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20 Days Classic Namibia

Planet Ride - Alzonne 2 pax

Central Namibia - Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Brandberg - Damaraland - Kaokoveld - Kunene - Etosha National Park - Etosha National Park - Central Namibia

20 Days / 19 Nights

3 Persons

Reference: 20 Days Classic Namibia - February 2017 - Guided

Date of Issue: 24 October 2016

20 Days Classic Namibia

Key
RO: Room only
SC: Self Catering
HB: Half Board
B&B: Bed and breakfast
D, B&B: Dinner, bed and breakfast
FB: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily
FI: Fully inclusive

Included

- Nissan DC 2016 model
- Rooftop tent for guests, ground tent for guide
- Fuel / Park Fees
- Accommodation / Meals & Activities as per itinerary
- French Guide
- Water in vehicle

Day 1: Heja Game Lodge, Central Namibia

Central Namibia

The central Namibian highlands are much cooler and less harsh than the arid lowlands that make up the majority of the country. This is great cattle ranching country and most tourism facilities have their origins in cattle and more recently game ranching.

Overnight: Heja Game Lodge

Heja Game Lodge is situated to the east of Windhoek, about 1900 meters above sea level, and is enclosed by the Auas Mountains in the south and the Khomas Hochland and Eros mountains to the north and west. Heja Game Lodge is the ideal starting point for a ,visit to Namibiasince it is the closest game lodge to Windhoek, and is ideally situated in the middle between Windhoek and Hosea Kutako International Airport. The lodge overlooks the Hoffnung dam which is the oldest man-made lake in Namibia.

For the nature enthusiast there is a large variety of different bird species to be found on the lodge and over 2500 head from 13 species of game roam freely on the 20,000 ha farm and surroundings. Visitors can fully enjoy Heja's tranquil setting in one of the 50 en-suite rooms equipped with air-conditioning and satellite TV.

The à la carte restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, with game dishes being a specialty. This, coupled with the ever-popular Chapel on the Hill and Waterfront reception area extending over the lake, makes Heja an ideal and favored destination. With beautiful surroundings, the simplicity of nature, enough accommodation for all guests and service excellence makes the Heja Game Lodge an ideal Namibian holiday spot.

Included

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Namib Naukluft Restcamp, Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park

Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park

The strikingly beautiful Naukluft Mountains are known for their interesting geology, as well as for their fauna, which includes leopards, Hartmann’s mountain zebras and diverse birdlife. Three separate layers of rock – the oldest of which is thought to date back some 2000 million years – form steep cliffs rising to a flattish plateau that can be reached via walking trails and 4x4 routes. A highlight of the Naukluft region is the series of freshwater pools located near the Kudusrus campsite.

Overnight: Namib Naukluft Restcamp

The Naukluft section of the park was created to serve as a sanctuary for Hartmann's mountain zebra, which are endemic to Namibia. Other wildlife includes kudu, gemsbok, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, leopard, baboon, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, African wild cat, caracal and aardwolf. Naukluft's steep cliffs are nesting grounds for various cliff-breeding bird species, including Black eagles. Five different vegetation communities within the park ensure a wealth of tree and shrub species, and a variety of aloes. Accommodation at Namib Naukluft Campsite comprises of 6 guest rooms and 21 campsites. Facilities at the camp includes a kiosk and a bar.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 3: Namib Naukluft Restcamp, Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park

Activities

Waterkloof Trail

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 4: Sesriem Campsite, Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.
Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Overnight: Sesriem Campsite

At the entry to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down to 30 to 40 m, are pools that become replenished after good rains. Located perfectly at the entry to Sossusvlei inside the park gate is Sesriem Camping, right beside the gate into the desert and just a short drive from Sesriem Canyon where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length.
It is perfect for campers who want to experience the beauty of the Namib Desert with the sun setting over the Elim dune then the stars emerging until they fill the sky above you and the clicking of the desert barking Geckos and distant howl of the Jackal. Sit by the fire and imagine what you will.
After a good nights rest its up early (one hour before sunrise) for a drive to the sossusvlei where you can climb a sand dune and watch the colours change as the sun rises over the horizon slipping its morning warmth over the Namib desert dunes. Sesriem derives its name from the time when earlier pioneers tied six lengths of rawhide thongs (riem) together to draw water from the pools. Accommodation at Sesriem is provided in 24 campsites. Facilities found there include a gas station, convenience store and a secure parking area.

