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Namibian Highlights

Departing Thursday  29th June 2017 

Tour Price: $7400.00 per person twin share including economy airfares and most meals

Single Supplement:  additional $950.00 

 

Day 1.  Sydney to Johannesburg

Travelling to Sydney for our Qantas Flight 63 direct to Johannesburg.  Meals will be served on board.  Upon arrival into Johannesburg we will be transferred to our hotel for overnight accommodation.

 

Day 2.  Johannesburg to Windhoek    (BD)

Enjoy breakfast in our hotel before we transfer to the airport for our flight to  Windhoek. We will be met on arrival into Windhoek, Namibia, by our Blue Crane representative, after a brief meet and greet we will be taken  to our accommodation for the night. You can use the time to relax after long hours of flying. Tonight we  enjoy dinner at our hotel.   Hilton Hotel Windhoek

 

Day 3.  Explore Windhoek             (BD)

Our Guide will call for us this morning and take us on tour of the city.  Windhoek is the capital of Namibia it is situated in a geographical basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains of Namibia and is characterised by a proliferation of German architecture – a lasting reminder of the early colonial history of the country. After city tour you will go with your guide to joes beerhouse for dinner.  Overnight Hilton Hotel

 

Day 4.  Windhoek—Kalahari Desert           (BLD)

Pick up time is between 08:00 and 08:30 am from Windhoek. Take the B1 road that goes to Rehoboth. After some few klm we turn to the left into the C21 and head    towards the Camelthorn Lodge which is situated on the D1268 road. The lodge is strategically situated in the center of the Kalahari Desert. The Lodge is built with thatch and blessed with a staggering stone pool. The ambiance of Camelthorn Lodge is distinctly Bushman, enhanced with   indigenous décor and home to a fine collection of San artefacts, one of the  oldest cultures in the world. Later in the day there will be Bushman walk and    sundowner on the red dunes.

Overnight: Camelthorn Lodge

 

Day 5.  Fish River Canyon        ((BLD)

This morning we will continue towards Fish river canyon further south of Namibia.

Arriving at Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, in the early afternoon, we drive to the main view point where you have to see for yourself one of nature’s wonders to believe. We can see the river sparkling in the sunlight far   below us, and can barely imagine how many millennia it took for the forces of erosion to carve such a magnificent vista. We will visit Canyon again in the      morning.

Two nights: Canyon Lodge

Canyon Lodge is situated on the 520 square km, privately owned Gondwana Canyon Park. It is only 20kms from the main viewpoint of Fish River Canyon and is built from natural materials, including local rock and thatch roofs. The lodge is an ideal starting point for visits to the Fish River Canyon.

 

Day 6.  Fish River Canyon           (BLD)

Returning to the Canyon this morning for spectacular photo opportunities.  There is a hiking trail that you can hike in the morning for 2-4 hours, or a sun downer walk. Watch the sun go down with a drink to end off the lovely day.  

Day 7.  Fish River Canyon—Luderitz      (BLD)

Departing just after breakfast we make our way to Luderitz. The aim is to arrive early afternoon in luderitz. Dinner will be at the hotel as we learn more about the south and luderitz in general. Luderitz is renowned for its old world charm and distinctly   German colonial architecture. Luderitz is home to a wide variety of aquatic birds. Large numbers of flamingos, cormorants and seagulls inhabit the shallow lagoon.

Overnight Luderitz Nest Hotel  

 

 Day 8. Luderitz—Namib Desert  (BLD)

Just before you leave Luderitz you will visit the famous Kolmanskop better known as the Ghost Town, which has been abandond for years. You will learn about the history of the town and how the first diamond was found by a railway worker. After your visit to the Ghost town you will proceed to the Namib Desert. On our way we will stop for lunch in Aus. After  lunch you will continue north into the Namib desert where we will arrive in the afternoon.    After check in at Sossusvlei lodge you can enjoy the sunset from your room.   Dinner will be served at the magnificent Sossusvlei lodge.

 

Day 9.  Namib Desert   (BLD)

An early start to catch the soft light of the sunrise over the desert. In the cool of the morning we take a walk through the     desert, with good chance to see gemsboks, springboks and ostriches. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and drive to Sesriem Camp for lunch, passing by the famous “Dune 45”. As the day cools in the late afternoon we make a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon before    returning to our lodge. Sossusvlei lodge

 

Day 10.  Namib Desert—Swakopmund   (BLD)

Namibia is a country of contrasts.       Today we barter the desert for the sea. We shall cross the Tropic of Capricorn and transverse both Gaub and Kuiseb passes, driving down to the dry river bed at the bottom of the Kuiseb Canyon   before climbing up the other side, watching the spectacular desert landscape    unfold  before us. Having arrived at the coast, we make a stop in Walvis Bay to enjoy the view of flamingoes and other birds in the lagoons and to visit the salt works. Dinner tonight will be at one of the local restaurants in Swakopmund.    Overnight Atlantic Villa Guesthouse

 

Day 11.  Swakopmund    Free Day   (BD)

Free day with plenty of time to explore the town. Swakopmund is very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic is quite cold here) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.

Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include a boat-tour (with oysters and champagne!), scenic flights and micro-light flights over the desert, fishing trips (either from the beach or in a boat), quad-bike trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding, skydiving and many other activities. The boat tour (Dolphin cruise will be included in tour) Lunch will be on own cost.

Atlantic Villa Guesthouse

 

Day 12.  Swakopmund— Twyfelfontein   (BLD)

Heading for Damaraland along the   Skeleton Coast we stop at the seal  colony of Cape Cross where we may have a close encounter with thousands of fur seals. We continue to the small town of Uis for supplies. Uis is an old mining town and a good place to buy semi-precious stones. We pass by the Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia, and arrive in Twyfelfontein in time for sunset. On the way we will spend some time to experience the old rock engravings that may be found in the area. This night we will stay at  Twyfelfontein lodge.

 

Day 13.  Twyfelfontein—Palmwag   (BLD)

We will visit Damaraland’s most famous attractions including the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes and the highlight of your trip over 2,500 rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site. Driving on the gravel that so much    connects any places in the Kunene      region, we pass by the village of  Bergsig and proceed for another 45 kilometers to Palmwag. This part of the world is blessed with Table Mountains and the spectacular scenery.

Palmwag is the ideal place for Desert adapted Elephant and Black Rhino tracking. We will do this with the assistance of the guides from Palmwag Lodge.   Rhinos and Elephants move around the Palmwag concession area, with luck on our side we will spot them. The animals here are special, as they have adapted to the harsh desert conditions . Dinner to be served at the Palmwag Lodge.

 

Day 14.   Palmwag     (BLD)

Morning game drives with a local guide from the Palmwag lodge, before heading for Kamanjab. We drive into the Desert Mountains of the Kaokoveld, one of the last true wildernesses of Southern Africa and home of the Himba people. During the afternoon we pay the Oases village a visit to meet the locals. There will be a special guide for the time we are there, who will be able to translate for us and introduce us to the Ovahimba people. We learn about marriage customs, traditional food and also visit the “holy fire”. After the   Himba visit we continue with the road into the Otjozondjupa region and to the Waterberg plateau where we spent the night.

Epacha Game Lodge is situated in Epacha Game Reserve, south of Etosha National Park. The lodge and game   reserve are a great location to view a considerable selection of Namibian wildlife, and the outstanding beauty of the breathtaking, surrounding mountains and valleys.

 

Day 15.  Epacha Game Lodge - Okaukuejo Camp          (BLD)

Travelling through the park making a stop at Okuakeujo Waterhole to view the animals as they come in to drink.  Okaukuejo have a waterhole where you can go at night to view the animals.  Our whole day today will be game drives.   Okaukuejo Camp

 

Day 16.  Okaukeujo Camp - Okonjima    (BLD

Today we will have a morning game drive before we depart Onkoshi. You will have the chance to see different wild animals and flora in the surroundings of Onkoshi. On our way we will make a quick turn to the famous Lake Otjikoto and learn about the history of the lake and what makes it special. We will proceed towards Okonjima passing by the town Tsumeb, Otavi and  Otjiwarango where we will stop for some essentials.  The lodge is home to The AfriCat  Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, notably cheetahs and leopards. The more secluded and luxurious Okonjima Bush Camp, The Bush Suite, and The Villa, are all affiliated to the main camp. We shall visit the Africat Project area and meet some of the cheetah or accompany our guides as they monitor the progress of the cheetahs in the Tusk Rehabilitation camp. Okonjima is home to over forty cheetahs, many of whom were separated from their mothers before they learnt how to survive on their own. The Rehabilitation Camp will give these cheetahs an opportunity to learn survival skills such as hunting in a closely monitored environment. Successful cheetahs will be relocated to parks and game farms. There are over 250 species of bird life to be found around the     property, including Namibian endemics such as carps black tit, Hartlaub's francolin, and the Damara rock runner. With the abundance of animal and birdlife and spectacular scenery, Okonjima is a photographer's dream.  Okonjima Plains Camp

 

Day 17.  Okonjima—Airport     (B)

This morning after breakfast we travel back to Windhoek through the small town of Okahandja with the biggest craft market in Namibia.  We stop to explore the market and perhaps buy some souvenirs.  The local community operates the stalls on a co-operative   basis.  We sadly make our way to the airport and say farewell to our guides and prepare for our flight home to Sydney.  Our flight will take us back to Johannesburg to join our Qantas flight home. 

 

Day 18.  Arrive Sydney.

Once we make our way through customs we board our It’s Easy Tours transfer for our return home to the Central Coast.

 

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