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Great Namibian Journey
Great Namibian Journey
13 Days From US$ 7 345.00 pp

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Great Namibian Journey

  • Safari Information
  • - Departure; Scheduled and tailor-made departure dates
  • - Duration; 13 Days / 12 Nights
  • - Lodging; Safari Lodges
  • - Group Size; Minimum 2
  • - Note: Travel insurance is compulsory for all safaris
Days 1-2: Drive from Windhoek to Sossusvlei
- From Windhoek, travel by vehicle approximately 380km to Kulala Desert Lodge, enjoying awe-inspiring views of the mountains and the desert floor - on a clear day you can see the fog banks of the Skeleton Coast
- En route, we enjoy a lunch close to the Khomas Hochland escarpment, reaching onto sweeping vistas below
- One of the most enduring impressions of this area is the early morning light on the sea of vivid orange dunes of Sossusvlei, some as high as 300 metres
- Afternoon activities include nature walks, drives to scenic viewpoints and marvelling at the unique Namib fauna and flora in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve
- Kulala Desert Lodge lies at the foot of a mountain facing west to catch the majestic Namibian sunsets
- It comprises 15 thatched tents on elevated wooden decks which are linked to the main dining room, bar, reception area and swimming pool by pathways
- The interiors are simple yet stylish and each tent has 220V lighting and an en-suite bathroom with solar-heated water
- There is a fully stocked bar and traditional 3-course dinners are served
- At night, lanterns light up the main area
- On the edge of the oldest desert in the world, wildlife here is sparse but fascinating
- Sightings of animals such as springbok, gemsbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox and aardwolf are exciting in these rugged conditions

Days 3-4: Drive to Swakopmund
- Travel 280km by road north-west via the Kuiseb Canyon with its dark, craggy canyons and via a moon-like landscape of flat gravel plains (with stops along the way that include viewing the extraordinary Welwitschia plants)
- We arrive at the grand Hansa Hotel in Swakopmund in the late afternoon
- On our second day we explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast, from the port towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund to its incredible marine mammals
- A private boat cruise at Walvis Bay and down the coast to Sandwich Harbour (weather permitting) provides a unique chance to see the diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife, Cape fur seals and rare Heaviside's dolphins up close
- This activity is rounded off with a private seafood lunch, before returning to the hotel in the afternoon
- The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the charming town of Swakopmund before meeting in the evening for dinner
- The grand three-star Hansa Hotel forms part of Swakopmund's architectural culture and dates back to 1905, it is said to be one of the oldest buildings in the town
- It is ideally situated in the centre of Swakopmund within easy walking distance of town and the beach
- The luxury of the hotel, its excellent cuisine and friendly service are well known and appreciated countrywide and overseas

Day 5: Drive to Damaraland
- Travel approximately 280km, partly up the legendary Skeleton Coast (named for the numerous shipwrecks the treacherous shores have claimed over the years) to the Cape Cross seal colony with thousands of Cape fur seals
- (We'll visit Cape Cross only if we have not seen large populations of seals on the boat cruise from Walvis Bay) From here we drive the back roads through the game productive Ugab riverbed, travelling north past the Brandberg Mountain - the second largest monolith on earth - to Damaraland
- This all-day excursion with lunch en route ends with our arrival at Damaraland Camp
- Damaraland is a land of stark desert beauty
- Early morning mists, generated by the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the warm desert air of the Skeleton Coast, drift inland along the canyons, providing sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region
- Rare succulent plants abound in this harsh countryside
- Our activities include explorations on foot, by mountain bike or 4x4 vehicles, viewing springbok, gemsbok and ostrich, and tracking the unique desert-adapted elephant..
- Damaraland Camp accommodates guests in 10 comfortable tented rooms, with en-suite facilities including flush toilets and showers with hot and cold running water (Laundry facilities are limited due to the low rainfall in the area)
- The dining room and pub are combined under canvas, and an open fire is enjoyed on calm evenings
- A lovely feature of the camp is its unique rock pool

Days 6-7: Drive to Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland
- We depart Damaraland Camp and drive into the Huab riverbed to search for desert-adapted elephants, before heading north to the mountainous and rocky paradise of the massive Palmwag Concessions
- Palmwag Rhino Camp is situated in the enormous private Palmwag Reserve in north-west Namibia, between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast - few places on the planet can offer this level of privacy and wilderness experience
- This reserve has a number of freshwater springs that support healthy populations of animals including desert-adapted back rhino and elephant as well as large populations of the rare Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok and kudu
-The predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park including lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyaena
- Bird life is prolific and diverse featuring most of Namibia's endemics
- Welwitschia plants (ancient and highly unusual succulents) dot the plain in front of the camp
- The speciality of the area is its growing population of the rare desert-adapted black rhino (the largest concentration in the world outside a national park), which are monitored and protected by the Save the Rhino Trust
- Palmwag Rhino Camp accommodates guests in 7 large East African-style Meru tents, each with an en-suite bathroom and a classic bucket shower that is filled with hot water whenever needed#
- Lights are powered by solar panels and the tented dining room offers uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains
- On the second day, the highlight is rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle, other activities include day and night nature drives

