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Photographic Tour

A Photographic Tour covering the highlights of Namibia
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Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha, Caprivi, Okonjima
12 days & 11 nights
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25 September 2010
Windhoek Airport
As per Itinerary
Day 01
Windhoek

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport
The coach is at your disposal to take photographic shots of Windhoek and its surroundings. Dinner will be served at Joe’s Beerhouse

Overnight: Villa Verdi Guesthouse
www.leadinglodges.com/villaverdi.htm

Day 02
Sossusvlei

Sunday, 26 September 2010

After breakfast, you will depart on a scenic coach transfer to Sossusvlei (approx. 6 hours). Enroute you will stop to have lunch at the Solitaire Country Lodge. Further scenic transfer to the Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa (approx. 1 hour). A highlight at the lodge is the wellness centre which specializes in massages, pedicures, manicures, aroma massages, Thai massages and de-stress treatments. Quad bike tours, nature drives on their private domain and nature drives to Sossusvlei, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are also available.

Optional: Private 4x4 vehicle hire to take you on the lodge property for some photographic opportunities

Overnight: Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa
www.leadinglodges.com/lemirage.htm

Day 03
Sossusvlei

Monday, 27 September 2010

Early morning wake up call Have some coffee, tea & rusks at the Lodge Depart on a guided 4x4 Sossusvlei & Deadvlei Excursion Head into the dunes. Excellent photographic opportunities exist. Here the dunes are reputed to be the highest in the world. Spend the morning walking amongst the dunes in the world’s oldest living desert. After some refreshments drive the 70 km’s back to Sesriem and the Sesriem Canyon, so named because the early settlers had to tie six harnesses together in order to draw water out the bottom for their thirsty oxen.

Lunch will be served at the Lodge. Rest of the Afternoon to be spent at leisure

Optional: Private 4x4 vehicle hire to take you on the lodge property for some photographic opportunities

Dinner will be served at the lodge

Overnight: Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa
www.leadinglodges.com/lemirage.htm

Day 04
Swakopmund

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Optional Activity: Hot Air Ballooning (1 hour flight)

Scenic coach transfer to Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge where lunch is served. Further scenic coach transfer to Swakopmund (approx. 3 hours 30 min).

Rest of the afternoon to be spent at leisure. Take a walk in the town of Swakopmund for some shopping/photographic opportunities.

Dinner will be served at The Tug, a restaurant with spectacular views on the crashing waves of the cold Atlantic Ocean

Overnight: Swakopmund Boutique Hotel
www.swkboutiquehotel.com

Day 05
Swakopmund

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before heading to Walvis Bay Yacht Club for a Marine Cruise(approx. 3 hours)

Coach transfer back to Swakopmund. Afternoon at leisure

Optional Activities for the Afternoon:
The Desert Tour: An enlightening journey through the ancient canyons of the Moon Valley, one of the most fascinating areas of the Namib Desert.

Mini Living Desert Tour: Guides will share their knowledge about each desert animal, including adaptations and design for survival in the desert.

Dinner will be served at the Brauhaus Restaurant

Overnight: Swakopmund Boutique Hotel
www.swkboutiquehotel.com

Day 06
Damaraland

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Breakfast at the Hotel Scenic coach transfer to the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge (approx. 6 hours). Lunch will be served at the Brandberg White Lady Lodge.

Further scenic coach transfer to the Lodge Enroute you will visit Twyfelfontein Twyfelfontein is the largest known concentration of Stone Age petroglyphs in Namibia, with approximately 2 500 engravings around the Twyfelfontein area.

Dinner will be served at the Lodge

Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
www.namibialodges.com/twyfelfontein.html

Day 07
Etosha

Friday, 01 October 2010

Breakfast will be served at the Lodge Scenic coach transfer to the Epacha Game Lodge (approx. 4 hours). Enroute you will visit the Petrified forest.

Lunch will be served at the Ombinda Country Lodge

Transfer to Epacha Game Lodge and Spa which is situated on 27 000 hectares of private game reserve near Etosha National Park.

Afternoon at leisure. Dinner will be served at the Lodge

Overnight: Epacha Game Lodge and Spa
www.leadinglodges.com/epacha.htm

Day 08
Etosha

Saturday, 02 October 2010

Breakfast will be served at the Lodge. Coach transfer to the World famous Etosha National Park. Here, the entire day will be spent visiting watering holes where the opportunity lies to see some of natures stunning animals.

