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This seven-day safari will take to you to two of Namibia’s must-see natural wonders. You will start the trip in Etosha which is one of Africa’s best game viewing destinations. You will then have a stopover in Windhoek. Afterward, you will visit the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei which is home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world.
During the safari, you will stay in the following accommodation:
Etosha Safari Camp is located 10 kilometers south of Andersson Gate on the C 38 (Etosha National Park). Tap toes to an African beat in the novel Oshebeena Bar and relax at this friendly camp, 10 kilometers from Etosha National Park. 50 chalets, shaded by mopane trees, and a grassy campsite provide a comfortable home from which to explore the abundant animal kingdom.
The Bush Camp accommodates 32 guests and 8 children in custom made tent-like structures. The Mushara Bush Camp offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an exceptional affordable base for independent travelers and families exploring the magical Etosha Pan National Park.
The main Bush Camp House is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it. The early evenings see a campfire lit where guest can exchange stories of the day’s wildlife sightings. Dinner, lunch, and breakfast are served on the thatched veranda with the bush being a mere step away.
Hotel Thule is an upmarket, 25-room hotel, located 5 minutes from the city center of Windhoek. It offers conference facilities and a boardroom, a lapa perfect for functions and special events, and a restaurant serving fine Namibian cuisine. Hotel Thule is renowned for its sundowners, being perched on a hilltop, thus offering stunning views over the city of Windhoek.
Namib Desert Lodge is located 60 kilometers north of Sesriem on the C 19 (Sossusvlei area). Set below striking fossilized dunes, the comfortable lodge provides a spectacular experience of an ancient desert. 65 rooms, two swimming pools, and a waterhole are surrounded by sandy splendor. Breathe in the grandeur on a sunset drive and feel the earth underfoot. Relax in the arms of the Namib.
After breakfast and meeting your guide for the safari, you will drive to Etosha National Park where you will spend the next three nights. Etosha is one of Africa’s biggest and best national parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia. It is 22,912 square kilometers in size of which the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that only holds water after good rainy seasons, is 5000 square kilometers in size.
Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing and the waterholes attract huge numbers of game in the dry season when all the open water has dried up. During the rainy season, the park is transformed into a green oasis and this is the time you find young of various animal species in huge numbers. 114 species of mammal are found in the park and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhino.
Other games include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, honey-badger, black-faced impala, kudu, eland, damara dik-dik, warthog and big herds of springbok, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, and oryx. More than 300 species of birds are found here, and it is brilliant for finding raptors.
You will enjoy a hearty breakfast followed by a morning game drive and afternoon games drive where you can relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives. One of the most unique phenomena you will encounter during your stay in Etosha is Etosha Pan – a huge, 130-kilometer-long and 50-kilometer-wide "nothing."
This is the dry, flat, endless bottom of the occasionally flooded Etosha Pan, a "must see" for all adventurers. Naturally, the park consists of many more habitats as well, most of which are lush and very much habitable for wildlife, making Etosha one of the best safari destinations in Africa.
From here, you will make your way across the park in a full morning game drive to the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park where you will spend the next night. Etosha is also home to the world’s largest (tallest) elephants and many other unique animals, along with endemic and rare bird species.
After an early morning breakfast and perhaps another short game drive, you will depart for Windhoek where you will spend tonight in a hotel before continuing your safari tomorrow to Sossusvlei.
After breakfast, you will depart for Sossusvlei. You will drive through the Khomas Hochland and down the escarpment via one of the scenic mountain passes into the Namib Desert. This journey will take about four hours, depending on the number of stops for photographs.
After lunch and settling in at the lodge, you will depart for a late afternoon scenic nature drive. Dinner and accommodation will be at one of the best lodges in the area perfectly situated to explore the surrounding desert and its attractions.
The Namib is the oldest desert and boasts the highest sand dunes in the world. This region is one of the most spectacular areas of Namibia and always one of the highlights of any safari.
The name Sossusvlei refers to the vlei or pan into which the seasonal Tsauchab River flows in years of exceptional rainfall. The neighboring Dead Vlei with the ancient dead Camel Thorn trees is one of the most photographic sites in the good early morning light.
