Namibia, one of the world’s youngest countries, tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Kalahari is Packed with potential. Namibia is full of natural and cultural wonders, a photographer’s dream.
The Namib, the oldest desert in the world, dominates Namibia’s landscape. Take time for visits to surrounding safari areas, which are visually impressive, with exquisite flora, towering red dunes, bush country and fascinating geological formations while traveling through Namibia. The animals that roam the extraordinary landscape are just as breathtaking. Wildlife commonly seen on safari includes buck species, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and lions. Hundreds of bird, reptile and amphibian species round out the incredibly diverse wildlife in Namibia’s numerous reserves.
•Explore traditional culture and tradition with the Sans Bushman of Namibia
•Capture the towering red sand dunes of the Namib Desert in Sesrium Canyon
•Discover the Skeleton Coast and the largest colony of Cape Fur Seals at Cape Cross Seal Reserve
•Visit to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to view of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in Africa
• Experience the surprising rich biodiversity of Etosha National Park
• Get up close and personal with Cheetahs with the AFRICAT Foundation
Sunday 07/02/2017 Depart Overnight Flight
This morning depart on an overnight flight to Namibia. Transportation is in an 18 seater overland truck for the duration of the tour unless otherwise noted.
Monday 07/03/2017 Windhoek N'aan Ku Se Lodge (LD) BLD = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Welcome to Namibia – a country roughly 300,000 square miles of which 42% is under private or public protection for conservation, besting all other countries in Africa. Arrive mid-morning at the Hosea Kutako International Airport; after arrival formalities, meet your local guide and drive approximately 30 minutes to the nearby Naankuse Lodge, situated in the African savannah amongst camel thorn trees, riverbeds, and a stone canyon. The lodge is a not-for-profit eco-tourism project which supports a variety of local projects. Upon arrival have lunch and some time to rest. This evening after dinner, connect with a local Sans Bushman and around the fire and listen to traditional stories about the stars, animals, galaxies, and the universe. There may even be a few traditional dances and singing! This is a great way to experience the Namibian bush at night and share in a little piece of San tradition.
Tuesday 07/04/2017 Windhoek N'aan Ku Se Lodge (BLD)
This morning after breakfast experience a full day connecting with the San people. The Ancient San Skills Academy is a joint venture between the Lodge and the Nyae Nyae Conservancy. It is a great opportunity to learn about this great culture. Spend the full day learning about signs and tracks of the veldt, fire making with traditional San fire sticks, making bows and arrows, jewelry and craft making, and hunting in the traditional San way.
Wednesday 07/05/2017 Sossus Sossus Dune Lodge (BLD)
This morning after breakfast journey to the town of Sesrium, an approximately 5 hour drive, this town is situated at the gate of the Sossusvlei. Check-in and admire the towering red sand dunes of the Namib Desert before visiting Sesrium canyon.
This natural canyon was formed 2 million years ago by the then mighty Tsauchab River provides an excellent visual history of the geology of the area. Explore the base of the gorge, which plunges down over 100 feet into pools that are replenished by ample rains. Be on the lookout for bird life, the cliffs are inhabited by pigeons, pied crows and starlings. High above there are also chances to see the lanner falcon or the lappet faced vulture with an impressive wingspan of 8.5 feet! After the visit, return to camp for dinner. This evening, be sure to listen for the cry of the spotted eagle owl, and the far-off yowling of black-backed jackals.
Thursday 07/06/2017 Sossus Sossus Dune Lodge (BLD)
Today discover one of Namibia's jewels and the largest conservation area in Africa, Sossusvlei, situated in the immense Namib-Naukluft National Park. Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan characterized by the large red dunes that surround it. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching up over 1000 feet creating dramatic impact against the blue sky. The dunes variation in color is an indicator of age and the rich pink-to-red hues are a consequence the sand's high iron content and the resulting oxidation processes. Early morning departure at sunrise to take advantage of the best color contrasts along the 37-mile route. Board all-terrain vehicles and spend the day learning about the flora and fauna of this unique environment. Drive through the dune corridor down to the Vlei, stop at Dune 45, perhaps the most photographed dune in the world before continuing to the Dead Vlei and its dramatic white chalk plains and 900 year old Acacia trees for an optional 2 mile round trip hike. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Friday 07/07/2017 Swakopmund The Stiltz (BLD)
This morning spend the day traversing the barren landscape, many describe it as moon-like, to the Skeleton Coast. The drive is approximately 6 hours and the next destination is Swakopmund. Situated along the cold South Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by the Namib Desert on three sides; the city enjoys a mild desert climate and relies heavily heavy thick fogs for moisture. The fauna and flora of the area have adapted to this phenomenon and now rely upon the fog as a source of moisture. Check-in at the Stiltz offering the most spectacular views in Swakopmund overlooking either the Atlantic ocean, the sand dunes, and the bird rich lagoon at the river mouth. Have dinner and time to rest from the journey.
