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Family Holidays in Namibia

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: 15 days / 14 nights
Booking On request available
Pick-ups: Windhoek
Drop-off: Windhoek
Prices: Available on request
Options: Comfort version
Day 1 – Arrival in Namibia

Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport. Meet and greet by your personal guide and transfer to Windhoek.

In the afternoon sightseeing tour through the capital of Namibia.

The city is considerably enhanced by stately historic buildings in German architectural style of the turn of the century. You can visit the old buildings, which lend a singular charm to the city, which include the historic seat of government also known as the Tintenpalast, which means palace of ink in German. The Christuskirche, which is right next to the Tintenpalast, with its graceful sphere provides the city with a striking landmark. The white – walled Alte Feste, which was once a fort and now a museum, reflects the history of the country. Windhoek lies 1650m above sea level. The population of Windhoek consists of only 300 000 people which nevertheless makes Windhoek the largest city in the country. The biggest part of Windhoek’s population stays in Katutura, the Bantu speaking – suburb of the city. Katutura is an Oshiwambo word meaning: “the place where we do not want to stay”.

All along “Independence Avenue”, the former “Kaiserstrasse” (German for “emperor’s street”), one can see the old, colonial houses right next to the buildings of the modern, post – independence Namibia.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Safari Hotel or similar

 

Day 2 – Windhoek – Bagatelle Ranch

Today we drive via Rehoboth and Kalkrand to our superb lodge. En-route we drive through beautiful landscape of the Kalahari Desert.

The Kalahari Desert forms a great part of the eastern side of Namibia. Because of its sandy ground it doesn’t allow enough water absorption into the soil. Due to the extremely high evaporation in this area, it is characterised as a Desert. In reality it is a lively wilderness and on the sparce grass plains you can see huge herds of antelopes and other animals grazing.

Arrival at the Lodge in the afternoon, where we will go on the nature drive on the red dunes of the kalahari.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Bagatelle Ranch or similar

 

Day 3 – Bagatelle Ranch – Fish River

After breakfast at the lodge our journey takes us via Mariental and Keetmanshoop to grand Fish River Canyon.

En route we will stop at the Quivertree forest and giants playground before proceeding to our lodge.

About 14km north-west of Keetmanshoop on the farm Gariganus is the Quiver Tree Forest, a dense stand of quiver trees, some of which reach a height of 7m. The quiver tree’s name is derived from the Bushman practice of hollowing out the pithy insides of the branches and using the tough, outer casings of bark as quivers in which to keep their arrows.

After we have arrive and rested a bit or relaxed at the swimmingpool, we will end the day with the sundowner.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Canon Village or similar

 

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon

Today after a leisurely breakfast at the lodge we visit this massive landscape.

The fish river canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. Set in a harsh, stony plain scantily covered with drought resistant succulents and the distinctive quiver tree or kokerboom, the canyon represents a spectacular natural phenomenon which took hundreds of millions of years to evolve into its current shape. While the full length of the canyon is 161 km, the most spectacular section is the 56 km long stretch which lies between the northernmost and southernmost viewpoints. Baboons, rock dassie’s, ground squirrel’s and klipspringer are commonly sighted in the canyon.

The remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure or alternatively you can join optional activities on offer.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Canon Village or similar

 

Day 5 – Fish River – Aus

We will leisurely depart via Seeheim to reach our lodge situated near Aus.

En route we might be lucky to spot the wild horses of the Namib in the vicinity.

An intriguing feature of the southern Namib are the legendary desert horses which can be seen when travelling between Lüderitz and Aus. There are a number of theories regarding their origin, one of these and the most likely theory, is that they are descendants of horses left behind when the German ‘Schutztruppe’ abandoned Aus during the South West African Campaign in 1915. Here you will also find the remains of houses built during their imprisonment during World War I. About 1500 German Soldiers from the ‘Schutztruppe’ were kept here as prisoners.

In the afternoon we will enjoy our nature drive in open vehicle of the lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Klein Aus Vista Eagle Nest or similar

 

Day 6 – Tour to Ghost town

After breakfast at the lodge we will depart to Lüderitz also knowns as diamond town.

Built on rocks in a small enclave within the Sperrgebiet (restricted Diamond Area) is the quaint harbor town of Lüderitz with its curious array of historical German-style buildings built during the diamond rush. Set around the sparkling bay, with their gables, winding stairwells, verandas, turrets and bay and bow windows, these buildings have a unique character of their own. The most striking is Goerke-House, a former magistrate’s residence built in 1909. The Lutheran Church on the hill above the bay, known as the Felsenkirche, was built in 1912. Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German emperor at the time, donated its stained glass windows. Lüderitz was the first German settlement in the former Deutsch-Südwest-Afrika. It was named after a Bremen merchant Adolf Lüderitz, who began trading operations in the harbor.

