Namibias North


Itinerary:
from Windhoek to Windhoek

Duration: 16 days

Group size: 6 – 8

Lodge Safari Price: 3950 €


Highlights

  • Windhoek
  • Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert
  • Swakopmund, a desert town on the west coast of Namibia
  • Damaraland and Kaokoland with its desert elephants, Ovahimba tribe and Bushman paintings
  • The magnificent African wildlife in Etosha Pan National Park

 

Info

Namibia- country of the unrelenting sun and vast open landscapes – will be explored on this special tour. We concentrate on the remote Damara- and Kaokoland in the northwestern part of the country and experience the unique wildlife of Etosha Pan National Park.

As a first highlight we explore the Namib desert, with its 300 m high red sand dunes, the oldest and one of the most spectacular deserts in the world. After seeing the desert we make our way up to the north through savanna scenery to reach Kaokoland, one of the most remote regions in Africa. Here we will meet the proud Ovahimba people. Finally we visit the famous Etosha National Park, one of the most important wildlife reserves in Africa. We spend time looking for the big game that this park is so well known for. Here we will be able to observe elephants, lions, black rhinoceros and big herds of antelopes at the water holes.

Day 1: Windhoek

Day2:  Sesriem

Day 3: Sossusvlei

Day 4: Namib-Naukluft-Park

Day 5: Swakopmund

Day 6: Cape Cross

Day 7: Twyfelfontein and Damaraland

Day 8: Palmwag

Day 9: Sesfontein

Day 10: Hoanib River Excursion

Day 11: Kaokoveld, Epupa Falls

Day 12: Epupa Falls

Day 13 – 15: Game spotting in Etoscha

Day 16: Transfer to Windhoek

Itinerary*

Day 1: Windhoek

Arrival in Windhoek and check in at our guesthouse. In the afternoon we will take you on a City tour.

Day 2: Sesriem

An early start takes us via Khomas Hochland and Remhoogte Pass to Sesriem. In this wonderful desert landscape of the Namib/ Naukluft we will visit the 30 m deep impressive Sesriem-gorge on an afternoon hike. Two nights are spent near Sesriem in a lodge. BLD

Day 3: Sossusvlei

We spend one day exploring the Namib Desert, one of the oldest and most spectacular deserts in the world. Hiking to Sossusvlei, a dried out lake only filling up with water every 10 years, is one of the highlights of the tour. The area boasts some of the largest sand dunes in the world and the scenery is unforgettable. BLD

 

Day 4: Namib-Naukluft-Park
We carry on northwestward through the Namib/Naukluft Park, one of the biggest of all the African Nature Reserves. We arrive in Swakopmund in the afternoon and check into our lodge (2 nights). BL

Day 5: Swakopmund

Day excursion into the desert. Here in the dry Namib we will look for the rare and unusual Welwitschia plant, which is adapted to the extreme drought here. Its lifespan is estimated at more than 1.000 years. Evening dew and morning mist is enough to keep this extraordinary plant alive. BL

 

Day 6: Cape Cross  

We make our way up to Cape Cross where we visit the famous Cape Fur Seal colony of about 90.000 fur seals. We have the opportunity to experience this bustling colony close up. Overnight at Brandberg, Namibias highest mountain (2359 m). BLD

 

Day 7: Twyfelfontein and Damaraland

In the morning we visit Twyfelfontein to view some of the most unique bushman paintings and engravings in Africa, estimated to be about 5 000 years old. Other attractions here include the Burnt Mountainand the Petrified Forest, where many fossilized tree trunks are found. In the afternoon we drive to Palmwag. On the way the well-adapted desert elephants are still regularly sighted. BLD

Day 8: Palmwag

On an early morning game drive or walk we explore the unique landscape and wildlife of the Palmwag area. Kudus, giraffes, mountain zebras and elephants are regularly sighted here and even leopard, cheetah and lion can be seen. BLD

Day 9: Sesfontein

In the morning we visit Ongongo springs for a refreshing swim. We then drive to Sesfontein in Kaokoveld. BL

Day 10: Hoanib River Excursion

Today we do a full day game drive into the Hoanib river bed. In this region we are looking for the rare desert elephants. BL

Day 11: Kaokoveld, Epupa Falls

A stony path along the Jouberts Mountains leads to the area where the Ovahimba people live. They have adapted to survive in the barren landscape. In the evening, we arrive at Epupa Falls on the Kunene River. BLD

Day 12: Epupa Falls

We do several walks along the impressive Epupa Falls to get to know this amazing area. Today there is also time to relax along the Kunene River. BLD

Day 13 – 15: Game spotting in Etoscha

A highlight of the tour, at over 22000 km² Etosha Pan is one of the most important game reserves in the world. The Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression 130 km by 50 km in extent, is a dried out lake for most of the year, filling from December to April with sometimes up to a meter of muddy, algae-rich water. Here game drives are dictated by the movement of the many different animals like lion, cheetah, leopard, black rhino, elephant and big herds of antelopes. The bird life is also prolific with 326 recorded species. We spend the mornings and afternoons game viewing and bird watching. There will also be the possibility to observe the animals around the floodlit waterholes at night. The hot midday hours can be spent relaxing at the swimming pool. Accommodation in bungalows of the camps of Okaukuejo, Halali or Namutoni. BL

Day 16: Transfer to Windhoek

Flight in the afternoon B

(B=Breakfast  L=Lunch  D=Dinner)

*Subject to change without notice

Price & Services

Price: 3950 €
Single supplement: 580 €

Price includes:

  • Overnight stays in bungalows/ lodges
  • 2-3 meals per day (except restaurant meals and where indicated otherwise)
  • Transport in comfortable, reliable Safari vehicle
  • Excursions as described in the Itinerary
  • Entrance fees in National Parks
  • Professional guide

 

Not included in the price:

  • Flight
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks (alcoholic and soft drinks), tips and personal expenses

FURTHER INFORMATION 

Group size: 6-8 people

Visa: please inquiry at your embassy

Entry: passport (at least valid for 6 moths)

Vaccinations: No vaccinations are compulsory, but we suggest Malaria Prophylactics (December – April), for more information please contact your GP.

Departures

Dates 2014: 12.01. / 09.02. / 09.03. / 06.04. / 11.05. / 06.07. / 03.08. / 24.08. / 14.09. / 28.09. / 26.10. / 16.11. / 21.12.

Dates 2015: 11.01. / 08.02. / 08.03. / 05.04. / 10.05. / 05.07. / 02.08. / 23.08. / 13.09. / 27.09. / 25.10. / 15.11. / 20.12.

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