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Namibian Discovery

Duration
14 Days
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US$ 3,760

From Etosha to Sossusvlei, Namibia offers you an Africa experience like no other.


Namibia is an African destination unlike any other. This 11 day round trip from Windhoek takes in the dunes of Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park and spectacular Damaraland.

Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s most intriguing wildlife regions. It contains many of the endemic species unique to Namibia such as Black-faced Impala, along with familiar favourites such as Elephants, Giraffes, Zebra and critically endangered Black Rhinos.

Discover a past way of life in this region in Damaraland. Passing by Damara villages, you’ll discover the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain before arriving at the coastal resort town of Swakopmund.

Your last stop is Sossusvlei. This eerie moon landscape is the Namibia that has intrigued travellers craving an Africa experience like no other. The incredible dunes here rise up to 325 metres into the air. The sight of acacia trees against the backdrop of bright red sands will convince you you’ve stepped into an alien world on Earth. It’s yours to explore before your return to Windhoek.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,760

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Day 1

Windhoek - Kalahari Desert

Depart Windhoek and drive to the Kalahari Desert, via the small town of Rehoboth, a community that still lives according to their paternal laws dating back to 1872. The Kalahari Desert is not a desert in the strictest sense of the word, as it receives too much rainfall. It's only the vast expanses of sand, through which precipitation filters rapidly, leaving nothing on the surface, that have made the Kalahari into the "thirst land" that early European settlers described. Enjoy a scenic, sunset nature drive in an open safari vehicle before dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Kalahari Anib Lodge

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    Kalahari Anib Lodge



    Kalahari Anib Lodge is located about 30 km north-east of Mariental, and is an ideal stopover on the way to Southern Namibia. The lodge is nestled in a lush green oasis under high palm trees, set amidst the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert. This ...

    Kalahari Anib Lodge is located about 30 km north-east of Mariental, and is an ideal stopover on the way to Southern Namibia. The lodge is nestled in a lush green oasis under high palm trees, set amidst the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert. This area is notable for the green acacias and yellow grasses that grow in the red sand. Anib means 'male bird' in the local Nama language, a people who are predominantly found in the southern regions of Namibia. Birds play an important role in their mythology. Kalahari Anib Lodge's main building houses the reception area, which also doubles up as a curio shop. It is well-stocked with an array of Namibian arts and crafts, locally produced cosmetics, toiletries, jewellery, clothing and ornaments.

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Day 2

Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon

After breakfast, drive through the Kalahari region and visit the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop. The forest was declared a national monument of Namibia and comprises of about 250 specimens of Aloe dichotoma, which the San people used to make quivers. A short stop will be made in Keetmanshoop, with lunch en route, that will be for your own account. Visit the Naute Dam, Namibia's third largest dam. Stretch your legs with an easy walk to a nearby mountain and enjoy a complimentary drink as you watch the sunset.

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Duration1 Night
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Canyon Roadhouse

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    Canyon Roadhouse



    The Canyon Roadhouse is situated 25km from the Fish River Canyon, on the privately owned Gondwana Canyon Park, and 20 kms from the main viewpoint of the canyon itself. The lodge is interestingly decorated with old car parts, found in the region. There is a ...

    The Canyon Roadhouse is situated 25km from the Fish River Canyon, on the privately owned Gondwana Canyon Park, and 20 kms from the main viewpoint of the canyon itself. The lodge is interestingly decorated with old car parts, found in the region. There is a large swimming pool and sun-deck, tucked in between indigenous succulents such as hoodias and aloes, and guests can relax pool-side on a comfortable lazy-lounger. Guests can enjoy a drink in the noted 'Wheels' bar, a setting for many a tall travellers' tale. There is also a laundry service and Internet connection. Accommodation is in 24 rooms, including family, triple & double rooms. They are all en-suite and are equipped with a fan and mosquito nets. A sundowner drive walks on their unguided sunset trails, and horse-riding can be organized at Canyon Roadhouse, a perfect base to explore the wonders of Namibia's Fish River Canyon.

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Day 3

Fish River Canyon - Aus

This morning we travel to the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160km long, up to 27km wide and in some places 550m deep. Our journey continues to Aus with lunch en route (for own account). En route you might see the desert adapted Wild Horses of the Namib. These horses hold an irresistible fascination, as they managed to adapt to the harsh conditions of the desert. Enjoy spectacular scenery of the Aus Mountains on an unguided walk and a scenic sun downer drive in the afternoon (optional and for own account).

