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Family and Wildlife Experience

Our tour proposal is subject to availability.

Highlights: Explore the variety and similarities of the desert landscapes that Namibia has to offer. From the red, vegetated dunes of the Kalahari, through to the harsh beauty and depths of the canyons at Fish River, and ending off at the endless vistas of the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei dunes – you will never seize to be amazed!

Duration: 17 days / 16 nights
Departure: On request
Pick-ups: Windhoek
Drop-off: Windhoek
Minimum Participants: 2 Pax
Maximum Participants: 6 Pax
Mode of transport: Air-conditioned vehicles
Prices: Available on request
Options: Comfort version
Day 1 – Arrival in Namibia

Departure to Rehoboth, Kalkrand and Maltahöhe to beautifully situated children friendly Hoodia Desert Lodge.

Amongst a relatively dense acacia woodland of camel thorn, sweet-thorn and candle-pod acacia, lies the historical town of Rehoboth. Like many towns in Namibia Rehoboth was once a missionary station. It is inhabited by the Baster community, which consists of the descendants of people of mixed parentage who trekked across the Orange River under their leader Hermanus van Wyk and settled at Rehoboth in 1870.

Arriving in Maltahöhe we will have an opportunity to witness the cultural show through Oahera Cultural Centre where school children will be showing off their traditional dances.

Our lunch will be served at Redstone Restaurant and afterwards we will leisurely drive to our superb lodge.

Arrival at the lodge and remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure or relax at the swimming pool.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hoodia Desert Lodge or similar

 

Day 2 – Windhoek – Sesriem Area

Departure to Rehoboth, Kalkrand and Maltahöhe to beautifully situated children friendly Hoodia Desert Lodge.

Amongst a relatively dense acacia woodland of camel thorn, sweet-thorn and candle-pod acacia, lies the historical town of Rehoboth. Like many towns in Namibia Rehoboth was once a missionary station. It is inhabited by the Baster community, which consists of the descendants of people of mixed parentage who trekked across the Orange River under their leader Hermanus van Wyk and settled at Rehoboth in 1870.

Arriving in Maltahöhe we will have an opportunity to witness the cultural show through Oahera Cultural Centre where school children will be showing off their traditional dances.

Our lunch will be served at Redstone Restaurant and afterwards we will leisurely drive to our superb lodge.

Arrival at the lodge and remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure or relax at the swimming pool.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hoodia Desert Lodge or similar

 

Day 3 – Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Early morning departure to Sossusvlei. You have the opportunity to climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world.

This is a dune wonderland, with towering dunes up to 300m high surrounding a huge, dried-up pan. Dunes extend as far as the eye can see and their rich tints vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. During a good rainy season the Tsauchab River flows into the pan which creates a heaven for water birds. Even during the dry season, oryx, springbok and ostriches can be seen feeding off the sparse vegetation along the water course.

At the entrance to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down for 30m to 40m, are deep pools of water which become replenished after good rains. Sesriem derives its name from the time when early pioneers tied six lenghts of rawhide thongs together to draw water from these pools.

Return to the lodge after excursion and experience the tranquility and magic of the Namibian sunset during the Sundowner drive. You would be spoil with fine wines, traditional sundowner drinks and snacks at a private set up on one of selected outlook points overlooking the Namib Desert.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hoodia Desert Lodge or similar

 

Day 4 – Hoodia Lodge – Swakopmund

After a hearty breakfast we will drive via Solitaire, Ghaub Pass and Walvis Bay to Swakopmund.

En route we will stop at the magnificient Welwitschia Mirabillis and Moon landscape.

The Welwitschia mirabilis, a botanical curiosity endemic to the Namib Desert and certainly one of the most intriguing and bizarre plants on earth. Sprawling untidily on the desert plains, the welwitschia is believed to have a lifespan of up to 2000 years. The plant produces only two leaves throughout its lifetime. The desert winds tear at the fibrous, evergreen blades, shredding them into strips, which curl into snake-like thongs, leaving the tips withered and dry. A large concentration of these plants is found along the Welwitschia Trail.

Soft overlaying levels of earth deposited some 450 million years ago, were eroded over millenniums to create this eerie landscape. An unexpected cluster of eucalyptus and palm trees on the banks of the Swakop River at the farm Goanikontes surrounds a historic farmhouse dating back to the mid – 1850s. In earlier times the farm had a thriving vegetable garden, which supplied fresh products to Swakopmund.

We will undertake short city tour around the coastal town of Namibia.

Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the inland heat. It is also popular amongst visitors because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory’s main harbour for many years. The distinct German colonial character has been well preserved and today many of the old buildings serve a useful purpose.The Woermann House (1905) now houses an art gallery. The Woermann Tower was used in earlier times to see if ships came into the harbour. Other old interesting buildings are: “Die Alte Kaserne”, “Hohenzollern Haus”, and the Railway Station Building.

Bed and breakfast, Cornerstone Guesthouse or similar

 

Day 5 –  Swakopmund

Early breakfast at the guesthouse and our guide will take us to Walvis Bay jetty to start our spectacular boatcruise on the lagoon.

A 3-hour long boat cruise in the lagoon of Walvis Bay will put you into another world. Some pelicans and flamingos might be spotted – and regularly dolphins and seals swim alongside the boat, with the possibility of one or two seals jumping into the boat to be fed. 12h00 – Lunch with snacks, oysters and champagne will be served in the lagoon.

