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Namibian Highlights - 7 Days

Windhoek to Windhoek
from £1,255 (7 days)

Ref: AT065

For the best that Namibia has to offer this 7 day “package”, which departs from Windhoek every Monday, is the best value for money option available. This package includes 6 nights accommodation, airport transfers, a wonderful half day carnivore feeding tour, as well as a safari to the world renowned Etosha National Park, a visit to the adventure town of Swakopmund and a magical 2 nights in the Namib Desert visiting the dunes of Sossusvlei and Dune 45.

Who can join: Aged 8 years and above
Accommodation: Twin Permanent Safari Tents or Lodges
Transfer time: Not applicable
Pick up Point: Hotel or Lodge in Windhoek
Meals: Included as indicated
Volunteer numbers: approx. 5

Duration & Fees

Prices valid from the 01 Apr 2019 until the 31 Mar 2020

7 days£1,255

Per Person based on twin shared room

7 days£1,495

Per person single occupancy

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Start Dates

Departs every Monday

Please note: This trip is offered as a guaranteed departure; however if you are the only person on your chosen departure the single supplement will apply.

If there is more than one person on your chosen departure and you are willing to share a twin room with someone of the same gender, then the single supplement will be waived.

If you would prefer your own room to be guaranteed please book on the single supplement rate.

Payment

£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure

What's Included

  • Fully equipped custom-built expedition vehicle with pop up roof (no air conditioning)
  • 6 nights' accommodation as indicated in twin share rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Meals as indicated (B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = dinner)
  • National Park entry fees and excursions (2 days Etosha and 1 day Sossusvlei)
  • Carnivore Feeding tour at Na'ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary and transfers
  • Game drives as above
  • Sossusvlei excursion (including 4x4 shuttle) and cheetah tracking activity at Solitaire
  • Service of a professional English speaking driver/guide
  • Airport/bus station transfers on arrival and departure
  • Pre-departure pack and support and advice from Amanzi Travel staff and trip leaders

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Optional excursions/activities
  • Restaurant meals, drinks and snacks

HIGHLIGHTS  Ancient San Skills at Na'an Kuse Lodge; Etosha National Park; Visits to Swakopmund and Sossusvlei

Day 1   Monday   Windhoek
Travellers are collected from Windhoek Airport (must arrive prior to 1300 hours) or bus terminal on arrival and transferred to the centrally located guesthost. This afternoon they will join the Ancient San Skills tour where you learn some of the skills of the Bushman people, a unique chance to interact with the worlds oldest cultural group. Returning to Windhoek early evening, dinner tonight is own expense either at Chameleon, or one of the many restaurants. Overnight twin share room with en-suite facilities.

Day 2   Tuesday  Halali, Etosha National Park (B / Snack Pack Lunch / D)

This morning the tour will leave the Guesthouse at 8.00 am and there will be a brief stop at Otjiwarongo to enjoy a light lunch pack before entering Etosha National Park through the Anderson Gate. An afternoon game drive will be enjoyed through the park visiting water holes looking for predators as well as zebra, giraffe, elephant, rhino.  Arrival at the accommodation, located inside Etosha National Park with a floodlit waterhole next to the camp, will be just before sunset.  The accommodation has twin-share double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. Dinner is prepared by the tour guide over an open fire and an early night is recommended. 

Day 3   Wednesday  Etosha Village, near Etosha National Park (B / L / D)
This morning the group will rise or a pre-sunrise snack with tea or coffee before the first game drive until mid-morning when the tour will return to camp for breakfast.  Then the tour will head out for another game drive visiting many waterholes and return to Halali for a picnic lunch. After lunch the group will be taken  to the impressive Etosha Pan (the largest salt pan in Namibia) before game driving across the Park looking for the Big 4 as well as all the plains game. The tour will arrive at Okaukuejo late afternoon and leave the park prior to sunset, visiting one last waterhole to worship another African sunset.   Accommodation tonight is in twin share permanent tents with en-suite bathroom facilities located just outside the Park.   Dinner is prepared by the guide over the campfire where everyone can compare their photos and stories of the wildlife seen today, and another early night is recommended. 

