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A 21-day Senior's adventure safari in The Gem of Africa - Namibia! Experience both the adventure and the magic of Africa - in comfort. Should only young people have all the fun? After all, most of us feel full of life and young at heart. We sometimes just happen to be in slightly less co-operative bodies! Don't let that stop you! Here's an opportunity - use it! Experience this 21-day, African adventure – jam-packed with exciting activities.
Come on treat yourself to something completely different, one of those “once in a lifetime” opportunities, where you can visit almost everything there is to see in a foreign country, right up to the most remote regions - in comfort. Speak about it to friends and relatives, convince them, you need to share both the costs and the adventure in a small group - it's much more fun! Whether you decide on an all-female or all-male special experience, or whether you prefer to travel as couples, the choice is yours - just do it! (These safaris are obviously not restricted only to seniors).
During this safari you will one morning be woken before sunrise for The Most Unforgettable Experience of a lifetime! In the cool, pre-dawn air, ascend in a hot-air balloon and silently drift high above the immensity of the Namib Desert. From this exclusive vantage point, the rising sun paints an endless vista of shadow and light over an ocean of sand dunes and mountains.
After about an hour of silently riding the air, descend and celebrate this unique event with a full champagne breakfast in the middle of the desert; you will discover the origin of the name Skeleton Coast, as you fly low over the coastline with its ship-wreck graveyard and Cape Fur Seals, trapped between two "oceans", the Atlantic water ocean, and the Namib desert sand dune ocean. Enjoy the Atlantic Ocean on a Dolphin- and Seal viewing cruise, with fresh oysters and champagne on board.
Join an excursion into the "hinterland" to explore the Lichen fields and visit an ancient crater and 400 year-old, petrified salt lagoon; view the changing landscape from savannah plains through desert steppe to the Atlantic coast line in comfort, through the huge windows of a luxury train; drive out into the last true wilderness area of Africa in search of the famous desert Elephants; experience a 360º view of the vistas across the Damaraland wilderness. Visit the northernmost border of Namibia with Angola, at the Epupa Falls in the Kunene River of Kaokoland. Here you will meet and inter-act with the ochre-coloured Ova-Himba nomads – without having to drive on such extreme long, and tiring. distances.
In summary, besides your comfortable accommodation throughout, and all the activities listed in the itinerary below, a luxury train trip; an ocean Dolphin cruise; a hot-air balloon flight, and two charter flights (one a scenic flight, and one a full-day excursion) are all included in the price of this safari.
Day 1: Meet your host at Namibia's International airport. Transfer to a 4-star Hotel in Windhoek to relax from the long flight and acclimatize to Namibia.
Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast, drive along the perimeter of our Khomas Hochland to near the edge of the escarpment. As this is your first day on the road, take it easy, and stop at an appropriately-named “Bushman’s Rest” for the night, ending your first day with a farm drive through this hilly environment.
Day 3: Another easy start as you continue, then a short stop at the edge of the escarpment, descend into the Namib and arrive at your Moroccan-styled tented camp in time to freshen up and have dinner, served al fresco on a terrace, with paraffin/kerosene lamps or candles lit after sunset. Dine, while viewing desert wildlife quenching their thirst at a floodlit waterhole.
Day 4: The earliest start of the safari this morning, as you drive along the Tsauchab River Valley towards some of the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. View, climb and photograph this pristine wilderness as the sun rises, changing the earth-tone colours by the minute. When you are ready, descend and enjoy a scrumptious brunch under age-old Camel thorn trees before returning to your lodge to rest during the hottest part of the day. Late afternoon, explore the geologically-historic Sesriem Gorge.
Day 5: Your hot-air balloon flight this morning, after which you cross over from the Namib Desert in the west, to the Kalahari Desert in the east, where you will join a sundowners drive through the orange-red, linear sand dunes of the Kalahari - a sunset you will remember forever!
Day 6: Feel the crisp morning air as you join an early morning scenic drive and return in time to freshen up for lunch. After lunch, a leisurely afternoon of viewing Game from a hide, and meeting the orphans of the wild - the Cheetah.
