The Wild and Wonderful Namibia Tour. Code (OV25) A 15 Day Expedition

 

Cape Town to Namibia 

Namibia is the soul of Africa, characterised by vast open spaces, breath-taking scenery and great contrasts – Spacious savanna, red sand dunes, mountains and deserts fringed by the open ocean – Due to the size of the country, it will be necessary to travel extended distances on certain days to ensure we cover as much terrain as possible, thereby giving you the opportunity of seeing and experiencing the best that this “woes tuin” (wild garden) has to offer. 

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With so much wonder across its vast and intriguing landscape, knowing when to visit Namibia is an integral part of planning your trip. With its low rainfall and sunny disposition, Namibia is a year-round destination, but every season has its pros and cons. Winter and Spring are the most popular times to visit Namibia thanks to the cooler temperatures. The days are warm and sunny and at night, it is cool and clear. Game-viewing is excellent and it is a good time to spend evenings gazing at the night sky.

 

m_img_20141202_143259.jpgDay 1, Night 1

Cape Town to Namaqualand

Distance:  approx. 500 km

Meet and greet by Alan Tours at place of residence or at the Cape Town International Airport and to depart immediately in a northerly direction away from the mother city, heading for a small farming centre in the heart of the arid Namaqualand.

En route we drive through expansive farmland and fruit growing areas while skirting tall mountains, as we head north, we enter the arid landscape with clear open skies, distant hills and multi-coloured rocks with palettes of browns, greys and dusky purples. We stop for lunch and comfort breaks along the way. 

Upon arrival, we check into our comfortable accommodation, freshen up, perhaps explore the surroundings and meet for our first sundowner and dinner of the tour. An early night is recommended due to an early start the next morning.

Overnight at hotel in Namaqualand, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

m_img_20140708_164059.jpgDay 2, Night 2

Namaqualand to Fish River Canyon

Distance:  approx. 550 km

We enjoy an early breakfast at our accommodation before checking out and make our way further north and cross the South African border into Namibia at one of the local border posts. Our destination today is spectacular Fish River Canyon. We take lunch en-route to this desert destination on the rim of one of the largest canyons in the world.

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Upon arrival at our accommodation, we book in, have time to freshen up, relax for a while and/or explpre our surroundings before making our way to our well-deserved dinner. We fall asleep with thoughts of the next day’s exciting journey.

Overnight Fish River Canyon at a nearby Lodge, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 3, Night 3

Fish River Canyon to Aus

Distance:  approx. 270 km

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After an early breakfast we pack up, check out and head out to explore the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon We check into the park and drive stopping along the way to the main viewing point to take advantage of the early morning view over the wide vistas of this incredible desert canyon.

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After departing from the canyon, we continue in a northerly direction, stopping on the road for a light lunch en-route to our next overnight destination at a small centre in the Aus Mountains on the edge of the Namib/Naukluft national park.

This is a settlement in the Karas Region of southern Namibia. The centre was established a s a prisoner of war camp during the first world war.

On arrival at our accommodation, we check in and take time to freshen up and relax before we head out to explore the area; we head out into the desert to a local hide, (a protected area where we can observe without being seen).

Where we lie in wait to see the Wild horses of the area come down to drink at the waterhole.

  • Visit the Garub viewing hide to watch the wild horses drink from the watering hole or
  • Enjoy an historical sundowner.

m_img_142354.jpgWe return to our accommodation and enjoy a wonderful dinner at the in-house restaurant before retiring, satisfied and inspired after an amazing day.

Overnight in hotel, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 4, Night 4

Aus to Sossusvlei

Distance:  approx. 340 km

After a good breakfast, we check out and leave this spectacular part of Namibia heading to our accommodation near Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is a name derived from the Khoikhoi language, Sossus meaning dead end and Vlei, an Afrikaans word meaning marsh. The Marsh only holds water after exceptional rains have fallen in the Naukluft Mountains; the water will follow the normally dry Tsauchab River’s course and finally collect in the Sossusvlei area. We stop along the way to enjoy a comfort break and lunch en route.

m_img_259058.jpgAfter checking into our accommodation, we freshen up, perhaps explore our surroundings and get ourselves ready for a leisurely sundowner nature drive, slowly winding up a nearby mountainside. 

At the top of the mountain, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset before returning to your accommodation where you will enjoy a relaxed dinner in the Lodge restaurant and an early night, being serenaded by the golden silence of the Namib Desert.

