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10 Nights – Namibia Horizon Tour

Windhoek, Namibia
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Duration

10 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

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Overview

Namibia offers space, silence, and the chance to really get away from it all: it’s the second least densely populated country on the planet, with only two people per square kilometer. You can dine and enjoy the Namibia best produce Wine in the Region surrounded by landscapes so vast and empty that at times you feel like you’re on the edge of the planet. In an overpopulated world, there aren’t many places left where you can immerse yourself as deeply in remote wilderness areas as in Namibia.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • As per the Namibian Government, we strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive personal travel insurance before you embark on your safari. Travel insurance is for your own protection and we consider it to be an essential part of modern travel.
  • Note that this Tour will be conducted in English unless otherwise specified, all safaris will be conducted in National Park English unless request a different language.
  • Electrical plugs are 220 V and are 3 pins (round pin as opposed to square pin the same as South Africa). Adaptors will be distributed to each room for possibility to re-charge batteries at your own comfort. Please note Rafiki Tours and Safaris will supply each room with the Adapter.
  • The Namibian Dollar (N$) has a fixed 1-1 exchange rate to the South African Rand (ZAR). ZAR notes and coins are legal tender in Namibia.
  • It is customary in Namibia to tip 10% at restaurants. Your Local Host and assistant can be tipped at your own discretion.

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport – Windhoek 42 Km – 40 Min
Day 1: Airport – Windhoek 42 Km – 40 Min

Meet Your Namibian Host and a short transfer to Windhoek which is about 42 kilometers, nestle in between the Eros Mountain to the north, Khomas Hochland to the west and Aus mountain to the South, which make the capital to be in a dugout Mountain and continue to our Lodge in between Aus Mountain. Sunset with a drink in hand is way to be welcome in Namibia and have some cocktails with few snacks at the Hotel.

Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, in the country’s central highlands. South of the city, the sprawling Heroes’ Acre war memorial commemorates Namibia’s 1990 independence. On a hilltop in the city center are the 1890s Alte Feste, a former military headquarters with historical exhibits, and Independence Memorial Museum. Colonial influences are visible in nearby buildings like the sandstone Lutheran Christus Church. Dinner and Overnight at Gocheganas Lodge

Gocheganas Lodge:
A descriptive Damara name, meaning: “Place of Camel Thorns, abounding with Candle-Pod Acacias” is more than just a place, it is an experience…Located a mere 29km south east from Windhoek, and situated on a hilltop overlooking a spectacular landscape, we offer our services as a luxurious Lodge with a unique combination of Wildlife, Nature and Wellness experiences.

Day 2: Windhoek – Sossusvlei 350 km – 5 Hours
Day 2: Windhoek – Sossusvlei 350 km – 5 Hours

Breakfast at the Lodge and depart for Sossusvlei, all the way to the Namib Desert. We will see Vicinity of the beautiful landscapes and the different flora and faunas along the road to the desert.
Arrive late afternoon at lodge - Check in at Sossusvlei Lodge.
Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.

Afternoon: Sundowner / Nature Drive
Depart from Sossusvlei Lodge in the late afternoon on a leisurely drive on the Lodge's private reserve. Watch the shadows lengthen as your guide takes you out to a panoramic location where sundowner drinks will be served as you relax and watch the spectacular sunset. The inner tranquility that a desert sunset imparts while you sit amongst nature is really something special...Dinner and Overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge

Day 3: Sesriem – Sossusvlei 120 km – 2 Hours
Day 3: Sesriem – Sossusvlei 120 km – 2 Hours

An early start from the Lodge to enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. With your guide who will share all his knowledge of the area, animals, plant life and much more with you.
Deadvlei:
Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. Also written Deadvlei or Dead Vlei, its name means "dead marsh". The pan also is referred to as "Dooie Vlei" which is the fully Afrikaans name.

