Etosha National Park

One of Africa's greatest

In northern Namibia lies one of the greatest game reserves in Africa. Etosha: “the great white place”; “the place of a mothers tear”; “the place of dry water”. These evocative interpretations of an ancient name summon images of shimmering white horizons, powerful emotions and an aura of unreality.

Stretching across 22,275 square kilometres the park encompasses stark white pans, ancient rivers, endless plains, Acacia thickets, Mopani woodlands, an enchanted forest and the delightfully named Ondundozananandana hills. Home to more than 114 mammal species (including several rare and endangered species) and 340 bird species (this number swells with the arrival of summer migrants) the park offers brilliant opportunities for game viewing, bird watching and photography.

Take your chance to see the Big Five. The scarcity of water and the dependence of the parks diverse herds of game on a limited number of drinking points is partly what make Etosha a remarkable experience. The definitive feature of the park is the vast white pan.

In summer the glaring pan teases the eye, convincing all that this is the mythical inland lake the great explorers spent years searching for. In winter, whirling winds race across the pan, whipping up dust devils and leaving a fine white layer of dust over everything. Hanging in the air the dust layer acts as a natural filter in front of the setting sun, creating amazing sunsets.
The stark white pan with its shimmering mirages, dancing dust devils and dreamlike quality creates a backdrop un-equalled amongst parks in Africa. The diversity of species and the ethereal quality of the park combine to make Etosha an incredible experience and a challenge to try to capture the spirit of this great park and all its splendid creatures.

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Sossusvlei Tour

Day 1 - Sossusvlei

Upon your arrival at the international airport you will be met by your guide who will give you more information about the tour. Thereafter you will travel into the Namib Desert with its monumental dunes and ever-changing colours.

Many people say that no part of the desert is visually more stunning than Sossusvlei with its monumental high dunes. The gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand (one of the largest was measured from the base to be 325 m high) are a sough-after topic for artists and photographers. Sossusvlei’s mountainous dunes lie at the end of an erosional trough formed by the Tsauchab River. They are shaped by strong multi-dimensional winds, primarily south-western, and the three to five sinuous crests, which meet at the highest point to give them the star shape. You will enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 - Sossusvlei

On this morning after breakfast you will visit the Dead Vlei. Dead Vlei is an old salt pan named for its eerie dead appearance in the Namib Desert which had no water since the river changed its course. The old acacias died 500 years ago, but as there is no humidly in this place, they did not rot, forming a dead forest.

In the late afternoon you will then visit Sesriem Canyon. Walking through the canyon takes you on a journey around 10-20 million years ago, when sedimentary layers of gravel and sand were deposited and cemented together by lime. The ledges are now inhabited by pigeons, raucous pied crows and chattering starlings.

If you look a little higher you might see a Lanner Falcon or the soaring spread of a Lappet Faced Vulture with a wingspan of 2.6 m. In the evening a delicious dinner is served at the hotel.

Day 3 - End of Tour

After a leisurely breakfast you return to Swakopmund where your tour will end.

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Caprivi Highlights

Highlights:  Etosha National Park, Kavango Region, Caprivi Region, Chobe National Park

Day 1 & 2 - Etosha National Park

Upon your arrival at the international airport you will be met by your guide who will brief you on the tour. Thereafter you will continue your journey to Etosha National Park where you will enjoy the wild life found in the Etosha National Park for the two days. This park is home to 4 of the Big Five; Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhino. Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s finest and most important Game Reserves. Etosha Game Park was declared a National Park in 1907 and covering an area of 22 270 square km, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.

Etosha, meaning “Great White Place”, is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pan forms part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. The Etosha Pan covers around 25% of the National Park. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up. The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only if rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including impressive flocks of flamingos. The perennial springs along the edges of the Etosha Pan draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds.

Day 3 - Kavango Region

The morning after breakfast you will proceed east via the mining town of Tsumeb and the “Maize Triangle” to Rundu, where your lodge for the night is situated. On the way to Rundu we will stop in Grootfontein to visit a small quaint museum that offers us unique insight into the culture, historical as well as the agricultural history of Namibia. The riverside town of Rundu, on the banks of the Okavango River, is situated in Kavango, the home of Namibia’s well known Kavango Woodcarvers. This ancient craft handed down over generations is a flourishing industry today.

