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Join Blue Crane Safaris on their journey to explore Namibia! This safari has a fully accommodated itinerary with a selection of lodges and guesthouses throughout the tour. It is designed to give you some of the very best highlights of Namibia's scenery, wildlife, and culture. You will have the chance to range over many different sites, such as Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, and more to go on game drives, a dolphin cruise, and visit beautiful and culturally significant places. Don't miss out!
During this safari, you will be accommodated at various accommodations in Namibia.
Depending on what time your flight lands, a guide from Blue Crane Safaris will pick you up from the airport which is about 42 kilometers outside of Windhoek. Once in Windhoek, after a brief meet and greet you will be dropped at your accommodation for the night. You can use the time to relax after long hours of flying. Later in the day, the guide will pick you up at the guesthouse and then you will go on a city township tour from Windhoek. After the city tour, you will go with your guide to Joe’s Beer House for dinner.
Pick up time is between 08:00 and 08:30 from Windhoek. Take the B1 road that goes to Rehoboth. After some 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. The ambiance of Camelthorn Lodge is distinctly Bushman, enhanced with indigenous decor and home to a fine collection of San artifacts, one of the oldest cultures in the world. Later in the day, there will be Bushman walk and sundowner on the red dunes.
This morning, you will continue towards Fish River Canyon further south of Namibia. Arriving at Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, in the early afternoon, you drive to the main viewpoint where you have to see for yourself one of nature’s wonders to believe. You can see the river sparkling in the sunlight far below you and can barely imagine how many millennia it took for the forces of erosion to carve such a magnificent vista. You will visit Canyon again in the morning.
Canyon Lodge is situated on the 520 square kilometers, privately owned Gondwana Canyon Park. It is only 20 kilometers from the main viewpoint of Fish River Canyon and is built from natural materials, including local rock and thatch roofs. The lodge is an ideal starting point for visits to the Fish River Canyon. You will be staying here for the two nights. There is a hiking trail that you can hike in the morning for two to four hours, or a sundowner walk. Watch the sun go down with a drink to end off the lovely day.
Just after breakfast, you have an early start as you head for Luderitz. The aim is to arrive early afternoon in Luderitz. Dinner will be at the hotel as you learn more about the south and Luderitz in general. Luderitz is renowned for its old world charm and distinctly German colonial architecture. It is home to a wide variety of aquatic birds. Large numbers of flamingos, cormorants, and seagulls inhabit the shallow lagoon.
Just before you leave Luderitz, you will visit the famous Kolmanskop, better known as the ghost town, which has been abandoned for years. You will learn about the history of the town and how the first diamond was found by a railway worker. After your visit to the ghost town, you will proceed to the Namib Desert. On your way, you will stop for lunch in Aus. After lunch, you will continue north into the Namib Desert where you will arrive in the afternoon. After check in at Sossusvlei Lodge you can enjoy the sunset from your room. Dinner will be served at the magnificent Sossusvlei Lodge.
You start early to catch the soft light of the sunrise over the desert. In the cool of the morning you take a walk through the desert with a good chance to see gemsboks, springboks, and ostriches. You spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and drive to Sesriem Camp for lunch, passing by the famous “Dune 45”. As the day cools in the late afternoon you make a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon before returning to your lodge. You will have lunch at Sossusvlei 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 riverbed 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 make a stop in Walvis Bay to enjoy the view of flamingos and other birds in the lagoons and to visit the salt works. Dinner tonight will be at one of the local restaurants in Swakopmund.
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 and 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. The boat tour (dolphin cruise will be included in tour) and lunch will be on your own cost. For dinner, you will eat out at a different restaurant in Swakopmund.
Heading for Damaraland along the Skeleton Coast, you stop at the seal colony of Cape Cross where you may have a close encounter with thousands of fur seals. You 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 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. This night you will stay at Mowani Camp Lodge.
Before driving, you will visit Damaraland’s most famous attractions including the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, and the highlight of your trip of over 2,500 rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site. Driving on the gravel that connects any place in the Kunene region, you 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.
Palmwag is the ideal place for desert adapted elephant and black rhino tracking. You will do this with the assistance of the guides from Palmwag Lodge. Rhinos and elephants move around the Palmwag concession area, and with luck on your side you will spot them. The animals here are special as they have adapted to the harsh desert conditions. Dinner is to be served at the Palmwag Lodge.
Morning game drive with the local guides at Palmwag before heading for Kamanjab. You drive into the Desert Mountains of the Kaokoveld, one of the last true wildernesses of Southern Africa and home of the Himba people. During the afternoon, you pay the Oases Village a visit to meet the locals. There will be a special guide for the time you are there who will be able to translate for you and introduce you to the Ovahimba people. You learn about marriage customs, traditional food, and also visit the “holy fire”. After the Himba visit, you continue with the road into the Otjozondjupa Region and to the Waterberg Plateau where you spend the night.
Epacha Game Lodge is situated in Epacha Game Reserve, south of Etosha National Park. The lodge and game reserve are a great location to view a considerable selection of Namibian wildlife and the outstanding beauty of the breathtaking surrounding mountains and valleys.
You will be driving through the park, making a stop at Okaukuejo Waterhole to view as the animals come to drink water. You may have lunch at Halali and then proceed to Onkoshi where you will spend the night. The Onkoshi Camp is an exclusive, low-impact, environmentally friendly, semi-permanent, upmarket lodge on the eastern edge of the Etosha Pan on elevated wooden decks. Onkoshi Camp offers superb vistas over the pan with dramatic sunset and sunrise textures and colors.
Today you will have a morning game drive before you depart Onkoshi. You will have the chance to see different wild animals and flora in the surroundings of Onkoshi. On your way you will make a quick turn to the famous Lake Otjikoto and learn about the history of the lake and what makes it special. You will proceed towards Okonjima passing by the town Tsumeb, Otavi, and Otjiwarongo where you will stop for some essentials.
The lodge is home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, notably cheetahs and leopards. The more secluded and luxurious Okonjima Bush Camp, The Bush Suite, and The Villa, are all affiliated to the main camp. You shall visit the AfriCat Project area and meet some of the cheetah or accompany the guides as they monitor the progress of the cheetahs in the Tusk Rehabilitation Camp.
Okonjima is home to over forty cheetahs, many of whom were separated from their mothers before they learnt how to survive on their own. The Rehabilitation Camp will give these cheetahs an opportunity to learn survival skills such as hunting in a closely monitored environment. Successful cheetahs will be relocated to parks and game farms. There are over 250 species of bird life to be found around the property, including Namibian endemics such as carps black tit, Hartlaub's francolin, and the Damara rock runner. With the abundance of animal and birdlife and spectacular scenery, Okonjima is a photographer's dream. You will stay at the plains camp.
This morning after breakfast, you will depart back to Windhoek through the small town of Okahandja with the biggest craft market in Namibia. You stop to explore the market and perhaps buy some souvenirs before heading back to Windhoek. The local community operates the stalls on a co-operative basis 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 just in time for your flight. At the airport, a guide will assist you in checking in for your flight. Here he will greet you and hope to see you again in the future.
This tour takes place in Namibia. You will explore sites such as Windhoek, Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, Kolmanskop, Namib Desert, Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast, Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Palmwag, Kaokoveld, Onkoshi, and Okonjima.
You will be served 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 14 dinners. Mineral water will be available on the vehicle at all time.
Hosea Kutako International Airport
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