A visit to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, once the focal point of a glittering diamond rush, is an excursion not to be missed. Former stately homes, their grandeur now scoured and demolished by the wind, bear witness to one of the most vivid periods in Namibian history. Diamonds were discovered in April 1908, which sent hordes of fortune hunters streaming to the diamond fields. When mining operations ceased, Kolmanskop became a ghost town, the splendid old houses gradually falling prey to the encroaching sand dunes.

After our visit to Ghost Town we will then return to our lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Klein Aus Vista Eagle Nest or similar

 

Day 7 –  Aus – Maltahöhe

Depart via Helmerinhausen and Maltahöhe to Hammerstein Lodge.

En route we will stop at Duwisib Castle before proceeding to our lodge.

Situated south-west of Maltahöhe amongst rugged hills is the Duwisib Castle, built by the legendary Baron Hans-Heinrich von Wolff for his American bride, Jayta. The castle, constructed by Italian stonemasons with hewn, quarried stone, was completed in 1909. Ships from Germany brought not only building materials and steel girdes, but also antique furniture and fittings. A Swedish carpenter was imported and an army of labourers hired locally. It is said that a certain Adrian Esterhuizen toiled for two years through the desert from the harbour town of Lüderitz with some twenty ox-wagons to deliver the freight to the castle.

Children will be able to enjoy the time with the Cats during the Catwalk.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hammerstein Lodge or similar

 

Day 8 – 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.

After these excursions, we will return to our lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hammerstein Lodge or similar

 

Day 9 – Hammerstein – Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge

After a leisure breakfast at the lodge we will depart passing through Namib Desert and Solitaire to Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge.

Solitaire, given its name due to two meanings one being the reference to a single solitaire diamond and the next being the solitude or loneliness of the area. The two meanings combined create the definition of a distinctive, precious and solitary place. The small settlement found in the middle of the Namib Desert features a gas station, post office a general dealer and a restaurant/bar which is widely known for its delicious apple pie. It is the perfect stopover to split the journey between the Sesreim and Sossusvlei area and Swakopmund or Windhoek.

Namibia’s most versatile conservation area and one of the country’s major tourist destinations is the Namib Naukluft Park, a vast wilderness of almost 50 000 sq km with key features such as Sossusvlei, Sesriem, the Welwitschia Trail, Sandwich Harbour, the Naukluft Mountains and the Kuiseb Canyon. An amalgamation of the Namib Desert Park, proclaimed in 1907, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park, created in 1966, unoccupied public land and a large section of Diamond Area 2, it was proclaimed in 1979 as one integrated reserve. Following the addition in 1986 of the remainder of Diamond Area 2, it now has a surface area of 49 768 sq km and is thus Namibia’s largest conservation area.

Check-in at the lodge and then we will go on the sundowner drive on this superb lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge or similar

 

Day 10 – Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge

We will have a leisure breakfast at the lodge.

Afterwards one of the exciting Bushmen paitings drive is waiting on us to explore this beautiful scenery. The drive will take us for approximately three and half hours before we can return to the lodge.

Afternoon can be used to relax at the swimming pool or alternatively take part on the activities on offer.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge or similar

 

Day 11  – Rostock Lodge – Swakopmund

Today we will drive via 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.

Arrival in Swakopmund and you can have your first quad biking experience on the dunes of the coastal town.

Dinner in one of the restaurant in Swakopmund.

Bed and breakfast, Atlantic Villa or similar

 

Day 12 – Swakopmund

In the morning we will do a short sightseeing tour through Swakopmund.

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.

For the rest of this day you can set your own pace. Book one of the many activities on offer (Sand boarding, Quad biking, boat cruise, scenic flights) or just relax in this small and beautiful coastal town. There are many cafes where you can eat traditional german cakes and enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea.

Dinner, Bed and breakfast, Atlantic Villa or similar

 

 Day 13 & 14 –  Swakopmund – Okahandja Region

Today we drive via Usakos, Arandis, Karibib and Okahandja to our beautifully situated lodge.

We will have our last time to shop for souvenirs in Okahandja at woodcarvers market.

Directly north of Windhoek lies Okahandja, a town of great significance to the Herero because it was the seat of Chief Samuel Maharero. Every year in August thousands of Hereros gather here for a pilgrimage to pay homage at the graves of their great chiefs. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practise their ancient skills at the Mbanguru Woodcarvers Market.

