Faces of Namibia Escorted Tour
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Tour starts: Windhoek
Tour ends: Windhoek
Includes: Accommodation, transport, English-speaking guide, meals as per itinerary.
Best time to visit: May to October
Highlights: Etosha National Park, Owamboland, Kaokoland, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei
Day 1: Windhoek to Etosha National Park
Starting in Windhoek we travel north to the Etosha National Park for an afternoon game drive. It boasts over 110 different animal species and is home to over 300 different bird species. The perennial springs along the edges of the Etosha Pan, a large, centralised saline depression with the size of the Netherlands, draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds during the dry seasons of the year. Shortly before sunset we travel out of the park to our lodge, situated within close vicinity of the entrance gate. (Travel distance 430 km).
Day 2 & 3: Etosha National Park
The following two days are devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the park. With a size of over 22’000 square kilometers, it is world renowned for its spectacular wildlife: elephant, black and white rhinoceros, lions, leopards, cheetahs, large herds of springbok, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and a multitude of other fascinating species. Each waterhole experience is different and promises us amazing photographic opportunities and wildlife experiences. On the following day we cross the park from west to east on a full day game drive. (Travel distance approx 300 km per day).
Day 4: Etosha National Park to Ovamboland
Today we travel via the park into the “Region of the four O’s”, home to eight Oshiwambo groups that represent the largest tribe found in Namibia. We will visit a local homestead of the Oshiwambo tribe. Highlights include a traditional “Kraal” inhabited by local residents, where we learn about the Oshiwambo’s local life, culture and customs. In the afternoon we arrive at our lodge where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. (Travel distance 250 km).
DAY 5: Ovamboland to Kaokoland
Traversing Ovamboland with its expanding pans and majestic palm trees, we arrive at our lodge in Opuwo, set high on a hill that allows us a magnificent view over the untouched landscape of Kaokoland. In the afternoon we visit a traditional Ovahimba village; here we experience one of the last surviving human communities that have lived according to their ancestral culture for hundreds of years. (Travel distance 460 km).
DAY 6: Kaokoland to Damaraland
After breakfast we travel further south into Damaraland, a sparsely populated part of Namibia that is also the home of the unique desert elephant and a free roaming rhino population. En route to our lodge we visit the age-old petrified forest, where we can also marvel at the oldest desert plant on earth, the Welwitschia mirabilis. The last stretch of our days’ tour takes us through eroded dry riverbeds and rocky plains to our lodge, situated along a dry riverbed and in close proximity to Twyfelfontein and fantastic geological phenomena. (Travel distance 350 km).
DAY 7: Damaraland
We start the morning with a visit to Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s only World Heritage site where bushman communities engraved and painted over 2500 pictures some 6000 years ago! We also visit the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes – all geological phenomena depicting the creation and evolution of some of the oldest landmasses on earth. After a visit to a traditional “living museum” of the Damara people, we travel back to our lodge. In the afternoon we have the option of searching for the desert elephant on a guided nature drive. (Travel distance 40 km).
DAY 8: Damaraland to Swakopmund
We travel via majestice Mountain ranges and the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2579m), to the Atlantic Ocean. Traveling along huge lichen fields, we reach Swakopmund in the early afternoon; here we spend the rest of the day at leisure, and can take part in a spectrum of activities that are offered in and around this idyllic coastal town. In the evening we can visit one of the excellent restaurants that Swakopmund has to offer (dinner not included). (Travel distance 340 km).
DAY 9: Swakopmund to Sossusvlei
The morning is spent at leisure in Swakopmund. In the early afternoon we travel via two geologically amazing canyons and via endless desert plains into the vicinity of Sossusvlei. En route we stand the chance to see some of the specially adapted desert animals that survive by the moisture of the early morning fog reaching inland from the Atlantic Ocean. At the Solitaire general trader, we can enjoy true Namibian home baked apple pie that is reputedly the best in Africa! We have the rest of the afternoon at leisure and can relax the hottest part of the day along the sparkling pool. An exciting activity is a short walk through the desert on the back of a camel! (Travel distance 280 km).
DAY 10: Sossusvlei
This day calls for an early rise, as we will forever remember the picture of a sunrise over the mighty dunes of the Namib Desert. Gaze at the bright splash of sun-baked sand combined with the mighty play of shadows cast onto the layside of the dunes. From Sossusvlei we visit Dead Vlei, a surreal white clay pan surrounded by monumental dunes and dotted with age-old camelthorn trees. Before traveling back to our lodge, we visit Sesriem Canyon, a 30-meter deep gauge incised into the desert floor by the Tsauchab River, the same river that suddenly ends at Sossusvlei. (Travel distance 290 km).
DAY 11: Return to Windhoek
After breakfast we travel back to Windhoek where we are dropped off at our accommodation of choice, or are transferred to the airport for our outward flight. Tour ends. (Travel distance 280 km).
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