Activities

Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 5: Sesriem Campsite, Sossusvlei

Activities

Sossusvlei - The Vlei - This is the vlei itself where, for now, the waters of the Tsauchab River disappear into the red sands of the Namib.
Dead Vlei - This ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer's dream.
Dune 45 - Named for its location 45 kilometres past the town of Sesriem, Dune 45 is renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’. If you’re not keen for the strenuous hike to the top of Big Daddy, Dune 45 is a more forgiving alternative, standing at only 80 metres and featuring a much gentler gradient.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 6: Sophia Dale Base Camp, Swakopmund

Swakopmund

Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular.

Overnight: Sophia Dale Base Camp

Located in an oasis along the Swakop River, Sophia Dale Base Camp has an inviting and familiar atmosphere. Accommodation is provided in authentic rondavels with an integrated kitchenette. Sophia Dale Base Camp also has a campsite with a wide array of locations for tenting or for a mobile home. Each site is surrounded by lush bushes and trees. Guests staying at Sophia Dale Base Camp can expect local and international cuisine served at the restaurant. Breakfast is also provided upon request. Also featured at Sophia Dale Base Camp is a beer garden.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 7: Spitzkoppe Campsite, Spitzkoppe

Spitzkoppe

Although not Namibia's highest mountains these giant granite domes with their amazing rock formations are its most famous.

Overnight: Spitzkoppe Campsite

The Spitzkoppe Camp is one of Namibia's better run community camps, for years there was no camp site in the area and visitors had to bushcamp, now the local community has set up a campsite and built bungalows, that offer reasonable facilities.

Activities

Namvic Guided walk around Spitzkoppe

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 8: Brandberg White Lady Camping, Brandberg

Brandberg

The Brandberg (‘Fire Mountain’) Massif is Namibia’s highest peak, with its zenith, the Königstein (‘King’s Stone’), standing at a whopping 2573 metres above sea level. Named for the vivid shade of orange it sometimes turns at sunset, the Brandberg has been sacred to the San people for centuries, and the Tsisab Ravine at its base is permeated with over 45 000 ancient San rock paintings, including the famous ‘White Lady’.

Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Camping

Activities

Namvic Guided walk White Lady

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 9: Brandberg White Lady Camping, Brandberg

Activities

Namvic guided Elephant tracking drive

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 10: Palmwag Campsite, Damaraland

Damaraland

Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.

Overnight: Palmwag Campsite

Palmwag Lodge and Camping site is situated in Palmwag near the Uniab River. The Lodge and its surroundings used to be farming land and were later developed into a hunting concession for big game. However, as popular interest in the area increased, the hunting camp was revamped into a lodge. The lodge consists of 12 thatched bungalows, 12 luxury tents and a restaurant. Guests can enjoy the walking trail or relax at the swimming pool under the palm trees. The activities offered at the lodge are guided game drives, day trips or camping safaris into the concession area of Palmwag Lodge offering guests the unique opportunity to discover and observe the diverse species of free-roaming game, amongst others, the famous desert elephant, the rare black rhino, giraffe, zebra and a variety of antelope. The small camping site consists of 7 campsites with ablution facilities.

Activities

Twyfelfontein Rock Art - a World Heritage Site boasting one of the richest rock art concentrations in Africa. Thousands of tourists come to this site each year to view some 2, 500 Stone Age rock engravings. The area is home to 17 rock art sites, which collectively encompass 212 engraved stone slabs. There are an additional 13 sites displaying rock paintings.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 11: Palmwag Campsite, Damaraland

Activities

Namvic Guided Palmwag Concession Drive

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 12: Camp Aussicht Kaokoland, Kaokoveld

Kaokoveld

The Kaokoveld is a dry, mountainous and relatively undeveloped region that takes in the harsh beauty of the Skeleton Coast and the coppery sands of the northern Namib Desert. The area is inhabited by three main ethnic groups – the Damara, Herero and Himba people – each with their unique customs, traditions and rituals.

Overnight: Camp Aussicht Kaokoland

Situated in the northwest of Namibia, Camp Aussicht ("Camp with a View") offers exactly what it’s name promises: spectacular views of Damara and Kaokoland. Camp Aussicht sits on top of a hill overlooking Damaraland to the west. Originally built as a dioptase mine (a rare mineral found only here and in Russia) Marius Steiner started a small lodge and campsite.
Accommodation at Camp Aussicht features 4 double rooms. And, just above the lodge area is a perfect camping spot. There are 5 places with enough room for a car, tent and braai facilities.