This afternoon we have an opportunity to watch the lion being fed live. Two days at the lodge can be used for relaxation and enjoy your last days in Namibia.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Okapuka Ranch or similar

 

 Day 15 – 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: 15 days / 14 nights
Booking On request available
Pick-ups: Windhoek
Drop-off: Windhoek
Prices: Available on request
Options: Comfort version
Day 1 – Arrival in Namibia

Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport. Meet and greet by your personal guide and transfer to Windhoek.

In the afternoon sightseeing tour through the capital of Namibia.

The city is considerably enhanced by stately historic buildings in German architectural style of the turn of the century. You can visit the old buildings, which lend a singular charm to the city, which include the historic seat of government also known as the Tintenpalast, which means palace of ink in German. The Christuskirche, which is right next to the Tintenpalast, with its graceful sphere provides the city with a striking landmark. The white – walled Alte Feste, which was once a fort and now a museum, reflects the history of the country. Windhoek lies 1650m above sea level. The population of Windhoek consists of only 300 000 people which nevertheless makes Windhoek the largest city in the country. The biggest part of Windhoek’s population stays in Katutura, the Bantu speaking – suburb of the city. Katutura is an Oshiwambo word meaning: “the place where we do not want to stay”.

All along “Independence Avenue”, the former “Kaiserstrasse” (German for “emperor’s street”), one can see the old, colonial houses right next to the buildings of the modern, post – independence Namibia.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Safari Hotel or similar

 

Day 2 – Windhoek – Bagatelle Ranch

Today we drive via Rehoboth and Kalkrand to our superb lodge. En-route we drive through beautiful landscape of the Kalahari Desert.

The Kalahari Desert forms a great part of the eastern side of Namibia. Because of its sandy ground it doesn’t allow enough water absorption into the soil. Due to the extremely high evaporation in this area, it is characterised as a Desert. In reality it is a lively wilderness and on the sparce grass plains you can see huge herds of antelopes and other animals grazing.

Arrival at the Lodge in the afternoon, where we will go on the nature drive on the red dunes of the kalahari.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Bagatelle Ranch or similar

 

Day 3 – Bagatelle Ranch – Fish River

After breakfast at the lodge our journey takes us via Mariental and Keetmanshoop to grand Fish River Canyon.

En route we will stop at the Quivertree forest and giants playground before proceeding to our lodge.

About 14km north-west of Keetmanshoop on the farm Gariganus is the Quiver Tree Forest, a dense stand of quiver trees, some of which reach a height of 7m. The quiver tree’s name is derived from the Bushman practice of hollowing out the pithy insides of the branches and using the tough, outer casings of bark as quivers in which to keep their arrows.

After we have arrive and rested a bit or relaxed at the swimmingpool, we will end the day with the sundowner.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Canon Village or similar

 

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon

Today after a leisurely breakfast at the lodge we visit this massive landscape.

The fish river canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. Set in a harsh, stony plain scantily covered with drought resistant succulents and the distinctive quiver tree or kokerboom, the canyon represents a spectacular natural phenomenon which took hundreds of millions of years to evolve into its current shape. While the full length of the canyon is 161 km, the most spectacular section is the 56 km long stretch which lies between the northernmost and southernmost viewpoints. Baboons, rock dassie’s, ground squirrel’s and klipspringer are commonly sighted in the canyon.

The remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure or alternatively you can join optional activities on offer.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Canon Village or similar

 

Day 5 – Fish River – Aus

We will leisurely depart via Seeheim to reach our lodge situated near Aus.

En route we might be lucky to spot the wild horses of the Namib in the vicinity.

An intriguing feature of the southern Namib are the legendary desert horses which can be seen when travelling between Lüderitz and Aus. There are a number of theories regarding their origin, one of these and the most likely theory, is that they are descendants of horses left behind when the German ‘Schutztruppe’ abandoned Aus during the South West African Campaign in 1915. Here you will also find the remains of houses built during their imprisonment during World War I. About 1500 German Soldiers from the ‘Schutztruppe’ were kept here as prisoners.

In the afternoon we will enjoy our nature drive in open vehicle of the lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Klein Aus Vista Eagle Nest or similar

 

Day 6 – Tour to Ghost town

After breakfast at the lodge we will depart to Lüderitz also knowns as diamond town.

Built on rocks in a small enclave within the Sperrgebiet (restricted Diamond Area) is the quaint harbor town of Lüderitz with its curious array of historical German-style buildings built during the diamond rush. Set around the sparkling bay, with their gables, winding stairwells, verandas, turrets and bay and bow windows, these buildings have a unique character of their own. The most striking is Goerke-House, a former magistrate’s residence built in 1909. The Lutheran Church on the hill above the bay, known as the Felsenkirche, was built in 1912. Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German emperor at the time, donated its stained glass windows. Lüderitz was the first German settlement in the former Deutsch-Südwest-Afrika. It was named after a Bremen merchant Adolf Lüderitz, who began trading operations in the harbor.

