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This guided tour has a fully accommodated itinerary with a selection of lodges and guesthouses throughout the safari. It is designed to give you some of the very best highlights of Namibia's scenery, wildlife and culture.

Departures:
Every 2nd Friday (please check with our consultants)
Schedule:
1 Windhoek Hotel/guesthouse B&B
2 Mariental Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge FB+
3 Fish River Canyon Canyon Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia FB+
4 Fish River Canyon Canyon Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia FB+
5 Lüderitz Luderitz Nest Hotel FB+
6 Namib Desert Desert Homestead Outpost FB+
7 Namib Desert Desert Homestead Outpost FB+
8 Swakopmund Desert Breeze Lodge B,B&L
9 Swakopmund Desert Breeze Lodge B,B&L
10 Twyfelfontein, Damaraland Camp Kipwe FB+
11 Twyfelfontein, Damaraland Camp Kipwe FB+
12 Etosha National Park, South Etosha Safari Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia FB+
13 Etosha National park, South Etosha Safari Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia FB+
14 Okonjima Nature Reserve Okonjima Plains Camp FB+
15 Fly home/ Airport Airport B

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

Cost:

Price per person:
Low season (Nov-Apr): N$ 59 500
High season (May-Oct): N$ 65 250
Single supplement: N$ 3 600
(above valid until 31 Oct 2019)
Price per person: N$ 74 300
Single supplement: N$ 3 600
(above valid until 31 Oct 2020)
Min: 2pax | Max: 8pax

(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2020)

Included:

Professional guide.

All accommodation as listed below.

3 meals a day, except 1 lunch in Swakopmund.

All park fees.

All activities mentioned below.

Passenger liability insurance.

Air conditioned vehicle.

VAT is included in the price.

Mineral water on vehicle at all times.

Airport transfers.

Meet and greet by Blue Crane guide at the airport.

Bushman sundowner walk; Visit Fish River Canyon.; Visit Lüderitz; Ghost Town Kolmanskop Tour; Sussusvlei excursion; Sesriem Canyon; Dolphin Cruise; Rock paintings; Game drives in Etosha; Okonjima Africat Program

Excluded:

Beverages.

Tips.

Personal insurances.

Other personal items.

Flights.

ROUTE

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ITINERARY

DETAILED Itinerary (offsite)

Day 1: Airport Windhoek
(Villa Vista Guesthouse or similar)

Depending on what time your flight lands, a guide from Bluecrane Safaris will pick you up from the airport which is about 42 km outside of Windhoek. Once in Windhoek, after a brief meet and greet, you will be dropped off at your accommodation for the night. You can use the time to relax after your long flight . Tonight's dinner is not included , but you can ask your driver or at the reception to book your shuttle and dinner.

Included: Airport meet & greet, Airport transfer

Day 2: Windhoek - Mariental, Kalahari Desert
(250km) (Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge or similar)

Tour pick up time is between 08:00 and 08:30 am. We will take the B1 road that goes to Rehoboth. After several kilometers we turn left onto the C21 and head towards Camelthorn Lodge on the D1268 road. The lodge is strategically situated in the centre of the Kalahari Desert. It is built with thatch and blessed with a staggering stone pool. The ambience is distinctly San Bushman, one of the oldest cultures in the world, and is enhanced with indigenous décor and home to a fine collection of San artefacts. Later in the day there will be a Bushman walk and sundowner on the red dunes.

Activities: Sundowner & Bushmen walk

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Transfer by Road and Activities

Day 3 & 4: Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon
(465km) (Canyon Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia)

This morning we will continue further south to Namibia's Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world.
On arrival in the early afternoon, we will drive to the main view point where you will witness one of nature' most wonderful spectacles. Far below, we will see the river sparkling in the sunlight and barely be able to imagine how many millennia it took for the forces of erosion to carve out such a magnificent vista. We will visit the Canyon again in the morning.
Canyon Lodge is situated on the 520 square km, privately owned Gondwana Canyon Park. It is only 20kms from the main viewpoint and is built from natural materials, including local rock and thatch. The lodge is an ideal starting point for visits to the Fish River Canyon. We will be staying here for the next two nights. There is a hiking trail that you can enjoy in the morning for 2-4 hours, or as a sundowner walk. Watch the sun go down with a drink to end off the lovely day.

Activities: Fish River Canyon

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

Day 5: Fish River Canyon - Lüderitz
(408km) (Lüderitz Nest Hotel)

After an early start and breakfast we will head for Lüderitz on Namibia's south coast, with the aim of arriving in the early afternoon. We will learn more about the south and Lüderitz in general. Dinner will be at the hotel. Lüderitz is renowned for its old world charm and distinctly German colonial architecture. It is home to a wide variety of aquatic birds. Large numbers of flamingos, cormorants and seagulls inhabit the shallow lagoon.

Activity: Wild Horses of the Namib

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity

Day 6: Lüderitz - Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
(465km) (Desert Homestead Outpost or similar)

Just before you leave Lüderitz you will visit the famous Kolmanskop ghost town, which has been abandoned for years. You will learn about the history of the town and how the first diamond was found by a railway worker. After our visit to the ghost town our guided tour will proceed to the Namib Desert. On our way we will stop for lunch in Aus. Afterwards we will continue north into the Namib Desert. We will passs small farms on the way. We will arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. Later in the day you can enjoy a sun-downer tour.

