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Ultimate Namibia 15 Days 14 Nights

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Ultimate Namibia 15 Days 14 Nights

  1. 1. P a g e | 1 Ultimate Namibia 14 Days
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  4. 4. P a g e | 4 Frank Party Ultimate Namibia 14 Days Kalahari - Kalahari Namibia - Fish River Canyon - Aus - Luderitz - Namib - Swakopmund - Brandberg - Etosha National Park 15 Days / 14 Nights 4 Persons Date of Issue: 21 April 2017 16 October 2017 - 30 October 2017 Click here to view your Digital Itinerary
  5. 5. P a g e | 5 Overview Key D, B&B: Dinner, bed and breakfast FB: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch Included Vehicle. Fuel. Airport Transfers. 1x Qualified professional driver/guide. Accommodation and meals for guests as per itinerary. Accommodation and meals for the driver/guide. Park entry fees as per itinerary. Activities as indicated in the itinerary. Passenger liability. water on the tour vehicle. 15% VAT. 2% Tourism Levy. Excluded All expenses of personal nature. Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary. All meals not specified in the itinerary. Drinks at lodges and on the road. Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Harnas Wildlife Foundation (Camping) Kalahari 2 D, B&B Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch (Lodging) Kalahari Namibia 1 FB Hobas Campsite (Camping) Fish River Canyon 1 FB Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Campsite, Gondwana Collection Namibia (Camping) Aus 1 FB Luderitz Nest Hotel (Lodging) Luderitz 2 FB Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia(camping) Namib 2 FB Orange House (Lodging) Swakopmund 2 FB Brandberg White Lady Camping (camping) Brandberg 1 FB Okaukuejo Campsite (Camping) Etosha National Park 2 FB
  6. 6. P a g e | 6 All optional excursions and activities. Tips for tour guides, meals, porters and activities. International flights and airport taxes. Items not mentioned in the itinerary.
  7. 7. P a g e | 7 Day 1: Harnas Wildlife Foundation, Kalahari (Mon, 16 October) Kalahari The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world, covering no less than 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari (or Kgalakgadi as it is locally known) does receive a sprinkling of erratic rainfall. Lacking any permanent surface water, the Kalahari is an unkind place to live except for the hardiest of God’s creatures. This harsh environment was avoided by most outsiders, but the !Kung Bushmen are able to survive by adapting to their surroundings. The villages, consisting of 10-30 people, are semi-permanent; once the water source dries up, the band has to carry their belongings to a new site where a reliable source of water can be located. Vegetation in the Kalahari consists mainly of grasses and acacias but there are over 400 identified plant species present.The animals of the Kalahari Desert do not today include the complete big five of Africa, except in areas where they have been re- introduced. Although there are plenty of Kalahari Desert lions, Elephants are restricted to the northern parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. The same goes for rhino and African buffalo. The leopard is quite common in all parts of the Kalahari Desert, including the southern Kalahari. The "Big five" of the Namibian Kalahari Desert, are the Gemsbok, the Kalahari desert lion, the springbok, the eland and the leopard. The bushman refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! Overnight: Harnas Wildlife Foundation View iBrochure Location & Description Omaheke is one of the thirteen regions of Namibia and lies on the eastern border of Namibia which is the western extension of the Kalahari Desert. The name Omaheke is Herero for Sandveld and it is here, east of Gobabis, where Harnas is situated. Harnas Wildlife Foundation is the longest running wildlife rehabilitation centre in Namibia. Since the establishment of Harnas over 30 years ago, they have developed a very successful international foundation that supports their causes and passion for conservation. Harnas Wildlife Foundation focuses on the establishment and upkeep of safe zones for animals captured or expelled from encroached environments, as well as the rehabilitation and care of sick, injured or abandoned animals. They strive to give animals a second chance at life, by rehabilitating and releasing them back into their natural habitat or caring for the ones that will not survive in the wild. Harnas believes that people and animals are equally entitled to lead a life without negative stress like hunger and pain. Throughout the years, population numbers of animals like lions, cheetahs, wild dogs and other species have plummeted, but with its rehabilitation projects Harnas Wildlife Foundation makes a difference by releasing capable wild animals into safe wildlife parks of Namibia. GPS Co-Ordinates S21°47’12.48” E19°22’18.21” Services The Lapa is the central communal area and is situated