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13 Days Guided Safari in Namibia
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Hardap Region, Namibia

Safari Namibia

Lark Journeys invites you to experience a carefree and spirited adventure started on the simple premise to share the incredible beauty, pristine landscapes, and diverse cultures of Namibia. During this holiday, you will have a chance to visit Namibia's best spots such as Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, and of course, Etosha National Park. This is your chance to experience an ultimate vacation in which you can enjoy the best of Namibia!

Overview

  • Vaccines needed: Malaria
  • Children policy: Children are allowed to join this safari, the discounts on children price will be calculated upon inquiry
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Horses of the Namib and desert elephants
  • Starting point and ending point: Windhoek

Highlights

  • 3 days of game drives in Etosha National Park
  • Exploring the flora and fauna of Fish River Canyon
  • Searching for animals in the remarkable ephemeral rivers
  • Opportunities to spot horses of the Namib and desert elephants
  • VW Kombi, Nissan, Land Rover Discovery, and Land Cruiser safari vehicles
  • Including park entrance fees
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner

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10 activity days
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will be staying in various accommodation establishments provided by Lark Journeys Namibia. Please note that the particular accommodation cannot be guaranteed and will only be confirmed once Lark Journey has the final dates. Suitable replacement will, however, be found and the price adjusted accordingly.

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

This ranch is situated on the edge of the Southern Kalahari. It is characterized by huge red sand dunes with valleys in between.

Gondwana Canyon Lodge

Located 20 kilometers east of the Fish River Canyon, the lodge blends into its natural environment and is nestled between rounded granite boulders.

Luderitz Nest Hotel

The hotel has a private tidal beach with walk-on jetty. Direct sea views are visible from all rooms and suites.

Elegant Desert Lodge

The modern lodge is located about an hour’s drive from Sesriem on a beautiful farmland. It has its own waterhole which attracts plenty of game.

Atlantic Villa Guesthouse

This guesthouse is located within walking distance from the Atlantic Ocean beach. It is also a few minutes drive from the town center. It also has different categories of accommodation.

Doro Nawas Camp

The camp is an excellent base for exploring the rugged Damaraland area. It blends in perfectly with its surrounding scenery.

Okaukuejo Resort

This resort is located 17 kilometers from the southern entrance of the Etosha National Park and is famous for its flood-lit waterhole. Accommodation is provided to suit every need whether in the premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole, bush chalets and double rooms, or family chalets.

Program

Day 1: Windhoek - Kalahari

You will leave Windhoek mid-morning to allow you enough time to get to your accommodation before sunset. This usually includes a few stops along the way like Rehoboth, a traditional home of the Baster people, and on to Kalkrand where you will turn off the main road. Once you arrive, you can prepare for an afternoon sundowner drive on open view game vehicle with your guide.

  • Included: Afternoon sundowner drive

Day 2: Kalahari - Fish River Canyon

After a big breakfast, you will traverse the gravel roads towards the Fish River Canyon. This is believed to be the second largest canyon in the world and the largest in Africa. Its immensity is simply breathtaking. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a walk along the ridge of the canyon while exploring some of the fauna and flora that have adapted to this environment. Going down into the canyon is not possible as it takes too long, but enjoying the amazing vistas from the edge will more than makeup for it.

  • Included: Afternoon sundowner visit to the Fish River Canyon

Day 3: Fish River Canyon - Luderitz

You will return north and drive towards the coastal town of Luderitz, which was the first German settlement in Namibia. Before getting to Luderitz, you will pass the small village of Aus and on your way, you might also be lucky enough to spot the wild horses of the Namib. When there is enough time after you have arrived in Luderitz, you will pass Diaz point where the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz landed in 1488. The rest of the time will be spent exploring this surprisingly fascinating town.

Day 4: Luderitz

Today, you will explore around the town of Luderitz with its interesting architecture and Rocky bays. You will also visit the fascinating Ghost Town of Kolmanskoppe. Life started here in the 1920’s during the diamond rush and was abandoned when bigger and better diamonds were found elsewhere. The area remained abandoned however and the desert sand has started to take over the buildings giving it a truly eerie feel.

