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

Departures:
Every second Tuesday (please check with reservations)
Schedule:
Day Destination Accommodation  
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 Heights Safarihoek Lodge FB+
14 Etosha South Etosha Heights Safarihoek 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 | 8 Mar 2020 | 12 Apr 2020 | 17 May 2020 | 14 June 2020 | 12 Jul 2020 | 16 Aug 2020 | 13 Sept 2020 | 11 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)

Once your flight lands, a guide from Blue Crane Safaris will pick you up from the airport which is about 42 km outside of Windhoek. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Windhoek after a brief meet-and-greet.

Your guide will pick you up later in the day for a City Township Tour. In the evening, 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)

You will be collected between 08:00 and 08:45 from Windhoek. We take the B1 road southwards, turning off a few kilometers before Mariental and heading into the Kalahari Desert.

The Kalahari is a fossil desert, not a true desert as it receives too much rain. Its enchanting landscape is made up of small red dunes, golden grass and deep blue skies. It stretches across 7 countries, including Namibia, South Africa and Botswana.

Our lodge is strategically situated in the centre of the Kalahari in an area peppered with Camelthorn trees. It is built with thatch and blessed with a staggering stone pool which attracts the occasional Oryx. Accommodation is in rondavel-style thatched huts which look out over the captivating landscape of the desert. The ambience is enhanced with indigenous décor and home to a fine collection of San artefacts.

In the afternoon you will enjoy a Bushman walk in the Kalahari with a San guide to discover their desert survival techniques, and to learn some of the history of the ancient San people. Afterwards you can enjoy a sundowner on the 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 continue southwards 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 viewpoint where you will lay eyes upon one of nature' most wonderful spectacles. Far below, the river sparkles in the sunlight and it is hard to imagine how many millennia it took for the forces of nature to carve out such a magnificent vista. The canyon is 160km long and reaches a depth of 550m. We will visit the Canyon again in the morning.

The beautiful Canyon Lodge is situated on the 520 km2, privately owned Gondwana Canyon Park. It is only 20kms from the main viewpoint and is built from natural materials, including local stone and thatch. It features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, bar and garden. A 2-4 hour hiking trail can be enjoyed in the morning or as a sundowner walk. End off the day with a drink while watching the sun go down.

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. On the way, we will look out for the wild horses of the Namib. These beautiful, feral horses roam the sparsely vegetated plains of the Namib Desert in small groups, having somehow adapted to the harsh environment. Their origins are a mystery although several theories exist.

We aim to arrive in Lüderitz during the late afternoon. This charming town is sandwiched between the sands of the Namib and the wild South Atlantic. It is renowned for its old world charm and distinctly German colonial architecture and is home to a wide variety of aquatic birds. Large numbers of flamingos, cormorants and seagulls inhabit the shallow lagoon here. We will learn more about its history and the south in general.

Dinner will be at our award-winning accommodation, the Lüderitz Nest Hotel.

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 we leave Lüderitz we will visit the famous ghost town of Kolmanskop. This once rich mining village was slowly abandoned after World War II as its diamond-field began to deplete. You will learn about the history of the town and how the first diamond was found by a railway worker.

Our guided tour will then proceed into the Namib Desert, stopping for lunch at Helmeringhausen.

The amazing Desert Homestead Lodge enjoys panoramic views over wide open plains, where cheetahs are occasionally observed roaming through the grass. Activities here include hiking, guided horse rides and nature/game drives. Hot-air balloon rides can be arranged (not included). Dinner will be enjoyed at the lodge.

Activity: Visit to Kolmanskop

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity

Day 7: Sossusvlei
(Desert Homestead Outpost or similar)

We make an early start so as 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 gemsbok, springbok and ostrich.

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei. Lunch will be at Sesriem Camp. 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 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. 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.

As the day cools down we will enjoy a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon before heading back 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. Huge orange dunes, dramatic shadows, undulating plains and rocky mountains combine to create visually stunning vistas, made all the more amazing by the desert-adapted animals and plants which live here. To the east, the Namib Rand Nature Reserve boasts vast sandy plains surrounded by towering granite mountains and rolling dunes. There is no better way to experience this landscape than from a hot air balloon.

You will watch a spectacular sunrise over this magnificent desert scene from a silent hot air balloon. Upon landing you will be greeted by an “Out Of Africa” style champagne breakfast set up in the middle of nowhere. Afterwards, your pilot will present you with a flight certificate and you will return to the lodge.

Activity: Namib Sky Balloon Safari

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity

Day 9: Namib Desert - Swakopmund
(346km)(Strand Hotel or similar)

Namibia is a land of contrasts. Today we will move from desert to sea, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn and traversing the Gaub and Kuiseb passes. As we climb out the dry river bed at the bottom of Kuiseb Canyon, a spectacular desert landscape unfolds before us. We will stop over in Walvis Bay to visit the lagoon. The Walvis Bay lagoon is is one of the richest and most important wetlands in southern Africa. It is home to many water birds including Great and Lesser flamingos, Damara terns, pelicans and avocets. We will also visit the salt works.

We continue to Swakopmund along the scenic coastal road, with dunes on one side and the cold Atlantic on the other. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. We stay at the Strand Hotel.