Saturday 07/08/2017 Swakopmund The Stiltz (BLD)
This morning after breakfast connect with desert life during a Living Desert Tour. During this unique 4x4 adventure discover the geology, structure and formation of the desert, and admire the vast and beautiful landscapes while enjoying a scenic dune drive along the coastal dune belt. The landscape may seem barren and lifeless, but in fact it is alive with a fascinating variety of small, desert adapted animals, which are able to survive on the life-giving fog. See the Dancing White Lady Spider cartwheel 44 turns per second down a dune to escape the enemy. Admire the transparent Namib Dune Gecko's webbed feet that are equivalent to snow shoes. Learn about the different beetles and insects and how they survive in the dune desert. Follow in the tracks of a legless Lizard, observe Sand Diving Lizards dancing on the hot sand, Sidewinder Snakes, Desert Chameleons and many more fascinating creatures. After lunch, we explore the rocky granite valley, known as "The Moon Valley", a short drive east. This amazing landscape was carved out by the Swakop River over time and offers vast ever-changing landscapes. Special care is taken not to damage the gravel plains to protect this special ecosystem. Discuss conservation, geological structures, fauna and flora. Be on the lookout for small creatures as well as larger mammals such as Springbok, Klipspringer, Baboons, Jackals and Ostrich. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Sunday 07/09/2017 Palmwag Palmwag Lodge (BLD)
This morning spend the day en route to Palmwag, a full day journey with visits to Cape Cross Seal Reserve and Twyfelfontein en route. The first stop is at Cape Cross to see the largest colony of breeding Cape fur seals on the planted, found only along the South African coastline. These amazing creatures, fight, mate, reproduce and fish in the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. Walk along the special walkway, constructed of recycled plastic for excellent viewing opportunities. One of the most endearing features of Cape fur seals is their ears; they have external ears, as opposed to true seals which do not. Continue the journey with a visit to Twyfelfontein a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here discover one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in Africa depicting rituals and practices of hunter-gatherer communities, some dating back to the Late Stone Age. Continue to northwest Damaraland and check-in at Palmwag Lodge, situated on the Uniab river with a healthy predator population of cheetah, leopard and brown and spotted hyena under the management of the Save the Rhino Trust.
Monday 07/10/2017 Etosha Okaukeujo Resort (BLD)
This morning depart for Etosha National Park, approximate 4.5 hour drive to Okaukuejo Resort. Check in at the lodge with time at leisure to enjoy the property. Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. The park's main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. The park is abundant with wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, particularly during the dry winter months (May to September). One of the highlights of the rest camp is its floodlit watering hole which draws black rhino almost every night as well as numerous elephants, especially between June and December. This is considered by many to be the best place in Africa to see the endangered and solitary-natured black rhino. The waterhole is additionally a daytime highlight, serving as a hub of animal activity starting in the early hours of the morning, particularly during the winter.
Tuesday 07/11/2017 Etosha Okaukeujo Resort (BLD)
Spend a full day exploring the Etosha National Park. The abundance of game in Etosha National Park is somewhat unexpected, showcasing some of the most common and rarest wildlife species. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephant (some of the largest in Africa due to the vitamins and nutrients found in the ground), the endangered black rhino and even leopard. Lions are camouflaged in the pale- golden color of the grasslands, while giraffes rise- high above most of the dry vegetation. The game reserve is also home to the world's largest bird, the ostrich, and the heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard.
Wednesday 07/12/2017 Otjiwarongo Okonjima Plains Lodge (BLD)
Today bid Etosha farewell and begin the approximately 3 hour journey to Okonjima Plains Camp and introduction to the AFRICAT Foundation. Upon arrival, check-in at the Camp, AFRICAT became internationally renowned after being featured in an award-winning documentary filmed for the Discovery Channel in 95-96. Namibia is home to the world's largest wild cheetah populations, majority of these cheetahs are found on one of the 7000 commercial farms in the country. Unfortunately, the plight of the cheetah with large scale ranching has caused an influx of trapping/killing of cheetahs, and other large cats, hyenas, and wild dogs and offered a refuge, giving ranchers an alternative and humane option. AFRICAT has saved more than a 1000 carnivores since 1993, with 86% released back into the wild. During our stay, we will learn more about these amazing apex species of the African landscape.
Thursday 07/13/2017 Otjiwarongo Okonjima Plains Lodge (BLD)
This morning after camp breakfast, watch non-releasable resident cheetahs being run. The cheetah is the world's fastest land animal and Africa's most endangered cat. Uniquely adapted for speed, the cheetah is capable of reaching speeds greater than 110 kilometers per hour in just over 3 seconds, and at top speed their stride is 7 meters long. With its long legs and very slender body, the cheetah is quite different from all other cats and is the only member of its genus, Acinonyx. The cheetah's unique morphology and physiology allow it to attain the extreme speeds for which it's famous, and is often referred to as the greyhound of cats. Continue the day with optional activities offering opportunities to explore birdwatch, enjoy nature trails, before an evening game drive after dinner.
Friday 07/14/2017 Windhoek Vondellhof Guest Houst (BLD)
This morning bid the Cheetahs of Otjiwarongo farewell and depart for Windhoek, an approximately 4.5 hour drive. This evening farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Saturday 07/15/2017 Depart (B)
Today transfer to the airport for flight back to the U.S.
LAND PRICE PER PERSON
$5,999.00, plus round trip airfare
Pricing is valid until: October 02, 2016
• Accommodations, meals, entrance fees, and activities listed in itinerary.
• Private vehicle transportation unless otherwise noted in itinerary.
• Non-alcoholic beverages with meals.
• Local guides in each region for duration of program.
• Bottled water on the bus.
Price is based on double occupancy. Single occupancy arrangements are offered at additional cost. We will make every effort to match people who request to share with others seeking a roommate. Forced single supplements will be billed approximately 95 to 125 days prior to departure when the rooming list is finalized.
Single supplement: $320 per person
Please note reservations are not being held at this time. A suggested flight schedule is provided below (all times listed are local).
07/02/2017 Departure City: New York, JFK
07/03/2017 Arrival City: Johannesburg Windhoek, Namibia Johannesburg
07/15/2017Johannesburg Windhoek, Namibia Johannesburg
Johannesburg Windhoek, Namibia Johannesburg
New York, JFK
11:15 am 9:30 am 3:00 pm 8:55 pm
8:05 am 10:25 am 5:45 pm 6:40 am
07/15/2017 Estimated airfare: $1,975.00