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Classic NAMIBIA

The 10 day Classic is a combination of our 3 Sossusvlei Link and our 7 day Northern Adventure and follows, in a different order, exactly the same itinerary as our 10 day Namibian Explorer itinerary, so it also offers all the main Namibian highlights in a two week holiday time frame. The night of day 3 is spent in Windhoek and accommodation on this night is included in the price in a quality Windhoek guest-house

Highlights

Traveling north, south & west you will visit the Africat Foundation at Okonjima to meet and learn about Africa's Big Cats. Then on to Etosha National Park for some concentrated Big Game viewing. The Himba village at Oase brings us in touch with some of Namibia’s ancient traditions before traveling into the desert proper to spend the night at The Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain and an ancient Bushman spiritual site

Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast offers time to relax or time for some adventure sport adrenaline and the trip closes with two nights with the awesome sand dunes at Sesriem & Sossusvlei, the world's tallest dunes in the world’s oldest desert

Traveling north, south & west you will visit the Africa Foundation at Okonjima to meet and learn about Africa's Big Cats. Then on to Etosha National Park for some concentrated Big Game viewing. The Himba village at Oase brings us in touch with some of Namibia's ancient traditions before traveling into the desert proper to spend the night at The Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain and an ancient Bushman spiritual site. Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast offers time to relax or time for some adventure sport adrenaline and the trip closes with two nights with the awesome sand dunes at Sesriem & Sossusvlei, the world's tallest dunes in the world's oldest desert.

Guaranteed departures every Tuesday of the year, with a minimum of two people. There is no single supplement, and the price is virtually fully inclusive of everything you will need whilst traveling with us. The style is limited participation, assisted camping with the participation limited to only helping with the tents. Collection time is between 08:00 & 08:30 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits.

 

Two of the world's natural wonders, the Okavango Delta and the mighty Victoria Falls can also be included by combining this trip with our 8 day Delta and Falls Safari.

Itinerary

DAY 1:

We travel out over the Eros Mountains and along scenic roads, on our way south-west to the desert. We also pass over part of the Naukluft Mountains the Khomas Hochland range on our journey today and head down from Namibia's central plateau by way of the beautiful Remhoogte Pass. Coming out of the mountains we reach open plains and from here it is only a short distance to our next stop, the tiny town of Solitaire. We will stop here for some refreshments before continuing on through desert scenery

 

We cross some open grass Savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.

 

We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colors glow and change on distant mountains to the east.

DAY 2:

A pre dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert as we drive in. We will arrive at the entrance to the dunes on sunrise and then travel through the dune field as the sun is coming up. The light casts strong contrasts of color on the edges of the dunes and offers stunning views from the dry river bed you travel through.

 

We reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes. The walk is like nothing else, enjoying the changing light and coolness of the morning. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect.

 

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting "dune 45", and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch and to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

DAY 3:

After breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek. We will travel back by different roads, this time climbing up to Windhoek and traveling by way of the massive Gamsberg Pass in the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range on our way back to civilization.

 

We are due back into the city around 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return. This night's accommodation is included in the price of the safari but dinner tonight will be for the client's own account in a local restaurant.

DAY 4:

You will be collected from your accommodation between 08:30 & 09:00. We will travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja, where we have time to visit Namibia's largest wood carving market. The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs.

 

Continuing north, passing through farmland, we aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving us time to set up our camp and to relax in the shade for a while before heading out on to the property to take part in the afternoon’s activities.

 

Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centres its operations around the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah. This afternoon you will be taken on a tour during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the Africat rehabilitation programme.

 

Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap, and the aim of rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild.

 

After our educational tour we will return our accommodation and prepare for dinner under the African stars.

DAY 5:

An early start and continuing north we pass through some small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel. Our first main port of call today is the mysterious Lake Otjikoto.

 

Otjikoto is in fact Namibia's largest permanent natural lake and we take time here to rest a little and learn something about the history of this unusual landmark.

 

Continuing on to Namutoni camp in Etosha National Park we again aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving us time to relax before heading out into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive.

 

After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha's big game at Namutoni's floodlit waterhole. Situated on the boundary of Namutoni and easily reachable on foot, elephants are regular visitors here and there is a good chance of seeing other species of game as well.

DAY 6:

A full day's game driving. We again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air as we game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park.

 

We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch. There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo.

 

Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has been described as one of the 'best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa'. Situated on the doorstep of our accommodation, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are usually seen.

DAY 7:

Leaving Etosha we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab where we will make a short stop here before continuing on to find the Himba Tribesmen.

 

This is the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm. Oase Village is located about 15 to 20 km outside Kamanjab, the exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location.

 

During the afternoon we will be invited into Oase Village and will meet with the locals. We will have a specialist guide for the time we are there, who will be able to translate for us and will introduce us to this 'alternative lifestyle'. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the local religion, 'Holy Fire'.

DAY 8:

Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland. We drive south to the capital of this region, the small town of Khorixas, and then take a detour to the west, travelling via the Petrified Forest geological site, to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontien. At both these locations we will have local guides to conduct us on a short guided tour.

 

From here we head deeper into the desert to Namibia's highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m). Brandberg Mountain is an ancient Bushman spiritual site and tonight we will sleep under the shadow of this giant granite monolith.

DAY 9:

Brandberg Mountain – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (250 km) (BL) (chalet accommodation)

 

Starting early to enjoy the cool of the morning we will hike, "into" the mountain with our guide to see the world famous "White Lady" rock painting. Attributed to the Bushman artists, the white lady panel is believed by some to be in excess of 20 000 years old.

 

Back on the road for more beautiful Damaraland scenery. We make our first stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices.

 

From here we turn directly west and cross the "gravel plains" on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, we first head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. Here at certain times of the year there can be as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals in attendance. The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town. We aim to arrive in the late afternoon giving us time to explore the town on foot before sunset.

 

Tonight we take the chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb. Your guide will offer to organize a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required.

 

Dinner this evening in not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client's own account

DAY 10:

The drive back to Windhoek today will take about 4 and a half hours. We will only depart after lunch.

 

Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include airplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available. Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival. (N.B. All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the clients' own risk and expense).

 

We are due back into the city around 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return. Tonight the accommodation is not included in the price of the safari.

Rates & TERMS

Please note that all our trips going to Sossusvlei, camp outside of the Namib Naukluft Park. We do not stay at Sesriem Campsite but at Agama Camp which is 48kms from the main entrance gate to the dunes. This means that you will arrive at the main gate on sunrise and drive through the dune field as the sun is coming up. This drive is stunning and one of the best ways to see the dune field with the early morning light casting its shadows and light onto the sand. You will not be on top of a dune to see the sun rise. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions on this.

Included

All Transport.

3 Meals a Day (Unless Differently Specified).

Tap Drinking Water.

Tea and Coffee in Camp.

All Camping Equipment.

Park Entrance Fees.

Camping Fees.

Professional Guide.

Camp Assistant.

Pick Up and Drop off From Accommodation in Windhoek.

Excluded

Sleeping Bag (Can be Rented).

Alcoholic Beverages.

Soft Drinks.

Visas.

Personal Travel Insurance.

Please don’t forget:

Towel, Flashlight, Water Bottle, Hat.

Maximum Group Size is 14 Travelers.

Transport for up to 8 People will be in a Minibus. For more than 8 a Specially Converted Safari Truck will be Used.

Itinerary is Assisted Comfortable Camping With Participation Limited to Only Helping with the Tents.

Guaranteed Departures (must this be linked to the dates available?) every Tuesday of the year, all year.

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