Day 4 & 5 - Caprivi Region

The morning after breakfast you continue your journey along the Kavango River to the Popa Falls, where we will stop for a scenic walk along the rapids and surrounding forest, before traveling through the Caprivi Game Park. This area is renowned for its rich wildlife and abundant bird variety. Caprivi was named after German Chancellor Leo von Caprivi, who negotiated the land in an exchange with the United Kingdom in 1890. Von Caprivi arranged for Caprivi to be annexed to German South-West Africa in order to give Germany access to the Zambezi River and a route to Africa’s East Coast, where the German colony Tanganyika was situated. The annexation was a part of the Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty, in which Germany gave up its interest in Zanzibar in return for the Caprivi Strip and the island of Heligoland in the North Sea.

The Caprivi Strip is of strategic military importance. During the Rhodesian Bush War (1970–1979), African National Congress operations against the South African government (1965–1994) and the Angolan Civil War, this little finger of land saw continual military action and multiple incursions by various armed forces using the Strip as a corridor to access other territories. We will visit a traditional village, where you will experience the daily life of the people who live here. You may take part in morning game drives or game cruises in the morning or late afternoon.

Day 6 - Botswana

After breakfast you will travel along the Caprivi Strip, entering Katima Mulilo situated along the Zambezi River which forms a natural boundary to Zambia. Driving along stretches of huge Baobab trees, you enter Botswana and travel via the Chobe National Park renowned for the highest Elephant population on earth towards Kasane where your tour will end.

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Kaokofeld

Discover Untouched Tradition

In the remote north western reaches of Namibia one finds the nomadic Himba. Perhaps one of the last true tribes in Africa, the Himba walk a fine line between ancient traditions and the onslaught of the 21st century. They cling desperately to their traditions and beliefs. The Himba are a semi-nomadic group of pastoralists whose very existence, dress and beliefs are dictated by traditions. They are tall, slender and statuesque people, characterised by their proud bearing. Their dress and elaborate hairstyles indicate their position and social status within their community.

Walking great distances in search of grazing for their herds of long-horned cattle and feisty goats, the young men are often away from their villages for weeks at a time. In times of drought the whole family will close up their simple, cone-shaped homes and move to seek better pastures. Men, woman and children adorn themselves with necklaces, bracelets, anklets and belts made from iron and beads.

Scattered across the great expanse of Kaokoland the Himba seem as ageless as their land which stretches from rugged mountains across sandy plains to the great Kunene River where it plunges over the breath-taking Epupa Falls.

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Southern Tour

Highlights:  Sossusvlei, Helmeringhausen, Aus, Lüderitz, Fish River Canyon, Kalahari Desert Day

Day 1 - Namib Desert

Upon your arrival at the international airport you will be met by your guide who will brief you on the tour details. Thereafter you will proceed down south to the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. Stretching 1,931 kilometres in length and only averaging a width of 113 kilometres, the Namib Desert is home to the highest sand dunes in the world.

It’s absolutely silent. On a windless day, sometimes all you can hear is a deep, deafening silence. The gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand (one of the largest was measured from the base to be 325 m high) are a sought-after topic for artists and photographers. Sossusvlei’s mountainous dunes lie at the end of an erosional trough formed by the Tsauchab River. They are shaped by strong multi-dimensional winds, primarily south-western, and the three to five sinuous crests, which meet at the highest point to give them the star shape. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Day 2 - Namib Desert

The following day demands an early start, to enjoy the sunrise on the dunes. Thereafter you will visit the Dead Vlei. Dead Vlei is an old salt pan named for its eerie dead appearance in the Namib Desert which had no water since the river changed its course. The old acacias died 500 years ago, but as there is no humidly in this place, they did not rot, forming a dead forest. In the late afternoon you will then visit Sesriem Canyon, walking through the canyon takes you on a journey dating 10-20 million years ago, when sedimentary layers of gravel and sand were deposited and cemented together by lime.
The ledges are now inhabited by pigeons, raucous pied crows and chattering starlings. But look a little higher and you might see a lanner falcon or the soaring spread of a lappet faced vulture with a wingspan of 2.6m.

