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Marvels of Southern Africa – 16 Days 15 Nights Namibian Package

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16 Days 15 Nights

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Day 1 | Windhoek

Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1 hour Arrival at Windhoek International Airport no later than midday. You will be picked up by a driver who welcomes you to Namibia and takes you to your guesthouse in Windhoek. You have time to relax and refresh before you meet your guide in the afternoon. On a city tour around Windhoek, your guide will introduce you to the capital of Namibia and show you sights such as the Christ Church, the parliament known as ink palace as well as Independence Avenue. In the evening, we recommend you having dinner at the well-known Joe’s Beerhouse (own expense). You spend the night at Vondelhof Guest- house.

Day 2 | Windhoek – Naukluft Area

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours After breakfast, your journey begins. You make your way south. At the small town of Rehoboth, you leave the tarmac road and continue on dirt road across beautiful landscapes to one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the country: the Spreetshoogte Pass. From the viewing point you will have striking panoramic views across the Namib Desert spreading out before you. Expect to be amazed by the natural beauty! You then continue downhill to the plains until you reach the Agama River Camp. Take your time to settle in and take in the magnificent vistas of the Naukluft Mountains, glowing purple in the sunset. When night falls, the stars begin to shine. Your private rooftop deck is the perfect spot for unparalleled stargazing. If you feel like it, you can even sleep under the open sky – an experience you will never forget.

Day 3 | Naukluft Area – Namib Desert

Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours In the early hours of the morning, you set off to the Namib Naukluft Park. Look forward to a morning in the dunes of the Namib! Walk to the top of the famous Dune 45 and enjoy the unforgettable view across the seemingly endless sea of dunes – the somewhat challenging and sandy walk up is certainly worth it. You visit the well-known Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, where the colour contrast of the white clay pan, rust-red dunes, and dark blue sky is spectacular. You also stop by the Sesriem Canyon. During dry season you can take a walk through sections of this canyon. You then continue north towards Na- mib’s Valley of a Thousand Hills. The rustic Namib’s Valley Lodge is situated on a hill overlooking this peaceful valley. Sit down, lean back, and take a break from the rest of the world.

Day 4 – 5 | Namib Desert – Swakopmund

Distance on day 4: approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours You make your way towards the Atlantic Ocean. Together with your guide, you drive through the Tinkas Mountains, passing the Bloedkoppie and along the Welwitschia Drive into the Moon Landscape, south-east of Swakopmund. This alien but at the same time fascinating landscape with its bizarre, rugged rock formations fascinates nature lovers. You now reach the charming coastal town of Swakopmund.This alien but at the same time fascinating landscape with its bizarre, rugged rock formations fascinates nature lovers. You now reach the charming coastal town of Swakopmund. On a walk, learn about the town’s history and visit the old train station as well as the Woermannhaus. You can spend the following day at your leisure. Stroll around town and along the promenade or browse the shops. Or join one of the many activities offered: go on a boat cruise or desert safari tracking the Little Five (optional). At night, go out for dinner (own expense), the choice of restaurants is plenty. Your home for these two nights is the Beach Hotel Swakopmund.

Day 6 | Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein

Distance approx. 370 km; driving time approx. 5-6 hours After an early breakfast, you’ll be on your way. Along the coast, you drive to the Zeila wreck, one of the many stranded shipwrecks, where you stop for a photo and viewing break. You leave the coast behind and continue inland, past the great Brandberg Mountain to the beautiful Damaraland. Your destination is Twyfelfontein. This UNESCO world heritage site is known for its historical and well-preserved rock engravings. You take a short walk to learn about these valuable cultural treasures. If time still permits, you then embark on an outstanding safari through the hinterland of Twyfelfontein. Look out for antelopes, zebras, giraffes, ostriches and desert elephants while marvelling at the breath-taking scenery. In the late afternoon, you arrive at Malansrus Tented Camp. Enjoy a delicious dinner and fall asleep to the sounds of Namibia’s great outdoors.

Day 7 | Twyfelfontein – Etosha National Park

Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours In the morning, you visit the Petrified Forest where you see and learn about the ancient tree trunks, mineralised over the course of millions of years. Then it’s time to head to the next highlight of your tour: Etosha National Park. The coming days are all about safari in one of the most popular national parks in Southern Africa. Together with your guide, you look for elephants, lions, rhinos, zebras and different kinds of antelopes. Stop at waterholes to watch the animals quench their thirst, while your guide shares their in-depth knowledge about the fascinating world of wildlife with you. You reach Okaukuejo Camp, where you will spend the night. At the night-lit waterhole, you can look out for animals even during the dark. Tonight, you enjoy a traditional pot dinner prepared by your guide on the campfire. To watch nocturnal animals in the park, we recommend a guided night game drive (optional).

