The land of unrelenting sun, where the ground seems to beg the heavens for rain, and the landscapes stretch uninterrupted for hundreds of kilometers on end. Deserts where one gazes in wonder and amazement at the animals and plants that survive in this harsh environment.
This tour covers all of the highlights of central and northern Namibia, but also concentrates on “off the beaten track” routes and attractions. Flexibility, a willingness to participate and an awareness of the elements are essential in order to get the most out of this tour.
DAY 1: WINDHOEK – NAMIB
Setting off from the capital, Windhoek at 09h00 (meet at 08h30), we travel south to Rehoboth, and then into the true Namib to the GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP in the Namibrand Nature Reserve. Here we camp alone in the wilderness with only the desert landscapes, rocky mountains, and towering dunes to keep us company. The sunset over the desert is a sight to behold. We enjoy a traditional meal under the clear night skies before falling asleep to the sounds of the wild. D
DAY 2: NAMIB DESERT
Awake to desert vistas that extend further than the eye can see. The GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP is nestled against a towering rock outcrop within a protected wilderness that GREENFIRE has conserved and restored and on which game has been protected with the proceeds of tourism. During our stay here, we will conduct extensive guided walks and game drives both during the day and at night in order to better understand the desert fauna and flora. B L D
DAY 3: SOSSUSVLEI
After a short morning walk we pack up and continue through the endless plains to the Sesriem Canyon and the awesome Sossusvlei dunes. We will transfer into the dunes by 4 x 4 and will spend time climbing these spectacular mountains of sand before moving on to camp wild in the desert. B L D
DAY 4 – 5: SWAKOPMUND
Crossing through the Namib Naukluft Park, we visit the dramatic Lunar Landscape, and the ancient Welwitschia plants, before making for the coastal town of Swakopmund where we spend two nights in the centrally located, comfortable GREENFIRE LODGE SWAKOPMUND. We explore this holiday town and its surrounds thoroughly and enjoy one evening meal at a local nightspot (own expense). Clients will have the opportunity to partake in quad biking, sand boarding and sky diving whilst here (own expense). B L D ; B
DAY 6: SKELETON COAST – SPITSKOP
Today we head up the barren Skeleton Coast, scene of many a shipwreck, to the Seal Colony at Cape Cross where thousands of Cape Fur Seals can be seen ashore. Venturing inland, our next stop is at the impressive Spitskop where we will camp wild amongst the boulders at the base of this unusual granitic outcrop. We hope to see the endemic colourful Lovebirds during our stay here. B L D
DAY 7: TWYFELFONTEIN – PALMWAG
A long day, we move on to visit the Organ Pipes and the bushman Rock Engravings at Twyfelfontein before entering Damaraland and crossing the Grootberg to camp the night near the oasis of Palmwag. This is one of a few sanctuaries used by the rare Desert Elephants, and we hope to see these magnificent animals up close today. B L D
DAY 8 – 9: EPUPA FALLS
Traveling through the heart of the Kaokoveld today, we make our way north to the Angolan border where we will camp at a community project on the banks of the Cunene river at the awesome Epupa Falls. During our time here we hope to interact with the nomadic Himba people, a tribe that live in this inhospitable region and wander with their livestock in search of grazing. We will also explore the area surrounding the Falls. B L D ; B L D
DAY 10 – 11: ETOSHA NAT. PARK
Entering Etosha National Park today, we will spend two nights here in search of the big game that this park is so well known for. One evening will be spent at a floodlit waterhole, watching the many animals that come down to drink. During these days we will conduct extensive game drives within the park. One night we will dine at a camp restaurant (own expense). B L D ; B L
DAY 12: ETOSHA– WINDHOEK
This morning we leave the Park to make the journey back to Windhoek. We expect to arrive back in the capital in the late afternoon. B L
The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.