Day 3 - Helmeringhausen

Today after breakfast you will be heading to the town of Helmeringhausen where your accommodation for the night is booked for you on your behalf. Helmeringhausen is a settlement in southern Namibia in the Berseba Constituency in the Karas Region. Right next to the hotel lays the Agricultural Museum of Helmeringhausen, founded by the local Farmers Association. It displays interesting farming implements, such as water drilling machines or fire fighting coaches used in the olden days. Helmeringhausen Hotel is also known for the best Apple Crumble in Namibia.

Day 4 - Aus

After breakfast you will continue south towards Aus where you will spend the night. After the Germans surrendered to the South African forces at Otavi on 9 July 1915, the tidy, tranquil village of Aus became one of two internment camps for German military personnel. Military police and officers were sent to a camp in the north and the non-commissioned officers went to Aus.
After the treaty of Versailles, the camp was dismantled and by May 1919 it was closed. Virtually nothing remains of the original camp, but several WWI graves remain immediately north of the village.

Day 5 - Lüderitz

You will be travelling to Lüderitz where your accommodation has been reserved. Lüderitz was initially referred to as Angra Pequena, meaning Little Bay by the Portuguese whose navigator Bartolomeu Diaz erected a stone cross on Dias Point on 25 July 1488. Heinrich Vogelslang, agent of the German merchant from Bremen, Adolf Lüderitz, landed at Angra Pequena on 9th April, 1988 to establish a trading station. Following the negotiation with the Khoekoe chief, Josef Fredericks from Bethanie, he purchased the land within an 8 km radius of Angra Pequena. In April 1884 this land became part of the Protectorate of the German Empire, creating the beginning of German colonial control in Namibia, referred to as the then Deutsch-Südwest-Afrika.

Day 6 - Fish River Canyon

After breakfast you will visit Kolmanskop Ghost Town before continuing further toward the Fish River Canyon. The Fish River Canyon is the second-largest natural canyon in the world. Set in a harsh, stony plain, dotted with drought-resistant succulent such as the distinctive Quiver Tree or Kokerboom, Aloe Dichotoma, and Euphorbia Gregaria. The canyon is a spectacular natural phenomenon that took hundreds of millions of years to evolve. Its full length is 160 km; the width is up to 27 km and up to 550 m deep. However the most spectacular section is the 56 km stretch between the northern most and southern most viewpoints, because the river flows intermittently there is always water in some of the pools except in very dry years.

Containing Small and Largemouth Yellow fish, Sharp tooth Catfish Tilapia and Common Carp, the pools are also frequented with the Water Monitor or Leguaan. Baboon, Rock Hyrax, Ground Squirrel and Klipspringer are often seen in the canon while the presence of Leopard and Mountain Zebra are indicated by tracks at waterholes.

Day 7 - Fish River Canyon

Today after breakfast you can visit the Fish River Canyon and in the afternoon you can spend the rest of the day at leisure. The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia, but its flow now is a puny trickle compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants such as succulents. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; and when it ceases to flow it becomes a chain of long narrow pools on the sandy rock-strewn floor of the chasm.

Day 8 - Kalahari Desert

On day 8 after breakfast you will travel to the Kalahari Desert where your accommodation for the night is situated. The Kalahari is not a true desert as it receives too much rain, but it is actually a fossil desert. So do not expect to find the tall sand dunes associated with Sossusvlei, the landscape is more one of golden grass and small red dunes. The Kalahari Desert or Kgalagadi, as it is known in Botswana stretches across 7 countries Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It’s coverage in Namibia is called a ‘desert’ principally because it’s porous, sandy soils cannot retain surface water, but in some areas annual rainfall can be as high as 250mm, which accounts for the luxuriant grass cover during good years.