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Duration1 Night
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Desert Horse Inn

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    Desert Horse Inn



    The Desert Horse Inn is situated on Klein Aus Vista Nature Reserve, 2km from the small town of Aus, in southern Namibia. The lodge is situated on a 10 hectare farm that borders on the Sperrgebiet (forbidden diamond mining area). The main area at the ...

    The Desert Horse Inn is situated on Klein Aus Vista Nature Reserve, 2km from the small town of Aus, in southern Namibia. The lodge is situated on a 10 hectare farm that borders on the Sperrgebiet (forbidden diamond mining area). The main area at the Desert Horse Inn is built entirely of wood, and houses the main reception area and curio shop on the lower floor. There is an outside deck area under a shaded roof, where you can sit and enjoy the impressive panoramic views. The bar is well-stocked and there is a fireplace for those cold winter nights. The main indoor restaurant offers a panoramic view. The Desert Horse Inn offers 24 luxury rooms with spacious, en-suite bathrooms.

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Day 4

Aus - Maltahohe

Today you'll be spoilt with ever-changing vistas of the desert landscapes when driving along the most beautiful district road in Namibia, the D707 (road conditions permitting). Visit Duwiseb Castle, a grand medieval fortress, built in the hills of the semi-arid Southern Namib region. Learn more about the Castle's fascinating history, before continuing to your lodge, arriving in the early afternoon.

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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 5

Maltahohe - Namib Naukluft Park

Today will be an early start to explore the spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, another pan where water once flowed, but all that remains today are the skeletons of trees that reach up out of the cracked earth. Enjoy a drive in 4x4 vehicles into the heart of the Namib Desert. Visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon where you can view millions of years of sedimentary layers in the ravine walls. Views from the top are breathtaking while walks through the canyon reveal distinct geographical layers which were laid down over centuries. Travel past the impressive Namib Naukluft Mountains to your lodge.

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Duration1 Night
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Namib Naukluft Lodge

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    Namib Naukluft Lodge



    The Namib Desert, the oldest on earth, is a living desert. Namib Naukluft Lodge is located in a Private Nature Reserve which stretches from the Namib Desert to the Naukluft Mountains, bordering to the Namib Naukluft Park on both sides. Traditional meals are served on ...

    The Namib Desert, the oldest on earth, is a living desert. Namib Naukluft Lodge is located in a Private Nature Reserve which stretches from the Namib Desert to the Naukluft Mountains, bordering to the Namib Naukluft Park on both sides. Traditional meals are served on the veranda or prepared by the chef on the open fire in the lapa. Well marked walking trails lead up the granite hill, around the mountain or to the near-by bird-hide. There's a 9-hole desert golf course offering an experience of a different kind. The camp is located in the outcrops of the granite hill, and each one of the 15 chalets is individually placed in order to keep the open view onto the plains of the savannah. These fixed structures with canvas partitions offer a spacious interior with en-suite facilities, giving you the feeling of a rustic, close to nature tented camp. Its communal boma offers the facilities of an interactive kitchen, where the preparation for food can be arranged or self-organized.

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Day 6

Namib Naukluft Park - Swakopmund

After breakfast, drive through Kuiseb Canyon and continue towards Walvis Bay, Namibia's largest commercial port. Enjoy an opportunity for lunch in Walvis Bay (for own account). The Walvis Bay Lagoon is considered one of the richest and most important wetlands in southern Africa, with prolific birdlife and diverse species. Our journey continues to Swakopmund, a city that resembles a small German town, with seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes and museums. Enjoy a sun downer drive to the Moon Landscape, a barren, undulating rocky desert which was formed by the valleys of the Swakop River. Enjoy a complimentary sun downer, whilst absorbing the rugged beauty of this lunar landscape.

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Duration3 Nights
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Brigadoon Guesthouse

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    Brigadoon has the enviable location, 200 m from the main beach, the Lighthouse Restaurant, heated swimming pool, museum, and Crystal Gallery. It is within easy walking distance to the town centre, P.O. and shops. Each room has modern, stylish interior, with a private, wooden decked ...

    Brigadoon has the enviable location, 200 m from the main beach, the Lighthouse Restaurant, heated swimming pool, museum, and Crystal Gallery. It is within easy walking distance to the town centre, P.O. and shops. Each room has modern, stylish interior, with a private, wooden decked patio, to which guest's breakfasts are served, in a peaceful, lush garden setting.  In addition, Brigadoon has 3 luxury apartments, ideal for families or honeymooners. All are self-catering.

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Day 7

Swakopmund

Explore the quaint town of Swakopmund. You may wish to book an optional day tour (for own account) in Swakopmund (guided tour through the Mondesa township, quad-biking, sand-boarding; a scenic flight over the Skeleton coast or a catamaran cruise in Walvis Bay). Many optional activities are on offer (for own account), visit the aquarium, various museums or the crystal gallery.

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Day 8

Swakopmund

Enjoy the splendours and many attractions of Swakopmund. There is a possibility of meeting fellow travellers at dinner that will be joining the tour in Swakopmund.

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Day 9

Swakopmund - Damaraland

Depart early morning and travel on the salt road towards Henties Bay, past salt pans and an array of bird life, to Damaraland, one of the most scenic areas in Namibia. Visit Twyfelfontein, a site of ancient rock engravings and the Organ Pipes, a distinctive series of dolerite pillars that have been exposed by erosion. Arrive at your lodge during the late afternoon.

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Duration2 Nights
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Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

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    The 56 en-suite double room Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, located in the Twyfelfontein area, a very vulnerable and delicate ecosystem, is renowned for some of the best examples of Rock Paintings and Engravings in Southern Africa. Interesting rock formations and the remainder of prehistoric volcanic action ...

    The 56 en-suite double room Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, located in the Twyfelfontein area, a very vulnerable and delicate ecosystem, is renowned for some of the best examples of Rock Paintings and Engravings in Southern Africa. Interesting rock formations and the remainder of prehistoric volcanic action can be seen in the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain, Doros Crater and the Petrified Forest among the most prominent geographic features. The lodge, situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy boast 56 en suite double rooms and one executive bungalow, reception, lounge, curio shop, dining room (open), bar and swimming pool. It is a great location for singles, couples, or small groups seeking true comfort and a break from the norm of the technological world.

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    • Horseback Riding
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Day 10

Damaraland

The morning is at leisure, to relax at the lodge until lunchtime. In the afternoon, join a sun downer drive in the Aba Huab River and possibly encounter the desert dwelling elephants (seasonal). These elephants are not a distinct species but are African bush elephants that have made their homes in the Namib and Sahara deserts. They were once more widespread in Africa, but are currently found only in Namibia and Mali.

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Day 11

Damaraland - Etosha National Park

After breakfast, depart Damaraland and journey to the Etosha National Park. Visit a Damara village near Twyfelfontein and learn more about the culture and tradition of this half-nomadic people. Continue via the little town of Outjo. Lunch stop en route (lunch will be for own account) - possibly meet fellow guests joining the Etosha tour. From there continue to Etosha National Park. Arrive in the early afternoon and undertake your first game drive, in your closed touring vehicle, into the park.

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Duration2 Nights
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Etosha Safari Camp

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    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 12

Etosha National Park

The morning will be spent in the Etosha National Park, exploring the waterholes along this enormous saltpan, in your closed touring vehicle. Return to the lodge for lunch (lunch for own account). There will be another opportunity in the afternoon for a game drive (in the closed touring vehicle) in the Etosha National park. There are close to 114 species of mammal in Etosha, including the black faced impala and the threatened black and white rhino. The Etosha Pan (a flat calcrete depression), contains water only after very good rains and sometimes only for a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.

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Day 13

Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full day exploring this world famous National Park, in your closed touring vehicle. Your guide will introduce you to the complex subject of managing such an enormous reserve, that's considered to be one of the world's great wildlife sanctuaries. There will be an opportunity to buy a take away lunch at one of the rest camps inside the Etosha National Park (lunch for own account).

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Duration1 Night
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Mokuti Etosha Lodge

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    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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Day 14

Etosha National Park - Windhoek

After breakfast, travel south towards Otjiwarongo. Continue towards Windhoek via Okahandja where we will visit a local handicraft market. Tour ends on arrival in Windhoek late afternoon.

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DEPARTURES: 

2017: Oct 2, 16; Nov 13; Dec 11.
2018: Jan 15, Feb 5, 19; Mar 5, 19; Apr 9, 23; May 7, 21; Jun 4, 18; Jul 2, 9, 23, 30; Aug 6, 20, 27; Sep 3, 17; Oct 1, 8, 22
English only departures are: Jun 18; Jul 23; Sep 17; Oct 8
All other departures are a combination of English & German speaking.

PRICE INCLUDES: 

  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 13 nights' moderate class accommodation
  • Transportation in air-conditioned mini or midi-bus
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tours/sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • Park fees

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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 inquire.

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22 Oct 2018
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