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The Full Namibian Experience - 16 Glorious Days that combines two tours Print E-mail

Highlights:

Physical Requirements:

This Safari is a combination of driving and walking through two of Namibia’s most scenic national parks. We tailor the distance of the walking trails to each group but a reasonable physical condition is expected for this Safari. You don’t need to be super fit: you won’t be expected to walk more then 15km a day.

Accommodation:

  • Day 1-3: Camping in rock shelters, uniquely situated on top of the Waterberg Plateau! These 3 days you would need a sleeping bag. As you will be camping, you will be preparing your own food, so don’t forget to shop before you get to the camp. Mattresses with sheets, camping equipment (including fire wood), a camp assistant and a local guide are included in the price.
  • Day 4-5: Lodge/Hotel accommodation.
  • Day 6-7: Accommodation at your own choice. We will be happy to arrange this for you. Please note that your stay and accommodation in Windhoek will be at your own expense.
  • Day 8-15: Lodge/Hotel accommodation.
  • Please note that accommodation is based on 2 persons but single supplements are available.

Price:

From 10.000 N$.

Please note that the 3 days on top of the Waterberg Plateau National Park in this tour is seasonal and can only be booked on every second, third and fourth Thursday during the months of April to November.

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Itinerary:

Day 1:  Windhoek to Waterberg Plateau Park (approx 300 kms/4 hours)

  • You’ll drive from Windhoek to Waterberg Plateau National Park
  • Upon your arrival at the park you will meet the local guide who will lead you through the park for the next 2 days.
  • You’ll start your hike in the afternoon, through an area known for its distinctive sandstone formations.
  • As you will be camping, you can make your campfire and you can watch the star filled sky, while listening to the sounds of the wild.
  • Tonight you can cook yourself an excellent bush dinner on an open fire.

Running antilope

Day 2:  Waterberg Plateau Park

  • Today, you’ll start your morning walk early, so you might catch the animals returning from their morning drink.
  • Your local guide will teach you how to find and identify animals by looking at their tracks.
  • All sorts of animals, including 95% of the Namibian rhino population can be found in the Waterberg Plateau National Park, which could give you the perfect opportunity to take nice photographs!
  • After a couple of hours of relaxation in the afternoon, you’ll head off to one of the waterholes to try to spot some of the animals cooling off.
  • Another chance to make yourself a fabulous open-fire-dinner!

Baby and mama rhino

Day 3:  Waterberg Plateau Park

  • Today your local guide will take you to different hot spots and locations where you might get a chance to see some of the parks permanent residents in their natural grazing and feeding grounds.
  • After a short relaxing pause, you’ll visit another waterhole, where we hope you will find other animals drinking and relaxing.
  • Tonight you can enjoy your last bush meal in the serene environment of the magnificent Waterberg Plateau National Park.

Baby rhino

Day 4: Waterberg Plateau Park to Etosha National Park area (approx 360 kms/4,5 hours)

  • Today you can visit to the historical site of Waterberg, where you’ll see ancient Bushmen rock engravings, as well as some amazing 180 to 200 million years old dinosaur prints, a real must see!
  • It’s been a long and hard journey for Namibia to give back the freedom of the sky to captive bred and rehabilitated cape vultures, your local guide will show you where one can usually find them and tell you their    amazing story.
  • Your journey to Etosha will lead you through some amazing landscape and small local towns.
  • If you would like, you could opt for a short late afternoon game drive in Etosha National Park.

Cheetahs

Day 5: Etosha National Park (approx 110 kms/8 hours)

  • Today you spend a full day on an exciting game drive through Etosha National Park. You could stop over for lunch at Halali Camp, a rest area in the middle of the Park.
  • After an adventurous day exploring the park, you’ll arrive at your accommodation site in time to relax and stretch your legs before a tasty dinner in the restaurant.
  • The floodlit waterhole at the edge of the premises is a fantastic place to spot game and if you’re in luck, you might be able to see lions, rhinos, giraffes, elephants or other animals, having an evening drink.

Zebras

Day 6: Etosha National Park to Windhoek (approx 425 kms/6 hours)

  • After breakfast you’re back on the game trail with a short morning drive before heading back to civilisation.
  • On your way, you can stop at the largest wood carving market town of Okahandja, for a spot souvenir shopping.
  • Please note you will have to arrange your accommodation in Windhoek yourself. However, we will be happy to do this for you.
  • Feel free to ask us about places of interest in Windhoek.

