Your tailor-made safari holiday to Namibia

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A north and south self-drive itinerary which takes in the 6 very diverse regions of Namibia offering huge contrast in scenery.

Beginning in Windhoek, you will spend a night recuperating from your flight before taking the drive south towards the Kalahari Desert. In contrast to the swirling red dunes of the Namib which you will see next, the Kalahari Desert is actually a fossil desert, its less arid than a true desert, thanks to higher levels of rainfall, encouraging a variety of wildlife to call it home. The landscape is of golden grass and small red dunes and Namibia's highest concentration of the very photographic Quivertrees.

Desert-adapted animals such as meerkats, gemsbok, a large number of the antelope family, giraffe, warthog and the black-maned Kalahari lion are present and can be seen on morning and afternoon game drives. The Kalahari Desert is inhabited by the San people (Namibian bushmen), the descendants of the earliest hunter gatherer peoples on the planet and, should you wish, you can partake in a unique walk with the Bushmen trackers to discover their desert survival techniques.

It is then time to head west towards the Namib Desert and specifically the famous Sossusvlei dunes, the most visually stunning part of this ancient desert. Famous for its towering red dunes, the highest of which is estimated to reach almost 325m, you can walk along their winding crests and reach the top for rewarding views. Or perhaps visit the curious Deadvlei, once an oasis, now a barren clay pan scattered with dead, blackened acacia trees. The area is a photographer's dream and is explorable from the air with hot air balloon rides and quad bikes and game drives on the ground. Be aware that the most beautiful vistas are found early in the morning and late in the afternoon when light and shadow add a more three-dimensional appearance of the landscape.

The itinerary then moves north to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Here you can uncover a strong German colonial link in the monuments and historic buildings that dot the city and explore an array of cafes and restaurants. The adventure activities from Swakopmund are what really define it, with the chance to experience sandboarding, quad biking, parachuting, paragliding, dolphin cruises and exciting scenic flights and ballooning above the sand dunes.

Damaraland is the next stop further north. One of Namibia's most scenic areas, you will look out upon distant mountain ranges, wide open plains and huge granite formations in a diverse and contrasting landscape. There's the chance to track critically endangered black rhino, see desert-adapted elephant, explore the Haub River system and, if you're up to it, to climb the Brandberg, Namibia's highest peak. Also worth a visit is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. The site has more than 2,500 engravings and various paintings made by Bushmen thousands of years ago, a real treat for the budding archaeologist. Your time in Damaraland has been split into 2 separate locations to fully appreciate the diversity of the landscapes in the area.

It is now time for your safari. The Etosha National Park is Namibia's prime wildlife location and home to a wide variety of mammals and birds. Etosha is translated as 'great white area' and refers to the large dried pan in the middle of the park. The park is unique for its waterholes (many of which are floodlit for night viewing) allowing the animals to come to you! Whilst on morning and afternoon/evening game drives you can hopefully see springbok, eland, zebra, gemsbok, impala, black and white rhino, elephant, a variety of birdlife and the occasional predators such as leopard, lion and cheetah. At night, you can observe hyenas and other nocturnal animals.

For your final night, en route back to Windhoek you will visit the Waterberg area known as the cheetah capital of the world. Here you can learn more about these animals at the nearby Cheetah Conservation Fund or observe hundreds of Cape Vultures spiralling down from the sky at the feeding site of the Rare and Endangered Species Trust. You can explore the Waterberg Plateau Park or simply relax before your journey home the next day.

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Day 1

Catch your overnight flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Windhoek International

Day 2

1 night at Villa Violet | Windhoek & Surrounds

Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport you will make your way to the car hire desk to collect your hire car. From here you will drive yourself to Windhoek city.

Room Type: Standard room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast

Day 3 - 4

2 nights at Suricate Tented Lodge | Kalahari

Today you will take the drive to the Kalahari.

Room Type: Safari Tent Meal Basis: FB Full Board

Day 5 - 6

2 nights at Kulala Desert Lodge | Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert

Today you will take the drive to the Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert.

Room Type: Standard Room Meal Basis: AIA All Inclusive and Scheduled Activities

Day 7 - 8

2 nights at The Stiltz | Swakopmund & Walvis Bay

Today you will take the drive to the Swakopmund.

Room Type: Twin Bungalow Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast

Day 9 - 10

2 nights at Camp Kipwe | Damaraland

Today you will take the drive to the Damaraland.

Room Type: Standard Room Meal Basis: FBA Full Board and Scheduled Activities

Day 11 - 12

2 nights at Khowarib Lodge | Damaraland

Today you will take the drive to another region of the Damaraland.

Room Type: Luxury Tented Chalet Meal Basis: FB Full Board

Day 13 - 15

3 nights at Ongava Lodge | Etosha & Surrounds

Today you will take the drive to the Etosha & Surrounds.

Room Type: Chalet Meal Basis: AIS All Inclusive and Scheduled Safari Activities

Day 16

1 night at Frans Indongo Lodge | Central Highlands

Today you will take the drive to the Central Highlands.

Room Type: Standard room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast

Day 17

Today you will take the drive to Windhoek International Airport where you will drop off your hire car and connect with your onward flight home.

Tailor-made itinerary from $5,710 pp

Includes

  • International flights from Philadelphia International Airport
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Car hire, Group K car (Nissan Qashqai or similar) including full cover, unlimited km and taxes
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees

Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Petrol
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels

Flights

  • Outward Flight:
  • Overnight from Philadelphia International Airport to Windhoek International
  • Return Flight:
  • Overnight from Windhoek International to Philadelphia International Airport

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