Classic Namibia Safari

Windhoek to Windhoek

       

Classic Namibia Safari

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Safari Price: £ 3,399 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Windhoek

Safari Ends: Windhoek Number of Days: 00
Countries visited: Namibia
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Safari Price Includes:

4 nights guesthouse
8 nights full service camping.
All breakfasts
12 lunches and 9 dinners included.

Safari Price Excludes:

All optional excursions
Visas
Meals / Drinks unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.

Classic Namibia Safari

Namibia has the finest desert scenery in the world yet much of it is too remote for regular safari vehicles to access. Whilst visiting the popular, must see Namibian highlights of Etosha, Swakopmund, along with the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei, this itinerary concentrates on the remote Kunene region in the far northwest.

Classic Namibia Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek - Sesriem    

Start Windhoek and no time is wasted in the capital before a staggeringly beautiful drive south through the Naukluft mountain range with its stunning escarpments and deep valleys. It is not unusual to see plains game on this drive. Although largely on gravel roads, the surfaces are graded and prove no problem to the 4WD vehicles. We stay tonight at a lodge near Sesriem, it is the perfect spot for the night. There is also a pool and bar there and the skies here, as in the whole of Namibia, are among the clearest on the planet.


Day 2: Sesriem    

A full day to really explore the magnificent Dunes, appreciate them as they change colour through the day, the hues are breathtaking and the vastness unimaginable. It is also possible to see ostriches and Oryx wandering across their seemingly barren backyard. The vehicles can take you all the way to Dead Vlei and it is then possible to climb the highest dune in the world, about an hour's trek uphill, it is not for the faint-hearted. Alternatively you can just enjoy the view lower down; photographically it is paradise.


Day 3: Swakopmund    

Another superb drive along the western edge of the Naukluft range and on into the scenic extremes of the Kuiseb river canyon. Granite landscapes morph into lunar ones until finally we reach the coastline of Walvis Bay. It is not unusual to see large flocks of flamingos in the tranquil waters of the Walvis Bay lagoon area . The road then turns north for 35 Km before arriving at the coastal 'resort' of Swakopmund. We stay in a guesthouse here in the heart of the town and that evening plan the many activities for the next day.


Day 4: Swakopmund    

Swakopmund vies with Victoria Falls as the adventure capital of Southern Africa. Choose between quad biking, fishing, sand boarding, or scenic flights. Also enjoy some fine fish cuisine and German teashops. Lunch is normally supplied on the various optional activities that you may partake in.


Day 5: Twyfelfontein    

Leave the relative civilization of Swakopmund and continue north along the rugged coastline to one of the largest cape fur seal colonies along the west coast of Namibia at Cape Cross. In 1486 the first European Diego Cao set foot here in South West Africa and erected a cross in honour of John 1 of Portugal to memorize this historical event. Between 80,000 to 100,000 seals are present here throughout the year. The journey continues past the largest mountain range of Namibia , the Brandberg, to Twyfelfontein. This world heritage site hosts the largest collection of rock art, rock engravings and rock paintings in Africa and will be the highlight of today's journey. The scenery is incredible, the views (and walking) outstanding and the serenity unequalled.


Day 6: Twyfelfontein    

Here is where the safari really begins. The Palmwag Lodge private concession area is reached after a scenic drive through deserts and canyons that would not disgrace anything in the mid-west of the US. Encounter with the first free living game in Namibia in the 450,000 hectare concession with spectacular scenery, free living game and absolute privacy. Our camp for tonight is set up in the wild in a scenic, sheltered location deep in the heart of the concession area


Day 7: Palmwag Concession area    

These may well be some of the best days of your life. The Palmwag concession offers great chances of seeing the desert adapted black rhino and desert elephant ( best in dry season- June to January) and plenty of other plains game. There is also no one else there apart from small communities of Damara people on the eastern edge.
The scenery is staggering in this untouched and unspoilt piece of haven and the guides will ensure that everyone has plenty of time to fully immerse themselves in it. As the trail leads deeper into the north, faraway into this pristine, savage Eden - there are the Himba. Stops are made en route to pick up supplies like mealie, flour, sugar and other staples to present to this remarkable tribe. The Himba are a nomadic tribe, they are not used to the trappings of civilization. They are also among the most beautiful in Africa with a hugely fascinating heritage. There is plenty of time to interact with them and photography is not a problem. Kaokoland is incredible, featured quite recently in the BBC's Hairy Bikers, it is difficult to do justice to it by text or photographs, but if you imagine early sun lighting up surrounding burnished hills and small dome shaped huts standing in their shelter you will have some idea. It is a glimpse of what most have left behind but still, although precariously, their traditions rema


Day 8: Palmwag Concession area    

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Day 9: Palmwag Concession area    

See day 7 for Itinerary


Day 10: Palmwag Concession area    

See day 7 for Itinerary


Day 11: Etosha National Park    

A short morning game drive follows the entry into Etosha Park through the western gate, Otjivasondu. We have two days to enjoy this park properly. Etosha is based around the major waterholes of Okakuejo and Halali but there are bounteous, fertile waterholes throughout the park, and predator sightings are fantastic as well as rhinos and elephants. The vehicles are perfectly designed for game driving here but as much enjoyment can be had by sitting by one of the large waterholes which are right by our camps.


Day 12: Etosha National Park    

A full day of game viewing in Etosha.


Day 13: Windheok    

A final morning game drive before driving south to Windhoek; end Windhoek.


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