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Exploring Namibia

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,666

This tour is the complete Namibia experience covering both the northern and southern highlights in depth, leaving you with a very real sense of this spectacular, vast and intriguing country.


This 13 day adventure combines two of our most popular Namibia tours to give you the ultimate experience of this unique land.

One of the world’s largest deserts, the Kalahari is nonetheless an environment thriving with life including meerkat, giraffes, brown hyenas and even lions, specially adapted to living in this ‘Soul of the World’.

Fish River winds through Africa’s largest canyon, marked by spectacular geological formations and the unique Quiver Tree Forest. Go on to historic Aus, a village built by German prisoners in the First World War. Just west of here, you’ll visit Lüderitz, a coastal town known for its architecture and wildlife including seals, flamingos, penguins and ostriches.

Sossusvlei is a section of the Namib Desert marked by towering red dunes surrounding a salt and clay pan. For most visitors, this is Namibia’s star attraction. The area’s surreal landscapes and dazzling colours offer an Africa like no other. Visit nearby Sesriem Canyon, a 35 metre deep gauge eroded into the desert floor.

Nestled at the southern end of the Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund is a wetland area blessed with one of the continent’s most incredible sights, as hundreds of thousands of Africa’s flamingoes descend on Walvis Bay’s lagoon to feed. Enjoy a day at leisure in Swakopmund with the option of a marine cruise, desert tour, scenic flight, quad biking and much more.

Go in search of the rare Desert Elephant in Damaraland. Hardy plants also thrive in this remote region, which you can explore by 4x4, mountain bike, or on foot. Plenty more game awaits your camera at Etosha National Park, including cheetah, lions and giraffes. 


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,666

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Day 1

Kalahari Desert

Leaving Windhoek at 09:00, you travel into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert. The bushman refer to it as the "Soul of the World". With it's deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with Acacias and shrubs, it is the only form of survival for a vast amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the fauna and flora that has survived this desert environment for thousands of years.

Duration1 Night
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Intu Afrika Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

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    Intu Afrika Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge



    Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is set in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, here you are literally are surrounded by pure nature and red dunes. All twelve rooms are small cottages scattered in the landscape, forming a little village feel. The view of your room is ...

    Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is set in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, here you are literally are surrounded by pure nature and red dunes. All twelve rooms are small cottages scattered in the landscape, forming a little village feel. The view of your room is unbelievable, when you wake up, the first thing you will see, is one of the red sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert. The Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is set in a secluded valley, between two red sand dunes and hidden amongst ancient camelthorn trees.

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Day 2

Fish River Canyon

Today, travel south through expansive rocky plains, visiting the unique Quiver Tree forest. Nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked in such a mysterious way that it seems giants played here. Later, continue to the lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon.

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Duration1 Night
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Canyon Village

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    Canyon Village



    The Canyon Village sits picturesquely at the foot of a sweeping rock face in Gondwana Canyon Park. There is a thatched restaurant, coffee shop and a rustic bar, all set between massive granite boulders. Namibian artists have decorated the walls of the restaurant, and the ...

    The Canyon Village sits picturesquely at the foot of a sweeping rock face in Gondwana Canyon Park. There is a thatched restaurant, coffee shop and a rustic bar, all set between massive granite boulders. Namibian artists have decorated the walls of the restaurant, and the rural atmosphere is continued in the chalets, depicting the daily life of the original inhabitants of the area, the Bondelswart Nama. Alternatively, guests are welcome to enjoy a break at the pool. It has magnificent views of the endless plains of Gondwana Canyon Park. The lodge consists of 40 Cape-Dutch style chalets. They are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms, a fan and mosquito nets. Take in the superb scenery in this haunting, arid landscape on an unguided morning hike, Canyon and scenic drive, horse-riding trek, or a guided sunset walk. Canyon Village is an ideal base and offers easy access to explore the wonders of Namibia's Fish River Canyon.

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    • Horseback Riding
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Aus

This morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon, where you can gaze 550 meters into this magnificent geological phenomenon, the second largest of its kind on earth. Continue to the Succulent Karoo, one of the 20 most important biomes on earth.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Bahnhof Hotel

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    Bahnhof Hotel



    Bahnhof Hotel is in the village of Aus, 120kms from Luderitz and 220 kms from Keetmanshoop. The main building has a restaurant and the Historic Bar, with satellite TV or guests can chill out in the lounge. The hotel offers 21 tastefully decorated rooms. All ...

