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Dates
  • May 5-16, 2014
  • Jun 16-27, 2014
  • Jun 30-Jul 11, 2014
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  • Duration 12 days
    Group Size 2-14
    Land Cost $3,350-$3,550 Details
    Single Supplement $295
    Lodging 1 star-2 stars
    Grade II
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    Best of Namibia Camping Safari 2014

    Savor the nature and cultures of the Namib Desert, Etosha, Kaokoland, and Damaraland

    Day 1      Arrive in Windhoek

    Upon arrival in Windhoek, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Safari, or similar, for your overnight. With its lingering heritage of German architecture, activities, and atmosphere, Windhoek is a city that can be visited throughout the year. The day is spent at leisure. You will be met by your guide at the hotel reception for a briefing around 6:00 p.m. Dinner is on your own.

    Meals: None
    Lodging: Hotel Safari, or similar

    Welcome to Namibia
    Day 2      Waterberg

    This morning we drive to the Waterberg Plateau, which towers some 1,300 feet above the surrounding plains (more than 6,000 feet above sea level), dominating the landscape for miles around.  Waterberg was the site of one of the major turning points in Namibia's history.  It was in these foothills that the Herero people lost their last and most epic battle against German colonial forces at the beginning of the 20th century. In the afternoon, we climb the plateau (approximately 1.5 hours) and enjoy the amazing views and the opportunity to see baboon, Damara dik dik and hyrax. 

    Windhoek to Waterberg is approximately 230 km / 3 hours.

     

     

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Waterberg Park, camping (mobile safari)

    Experience the views on spectacular Waterberg Plateau
    Day 3-5      Etosha National Park

    Etosha National Park is one of the most important reserves and game sanctuaries in Africa. Thousands of wild animals such as blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, giraffe, cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, etc. are attracted to the area. The birdlife is prolific, with 326 recorded species. You'll enjoy twice-daily game drives in the early mornings and late afternoons, with evenings spent at a couple of campsites, watching an amazing diversity of animals around the floodlit waterholes bordering your campsites.

    Waterberg to Etosha is approximately 360 km / 4.5 hours.

    Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
    Lodging: Camping (mobile safari)

    Enjoy the riveting landscapes of Etosha National Park
    Day 6      Kaokoland / Himba Visit

    In the morning, visit a Himba village in Kaokoland to get a glimpse into their way of life. The Himba are a semi-nomadic tribe who live in scattered settlements throughout the region.  They are characterized by their proud yet friendly stature, and the women are noted for their unusual beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional dress.  The night will be spent at a mobile encampment.

    Etosha to the night's campsite is approximately 530 km / 7 hours with game drives.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: NAME, camping (mobile safari)

    Learn the ways of the Himba people
    Day 7      Palmwag

    After breakfast, we depart for Palmwag, a private concession located along the Uniab River, where you will enjoy an afternoon walk.  The area boasts the largest predator population outside of Etosha, supported by large populations of Hartman's Mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, kudu and springbok.  Predators include lions, cheetah, hyena (brown and spotted) and leopard.  Most of Namibia's endemic bird population can be found here as well.  The Save The Rhino Trust operates here to help maintain and support deserted adapted elephants and black rhino.

    Drive to Palmwag is approximately 320 km / 5 hours.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Mobile camp site, camping (mobile safari)

    Day 8      Damaraland / Twyfelfontein / Brandberg

    An early morning drive will take us through Damaraland, one of last true wilderness areas in Africa.  We are headed to the Twyfelfontein area, a UNESCO World Heritage site with over 2,000 rock carvings, and walk to view the ancient Bushman rock engravings, Organ Pipes, and the Burnt Mountain.  The walk is approximately 1.5 hours and involves some steep hills.

    Tonight we camp at the base of the Brandberg Mountain, the highest mountain in Namibia.

    Today we travel approximately 280 km / 6 hours including visits on the road.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Camping (mobile safari)

    Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets
    Day 9      Swakopmund

    On our way to Swakopmund, we visit Cape Cross Seal Colony, one of the largest mainland seal colonies in the world. Swakopmund, with its German colonial atmosphere, is the principal coastal resort of Namibia. Spend time at leisure this afternoon to enjoy the charm of this old town or to undertake one of the many optional activities available, such as scenic flights or hot air ballooning (activities booked locally at own expense). Lucnh and dinner are on your own today. Overnight accommodations in a comfortable guest house.

    The drive to Swakopmund is approximately 270 km / 4 hours with visits.

    Meals: Breakfast only
    Lodging: Guner Kranz Hotel (or similar)

    Enjoy memorable views of the ocean as your vehicle travels along the coast
    Day 10-11      Namib Desert / Sossusvlei

    Today's journey will take us south to the heart of the Namib Desert.  The following morning, depart early for Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to enjoy the changing colors of the world’s highest sand dunes. Spend the morning walking among the dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.  The walk is roughly 10 km roundtrip, with the option of taking a shuttle on the return leg.  For those travelers choosing not to walk, the shuttle can be taken in both directions (additional surcharge applies).  You will enjoy a short hike through Sesriem Canyon.  In the afternoon, there is the option (at additional expense) to take a cheetah tracking excursion.

    Swakopmund to Sesriem is approximatley 350 km / 4.5 hours.

    Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    Lodging: Day 10 Camping (mobile safari), Day 11 Solitaire Guest Farm

    Observe the brilliant colors of the dunes
    Day 12      Windhoek

    Drive back to Windhoek, arriving around 1:00pm. Transfer to the airport for the flight onward.

    The return drive from Sesriem is approximately 330 km / 4 hours.

    Meals: Breakfast only

    Lifelong memories as the sun sets on your journey


     
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