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The best of the Namib Desert and Etosha in 6 days.
You will stay at a camp or in Sesriem on day one and two, in a lodge in Windhoek on day three, and in a selected camp on day four and five.
Collection time is between 08:00 and 08:30 from anywhere within Windhoek. Windhoek is surrounded by mountains and you have to climb out, first over the Eros Mountains and then over the Khomas Hochland Range. As you come through the mountains, you drop down from the central plateau to grassy desert savannah. You will stop at Solitaire for petrol and perhaps also afternoon tea. You aim to arrive at your campsite during the late afternoon and have time to relax and explore the surroundings before the sunset when the colors glow and change on the distant mountains to the east at the Elim Dune. Dinner will be served around the campfire.
You will start the day early as you aim to catch the soft light of the sunrise over the desert. Continue towards Sossusvlei along distant sand dunes on both sides of the road. You make a stop at the famous Dune 45. Those who feel fit may climb the dune and get a breathtaking view of the surrounding desert. After breakfast, you take a desert walk in the cool of the morning, with a chance to see gemsboks, springboks, black-backed jackals, and ostriches. You will be back at the campsite around lunch time. As the day cools off in the afternoon, you make a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon before sunset.
This morning you will start a bit late. You will pack up and have breakfast and will continue back to Windhoek. You will head back to civilization on scenic roads through the Khomas Hochland mountain range. You are likely to arrive back in the city at around 17:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on your return that is included in the tour.
You will be collected from your hotel between 08:00 and 08:30. You will have a long drive today. On your way, you will stop in Otjiwarongo to fill up with petrol and provisions. A picnic lunch will be served along the way as you later arrive in Okaukuejo and set up your camp in the afternoon. You will have time to explore the surroundings and enjoy the swimming pool before a late afternoon game drive. After dinner around the campfire, a visit to the floodlit waterhole is strongly recommended as there are good chances to see rhinos and lions come to drink.
Most of the day will be spent on a game drive. You will visit a number of waterholes and make a stop at the Etosha Pan, the “place of dry water”. The pan is an extensive flat depression of about 5,000 square kilometers. This great, white expanse is a place of shimmering mirages, and seeing large herds of game in this setting makes Etosha a unique experience in Africa. You may stop at Halali middle camp to have lunch before you continue your game drive to Namutoni. You have time to relax at the swimming pool in Namutoni or at the waterhole before a late afternoon game drive.
The game viewing is usually excellent with close views of springboks, zebras, impalas, giraffes, gemsboks, and plenty of birds. If you are lucky, you may also have some close encounters with elephants and lions. Back at the camp, you may enjoy a glass of wine and experience a fabulous sunset from the tower of the old German fort before dinner around the campfire prepared by your guides.
After a morning game drive, with the chance to get some more pictures of Etosha's wildlife in the soft morning light, you head back to the city. You will travel on the main road, passing through farmland, and small towns, with time to stop in the small town of Okahandja with Namibia’s largest wood carving market. You are likely to arrive back into the city at around 16:30 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on your return.
The roads can be rough, bumpy and very dusty. At times the group will travel off-road and possible injuries may occur such as when hitting a rock or pothole. Even though every precaution is taken for this not to happen, Bluecrane cannot be held responsible for accidents or damages as Bluecrane operates adventure safaris.
Due to the fact that Bluecrane operates mobile safaris, it’s imperative to control the weight and type of luggage transported. It is strongly recommended to use soft holdall (duffel) type bags. Luggage, excluding hand luggage (camera bag etc.) not to exceed 20 kilograms.
Due to dusty conditions, it is suggested to keep camera equipment in a dustproof or plastic bag.
This safari will cover several places in Namibia including Namib Desert, Windhoek, and Etosha National Park.
Namibia is a hot country, so drink lots of liquids. Most of the tap water in Namibia is purified and safe to drink. The guide will advise when to drink bottled water. All alcoholic drinks and any other special requirements on your own account at all times.
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