Wonders of Namibia – A National Geographic Journey

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R35 439
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Valid From 26 Nov 2018 to 05 Dec 2018
Includes National Geographic tour exclusives!

Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund! Embark on an adventure rich in wildlife and culture during 10 days in Namibia. Set out on open-vehicle wildlife drives in search of elephants, giraffes, and lions in Etosha National Park; visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund for a chance to get up close with these endangered cats; and gaze out over one of Africa’s most dramatically beautiful desert landscapes. Like the shifting sand dunes that reshape the horizon, this incredible place will transform you.

Wonders of Namibia – A National Geographic Journey

Day to Day Itinerary, Wonders of Namibia – A National Geographic Journey:

DAY 1:  Windhoek
Arrival Airport Transfer from Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport – Windhoek
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting.
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels; but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation:  Windhoek Country Club Resort (or similar)

DAY 2:  Windhoek / Sesriem
Enjoy the dramatic Namibian landscapes as we drive to the desert area of Sesriem, gateway to Namib-Naukluft National Park. Settle in to our desert lodge, relax at the pool or enjoy a cool drink watching the stunning sunset over the desertscape.

Enjoy postcard perfect desert scenery around Sesriem and Sossusvlei – vast desertscapes of reds and orange, stark camel thorn trees as well as towering dunes with dramatic curved ridges. Also keep an eye out for the surprising amount of wildlife that call this area home such as oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel as well as hyena.

Private Vehicle from Windhoek – Sesriem 5h- 6h 340km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation:  Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 3:  Sesriem
Embark on a scenic excursion into the national park to explore the Namib Desert. Visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burnt orange and red towering dunes; considered one of the most stunning desert landscapes in Africa. After visit Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River.

Private Vehicle Sesriem:  Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
4×4 Namib Desert:  Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle’s going, we don’t need roads.

Sesriem Canyon Visit Namib Desert
Enjoy a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. The Tsauchab River flows through the canyon every five to ten years, and this also creates the nearby salt and clay pan of Sossusvlei.

Sossusvlei Dunes Visit Namib Desert
This area is famous for its high, red sand dunes. This clay and salt pan is surrounded by the dunes, making it a spectacularly beautiful sight with a remote and isolated feel.

Accommodation:  Sossusvlei Lodge (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 4:  Sesriem / Swakopmund
Continue through changing desert landscapes, keeping an eye out for free-roaming zebra, kudu, springbok as well as oryx. Stop in the quirky town of Solitaire for a break before heading out into the countryside. Here we meet a local to this remote region who takes us on a drive and talks about the survival strategies of ancient and modern Bushmen who live in the area. We also search out the smaller animal life who manage to survive in these harsh conditions such as snakes, geckos, spiders and insects and learn how they have adapted to this arid region. After, continue to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast.

Living Desert Tour Swakopmund 3h-4h
Hop into a 4×4 vehicle and set out into the desert. An expert guide will point out signs of animal life and also emphasize survival in the harsh desert landscape for both humans and animals.

Private Vehicle Sesriem – Swakopmund 5h-6h 375km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation:  Hotel Zum Kaiser (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 5:  Swakopmund
Enjoy the morning free and opt to go quad biking or sandboarding or just take a walk in town. This afternoon, visit the township of Mondesa with a local guide. Visit the lively local market for an introduction to traditional food including Wild Spinach, Mopane worms as well as dried Kapenta Fish. Also visit an art and craft shop, the shebeen (Tavern), and then visit a family-run establishment for dinner as well as local entertainment.

Explore the town’s unique mix of German and African culture and opt to visit curio shops, the museum as well as restaurants. Optional activities include sandboarding, quad biking, or if you’re feeling brave, skydiving.

Free Time Swakopmund Half Day:  Enjoy a free morning in the historic coastal town of Swakopmund.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Mondesa Township Walk
Visit the community of Mondesa Township with an expert resident guide. Learn about its daily life, history and traditions through an immersive experience with the welcoming people that live here. Visit its lively market for an introduction to traditional foods like wild spinach, mopane worms, and dried kapenta fish. Also visit an arts-and-crafts shop that helps train the township’s youth in traditional crafts. Drop by a shebeen (tavern) to enjoy a favourite drink, and meet some local residents. Finally, continue on to a nearby family run establishment for dinner as well as local entertainment.

