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Namib Desert & Etosha, 6 Days

This tour is for those who want to experience two of Namibia's main attractions in the shortest possible time - The Namib Desert and the Etosha National Park.

DEPARTURES: Saturdays
PRICE: Price per person: N$ 18 250
Included in tour:

Professional guide.

All accommodation as listed below.

3 meals a day unless otherwise specified.

All park fees.

All activities mentioned below.

Passenger liability insurance.

Vehicle.

VAT is included in the price.

Excluded from tour:

Beverages.

Tips.

Personal insurances.

Other personal items.

* Prices valid until 31 October 2017.

Day

Destination

Accommodation

Meals

1 Namib Desert Lodge L/D
2 Namib Desert Lodge B/L/D
3 Windhoek Guesthouse B/L
4 Etosha National Park Lodge L/D
5 Etosha National Park Lodge B/L/D
6 Windhoek Lodge B/L
Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek to Namib Desert Lodge or similar (350km)

Collection time is between 08:00 and 08:30 from anywhere within Windhoek. Windhoek is surrounded by mountains and we pass first over the Eros Mountains and then over the Khomas Hochland Range. As we come through the mountains we drop down from the central Namibian plateau to grassy desert savannah. We stop at Solitaire for petrol and perhaps also afternoon tea before we continue to our first night at the Namib Desert Lodge. We aim to arrive during the late afternoon and have time to relax and explore the surroundings before sunset when teh colors glow and change on the distant mountains to the east. Dinner will be served at the lodge.

Sossusvlei

Day 2: Sesriem to Sossusvlei to Namib Desert Lodge (250km)

Early start to catch the soft light of the sunrise over the desert. After passing through Sesriem we continue towards Sossusvlei with sand dunes along 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 Namibian desert. After breakfast we will take a desert walk in the cool of the morning, with the chance of seeing gemsboks, springboks, black-backed jackals and ostriches.

As the day cools down we will go on a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon before heading back.

Drive through dunes

Day 3: Namib Desert Lodge to Windhoek Guesthouse (350km)

Back to civilisation on scenic roads through the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range. We will arrive back in the city at around 15H00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Sesriem Canyon

Day 4: Windhoek to Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (450km)

You will be collected from your hotel between 08:00 and 08:30. We have a long drive today. On our way we will stop in Otjiwarongo to fill up with petrol and provisions. We will have a picnic lunch along the way and arrive in Okaukuejo in the afternoon. We will have time to explore the surroundings and enjoy the swimming pool before a late afternoon game drive. After dinner a visit to the floodlit waterhole is highly recommended as there is a good chance of seeing rhinos and lions come to drink.

Cheetah snarl

Day 5: Okaukuejo to Namutoni, Etosha National Park

Today we will spend most of the day game driving. We will visit a number of waterholes and 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. We may stop at Halali middle camp to have lunch before we continue our game drive to Namutoni. We have time to relax at the swimming pool at Namutoni or at the waterhole before a late afternoon game drive. 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.

Game viewing at Okakeujo waterhole, Etosha

Day 6: Namutoni to Windhoek

After a morning game drive and the opportunity to take some more pictures of Etosha's wildlife in the soft morning light, we head back to the city. We will travel on the main road, passing through farmland and small towns, with time to stop in the small town of Okahandja at Namibia's largest wood–carving market. We are likely to arrive back in the city at around 16:30 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

Rhino grazing
 
 

A spectacular Namibia Safari!