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PhotoAugust 27 - September 8, 2017

Namibia is located at the South Western corner of the African continent. It was part of South Africa until 1990 and before that was German South-West Africa. Namibia is a stable and easily visited country; we are traveling in peak season for this area. It is full of unique game, amazing scenery including famous names such as Namib Desert, Etosha, Walvis Bay and others. Game abounds, some not seen anywhere else. The excellent road system allows us to access a great deal of wild game, and birds, tribes and towns. Etosha National Park is one of the best in the world. Sossusvlei is one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia, the fourth largest conservation reserve in world and the largest in Africa. Known for the highest sand dunes on earth, the interplay of colors and contrasts at sunrise and sunset provide awe-inspiring vistas. Twyfelfontein is a UNESCO Heritage site for its rock engravings and 6,000 years of human history. Namibia is for those who want to see and experience a country apart from the tourists. We will be accompanied by both excellent rangers and a Namibia specialist whose experience includes wildlife photography and extensive travel experience in SW Africa. This is a coed private trip.

Day 1, Aug 27 - Arrive Windhoek
Arrive to Windhoek, Namibia, where you are met and escorted to your hotel. Overnight AVANI Windhoek Hotel. (D)

Day 2, Aug 28 - Windhoek - City Tour
Morning half day city tour to learn about the historical, cultural and architectural aspects of one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Africa. Relive the historical legacy from the first indigenous settlers to the present day inhabitants of Windhoek.Afternoon visit to the Dusternbrook Game Reserve, just north of the city. Enjoy their main wildlife attraction - the Cheetah and Leopard Drive. Overnight AVANI Windhoek Hotel. (BD)

Day 3, Aug 29 - Windhoek / Namib Desert
Depart Windhoek and travel into the Namib Desert with its monumental dunes and ever changing colors. This is the oldest and driest desert on earth; nevertheless it supports a vast diversity of adapted fauna and flora that accentuate this pristine environment even further. Evening sundowner drive. Overnight Sossusveli Lodge. (BD)

Day 4, Aug 30 - Namib Desert - Sossusvlei
Full morning exploring the Namib Desert. The best time to experience the Sossusvlei area is at sunrise when the new light paints the dunes and desert plains into a variety of deep reds, apricot and purple - a photographers dream! Travel into the heart of the Namib Desert with the highest sand dunes on earth. Experience the majestic yet tranquil Sossusvlei or the surreal Dead Vlei on foot. Enjoy a picnic lunch under the Camelthorn trees and a scenic drive through the gaping Sesriem Canyon. Continue to your next lodge in the Namib Desert. Overnight Namib Desert Lodge. (BLD)

Day 5, Aug 31 - Sossusvlei / Na'ankuse / Walvis Bay / Swakopmund
Early morning departure for the 8:00am Cheetah Tracking program at the Na'ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary. The Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre, based at Solitaire on the C19, is a joint venture between Solitaire Pty and Na'ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary. The Centre is home to 5 ambassador cheetahs located in our 500-hectare camp, which also acts as a soft-release site for relocated cheetahs. The cheetah-tracking safari consists of utilizing radio telemetry equipment to locate the cheetahs inside the large, natural enclosure before climbing out of the vehicle to observe the cat's natural behaviour; a truly unique experience. Our main tours are a two-hour drive in the morning or before sunset, but one-hour drives are also available throughout the day, time permitting. We highly recommend the afternoon sunset tour as it offers the best lighting for photographs. Your guides are wildlife biologists Kate & Matt Cleverley who have been working in Namibia with large carnivore conservation efforts for the past 7 years, and are more than happy to share their wealth of knowledge and bush experiences with their guests. THE JOLIE-PITT FOUNDATION In December 2010 Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pledged a generous grant to Na'ankuse through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation. Through their foundation, Brad and Angelina are loyal supporters of Na'ankuse and share our commitment to conserving the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia and believe passionately in what we are trying to achieve. The Jolie-Pitt Foundation chose Na'an kuse in honour of their Namibian born daughter Shiloh. We then continue to Swakopmund via Walvis Bay with packed lunches. Arrive to the charming coastal resort of Swakopmund which represents the optimal place in Namibia for both relaxation and fun. Often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, enjoy the afternoon at leisure.Overnight Europa Hof Hotel (or The Delight Hotel). (BL)

