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Special Group Itinerary
Ultimate Namibia Wildlife & Landscapes
14 Days Small Group Tour
Various Guaranteed Departures 2016
Ultimate Namibia Wildlife & Landscapes
Small Group Tour
Namibia, is world-renowned for its breathtaking scenic beauty, endless horizons, towering dunes, tales of survival and adventure along the wild Skeleton Coast, diverse and fascinating peoples and its desert-adapted wildlife living against a wonderfully photogenic backdrop. This superb tour incorporates the scenic and wildlife highlights of Namibia. Your experience will be further enhanced by your guide who will add insight into the flora, fauna, geology and fascinating cultures of this magnificent country, to be enjoyed with a small group of like-minded travellers. The itinerary is suitable for everyone with a love of nature and we’re confident you will come away as spellbound by Namibia’s great wilderness as we are.
2016 Departure Dates – Sunday to Saturday:
13 – 26 November 2016 04 – 17 December 2016 18 – 31 December 2016 05 – 18 March 2017 19 March – 01 April 2017 02 – 15 April 2017 23 April – 06 May 2017 07 – 20 May 2017 21 May – 03 June 2017 28 May – 10 June 2017 11 – 24 June 2017 25 June – 08 July 2017 09 – 22 July 2017
23 July – 05 August 2017 29 July – 12 August 2017 13 – 26 August 2017 27 August – 09 September 2017 03 – 16 September 2017 17 – 30 September 2017 08 – 21 October 2017 15 – 28 October2017 22 October – 04 November 2017 12 – 25 November 2017 03 – 16 December 2017 17 – 30 December 2017
Departures are GUARANTEED TO RUN with a minimum of ONE person, and have a maximum of TEN participants. We would be pleased to arrange pre- and/or post-tour extensions on request. See below for our recommended 2-night extension to Okonjima/AfriCat.
ULTIMATE NAMIBIA WILDLIFE & LANDSCAPES SMALL GROUP TOUR
Led By An Expert Local Guide
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Day 01 Depart LONDON. Day 02 Arrive JOHANNESBURG. Connect with flight to WINDHOEK. Transfer to
the hotel. O/n GALTON HOUSE, BB. Day 03 Begin the tour with a drive through the scenic Khomas Hochland and down
the great Escarpment into the NAMIB DESERT . Visit Sesriem Canyon. O/n SOSSUS DUNE LODGE, FB
Day 04 Today explore the stunning NAMIB NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK , and
SOSSUSVLEI. SOSSUS DUNE LODGE, FB Day 05 Scenic drive north to SWAKOPMUND . An afternoon to explore the town.
O/n A SWAKOPMUND GUEST HOUSE, FB Day 06 Choice of morning kayaking or catamaran cruise for marine wildlife
(included) from WALVIS BAY . Return to Swakopmund. Afternoon at leisure. OPTIONAL various excursions available. O/n A SWAKOPMUND GUEST HOUSE, FB.
Day 07 Scenic drive to DAMARALAND . Visit TWYFELFONTEIN rock engravings
(World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. O/n CAMP KIPWE, FB.
Day 08 Morning 4x4 excursion along the Aba Huab River Valley in search of
DESERT ADAPTED ELEPHANTS . Afternoon guided walk or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. O/n CAMP KIPWE, FB.
Day 09 Scenic drive towards ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK , via Grootberg Pass,
visiting a local Himba Settlement. Enjoy floodlit waterhole game-viewing at camp in ONGAVA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE . O/n ANDERSSON’S CAMP, FB.
Day 10 Game drive across ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK to Onguma Game Reserve
(lunch included en route). O/n ONGUMA TREE TOP CAMP, FB. Day 11 Morning safari in Eastern ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK . Afternoon game
drive in ONGUMA GAME RESERVE . O/n ONGUMA TREE TOP CAMP, FB.
Day 12 Drive south to OKONJIMA . Guided day visit with AFRICAT where you may
track leopard, wild dog, or hyena in the reserve and visit the leopard and cheetah rehabilitation projects. Transfer to WINDHOEK. O/n GALTON HOUSE, BB.
