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Namib Desert & Etosha, 6 Day Tour

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Experience two of Namibia's greatest attractions in the shortest possible time. Immerse yourself in the magical beauty of the Namib Desert and find yourself dwarfed by the towering orange dunes of Sossusvlei. Travel north to the reknowned Etosha National Park, home to large herds of wildlife and predators including lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena, for a unique wildlife experience.

Departures:
Saturdays
Schedule:
Day Destination Accommodation  
1 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert Sesriem Campsite FB+
1 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert Sesriem Campsite FB+
3 Windhoek Villa Vista Guesthouse B,B&L
4 Etosha National Park, South Okaukuejo Campsite FB+
5 Etosha National Park, East Namutoni Camp FB+
6 Windhoek   B/L

B = Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
B,B&L = Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
FB+ (Full Board Plus) = Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Activities

Cost:
Price per person: N$ 14 200
Min: 4pax | Max: 8pax

(Prices valid until 31 October 2020)

Included:

Professional guide & assistant guide.

All camping & accommodation as listed below.

All camping equipment, except sleeping bags.

3 meals a day while on tour.

All park fees.

All activities mentioned below.

Passenger liability insurance.

Vehicle.

VAT is included in the price.

Meals are prepared by your guides.

Excluded:

Beverages.

Tips.

Personal travel insurance.

Other personal items.

Sleeping bags can be rented at N$30 per day.

ROUTE

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ITINERARY

DETAILED Itinerary (offsite)

Day 1: Windhoek to Sossusvlei
(Sesriem Campsite or similar)(350km)

Collection time is between 08:00 and 08:30 from anywhere in Windhoek. Windhoek is surrounded by mountains and we pass first over the Eros Mountains and then the Khomas Hochland Range. As we travel through this splendid landscape, we drop down from the central Namibian plateau to grassy desert savannah. We stop at Solitaire for petrol and perhaps afternoon tea, before we continue to our campsite. We aim to arrive during the late afternoon.

After setting up camp and exploring our surroundings we will go on a short excursion to the nearby Elim Dune to enjoy the sunset and watch the colors glow and change on the mountains. Dinner will be served around the campfire.

Activities: Elim Dune Excursion, Namib-Naukluft National Park.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Activities

Day 2: Sesriem to Sossusvlei to Sesriem
(Sesriem Campsite or similar)(250km)

We make an early start so as to catch the soft light of sunrise over the desert. After passing through Sesriem we continue towards Sossusvlei with sand dunes rising along both sides of the road. This iconic landscape is made up of white plains and red dunes which tower majestically against a deep blue sky and are among the highest in the world. We will stop at the famous Dune 45, a beautiful star dune which reaches over 170 metres in height. Those who feel fit enough to climb the dune will be rewarded with breathtaking views 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. We will also visit the picturesque Dead Vlei. This white clay pan lies between towering orange dunes and is dotted with the skeletal remains of hundreds of dead camelthorn trees, making it a striking vista and photographer's dream.

As the day cools down in the afternoon, we will enjoy a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon.

Activities: Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon Hike, Sossusvlei.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Activities

Day 3: Sesriem to Windhoek
(Villa Vista Guesthouse or similar)(350km)

We pack up, have breakfast, then head back to civilisation on scenic roads through the Khomas Hochland mountain range. We are likely to arrive back in the city at around 15:00 where you will be dropped off at your accommodation for the night.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Accommodation in Windhoek

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

Your guide will collect you from your accommodation between 08:00 and 08:30. We will depart the city via the B1 road heading north. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed along the way. We arrive in the afternoon and enter the south side of Etosha through the Andersson Gate before proceeding to Okaukuejo, our first destination. After setting up camp, we can explore our surroundings and enjoy the swimming pool. We will go on our first game drive in the late afternoon. After dinner around a campfire, we recommend a visit to the floodlit waterhole as there is a good chance of seeing nocturnal animals such as lion, hyena, leopard and rhino.

The Etosha National Park is home to over 100 mammal species, 340 bird species and 110 reptile species. Larger mammals include lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, springbok, zebra and eland. Animals, particularly during the dry season, are dependent on the many waterholes found in the park, and these serve as great places for game viewing. Vegetation is varied, but consists mostly of mopane woodland and grassy plains.

The park is dominated by a large, white depression (the Etosha Pan), which used to be a lake. It is now a dry, dusty, clay and salt pan, which occasionally fills with water after heavy rain. This temporary water attracts thousands of wading birds, including flamingos. Springs along the edge of the Etosha Pan also draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds.

Activities: Etosha Game Drive, Etosha National Park

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Activities

Day 5: Okaukuejo to Namutoni, Etosha National Park, East
(Namutoni Camp)

Today we will spend most of the day searching for animals, as we make our way through the game reserve towards Namutoni, our next rest camp. We will visit a number of waterholes and stop to view the Etosha Pan, also known as the “place of dry water”. This extensive, flat depression is about 5,000 km2. Seeing large herds of game in this setting of shimmering mirages is a unique experience. We may stop at Halali (the middle camp) to have lunch, before we continue on to Namutoni.

At Namutoni, we will be able to relax at the swimming pool or waterhole before a late afternoon game drive. The game viewing here is usually excellent, with close-up views of springboks, zebras, impalas, giraffes, gemsboks and plenty of birds. We may also see elephants and lions. In the evening we can enjoy a glass of wine and fabulous sunset from the tower of the old Namibian German fort before dinner around the campfire.

Activities: Etosha Game Drive, Etosha East

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Activities

Day 6: Namutoni to Windhoek
(500km)

This morning we will go on one last safari drive, allowing us to take some final pictures of Etosha's wildlife in the soft light. Afterwards, we embark on our journey back to Windhoek. We will stop over in the small town of Okahandja where we will visit Namibia's largest wood-carving market. We are likely to arrive in the city at around 16:30. You will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Activities: Etosha Game Drive

Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Activity

Tosco   Member: Namibia Tourism Board  Air Namibia
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