Day 6, Sep 1 - Swakopmund - Catamaran Cruise & Living Desert
Morning Catamaran Cruise in the calm waters of the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Entertainment is provided by two types of dolphins, a large seal colony at Pelican Point, some seals who climb onto the boat for a fishy snack, and wonderful photographic opportunities of low-flying pelicans. Afternoon Living Desert tour. Enjoy this unique tour through the dunes outside Swakopmund, discovering the abundant life in this ostensibly desolate landscape. Once we arrive to the dunes, tyres are deflated, and the search is on for the little 5, spiders, bugs, snakes and more!. This experience has become one of the most popular 4x4 tours at the coast and counts as a major highlight for many visitors. Overnight Europa Hof Hotel (or The Delight Hotel). (B)

Day 7, Sep 2 - Swakopmund / San People / Damaraland
An early start to see the highlights of Damaraland - one of the last true wilderness areas in Africa. En route visit the Living Museum at Farm Omandumba for an interesting insight into the ancient hunter-gatherer culture and the traditional way of the San. We visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, the fascinating geological features such as the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain that receives very little rainfall and has a wide range of diurnal temperatures. The site has been inhabited for 6,000 years, first by hunter-gatherers and later by Khoikhoi herders. Both ethnic groups used it as a place of worship and a site to conduct shamanist rituals. In the process of these rituals at least 2,500 items of rock carvings have been created, as well as a few rock paintings. Displaying one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa, UNESCO approved Twyfelfontein as Namibia's first World Heritage Site in 2007. Afternoon Desert Elephant Drive offered by the lodge. Overnight Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. (BD)

Day 8, Sep 3 - Damaraland
Transfer to your next lodge in Damaraland. Today we will visit the Damara Living museum. Overnight Damara Mopane Lodge. (BD)

Day 9, Sep 4 - Damaraland / Etosha National Park
Morning visit the Petrified Forest. Mid day arrival to Etosha. Afternoon game drives into Etosha National. Overnight Okaukuejo Camp. (BD)

Day 10, Sep 5 - Etosha National Park
Full day devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. Waterholes support a rich diversity of birds and mammals, including rare species such as blackfaced Impala, roan, cheetah and Namibia's smallest antelope, the Damara Dik-Dik. Etosha, translated, means 'The place of dry water' and here we get our first view of the magnificent pan. Full day game drive with picnic lunch.Overnight Okaukuejo Camp. (BLD)

Day 11, Sep 6 - Etosha National Park
Morning travel along the vast salt-pan with stops at various waterholes and game viewing en route to our lodge located on the Eastern side of the park. We visit Fort Namutoni before arriving to our lodge. Afternoon game drive in the lodge vehicles. Overnight Mokuti Etosha Lodge (BD)

Day 12, Sep 7 - Etosha / AfriCat Foundation / Windhoek
Morning departure to Windhoek. En route we will stop to visit the AfricaCat Foundation. Continue to Winhoek with a brief shopping stop at Okahandja. This evening farewell dinner at the hotel. Overnight AVANI Windhoek Hotel. (BD)

Day 13, Sep 8 - Depart Windhoek
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

2017 Tour Prices (per person)  
Land Arrangements
 
Double Occupancy $4,998
Single Occupancy $5,508
   
 
Includes:

  • Accommodation & meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Transportation in private bus (34-seater)
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees - as per itinerary
  • 2 bottles of water per person per day in the bus
Not Included:
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Tours not mentioned
  • International Air & Airport taxes
  • Tipping/gratuities
  • Items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, beverages
  • Any items not listed above
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