Day 4   Thursday  Hotel A La Mer, Swakopmund (B / L)
Enjoy an early morning breakfast and departure from the lodge is at 7.40 am. The route today takes the tour into the dramatic and beautiful scenery of Damaraland where communal farmers will be seen in this arid landscape.  A stop will be made at the Ugab River bridge to visit with the beautiful Herero ladies who sell their small art and craft items to support their families.  A light roadside lunch is served en-route in the shadow of Namibia's tallest mountain, the Brandberg, and time for a short visit with a Himba group who have moved into this area to sell their jewellery and other items (dependent on the Himba tribespeople).  After lunch the group will head directly through the Namib Desert and stop at the latest shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast before arriving late afternoon in Swakopmund. where there will be the chance to explore this quaint seaside town on foot and perhaps visit the jetty for sundowners overlooking the cold Atlantic Ocean.  The guide will be happy to recommend a good restaurant for an evening meal (own expense).  Everyone will be dropped at their accommodation of choice by the guide.

Day 5  Friday  Desert Campm Near Sesriem (B / L / D) 
A visit to the Aquarium or Museum (unguided and at own expense) near the town centre of Swakopmund is highly recommended or for the adrenalin junkies, why not join the 2 hour sand boarding trip into the sand dunes. Departure from Swakopmund will be at 12 noon (11.am in Winter time).   Driving through the Namib Desert via Kuiseb Pass and Solitaire arrival at camp will be in the late afternoon with a chance to relax and enjoy the views before taking a short walk for sunset overlooking the Naukluft Mountain range. Overnight in twin rooms/permanent tents with en-suitebathroom facilities.  Pool and bar available. Dinner prepared by the guide.

Day 6  Saturday  Desert Camp, Near Sesriem (B / L / D)
Dawn departure from lodge to arrive at the park gate for sunrise. The tour will then drive down an ancient river bed surrounded by towering dunes to the 2x4 parking (around 55kms) and then take a 4x4 shuttle into the Sossusvlei area to appreciate the beauty of this place in early morning light and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the region. This unique area will be explored on foot before heading into Dead Vlei with its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees, contrasting with a backdrop of huge dunes with their ever-changing colours. Travellers can either walk or take the 4x4 shuttle back to the tour vehicle. Whilst driving back to the accommodation a stop will be made at the famous Dune 45 which can be climbed if desired or there is the chance to just wander around the base. On the return to Sesriem the nearby Sesriem Canyon will be visited,  one of the few permanent water sources,  before arriving back at the lodge late afternoon to watch the sunset over this spectacular desert. Overnight in twin share rooms/ permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms. Dinner prepared by the guide.

Day 7   Sunday  Windhoek (B)
Early morning breakfast before heading to Solitaire Guest Farm where the group will join a biologist to track wild cheetahs at the Namib Conservation Centre. The  return to Windhoek will be via the Naukluft Mountains and Rehoboth. On arrival in Windhoek, mid afternoon, travellers will be dropped at their accommodation of choice or transferred directly to the International Airport for their onward flight, or to the bus terminal for their overnight bus. Those flying today should NOT book their flight to depart prior to 17h00 in case there are unexpected delays returning from safari. Services end on arrival in Windhoek or after the transfer

Sleeping bags or bath towels are not necessary but please take swim wear and pool towels especially during the summer months. 

Optional Excursions and Activities available in Swakopmund

Sandboarding
Quad Biking
Tandem Skydiver
Living Desert Tour
Dolphin Cruise
Township Tours
Paragliding
Kayaking Scenic Tour
Fishing Trips 

Please note: The tour leader will advise about optional activities that are available during the tour.

Getting There

This trip departs from Windhoek and travellers can be picked up from Windhoek airport or bus terminal  (must arrive prior to 1300 hours) on the morning of the tour start date and taken to the Guesthouse ready for departure.  Should travellers arrive early into Windhoek Airport airport transfers can be arranged as well as pre- and post trip accommodation.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence and we can help with any flight arrangements required.  Please contact Amanzi Travel for further information.

Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.

Windhoek to Windhoek, Namibian Highlights - 7 DaysWindhoek to Windhoek, Namibian Highlights - 7 DaysWindhoek to Windhoek, Namibian Highlights - 7 DaysThe accommodation provided is on a twin share basis in safari style permanent tents or twin rooms with en-suite facilities.

Meals are provided as indicated.

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Why visit Namibia?

