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10 Day Extraordinary Namibia - [STSVNE10]

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Extraordinary Namibia

Experience All the highlights of Namibia


This far-ranging tour from the Namib Desert in the south into the semi-arid northern heartland of the country will take your breath away. From the soaring red dunes of Sossusvlei to the ice-white beaches of Swakopmund, all the colours and textures, beauty and energy of Namibia will fill up your senses. You’ll get a unique insight into the stunning diversity of life, both animal and human, that has been suspended in an enduring but delicate ecological balance over millennia.

Highlights:
- Visiting the world’s oldest desert; stunning Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, highlights of the Namib-Nauklauft National Park
- Exploring the quaint desert seaside town of Swakopmund; and the dramatic geological formations and ancient Rock Art galleries of Damaraland
- Experiencing exhilarating Big 5 game viewing in the picturesque Etosha National Park with its vast, mirage-inducing salt pan

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Itinerary:

Day One 
Departing Windhoek You are collected at your hotel in Windhoek in the early afternoon and drive via the Spreetshoogte Pass and Solitaire to your lodge on the border of the Namib Desert. This is the oldest desert on earth formed some 5 million years ago, a breath-taking sea of sand and dunes that can reach up to 220 metres high. Day One Due to early morning fog from the coast, this arid place is home to a surprising array of creatures which benefit from the moisture. You arrive at your lodge and enjoy the tranquillity of this remote desert setting.

Day Two
To take full advantage of the magnificent play of early morning light on the dunes, we leave at 05h00 and arrive at Sesriem gate at sunrise. Your drive takes you through commanding vistas of the Tsauchab River Valley towered over by dunes; then explore Sossusvlei, a white salt-clay pan set amid the dunes. This is the perfect spot to climb some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Stop for breakfast before heading off to the dramatic Sesriem Canyon carved out of the local sedimentary rock over aeons by the Tsauchab River. Return to the lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing and soak up the sweeping views across the open plains. Later join a guided nature sunset drive to the Marble Mountains (drinks for guest’s own account) or just enjoy the spectacular sunset from the veranda at the lodge.

Day Three
Depart the lodge after breakfast and make your way via the Kuiseb Pass towards the palm-lined streets of Swakopmund, Namibia's premier seaside town. The icy Atlantic Ocean cools the coastal air, making for a welcome relief after the desert heat. The drive takes 4 hours and you arrive at your guest house around lunchtime. Once you've settled in, spend the rest of the day exploring the seafront, attractions and charming German colonial architecture. Return to your guest house for dinner.

Day Four
You have a full day to enjoy Swakopmund at your leisure. Unwind at the guest house, indulge in some shopping, take a stroll down the promenade or take advantage of the optional tours and adventure excursions on offer (for guest’s own account). Swakopmund is known for extreme sports and there are plenty of activities to get your adrenaline pumping! After all the excitement of the day, return to the guest house for dinner. Meet your tour guide and any travellers who will join the next leg of our tour of Northern Namibia and Etosha National Park.

Day Five
You leave Swakopmund and travel into the desert through Henties Bay. Continue to Uis, a former mining town before making your way to the World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein. Explore the rugged, rocky landscape to discover some of the finest examples of rock engravings and paintings in Southern Africa. Enjoy a packed picnic lunch amongst the petroglyphs before setting off to visit the Organ Pipes, a curious arrangement of perpendicular basalt columns, and the desolate landscape of Burnt Mountain. You then arrive at your picturesque lodge where you settle in for the night.

Day Six
Head out 30 minutes before sunrise on a morning guided hiking trail (optional), taking full advantage of the morning light and the animal life that is active then. Your guide will pace the walk depending on the capabilities and interests of the group. Relax for the remainder of the day before a late afternoon sundowner drive along the Aba Huab riverbed in search of the elusive desert elephants (seasonal). These incredible creatures have adapted their lifestyles to survive the harsh desert spaces they inhabit, often travelling up to 70 kilometres in search of food and water.

Day Seven
After breakfast travel to Kamanjab and pay a visit to a Damara Village en route to Etosha National Park. Because of the harsh desert climate of their homeland, the Damara tribe have existed in seclusion from outside influences and have managed to maintain much of their traditional lifestyle. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about their culture in a responsible and respectful way. Continue the journey with a stop at Outjo for lunch (for guest’s own account). Here we will possibly be joined by other guests for our safari in Etosha National Park. Etosha, the ‘place of dry water’ with is vast mirage-inducing saltpan is the premier game-viewing destination in Namibia. Enter the park and enjoy your first game drive (touring vehicle), leaving just before sunset to arrive at your lodge in time for a relaxing dinner.