The best known Kalahari inhabitants are the San Bushmen, numbering only a few thousand and squeezed into inhospitable pieces of land where they are often exploited as cheap farm labour. The term ‘Bushmen’ is best known referring to nomadic hunter-gather people, also called ‘Basarwa’ in Botswana and ‘San’ in Namibia and South Africa. The words San means ‘foragers’ and in modern times (unfairly) conjure up negative connotations of backwardness, low esteem, alcoholism and even banditry.

However the Bushmen are proud people, and are keen to demonstrate their origins and knowledge of living in the bushveld. They still retain some specific cultural and linguistic characteristics such as the very interesting and unique ‘click’ language, and listening to is a wonderful experience in itself. Five types of click sounds are known to exist, with a certain ‘sucking action of the tongue’ being responsible for the noise. Each has a different position of the tongue, and combined with the way the air is released, results in different sounds.

Day 9 - End of Tour

After a hearty breakfast you will be driving back to Windhoek where the tour ends. You will be dropped off at the international airport for your departure flight.

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Northern Tour

Day 1 - Swakopmund

Upon your arrival at the international airport you will be met by your guide who will give you more information about the tour. Thereafter you will proceed to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will spend the night.

Swakopmund, German for Mouth of the Swakop, is a city on the coast of north-western Namibia, 280 km west of Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. It is the capital of the Erongo administrative district. As a seaside resort, the weather is cooler here in December to January (Namibia’s summer months) so the territorial administration moves to Swakopmund for these months.

Germany’s annexation of the territory of Deutsch-Südwest-Afrika became reality in August 1884 when the German flag and wooden notice boards were planted at various points along the south-west African coast proclaiming the protection of the Reich and supplanting after 400 years Portugal’s claims to sovereignty over the territory. There was only one really viable natural harbour along the coast, namely Walvis Bay, but it was still in British hands. The new German colony’s need for a port of its own led to the founding of Swakopmund in 1892 and it was served as the territory’s main harbour for many years.

Today this quaint desert town, hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended public gardens. It has a wide choice of hotels, pensions and restaurants, and several coffee shops. The coast with its desert hinterland offers many options, both for adventure and for relaxation. Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the heat of the interior. It is also popular amongst visitors because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. You can take part in optional activities that Swakopmund and the surrounding area has to offer, ranging from dolphin cruises, sand boarding, kayaking, paragliding, quad biking and much more.

Day 3 - Damaraland

The morning after breakfast you will travel further north, along huge lichen fields to Cape Cross, a seal reserve where at times over 80 000 animals frolic in the waves of the Atlantic. Thereafter you will continue via the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, into Damaraland. Damaraland is one of the most scenic areas in Namibia, a huge, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region that offers travellers a more adventurous challenge. Here there are prehistoric water courses with open plains and grasslands, massive granite koppies and deep gorges. Towards the west, the geography changes dramatically with endless sandy wastes, that incredibly sustain small, but wide-ranging populations of desert-adapted Elephant, Black Rhino, Giraffe, Ostrich and Springbok. These animals have adapted their lifestyles to survive the harshness of the sun-blistered, almost waterless desert spaces. Elephant move through euphorbia bush country, and can travel up to 70km in a day in search of food and water and actually do not destroy trees in their quest for food.

Day 4 - Kaokoland

Kaokoland in the Kunene region, known as home to the Himba people who have kept their ethnic individuality and culture in the seclusion of Kaokoland and also home to the Desert Elephant as they adapt successfully to life in arid areas.

The Himba people are semi-nomadic people who still live and dress according to ancient customs and traditions, and they trek from one watering place to the next. With the Tjimba and other Herero people who inhabit Kaokoland, the traditional name of Namibia’s remote northern-western Kunene region, they are informally referred to as the Kaokovelders. The Himba live in scattered settlements throughout the region. Their homes are simple coned-shaped structures made of saplings bound together with palm leaves and plastered with mud and dung. The Himba are tall, slender and statuesque people, renowned for their beauty and photogenic qualities.

