The Best of Namibia Part 1

The tour starts in WINDHOEK AND ENDS IN WINDHOEK. Highlights of this tour are: Windhoek Central, Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Namib Horses, Namibia West Coast, Desert Moon Landscape, Naukluft Park, Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Tiras Mountains, Spitzkoppe, Damaraland (Desert Elephants), Twyfelfontein, Etosha, Himba, Nama, Damara, Herero, Bushmen Cultures. The safari is conducted in a rental 4x4 vehicle. Accommodation is provided in tourist class lodges.

¿Qué está incluido?

• Vehicle Hire 4x4 – Nissan or Toyota DBL Cab
• 16 nights’ accommodation in comfortable guesthouses/guest farms/tourist class lodges.
• Vehicle super cover (Insurance)
• Free Wi-Fi at all lodges.

Duración

17 días

Cubierto de destino

Windhoek, Mariental, Fish River Canyon, Aus, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe, Twyfelfontein, Parque Nacional de Etosha y Namib-Naukluft National Park

Más adecuado

Todo
Legend:
BB = Bed and Breakfast
DBB = Dinner bed and Breakfast

NOTE:
Low-Season (1 Dec 2018 to 30 June 2019), book at least 6 months prior to secure.
High season (1 July to 30 November 2019, book at least 8 to12 months prior to secure.

Day 1 : Windhoek – Ondekaremba - Distance Airport to Africa Farm Ondekaremba = 11.5 km
The farm Ondekaremba measures 7.300 hectares and boasts a 100-year old family tradition. Shortly after touching down you will be met by the peace and quiet of Africa’s wide-open spaces. Enjoy after a long flight the charm of scenery and unspoilt nature. Ondekaremba means: The place where grazing is good. Thanks to this, combined with numerous watering places, you can be at one with nature by exploring, be it via game drives, hiking trails on a terrain where there are an abundance of wildlife and birds. The lovely garden with landscaped pool area waits for you to come and have a swim, or to just relax. Meals made to a large extent of our own products are prepared in our farm kitchen and are served on the open-air verandas, as a picnic in the bush, or inside the old rustic stone farmhouse.
Overnight Africa Farm Ondekaremba. (DBB)

Day 2 : Anib Lodge – Distance Africa Farm Ondekaremba to Kalahari Anib Lodge = 318 km
Kalahari Anib Lodge is located about 30 km north-east of Mariental, and is an ideal stopover on the way to Southern and Northern Namibia. The lodge is nestled in a lush green oasis under high palm trees, set amidst the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert. This area is notable for the green acacias and yellow grasses that grow in the red sand.

Anib means 'male bird' in the local Nama language, a people who are predominantly found in the southern regions of Namibia. Birds play an important role in their mythology. Animals including springbok, gemsbok and ostrich can be found around the lodge. Jackal, hare and porcupine inhabit the dunes and dune valleys of the Kalahari Desert as well. The area is also home to the Kori Bustard, the largest flying bird of all, and huge colonies of weaver birds are resident in the lodge's grounds. Activities include sunrise and sunset scenic drives the through Gondwana Kalahari Park. Bird watchers can view vultures and marabou storks at the feeding place for carrion birds. Hiking trails into the Kalahari can also be organized here.
Activities available:
Morning or Sundowner Drive:
This is the perfect way of getting acquainted with the Kalahari Desert. The Morning or Sundowner Drive with panoramic. Views across the Kalahari dunes is something to remember forever.
Overnight Kalahari Anib Lodge. (DBB)

Day 3: Fish River Canyon – Distance Kalahari Anib Lodge to Canyon Village = 415 km
Distance Canyon Lodge to Fish River Canyon viewpoint (22.6 km x 2)

Travel through the fantastic landscape of the Nama Karoo and admire its fauna and flora. One of the highlights in Southern Namibia is the great Fish River Canyon which we shall visit in the afternoon measuring 160 km in length, 27 km in width and up to 550 m deep the canyon is one area presents an awesome sight during sunset. The Fish River originates 600 km further up in the Naukluft Mountains and ends south of Ai-Ais were it flows into the Gariep River. The canyon offers beautiful views from various lookout points.
Activities available:
Sunrise Walk:
Morning Hike:
Trail from the Village to the Lodge:
Sundowner Drive in Gondwana Canyon Park:
Overnight Canyon Lodge. (DBB)

Day 4/5: Succulent Karoo Desert – Distance Canyon Village to Klein Aus Vista (Eagles Nest) = 286km
Distance Desert Horse Inn to Garub Horses lookout = 21.1 km x 2

