10 Days Exciting Namibia from US$4,283.-pp

“Exciting Namibia” is an active, exciting adventure, exploring the iconic areas of this vast country – its dunes, desert, plains and superb wildlife – enhanced by exclusive accommodation in private reserves and concessions. On this adventure you will take in the soaring red dunes of Sossusvlei, the life-filled blue Atlantic Ocean, the desert and denizens of Damaraland, and the dense plains game and predators of Etosha National Park. Throughout the Exploration are interspersed activities such as scenic walks and visiting the spectacular ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein – altogether, a true Namibian adventure with a range of activities impossible to beat!

HIGHLIGHTS

A personal Explorations guide leads the safari from beginning to end.
• Exclusive accommodation in private reserves and concessions and private access to Sossusvlei.
• Activities include game drives, scenic walks and visiting ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.
• Track the rare desert-adapted elephant, following ancient paths to their freshwater springs.

ITINERARY MAP

Use the route map below to explore the destinations & accommodation on this tour

BEST TIME TO GO  

May-Oct: Best time of the year for wildlife viewing. This is a cooler and drier time of the year with cool to cold nights and warm days. Daytime temperatures begin rising towards September, with October generally being hot.

Dec-March:  Summers are very hot. Depending on the amount of rainfall, the desert plains may be transformed into lush grassland. It’s also the best season for birding.

April, May and November: Transition season of moderate climate, combining the best of the green and dry seasons. By May, temperatures start to cool, while November brings the heat of summer – as well as the arrival of many summer migrant bird species.

 

Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
Kulala Adventurer Camp Sossusvlei 2 FB* 1x Double Room
Hansa Hotel Swakopmund 2 FB (no dinner 2nd night) 1x Double Room
Damaraland Adventurer Camp Damaraland 3 FB* 1x Double Room
Ongava Tented Camp Ongava Private Game Reserve 2 FB* 1x Standard Tent(s)

FB*: Full board and housewines, beers, local spirits

FB: Full board

Accommodation style: Comfort (safari tents and hotel)

PRICE

US$4,183.-  Dec 2018

US$4,283.- Jan 1 to May 31, 2019 and Dec 2019
US$4,595.- June 2019
US$4,998.- July 1 to Oct 31,2019

US$4,746.- November 2019

Price per person,  Frequent set departure dates (3-5 departures per month, please inquire for dates)

Included

Accommodation as per package, all meals except dinner day 4, beverages including house wines, beer and local spirits at the camps (no beverages in Swakopmund), National Park Fees, all road transfers and scheduled activities as per package.

Excluded

Flights to and from Windhoek, Dinner on day 4 in Swakopmund. beverages in Swakopmund, premium beverages at camps, compulsary insurance, airport taxes and fees, laundry, visa
Note: Journey starts at 9am on day of departure and depending on your flight arrival in Windhoek you might need to spend the night in Windhoek. Minimum 2 maximum 7 guests but no single supplement charge (minimum of 2 guests on each departure required tough). Set departure dates. Terms and Conditions apply

Wildlife on this Exploration:

Desert-adapted wildlife at Kulala and Damaraland is fascinating, with particular focus on elephant at the latter. On the Atlantic coast, dolphins, pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife, and Cape fur seals, leatherback turtles, southern right and humpback whales may be encountered.

Ongava Game Reserve features almost all of the Etosha’s characteristic wildlife, with plains game such as springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, red hartebeest, giraffe, eland and endemic black-faced impala seen; Etosha itself has elephant to add to the list. Lion and both black and white rhino are present. Birding across the country is excellent.

FULL DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1,2:           Kulala Adventurer Camp, Sossusvlei

Day Itinerary

You will be met by your guideat the airport  and begin your journey by driving (340 kilometres / 211 miles) through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the iconic Sossusvlei region, a driving time of approximately five hours.

Explore the iconic red dunes and be awed by the desert-adapted wildlife surviving in one of the world’s oldest and most arid deserts.

Did you know?

Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok can be seen on the reserve, as well as smaller creatures like bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal and Cape fox.

Other activities include day and night scenic drives and walks.

