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Namibian Discovery - 14 Days Namibian Discovery - 14 Days

13 Nights

This tour visits nearly all of Namibia's 'hot-spots', starting in Windhoek, the very low-key and pretty capital.

Then on to the small town of Maltahhe before travelling to Namib Naukluft Park. Next comes Swakopmund which is situated between the dunes of the Namib Desert and the waters of the Atlantic Coast.

Damaraland is your next stop. This mountainous wilderness region is known for its natural beauty and the highest mountain in Namibia, the Brandberg. Etosha National Park is next. The Etosha Pan is a vast, bare, open expanse of shimmering green and white that covers almost a quarter of the beautiful Etosha National Park. At 130km's long and up to 50km's wide in places, it is comfortably the largest salt pan in Africa and is the park's most distinctive and dramatic feature, visible even from space.

Day 1 Monday Windhoek - Kalahari Desert

Depart Windhoek and drive to the Kalahari Desert, via the small town of Rehoboth, a community that still lives according to their paternal laws dating back to 1872. The Kalahari Desert is not a desert in the strictest sense of the word, as it receives too much rainfall. Enjoy a scenic, sunset nature drive in an open safari vehicle before dinner. (Approximately 290 km).
Overnight : Kalahari Anib Lodge or similar
Meals : Dinner

Day 2 Tuesday Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon

After breakfast, drive through the Kalahari region and visit the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop. The forest was declared a national monument of Namibia and comprises about 250 specimens of aloe dichotoma, which the San people used to make quivers. A short stop will be made in Keetmanshoop, with lunch en route (payable locally). Visit the Naute Dam, Namibia's third largest dam. Stretch your legs with an easy walk to a nearby mountain and enjoy a complimentary drink as you watch the sunset. (Approximately 400 km).
Overnight : Canyon Roadhouse or similar
Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Wednesday Fish River Canyon - Aus

This morning we travel to the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160km long, up to 27km wide and in some places 550m deep. Continue to Aus with lunch en route (payable locally). On the way you might see the desert adapted wild horses of the Namib. Enjoy spectacular scenery of the Aus Mountains on an unguided walk and a scenic sundowner drive in the afternoon (optional and payable locally). (Approximately 270 km).
Overnight : Klein Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn or similar
Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Thursday Aus - Maltahhe

Today you'll be spoilt with ever-changing vistas of the desert landscapes when driving along the most beautiful district road in Namibia, the D707 (road conditions permitting). Visit Duwiseb Castle, a grand medieval fortress, built in the hills of the semi-arid Southern Namib region. Learn more about the Castle's fascinating history, before continuing to your lodge, arriving in the early afternoon. (Approximately 320 km).
Overnight : Hammerstein Rest Camp or similar
Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Friday Maltahhe - Namib Naukluft Park

An early start to explore the spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, another pan where water once flowed, but all that remains today are the skeletons of trees that reach up out of the cracked earth. Enjoy a drive in 4x4 vehicles into the heart of the Namib Desert. Visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon where you can view millions of years of sedimentary layers in the ravine walls. Views from the top are breathtaking while walks through the canyon reveal distinct geographical layers which were laid down over centuries. Travel past the impressive Namib Naukluft Mountains to your lodge. (Approximately 320 km).
Overnight : Namib Naukluft Lodge
Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Saturday Namib Naukluft Park - Swakopmund

After breakfast, drive through Kuiseb Canyon and continue towards Walvis Bay, Namibia's largest commercial port. Enjoy an opportunity for lunch in Walvis Bay (for own account). The Walvis Bay Lagoon is considered one of the richest and most important wetlands in southern Africa, with prolific birdlife and diverse species. Our journey continues to Swakopmund, a city that resembles a small German town, with seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes and museums. Enjoy a sun downer drive to the Moon Landscape, a barren, undulating rocky desert which was formed by the valleys of the Swakop River. Enjoy a complimentary sun downer, whilst absorbing the rugged beauty of this lunar landscape. (Approximately 450 km).
Overnight : Brigadoon Guesthouse or similar
Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Sunday Swakopmund - Unguided

