Explore the bare plains of the Namib Desert, the apricot coloured dunes of Sossusvlei, the romantic coastal town of Swakopmund nestled between the Ocean and the Desert, the rough terrain of Damaraland and the abundant wildlife in the world renowned Etosha National Park on this classic Namibia tour.
Arrival at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) airport, where you will be met by your guide. Subsequent transfer to the capital of Namibia for check-in at Elegant Guesthouse. After check-in at the accommodation establishment, you will be taken on a city tour. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. Several buildings from the German colonial era have been preserved and restored to fulfill useful functions in the community today. Some of the sights you will see on your tour are the Ride Memorial, the Old Fort, the Parliament Building (also known as the "Ink Place"), the Lutheran Church, the Railway Station and many more. Overnight stay at Villa Violet Guesthouse or similar – Bed & Breakfast.
After breakfast departure from Windhoek and drive via Rehoboth, the centre of Namibia's Baster community into the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert to the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Lodge. Late afternoon, participate in a guided game drive to learn about the flora and fauna of the Kalahari Desert. Overnight at the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch or similar on dinner, bed & breakfast basis.
Further south the routing takes you via Maltahöhe into the low plains of the Namib Desert to Desert Homestead and Horse Trails. Overnight stay at Desert Quiver Camp or similar on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis.
Early morning visit to Sossusvlei, (a clay pan surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes in the world), which is surrounded by the possibly highest dunes in the world and is filled only with water in years when exceptionally good rainfall is received. We visit the Sesriem Canyon. It is said that the canyon got its name during the time of the ox wagon, when a person had to use six harness straps to haul water from the bottom of the canyon. Overnight stay at Desert Quiver Camp or similar on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis.
The route takes you north via the Kuiseb Canyon to Swakopmund. Highlights en route include a drive to the "Moon Landscape" and the ancient desert plant, "Welwitschia mirabilis". This quaint desert town with its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns and palm trees. Overnight at the Swakopmund Guesthouse or similar on a bed & breakfast basis.
Morning dolphin cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon. The afternoon is at own leisure. One overnight stay at the Swakopmund Guesthouse or similar on a bed and breakfast basis.
Departure from Swakopmund along the Atlantic Coast towards the North. Visit the lichen fields near Wlotzka's Baken before continuing to Henties Bay, a small holiday resort. Onwards to the seal colony at Cape Cross. After visiting the seals, the journey continues via Ugabmund to the southern Skeleton Coast Park to inspect a shipwreck. You leave the Skeleton Coast Park in the early afternoon via Springbokwasser and can experience the harsh transition from the Namib Desert to the Damaraland highlands with its impressive landscape and ragged valleys. A highlight of your stay at Grootberg Lodge will be the rhinotracking excursion. Two overnight stays at Grootberg Lodge or similar on dinner, bed & breakfast basis.
Leaving Grootberg Lodge, we travel via the Grootberg Pass to Kamanjab and further on the tarred road to the Etosha National Park. Arrival at the Okaukuejo Restcamp in the Etosha National Park. At the heart of this National Park is the Etosha Pan, a vast dry shallow depression. Perennial springs feed the waterholes along the southern verge, which attract a myriad of animal species. Overnight stay in a bungalow in the Hobatere Lodge or similar - Dinner, bed & breakfast.
Discover the mysteries of the African bush in Etosha National Park. We are spending the day doing game drives in the park and visit the numerous waterholes that attract a large diversity of animal and bird species, many of these being endemic to the country. Overnight stay in a bungalow in the Taleni Etosha Village or similar - Dinner, bed & breakfast.
Another day to discover the mysteries of the African bush in Etosha National Park whilst travel in an easterly direction via Halali and Namutoni to Mushara Bush Camp. Overnight stay in a bungalow in the Mushara Bush Camp or similar - dinner, bed & breakfast.
Return journey via Okahandja to Windhoek. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practice their ancient skills at the Woodcarvers Market next to the main road. This is a good place to pick a last souvenir. Arrival in Windhoek with transfer to Hosea Kutako Airport for check-in on your outbound flight. Bid farewell to Namibia!
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