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Highlights of this self drive tour is experiencing the fascinating Bushman culture, visiting the coast town of Swakopmund, viewing Bushman rock art in Damaraland plus interact with the Damara, Ovambo and Himba and learn about their culture. Also, visit Epupa Falls in Kaokoveld plus the world renowned Etosha National Park.
Day 1: Windhoek
Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport, you collect your vehicle at the relevant car rental company kiosk and travel the short distance to Windhoek. We proceed via mountainous terrain to Windhoek. Due to its central location, the city serves as the perfect vantage point to Namibia’s vast array of tourist destinations. The city is a kaleidoscope of modern and traditional cultures, fashions and architectural styles. In the evening enjoy typical Namibian cuisine in one of the numerous restaurants in the city. The rest of the evening can be spent at leisure to experience the nightlife of Namibia’s capital city. Overnight: Pension Moni
Day 2: Swakopmund
This morning your journey takes you to Swakopmund, an idyllic coastal town wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert. En route visit a traditional Bushman settlement. On a walk experience their lifestyle and their survival skills. Swakopmund prides itself as being one of the most exciting activity centres in Southern Africa and will definitely spice up your first two days on vacation! Overnight: Swakopmund Guesthouse (breakfast included).
Day 3: Swakopmund
Today is your day at leisure. You can spend your time shopping, walking, taking in the sight or opt for the numerous activities available in Swakopmund or Walvis Bay. Activities in Walvis Bay include amongst others marine cruises, kayaking, birding and wind surfing, whilst Swakopmund offers quad biking, desert tours, dune boarding, scenic flights and also township tours. Overnight: Swakopmund Guesthouse (breakfast included).
Day 4: Twyfelfontein
On your way to the Damaraland you can visit the largest fur seal colony in southern Africa at Cape Cross. Your lodge for the evening is situated in the heart of the Damaraland, one of Namibia’s most geographically diverse areas, where game such as Rhino, Desert Elephant and Kudu roam freely. A visit to the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes is particularly rewarding in the later afternoon. Very close to your lodge you can visit a traditional Damara village. These indigenous people were, together with the Bushman, the first inhabitants of Namibia and have lived in the Damaraland area for thousands of years. Overnight: Twyfelfontein Lodge (breakfast included).
Day 5: Damaraland
After breakfast visit Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage site where over 2500 rock engravings and rock paintings cover the eroded surface of a pre-historic desert – this area was inhabited by Bushmen some 6000 years ago, as it was rich in water and consquently visited by a rich diversity of game. On your way to your lodge visit the Petrified Forest interspersed with Welwitschia Plants, the oldest living desert plant on earth. Overnight: Palmwag Lodge (breakfast and dinner included).
Day 6: Damaraland
With a network of dry riverbeds and interspersed acacia plains, this area is the preferred habitat of the Desert Elephant and the rare Black Rhino. Join the guides on an experience of a lifetime, when they track these rare animals on foot. Other options include a scenic walk or a nature drive in the area. Overnight: Palmwag Lodge (breakfast and dinner included).
Day 7: Kaokoveld
This morning you travel into the rugged and unspoilt Kaokoveld, a land marked by undulating hills and open plains inhabited by the Ovahimba. These proud and statuesque people still adhere to their traditional values and cultures; over the next few days enjoy marvelous opportunities to visit one or more of the inhabited villages. At your lodge you can enjoy a 360° view and witness the most spectacular sunset as the day draws to an end. Overnight: Opuwo Country Lodge (breakfast included).
Day 8: Epupa Falls
Traveling further North, you may encounter Springbok, Ostrich, Kudu and huge Baobab Trees that stand like giants in the midst of the Mopane Savanna. Once at the spectacular Epupa Falls, this water wonderland in an arid environment will have you gasping in awe. Your lodge is situated close to the falls themselves, which delve into a 35 meter gauge and create one of Namibia’s most celebrated pictures. Overnight: Omarunga Camp (breakfast and dinner included).
Day 9: Epupa Falls
You have the day at leisure. Taking pictures of the falls is particularly rewarding during the early mrning and the late evening when the low sun accentuates the gushing mist rising high into the air. Other optional activities at your lodge include scenic walks, excellent birding opportunities and canoe trips to explore this pristine area from the water. Overnight: Omarunga Camp (breakfast and dinner included).
Day 10: Oshakati Area
After breakfast you travel west via Ruacana, and enter the area locally known as the Region of the four O’s. It is characterized by interspersed clumps of real fan palm trees and inhabited by the Ovambo, the largest ethnic group in Namibia. Attractions on your way include a giant Baobab tree in Outapi as well as a Royal King’s Homestead in Tsandi, where you can learn more about the Ovambo culture Overnight: Protea Ondangwa Hotel (breakfast included).
Day 11: Etosha National Park
As you head to the Etosha National Park, your time will be devoted purely to the abundant wildlife. The park surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan, and is home to 4 of the Big Five - Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhino. The parks waterholes support a diversity of mammals and birds, including species such as black-faced Impala, cheetah, and Namibia’s smallest antelope, the Damara Dik-Dik. The following two days are spent at a camp inside the park. Overnight: NWR Camp (breakfast included).
Day 12: Etosha National Park
You have the entire day available for extensive game viewing experiences. No game drive is the same, all waterholes hold new surprises and attract different animal species that you may not have seen on previous game drives. Tonight is again spent inside the park, where you have the opportunity to view game species at the flood-lit waterhole at any time during the night. Overnight: NWR Camp (breakfast included).
Day 13: Etosha National Park
Shortly after sunrise the gates to the park open, allowing you to experience the conundrum of animals and birds greeting the new day. You have part of the day available for extensive game drives, and have ample time available to wait at a selection of waterholes for different game species coming to the water to quench their thirst. In the early afternoon you travel to your lodge, situated in Namibia’s maize triangle. Overnight: Ghaub Guestfarm (breakfast included).
Day 14: Return
Depart back to Windhoek for your return flight / last overnight (not included) or continue your journey into the rich water world of the Bwabwata National Park (breakfast included).
Namibian Cultural Mosaic
13 night Fly-Drive
Bed & Breakfast (+4 dinners)
Group K vehicle
from £2565 per person
Includes return flights from Heathrow to Windhoek, Group K (Hyundai Ix35 or similar) vehicle and accommodation
2020/21 Namibia fly-drive holidays Holiday prices are per person based on two sharing.
Prices include flights, transfers and accommodation, and are subject to availability. Flights from Heathrow - other departures also available, call for details. Holiday ref JET0917MU.
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