Lunch will be served inside the park at one of the camps. Afternoon visit to the watering holes. Later coach transfer back to the lodge. Dinner will be served at the Lodge

Optional: Guided night Drive

Overnight: Epacha Game Lodge and Spa
www.leadinglodges.com/epacha.htm

Day 09
Caprivi

Sunday, 03 October 2010

Breakfast at the Lodge. Coach transfer to the Lodge Airstrip. Charter flight (approx. 3 hours 20 min) to the Divava Okavango Lodge.

This luxury lodge is nestled amongst majestic trees on the banks of the Okavango River a few hundred metres from Popa Falls. It is fondly referred to by the locals as Paradishi Ghomumbiru; (Little Paradise). The Lodge offers an exquisite view over the Okavango River with excellent opportunities for bird watching. The lodge is only 14km’s from the Mahango Game Reserve, which is celebrated for it’s abundance of game species such as elephant, buffalo, sable and roan antelope, bushbuck, reedbuck and tsessebe. Divava Okavango Lodge and Spa offers 20 luxurious chalets, a bush bar, restaurant, swimming pool and a viewing deck overlooking the Okavango River. Boat cruises to the Popa Falls to view hippo and crocodiles and game-viewing trips to the Mahango Game Reserve.

Lunch to be served at the Lodge. Afternoon at leisure

Optional Activity: Sundowner boat cruise

Dinner will be served at the Lodge

Overnight: Divava Okavango Lodge
www.leadinglodges.com/divava.htm

Day 10
Caprivi

Monday, 04 October 2010

Breakfast at the Lodge

Depart on a guided game drive into the Mahango Game Reserve. The Mahango Game Reserve lies 12km south of Popa Falls, which is at the far western end of the Caprivi Game Reserve. Besides the main road which connects Namibia and Botswana, it is only accessible by 4WD vehicles and there are some minor gravel tracks off the main to assist your game viewing. The Mahango Game reserve is one of Namibia’s well kept secrets, and a spectacular game viewing area.

Lunch to be served at the Lodge. Afternoon at leisure

Dinner will be served at the Lodge

Overnight: Divava Okavango Lodge
www.leadinglodges.com/divava.htm

Day 11
Okonjima

Tuesday, 05 October 2010

Breakfast at the Lodge. Charter flight to Okonjima Main Camp

This is a private, family run guest lodge with luxury en-suite double rooms and a secluded swimming pool. Feel free to stroll around the garden, where you may encounter a variety of animals, which have been rescued by the AfriCat Foundation.

Okonjima lodge is a home of Africat Foundation and located 2.5 hours north of Windhoek. Activities include leopard viewing. Wild leopards are fed every night - giving guests a chance to watch these magnificent predators from the safety of a hide. Viewing of leopards is NOT guaranteed, and leopards are radio-collared for monitoring purposes. Cheetah tracking and viewing: cheetah radio tracking is done by foot in a rehabilitation area. Orphaned cheetah viewing is included in daily activities. Bushman trails: experience a day in the life of a Bushman. Learn how they adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. Nature trails: enjoy a walk in the wild. Similar to the sundowner walks, the trails have been made with varying degrees of difficulty ranging from very easy to more strenuous. These trails are guided or self-guided. Due to the specific nature of the new rehabilitation project, most cats on Okonjima are radio-collared. Sundowner walks: leisurely walks through the African landscape. These walks have been made with varying degrees of difficulty, ranging from very easy to more strenuous, giving everyone the opportunity to experience the beauty of Namibia at dusk.

Overnight: Okonjima main Camp
www.okonjima.com

Day 12
Windhoek

Tuesday, 05 October 2010

Breakfast at the Lodge. Depart on the cheetah project

Lunch will be served at the Lodge. After Lunch, the coach will transfer you to the Windhoek international Airport (approx. 3 hours 15 min)

Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport and check in for your International flight

Summary
DAY ACCOMMODATION MEAL BASIS ACTIVITIES
1 Villa Verdi Guesthouse    
2 & 3 Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa    
4 & 5 Swakopmund Boutique Hotel    
6 Twyfelfontein Country Lodge    
7& 8 Epacha Game Lodge and Spa    
9 & 10 Divava Okavango Lodge    
11 Okonjima main Camp    
Includes

Meals and Accommodations as indicated above, Meet & Greet.

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