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14 Nights – Exploring The Beauty Of Namibia

Windhoek, Namibia
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Duration

14 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

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Overview

Namibia is compelling with an alluring atmosphere drawing visitor to explore and became part of its breathtaking natural beauty. Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan enclosed in gigantic sand dunes in the heart of the astounding Namib Desert. With wind-swept desert dunes, abounding wildlife, dramatic coastlines, and a diverse blend of cultures, Namibia is a fascinating and alluring country to explore

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
Day 1: Airport – Windhoek

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
The Kalahari Desert covers eastern and southern Namibia, large parts of Botswana and the north-western area of South Africa. It can't be defined as a real desert as it receives too much rain. It can rather be called a fossil desert. This area in Namibia is inhabited by the San people (Namibian bushmen), who used to be hunter-gatherers. In contrast to the high sand dunes in Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, the look of the Kalahari is characterized by little grass clumps and red dunes. They are not very high but long and have a sharp crest. Spot African wildlife like Black-maned Kalahari Lion, Oryx, Giraffe, Warthog or little Meerkat (Suricate) on game-drives or just enjoy the silence around you.
Basis – Bed and Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Kalahari Anib Lodge

Day 3 Fish River Canyon
Day 3 Fish River Canyon

The Fish River Canyon in the south of Namibia is comprised of wind-carved depressed, inclines, rock formations molded from the inland plateau, plunging canyons and an expansive nature, which stretches approximately 160 km to the horizon and in parts nearly 600 m deep. The canyon is dramatic in its simplicity with valleys and gulley slicing through its geological foundations laid almost 2 million years ago and is considered to be second in size to the Grand Canyon in North America.
This is one of the last great wildness treks, guided endurance hike, strictly for those fir enough to take on its rugged gorges. The Park is open for these trails from the beginning of May to mid-September each year.
Basis – Bed and Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Canyon Lodge

Day 4 Fish River Canyon
Day 4 Fish River Canyon

On the next day, travel to the nearby Fish River Canyon in an option between guided and self-guided hikes and drives. The naturally carved out canyon will offer spectacular photographic opportunities. Say goodbye to this day with your favorite sundowner cocktail and a display of unbelievable colors during a magical Namibian sunset.
Basis – Bed and Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Canyon Lodge

Day 5 Lüderitz
Day 5 Lüderitz

The coastal town of Lüderitz was an area rich in diamonds and is located 815 km from Windhoek in Namibia. It began life as a trading post (1850s) with fishing and guano-harvesting but when diamonds were discovered in 1909 in nearby Kolmanskop, Lüderitz enjoyed a swift flood of prosperity. Today, diamonds are mostly found elsewhere and offshore, so the Lüderitz economy now centers on fishing and tourism. Its allure as a town lies in the fact that little has changed since the early 20th century.
Lüderitz is an eccentric Bavarian style village, built on the rocky, barren, and windswept coast of the southern Namib Desert. It still looks almost as it did at the beginning of the 20th century. Its colonial history as the birth of Germany’s first settlement in Southwest Africa is revealed by the many charming and elegant buildings such as Goerke House and Gelsenkirchen (1912) on top of Diamanteberg (Diamond Hill).
Basis – Bed and Breakfast
Accommodation: Kairo Guesthouse

Day 6 Lüderitz
Day 6 Lüderitz

Located just 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) outside of the town of Lüderitz, almost opposite the Lüderitz airport, one will find the incredible sight of Kolmanskop Ghost Town. Once home to over 1 200 people, around 700 families, Kolmanskop story is one of incredible wealth, prosperity and sudden decline.
In just over 40 years, the town, complete with a ballroom, theatre, hospital, casino, school and bakery, was built, processed over 1 000 kilograms (2 204 pounds) of diamonds and was then deserted.
A visit to Kolmanskop provides an eerie understanding of how the desert slowly but surely reclaims all that is built in it. The sand creeps into every space, breaking down and absorbing bricks, metal and plaster, creeping across floors and through doorways, finding its way into every space as if it was liquid. The result is an incredible historical sight.
Basis – Bed and Breakfast
Accommodation: Kairo Guesthouse

