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Discover Namibia - (12N/13D)

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Starts With Rs 113413 /-
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13 days 12 nights

Description

Experience

The scenic beauty of Namibia is only matched by its diversity. Deep canyons, towering sand dunes, otherworldly rock formations and vast salt pans seamlessly merge into each other in an endlessly shifting landscape. The sky seems particularly big here with spectacular sunsets and, at night, the sight of billions of stars twinkling overhead. This is the backdrop for healthy wildlife populations and a melting pot of different communities.

 

 

Itineary

Day 1 
Start Windhoek.Open or Close

The tour starts at the Arebbusch Lodge in Windhoek. Those on group flights will be picked up at the airport and we will drive into town for an hour or so. In town everyone will have a chance to change money and pick up any supplies they may need; this is also an opportunity for our guides to buy fresh food. We will then drive to our lodge. The afternoon can be spent exploring or relaxing.

Day 2 
Drive through Namib Nuakluft to Sesriem.

Today we head southwest through the spectacular scenery of the Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem. This national park, one of the largest in the world, is home to one of the driest and oldest deserts on earth. It contains the finest desert scenery in Africa, if not in the world, with towering jagged rock formations and an incredible lunar landscape, so be prepared for some great photo stops. (driving 300-350kms/6-7hrs)

Day 3 
Sossusvlei and Cheetah Tracking

Today we spend all day in the Namib Desert. Rising early we catch the tallest sand dunes in the world in the best light and have the opportunity to climb one of the dunes as the sun rises, truly one of Africa’s greatest sights. We can either walk to Hiddenvlei or catch a transfer (optional extra) to Deadvlei where ancient acacia trees in the desert form an eerie scene. If we’re lucky we may see gemsbok or ostrich among the sand dunes. In the afternoon we visit Sesriem Canyon before visiting the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre where we can join biologists working on a cheetah tracking and conservation project (depending on time we may go cheetah tracking tomorrow morning). We then continue on to our camp. (driving 200kms/ 3hrs)

Day 4 
To Swakopmund via Walvis Bay.

A long but very scenic drive through the Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund. En route we visit Walvis Bay for lunch and to see local flamingos. Swakopmund is a small German colonial resort town with quaint cake shops and coffee houses and a centre for adrenaline activities. (driving 300kms /5.5hrs)

Day 5 
Free day with optional activities.

Today is a free day to enjoy one of the many optional activities on offer in and around town. At sea you can go deep-sea fishing and dolphin watching, in the desert you can go sand-boarding and quad-biking and in the sky you can fly over the skeleton coast. Or if none of these appeal you can spend the day enjoying the fantastic Viennese style cakes, walk along the beach or in the nearby dunes or just enjoy watching the world go-by in this town which seems strangely out of place in Africa

Day 6 
Drive to Twyfelfontein

After a relaxing start we leave the cool breeze of the Atlantic Ocean behind and head inland. Our destination is Twyfelfontein which has the highest density of Bushmen (San) engravings in Southern Africa. We hike out to see some of these ancient rock-paintings and admire more of Namibia’s desert scenery. Keep an eye out for the Desert elephants this region, Damaraland, is known for. We spend the night at a community run campsite. (driving 350kms / 5.5hrs)

Day 7 
Petrified forest and Himba Village near Kamanjab

We then take a scenic drive to the Petrified Forest (260 million years old) to see how the wood has been metamorphasised into stone before continuing to Kamanjab and a nearby community of Himba, one of Africa’s most distinctive people. The Himba are a pastoralist and very traditional people who staunchly hold on to their traditions and way of life despite pressure to pull them into the 21st Century. They dress scantily in goat-skin and are adorned with jewellery whilst they cover their skin and hair in a paste made from ash, butter and ochre giving them their distinctive red colour. Allowing tourists to visit their village is a means for them to generate an income used for food, medicine and education for the children. Please remember, however, that we are guests in their village and whilst the Himba are curious about their visitors and happy to share their story, traditions and beliefs with us, this is not a human zoo. Be respectful of our hosts, the Himba are normally happy to be photographed but always ask first. (driving 200kms / 3.5hrs)

Day 8 
To Etosha N.P

Today is spent with a scenic drive to Etosha. We should arrive at Etosha in time for a late afternoon game drive before camping at Okaukuejo, which has an excellent waterhole for viewing game at night. Our itinerary allows plenty of time to really enjoy this fabulous game park. (driving 350kms / 5hrs)

Day 9 
Game viewing in Etosha N.P.

