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15 Days Delta and Dunes Safari in Namibia

Safari Court Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia

Exciting Namibia Safari

Nali Safaris invites you to join this exciting safari in Namibia. You will get a chance to explore one of the natural wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta, the linear dunes of Kalahari, and the sand dunes around Swakopmund, etc. You will also get to spot some animals like rhinoceros, lion, elephant, hippo, and many other animals.

Overview

  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Windhoek
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: black rhino, elephant, lion, crocodile, hippopotamus, antelope, springbok, ostrich, and gemsbok

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Birdwatching safari
  • Motor-boating & Mokoro ride on the Delta
  • Traversing the linear dunes of the Kalahari
  • Service of a guide / driver and park fees
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 14 nights' lodging
  • Airport transfer

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Accommodation

You will stay in several accommodations chosen by Nali Safaris such as Safari Court, Thakadu Bush Camp, Guma Lagoon Tented Camp, Divava Lodge, Namutoni Wildlife Resort, Okaukuejo Wildlife Resort, Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Beach Hotel, Sossusvlei Lodge, or similar accommodation.

Program

Day 1: Windhoek - Arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH)

On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), you will be met by a Nali Safaris’ representative and transferred to your hotel with the remainder of your afternoon at leisure.

  • Accommodation: Safari Court or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 2: Windhoek - Ghanzi, Kalahari, Botswana

You will have a long drive today, making use of the Trans - Kalahari - Highway, a relatively new road that provides an invaluable communication link between Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. The road takes you first to the small town of Gobabis, one of the main livestock farming centers of Namibia, and then on to the border with Botswana.

After completing the immigration formalities, you will continue through rural Botswana to the town of Ghanzi, located in the center of cattle farming Botswana. Ghanzi is located almost in the middle of the Kalahari Desert and was almost unknown before the Trans Kalahari Highway.

  • Accommodation: Thakadu Bush Camp or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3: Ghanzi - Okavango Delta

You’ll have an early start and a quick stop in Ghanzi to collect any last minute supplies before continuing west, traversing the linear dunes of the Kalahari and passing through small towns along the way. A change in vegetation heralds the arrival on the very western edge of one of the natural wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta. Here you will turn north for some way before again pointing the wheels west as you enter the Delta proper. You will see your first glimpse of the crystal waters through the lush vegetation of a pristine African lagoon.

  • Accommodation: Guma Lagoon Tented Camp or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Okavango Delta

This morning, you will leave your vehicle behind and travel in a more appropriate fashion, first by motor-boat and then by traditional Mokoro (dugout canoe), deep into the Delta. Mokoro will be your main form of transport for the next two days. These amazing traditional crafts are perfectly designed for the narrow waterways of the Okavango and allow you to travel further into the Delta than if you were using more modern forms of transport.

Mokoro carries three people, two seated passengers, and one driver. The driver stands in the rear of the canoe (a real feat of balance) and uses a long wooden pole to propel and steer the Mokoro through the twisting channels. It really is the only way to travel in this area.

You will have a day visit on some of the island, you will have your lunch packs under a huge tree. After enjoying your lunch packs in the wild then you will head back to the lodge with the Mokoro transport, gliding across the crystal waters, and home to an amazing variety of bird life. There is a chance to add crocodiles and even a hippopotamus to the list of creatures seen amongst the lush riverine bush.

  • Accommodation: Guma Lagoon Tented Camp or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Okavango Delta - Divundu, Namibia

You will be back on the road today, in the destination to Namibia. After passport formalities completed, you will go directly into the Mahango Game Reserve, a small but excellent park right on the edge of the Okavango River. Your game drive will be way through Mahango and you will have a chance to spot rarely seen Namibian species such as roan and the majestic sable antelope.

You now head west, through part of Namibia’s Caprivi Strip to the camp for tonight. You are again beside the Okavango, but this time the main river, on its journey from the Angolan highlands, through the pan handle to waters end, the delta.

  • Accommodation: Divava Lodge or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Divundu - Rundu - Namutoni, East Etosha region

A short drive will bring you to the northern Namibian town of Rundu where there is time to explore the local market before continuing down through the Kavango Region. There are a few breaks along the way at various kraals to see the local crafts and wood carvings.

Continuing on to the east, you will reach Etosha National Park and the Namutoni region wildlife resort. You again aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving you time to relax before heading into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive.

  • Accommodation: Namutoni Wildlife Resort or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7: Namutoni, East Etosha region

You will go straight out on an early morning game drive. You will visit some of the numerous waterholes in the area hoping to catch some of Etosha’s big game out for an early morning drink. The game drives around the Namutoni area are some of the best in the park.

You will cover several different terrains this morning, from wooded areas to open savannah and in the rainy season, wetland. Back to Namutoni in the late morning and after lunch, there is the time, once again, to relax during the heat of the day. The pool area here is very good, shaded by palm trees and a stone’s throw away from the waterhole.

As on day seven, you will take a shorter game drive in the late afternoon, often driving out to one of the waterholes popular with the game and waiting for the animals to come to us.

  • Accommodation: Namutoni Wildlife Resort or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8: East Etosha region - Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park

You will have a full day of game driving. You again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air. Your game drive will way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way, you will visit several water holes which are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and you have a chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park.

