For those who wish to learn more about the two minority, and very traditional, peoples in Namibia – the ochre-coloured Ova-Himba nomads, and the San or Ju/’hoansi Bushman – this safari offers exactly that. This cultural experience is further enhanced by visits to numerous sites of ancient Rock Art, including the much publicized “White Lady” painting of the Brandberg, as well as the “World Heritage Site” of the largest concentration of Petroglyphs (rock engravings) in the world at Twyfelfontein in Damaraland. We are flexible and guarantee that this itinerary could be customized to our guests' personal interests and preferences. Our only requirement being, a booking of no less than two guests, and no more than six guests per vehicle and host. (More will require a second host and vehicle).
Your Itinerary: [MEALS INCLUDED: D=Dinner; L=Lunch; B =Breakfast]
Day 1: Arrive at Namibia's International airport where your host and transport will meet you. Transfer to a Game Ranch near the airport. Relax after the long flight and acclimatize to Namibia. [D]
Day 2: Rested and breakfasted, commence the first leg of your safari via an old, restored mining town, known as the gateway to Damaraland. Tonight you will sleep in the shadow of the highest mountain peak in Namibia – the Brandberg. [B, L & D]
Day 3: An early breakfast to prepare you for your first hike, a winding path up the mountain towards the “White Lady” painting, made world famous by people such as the late Abbé Breuil. A well-deserved Siesta after lunch, then a peaceful afternoon to explore your immediate surroundings. Subject to conditions and the number of other guests interested, you may either end your day on a sundowners drive through this rugged wilderness, or maybe join a nature drive early tomorrow morning, in search of our elusive Desert Elephants. [B, L & D]
Day 4: As you penetrate deeper into Damaraland today, and you think that nothing can surprise you anymore, the landscape changes once more. Arriving in the heart of Damaraland, you are now within the Twyfelfontein area. End your day with a very rewarding Nature drive – a further opportunity to maybe view the Desert Elephants, should you have missed them this morning. [B, L & D]
Day 5: Immediately after breakfast, join a short, but pleasant, hike through the Twyfelfontein Mountains, to view the ancient Petroglyphs (rock engravings) in the crisp morning air. Return to the lodge for lunch and a short rest to prepare yourself for a special, guided hike to more Rock Art and their interesting history, within the lodge area. Weather permitting, you may end your day after dinner with excellent stargazing through the lodge’s local telescope. [B, L & D]
Day 6: To shorten the distance to Kaokoland, a night-stop on the very northern perimeter of Damaraland is included – for good reason. Besides shortening the distance to travel, a set of Rock Art was recently discovered at this site, and after breakfast tomorrow morning, you may join a local guide to visit these. [B, L & D]
Day 7: After your Rock Art visit, continue into Kaokoland, home to the ochre-coloured Ova-Himba, and the ONLY place on earth where the Black Rhino still roams free. No settlements, farms or fences to hinder their movements. [B, L & D]
Day 8: Your first true meeting with the Ova-Himba, when you join a full-day excursion to the Epupa Falls in the Kunene River – the “headquarters” of the Ova-Himba nomads. Besides your cultural experience, stand beside the Falls and enjoy the view over our neighbouring country, Angola, across the Kunene River. [B, L & D]
Day 9: Today you have to depart from the Kaokoveld – albeit reluctantly – to once again shorten a long day-distance with an overnight stop in a small, rural town, while travelling from the western wilderness to the eastern wilderness. [B, L & D]
Day 10: Finally, you will reach the very northern reaches of our Kalahari Desert today, as you enter Bushmanland. A relaxing late afternoon and evening to prepare you for a unique experience tomorrow. [B, L & D]
Day 11: Immediately after an early breakfast, join a local guide for a day-visit to the un-commercialized Kaudum Game Reserve, set in the deep, loose sand of the Kalahari, with an abundance of African wildlife. [B, L & D]
Day 12: Another full-day excursion, accompanied by a local guide, to visit and meet your first Ju/’hoansi Bushman, in their own village. Marvel at how these dwarf-like people managed to survive over Millennia in a generally inhospitable landscape, using their skills and knowledge, as passed down through many generations. [B, L & D]
Day 13: Unfortunately, all good things also come to an end, and today is that day of “turn-around”, and heading back to Windhoek. Not to make your departure from this wilderness too sudden, enjoy a short excursion with a local guide to visit one of the largest Baobab trees in the area, before continuing. [B, L & D]
Day 14: Fortunately, due to distances, your return is not direct, but once again in stages, which makes it less noticeable. Your venue tonight is a private Game Ranch, boasting the largest variety of African wildlife, outside of the Etosha National Park. Subject to the advice af the local guide, you may either enjoy a Game viewing drive around sunset, or early tomorrow morning. [B, L & D]
Day 15: No more can be included in the time available, and today you return to Windhoek, and transfer to Namibia's International airport to arrive in time for your departure flight. (Days 1 and 15 are strictly subject to flight schedule, and may have to be revised to coincide with same). [B. Lunch will be subject to flight schedule]
NB. Days 1 and 15 will always be subject to flight schedule, and may have to be customized to same.
Current prices are only valid until 31 October 2012. The minimum price is when 6 guests travel together, while the maximum price applies when only two guests travel alone.
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