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Simply Namibia - 14 days

This safari, created for small groups, explores the highlights of Namibia. Travellers will experience dramatic scenery and varied wildlife. The tour includes visits to the Kalahari Desert, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Himba's in the northwest and Etosha National Park.
DAYS:
MIN/MAX PAX:
14 days & 13 nights
2 - 14 people
Day 01
Mariental – Anib Kalahari Lodge  
Dinner

Upon your arrival in Windhoek, you will be met by your Abenteuer Afrika Tour Guide who will assist you throughout your entire journey.  Once settled into our air-conditioned vehicle, you will depart to Anib Kalahari Lodge.  The drive will take you through Windhoek, Nambia’s capital city where you will see our historic buildings and monuments.  Once arrived at the lodge, you are at leisure before departing on a scenic nature drive.
        
Kalahari Anib Lodge
Anib Lodge lies on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, 34 kilometers from Mariental. To the east of Anib Lodge lie large pans that collect water during the rainy season which interrupt the endless red dunes of the Kalahari. In this desert setting, one can enjoy excellent bird and game watching.  Set in the middle of a lush garden, with big trees and huge palms, the Lodge is a great getaway for tourists and travellers alike especially when travelling to and from South Africa.

Overnight: Anib Kalahari Lodge on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis
www.gondwana-collection.com/en/Kalahari_Anib_Lodge

Day 02
Keetmanshoop – Canon Village
Dinner & Breakfast

Breakfast at the Lodge
Today your journey takes you into the deep south and the Fish River Canyon – famed for being the 2nd largest on earth.

Canon Village
Situated at the foot of a curved rock wall in the Gondwana Canon Park, is Canon Village, with its Cape Dutch style bungalows and thatched restaurant. Only 20km away from the famous Fish River Canyon, Canon Village is an ideal location from which to explore the canyon. Murals in the restaurant tell stories of everyday life of the early inhabitants of this area, the Bondelswarts-Nama.
www.gondwana-collection.com/en/Canyon_Village

Fish River Canyon
The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia, but its present flow is a thin trickle compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. It cuts deep into the plateau which today is dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; and when it ceases to flow it becomes a chain of long narrow pools on the sandy rock-strewn floor of the chasm. At the lower end of the Fish River Canyon, the hot springs resort of Ai-Ais provides an oasis in this arid area. The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, the first being the Grand Canyon in the USA. The canyon is 550 meters deep and up to 27 kilometres wide. The Fish River is 700 kilometres long, which makes it the longest dry river in Namibia.
Entrance Fee to the Fish River Canyon look-out point is included

Overnight: Canon Village on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis

Day 03 & 04
Aus – Klein Aus Vista
Dinner & Breakfast

Day 03:  Today, as your journey takes you to Aus, look out for the elusive ‘Wild Horses’ of the Namib,

Day 04:  Depart on an early morning visit to the town of Luderitz and a tour of the Ghost Town, Kolmanskop.  Lunch in Luderitz is included.

Kolmanskop
Kolmanskop is situated only 10 kilometers inland from the southern port town of Lüderitz. It is famous as a ghost town in the Namib Desert. Kolmanskop was found in 1908, when a diamond was accidently found by one of the workers (Zacharias Lewala) while building the railway line to Lüderitz. This incident triggered a massive diamond boom. In those days Kolmanskop was considered Africa’s richest town. Kolmanskop started declining in 1915 when the diamond-field slowly exhausted itself. It was ultimately abandoned in 1954

Klein-Aus Vista
Welcome to Klein-Aus Vista in Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park!

Overnight: Klein Aus Vista – Desert Horse Inn - Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis (lunch on Day 4 included)
www.klein-aus-vista.com/accommodation

Day 05 & 06
Sesriem – Namib Desert Lodge
Dinner & Breakfast

Day 05:  The tour departs Aus for a scenic drive through to the Sossusvlei area.  Dramatic scenery unfolds around each corner and there are many opportunities for photographic stops.