Days 8-9: Drive to Ongava Tented Camp, Etosha
- We depart Palmwag eastward on an extended combination wildlife viewing (first part of the drive) and transfer drive of approximately 350km to Etosha National Park, where we experience the pinnacle of game viewing - but accommodated in the privacy of an exclusive bush camp situated on an extensive private game reserve, Ongava, just on the outside of Etosha
- Activities include day and night drives, walks and hides
- Within Etosha we visit numerous perennial springs and pans, encountering a myriad of differing species
- Ongava Tented Camp comprises 10 large comfortable walk-in tents, each with en-suite facilities, including flush toilet and a hot shower
-All meals are enjoyed in the thatched dining area that overlooks an active waterhole. There is a small pool in which to cool off as well

Days 10-12: Fly to Skeleton Coast Research Camp
- Enjoy a breathtaking scenic flight over dramatic desert landscapes to the exclusive Skeleton Coast Research Camp situated in a private concession in the Skeleton Coast Park
- This is one of the most inhospitable but hauntingly beautiful places on the planet: desolate and uninhabited. It has everything, from roaring sand dunes, windswept plains, towering canyons and saltpans to seal colonies and shipwrecks
- Full-day explorations in 4x4 Land Rovers will take all these in, picnicking on the way
- Included are cultural visits to the remote villages of the Himba people
- keleton Coast Research Camp comprises 5 Meru-style tents nestled between granite rocks. Surrounded by pure wilderness, this camp is truly remote and the perfect setting for a serviced style of camping
- The camp is outfitted with necessary comforts and equipment, essential elements to the old and relaxed manner of early explorers

Day 13: Fly to Windhoek
- Say farewell to the adventure as we return by air charter to Windhoek, arriving at approximately 4pm late afternoon

  • Rates from: US$ 7 345.00
  • Per person sharing
  • Rates are in US Dollars
  • *Rates may vary according to season
  • Flights (return);
  • UK - NAM; from £ 800
  • USA - NAM; from $ 1700
  • EUR - NAM; from € 1100
  • Subject to availability & T&C's

  • Safari Includes
  • - Accommodation on a sharing basis
  • - All meals from lunch on Day 1, drinks (except premium brands) while on activity
  • - House wine at dinner times
  • - National park fees
  • - Laundry (except at Hansa Hotel, Damaraland Camp and Skeleton Coast Research Camp)
  • - Activities and all internal charters as specified in the detailed itinerary
  • Safari Excludes
  • - All other flights (other than specified in the safari itinerary)
  • - Visas
  • - Compulsory insurance
  • - Laundry
  • - All relevant entry and departure government taxes
  • - All personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls etc)
  • - Gratuities
  • - Optional extra activities
  • - Pre and post safari tours and meals or accommodation before or after the safari

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  • Namib Desert Lodges

  • Namib Desert Lodges
  • Together with its huge open areas, imposing sand dunes and salt pans, the Namib Naukluft Park is actually ranked the fourth most significant conservation region on earth. The renowned Sossusvlei sand dunes at over three hundred metres are the highest on earth. You will find three primary sightseeing attractions in the area: Sossusvlei, Sesriem and Naukluft.
  • Etosha Park Lodges

  • Etosha Park Lodges
  • Etosha which means 'great white place' is dominated by an enormous, glistening white salt pan surrounded by grasslands and bushveld. Etosha is Namibia's key wildlife sanctuary as well as one of southern Africa's very best and most environmentally valuable game reserves.
  • Damaraland Lodges

  • Damaraland Lodges
  • Damaraland is recognized as being one of Africa's last true remaining wildernesses as well as being one of the most picturesque safari destinations. The main attractions are the Spitzkoppe and Brandberg, the rock art, and the fascinating organ pipes and petrified forest at Twyfelfontein.
  • Fish River Lodges

  • Fish River Lodges
  • The Fish River Canyon is spectacular and awe-inspiring in its size. The second biggest canyon in the world created by the eponymous river coursing through a desert ecosystem over millions of years; the scenery is desolate, dusty and rocky with deep chasms.
  • Swakopmund Hotels

  • Swakopmund Hotels
  • After the culture shock of being in a German town transplanted 8000 kilometres to African coastal sunshine, you will actually find yourself in Namibia’s second largest town and it’s leading holiday destination. The attractive heritage buildings add character and incorporate many restaurants, pubs and clubs which enable you to escape the desert heat.