Overnight at lodge near Sossusvlei, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 5, Night 5

Sossusvlei

This morning, we have an early wake up, collect a packed breakfast and head out to explore Sossusvlei, a salt and clay “pan” (A low lying area, prone to seasonal flooding) surrounded by high red dunes, which are some of the tallest sand dunes in the world. 

   Gates open early to accommodate the best time to view this area.

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We leave the Sossusvlei area before the day gets too hot and travel back to the lodge for a late lunch after which we take it easy for the rest of the afternoon. 

We meet for sundowners before enjoying our authentic evening meal after which we retire nicely tired from an exciting day in the desert. 

Overnight at Lodge near Sossusvlei, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 6, Night 6

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund via Walvis Bay

Distance:  approx. 400 km

We wake for an early breakfast, check out of the lodge and make our way further north stopping along the way for a light lunch and a comfort break.

Try the famed Apple Pie at one of the stops en route? We then make our way through the Gaub Pass and the Kuiseb Canyon before heading for Swakopmund via Walvis Bay.

We take a short break to familiarise ourselves with the harbour city of Walvis Bay. The bay is formed by the protective shield of Pelican point upon which the Pelican point Lighthouse is situated. Tidal lagoons are formed inside the bay and are important marine birding areas where a mix of Pelicans, Damara Terns and Flamingos amongst many others can be found.  If time allows, we will stretch our legs and do some bird watching at the lagoon.

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We then board our tour vehicle and head a short distance north to Swakopmund where we will spend the next 2 nights. Swakopmund is an atmospheric coastal town and is the main holiday destination for Namibians.  It is even known as 'Little Bavaria' due to its quaint architecture and Germanic influences. 

Upon arrival in Swakopmund, we book into our well-appointed accommodation and enjoy some free time to do as you please before meeting for dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight guesthouse in Swakopmund, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

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Day 7, Night 7

Swakopmund

This morning after an early breakfast, we depart for Walvis Bay where there are a variety of activities such as:  

  • Boat trip to view the marine life and perhaps dolphin/whale watching
  • Kayaking to Pelican Point
  • Sandboarding in the dunes at Swakopmund
  • Living Desert tour

Alan Tours will make all of the arrangements for the tours and activities which you select.

All of the above are for your own account.

It is highly recommended that the above activities are done in the morning before the prevailing wind picks up.

After lunch at a restaurant in Swakopmund, we return to our accommodation to freshen up and you can choose one of the following activities (for your own account):

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- Horse riding

- Museum visit

- National Marine Aquarium visit

- Living Desert snkae park

Alternatively, you can relax at your accommodation this afternoon or do some self-exploration around town or some last-minute shopping. We will then meet at a local restaurant for dinner.  

 

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Overnight guesthouse in Swakopmund, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 8, Night 8

Swakopmund to

Cape Fur Seal Colony

After breakfast, we take our leave from this German colonial City and make our way to our overnight accommodation close to a large Cape Fur Seal colony situated on a headland jutting out into the often stormy Atlantic ocean on what is known as the Skeleton coast. We stop for a light lunch and comfort break on the road.

After some time spent with the seal colony, we book into our comfortable local lodge, relax, freshen up and if feeling energetic, take an afternoon hike along the beach before enjoying a well-deserved dinner and a comfortable nights’ rest with the sounds of the sea lulling us to sleep.

Overnight lodge, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

m_img_169235.jpgDay 9, Night 9

Cape Fur Seal colony to Damaraland

Distance:  approx. 400 km

Early wake up for breakfast at the lodge after which we check out make our way north into what is known as Damaraland, a vast and beautiful area of mixed savanna and grassland, sparsely occupied by the Damara people.

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We stop near the iconic Brandberg Mountain, the tallest mountain in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady painting and other marvellous examples of early to middle stone age rock art. Dependent on the time frame we will view as many of these sights as possible before continuing to our overnight accommodation in northern Damaraland.

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Here we are scheduled to spend two nights to allow us to catch our breath and view some of the sights in this area.

We check in on arrival and settle into our lodge, freshen up and relax before meeting around the pool, bar and lapa in preparation for the evening meal at the lodge restaurant. 

m_img_180358.jpgOvernight at Damaraland lodge, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 10, Night 10

Damaraland and Himba Village Tour

We wake early for breakfast in preparation for a full day. We collect our packed lunches and head out, starting with a drive to a local Himba Village.

