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The tour begins traveling across the strip of beautiful desert landscapes that cover Hardap region with a visit to the magical Namib Desert and its famous dunes of Sossusvlei, following North through the Naukluft and ever-changing desert landscapes to reach the town of Swakopmund. Here you can visit the beautiful Walvis Bay with its bay full of flamingos before moving northward parallel to the Skeleton Coast to visit Cape Cross, home to one of the largest colonies of seals in southern Africa.
You will then step into Damaraland, the land of Bushmen who have left their mark throughout centuries with petroglyphs on rocks and visit a Himba village in the South of Etosha National Park. Having exciting moments of safari through the park, we will continue until Bushmaland where you can spend a day with members of the tribe. Then enter the Khaudum National Park, one of the most remote and least explored area of the country. Back to Windhoek, spend the last night in Otjiwa Lodge, an excellent private wildlife reserve which is famous for its rhino population and the rare Sable antelope.
Arrival at Windhoek international airport and transfer to your hotel, located in Namatanga Conservancy. It is a vast area where mountain, Kalahari sands and the central plateau join together, creating an unparalleled biodiversity area. It is also an ideal spot for bird watching.
Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, start our route to the southwest toward the Namib Desert, the oldest desert of the Planet, a beautiful landscape formed by a sea of red dunes, color due to oxidation of quartz crystals forming the sand grains.
The dunes are born from the sand that comes from the neighboring Kalahari, seized by the Orange river that drags the sea, and is returned to ground by the Benguela Current. This desert meets factors and characteristics that make it unique, listed as World Heritage.
Arrival and installation at your accommodation. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
|Windhoek → Namib Desert||350 km||4 h|
Today will have the full day to explore the famous dunes of Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. Have breakfast and leave early, waiting at the door opening before dawn to travel approximately 60 km between the entrance to the central area of the dunes with the first light of day. Reach the famous Dune 45 when the sun is still low and enjoy the stunning contrast of a bright blue sky against the red dunes.
We will continue until the end of the paved road where we leave our vehicle and we will take a 4x4 to travel the last 5 km of pure sand to get into the heart of the dunes, reaching Dead Vlei, one of the hottest and inhospitable places on earth or dune Big Dady (325 meters).
Besides landscape, Sossusvlei is easy to see different and varied fauna, as oryx, springbok, jackals, ostriches and the famous beetle spray (fog beteles). We can walk up to any of the dunes bordering Dead Vlei. The rise will be a small effort that will be rewarded with panoramic views and delicious drop sliding down the cold and soft sand dunes. After this tour, visit the nearby Sesriem Canyon River.
After breakfast, departure to Swakopmund. On the way, we will stop at Solitaire, a mythical gas station in the desert.
Continue through the northern section of the Namib-Naukluft Park, not only the greatest of Namibia, but one of the largest in Africa, with its spectacular scenery and changing its endemic flora. During the tour, you will see some of the animals that live freely in the desert - the beautiful oryx or ostrich. Arrival to our accommodation in Swakopmund.
In the afternoon we will visit the city.
|Desert → Swakopmund||400 km||6 hours|
In the early morning, we will go to the neighboring Walvis Bay where we take a bay cruise - you can see seals, dolphins and whales and the famous fish known as Mola Mola. At the end, we stroll through the lagoon to see flamingos.
After Lunch, we will go Northward by following the road that runs parallel to the Skeleton Coast. Whipped by wind and sea force, the wild coast extends over 2,000 kilometers at the boundary between Namibia and South Atlantic, forming one of the most untouched and desolated places of the entire African continent. Famous for the dense fogs formed when hitting the cold Benguela current from the Antarctic with hot, dry climate of the Namib Desert.
Continue to Cape Cross inhabited by a large colony of seals. We will have the chance to see them up close, crossing bridges that pass over them.
Return to Swakopmund.
After breakfast, departure to the hard Kaokoland region. As you go deeper into this region you will perceive change, not only landscape. You will meet a less developed, most inhospitable and virgin land of the Himba region.
Arrival in the protected area of Twyfelfontein where we take a tour. Twyfelfontein is declared World Heritage by the large concentration of petroglyphs found in the area. These representations are painted and carved on the rock, have been made by the Bushman tribes over thousands of years, mostly didactic purpose, to teach younger ancestral forms of hunting.
Visit the Petrified Forest. We stop to see Pipers Organ: vertical basalt formations up to 5 meters high that were created 120 million years ago.
On our way to Etosha, stop to visit a Himba, noble and fierce people defending their culture and feel the pride of being tribe village. This town is still accepting barter. The Himba are a semi-nomadic tribe and pastoralists who move from a water point to another. They live in small huts made of mud, sticks and covered with animal skins, these surround the ancestral fire, and build a central enclosure for cattle. Women are known for the color of their skin reddish due to otjize, a mixture of butterfat and smeared land to protect the scorching sun.
Have pack lunch en route. Continue to our accommodation at the south gate of Etosha.
In the afternoon, first safari near the south of Etosha National Park.
Today you will enjoy a full day safari from South to East in Etosha National Park, the best wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. During our safari route enjoy the view of the herds in their natural habitat.
It is estimated that there are about 300 lions, 3000 giraffes and some 2000 elephants along with a lot of springbok and zebras, apart from wildebeest, buffalo, kudu, orys and hopefully the elusive leopard in Etosha. It is home to some endangered species like the black rhino and white rhino, black-faced Impala, the tssessebe and orix.
In the center of Etosha, we will see the famous Pan, an ancient dry lake covering 5000 km2. It will certainly be a memorable day for lovers of nature and wildlife experiences.
We get up early to make a final route safari for 2 hours in Etosha on the first light of day when the wildlife is most active and when there is a greater chance of encountering exciting scenes.
We have a long way to our next destination, the area known with the nickname Bushmaland in Otjozondjupa region due to be a Bushman settlement area.
At about 80 km is San Village, a community project for the protection of the Bushman culture. An full excursion day in which we enter into the secrets of their culture that has led to this ethnic group to be able to live over centuries in the most arid desert terrain in perfect harmony with nature.
The San or Bushmen have been so integrated in nature that are considered another link in the food chain. They came to develop certain physical peculiarities of adaptation to life in remote locations, such as using the buttocks as a water reservoir, like camels with their humps. The golden color of their skin allowed them to withstand the sun and high temperatures of the desert.
Today we have a long journey in which we will stopping to stretch your legs and enjoy the changing landscape of the Kalahari. The journey itself is an adventure in which we have an opportunity to continue savoring the essence of Namibia.
Arrival to our accommodation, Otjiwa Lodge. Located in the oldest Guest Farm in Namibia, with an area of 12,000 hectares. This private reserve has abundant of wildlife among which we can find a population of about 20 rhinos and a prolific population of the rare sable antelope and the impressive African Fish Eagle. Besides being a bird sanctuary, it is home to other 25 types of mammals.
Depending on arrival time, we leave for a safari in open 4x4 about 2 hours for the reservation in search of fauna. If not, we'll leave it for the next morning.
Exit south towards Windhoek, journey will take approximately 2 hours. If the flight schedules of all members of the group permit, we will stop at the craft market Okajanda, famous for its wood carvings.
Continue to Windhoek international airport for your departure flight.