After a late morning breakfast, depart to Aus and the Klein Aus Vista Homestead. This is also the realm of the ‘wild horses of the Namib. These magnificent creatures can often be seen roaming the far horizons or gathering at a watering point close by.
A day excursion to the quaint harbor town of Lüderitz! The town has an interesting German colonial background and sports a curious array of historical buildings built during the diamond rush at the turn of the century. We visit the “ghost town” Kolmanskop where the first diamonds were found 100 years ago. Today its dilapidated houses are slowly being swamped by the shifting sands of the Namib. We return to Klein Aus Vista in the afternoon
Arriving at Aus afternoon, visit on arrival and departure the realm of the ‘wild horses’, also known as the Garub horses of the Namib. These magnificent creatures can often be seen roaming the far horizons or gathering at a watering point close by. Return to Eagles Nest after this activity.
Activities Avialable:
Scenic Sunset Drive:
Overnight Desert Horse INN. (DBB)

Day 6/7: Namib Desert – Distance Desert Horse INN to Sossusvlei Lodge = 352km
Distance Sossusvlei Lodge to Sossusvlei (Dead Vlei) = 70.5 km x 2
Age-old camel thorn trees and unsurpassed 360 degrees views dominate the desert landscape towards the mountain-range in the distance. We enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. Fascinating Sossusvlei is one of the landscapes making the difference to the Namibian destination. Here, time stopped and you enter into the heart of the Namib Desert. Enormous pink and red dunes mixing with Granite Mountains embedded in yellow and pitch black plains where the Oryx antelope has made its kingdom. Dry white pans covered by dead trees. At Dune 45, the more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world's most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2.6 kilometer round-trip walk takes you to the well photographed “Dead Vlei”. Sossusvlei is at the ‘end of road’ and the highlight of the day. We also visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon, where the Tsauchab River and erosion have incised a narrow gorge over the millennia. The permanent water pools at its bottom have ensured the survival of nomadic populations in pre-historic times as well as that of early European explorers and the so-called Thirstland Trekkers, in more recent centuries. On our way back to the Sossusvlei Desert Camp, we take a lunch break at a lodge situated next to the Sesriem Gate of the park where light lunches (optional) and cold beverages are served on a terrace overlooking the dry bed of the ephemeral Tsauchab River and the dunes beyond it.
Activities for self-drive:
Sossusvlei/Dead Vlei/Dune45/Big Daddy Dune/Sesriem Canyon
Overnight Sossusvlei Lodge. (DBB)

Day 8/9 : Namib Desert/Naukluft Park – Distance Desert Camp to Hotel Zum Kaiser = 354km
En route to Swakopmund we will explore the Namib Desert with the rugged Kuiseb Canyon, while driving along the Swakop riverbed. We stop at the eerie moon landscape and marvel at the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an ancient plant endemic to the Namib Desert. Today’s destination is the cool Atlantic Coast and the quaint town of Swakopmund. En route we will explore the Namib Desert with the rugged Kuiseb Canyon, while driving along the Swakop riverbed.
Stop at the eerie moon landscape and marvel at the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an ancient plant endemic to the Namib Desert.

Take a walk through town and enjoy the mixture of colonial flair and historic architecture in Swakopmund (the historic town, the Woermannhouse, the Hohenzollernhouse, the old Magistrates Court, the historical Jail and the Jetty and the lighthouse. After arriving in Swakopmund you can explore the popular coastal resort on your own and spend time at leisure or with shopping.
Activities available:
Desert Moon Landscape
Harbour Boat Cruise
Dune Quad Bike Drive
Overnight Hotel Zum Kaiser. (BB)

Day 10/11: Twyfelfontein
The Twyfelfontein area, being a very vulnerable and delicate ecosystem, is renowned for some of the best examples of Bushman paintings and rock engravings in southern Africa and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Interesting rock formations and the remainder of prehistoric volcanic action can be seen among the most prominent geographic features including the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain, Doros Crater and the Petrified Forest. The fauna and flora of Damaraland is typical of the Pro-Namib region and plant species include the magnificent Welwitschia, Moringa and a variety of the Commiphora species. The Desert adapted Elephant, Giraffe, Springbok, Zebra, Oryx, and Ostrich include some of the wildlife which can be found living in total harmony with the community. The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and boast 56 en-suite twin rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool. In construction utmost care was taken to reduce the visual impact on the environment and to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colors toning in with the surrounding rock formations.
Activity available:
World Heritage Site visit
Rock Paintings/Organ Pipes/Burnt Mountain
Overnight at Twyfelfontein Lodge or similar. (DBB)

Day 12 : Damaraland – Distance Twyfelfontein to Palmwag = 109km
Palmwag Lodge is a paradise located on the Uniab River in north-western Namibia, Damaraland just a few kilometers north of the junction of the C4 and /C39 roads. Nestled in a spectacular landscape with waving palms whispering in the wind, Palmwag Lodge is one of Namibia's oldest and most popular tourist destinations.
In the concession area around Palmwag Lodge there are large populations of Hartman's Mountain Zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu. The predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park, with over 100 lions, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present. This concession supports a healthy population of desert adapted black rhino and elephants, under the management of the Save the Rhino Trust.
Take the initiative to explore the carefully laid out walking trails and enjoy nature at its best.
Activities at available:
AM / PM Game Drive (app 3 hrs)
Guided Walk
Half Day Rhino Tracking
Overnight at Palmwag Lodge. (DBB)