Note: If arrival is planned for the day of the safari’s departure, please ensure that this is with the earliest possible international flight arrival, before 07h00. Arrival on a later flight may necessitate additional road or air transfers (as the main group’s departure for the first camp/lodge will already have taken place), subject to extra cost. Please note that if you overnight in Windhoek on the night before the safari begins, you will be met by the guide in the vehicle from the hotel you stayed at. If you arrive by flight on the day the safari commences, you will be met at the airport.

Namibia

Namibia posesses some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa, and a trip through the country is one of the great road adventures. Natural wonders such as that mighty gash in the earth at Fish River Canyon and the wildlife utopia of Etosha National Park enthrall, but it’s the lonely desert roads where mighty slabs of granite rise out of swirling desert sands that will sear themselves in your mind. It’s like a coffee-table book come to life as sand dunes in the world’s oldest desert meet the crashing rollers along the wild Atlantic coast. Among all this is a German legacy evident in the cuisine and art nouveau architecture, and in festivals such as Windhoek’s legendary Oktoberfest. Namibia is also the headquarters of adventure activities in the region, so whether you’re a dreamer or love hearing the crunch of earth under your boots, travel in Namibia will stay with you long after the desert vistas fade.

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei – Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei – other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Overnight: Kulala Adventurer Camp

Kulala Adventure Camp is situated in Sossusvlei – home to the popular Dune 45. Accommodation at Kulala Adventure Camp comprises of 10 chalets, all featuring solar heated bathrooms. Each camp also has a private veranda where visitors can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area. Also featured at Kulala Adventure Camp is a common area for lounging as well as a pool.

Activities

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei – Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei – other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Included

Full Board

Day 3:           Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund

Day Itinerary

Depart camp early and drive through the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto the expansive gravel plains, eventually arriving in Walvis Bay before moving north into the quaint town of Swakopmund, a drive of about 5 – 6 hours (approximately 370 km / 230 miles).

Discover the town of Swakopmund and bed down in an iconic hotel that forms part of city’s architectural culture.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund, known as Swakop in Namibia is the country’s biggest coastal resort and adventure town with a quirky mix of German and Namibian influences. The city’s German origins dating back to 1892 are quite pronounced in beautiful old German colonial buildings throughout the city, making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert.

Overnight: Hansa Hotel

Centrally situated, the hotel serves as the perfect getaway to all tourists amenities which Swakopmund and surrounding areas have to offer, from sand-boarding some of the highest dunes in the world to big game viewing in one of our country’s world-known game parks. Surrounded by local tour operators, aviation and safari offices and five minutes from the beach, the Hansa Hotel is perfect for the discerning traveler looking for an adrenaline filled holiday or merely a bit of relaxation.

Included

Full Board

Day 4:           Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund

Day Itinerary

Explore the ice-blue Atlantic Coast and weather permitting, do a “Dolphin and Seal Cruise”

‘Dolphin and Seal’ Catamaran Cruise

Highlights

This catamaran cruise (weather permitting) provides a wonderful opportunity to explore this beautiful bay and coastline.

Learn about the oysters cultivated in the bay.

Spot wildlife from the boat including dolphins, seals, birdlife and perhaps even turtles and whales, depending on the season.

Taste some of fantastic seafood delicacies of the area.

We explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast and its incredible marine mammals, from the port towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The cruise takes in the Oyster Platforms, where we learn about the oysters cultivated here – including tasting the delicacies – before moving on to Pelican Point to see the lighthouse, and an area in which three species of dolphins may be encountered, namely the rare endemic Heaviside’s dolphin, dusky and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Aside from spotting diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birds, pelicans, flamingos, and Cape fur seals, the massive sunfish, leatherback turtles, southern right and humpback whales can be seen in season. This activity is rounded off with a private seafood lunch, before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Activities

Walvis Bay Dolphin & Seal Cruise

Walvis Bay Dolphin & Seal Cruise

Several operators run boat cruises from Walvis Bay geared towards dolphin, seal and whale watching, but also offering visitors the chance to experience the region’s natural beauty and phenomenal bird life.

Included

Dinner excluded tonight.

Day 5,6,7:           Damaraland Adventurer Camp, Damaraland

Day Itinerary

We continue our journey by road 320 kilometres (200 miles) and approximately 8-hour drive to Damaraland, west of the Brandberg Mountain, stopping for lunch at Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp. This area boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere on the planet outside a national park.