You will stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch. There is also time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on your way and game driving down to Okaukuejo camp. Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has been described as one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa”. Situated on the doorstep of the accommodation, black rhino, elephant, lion, and numerous species of antelope are often seen.

  • Accommodation: Okaukuejo Wildlife Resort or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9: Okaukuejo - Twyfelfontein, Damaraland

Leaving Etosha, you are en route for the desert and the most scenic area of your safari. You will make a stop in a small town called Outjo where you can get coffee and sticky cakes at the local bakery. You then drive west to Khorixas, the capital of the Damaraland region. You will have a short break here and then, leaving the sealed roads far behind you, you will drive into the desert.

You will stop for lunch at the Petrified Forest geological site, where a local guide will take you around and explain about the prehistoric trees, before continuing on to Twyfelfontein. Damaraland scenery is some of the best in Namibia, open grasslands studded with massive granite koppies create the feeling of being surrounded by mountains. You are well into desert elephant and black rhino country and other game such as springbok, ostrich, and gemsbok are often seen.

You aim to arrive in the early afternoon and have time to relax in the shade before making a late afternoon excursion to Twyfelfontein itself. Here, again, a local guide will introduce you to the ancient Bushman rock engravings or petroglyphs. You will also make a visit to another geological site in the area called the Organ Pipes.

  • Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10: Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast

You will see more beautiful Damaraland scenery this morning. You will pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg (2573 meters) and make your first stop of the morning in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc. can be found at bargain prices. From here, you will turn directly west and cross the gravel plains on your way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, you will first head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. Here at certain times of the year, there can be as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals in attendance.

The next destination is Swakopmund, stopping for lunch en route and following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia’s premier seaside town. Swakopmund boasts a large range of restaurants and cafés, many of them specializing in fish dishes. The local seafood is superb, taken straight from the icy Atlantic waters. Tonight’s dinner is for the clients' own account in a local restaurant. Your guide will be able to recommend a venue.

  • Accommodation: Beach Hotel or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 11: Swakopmund

Today is a free day. The Swakopmund section of the trip is designed to allow you to relax either with the group or on your own. Only breakfast is provided to allow you to plan your time here with as much flexibility as possible and not to be tied to group meal times. It also gives you a chance to sample some of the excellent local cafes and restaurants. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb and your guide will offer to organize a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening.

Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.

  • Accommodation: Beach Hotel or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 12: Swakopmund

Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include airplane and micro light flights over the desert, scenic drives, four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.

Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival.

Note: All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the clients’ own risk and expense and dinner this evening is not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own account.

  • Accommodation: Beach Hotel or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 13: Swakopmund - Namib Desert (Sesriem area)

You will first make a stop at Walvis Bay, situated about 40 kilometers south of Swakopmund. In the south of the town, there is a large marine lagoon which is home to a vast array of marine birdlife, in particular, flamingos. You will make a short visit to the lagoon to see the birds and a short visit to Walvis Bay to collect any last minute supplies before once again heading out into the desert.

The second part of the journey today will take you across more of the seemingly endless Namib gravel plains. Then the landscape suddenly changes and you are into the mountain desert. You will traverse both the Kuiseb and Gaub passes, driving both times to the river beds at the bottom of the canyons and then climbing the long steep road to the top and the spectacular panoramas the mountains give you. Again the scenery changes as you make your way down to the dune fields.

You will cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib and from here it is only a short distance to the next stop, the tiny town of Solitaire. You will stop here for some refreshments before continuing on through the stunning desert scenery.

You aim to arrive at the lodge during the late afternoon and watch the colors glow and change on distant mountains to the east.

  • Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 14: Sesriem area - Sossusvlei - Sesriem area

A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as you will want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem gate, the gateway to the dunes and driving into the heart of the dune field, you will reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 kilometers through the dunes.

The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect. You will spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45, and as the day wears on, you will return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon, you will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

  • Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge or similar
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 15: Sesriem area - Windhoek

After breakfast, you will begin your journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek. You will travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland range, through beautiful Remhoogte Pass on your way back to civilization.

You are due back into the city around 15:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on your return. Alternatively, Nali Safaris can arrange for you to be taken to the international airport if you are catching an evening flight.

Included excursions

  • A day visit on some of the island
  • Explore Petrified Forest geological site
  • Explore Swakopmund
  • Motor-boating and traditional Mokoro (dugout canoe) to the Delta
  • Travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland range
  • Tour to the town of Uis
  • Visit a small town called Outjo
  • Visit several water holes in Etosha Pan
  • Visit the Halali waterhole

Location

This safari will take place in Namibia including Windhoek, Ghanzi, Kalahari, Okavango Delta, Divundu, Rundu, Namutoni, East Etosha Region, Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park, Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Namib Desert, Sesriem area, and Sossusvlei.

Food

During this safari, you will be served bed and breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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)

  • Flights over the desert
  • Four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund
  • Sand boarding trips (also in the dunes)
  • Scenic drives
  • Skydiving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Try the restaurants and cafes around

What's included

  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Birdwatching safari
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Game drives
  • Motor-boating and Mokoro ride on the Delta
  • Park and entrance fees
  • Porterage
  • Services of a guide / driver
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Traversing the linear dunes of the Kalahari

What's not included

  • Any activities not mentioned above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips, souvenirs, personal insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Transfer from the airport is included. Nali Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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