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14 Days • Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha National ParkPhoto

Tour overview:
Namibia's name is derived from the Namib Desert, the oldest in the world. It is the driest of all the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. A classic Namibian safari, this tour incorporates the country's major highlights. The awe-inspiring Fish Range Canyon, the surreal Namib desert, the mountain ranges in Damaraland and Namibia's vibrant cultures, people and flora and fauna; all is part of this tour.

Day 1 - Windhoek / Kalahari Desert
Depart Windhoek and drive to the Kalahari Desert, via the small town of Rehoboth, a community that still lives according to their paternal laws dating back to 1872. The Kalahari Desert is not a desert in the strictest sense of the word, as it receives too much rainfall. It's only the vast expanses of sand, through which precipitation filters rapidly, leaving nothing on the surface, that have made the Kalahari into the “thirst land" that early European settlers described. Enjoy a scenic, sunset nature drive in an open safari vehicle before dinner. (D)

Day 2 - Kalahari Desert / Fish River Canyon
After breakfast, drive through the Kalahari region and visit the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop. The forest was declared a national monument of Namibia and comprises of about 250 specimen of Aloe dichotoma, which the San people used to make quivers. A short stop will be made in Keetmanshoop, with lunch en route (lunch not included). Visit the Naute Dam, Namibia's third largest dam. Stretch your legs with an easy walk to a nearby mountain and enjoy a complimentary drink as you watch the sunset. (BD)

Day 3 - Fish River Canyon / Aus
This morning we travel to the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles long, up to 16 miles wide and in some places 1,600 foot deep. Our journey continues to Aus. En route you might see the desert adapted Wild Horses of the Namib. These horses hold an irresistible fascination, as they managed to adapt to the harsh conditions of the desert. Enjoy spectacular scenery of the Aus Mountains on an unguided walk and a scenic sun downer drive in the afternoon (optional - not included). (BD)

Day 4 - Aus / Maltahohe
Today you'll be spoilt with ever-changing vistas of the desert landscapes when driving along the most beautiful district road in Namibia, the D707 (road conditions permitting). Visit Duwiseb Castle, a grand medieval fortress, built in the hills of the semi-arid Southern Namib region. Learn more about the Castle's fascinating history, before continuing to your lodge, arriving in the early afternoon. (BD)

Day 5 - Maltahohe / Namib Naukluft Park - Sossusvlei
Today will be an early start to explore the spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, another pan where water once flowed, but all that remains today are the skeletons of trees that reach up out of the cracked earth. Enjoy a drive in 4x4 vehicles into the heart of the Namib Desert. Visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon where you can view millions of years of sedimentary layers in the ravine walls. Views from the top are breathtaking while walks through the canyon reveal distinct geographical layers which were laid down over centuries. Travel past the impressive Namib Naukluft Mountains to your lodge. (BD)

Day 6 - Namib Naukluft Park / Swakopmund
After breakfast, drive through Kuiseb Canyon and continue towards Walvis Bay, Namibia's largest commercial port. The Walvis Bay Lagoon is considered one of the richest and most important wetlands in southern Africa, with prolific birdlife and diverse species. Our journey continues to Swakopmund, a city that resembles a small German town, with seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes and museums. Enjoy a sun downer drive to the Moon Landscape, a barren, undulating rocky desert which was formed by the valleys of the Swakop River. Enjoy a complimentary sun downer, whilst absorbing the rugged beauty of this lunar landscape. (BD)

Day 7 - Swakopmund
Free day to explore the quaint town of Swakopmund. You may wish to book an optional day tour (not included) in Swakopmund (guided tour through the Mondesa township, quad-biking, sand-boarding; a scenic flight over the Skeleton coast or a catamaran cruise in Walvis Bay). Many optional activities are on offer (additional cost), visit the aquarium, various museums or the crystal gallery. (B)

Day 8 - Swakopmund
Free day to enjoy the splendors and many attractions of Swakopmund. (BD)