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Here we meet the people and are conducted on a tour around the village of this ancient African tribe.

There are a number of interesting cultural sights to be seen in this picturesque area and after leaving the Himba village we can head out to visit ancient rock art sights rock engravings.

 

 

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After the day’s activities we return to our comfortable accommodation and if time allows, enjoy a short afternoon game drive on the concession or opt for a siesta before we freshen up and meet for a tasteful dinner in the lodge restaurant.

After the evening meal we make our way to bed for a well-deserved rest lulled to sleep by the peaceful silence of this remote area. 

Overnight at lodge in Damaraland, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 11, Night 11

Saturday 12 January 2019

Damaraland to Etosha National Park

Distance:  approx. 316 km

m_img_0974.jpgAfter a hearty breakfast we pack up and check out of our lodge and depart, driving through the scenic beauty of Damaraland as we head for our next destination with a tingle of anticipation as we approach the world famous Etosha National Park.

We stop en-route at a nearby town to do some last minute shopping and grab a bite to eat before our final leg as we drive to the entrance gate of this huge national park.

m_img_961382.jpgEtosha National Park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometres and gets its name from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely within the park. The Etosha pan (4,760 square kilometres) covers 23% of the area of the total area of the Etosha National Park.

The park is home to many different species of mammals such as Black Rhinoceros, Elephant, Giraffe, Lion and Leopard. Many antelope species abound here including the iconic Springbok, Gemsbok or Oryx, Blue Wildebeest and the diminutive Damaraland Dikdik. Burchell’s Zebra abound on the grassy plains. Many species of birds including a wide diversity of Larks and the heaviest flying bird in the world, the Kori bustard can be seen out on the open plains.

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One of the iconic sights to see in the park is to witness the arrival of the Sandgrouse coursing in, in the last light of the day as they arrive at the waterholes to slake their thirst and drench their chest feathers with living giving water to take back, 40, 60 km’s to their flightless chick at their nests.

The Park is unique in Africa, where the main characteristic is a gigantic salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the fringes and at the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings at certain times of the year.

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Upon arrival at the entrance gate, we check in and drive to our rest camp where we book into our accommodation, if time allows, we enjoy a late game drive in the tour vehicle.   Upon our return, we freshen up and can sit and watch for game at the floodlit waterhole both before and after dinner.  Having enjoyed an exciting game drive, a tasty dinner and the magnificent night sky, we make our way to our comfortable beds for a peaceful night’s rest.

Overnight Etosha National Park accommodation, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast 

m_img_0648.jpgOptional extra: night drive in the park’s game drive vehicle


Etosha National Park

After an early wake-up a cup of freshly percolated coffee / tea and rusks, we set out for our early morning game drive, taking in any likely spots we might have identified as holding promise and taking many photographs along the way as we search the vast plains for sign of the wildlife that abounds here.

We keep an eye out for circling vultures in the hope of finding the elusive predators on their morning kill. Upon our return we climb into a hearty breakfast before checking out as we depart for the next overnight stop in the Park while enjoying a game drive on the way. 

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After the excitement of the game drive we arrive in time to take a light lunch at the park restaurant, check into our overnight accommodation and some much needed down time to take a midday siesta or a quiet, cooling dip in the camps pool or simply flake out on your bed for a quiet nap.

Once it starts cooling down a bit and the wildlife starts to become more active, we get back into the tour vehicle for the afternoon game drive searching for those elusive sightings and capturing images to last for ever.

m_img_9827.jpgUpon your return to camp we freshen up, relax at the water-hole with a sundowner before enjoying a well-deserved meal at the camp restaurant and fall asleep dreaming of what the next day will bring.

Overnight Etosha National Park in Park Accommodation, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 13, Night 13

Etosha National Park 

After an early wake-up call with cup of coffee / tea and rusks, we head off on our early morning game drive.  Returning to camp, we enjoy breakfast and pack up before we head off to the next rest camp in the Park, enjoying the game viewing along the way.

m_img_0353.jpgAfter booking into our new accommodation we spend some time relaxing before setting out on our last evening game drive.  On our return we freshen up and meet back at the waterhole where you can enjoy views of the surrounding scenery, wildlife and a spectacular sunset whilst slowly sipping on an ice-cold sundowner. 

m_img_951596.jpgDinner will be served at the camp’s restaurant before heading off to bed to enjoy the tranquillity of the bush and a peaceful sleep. 