Regular stops are made on the spectacular ±60-kilometre drive through the dune corridor down to the Vlei to gain information or take in the vistas. At Dune 45, we make a stop to view the world's most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2,6-kilometer round-trip guided walk up to Dead Vlei is a must for the healthy visitors. The more energetic could climb to the upper ridge of Big Daddy Dune, one of the highest dunes in this area! We spend time exploring Sossusvlei before returning to the Lodge approximately half our day will be spent in the Namib Desert and back at our lodge for lunch and relax after lunch at the Pool.

later in time in the afternoon - Experience the remarkable depths of Sesriem Canyon. Our guides will share the history behind this magnificent natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab River. Dinner & Overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge

Day 4: Sesriem – Swakopmund 350 Km – 5-6 Hours
Day 4: Sesriem – Swakopmund 350 Km – 5-6 Hours

departure for Swakopmund driving through the Namib Desert and then make stops on the route at Solitaire, Tropic of Capricorn and through the moon landscape for the sight-seeing of the desert creatures. Enjoying the endless landscape of Namib all the way to Swakopmund.
A cliché, but very true: Namibia is a country of contrasts. From its people to the environment, the diversity found in this country is quite surprising for a land predominantly made up of desert and with a population that doesn’t even number three million. Yet, this heterogeneous mix of characters and surroundings is the reason why more than a million people visit the country annually.

Swakopmund, the popular coastal town with its rich history and beautiful Wilhelmine architecture and a popular destination for holiday for both local and international Travellers in Namibia Dinner at own expenses and overnight Strand Hotel

Strand Hotel:
Strand Hotel Swakopmund is the perfect venue for travelers wanting to explore Swakopmund. This Namibian icon has become a popular destination resort for international, Namibian and SADC visitors. With its extensive, unique, and creatively entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Deli, Lobby-Lounge, Sea Facing Terraces, Beach Kiosk and state of the art Conference & Banqueting Centre, all set on the Mole, a historic and iconic site surrounded by Ocean on three sides, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a social epicenter and destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund.

Day 5: Swakopmund – Walvis Bay 60 km – 1 Hours
Day 5: Swakopmund – Walvis Bay 60 km – 1 Hours

Marine Cruise (Departure 08h00 return 14h00) Experience the beautiful coast of Namibia and the amazing riches of the Atlantic Ocean with the Marine Cruise. See an abundance of bird and mammal life up close and delight in the sea air, fresh oysters, and bubbles – all in the morning. Frequent sightings include bottlenose and heavy side dolphins, cape fur seals, mola molas, penguins, leatherback turtles, and whales (July-November). After Marine Cruise you will be transferred back to Swakopmund.

Afternoon and evening at leisure to explore the surrounding attractions near the hotel.

Optional Activities:
Quad Bike: N$ 450.00 for one Hours Per Person
Sandwich Harbor: N$ 1500.00 Per Person
Scenic Flight: N$ 4500.00 Per Person (2:15 Min)

Sand Boarding: N$ 600.00 Per Person
Sandboarding in Namibia’s dunes is an amazing experience and Eben Gurirab of Khoisan Tours Namibia is an expert in this. He knows the best spots to sandboard, create an amazing experience for you to take home and share with your family and friends. If you have not sandboarded, you cannot claim you were in Swakopmund!

Day 6: Swakopmund – Cape Cross – Twyfelfontein 350 Km – 5-6 Hours
Day 6: Swakopmund – Cape Cross – Twyfelfontein 350 Km – 5-6 Hours

breakfast, Departure from Swakopmund alongside the coast to see the shipwreck through Henties Bay and continue to Cape Cross Seal Colony. After our visit to the Cape Cross, we continue inland heading to Uis which is one of the Local old Tin Mine and for the beautiful view of the Brandberg mountain, the highest mountain in Namibia and continue to Twyfelfontein.

Cape Cross has both historic and biological significance and is a popular tourist attraction. The Portuguese navigator, Diego Cão, landed here in 1486 on his second expedition south of the equator and planted a stone cross (padrão) to mark his journey. A replica is visible here today. Inclusive of a second replica, the area has been listed as a National Heritage Site. The reserve is a sanctuary for the world’s largest breeding colony of Cape fur seals, with up to 210 000 seals present during the breeding season in November and December. Dinner and overnight at Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe:
Welcome to Camp Kipwe. A true landmark situated in the heart of one of the world’s most magnificent wilderness regions. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein in Damaraland is home to one of the largest collections of rock-art engravings found in Southern Africa. Not only did the Khoisan and tribes of ancient years leave us with a true cultural heritage, but the whole area is characterised by natural wonders such as Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes, Petrified Forest, and desert-adapted animals – of which the desert-adapted elephant is probably the most well-known species.