Day 5 - Ruacana

We visit a Himba village before heading to Ruacana where you will spend the night. Ruacana is a settlement in the Omusati region which is located on the border with Angola on the Kunene River. Ruacana was developed around a major underground hydro electrical plant linked to the nearby dam across the border in Angola in Calueque. The dam and pumping station were bombed in a Cuban airstrike in 1988 during the Angolan civil war. The facilities were repaired by Nampower and they now operate it producing 240 megawatts with three turbines. A few kilometers from the Ruacana town are the Ruacana Waterfalls. The waterfall is 120 meters high and 700 meters wide in full flood.

Day 6 - Oshakati

We visit the Ruacana Falls before proceeding to Oshakati where you will spend the night. Oshakati is a town located in the Oshana Region. It is the regional capital and it was officially founded in July 1966. Oshakati means “which is in between” in Oshiwambo, the language of the Ovambo. The city was used as a base of operation by the South African Defence Force and Namibian war of Independence. Oshakati is considered to be the largest town and capital of the northern area known as Ovamboland.

Day 7 & 8 - Etosha National Park

Today after breakfast you will proceed down to Etosha National Park which is home to 4 of the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard). Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s finest and most important game reserves. Etosha Game Park was declared a national park in 1907 and covers an area of 22,270 square km. It is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and surprisingly one species of fish.

Etosha, meaning “Great White Place of Dry Water”, is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. The Etosha Pan covers around 25% of the national park. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up. The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only during heavy rains and even then only holds water for a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including impressive flocks of flamingos. The perennial springs along the edges of the Etosha Pan draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds.

Day 9 - Waterberg

Today you proceed down south to the Otjiwarongo area, your destination being the Waterberg Plateau Park where you will spend the night. Waterberg was the site of one of the major turning points in Namibia’s history. It was here on the foothills that the Herero people lost their last and greatest battle against the German Colonial forces at the beginning of the century. The Herero were forced to retreat from the Waterberg and headed eastward to British Bechuanaland (now Botswana). Thousands were killed by the Germans and many lost their lives due to lack of food and water. Estimates are that nearly two thirds of the Herero population lost their lives during this period. The graves of German soldiers who lost their lives at Waterberg can still be viewed near the Waterberg Rest Camp.

Day 10 - End of Tour

This morning after breakfast you will proceed back to Windhoek where you will be dropped off at the airport for your departure flight or at the accommodation of your choice.

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Namibian Highlights Tour

Day 1 - Windhoek

Upon your arrival at the international airport you will be met by your guide who will give you more information about the tour. There after you will travel through scenic mountains to Windhoek the capital of Namibia where your accommodation has been reserved. You can enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants or at your hotel. Windhoek is often described as a city with a continental atmosphere. This can be described due to its architecture-historical buildings dating back to German colonial rule as well as its cuisine, culture, dress codes and educational institutions. At the same time Windhoek has the colour, sounds and tempo of a modern African city.

Pavement displays of African drums and woodcarvings from the North in contrast with elegant shops offering sophisticated Swakara garments and Namibia gemstones set in individually designed pieces of jewellery. While some display clothing, silver and glassware imported from Europe, others splash out with casual and colourful garments from West Africa.

Day 2 - Kalahari Desert

This morning after breakfast you will be travelling to the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is not a true desert as it receives too much rain, but it is actually a fossil desert. So do not expect to find the tall sand dunes associated with Sossusvlei, the landscape is more one of golden grass and small red dunes. You will have dinner at you lodge where you will spend the night. The Kalahari Desert or Kgalagardi, as it is known in Botswana stretches across 7 countries; Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It’s coverage in Namibia is called a desert principally because it’s porous, sandy soils cannot retain surface water, but in some areas annual rainfall can be as high as 250mm, which accounts for the luxuriant grass cover during good years.

The best known of the Kalahari’s inhabitants are the San Bushmen, numbering only a few thousand and squeezed into inhospitable pieces of land, where they are often exploited as cheap farm labour. The term Bushmen is best known referring to nomadic hunter-gather people, also called Basarwa in Botswana and San in Namibia and South Africa. The words San means ‘foragers’ and in modern times unfairly conjure up negative connotations of backwardness, low esteem, alcoholism and even banditry.