 

Overnight Etosha National Park accommodation, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

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Day 14, Night 14

Etosha National Park to Waterberg

Distance:  approx. 350 kms

After breakfast we pack up and depart from the Etosha National Park, we head west to the town of Tsumeb a rich mining town near the border of the park.

The town is well known for the rich mineral pipe that reaches down deeper than 1300 meters below ground level. The pipe was mined in prehistoric times but those ancient workers barely scratched the surface. Most of the ore was removed in the 20th century by cut-and-fill methods. The ore was polymetallic and from its copper, lead, silver, gold, arsenic and germanium were taken.

m_img_0842.jpgHere we visit the local Museum which showcases an extensive gem collection and the history of the tribes of Namibia, the impact of the world wars in Namibia and the mine and life of the town.

After exploring and learning the history of this mining town, we proceed down South to Otjiwarongo where we have a light lunch and finally on to Waterberg a beautiful, well-watered plateau where we book into a nature reserve for the night. 

There is time to freshen up and the afternoon can be spent either relaxing or for those who would like some exercise, enjoy a refreshing forest walk. We will then meet for our final farewell dinner at the restaurant before retiring in this wild and wonderful land, Namibia.

Overnight at Waterberg accommodation, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

 

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Day 15

Waterberg to Windhoek

Distance:  approx. 330 km

Early wake up and hearty breakfast before checking out. We travel onwards to Okahandja where we stop for a comfort break and then continue to Windhoek which marks the end of the Tour. 

Should time allow, we can stop at one of the numerous craft markets alongside the road where there are a wide selection of arts and crafts to browse through before finally arriving in Windhoek where you will either be dropped off at your accommodation or at the Hosea Kutako International Airport to connect with your departing flight. End of Alan Tours services.

 

m_img_0866_copy_copy.jpgEARLY BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

R 53 000.00 per person sharing

minimum 4 persons 

 

Tour includes:

  • 15 days professional guided tour, fuel, vehicle, trailer, guide 
  • 14 nights’ accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Entrance/conservation fees, National Park, concession fees
  • Toll fees
  • Airport parking fees
  • Cross border fees
  • Bottled water in tour vehicle

Tour excludes:

  • Visas
  • Bar bills
  • Optional extras as per itinerary
  • Personal shopping
  • Flights

Namibia is the soul of Africa, characterised by vast open spaces, breath-taking scenery and great contrasts – Spacious savanna, red sand dunes, mountains and deserts fringed by the open ocean – Due to the size of the country, it will be necessary to travel extended distances on certain days to ensure we cover as much terrain as possible, thereby giving you the opportunity of seeing and experiencing the best that this “woes tuin” (wild garden) has to offer.

 

With so much wonder across its vast and intriguing landscape, knowing when to visit Namibia is an integral part of planning your trip. With its low rainfall and sunny disposition, Namibia is a year-round destination, but every season has its pros and cons. Winter and Spring are the most popular times to visit Namibia thanks to the cooler temperatures. The days are warm and sunny and at night, it is cool and clear. Game-viewing is excellent and it is a good time to spend evenings gazing at the night sky.

 

 

Day 1, Night 1

Cape Town to Namaqualand

Distance:  approx. 500 kms

 

Meet and greet by Alan Tours at place of residence or at the Cape Town International Airport and to depart immediately in a northerly direction away from the mother city, heading for a small farming centre in the heart of the arid Namaqualand. En route we drive through expansive farmland and fruit growing areas while skirting tall mountains, as we head north, we enter the arid landscape with clear open skies, distant hills and multi-coloured rocks with palettes of browns, greys and dusky purples.   We stop for lunch and comfort breaks along the way. 

 

Upon arrival, we check into our comfortable accommodation, freshen up, perhaps explore the surroundings and meet for our first sundowner and dinner of the tour.   An early night is recommended due to an early start the next morning. 

 

Overnight at hotel in Namaqualand, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 2, Night 2

Namaqualand to Fish River Canyon

Distance:  approx. 550 km

 

We enjoy an early breakfast at our accommodation before checking out and make our way further north and cross the South African border into Namibia at one of the local border posts. Our destination today is spectacular Fish River Canyon. We take lunch en-route to this desert destination on the rim of one of the largest canyons in the world

 

Upon arrival at our accommodation, we book in, have time to freshen up, relax for a while and/or explore our surroundings before making our way to our well-deserved dinner. We fall asleep with thoughts of the next day’s exciting journey.

