Classic Namibia - Superior Option

Classic Namibia - Superior Option

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Classic Namibia - Superior Option

Summary Of The Route and Costs

This 13 day/12 night wide-ranging guided tour takes in all Namibia's highlights from the red deserts of the south to the foggy Atlantic shore and the rugged northern beauty of Damaraland to the magnificent wildlife in Etosha National Park.

Highlights include exploring the highlights of southern Namibia including the Kalahari and Namib Deserts, the spectacular Fish River Canyon, enjoying Namibia’s popular seaside town, Swakopmund, with its wide range of leisure and adventure activities, and experiencing the highlights of northern Namibia including the World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein and the world-renowned Etosha National Park.

Tours depart on selected departure dates with a minimum of 2 guests up to a maximum of 16.  All tours are in dual language German/English commentary. English only commentary tours are available on certain departures only. Also, some departure dates do not incur a single supplement - please enquire for further details.

The tour includes 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners (on days 1-5 and 8-12), bottled water on board, all accommodation as specified, porterage, and transport/sightseeing as specified. 

PLEASE NOTE: Game drives in Etosha are in closed vehicles.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

Holiday Title: Classic Namibia - Superior Option

Countries Visited: Namibia

Day 1

Today you will start from Windhoek on this truly classic tour of Namibia and head to your accommodation in the Kalahari. This vast semi desert of wind-blown red sand and scattered acacias and shrubs covers several African countries, making it one of the largest continuous stretch of sand. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall, but even so, it lacks permanent surface water, making it a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here. The Bushmen refer to it as the Soul of the World, an emotive description for this area!

Intu-Afrika Camelthorn Lodge is in a secluded valley between 2 red dunes and hidden amongst ancient camelthorn trees in the Kalahari Game Reserve. The lodge consists of a thatched main building, dining area as well as a boma that overlooks a natural stone pool. The lodge's decor takes its decoration inspiration from African Bushmen, one of the oldest cultures in the world. You will have the chance to walk around the Kalahari with a bushman tracker and immerse yourself into a dramatically wild landscape, or take the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants in this desert environment on an optional nature drive.

Day 2

Today you will continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains, and visit the unique Garas Quiver tree forest. You are welcomed by quirky man-made sculptures of scrap metal which set a contrast to this serene, timeless space with Quiver trees and aloes nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked in a mysterious way. Because of this feature, the area is also aptly referred to as the 'Giant's Playground'. After this you will you continue to your overnight accommodation at the Fish River Canyon.

A gem in the rugged environment, Canyon Lodge is a fusion of farmhouse flavour and natural splendour. Walkways lead to 30 natural stone chalets nestled amongst granite boulders. Celebrate dawn amongst the quiver trees and the awe inspiring adventure of life from the rim of the Fish River Canyon. Take a walk on the Namibian wild side this afternoon and explore the area on foot or on an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape and impressive sweeping rock formations.

The Fish River Canyon

1 night at Canyon Lodge

Day 3

The morning begins on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where you will gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The canyon claims to be the second largest canyon on earth, and features a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in the past. You will continue past the Naute dam, stopping at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery, to optionally taste some of the unique liquors or simply enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, before arriving at your overnight accommodation in the coastal town of Luderitz. Along the way you will stop off at Garub, the viewing point for the wild horses of the Namib Desert.

Luderitz Nest Hotel is in the historic coastal town of Luderitz in southern Namibia. All rooms and suites offer direct sea views, card-key entry, and climate-controlled cooling-heating. The outdoor heated pool with sun-loungers and parasols is surrounded by verdant gardens and is a haven for relaxation. The fully air-conditioned Crayfish Bar and Lounge with its magnificent sea and Lüderitz peninsula views, is a relaxing and comfortable venue to sip on your favourite cocktail, whisky, wine, beer or full bean speciality coffee. The on-site and popular Penguin Restaurant serves a delicious menu including west coast rock lobster and the famous Luderitz oyster.

The Southern Namib

1 night at The Nest Hotel

Day 4

Your morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the Diamond boom and built to last until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past, offering visitor’s unique photo motives into a bygone era. The journey continues across vast open plains, stopping for an optional light lunch in the small town of Helmeringhausen before heading further north along with the Tiras Mountain range to your lodge in the Namib Desert. The lodge is located close to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.

Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner deck, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole.

Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert

2 nights at Sossusvlei Lodge

Day 5

The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park at sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, which contrast against the crisp blue skyline - you will find yourself reaching for your camera immediately! Prepare to be captivated by the surreal Dead Vlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst the dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Afterwards, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon right in the heart of the Namib Desert.

Day 6

After breakfast, your Namibian adventure continues with a visit to the little settlement of Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park. Enjoy a cup of coffee with a piece of delightful apple pie, written about in so many travel books before travelling via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Upon reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, you will visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breathtaking picture when they appear in large groups. Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean you will reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia.

Hansa Hotel is located in the very center of the charming little town of Swakopmund, and is a timelessly classical building dating from 1905.

Day 7

Swakopmund is often referred to as the playground of Namibia, and it has numerous activities to offer visitors during your day of leisure here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many cafes. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.

Day 8

Leaving the coast behind this morning, you make your way towards Damaraland. The journey takes you through the mining village of Uis and past the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain, just shy of 2,600m. You then continue further into Damaraland, one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Arrival at the lodge will be in the afternoon, with the remainder of the day at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of the lodge.

Day 9

Enjoy an early morning scenic nature drive through the wilderness area of the Otjimboyo Concession as you make your way towards the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain. This is the best time to capture the perfect light of sunrise and catch the last mist engulfing the mountain. You then continue down into the dry Ugab riverbed, which you follow back towards the camp. Stopping under one of the majestic camelthorn trees you enjoy a light picnic lunch. On your drive along the meandering river you might encounter the elusive desert elephant that roam the dry riverbeds of the Damaraland, feeding on the nutritious pods of the trees lining the riverbanks. Arriving back at the camp you have enough time left to enjoy the scenery or follow one of the walking trails.

Day 10

During the cooler hours of the morning you start your adventure filled day in the company of a local Damara guide, who takes you to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2,500 pictures some 6.000 years ago!.After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara, you proceed to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here you also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant - the oldest living desert plant on Earth.

Your onward journey takes you to the wildlife heaven of Namibia - the Etosha National Park. You check into your lodge located on the border of the Etosha National Park and can unwind after the adventure filled day alongside the pool.

Day 11

Today is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The Park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia's first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the Park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link over 30 waterholes allowing visitors the opportunity of an extensive game viewing safari over the stretch of the Park as each different area will provide different encounters.

Day 12

Today your guide again takes you on another game drive into Etosha. You may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. Later in the afternoon you will travel to your final lodge, where you can relax for the rest of the day.

Mokuti Etosha Lodge is situated only four minutes drive from the eastern Von Lindequist Gate near Namutoni Fort and is the closest lodge to the Etosha National Park. Located on its own private 4,000 hectare nature reserve, it shares a common border with this fascinating National Park. Upon arrival, a cool, green tropical oasis welcomes guests. Charming thatched buildings and two sparkling pools nestled among the vast indigenous gardens, give credence to the name 'Mokuti', which in Ovambo means 'In the forest'.

Etosha National Park

1 night at Mokuti Lodge

Day 13

After breakfast you will travel back through the centre of the country to the capital Windhoek. Time permitting, you may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up some souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture and African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. On arrival, you will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.

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Holiday Title: Classic Namibia - Superior Option

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