NAMIBIA GEM

Northwestern Namibia

NAMIBIA GEM

R13900 per person

Explore the best of Namibia, from the game viewing paradise that is Etosha National Park to the bustling German – inspired coastal town of Swakopmund and the sky-scraping dunes Sossusvlei. *Please note: due to the early departure on the first day an optional pre-tour night in Windhoek is available (Extended 8 Day Tour). *Please note that this tour departs on Tuesdays.

Explore the best of Namibia, from the game viewing paradise that is Etosha National Park to the bustling German – inspired coastal town of Swakopmund and the sky-scraping dunes Sossusvlei. *Please note: due to the early departure on the first day an optional pre-tour night in Windhoek is available (Extended 8 Day Tour). *Please note that this tour departs on Tuesdays.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Windhoek
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
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Day 1 Windhoek to Etosha National Park
Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost. A guide will collect you from your hotel between 07h00 and 07h30 en-route to Etosha National Park. There will be a short stop at Otjiwarongo, one of Namibia’s oldest towns, for a light snack pack lunch before you continue north, entering Etosha National Park via the Anderson Gate. Enjoy a game drive to your camp, where you will arrive in time for a fabulous Namibian sunset. Dine on an authentic Namibian dinner prepared for you by your guide and marvel at the vastness of the African night sky before a good night’s rest in the captivating African bush. *Please note: due to the early departure on the first day an optional pre-tour night in Windhoek is available (Extended 8 Day Tour). Main Destination: Etosha National Park Best Time to VisitJuly to September (Animals come to water) High SeasonJuly to November (The park gets crowded) Best WeatherMay to August (Less hot during the day) Accommodation: Okaukuejo Etosha • Mid-range lodge located inside Etosha NP Meals & Drinks: • Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included) • Drinks not included
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Day 2 Etosha National Park
Rise before dawn for tea/coffee and a snack before an early game drive and then breakfast back at the camp. Continue on another game drive and see the mighty Etosha Pan (seasonal) and have a chance to admire the expansive, desolate landscape that is this massive 5,000km² saltpan. Pass a number of waterholes spotting the Big Four (there are no buffalo in Etosha), returning to Halali where you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before continuing on to Okaukuejo Camp, arriving late afternoon to visit one last waterhole before leaving the park just before sunset. Your accommodation for the night is at Etosha Village offering permanent tents with en-suite bathroom facilities. Main Destination: Etosha National Park Accommodation: Etosha Village • Mid-range lodge located just outside Etosha NP Meals & Drinks: • All meals included Drinks not included
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Day 3 Etosha to Swakopmund
Various art cafes, curio shops and attractive side-walk cafes are just waiting to be explored and the town is also the adrenalin hub of Namibia with many fun-filled activities from which to choose. You will drive via the communal lands of Damaraland (Kunene Region), and stop at the Ugab River bridge to visit with the beautiful Herero ladies who sell their small arts and crafts to support their families. Lunch in the shadow of the Brandberg Mountain and enjoy a short visit with a Himba group who have moved into this area to sell their jewellery and other items (dependent on Himba tribes-people). After lunch we head directly through the Namib Desert and stop at a shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast before arriving late afternoon in Swakopmund. Spend the afternoon exploring this charming town on foot, and enjoy an optional night out at one of the many restaurants in Swakopmund. Main Destination: Swakopmund Accommodation: Pension Hotel a La Mer • Mid-range hotel located in or near Swakopmund Meals & Drinks: • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included) • Drinks not included
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Day 4 Swakopmund to Sossusvlei
Spend the morning at leisure enjoying optional unguided activities, departing Swakopmund before lunch. Driving via the Kuiseb and Ghaub passes, you will arrive at your tented camp in the Namib desert around mid-afternoon. After checking in and freshening up, take a leisurely walk to enjoy the magical sunset over the Naukluft mountain range. This is one of the best times of the day to enjoy the desolate desert scenery, as the sun lights-up the dunes which explode in a rainbow of golden hues. The swimming pool and bar offer the perfect spots to enjoy a lazy afternoon in preparation for an early wake-up call tomorrow. Main Destination: Sossusvlei (Namib-Naukluft NP) Accommodation: Desert Camp • Mid-range self catering accommodation located just outside Namib-Naukluft NP Meals & Drinks: • All meals included • Drinks not included
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Day 5 Sossusvlei
Today you’ll rise early and depart for the dunes at Sossusvlei just 3km away, ensuring you arrive in time to enjoy the early morning light on the dunes. We travel down an ancient riverbed, surrounded by towering dunes, to the 2×4 parking area. The 4×4 shuttle drives straight into the Sossusvlei area where you can explore some of the world’s highest dunes, before stopping at Dead Vlei, with its skeletal camel thorn trees and cracked white clay. To return to the parking area, you can set off on foot or take the dune shuttle, stopping at (and climbing if desired) the famous Dune 45, the highest dune of them all. Return to Sesriem and visit the nearby Sesriem Canyon, one of the only constant sources of water in the area. You will arrive back at the camp in the late afternoon, in time to watch the sun set over the desert. Main Destination: Sossusvlei (Namib-Naukluft NP) Accommodation: Desert Camp • Mid-range self catering accommodation located just outside Namib-Naukluft NP Meals & Drinks: • All meals included • Drinks not included
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Day 6 Sossusvlei to Windhoek
After a leisurely breakfast, it’s time to knock the sand out of your boots, load up and start the return journey to Windhoek, stopping at Solitaire Guest Farm, where we join a biologist to track wild cheetahs at the Namib Conservation Centre. We then return to Windhoek via the Naukluft Mountains and Rehoboth. Arrival time is late afternoon, with a transfer to your Windhoek accommodation or the airport for onward travel. *Please note, due to the late arrival in Windhoek on the last day an optional post-tour night in Windhoek is available (Extended 8 Day Tour). Main Destination: Windhoek Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour) Meals & Drinks: • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included) • Drinks not included Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost. You'll be dropped off at the airport.

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This land is also home to the endless golden grass plains of the Kalahari and the jewel-toned wetland of the Caprivi Strip in the north, which leads us to wonder if there is indeed an iconic African landscape that Namibia does not possess.

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Important to Know • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country. • Single travelers can join this group tour, but it requires a minimum of 2 people to run. • This tour is not available to groups larger than 12 people. Price per person sharing 1-5 people = US$ 947.00 6-10 people = US$880.00 11-20 people = US$750.00 Included • Park fees(For non-residents) • All activities(Unless labeled as optional) • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade) • A professional driver/guide • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional) • All Taxes/VAT • Roundtrip airport transfer • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section) Excluded • International flights(From/to home) • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour • Tips(Tipping guideline US$5.00 pp per day) • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.) • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section) • Drinks
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