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Desert & Wildlife Safari
Transport - Safari vehicle, on foot.
Accommodation - Hotel (1nts), guesthouse (3nts), lodge (4nt), bungalows (3nts), tented lodge (1nt).
Meals - 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 9 dinners.
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Tour starts; Windhoek
This is your arrival day which is free to relax, before to meet up with the group and leader. Explore the city and prepare for your trip. Windhoek is a relatively quiet city especially compared to other capital cities. 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.
Hotel (AAA) - 1 night
First of all 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 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 apple pie is pretty good! Your destination is close and you can now appreciate the enormous beauty of the Namib as you settle in to your guesthouse. (Driving time approx 350km/5hrs). Lodge with individual self catering unit with swimming pool (AAA) – 2 nights (LD)
You rise well before dawn and drive in darkness to the park gates which open with the first rays of light. As the sun rises you’ll drive into the heart of the desert to witness an incredible sight. In the morning light the desert flushes with colour that deepens and changes as the sun’s rays strike the quartz sand from an ever-higher angle as the sun climbs. The spectacle is breathtaking. The endless expanse of the legendary wind-sculpted 'walking dunes' has to be seen to be believed. Far from all looking alike, dunes of different areas have distinctive shapes and characteristics. Your guide will explain 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 Sossusvlei where if you are lucky you may spot a striking gemsbok. From here it is approximately a 1km walk to Dead Vlei - a white clay pan set amidst red dunes with gnarled black trees over 1000 years old. During your time in the area it is well worth the stiff climb to the top of one of the 300m high dunes (reputedly the highest on earth) for the view. Equally impressive is the silence and the tremendous sense of isolation. As the temperature rises it forces you out of the desert and back to Sesriem. Here you have lunch and can rest until late afternoon when you visit Sesriem Gorge, a wonderland of rock formations where the desert floor has been cut by the force of water. For those wanting to truly appreciate the vastness of the desert, here you can take a flight over the dunes (optional); the view is nothing short of magical. It's about an hour's drive to return to your guest house. (BLD)
Travel through Kuiseb Canyon where the dry river cuts an amazing path through the desert landscape and then see the rocks give way to sand as you get closer to the dune fields. After visiting Walvis Bay with its flamingos and pelicans, 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, a juicy kudu steak or even Black Forest gateau! (Total driving time approx 300km/6hrs)
Lodge (AAAA) – 2 nights (BL)
Enjoy the magnificent view of the sea from each room, listen to the waves and smell the fresh sea breeze, while enjoying delicious seafoodor sipping a coktail in the garden.
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 for 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 take a dip in the ocean (it's pretty cold!) or see the largest quartz crystal in the world. (B)
Brandberg via Cape Cross
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. You’ll 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 are incredible as the vast mass of animals huddle together with jackals prowling at the edges, hoping to be provided with an easy meal. After crossing the gravel plains of the Namib Desert you 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. (Driving time approx. 323 km / 5 hours). Lodge (AAA) with swimming pool – 1 night (BLD)
Himba Village & Africat
Today you travel further north through Damaraland. Driving on through spectacular countryside with numerous granite outcrops, you come to Kamanjab, and visit the 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. Driving time: approximately 6 hours (415 km)
You will then head to the Kavita Lion Lodge, 36km North of Kamanjab on a private game ranch. The lodge has a swimming pool and enchanting evening around the fire at the rustic 'boma'. This place is particularly well-known for the work they are doing with AFRI-CAT NORTH, a foundation dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Namibian lion. You will visit the Environmental Education Centre where you are introduced to the work of the Afri-Leo foundation with an insight into the farmer-predator conflict issues along the boundary of Etosha NP. The afternoon activity is approximately 2-3hrs including lion viewing from the safety of a hide and returning to the lodge shortly before dark.
Kavita Lion Lodge (AAA) – 1 night (BLD) (swimming pool)
The eco-etno experience... By staying there you will support AfriCat North (previously Afri-Leo)- a Namibian-based, non-profit organisation, dedicated to the conservation and protection of the wild lion in Namibia (Panthera leo). Enjoy a unique wilderness ‘getaway’ - where age-old customs, environmental awareness and conservation of fauna and flora will enhance your stay.
Continuing your drive north through picturesque farm country you arrive in Etosha National Park in time for a game drive. (approx. 300km/4 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. Bungalows (AAA) – 1 night - 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 once may 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. As you are crossing the park you’ll stop for lunch at Halali rest camp where you can also relax by the pool through the heat of the day. As it begins to cool off you head out again and 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. Bungalows (AAAA) – 2 nights - Swimming Pool (BLD)
Here is an ancient German fort converted into a beautiful resort within the National park. It has a waterhole which is floodlit at night, giving you an opportunity to see some of the shy, nocturnal wildlife.
Today you’ll take both morning and afternoon game drives in the eastern area of the park. Heading out early is a great time to see wildlife and you may be lucky to spot large herds of zebra and oryx (known locally as gemsbok) having a morning drink. The chance to see these animals in this environment is something unforgettable. You’ll return to the rest camp for lunch and to avoid the hottest part of the day, before it is time to go off again in search of more animals. (BLD)
Please note: Night stops in the Etosha National Park may alter depending on game concentrations and local conditions.
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 Otiwarongo 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.
In the afternoon you’ll visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Internationally recognized centre of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. CCF works with all stakeholders to develop best practices in research, education, and land use to benefit all species, including people. Spend time in the specially designed hides to see these magnificent animals up close. Driving time approximately 5 hours (390km).Then onwards to Waterberg National Park where we stay overnight. Guesthouse (AAA) – 1 night (BLD)
Drive to Windhoek; Tour Ends
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. Driving time approximately 4 hours (250km) (BL)