  • Included: Kolmanskop guided tour

Day 5: Luderitz - Sossusvlei

Today will be a long drive along the edge of the Namib Desert. You will see the Tiras and Nubiob mountains as you traverse this desert landscape. It is planned that you to arrive at your destination in the late. You’ll have an early night in anticipation for the early wake up the next day to see the magnificent dunes around Sossusvlei.

Day 6: Sossusvlei

A very early start this morning for your Sossusvlei guided excursion. The group will aim to leave the lodge well before sunrise to ensure that you are one of the first to enter the national park. From Sesriem, you will drive further into the desert area where the early morning light provides excellent opportunities for photography. Once you arrive in the 4x4 carpark, you can then explore this area on foot with a walk around Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, and for the adventurous, a hike up Big Daddy, the tallest dune in the region offering breathtaking views of the sand sea that is the Namib Desert.

By midday, you will make your way back towards Sesriem with a stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small but important landmark for both the human and animal residents of the area. Then, you will make your way back towards your accommodation where you will have time to rest and relax before dinner.

Day 7: Sossusvlei - Swakopmund

The drive today takes you through to Swakopmund via the Gaub and Kuiseb passes. Your first official stop is Solitaire, a small but important outpost for tourists and locals alike, and a popular place to stop and enjoy some more unusual photographic opportunities. From Solitaire, you will continue through the ever-changing desert landscapes before arriving in Walvis Bay, the main harbor in Namibia.

Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Walvis Bay lagoon, a Ramsar listed wetland site which is famous as the feeding ground for many bird species including the greater and lesser flamingos as well as the endemic Damara tern amongst others making it an ornithologist paradise. From Walvis Bay, it’s just a short drive to Swakopmund where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 8: Swakopmund

Today is a free day and the chance to explore at your own pace. For some, this will mean joining a boat cruise in Walvis Bay where you have a good chance to see some seals and dolphins. For others, this will mean a morning of sandboarding before exploring the dunes on a quad bike or enjoying a scenic flight before skydiving, and for others, it might be something a little more calm as a leisurely breakfast or a visit to the aquarium before an afternoon scenic flight along the Skeleton Coast.

Swakopmund is the adventure capital of Namibia and there is certainly something to satisfy everyone. The town itself, an unusual mix of German and Namibian culture offers a relaxed and walkable town center to enjoy at our own pace. There are good restaurants in both towns with seafood, of course, being a specialty.

Day 9: Swakopmund - Damaraland

You will start your day early as your drive takes you north-east into Damaraland. In terms of route, you have two options today, either up to Cape Cross to visit the largest breeding colony of Cape fur seals before continuing on along the Skeleton Coast.

Alternatively, for those of you who are more interested in the Namibian people, from Henties Bay, you head inland, across the gravel plains for the Namib and north from Uis, with the chance to meet the local people, the Himba, Damara, and Herero that call these areas home. Either way, if time allows, in the afternoon, you will visit Twyfelfontein (literally translated means ‘doubtful spring’), a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to over 2,500 rock etchings, making it one of the worlds largest collections of rock petroglyphs.

Day 10: Damaraland

You will start the morning with a big breakfast before heading out on an excursion along the ephemeral rivers to explore this remarkable area and search for some animals including the elusive and amazing desert-adapted elephants. These animals have amazingly found a way to become accustomed to this semi-arid area and this opportunity to find free roaming desert elephant is a unique one, with these incredible creatures only being found in Namibia and Mali.

In addition to the desert elephants, this unique environment offers breathtaking landscapes and with a local guide. You will have some incredible landscape photographic opportunities. You will also have a chance to relax this afternoon by the pool.

Day 11: Damaraland - Etosha National Park

After breakfast, you will say goodbye to Damaraland and head north-east for Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s premier game parks and wildlife enthusiasts paradise. You will enter the park via the Andersson’s gate on the southern boundary of Etosha and spend the next three days exploring. The park itself covers 22,270 square kilometers and gets its name from the salt pan that makes up approximately 23% of the park.

Once a massive lake, the Etosha Pan is now mostly dry with the exception of good rainfall years when the pan fills up enough to become a breeding ground for flamingos that migrate between Walvis Bay and Sua Pan in Botswana. The park itself is home to some 114 mammal species including the Big Four (lion, leopard, rhino, and elephant) as well as 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.

This afternoon, you can enjoy a game drive from the park gate, stopping at some popular (animal) waterholes before arriving late afternoon at your lodge. Tonight, you can relax by the floodlit waterhole, an excellent chance to view those creatures that prefer to be active during the cool of the night.

