and Swakopmund.
  • Services of a qualified driver / guide
  • Fuel and transportation in an air-conditioned VW microbus or similar
  • Bottled water on board the vehicle while in transit only
  • Excursions as described in above itinerary
  • Entrance and admission fees were applicable
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Namibian bed levy
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What’s Not Included

Your pricing will exclude:

  • Additional meals (as stated in the itinerary) and beverages
  • Optional extra excursions
  • Items of a personal nature (i.e. telephone calls, bar bills, laundry, etc.)
  • Gratuities and portage
  • Personal travel and luggage insurance
  • Flight arrangements
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Itinerary

your day to day adventures

  • Day 1

    Kalahari Desert

    On arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to Namibia’s Capital City, Windhoek. You will depart from Windhoek in a southerly direction towards the Kalahari. On route you will pass through the small settlement of Rehoboth before arriving at the western boundary of the Kalahari Desert.

    Overnight accommodation will be at the Intu Africa Game Ranch or similar, on a lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast full board basis. Afternoon drive is included.

  • Day 2

    Bushman Walk

    After the Bushman walk, you depart with your guide to the Sossusvlei area. Overnight accommodation will be at Le Mirage or similar, on a full board basis.

  • Day 3

    Tsauchab River

    After 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 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 changes as the day waxes and wanes.

    Gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand, estimated at 325m and 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 Tsauchab River.

    Overnight accommodation will be at Le Mirage or similar, on a full board basis.

  • Day 4

    Namib Region

    Departing from the central Namib Region, the 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.

    After your late afternoon arrival, overnight stay is at the Hansa Hotel or similar, on a full board basis. Lunch will be included on route.

  • Day 5

    Swakopmund

    While in Swakopmund, an excursion will be conducted to Namibia’s largest commercial harbour, Walvis Bay. The Walvis Bay Lagoon is 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.

    In the afternoon, you’ll depart on a 4×4 Sandwich harbour tour. There is a good selection of restaurants and coffee shops selling traditional German cakes and pastries, while the coastline and the desert offer adventure or relaxation options. Overnight accommodation will be at the Hansa Hotel or similar, on a full board basis. An evening drive is included.

  • Day 6

    Henties Bay

    You will depart early morning from Swakopmund in a northerly direction through the National West Coast Recreational Area towards the small fishing town of Henties Bay. An excursion is included to visit 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 I 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, you’ll 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’.

    You will spend your night at the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar, on a full board basis.

  • Day 7

    Twyfelfontein

    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’.

    In the afternoon you’ll depart on a night river drive.

    Overnight accommodation will be at the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar, on a full board basis.

    The night drive is included in the itinerary.

  • Day 8

    Kunene River

    We continue with our discovery of the region as we continue via Palmwag and Sesfontein to the Kunene Region. Formerly known as Kaokoland, this region is situated in Namibia’s remote northwest, hosting the inhospitable Skeleton Coast and bordering Angola. The Kunene River, forming the border between these two countries, has given its 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 region are divided amongst the three dominant ethnic groups; the Damara, Herero and Himba.

    A picnic lunch is included. Overnight accommodation will be at the Opuwo Country Lodge or similar, on a full board basis. A night activity is included.

  • Day 9

    Eagle Tented Camp

    Departing Opuwo, you’ll travel southwards, following the outer boundary of Etosha National Park, arriving via the Andersson Gate during the afternoon.

    The overnight stay will be at the Eagle Tented Camp, on a full board basis. An evening activity is included.

  • Day 10

    Etosha National Park

    Day 10
    The day will be spent with a full day’s worth of game viewing in the Etosha National 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’.

    You will leave the National Park for overnight accommodation at Eagle Tented Camp or similar on a lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast basis. An evening activity is included.

  • Day 11

    Erindi Nature Reserve

    Departing from the Etosha National Park, the journey will follow the main route south, through the country via the towns of Outjo and on to Otjiwarongo, which provides a convenient stopover on the way to the north of the country. As with most towns in central Namibia the name Otjiwarongo originates from the Herero language, which translated means “place of the fat cattle” or “beautiful place”. Given the central role that cattle play in the Herero culture, both meanings are appropriate.

    There will be an overnight stay will be at the Erindi Nature Reserve or similar, on a full board basis including afternoon game drive.

  • Day 12

    Okahandja

    Continuing to the town of Okahandja, you can stop to visit the craft market, before heading to the International airport in time for your outbound flight.

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