Day 06:  The day begins with an early pre-sunrise departure to enjoy photographing this scenery in the morning light. You will be accompanied by your guide on a morning excursion to the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei and the impressive Sesriem Canyon.

Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei, Namibia’s famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes.  Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at 300 meters high, some of the highest in the world. 

Namib Desert Lodge
Namib Desert Lodge sits at the food of a red sandstone cliff, the ‘fossilized’ dunes of the protomorphic Namib. Situated just north of Sesriem, the gateway to famous Sossusvlei, the Namib Desert Lodge is an ideal starting point for an excursion to the highest dunes in the world. Among tall trees and palms are 21 en suite rooms, a restaurant and swimming pool, all of which invite you to linger and relax, Join a drive through the magnificent scenery or simply enjoy the thrill of Gemsbok and Springbok frequenting the illuminated watering hole after dusk.

Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis

Day 07 & 08    
Swakopmund – Beach Hotel
Dinner & Breakfast

Day 07:  After breakfast the tour continues to Swakopmund, Namibia’s coastal jewel.  The journey travels through the Gaub and Kuiseb canyons, as well as the Moon Landscape to view the striking Welwitschia Mirabilis plant.

Day 08:  Enjoy the day at your leisure, we do however recommend a Marine Cruise on the Wavis Bay Lagoon.  The tour guide will assist with the booking. 

Swakopmund
Swakopmund, Namibia's second biggest town and traditional "summer capital", is one of the most surreal places in this land of contrasts. You approach the town through the endless expanses of the Namib Desert, one of the world's largest wilderness areas. It is known as the “Jewel of Namibia”, glistening in the sunshine, tucked between ocean and desert.  

Beach Hotel
Located only 50m from the Atlantic Ocean and within walking distance to the center of Swakopmund, Beach Hotel is a combination of modern architectural style with classic furnishings. In addition to a fully glazed lounge there is also a roof terrace with a 360 degree view over the city, the dunes and the sea.

Overnight: Beach Hotel on a Lodge Bed & Breakfast basis only
www.beach-hotel-swakopmund.com/

Day 09
Damaraland, Twyfelfontein
Breakfast & Dinner

Breakfast at the Hotel
Today your journey continues to the ruggedly beautiful Damaraland.  The tour will stop en-route to view the prehistoric rock engravings and paintings at Twyfelfontein – a UNESCO World Heritage Site - which boasts the largest known concentration of Stone Age petro-glyphs in Namibia with approximately 2500 engravings.  Also in the area is the geological curiosity of the perpendicular slabs of basalt known as the “Organ Pipes”. 

Damara Mopane Lodge
Built under Mopane trees in a wattle-and-daub style, and connected by a labyrinth of paths, the main building and chalets of Damara Mopane Lodge look like an African village. The walls are adorned by copies of the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. The gardens supply fresh ingredients for meals, the swimming pool is ideal for relaxing and a there’s a view point for enjoying the beautiful sunsets and star-studded night sky.

Overnight: Damara Mopane Lodge on a Lodge Dinner Bed & Breakfast basis only
www.gondwana-collection.com/en/Damara_Mopane_Lodge

Day 10 & 11
Damaraland – Khowarib Lodge
Dinner & Breakfast

Breakfast at the Lodge
Day 10: Today your journey takes you through unusual scenery of Damaraland with its various rock formations and perhaps some game viewing opportunities of some of the desert adapted species found in the area.

Day 11: Enjoy a half-day visit to the Himba.  The intriguing enigmatic Himba are the last truly semi-nomadic tribe in Southern Africa. They move their herds of cattle and goats vast distances over the sparse terrain to locate the necessary grazing for the animals.