Accommodation:  Hotel Zum Kaiser (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 6:  Swakopmund / Twyfelfontein
Continue on to Twyfelfontein where we visit the ancient petroglyphs which were named Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is thought to hold the largest concentrations of Bushman engravings in Africa, with over 2500 figures, ranging from 2000-5000 years old.

Private Vehicle Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein 5h-6h 350km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Prehistoric Rock Engravings Guided Tour Twyfelfontein1h
Step back in time to see prehistoric rock engravings made during the early Stone Age. Their exact origin is uncertain, but these works depicting animals and hunters are probably the work of Bushmen or Nama artists estimated to have lived near Twyfelfontein at least 5,000 years ago. Marvel at the more than 2,500 rock carvings and paintings and understand why this is Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodation:  Palmwag Lodge (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 7:  Twyfelfontein / Etosha National Park
Depart early to visit the Petrified Forest national monument, a stunning site of fossilised tree trunks dating from approximately 280 million years ago. Continue to our lodge located in the Etosha National Park area, considered the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. This afternoon, take an open vehicle wildlife safari drive to view the abundant wildlife who congregate around the park’s waterholes.

After the vast desert, Etosha National Park, offers a contrast of wide open grasslands, a massive pan that covers 4731km² and tall camel thorn trees intermixed with Mopani trees. Combined with the vast amount of natural waterholes with this diverse vegetation, wildlife flock to the park. Some of the largest elephants in Africa can be found in areas of thicker vegetation, as well as leopard and the critically endangered black rhino. Lions, giraffe, ostrich and heard animals the grasslands, while birders will love the salt pans which attract flamingos in the rainy season. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park including the European bee-eater, the kori bustard as well as numerous migratory birds.

Private Vehicle Twyfelfontein – Etosha National Park 4h30m-5h30m 350km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Visit Petrified Forest national monument
Visit the Petrified Forest national monument, a stunning site of fossilized tree trunks which was discovered in the 1940s by local farmers. This bizarre stone forest consists of fossilized tree trunks dating from approximately 280 million years ago.

Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive Etosha National Park
Set off in an open 4×4 safari vehicle with a naturalist guide in search of the stunning wildlife in the park. Wildlife often come to the many watering holes to drink, so keep your eyes peeled for many animals on the move.

Accommodation:  Etosha NP Okaukuejo Restcamp (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8:  Etosha National Park
Early this morning, embark on a sunrise wildlife safari drive in an open vehicle with a local guide through the park. There is abundant wildlife that congregate around the waterholes, so keep your cameras at the ready for elephants, lions, endangered black rhinos, and even leopards. The remainder of the day is free to relax at our lodge, take a swim or join our CEO for a drive. Our lodge is perfectly situated, so sit back with a sundowner, and enjoy the sunset over the park. This afternoon or evening, opt to take another open vehicle safari drive.

Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive Etosha National Park
Set off in an open 4×4 safari vehicle with a naturalist guide in search of the stunning wildlife in the park. Wildlife often come to the many watering holes to drink, so keep your eyes peeled for many animals on the move.

Free Time Etosha National Park Half Day
Enjoy free time to relax at the lodge or participate in additional safari activities.

Accommodation:  Etosha NP Okaukuejo Restcamp (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9:  Etosha National Park / Windhoek
After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility to learn about the important research, conservation, as well as community outreach work they do as one of the world’s leading organisations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Meet with a researcher for a lecture to learn about the various projects in the works, then enjoy a cheetah drive to view some of these amazing creatures up close. After, enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau. Continue on to Windhoek for our final evening.

Private Vehicle Etosha National Park – Windhoek 4h30m-5h30m 415km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cheetah Conservation Experience
The Cheetah Conservation Fund is a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the centre and learn about the important conservation as well as community outreach work they perform as one of the world’s leading organisations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. One of the program’s researchers will give us a lecture before we head out on a cheetah drive to view some of these incredible creatures up close in their natural habitat. Conclude the experience by sitting down as a group for lunch on the veranda that overlooks the magnificent Waterberg Plateau.

Accommodation:  Windhoek Country Club Resort (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 10:  Windhoek
Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

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