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Deserts of Namibia


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Deserts of Namibia

 Namibia

8 Days days from £3699 pp  from LHR

Namibia, home to vibrant cities, a rich cultural history, and the highest sand dunes in the world. Explore Namibia's natural beauty during this 7-day tour! Stroll through the streets of Windhoek enhanced by stately historic buildings, continue your journey to view the incredible Namibian desert sunset, which will undoubtedly be memorable. Climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world in the sand-sea of Sossusvlei.

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Namibia, home to vibrant cities, a rich cultural history, and the highest sand dunes in the world. Explore Namibia’s natural beauty during this 7-day tour! Stroll through the streets of Windhoek enhanced by stately historic buildings, continue your journey to view the incredible Namibian desert sunset, which will undoubtedly be memorable. Climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world in the sand-sea of Sossusvlei. This trip will fill all your senses and will leave great memories for the lifetime.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Windhoek: A capital city of exotic Namibia. Stroll along the charming streets of Namibia’s capital, a harmonious blend of African and European cultures. The friendliness and vitality of the locals will surely captivate you!

The Kalahari Desert and the “Living” Namib Desert: Discover golden grass and rolling red dunes in the landscapes of the Kalahari Desert, which stretches across Botswana, Zambia, the Republic of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Travel south into the vast and contrasting Namib Desert region, to witness widely varying landscapes and incredible sunsets.

Sossusvlei: Lying within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of the best places to experience the serene beauty of the Namib Desert and climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world.

Sesriem Canyon: Beautiful place shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of years. It is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. It is best appreciated at sunrise or sunset, where the changing shadows and soft light foregrounds the area’s breath-taking scenery.

Short Itinerary

Day 01 : Depart London Heathrow

Day 02 : Arrival Windhoek

Day 03 : Windhoek – Kalahari Desert

Day 04 : Kalahari Desert – Namib Desert

Day 05 : Namib Desert – Sossusvlei And Sesriem – Namib Desert

Day 06 : Sossusvlei – Swakopmund

Day 07 : Swakopmund

Day 08 : Swakopmund – Windhoek – Hosea Kutako International Airport

Tour Ends

 Day 01 : Departure London Heathrow

Today you will board on a to Namibia.

Overnight in the plane.

 Day 02 : Arrival Windhoek

Upon your arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met by your driver-guide for your Namibian Safari. He/she will drive you to your hotel and once you´ve checked in (we recommend you to book your flight no earlier than 1:00 pm as check-in at the hotel is possible after 2:00 pm) and refreshed yourselves, you embark on a sightseeing tour through the City of Windhoek together with your driver-guide. This city is considerably enhanced by stately historic buildings built in the German architectural style of the turn of the century. One can visit the buildings, which lend a singular charm to the city, including the historic seat of government also known as the Tintenpalast, meaning ‘the palace of ink’ in German. Right next to the Tintenpalast, the Christuskirche with its graceful sphere provides the city with a striking landmark. The white-walled Alte Feste, which was once a fort and is now a museum, reflects the history of the country. Windhoek lies 1650m above sea level. The population of Windhoek consists of approx. 450 000 people, which makes it the largest city in the country. The largest part of Windhoek’s population stays in Katutura, the Bantu- speaking suburb of the city. Katutura is an Oshiwambo word meaning “the place where we do not want to stay”. All along Independence Avenue (the former “Kaiserstrasse” - German for “Emperor Street”), one can see old, colonial houses next to the buildings of the modern, post-independence Namibia. After these 3 hours of exploring this exotic city, you return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight in Windhoek.

 Day 03 : Windhoek – Kalahari Desert

After a luscious breakfast at the hotel, get ready for your first trip into Namibia’s sandy savannah – the Kalahari Desert. At 8:30 am you meet your driver-guide at the hotel´s reception and together you drive towards the South via Rehoboth and Kalkrand, into the beautiful red dune landscape of the Kalahari Desert. In comparison to other deserts, the Kalahari often receives enough rainfall during the year to allow a large number of mammals, plants, birds, and insects to persist there. Once you arrive at the Kalahari Anib Lodge, you will check-in and the rest of the day spend at leisure. However, if you still feel like continuing with the sand dunes adventure, book our 3 hours guided Sundowner Drive in the Kalahari Desert (own expenses), where you can enjoy panoramic views across the dunes, to feel the heartbeat of the Kalahari, and observe the widely varied animal, bird and insect life that inhabit these beautiful red dunes. Dinner is served at the lodge.

Overnight in the Kalahari Desert.

 Day 04 : Kalahari Desert – Namib Desert

In the morning following breakfast, at approximately 8:30, am, hop on into your car and continue your trip into the South via Mariental, Maltahöhe, and Sesriem. Todays’ travels take you into the vastly contrasting Namib Desert Region, where the Namib Desert often being considered the oldest desert in the world has existed for more than 43 million years already. You will reach your lodge in the Namib Naukluft Park region in the early afternoon and the remainder of the day can be spent at leisure until dinner is served. Do not miss evening sundowners while you view the incredible Namibian desert sunset! It will undoubtedly be a memorable experience.

Overnight in the Namib Desert.