Khowarib Lodge
Khowarib Lodge nestles on the banks of the Hoanib river in the magnificent Khowarib Gorge in north west Namibia. The immediate surrounding area of Damaraland has many rich and interesting activities including desert adapted elephant and Himba settlements within easy reach. Khowarib Lodge prides itself on the service provided by the local Damara people. A large kopje creates an impressive back drop to the reception, bar, lounge, dining area and curio shop. Visitors relaxing on the veranda enjoy a panoramic view of the gorge, cliffs and surrounding area.

Overnight: Khowarib Lodge - on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
www.khowarib.com

Day 12 & 13
Etosha National Park, Etosha Safari Camp
Dinner & Breakfast

Breakfast at the Lodge
Today you will visit the biggest game reserve in Namibia, Etosha National Park.

Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s finest and most important Game Reserves.  Etosha Game Park was declared a National Park in 1907 and covering an area of 22 270 square km, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species, and surprisingly, one species of fish. 

Etosha Safari Camp
Perched on a small hill, just 10 km from Etosha National Park, and overlooking the Ondundozonanandanana Mountain Range, lies Etosha Safari Camp, The uniquely designed en-suite safari-bungalows offer a warm and creative African ambience. Each tented bungalow is creatively decorated with artistically painted floors and furniture created by local Namibian craftsmen

Overnight: Etosha Safari Camp, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis

Day 14
Windhoek
Breakfast

Breakfast at the Hotel
After breakfast your journey takes you back to Windhoek, the centre of Namibia.  On the way, the tour will stop for a visit to the Okahandja Woodcarvers market for souvenirs. 

Lunch packs to be served en-route

Upon reaching Windhoek, your guide will leave you either at the hotel of your choice in Windhoek, or at Windhoek International Airport.

Windhoek
Experience the diversity and natural beauty that makes the City of Windhoek one of Africa’s most vibrant cities.  Relax in the wide open spaces, amongst the friendly smiles and take in the fresh Namibian air.  Let accredited City of Windhoek guides accompany you through the lovely side of the city and witness the culture through local eyes.  Have some unique African delicacies and be tempted by the art and craft markets with their exquisite gifts.  Come and explore the many aspects of the city and discover what many believe to be Africa’s best kept secret.

Summary
DAY ACCOMMODATION MEAL BASIS ACTIVITIES
1 Anib Kalahari Lodge Dinner

Meet & Greet at the Windhoek International Aiport. Scenic Drive at the Anib Kalahari Lodge

2 Canon Lodge Breakfast & Dinner Optional – Canyon Drive / Sundowner Drive
3 Klein Aus Vista Breakfast & Dinner Visit the Fish River Canyon with Guide
4 Klein Aus Vista

Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Lookout for the Wild Horses in the Namib, Visit Komanskoppe & Lüdertiz
5 Namib Desert Lodge Breakfast & Dinner Dramatic Scenery
6 Namib Desert Lodge Breakfast & Dinner Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon with Guide
7 Beach Hotel Breakfast Drive via Ghaub and Kuiseb Pass Visit the Welwitschia and Moonlandscape
8 Beach Hotel Breakfast Optional – Marine Cruise
9 Damara Mopane Lodge Breakfast & Dinner Visit the Twyfelfontein Engravings, Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain and Petrified Forest
10 Khowarib Lodge Breakfast & Lunch  
11 Khowarib Lodge Breakfast & Dinner Half day Meet the Himba
12 Etosha Safari Camp Breakfast & Dinner Afternoon Game Viewing in the Etosha National Park in rental vehicle
13 Etosha Safari Camp Breakfast & Dinner Full day Game Viewing in the Etosha National Park in rental vehicle
14 Departure Breakfast & lunch packs Road Transfer Etosha Safari Camp to Windhoek en-route visit the Okahandja Woodcraft Markets
Alternative accommodation may be used.
Includes
  • Accommodation as indicated
  • 14 x Breakfasts, 2 x lunches & 11x Dinners,
  • 9 excursions
  • Excellent, Qualified Driver / Guide to host throughout the Safari
  • Comfortable 10 seater mini-bus or similar

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