19 Days Magnificent North South Tour.

Day 1: Airport – Windhoek Upon arrival, a guide from Mara and Serengeti expeditions Ltd will pick you up from…

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Day 1: Airport – Windhoek

Upon arrival, a guide from Mara and Serengeti expeditions Ltd will pick you up from the airport which is about 40km outside of Windhoek, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation for the night. After checking in, there will be a predeparture meeting where you will be briefed about your trip the followingday then later on you can use the time to relax after your long flight. Later in the day, you will be picked for an afternoon city tour and thereafter you will be taken to Joe’s Beerhouse for dinner with your guide.

Included: Dinner and Accommodation

Day 2: Windhoek – Mariental (Kalahari Desert) 

Our guide will pick you up at 8.00 am and we will drive past Rehoboth and on to Camelthorn lodge or any other similar lodge, the lodge is strategically situated in the center of the Kalahari Desert. This grass thatched lodge is blessed with a staggering stone pool. The ambiance is distinctly that of a San Bushman with the enhanced indegeneous decor of the old and a collection of artifacts.  Later in the day, there will be a walk with the bushman and sundowner on nearby  dunes.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

Day 3 & 4: Kalahari Desert – Fish River Canyon 

Enjoy early morning breakfast and continue south of Namibia’s Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. Drive to the main viewpoint where you will witness one of nature’s most wonderful spectacles. From afar, you will see the river sparkling in the sunlight and barely be able to imagine how many millennia it took for the forces of erosion to carve out such a magnificent vista. We will visit the Canyon again in the morning. Canyon Lodge is situated on the 520 square km, privately owned Gondwana Canyon Park. It is 20kms from the main viewpoint and is built from natural materials, including local rock and thatch. The lodge is an ideal starting point for visits to the Fish River Canyon.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

Day 5: Fish River Canyon – Lüderitz 

After an early breakfast we will head for Lüderitz on Namibia’s south coast, with the aim of arriving in the early afternoon, and learn more about the south and Lüderitz in general. Lüderitz is renowned for its old-world charm and distinctly German colonial architecture. It is home to a wide variety of aquatic birds. Large numbers of flamingos, cormorants, and seagulls inhabit the shallow lagoon.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

Day 6: Lüderitz – Namib Desert 

Lüderitz is a harbor town in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia. It lies on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa. It is a port developed around Robert Harbor and Shark Island. Just before you leave Lüderitz you will visit the famous Kolmanskop ghost town, which has been abandoned for years. You will learn about the history of the town and how the first diamond was found by a railway worker. After your visit to the ghost town your guided tour will proceed to the Namib Desert with a brief lunch break at Helmeringhausen. Afterward, you will continue north into the Namib Desert. After checking in at the Sossusvlei Lodge or any other similar,in the afternoon you can enjoy the sunset from the Lodge.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

Day 7 and 8  Sossusvlei 

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name “Sossusvlei” is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia. The tour makes an early start to catch the soft light of sunrise over the desert, passing by the famous “Dune 45”. You will have time to climb this giant dune as it offers a magnificent view of the desert and surrounding dunes. You will proceed further to the Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei, spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and then driven back to your lodge for lunch. As the day cools in the late afternoon you will enjoy a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon before returning to our lodge.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Accommodation

Day 9: Namib Desert – Swakopmund

Today we trade desert for the sea,We will cross the Tropic of Capricorn and traverse both the Gaub and Kuiseb passes, driving down to the dry river bed at the bottom of the Kuiseb Canyon before climbing up the other side, watching the spectacular desert landscape unfold before us. Having arrived at the coast, we will make a stop in Walvis Bay to enjoy the sight of flamingos and other birds in the lagoons and to visit the salt works.

