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Namibia Highlights

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,140

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$ 4,140

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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.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

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    Sossusvlei Desert Lodge



    Cradled against the ancient mountains, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its luxurious accommodation overlooking the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. Designed to capture the splendour and solitude of the desert, just ten stone and glass suites spread out along the curve of the escarpment, …

    Cradled against the ancient mountains, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its luxurious accommodation overlooking the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. Designed to capture the splendour and solitude of the desert, just ten stone and glass suites spread out along the curve of the escarpment, allowing absolute privacy. Each air conditioned suite is furnished to complement the majestic hues of the desert and features a private veranda, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, ensuite glass-encased bathroom and outdoor shower. The suites are equipped with a star-viewing skylight, discrete music system and custom-stocked personal bar. The guest area, where walls have become windows that fold away completely, boasts unimpeded desert vistas. The split-level lodge boasts a fire-lit bar, comfortable sitting room, wraparound veranda and Safari Shop.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Strand Hotel Swakopmund

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    The Strand Hotel is destined to become the social epicenter of Swakopmund, Namibia, with its extensive and entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Lounges, Deli, sea facing Terraces and Conference & Banqueting Centre. Uniquely located on the iconic and historic Swakopmund Mole and surrounded on three sides by …

    The Strand Hotel is destined to become the social epicenter of Swakopmund, Namibia, with its extensive and entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Lounges, Deli, sea facing Terraces and Conference & Banqueting Centre. Uniquely located on the iconic and historic Swakopmund Mole and surrounded on three sides by the Southern Atlantic Ocean its 125 Rooms and Suites will offer the finest uninterrupted sea views available anywhere in this quaint historic town. One as charming and welcoming as the town it is located in. Simply very warm and comfortable, and as they say in German: "gemütlich" providing a genuine "sense-of-place" atmosphere adding to any Namibian visit. Strand Hotel Swakopmund promises guests a warm Namibian welcome and a stay, during which they will be hosted in a relaxed, uncomplicated manner.

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    • Babysitting Services
    • Gym/Fitness Facilities
    • Parking
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • WiFi

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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. Including Marine Cruise.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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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    • Campsite/s
    • Credit Card Services
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • Walking Paths

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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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Etosha Village

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    Etosha Village



    Prime destination for nature lovers combined with excellent service and cuisine! Etosha Village, taking its modern styling cues from a traditional African village, combines affordability with comfort and style in a private and protected reserve directly adjacent to the Etosha National Park, near Okaukuejo. At …

    Prime destination for nature lovers combined with excellent service and cuisine! Etosha Village, taking its modern styling cues from a traditional African village, combines affordability with comfort and style in a private and protected reserve directly adjacent to the Etosha National Park, near Okaukuejo.
    At Etosha Village nature and luxury are in perfect harmony through design and comfort. Besides the 40 accommodation units, Etosha Village has three restaurant seating areas, a unique bar with a big screen television, two sparkling pools plus a kiddie pool as well as a fully stocked utility and curio shop.
    The individual luxury canvas suites at Etosha Village are constructed on raised timber decks and offer a fully air-conditioned spacious bedroom with a unique 'kraal'-like en-suite bathroom.

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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. Accommodation is in any of the Onguma properties.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Onguma Bush Camp

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    Onguma Bush Camp offers 16 rooms and is ideal for families with children. Family loft rooms ensure the kids will have a great safari. The lounge and dining areas overlook a stunning waterhole that affords great opportunities to see nature at play around the clock. …

    Onguma Bush Camp offers 16 rooms and is ideal for families with children. Family loft rooms ensure the kids will have a great safari. The lounge and dining areas overlook a stunning waterhole that affords great opportunities to see nature at play around the clock. You don't even have to leave the camp to see game - they come to you! What better place to enjoy a sundowner drink.

    Onguma Bush Camp consists of 5 twin bedded standard rooms which includes 3 rooms with a children's sleep area in the loft, 6 twin bedded Waterhole/Pool-Side Rooms, 3 Rondavels, 1 family unit with 4 beds, 1 Settler's Room (formerly the honeymoon suite) as well as 2 single tour guide rooms. The Waterhole/Pool-Side Rooms are built with views of the newly enlarged waterhole or views across the pool.

    There is a swimming pool and a thatched bar, lounge and dining area that overlooks the extensive waterhole. A small games room and meeting room, further increases the versatility of this much loved camp.

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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. Accommodation is in any of the Onguma properties.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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:

2020: Mar 11; Apr 8; Jun3; Jul 1; Aug 12; Sep 9*; Oct 7
* Classic option not available on this departure

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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