    Bahnhof Hotel is in the village of Aus, 120kms from Luderitz and 220 kms from Keetmanshoop. The main building has a restaurant and the Historic Bar, with satellite TV or guests can chill out in the lounge. The hotel offers 21 tastefully decorated rooms. All meals are served from their 'a la carte' menu, in both indoor and outdoor dining areas.

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    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 4

Aus

On the second day you travel to Luderitz and visit a ghost town that was left to the hands of the relentless and unforgiving desert. Other attractions visited consist of the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert, Diaz Point and the coastal town of Luderitz itself.

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Day 5

Namib Desert

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

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Duration1 Night
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Hammerstein Lodge and Camp

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    Hammerstein Lodge and Camp



    Hammerstein Lodge and Camp is located halfway between Luderitz and Swakopmund a perfect stopover spot and only 60 km from Sesriem. The rest camp has a cozy bar, a swimming pool, game and bird watching sunset drives, or explore the huge granite outcrops with Bushman ...

    Hammerstein Lodge and Camp is located halfway between Luderitz and Swakopmund a perfect stopover spot and only 60 km from Sesriem.
    The rest camp has a cozy bar, a swimming pool, game and bird watching sunset drives, or explore the huge granite outcrops with Bushman rock paintings.
    The lodge boasts 35 self-catering rooms with en-suite bathroom.

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Day 6

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, enrapturing your senses, and awarding you the opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film and clambering some of the breathtaking dunes to adore the sea of sand from above. Later, visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.

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Duration1 Night
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Namib Desert Lodge

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    Namib Desert Lodge


    Namib Desert Lodge sits at the foot of a red sandstone cliff, which consists of the fossilized dunes of an ancient Namib. It is situated just 60 km north of Sesriem, and is the gateway to Sossusvlei, and only 5 kms from the main road. ...

    Namib Desert Lodge sits at the foot of a red sandstone cliff, which consists of the fossilized dunes of an ancient Namib. It is situated just 60 km north of Sesriem, and is the gateway to Sossusvlei, and only 5 kms from the main road. It is in the Gondwana Namib Park, and borders Namib Naukluft Park. The (fossil) dunes overlooking the lodge are 20 million years old and contain fossils of the ancestors of the modern day Ostrich. The main building has a reception, bar and a large verandah with outside seating for guests to admire the surrounding scenery. There are also 2 swimming pools. Accommodation is in 76 rooms, including 5 family and 2 single rooms. The Lodge's own activities include an evening sundowner dune trip, complete with drinks and snacks and a 2hr hiking trail to some of the local dunes.

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Day 7

Swakopmund

After breakfast, travel via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Moon Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. In Walvis Bay, 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 flamingoes feed in this lagoon and present a breathtaking picture when they appear in groups counting a few hundred thousand. Having arrived in the coastal town of Swakopmund, the remainder of your day is at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre

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    Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre



    Situated on the Skeleton Coast, the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre is built in and around the old German Station Building combining history with fine Namibian hospitality. The hotel's 90 guest rooms are all bright and spacious, decorated in a Victorian style and most have ...

    Situated on the Skeleton Coast, the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre is built in and around the old German Station Building combining history with fine Namibian hospitality. The hotel's 90 guest rooms are all bright and spacious, decorated in a Victorian style and most have a pleasant view of the pool terrace. The hotel is nearby a camel farm and the Martin Luther steam locomotive, dating from 1896 and abandoned in the desert.

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    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 8

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is the perfect location for walking tours, shopping, relaxing at a quaint coffee shop or along the sandy beaches. This being Namibia's playground, it offers a wide variety of activities ranging from dolphin cruises, desert tours and scenic flights to quad biking, paragliding, parachuting and kite surfing - to mention but a few.

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Day 9

Damaraland

Heading further north, drive via the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain (2579m), 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.