After a short orientation tour in Walvis Bay we will drive back to Swakopmund to relax a bit.

In the afternoon we will be pick up at our hotel to go on the adventurous Quadbiking on the dunes for an hour.

Bed and breakfast, Cornerstone Guesthouse or similar

 

Day 6 – Swakopmund – Etusis Lodge

Today we drive via Usakos, Arandis and Karibib to our lodge near Karibib.

The small sun-baked town of Usakos, nestled in the valley of the Khan River, developed around a station on the old narrow-gauge railway built in 1900. Beyond Usakos is the Trekkopje Battlefield site on one of the most important battles fought during the short-lived 1915 campaign involving South Africa and German forces.

Karibib is renowned for the high-quality marble quarried in the area since 1904, which is being used to enhance public buildings and private homes in Namibia, as well as for exporting purposes. Lined along the main road are historic buildings, which today are used for restaurants and hotels. Only a small number of buildings are still used for the same purpose they where built for.

Arrival at the lodge and you will be welcomed by friendly staff of the Etusis Lodge.

During your stay here children will be having a lot of fun and be able to ride on horseback.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Etusis Lodge or similar

 

Day 7 – Etusis Lodge

The whole of today is dedicated for the wildlife experience whilst on the farm, by taking part on optional excursions and various walking trails on offer.

Alternatively you can used the day for relaxation on the swimming pool of the lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Etusis Lodge or similar

 

Day 8 – Etusis Lodge – Damaraland

After a hearty breakfast at the lodge our journey continues towards Damaraland via Uis and Khorixas to superb Vingerklip Lodge.

At Uis we stop at Brandberg mountain which is the highest in Namibia with its magnificient stunning landscapes.

The imposing Brandberg massif is a challenge to rock climbers, especially its peak “Königstein”, which at 2573m is the highest peak in Namibia. While its name is Afrikaans for “burnt mountain” the Brandberg is most famous for the rock painting known as the “White Lady”, which is painted on an overhang in Maack’s Shelter – named after the surveyor who discovered it in 1917. Maack’s Shelter lies in the Tsisab gorge, a wild and beautiful ravine amongst a vast jumble of rocks, remnants of many ancient landslides.

We will proceed to visit Organ pipes and Burnt Mountains as well as Twyfelfontein Rockengravings.

Twyfelfontein, meaning doubtful fountain, which lies to the west of Khorixas, resembles a large, open-air art gallery. This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections in Africa.

South of Twyfelfontein is the Burnt Mountain, a panorama of desolation with coloured rocks contrasting vividly against the grey-black surroundings. The Organ Pipes, a mass of basalt slabs in a ravine gouged out by a river, is another geological curiosity in the area.

Afterwards we will drive via Khorixas to Vingerklip Lodge.

Vingerklip also known as Finger of stone is one of Namibias most dramatic rock formations, and receives its name as it looks like a large finger. It stands proudly as a 35 meter pillar of rock dominating the landscape of the Ugab terraces between Outjo and Khorixas. This unique colossal rock is over 15 million years old and can be accessed conveniently in your own transport or by 4×4 guided trips.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Vingerklip Lodge

 

Day 9 – Vingerklip Lodge

Leisurely breakfast at the lodge and the rest of the morning can be spend at own disposal. There are plenty of activities on offer which you can take part or alternatively relax at the jacuzzi. Vingerklip Lodge will be giving you that out of africa feeling and thus ideal for a family.

In the afternoon we will have a very enjoyable sundowner drive on the open vehicle.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Vingerklip Lodge

 

Day 10 – Damaraland – Etosha National Park

After an early breakfast our drive will take us to Kamanjab where we will visit the Himba village that will somehow give us cultural experience.

The Himba are semi-nomadic people and are one of the most photographed ethnic groups of Namibia due to their unique appearance, The Himba women have a particularly distinctive appearance and can take several hours for beauty care every morning rubbing their body with a cream consisting of butterfat and ochre powder which gives the body a reddish tinge. There are about 20, 000 to 50,000 Himba people living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene region. They speak the same language as the Herero and predominantly breed cattle and goats. Clothes, hairstyle and jewellery are all of particular significance to the Himba.

Now that we have learnt some real life lifestyle of the Ovahimba tribe we will continue via Outjo to reach our lodge situated outside the Etosha Park.

Located in a cluster of low hills is the town of Outjo, the southern gateway to the Etosha National Park. The town developed around a spring where a trader, Tom Lambert, settled in 1880. Depicted in the Outjo Museum is the history of the town and its surroundings, with the focus on gemstones and wildlife.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Toshari Lodge

 

Day 11 – Etosha National Park

The whole of today is dedicated for the full day game viewing in the Etosha National Park from our Vulkan Ruine Tours vehicle.

The Etosha National Park, consisting of 22 270 sq km of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 sq km. For the greater part of the year, the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which shimmers with mirages on most days. It is seeing vast herds of game with this eerie “great white place of dry water” as a backdrop which makes the Etosha experience unique. A total of about 114 mammal species are found in the park, including several rare and endangered, such as black rhino and black-faced impala. About 300 bird species occur in the park, of which approximately one third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders.

