Friday 6th of March 2020 until Thursday 24th of December 2020
Diverse Namibia - 10 Days / 9 Nights - from $7043* per person (with World Journeys).
Diverse Namibia is an active, exciting adventure, exploring the iconic areas of this vast country - its dunes, deserts, 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. Activities are varied and include the likes of scenic walks and visiting the spectacular ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. This a true Namibian adventure with a range of activities impossible to beat!
YOUR GUIDE. 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 the guides are also skilled photographers and can assist you in taking amazing wildlife photographs. Your guide will host you for the duration of the safari, providing you with a consistent, detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interests.
HIGHLIGHTS • This active and exciting adventure will give you access to the wilderness and wildlife highlights of northern Namibia. The diverse mix of locations, habitats and experiences will showcase Namibia's iconic species and scenes. • You'll drive (along lesser known paths) through huge private concessions and reserves. • Your exclusive accommodation along the route is mostly in private areas away from the more crowded public areas. • A private access gate to Sossusvlei allows for early access in the morning - thereby improving photographic opportunities. • You'll track the rare desert-adapted elephant following ancient paths to their freshwater springs.
Day 1 - 2: Windhoek > Sossusvlei. You will be met by your Explorations guide and begin your journey by driving through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the iconic Sossusvlei region (approximately 5 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. It 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. These dunes are accessed through our private gate which is conveniently located right at the entrance to the dune corridor.
Included: All meals, daily activities and local drinks (excluding premium import brands).
Day 3 - 4: Sossusvlei > Walvis Bay > Swakopmund. Depart camp early and drive through the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto the expansive gravel plains, eventually arriving in Walvis Bay. From here you will continue north onto the quaint town of Swakopmund. The drive is approximately 5 - 6 hours. Discover the town of Swakopmund and bed down in an iconic hotel that forms part of city's architectural culture. On Day 4, we explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast by Kayaking 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. The 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. 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.
Included: Bed, breakfast and one dinner (excludes dinner on the second night).
Pelican Point Kayaking. Your Pelican Point Kayaking tour starts at 7:45 am at the Waterfront in Walvis Bay. Guests travel by 4x4 on a scenic drive along Walvis Bay Lagoon and the salt mines to Pelican Point. We stop along the way to take pictures of the countless flamingos, pelicans, large flocks of cormorants and great variety of other birds and wildlife. After about an hour's drive we reach Pelican Point where the kayaks are prepared for paddling. Pelican Point is home to some 50,000 Cape fur seals which are habituated to our kayaks. The seals are inquisitive and often come within touching distance. Our route encompasses the protected side of the peninsula. We spend around two hours on the ocean, depending on general weather conditions.
After kayaking, we recharge over a late breakfast with fresh rolls and coffee and tea before heading back to Walvis Bay. Return time is between 12-12:30 pm.
Day 5 - 6: Swakopmund > Damaraland. We continue our journey by road to Damaraland, west of the Brandberg Mountain. This area boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere on the planet outside a national park. This drive is approximately 8 hours. The area boasts a varied assortment of desert-adapted wildlife and incredible geological formations.
Damaraland Adventurer Camp, Damaraland. The 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.
Included: All meals, daily activities and local drinks (excluding premium import brands).
Day 7 - 9: Damaraland > Ongava Game Reserve (Etosha National Park). We drive for approximately 5 hours 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 will have the opportunity to explore both the Ongava Game Reserve as well as Etosha National Park.
Ongava Tented Camp, Ongava Game Reserve. Tucked away in the foothills of a dolomite hill, Ongava Tented Camp is one of Namibia's best-kept secrets. You will be captivated by the bustling waterhole in front of camp as wildlife file through to quench their much needed thirst. Your accommodation will be one of the eight delightfully rustic en-suite Meru-style tents, built on a raised wooden deck which stretches out over the wilderness. The stone, canvas and thatched main area, with its relaxed swimming pool completes this intimate camp. Bordering the iconic Etosha National Park and set within its own wilderness haven, you can expect unrivalled game viewing complimented by the tranquillity of a private reserve.
Ongava Lodge, Ongava Game Reserve. Set on the slopes of the unpronounceable Ondundozonanandana Mountain, Ongava Lodge overlooks a productive waterhole and the impressive landscape beyond. Settle into one of the 14 en-suite chalets built within a web of mopane trees with a deck stretching out over the vast plains. In between activities, refreshments will be served in the thatched main area or at the swimming pool. In the evenings, dining under the stars while being entertained by wildlife at the waterhole will become a favourite pastime. Situated within its own private reserve, only a stone's throw from the world-famous Etosha National Park, you can look forward to a fascinating journey with us.
Day 10: Ongava Game Reserve > Windhoek. Return to Windhoek at 1pm and bid farewell to your adventure.
Includes: • 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 Ongava Tented Camp OR Ongava Lodge • 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
Departs: Selected departures from 06 Mar to 24 Dec 2020.
Conditions: * It is our policy to present the cost of our flights & holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices.