On this Namibian safari you will be introduced to the Big Cats at Africat Foundation, Desert Mountains, the coast, the Himba people, ancient rock engravings and the Petrified Forest. All within just a little more than one week. This safari can be combined with our 3-day Namib Desert tour to make an unforgettable 10-day combination safari.
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B = Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
Price per person: N$ 38 400
Single supplement: N$ 2 200
Min: 2pax | Max: 8pax
(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2018)
All accommodation as listed below.
3 meals a day unless otherwise specified.
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 08:30 within Windhoek city. The first day will take us to Okonjima. It is the home of the AfriCat Foundation in Namibia, a conservation operation that focuses on the African big cats, particularly the cheetah. During the afternoon you will be taken on a tour that will provide us with more insights on this wonderful conservation program. The learning will be enhanced by the opportunity of seeing some of the animals.
Day 2: Okonjima to Namutoni, Etosha National Park
This morning we make an early start and head off towards the Etosha National Park. We will travel via Lake Otjikoto, which is Namibia's largest permanent natural lake. We will rest here and learn about the history of this unusual landmark. Having arrived at Namutoni and familiarised ourselves with the surroundings we take 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 resort we may enjoy a glass of wine and experience a fabulous sunset from the tower of the old German fort before dinner at the lodge.
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. We may stop at Halali middle camp to have lunch and relax before we continue to Okaukuejo at the southern side of the park and our place of stay at Okaukuejo. 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.
Day 4: Okaukuejo to Palmwag Lodge
We make an early beginning and kick start 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 of the Himba people. During the afternoon we will pay a visit to Oases village where we will meet the local inhabitants. A special guide is going to be available for the time we are there. The guide will translate for us and introduce us to the “tribe”. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and we will visit the “holy fire”. Later we proceed to Palmwag where we spend the night.
Day 5: Palmwag to Brandberg (White Lady Lodge)
Having completed the morning activities, we drive via the C48 gravel passing by the small town of Bergsig. We will see the Petrified Forest and rock engravings on the way to 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
(Desert Villa Guesthouse) (260km)
We start early to enjoy the cool of the morning. Our first stop is 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-up views of thousands of fur seals. Tonight you may take the opportunity to try 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 the 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 Windhoek
Your guide will discuss all possible optional activities with you and offer to make pre-bookings (N.B. all extra activities in Swakopmund are at the client's own expense). Later we drive back to Windhoek.
A spectacular Namibia Safari!