8 DAY TASTE OF NAMIBIA
• Sossusvlei • Swakopmund • Etosha National Park
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
Day 1 & 2 Sosusvlei - Namibia
Day 3 & 4 Swakopmund - Namibia
Day 5 & 6 Etosha - Namibia
Day 7 Wildlife sanctuary - Namibia
Day 8 Return
This safari begins in and ends in Windhoek, Namibia.
PRIVATELY GUIDED ITINERARY with PRIVATE CAR & DRIVER
YOUR TOUR ITINERARY
Driving through the rugged Khomas Hochland mountain range we descend to the desert floor before continuing onto our lodge located inside the amazing Namib Naukluft Park, the Sossusvlei dunes recently became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Namibia’s only second listed site. This afternoon we drive to nearby Elim’s Dune for sunset. Listen to the call of the barking geckos as the sun drops behind the dunes and the colors on the opposite Tsaris Mountains change to purple.
On day 2 it's an early start as we enter the Sesriem Gate at sunrise and drive to the incredible sand sea - your guide will escort you to the dunes visiting famous Sossusvlei, and nearby Dead Vlei on foot - where ancient skeletal trees sit on a glistening white pan with the backdrop of apricot dunes and bright blue sky!. Perhaps climb Big Daddy adjacent to Dead Vlei and gaze in awe at the endless sand sea. Gradually making our way back, we stop at Dune 45 and visit Sesriem Canyon before relaxing at the lodge for the remainder of the day, or perhaps join an optional activity. Lunch is at own expense. Approx 5-6 hours
Day 1 & 2: SOSSUSVLEI
The ancient dunes of the Namib Desert offer the quintessential desert landscape. Reduced to rusty red sand and clear blue skies Sossusvlei is one of the world’s most popular photographic destinations. The complete quiet and serenity of the desert have an undeniable attraction
Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes within the Namib Naukluft National Park. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers' heaven. Perhaps the most iconic is the stunning Dead Vlei where the dazzling white clay pan is punctuated by skeletons of ancient camel-thorn trees, and set against the backdrop of the apricot dunes. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Elim's Dune - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains and a great hiking destination.
Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.
Situated at the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, the Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes. The 45 individual luxurious accommodation units are carefully laid out to blend in with the magnificent surrounding natural environment. Each fully air-conditioned unit has a patio, en-suite bathroom with shower and a spacious bedroom under canvas with adobe-style plaster walls to give the visitor a distinctive sense of being close to nature. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole. The Adventure Centre provides a range of activities including Quad-Biking, Guided Excursions, Sun-downer Trips, Hot Air Ballooning, Scenic Flights and much more to explore the area’s natural beauty
2 Nights at the lodge / Full Boarding
Onto Swakopmund to overnight at Namibia’s premier coastal destination – take part in optional adventure activities or simply wander along the beach and experience the pounding ocean waves of the Skeleton Coast.
Travelers have long mystified the Skeleton Coast with its intriguing stories of shipwrecks, desolate dunes and beach roaming carnivores. But due to its harsh environment and long history under varying control and protection, few people have had the opportunity to experience this fascinating corner of the world. With a new Eco-tourism venture, the northern sector of the Skeleton Coast is becoming more accessible to the high scale adventure traveler.
The drive today takes you through the gravel desert plains and over the Gaub and Kuiseb Passes (and Tropic of Capricorn), to the port town of Walvis Bay. We visit the lagoon, a protected RAMSAR wetland site where we may see the many species of birds including greater and lesser flamingos, pelicans, avocets, plovers and the endemic Damara tern before a short stop at the salt farm. From here continue onto Swakopmund, full of historic buildings and where you can join optional (own expense) adventure activities such as sand boarding, quad biking, scenic flights, kayaking, marine cruises to name but a few, which you have time for this afternoon and tomorrow. Perhaps opt for a highly recommended day trip to Sandwich Harbour to appreciate this unique coastal and desert region and protected bird site.
Located roughly 50 kilometres from Walvis Bay, Sandwich Harbour is a natural lagoon framed by sand dunes on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. It is a prime angling and bird-watching site, with countless sea birds coming to feed on the rich fish population, including rare white pelican and vivid flocks of pink flamingos.Approx 5-5.5+hours
The only guesthouse in Swakopmund that is situated on the beach with panoramic ocean views from nine of the rooms! The accommodation is a stunning wedding venue offering ten rooms, a lovely ocean view on the beach with a huge terrace deck to complete the function. Offering spa treatments for those wanting to relax.