on the main lawn where several tame wildlife species roam free. Behind the main area are Chachma Baboon enclosures where guests can watch the baboons going about their daily antics. The restaurant is run by an acclaimed Executive Chef and his team who present guests with exquisite plated meals. The Bar in the front of the Lapa provides guests with a wide selection of snacks, drinks, fine wines and other alcoholic beverages. Towards one side of the Lapa, is the Boma where the great African traditional “braai” is held. The chefs grill a selection of meats over an open fire pit and the dining area surrounds the warmth of the fire underneath the cool night skies. The pool will help to cool down the hot summer days while the fire place in the restaurant help warm the cold nights. The kiosk and reception is also placed at the Lapa for convenient check in`s and purchasing unique Harnas paraphernalia. Accommodation The five luxurious Stone Cottages, situated a short distance away from the main lodge are upper market units. Each cottage has a spacious bathroom, mini bar, coffee station, air conditioning and two large ¾ beds acting as a king size. Some of the units have a sleeper couch that can accommodate two children sharing with their parents. Timbila is a family unit which has an extra room with four single beds and a cot. It also has a beautiful bathroom, mini bar, coffee station, air conditioning and two large ¾ beds acting as a king size in the main room. Caso & Lueki are two standard units equipped with mini bar, coffee station, air conditioning and two large ¾ beds acting as a king size. (Both units will soon be converted into family units and
  8. 8. P a g e | 8 available for bookings by the 1st of December 2014) Three standard Igloo Units each with individual bathroom, mini bar, coffee station, air conditioning and two ¾ beds acting as a king size; are ideal for guest who prefer a more rustic experience. These units are surrounded by a low wall with a small garden for extra privacy. The six Camping sites each have an electrical outlet, braai with grid, water point, outside shower and private washing up area. The communal space offers a basic kitchen with washing up facilities, showers and flush toilets. No tents, fridge, or other camping equipment is supplied by Harnas. Fire wood can be purchased on the premises. Activities Morning Feeding Tour On the morning feeding tour you will hear about the history, facts and stories on our big cats, wild dogs, baboons etc. The drive is conducted in an open game drive vehicle ensuring impeccable views during the feeding tour. You will witness the beastly grip of a lion grabbing a chunk of meat in mid-air as well as the immense power of a leopard leaping up a tree for his meal. The amazing sounds and behaviour of the endangered wild dog will leave a lasting impression on you before seeing the agile and graceful cheetah. One of the highlights of this tour is watching the baboons feed. Large and small baboons scramble around like naughty school kids while grabbing food from each other and stuffing their faces with as much as the can eat! The tour starts at 09h00 and continues for about 3 ½ hours. Afternoon Tour On the afternoon tour you will have the opportunity to experience Harnas on a more personal level. Learn more about the history, nursery, care facility and feel the heartbeat of Harnas. Your guide will accompany you to view amazing animals like the meerkats, mongoose, brown hyena, vervet monkeys, cheetahs and many more animals with amazing life stories. The tour will also cover the church, volunteer village and many more intimate Harnas sights. The tour starts at the Lapa at 15h00 during winter time and 15h30 during summer and the duration is +/- 2 hours. Lion Roar Sundowner Hear the thrilling battle of the lions roaring and competing for the loudest and strongest position on Harnas while having a sundowner! The tour departs around 17h00 during winter time and 19h00 during summer time, depending on the sunset time, and the duration is about 1 ½ hours. Radio Tracking in the Lifeline Area Help with the adventurous search of released cheetahs wearing radio collars in our lifeline area by learning how to use a telemetry device. This activity will depart the lodge at 09h00 and returns around 12h00. Children/Families We welcome all families - The lodge environment is relatively safe and children are welcome to enjoy a swim in the pool or play around the large lawn. Parents are however responsible for their own children`s safety and supervision at all times, especially while participating on activities. Children Children between 0 – 3 years are free of charge sharing with parents Children between 4 – 12 years pay half price while sharing with parents Children from 13 and older pay the full rate **Join the Harnas experience and help protect and safeguard wild animals. Working Guest from all ages, places and professions are welcome to join as a normal Volunteer in a group or as an Exclusive Volunteer Tourist enjoying the finer luxuries the lodge offers. Read more about the Go- Projects offered by Harnas - see the PDF file under Documentation** Included Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