Late in the afternoon we will leave the park and return to our beautifully situated lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Toshari Lodge

 

Day 12  – Etosha National Park

After breakfast we will depart from the lodge and again enter the well-renowned Etosha park, with game viewing across from our tour vehicle. This time we will drive through the park and exit at Von lindequist Gate to reach our superb lodge outside the park.

Late afternoon arrival at the lodge and check-in.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Mushara Bush Camp

 

Day 13  – Etosha – Frans Indongo Lodge

Today we will leave Etosha behind and travel via Tsumeb and Otavi to beautifully situated Frans Indongo Lodge, where you will experience purest nature.

En route we will visit the Lake Otjikoto and the historical museum in Tsumeb.

In 1915, during the South West African Campaign, retreating German forces dumped their military equipment into Lake Otjikoto. Some of the cannons have been retrieved and can be viewed in the museum in Tsumeb. Many legends surround the lake. A favourite myth is that Otjikoto and its sister lake Guinas are bottomless. Shaped something like an upside-down mushroom, Otjikoto was formed when the roof of a huge dolomite cave collapsed. Stalactite samples taken from an underwater cave have been estimated to be about 80 000 years old. A rare, mouth-breeding species of fish is found in the lake’s depths.

The town of Tsumeb, gateway to the north, has been closely linked to the mining industry since 1905. The history of Tsumeb is depicted in the Tsumeb museum, where a comprehensive collection of rare minerals can be viewed. In the Khorab room a collection of restored cannons and other armaments, which were dumped into Lake Otjikoto by the German forces, are displayed.

The remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Frans Indongo Lodge

 

 Day 14 –  Frans Indongo Lodge

After our delicious breakfast at the lodge, our guide will take us to watch Cheetah sprinting and learn more about the fastest terrestrial animal on the planet at the nearby Cheetah Conservation Fund.

An opportunity to observe hundreds of vultures spiralling down from the sky – at the feeding site of the Rare and Endangered Species Trust which works for the protection of Namibia’s last Cape vultures.

Return to the lodge and spend the rest of the afternoon on own leisure or at the pool.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Frans Indongo Lodge

 

Day 15  – Frans Indongo Lodge – Waterberg – Gocheganas Lodge

An early breakfast at the lodge and then we will depart for Waterberg via Otjiwarongo.

Originally known as Kanubes to the Herero, Otjiwarongo is said to mean “pretty place” or “place of the fat cattle”, as the area is well known for its cattle ranches. Situated about 250km north of Windhoek, on a slope amid undulating plains. There are many guest farms and lodges in the Otjiwarongo district, information on which can be gained -from the Omaue Information Office in St George’s Street. Two interesting features of the town is the Otjiwarongo Crocodile Ranch, where crocodiles are bred as well as the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term survival of the cheetah through research, conservation and education.

Rising some 200m above a surrounding sea of African bush and savannah, the Waterberg Plateau park with its flamboyant brick-red sandstone formations and lush green vegetation, presents an island of vibrant colour. The 40 549 ha park, situated 60km east of Otjiwarongo, was proclaimed in 1972. It was originally created as a sanctuary for rare and endangered species found in the Caprivi, such as roan and sable antelope, tsessebe and cape buffalo. Today the park is home to some 25 game species, over 200 bird species and vegetation which changes dramatically from acacia savannah at the foot of the plateau to lush-green sub-tropical dry woodland with tall trees and grassy plains at the top.

After our visit at Waterberg we will proceed via Okahandja and Windhoek to our classic lodge, situated a mere 29 kilometres south east from Windhoek on a hilltop overlooking a spectacular landscape, Gocheganas is a luxury lodge offering a unique combination of Wildlife, Nature and Wellness experiences.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Gocheganas Lodge

 

Day 16  – Gocheganas Reserve

You have the whole morning on your own leisure. The GocheGanas Wellness Village boasts a top of the range selection of wellness treatments, products and service. Alternatively you can relax at the sparking pool of the lodge.

The afternoon is dedicated for a game drive in open vehicle where qualified guide assists with sharing information on fauna, flora and interesting bird species. With the abundance of game on the farm, every game drive has its highlights, especially when you are lucky enough to view rhino family.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Gocheganas Lodge

 

Day 17  – Departure

Transfer to the Windhoek Airport and flight back home.

Tourists should book accommodation well in advance, especially for school holidays, when demand peaks. Please note, that not all accommodation establishments accept children under the age of 12 years or 16 years. Please check if you intend taking children.

Select one, preferred type of accommodation or we can design tailor-made, mixed-accommodation tour:

  • two/three-star lodges
  • luxury lodges and hotels
  • camping/tented

Double rooms with an option of a single supplement. Air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms. Camping tour: tented accommodation in 2-persons tents.

 
Included in the tour’s price:
Not included in the tour’s price:
Vehicle Fuel Qualified professional Driverguide = 1 Person
Accommodation
Accommodation & Meals for the Guide
Meals (as per itinerary)
Park entrance fees as per itinerary
Activities as indicated in the itinerary
Water on board
Porterage
Passenger Liability’
15% VAT
2% Tourism Levy
 

All expenses of personal nature
Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
All meals not mentioned above
Drinks at lodges and on road
All optional excursions and activities
Airport transfers
Tips for tour guides
International flights and airport taxes
Items not mentioned in the itinerary

Climate

Winter (May to September) Temperatures in the interior range from 18˚C to 25˚C during the day. Below freezing temperatures and ground frosts are common at night.