Day 7 Lüderitz – Namib Naukluft
Day 7 Lüderitz – Namib Naukluft

Namibia is one of the most unique countries in Africa. The diversity will leave you in awe as you explore the raw beauty of Namib Naukluft Park. The Namib Naukluft National Park with the world's highest sand dunes in Sossusvlei is the right holiday destination in Namibia for those who want to combine awesome scenery with seclusion, solitude, and exploration. The red shimmering sand dunes reach as far as the eye can see and are a spectacular sight, especially in the luminescent glow of the first rays of the morning sun.

Basis – Bed and Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Desert Hills Lodge

Day 8 Desert Hills – Sossusvlei – Deadvlei
Day 8 Desert Hills – Sossusvlei – Deadvlei

Wake up early so that you can go enjoy the Sunrise on Dune 45 in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Visit the Sossusvlei/Deadvlei and Explore Sesriem Canyon

Basis – Bed and Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Desert Hills Lodge

Day 9 Swakopmund
Day 9 Swakopmund

Departure from Sossusvlei, 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.

Swakopmund is a coastal city in Namibia, west of the capital, Windhoek. Its sandy beaches face the Atlantic Ocean. Established by German colonists in 1892, the city’s colonial landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the Mole, an old sea wall. Next to the lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum documents Namibian history. Inland, the elegant Swakopmund Railway Station, now a hotel, also dates to the colonial era.
Basis – Bed and Breakfast
Accommodation: Organic Square Guesthouse or Similar

Day 10 Swakopmund
Day 10 Swakopmund

After breakfast, you have a transfer to Walvis Bay for a Boat Cruise
Experience the beautiful Skeleton 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. After Marine Cruise a short visit to the Walvis Bay lagoon and transferred to Swakopmund.
Basis – Bed and Breakfast
Accommodation: Organic Square Guesthouse or Similar

Day 11 Damaraland
Day 11 Damaraland

After 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 also for the beautiful view of the Brandberg mountain, the highest mountain in Namibia.

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.
Basis – Bed and Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar

Day 12 Damaraland
Day 12 Damaraland

Early breakfast, departure for Huab River in search of the near endemic Namibia hidden game in the Desert Dwelling Adapted Elephant. For years the Desert Adapted Elephant have to adjust and adapt to the climate condition of this harsh landscape and Huab river have provided shelters for this near endemic elephant. Back to Base just before lunch and time to relax for our afternoon visit the famous site of "Twyfelfontein" to discover the rock engravings and paintings which are six thousand years old and have some dance of the local people while visiting the Damara Living Museum to learn more about culture and way of life of the local community.

Basis – Bed and Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar

Day 13 Etosha
Day 13 Etosha

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 Outjo and then 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.
Etosha is in Oshindonga 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.
Basis – Bed and Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Etosha Safari Camp or similar

Day 14 Etosha
Day 14 Etosha

Depart with your guide early in the morning for a full day safari experience. This time of day gives you a unique opportunity to view the incredible animals that are home to Etosha National Park.
Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. The park characteristic is a salt pan large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. At the same time Etosha National Park is Africa most successful Africa conversation stories and most accessible game reserve in Namibia and Southern Africa.
Basis – Bed and Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Etosha safari Camp or Similar

Day 15 Return/Airport
Day 15 Return/Airport

After breakfast, transfer to Windhoek via Okahandja where you will visit the local Craft market and continue to Windhoek and transfer to Hosea Kutako International Airport for your return flight

Basis – Bed and Breakfast, Dinner

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
  • 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
  • Covid Test (N$ 800.00 – N$ 1300.00 Per Test)

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Windhoek, Namibia

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