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NAMIBIA TOUR

GUIDED SAFARI TOUR OR SELF DRIVE/FLY-IN TOUR

 
  We call it the "Diamonds in the Desert" Tour

USEFUL GUIDELINES: Namibia is a vast and arid country, with the most important sites often hundreds of miles from one another, requiring much driving, mostly on untarred gravel roads. Our signature tour, therefore, makes use of a fly-in portion into the Namib desert itself, both to save time and energy, but also to give you the opportunity to view this fascinating landscape from the air.

Please be aware that this tour can be shortened or extended and that each and everyone of our tours are carefully handcrafted and personalized on the basis of your wishes, your interests, your time availability and, of course, your budget.

Without doubt, the Namibia tour represents the very best combination of sites, hostelry and cuisine available in Namibia. It is likely to prompt you to come again and visit other areas like the South, where you will find the awesome Fish River Canyon and quaint places like Luederitzbucht and Kolmanskoppe.

NOTE: THE NAMIBIA TOUR IS BASED ON 10 DAYS IN NAMIBIA (BUT IS FLEXIBLE)

DAY ONE:

Arrival at Windhoek Airport, Namibia. Transfer to the Heinitzburg Hotel or the Windhoek Country Club and Casino Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner at "Leo's at the Castle" at the Heinitzburg, overlooking the capital city.

 
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DAY TWO:

Fly-in Safari from Windhoek to Sossusvlei, famous for the highest dunes in the world. Transfer to Wolwedans Dune Lodge, a structure of tented chalets on wooden platforms, built directly over the deep-orange sands of the Namib desert. You will do excursions into this magical landscape with guided 4x4 tours which will take your breath away, because of its indescribable beauty. The night skies in the Namib are, according to all experts, the clearest and deepest anywhere on our globe.
NOTE: All meals and tours are included in the price of the tour.

DAY THREE:

After another early morning excursion and a lovely breakfast on the wooden deck of the lodge, you will be transferred to Wilderness Sossusvlei Lodge, situated close to Sossusvlei and on hills overlooking the vast expanse of where desert meet escarpment. You can go for a late afternoon sunset drive or just relax at this wonderful lodge, which has plunge pools at each of its private chalets, and a great view terrace with bar.

DAY FOUR:

You will be taken on an early morning guided tour to Sossusvlei and climb "Big Daddy" or "Big Mamma", the highest two dunes in the world. After a brunch under the camelthorn trees, you will return to your lodge and enjoy the tranquility and peace.

namibia desert hut

DAY FIVE:

Transfer by air via the breathtaking coastline of the wild Atlantic, where dunes meet the stormy seas, to the quaint little town of Swakopmund, known for its German colonial architecture and its healthy climate. You will be accommodated at either the stately and traditional Hansa Hotel or the upmarket Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre, situated in the magnificent old railway station building and right next to the local Casino. You will have the whole day to walk along the gorgeous beaches, explore excellent shopping boutiques and enjoy locally brewed beer, renowned for the purity of the water used. The German colonial history is well documented in the excellent little museum and you can climb onto the old lighthouse for a view over the entire region. We can arrange, as a separate item, for you to go dune-bugging, paragliding or hot-air ballooning, or even to go out fishing in what is known to be an angler's paradise. Dinner at a venue to be decided, but probably in the railway coach-themed restaurant at the casino, which offers the best buffet we have experienced anywhere.

DAY SIX:

You will now proceed by car (self-drive or guided tour, as per your wishes) along the coast to Cape Cross, a seal colony north of Swakopmund. From there via the highest mountain in Namibia, the Brandberg, home of the wonderful Bushman Rock Art, into the heart of Damaraland, where there are a number of world-class lodges which we will use as a base to show you some very different sites, like the Burnt Mountain, the Petrified Forest and Vingerklip natural monument. Mowani, Huab or Vingerklip Lodge will be our overnight stop, each unique in its own way, but with outstanding services.

DAY SEVEN:

We will explore the area a little longer in the morning before proceeding to Ongava Game Lodge, part of the Wilderness Safari group with its renown for the perfect synergy of natural beauty and creature comforts. It is situated on the western entrance to the Etosha Pan Wildlife Reserve, the focus of every visitor to Namibia. You will stay two nights at this lodge and the tour includes one guided visit into the Reserve with an experienced game ranger (Note: you can do self-drive visits or order additional guided tours, as you wish).

DAY EIGHT:

Ongava Game Lodge . Etosha Pan .

etosha pan and leopard

DAY NINE:

Drive through the entire reserve, taking your time, and proceed to Mushara Lodge, just outside the eastern entrance of Etosha. Be sure to visit the many watering holes, which are the best place to view the animals in this dry saltpan. Also stop at Fort Namutoni, the old fortress built by the Germans at the beginning of last century.

DAY TEN:

Drive back to Windhoek, via Tsumeb and Otjiwarongo; please stop to look at the woodcarvings just outside Okanhandja and kindly support these ethnic artists by acquiring a memento of this fascinating country. Return to Windhoek for your evening flight or overnight one more time at Heinitzburg, using any additional time for some excellent shopping of ethnic art, woven Karakul carpets, semi-precious stones or exquisite jewelry from the local craftsmen.

Transfer to Windhoek International Airport or, alternatively, return of your rental car.

WE TRUST THAT THIS TOUR WILL BE AN UNFORGETTABLE AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN YOUR LIFE - WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SHORTLY !

PRICING: As it is our underlying policy to handcraft each and every tour, thereby making it suit your very own character, interests and pocket, as well as to fit into your time-frame. As such it is not easy to put a price tag onto tours, but to use the above sample-tour as a guideline, you would have to look at approx. US$ 4000, all inclusive.

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