Day 13/14/15 : Etosha - Distance from Palmwag Lodge to Etosha Village = 351km
Distance from Etosha Village to Anderson Gate Etosha (2km) obtain permits for Etosha at Okaukuejo (Namibia Wildlife Resorts Office)

A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of travelling Namibia. Etosha, which was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907, covers an area of more than 22 000 square kilometres. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bush land in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. The Etosha National Park has a good infrastructure. Well-maintained gravel roads (untarred) leads to the waterholes, where game viewing is at its best. In the three rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni, hotels, chalets and camping sites are available as well as restaurants, stores and swimming pools. The main entrance to the park is called the "Andersson Gate" at Okaukuejo in the south, where the park administration is also situated. The "Von Lindequist Gate" lies in the east near Namutoni. A new gate, the "Nehale lya Mpingana Gate" (King Nehale Gate) was opened at the beginning of 2003 in the north-east. The pan is just about always dry. However, in the southern parts there are have water-holes scattered throughout this area and form the basis of life for countless game. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approx. 22 000 square kilometres in size. There is an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals.
Activities available:
Overnight at Taleni Etosha Village. (DBB)

Day 16 : Windhoek (Africa Farm Ondekaremba) – Distance Etosha Village to Afrika Farm Ondekaremba = 453km
Overnight at Ondekaremba Africa Farm. (DBB)

Day 17 : Windhoek - Distance to airport 11.5 km
Transfer to Hosea Kutako Airport
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• Visas, road permits, local border crossing fees, road taxes
• Tips & gratuities to hotel/restaurant personnel and guides
• Alcoholic and any other beverages in addition to those included above
• Any optional services/meals/activities/excursions not included/not mentioned in the itinerary
• Any expense of a personal nature such as for phone calls, laundry services, souvenirs, and similar.
• Contract
• Namibia and RSA self-drive Tours and Safaris undertakes to provide all services offered subject to terms and conditions set out herein, which terms and conditions are accepted by the self-drive guest.
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• Booking
• When the tour is confirmed, a 50% deposit of the tour price due is required within 48 Hours. The balance of the tour price must be settled not later than 65 days before the intended departure date. If the full amount, is not received by the Company 65 days prior to the tour, the Company reserves the right to cancel the reservation and retain a 20% non-refundable amount received from the client or his agent. Bookings made within 30 days of the departure date must be accompanied by the full payment.
• Quotation
• If the quotation is in ZAR (South African Rand), it is subject to the USD/EURO/POUND/or Any other currency EXCHANGE rate and the quoted ZAR rate much matched.

• Cancellations
• Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to arrival will not normally result in cancellation fees being charged. However, NAMIBIA AND RSA SELF-DRIVE TOURS AND SAFARIS reserves the right to cover any costs incurred or charges received from suppliers up to the date of cancellation.
• In the event of services cancelled 30 days or less, prior to arrival, the following cancellation fees applies:
• 30 – 15 days – 50% of total fare
• 14 – 7 days – 75% of total fare
• 7 – 0 days – 100% of total fare
• We recommend that you ensure that your passengers take adequate personal cancellation insurance cover before departure from home.
• Responsibility
• NAMIBIA AND RSA SELF-DRIVE TOURS AND SAFARIS is not responsible for any damages sustained by any passenger as a result of any act or omission whatsoever of any hotel, airline or other person, notwithstanding the fact that NAMIBIA AND RSA SELF-DRIVE TOURS AND SAFARIS acted as agent of such hotel, airline or other person.
• Health
• You must be in perfect health to undertake any safari. You will visit remote areas with little or no medical facilities. NAMIBIA AND RSA SELF-DRIVE TOURS AND SAFARIS will only apply limited first aid as per their FIRST AID training and limitations there-off.
• Insurance
• Comprehensive Travel Insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, medical, emergency travel and personal accident is compulsory. The client is aware that it is his responsibility to arrange adequate insurances. The clients must be satisfied that their insurance covers their personal requirements.
• Luggage
• Baggage on tours will be limited to a maximum of 20kgs per person or otherwise stated.
• Travel Documents
• You will require a valid passport. Please check with us, your local consulate or travel agent as to visa and passport requirements. It is you’re responsibly to ensure that your passport, visas and certificates are all in order before departure. We cannot be held liable for any passenger being refused entry into NAMIBIA/ BOTSWANA/ ZAMBIA for any reason whatsoever.
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• Force Majeure
• Unforeseen circumstances including but limited to war, weather, riots, and other unforeseen reasons beyond the control of the Company may cause delays or alterations to the tour. The Company shall not be held liable in any way for any of these possible occurrences or any consequences, which may arise as a result of these.
• Accommodation
• Accommodation will be provided as per itinerary. Accommodation is subject to availability at date of booking. We reserve the right to use alternative accommodation of similar or higher standard.
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