Day 12: Etosha National Park

This day will be devoted to exploring the park and maximizing your chances for amazing wildlife sightings. You will start with an early morning game drive. The lodge gates open at sunrise and the aim is to be the first vehicle into the park as this will maximize your chances of spotting predators either lazing on the roads or making their final attempts at a hunt.

From there, you will drive from waterhole to waterhole (especially in the winter months) as they support a rich diversity of animals. These waterholes are one of the most unique aspects of Etosha National Park and a major attraction for wildlife photographers and animal behavior experts as the different species of animals, both predator and prey alike, can often be captured (on camera) drinking at the same waterhole.

Depending on your route, you will return to the lodge for breakfast and relax by the lodge waterhole and pool during the hottest part of the day before continuing your game drives late afternoon to try your luck some more.

Day 13: Etosha National Park - Windhoek

This day signals the end of our journey. After an early morning breakfast and a final game drive out of the park, you will head back towards Windhoek mid-morning. If time allows, you will stop in the small town of Okahandja at one of Namibia’s largest wood carving markets, a chance to support small local business and collect some last minute souvenirs, before continuing on to Windhoek where you will be dropped at your accommodation and say goodbye to your guide.

Included excursions

  • A visit to Twyfelfontein
  • Exploring Luderitz and Rocky bays
  • Kolmanskop guided tour
  • Solitaire and Rehoboth visit
  • Sossusvlei guided excursion
  • Visiting Cape Cross or traveling north from Uis for a chance to meet the local people
  • Visiting Sesriem Canyon

Location

This safari holiday will take place in various locations in Namibia. You will visit Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, and Etosha National Park.

Kalahari

Covering much of Botswana and stretching into parts of Namibia, the Kalahari stands out with its captivating red sand dunes, mixed tree, and shrub savannah. This makes it the perfect spot to enjoy nature and bask under the sunlit skies. Because this area supports a range of wildlife, it makes it the ideal place to view animal and bird life.

Fish River Canyon

Located in the southern part of Namibia, this canyon is the largest in Africa. Savour in the breathtaking beauty of nature as you stand on the edge of the Canyon. The Canyon is home to different species of animals occurring both in the Fish River and surrounding area.

Luderitz

This is a harbour town located in the southern part of Namibia. Like Swakopmund, the town is known for its colonial architecture.

Sossusvlei

The Namib Desert is reputed to be the oldest desert in the world and seeing the dunes around Sossusvlei which are amongst the highest in the world is a must for any visitor to Namibia.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is an adventure city on the coast of western Namibia. Situated in the Namib Desert, the city is a hotspot for various activities such as hot air ballooning, skydiving, and quad biking amongst many others. The main town is of German colonial architecture and has decent beaches.

Damaraland

This is one of the most scenic areas of Namibia lying in the southern region of Kaokoland. It is a semi-desert area covering the north-central part of Namibia. The area presents unique wildlife viewing opportunities with its free-ranging population of antelope, rhino, elephants, and lions.

Etosha National Park

Etosha is one of the great wildlife sanctuaries of Africa. At more than 20,000 square kilometers, it is also one of Africa’s largest. Four of the African Big Five inhabit Etosha (lion, rhino, elephant, and leopard). Add the array of antelope and bird species and an Etosha waterhole can at times be simply breathtaking. Also enclosed in the park is a huge flat pan of about 5,000 square kilometers providing a backdrop of shimmering mirages.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can enjoy the following activities during your visit to Swakopmund:

  • Afternoon scenic flight along the Skeleton Coast
  • Boat cruise in Walvis Bay
  • Exploring the dunes on a quad bike
  • Sandboarding
  • Skydiving
  • Visiting the aquarium

What's included

  • 3 days of game drives in Etosha National Park
  • Afternoon sundowner drive in Kalahari
  • Afternoon sundowner visit to the Fish River Canyon
  • Activities included in the excursions section
  • Service of English-speaking guide
  • VW Kombi, Nissan, Land Rover Discovery, or Land Cruiser safari vehicles
  • Fuel for the safari vehicles
  • Park entrance fees
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Water on vehicle
  • 12 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Activities in Swakopmund
  • Meals not stated above
  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not listed under ‘’what is included’’ section

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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