Giraffes

Day 7: Windhoek

  • You’ll have a full day to rest, recover and explore Windhoek. Please note that this day will be at your own expense.
Church Windhoek

Day 8: Windhoek to Mariental area (approx 280 kms/4 hours)

  • From Windhoek you drive to the South, this is the home of the Nama people, one of the San speaking tribes of Namibia and their unique language includes 4 different clicking sounds.
  • Your journey will take you along the very edge of the Kalahari Desert.
  • You will be staying overnight in the area of Mariental; a great place to hang out to familiarise with the sound and smell of Africa.

Brukkaros crater

Day 9: Mariental area to the Fish River Canyon (approx 360 kms/6 hours)

  • The drive from the Kalahari Desert to the Namib Desert is most scenic, it has gorgeous mountain and desert views, a real feast for the eyes.
  • You’ll have a chance to spot game, like the mountain zebra, springbok, oryx, and many other wildlife species.
  • Finally you will arrive at the majestic and impressive Fish River Canyon, the world’s second largest canyon, and marvel at the extraordinary views and endless possibilities of time and nature.

Fish River Canyon

Day 10: Fish River Canyon to Aus area (approx 290 kms/4 hours)

  • From Fish River Canyon you will continue on through the Namib Desert to the area of Aus.
  • This area is famous for its amazing scenery and its wild horses.

Aus Sperrgebiet

Day 11: Aus area - Lüderitz - Aus area (approx 240 kms / 3 hrs)

  • A day of historic exploration in Lüderitz.
  • In the afternoon you will drive to Diaz where you’ll get to see Lüderitz from a different but equally interesting vantage point.
  • After visiting the mining ghost town of Kolmanskop, where the first diamond in Namibia was discovered, you’ll drive to the area populated with stunning wild horses.

Wild horses

Day 12: Aus area to Sossusvlei area, Namib Naukluft Park (approx 334 kms/5 hours)

  • After driving through the desert with its volcanic and eroded rock formations, you will make our way to the red dunes in the Sossusvlei area.
Sand dunes Sossusvlei

Day 13: Sossusvlei (approx 150 kms/3 hours)

  • This morning, you will make your way into the dune area of Sossusvlei.
  • Some of the dunes have measured about 395 meters high!
  • Your drive will continue into the heart of the Namib for magnificent views of the awe inspiring dunes, ancient mineral pans, camel thorn trees and much more.
  • If you are lucky, you’ll have a chance to spot all sorts of wildlife, like the oryx, ostrich and springbok.
  • In the afternoon you’ll have time to relax and swim.

Desert landscape

Day 14: Sossusvlei area to Swakopmund (approx 390 kms/4,5 hours)

  • Travelling via a scenic and mountainous route along the skeleton coast, you might be able to spot more wildlife before reaching the biggest coastal town of Namibia, Swakopmund.
  • You’ll pass the Tropic of Capricorn and you’ll stop to see thousands of graceful flamingos at Walvis Bay: a magnificent sight, especially if you’re lucky enough to see them take flight simultaneously!
  • Swakopmund has a wide range of activities; you can skydive, go quad biking or sand boarding in the dunes, go on a fishing expedition or enjoy a dolphin cruise. If you’re interested in taking part in any activity, just let us know and we’ll arrange the bookings for you. Please note that these activities are at your own expense.

Flamingo Walvis Bay

Day 15: Swakopmund

  • A full day in Swakopmund. This day is yours to do with as you please: shopping, adventure sports, adrenalin filled activities or just relaxing with a book and cup of African coffee in town. Please note that activities are at your own expense.
  • You can try out some different local restaurants, which offer a wide variety of delicious freshly prepared fish cuisines.  

Day 16: Swakopmund to Windhoek, via Cape Cross (approx 580 kms/6,5 hours)

  • The day starts with a visit to the largest seal colony of Southern Africa at Cape Cross, before travelling back to Windhoek.
  • Feel free to ask us about places of interest in Windhoek.
  • Please note that dinner and accommodation is at your own expense. We are more than happy to arrange this this for you.
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