Summer (October to April) Average interior temperatures range from 20˚C to 34˚C during the day .Temperatures above 40˚C is often recorded in the extreme north and south of the country.

The coast influenced by the cold Benguela current, boasts a relatively stable range of 15˚C to 25˚C. Heavy fog is fairly common at night.

Humidity is generally very low in most parts of Namibia, but it can reach as high as 80% in the extreme north during summer.

The rainy season is from October to April. Average annual rainfall varies from less than 50mm along the coast to 350 mm in the central interior and 700 mm in the Caprivi. The sporadic rains do not affect road travel significantly, however, tourists should exercise caution when crossing or camping in riverbeds during the rainy season, as flash floods are common.

Visitors should pack both warm and cold weather clothing for any visit to Namibia. Windhoek boasts a number of excellent safari outfitters and tourists are advised to shop for clothing upon arrival. Hats, sunglasses, lip balm, moisturizer and sunblock are essential when visiting Namibia.

 

Drinking Water

Tap water is safe and palatable in Namibia, unless specifically stated at particular location. Tourists travelling by road are advised to carry sufficient water at all times. Mineral water and ice are readily available at most service stations and shops.

 

Credit cards

We accept major credit cards such as Credit/Debit Card: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services, which may be available. Please note, service stations do not accept credit for petrol. Plan accordingly.

 

Currency

The Namibia Dollar (N$) and the South African Rand are the only legal tender in Namibia. The two currencies are on par. Foreign currency, travellers and personal cheques can be converted to the Namibian Dollar at any bank or Bureau de Change.

 

Duty Free Import

Visitors may import duty free 400 Cigarettes or 50 Cigars or 250g Pipe Tobacco, 2 litres Wine, 1 litre Spirit or other alcoholic beverages, 50 ml Perfume, 250 ml Toiletry Water.

 

Electrical Appliances

All run on 220/240 volts. Outlets are of the round 3 pin, 15 amp type.

 

Firearms

Handguns are not permitted in Namibia. Only properly licensed hunting rifles with valid permits for Namibia are permitted. Licenses and permits should be applied for well in advance, as attempting to do so at the border is a lengthy process. Hunting rifles are not permitted in Botswana, and have to be carried sealed if in transit to Namibia. All arms and ammunition should be declared even if in possession of a valid South African permit.

 

Health

Medical services in Namibia are of a very high standard. However, the availability of most services is restricted to the main towns. Emergencies and accidents occurring in remote areas do attract a high cost when transport to the main towns is required. Host establishments should be able to organize these services when requested.

The north of Namibia, including Etosha National Park, is a malaria-endemic area. Travellers are advised to have the necessary medication/prophylaxis and also carry insect repellents and sprays. Please consult a local doctor or pharmacist on the correct prophylactics for the specific area of entry. Blood in Namibia is donated by selected, unpaid volunteer. The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia screens all blood products for transmissible diseases including hepatitis and AIDS. An insurance service for tourists is available from rescue companies providing one to three months coverage for emergency transport.

 

Language

The official language is English. All documents, notices and signs are in this language. Afrikaans and German are both widely used.

 

Personal Safety

Tourists in any country are a preferred target. Be on the alert for handbag snatchers and pickpockets. Exercise caution by keeping your vehicle locked, never leaving valuable/bags visible in the vehicle, using registered “car guards” when parking in towns. Leave cameras, electronic equipment, tickets passports and excess cash in the safe at your hotel when out sightseeing.

It is fairly safe, especially in a group, to walk in the city centre at night. Avoid unlit areas. Ensure that valuables and personal effects are adequately insured.

 

Public Transport

For transfers between Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport and the city, you can book with a shuttle operator; alternatively use one of the airport registered taxis. A number of companies operate bus services between main towns in Namibia and destinations in South Africa and Victoria Falls. They include Intercape Mainliner, Ekonolux, Town Hoppers and Baileys Transport.

Travel by train is possible up to Walvisbay in the west. Ondangwa in the north, Karasburg in the south and Gobabis in the east.

 

Time

Standard from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April, Namibia reverts to GMT/UTC +2. The Caprivi Region stays on the same time as Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Namibian border posts with Botswana and South Africa adjust their operating hours to their neighbours’ time i.e. GMT/UTC +2. Daylight Saving: GMT/UTC +1 during winter starts from the first Sunday in April, and ends on the first Sunday in September.

 

VAT

All goods and services are priced to include VAT. Visitors may claim back VAT for goods purchased in Namibia at the Customs and Excise offices. Department of inland Revenue, in Windhoek. Further details can be obtained from the Ministry of Finance Information Centre by calling (02641) 2092642 or (026461) 2092644.

 

VISA Requirements

All visitors require a passport for entry into Namibia, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the county, and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps. All visitors must also have a valid return ticket.

Validity:
Visas are valid up to three months from the date of issue for stays of up to three months from date of entry. Extensions for a further three months are available from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek.