 

Overnight Fish River Canyon at a nearby Lodge, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

 

 

Day 3, Night 3

Fish River Canyon to Aus

Distance:  approx. 270 km

 

After an early breakfast we pack up, check out and head out to explore the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon We check into the park and drive stopping along the way to the main viewing point to take advantage of the early morning view over the wide vistas of this incredible desert canyon.

  

After departing from the canyon, we continue in a northerly direction, stopping on the road for a light lunch en-route to our next overnight destination at a small centre in the Aus Mountains on the edge of the Namib/Naukluft national park. This is a settlement in the Karas Region of southern Namibia.  The centre was established a s a prisoner of war camp during the first world war.

 

On arrival at our accommodation, we check in and take time to freshen up and relax before we head out to explore the area; we head out into the desert to a local hide, (a protected area where we can observe without being seen). Where we lie in wait to see the Wild horses of the area come down to drink at the waterhole.

  • Visit the Garub viewing hide to watch the wild horses drink from the watering hole or
  • Enjoy an historical sundowner

 

We return to our accommodation and enjoy a wonderful dinner at the in-house restaurant before retiring, satisfied and inspired after an amazing day.

 

Overnight in Hotel, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 4, Night 4

Aus to Sossusvlei

Distance:  approx. 340 km

 

After a good breakfast, we check out and leave this spectacular part of Namibia heading to our accommodation near Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is a name derived from the Khoikhoi language, Sossus meaning dead end and Vlei, an Afrikaans word meaning marsh. The Marsh only holds water after exceptional rains have fallen in the Naukluft Mountains; the water will follow the normally dry Tsauchab River’s course and finally collect in the Sossusvlei area. We stop along the way to enjoy a comfort break and lunch en route. 

 

After checking into our accommodation, we freshen up, perhaps explore our surroundings and get ourselves ready for a leisurely sundowner nature drive, slowly winding up a nearby mountainside.  At the top of the mountain, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset before returning to your accommodation where you will enjoy a relaxed dinner in the Lodge restaurant and an early night, being serenaded by the golden silence of the Namib Desert.

 

Overnight at Lodge near Sossusvlei, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 5, Night 5

Sossusvlei

 

This morning, we have an early wake up, collect a packed breakfast and head out to explore Sossusvlei, a salt and clay “pan” (A low lying area, prone to seasonal flooding) surrounded by high red dunes, which are some of the tallest sand dunes in the world.  Gates open early to accommodate the best time to view this area.

 

We leave the Sossusvlei area before the day gets too hot and travel back to the lodge for a late lunch after which we take it easy for the rest of the afternoon.  We meet for sundowners before enjoying our authentic evening meal after which we retire nicely tired from an exciting day in the desert. 

 

Overnight at Lodge near Sossusvlei, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 6, Night 6

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund via Walvis Bay

Distance:  approx. 400 km

 

We wake for an early breakfast, check out of the lodge and make our way further north stopping along the way for a light lunch and a comfort break.

 

Try the famed Apple Pie at one of the stops en route? We then make our way through the Gaub Pass and the Kuiseb Canyon before heading for Swakopmund via Walvis Bay.  

 

We take a short break to familiarise ourselves with the harbour city of Walvis Bay. The bay is formed by the protective shield of Pelican point upon which the Pelican point Lighthouse is situated. Tidal lagoons are formed inside the bay and are important marine birding areas where a mix of Pelicans, Damara Terns and Flamingos amongst many others can be found.  If time allows, we will stretch our legs and do some bird watching at the lagoon.

 

 

We then board our tour vehicle and head a short distance north to Swakopmund where we will spend the next 2 nights. Swakopmund is an atmospheric coastal town and is the main holiday destination for Namibians.  It is even known as 'Little Bavaria' due to its quaint architecture and Germanic influences. 

 

Upon arrival in Swakopmund, we book into our well-appointed accommodation and enjoy some free time to do as you please before meeting for dinner at a local restaurant.

 

Overnight Guesthouse in Swakopmund, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7, Night 7

Swakopmund

 

This morning after an early breakfast, we depart for Walvis Bay where there are a variety of activities such as:  

  • Boat trip to view the marine life and perhaps dolphin/whale watching
  • Kayaking to Pelican Point
  • Sandboarding in the dunes at Swakopmund
  • Living Desert tour

 

Alan Tours will make all of the arrangements for the tours and activities which you select.

