This four-desert safari concentrates on the various Biomes found within the deserts or desert eco systems visited. However, the last day will be in typical highland bush, offering the typical animal- and bird life that inhabit such landscapes. These range from the small Suricate Meerkat and other Mongoose species, through other seldom noticed small species, insects and desert bird life, to the regal Gemsbok (Oryx) and a variety of Antelope.
The remainder of this safari will take you through the Kalahari Desert; the Nama Karoo; the Succulent Karoo and the Namib Desert, each exhibiting its own environmental eco-systems. Within these four deserts you will encounter the might of the Namib when man-made structures are no longer tended; the tenacity of the Feral horses who have, through generations, fought against the onslaught of the Namib; the amazing Quiver trees fighting for survival against the Nama Karoo, and the results of ancient mighty rivers that carved the veritable layer cake of the ages – the Fish River Canyon.
All of the above, simply cannot be explained in mere words, or represented on photographs, because these four deserts are not a place or places, but experiences. Only the permanent inhabitants – man, beast and plant – can start to appreciate the hidden life-sustaining offerings of the Kalahari Desert; although the silence of the Namib Desert seems absolute on the human ear, it ‘speaks’ volumes to those who wish to listen. Come, let the Barking Geckos lull you to sleep with the vivid spectacle of the Namib sunset still fresh in your mind’s eye.
ALL the activities mentioned in the itinerary, are already included in the price.
Day 1: Meet your host at the airport on arrival and transfer directly to your first venue in the Kalahari Desert. Relax from the long flight and acclimatize to Namibia. Includes: (D).
Day 2: As the breeze through the palm fronds wake you, enjoy a wholesome breakfast before joining an early morning scenic drive to acquaint yourself with the wonders of the Kalahari. Relax during the hottest part of the day, and then end your day on a sundowners drive through the orange-red sand dunes of the Kalahari. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3: Move further south, out of the orange-red dunes, towards Africa’s mighty chasm – the Fish River Canyon. You will arrive in time for a late afternoon visit to the Canyon, to view the changing colours of light and shade, created by the setting sun over the Canyon. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Although an opportunity is offered to also view the effects of the rising sun over the Canyon, the remainder of your day will be at own leisure at the Ai-ais natural mineral water hot springs. En-route you may observe one of the strangest plants you’ve seen, in the “half-human” (Pachypodium namaquanum) – an endemic of our neighbour, the Richtersveld. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: A short enough drive today to reach the ‘Head Quarters’ of the Feral horses of the Namib around lunch time. Late afternoon, join a nature drive in search of these wild horses, as well as the other wildlife of this area. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: A special excursion today that will take you right past the Succulent Karoo, and with luck, some horses to view along the way. The journey will continue to the fairytale town of Lüderitz where permits can be obtained to visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop. After a light lunch, a leisurely drive back to your lodging. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: Today you travel through the most photogenic region of the Namib Desert to reach your lodging, situated alongside ancient, petrified sand dunes. End your day with an exhilarating dune drive. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 8: Today, the earliest start of the entire safari! You need to be at the gates to the Namib-Naukluft Park before sunrise. Travel along the Tsauchab River Valley towards some of the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. The entire morning to climb the dunes, photograph them and explore this pristine wilderness. Returning towards the gate around lunch time, experience a significant change in temperature, as you explore the geologically-historic Sesriem Gorge. Return to your lodging for a well-deserved rest after a very active day. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 9: Unfortunately, this four-desert experience is fast coming to an end. But not to create too much of a shock to your system by suddenly returning you to civilization after such a free and close-to-Nature experience, your accommodation tonight will be at a Game Ranch en-route to the airport. Join a scenic drive for a final view of our sunset on this, your last night in Namibia, Africa. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 10: Subject to flight departure time, you will have the opportunity for a leisurely breakfast, and to finish those last exposures on your film, or memory disc. Transfer to Namibia's International airport to arrive in time for your departure flight. Includes: (B – Lunch will be subject to flight departure time).
NB: Days 1 and 10 will always be subject to flight schedule, and may have to be customized to same.
Although the season is from February to November, these safari prices are only valid until 31 October 2012. The minimum cost is for 6 guests traveling together, while the maximum cost is for only 2 guests traveling alone.
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