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Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Location: Namibia - Safari
Price: from £1,785 pp
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Namibia Highlights Safari

Namibia Highlights Safari combines four of Namibia’s most unique safari areas. The safari focuses on the Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Etosha areas in Namibia. This is a small group Safari and fully guided on set departures. After a visit to this fascinating and unique country you will never forget its wide horizons, endless stretches of golden desert dunes and lunar-like rocky plains. Its vast open spaces are home to a wealth of birds and animals, some rare protected species, and exquisite plant life, found nowhere else in the world!

Safari areas visited: Windhoek – Etosha – Damaraland – Swakopmund – Sossusvlei – Windhoek.

NAMIBIA HIGHLIGHTS SAFARI

  • Experience the haunting beauty of the Namib Desert at Sossusvlei
  • Thrilling excursion into the famous Sossusvlei sand dunes, the highest dunes in the world.
  • Safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier game viewing destination.
  • Explore Ongava, home to both the black and white rhino
  • Interact with the iconic Himba Tribe
  • View impressive bushman paintings in Damaraland
  • Adventure Hub of Swakopmund

    Set in a prime location of Swakopmund, Hotel Eberwein graces central Swakopmund on the coast of Namibia.

    Spend 2 nights in this popular seaside resort and adventure hub of Namibia. There are loads of great activities to entertain you.

    Enjoy a Dolphin cruise in Walvis Bay and get up close with the birds, seal colonies and dolphins that inhabit this area.

  • NAMIBIA HIGHLIGHTS SAFARI ACCOMMODATION AND ROUTING

    1 Night Bed & Breakfast in Windhoek

    3 Nights Half-Board in Etosha National Park

    2 Nights Half-Board in Damaraland

    2 Nights Bed & Breakfast in Swakopmund

    2 Nights Half-Board in Sossusvlei
    Return to Windhoek

  • Sossusvlei In the heart of Namib Desert

    Floating in a red sand sea, Namib Desert Lodge anchors at the foot of ancient fossilised dunes. Sossusvlei Namibia’s famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert, a huge pan enclosed by giant sand dunes will thrill and enchant you.

    Some of the spectacular hills of sand are at a height of 300 metres, the highest in the world. The best time to view Sossusvlei is at sunrise when the colours are vibrant and constantly changing allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.

  • Wonders of Damarland

    Damara Mopane Lodge is an ideal base for exploring Damaraland where you can enjoy a sun-downer drink and view the Namibian sunset. Damarland is a unique area with its sandy dry riverbeds, massive granite mountain tops scattered with shrubs and acacias.

    Visit Twyfelfontwin, a World Heritage Site, where Namibia’s original inhabitants carved animals and mysterious symbols into the sandsone. Within the area you will also find the Petrified Forest where you can see the fossilised trunks of trees estimated to be about 280 million years old.

  • Wildlife Experience at Etosha National Park

    Views from the lodge reach far into the horizon and the sunrises and sunsets are simply incredible; distinctive of Namibia’s beauty.

    The Park is one of the last remaining natural wild sanctuaries of the endangered black rhino. Etosha’s elephants are thought to be the tallest in Africa, and the black-faced impala is endemic to this area. The Etosha National Park an oasis in the middle of a semi-desert provides one of the most extraordinary game viewing experiences in Namibia.

  • INTERESTING INFORMATION

    Photographers should take a Swakopmund safari to the extraordinary ‘Moon Landscape’, a seemingly never-ending range of bizarre, barren hills resembling the Lunar Sea of Tranquillity. It is best visited at sunrise or sunset.

    The Sossusvlei dunes found in the Namib Desert are said to be the highest dunes in the world and are one of the most spectacular sights found in Namibia. The best time to observe them is at sunset and sunrise where the ever changing colors create an almost surreal backdrop creating the perfect photographic opportunities.

    Just outside Swakopmund, a number of towering sand dunes have been set aside for all sorts of adventure activities that include sand boarding and skiing, quad biking, camel rides and off-road driving. Other activities in the area include boat trips in search of dolphins and seals, scenic flights over the desert and rewarding bird watching tours.

  • BEST TIME TO VISIT NAMIBIA

    The best time for game viewing is between May and October. These are the dry winter months in Namibia when water is scarce, the bush is thin and the waterholes are packed with thirsty animals.

    The rainy season, from January to April is excellent for migrant birds, calving wildlife, dramatic thunderstorms and beautiful landscapes.

