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Namibia Safari

Diverse Namibia Safari

Highlights of Namibia in private concessions - 9 nights / 10 days

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Red dunes of Sossusvlei Diverse Namibia safari - Damaraland Ongava and Etosha National Park

Diverse Namibia is a true adventure, taking in this vast country from Sossusvlei dunes to the Namib Desert, the Atlantic coast to the ancient Damaraland plains and Etosha’s wildlife.

Departs: Windhoek, Namibia.
Ends: Windhoek, Namibia.
Group size: Guaranteed from 2 guests; 7 guests maximum.

Diverse Namibia is an active, exciting adventure, exploring the iconic areas of this vast country – its dunes, desert, plains and superb wildlife – enhanced by exclusive accommodation in private reserves and concessions. On this adventure you will take in the soaring red dunes of Sossusvlei, the life-filled blue Atlantic Ocean, the desert and denizens of Damaraland, and the dense plains game and predators of Etosha National Park. Throughout the Exploration are interspersed activities such as scenic walks and visiting the spectacular ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein – altogether, a true Namibian adventure with a range of activities impossible to beat.

Guides: Explorations are led by highly skilled and qualified professional guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions they work in. Sharing the adventure and guiding you on this journey of discovery combined with their vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture are their professions and personal hobby. Many of our guides are also skilled photographers and can assist you in taking away amazing wildlife photographs. Your guide will host you for the duration of safari, providing you with a consistent, detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interests.

Highlights:
• Exclusive accommodation in private reserves and concessions and private access to Sossusvlei.
• Activities include game drives, scenic walks and visiting ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.
• Track the rare desert-adapted elephants, following ancient paths to their freshwater springs.

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Diverse Namibia map

2017
SA
FARI COST:
03-Jan to 31-May:   ZAR 39,826 per person sharing - (Low Season)
01-Jun to 31-Oct:   ZAR 46,129 per person sharing - (High Season)
01-Nov to 31-Dec:   ZAR 39,826 per person sharing - (Low Season)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: None.


DAYS 1 - 2; (2 Nights)
WINDHOEK - SOSSUSVLEI, Sossusvlei, Namibia   [Dome Tents] 

Climbing up "Big Ben" sand dune in Kulala Wilderness Reserve, NamibiaOn Day 1 you will be met by your Explorations guide and begin your journey by driving (340 kilometres / 211 miles) through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the iconic Sossusvlei region, a driving time of approximately five hours.

Explore the iconic red dunes and be awed by the desert-adapted wildlife surviving in one of the world’s oldest and most arid deserts.

Kulala Adventurer Camp, Sossusvlei
Set on 37 000 hectares of land near the spectacular sights of Sossusvlei, the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve is home to Kulala Adventurer Camp.

The camp, comprising of 5 “maxi” dome tents under the shade, is perfect for taking in the Reserve’s expansive vistas and stark beauty and enjoys views into the Namib Naukluft National Park. Dining under the star-filled Namibian skies and watching a rose-red sunset punctuated by the cacophony of barking geckos are a few highlights, as is spending unrushed quality time at the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, known for their red colouring in the early morning sunlight, accessed through our private gate which is closer to the dunes than the main park entry gate.

• Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok can be seen on the reserve, as well as smaller creatures like bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal and Cape fox.
• Other activities include day and night scenic drives and walks
.


Details: Kulala Adventurer Camp - includes all meals, daily activities and local drinks (excluding premium import brands).


DAYS 3 - 4; (2 Nights)
SWAKOPMUND – Namibia
   [Hotel] 

Swakopmund, NamibiaDepart camp early and drive through the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto the expansive gravel plains, eventually arriving in Walvis Bay before moving north into the quaint town of Swakopmund, a drive of about 5 to 6 hours (approximately 370 km / 230 miles).

Discover the town of Swakopmund and bed down in an iconic hotel that forms part of city’s architectural culture.

“Dolphin and Seal” Cruise
On Day 4, we explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast with a “Dolphin and Seal” catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay (weather permitting).

Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund
Namibia’s oldest hotel, and consistently one of the best, the Hansa has retained its 100-year-old charm while providing present-day service and comfort. Our bedrooms are spacious and tastefully appointed, with a blend of modern luxury and antique décor. Interesting photographs from the past adorn the walls along the carpeted passages. Although we are located in the centre of town giving you access to most of the local amenities, even our street facing bedrooms are surprisingly quiet. A short walk will bring you to the heated Olympic-sized indoor public swimming pool, the museum, lighthouse and Kristall Galerie, as well as several good restaurants if you wish to try an alternative to the Hansa’s tasty fare.

