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Holiday Title: Namibia Panorama
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Namibia for 10 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Namibia Panorama
Passengers: 2 Adults
11 Day Car Rental: Car Hire Group - Group K (Nissan X-Trail)
Drive into Windhoek, a pleasant city set at an altitude of just over 1,600m amongst rolling hills. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the town on foot.
Set off early for the long drive to Sossusvlei (approx 400 km / 5 h 0 mins). An endless sea of shifting sand dunes, Sossusvlei is a worldwide sensation and easily Namibia's most iconic feature. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013, this far-reaching wave of giant orange dunes stands in startling contrast to the deep blues skies overhead and is punctuated only by stretches of cracked white vlei scattered with petrified trees.
Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert
Drive to Swakopmund (approx 450 km / 5 h 30 mins), Namibia's busiest resort town which offers a huge array of activities, an interesting German heritage, and is also home to some of the friendliest people in Southern Africa.
Drive to Damaraland (approx 490 km / 5 h 15 mins). Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when you first arrive. It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp. Enjoy an early morning game drive in search of elusive desert dwelling elephants, hike in the ancient surroundings of the Aba Huab River or travel back in time at Twyfelfontein, Namibia's first World Heritage Site.
Allow about 5 hours to drive to the Anderson Gate of the Etosha National Park. Okaukuejo Camp is then just a short distance into the Park. The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregate and interact from lion to rhino to elephant and antelope. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. The activity continues throughout the day until late at night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhino, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time.
Etosha National Park
Take the entire day to drive across the Park. Etosha is home to 114 different species of mammal, including 4 of the famous Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant and rhino (both black and white). It also boasts over 400 species of bird and 110 species of reptile. You'll also find 3 rare antelope species amongst its hills and valleys - the lovely black-faced impala, the graceful roan antelope and the dinky Damara dik-dik, Southern Africa's tiniest antelope, which stands only 40cm tall to the shoulder as a fully grown adult. Exit via the Von Lindequist Gate and head to Mushara Bush Camp, situated just a short drive away.
Etosha National Park
Drive to Okonjima Nature Reserve (approx 330 km / 3 h 40 mins). Situated halfway between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, a highlight of staying at the 55,000 acre Okonjima Nature Reserve are the cheetah and leopard safaris.
Okonjima Nature Reserve
The capital of Namibia, Windhoek is set amongst green hills in the centre of the country. With a population of only 160,000, it is relatively small, but is still the largest city in Namibia. It has a very relaxed feel to it, with little of the angst associated with the other major cities in Southern Africa, and is also one of the cleanest cities in Southern Africa.
There are several interesting things to do in and around Windhoek, including the Daan Viljoen Game Park, home to a wide variety of wildlife, including blue wildebeest, zebra, kudu, baboons, gemsbok, eland and springbok, plus over 200 species of birdlife.
Gibeon Meteorite Fountain, with particles from the largest known meteorite shower of its kind in the world
Visiting the Alte Fest and the National Museum of Namibia
Hiking or self-driving in the Daan Viljoen Game Park
The Elegant Guest House is stylish, modern and up-market, and consists of 6 luxurious en-suite double rooms. All rooms are equipped with TV, telephone and air conditioning.
There is a beautiful garden with swimming pool where you can relax after a day of sightseeing.
Your hosts will endeavor to make your stay as comfortable as possible and to provide you with a personalized service and genuine hospitality.
|Room:||1 x Standard Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
The huge red sand dunes at Sossusvlei are the most popular and visited tourist attraction in Namibia. The dunes are often referred to as the 'dune sea', because they are constantly moving as the wind sculpts the sand into different shapes.
Whilst the journey to get there is long, it is truly worth the effort. The contrast between the clear blue skies, deep red dunes, and the cracked white base of the dry lakes (vleis) lends itself to some truly stunning photography, and climbing the easily accessible dunes to get a view over the spectacular 'dune sea' is unforgettable.
Balloon rides and scenic flights are very popular as well, and provide a fabulous opportunity to see the full extent of the dune sea which the Namib Desert is so famous for.
The dunes are in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, and the entrance to the dunes is at Sesriem. Near to the entrance to the Park is Sesriem Canyon, whose name is derived from the 6 thongs or 'sesriem' which were needed to be tied together to draw the water up from the gorge. The narrow gorge is only 1 km long and is a pleasant place for a short walk in the late afternoon.
