• Reference code: SOAN-CK

  • Days: 7

  • Max pax: 16

  • Availability: Nov 20 – Oct 21

  • Languages: German, English

  • Class: Superior, Classic

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Discover the haunting landscapes of the Skeleton coastline and some of the last, open, wilderness areas in Damaraland. Be amazed by the desert-adapted wildlife and the contrast of the variety and amount of species in Etosha. This tour is a classic kaleidoscope of landscapes and wildlife, making Namibia the unforgettable African destination.

Inclusions

Accommodation: As specified
Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary
Classic: 6 Breakfasts
Superior: 6 Breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
Drinks: Selected beverages (incl. in superior only)
Entrance Fees: Twyfelfontein, Petrified Forest, Living Museum of the Damara, Etosha National Park
General: Still mineral water on bus, tourism levy and government taxes where applicable, 24hrs medical evacuation insurance

Exclusions

All International / Domestic Flights and taxes, Visas, Travel and Personal accident insurance, Personal Expenses, Excursions / Activities not specified, Gratuities

Day 1-2 | Friday – Saturday / Monday – Tuesday
SWAKOPMUND
After being picked up at your hotel or at the international airport a transfer takes you to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where you meet up with the rest of the group and your safari guide. Upon your arrival in the early afternoon and checking into your hotel, you have the rest of the day to your own disposal. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a mix of German architecture and African rhythms, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun. It is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town while enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome environment from the air on a scenic flight. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.
Classic: Overnight at Europa Hotel – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Strand Hotel – Breakfast and marine cruise.

Day 3 | Sunday / Wednesday
DAMARALAND
Today we head further north, travelling along the skeleton coastline towards the Fisherman’s town of Hentisbay before turning east and heading back inland past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2.579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Accompanied by a local Damara guide, we visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara, we proceed to the Petrified Forest – a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth.

Guests traveling on the Superior tour continue, after their visits to the local attractions, to their lodge located in the vicinity of Twyfelfontein. Here guests have the remaining afternoon at leisure to relax at the refreshing pool or terrace overlooking a wide open plain, with rocky outcrops lining the horizon.
Classic: Overnight at Damara Mopane Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior: Twyfelfontein Lodge – Breakfast, light lunch and dinner.

Day 4 | Monday / Thursday
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Our destination today is the wildlife heaven of Namibia – the Etosha National Park. Guests travelling on the Classic tour today visit the Twyfelfontein UNESCO heritage site and nearby located Living Museum of the Damara before stopping at the Petrified Forest. The geological phenomenon found here depicts the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth.

Before checking into our lodge located on the border of the Etosha National Park, we already enter the park for our first game viewing excursion. Together with our guide, we explore the various waterholes located close to Okaukuejo and the Anderson gate.
Classic: Overnight at Etosha Safari Camp – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Etosha Oberland – Breakfast, light lunch and dinner.

Day 5 | Tuesday / Friday
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. Game viewing in the park is primarily focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring-fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, more than 340 bird species. An extensive network of roads links the over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of a comprehensive game viewing safari throughout the park as each different area will provide various encounters.
Classic: Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Onguma Collection – Breakfast, light lunch and dinner.

Day 6 | Wednesday / Saturday
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Today your guide takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. An optional open vehicle game drive can be booked with the lodge.
Classic: Overnight at Mokuti Etosha Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior: Overnight at Onguma Collection – Breakfast, light lunch and dinner.

Day 7 | Thursday / Sunday
DEPARTURE
After breakfast, we travel back to the capital in the centre of the country. En-route we stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up the last few souvenirs. You will be dropped off at your accommodation or transferred to the international airport.
Classic: Breakfast.
Superior: Breakfast and light lunch.

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