Etosha is a huge park of mixed forest and grassland centred around a large salt pan. Etosha is home to a great variety and number of game, which is easy to find as the animals congregate at different times around the waterholes. There are waterholes next to the excellent campsites, and it is not uncommon for us to spend all night watching a gala performance of animals: wildebeest, zebra, impala, springbuck, kudu, elephant, giraffe, lion and even rhino are all common sights here. Take plenty of camera memory and lots of patience and you will be rewarded by one of the greatest game spectacles in Southern Africa. Etosha is also a good place for birds, with plenty of water birds on the lakes (when filled with water), and weaverbirds and hornbills in the trees. While in Etosha we move from Okaukuejo to Halali and/or Namatoni rest camps. These camps now offer optional night drives which you can book and pay for on arrival.

Day 10 
Game viewing in Etosha N.P.

Full day in Etosha N.P.

Day 11 
To Waterberg Plateau

Leaving Etosha behind, we head towards the Waterberg Plateau. This 200 metre high gigantic flat-topped plateau with bushveld on top is one of Namibia’s most fertile areas. There are several walking trails, including one leading to a spectacular viewpoint near the top of the plateau offering a great view of the surrounding area. It is also possible to do an optional 4x4 game drive. (driving 300kms / 5hrs)

Day 12 
Waterberg Plateau and on to Windhoek

We have some free time this morning to relax or explore the Waterberg Plateau a little further. Later we head back to Windhoek stopping at a crafts market on the way. (driving 320kms / 3.5hrs)

Day 13 
To Windhoek; end Windhoek.

The trip ends this morning after breakfast. Those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in time for their flight home.

Package Includes

Inclusions

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

Package Excludes

Exclusions

  • Service Tax and / or any other taxes.
  • International or domestic flights, unless included
  • Meals other than those mentioned as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
  • Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation
  • Visa, passport, travel insurance.
  • Optional tours that can be bought on a supplement.
  • Single room supplement
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)

Information

Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date Price
06th FEB, 2017 18th FEB, 2017 GBP £ 1999.00
20th MAR, 2017 01st APR, 2017 GBP £ 1399.00
11th APR, 2017 23rd APR, 2017 GBP £ 1999.00
17th APR, 2017 29th APR, 2017 GBP £ 1399.00
12th JUN, 2017 24th JUN, 2017 GBP £ 1399.00
10th JUL, 2017 22nd JUL, 2017 GBP £ 1999.00
17th JUL, 2017 29th JUL, 2017 GBP £ 1399.00
24th JUL, 2017 05th AUG, 2017 GBP £ 1339.00
07th AUG, 2017 19th AUG, 2017 GBP £ 1339.00
14th AUG, 2017 26th AUG, 2017 GBP £ 1999.00
28th AUG, 2017 09th SEP, 2017 GBP £ 1399.00
04th SEP, 2017 16th SEP, 2017 GBP £ 1399.00
18th SEP, 2017 30th SEP, 2017 GBP £ 1999.00
02nd OCT, 2017 14th OCT, 2017 GBP £ 1399.00
16th OCT, 2017 28th OCT, 2017 GBP £ 1399.00
30th OCT, 2017 11th NOV, 2017 GBP £ 1399.00
06th NOV, 2017 18th NOV, 2017 GBP £ 1999.00
13th NOV, 2017 25th NOV, 2017 GBP £ 1999.00
18th DEC, 2017 30th DEC, 2017 GBP £ 1399.00
05th FEB, 2018 17th FEB, 2018 GBP £ 2049.00
19th MAR, 2018 31st MAR, 2018 GBP £ 1439.00
09th APR, 2018 21st APR, 2018 GBP £ 2049.00
16th APR, 2018 28th APR, 2018 GBP £ 1439.00
11th JUN, 2018 23rd JUN, 2018 GBP £ 1439.00
09th JUL, 2018 21st JUL, 2018 GBP £ 2049.00
16th JUL, 2018 28th JUL, 2018 GBP £ 1439.00
23rd JUL, 2018 04th AUG, 2018 GBP £ 1439.00
06th AUG, 2018 18th AUG, 2018 GBP £ 1439.00
13th AUG, 2018 25th AUG, 2018 GBP £ 2049.00
03rd SEP, 2018 15th SEP, 2018 GBP £ 1439.00
17th SEP, 2018 29th SEP, 2018 GBP £ 2049.00
01st OCT, 2018 13th OCT, 2018 GBP £ 1439.00
15th OCT, 2018 27th OCT, 2018 GBP £ 2049.00
29th OCT, 2018 10th NOV, 2018 GBP £ 1439.00
12th NOV, 2018 24th NOV, 2018 GBP £ 2049.00
17th DEC, 2018 29th DEC, 2018 GBP £ 1439.00
 
  • Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers.
  • The cost exclude GST 5%.

 

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