The 12 Day Namibia Tour starts and ends in the Capital of Windhoek. Comfortable accommodation can be booked for your stay before or after the tour. Please contact Drifters or your agent for more information.
|Optional Activities in Swakopmund,
|Quad Biking – 1 hour|
|Living desert Tour|
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice
Activities are subject to availability
Activities are weather dependant
PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION 12 DAY NAMIBIA TOUR
This tour involves a certain amount of walking, so a small daypack is advisable. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour.
Seasonable Malaria precautions are advisable and are locally obtainable. During winter the night-time temperatures can fall below zero and during summer the daytime temperatures can reach the forties, so be prepared for this. Most major currencies can be exchanged on arrival in Windhoek and other centers, but banking hours do apply. Credit cards are generally accepted.
Our price includes transport, food, coffee, teas and fruit juice at breakfast, a professional guide, group equipment, accommodation, permits and park entry fees. The price does not include alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, tips, curios and optional extras.
Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information.
Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.
Your tour will depart from:
– Hotel Safari, Corner of Auas & Aviation Roads, Windhoek @ 09h00.
– Guests not staying at the Hotel Safari must arrive at the Lodge at 08h00.
– Tel: +264 61 296 8000
Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.
ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR
Please note that linen will be provided at Hotel Safari, BUT you will need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour. The nights specified as accommodated on tour is a total upgrade from camping, but stays very basic.
Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source on night: pre night in Hotel Safari, 4, 5
There is a central charging point on night 10, 11
Currency exchange opportunities on tour: Arrival at Windhoek Airport, Day 4, 5
Limited Laundry facilities: Day 4, 5 (Essential washing only)
Internet facilities: Pre night in Windhoek, 4, 5
All our tours require participation by the group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean and the setting up of camp.
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.
We are traveling in developing countries. Please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavor to run according to the itineraries as best as possible.
DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!
Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for Namibia. Some nationalities do require visas for Namibia. If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although we will endeavor to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents.
The contact telephone number for Namibia Tourism in Johannesburg is: + 27 (0) 11 784 8024
Or visit Namibia Tourism on www.namibiatourism.com.na
Make sure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to your home country.
Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, visas and travelers cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
The Namibian Dollar and the South African Rand are the currencies used in Namibia. All major currencies can be exchanged in Namibia. Please ensure that you have enough Rand as there are very few opportunities to exchange foreign currencies. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be used to pay for restaurant meals etc. Small trading stores will probably not accept credit cards. Although Travellers Cheques are a safe way to transport money there are only limited opportunities to exchange your Travelers Cheques for cash.
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.
HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS
The only necessary prophylaxis for Namibia is against Malaria. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. Resistant strains of Malaria occur in Namibia and adequate chemo-prophylaxis is essential. Prevention is better than cure; please use insect repellant on exposed areas after sunset.
All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.
Please note that Namibia weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season. During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold – temperatures may drop well below 0°C- although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C. Please take weather conditions into consideration when choosing a sleeping bag for your tour. Please note that the nights during winter can be very cold in Namibia.
CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS
Herewith, a recommended guide of what to bring along:
Sleeping Bag & Small Pillow
Swimming Costume & Towel
Passport/Visas (if applicable)
Mosquito Net (Optional)
***Refreshments (alcohol, coke etc)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Camera, Binoculars (Film)
Books (Birds, Mammals etc.)
** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s HARD SUITCASES ARE NOT SUITABLE!!
*** Refreshments can be purchased en-route on the first day of the tour, and at regular intervals on the tour.
MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. We do not provide meals on the first day and the last day of your tour. We do however stop en-route, therefore it is always possible to buy something along the way. Soft drinks and alcohol are for your own expense, there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days. Drinking water will be available on the truck, please note that this is not bottled water.
A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals, sundry goods purchased – such as film, suntan cream etc., all alcohol and soft beverages, curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips. In Southern Africa it is common courtesy to tip casual help for services rendered. In the case of your guide, if you were happy with his or her services, an amount of R50 per day per person would constitute a reasonable tip. By not tipping for services you are expressing displeasure.
Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passports.
12 Day Camping Safari – Windhoek to Windhoek $2,305