This combination also known as the “Duo” adds the Namib Desert to the Northern Adventure itinerary. You will experience the Etosha National Park, Kaokoland and one of the last wildernesses of southern Africa with the Himba people, rock engravings, the Skeleton Coast and much more. Departures every second Friday.
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B = Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
Price per person: N$16 050
Min: 4pax | Max: 12pax
(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2017)
All accommodation as listed above with campsites and guesthouse in Swakopmund.
3 meals a day.
All park fees.
All activities mentioned below.
Passenger liability insurance.
Air conditioned vehicle.
VAT is included in the price.
Mineral water on the vehicles.
Other personal items.
Day 1: Windhoek to Okonjima
You will be collected between 08:00 and 08:45 within Windhoek. This first day will take us to Okonjima. We first pass by the town of Okahandja, a towns well known for its prodigious Craft Centre. We then proceed with the B1 road and turn left into the road that goes to Okonjima. It is the home of the AfriCat Foundation, a conservation operation that focuses on the African big cats, particularly the cheetah. This afternoon you will be taken on a tour during which you will meet some of the cheetahs that are in the Africat rehabilitation programme.
Day 2: Okonjima to Namutoni, Etosha National Park
This morning we make an early start and head towards the Etosha National Park. We will travel via Lake Otjikoto, which is in fact Namibia's largest permanent natural lake. We will make time to rest here a little and learn about the history of this unusual landmark. Having arrived in Namutoni, set camp and familiarised ourselves with the surroundings we have our first game drive during the cool of the afternoon. The game viewing is usually excellent with close views of springboks, zebras, impalas, giraffes, gemsboks and plenty of birds. If we are lucky we may also have some close encounters with elephants and lions. Back at the camp we may enjoy a glass of wine and experience a fabulous sunset from the tower of the old German fort before dinner around the campfire.
Day 3: Namutoni to Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park
Today we will spend most of the day watching wildlife. A visit to a number of waterholes is high on the cards and we make a stop at the Etosha Pan, the “place of dry water”. The Pan is an extensive flat depression of about 5,000 km2. This great, white expanse is a place of shimmering mirages, and seeing large herds of game in this setting makes Etosha a unique experience in Africa. We may stop at Halali middle camp to have lunch and relax before we continue to the southern side of the park and our night camp at Okaukuejo. After dinner a visit to the floodlit waterhole is strongly recommended as there is a good chance of seeing rhinos and lions come to drink.
Day 4: Okaukuejo to Oppi-Koppi
We make an early start and begin our day with a game drive before we leave the park and drive into the desert mountains of the Kaokoveld, one of the last true wildernesses of Southern Africa and home to the Himba people. During the afternoon we will be taken to the Oases village where we will meet with the locals. We will have a special guide for the time we are there, who will be able to translate for us and introduce us to this “tribe”. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and we will visit the “holy fire”.
Day 5: Hoada Campsite Damaraland to Brandberg Mountain
(White Lady Lodge) (240km/3h35)
Today we again make an early start, heading into one of the most beautiful desert regions of Namibia – Damaraland. We will see the Petrified Forest and rock engravings on the way to the Brandberg. The Brandberg mountain is an ancient Bushman spiritual site and tonight we will sleep in the shadow of this giant granite monolith.
Day 6: Brandberg to Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast
“We go again”. Our first stop is in the small town of Uis, an old mining town and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. Here rough amethyst, tourmaline and other stones can be found at bargain prices. Having arrived at the coast we drive to Cape Cross and the seal colony with close views of thousands of fur seals. Tonight we can try one of the excellent restaurants in Swakopmund. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb. Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required. Dinner is not included in the price of the safari and will be on the client's own account.
Day 7: Swakopmund to Walvis Bay to Swakopmund
“Coast to coast day” as we drive to Walvis Bay where we stop at the lagoon area to see flamingos and lots of other birds. If we are lucky we may even spot some dolphins. We will visit the salt works before we return back to Swakopmund. During the rest of the day there is plenty of time to explore the town. Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic is quite cold here) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund. Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include a half-day boat tour with chances to see seals and dolphins (and indulge in oysters and champagne!), scenic flights and micro-light flights over the desert, fishing trips (either from the beach or in a boat), quad-bike trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sandboarding, skydiving and many other activities. Your guide will discuss all possible optional activities with you and offer to make pre-bookings in advance, (N.B. all extra activities in Swakopmund are at the client's own expense). Lunch and dinner are at the client's own expense today.
Day 8: Swakopmund to Sesriem
Today we will move inland again. On our way we may make a last short stop in Walvis Bay to say farewell to the flamingos. We will climb up the mountains across the Gaub and Kuiseb passes and through a spectacular, almost moon-like landscape. We aim to arrive at our camp in the desert during the late afternoon. To end the day on a high note, we will go on a short excursion to the nearby sand dunes to enjoy the sunset over the dunes and watch the colours glow and change on the mountains before going back for dinner around the campfire.
Day 9: Sesriem and Sossusvlei
We make an early start to catch the soft light of the sunrise over the desert. We will pass through the gate into the Namib Naukluft Park and continue towards Sossusvlei with distant sand dunes rising up on both sides of the road. We will stop at the famous Dune 45. Those who feel fit may climb the dune and get a breathtaking view of the surrounding desert and dunes. After breakfast we will take a desert walk in the cool of the morning, with the opportunity to see gemsboks, springboks, black-backed jackals and ostriches. As the day cools down in the afternoon we will enjoy a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon.
Day 10: Sesriem to Windhoek
After breakfast we begin our journey back to civilisation on scenic roads through the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range. We are likely to arrive back in the city in the afternoon and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.