  9. 9. P a g e | 9 Day 2: Harnas Wildlife Foundation, Kalahari (Tue, 17 October) Activities AM Feeding Tour PM Cheetah walk Included Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
  10. 10. P a g e | 10 Day 3: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Kalahari Namibia (Wed, 18 October) Kalahari Namibia The Kalahari is an exceptionally beautiful living desert a large semi-arid sandy savannah draped over a gently rolling inland sea of sand covering most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa. It is also the last bastion of the San people with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed. Here in Namibia it is typically red sands covered in thin, wispy, mostly golden grass and dotted with acacia trees and wide ranging wildlife including gemsbok, impala, jackals and cheetah. Overnight: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch View iBrochure The lodge lies on the edge of the Southern Kalahari in the mixed tree and shrub Savanna. The ranch is characterised by huge red sands dunes running parallel, and in a northern-westerly to south-easterly direction. This ‘Spirit of Africa’ atmosphere, coupled with service, delivered with graciousness and charm, in an unashamedly luxurious setting, will be the hallmarks of this establishment, providing excellent value and unforgettable memories for the discerning traveller. Activities Bagatelle Horse Ride Star Gazing Included Full Board
  11. 11. P a g e | 11 Day 4: Hobas Campsite, Fish River Canyon (Thu, 19 October) Fish River Canyon The FishRiverCanyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo. It is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 100 miles (160 km) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 metres deep. The FishRiver is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its flow at present is a trickle compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. It cuts deep into the plateau that is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought resistant plants such as succulents, euphorbia’s and lonely quiver trees. The river flows intermittently, usually coming down in flood 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. At the lower end of the Fish River Canyon, the hot springs resort of Ai-Ais provides an oasis in the desolate rocky wastes. Guided and unguided walks into the canyon are possible during April to September, it is however strictly forbidden to climb into the canyon as a day visitor. In the canyon you may encounter several species of mammals, such as wild horses, Mountain Zebra (Hartman Zebra), Kudu, Klipspringer, Leopard, Steenbok, Baboon and Springbok. The most common rodents include mice, rats, dassies, and dassie-rats. Bird life includes surprises like Pelicans, Black Eagles, Fish Eagles, Kingfishers, Lovebirds, Wild Ostrich and various species of waterfowl and wading birds, like Herons. In the natural pools of the Fish River are found an abundance of fish, such as barbled catfish and yellow fish. Overnight: Hobas Campsite Hobas Camp is the campsite at the start of the hiking trail at the north end of the Fish River Canyon. The camping site at Hobas is one of the few in the area offering shady trees to camp amongst. There are 14 campsites set among shady trees at the top end of Fish River Canyon. Campsite amenities include ablution facilities, braai/BBQ area, swimming pool and a kiosk selling basics and cool drinks. Activities Bushman walk Quiver Tree Forest Giant's Playground Quiver Tree Forest Some 14 kilometres from Keetmanshoop is a striking natural phenomenon that is well worth a visit: a natural forest of roughly 200 quiver trees, set on a large outcrop of blackish dolerite rocks. Named for the pliable bark that was once used by bushmen to craft quivers for their arrows, quiver trees are in fact not trees at all, but unusually large
  12. 12. P a g e | 12 succulents with scaly bark and twisted branches topped with spiky, fleshy leaves. The most mature specimens here are between 200 and 300 years old, and some measure as high as nine metres. The forest, which was declared a national monument in 1955, is best viewed at sunrise or sunset, when the soft, warm light further enhances this already captivating sight. Giant's Playground This conglomeration of precariously balanced rock is situated a mere 5 kilometers from the Quivertree Forest and has been dated to be over 180 million years of age. The dolomite rock formations, some of which belong to the most curious geological arrangements in Southern Africa, are the result of intrusion and erosion and do actually resemble a fascinating giant puzzle of irregular shaped building blocks! Included Full Board