Applications
Consulate (or Consular section at High Commission); see Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Application Requirements:
(a) Valid passport
(b) Completed application form
(c) Two passport-size photos
(d) Return or onward ticket or proof of accommodation
(e) Fee
Private: (a)-(e) and, (f) Letter of invitation from Namibian resident.
Business: (a)-(e) and, (f) Company letter (g) Letter from sponsoring company in Namibia

Temporary Residence Permit:
Apply to the High Commission or Embassy; see Namibian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

* Please note that a minimum of three working days are required for processing applications

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Duration: 17 days / 16 nights
Departure: On request
Pick-ups: Windhoek
Drop-off: Windhoek
Minimum Participants: 2 Pax
Maximum Participants: 6 Pax
Mode of transport: Air-conditioned vehicles
Prices: Available on request
Options: Comfort version
Day 1 – Arrival in Namibia

Departure to Rehoboth, Kalkrand and Maltahöhe to beautifully situated children friendly Hoodia Desert Lodge.

Amongst a relatively dense acacia woodland of camel thorn, sweet-thorn and candle-pod acacia, lies the historical town of Rehoboth. Like many towns in Namibia Rehoboth was once a missionary station. It is inhabited by the Baster community, which consists of the descendants of people of mixed parentage who trekked across the Orange River under their leader Hermanus van Wyk and settled at Rehoboth in 1870.

Arriving in Maltahöhe we will have an opportunity to witness the cultural show through Oahera Cultural Centre where school children will be showing off their traditional dances.

Our lunch will be served at Redstone Restaurant and afterwards we will leisurely drive to our superb lodge.

Arrival at the lodge and remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure or relax at the swimming pool.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hoodia Desert Lodge or similar

 

Day 2 – Windhoek – Sesriem Area

Departure to Rehoboth, Kalkrand and Maltahöhe to beautifully situated children friendly Hoodia Desert Lodge.

Amongst a relatively dense acacia woodland of camel thorn, sweet-thorn and candle-pod acacia, lies the historical town of Rehoboth. Like many towns in Namibia Rehoboth was once a missionary station. It is inhabited by the Baster community, which consists of the descendants of people of mixed parentage who trekked across the Orange River under their leader Hermanus van Wyk and settled at Rehoboth in 1870.

Arriving in Maltahöhe we will have an opportunity to witness the cultural show through Oahera Cultural Centre where school children will be showing off their traditional dances.

Our lunch will be served at Redstone Restaurant and afterwards we will leisurely drive to our superb lodge.

Arrival at the lodge and remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure or relax at the swimming pool.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hoodia Desert Lodge or similar

 

Day 3 – Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Early morning departure to Sossusvlei. You have the opportunity to climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world.

This is a dune wonderland, with towering dunes up to 300m high surrounding a huge, dried-up pan. Dunes extend as far as the eye can see and their rich tints vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. During a good rainy season the Tsauchab River flows into the pan which creates a heaven for water birds. Even during the dry season, oryx, springbok and ostriches can be seen feeding off the sparse vegetation along the water course.

At the entrance to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down for 30m to 40m, are deep pools of water which become replenished after good rains. Sesriem derives its name from the time when early pioneers tied six lenghts of rawhide thongs together to draw water from these pools.

Return to the lodge after excursion and experience the tranquility and magic of the Namibian sunset during the Sundowner drive. You would be spoil with fine wines, traditional sundowner drinks and snacks at a private set up on one of selected outlook points overlooking the Namib Desert.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hoodia Desert Lodge or similar

 

Day 4 – Hoodia Lodge – Swakopmund

After a hearty breakfast we will drive via Solitaire, Ghaub Pass and Walvis Bay to Swakopmund.

En route we will stop at the magnificient Welwitschia Mirabillis and Moon landscape.

The Welwitschia mirabilis, a botanical curiosity endemic to the Namib Desert and certainly one of the most intriguing and bizarre plants on earth. Sprawling untidily on the desert plains, the welwitschia is believed to have a lifespan of up to 2000 years. The plant produces only two leaves throughout its lifetime. The desert winds tear at the fibrous, evergreen blades, shredding them into strips, which curl into snake-like thongs, leaving the tips withered and dry. A large concentration of these plants is found along the Welwitschia Trail.

Soft overlaying levels of earth deposited some 450 million years ago, were eroded over millenniums to create this eerie landscape. An unexpected cluster of eucalyptus and palm trees on the banks of the Swakop River at the farm Goanikontes surrounds a historic farmhouse dating back to the mid – 1850s. In earlier times the farm had a thriving vegetable garden, which supplied fresh products to Swakopmund.

We will undertake short city tour around the coastal town of Namibia.

Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the inland heat. It is also popular amongst visitors because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory’s main harbour for many years. The distinct German colonial character has been well preserved and today many of the old buildings serve a useful purpose.The Woermann House (1905) now houses an art gallery. The Woermann Tower was used in earlier times to see if ships came into the harbour. Other old interesting buildings are: “Die Alte Kaserne”, “Hohenzollern Haus”, and the Railway Station Building.

Bed and breakfast, Cornerstone Guesthouse or similar

 

Day 5 –  Swakopmund

Early breakfast at the guesthouse and our guide will take us to Walvis Bay jetty to start our spectacular boatcruise on the lagoon.

A 3-hour long boat cruise in the lagoon of Walvis Bay will put you into another world. Some pelicans and flamingos might be spotted – and regularly dolphins and seals swim alongside the boat, with the possibility of one or two seals jumping into the boat to be fed. 12h00 – Lunch with snacks, oysters and champagne will be served in the lagoon.

After a short orientation tour in Walvis Bay we will drive back to Swakopmund to relax a bit.