• The hotel has 48 twin/double rooms, 6 family units and 3 luxury suites and an executive suite, each with an en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower, tea and coffee facilities, bottled mineral water, a 15-channel television, under-floor heating, a safe, bathrobes, a telephone and internet connection.
• All suites and some rooms have air-conditioning.
• Breakfast and an a la carte dinner are served in the dining room.
• You can have lunch al fresco on our terrace overlooking the inner garden.


Details: Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund - includes bed, breakfast and one dinner (excludes dinner on the second night).


DAY 4;
DOLPHIN & SEAL CATAMARAN CRUISE - Swakopmund / Walvis Bay

Dolphins in Walvis Bay, NamibiaWe explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast and its incredible marine mammals, from the port towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The cruise takes in the Oyster Platforms, where we learn about the oysters cultivated here – including tasting the delicacies – before moving on to Pelican Point to see the lighthouse, and an area in which three species of dolphins may be encountered, namely the rare endemic Heaviside’s dolphin, dusky and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

Aside from spotting diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birds, pelicans, flamingos, and Cape fur seals, the massive sunfish, leatherback turtles, southern right and humpback whales can be seen in season. This activity is rounded off with a private seafood lunch, before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.

This catamaran cruise (weather permitting) provides a wonderful opportunity to explore this beautiful bay and coastline.
• Learn about the oysters cultivated in the bay.
• Spot wildlife from the boat including dolphins, seals, birdlife and perhaps even turtles and whales, depending on the season.
• Taste some of fantastic seafood delicacies of the area
.


DAYS 5 - 7; (3 Nights)
DAMARALAND – Namibia   [Dome Tents] 

A guest tent at Damaraland Adventurer Camp, NamibiaWe continue our journey by road 320 kilometres (200 miles) and approximately 8-hour drive to Damaraland, west of the Brandberg Mountain, stopping for lunch at Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp. This area boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere on the planet outside a national park. The area boasts a varied assortment of desert-adapted wildlife and incredible geological formations.

Damaraland Adventurer Camp, Damaraland
Damaraland Adventurer Camp is located in a special place in the heart of the rocky desert of Damaraland, an ancient, starkly beautiful landscape. Looking south from camp toward the imposing Brandberg Mountains, Damaraland offers you endless vistas and one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia. Early morning mists, generated by the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the warm desert air of the Skeleton Coast, drift inland along the river valley, providing sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region, hence the high density of wildlife in the area.

Accommodation is in 5 “maxi” dome tents pitched on timber platforms that allow for a small viewing deck where you can sit for hours and contemplate the surrounding beauty. Tucked away in and amongst the sandstone hills, each tent is surprisingly spacious with wooden beds with mattresses and cotton linen. En-suite bathrooms with toilet and shower are located at the back of each tent.

• Damaraland boasts a breathtaking assortment of desert-adapted species including one of the highest concentrations of desert elephant and black rhino. Other wildlife includes Hartmann's mountain zebra, kudu, giraffe, gemsbok, and springbok, with occasional cheetah sightings.
• Our activities range from day and night nature walks and viewing the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a World Heritage Site) to daytime nature drives, exploring the mountains, hills and ephemeral river beds and springs.


Details: Damaraland Adventurer Camp - includes all meals, daily activities and local drinks (excluding premium import brands).


DAYS 8 - 9; (2 Nights)
ONGAVA GAME RESERVE & ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – Namibia   [Tented Camp] 

Burchell's zebras in Etosha, NamibiaWe drive approximately 330km (205 miles and a 5-hour drive) to Ongava Game Reserve on the boundary of Etosha National Park. Etosha remains the highest density wildlife area within Namibia, its fame justly acknowledged. We explore here, as well as the Ongava Game Reserve.

Andersson’s Camp, Ongava Game Reserve
Located on the boundary of the world renowned Etosha National Park, Andersson’s Camp is the perfect point from which to explore the diversity of fauna and flora in this region. What’s more, this charming eco-sensitive camp is set within the privacy of its own reserve teeming with wildlife. Formerly an old farmstead, the camp is beautifully nestled in mopane scrub with the scenic backdrop of the low Ondundozonanandana mountain range. On arrival you will find your en-suite accommodation fronting onto a productive waterhole. Each of the 18 tents is raised on decks for enhanced views of the passing game
.

