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- This tour starts and ends in Windhoek
- We can book your international flights
- Fly to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek
- Fly back from Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek
- A transfer from and back to the airport is included
- We can arrange additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour for an extra cost
On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, our guide will meet you and transfer you through to Windhoek. After checking in to our hotel, you can then head out to get your first taste of the Namibian capital on a 3hr City & Township Tour (time permitting), exploring with our local guide and learning all about the history and the people of Windhoek. After our tour, we will be dropped off at our hotel, where we can relax by the pool or take an early dinner (own expense) at either of the two excellent restaurants on site.
An early departure is recommended today as we leave Windhoek no later than 8h00 heading north through to the Ongava Reserve, bordering Etosha National Park, Namibia’s. Both the Ongava Reserve and Etosha National Park are home to 4 of the big 5. On arrival at Ongava, we game drive our way through to our camp where we can check in to our rooms, where we can enjoy lunch before heading out with a local guide in an open vehicle for a game drive on the reserve.
A full day of game driving today as we spend the day exploring Etosha National Park. One of the biggest attractions for Etosha is driving from waterhole to waterhole where the animals congregate out of desperation to quench their thirst. Starting the day early we go in search of predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, etc. In the hope that they are on their way home from their evening hunt, and if you are lucky then you can catch them lazing by a waterhole washing down their dinner. Etosha is also home to a variety of megaherbivores including giraffe, black and white rhinos, and elephants. You return to camp for lunch and to relax during the heat of the day before heading out for the afternoon on the Ongava Reserve in search of predators.
A leisurely start this morning, or instead opt for a morning game drive in Etosha National Park before heading west into Damaraland. We can enjoy stops at the Petrified Forest, a fascinating geological phenomenon, before arriving at Mowani Mountain Camp, nestled perfectly amongst the boulders of Damaraland.
This afternoon we can enjoy a guided nature walk, a chance to learn more about the geology, flora, and fauna of the area before taking in a spectacular Damaraland sunset.
We start the morning with an early breakfast before heading out on our morning adventure along the ephemeral rivers to explore this remarkable area and search for some animals, including the elusive and amazing desert-adapted elephants. These animals have amazingly found a way to become accustomed to this semi-arid area, and this opportunity to find free-roaming desert elephants is a unique one, with these incredible creatures only found in Namibia and Mali.
In addition to the desert elephants, this unique environment offers breathtaking landscapes and with a local guide, we will have some unbelievable landscape photographic opportunities.
We return to camp during the heat of the day to enjoy a siesta, a dip in the pool and lunch before heading out to Twyfelfontein (literally translated means ‘doubtful spring’), a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to over 2500 rock etchings, making it one of the worlds largest collections of rock petroglyphs.
Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast
We depart Damaraland after breakfast heading south west through the communal areas of Damaraland to the Skeleton Coast. This drive takes us through the communal area of Damaraland where we can meet the local tribes including the Herero, Himba & Damara people. This is an amazing chance to interact with the local people, learn a little about life in rural Namibia and buy some local souvenirs directly from the makers. Continuing on, on arrival on the Skeleton Coast we make a stop at the Zeila Shipwreck, the latest victim on the rough Benguela current, wrecking back in 2007. We then continue on to Swakopmund where we can get settled into our accommodation, located in the centre of Swakopmund, before taking a stroll through town or along the jetty.
Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast
Swakopmund is the adventure capital of Namibia and there is certainly something to satisfy everyone. The town itself, an unusual mix of German and Namibian culture offers a relaxed and walkable town centre to enjoy at our own pace. There are good restaurants in both towns, with seafood of course being a specialty.
This morning is a chance to explore at your own pace. Alternatively enjoy a morning of sandboarding before exploring the dunes on a quad bike, or enjoying a scenic flight before skydiving, and for others, it might be something a little more calm as a leisurely breakfast, a visit to the aquarium before an afternoon scenic flight along the Skeleton Coast.
We then head south to Walvis Bay around midday where we take a private 4x4 adventure to Sandwich Harbour, traversing the natural rollercoaster, the sand dunes and taking in the spectacular views where the dunes tumble into the ocean.
Enjoy a lie-in and a leisurely breakfast this morning before hitting the road and heading south east through the Namib Desert, crossing the gravel plains before passing the Gaub & Kuiseb Passes and stopping at the Tropic Of Capricorn and then at Solitaire. We aim to arrive at the Kulala Reserve in mid-afternoon where we can settle into our accommodation before enjoying an afternoon nature drive or for the more adventurous, a fat bike ride on the reserve.
Today we spend the day exploring the Namib Desert, the world's oldest desert, and part of Africa’s largest conservation area. Departing before sunrise, we travel through Dune 45 where we can scale the massive sand dune and watch the sunrise from the top. We then continue along the Tsauchab River, stopping to enjoy countless photographic opportunities as the sun rises and the dunes change colour. The low lying sun provides breathtaking light on the dunes and the addition of an oryx, springbok or ostrich bringing the desert to life. Spend the morning exploring the dunes, wandering through Deadvlei and Sossusvlei and for the energetic climbing Big Daddy, the highest dune in the area. Returning to camp mid afternoon for some much deserved lunch and some respite from the midday sun, we can have a siesta before enjoying an afternoon visit to Sesriem Canyon or a nature drive on the Kulala Reserve.
Another early start this morning to experience the Namib Desert from the air in a hot air balloon complete with champagne breakfast in the desert. We depart the Sesriem area and make our way back to Windhoek passing the Naukluft Mountains.
Depending on flight times today, we may have time to enjoy a sunrise nature drive, or just relax before being transferred to Windhoek International Airport in time for our outbound flight. End of services
- Transport in a 4×4 vehicle with air-conditioning
- English-speaking guide
- 10 nights’ accommodation as above
- Meals & drinks (no premium spirits or champagne) as above
- Activities as above
- Mineral water in a vehicle
- Drinks, snacks & meals not stated above
- Optional activities
- Items of a personal nature
- Personal travel (medical) insurance - this is compulsory
- Anything else not stated above
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