Classic Namibia – Guided Accommodation Tour – 12 days / 11 nights

CLASSIC NAMIBIA
GUIDED ACCOMMODATED TOUR
Start Windhoek / End Windhoek
Windhoek – Mariental – Sossusvlei – Swakopmund – Palmwag – Etosha South – Etosha East

01 Nov 2020 – 31 Oct 2021
Booking ref: G02
12 days / 11 nights
Minimum 2 participants; Maximum 8 participants

Explore the bare plains of the Namib Desert, the apricot coloured dunes of Sossusvlei, the romantic coastal town of Swakopmund nestled between the Ocean and the Desert, the rough terrain of Damaraland and the abundant wildlife in the world renowned Etosha National Park on this classic Namibia tour.

Start Accommodation Destination Meal Basis Duration
Day 1 Villa Violet Windhoek Breakfast 1 Night
Day 2 Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Mariental Dinner & Breakfast 1 Night
Day 3 Desert Camp Sossusvlei Dinner & Breakfast 2 Nights
Day 5 Swakopmund Guesthouse Swakopmund Breakfast 2 Nights
Day 7 Palmwag Lodge Palmwag Dinner & Breakfast 2 Nights
Day 9 Taleni Etosha Village Etosha South Dinner & Breakfast 2 Nights
Day 11 Mokuti Etosha Lodge Etosha East Dinner & Breakfast 1 Night

Villa Violet, Windhoek

DAY 1: Villa Violet, Windhoek
Arrival at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) Airport, where you will be met by your guide. Subsequent transfer to the capital of Namibia for check-in at a guesthouse. After check-in at the accommodation establishment, you will be taken on a city tour. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. Several buildings from the German colonial era have been preserved and restored to fulfill useful functions in the community today. Some of the sights you will see on your tour are the Old Fort, the Parliament Building, also known as the “Ink Place”, the Lutheran Church and the Railway Station.

Overnight stay at Villa Violet Guesthouse or similar – Bed & Breakfast.

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Mariental

DAY 2: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Mariental
After breakfast departure from Windhoek and drive via Rehoboth, the centre of Namibia’s Baster community into the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert. Late afternoon, participate in a guided game drive to learn about the flora and fauna of the Kalahari Desert.

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Afternoon Drive
The Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, situated in Mariental, offers guests an afternoon game drive. The activity includes a game drive in the reserve, viewing a variety of game such as giraffe, kudu, zebra, oryx, blue wildebeest and eland. Guests are able to experience breathtaking views of the reserve that has some of the highest dunes in the region, with views over the pan. The Kalahari has more than 150 bird species for guests who are bird enthusiasts. The well-known suricate, more commonly known as a meerkat can also to be seen. As the day draws to a close, guests are treated to a sundowner on the dune, complemented by refreshments and a Namibian snack, while enjoying a breathtaking sunset over the Kalahari.

Overnight stay at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch or similar – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Desert Camp, Sossusvlei

DAY 3: Desert Camp, Sossusvlei

Further south the routing takes you via Maltahöhe into the low plains of the Namib Desert to Desert Camp, which is located nearby the entrance gate to the Sossusvlei dunes.

Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight stay at Desert Camp, Desert Quiver Camp or similar – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

DAY 4: Desert Camp, Sossusvlei
Very early departure today into the Namib Naukluft Park to witness one of Namibia’s most scenic attractions – the Sossusvlei and the highest dunes of the world. Visit the nearby Deadvlei, a dried out natural water pan with its dead acacia tree trunks rising to the blue sky.

The Sesriem Canyon is another attraction worthwhile seeing en route back to the lodge. A relaxing sundowner on top of the nearby ridge ends off an unforgettable day in the desert.

Overnight stay at Desert Camp, Desert Quiver Camp or similar – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Swakopmund Guesthouse, Swakopmund

DAY 5: Swakopmund Guesthouse, Swakopmund
The route takes you north via the Kuiseb Canyon to Swakopmund. Highlights en route include a drive to the “Moon Landscape” and the ancient desert plant, “Welwitschia mirabilis”. This quaint desert town with its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns and palm trees.

Overnight stay at Swakopmund Guesthouse or similar – Bed & Breakfast

Dolphin Cruise

DAY 6: Swakopmund Guesthouse, Swakopmund
A dolphin cruise has been booked for you today. You will be picked up at your accommodation and driven to the nearby town of Walvis Bay, from where your boat cruise with Laramon Tours (or similar) departs. Please ensure that you have had breakfast and are ready to leave Swakopmund by approx. 08h00, as you are requested to be at the check-in at the Walvis Bay Waterfront by approx. 08h45.

The scenic drive from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay takes about 45 minutes. Don’t forget to take a hat, sunscreen and a warm jacket along. After 3 exciting hours the catamaran will dock and your guide will return you to the Guesthouse.

Your cruise today departs the Walvis Bay Yacht club at approx. 09h00 and takes you through the harbour, passing moored Russian trawlers en route and on to Pelican Point, where inquisitive seals will swim up to the boats looking for something to eat, all whilst pods of Heaviside and Bottlenose Dolphins swim alongside the boat. For bird lovers, apart from seeing flamingos, cormorants and pelicans, there are common sightings of the White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Black Oystercatcher and even the Jackass Penguin. With a bit of luck you might see a Sunfish (Mola Mola) and the Leatherback Turtles. In season, the larger mammals like the Southern Right Whale and the Humpback Whales may be spotted and occasionally the Killer Whales (Orcas).