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Duration1 Night
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Ugab Terrace Lodge

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    Ugab Terrace Lodge


    Ugab Terrace Lodge is nestled on a plateau and is situated in the heart many of Namibia's tourism attractions. The lodge pride themselves on their attention to detail, personalized service and exquisite cuisine. Accommodation is in 16 well-appointed furnished bungalows, all with private verandahs. The ...

    Ugab Terrace Lodge is nestled on a plateau and is situated in the heart many of Namibia's tourism attractions. The lodge pride themselves on their attention to detail, personalized service and exquisite cuisine. Accommodation is in 16 well-appointed furnished bungalows, all with private verandahs. The chefs prepare delicious meals with fresh vegetables and salads, seasoned with aromatic ingredients from the herb garden. The lounge is a great spot to sip a sundowner and there is also a fireplace and open-fire to ward off that winter chill. An unusual feature at the lodge is the swimming pool, constructed in the rocks at the top of the mountain. Local artifacts can be bought from the Ugab Terrace Lodge curio shop and there is a laundry service, 24hr security and parking. Power is supplied from either a generator or batteries/inverter, providing 24hr electricity.

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Etosha National Park

After a relaxed breakfast, travel towards the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife and unique landscape. Once you have reached your camp, you have the rest of the day at leisure, but can optionally also book an afternoon game drive in open vehicles with the lodge.

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Duration1 Night
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Etosha Safari Camp

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    Etosha Safari Camp


    Etosha Safari Camp is situated just 10 km south of Andersson Gate on the C 38 between Outjo and Okaukuejo. 50 twin-bedded chalets nestle among Mopani trees and impart a feeling of living in the lap of African nature. Each of them is equipped with ...

    Etosha Safari Camp is situated just 10 km south of Andersson Gate on the C 38 between Outjo and Okaukuejo. 50 twin-bedded chalets nestle among Mopani trees and impart a feeling of living in the lap of African nature. Each of them is equipped with mosquito gauze and its own small veranda. Special attractions are the Okambashu Restaurant and the Oshebeena Bar, styled like a typical little township bar and brimming with African joie de vivre.

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Day 11

Etosha National Park

The day is 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 Five - Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhino. The waterholes support a rich diversity of birds and mammals, including rare species such as black-faced Impala, roan, cheetah, and Namibia's smallest antelope, the Damara Dik-Dik.

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Duration2 Nights
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Mokuti Etosha Lodge

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    Mokuti Etosha Lodge



    Kempinski Mokuti Lodge, is a five star lodge situated on the border of the Etosha National Park in Namibia. The lodge combines unique African charm with the tradition of excellent service and supreme quality. Situated two kilometers outside the gates of Etosha National Park the ...

    Kempinski Mokuti Lodge, is a five star lodge situated on the border of the Etosha National Park in Namibia. The lodge combines unique African charm with the tradition of excellent service and supreme quality. Situated two kilometers outside the gates of Etosha National Park the lodge is the gateway to a unique safari experience. There are a total of 98 guest rooms and 8 suites. The Kempinski Mokuti Lodge offers a unique range of culinary delights with international and local specialties. The Tambuti Restaurant serves a combination of live cooking and premium international buffets as well as an à la carte menu. Traditional African grill cuisine can be enjoyed in the Boma restaurant.

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    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis

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Day 12

Etosha National Park

Today begins with a game drive in the Etosha National Park. You may encounter animal species that you did not see the previous day. Look forward to new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Duration1 Night
Day 13

Return to Windhoek

After breakfast, travel southwards to Windhoek, where you will visit the craft markets in the main street of the capital city. Your tour ends at approximately 17:00hrs with a transfer to your hotel or the airport for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: 7 & 21 Jan; 11 & 25 Feb; 11 & 25 Mar; 8 & 22 Apr; 6 & 20 May; 3 & 17 Jun; 1, 15 & 29 Jul; 5, 12, 19 & 26 Aug; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Sep; 7, 14, 21 & 28 Oct.

Note: These are English-only departures. Other multi-lingual departures are available please inquire.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver/guide
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Activities as per itinerary.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic airfare and airfare taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Gratuities,

OTHER INFORMATION:

Maximum of 6 (Superior) or 20 (Classic) guests per departure. The tour departs around 08h00 on day one, therefore a pre night is required. It’s suggested to add a post night too.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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