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If you wanted to spend your time closer to nature while enjoying magnificent sceneries, then this is the right safari for you. This safari will take you to enjoy Namibian wilderness and see its wildlife. Namibia is known as a country of contrasts which makes you can have a holiday in the desert and the sea at the same time. You walk through the desert with a good chance to see gemsboks, springboks, and ostriches. This would be an opportunity that you don't want to slip away!
In most places that you will visit, you will be staying in a lodge except in Swakopmund. You will be accommodated at Camelthorn Lodge in Kalahari Desert for day one, Namib Desert Lodge in Namib Desert for day two and three, Atlantic Villa Guesthouse in Swakopmund for day four and five, Twyfelfontein Lodge in Damaraland for day six, Palmwag Lodge in Palmwag for day seven, Namutoni Camp for day nine and Okaukuejo Camp for day eight in Etosha National Park, and Okonjima Plains Camp Lodge in Okonjima for day 10.
The pick up time is between 08:00 and 08:45 from Windhoek. You shall take the B1 road that goes to Rehoboth. After a few kilometers, turn to the left into the C21 and head towards the Camelthorn Lodge which is situated on the D1268 road. The lodge is strategically situated in the center of the Kalahari Desert. The lodge is built with thatch and blessed with a staggering stone pool.
You shall proceed with the D1268 road and later join the C20. You will later join the B1 road as you make your way into the gravel road that will take you past small villages and spectacular scenery. Lunch is to be served somewhere along the road. Blue Crane Safaris aims to arrive at the lodge early in the afternoon. Dinner will be served at the lodge.
You shall start early to catch the soft light of the sunrise over the desert. In the cool of the morning, you will take a walk through the desert, with a good chance to see gemsboks, springboks, and ostriches. You will spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and drive to Sossusvlei lodge for lunch, passing by the famous ‘Dune 45’. As the day cools in the late afternoon, you will make a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge.
Namibia is a country of contrasts. Today, you barter the desert for the sea. You shall cross the Tropic of Capricorn and transverse both Gaub and Kuiseb passes, driving down to the dry river bed at the bottom of the Kuiseb Canyon before climbing up the other side, watching the spectacular desert landscape unfold before you. Having arrived at the coast, you will make a stop in Walvis Bay to enjoy the view of flamingoes and other birds in the lagoons and to visit the salt works. Dinner tonight is at your own expense in a local restaurant.
This is a free day with plenty of time to explore the town. Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic is quite cold here), 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 a boat-tour (with oysters and champagne!), scenic flights, micro-light flights over the desert, quad-bike trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding, skydiving, and many other activities.
Your guide will discuss all the possible optional activities with you and offer to make pre-booking in advance. Please note that all extra activities in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at your own risk and expense. Dinner and lunch tonight are not included in the price of the safari and will be at your own expense.
Heading for Damaraland along the Skeleton Coast, you will stop at the seal colony of Cape Cross where you may have a close encounter with thousands of fur seals. You shall continue to the small town of Uis for supplies. Uis is an old mining town and a good place to buy semi-precious stones. You will pass by the Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia, and arrive in Twyfelfontein in time for sunset. On the way, you will spend some time to experience the old rock engravings that may be found in the area.
You will be driving on the gravel road that connects so many places in the Kunene Region. You will pass by the village of Bergsig and proceed for another 45 kilometers to Palmwag. This part of the world is blessed with Table Mountains and the spectacular scenery. Dinner is going to be served at the propitious Palmwag Lodge.
You will enter Etosha National Park and drive through the restricted ‘West Etosha’ zone. West Etosha is a huge area that has been set aside for wildlife research to allow the animals to breed without any disturbance from game drive vehicles. With a special permit, Blue Crane Safaris is allowed to transit through this area of the park.
However, their special permit does not allow you to leave the main road or to make too many stops along the way. You should be lucky to see many animals including elephants, maybe both white and black rhinos, and mountain zebras as well as other species that usually do not seen in the main tourist areas of Etosha. You will also have a good chance to see black rhinos at the waterhole of Okaukuejo.
You will start the day early and get a game drive on your way to Namutoni via Halali Middle Camp. Time is on your side to explore the camp and visit the waterhole and perhaps also the swimming pool, the bar or the mini-shop. Along the way to Namutoni, you got to stop to experience the vast Etosha Pan with its shimmering salt crust. You will get another short game drive in the late afternoon, stopping at some of the famous waterholes and waiting for the animals to come and drink will be undertaken.
You will get morning game drives before leaving Etosha. You will drive through small towns via Lake Oshikoto to Okonjima and Africat Foundation, where you will make an afternoon excursion to see cats and wild dogs and learn about the work of the foundation.
You will be back to Windhoek through the small town of Okahandja with the biggest craft market in Namibia. You shall stop to explore the market and perhaps buy some souvenirs before heading back to Windhoek. The stalls are operated on a co-operative basis by the local community and the market is a good place to do last-minute-shopping for truly Namibian souvenirs. The aim is to arrive back in the city in mid-afternoon and get dropped off at your accommodation.
This safari will take place at Kalahari Desert, Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Palmwag, Etosha National Park, and Okonjima in Namibia.
This ancient living desert is a harsh land, a land of relentless sun and searing wind, a land of great thirst and mystery. One will be amazed at how the first rains transform this lifeless looking land into exquisite beauty with the dunes erupting in a blaze of colors. The word ‘kalahari’ means wilderness. Its relative inaccessibility, the harsh unyielding red sand dunes, the uncertain rainfall, and lack of surface water, make it truly one of Africa's last frontiers.
Its beauty actually makes it hard to believe that the Kalahari is not a true desert as it receives too much rain, but it is actually a fossil desert. The best known of the Kalahari's inhabitants are the San people (Bushmen), numbering only a few thousand and squeezed into inhospitable pieces of land. They were nomadic hunters and gatherers.
10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and eight dinners will be served for you and you will also get mineral water on the vehicles.
Hosea Kutako International Airport
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