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Rates from USD 2,425.14

Starts from: Windhoek

Visited countries: Namibia

Visited areas: DamaralandFish River CanyonNamib NaukluftSwakopmund

Itinerary type: Comfort

Transport: Self drive

Itinerary map
Day Transfers & visits Meal plan** Overnight Cat.*
1 Meet and Greet     B B Okahandja: African Dreams Guesthouse 3Star
2 Cheetah Conservation Fund's Education Centre(o)     B B Etosha: Okaukuejo Rest Camp 3Star
3 Etosha Discover(n) • Guided Night Drive(o)     B B Etosha: Okaukuejo Rest Camp 3Star
4 Petrified Forest(n) • Visit the Living Museum of the Damara. (n) • Stargazing (o)   D B B Twyfelfontein: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge 3Star
5 Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site(n) • Cape Cross Seal Reserve(n)     B B Walvis Bay: Oyster Box Guesthouse 3Star
6 Suggestion Swakopmund and Walvis Bay(n) • Dolphin Cruise(o)     B B Walvis Bay: Oyster Box Guesthouse 3Star
7 Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Mirabilis(n) • Kuiseb Canyon(n) • Namib-Naukluft Introduction(n)     B B Namib-Naukluft: Sossusvlei Desert Camp 3Star
8 Sossusvlei and Deadvlei(n)     B B Namib-Naukluft: Sossusvlei Desert Camp 3Star
9 Namib desert wild horses(n)     B B Aus: Klein Aus Vista 3Star
10 Fish River Canyon(n)     B B Fish River Canyon: Canyon RoadHouse 3Star
11 Kokerboom Forest National Monument Site(n)     B B South Namibia: Kalahari Anib Lodge 4Star
12 Kalahari Visit(n)     B B Windhoek: Londiningi Guest House 3Star
13 Windhoek tour(n) • End of our services        
(o)Transfers, visits and meals followed by the (o) symbol are optionals with rates shown separately.
(n)Suggestions not included in our rates.
*The category shown is not necessarily the official star grading of the hotel as some hotels have no grading. It reflects our opinion on the hotel category according to local standards.
**Included meals: L Lunch, D Dinner, B Accommodation, B Breakfast. Followed by (o) when the meal is optional.

Your Itinerary

Day Transfers & visits
1 Meet and Greet
2 Cheetah Conservation Fund's Education Centre(o)
3 Etosha Discover(n) • Guided Night Drive(o)
4 Petrified Forest(n) • Visit the Living Museum of the Damara. (n) • Stargazing (o)
5 Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site(n) • Cape Cross Seal Reserve(n)
6 Suggestion Swakopmund and Walvis Bay(n) • Dolphin Cruise(o)
7 Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Mirabilis(n) • Kuiseb Canyon(n) • Namib-Naukluft Introduction(n)
8 Sossusvlei and Deadvlei(n)
9 Namib desert wild horses(n)
10 Fish River Canyon(n)
11 Kokerboom Forest National Monument Site(n)
12 Kalahari Visit(n)
13 Windhoek tour(n) • End of our services
(o)Transfers, visits and meals followed by the (o) symbol are optionals with rates shown separately.
(n)Suggestions not included in our rates.
**Included meals: L Lunch, D Dinner, B Accommodation, B Breakfast. Followed by (o) when the meal is optional.

