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Exploring Namibia

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,788

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$ 2,788

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Day 1

Kalahari Desert

Leaving Windhoek at 09:00am, you travel into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert. The bushman refer to it as the "Soul of the World". With its 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

Luderitz

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.

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Duration2 Nights
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Luderitz Nest Hotel

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    Luderitz Nest Hotel



    Situated in the picturesque seaside town of Luderitz, the Nest Hotel offers accommodation on a stunning beachfront location. In the Penguin Restaurant, outstanding cuisine and personalized service is provided, followed by sundowners at the Sunset bar. Other facilities are an outdoor pool and children's pool, ...

    Situated in the picturesque seaside town of Luderitz, the Nest Hotel offers accommodation on a stunning beachfront location.
    In the Penguin Restaurant, outstanding cuisine and personalized service is provided, followed by sundowners at the Sunset bar. Other facilities are an outdoor pool and children's pool, business facilities, room service, 24-hour security, sauna with sea-view, and private beach.
    All of the 70 air-conditioned rooms (62 twin bedded rooms and 8 double rooms) are sea-facing and feature en-suite bathrooms with shower or bath, heated towel rails, tea/coffee making facilities, en-suite bathroom, heated towel rails, hairdryer, satellite television, radio and direct dial telephones.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 4

Luderitz

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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Duration2 Nights
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The Elegant Desert Lodge

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    The Elegant Desert Lodge



    The fusion of old and new at the Elegant Desert Lodge allows you to indulge in a refreshingly different experience. From the outside it has the typical old lodge look and feel. As for the inside the thoughtful touches and elegant interior give it a ...

    The fusion of old and new at the Elegant Desert Lodge allows you to indulge in a refreshingly different experience. From the outside it has the typical old lodge look and feel. As for the inside the thoughtful touches and elegant interior give it a modern and stylish twist.

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    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • Transfer Service
    • WiFi

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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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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 Plaza Hotel

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    Swakopmund Plaza Hotel



    Swakopmund Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre is ideally located in the heart of Swakopmund and surrounded by a number of historic buildings and restaurants. The hotel offers a variety of 6 room types including stylish comfort rooms, suites, family rooms and an unique luxury suite. ...

    Swakopmund Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre is ideally located in the heart of Swakopmund and surrounded by a number of historic buildings and restaurants. The hotel offers a variety of 6 room types including stylish comfort rooms, suites, family rooms and an unique luxury suite. All rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, heating, mini bar, safe, TV, tea & coffee facilities, telephone and free internet.

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    • Bar
    • Breakfast
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant

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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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Damara Mopane Lodge

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    Damara Mopane Lodge



    Built in the wattle and daub style under Mopane trees and connected by a labyrinth of paths, the main building and chalets of the lodge look like an African village. The walls are adorned by copies of the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Each of the ...

    Built in the wattle and daub style under Mopane trees and connected by a labyrinth of paths, the main building and chalets of the lodge look like an African village. The walls are adorned by copies of the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Each of the 60 double room chalets sits in a vegetable and herb garden surrounded by a low wall. The gardens supply fresh ingredients for supper, which consists of a starter followed by a delicious buffet. There is a swimming pool for chilling out and a viewing point for relishing sunsets. The lodge at the gates of Damaraland is ideally suited for excursions to Twyfelfontein (130 km), the Petrified Forest (70 km) and the Vingerklip rock pillar (50 km).

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Day 10

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 located just outside of the National Park, you head onto your first safari into the National Park. Together with your guide, explore the various waterholes located close to Okaukuejo and the Andersson gate.

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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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    • Internet Access
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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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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 05:00pm with a transfer to your hotel or the airport for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: 7 Apr; 30 Jun; 8 Sep; 6 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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