  13. 13. P a g e | 13 Day 5: Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Campsite, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Aus (Fri, 20 October) Aus This region is typified by the Succulent Karoo. The distinctive climatic characteristics of the Succulent Karoo make it different from all other deserts in the world. Rainfall is reliable and predictable, falling mostly in winter, and prolonged droughts are rare. The Succulent Karoo’s botanical diversity is unparalleled by any other arid region on earth and is the world’s only plant hotspot that is entirely arid. This ecoregion is home to greater than 5,000 higher plant species, nearly 40 percent of which are endemic, and 18 percent of which are threatened. It has the richest succulent flora in the world, harbouring about one-third of the world’s approximately 10,000 succulent species. Other unique features include the diversity of miniature succulents (435 spp.) and geophytes (bulb-like plants 630 spp.). The ecoregion is also a center of diversity and endemism for reptiles and many invertebrate taxa, especially monkey beetles (Rutelinae: Hoplinii). The Namib Desert ecoregion to the north is characterized by extremely low and variable summer rain (less than 50 mm per year), and extremely sparse plant cover, dominated by ephemerals. To the east lies the Nama Karoo ecoregion, a low open shrubland with variable grass cover and highly variable rain that falls mainly in the late summer months. Overnight: Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Campsite, Gondwana Collection Namibia View iBrochure Large old camel thorn trees greet camping guests at the Desert Horse Campsite in a small valley of the Aus mountains. Each of the ten sites is equipped with a tap, table, grill and windbreak. Neat shower and toilet facilities are within easy reach of each site. Barbecue packs are available at the reception of Desert Horse Inn (1.5 km); those who like to skip cooking for a change are more than welcome at the Inn's restaurant (subject to space available, please enquire upon arrival). Several hiking trails run through the valley; the Sundowner Trail leads to a lookout point where you can watch the sun disappear behind the distant horizon at the far end of vast desert plains. The Desert Horse Campsite is just 20 km away from the habitat of the Wild Horses. Activities Fish River Canyon Fish River Canyon The FishRiverCanyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo. It is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 100 miles (160 km) long, up to 27 km wide and in places
  14. 14. P a g e | 14 almost 550 metres deep. The FishRiver is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its flow at present is a trickle compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. It cuts deep into the plateau that is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought resistant plants such as succulents, euphorbia’s and lonely quiver trees. The river flows intermittently, usually coming down in flood 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. At the lower end of the Fish River Canyon, the hot springs resort of Ai-Ais provides an oasis in the desolate rocky wastes. Guided and unguided walks into the canyon are possible during April to September, it is however strictly forbidden to climb into the canyon as a day visitor. In the canyon you may encounter several species of mammals, such as wild horses, Mountain Zebra (Hartman Zebra), Kudu, Klipspringer, Leopard, Steenbok, Baboon and Springbok. The most common rodents include mice, rats, dassies, and dassie-rats. Bird life includes surprises like Pelicans, Black Eagles, Fish Eagles, Kingfishers, Lovebirds, Wild Ostrich and various species of waterfowl and wading birds, like Herons. In the natural pools of the Fish River are found an abundance of fish, such as barbled catfish and yellow fish. Included Full Board
  15. 15. P a g e | 15 Day 6: Luderitz Nest Hotel, Luderitz (Sat, 21 October) Luderitz This seaside town is something of an anomaly – a piece of 19th century Bavaria bordering the pinkish sand dunes of the Namib Desert. Lutheran churches, German bakeries and colonial buildings are dotted about the settlement, while its windswept beaches are home to flamingos, ostriches, seals and penguins. The nearby ghost town of Kolmanskop is one of the most fascinating area attractions, located approximately 10 kilometres from Luderitz central. Overnight: Luderitz Nest Hotel View iBrochure All 70 rooms and 3 luxurious suites are sea-facing with FREE Wi-Fi facilities. The hotel has 3 wheelchair friendly rooms, elevator and all public areas are accessible. The locally acclaimed Penguin Restaurant serves a fine and varied menu. The upper deck CRAYFISH BAR LOUNGE is the premier venue in town to sip on your favourite cocktail, enjoy a Cappuccino, good wines and beers. FREE Wi-Fi throughout. Optional Kolmanskop Kolmanskop Amongst the sands of the Namib, the crumbling buildings of a small, once-luxurious town emerge from the drifting dunes. This ghost town is Kolmanskop, a reminder of the wealth of a time when diamonds could be picked by hand from the desert, and a remarkable photographic opportunity