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The next couple of pages show a summary of the itinerary, and then there is a page on each place that is included.
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Holiday Title: Spread your Wings
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Namibia for 7 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Spread your Wings
Passengers: 2 Adults
Scenic Air BY LIGHT AIRCRAFT: Fly from Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) departing at 11:00 to Sossusvlei Airstrip, arriving at 12:30
You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia's ancient Namib Desert in Southern Africa, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is a secluded and serene oasis that overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops. Guided drives to the dunes, quad biking adventures, hikes and walks will let you explore the surrounding scenery and satisfy your sense of adventure.
Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert
Board your light aircraft for a scenic flight with views of the majestic dunes surrounding Sossusvlei, then along the coast (subject to weather conditions) and over Conception Bay and Sandwich Harbour and the famous lagoon to Swakopmund.
Scenic Air BY LIGHT AIRCRAFT: Fly from Sossusvlei Airstrip departing at 11:00 to Swakopmund (SWP), arriving at 12:30
Swakopmund is Namibia's busiest resort town and offers a huge array of activities, an interesting German heritage, and is also home to some of the friendliest people in Southern Africa.
Choose between 2 morning activities - either a Living Desert Tour in search of Namibia's Small Five, or go on a catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay to encounter dolphins, seals and other marine wildlife. Return to Swakopmund for your light aircraft flight to Twyfelfontein, followed by an afternoon excursion before arriving at your camp for dinner.
Scenic Air BY LIGHT AIRCRAFT: Fly from Swakopmund (SWP) departing at 14:00 to Twyfelfontein Airstrip, arriving at 15:30
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.
After breakfast, take a flight to the private Ongava Game Reserve, on the southern border of the Etosha National Park.
Scenic Air BY LIGHT AIRCRAFT: Fly from Twyfelfontein Airstrip departing at 11:00 to Ongava Airstrip, arriving at 12:30
Ongava Lodge is situated along the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles into the Okaukeujo area of Etosha where lion, elephant, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok and hartebeest can be seen at many of the waterholes. In addition, hides and walks with guides can be enjoyed on the private reserve. Ongava has resident white and black rhino, giving guests staying at Ongava the unique opportunity to see both of these charismatic species.
Etosha National Park
Scenic Air BY LIGHT AIRCRAFT: Fly from Ongava Airstrip departing at 12:00 to Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), arriving at 13:30
Experience the haunting beauty of the Namib Desert at AndBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, situated in the foothills of the private NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia. This extraordinary lodge is renowned for its luxurious and private accommodation.
Thanks to conservation efforts, the NamibRand spans 180,000 hectares of pristine desert wilderness, and is the largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa.
The Namib - known as 'The Living Desert' - is a world of vast space, endless horizons, dramatic desertscapes and jagged mountain heights.
Led by Sossusvlei's expert rangers and naturalists, explore the desert by quadbikes (all-terrain four-wheeled motorcycles), open 4x4 vehicles - even by hot-air balloon.
Excursions to the famous Sossusvlei sand dunes, the highest in the world, and Sesriem Canyon will add to this unforgettable desert experience.
The lodge comprises of 10 air-conditioned stone and a glass desert villas set along the curve of the escarpment that feature a bedroom with retractable skylights for in-bed star-gazing, a living room with a fireplace, an en-suite bathroom with a glass-encased rain shower offering 180º views, and a perfectly-positioned private plunge pool for some sublime respite after a long day in the desert heat.
The guest area features floor to ceiling, frameless glass panels that fold away to reveal unobstructed desert vistas. An interactive kitchen allows guests to create their own dishes and a fine selection of wines complements sublime meals. Other features include a one-of-a-kind gym, a 2-part wellness centre offering a treatment room and a private spa-bath, as well as a wet treatment room.
