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Namibian Safaris & Cultural Tours

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Experience Wildlife & 2 Deserts

11 days / 10 Nights

This wildlife safari Namibia visits many of top highlights, including the Etosha National Park, with a special focus on the haunting beauty of the Namib, and wildlife and scenic vistas of the Kalahari.

Giraffe on wildlife safari
B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
Itinerary
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Day 1

Flight

Fly overnight to Namibia via Johannesburg or directly via Frankfurt.

Day 2

Windhoek - Otjiwarongo

Your safari starts at the airport where your guide will meet you.

We depart from Windhoek towards the north in the direction of Okahandja. If time permits we will stop at the large open Craft Market here, which boasts crafts from all over southern Africa, including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.

You will enjoy lunch on the road before arriving at the lodge where we will overnight. Dinner at the lodge.

[Out of Africa Lodge or similar | L D]

Day 3

Otjiwarongo – Etosha National Park

We continue northwards into the Etosha National Park, arriving at the lodge in time for lunch.

The Etosha National Park spans an area of 22 270 square km, a large part of which is taken up by a vast salt pan. This beautiful barren and often haunting landscape is surprisingly abundant in game, which often congregate around the various waterholes scattered around the park, allowing for some spectacular game viewing. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinocerous. Visitors can expect to see many buck species, elephants, giraffe, rhino and lions. If you are lucky you will see leopard and cheetah. After good rains, the salt pan fills with water attracting a mass of flamingos. More than 340 bird species have been counted in the park.

In the afternoon, we go out on our first safari game drive where we will experience Africa's wildlife up close. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

[Namutoni/Halali Lodge or similar inside the park | BLD]

Day 4

Etosha National Park

Today will be a full day of wildlife safari game viewing allowing plenty of opportunities for good sightings and spectacular photographs. After breakfast at the lodge, we go out on our morning game drive. We will enjoy lunch in the park/lodge and then return to our game drive in the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

[Okaukuejo or similar | BLD]

Day 5

Etosha – Damaraland

After breakfast at the lodge we travel into the stark, but incredibly beautiful Damaraland towards the Etendeka mountain range, passing by Kamanjab.

We have the opportunity to stop over at a Himba village at Otjikandero, a village built to demonstrate how they live.

This ancient tribe of semi-nomadic herders have managed to survive and keep their traditions despite the harsh desert environment in which they live. They wear few clothes apart from a loin cloth or goat skinned mini skirts. The women are reknowned for the red ochre and fat (otjize) which they rub over their bodies to protect themselves from the sun, and which gives their skin a rich red colour. They are also known for their jewellery and intricate hairstyles.

We will have lunch on the road or at a restaurant before continuing our journey through scenic landscapes. In the afternoon we visit the Damara Living Museum.

The Living Museum of the Damara lies close to Twyfelfontein and is the first traditional Damara project in Namibia and the only one of its kind. Here we have the unique opportunity to experience traditional Damara culture. Together with the Bushmen, the Damara belong to one of the oldest nations in Namibia.
Their original nation was a mixture of hunter-gatherer culture and herders of cattle, goats and sheep.
Although their culture is now largely lost, the museum contributes to its preservation, as well as bringing in an income for the Damara community that built it.

We arrive at our lodge towards the end of the afternoon.

[Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar | BLD]

Day 6

Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund

After breakfast we visit of the celebrated rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.

Twyfelfontein is the site of one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs (engravings) and rock paintings in Africa. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone mountain. The rock art forms an extensive record of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities in this part of southern Africa over at least 2 millenia. UNESCO approved it as Namibia's first World Heritage Site in 2007.

Back on the road again, we meet up with some of the locals along our journey. We pass by Namibia's highest mountain (Brandberg), which reaches about 2573 metres above sea level. Lunch will be enjoyed on the road, at a restaurant or at Uis, before continuing our journey to the coast. We have dinner at one of Swakopmund's many fine restaurants. We will overnight at a hotel / guesthouse.

[Delight Hotel or similar | BLD]

Day 7

Swakopmund – Sossusvlei

We depart for Sossusvlei, travelling south. Lunch will be enjoyed on the road or at a restaurant. The journey takes us through beautiful, scenic landscapes, including passing by the Kuiseb Canyon and across the Tropic of Capricorn. We may even spot wildlife, including mountain zebra, springbok, ostrich and even suricate.
We arrive at our lodge during the late afternoon.

[Namib Desert Lodge or similar | BLD]

Day 8

Sossusvlei

We set out early after breakfast to visit Sossusvlei. The area is best known for its spectacular red dunes, some of which are considered the highest in the world reaching 300m. Sossusvlei itself is a large, white, salt and clay pan located in the midst of this ancient, red wilderness and provides wonderful photographic opportunities. Occasionally the pan fills up with water offering a fantastic spectacle as the glassy lake reflects the surrounding dunes.

Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of Namibian plants and animals here which have adapted to survive.

Lunch will be enjoyed at the lodge before setting off again to Sesriem Canyon. The canyon has been shaped over millions of years by the Tsauchab river and is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. It is up to 30 metres deep at points and about 1km long with a width of between 1 and 3 metres. The canyon is a fun and interesting place to visit. We will walk through its narrow passageway viewing the different rock formations and exposed layers along the way.

We return to the lodge in the afternoon.

[Namib Desert Lodge or similar | BLD]

Day 9

Sossusvlei – Kalahari Desert

After breakfast at the lodge, we depart in the direction of the beautiful Kalahari Desert, characterised by low red dunes and tree and shrub Savanna. A variety of wildlife roams this scenic area and you may spot giraffe, kudu, zebra, oryx, blue wildebeest, eland and more.
We arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon we go out for a sundowner game drive. Dinner will be enjoyed at the lodge.

[Kalahari Anib Lodge or similar | BL]

Day 10

Kalahari Desert – Windhoek

After enjoying breakfast at the lodge, we depart back in the direction of Windhoek. We will enjoy lunch here before embarking on a tour of the city. You will overnight at a hotel or guesthouse.

[Guesthouse/Hotel | BLD]

Day 11

Windhoek – Home

After enjoying breakfast at the hote/guesthouse, you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight back. We wish you a very warm return home and we strongly believe that you enjoyed your time with Omuhimba Safaris!

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Secretary Birds, Namibia Deadvlei, Namib Desert Damara Living Museum