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Blue Crane, Namibia tours and safaris, presents this luxury guided safari with a fully accommodated itinerary in a selection of lodges and guesthouses. It is designed to showcase some of the very best highlights of Namibia's scenery, wildlife and culture. Journey in comfort from the dry beauty of the south to the wild north.

Departures:
Every second Tuesday (please check with reservations)
Schedule:
1 Windhoek Olive Grove Guesthouse D,B&B
2 Mariental (Kalahari Desert) 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 Sosssusvlei, Namib Desert Desert Homestead Outpost FB+
7 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert Desert Homestead Outpost FB+
8 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert Desert Homestead Outpost FB+
9 Swakopmund Strand Hotel Swakopmund D,B&B
10 Swakopmund Strand Hotel Swakopmund D,B&B
11 Twyfelfontein, Damaraland Mowani Mountain Camp FB+
12 Twyfelfontein, Damaraland Mowani Mountain Camp D,B&B
13 Etosha South Etosha Safari Lodge FB+
14 Etosha South Etosha Safari Lodge FB+
15 Etosha National Park East Mushara Bush Camp FB+
16 Etosha National Park East Mushara Bush Camp FB+
17 Okonjima Nature Reserve Okonjima Plains Camp FB+
18 Okonjima Nature Reserve Okonjima Plains Camp FB+
19 Fly home/ Airport Airport B/L

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

Cost:

Price per person: N$ 94 500
Single supplement: N$ 3 550 / person
Min: 2pax | Max: 8pax

(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2020)

Tour Dates:

17 Nov 2019 | 15 Dec 2019 | 12 Jan 2020 | 9 Feb 2020 | 9 Mar 2020 | 13 Apr 2020 | 11 May 2020 | 15 June 2020 | 13 Jul 2020 | 17 Aug 2020 | 14 Sept 2020 | 12 Oct 2020

Included:

Professional guide.

All accommodation as listed.

3 meals a day except 1x lunch in Swakopmund.

Hot air balloon ride.

All park fees.

All activities mentioned.

Passenger liability insurance.

Air conditioned vehicle.

VAT is included in the price.

Mineral water on the vehicles 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; Sossusvlei excursion; Sesriem Canyon; Dolphin Cruise; Rock paintings; Game drives in Etosha; Okonjima Africat Program; Desert elephants & rhino tracking

Excluded:

Beverages.

Tips.

Personal insurances.

Other personal items.

Flights.

ROUTE

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ITINERARY

DETAILED Itinerary (offsite)

Day 1: Airport to Windhoek
(45km)(Olive Grove Guesthouse or similar)

Depending on your arrival time, 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. Later in the day our guide will pick you up at the guesthouse and you will be taken on a City Township Tour. Afterwards you will go to Joe's Beerhouse for dinner with your guide.

Activity: Windhoek City & Township Tour (if time allows)

Included: Dinner and Activity

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: Bushman Walk and Sundowner

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

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

This morning we will continue 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.

Activities: Fish River Canyon Excursion x 2

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

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

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. Dinner will be at the hotel. We learn more about the south and Lüderitz in general. 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.

Activities: Visit to Aus, Wild Horses of Namibia

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

Day 6: Lüderitz - 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 Helmeringhausen. Afterwards we will continue north into the Namib Desert. After checking in at the Sossusvlei Lodge in the afternoon you can enjoy the sunset from the Lodge.
Dinner will be served at the Lodge.

Activity: Visit to Kolmanskop

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity

Day 7: Sossusvlei
(Desert Homestead Outpost or similar)

The tour makes an early start to catch the soft light of sunrise over the desert, passing by the famouse “Dune 45”. We have time to climb this gaint dune as it offers a magnificant view of the desert and surounding dunes. We will proceed further to the Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and drive to Sesriem Camp for lunch. As the day cools in the late afternoon we will enjoy a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon before returning to our lodge.