Namibia is one of those dreamlike places that makes one question whether something so visually fabulous could actually exist. It is characterised by vast open spaces, with breathtaking scenery and great contrasts – ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. A predominantly arid country, Namibia can be divided into four main regions. The Namib Desert and vast plains of the Skeleton Coast in the west; the eastward-sloping Central Plateau; the Kalahari desert along the borders with South Africa and Botswana; and the densely wooded bushveld of the Kavango and Caprivi regions – a magical undeveloped oasis of waterways and wildlife, providing abundant game and birdlife viewing opportunities.  Despite its harsh climate, Namibia has some of the world’s grandest national parks, ranging from the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, to the dune fields and desert plains of the Namib-Naukluft Park. The Namib-Naukluft Park is superb for hiking, with a number of spectacular trails. It is also home to the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei - said to be the highest in the world - and the fascinating Sesriem Canyon. Windhoek is the country’s geographical heart and commercial nerve centre, with an ethnic mix of people, while surfers, anglers and beach-lovers won’t want to miss Swakopmund, with its lively entertainment and sporting activities.

Highlights

  • Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s finest parks, both in size and diversity of wildlife.
  • The Namib-Naukluft Park is the largest conservation area in Namibia and one of the largest in the world.
  • Two spectacular deserts - the Kalahari and Namib - each with distinctive wildlife and scenery.
  • The Namib, at 80 million years, is the world's oldest desert. Namib means “open space”.
  • The Namib and Damaraland offer remarkably clear skies for astronomers and keen star gazers.
  • Stunning Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon – it is 161km long, up to 27km wide and 550m deep.
  • Sossusvlei are said to be the highest sand-dunes in the world.
  • Superb birding and good fishing is available from the banks of the Kavango and Kunene Rivers on the northern border.
  • Popular self-drive destination with excellent infrastructure.
  • Largely malaria-free.
  • More than 300 days of sunshine per year.

Climate

SeasonsMaxMin
Summer/wet (October - April) 40 °C 20 °C
Winter/dry (May - September) 25 °C 0 °C
Rainfall: October – December “little rains”, January to April more stormy period

The winter months (May - September) range from 25 to 30°C during the day but night temperatures may drop to below freezing. June to August is the dry season with very little rain. This can be a good time for game viewing as wildlife converge at the waterholes.

The summer months (October - April) can reach highs of over 40°C and nights in the 20°C range (in the arid central Namib Desert temperatures can fall to below freezing during the night). This is a summer rainfall area, but overcast and rainy days are few and far between. Welcome thundershowers may occur in the late afternoon, bringing relief to flora and fauna. In October and November, large herds of blue wildebeest, zebra, springbok and oryx migrate from the Namutoni area to Okaukuejo, where they remain until May.

Rainfall is heaviest in the northeast, which enjoys a sub-tropical climate, and reaches over 600mm annually along the Okavango River. The northern and interior regions experience ‘little rains’ between October and December, while the main stormy period occurs from January to April.

Key Facts

Population – 2.1 million
Capital - Windhoek
Currency - Namibian dollar
Language – official language English; most widely spoken is Afrikaans; half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as their first language. German is also widely spoken, plus some Portuguese.
Namib – means “open space”
Etosha – means “great white place”
Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 264, international access code 00

Namibian Highlights - 7 Days

My experience with Amanzi Travel was great. Since the beginning I immediately felt very confortable in talking to Gemma who was prompt , kind and helpful in every question regarding the trip. I strongly recommend everyone Namibian Highlights tour. I appreciated a lot My volunteer project at Nankusee ( San activity skills ) and accomodation during trip were far above expectations. A special mention to trip guide Daniel. Reliable, kind and always available to answer all our questions. I wish I had a couple of days more to spend in this Amazing country: Namibia

Francesca, Italy, aged 45

Namibian Highlights - 7 Days

A wonderful two weeks away arranged by Gemma. Nothing was too much trouble for her - I constantly emailed her questions which she promptly and politely replied to. Naankuse was a little luxury in Namibia, but the work they do for animals, children and San people is amazing. The Namibian Highlights tour was really fun and the accommodation and food standards way above our expectations. Our driver, Gideon was very professional and informative.

Mary and Family of 13, UK (Namibia Short Tour and Naankuse Lodge)

Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34

The overland trip was excellent - really well run. The guides were fantastic, the campsites great, and the food excellent. This has got to be the best way to see Africa in a short period of time ...   

Amanzi Travel are excellent - professional, informative but with a real personal service ...     The cheetah volunteer project was an absolutely fantastic experience, and the Overland trip was brilliant.

Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34 (Cheetah Volunteer Project and Overland Trip)

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