    Hiking and cycling adventures are best done in autumn, from March to May, when the rains have increased the natural water supplies, the days are mild and night-time temperatures in the desert haven’t reached their coldest.

  • ONCE IN A LIFETIME ACTIVITIES

    BUCKET LIST ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

    Sossusvlei Balloon Safari
    Add this onto your tour on the morning of Day 10 or Day 11.

    Departs daily at sunrise. This is a heavenly ‘Out of Africa’ experience, glorious, exhilarating and romantic. Float above the Namib Desert for an hour for a rare birds-eye view of the impressive landscape and colours of the Namib Desert from above. On landing enjoy a stylish champagne breakfast amidst the impressive scenery of the Namib Desert.

    Sossusvlei Sundowner Experience
    Add this onto your tour on the evening of Day 10.
    Departs daily at 1830hrs.
    Returns at: 2100hrs

    You will transfer to a breathtaking viewpoint at Sossusvlei to watch the landscape become increasingly saturated by the exquisite tones of the desert. The sun sinks over the Sossusvlei dunes, painting pictures of awe-inspiring colours over the vast desert plains. The sight of Sossusvlei at sunset is unforgettable and a most beautiful experience.

    Sossusvlei Sunrise Dune Experience
    Add this onto your tour on the morning of Day 10 or Day 11.
    Departs daily at sunrise (minimum 4 persons required)
    Returns at: 1300hrs

    Glorious daybreak at the Dunes is a sight of a lifetime. The Dunes are among the highest in the world and aside from the extreme beauty of a sunrise there, they offer the most extraordinary photographic moments. Take an exhilarating hike to the top of a dune for a panoramic view of the desert as far as the eye can see.

    Namib Moon Valley Desert Tour from Swakopmund Experience>
    Add this onto your tour on Day 8.
    Departs daily on request at 0900hrs / 1400hrs
    Returns at 1300hrs / 1800hrs (minimum 3 persons required)

    Tour the Namib Desert, the oldest living desert in the world filled with unusual plant and animal life. Set off towards the eerie crater known as Moon Valley, result of millions of years of erosion. This tour is all about discovering how nature and her desert-adapted creatures survive in this harsh but beautiful environment.

  • Add-On: Paradise Islands Destinations

    Spoil yourself by adding the perfect ending to your safari experience, have a beach break in the bliss of an Indian Ocean Island Holiday. Book now as an add-on and you are guaranteed to receive a welcoming discount.

NAMIBIA HIGHLIGHTS SAFARI ITINERARY:

Day 1: (Mon) Windhoek

On arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel with the remainder of your afternoon at leisure.
Accommodation: Safari Court Hotel or similar
Distance travelled today: 45 kms

Day 2: (Tue) Etosha National Park (Breakfast, Dinner)

Depart Windhoek and head north via Okahandja for a visit to a local market, to shop for wood carvings and curios. We arrive at our lodge late this afternoon.
Accommodation: Etosha Rest Camp or similar
Distance travelled today: 435 kms

Day 3: (Wed) Etosha National Park (Breakfast, Dinner)

Today we will spend a full day in this world-class game park, visiting a number of waterholes to observe the wildlife. Etosha translated, means ‘The place of dry water’ and here we get our first view of the magnificent pan. Wildlife Photography at Etosha National Park is exceptional: the waterholes allow for unobtrusive close-ups and dramatic angles of the wildlife whilst the salt pan throws up a backdrop of shimmering white beneath a parched blue sky.
Accommodation: Etosha Rest Camp or similar
Distance travelled today: 170 kms

Day 4: (Thu) Etosha National Park (Breakfast, Dinner)

We spend another day in Etosha’s unique desert landscape searching for amongst other animals, its large population of elephants and marvel at its prolific bird life. Our accommodation tonight is located just outside the reserve.
Accommodation: Etosha Rest Camp or similar
Distance travelled today: 105 kms

Day 5: (Fri) Damaraland (Breakfast, Dinner)

This day is sure to prove most memorable. With their intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments, the Himba are one of Namibia’s most distinctive tribes. We spend time with these proud people, learning about their captivating heritage and special way of life. From the small settlement near Kamanjab we head via Khorixas, the capital of the Damaraland region to arrive at our lodge at mid afternoon.
Accommodation: Damara Mopane Lodge or similar
Distance travelled today: 390 kms

Day 6: (Sat) Damaraland (Breakfast, Dinner)