A visit to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, once the focal point of a glittering diamond rush, is an excursion not to be missed. Former stately homes, their grandeur now scoured and demolished by the wind, bear witness to one of the most vivid periods in Namibian history. Diamonds were discovered in April 1908, which sent hordes of fortune hunters streaming to the diamond fields. When mining operations ceased, Kolmanskop became a ghost town, the splendid old houses gradually falling prey to the encroaching sand dunes.

After our visit to Ghost Town we will then return to our lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Klein Aus Vista Eagle Nest or similar

 

Day 7 –  Aus – Maltahöhe

Depart via Helmerinhausen and Maltahöhe to Hammerstein Lodge.

En route we will stop at Duwisib Castle before proceeding to our lodge.

Situated south-west of Maltahöhe amongst rugged hills is the Duwisib Castle, built by the legendary Baron Hans-Heinrich von Wolff for his American bride, Jayta. The castle, constructed by Italian stonemasons with hewn, quarried stone, was completed in 1909. Ships from Germany brought not only building materials and steel girdes, but also antique furniture and fittings. A Swedish carpenter was imported and an army of labourers hired locally. It is said that a certain Adrian Esterhuizen toiled for two years through the desert from the harbour town of Lüderitz with some twenty ox-wagons to deliver the freight to the castle.

Children will be able to enjoy the time with the Cats during the Catwalk.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hammerstein Lodge or similar

 

Day 8 – 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.

After these excursions, we will return to our lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hammerstein Lodge or similar

 

Day 9 – Hammerstein – Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge

After a leisure breakfast at the lodge we will depart passing through Namib Desert and Solitaire to Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge.

Solitaire, given its name due to two meanings one being the reference to a single solitaire diamond and the next being the solitude or loneliness of the area. The two meanings combined create the definition of a distinctive, precious and solitary place. The small settlement found in the middle of the Namib Desert features a gas station, post office a general dealer and a restaurant/bar which is widely known for its delicious apple pie. It is the perfect stopover to split the journey between the Sesreim and Sossusvlei area and Swakopmund or Windhoek.

Namibia’s most versatile conservation area and one of the country’s major tourist destinations is the Namib Naukluft Park, a vast wilderness of almost 50 000 sq km with key features such as Sossusvlei, Sesriem, the Welwitschia Trail, Sandwich Harbour, the Naukluft Mountains and the Kuiseb Canyon. An amalgamation of the Namib Desert Park, proclaimed in 1907, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park, created in 1966, unoccupied public land and a large section of Diamond Area 2, it was proclaimed in 1979 as one integrated reserve. Following the addition in 1986 of the remainder of Diamond Area 2, it now has a surface area of 49 768 sq km and is thus Namibia’s largest conservation area.

Check-in at the lodge and then we will go on the sundowner drive on this superb lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge or similar

 

Day 10 – Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge

We will have a leisure breakfast at the lodge.

Afterwards one of the exciting Bushmen paitings drive is waiting on us to explore this beautiful scenery. The drive will take us for approximately three and half hours before we can return to the lodge.

Afternoon can be used to relax at the swimming pool or alternatively take part on the activities on offer.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge or similar

 

Day 11  – Rostock Lodge – Swakopmund

Today we will drive via 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.

Arrival in Swakopmund and you can have your first quad biking experience on the dunes of the coastal town.

Dinner in one of the restaurant in Swakopmund.

Bed and breakfast, Atlantic Villa or similar

 

Day 12 – Swakopmund

In the morning we will do a short sightseeing tour through Swakopmund.

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.

For the rest of this day you can set your own pace. Book one of the many activities on offer (Sand boarding, Quad biking, boat cruise, scenic flights) or just relax in this small and beautiful coastal town. There are many cafes where you can eat traditional german cakes and enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea.

Dinner, Bed and breakfast, Atlantic Villa or similar

 

 Day 13 & 14 –  Swakopmund – Okahandja Region

Today we drive via Usakos, Arandis, Karibib and Okahandja to our beautifully situated lodge.

We will have our last time to shop for souvenirs in Okahandja at woodcarvers market.

Directly north of Windhoek lies Okahandja, a town of great significance to the Herero because it was the seat of Chief Samuel Maharero. Every year in August thousands of Hereros gather here for a pilgrimage to pay homage at the graves of their great chiefs. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practise their ancient skills at the Mbanguru Woodcarvers Market.

This afternoon we have an opportunity to watch the lion being fed live. Two days at the lodge can be used for relaxation and enjoy your last days in Namibia.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Okapuka Ranch or similar

 

 Day 15 – 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:
  • 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
Not included in the tour’s price:
  • 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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