Day 8 | Etosha National Park

After sunrise and a hearty breakfast, you go on more game drives. No day on safari is ever the same so you can look forward to an exciting day in nature. Herds of impalas, wildebeest, oryx, and zebras cross the Etosha Pan, stretching for kilometres on end in eastern direction. You stop at waterholes to watch the animals and learn about their habitat and behaviour from your guide. In the late afternoon, you leave Etosha National Park at Von Lindequist Gate and reach the charming Mushara Bush Camp after only a short drive.

Day 9 | Etosha Area – Grootfontein

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5 hours Great safari memories on your mind you continue your journey. You visit the inland lake Otjikoto and the Hoba Meteorite before making your way to the home of the San. At an open-air living museum, resembling a traditional village of the Ju/’Hoansi San, learn about the traditional hunter-gatherer culture and traditions. Have a go at making a fire, setting traps or building bow and arrow. Even prepare and try a traditional bush meal. After this exciting and educational experience, you drive to Fiume Lodge, your home for the night.

Day 10 | Grootfontein – Kavango Region

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5 hours You continue north. Thatched clay huts line the road, the vegetation turns thicker and greener. A quick shopping stop is made in Rundu, the economic centre of the Kavango Region. Experience the bustling activity of the market where local fishers and farmers offer their produce. You continue to reach your home for the night, a little oasis at the Okavango River. Enjoy a cold Rock Shandy at the island bar and relax before you go on a sunset cruise on the river. With a little luck watch hippos and crocodiles and let the magical scenery sink in. For dinner expect a traditional braai, a BBQ. Enjoy the evening around the campfire and listen as the nightly bush concert begins. You spend the night at Mobola Island Lodge.

Day 11 – 12 | Kavango Region – Zambezi Region

Distance on day 11: approx. 330 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours You continue through the Caprivi Strip into the Zambezi Region, passing fishing and farming villages. You might even spot big game crossing the road. Your destination is the Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge, your base camp for exciting safari adventures for the next two nights. Together with your guide, explore the remote and wild national parks of the area. The Nkasa Lupala National Park, formerly known as Mamili National Park, is known for its swamps and marshes. Elephants, buffaloes as well as red lechwe and reedbucks roam the area in large herds. Lions, leopards, zebras, and even the rare roan and sable antelopes call this region home. Neighbouring Mudu- mu National Park awaits you for more unique safari moments. Since both parks are off the beaten track and not fully developed, expect to drive on bumpy 4x4 tracks. Together with a local guide you will also go on a sunset boat cruise. Hippos and crocodiles live in the rivers and channels, and the bird life is exceptionally varied. You spend two nights at Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge.

Day 13 – 14 | Zambezi Region – Kasane – Chobe National Park

Distance on day 13: approx. 260 km; driving time approx. 4 hours It’s time to leave Namibia and cross the border into Botswana. At the outskirts of Kasane, you check into Tlouwana Camp, a typical safari camp. After a light lunch, you focus once again on wildlife sightings. Accompanied by a local guide, the next two days will be spent on extensive game drives in an open safari vehicle around Chobe National Park and on a boat safari on Chobe River. With more than 40,000 elephants, Chobe National Park is home to one of the largest populations of these gentle giants in Southern Africa. You can even spot all of the Big Five. Look out for large buffalo herds, prides of lions, leopards, and other big game, while exploring the different areas of the park. Change your perspective and look for crocodiles and hippos on your boat safari as well as for animals coming to drink at the river.

Day 15 | Kasane – Victoria Falls Transfer time approx. 2 hours

After breakfast, we will take you across the border to Zimbabwe. The town of Victoria Falls is your destination. On a leisurely walk, you explore the ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, the smoke that thunders. The Victoria Falls are the second largest waterfalls in the world. The mighty Zambezi thunders across a width of nearly two kilometres, down more than 100 metres – an impressive spectacle. Afterwards, you can explore the famous souvenir market or stroll around town. For your last dinner of the tour, you visit a restaurant in town (own expense). Spend the night at Cresta Sprayview Lodge.

Day 16 | Victoria Falls

Exciting memories on your mind your trip ends today. Say your goodbyes to your guide before we take you to the airport. From here you can either return back home or continue your travels. We are happy to assist you in organizing your onward travels in the region.

Included/Exclude

  • Transport in an air-conditioned minibus
  • Professional English- speaking guide
  • 15 nights’ stay in lodges and guesthouses (depending on availability, accommodation of a similar standard will be booked)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • All national park fees
  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance

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