All of the above are for your own account.

 

It is highly recommended that the above activities are done in the morning before the prevailing wind picks up.

 

After lunch at a restaurant in Swakopmund, we return to our accommodation to freshen up and you can choose one of the following activities (for your own account):

  • Horse-riding
  • Museum Visit
  • National Marine Aquarium Visit 
  • Living Desert Snake park

 

Alternatively, you can relax at your accommodation this afternoon or do some self-exploration around town or some last-minute shopping.  We will then meet at a local restaurant for dinner.  

 

Overnight at Guesthouse in Swakopmund, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 8, Night 8

Swakopmund to

Cape Fur Seal Colony

After breakfast, we take our leave from this German colonial City and make our way to our overnight accommodation close to a large Cape Fur Seal colony situated on a headland jutting out into the often stormy Atlantic ocean on what is known as the Skeleton coast. We stop for a light lunch and comfort break on the road.

 

After some time spent with the seal colony, we book into our comfortable local lodge, relax, freshen up and if feeling energetic, take an afternoon hike along the beach before enjoying a well-deserved dinner and a comfortable nights’ rest with the sounds of the sea lulling us to sleep.

 

Overnight at Lodge, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

 

 

 

Day 9, Night 9

Cape Fur Seal colony to Damaraland

Distance:  approx. 400 km

Early wake up for breakfast at the lodge after which we check out make our way north into what is known as Damaraland, a vast and beautiful area of mixed savanna and grassland, sparsely occupied by the Damara people. We stop near the iconic Brandberg Mountain, the tallest mountain in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady painting and other marvellous examples of early to middle stone age rock art. Dependent on the time frame we will view as many of these sights as possible before continuing to our overnight accommodation in northern Damaraland.

 

Here we are scheduled to spend two nights to allow us to catch our breath and view some of the sights in this area.

 

We check in on arrival and settle into our lodge, freshen up and relax before meeting around the pool, bar and lapa in preparation for the evening meal at the lodge restaurant. 

 

Overnight at Damaraland Lodge, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 10, Night 10

Damaraland and Himba Village Tour

We wake early for breakfast in preparation for a full day. We collect our packed lunches and head out, starting with a drive to a local Himba Village. Her we meet the people and are conducted on a tour around the village of this ancient African tribe.

 

There are a number of interesting cultural sights to be seen in this picturesque area and after leaving the Himba village we can head out to visit ancient rock art sights rock engravings. After the day’s activities we return to our comfortable accommodation and if time allows, enjoy a short afternoon game drive on the concession or opt for a siesta before we freshen up and meet for a tasteful dinner in the Lodge restaurant.

 

After the evening meal we make our way to bed for a well-deserved rest lulled to sleep by the peaceful silence of this remote area. 

 

Overnight at Lodge in Damaraland lodge, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 11, Night 11

Saturday 12 January 2019

Damaraland to Etosha National Park

Distance:  approx. 316 kms 

 

After a hearty breakfast we pack up and check out of our lodge and depart, driving through the scenic beauty of Damaraland as we head for our next destination with a tingle of anticipation as we approach the world famous Etosha national park. We stop en-route at a nearby town to do some last minute shopping and grab a bite to eat before our final leg as we drive to the entrance gate of this huge national park.

 

Etosha National Park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometres and gets its name from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely within the park. The Etosha pan (4,760 square kilometres) covers 23% of the area of the total area of the Etosha National Park. The park is home to many different species of mammals such as Black Rhinoceros, Elephant, Giraffe, Lion and Leopard. Many antelope species abound here including the iconic Springbok, Gemsbok or Oryx, Blue Wildebeest and the diminutive Damaraland Dikdik. Burchell’s Zebra abound on the grassy plains. Many species of birds including a wide diversity of Larks and the heaviest flying bird in the world, the Kori bustard can be seen out on the open plains.

One of the iconic sights to see in the park is to witness the arrival of the Sandgrouse coursing in, in the last light of the day as they arrive at the waterholes to slake their thirst and drench their chest feathers with living giving water to take back, 40, 60 km’s to their flightless chick at their nests.

 

The Park is unique in Africa, where the main characteristic is a gigantic salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the fringes and at the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings at certain times of the year.

 

Upon arrival at the entrance gate, we check in and drive to our rest camp where we book into our accommodation, if time allows, we enjoy a late game drive in the tour vehicle.   Upon our return, we freshen up and can sit and watch for game at the floodlit waterhole both before and after dinner.  Having enjoyed an exciting game drive, a tasty dinner and the magnificent night sky, we make our way to our comfortable beds for a peaceful night’s rest.

