Safari in Namibia

Route:

Windhoek International Airport - Windhoek – Okahandja – Otjiwarongo – Outjo – Etosha – Outjo – Khorixas – Terrace Bay – Khorixas – Uis – Henties Bay – Swakopmund – Walvisbay - Solitaire – Sossusvlei – Rehoboth – Windhoek

Highlights of the tour:

*         Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia

*         Animal Kingdom in the Etosha National Park

*         Wild Damaraland

*         Rock engravings at Twyfelfontein

*         Skeleton Coast

*         Swakopmund, the coastal town

*         Moonlandscape and the Welwitschia

*         Endless Dunes at Sossusvlei

*         Sesriem Canyon

*         City tour in Windhoek

 

Inclusive :

09 nights’ accommodation in the following establishments:

-             1 night          Safari Hotel***                  BB      Windhoek

-             2 nights        Etosha Safari Camp***       BB      Etosha National Park

-             2 nights        Damara Mopane Lodge***   BB      Damaraland

-             2 nights        Hotel Europahof***             BB      Swakopmund

-             1 night          Namib Desert Lodge***       BB      Solitaire

-             1 night          Safari Hotel***                  BB      Windhoek

09 x breakfasts All lunches and dinners EXCLUDEDTransport in an air-conditioned coach (Namibian standard)Local, English speaking Driverguide4x4 Shuttle into the vleiAll entrance fees as per programFuelPorterage15 % VAT Tax

 

Prices : (valid in April 2012)

Net per person sharing a double room €1200, (12 – 14 paying participants)

Net single supplement €160,

 

Notes:

Our tour proposal is subject to availability.

Not inclusive:

 

*           All flights

*           Personal expenses e.g. souvenirs, telephone calls etc.

*           Visa expenses if needed

*           All services not mentioned above

Day 1 : Arrival in Windhoek  (appr. 40 km)


Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport.  Here you will be met by your personal English speaking Driverguide for the following 10 days.  He/she will welcome and assist you with your luggage before we proceed to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.

 

Arrival in Windhoek we will do a short sightseeing tour. 

 

Windhoek:

Sightseeing through the capital of Namibia. The city is considerably enhanced by stately historic buildings in German architectural style of the turn of the century. You can visit the old buildings, which lend a singular charm to the city, which include the historic seat of government also known as the Tintenpalast, which means palace of ink in German. The Christuskirche, which is right next to the Tintenpalast, with its graceful sphere provides the city with a striking landmark. The white – walled Alte Feste, which was once a fort and now a museum, reflects the history of the country. Windhoek lies 1650m above sea level. The population of Windhoek consists of only 450 000 people which nevertheless makes Windhoek the largest city in the country. The biggest part of Windhoek’s population stays in Katutura, the Bantu speaking – suburb of the city. Katutura is an Oshiwambo word meaning: “the place where we do not want to stay”. All along “Independence Avenue”, the former “Kaiserstrasse” (German for “emperor’s street”), one can see the old, colonial houses right next to the buildings of the modern, post – independence Namibia.

After a short sightseeing tour, we will check in at Safari Hotel.

Bed and Breakfast, Safari Hotel.

Day 2 : Windhoek – Etosha   (appr. 420 km)
After breakfast we will drive to Etosha via Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and Outjo.

Arrival at the Etosha Safari Camp, we will check in and you can have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Bed and breakfast, Etosha Safari Camp.

 

Day 3 : Etosha National Park  (appr. 200 km)
After a mouthwatering breakfast, we will do a full day gamedrive within our tour coach in the Etosha National Park.

Etosha National Park:

The Etosha National Park, consisting of 22 270 sq km of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 sq km. For the greater part of the year, the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which shimmers with mirages on most days. It is seeing vast herds of game with this eerie „great white place of dry water“ as a backdrop which makes the Etosha experience unique. A total of about 114 mammal species are found in the park, including several rare and endangered, such as black rhino and black-faced impala. About 300 bird species occur in the park, of which approximately one third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders.

Bed & breakfast, Etosha Safari Camp

 

Day 4 : Etosha National Park - Khorixas   (appr. 200 km)
Breakfast, we will drive to the Damara Mopane Lodge via Outjo on our way to Khorixas.

Arrival at Damara Mopane Lodge, we will spend the day at leisure.

Bed and breakfast, Damara Mopane Lodge

Day 5 : Khorixas – Terrace Bay - Khorixas  (appr. 300 km)
Early morning breakfast, we will drive via Khorixas to the Skeleton coast where we will be visiting the Terrace bay. 

 

Khorixas:

131km west of Outjo lies the unofficial capital of the Damaraland, Khorixas.  Formally known as Welwitchia, Khorixas is said to be a Khoekhoen name for a tree with edible berries resembling currents.  The Khorixas Community Craft Market in the center of town offers the visitors a chance to buy carvings made from corkwood trees, carved makalani nuts, seed necklaces and Himba dolls made from leather.

 

Before we drive to the Skeleton Coast, we will visit the Rockpaintings at Twyfelfontein, the Organ Pipes and the Petrified Forest.

 

Twyfelfontein:

Twyfelfontein, meaning doubtful fountain, which lies to the west of Khorixas, resembles a large, open-air art gallery. This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections in Africa.

 

Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain:

South of Twyfelfontein is the Burnt Mountain, a panorama of desolation with coloured rocks contrasting vividly against the grey-black surroundings. The Organ Pipes, a mass of basalt slabs in a ravine gouged out by a river, is another geological curiosity in the area.

