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Journey through the vast landscapes of Namibia with your own private driver/guide. Photograph the dramatic desert scenery of the Namib in the south. View the Bushman art at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage site, and see the wildlife of the salt pans of Etosha. Ideal for keen photographers & birders. English speaking guide, all game drives & park fees included.
• Africat • Cheetah • Leopard • Etosha Park
• Twyfelfontein • Swakopmund • Sossusvlei • Photography
• Astronomy • Hot Air Balloon
Day 1 : Arrival
You will be met at Windhoek Airport and transferred to your hotel in this small city.
Check into your hotel in this capital city and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 2 : Namib Desert
Today we travel 5-hours from Windhoek through ever-changing landscapes and dramatically beautiful desert scenery to the great Namib Desert (picnic lunch included).
The terrain becomes more arid as we travel towards Sossusvlei, whose great mountains of sand are a monument to the extreme forces of nature.
We explore Gondwana Namib Park and Namib Naukluft Park before checking into our lodge. The petrified dunes of the dry riverbed of the Dieprivier are a special attraction, as these are fossilised remnants of an ancient desert that is now overlaid with the sands of the younger Namib.
After the unpredictable desert rains (mid November/mid December), we may be fortunate enough to see the colourful desert flowers that burst forth here and provide a delightful display.
Day 3 : Sossusvlei
Set out early this morning on a 4x4 shared tour into the famous sand dunes at Sossusvlei, as this is the coolest part of the day and the best for photography.
This clay pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world – an endless sea of reddish sand stretching all the way to the distant horizon. These monumental star shaped dunes, some as high as 1,000 ft (325 m), were formed by strong multi-directional winds. The warm tints of sand range in colour from apricot to orange, red and maroon - and contrast vividly with the stark white clay pans at their base. You will be astonished by surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by some of the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River abruptly ends.
Take the opportunity to climb one of these dunes, which afford endless vistas across the desert landscape and the sea of sand.
Also visit the narrow gorge of the impressive Sesriem Canyon, with its rock pools fed by the Tsauchab River during the rainy season. The name is derived from the six “rieme” (leather thongs) that early pioneers used to draw water from these pools. Afterwards return to your lodge, with afternoon at leisure.
Day 4 : Swakopmund
Today we drive for 6-hours through the starkly beautiful Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons of the Namib Desert to the beach resort of Swakopmund with its old lighthouse (picnic lunch included).
Swakopmund is situated on the Atlantic Coast where the cold Benguela Current sweeps up from Antarctica, releasing no moisture into the prevailingly onshore winds – hence the very low rainfall and desert conditions. Fog is common along the coast in the early mornings and late afternoons and this is what gives life to the desert-adapted flora and fauna of the region. The cold current is also highly oxygenated, causing it to teem with marine life.
Check into your hotel and relax on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 5 : Swakopmund
This morning transfer 30-minutes to Walvis Bay for a 3-hour Marine Cruise to view the resident school of dolphins and large seal colony at Pelican Point, whilst enjoying oysters and champagne on board.
Marine bird life is abundant and includes pelicans, terns and large flocks of flamingos which live in the shallow waters surrounding the harbour. You may also see migrating whales in season (September to October).
Afternoon at leisure to relax at the beach resort of Swakopmund.
Day 6 : Skeleton Coast
A full day on the road today as we travel 5.5-hours from Swakopmund across the barren Skeleton Coast, renowned for its many shipwrecks and inhospitable coastline (picnic lunch included). There is small lichen reserve here, where a relatively large variety of these slow growing organisms are protected.
We stop to see the thriving population of seals at Cape Cross Seal Reserve and the many gannets and other sea birds in this area, before continuing to timeless Damaraland - home of the Spitzkoppe and Brandberg Mountains, the highest in Namibia.
Damaraland is one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa and home to the rare desert elephant and rhino. Take time to enjoy some of the fascinating rock formations in these vast uninhabited open spaces, where magnificent semi-desert flowers can grow after good rains.
Day 7 : Twyfelfontein
This morning we explore the World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein, which means "Doubtful Spring".
Over 6,000 years ago, San communities engraved and painted over 2,500 pictures here. These ancient Bushman Paintings have been well preserved in this dry environment and the hills are strewn with rock art - making this an open-air museum.
Close by we can explore the Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes geological phenomena. We can also see the desert-adapted Welwitschia Mirabilis plant - the oldest living desert plant on earth.
In the afternoon you can join an optional 4x4 game drive along the dry river beds in search of rare Desert Elephants. In the evening enjoy the incredible night skies.
Day 8 : Damaraland to Etosha National Park
Today we travel 4-hours through Damaraland to Etosha National Park, one of the largest and greatest game parks in Africa.
Along the way we detour to see the ancient Petrifed Forest (picnic lunch included).
We continue to Etosha which owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression – the Etosha Pan. During the dry season it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils, with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over a hundred different species of mammals including elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, cheetah and leopard.
Check into your rest camp situated near the southern entrance to the park.
Day 9 : Etosha National Park
Today is devoted to game viewing in the famous Etosha National Park, which surrounds an enormous salt pan that is the size of the Netherlands.
As you will have your own driver/guide, you have the flexibility of discussing preferred routings and travelling times with him each day (with picnic lunch included). However we recommend setting off early each morning as the park gates open (05h30 to 06h00 depending on the season) to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, with all game drives taken in his vehicle.
A series of waterholes throughout the park guarantees rewarding game viewing, with Etosha being renowned for its vast arrays of plains game and predators, which are more easily seen on these open plains. You can also hope to see springbok, oryx, black-faced impala and the small Damara dik-dik.
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in Namibia.
Day 10 : Etosha National Park
Enjoy another superb day of game viewing in the great Etosha National Park as we travel through the park to our next rest camp (picnic lunch included).
With over 100 different species of mammals and reptiles in the park, you can hope to see elephant, giraffe, hyena, kudu, warthog, baboon, roan antelope and many other interesting animals. Waterholes along the southern edge of the pan frequently offer rewarding game viewing experiences, including sightings of rare species such as black and white rhino.
Etosha also offers rewarding bird watching, with over 350 different species recorded including migrants that visit during the summer months. At the end of the day we check into our rest camp situated near the eastern gate.
Day 11 : Africat Foundation
Today we leave Etosha and drive 4-hours southwards through central Namibia to Okonjima.
This is the home of the Africat Foundation dedicated to the preservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, but especially leopard and cheetah. Namibia accounts for 25% of the world’s population of the endangered cheetah, which can be tracked on foot in the rehabilitation area where they roam freely and catch their own prey. Leopards can also be radio-tracked from the game viewing vehicle.
Check in to your lodge and settle in, before enjoying an afternoon game activity in the reserve.
Day 12 : Africat Foundation
Today is free to observe the wonderful work of the Africat Foundation.
Game viewing options include open top game drives, as well as tracking cheetah on foot through the reserve and tracking leopard from a vehicle - an amazing 'once in a lifetime' experience.
Day 13 : Departure
Enjoy an early morning game activity in the Africat Reserve.
Afterwards travel 3-hours through central Namibia to Windhoek Airport for your flight home.
|No of pax||Age Limit||Price per pax (Rs)|
|Adult||Above 12 years||$ 5932 / Adult|
* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.
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