Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, and this ’ageless land’ is visible through the stunning desert landscapes with space and silence. Swakopmund by contrast is the activity centre of the country where you can enjoy a marine cruise or kayak, and wander among the cafes and shops. Turn inland to dramatic flat–topped plateaus before entering Etosha National Park for superb game viewing – all these aspects contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude, and wilderness.
Namib Naukluft National Park – Sossusvlei dunes, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon; Swakopmund coastal town for marine cruise or kayaking; Twyfelfontein rock etchings; Damaraland; Himba visit; Track desert–adapted elephants in wild–open spaces of Damaraland; Etosha National Park for game drives; Big Cat Research at AfriCat Foundation
2020 departure dates: 18 & 25 Feb; 3, 17, 24 & 31 March; 7, 14, 21 & 28 April; 12, 19 & 26 May; 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 June; 7, 14, 21 & 28 July; 4, 11, 18 & 25 August; 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 September; 6, 13, 20 & 27 October; 3, 10, 17 & 24 November; 1 December
|Group size||Min: 1/ Max: 7|
|Minimum Age||12 years|
|Day 1&2 Sossus Dunes Lodge for Sossusvlei
Day 3&4 Guesthouse Swakopmund
Day 5&6 Camp Kipwe Damaraland
Day 7 Etosha Mountain Lodge Etosha Heights Etosha
Day 8&9 Onguma Tree Tops Etosha
Day 10 Return to Windhoek
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We depart Windhoek in your safari vehicle with your guide and drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way. We arrive at Sossus Dune Lodge mid–afternoon and visit Sesriem Canyon, a small gorge which has evolved through centuries of erosion and gets its name from a translation of "six reins". Alternatively we may visit Elim Dune to enjoy sunset and listen to the calls of the barking gecko as the sun dips behind the dunes and purple colours shadow the distant mountains
An early morning start for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park, normally setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free–standing sand dunes in the world and your guide will explain how the Namib Desert formed and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environments. Climb a towering apricot dune and view this endless sand–dune sea.
It’s a fascinating drive today taking through ever–changing landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, from the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons to gravel plains and joining the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay, then continue north to Swakopmund to enjoy the cooler coastal air and the quaint colonial architecture. Note there is an option of taking a birds–eye view scenic flight over the desert and coastal region (own expense) as an alternative route to Swakopmund
Return to Walvis Bay where you have the choice of activity either join an exciting kayaking tour, or a wonderful marine cruise, both are great ways of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. From here we return to Swakopmund and the remainder of the day is free.
Passing Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg reaches 2,573m above the surrounding plains, sit and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way before reaching our destination. Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent flat–topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre–looking vegetation. The present–day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces and this variety and solitude of the area will both reward and astound you.
This morning, join an exciting 4x4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab River valley to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife including giraffe and zebra. During our stay we visit the fascinating and ancient Bushman etchings
Our journey to the Etosha National Park takes us via the Grootberg Pass. Along the way our guide will take us to visit a local Himba settlement – you may have to search for a while as the semi–nomadic Himba people they can move location. These are a proud people, the women cover themselves with ochre and butterfat and hair styles vary according to status and age. From here we continue to Etosha Mountain Lodge, located on the south–west border of Etosha, spend time relaxing around the floodlit watrehole or from the elevated hide and watch game come to drink
We enter Etosha National Park and the day is dedicated to exciting game viewing within the central section of Etosha National Park from your private safari vehicle as we make our way from the southern Andersson’s Gate to Halali (where we stop for lunch) and then to Namutoni Camp in the east stopping at waterholes along the way and searching for some of the many animals found here. Look out for elephants, rhinos, predators including lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena along with eland, giraffe, wildebeest and the endemic black–faced impala. Tonight we stay at the delightful Onguma Tree Top Camp, located on Onguma Private Reserve, bordering Etosha where we can enjoy the floodlit waterhole into the evening
Another morning dedicated to memorable game drives within the eastern section of Etosha National Park returning to Tree Top for lunch. Later this afternoon, enjoy a game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve, culminating in a final sundowner overlooking Fischer’s Pan returning after sunset to enjoy a ‘safari dinner’ overlooking the camp’s floodlit waterhole. Onguma is home to many species of animals from predators such as lion and leopard, along with rhino and plenty of plains game such as zebra, wildebeest and giraffe
We drive south from Onguma via some of the agricultural towns of the north to reach Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. We enjoy lunch and then join an informative game drive and tour of the centre. Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation’s special carnivore ambassadors and the chance for some great photos of cheetah. From here we are back on the road and drive further south to return Windhoek in the late afternoon. No flights prior to 21h00 or alternatively you can be dropped at your accommodation to overnight. End of servicesedit me