• Ongava Game Reserve was formed in 1991, when its shareholders converted four unproductive cattle ranches into a highly productive reserve, now home to large concentrations of wildlife.
• Etosha National Park takes its name from the world-famous Etosha Pan, one of the largest saltpans in the region. Around the pan, the topography ranges from broad swathes of mopane and tall tree canopies of woodland to open plains and dolomite hills.
• Game drives in both reserves will display a wide complement of wildlife including black-faced impala. Their predators, in particular lion, are never far away.
• Ongava is home to one of the largest black and white rhino populations in Namibia thanks to a successful reintroduction programme.
• Bird life is prolific with 340 species recorded.


Details: Andersson’s Camp - includes all meals, daily activities and local drinks (excluding premium import brands).


DAY 10;
DRIVE ETOSHA TO WINDHOEK    [End of Tour] 

Driving 420 kilometres (260 miles) south, we return to Windhoek at 13h00 and bid farewell to our adventure.

NOTE:  THIS ITINERARY IS AVAILABLE ON FLEXIBLE DATES AND ITINERARIES, FOR TAILOR-MADE SAFARIS FOR SMALL GROUPS UP TO EIGHT GUESTS.

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SAFARI NOTES
Group Size
This camping safari is guaranteed on a scheduled departure basis with a maximum group size of eight guests and a minimum number of two guests.

Tailored Explorations
Private and flexible tailor-made safaris are possible, allowing for flexibility on dates, accommodation and itineraries. Suitable for small groups of between four and eight guests, these are also ideal for families.

Exclusivity
Some of the areas in which we travel are private concessions, whilst at the lodges and hotels en route we have the chance to meet other guests.

Itineraries
The route we follow will be flexible, changing with the seasons to maximize each guest’s experience. Please ensure that you have the correct information. Wilderness Safaris Explorations also reserves the right to change itineraries due to unusual game concentrations or reason beyond our control. If there is a change to itinerary, this will be advised as timeously as is possible.

Dietary Requirements & Special Occasions
Please ensure that full dietary requirements and special occasions are advised at the time of your booking confirmation.

Travelling Companions
Whilst travelling on this safari you will be with other guests doing the same itinerary and some of the camps included on the itinerary are not exclusive to the Exploration hence you will be with other guests who are from different parts of the world and who are of various ages. To get the most out of your safari experience, co-operation and harmony between you and your fellow guests is essential.

Age Limit
Children from the age of 12 years are welcome on all scheduled departures, with the prerequisite that all children between the ages of 12 and 17 years share the same tent with a related adult as a safety precaution. For guests with children under 12 years, we can create a private tailor-made safari which is subject to an additional cost.

Vehicles
Our enclosed vehicles are specially designed and extended Land Rovers, seating 8 guests in comfort. They have good forward visibility and 7 window seats - all guests are requested to change seats from one day to the next to ensure equal photographic opportunities for everyone. The roof is a “pop top” which is opened when game viewing and there are 6 sliding windows which can be opened for photography or closed in dusty or seasonally rainy conditions. Each vehicle is custom-built to our own standards and includes a fridge, 12V (cigarette lighter) charging points, seat pockets and a small library with reference books and field guides. Still water and juice are provided in the vehicle for the duration of the safari.

Accommodation & Camping Equipment
Accommodation at Kulala Adventurer Camp and Damaraland Adventurer Camp is comprised of semi-permanent 3 metre x 3 metre (9.84 feet x 9.84 feet) well-ventilated dome tents with a mini verandah (maximum of two guests per tent) on a slightly raised wooden platform, covered in shade cloth.

Wooden beds with mattress and crisp linen, duvets and pillows and towels and amenities (soap, shower gel and conditioning shampoo) are provided. In addition, there is a coir mat (inside) and a 12v reading light. The tents are large enough to stand in and move easily. The camps aim to provide simple camping comfort that is serviced. Hurricane lanterns and a good campfire light up the evening camp. Delicious meals are prepared around our campfire by our safari staff, creating a great atmosphere. The dining area is under the stars to ensure the ‘camping wilderness’ feel. A full dining table, director chairs and bush style stainless steel place settings and drinks glasses are set up to accentuate simple serviced comfort in pure wild areas. The bathrooms will be en-suite with the entrance to the canvas-wrap open air bathroom (zip door) through the rear of tent. There is an en-suite bathroom with a flush toilet, basin and shower – with hot and cold running water available whenever guests require it.