To round the trip off you will be spoilt with fresh Walvis Bay oysters, snacks and cold sparkling wine on board as you make your way back to the docking station.

Overnight stay at Swakopmund Guesthouse or similar – Bed & Breakfast

DAY 7: Palmwag Lodge, Palmwag
Departure from Swakopmund along the Atlantic Coast towards the North.

Visit the lichen fields near Wlotzka’s Baken before continuing to Henties Bay, a small holiday resort.

Onwards to the seal colony at Cape Cross. After visiting the seals, the journey continues via Ugabmund to the southern Skeleton Coast Park to inspect a shipwreck.

You leave the Skeleton Coast Park in the early afternoon via Springbok Water and can experience the harsh transition from the Namib Desert to the Damaraland highlands with its impressive landscape and ragged valleys.

Cape Cross Seal Colony
This colony of Cape Fur Seals is one of the largest in the world, home to approximately 80 000 to 100 000 of these so-called ‘seals’, which are in fact a species of sea lion. Day trips to the colony are offered and the seals can be viewed from a walkway at a distance of roughly 200 metres.

Overnight stay at Palmwag Lodge or similar – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Palmwag

DAY 7: Palmwag Lodge, Palmwag
A highlight today will be the rhino tracking excursion with the lodge. Palmwag Lodge, in a joint venture with the Torra Conservancy, Anabeb Conservancy, and Sesfontein Conservancy offers rhino tracking in the Palmwag Concession and in the Torra Conservancy. The communities and conservancies directly benefit from these excursions since part of the income generated through rhino tracking is paid to the conservancies.

Rhino tracking excursions are guided by a qualified guide from Palmwag Lodge and a qualified tracker from the Rhino Rangers or Save the Rhino Trust. Full-day and half-day tracking excursions are available and both options include breakfast. Lunch is included in the full-day tracking package.

Overnight stay at Palmwag Lodge or similar – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Taleni Etosha Village, Etosha South

DAY 9: Taleni Etosha Village, Etosha South
Leaving Grootberg Lodge, we travel via the Grootberg Pass to Kamanjab and further to the Etosha National Park. The Etosha National Park presents to its guests a wilderness experience that is unmatched in terms of privacy and landscape viewing.

If time permits, your guide will drive into the National Park with you already this afternoon for a game drive.

Overnight stay at Taleni Etosha Village or similar – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Etosha

DAY 10: Taleni Etosha Village, Etosha South
Discover the mysteries of the African bush in Etosha National Park whilst travelling in an eastern direction through the park. We spend the day doing game drives in the park and visit the numerous waterholes that attract a large diversity of animal and bird species, many of these being endemic to the country.

Overnight stay at Taleni Etosha Village or similar – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Mokuti Etosha Lodge, Etosha East

DAY 11: Mokuti Etosha Lodge, Etosha East
Another day to discover the mysteries of the African bush in Etosha National Park whilst travel in an easterly direction via Halali and
Namutoni to Mokuti Lodge.

Overnight stay at Mokuti Lodge or similar – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

DAY 12: End of Itinerary
Return journey via Okahandja to Windhoek. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practice their ancient skills at the Woodcarvers Market next to the main road. This is a good place to pick a last souvenir. Arrival in Windhoek will be around 17h00 with transfer to Hosea Kutako Airport for check-in on your outbound flight.

Bid farewell to Namibia!

 

NAMIBIA CLASSIC (12 days / 11 nights – ACCOMMODATED TOUR) – G02
01 Nov 2020 – 31 Oct 2021

minimum 2 participants; maximum 8 participants ZAR PER PERSON
  Set departures: per person sharing R 49 000.00
  single supplement R 5 438.00
  Private departures with 4 and more participants R 49 000.00
  Private departures with 2 participants R 72 875.00
  Private departures with 3 participants R 57 125.00
  single supplement R 5 438.00
 
Departure Dates:  08 May 2021; 12 Jun 2021; 03 Jul 2021; 17 Jul 2021; 31 Jul 2021; 14 Aug 2021; 28 Aug 2021; 11 Sep 2021; 02 Oct 2021; 16 Oct 2021

Included in this travel option:

• Travelling costs as per itinerary; activities, entrance- and park fees as specified;
• Accommodation on a shared basis;
• Meals as per itinerary;
• Mineral water en route;
• Experienced guiding in English or German;
• VAT and bed levy.

Excluded from this travel option:
• Expenses of a personal nature, i.e. laundry, telephone, gratuities, souvenirs, etc.;
• Personal-, medical- and evacuation insurances;
• Additional activities;
• Alcoholic beverages and all drinks.

PLEASE NOTE:
• Rates are as per scheduled departures with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 participants;
• Private departures are available and subject to payment of a surcharge;
• Services and accommodations are subject to availability at the time of booking;
• It is compulsory for all guests to have comprehensive cancellation, default, baggage, emergency evacuation and medical insurance for the duration of the trip;
• The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary;
• All relevant booking conditions of Africa Memories Travel and our operators in Namibia and/or any other booked services will apply to your travel arrangements;
• The relevant cancellation policy applies should you fail to join or start your safari/journey for any reason, including airline delays or missed connection. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance for this purpose. You become liable for cancellation penalties immediately on confirmation of booking services;
• Passports must be valid (usually for at least 6 months after date of travel) and still have at least 3 blank visa (not endorsement) pages;
• All visa requirements must be fulfilled and these are your responsibility.

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