Nestled along the mountainside, the Camp beautifully blends in with its surrounding environment. Using natural stone, carefully selected paint colours and thatched roofs, its design compliments the rock formations with minimum visual impact on this picturesque landscape.

Day 7: Twyfelfontein– Rock Painting – Elephant Drive
Day 7: Twyfelfontein– Rock Painting – Elephant Drive

After breakfast at the Lodge and set for Visit to Burnt Mountain; Visit to Organ Pipes; Visit to Twyfelfontein Conservancy (Rock Art) and afternoon Nature Drive in search of Desert Adapted Elephant in the Huab River. Dinner and Overnight at Camp Kipwe

Desert Dwelling Adapted Elephant Drive: Marvel at the rich vegetation with the possibility to encounter desert adapted elephants in the dry Aba-Huab River valley. Our experienced field guides will take you on an exciting nature drive, filled with interesting facts pertaining to the area, its history and wildlife. Be on the lookout to spot birds of prey, antelope, fairy circles, Welwitchia Mirabilis and many other interesting geological formations. Our guides have an excellent record for tracking down herds of free roaming desert adapted elephants and will do their best to meet up with these magnificent giants. Ample time can take pictures and exchange information about endemic fauna and flora. After the sundowner, guests return to the lodge to freshen up and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner.

Day 8: Damaraland – Etosha National Park 300 km – 4 Hours
Day 8: Damaraland – Etosha National Park 300 km – 4 Hours

After breakfast and depart for Etosha. Along the way admire the beauty of the Namibia scenery and the different vegetation of the Savannah woodland area with your guide. And a visit to the Himba Village just before heading to Etosha.

Etosha National Park: One of the largest national parks in Africa, one of the oldest and is Namibia’s number-one tourist destination. Etosha National Park is home to 114 large and small mammal species, more than 400 recorded bird species, scores of reptiles and even a fish species. Etosha is the country’s flagship park.
The Oshindonga name for the pan was Etotha, meaning ‘the place where no plants grow’, but early European traders, unable to pronounce the name, called it ‘Etosha’. The pan was once part of the massive Lake Kunene fed by the Kunene River, which at some time in the distant past dried up, leaving the current pan system. Private Dinner and overnight at Okaukuejo Waterhole Chalet Okaukuejo NWR Resort:
Famous for its floodlit waterhole Okaukuejo Rest Camp is also the administrative centre of Etosha. Most visitors travel though this camp with its characteristic stone tower and Etosha Ecological Institute is also situated within the camp.
The rest camp was formerly a military outpost founded in 1901 and the tower was added in 1963. Located in the south of Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo is only 17 km from Anderson Gate. Okaukuejo offers a wide range of accommodation as well as all the necessities such as a petrol station and a shop. The restaurant and bar offer refreshments and delicious meals, while the swimming pool offers relief on hot days. The waterhole is a hub of animal activity starting in the early hours of the morning. Especially during winter diversity of game congregate in close proximity to the camp to quench their thirst.
After sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole. This is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino. This archaic mammal can often be seen drinking alongside lion and elephant. The number and interaction of the animals is the major drawcard of Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Namibia.
The Waterhole Chalets perfectly situated overlooking the popular waterhole allowing guests to view game from their patio or balcony. These units are en-suite and are available as double rooms or premier chalets with two bedrooms.

Day 9: Etosha National Park 75 Km – Safari all Day (Morning – Afternoon)
Day 9: Etosha National Park 75 Km – Safari all Day (Morning – Afternoon)

Early departure for our half day safari experience in Etosha National Park. Morning hours gives you a unique opportunity to view the incredible animals that are home to Etosha National Park.

