Depart for Windhoek, capital of Namibia in South Western part of Africa.
Arrive in Windhoek. Transfer to Okonjima (packed lunch provided) for overnight stay. Enroute visit Okahandja Woodcarvers Traditional Art and Crafts Market.
In the morning visit the work of the Africat Foundation, where you find cheetahs which cannot be released back into the wild as they were either brought up as pets and hand-raised, or have injuries.
Travel to Okakuejo Camp at Etosha National Park. Excellent wildlife viewing from the Waterhole.
Morning visit to a typical Himba village. Damaraland and the Kaokoveld are home to the Himba, one of the last truly traditional tribes on the planet. These friendly people lead a semi-nomadic life as herdsmen, breeding mainly cattle and goats.
We depart for Twyfelfontein to visit the Petrified Forest, Organ Pipes and the Rock Engravings. The beautiful organ pipes are a fascinating geological formation located near Twyfelfontein. Strikingly rich rusty colors are portrayed in long columns resembling those of a church organ dating back 120 million years.
After breakfast we drive to Cape Cross Seal Reserve.
The coastline of Southern Africa is the only place in the world where you find Cape fur seals and the Cape Cross Seal Reserve is home to the largest breeding colony in the world. Based on aerial photographs taken during the breeding season, there are up to 210,000 seals at Cape Cross during November and December.
Continue on to Swakopmund. It was of major importance as a harbor during the German colonial era. The appearance of the town, with its 30,000 inhabitants, is characterized by numerous colonial buildings with the Woermann House from 1905 as its landmark.
After breakfast, we travel to Walvis Bay for the Marine & Dune excursion.
The tour starts with the Marine Cruise where you will see Pelican Point, Oyster Farms, Bird Island, Lighthouse, Walvis Bay Lagoon, Saltpans, Kuiseb River Delta and Mudflats of Sandwich Harbour.
After the cruise, enjoy a 4WD excursion into the Dunes. Your guide and Land Rover are waiting to meet you, taking you out to the dunes and protected Sandwich Harbor area. Enjoy a light lunch on a sandbank.
Today after breakfast, we travel to Sossusvlei with a drive through Welwitschia Drive and Moonlandscape en route. Afternoon sunset drive into the desert.
The Welwitschia is endemic to Namib Desert. Although the plant looks as if it has many leaves, it has only two. The oldest living specimens are estimated at 1,500 to 2,000 years. The Sossusvlei, Namibia’s famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert (the world’s oldest desert), is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are at a height of 300 metres, the highest in the world.
An early start from the Lodge to enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. Your guide will share all his knowledge of the area, animals, plant life and much more with you.
Regular stops are made on the ±60 kilometre drive down to the Vlei to gain information or take in the vistas. At Dune 45, the more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world’s most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2.6km round-trip walk up to Dead Vlei is a must for the healthy visitors.
Spend time in Sossusvlei before returning to the Lodge approximately 5 ½ hours later in time for the luncheon.
After breakfast, we depart for Windhoek. On arrival, enjoy a city tour.
Windhoek sits in the heart of Namibia, in the midst of the country’s Central Highlands. Aside from its European population, the city is a rich mix of Namibian ethnicities – Owambo, Kavango, Damara, Caprivian, Nama and San people all make their home here.
Early transfer to airport for flight home.
Home Sweet Home!
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