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13 days: Exploring Namibia Itinerary - Enjoy the ultimate Namibia experience, with a tour that starts and ends in Windhoek and covers the highlights of this spectacular land of contrasts.

 
Exploring_Namibia_map Travel to the Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, the vast and desolate Namib Desert with Sossusvlei and other attractions, the coastal town of Swakopmund, the many highlights of Damaraland, the game-rich beauty of Etosha National Park and surrounding areas, before returning to Windhoek where your tour comes to an end.

This tour is available is 2 different ratings - Superior (Upmarket) & Classic (Affordable) (Bed & Breakfast) Class with upmarket having more inclusions.

Rates (Namibian Dollar (N$) is equivalent to South African Rand):
Classic (Affordable) Itinerary per person sharing:
01 November 2019 - 30 June 2020: N$ 38,250 (single supplement: N$ 4,900)
01 July 2020 - 31 October 2020: N$ 41,550 (single supplement: N$ 4,900)

Superior (Upmarket) Itinerary per person sharing:
01 November 2019 - 30 June 2020: N$ 83,100 (single supplement: N$ 9,610)
01 July 2020 - 31 October 2020: N$ 90,200 (single supplement: N$ 10,520)
 
Scheduled departure dates (with other people but should you want a private tour, it can be any day - costs will be advised):
Green dates indicate no single supplement
Red dates indicate discounted rates
 
November 2019 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 2019 None
January 2020 4, 18
February 2020 8, 22
March 2020 7, 21
April 2020 4, 18
May 2020 2, 16, 30
June 2020 13, 27
July 2020 11, 25
August 2020 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
September 2020 5, 12, 19, 26
October 2020 3, 10, 17, 24
 
Discounted departure rates:
Classic safari: N$ 35 250
Superior safari: N$ 76 500

Departure: Selected Saturdays
Clients will be met at any establishment in Windhoek
Languages available: English and / or German
Min/Max People on affordable tour: 2 / 20
Min/Max People on Upmarket tour: 2 / 6
 
Includes:
Classic: 12 Breakfasts
Superior: 12 Breakfasts; 12 Dinners
Entrance Fees: Fish River Canyon; Namib Naukluft National Park; Twyfelfontein; Petrified Forest; Living Museum of the Damara; Etosha National Park
Portages
Still Mineral Water on bus
Activities as specified
Accommodation as specified
Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance.

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Day 1: Saturday: Kalahari Desert
Zebra Kalahari lodge Gnu Wildebeest in front of lodge
 
Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries.
 
The bushman refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with Acacia’s and shrubs, it is the only form of survival for a vast amount of specially adapted wildlife.
 
Enjoy the opportunity to experience the undulating dunes and the wildlife and plants in the environment during the afternoon.

Classic: Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge 
Superior: Intu Afrika Zebra Lodge (Dinner & Nature Drive in the Kalahari)

Day 2: Sunday: Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon Namibia
 
We travel south through expansive rocky plains, visiting the unique Quiver Tree Forest. Nestled amongst huge dolomite boulders, stacked in a mysterious way, the area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”.
 
We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon, and can optionally explore the area on foot or on a guided nature drive in the later afternoon.

Classic: Canyon Village - Breakfast
Superior: Canyon Lodge - Breakfast and Dinner
 
Day 3: Monday: Lüderitz
Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and it is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long and up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past.
 
We continue our journey along the scenic Mountain range along the Orange River, which forms the natural border to South Africa, and through the Ai/-Ais/ Richtersveld Transfrontier Park towards Lüderitz. On the way to Lüderitz we stop at Garub to encounter the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.
 
Classic:    Nest Hotel - Breakfast
Superior:    Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast, Dinner
 
Luderitz accommodation at The Nest

DAY 4: Tuesday: Lüderitz
Our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once a cosmopolitan center, a town built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past, offering visitor’s unique photo motives into a bygone era.
 
Kolmanskop Namibia Ghost Town
 
On our return to town, we visit Diaz Point with its Padrao on a cliff overlooking the harsh Atlantic Ocean commemorating the initial Portuguese explorers and explore the forlorn coast. Arriving back in Lüderitz we explore this small, historic town.

Classic:    Nest Hotel - Breakfast
Superior:    Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Wednesday: Namib Desert
After breakfast we travel north through the pre-Namib to our 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.
 
Sossusvlei high dunes
 
The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.

Classic:   The Elegant Desert Lodge - Breakfast
Superior:  Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Thursday: 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 our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film.
 
Dead Vlei at Sossusvlei
 
You will be mesmerized by the surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst majestic dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.
 
Classic:   The Elegant Desert Lodge - Breakfast
Superior:  Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Friday: Swakopmund
After breakfast we continue our journey approaching the little settlement of Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park, feeling like you have arrived in the middle of nowhere. Here it is worthwhile to enjoy a cup of coffee with the delightful apple-pie written about in so many travel books before travelling 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 the scenic route between the dune belt 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 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 rhythms, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun.
 
Swakopmund
 
Classic:    Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel - Breakfast
Superior:    Strand Hotel – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Saturday: 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 café’s. 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 color and the bohemian lifestyle.

Classic:    Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel - Breakfast
Superior:    Strand Hotel – Breakfast, Dinner & Marine Cruise

Day 9: Sunday Damaraland
Damaraland Namibia Elephant
 
On long yet interesting and scenic roads we head further north, traveling past the Brandberg, Namibia’s 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 elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Accompanied by a local Damara guide 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 to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth.
 
Classic:    Damara Mopane Lodge - Breakfast
Superior:   Vingerklip Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Monday: Etosha Area
After a relaxed 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 on the outside of the National Park, we will enjoy an afternoon guided safari in open vehicles.
 
Etosha safari
 
Classic:    Etosha Safari Camp - Breakfast
Superior:   Etosha Village – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Tuesday: Etosha National Park
The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park (full day safari included), 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 Namibia’s 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.

Classic:    Mokuti Etosha Lodge - Breakfast
Superior:   Onguma Collection – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Wednesday: Etosha National Park
Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park (full day safari included). 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 Etosha’s 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.

Classic:    Mokuti Etosha Lodge - Breakfast
Superior:   Onguma Collection – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Thursday: Return to Windhoek
After breakfast we travel back through the centre of the country exposing bushland savannah to the capital in the centre of the country. Time permitting, en-route we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up a last few souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.

Private tour: This tour can depart on any date on request on a private basis.

Please note there is no pre or post day in Windhoek, which is advisable due to scheduled times of these tours.
1st Day of tour begins between 8am and 9am from Windhoek
Last Day of tour, it's advisable to book a flight departing Windhoek International at 7pm or later.

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