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Big Cats & Dunes
Transport - Safari vehicle, on foot.
Accommodation - Hotel (1nt), camping (9nts), chalets (2nts).
Meals - 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 9 dinners.
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On arrival in Windhoek make your way to the joining hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax, explore the city and prepare for your trip. Windhoek is a relatively quiet city especially compared to other capital cities in Africa. Much of the architecture bears German influence and there are several old buildings of interest. You may also choose to take a look at a couple of the city’s small museums. Look out for the Gibeon Meteorite Fountain where 31 large meteorites from the Gibeon shower (the largest known meteorite shower to fall to Earth) are mounted on steel columns. You will join a welcome meeting this evening at 18:00 hours to meet your group leader and the rest of your family group.
Tamboti Guesthouse (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool
Sossusvlei Desert Camp
Setting off from Windhoek, you traverse the Khomas Hochland Highlands and stop for lunch at one of the incredible viewpoints along the way, before descending to the Namib Desert. You’ll also stop at Solitaire for refreshments at a wayside station, seemingly set in a time warp and filled with all manner of goods and curios; the cakes are pretty good too! A short hop further on, you arrive at the campsite at Agama Camp, about 50 kms from the entrance to Sossusvlei. You’ll end the day viewing the changing colours as the sun sets opposite the Naukluft Mountains. Driving time: approx. 5 hours (350 km)
Agana River or Desert Oasis Camp (CS) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (BLD)
Sossusvlei Desert Camp
You rise well before dawn and drive in darkness to the heart of the desert to witness an incredible scene. With the first hint of daylight, you drive through the dry river bed where the dunes flush with colour, which deepens and changes as the sun rises and strikes the quartz sand. The spectacle is breathtaking, guaranteed to shake any remnants of sleep from your mind. The endless expanse of legendary 'walking dunes' - sculpted by the wind - has to be seen to be believed. Far from all looking alike, dunes of different areas have distinctive shapes and characteristics. Later in the morning you’ll be able to walk through them to learn about the curious mechanics of this unstable landscape and discover the natural world living within and around it.
At the end of an ancient river course lies Dead Vlei - a clay pan cut off from all water by red dunes over 1000 years ago. The gnarled black trees are eerie and very photogenic. The dunes in this area rise up to 300m high (reputedly the highest on earth) and the silence and tremendous sense of isolation is impressive. You may be lucky and see the striking gemsbok (oryx) so keep a sharp lookout. The heat forces you back and later in the afternoon you visit Sesriem Gorge, a geological wonderland of distinct rock formation where the desert floor has been cut by the force of water. For those wanting to truly appreciate the vastness of the desert here there is the opportunity to take an over flight of the dunes (optional); the view is nothing short of magical. (BLD)
The horizon is studded with massive granite kopjes (mounds of boulders) as you descend to the seemingly endless lunar landscape of the Namib Desert. You will visit Walvis Bay and see the flamingos and pelicans on the lagoons. Onwards you finally reach Swakopmund; set on the Atlantic coast, this is Namibia's second city. When Namibia was declared a German protectorate in 1884, the new colonial masters set to looking for an appropriate site for their principal port and capital city. At that time the most obvious choice for a deep water port was Walvis Bay but this had been annexed by the British some years earlier. Indeed Walvis Bay remained a British, and later South African, enclave even up until after Namibian independence in 1990. Due to the abundance of fresh water and a chance landing by a German gunboat, this site at the mouth of the Swakop River - just 30km north of Walvis Bay - was settled and developed throughout years of German administration. Today Swakopmund has a pleasant seaside feel and the German architectural influence is everywhere to be found. Tonight you have the opportunity to dine in a restaurant – an ideal opportunity to savour fresh seafood from the Atlantic or even Black Forest gateau! Driving time: approximately 4.5 hours (350 km)
Guesthouse Amanpuri (AA) - 2 nights (BL)
There is plenty to do in and around Swakopmund. You can take a trip off the coast to go dolphin spotting or you could choose something with a bit more adrenalin such as sand-boarding. For those looking to see more of the country there are overflights from here to go in search of elusive desert elephants and see shipwrecks along the Skeleton Coast. Alternatively you can relax on the beach and see the largest quartz crystal in the world. All activities are optional. (B)
Heading north by road you follow the Skeleton Coast - so named by mariners who saw many whale bones strewn on its inhospitable shores, which provided an eerie sight to those that first arrived. After approx 3 hours drive you will stop to visit Cape Cross Seal Reserve which protects up to 100,000 Cape Fur Seals (a species of sea-lion). The sight, noise and smell (be prepared to hold you nose!) are incredible as the vast mass of animals huddle together with jackals prowling at the edges, hoping to be provided with an easy meal. You continue on, crossing the gravel plains of the Namib Desert and skirt the granite massif of Namibia’s highest mountain the Brandberg (2573m) which glows a spectacular deep red colour at sunset. En route, watch out for the extremely elusive desert elephants. It’s hard to imagine that these animals can live in such a harsh environment. Springbok however inhabit the plains, while the more rocky areas attract klipspringer and mountain zebra. You set up camp with views of the mountain (approx 2 hours drive).
Camp at White Lady Lodge (CS) – 1 night (BLD)
Today you travel further north through Damaraland. Driving on through spectacular countryside with numerous granite outcrops, you come to Hoada Village (approx 2 hours drive). Visit Twyfelfontein or "Doubtful Mountain" and see rock paintings from the stone age. A small spring here attracted human and animal inhabitation for thousands of years. Some rock slabs have as many as 70 engravings, you can see rhino, antelope, giraffe, ostrich and elephant carved into the slabs. See the unusual rock formation of Organ Pipes, a mass of perpendicular dolerite pillars, reaching 5 metres high and Burnt Mountain a 12 km long mountain ridge which takes on an amazing kaleidoscope of colour at sunrise and sunset. Tonight you camp out surrounded by granite hills and mopane trees.