However the Bushmen are proud people, and are keen to demonstrate their origins and knowledge of living in the bushveld. They still retain some specific cultural and linguistic characteristics such as the very interesting and unique click language, and listening to it is a wonderful experience in itself. Five types of click sounds are known to exist, with a certain sucking action of the tongue being responsible for the noise. Each has a different position of the tongue and combined with the way the air is released, results in different sounds.

Day 3 - Fish River Canyon

Today after breakfast you will be driving deep south to the Fish River Canyon where your accommodation for the following two nights is located. The Fish River Canyon is the second-largest natural canyon in the world. Set in a harsh, stony plain, dotted with drought-resistant succulent such as the distinctive Quiver Tree or Kokerboom, Aloe Dichotoma, and Euphorbia Gregaria, the canyon is a spectacular natural phenomenon that took hundreds of millions of years to evolve. Whith a full length of 160 km, a width up to 27 km and depth of up to 550 m, its most spectacular section is the 56 km stretch between the northern and southern most viewpoints.

Because the river flows intermittently there is always water in some of the pools except in very dry years. Containing Small and Largemouth Yellow fish, Sharp tooth Catfish Tilapia and Common Carp the pools are also frequented with the Water Monitor or Leguaan. Baboon, Rock Hyrax, Ground Squirrel and Klipspringer are often seen in the canyon while the presence of Leopard and Mountain Zebra are visible by their tracks at waterholes. In the afternoon you can spend the rest of the day at leisure. 

Day 5 - Lüderitz

After breakfast you will be travelling to Lüderitz where your accommodation has been reserved. Lüderitz was initially referred to as Angra Pequena, meaning Little Bay by the Portuguese whose navigator Bartolomeu Diaz erected a stone cross on Dias Point on 25 July 1488. Heinrich Vogelslang, agent of the German merchant from Brement, Adolf Lüderitz, landed at Angra Pequena on 9th April 1988 to establish a trading station. Following the negotiation with the Khoekoe chief Josef Fredericks from Bethanie, he purchased land within an 8 km radius of Angra Pequena. In April 1884 this land became part of the Protectorate of the German Empire starting the beginning of the German colonial control in Namibia, referred to as then Deutsch-Südwest-Afrika.

Lüderitz is renowned for its old-world charm and distinctly German colonial architecture. Set around the bay with their gables with winding stairs, verandas, turrets and bay and bow windows, buildings have a unique character all of their own. One of the most striking is Goerke Haus built in 1909 on the slope of Diamond Mountain. Dinner can be enjoyed at one of the local restaurants.

Day 6 & 7 - Sossusvlei Region

The morning after breakfast you will travel to Sossusvlei where your accommodation for the two nights is reserved. Many people say that no part of the desert is visually more stunning than Sossusvlei with its monumental high dunes. The gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand (one of the largest was measured from the base to be 325 m high) are a sought after topic for artists and photographers. Sossusvlei’s mountainous dunes lie at the end of an erosional trough formed by the Tsauchab River. They are shaped by strong multi-dimensional winds, primarily south-western, and the three to five sinuous crests, which meet at the highest point to give them the star shape. Dinner will be served at the hotel

This following morning after breakfast you can visit the Dead Vlei. Dead Vlei is an old salt pan named for its eerie dead appearance in the Namib Desert which had no water since the river changed its course. The old acacias died 500 years ago, but as there is no humidly in this place, they did not rotten, forming a dead forest. In the late afternoon you will visit then Sesriem Canyon, Walking through the canyon takes you on a journey back to 10-20 million years ago, when sedimentary layers of gravel and sand were deposited and cemented together by lime. The ledges are now inhabited by pigeons, raucous pied crows and chattering starlings. But look a little higher and you might see a Lanner Falcon or the soaring spread of a Lappet Faced Vulture with a wingspan of 2.6 m.