The Sesriem Canyon is a narrow gorge about 1 kilometer long and is well worth a visit. Several desert-adapted wildlife like oryx, springbok, black-backed jackal, ostrich, sociable weavers and plenty of reptiles and small mammals call this place home.
After an early breakfast and coffee, you will depart for a morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. You will stop at the scenic Dune 45 along the way and spend a couple of hours at both Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei.
Some of the dunes in the area are a few hundred meters high but the view from the top for those that dare is one you will never forget. After a quick stop for lunch en route you will do an excursion to Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge to relax after an exciting day.
After early morning breakfast, you will depart for Windhoek where you will catch your connecting flight or stay for another night in Windhoek. Please do let Nature Travel Namibia know for suggestions on possible extensions if you are interested in exploring the rest of Namibia or Africa.
Minors younger than 18 years traveling to Namibia must have an unabridged birth certificate. In addition, when traveling:
a) with an adult who is not their biological parent: an affidavit from their parents giving consent for the minor to travel with the adult is required.
b) with an adult other than a parent/legal guardian: copies of their legal guardians’ or parents' passports or documents of identity are required. Contact details of the parents or legal guardians should also be provided.
c) with a parent: an affidavit from the other parent giving consent for the minor to travel is required. A death certificate should be provided if one parent is deceased.
d) unaccompanied: an affidavit from their parents/legal guardians consenting their travel, a letter containing the contact details and residential information of the person who will receive the minor passenger, a copy of the identity document, valid passport or permanent residence permit of the person who will receive the minor passenger, and the contact details of the minor's parents or legal guardians are required.
Birth certificates need to be the originals and not copies.
The tour will take you to Etosha South, Etosha East, Windhoek, and Sossusvlei.
Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in North-western Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game.
Aeons ago, Etosha Pan was the bed of a vast lake; today what remains is a glittering, silvery-green salt pan that stretches across roughly 5000 square kilometers. Etosha is protected by the Etosha Pan National Park surrounded by savannah plains and woodlands supporting large herds of elephants.
When dry, the pan sustains little life except for the algae that give it its distinctive color, and migratory birds that use it as a pit stop, but with heavy rain it becomes a shallow lake where flamingos breed, pelicans wade and feed, and a variety of mammal species come to quench their thirst, including leopards, lions, white rhinos, hunting dogs and antelopes.
Located in North-western Namibia, Etosha East is a protected sanctuary in the eastern part of the world-renowned Etosha National Park, known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. Etosha East boasts vast open plains scattered with semi-arid savannah grasslands dotted with watering holes and secluded bush camps. An impressive 5000-square-kilometer Etosha salt pan makes up a large area of the eastern side of the park and can even be seen from space.
This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants, black rhinos and giraffes, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls.
Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven.
Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.
This ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer's dream.
Named for its location 45 kilometers past the town of Sesriem, Dune 45 is renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’. If you’re not keen for the strenuous hike to the top of Big Daddy, Dune 45 is a more forgiving alternative, standing at only 80 meters and featuring a much gentler gradient.
Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges.
The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.
Breakfast, light lunch, and dinner (with the exception of dinner in Swakopmund) are included, as well as drinking water in the vehicle.
Traditional Namibian cuisine is rarely served and so the food at restaurants tends to be European in style and is, generally, of a very high standard.
Namibia is very meat-orientated, and many menu options will feature steaks from various animals. However, there is usually a vegetarian and seafood section offered by most camps and restaurants.
In the supermarkets, you'll find pre-wrapped fresh fruit and vegetables (though the more remote the areas you visit, the smaller your choice), and plenty of canned foods, pasta, rice, bread, etc. Most of this is imported from South Africa.
The water in Namibia's main towns is generally safe to drink, though it may taste a little metallic if it has been piped for miles. Natural sources should usually be purified, though water from underground springs and dry riverbeds seldom causes any problems. However, filtered and bottled water is readily available in most towns and all camps, lodges, and hotels.
Hosea Kutako International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Our guide will meet you at the hotel or guest house based in Windhoek or guide can also meet you at the airport in the arrival hall with the guest name on the sign board.
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