The aim at these camps is to provide a simple, yet comfortable and serviced, camping experience. Hurricane lanterns and a good campfire light up the evening camp. Delicious meals are prepared around our campfire by our safari staff, creating a great atmosphere. The dining area, with dining table, metal director chairs plus bush-style stainless steel place settings and drinks glasses, is under the stars (although we erect a bush dining tent in the event of sporadic rains), adding to the ‘camping wild’ feel.

Language
As a norm, our safaris are conducted in English. It is a requirement that all participants on the safari have a basic knowledge of English and are able to communicate in that language, primarily due to safety factors. Our Bilingual Hosted Departures do aim to facilitate a greater level of experience for guests that do not speak English fluently. These safaris are led by a guide; however in addition, there may be a translator to assist the guide. Please note on all bilingual safari dates that the guide or translator’s home language is English / Afrikaans. This additional free service does not guarantee the level of fluency and depending on group dynamics a varying amount of the foreign language will be spoken.

Joining and/or Leaving the Scheduled Safaris
This Namibia Exploration starts and ends in Windhoek. The safari and services of the guide start on our Day 1 as per the brochure and detailed itinerary, so all scheduled commercial flights booked must coincide with the start and end point of the particular Exploration that you have booked.

It is advisable to enjoy a night in Windhoek before the trip begins. Should you arrive on the day of departure, and in order to join the safari, you will need to land at Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek) before 10:00. If you do overnight in Windhoek on the night prior to the safari, you will be collected by your guide in the Explorations’ vehicle from the hotel on the morning of departure. If you arrive by flight on the day the safari commences, you will be collected from the airport.

We return to Windhoek at approximately 13:00 on the last day of the safari. Guests will therefore need to depart on a late afternoon flight (after 15:30) or overnight in Windhoek.

Spending Money
Please ensure you have a sufficient amount of US Dollars/Euro in cash of small denominations, as it can be difficult to get any US$ or Euros outside of major centres. We suggest that you allow for US$ 25.00 per day to cover the cost of basic souvenirs (within reason), and more for high valued souvenirs.

Torches/Flashlights
It is essential that you bring a good torch - we recommend bringing a two D-cell torch/flashlight and/or a head lamp. You should also bring a spare globe and batteries as they are often unobtainable locally. A good flashlight is not a mini-Maglight or a small penlight flashlight. Wilderness Safaris Explorations does not supply flashlights.

Photographic & Video Tips
Note that a 12V cigarette lighter adaptor (compatible with your camera) will be required on this safari for charging batteries while on game drives or transfer drives. 110/220V outlets are only available at some properties. Spare batteries are essential (we recommend that you bring three spare batteries) and an image storage device of some sort is recommended. Make certain you have enough card storage – most people take more photographs than expected. Charging facilities for video cameras are very limited when on safari, so please bring enough batteries to last you at least three days of video filming.

Tipping/Gratuities
Tipping is not compulsory. If, however, you would like to tip because you have received good service, we have enclosed a brief guideline to assist you. You may wish to add a nominal amount ranging between US$ 10.00 to US$ 30.00 per day for incidentals (subject to personal budget choice) – i.e. if additional activities are booked once on your journey, if travel arrangements change for any reason, in acknowledgement of good service received in another area, etc.

• Guides: US$ 10.00 – US$ 12.00 per guest per day
• Safari Assistants & Camp Staff: US$ 5.00 per guest per day

We would like to emphasise that tipping is definitely not a requirement and should be undertaken only by choice, dependent on the service received.

WHAT IS INCLUDED
• Accommodation as specified
• A reasonable amount of soft drinks, mineral water, fruit juice, house wine and beer, as well as local spirits such as gin and Amarula whilst at Kulala Adventurer Camp, Damaraland Adventurer Camp and Andersson’s Camp
• All meals from lunch on Day 1, excluding dinner on the second night in Swakopmund and lunch on Day 10
• All activities as per the detailed itinerary
• National Park Fees

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
• Visas
• All relevant entry and departure government taxes and unexpected increases thereto
• All personal purchases, including curios, meals, drinks not specified above, telephone calls, compulsory comprehensive travel insurance, gratuities, etc.
• All drinks whilst in Swakopmund
• Laundry
• Any pre- and/or -post tour arrangements
• Optional extra activities/services, not included in the detailed itinerary
• All flights
• Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control

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