 

Overnight Etosha National Park Accommodation, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Optional extra: night drive in the park’s game drive vehicle

 

Etosha National Park  

After an early wake-up a cup of freshly percolated coffee / tea and rusks, we set out for our early morning game drive, taking in any likely spots we might have identified as holding promise and taking many photographs along the way as we search the vast plains for sign of the wildlife that abounds here, We keep an eye out for circling vultures in the hope of finding the elusive predators on their morning kill.  Upon our return we climb into a hearty breakfast before checking out as we depart for the next overnight stop in the Park while enjoying a game drive on the way. 

 

After the excitement of the game drive we arrive in time to take a light lunch at the park restaurant, check into our overnight accommodation and some much needed down time to take a midday siesta or a quiet, cooling dip in the camps pool or simply flake out on your bed for a quiet nap.

 

Once it starts cooling down a bit and the wildlife starts to become more active, we get back into the tour vehicle for the afternoon game drive searching for those elusive sightings and capturing images to last for ever.

 

Upon your return to camp we freshen up, relax at the water-hole with a sundowner before enjoying a well-deserved meal at the camp restaurant and fall asleep dreaming of what the next day will bring.

 

Overnight Etosha National Park in Park Accommodation, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 13, Night 13

Etosha National Park 

After an early wake-up call with cup of coffee / tea and rusks, we head off on our early morning game drive.  Returning to camp, we enjoy breakfast and pack up before we head off to the next rest camp in the Park, enjoying the game viewing along the way.

 

After booking into our new accommodation we spend some time relaxing before setting out on our last evening game drive.  On our return we freshen up and meet back at the waterhole where you can enjoy views of the surrounding scenery, wildlife and a spectacular sunset whilst slowly sipping on an ice-cold sundowner.  Dinner will be served at the camp’s restaurant before heading off to bed to enjoy the tranquillity of the bush and a peaceful sleep.

 

Overnight Etosha National Park in Park Accommodation, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 14, Night 14

Etosha National Park to Waterberg  

Distance:  approx. 350 kms

 

After breakfast we pack up and depart from the Etosha national park, we head west to the town of Tsumeb a rich mining town near the border of the park. The town is well known for the rich mineral pipe that reaches down deeper than 1300 meters below ground level. The pipe was mined in prehistoric times but those ancient workers barely scratched the surface. Most of the ore was removed in the 20th century by cut-and-fill methods. The ore was polymetallic and from its copper, lead, silver, gold, arsenic and germanium were taken. Here we visit the local Museum which showcases an extensive gem collection and the history of the tribes of Namibia, the impact of the world wars in Namibia and the mine and life of the town.   After exploring and learning the history of this mining town, we proceed down South to Otjiwarongo where we have a light lunch and finally on to Waterberg a beautiful, well-watered plateau where we book into a nature reserve for the night. 

 

There is time to freshen up and the afternoon can be spent either relaxing or for those who would like some exercise, enjoy a refreshing forest walk.    We will then meet for our final farewell dinner at the restaurant before retiring in this wild and wonderful land, Namibia.

 

Overnight at Waterberg accommodation, lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

 

Day 15

Waterberg to Windhoek

Distance:  approx. 330 kms 

Early wake up and hearty breakfast before checking out as we board the We pack up and depart after breakfast.  We travel onwards to Okahandja where we stop for a comfort break and then continue to Windhoek which marks the end of the Tour. 

 

Should time allow, we can stop at one of the numerous craft markets alongside the road where there are a wide selection of arts and crafts to browse through before finally arriving in Windhoek where you will either be dropped off at your accommodation or at the Hosea Kutako International Airport to connect with your departing flight. End of Alan Tours services.

 

EARLY BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

minimum 4 persons

 

R 53 000.00 per person, quoted on 6 pax 

 

 

Tour includes:

  • 15 days professional guided Tour, fuel, vehicle, trailer & Guide
  • 14 nights’ accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Entrance/conservation fees, National Park, concession fees
  • Toll Fees
  • Airport Parking Fees
  • Cross Border Fees
  • Bottle water in tour vehicle

 

Tour excludes:

  • Visas
  • Bar bills
  • Optional extras as per itinerary
  • Personal shopping
  • Flights

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