Breakfast and dinner at Camp Aussicht are served either on the terrace or in the dining room.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 13: Camp Aussicht Kaokoland, Kaokoveld

Activities

Himba Visit Tours with Marius

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 14: Epupa Camp, Kunene

Kunene

One of just five perennial rivers in Namibia, the Kunene is an invaluable source of water for the local Himba people, and it has been the mainstay of their existence for hundreds of years. For travellers, the river’s most striking feature is the Epupa Falls, which cascade over a distance of more than a kilometre downstream, with a total vertical drop of around 60 metres. White water rafting and kayaking are both popular pursuits on the Kunene.

Overnight: Epupa Camp

Epupa Camp consists of nine luxury safari-style tents erected on stone platforms, each with two single beds and en-suite bathroom. All tents have electricity and mosquito netting and an outside, shaded balcony overlooking the tranquil Kunene River. Large makalani palms overhead provide welcome shade from the midday sun.
The adjacent dining room and lounge area also face the Kunene River, along with a lounging pool for cooling down from the midday heat, or enjoying a glass of sparkling wine while watching the sun set.
Epupa Camp works closely with the local community to provide them with access to development opportunities and direct benefits through tourism. Epupa Camp has a sound ecological policy that includes removing all solid waste from the area and, whenever practical, recycling waste.
A minimum stay of two nights, ideally three, is recommended to fully benefit from everything the Epupa area has to offer.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 15: Epupa Camp, Kunene

Activities

Namvic Guided Walks

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 16: Olifantsrus Camp, Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m. In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing.
Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.

Overnight: Olifantsrus Camp

Located in the western part of the park between Okaukuejo and Dolomite Camp, Olifantsrus Campsite is a campsite only, there are no accommodation available. There are 10 campsites each taking a maximum of 8 people. A hide has been built at the man made waterhole at the campsite. The hide offers a unique game viewing opportunity in the double story hut with aluminium glass windows. The Hide has been built at the waterhole so guests will be up close to the visiting game. It is connected to the campsite by a wooden walkway and provides a safe look out point.
There are numerous waterholes around Olifantsrus Campsite making for good game viewing.

Activities

Etosha West

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 17: Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

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Overnight: Okaukuejo Campsite

Okaukuejo is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, Anderson Gate. Okaukuejo is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha and it also functions as the administrative centre of the park. Okaukuejo is also home to the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at the western end of the Etosha Pan. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camp sites.
The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregate and interact from lion to rhino to elephant and antelope. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. The activity continues throughout the day until late at night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhino, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 18: Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha National Park

Activities

Etosha Pan - Aeons ago, Etosha Pan was the bed of a vast lake; today what remains is a glittering, silvery-green salt pan that stretches across roughly 5000 square kilometers. Etosha is protected by the Etosha Pan National Park surrounded by savannah plains and woodlands supporting large herds of elephants. When dry, the pan sustains little life except for the algae that gives it its distinctive colour, and migratory birds that use it as a pit stop, but with heavy rain it becomes a shallow lake where flamingos breed, pelicans wade and feed, and a variety of mammal species come to quench their thirst, including leopards, lions, white rhinos, hunting dogs and antelopes.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 19: Düsternbrook Guest Farm, Central Namibia

Central Namibia

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Overnight: Düsternbrook Guest Farm

Düsternbrook is the first guest farm in Namibia, situated near Windhoek. We offer 6 lodge rooms, 2 furnished safari tents, and a small campsite. Our guest farm is located on a mountain with a breath taking view overlooking a dry wide riverbed. The historical old farm house is built out of natural stone, in colonial style. Since 2010 we also have a chalet at the dam (where the hippos live), where you can stay really close to nature.
On our safari farm we have an abundant diversity of wildlife, such as oryx, steenbok, cape eland, kudu, giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, zebra, baboon, cheetah, leopard and wildebeast. We offer special tours to see our cheetahs and leopards in their natural surroundings. Very exciting are the hippos which live at our dam. Book yourself a rustic stay at our chalet and connect with these animals from your veranda.
In the morning we offer a mountain drive where you can experience the sunrise on the Khomas Highland, a beautiful scenery. After sunrise your guide will drive you into the mountains to experience nature waking up while you enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. With a bit of luck you will be one of few who has seen the rare Hartman Mountain zebra.
While staying at our guest lodge you can use our large pool, visit our information center or go for a hike on our marked trails.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 20: Departure

Day Itinerary

Transfer to Airport for flight back home

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