2 Nights at the guest house / B&B
Many activities available in Swakopmund… take your pick!
Leaving Swakopmund after breakfast, briefly stop at a shipwreck near Henties Bay before turning inland and driving past the imposing Brandberg Massif - Namibia's highest point and an imposing reminder of ancient volcano remains. We stop at the nearby stalls run by the local Himba and Herero ladies where there is a chance to chat and find out a little of their traditions as well as barter for locally made souvenirs before continuing onto Etosha National Park. If time permits, we head into the park for a short afternoon game drive before departing from Andersons Gate and driving to our nearby lodge. Lunch at own expense and dinner in the restaurant (BD)
The Etosha national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate and the central point is Okaukuejo Resort. Visitors can catch a glimpse of abundant wildlife including: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game. Popular activities include: game drives, tracking rhinos on foot, guided nature walks, or watch the sunset over this magnificent landscape.
Himba Cultural Excursions
Damaraland and the Kaokoveld, as well as southern parts or Angola, are home to the Himba, one of the last truly traditional tribes on the planet. These friendly people are closely related to the Herero and lead a semi-nomadic life as herdsmen, breeding mainly cattle and goats. The community living among the majestic Makalani palms at Palmfontein invites visitors to learn more about their proud and ancient lifestyle and traditions. Visitors will be able to see their cone-shaped homestead made from palm leaves, mud and cattle dung and learn more about their unique customs and techniques. Due to the nomadic lifestyle of the Himba, the trip is not offered all year round
ACCOMMODATION / day 5
Situated only 2km from the Andersson entrance gate to Etosha National Park, the lodge uniquely combines affordability with comfort, style and exquisite cuisine. 40 individual canvas suites are constructed on wooden decks and offer a fully air-conditioned bedroom with an unique semi-open en-suite bathroom. Two small children (under 12) can be accommodated with their parents on a convertible bunk berth. All units are also equipped for self-caterers, complete with an open-air kitchenette, fridge, kettle and an outside seating area with bbq. Facilities include a unique open-plan bar with big screen television, 2 sparkling pools plus a kiddie pool, a restaurant with as well as a fully stocked utility and curio shop. Explore Namibia’s animal kingdom with guided excursions to Etosha National Park.
1 Night at the lodge / B&B
Accommodation / day 6
Here it is about old-fashioned hospitality with warm, personalized service on the doorstep to the wonders of Etosha National Park. Read more...
DAY 7: OKONJIMA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
The AfriCat Foundation is based here and is devoted to the conservation of predators, specifically cheetah and leopard with the aim to ease the conflict that arises between humans and carnivores.
After a final game drive, head south to Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation and one of the most famous conservation programs in Namibia. Overnight in Plains Camp. Approx 3.5-4 hours - note that 1 activity is included - you do not need to pre-book the exact activity - this is discussed and agreed with you on arrival. Read more..
Morning breakfast is followed by you return road transfer back to Windhoek international airport. Approx. 2.5-3 hours
Day 7: RETURN
Charter flight return flight to Windhoek airport to airport for your flight back to the USA!
VISA & Levy's
Zimbabwe: Foreigners need to obtain a visa at the port of entry.Cost os US $ 50 per person and should be paid in cash.
Botswana: Foreigners are required to pay a US $ 30 tourism levy upon entering Botswana ( cash or visa card) This visa is issued at the port of entry.
No other visa's are required for USA citizens entering into South Africa, Namibia or Botswana
Please refer to https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html for updated information on each country
Please refer to your health care professional for advise , as well as the CDC for updated information, but typically only malaria prevention medication is advised. Usually,no other shots are required
Cost may vary depending on actual booking dates and currency fluctuations. Airline tickets have been estimated and can vary depending on booking dates, fares and available flights
All accommodation and activities as per the itinerary are included
BOARDING: Full Boarding (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) / B&B (Bed & Breakfast). Drinks might or might not be included depending in the specific location - please inquire if you need details
International flights between USA/Europe and Africa are excluded
Child policy may apply
Single occupancy policy allies
Park entry fees and cable car ride fees are not included
Checking passport validity and sufficient empty pages needed in the passport remains the client's responsibility
Checking and obtaining the necessary/applicable VISA's for each country visited is the client's responsibility
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