The Desert Homestead & Horse Trails lies 32 km southeast of Sesriem, the entrance to the Namib-Naukluft National Park and home of the famous Sossusvlei sand dunes. 20 thatched en-suite chalets, all luxuriously decorated in pale linens and dark wood riempie furniture, each have their own verandah under a latte canopy views extending to the Rotterkaum Mountains.
The Desert Homestead will ensure you an unrivalled respite from the desert extremes. Tranquil surroundings, alfresco dining, delectably fresh farm cuisine, refreshing dips in the pool, and stunning sunsets and sunrises are the basic pleasures at this lodge.
|Room:||1 x En-Suite Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast and dinner are included.|
Surrounded on 3 sides by the Namib desert, and on the 4th by the Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund is an interesting blend of African and German heritage, and one of the most friendly towns in Southern Africa. Many of the locals are of German descent, and together with its beautifully preserved German colonial architecture, the availability of German style beer, and the precise orderly manner which is evident everywhere, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in a small town in Germany, and not on the edge of the Namib Desert.
Probably the most popular single activity is quad-biking over the large red sand dunes that start from the edge of the town, or try sandboarding down the dunes as an alternative. The Cape Cross Seal Reserve is a 125 km drive north of Swakopmund, and home to breeding colonies of thousands of Cape fur seals.
Several operators also offer scenic flights. The 2 most popular options are to take a flight north up the coastline, over the Skeleton Coast and back round, or to fly across the desert to the Sossusvlei Dunes and back to Swakopmund along the coastline, taking-in a number of shipwrecks.
Just a 5 minute walk from the centre of Swakopmund, in a quiet area, the Central Guesthouse has welcoming and friendly staff. There are 7 bedrooms, including a family room.
All the en-suite rooms are spacious, with dark mahogany furniture and crisp white linen. Each room has air conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities, a safe, a flat-screen satellite TV, a hairdryer, and WiFi access.
Outside the rooms on each floor is a well-stocked communal minibar, which is run as an honesty bar with a small selection of drinks, and sweet and savoury snacks and fruit.
Other guest facilities include a comfortable lounge with an open fireplace, and a small dining room, where a buffet-style breakfast is served. Outside is a small courtyard with a braai area that guests can use.
|Room:||1 x En-Suite Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when you first arrive. It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp.
The surrounding space and endless views of Damaraland cannot be contained. They beckon you to explore - enjoy an early morning game drive in search of elusive desert dwelling elephants, hike in the ancient surroundings of the Aba Huab River or travel back in time at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.
Mowani’s local guides share with their guests an intimate knowledge and respect for the land that they have built up over a lifetime. With new insight into local traditions, you will come to fully appreciate the geology, botany and wildlife of the area. Local villagers are welcoming and keen to share their experiences.
The rooms are round in shape, with large outside decks to admire the view. The outside, partially open bathrooms adjoining the bedrooms have boulder, cement and rock walls, and roofs of rough mopane branches. Hot water is supplied by wood-burning 'donkey' boilers.
An inviting lounge area, where birds fly in to enjoy the water seeping from the rocks, a refreshing swimming pool nestled in the rocks and a scattering of bungalows complete this eco friendly camp.
|Room:||1 x Bungalow|
|Includes:||Breakfast and dinner are included.|
Etosha National Park offers some of the world’s finest wildlife viewing. Tucked away in the north of Namibia and stretching across 22,000 square kilometres of unrivalled remote landscape, Etosha is home to 114 different species of mammal, including 4 of the famous Big 5 - lion, leopard, elephant and rhino (both black and white). It also boasts over 400 species of bird and 110 species of reptile. You’ll also find 3 rare antelope species amongst its hills and valleys - the lovely black-faced impala, the graceful roan antelope and the dinky Damara dik-dik, Southern Africa’s tiniest antelope, which stands only 40cm tall to the shoulder as a fully grown adult.
Okaukuejo Camp is situated within the Park, approximately 17 km from the southern Andersson Gate entrance.
The main attraction of the camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregate and interact - from lion to rhino to elephant and antelope. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. The activity continues throughout the day until late at night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhino, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time.
Accommodation is provided to suit every need - double storey 2 bedroom premier waterhole chalets with balconies overlooking the waterhole, standard waterhole chalets (situated close to the waterhole), bush chalets, double rooms and family chalets.
Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camp sites.
|Room:||1 x Waterhole Chalet|
|Includes:||Breakfast and dinner are included. PLEASE NOTE: Park fees are NOT included. IN ADDITION: You will be required to pay a room deposit amount of N$500 (subject to change) on arrival, which is refundable on condition that the room is left in the same condition it was in when you arrived.|
The Mushara Bush Camp is situated a mere 10 km from the Von Lindequist gate of the world famous Etosha National Park.
Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important game reserves, which was declared a National Park in 1907. The park covers an area of 22,270 square kilometres and is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and one species of fish.
Guided game drives into the Park are offered as an additional activity in the morning and the afternoon.
The main Bush Camp House is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it. In the early evenings, a camp fire is lit and guests can exchange stories of the day's wildlife sightings.
Dinner, lunch and breakfast are served on the thatched verandah with the bush being a mere step away.
The Mushara Bush Camp offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience, and can accommodate up to 32 guests as well as 8 children in 16 custom made en-suite tents (4 which have a double sleeper couch for children), which are built from a combination of canvas, wood and local limestone.
With their own private verandah and roof to floor windows, these tents are spacious and airy.
The large bathroom has an oversized window and shower looking into the surrounding bush, and the brushed cement floors and stone walls keep the tents cool from the afternoon sun.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Tent|
|Includes:||Breakfast and dinner are included.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Situated halfway between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, Okonjima is the home of the AfriCat Foundation.
Since being founded in 1991, AfriCat’s mission has been to make significant contributions to conservation, while trying to ensure the survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. It undertakes research, community support and environmental education projects, as well as conservation work to rehabilitate carnivores such as cheetah and hyena.
A highlight for anyone visiting Okonjima is to learn about their big-cat passion. Leopards roam freely and hunt within the 20,00 hectare reserve, and an opportunity to see them on game drives led by experienced guides is why guests travel continents to stay here. You may also spot other rare and endangered species such as rhino and pangolin. Guests can also get involved in collecting and collating data, and assisting with actual research being conducted by AfriCat.
Some of AfriCat’s captive carnivores are too old or too habituated to be reintroduced to the wild, so another activity is to embark on an informative afternoon walking trail, and ending the day with a sundowner in an area which has a high density of rarely-seen brown hyena.
Okonjima Plains Camp offers a choice of en-suite accommodation depending on your budget - choose from Garden Rooms, Standard Rooms or the spacious View Rooms. The Standard and View Rooms also offer views across the Okonjima grassy plains, and also each have a verandah.
Guests can enjoy relaxing around the swimming pool, or sitting around the open fire in the evening before dinner is served in the pleasant dining area. At the nocturnal hide, guests can view after-dinner nightlife, such as porcupine, honey badgers and caracal, amongst others.
|Room:||1 x Garden Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast and dinner are included. All shared activities are additional. PLEASE NOTE: All soft drinks, wine and spirits are also not included.
Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to participate in any tracking on foot activities.
Holders of the following passports do not require a visa to enter Namibia when travelling as a tourist for stays up to 3 months:
United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; Australia; New Zealand; Ireland; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain; South Africa.
If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Namibia High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements, as citizens of certain countries are required to obtain visas before travelling. You can also check on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Namibia
Please note that if you are applying to the Embassy for your visa, some visas can take a long time to be processed so please do take this into consideration, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa in place before you travel.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Namibia and have sufficient blank pages for entry/exit stamps - at least 3.
TRAVELLING TO/FROM NAMIBIA WITH CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OF AGE AT DATE OF TRAVEL: The following requirements apply regardless of nationality. Parents travelling with children must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child, showing full details of the child's parents. If the birth certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned. If the child is adopted, the adoption certificate must be produced. If only one parent is travelling, said parent must also show consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent named on the birth certificate authorising the child to travel (the affidavit must be no more than 6 months old from the date of travel), or a court order granting full parental responsibilities to the travelling parent, or (where applicable) a death certificate for the deceased parent. Legally separated parents should also provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent. Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, he/she must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child supplemented by affidavits from the child's parents/legal guardian giving consent for the child to travel and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents/legal guardian PLUS their contact details. There are also additional rules for unaccompanied minors - available on request. PLEASE NOTE: All documents must be original - PHOTOCOPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED. In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced. For more information, please contact your Namibia High Commission.
PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with current passport and visa requirements.
You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Namibia.
To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.
There is a risk of malaria in the Caprivi Strip. During the summer/wetter months (November-June), it is also advisable to take malaria precautions if you are visiting the Etosha National Park although the risk of malaria during this time is still deemed to be low. Check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.
There is no risk of yellow fever in Namibia, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Namibia. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Nambia requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.