Overnight

Day Overnight Cat.*
1 Okahandja: African Dreams Guesthouse 3Star
2 Etosha: Okaukuejo Rest Camp 3Star
3 Etosha: Okaukuejo Rest Camp 3Star
4 Twyfelfontein: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge 3Star
5 Walvis Bay: Oyster Box Guesthouse 3Star
6 Walvis Bay: Oyster Box Guesthouse 3Star
7 Namib-Naukluft: Sossusvlei Desert Camp 3Star
8 Namib-Naukluft: Sossusvlei Desert Camp 3Star
9 Aus: Klein Aus Vista 3Star
10 Fish River Canyon: Canyon RoadHouse 3Star
11 South Namibia: Kalahari Anib Lodge 4Star
12 Windhoek: Londiningi Guest House 3Star
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*The category shown is not necessarily the official star grading of the hotel as some hotels have no grading. It reflects our opinion on the hotel category according to local standards.
D1: Windhoek - Okahandja
Meet and Greet
 -Be met at Windhoek Airport by one of our experienced guides, who will explain your itinerary and give you valuable advice, as well as information to make your trip run smoothly and be utterly unforgettable. Our guide will answer any questions you may have, hand over all the travel documents that you may need such as maps and vouchers, and escort you to your designated transportation.
12:09-Pick up your vehicle Europcar NA Classic Max Category P b:7-13 days at Windhoek - Drop Off Windhoek (Day 13 14:09) - 13 days Special conditions
 -Overnight: African Dreams Guesthouse (Standard room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D2: Okahandja - Etosha
Cheetah Conservation Fund's Education Centre(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Otjiwarongo
 -Get your feline fix with a visit to the Cheetah Conservation Fund's International Research and Education Centre. Situated 44 km outside Otjiwarango, the CCF Centre was founded by Dr Laurie Marker and is the world's leading organisation dedicated to saving the cheetah from extinction. Loss of habitat, poaching and prosecution by farmers has led to the cheetah being the most endangered cat in Africa. The CCF Centre provides in-depth information about the cheetah, and what CCF is doing to ensure the survival of this species for future generations. Cheetah that cannot be released into the wild for various reasons are protected in this peaceful sanctuary and visitors can observe these big cats on a drive through one of the cheetah camps. (Optional rates: D2:Cheetah Conservation Center)
 -Travel to Etosha
 -Overnight at the Rest Camp: Okaukuejo Rest Camp (Double Room (A) - Bed and Breakfast) Special conditions
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D3: Etosha
Etosha Discover(n) • Guided Night Drive(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Full day game drive through the vast wilderness at the Etosha National Park. This spectacular wildlife park is dominated by a massive mineral pan, part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed over 1 000 million years ago and fills up only for a short period of time when rains are heavy. Most of the year it is a shimmering mirage against which the long shadows of passing herds of game can be seen, providing a unique and stunningly stark landscape. Despite its aridness, the park is rich in wildlife and boasts the Big Five and over 100 other mammal species as well as thousands of birds that flock to the pan. During your game drive, stop at some of the waterholes to watch animals slake their thirst in the water. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Guided Night Drive (Optional rates: D3:Guided Night Drive)
 -Overnight at the Rest Camp: Okaukuejo Rest Camp (Double Room (A) - Bed and Breakfast) Special conditions
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D4: Etosha - Twyfelfontein
Petrified Forest(n) • Visit the Living Museum of the Damara. (n) • Stargazing (o)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Khorixas
 -Touch trees of stone with a visit to the Petrified Forest, a remarkable site of fossilised tree trunks dating back to the paleontological era. Geological research has revealed that these trees belong to the pine family, and were washed down the continent in a massive flood to their current site, buried beneath hundreds of metres of sediment. Over millions of years, the pressure caused the organic material to be replaced by silica and completely transformed the trees into stone. The effects of erosion have exposed these tree relics, including two trees measuring up to 45 metres. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Damaraland
 -Engage with the enigmatic Damara people with a visit to the Damara Living Museum near Twyfelfontein. The Damara are one of the oldest nations in Namibia with no clear lineage attachment to any other tribe in Africa, making their origins somewhat mysterious and unique. During your visit you will gain insight into the daily routine of the Damara tribe as you watch blacksmiths making traditional tools and weapons and women producing pretty jewellery and crafts. Test your skills of traditional fire making while the tribe explains to you the importance of the Holy Fire – on object of reverence that is believed to bring good fortune in hunting and can be started only by the village headman as he rubs together sticks and murmurs a ‘magical formula’. Leather tanning to make traditional clothing, dancing, singing and traditional games will round off a memorable experience. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Twyfelfontein
 -Stargazing (Optional rates: D4:Stargazing)
 -Dinner: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
 -Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge (Standard Room - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (FIT))
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D5: Twyfelfontein - Walvis Bay
Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site(n) • Cape Cross Seal Reserve(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Read the pictures that paint a thousand words at the site of Twyvelfontein in the heart of Damaraland. With over 2 500 rock engravings dating back 6 000 years to the hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age, as well as numerous Khoikhoi rock painting sites estimated to be 2 000 years old, Twyfelfontein has one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa, and was declared Namibia's first World Heritage Site in 2007. The ancient engravings and paintings depict the lives of lost communities and the animals with whom they shared the landscape. Twyfelfontein is translated to 'doubtful spring' in Afrikaans, referring to the /Ui-//aes spring that that lies within the valley along the slopes of the sandstone plateau. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Cape Cross
 -Watch as seals frolic on the shores of the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. Located approximately 60 km north of the coastal city of Henties Bay on the Skeleton Coast, this reserve holds the largest breeding colony of the Cape fur seals in the world. Cape Cross is also where Portuguese explorer Diego Câo erected a stone pillar and cross to establish his claim on the territory in 1486. The original cross was removed in 1893 and taken to Berlin after the German possession of the land, and a replica made of Namibian dolomite was erected in its place. The reserve is open daily from 10am to 7pm. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Walvis Bay
 -Overnight: Oyster Box Guesthouse (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D6: Walvis Bay
Suggestion Swakopmund and Walvis Bay(n) • Dolphin Cruise(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Discover the Swakopmund and Walvis Bay area. The Namib Desert offers a life rich in amazing plants, insects and animals, completely adapted to this sand environment. From Swakopmund, activities such as a parachute jump, a camel ride, a tour of historic city or township buildings, or scenic flights in a small bush plane complete a wide range of activities. The Atlantic Ocean offers from Walvis Bay very interesting marine excursions such as boat cruises, kayaking, surfing, kiting and fishing. (Not included)
 -Inhale the fresh, salty air as you prepare for a marine dolphin motorboat cruise to Pelican Point. The calm waters of Walvis Bay's lagoon are teeming with marine life. The cruise traverses the oyster lines, Walvis Bay Harbour and Pelican Point with its iconic lighthouse, where Cape fur seals play in the waves and come right up to the boat. Further out bottlenose and heaviside dolphins swim alongside the boat, and whales can be spotted between July and November. Flamingos, pelicans and even jackass penguins are common sightings during the cruise. (Optional rates: D6:Marine Dolphin Cruise)
 -Overnight: Oyster Box Guesthouse (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D7: Walvis Bay - Namib-Naukluft
Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Mirabilis(n) • Kuiseb Canyon(n) • Namib-Naukluft Introduction(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Namib-Naukluft
 -Walk on the moon Namibian-style at the Namib Moon Landscape, a name given to a part of the valley of the Swakop River near Swakopmund. The lunar-type landscape, eroded by thousands of years of wind and rain, is awe-inspiring. The river that flows from time to time at the bottom of the valley brings a short-lived period of fertility to the region and the water allows some plants to survive in this hostile environment. Man tried to cultivate parts of this valley for agriculture at the beginning of the previous century, with little success due to the harshness of the environment. Discover the Welwitschia mirabilis, a botanical curiosity that is found almost exclusively in areas of fog of the Namib Desert. Some specimens are older than 1500 years. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Capture hypnotic scenic images at the Kuiseb Canyon. The ephemeral Kuiseb River has carved an impressive nine kilometre long canyon which can be seen from the C14 road close to the town of Solitaire. This river is the dividing line between the endless rocky plains of the north and the sand dunes that end near the Orange River. After the rainy season in the summer, the Kuiseb River mostly dries up but some water remains at the canyon. Klipspringer, leopard, hyena, jackal and springbok can sometimes be spotted. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Prepare to be mesmerised as you explore the enormous Namib-Naukluft National Park. The park covers an area of just under 50 000 km2, and is the largest nature conservation area in Namibia, and the fourth largest in the world. This is a vast, remote area encompassing dramatic landscapes, from an impressive mountain massif to desert plains and high dunes, to deep gorges and an estuarine lagoon. The Naukluft area is situated north-west of Maltahöhe on the road to the coastal town of Swakopmund at the edge of the Namib Desert. Amid the semi-desert landscape and mountainous escarpment, mountain zebra and other species of game can be found. Sesriem, the main entrance gate to the park, lies west of the Naukluft mountains, where the Tsauchab River disappears dramatically down a steep gorge at a huge, dried-up pan, called Sossusvlei. Here, the towering dunes, reaching up to 300 m high - among the tallest dunes in the world - extend as far as the eye can see, and their multi-coloured hues vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. Sandwich Harbour, 42 km south of the port of Walvis Bay, is a large, reed-lined marine lagoon home to many coastal and freshwater birds and only accessibly by 4x4 vehicles. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Sossusvlei Desert Camp (Standard Room - Accommodation only)
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D8: Namib-Naukluft