In the afternoon we will be pick up at our hotel to go on the adventurous Quadbiking on the dunes for an hour.

Bed and breakfast, Cornerstone Guesthouse or similar

 

Day 6 – Swakopmund – Etusis Lodge

Today we drive via Usakos, Arandis and Karibib to our lodge near Karibib.

The small sun-baked town of Usakos, nestled in the valley of the Khan River, developed around a station on the old narrow-gauge railway built in 1900. Beyond Usakos is the Trekkopje Battlefield site on one of the most important battles fought during the short-lived 1915 campaign involving South Africa and German forces.

Karibib is renowned for the high-quality marble quarried in the area since 1904, which is being used to enhance public buildings and private homes in Namibia, as well as for exporting purposes. Lined along the main road are historic buildings, which today are used for restaurants and hotels. Only a small number of buildings are still used for the same purpose they where built for.

Arrival at the lodge and you will be welcomed by friendly staff of the Etusis Lodge.

During your stay here children will be having a lot of fun and be able to ride on horseback.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Etusis Lodge or similar

 

Day 7 – Etusis Lodge

The whole of today is dedicated for the wildlife experience whilst on the farm, by taking part on optional excursions and various walking trails on offer.

Alternatively you can used the day for relaxation on the swimming pool of the lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Etusis Lodge or similar

 

Day 8 – Etusis Lodge – Damaraland

After a hearty breakfast at the lodge our journey continues towards Damaraland via Uis and Khorixas to superb Vingerklip Lodge.

At Uis we stop at Brandberg mountain which is the highest in Namibia with its magnificient stunning landscapes.

The imposing Brandberg massif is a challenge to rock climbers, especially its peak “Königstein”, which at 2573m is the highest peak in Namibia. While its name is Afrikaans for “burnt mountain” the Brandberg is most famous for the rock painting known as the “White Lady”, which is painted on an overhang in Maack’s Shelter – named after the surveyor who discovered it in 1917. Maack’s Shelter lies in the Tsisab gorge, a wild and beautiful ravine amongst a vast jumble of rocks, remnants of many ancient landslides.

We will proceed to visit Organ pipes and Burnt Mountains as well as Twyfelfontein Rockengravings.

Twyfelfontein, meaning doubtful fountain, which lies to the west of Khorixas, resembles a large, open-air art gallery. This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections in Africa.

South of Twyfelfontein is the Burnt Mountain, a panorama of desolation with coloured rocks contrasting vividly against the grey-black surroundings. The Organ Pipes, a mass of basalt slabs in a ravine gouged out by a river, is another geological curiosity in the area.

Afterwards we will drive via Khorixas to Vingerklip Lodge.

Vingerklip also known as Finger of stone is one of Namibias most dramatic rock formations, and receives its name as it looks like a large finger. It stands proudly as a 35 meter pillar of rock dominating the landscape of the Ugab terraces between Outjo and Khorixas. This unique colossal rock is over 15 million years old and can be accessed conveniently in your own transport or by 4×4 guided trips.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Vingerklip Lodge

 

Day 9 – Vingerklip Lodge

Leisurely breakfast at the lodge and the rest of the morning can be spend at own disposal. There are plenty of activities on offer which you can take part or alternatively relax at the jacuzzi. Vingerklip Lodge will be giving you that out of africa feeling and thus ideal for a family.

In the afternoon we will have a very enjoyable sundowner drive on the open vehicle.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Vingerklip Lodge

 

Day 10 – Damaraland – Etosha National Park

After an early breakfast our drive will take us to Kamanjab where we will visit the Himba village that will somehow give us cultural experience.

The Himba are semi-nomadic people and are one of the most photographed ethnic groups of Namibia due to their unique appearance, The Himba women have a particularly distinctive appearance and can take several hours for beauty care every morning rubbing their body with a cream consisting of butterfat and ochre powder which gives the body a reddish tinge. There are about 20, 000 to 50,000 Himba people living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene region. They speak the same language as the Herero and predominantly breed cattle and goats. Clothes, hairstyle and jewellery are all of particular significance to the Himba.

Now that we have learnt some real life lifestyle of the Ovahimba tribe we will continue via Outjo to reach our lodge situated outside the Etosha Park.

Located in a cluster of low hills is the town of Outjo, the southern gateway to the Etosha National Park. The town developed around a spring where a trader, Tom Lambert, settled in 1880. Depicted in the Outjo Museum is the history of the town and its surroundings, with the focus on gemstones and wildlife.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Toshari Lodge

 

Day 11 – Etosha National Park

The whole of today is dedicated for the full day game viewing in the Etosha National Park from our Vulkan Ruine Tours vehicle.

The Etosha National Park, consisting of 22 270 sq km of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 sq km. For the greater part of the year, the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which shimmers with mirages on most days. It is seeing vast herds of game with this eerie “great white place of dry water” as a backdrop which makes the Etosha experience unique. A total of about 114 mammal species are found in the park, including several rare and endangered, such as black rhino and black-faced impala. About 300 bird species occur in the park, of which approximately one third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders.

Late in the afternoon we will leave the park and return to our beautifully situated lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Toshari Lodge

 

Day 12  – Etosha National Park

After breakfast we will depart from the lodge and again enter the well-renowned Etosha park, with game viewing across from our tour vehicle. This time we will drive through the park and exit at Von lindequist Gate to reach our superb lodge outside the park.