Activities: Bird watching in Walvis Bay.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner, and Accommodation

Day 10: Swakopmund

This day is fully packed with optional activities,  Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include a boat-tour (with oysters and champagne!), scenic flights and micro-light flights over the desert, fishing trips (either from the beach or in a boat), quad-bike trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sandboarding, skydiving and many other activities. Lunch will be at your own expense.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner, and Accommodation

Day 11: Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein 

Heading for Damaraland along the Skeleton Coast we stop at the seal colony at Cape Cross where we enjoy a close encounter with thousands of fur seals. Our tour continues to the small town of Uis for supplies. Uis is an old mining town and a good place to buy semi-precious stones. We pass by the Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia. We will visit Damaraland’s most famous attractions including the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes and, the highlight of your trip, over 2,500 rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Activities: Cape Cross Seal Colony, Twyfelfontein Rock Art

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Activities

Day 12: Twyfelfontein – Damaraland

Twyfelfontein, which means as much as „doubtful fountain“ or „Fountain of Doubt“ is the name of a valley in the Damara highland about 70 km west of Khorixas. The valley was inhabited by the Damara, who call the valley Uri-Ais (jumping fountain) in their language. You will observe and experience the traditional Damara way of life right in the heart of their traditional homelands. A unique opportunity to see a way of life that is slowly dying out.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

Day 13 and 14 Etosha Heights Private Reserve

 

Drive to the  Desert Mountains of the Kaokoveld, one of the last true wildernesses of Southern Africa and home of the Himba people. Pay the Otjikandera Himba Village a visit in the afternoon to meet the locals. There will be a special guide for the time we are there, who will be able to translate and introduce you to the Ovahimba people. You will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and also visit the “holy fire”. After the Himba visit, you will proceed to Etosha Safarihoek Lodge, which is situated in Etosha Safarihoek Game Reserve, south of Etosha National Park. The lodge and game reserve are a great location to view a considerable selection of Namibian wildlife and enjoy the outstanding beauty of the breathtaking, surrounding mountains and valleys.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

Day 15 and 16: Etosha East
(Mushara Bush Camp or similar)

Drive through the park, making a stop at Okuakuejo waterhole to view the animals as they come to drink water. We may have lunch at Halali and then proceed to Mushara Bushcamp where we will spend 2 nights. The Mushara Bushcamp is an exclusive, low impact environmentally friendly semi-permanent, up-market lodge on the eastern edge of the Etosha National Park. You will have a full day game drive in Etosha National Park for the second day.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Accommodation

Day 17 and 18: Etosha – Okonjima Nature Reserve

The lodge is home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, notably cheetahs and leopards. The more secluded and luxurious Okonjima Bush Camp, The Bush Suite, and The Villa are all affiliated to the main camp. We shall visit the Africat Project area and meet some of the cheetahs or accompany our guides as they monitor the progress of the cheetahs in the Tusk Rehabilitation camp. Okonjima is home to over forty cheetahs, many of whom were separated from their mothers before they learnt how to survive on their own. The Rehabilitation Camp will give these cheetahs an opportunity to learn survival skills such as hunting in a closely monitored environment. Successful cheetahs will be relocated to parks and game farms. There are over 250 species of birdlife to be found around the property, including Namibian endemics such as Carps Black Tit, Hartlaub’s Francolin, and the Damara Rock Runner. With the abundance of animal and birdlife and spectacular scenery, Okonjima is a photographer’s dream. You will depart Etosha and on your way, you will visit the famous Lake Otjikoto and learn about the history of the lake and what makes it special. You will proceed towards Okonjima passing by the towns of Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarango where we will stop for some essentials.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

Day 19: Okonjima – Airport

 

You will take an early morning breakfast after which you will head back to Windhoek via the small town of Okahandja which boasts the biggest craft market in Namibia. You will stop to explore the market and perhaps buy some souvenirs before heading back to Windhoek. The local community operates the stalls on a co-operative basis and the market is a good place to do last-minute shopping for truly Namibian souvenirs. The aim is to arrive back in the city in time for your flight. At the airport, the guide will assist you with checking in for your flight.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

 

 

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