 

Petrified Forest:

Here some antediluvian flood deposited giant tree trunks, some up to 30m long. The age of these fossil trunks is estimated to be 200 million years. They subsequently turned to stone, millions of years ago. Today the Namib’s living fossil plant, Welwitschia mirabilis, grows among these prostrate fossilized trunks.

 

We continue to the Skeleton Coast where we will be visiting the Terrace Bay.

 

Skeleton Coast:

The 16 390sq km Skeleton Coast Park stretches for nearly 500 km from the Ugab rivercourse to the perennial Kunene River on the Angolan border. Visits to the northern half, beyond the Hoanib rivercourse, a wilderness full of dunes without roads or other infrastructure, are restricted to fly-in safaris with a licensed operator. The southern half consists of gravel plains and low hills with occasional saltpans and dunes. Ghost rivers cross the plains.Rust-eaten hulls of wrecked ships give the Skeleton Coast its name. Here  ocean and desert are omnipresent. Game sightings are a matter of chance. On a calm clear morning, the unexpected sight of a waterhole in a sandy rivercourse, a patch of green where springbok or gemsbok graze within sight of the sea while dolphins gamble  in the surf, seems nothing short of miraculous. Black-backed jackal and brown hyena patrol the beaches, while African elephant sometimes move down the rivercourses from the interior.

In the late afternoon we will return to the Damara Mopane Lodge.

Bed and breakfast, Damara Mopane Lodge

 

Day 6:  Damaraland – Swakopmund  (appr. 330 km)

We leave this beautiful damaraland behind and took off to the coast.  We will drive via the towns of Uis and Henties bay to Swakopmund.

 

Arrival in Swakopmund and check-in at the Hotel Europahof and afterwards a short city tour.

 

Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the inland heat. It is also popular amongst visitors because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory’s main harbour for many years. The distinct German colonial character has been well preserved and today many of the old buildings serve a useful purpose.The Woermann House (1905) now houses an art gallery. The Woermann Tower was used in earlier times to see if ships came into the harbour. Other old interesting buildings are: „Die Alte Kaserne“, „Hohenzollern Haus“, and the Railway Station Building.

Bed and breakfast, Hotel Europahof

Day 7 : Swakopmund   (appr. 50 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.  You can spend the day at leisure or take part in any of the activities offered in and around Swakopmund and Walvisbay.

More information upon arrival in Namibia.

Bed and breakfast, Hotel Europahof

 

Day 8 : Swakopmund - Sossusvlei (appr. 300 km)

Our journey takes us all the way to the Namib Desert.  After a mouth-watering breakfast, we will drive to Namib Desert Lodge via Walvisbay and Solitaire.

 

One of the oldest deserts in the world, maybe the very oldest, the Namib was already arid at least 80 million years ago. In the south it extends into South Africa, across the Orange River, while in the north it crosses the Kunene into Angola. The greater part of the Namib lies inside Namibia, where it occupies some 1500km of Atlantic coastline. In width it generally varies between 80 and 140km, but in places reaches inland for as much as 200km.

 

En route we see the Welwitschia Mirabilis plant, as well as the Moon Landscape Valley.

The Welwitschia Mirabilis, a botanical curiosity endemic to the Namib Desert and certainly one of the most intriguing and bizarre plants on earth. Sprawling untidily on the desert plains, the Welwitschia is believed to have a lifespan of up to 2000 year. The plant produces only two leaves throughout its lifetime. The desert winds tear at the fibrous, evergreen blades, shredding them into strips, which curl into snake-like thongs, leaving the tips withered and dry. A large concentration of these plants is found along the Welwitschia Trail.

Soft overlaying levels of earth deposited some 450 million years ago, were eroded over millenniums to create this eerie landscape.

An unexpected cluster of eucalyptus and palm trees on the banks of the Swakop River at the farm Goanikontes surrounds a historic farmhouse dating back to the mid – 1850s. In earlier times the farm had a thriving vegetable garden, which supplied fresh products to Swakopmund.

 

Bed and breakfast, Hotel Europahof

 

Day 9 : Sossusvlei – Windhoek   (appr. 450 km)

Early morning departure to Sossusvlei. You have the opportunity to climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world. You will drive to the 2x4 parking area from where you will be transferred the last 5 kilometers in 4x4 vehicles into the vlei.

 

Picnic breakfast will be prepared which you will enjoy en-route.

Sossusvlei:

This is a dune wonderland, with towering dunes up to 300m high surrounding a huge, dried-up pan. Dunes extend as far as the eye can see and their rich tints vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. During a good rainy season the Tsauchab River flows into the pan which creates a heaven for water birds. Even during the dry season, Oryx, springbok and ostriches can be seen feeding off the sparse vegetation along the water course.

 

Afterwards we drive to the Sesriem Canyon.

 

Sesriem Canyon:

At the entrance to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down for 30m to 40m, are deep pools of water which become replenished after good rains. Sesriem derives its name from the time when early pioneers tied six lengths of rawhide thongs together to draw water from these pools.

 

After this wonderful experience, we will drive back to Windhoek via Solitaire and Rehoboth.

 

Rehoboth:

Amongst relatively dense acacia woodland of camel thorn, sweet-thorn and candle-pod acacia, lies the historical town of Rehoboth. Like many towns in Namibia Rehoboth was once a missionary station. It is inhabited by the Baster community, which consists of the descendants of people of mixed parentage who trekked across the Orange River under their leader Hermanus van Wyk and settled at Rehoboth in 1870.

Arrival in Windhoek and check in Safari Hotel

Bed and breakfast, Safari Hotel

 

Day 10 : Windhoek – Windhoek International Airport  (appr. 40 km)

Our tour unfortunately comes to an end.  Today you can do some last shopping before you receive your transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

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