with few equals anywhere on earth. To the imaginative but uninformed, the “Sperrgebiet” (forbidden diamond territory) conjures up images of watchtowers, electric fences, barbed wire and ferocious guard dogs protecting the restricted area. This may tickle the fancy but could hardly be further from reality. In fact, for most parts there is nothing – nothing but the limitless desert and the occasional forlorn notice board with its stern WARNING! WAARSKUWING! WARNUNG! ELONDWELO! And then you find Kolmanskop, a deserted Ghost Town in the Sperrgebiet – once a cosmopolitan center where diamonds were lying around like “plums under a plum tree”, a town built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the day’s boom and bust, where once opulent homes, shops, hospital and theater surrender slowly to the relentless heat and encroaching desert sand. Included Full Board
  16. 16. P a g e | 16 Day 7: Luderitz Nest Hotel, Luderitz (Sun, 22 October) Optional Diaz Cross Diaz Cross The Diaz (Dias) Cross is a replica of one of the crosses that Bartholemeu Dias dropped off on his voyage around the Cape in 1488. 500 years later, this one was erected in his honour. Included Full Board
  17. 17. P a g e | 17 Day 8: Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Namib (Mon, 23 October) Namib The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund. For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part. Because of how old it is the Namib is home to numerous species that don’t occur elsewhere and although no humans live in the desert an amazing array of flora and fauna manages to survive here. Famous species include the Welwitschia – a living fossil plant, endemic chameleons, fur seals along the coast, brown hyenas, jackals and remarkably one of Africa’s largest antelope the Gemsbok. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means "vast place" and vast it certainly is. Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia View iBrochure The main building and the chalets of Namib Desert Lodge are spread out along the foot of the fossilised dunes of the ancient Namib. A comfortable sojourn is guaranteed by 65 en suite rooms with air conditioning. A restaurant and bar, an inviting terrace with views of the fossilised dunes and two swimming pools beckon you to linger and relax. Oryx antelope and springbok make frequent appearances at our illuminated watering place. Optional Namib Sundowner Drive Namib Sundowner Drive A red sail sunset or flamingo pink dawn drive through the dunes will take your breath away. Explore the sand carved masterpieces. Disvocer the fossilized dunes, the red dunes above the plateau and the many wonders of the Namib Desert on this guided drive around Gondwana Namib Park. End the day on a scenic dune setting enjoying this wonderfull ambiance with a typical sundowner drink. Included Full Board
  18. 18. P a g e | 18 Day 9: Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Namib (Tue, 24 October) Activities Sossusvlei - The Vlei Dead Vlei Sesriem Canyon Sossusvlei - The Vlei The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world and the millions of years gone by have created a fascinating and brilliantly unique landscape. The salt pan of Sossusvlei was created when the the 150 kilometer Tsauchab river silted over time. It is believed that the Tsauchab once flowed from the Naukluft mountains to around 50 km off the Atlantic Ocean. Eventually, the giant dunes blocked the flow of the river and ended Tsauchab river. It formed a cracked and dry surface of salt and clay. Sossusvlei originates from the Nam word “sossos” meaning dead-end and the Afrikaans word “vlei” meaning marsh. Remarkably, only once every ten years the dry cracked earth transforms into a luscious flowing river which attracts countless animals. As soon as the spectacle is over, the bottom of the Sossusvlei is left behind as cracking clay soil that looks like broken dry clay. When heavy rainfalls brings the Tsauchab to a lush flowing river, the salt pan in the middle of the desert fills with the refreshing cool water. The water is flushed from the nearby Naukluft mountains through the Sesriem Canyon up into the vlei. The hard and cracked clay soil prevents the water from seeping into the soil so it quickly forms a lake that continues for a while. Dead Vlei This ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as dessicated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namib Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer's dream. Sesriem Canyon Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon. Included Full Board
