Cape Town to Windhoek
Required, double check with the embassies prior to departure (own responsibility).
SA Rand can be used everywhere. Suggest USD and Rands to be used on trip. Credit card facilities not always available in more remote areas outside of towns - most lodges prefer a cash transaction. Credit card may be used in Swakopmund and Victoria Falls for activities. Card holders are advised to clarify whether their card is acceptable in Namibia with a commercial bank. Foreigners may bring in any amount of foreign currency into Namibia. Please note that banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays and only open until 15h00 on all other working days.
Valid passports with a minimum of 5 blank pages are advised for the border proceedings though out your tour. For more information visit: www.namibiatourism.com.na
1 bottle (500ml) will be provided each day by Xama Adventures. It is advised to purchase bottled water through out the tour for your personal use.
Are for the pax own expenses through out the tour.
Meals will be provided as per programme. There will be 2 days where pax will be required to purchase their own meals as per itinerary due to distance traveled or activities.
Advised to exchange money into SA Rands when you are in Johannesburg as you can use this currency throughout your safari.
DAY 1: Orange River - Oewerbos River Camp
We depart early to avoid the traffic and take a leisurely drive up the N7 towards the border and the mighty Orange River. Along route we are able to stop at the road stalls. Lunch will be on route, picnic or coffee shop.
DAY 2: (BLD) Fish River Canyon
Today we cross over the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. Here we will spend sometime at the look out points of the second largest canyon in the world. This is also the starting point of the famous Fish River Canyon Hike. Unfortunately due to the loose gravel day visitors may not venture down into the canyon anymore. After lunch we continue to our nights accommodation and spend the afternoon relaxing and discussing the rest of the tour.
DAY 3: (BLD) Sosousvlei and Tsaris Mountains
Depart at 08h30 and head south towards the Namib Naukluft Park. Today will be a traveling day estimated 6-hour journey. The drive leads us south through the mountains and across the plains to our lodge. Hammerstein lodge. On arrival we will be shown to our accommodation and relax around the lodge for the evening. At the lodge there are some resident caracals (part of the wild cat family). We have the option of game drives, a walk to visit some wild cats, leopard, cheetah, and caracal or enjoy the sunset around the pool.
DAY 4: (BLD) Sosousvlei and Sesriem Canyon
We wake up early before the birds, have a hot cup of coffee, before departing from the lodge to visit the Naukluft National Park and Sosousvlei. Experience the spectacular dune landscape of the Namib, with some of the highest dunes in the world. We will be joined by one of the local guides who will tell us how the dunes came about and what exciting life exists amongst the dunes (Very informative and well worth the walk in the sand). After exploring the dunes and dead vlei we head back to the lodge for lunch. Later that afternoon one will have the choice of visiting the nearby Sesriem canyon. Rest of the day can be spent at ones own leisure.
DAY 5: (BL) Swakopmund
Today we depart after breakfast for the coastal town of Swakopmund via Walvis Bay to see the lesser flamingo’s and pelicans, other sea bird life can be seen as well. On route we drive through the Kusieb canyon before leaving the hills behind and traveling across the flat plains towards the coast. Estimated time of travel is 5 hours. The drive is scenic and we make numerous stops along the way for photograph opportunities. On arrival we will proceed to our accommodation. Rest of the day can be spent exploring the town or at ones own leisure. Lunch and dinner at ones own expense.
DAY 6: (B) Swakopmund
The day can be spend participating in some activities such as a dolphin cruise, scenic flights over the dunes around Swakopmund, balloon rides, visit the tannery & carpet weavers and many more. Adventure activities are available for the more energetic. There are many great coffee shops and restaurants along the side walks for one to sit down and watch the hustle and bustle of the town. That evening we visit one of the popular restaurants for dinner. The Tug Boat or The Lighthouse restaurants are always a great options.
DAY 7: (BLD) Twyfelfontein
Depart at 08h00, direction Twyfelfontein. Lunch on-route. Today we will view the Twyfelfontein rock paintings and engravings as well as the Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes. The afternoon will be spent relaxing at the well-disguised lodge. An evening sunset drive is an option as well as a game drive in search of the desert elephants. This is at ones own expense.Sundowners on the deck are always an excellent way to finish off the days activities.Dinner will be held in the main restaurant over looking the surroundings.
DAY 8: (BLD) Palmwag Kunene Region
The following day we wake up to a beautiful sunrise and enjoy our breakfast overlooking the valley, we spend sometime visiting Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes before traveling further west to Palmwag a popular place to find the desert elephant and rhino. Game drives from the lodge are available as an extra activity as well as scenic flight options to view the Skeleton Coast.
DAY 9: (BD) Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park – one of Africa’s largest games reserves (22 270-km square). The park is home to approximately 145 species of animal wildlife. There is a bird population of some 340 species and an important breeding ground for the greater and lesser flamingo’s in Southern Africa. The main area of Etosha is cover by a large salt pan (129km long and up to 73 km wide). On route we stop to visit a community project and take a walk with one of the local guides. Here he shows and tells us about a petrified forest that once covered the vast landscape. We make a short stop at the town of Outjo where we have lunch before entering the Etosha National Park. From the moment we enter we can start our game viewing task and see who can spot the first animals of the day. At the main rest camp we relax and unwind. There is a floodlight waterhole to view animals throughout the evening. This always proves to be an attraction after diner before bed.
DAY 10: (BLD) Etosha
We awake to the sound of nature and enjoy our breakfast before making our way out of the gates and into the park to view the animals. There is no set route, as this depends on where the animals have been spotted last, but we most likely will have lunch at the rest camp Halali. This camp is situated in the middle of the park, a good spot for spotting lion and leopard.We make our way back to our resident camp to enjoy the sunset across the waterhole. Dinner is served in the restaurant (buffet). A full day game viewing in the park and relaxing around the pool fills the days activities.
DAY 11: (BLD) Etosha Namutoni
After breakfast we spend another day exploring the park and searching for different wildlife species. We make our way north to the top camp called Namuntoni. This was an old German fort during the war, now serving as the rest camp and accommodation. From the top of the tower one can enjoy the surrounding scenery and sunset. Time can be taken to rest and relax around the pool and camp. There is also a floodlit waterhole to view game throughout the evening. Due to its position to the camp animals generally only visit during the later part of the evening and early hours of the morning.
DAY 12: (BLD) Waterberg region
We depart at 08H30 and travel to our next destination, Waterberg. On arrival we will settle into our lodgings and spend the afternoon exploring the area, good walks and beautiful scenery. Our accommodation over looks the plains, and in the morning the mountain behind us is lit up with the rising of the sun. Dinner is served in the main dinning hall.
DAY 13: (BLD) Windhoek - Namibia's Capitol
Todays we wake up to the fresh country smell of the Waterberg and depart back to Windhoek. The drive is approximately 3.5 hours. We will make a stop at one of the bigger markets along our route, to trade and negotiate with the locals. On arrival in Windhoek we will go directly to our lodgings. The rest of the day can be spent at ones own leisure. Tonight we visit Joe’s Beer House. This is a very popular restaurant where one can find many traditional and game meals. An excellent venue to relax and enjoy the Namibian hospitality.
DAY 14: (B) Flight Home
Flight out of Windhoek to JHB with connecting flights
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