Day 9 - Swakopmund / Damaraland
Depart early morning and travel on the salt road towards Henties Bay, past salt pans and an array of bird life, to Damaraland, one of the most scenic areas in Namibia. Visit Twyfelfontein, a site of ancient rock engravings and the Organ Pipes, a distinctive series of dolerite pillars that have been exposed by erosion. Arrive at your lodge during the late afternoon. (BLD)

Day 10 - Damaraland
The morning is at leisure, to relax at the lodge until lunchtime. In the afternoon, join a sun downer drive in the Aba Huab River and possibly encounter the desert dwelling elephants (seasonal). These elephants are not a distinct species but are African bush elephants that have made their homes in the Namib and Sahara deserts. They were once more widespread in Africa, but are currently found only in Namibia and Mali. (BLD)

Day 11 - Damaraland / Etosha National Park
After breakfast, depart Damaraland and journey to the Etosha National Park. Visit a Damara village near Wyfelfontein and learn more about the culture and tradition of these half-nomadic people. Continue via the little town of Outjo. From there continue to Etosha National Park. Arrive in the early afternoon and undertake your first game drive, in your closed touring vehicle, into the park. (BD)

Day 12 - Etosha National Park
The morning will be spent in the Etosha National Park, exploring the waterholes along this enormous saltpan, in your closed touring vehicle. There will be another opportunity in the afternoon for a game drive (in the closed touring vehicle) in the Etosha National park. There are close to 114 species of mammal in Etosha, including the black faced impala and the threatened black and white rhino. The Etosha Pan (a flat calcrete depression), contains water only after very good rains and sometimes only for a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. (BD)

Day 13 - Etosha National Park
Enjoy a full day exploring this world famous National Park, in your closed touring vehicle. Your guide will introduce you to the complex subject of managing such an enormous reserve, that's considered to be one of the world's great wildlife sanctuaries. (BD)

Day 14 - Etosha / Windhoek
After breakfast, travel south towards Otjiwarongo. Continue towards Windhoek via Okahandja where we will visit a local handicraft market. Tour ends on arrival in Windhoek late afternoon. (B)

           
    2018      
           
    Arrive Mon Return Thu Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
    Jan 15 Jan 28 $5,250 $5,675
    Feb 5 Feb 18 $5,250 $5,675
    Feb 19 Mar 4 $5,250 $5,675
    Mar 5 Mar 18 $5,250 $5,675
    Mar 19 Apr 1 $5,250 $5,675
    Apr 9 Apr 22 $5,250 $5,675
    Apr 23 May 6 $5,250 $5,675
    May 7 May 20 $5,250 $5,675
    May 21 Jun 3 $5,250 $5,675
    Jun 4 Jun 17 $5,250 $5,675
    Jun 18 Jul 1 $5,250 $5,675
    Jul 2 Jul 15 $5,250 $5,675
    Jul 9 Jul 22 $5,250 $5,675
    Jul 23 Aug 5 $5,250 $5,675
    Jul 30 Aug 12 $5,250 $5,675
    Aug 6 Aug 19 $5,250 $5,675
    Aug 20 Sep 2 $5,250 $5,675
    Aug 27 Sep 9 $5,250 $5,675
    Sep 3 Sep 16 $5,250 $5,675
    Sep 17 Sep 30 $5,250 $5,675
    Oct 1 Oct 14 $5,250 $5,675
    Oct 8 Oct 21 $5,250 $5,675
    Oct 22 Nov 4 $5,250 $5,675
           
    Hotels      
           
    Kahalari Desert   Namib Desert  
    Kalahari Anib Lodge Namib Naukluft Lodge
           
        Swakopmund  
    Fish River Canyon   Brigadon Guesthouse
    Canon Roadhouse    
        Damaraland  
    Aus   Twyfelfontein Lodge
    Klein Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn    
        Etosha  
    Maltahohe   Etosha Safari Camp (2 nts)
    Hammerstein Rest Camp Mokuti Etosha Lodge (1 nt)
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Inclusions & Highlights:
  • Accommodation in standard and first class hotels and lodges
  • 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Transportation in air conditioned coach
  • Park entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Kalahari & Namib Deserts
  • Remote Damaraland
  • Bushman engravings and paintings
  • Etosha Pan
  • Join-in tour
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