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Namibia Highlights

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9 Days
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This fascinating country is full of wide horizons, endless stretches of golden desert dunes and unusual rocky plains. Begin in Windhoek and spend time discovering Namibia’s many highlights.


Namibia is perhaps Africa’s most unique wilderness, offering both the world’s highest desert dunes, and a staggering variety of wildlife. Experience its contrasts on this 9 day tour, combining the best of sand and safari.

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 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 mountain bike, 4x4 or on foot. Plenty more game awaits your camera at Etosha National Park, including cheetah, lions and giraffes. You’ll also explore Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and the Petrified Forest, along with Twyfelfontein, home to Bushman artwork over 600 years old.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,853

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Day 1

Namib Desert

Departing Windhoek, we travel to our lodge in the Namib Desert. Here we are located at the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.

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 2

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 providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst majestic dunes, will give you the opportunity to walk up one of these dunes to admire the desert landscape. Thereafter the tour continues to the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.

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Day 3

Swakopmund

After breakfast we travel via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of 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. Continuing along scenic dune belts and the Atlantic Ocean we reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a very popular holiday destination in Namibia. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. 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.

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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 4

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the playground of Namibia, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many cafe. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.

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Day 5

Damaraland

Heading further north, we travel past the Brandberg, Namibias highest mountain (2.579m), 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 heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6,000 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 creation and evolution of some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also visit the Welwitschia mirabilis plant the oldest living desert plant on Earth.

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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 6

Etosha National Park

After a tranquil breakfast, we travel towards the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife and unique landscape. Once we have reached our camp located just outside of the National Park, we head onto our first safari into the National Park. Together with our guide we 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 7

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 Park was proclaimed as Namibias first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. 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.

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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 8

Etosha National Park

Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. During Etoshas notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry spells as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents and the sprouting new green shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

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Day 9

Return to Windhoek

After breakfast we continue southwards to Windhoek. Depending on available time we can still visit the craft markets in the main street of the capital city, where after we are dropped off at our hotel or at the international airport for our return flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Apr 10; Jul 3; Sep 11; Oct 9

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
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Activities as per itinerary.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

OTHER INFORMATION:

Maximum of 6 (Superior) or 20 (Classic) guests per departure. The tour departs around 8:00am 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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