Explore the quaint town of Swakopmund. You may wish to book an optional day tour (payable locally) in Swakopmund (guided tour through the Mondesa township, quad-biking, sand-boarding; a scenic flight over the Skeleton coast or a catamaran cruise in Walvis Bay). Many optional activities are on offer, visit the aquarium, various museums or the crystal gallery.
Overnight : Brigadoon Guesthouse or similar
Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 Monday Swakopmund - Unguided

Enjoy the splendours and many attractions of Swakopmund. There is a possibility of meeting fellow travellers at dinner that will be joining the tour in Swakopmund.
Overnight : Brigadoon Guesthouse or similar
Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Tuesday Swakopmund - Damaraland

Depart early morning with a packed lunch and travel on the salt road towards Henties Bay, past salt pans and an array of bird life, to Damaraland, one of the most scenic areas in Namibia. Visit Twyfelfontein, a site of ancient rock engravings and the Organ Pipes, a distinctive series of dolerite pillars that have been exposed by erosion. Arrive at your lodge during the late afternoon. (Approximately 340 km).
Overnight : Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Wednesday Damaraland

The morning is at leisure, to relax at the lodge until lunchtime. In the afternoon, join a sundowner drive in the Aba Huab River and possibly encounter the desert dwelling elephants (seasonal). These elephants are not a distinct species but are African bush elephants that have made their homes in the Namib and Sahara deserts. They were once more widespread in Africa, but are currently found only in Namibia and Mali. (Approximately 320 km).
Overnight : Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Thursday Damaraland - Etosha National Park

After breakfast, depart Damaraland and journey to the Etosha National Park. Visit a Damara village near Twyfelfontein and learn more about the culture and tradition of this half-nomadic people. Continue via the little town of Outjo. Lunch stop en route (lunch will be for own account) - possibly meet fellow guests joining the Etosha tour. From there continue to Etosha National Park. Arrive in the early afternoon and undertake your first game drive, in your closed touring vehicle, into the park. (Approximately 330 km).
Overnight : Etosha Safari Camp
Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Friday Etosha National Park

The morning will be spent in the Etosha National Park, exploring the waterholes along this enormous saltpan, in your closed touring vehicle. Return to the lodge for lunch (lunch for own account). There will be another opportunity in the afternoon for a game drive (in closed touring vehicle) in the Etosha National park. There are close to 114 species of mammal in Etosha, including the black faced impala and the threatened black and white rhino. The Etosha Pan (a flat calcrete depression), contains water only after very good rains and sometimes only for a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. (Approximately 250 km).
Overnight : Etosha Safari Camp
Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Saturday Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full day exploring this world famous National Park, in your closed touring vehicle. Your guide will introduce you to the complex subject of managing such an enormous reserve, considered to be one of the world's great wildlife sanctuaries. There will be an opportunity to buy a take-away lunch at one of the rest camps inside the Etosha National Park. (Approximately 250 km).
Overnight : Mokuti Lodge
Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Depart

After breakfast, travel south towards Otjiwarongo. Continue towards Windhoek via Okahandja where we will visit a local handicraft market. Arrive at Windhoek airport for your onward flight. (Approximately 450 km).
Meals : Breakfast

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This itinerary operates on the following dates:

15 Jan 2018,
5 Feb 2018, 19 Feb 2018,
5 Mar 2018, 19 Mar 2018,
9 Apr 2018, 23 Apr 2018,
7 May 2018, 21 May 2018,
4 Jun 2018, 18 Jun 2018,
2 Jul 2018, 9 Jul 2018,
23 Jul 2018, 30 Jul 2018,
6 Aug 2018, 20 Aug 2018,
27 Aug 2018,
3 Sept 2018, 17 Sept 2018,
1 Oct 2018, 8 Oct 2018, 22 Oct 2018

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