Day 1: On arrival in Windhoek you will be met by your guide for departure via Namibia’s Capital City, Windhoek in a westerly direction on route to the costal town of Swakopmund. An excursion on route will be included to the Okahandja wood carvers market. Afternoon arrival and overnight accommodation at the Swakopmund hotel/similar on a half board basis. Dinner tonight will be at one of the local restaurants and is for clients own account.
Day 2: While in Swakopmund an excursion will be conducted to Namibia’s largest commercial harbor, Walvis Bay and the Walvis Bay Lagoon, protected under the Ramsar Convention as an important wetland. The lagoon is renowned for its seasonal abundance of both the Greater and Lesser Flamingo species. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to explore Namibia’s premier coastal resort town, Swakopmund. Today this quaint town nestled between desert and ocean is enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended gardens.
There is a good selection of restaurants and coffee shops selling traditional German cakes and pastries, while the coastline and the desert respectively offer many options for adventure or relaxation. Overnight accommodation will be at the Swakopmund Hotel/similar on a half board basis only. Dinner tonight will be at one of the local restaurants and is for clients own account.
Day 3: Early morning departure from Swakopmund in a northerly direction on route through the National West Coast Recreational Area towards the small fishing town of Henties Bay. An excursion included on route is a visit to the Cape Fur Seal Colony at Cape Cross. In 1486, the first European to set foot on the coast of Namibia, Diago Ciao, erected a cross in honor of John 1 of Portugal at a site now known as Cape Cross 115 km north of Swakopmund.
In addition to being of historical interest, Cape Cross has a breeding colony of Cape Fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus). Leaving the coast continue in an easterly direction crossing the “gravel plains” towards the abandoned mining town of Uis, and Namibia’s highest Mountain Range. The Brandberg is 2573 m at its highest point and renowned for the famous work of bushmen art, “the White Lady”. Late afternoon arrival and overnight accommodation at the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge/similar on a full board basis.
Day 4: Twyfelfontein is one of the richest areas of rock engravings and bushmen paintings in Namibia. A guided walking excursion will be conducted to some of the engraving sites. Interesting geological features in the area include the Burnt Mountain and the dolomite columns known as the “Organ Pipes”. Departing from Twyfelfontein continue towards the small town of Khorixas.
An excursion on route can be conducted to the Petrified Forest, with approximately 50 examples of petrified trees dating back some 260 million years. From Khorixas continue on route towards the small town of Outjo. This small farming center has its origins as a hunting and trading center and was first inhabited by the early European explorer Tom Lambert in 1880.
An excursion on route includes a visit to the Vingerklip or “Rock Finger” formation in the Ugab River Valley, which was formed approximately 30 million years ago by water erosion. From Outjo continue in a northerly direction for a late afternoon arrival in the Etosha National Park. During the afternoon game viewing drives will be conducted to the numerous waterholes in the Okaukuejo area. Overnight accommodation will be at Okaukuejo Rest Camp/similar on full board basis. Late evenings can be spent game viewing at the floodlit waterhole.
Day 5: Today will be spent conducting game viewing drives in the Okaukuejo Region. The park has recorded over 114 mammal species, 350 bird species and 21 different vegetation types. The most common plains game species encountered include; Burchell’s Zebra, Springbok, Black–Faced Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Gemsbok/Oryx antelope, Giraffe and Red Hartebeest. The Etosha National Park also boasts healthy populations of Lion, Elephant and Black Rhino. While in the park a visit will be included to the Etosha Pan or the “Great White Place”. Overnight accommodation will be at the Okaukuejo Rest Camp/similar on a full board basis. Evenings can be spent game viewing at the floodlit waterholes.
Day 6: Today will be spent conducting game viewing drives as we cross the Etosha National Park from the central Okaukuejo Region to the eastern Namutoni Region. Late afternoon departure from the Etosha National Park. Overnight accommodation will be at the Mokuti Lodge/similar on a full board basis.
Day 7: Departing from the Mokuti Lodge today’s journey follows the main route south through the country via the towns of Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo on route to Windhoek. Excursions on route will be included to the large sink hole type lake, Lake Otjikoto and the Hoba Meteorite, the worlds largest known meteorite. Lunch included en route. Late afternoon arrival at our lodge. Dinner included.
Day 8: After breakfast, last preparations for transfer to the Airport for your departure.
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