Hoada Community Campsite (CC) - 1 night (BLD)
Today you drive through Damaraland enroute you visit a Himba village. The Himba are one of the most traditional of African people with a semi-nomadic lifestyle, raising goats and cattle. They are descendants of a group of Herrero herders who fled into the remote north-west after been displaced by the Nama. After years of turmoil, the Himba people have been resurgent recently. The Himba have clung to their traditions and the beautiful Himba women are noted for their intricate hairstyles and traditional jewellery. As Himba women wear few clothes apart from a loin cloth or goatskin mini-skirt, they rub their bodies with red ochre and fat to protect themselves from the sun; this also gives their appearance a rich red colour. Himba jewellery is made in intricate designs from iron or shell. Their homesteads are cone-shaped structures made from palm leaves, mud and cattle dung. During the course of a year the family will move from one home to another in search of grazing for the animals. You’ll spend the morning at the village learning about this extraordinary way of life.
Continuing your drive north through picturesque farm country you arrive in Etosha National Park in time for a game drive. (approx. 330km/3.5 hours) Namibia's highly-renowned premier game park is huge - almost the size of Belgium - with excellent facilities. You stay first in Okaukuejo, your first glimpse into the National Park. Once the site of a fort, it's now the administrative headquarters of the park and the views at sunset from the top of its circular tower are renowned. From here it’s possible to see as far as the unpronounceable Ondundozonananandana Mountains! However, the highlight of your first night in Etosha is an evening spent at the waterhole, where you have an excellent chance of viewing the rare black rhino and other animals not usually seen by day.
Okaukeujo or Ethosa Safari Camp (CS) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (BLD)
Early in the morning, you will go in search of a multitude of animals and birds. At the park’s heart is the enormous Etosha Pan, a shallow, salty depression that may once have been a lakebed, but now only fills with shallow water in exceptionally wet years. Around its perimeter, numerous perennial waterholes attract great concentrations of wildlife. Four endangered species live here: black rhinoceros, black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and the tiny damara dik-dik. Returning to camp during the heat of the day, you can spend the afternoon relaxing in the shade by the pool or at the waterhole. As it begins to cool off you head out again to add to your growing list of species spotted: elephant, giraffe, zebra, springbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, gemsbok, kudu, eland, plus the carnivores: lion, cheetah, possibly leopard, spotted and brown hyena, and black-backed jackal. The long bird list includes more than 320 species - from ostrich and flamingo to the rare Wahlberg's eagle, and the Klaas' cuckoo. In the evening you can have a hot shower and relax at the waterhole. It is always a treat to watch sunset and enjoy supper under the stars. (BLD)
Break camp this morning and as you head off across Etosha, more and more animals and birds appear and soon it is time for lunch at Halali, another camp within the park, set in a unique area of rocky limestone outcrops. Here you rest for a few hours with the chance to have a refreshing swim before carrying on to the eastern camp at Namutoni. The whitewashed ramparts of Namutoni’s old German fort, built to control and subdue the Ovambo people are now restored and are an evocative reminder of Namibia’s past. Namutoni also has a floodlit waterhole that allows you to view game during the evening and late into the night if you choose.
Namutoni or Onguma Bush Camp (CS) - 1 night - Swimming pool (BLD)
Please note: Night stops in the Etosha National Park may alter depending on game concentrations and local conditions and campsite may vary according to availability.
This morning you take a final game drive in the park before leaving Etosha and heading south through the mining town of Tsumeb and past Otiwarango to the Waterberg Plateau. The local Herero people call this area Oueverumue meaning ‘narrow gate,’ and the sandstone mountain is an impressive sight as it surges out of the bushveld plain. The area offers a good contrast to other areas you have visited. Driving time approximately 5 hours (390km).
Waterberg Resort Campsite (CS) - 1 night - Swimming pool (BLD)
Africat Cheetah Foundation
This morning stretch your legs a bit with a walk through Waterberg. Getting out on foot is the best way to appreciate the beauty of this area and there are numerous trails. Your leader will select one to match the group’s ability. In the early afternoon you’ll drive to Okonjima where the Africat Foundation is based. The Africat Foundation is a great place to learn about big cats, especially cheetahs and leopards and is a valuable project to help our understanding of these animals. You’ll be able to find out about the dangers facing these beautiful creatures, come up close to animals being raised and spend time in the specially designed hides to give you the chance to see them in the wild. Rather than a fleeting visit to the foundation, you’ll camp overnight giving you plenty of opportunity to make the most of the activities on offer. Driving time approximately 2 ½hours (120km)
Africat Foundation Camp (CC) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (BLD)
Namibia has over 20% of the world's cheetah population – the largest concentration in the world, and Okonjima is the base for the Africat Foundation, which is devoted to saving the country's big cats - cheetah, leopard, lion and even caracal. A stay overnight here will give you the chance to see big cats at close range.
After a leisurely morning at the Africat Foundation you drive south on a flat, well-surfaced road to Windhoek (approx. 3 hours). Crossing the heartland of the Herero-speaking people, there’ll be a stop in Okahandja where there are some excellent wood-carving markets. On arrival in Windhoek, the trip ends for Land Only clients. (BL)
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