Sossusvlei and Deadvlei(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Spend a full day in the desert to see Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Drive to the entrance of the national park at Sesriem. From the entrance, continue along a paved road for 50 kilometres and be mesmerised by the transition between the magnificent landscapes of the Naukluft mountains and those of the dunes. If you’re up to the challenge, you can climb Dune 45, the real star of the show, and probably the most photographed dune of all. Arriving at the car park signalling the end of the asphalt road, you can continue your way on the sand for 5 km provided you have a 4x4, or take the shuttle to the car parks serving the sites of Deadvlei and Sossusvlei. A few hundred metres’ walk in the dunes from the parking of the site you will discover Deadvlei, a clay bowl sheltering a dry, cracked lake. The contrast between the blackened trees, the white of the lake, the ochre of the dunes and the deep-blue sky is dazzling. Finally, discover the incredible site of Sossusvlei. All the splendour of the Namib is concentrated here. From the top of one of the dunes, a breathtaking sea of sand awaits you, filled with giant dunes, the highest in the world, some reaching 300 metres in height. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Sossusvlei Desert Camp (Standard Room - Accommodation only)
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D9: Namib-Naukluft - Aus
Namib desert wild horses(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Aus
 -Encounter the ephemeral Namib Desert Horses, the only wild desert-dwelling horses in Africa, and possibly the world. These horses are the subject of many discussions and studies as to their origin and incredible resistance to the extreme conditions of the desert. They are found to the west of the town of Aus on the road to Lüderitz, and in the valley of the Koichab River. Today the Namib feral horses are highly protected by the Namibian Directorate of Nature Conservation. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Klein Aus Vista - Lodge (Room Desert Horse Inn - Bed and Breakfast)
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D10: Aus - Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Fish River Canyon
 -Sense the magnitude of nature's forces with a visit to the Fish River Canyon. Located in the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park at the lower reaches of the Fish River - Namibia's longest river - the Fish River Canyon is said to be the world's second largest canyon after America's Grand Canyon. Formed 650-million years ago as a result of tectonic shifts, the canyon spans a depth of 600 metres, a length of 80 kilometres and a width of approximately 20 kilometres. The sight of the massive ravine against a stark desert backdrop is one of the highlights of southern Namibia. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Canyon RoadHouse (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D11: Fish River Canyon - Kalahari
Kokerboom Forest National Monument Site(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Keetmanshoop
 -Transcend time with a visit to the Kokerboom Forest south of Keetmanshoop, proclaimed a national monument in 1955 due to its exceptional concentration of quiver trees. Belonging to the aloe family, the quiver tree (aloe dichotoma) is endemic to Namibia and is certainly one of the country's most outlandish plant specimens. Once the branches of this aloe are dry, the fibrous inner contents are removed and the hollow bark is used as a quiver for arrows by the indigenous people. Some specimens can reach a height of 9 metres and the trees in this natural forest are between two and three hundred years old. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Kalahari
 -Overnight: Kalahari Anib Lodge (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D12: Kalahari - Windhoek
Kalahari Visit(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Windhoek
 -Be blown away by the haunting beauty of the Kalahari Desert. Extending over an area of 500,000 km², the Kalahari covers most of Botswana - where it is known as the Kgalagadi - some areas of South Africa, and south-eastern Namibia. Contrary to what the notion of 'desert' might suggest, the Kalahari has a semi-arid climate and receives an average annual rainfall of 100 mm (as opposed to a maximum of 25 mm for a true desert). The rains enable a multitude of life to flourish across the red sands that transform into grassy plains at times of higher rainfall, and numerous species of mammals and birds inhabit the Kalahari, as do the San Bushmen, southern Africa's oldest human inhabitants. The solitary expanses evoke a sense of isolation, yet its lunar landscapes, varied fauna and flora and ancient tribes make the Kalahari an enriching experience. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Londiningi Guest House (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D13: Windhoek
Windhoek tour(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Saunter the sidewalks on a city tour of Windhoek. The capital of Namibia lies at an altitude of 1 654 metres within the Khomashochland, a hilly plateau in the centre of the country. With its unique blend of European and African architecture, history and culture, the tranquil city has a slightly vintage feel. Its first inhabitants named the city as a "place of vapour, water or fire" due to the numerous hot water springs in the area. Following the arrival of the Germans in 1890 the city grew around a fortress, or the Alte Feste, and the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), Namibia's parliament building. The Christuskirche, built in neo-Gothic / Art Nouveau style, rises above the city showcasing the German architectural influence of the time. (Suggestion not included in rates)
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