For those wishing for more privacy, the 2 bedroomed Star Dune Suite is ideal for families or groups of friends. Linked by a covered walkway, the suite features a private lounge and dining space, and the amenities of this extended accommodation provide the perfect space for one and all to enjoy.
|Room:||1 x Suite|
|Includes:||All meals, tea/coffee, 2 scheduled shared activities daily within the NamibRand Nature Reserve, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, soft drinks and bottled water and a laundry service are included. Sossusvlei excursions can be arranged at an additional cost - rates on request.|
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.
With it's extensive restaurants, bars, lounges, deli and sea-facing terraces, the Strand Hotel is the social epicentre of Swakopmund.
Uniquely located on the iconic and historic Swakopmund Mole and surrounded on 3 sides by the Southern Atlantic Ocean, the 125 rooms and suites offer the finest uninterrupted sea views available anywhere in this quaint historic town.
Arriving at the Strand is a dramatic experience as one passes through its 13m high and 9m wide Ocean View Atrium which travels right through the hotel offering sea views at either end. Off this Atrium Lobby is the main Reception, consisting of an inviting open fireplace which rounds off the warm welcome.
|Room:||1 x Standard 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.
Guests staying here can enjoy guided nature walks around the Twyfelfontein Conservancy, as well as trips to see the Bushman etchings and the mysterious Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. For a very special experience, an Elephant Nature Drive is a must-do - explore the terrain in search of these elusive desert-dwelling elephants who have adapted to the dry and sandy conditions of northern Namibia. You may also be lucky and find a desert black rhino too!
Inbetween activities, relax around the pool which is built into the rocks, enjoy a drink at the bar, or make yourself comfy in the lounge/dining room areas and enjoy the scenery. At sunset, make your way to the viewpoint and have a sundowner drink while taking in the 360 degrees of breathtaking views.
The rainy season here is from October/November through to March, but as this area receives minimal rainfall at best, the rain seldom last for more than an hour or 2 at most.
The 9 twin-bedded rooms are in the shape of rondavels and have boulder, cement and rock walls, which gives the initial impression that you are entering a cool, secluded cave. All rooms have an outside deck where you can admire the views. The en-suite open-air private bathrooms are built amongst the rocks, allowing guests to take advantage of the outdoor weather. Hot water is supplied by wood-burning 'donkey' boilers and solar geysers.
The Kipwe Suite is an air-conditioned, luxury elevated thatched suite that has a private lounge equipped with a satellite television and minibar with drinks included. The large double room with kingsize bed opens up onto an en-suite open air bathroom with a beautiful bath area.
|Room:||1 x Bungalow|
|Includes:||Full Board Basis: all meals; and 2 x game viewing activities are included.|
The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premier wildlife park, and home to great concentrations of game. Ongava Lodge is situated within the Ongava Game Reserve, a 30,000 hectare private reserve which is located adjacent to the southern boundary of the Etosha Park.
The Lodge offers the full Etosha experience, whilst providing superb accommodation and service. The main lounge and bar area both overlook the floodlit waterhole with wonderful views across the plains below, as does the dining area, where meals are served around a large 'family' style table. There is also a swimming pool for guest's enjoyment in-between game drives.
Activities include morning guided game drives in an open Land Rover into the Okaukuejo area of Etosha, where it is possible to see elephant, lion and many plains game including springbok, gemsbok, giraffe and hartebeest.
Guests can also enjoy day and night drives on the private reserve, which is home to resident white and black rhino. Tracking them on foot is a highlight. Walks with a guide are also available, as are visits to a hide overlooking a waterhole.
Guests are accommodated in 14 luxury brick and thatch chalets, each with air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower. Each chalet is built on an elevated deck, which are linked by walkways.
Glass fronted doors lead out onto a private veranda, where guests can relax and look out over the bushveld and the waterhole.
|Room:||1 x Chalet|
|Includes:||All meals, twice daily scheduled shared camp activities, Park fees, all local drinks and a laundry service are included. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes premium imported brands and champagne.
The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years; and 16 years old for rhino approaching on foot.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
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.