  19. 19. P a g e | 19 Day 10: Orange House, Swakopmund (Wed, 25 October) Swakopmund With palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and fine accommodation for all budgets, Swakopmund is Namibia’s most popular holiday destination, and its pleasant summer climate and decent beaches attract surfers, anglers and beach lovers from all over Southern Africa. Thanks to its mild temperatures and negligible rainfall, Swakopmund generally enjoys grit in the oyster. When an easterly wind blows, the town gets a good sand-blasting, and almost perpetual drizzle. The fog rolls up to 30km inland and provides moisture for desert-dwelling plants and animals, including 80 species of lichen. For better or worse, Swakopmund feels overwhelmingly Teutonic – indeed, it has Germany – but for visitors, it’s a Namibia’s adrenalin capital, and offers a wide range of gut-curdling activities from sand boarding and quad-biking to skydiving and camel riding. Note, however, that it gets especially busy around Namibian school holidays in December and January, when temperatures average around 25ºC. Overnight: Orange House ORANGE House is a family-run, private Guesthouse located 1.5 km north of the famous Swakopmund “Mole” and only a 1 minute walk away from the beach. 13 spacious double rooms, each with en-suite bathroom and access to our beautiful garden and sun terrace. Activities Kuiseb Pass Kuiseb Pass Kuiseb Pass takes you through the Kuiseb Canyon, the watercourse of which only flows occasionally but often enough to halt the advance of the red sands of the Namib. Included Full Board Day 11: Orange House, Swakopmund (Thu, 26 October) Activities Sandwich Harbour 4x4
  20. 20. P a g e | 20 Sandwich Harbour 4x4 The Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Excursion takes you to the Walvis Bay Lagoon, the Saltpans, the Kuiseb River Delta, Sandwich Harbour, and - if weather and tides allow for it - the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. We have plenty of time to stop and take pictures, and to enjoy the beautiful and unique scenery of one of the most spectacular areas in Namibia. Our roaring dunes and lookout spots are a highlight of every tour. The popular Marine Dune Day (9h00- 16h30) is a combination of both, a morning marine cruise and our Sandwich Harbour 4x4 afternoon excursion. During the marine cruise on your choice of boat (speedboat or catamaran) you have a chance to see pelicans, seals, dolphins, the Walvis Bay Harbour, oyster farms and Pelican Point with the old lighthouse. Our 4x4 guide will be waiting for you as soon as you are back to take you to Sandwich Harbour. We return between 16h30 and 17h00. Lunch on the boat and in the dunes, drinks and permits are included. Included Full Board
  21. 21. P a g e | 21 Day 12: Brandberg White Lady Camping, Brandberg (Fri, 27 October) Brandberg The Brandberg (‘Fire Mountain’) Massif is Namibia’s highest peak, with its zenith, the Königstein (‘King’s Stone’), standing at a whopping 2573 metres above sea level. Named for the vivid shade of orange it sometimes turns at sunset, the Brandberg has been sacred to the San people for centuries, and the Tsisab Ravine at its base is permeated with over 45 000 ancient San rock paintings, including the famous ‘White Lady’. Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Camping Activities Cape Cross Seal Colony Cape Cross Seal Colony Skeleton Coast: an evocative name for one of the most hostile stretches of land found anywhere on earth. Cape Cross forms part of the frontline in the struggle between the icy South Atlantic Ocean and the torrid Namib Desert. As treacherous as it may have been for mankind, this rocky shoreline represents the breeding ground for largest colony of fur seals of Southern Africa. The area can hardly be described as the most romantic (let alone agreeable) sight for a great moment in the annals of discovery, yet, in this malevolent setting new masters of the sea and technology stepped ashore some six years before Columbus beheld the islands of the new world. They, the Portuguese, now trod where no white man had ever walked before, and erected a cross (padrao) in their epic moment of triumph, heralding Southern Africa’s encounter with a new and powerful civilization. (The original padrao stands in the Berlin museum but you can view an exact replica at the precise location of the beacon) Included Full Board
  22. 22. P a g e | 22 Day 13: Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha National Park (Sat, 28 October) Etosha National Park Etosha National Park is the parade ground of the beasts, a kaleidoscope of creatures bewildering character and variety. It was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor of German South West Africa, von Lindequist. He demarkated an area of over 100'000 km², creating the largest game reserve on earth and expelling thousands of indigenous people from their traditional and ancestoral dwellings to stay outside the park. Present day Etosha National Park was pared down due to political considerations in the 1960's by the Odendaal Plan and now covers a modest but still very impressive 22’270 square kilometres. Despite the massive size of Etosha, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to casual visitors. In the central and eastern region there are over 30 water holes - ideal places to sit and wait it out for an unbelievable 114 different game and over 340 different bird species.The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. At