Day 8 & 9 - Swakopmund

This morning you will travel through the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyon, you can visit the Vogelfederberg before traveling to the coastal town of Swakopmund where your accommodation for the night has been reserved for you. Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the heat of the interior. It is also popular amongst visitors because of its old world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during German colonial era, it served as the territory’s main harbour for many years. Today this quaint desert town, hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended public gardens. It has a wide choice of hotels, pensions and restaurants, and several coffee shops. The coast with its desert hinterland offers many options, both for adventure and for relaxation. The following morning after breakfast you can take part in one of the many activities that are on offer in the Swakopmund and Walvis Bay area. These activities range from dolphin cruises, quad bikes, sand boarding, and Sandwich Harbour tour and paragliding; thereafter you can spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 10 - Damaraland

Encompassing a vast area of 4.7 million hectares Damaraland (Kunene province) is located in north-western Namibia. It enfolds an area of looming mountains, rugged valleys and basalt strewn plains. The magnificent raw and untamed quality of its landscapes is reflected in its flora and fauna. Once a part of colonial Etosha, or the unimaginative “Game Reserve Number 2″, Damaraland has gained recognition as the success story of community based conservation in Namibia. The game depicted in ancient rock art has returned to this dramatic landscape. The delightful Springbok, shy Steenbok, elegant Kudu and feisty Mountain Zebra, as well as the oddly out-of-place Giraffe all call this immense place home. Desert adapted Elephant are dwarfed against the towering mountains and the only population of free-ranging (found outside a national park) Black Rhino seem perfectly at home in this ancient land. An amazing assortment of deadly and dangerous plants adds to the variety!

The stark Bottle Tree stands highlighted against the perpetually blue horizon while the Sesame Trees seem to stretch towards the sun. The poisonous Euphorbia is dotted across the landscape while the elegant Makalani Palms indicate secret water sources and the ancient paths of the pachyderms. High concentrations of iron oxide taint the basalt a deep red and in the early morning and late afternoon the sun set the landscape ablaze. The stunning beauty, the feeling of infinity, the majestic creatures and incredible landscapes create an unforgettable experience called Damaraland.

Day 12 to 14 - Twyfelfontein & Etosha National Park

This morning after breakfast you can visit the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings. The name means ”Doubtful Fountain” as was given by local farmer who was in doubts that a spring which existed in the area can support cattle for a long enough time. Twyfelfontein is the largest known concentration of stone age petroglyphs in our country. Although the area was declared a national monument in 1952 some engravings were damaged and even removed. There are approximately 2,500 engravings around Twyfelfontein. The age of engravings has not been determined precisely but there is evidence that area was occupied as early as 6,000 years ago. You can also visit the Burnt Mountain, Petrified Forest and the Organ Pipes, all geological phenomena depicting the creation and evaluation of landmasses. There after you will travel to Etosha National Park where your accommodation for the night has been reserved. Dinner will be enjoyed at the restaurant.

The following morning after breakfast you can enter the Etosha National Park. Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s finest and most important Game Reserves. Etosha Game park was declared a National Park in 1907 and covering an area of 22,270 square km, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.

Etosha, meaning “Great White Place”, is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1,000 million years ago. The Etosha Pan covers around 25% of the National Park. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up. The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including impressive flocks of flamingos. The perennial springs along the edges of the Etosha Pan draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds.

On the third day of the Etosha leg you will travel to the eastern part of the national park. In the eastern and central part of Etosha National Park it is mostly flat and so with practice it is easy to spot a variety of plains game. Most commonly seen are Elephant, Damara Dik-Dik, Giraffe and large herds of Burchell’s Zebra. Etosha is also known for its good numbers of Lion. If there have been good rains, the Etosha pans may attract Flamingos from the coastal areas, teal and various wading birds. Raptors such as the Bateleur Eagle, Pale Chanting Goshawk and Red-necked Falcon are fairly common.

Day 15 - End of Tour

This morning after breakfast you will be driving back to Windhoek where the tour will end. You will be dropped off at the international airport for your departure flight.

Enjoy a safe journey!

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