Day 13 Tfr to airport. Depart WINDHOEK on flight to JOHANNESBURG. Connect
with flight to LONDON. Day 14 Arrive LONDON.
ULTIMATE NAMIBIA WILDLIFE & LANDSCAPES
Detailed Itinerary – Small Group Tour Day 01 Depart LONDON HEATHROW on flight to JOHANNESBURG. Day 02 Arrive JOHANNESBURG. Connect with flight to WINDHOEK
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NAMIBIA. Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel. O/n GALTON HOUSE, BB. One of Windhoek’s newest accommodation establishments, named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, this guesthouse has a relaxed but efficient style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. A mere ten minute drive from the centre of town and perched on the edge of Windhoek’s northernmost affluent suburb of Eros, guests staying here will be ensured of peace and tranquillity. The seven rooms are all equipped with internet connectivity, satellite television, coffee/tea station and general guest amenities. The communal areas consist of a large lounge, dining room, swimming pool and garden. There is also a delightful ‘al fresco’ dining area by the pool, serving freshly prepared and very tasty meals. There are also a number of shops, restaurants and supermarkets within easy reach.
Day 03 Pick up from the lodge and drive southwest through the scenic
Khomas Hochland before you head down the Great Escarpment into the NAMIB DESERT below. A picnic lunch will be served at a scenic location en-route. Arrive at your lodge in the late afternoon where you will stay for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide. If there is still time today, your guide will take you to visit SESRIEM CANYON, a nearby geological attraction, or you can relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings at the lodge. (Contd…/)
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(Contd…/) Sesriem Canyon has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River which has incised a narrow gorge about 1.5 km long and 30 metres deep into the surrounding conglomerates, exposing the varying layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years. The shaded cool depths of the canyon allow pools of water to gather during the rain season and remain for much of the year round. These pools were a vital source of water for early settlers who drew water for their livestock by knotting six (ses) lengths of rawhide thongs (riems) together, hence the canyon and surrounding area became known as Sesriem.
O/n SOSSUS DUNE LODGE, FB. Built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, in an attractive ‘afro–village’ style, Sossus Dune Lodge has been in operation since July 2007. Situated within the Namib Naukluft Park, close to the Sesriem Canyon, and providing sweeping vistas of the dunes to the west, guests benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, or to stay until after sunset, and on their return after an exhilarating day, to relax in the tranquillity and splendour of the Namib Desert under the spectacular African sky. Accommodation units are interlinked by elevated wooden walkways, and consist of 23 well- spaced en suite desert chalets, equipped with tea stations and small fridges, and 2 honeymoon suites at their end, with an additional relaxation gazebo. All units offer magnificent open vistas of the surrounding landscapes. Sossus Dune Lodge offers professional guided excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem and the surrounding areas, as well as sunset drives and guided walks, to fully unleash the beauty and biological diversity of the desert environment.
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Day 04 Early morning pick up from the lodge for a magical excursion with your guide into the NAMIB NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK, entering the park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs.
The most frequently visited section of the massive 50,000 km² Namib Naukluft National Park has become known as Sossusvlei, famous for its towering apricot coloured sand dunes which can be reached by following the Tsauchab River valley. Sossusvlei itself is actually a clay pan set amidst these star shaped dunes which stand up to 300 meters above the surrounding plains, ranking them among the tallest dunes on earth. The deathly white clay pan contrasts against the orange sands and forms the endpoint of the ephemeral Tsauchab River, within the interior of the Great Sand Sea. The river course rises south of the Naukluft Mountains in the Great Escarpment. It penetrates the sand sea for some 55 km before it finally peters out at Sossusvlei, about the same distance from the Atlantic Ocean. Until the encroaching dunes blocked its course around 60,000 years ago, the Tsauchab River once reached the sea; as ephemeral rivers still do in the northern half of the Namib. Sand-locked pans to the west show where the river previously flowed to before dunes shifted its endpoint to where it currently gathers at Sossusvlei.
Roughly once a decade rainfall over the catchment area is sufficient to bring the river down in flood and fill the pan. On such occasions the mirr