We rise early this morning to see the highlights of Damaraland, one of the last true wilderness areas in Africa. We pass through scenic landscapes en route to the Petrified Forest. We visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, the fascinating geological features such as the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. Your afternoon is at leisure.
Accommodation: Damara Mopane Lodge or similar
Distance travelled today: 220 kms

Day 7: (Sun) Swakopmund (Breakfast)

We continue via Henties Bay to the charming coastal resort of Swakopmund. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore the town.
Accommodation: Eberwein Hotel or similar
Distance travelled today: 330 kms

Day 8: (Mon) Swakopmund (Breakfast)

Today is at leisure to continue your exploration of this charming town. Indulge in a harbour cruise or do a scenic flight, or perhaps one of the numerous optional adventure activities on offer.
Accommodation: Eberwein Hotel or similar

Day 9: (Tue) Sossusvlei (Breakfast, Dinner)

This morning we visit some of the regions natural wonders such as the ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis and the Moon Landscape before continuing to the edges of the Namib Desert. From there we proceed through the southern region of the Namib Naukluft Park, the Kuiseb Canyon, and the Gaub Pass before we reach our accommodation .
Accommodation: Namib Desert Lodge or similar
Distance travelled today: 360 kms

Day 10: (Wed) Sossusvlei ( Breakfast, Dinner)

We visit the spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei, reputedly the highest dunes in the world .Energetic guests may choose to climb to the top of the dunes, before returning to our lodge. Accommodation: Namib Desert Lodge or similar
Distance travelled today: 320 kms

Day 11: (Thurs) Sossusvlei – Windhoek (Breakfast)

This morning we have a leisurely start and drive through the scenic Spreetshoogte pass (road conditions permitting) on to Windhoek. You arrive at your Windhoek city hotel at approximately 13h30. Alternatively you may choose to be dropped off at the Windhoek International Airport by 14h30.
Distance travelled today: 290 kms


Etosha Rest Camps

The area is rich in waterholes that attract elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, springbok, gemsbok and red hartebeest. The birdlife is prolific and the seasonal flowers of Dolomite Hill are a highlight for botanists.

The Rest Camps are centrally located in close proximity of some of the most popular waterholes of the Etosha National Park.

Damara Mopane Lodge

Built under Mopane trees and connected by a labyrinth of paths, the main building and chalets of the lodge look like an African village. The walls are adorned by copies of the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.

Accommodation consists of 60 double room chalets (with air conditioning). There is a swimming pool for chilling out and a viewing point for relishing sunsets.


Eberwein Hotel Swakopmund

Close to the centre of town the 17 rooms are furnished in a Victorian style with high ceilings featuring TV, minibar, fan, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities and under floor heating. There are also honeymoon and VIP suites on offer for that extra special occasion.
The main areas of the hotel offer a breakfast area, a cosy bar and a roof terrace.

Swakopmund Activities: Beach walks and swimming, sightseeing through the historical town, craft markets, quad biking, sand boarding and sky diving, aquarium and museum, fishing and cruises along the coast and trips to ‘Cape Cross’ Seal colony.

Namib Desert Lodge

Floating in a red sand sea, Namib Desert Lodge anchors at the foot of ancient fossilised dunes. Down-to-earth and homely, it is a place to put your feet up, explore, discover and love.

Accommodation: 65 double rooms. They are all equipped with twin beds, en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Some of the rooms overlook the dunes and others the cliffs to the rear. A dining area with a large wooden deck offers the best views of the landscape.

The Lodge activities include the Dune Star Camp Hike, an evening sundowner dune trip, complete with drinks and snacks and a 2hr hiking trail to some of the local dunes.

Namibia Highlights Safari

2017 TOUR START PER PERSON
On Request  fr £ 1785.00

Included in the price
10 Nights accommodation, all transport in fully equipped vehicle, game drives
and activities as mentioned, meals as per itinerary, park entrance fees, experienced
local guide.

Not included in the price
flights, pre and post tour accommodation, optional activities, all drinks, tips and curios, all personal expenses.

Transport:
Transport is in fully equipped Toyota 4×4 land cruisers or appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing.

Meals:
Where included most breakfasts and dinners will be in the restaurants of the various lodges, however on certain nights the guide will provide an authentic meal for the group, which will be enjoyed together in the evening, often around a camp fire. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Luggage
Maximum baggage allowance: 12 kg.
This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase.

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