Activities: Walvis Bay Lagoon, Walvis Bay Salt Works

Included: Breakfast, Dinner and Activities

Day 10: Swakopmund
(Strand Hotel or similar)

Swakopmund is a charming seaside town characterised by German colonial architecture, palm-lined streets, great restaurants, plenty of shops and beautiful beaches. Today, you will be free to explore. The town offers plenty to do including a good museum and aquarium. Various optional activities can also 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 a boat), quad-biking in the desert, sandboarding and skydiving. Your guide will discuss all your options and offer to make pre-bookings. Note that all extra activities in Swakopmund are subject to availability and at the client's own expense.

The Dolphin & Seal Cruise is included in the tour. Lunch will be at your own expense.
Dinner will be enjoyed 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)

Today we head to Damaraland along the Skeleton Coast. We will stop at the vast seal colony at Cape Cross, north of Swakopmund. Here you are able to get up close to thousands of wild Cape fur seals and observe them in their natural environment.

We continue to the small town of Uis. Uis is 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.

We pass by the Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia, and visit Damaraland's most famous attractions including the Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes. The highlight will be a visit to the Twyfelfontein UNESCO World Heritage Site which features one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. Visitors can view about 2500 Stone Age rock engravings at 17 rock art sites. There are an additional 13 sites displaying rock paintings.

We arrive at our beautiful lodge, nestled amongst massive ochre boulders, in time for sunset.

Activities: Cape Cross Seal Colony, Twyfelfontein Rock Art

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

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

This part of the world is blessed with spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife including mountain zebra, kudu, springbok, giraffe, lion, desert adapted elephant and the endangered black rhino. This morning we will go on the Desert Elephant Tour to explore the surrounding area and search for animals such as the desert-adapted elephants and black rhino. We will return to the lodge in time for lunch.

This afternoon, we will visit the Damara Living Museum where we can observe and experience the traditional Damara way of life right in the heart of their traditional homelands. This is 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 Heights Safarihoek 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.

Today we drive into the desert mountains of Damaraland, one of the last true wildernesses of southern Africa and home to the Himba people. During the morning or just after lunch, we will visit the Otjikandero Himba Village. The Himba are one of the last tribes in Africa living strictly within their tradition. 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 their marriage customs, traditional food and also visit the “holy fire”.

We will continue to our stylish lodge which is situated on an exclusive private reserve close to the Etosha National Park. The lodge is perched on top of a hill overlooking the rugged Namibian savannah where wildlife roams freely. Each thatched chalet has its own private deck and the lodge features a double-storey photography hide, waterhole and swimming pool.
Sip on a drink while watching the ruby sun dip into the horizon.

Activity: Otjikandera Himba Village excursion

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity

Day 14: Etosha South
(Etosha Heights Safarihoek Lodge or similar)

Today we will enter the Etosha National Park. We will do a morning game drive visiting different waterholes to see animals.

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. Birds include flamingo, pelican, eagle, goshawk, kori bustard, ostrich and lilac-breasted roller. 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 in the park is varied, but consists mostly of mopane woodland and grassy plains.

You will return back to the lodge in time for lunch. You can choose to do extra activities at the lodge (included), including game drives to search for the elusive black and white rhino amongst large concentrations of plains animals.

After an early dinner and depending on the weather, we will experience a night game drive on the reserve. They are different from day game drives, because you stand a chance of seeing some of the nocturnal species that roam the reserve. We look for all of them, from bugs to birds and maybe something bigger.

Activities: Etosha Game Drive, Night Game Drive

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

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

Today we will enjoy a full day game drive as we drive through the Etosha National Park to our next destination. We will stop at the Okaukuejo waterhole, where a wide diversity of wildlife congregates and interacts throughout the day and night. We may have lunch at Halali (middle camp), before proceeding to Mushara Bush Camp where we will spend the next two nights.

The up-market, environmentally friendly Mushara Bush Camp is situated 10 km from the Von Lindequist gate of the Etosha National Park. Accommodation consists of custom made en-suite tents built from canvas, wood and local limestone. They boast a large bathroom and private veranda and offer a true bush camp experience.

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 and travel southwards to our next destination. We will stop at Lake Otjikoto, Namibia's largest permanent natural lake. It is distinguished by its great depth and emerald-green waters. We will rest here and learn about the history and geology of this unusual landmark.

Our accommodation at the Okonjima Plains Camp is situated within the secluded wilderness area of the Okonjima Nature Reserve and boasts majestic sunset views. Over 250 species of birds are found in 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 a photographer's dream.

Activity: Otjikoto Lake excursion

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity

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

Okonjima 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.

We will 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.

Activities: Large Carnivore tracking on foot, Africat Foundation excursion

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Africat Foundation excursion

Day 19: Okonjima - Airport
(250km)

On our return to Windhoek we will stop by the small town of Okahandja. Here we will visit the biggest craft market in Namibia. The stalls are operated on a co-operative basis by the local community and the market is a good place to do last-minute shopping for truly African souvenirs.

We aim to arrive back in the city in time for your flight. The guide will assist you with checking in at the airport. Here he will greet you and we hope to see you again in the future.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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