Activities: Kolmanskop, Sundowner drive tour

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

Day 7: Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
(Desert Homestead Outpost or similar)

The tour makes an early start to catch the soft light of sunrise over the desert. In the cool of the morning we take a walk through the desert, with a good chance of seeing gemsboks, springboks and ostriches. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and drive to Sesriem Camp for lunch, passing by the famous “Dune 45”. As the day cools in the late afternoon we go on a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon before returning to our lodge.

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

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

Day 8: Namib Desert - Swakopmund
(346km)(Desert Breeze Lodge or similar)

Namibia is a country of contrast. Today we will trade the desert for the sea. We will cross the Tropic of Capricorn and traverse both the Gaub and Kuiseb passes, driving down to the dry river bed at the bottom of the Kuiseb Canyon before climbing up the other side, watching the spectacular desert landscape unfold before us. Having arrived at the coast, we will make a stop in Walvis Bay to enjoy the view of flamingos and other birds in the lagoon and to visit the salt works. Dinner tonight will be at one of the local restaurants in Swakopmund.

Activities: Walvis Bay Lagoon, Walvis Bay Salt Works

Included: Breakfast, Dinner and Activities

Day 9: Swakopmund
(Desert Breeze Lodge or similar)

A free day with 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 (at own cost). These include a boat-tour (with 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, sand boarding, skydiving and many other activities.
The boat tour (Dolphin cruise) will be included in the tour. Lunch will be at your own expense.
Dinner will be enjoyed at a different restaurant in Swakopmund on the client's own account.

Activity: Walvis Bay Dolphin & Seal Cruise

Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Activity

Day 10: Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein
(346km)(Camp Kipwe or similar)

Heading for Damaraland along the Skeleton Coast we stop at the seal colony at Cape Cross where we enjoy a close encounter with thousands of fur seals. Our tour continues to the small town of Uis for supplies. Uis is an old mining town and a good place to buy semi-precious stones. We pass by the Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia, and arrive in Twyfelfontein in time for sunset. On the way we will spend some time visiting the ancient rock engravings that are found in the area. Tonight we will stay at Camp Kipwe or Mowani Camp Lodge.

Activities: Cape Cross Seal Colony, Brandberg

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

Day 11: Twyfelfontein
(Camp Kipwe or similar)

This morning you will search for Desert Elephants. Damaraland is the ideal place for desert adapted Elephant and many Rhinos and Elephants move around the Palmwag concession area. With luck on our side, we will spot them. The animals here are specially adapted to the harsh desert conditions.

Later in the afternoon we will visit Damaraland&s most famous attractions including the Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and, the highlight of your trip, over 2,500 rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site.

Activities: Camp Kipwe Elephant Nature Drive, Twyfelfontein Rock Art

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

Day 12: Etosha National Park, South
(Etosha Safari Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia or similar)

We drive into the Desert Mountains of Damaraland, one of the last true wildernesses of southern Africa and home of the Damara people. During the morning or just after lunch, we pay the Otjikandera village a visit to meet the locals. There will be a special guide for our time there, who will translate for us and introduce us to the Ovahimba people. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and also visit the “holy fire”. Afterwards we continue with the road to our lodge just outside the Etosha National Park. We will be staying 2 nights at this accommodation. Depending on time, we will enjoy an afternoon game drive.

Activities: Otjikandera Himba Village, Etosha Game Drive

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

Day 13: Etosha National Pan, South
(Etosha Safari Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia or similar)

Today we will enter the Etosha National Park and do a full day game drive in the park. Your guide will explain to you all parts of the park and all the animals. The best time to come to Etosha is when it is not raining.You will have lunch inside the park and then, later in the afternoon, exit the park and return back to your lodge.

Etosha National Park offers a premier game viewing experience. The park's diverse vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a variety of wildlife. Visitors can look forward to world-class game viewing including a variety of large mammals such as lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, zebra, giraffe, a diversity of birdlife such as flamingoes and pelicans.

Activity: Full Day Etosha Game Drive

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

Day 14: Okonjima Nature Reserve
(Okonjima Plains Camp)

Today we head south towards Okonjima.
The lodge is home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, notably cheetahs and leopards. The more secluded and luxurious Okonjima Bush Camp, The Bush Suite, and The Villa, are all affiliated to the main camp. We shall visit the Africat Project area and meet some of the cheetahs or accompany our guides as they monitor the progress of the cheetahs in the Tusk Rehabilitation camp. Okonjima is home to over forty cheetahs, many of whom were separated from their mothers before they learnt how to survive on their own. The Rehabilitation Camp gives these cheetahs the opportunity to learn survival skills such as hunting, in a closely monitored environment. Successful cheetahs are relocated to parks and game farms. There are over 250 species of birds to be found around the area, including Namibian endemics such as Carps Black Tit, Hartlaub's Francolin, and the Damara Rock Runner. The abundance of animals, birdlife and spectacular scenery make Okonjima is a photographer's dream.

Activity: AfriCat Foundation excursion

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity

Day 15: Okonjima - Airport
(250km)

This morning after breakfast we will depart back to Windhoek via the small town of Okahandja which boasts the biggest craft market in Namibia. We will stop to explore the market and perhaps buy some souvenirs before heading back to Windhoek. The local community operates the stalls on a co-operative basis and the market is a good place to do last minute shopping for truly Namibian souvenirs. The aim is to arrive back in the city in time for your flight. At the airport the guide will assist you with checking in for your flight. Here he will greet you and we hope to see you again in the future.

Activity: Okahandja Craft market

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Airport transfer and Activity

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