 Day 05 : Namib Desert – Sossusvlei And Sesriem - Namib Desert

This morning you will rise before sunrise for coffee/tea, before embarking on your dawn journey into the sand sea of Sossusvlei. 5km before the Vlei you board the 4x4 shared shuttle vehicles, which transfer you to the Vlei through the thick dune sand. Today, you have the opportunity to climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world. Sossusvlei is a beautiful dune wonderland, with towering dunes up to 300m high surrounding a huge, dried-up pan. Dunes extend as far as the eye can see and their rich tints vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. During a good rainy season, the Tsauchab River flows into the pan and creates a haven for water birds. Even during the dry season, Oryx, Springbok, and Ostrich can be seen feeding off the sparse vegetation along the watercourse. At the Vlei you can spend some time relaxing in the shade of the trees that feed off the underground water, climb the dunes or walk 1.1 km through low dunes to see the beautiful Dead Vlei. Thereafter you return to the 4x4 Parking Area where your tour vehicle is waiting and you drive back through the Park along a narrow winding road flanked on each side by sand dunes. At the entrance to Sossusvlei lies the Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down for 30m to 40m, are deep pools of water that become replenished after good rains. Sesriem derives its name from the time when early pioneers tied six lengths of rawhide thongs together to draw water from these pools. Return to the lodge in the early afternoon, where the remainder of the day can be spent at leisure.

Overnight in the Namib Desert.

 Day 06 : Sossusvlei - Swakopmund

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before continuing your journey through the Namib Naukluft Park, towards the west coast of Namibia. The drive takes you via Solitaire and Walvis Bay up to Swakopmund. Solitaire is given its name from two meanings: one is the reference to a single solitaire diamond, the other being the solitude or loneliness of the area. The combination of these meanings creates the definition of a distinctive, precious, and solitary place. The small settlement found in the middle of the Namib Desert features a gas station, post office, general dealer, and a restaurant/bar which is widely known for its delicious apple pie. It is the perfect stop-over to break the journey between the Sesriem and Sossusvlei area, and Swakopmund. Your drive then continues on towards Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major harbor town. It is fast developing into a sought-after haven for spending a holiday at the coast. Experience the beautiful lagoon with its prolific birdlife, where altogether some 80 000 wading birds including flamingos and rare white pelicans can be seen. A former enclave belonging to South Africa, Walvis Bay, and the offshore islands were incorporated into the Republic of Namibia on March 1, 1994. The town has a well-developed and efficient port, while its fishing harbor is the hub of Namibia’s fast-growing fishing industry. Arrival in Swakopmund during the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon can be spent at leisure, relaxing or taking one of our optional tours.

 Day 07 : Swakopmund

Charge your batteries with breakfast at the hotel before enjoying the day at your leisure. Stroll through town on your own, or choose an optional activity. A great choice would be to book a Catamaran Dolphin and Seal Cruise in Walvis Bay (own expenses). The cruise takes you out of the Walvis Bay Harbour, Namibia's only deep-water harbor, past many interesting new and old vessels. View to the oyster farm, and a lonely shipwreck with possible sightings of Dolphins, Seals, Pelicans and Flamingos, Jackal along Pelican Point and beautiful Oyster Catcher birds. Various seals and birds regularly entertain the guests and you will be amazed at the peaceful interaction between these wild marine animals and humans. From Swakopmund, there is an arranged transfer departing at 8:00 am, which takes you to the harbor, and at 9:00 am you will be departing for this marvelous experience. There are finger snacks, fresh Oysters and Sparkling Wine/hot and cold drinks served on the board, to make this 3-hour voyage more enjoyable.

Overnight in Swakopmund.

 Day 08 : Swakopmund – Windhoek – Hosea Kutako International Airport

Wake up to enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you depart en-route back to Windhoek, and finally, you transfer to the Windhoek International Airport. Arrive at the airport, check-in, and bid your driver-guide farewell before you depart on your onward flight. (We recommend you to book your return flight no earlier than 3:00 pm).

What's included

  • Economic return flight from London Heathrow
  • Meet and greet on arrival
  • Operated with a fully-escorted English- speaking driver-guide on a private basis.
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: City tour of Windhoek, Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei National Park, and Sesriem tour, park entry fees included
  • Safari Vehicle suitable for Namibian Terrain on a private basis
  • Arrival private transport from Windhoek International Airport to the hotel in Windhoek in a safari vehicle
  • Departure private transport to Windhoek International Airport in a safari vehicle

What's not included

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Drinks and meals if not stated explicitly as included in the program
  • Gratuity for driver-guide
  • Optional Activities
  • International nor Domestic flights
  • Airport Taxes
  • Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc.
  • Visa fees
  • Anything not mentioned in What's included.

Day 1 Windhoek:
Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Heinitzburg or similar 4*

Day 2 Kalahari Desert:
Superior Hotel Category = Kalahari Anib Lodge or similar 2*

Day 3, 4 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert:
Superior Hotel Category = Sossusvlei Dune Lodge or similar 4*

Day 5, 6 Swakopmund, West Coast of Namibia:
Superior Hotel Category = Strand Hotel Swakopmundor similar 4*

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