The abundance of game in Etosha National Park is somewhat unexpected, showcasing some of the most common and rarest wildlife species. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephant (some of the largest in Africa due to the vitamins and nutrients found in the ground), the endangered black rhino and even leopard. Lions are camouflaged in the pale- golden color of the grasslands, while giraffes rise- high above most of the dry vegetation.

Birders will love the rainy season in Etosha. After good rains the salt pan fills with water attracting a cloud of flamingos. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park. Among the migratory species, the European bee-eater is possibly the most popular sighting. The game reserve is also home to the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, and the heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard.

Namibia is a very diverse country with an array of habitats and vegetation. It is also one of the few countries where animals still roam freely mostly unrestricted by human influence. The country has a great mix of desert, semi- desert and savannahs. As you travel further north in Namibia towards Etosha National Park, you will find a place that offers visitors a complete contrast of wide-open grasslands, a massive pan that covers 4731km² and large camel thorn trees mixed with Mopani trees. This diverse vegetation accounts for the abundance of wildlife that thrives in the park.

Day 10: Etosha – Cheetah Conservation Fund – Windhoek 380 Km – 5 Hours
 Day 10: Etosha – Cheetah Conservation Fund – Windhoek 380 Km – 5 Hours

Breakfast and departure for Otjiwarongo where we will be visiting the Okojima Educational Centre and lunch at Okonjima.

Okojima Educational Centre is holistic conservation strategy is the key to success in saving the cheetah and its ecosystem. Okonjima works to develop best practices that benefit the entire ecosystem upon which the cheetah depends. Okonjima programs address the concerns for wildlife populations and the human communities that share the landscape.

After this educational visit, we will drive to Okahandja and then Windhoek where we will be overnighting in Windhoek city center.

Am Weinberg Hotel: Stay in the heart of Namibia’s capital city with access to all the action and culture. The hotel forms part of the award-winning Am Weinberg Estate, and is fast developing a reputation as Windhoek’s premier venue for business conferencing, destination weddings and leisure travel. The intimate boutique hotel has only 41 rooms, ensuring that guests enjoy tailored, attentive and detail focused service always. Its iconic styling seamlessly blends old-world splendour with modern lines and state of the art amenities, ensuring an unparalleled guest experience.

Day 11: Windhoek – Airport
Day 11: Windhoek – Airport

Breakfast and time to relax and enjoy some free time while exploring the city centre till time for our Transfer to the airport. Assist by our Guide with the registration and time to say thank you.
NB: please note no activity is omitted on this day unless clients are flying late in the afternoon as we can opted for a Nature Walking in nearby park or just relax and enjoy Windhoek.

Windhoek Meteorite: About 600 million years ago, a massive meteoroid hurtled through space before crashing into the land that would, many millennia later, become known as Namibia. While on its Earthbound journey, it shattered, sending more than 100 meteorites shooting toward the planet, leaving blazing trails in their wake.

Windhoek Post Mall Street: The shopping hot spot of the city centre is the pedestrian Post Street Mall, a collection of individual vendors and stores, with some of Windhoek's largest shopping centers within arm's reach (Wernhil Park is among the most attractive). Do not miss the display of meteorites collected after a meteor shower over the town of Gibeon.

The Independence Memorial Museum is a historical museum in Windhoek, Namibia. It focuses on the anti-colonial resistance and the national liberation struggle of Namibia. The museum is located on Robert Mugabe Avenue and the museum is dedicated to the country's anticolonial and independence struggle.

Included/Excluded

  • All the logistics and reservations of accommodation
  • Transport in Land Cruiser Extended
  • Bottles of mineral water available throughout your journey
  • Professional English -Speaking Guide
  • Meals Included in the Price
  • International, regional, or local flights
  • Cancellation, baggage, assistance and international repatriation insurance, medical care
  • Drinks Soft and Alcoholic taken in lodges and restaurants.
  • Personal expenses including the purchase of uniquely Namibian crafts.
  • Any Tips for the guide and driver, local communities, or staff at the Lodge

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Windhoek, Namibia

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