This guided safari has a fully accommodated itinerary with a selection of lodges and guesthouses throughout. It is designed to give you some of the very best highlights of Namibia's scenery, wildlife and culture from the wild north to the dry beauty of the south.
|1||Windhoek||Hotel / guesthouse||D|
|3||Fish River Canyon||Lodge||FB+|
|4||Fish River Canyon||Lodge||FB+|
|6||Sosssusvlei, Namib Desert||Lodge||FB+|
|7||Sossusvlei, Namib Desert||Lodge||FB+|
|8||Sossusvlei, Namib Desert||Lodge||FB+|
|19||Fly home/ Airport||Airport||B/L|
B = Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner | FB - Full Board
Price per person: N$ 87 500
Single supplement: N$ 3 550 / person
Min: 2pax | Max: 8pax
(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2019)
All accommodation as listed below.
3 meals a day except 1x lunch in Swakopmund.
Hot air balloon ride.
All park fees.
All activities mentioned below.
Passenger liability insurance.
Air conditioned vehicle.
VAT is included in the price.
Mineral water on the vehicles.
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; Grootberg Lodge excursion with rhinos
Other personal items.
ITINERARYDETAILED Itinerary (offsite)
Day 1: Airport to Windhoek
(45km)(Olive Grove 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. 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 with your guide to Joe's Beerhouse for dinner.
Day 2: Windhoek - 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 Bushman walk and sundowner on the red dunes.
Day 3 & 4: Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon
(465km) (Canyon Lodge)
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.
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. Dinner will be at the hotel as 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.
Day 6: Lüderitz - Namib Desert
(465km) (Desert Homestead Outpost)
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 your room.
Dinner will be served at the lodge.
Day 7: Sossusvlei
(Desert Homestead Outpost)
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 Deadvlei and Sossuvlei. 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. We will have lunch at Sossusvlei lodge.
Day 8: Sossusvlei
(Desert Homestead Outpost)
Situated in the heart of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei, one of the most fascinating landscapes in Namibia, is 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. Having completed the activity for the day, we return to the lodge, freshen up and relax by the pool.
Day 9: Namib Desert - Swakopmund
Namibia is a country of contrast. Today we will swap 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 lagoons and to visit the salt works. Dinner tonight will be at one of the local restaurants in Swakopmund.
Day 10: Swakopmund
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.
Dinner will be enjoyed at a different restaurant in Swakopmund.
Day 11: Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein
(346km)(Mowani Mountain Camp)
Heading for Damaraland along the Skeleton Coast we stop at the seal colony at Cape Cross where we enjoy a 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 World Heritage Site.
Day 12: Twyfelfontein - Damaraland
(Mowani Mountain Camp)
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.
Day 13: Etosha South
(234km) (Etosha Heights Safarihoek Lodge)
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 Safarihoek Lodge.
Etosha Safarihoek Lodge is situated in Etosha Safarihoek Game Reserve, south of Etosha National Park. The lodge and game reserve are a great location to view a considerable selection of Namibian wildlife, and the outstanding beauty of the breathtaking, surrounding mountains and valleys.
Day 14: Etosha South
(Etosha Heights Safarihoek Lodge)
Today we will enter the Etosha National Park. We will do a morning game drive. We will visit different waterholes to see animals. You will return back to the lodge in time for lunch. You can choose to do extra activities from the lodge (included).
Day 15: Etosha East
(Mushara Bush Camp)
We will be driving 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.
Day 16: Etosha East
(Mushara Bush Camp)
Today you will do full day game drive in Etosha National Park.
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 town Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarango where we will stop for some essentials.
Day 18: Etosha - Okonjima Nature Reserve
(Okonjima Plains Camp)
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 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.
Day 19: Okonjima - Airport
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.