Late afternoon arrival at the lodge and check-in.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Mushara Bush Camp

 

Day 13  – Etosha – Frans Indongo Lodge

Today we will leave Etosha behind and travel via Tsumeb and Otavi to beautifully situated Frans Indongo Lodge, where you will experience purest nature.

En route we will visit the Lake Otjikoto and the historical museum in Tsumeb.

In 1915, during the South West African Campaign, retreating German forces dumped their military equipment into Lake Otjikoto. Some of the cannons have been retrieved and can be viewed in the museum in Tsumeb. Many legends surround the lake. A favourite myth is that Otjikoto and its sister lake Guinas are bottomless. Shaped something like an upside-down mushroom, Otjikoto was formed when the roof of a huge dolomite cave collapsed. Stalactite samples taken from an underwater cave have been estimated to be about 80 000 years old. A rare, mouth-breeding species of fish is found in the lake’s depths.

The town of Tsumeb, gateway to the north, has been closely linked to the mining industry since 1905. The history of Tsumeb is depicted in the Tsumeb museum, where a comprehensive collection of rare minerals can be viewed. In the Khorab room a collection of restored cannons and other armaments, which were dumped into Lake Otjikoto by the German forces, are displayed.

The remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Frans Indongo Lodge

 

 Day 14 –  Frans Indongo Lodge

After our delicious breakfast at the lodge, our guide will take us to watch Cheetah sprinting and learn more about the fastest terrestrial animal on the planet at the nearby Cheetah Conservation Fund.

An opportunity to observe hundreds of vultures spiralling down from the sky – at the feeding site of the Rare and Endangered Species Trust which works for the protection of Namibia’s last Cape vultures.

Return to the lodge and spend the rest of the afternoon on own leisure or at the pool.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Frans Indongo Lodge

 

Day 15  – Frans Indongo Lodge – Waterberg – Gocheganas Lodge

An early breakfast at the lodge and then we will depart for Waterberg via Otjiwarongo.

Originally known as Kanubes to the Herero, Otjiwarongo is said to mean “pretty place” or “place of the fat cattle”, as the area is well known for its cattle ranches. Situated about 250km north of Windhoek, on a slope amid undulating plains. There are many guest farms and lodges in the Otjiwarongo district, information on which can be gained -from the Omaue Information Office in St George’s Street. Two interesting features of the town is the Otjiwarongo Crocodile Ranch, where crocodiles are bred as well as the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term survival of the cheetah through research, conservation and education.

Rising some 200m above a surrounding sea of African bush and savannah, the Waterberg Plateau park with its flamboyant brick-red sandstone formations and lush green vegetation, presents an island of vibrant colour. The 40 549 ha park, situated 60km east of Otjiwarongo, was proclaimed in 1972. It was originally created as a sanctuary for rare and endangered species found in the Caprivi, such as roan and sable antelope, tsessebe and cape buffalo. Today the park is home to some 25 game species, over 200 bird species and vegetation which changes dramatically from acacia savannah at the foot of the plateau to lush-green sub-tropical dry woodland with tall trees and grassy plains at the top.

After our visit at Waterberg we will proceed via Okahandja and Windhoek to our classic lodge, situated a mere 29 kilometres south east from Windhoek on a hilltop overlooking a spectacular landscape, Gocheganas is a luxury lodge offering a unique combination of Wildlife, Nature and Wellness experiences.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Gocheganas Lodge

 

Day 16  – Gocheganas Reserve

You have the whole morning on your own leisure. The GocheGanas Wellness Village boasts a top of the range selection of wellness treatments, products and service. Alternatively you can relax at the sparking pool of the lodge.

The afternoon is dedicated for a game drive in open vehicle where qualified guide assists with sharing information on fauna, flora and interesting bird species. With the abundance of game on the farm, every game drive has its highlights, especially when you are lucky enough to view rhino family.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Gocheganas Lodge

 

Day 17  – Departure

Transfer to the Windhoek Airport and flight back home.

Tourists should book accommodation well in advance, especially for school holidays, when demand peaks. Please note, that not all accommodation establishments accept children under the age of 12 years or 16 years. Please check if you intend taking children.

Select one, preferred type of accommodation or we can design tailor-made, mixed-accommodation tour:

  • two/three-star lodges
  • luxury lodges and hotels
  • camping/tented

Double rooms with an option of a single supplement. Air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms. Camping tour: tented accommodation in 2-persons tents.

 
Included in the tour’s price: Not included in the tour’s price:
 

Vehicle Fuel Qualified professional Driverguide = 1 Person

 

Accommodation

 

Accommodation & Meals for the Guide

 

Meals (as per itinerary)

 

Park entrance fees as per itinerary

 

Activities as indicated in the itinerary

 

Water on board

 

Porterage

 

Passenger Liability’

 

15% VAT

 

2% Tourism Levy

 All expenses of personal nature

Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary

All meals not mentioned above

Drinks at lodges and on road

All optional excursions and activities

Airport transfers

Tips for tour guides

International flights and airport taxes

Items not mentioned in the itinerary

Climate

Winter (May to September) Temperatures in the interior range from 18˚C to 25˚C during the day. Below freezing temperatures and ground frosts are common at night.

Summer (October to April) Average interior temperatures range from 20˚C to 34˚C during the day .Temperatures above 40˚C is often recorded in the extreme north and south of the country.