such times it is utterly barren, an austere playground for heat and wind which conjure up their characteristic atmospheric tricks. Glassy mirages dissolve the horizon and tremble over the blindingly flat surface while graceful dust devils carry out their swirling dances over the plains. When the waters do eventually come, the pan undergoes a miraculous transformation. From a vacuous stillness it springs into living paradise awash with life. Out of the blue in their thousands come migrant flamingos, splashing the sky with plumage which eventually condenses on the horizon in undulating lines of crimson, pink and white. Guided by an uncanny faculty for navigation they come to the pan for a short breeding season from as far as Walvis Bay – how they know of the water 500 miles north stays a mystery. Such thrills are part of the earthy encounters with nature which give Etosha and other Namibian wilderness areas a dimension which goes beyond the simpler interpretations of nature. These sanctuaries have become sources of human well-being, where man can shake off his metropolitan afflictions and can recharge the batteries of sanity and perspective which have run down in the course of powering the locomotive of progress. Overnight: Okaukuejo Campsite Okaukuejo is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, Anderson Gate. Okaukuejo is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha and it also functions as the administrative centre of the park. Okaukuejo is also home to the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at the western end of the Etosha Pan. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camp sites. The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregate and interact from lion to rhino to elephant and antelope. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. The activity continues throughout the day until late at night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhino, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time.
  23. 23. P a g e | 23 Activities Etosha Game Drive Open Vehicle Etosha Game Drive Guided Game drive through the Etosha National Park searching for predators, plains game, reptiles & birds. Open game viewer vehicles ensure that guests enjoy the best possible view and photographic opportunities. Depending on the time of year, these game drives take many different routes, but most often focus around the waterholes where you are most likely to see a variety of wildlife quenching their thirst. Included Full Board Day 14: Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha National Park (Sun, 29 October) Activities Etosha Game Drive Open Vehicle Etosha Game Drive Guided Game drive through the Etosha National Park searching for predators, plains game, reptiles & birds. Open game viewer vehicles ensure that guests enjoy the best possible view and photographic opportunities. Depending on the time of year, these game drives take many different routes, but most often focus around the waterholes where you are most likely to see a variety of wildlife quenching their thirst. Included Full Board
  24. 24. P a g e | 24 Day 15: Departure (Mon, 30 October)
  25. 25. P a g e | 25 Transport Transfers Urgent Contact Numbers Contact Details & Reference Numbers Date Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle 16 Oct Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH] Harnas Wildlife Foundation Transfer 18 Oct Harnas Wildlife Foundation Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Transfer 19 Oct Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Hobas Campsite Transfer 20 Oct Hobas Campsite Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Campsite, Gondwana Collection Namibia Transfer 21 Oct Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Campsite, Gondwana Collection Namibia Luderitz Nest Hotel Transfer 23 Oct Luderitz Nest Hotel Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia Transfer 25 Oct Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia Orange House Transfer 27 Oct Orange House Brandberg White Lady Camping Transfer 28 Oct Brandberg White Lady Camping Okaukuejo Campsite Transfer 30 Oct Okaukuejo Campsite Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH] Transfer Company Name Telephone Email Address Contact Person Enrico's Tours & Transfers +264 61 224752 enrico@enricostours.com Clarence Enrico Service Provider Ref. Number Telephone Address Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch +264 61 25 0725 Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch D1268
  26. 26. P a g e | 26 Klein-Aus Vista - Desert Horse Campsite, Gondwana Collection Namibia +264 61 23 0066 Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park, 2km west of Aus, on the B4 main road to Luederitz. Namibia. Luderitz Nest Hotel +264 63 204000 820 Diaz Street Ostend Luderitz Namib Desert Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia 063 293 665 Namib Desert Lodge Solitaire Region

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