Day 7: For those who are interested, a very informative, guided nature walk is available early morning. Return to freshen up and collect your luggage for a leisurely return to Windhoek and a comfortable guest house. Experience dinner at the legend known as Joe’s Beerhouse.
Day 8: Entire morning at own leisure to explore the central business district and street markets in Windhoek. Arrive at Windhoek's railway station in time to board the Desert Express – an overnight journey to the Namibian coast on a luxury train – a welcome break from the road.
Day 9: Be welcomed at Swakopmund station by your host and stop-over at a coffee shop for some mid-morning tea/coffee and something sweet before transferring to your accommodation. At this junction, to allow a break from road travel, you will remain in this holiday Mecca of Namibia for three nights. Subject to availability, a scenic pleasure flight is included to view the old diamond camps, ship wrecks and the coastal wetland of Sandwich Harbour.
Day 10: After breakfast, a short journey between the sand dunes and the ocean towards Walvis Bay, where you will board an ocean-going launch for a cruise in search of Dolphins and Cape Fur Seals, surrounded for most of the time by Pelicans, joining the cruise and begging for hand-outs. Entire rest of the day at own leisure to view German-colonial architecture; visit a museum; browse the shops & stores; view the largest mineral crystal cluster ever unearthed to date, or simply relax on the beach or enjoy a siesta.
Day 11: An early breakfast before boarding a light aircraft for a day excursion over the Brandberg (highest mountain peak in Namibia), the Spitzkopje and across Damaraland and Kaokoland, up to the Epupa Falls, where you will meet the ochre-colored Ova-Himba nomads - and fly back via the ONLY town in Kaokoland, Opuwo, and along the notorious Skeleton Coast of Namibia, back to Swakopmund.
Day 12: Travel on a salt-surfaced road along the coast towards Cape Cross where you will view and photograph the Cape Fur Seals that you saw from the air - real close up - and join an excursion to visit an ancient, petrified salt lagoon.
Day 13: A leisurely breakfast, then join an excursion through some of the richest Lichen fields in the world to the ancient Messum Crater. End your day with an exhilaration drive along the beach, and sundowners at the lodge, while taking in the tranquil scene of this small bay in front of you.
Day 14: Continue into Damaraland and arrive at a secluded, tented Mountain Lodge in time for lunch and where you are afforded a 360° view of this wilderness, known as Damaraland.
Day 15: Depart from Damaraland today - albeit reluctantly - and travel towards the Etosha National Park. Arrive at a safari lodge just outside Etosha to relax. Should time allow, you may possibly join a late afternoon Game drive through a section of the Park.
Day 16: Entire day to enjoy wildlife viewing drives around the Okaukuejo area of the Park, with a picnic lunch break inside the Park. Return to your lodge to freshen up before dinner.
Day 17: Enter the Etosha Park for a day-long game viewing drive with a picnic lunch en-route. Exit Etosha at the eastern end to arrive at your night's accommodation - a tented bush camp, sharing its boundary with Etosha.
Day 18: Unfortunately, all good things also come to an end, and today you have to turn around and head back to Windhoek. However, as the return journey will again be in stages, enjoy lunch en-route, before continuing to your next venue. Along the way, visit the mysterious Lake Otjikoto. Arrive at a private safari lodge, boasting the largest selection and variety of wildlife, outside the Etosha National Park. Arrive in time for mid-afternoon tea/coffee and cake, before a very rewarding late afternoon Game drive.
Day 19: After breakfast, and an early morning Game drive, arrive at the home of the Africat Foundation in time for mid-afternoon tea/coffee. Here, research and conservation of the feline species of the wildlife in Namibia take place. A late afternoon Leopard trail could prove very rewarding.
Day 20: Be woken at sunrise for some home-baked muffins with tea/coffee in the Lion Lapa, before joining a Cheetah trail. Return to the lodge for a scrumptious brunch before your journey back to Windhoek. Arrive mid- to late afternoon and settle into an elegant guesthouse. Relax, and enjoy this, your last night in Namibia, Africa!
Day 21: Subject to flight departure time, the entire morning for a last browse around the central business district of the City. Transfer to the International airport of Namibia and arrive in time for your departure flight.
- These prices are only valid until 31 October 2012.
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