The coast influenced by the cold Benguela current, boasts a relatively stable range of 15˚C to 25˚C. Heavy fog is fairly common at night.

Humidity is generally very low in most parts of Namibia, but it can reach as high as 80% in the extreme north during summer.

The rainy season is from October to April. Average annual rainfall varies from less than 50mm along the coast to 350 mm in the central interior and 700 mm in the Caprivi. The sporadic rains do not affect road travel significantly, however, tourists should exercise caution when crossing or camping in riverbeds during the rainy season, as flash floods are common.

Visitors should pack both warm and cold weather clothing for any visit to Namibia. Windhoek boasts a number of excellent safari outfitters and tourists are advised to shop for clothing upon arrival. Hats, sunglasses, lip balm, moisturizer and sunblock are essential when visiting Namibia.

 

Drinking Water

Tap water is safe and palatable in Namibia, unless specifically stated at particular location. Tourists travelling by road are advised to carry sufficient water at all times. Mineral water and ice are readily available at most service stations and shops.

 

Credit cards

We accept major credit cards such as Credit/Debit Card: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services, which may be available. Please note, service stations do not accept credit for petrol. Plan accordingly.

 

Currency

The Namibia Dollar (N$) and the South African Rand are the only legal tender in Namibia. The two currencies are on par. Foreign currency, travellers and personal cheques can be converted to the Namibian Dollar at any bank or Bureau de Change.

 

Duty Free Import

Visitors may import duty free 400 Cigarettes or 50 Cigars or 250g Pipe Tobacco, 2 litres Wine, 1 litre Spirit or other alcoholic beverages, 50 ml Perfume, 250 ml Toiletry Water.

 

Electrical Appliances

All run on 220/240 volts. Outlets are of the round 3 pin, 15 amp type.

 

Firearms

Handguns are not permitted in Namibia. Only properly licensed hunting rifles with valid permits for Namibia are permitted. Licenses and permits should be applied for well in advance, as attempting to do so at the border is a lengthy process. Hunting rifles are not permitted in Botswana, and have to be carried sealed if in transit to Namibia. All arms and ammunition should be declared even if in possession of a valid South African permit.

 

Health

Medical services in Namibia are of a very high standard. However, the availability of most services is restricted to the main towns. Emergencies and accidents occurring in remote areas do attract a high cost when transport to the main towns is required. Host establishments should be able to organize these services when requested.

The north of Namibia, including Etosha National Park, is a malaria-endemic area. Travellers are advised to have the necessary medication/prophylaxis and also carry insect repellents and sprays. Please consult a local doctor or pharmacist on the correct prophylactics for the specific area of entry. Blood in Namibia is donated by selected, unpaid volunteer. The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia screens all blood products for transmissible diseases including hepatitis and AIDS. An insurance service for tourists is available from rescue companies providing one to three months coverage for emergency transport.

 

Language

The official language is English. All documents, notices and signs are in this language. Afrikaans and German are both widely used.

 

Personal Safety

Tourists in any country are a preferred target. Be on the alert for handbag snatchers and pickpockets. Exercise caution by keeping your vehicle locked, never leaving valuable/bags visible in the vehicle, using registered “car guards” when parking in towns. Leave cameras, electronic equipment, tickets passports and excess cash in the safe at your hotel when out sightseeing.

It is fairly safe, especially in a group, to walk in the city centre at night. Avoid unlit areas. Ensure that valuables and personal effects are adequately insured.

 

Public Transport

For transfers between Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport and the city, you can book with a shuttle operator; alternatively use one of the airport registered taxis. A number of companies operate bus services between main towns in Namibia and destinations in South Africa and Victoria Falls. They include Intercape Mainliner, Ekonolux, Town Hoppers and Baileys Transport.

Travel by train is possible up to Walvisbay in the west. Ondangwa in the north, Karasburg in the south and Gobabis in the east.

 

Time

Standard from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April, Namibia reverts to GMT/UTC +2. The Caprivi Region stays on the same time as Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Namibian border posts with Botswana and South Africa adjust their operating hours to their neighbours’ time i.e. GMT/UTC +2. Daylight Saving: GMT/UTC +1 during winter starts from the first Sunday in April, and ends on the first Sunday in September.

 

VAT

All goods and services are priced to include VAT. Visitors may claim back VAT for goods purchased in Namibia at the Customs and Excise offices. Department of inland Revenue, in Windhoek. Further details can be obtained from the Ministry of Finance Information Centre by calling (02641) 2092642 or (026461) 2092644.

 

VISA Requirements

All visitors require a passport for entry into Namibia, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the county, and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps. All visitors must also have a valid return ticket.

Validity:
Visas are valid up to three months from the date of issue for stays of up to three months from date of entry. Extensions for a further three months are available from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek.

Applications
Consulate (or Consular section at High Commission); see Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Application Requirements:
(a) Valid passport
(b) Completed application form
(c) Two passport-size photos
(d) Return or onward ticket or proof of accommodation
(e) Fee
Private: (a)-(e) and, (f) Letter of invitation from Namibian resident.
Business: (a)-(e) and, (f) Company letter (g) Letter from sponsoring company in Namibia

Temporary Residence Permit:
Apply to the High Commission or Embassy; see Namibian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

* Please note that a minimum of three working days are required for processing applications

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