Day Eight
Today you head into Etosha National Park for a full day game viewing adventure. Enjoy the herds of zebra and springbok scattered across the plains, and you could be lucky to spot an endangered black rhinoceros, lion or elephant at one of the water spots. Spend the day exploring the many waterholes dotted along the edge of the pan, with a stop for lunch at one of Etosha's shady rest camps (for guest’s own account). You leave the park just before sunset and head to your lodge for dinner.

Day Nine
Today promises more game viewing adventure and another opportunity for spotting the animals you missed yesterday. Spend the day exploring Etosha National Park with a stop for lunch (for guest’s own account) and some shady relief at one of the rest camps. You leave the park just before sunset and head back to the lodge for dinner’.
Day Ten
At 08h00, you check out and begin your journey south towards Windhoek. We may stop at Otavi, centre of Namibia’s maize growing region, to drop those guests who opt to join the Namibia Caprivi Safari. Our journey takes us to Otjiwarongo, where we stop for lunch (for guest’s own account). You head on to Okahandja where there is the chance to do some last minute shopping for souvenirs at the craft market. The drive continues to Windhoek, where your tour ends on arrival at around 17h30.

ACCOMMODATION:

Day One, Day Two -
 Namib Naukluft Lodge, Namib Naukluft Park Set in a stunning 25 000 hectare private nature reserve bordering the world-renowned Namib Naukluft Park, this lodge offers a great desert experience that is unique, peaceful and nature-loving. Tucked against the impressive granite hills, every room offers spectacular views across the open desert plains. All rooms are en suite, with air conditioning, private verandas and fridges. Traditional meals are served on the scenic veranda or in the open-air lapa. Guests can relax in the local African craft-inspired lounge or the friendly bar, or cool off in the sparkling swimming pool.
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Day Three, Day Four -
Brigadoon Guest House, Swakopmund Situated just 200 metres from Swakopmund’s main beach, this guesthouse offers stylish en suite rooms with all modern conveniences and a private patio overlooking a peaceful, lush garden. Excellent restaurants, a heated swimming pool and many places of interest in the town are within easy walking distance.
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Day Five, Day Six -
 Twyfelfontein Country Lodge Set in the picturesque, ancient Huab valley, this natural stone and thatch lodge sensitively blends in with the stunning mountains and plains. The surrounding Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site holds a wealth of Khoikoi rock engravings and paintings. Accommodation is in comfortable en suite rooms, and there is a lounge, open dining room and friendly bar. Guests can relax around the sparkling swimming pool.
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Day Seven, Day Eight - Etosha Safari Camp Etosha Safari Camp is conveniently situated just 10 kilometres from world-renowned Etosha National Park. Perched on a small hill, each uniquely designed en-suite safari-bungalow promises comfort at all times. Beds are covered with spacious mosquito nets and the gauzed windows provide optimal air circulation. Meals are served in a rustic farm style restaurant at the foot of the hill and here you can also refresh yourself in the swimming pool, make use of the internet cafe or enjoy one of the walking trails that surround the camp. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day Nine -
Mokuti Etosha Lodge This luxury safari lodge is just 2 kilometres from the Eastern entrance of Etosha National Park and is set in its own adjoining private reserve. Accommodation is in spacious rooms with African-inspired décor, en suite facilities, a sitting room, private veranda and modern conveniences. The lodge offers excellent dining experiences in both the restaurant and under the stars in the boma. There are two bars where you can enjoy sundowners or a nightcap. Relax around the sparkling swimming pool or get some exercise on one of the 2 floodlit Tennis courts situated in the bush. The lodge also offers a Fitness Centre and luxury Spa.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Tour Includes:

- 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches,1 lunch pack, 8 dinners, 8 nights accommodation, porterage, transportation and sightseeing as specified

Tour Excludes:

- Any additional personal expenses and purchases
- Any activities and meals not mentioned in the itinerary  

 

Extra information

Tour Departs: Selected Wednesdays

Tour Notes: Subject to minimum 2 guests / Days 1 – 3 English speaking Driver only. From day 5 English / German speaking guide. Pre and post night required in Windhoek.