Our activities range from day and night nature walks and viewing the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a World Heritage Site) to daytime nature drives, exploring the mountains, hills and ephemeral river beds and springs.

The area boasts a varied assortment of desert-adapted wildlife and incredible geological formations.

Did you know?

Damaraland boasts a breathtaking assortment of desert-adapted species including one of the highest concentrations of desert elephant and black rhino. Other wildlife includes Hartmann’s mountain zebra, kudu, giraffe, gemsbok, and springbok, with occasional cheetah sightings.

Damaraland

Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.The landscape tough is as impressive as it is intimidating. Rugged mountains in the eastern escarpment spread out into massive valleys and plains, before the beginning of the Skeleton Coast in the west, where endless dunes lie adjacent to the cold Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight: Damaraland Adventurer Camp

Damaraland Adventurer Camp – in the heart of the spectacular arid region of Damaraland, an area with a varied and breath taking assortment of desert-adapted species including one of the highest concentrations of desert elephant and black rhino. Damaraland Adventurer Camp is a new camp built to make the most of the endless vistas. Built in a sandstone canyon, the camp features six dome tents, built on wooden platforms with en suite bathrooms. Each tent is shaded by a separate canvas overhang to provide relief from the mid-day sun. The camp is powered by solar-powered inverter systems and there are no generators or pumps running while you are in camp, for you to enjoy the sounds of nature. Each tent is furnished with necessary basic comforts and styled with burnt orange interiors, wood and brass, effectively recreating a sense of the early explorer.

Included

Full Board

Day 8,9:           Ongava Tented Camp, Ongava Private Game Reserve

Day Itinerary

We drive approximately 330km (205 miles and a 5-hour drive) to Ongava Game Reserve on the boundary of Etosha National Park.

Etosha remains the highest density wildlife area within Namibia, its fame justly acknowledged. We explore here, as well as the Ongava Game Reserve.

Ongava Private Game Reserve

Sharing the southern boundary with Etosha National Park, the prolific 30 000-hectare private Ongava Game Reserve is considered one of the top private game reserves in the region, enjoying global recognition for exceptional conservation, groundbreaking research and exciting safari experiences. The landscape is characterised by vast open plains dotted with salt plans and abundant wildlife. Visitors can easily access Etosha through Andersson’s Gate in the south. Known for its luxury lodges made out of natural materials, Ogava is a popular destination for those looking to immerse themselves in nature. The reserve offers visitors the perfect combination of wildlife safari experiences within and around the Etosha National Park. One of Ongava’s top attractions is its rhino population and guests can experience the thrill of getting close to these majestic creatures. Popular activities include: night game drives, guided nature walks, bird watching and 4×4 guided game drives

Overnight: Ongava Tented Camp View iBrochure

Immersed in the African Mopani bush, Ongava Tented Camp is a natural extension of this wild and wonderful landscape.

The classic safari style camp is tucked in a hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill in Ongava Game Reserve bordering Etosha National Park.
Eight large comfortable Meru-style tents all have en-suite facilities, open air showers and private verandas; the family unit sleeps four. The main area, built of stone, canvas and thatch, fronts onto a much-frequented waterhole; watching wildlife coming to drink from here or from the swimming pool is a favourite pastime.

Ongava’s proximity to Etosha allows for game drives in the Etosha National Park and on the Ongava Reserve itself. Other possibilities include guided walks, birding and visiting hides. Ongava holds one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian government in the country and is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where guests can see both black and white rhino.

Standard Tent(s)

There are seven en-suite twin bedded tents. There are two twin bedded guide/pilot tents which are much smaller than the standard tents.

Included

Full Board

Day 10:        Departure

Day Itinerary

Driving 420 kilometres (260 miles) south, we return to Windhoek at 13h00 and bid farewell to our adventure.

Your guide: Journey explorations are led by highly skilled and qualified professional guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions they work in. Sharing the adventure and guiding you on this journey of discovery combined with their vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture are their professions and personal hobby. Many of our guides are also skilled photographers and can assist you in taking away amazing wildlife photographs. Your guide will host you for the duration of safari, providing you with a consistent, detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interests.

We reserve the right to adjust pricing should extreme exchange rate variations occur – the current price is based on 13.5Rand /1US$.

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