Test of Namibia Tour 8 Days
This safari is designed to show you the very best of iconic Namibia, from the breath-taking landscapes of Sossusvlei (tall red sand dunes in the world), the unforgettable wildlife of the country’s premier Big Game location, Etosha National Park to the Africat Foundation and experience a close-up encounter with Big Cats at Okonjima.
- Accommodation as stated in the itinerary.
- Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
- Services of a registered and experienced English-speaking safari guide.
- Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
- Mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
- Option of either kayaking or catamaran boat cruise in Swakopmund.
- International flights to Namibia and airport taxes.
- Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
- All beverages apart from mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
- Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost).
- Gratuities, items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
- ENTRY VISA FEES (make sure to double-check if your country’s citizens need a VISA to enter Namibia or not.
- BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).
Day 1 Windhoek City > Sesriem Area (Namib Desert)
After breakfast we drive through Khomas Hochland mountain range to some spectacular Remhoogte Pass. We continue our drive to Solitaire for lunch, it’s famous for its apple pie and other goodies from the well know Desert Bakery. We proceed with our drive viewing the impressive Naukluft Mountains all the way to Sesriem area. The scenery is one of breathtaking beauty where the separation of the Naukluft Mountains and the dune sea sand of the Namib Desert. Accommodation: – Namib Desert Lodge or similar. Meals: BLD
Day 2 Sesriem > Sossusvlei (tall red sand dunes) > Sesriem
An early morning start to catch the soft light of the morning after sunrise on the desert dunes. The light casts strong contrasts of color on the edges of the dunes and offers stunning views from the dry river bed we travel through. From here we drive another 60 km to Sossusvlei itself with our 4×4 tour vehicle deeper into the red dune sea sand. The drive is like nothing else, enjoying the changing light and coolness of the morning. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei visiting “dune 45″ and Deadvlei, after we are done visiting these gigantic red sand dunes. Accommodation: – Namib Desert Lodge or similar. Meals: BLD
Day 3 Sesriem Area > Swakopmund Seaside Resort
After breakfast we proceed to the seaside town of Swakopmund located on the Skeleton Coast. Leaving the dune fields far behind us we are soon back into the mountain desert. We cross the Tropic of Capricorn and traverse both the Gaub and the Kuiseb pass, driving down to the dry river bed at the bottom of the canyon before climbing up the other side, watching the spectacular desert landscape unfold before us. From the mountains we cross the desolate “Namib gravel plains” and continuing our drive into the town of Swakopmund. Accommodation: – Beach Hotel or similar. Meals: – BLD
Day 4 Swakopmund (day of activities)
Today is a free day. The idea is to allow time for everybody to do their own thing. Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) 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 airplane and micro-light flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available. Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival. Accommodation: – Beach Hotel or similar. Meals: – BLD
Day 5 Swakopmund > Etosha National Park
We depart early morning after breakfast, Etosha is home to 4 of the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, leopard and lion) as well as a vast quantity of game and birdlife. You will spend 3 nights in bungalows inside the park at the rest camps which all have floodlit waterholes for excellent night time game viewing. Morning and afternoon game drives are included daily in your package. Accommodation: Okaukuejo Wildlife Resort. Meals: – BLD
Day 6 Etosha National Park (full day game viewing)
We travel along the vast salt pan, stopping at various waterholes and game viewing spots along the way in the park. As you continue to your overnight stop you’re certain to see plenty of wildlife and eerily beautiful scenery. Accommodation: Namutoni Wildlife Resort or similar. Meals: – BLD
Day 7 Etosha National Park > Okonjima Africat Foundation
After breakfast we proceed to Okonjima Africat Foundation, the highlight at this sanctuary is the tracking of cheetah and leopard safaris. Okonjima Africat Foundation is situated halfway between the capital Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, the 55,000 acre Okonjima Game Reserve has some of the best accommodation in Namibia. We arrive in good time to join excursions for leopard tracking in a jeep and cheetah tracking on foot. Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centers its operations on the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah. Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap, and the aim of the rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild. Accommodation: – Okonjima Plains Camp Meals: BLD
Day 8Okonjima Africat Foundation > Windhoek city
After breakfast we exit Okonjima Africat Foundation on our way to Windhoek, we continue on a good road and we aim to arrive back in the Capital in the afternoon and you will be dropped off at Hosea Kutako International Airport for your outbound flight.