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

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

Day 8: Sossusvlei
(Desert Homestead Outpost or similar)

Situated in the heart of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei is one of the most fascinating landscapes in Namibia and a photographer's dream. Gigantic orange dunes, dramatic shadows, undulating plains and Rocky Mountains create a magical kaleidoscope of colours and shapes. To the east, Namib Rand Nature Reserve's vast sandy plains are surrounded by towering granite mountains and rolling dunes. Here, in the oldest desert on the planet, amazingly adapted animals and plants come together to form one of the most visually stunning ecosystems in the world. And truly the best way to experience the heart of the Namib Desert is with a hot air balloon safari.
Watching the spectacular sunrise over this magnificent landscape from a silent hot air balloon is the experience of a lifetime, never to be forgotten. Upon landing, you come back to earth with an “Out Of Africa” style Champagne Breakfast set up in the middle of nowhere. Your pilot will present you with a flight certificate before you take a leisurely nature drive back to the pick-up point.

Activity: Namib Sky Balloon Safari

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity

Day 9: Namib Desert - Swakopmund
(346km)(Strand Hotel 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 sight of flamingos and other birds in the lagoons 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 10: Swakopmund
(Strand Hotel 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. 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 tour. Lunch will be at your own expense.
For dinner we will eat out at a different restaurant in Swakopmund.

Activity: Walvis Bay Dolphin & Seal Cruise

Included: Breakfast, Dinner and Activity

Day 11: Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein
(346km)(Mowani Mountain Camp 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. We will visit Damaraland's most famous attractions including the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes and, the highlight of your trip, over 2,500 rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Activities: Cape Cross Seal Colony, Twyfelfontein Rock Art

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

Day 12: Twyfelfontein - Damaraland
(Mowani Mountain Camp or similar)

This morning we will go on the Desert Elephant Tour. This tour starts early and returns in time for lunch. Later in the day we will visit the Damara Living Museum. Observe and experience the traditional Damara way of life right in the heart of their traditional homelands. A unique opportunity to see a way of life that is slowly dying out.

Activities: Mowani Mountain Camp Elephant and Dune Drives, Damara Living Museum

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

Day 13: Etosha South
(234km) (Etosha Safari Lodge or similar)

We 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 pay the Otjikandera Himba Village a visit to meet the locals. There will be a special guide for the time we are there, who will be able to translate for us and introduce us to the Ovahimba people. We learn about marriage customs, traditional food and also visit the “holy fire”. After the Himba visit we continue to Etosha Safari Lodge, which is perched on a hill with expansive views over the surrounding landscape.
Sip on a drink while watching the ruby sun dip into the mopane woodland.

Activity: Otjikandera Himba Village excursion

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity

Day 14: Etosha South
(Etosha Safari Lodge or similar)

Today we will enter the Etosha National Park. We will do a morning game drive visiting different waterholes to see animals. You will return back to the lodge in time for lunch. You can choose to do extra activities at the lodge (included in tour).

Activities: Etosha Game Drive, Night Game Drive

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

Day 15: Etosha East
(Mushara Bush Camp or similar)

We will drive through the park, making a stop at Okuakuejo waterhole to view the animals as they come to drink water. We may have lunch at Halali and then proceed to Mushara Bushcamp where we will spend 2 nights. The Mushara Bushcamp is an exclusive, low impact environmentally friendly semi-permanent, up-market lodge on the eastern edge of the Etosha National Park.

Activity: Full Day Etosha Game Drive

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

Day 16: Etosha East
(Mushara Bush Camp or similar)

Today you will do full day game drive in Etosha National Park searching for predators, plains game, reptiles and birds.

Activity: Full Day Etosha Game Drive

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

Day 17: Etosha - Okonjima Nature Reserve
(Okonjima Plains Camp)

Today we will depart Etosha. On our way we will visit the famous Lake Otjikoto and learn about the history of the lake and what makes it special. We will proceed towards Okonjima passing by the towns of Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarango where we will stop for some essentials.

Activity: Otjikoto Lake excursion

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity

Day 18: Etosha - Okonjima Nature Reserve
(Okonjima Plains Camp)

The lodge is home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, 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 cheetah 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 will give these cheetahs an opportunity to learn survival skills such as hunting in a closely monitored environment. Successful cheetahs will be relocated to parks and game farms. There are over 250 species of bird life to be found around the property, including Namibian endemics such as Carps Black Tit, Hartlaub's Francolin, and the Damara Rock Runner. With the abundance of animal and birdlife and spectacular scenery, Okonjima is a photographer's dream.

Activities: Large Carnivore tracking on foot, Africat Foundation excursion

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Africat Foundation excursion

Day 19: Okonjima - Airport
(250km)

This morning after breakfast we will head 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.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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