Namibia Central & Northern areas 14 Day Guided Tour



Standard 3 to 4 star | 13 night, 14 Days | Guided Safari

Start Windhoek, Sossusvlei., Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Palmwag Erosha Okaukuejo, Namutoni end in Windhoe

Conrad’s Review;
Namibia is unique; there is no other place that will capture your soul like Namibia can. Once you have visited this desert paradise you will always yearn to return one day. This program combines some of the very best Namibia has to offer the first time visitor as you get to experience, the spectacular Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Etosha all in one trip.


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DAY 1 – Arrive in Windhoek transfer to Lodge in Windhoek

You are met at the Hosea Kutako Airport, from where you will be transferred to your hotel/lodge in Windhoek. Windhoek is the Capital City of Namibia. Time permitting you will venture out on a City Tour. Otherwise you will tour the City before departing to Sossusvlei.
 
Overnight @ Guesthouse/Lodge in Windhoek
 
DAY 2 - You depart Windhoek and head to Sossusvlei. On route you visit Rehoboth, Spreetshoogte Mountain pass, Solitaire before reaching Sossusvlei.

Highlights:            
Khomas Hochland - We will travel westwards through the Khomas Hochland, which forms a scenic transition zone between the high central plateau and the gravelly Namib Desert plains
 
Spreetshoogte - This mountain pass from where from where you can look out over the plains of the Namib Desert is reconed to be the steepest mountain pass in Namibia.
 
Solitaire - A Pleasant toilet and refreshment stop on the way to Sosusvlei. The name is dived from a lonely dead camel thorn tree. From here we will drive to a Lodge/Guest Farm near to Sossusvlei. 
 
Overnight @ Lodge/Guest farm near to Sossusvlei..
 

DAY 3 – Route:    You spend the day @ Sossusvlei and visit  Sesriem & Deadvlei

Highlights:             
Sossusvlei - It is essential to depart early enough from our accommodation to be at the dunes at sun rise.On the way to Sossus vlei you visit Big Mama, the most accessible part of the 400 x 110 km sand sea. This area contains the World’s highest and arguably most picturesque sand dunes. At Sossusvlei, where the Tsuagab River is finally stop by the 300-meter high dunes.
 
The Deadvlei - Dead for more than 400 years these trees are any photographers dream. On our way to the dead valley we will climb some of the “foot hills” if you would so wish.
 
Sesriem Canyon – Thisthree km long and 30 meter deep canyon carved by the Tsauchab River over a 15 million year period is a small but veryimpressive canyon. Walking down the canyon one can clearly see the areas geological history frozen in time.
 
Overnight @ Lodge/Guest farm near to Sossusvlei..
 

DAY 4 – You leave Sossusvlei and head to Swakopmund. You visit Namib Nauklift Park, Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons and Moon valley before you reach Swakopmund.

Highlights: 
               
Namib Nauklift Park - The Namib Naukluft Park is one of the largest nature conservations in the World. The Namib Naukluft Park contains mainly arid and semi-arid ecosystems and covers an area of nearly 50 000 square kilometers, stretching along the coastline from Walvis Bay to Luderitz. We will drive via the Moon Valley .On our way we might see some Hartman Zebras, Ostriches, Oryx and Springbok. But most important the ancient Welwitschia Mirabiles plants, describes as World’s oldest plant species.   
 
Gab and Kuisb Canyons - Gab and Kuisb Canyons are two impressive Canyons where German Geologist’s went into hiding during the Second World War preventing detainment. They succeed to survive for more than two years.
 
Moon valley - Near to Swakopmund we will stop and have a look at the Welwitchia Mirabeles plants, the oldest plant species in the World. The Moon Valley is something to experience; Unbelievable sceneries unveil the ecological history of the separation of Gongwana Land.   
 
Swakopmund - Because of its bracing climate and relaxed atmosphere, Swakopmund has long been the coastal Mecca for Namibians. Swakopmund is famous for its quaint architecture reflecting the country’s one-time German colonial rule.
 
Overnight @ Hotel/Guest house in Swakopmund
 

DAYS 5 & 6 – You have 2 days at leisure in Swakopmund with a day trip to Walvis Bay on one of the days.

Highlights: 
These two days in Swakopmund will enable you to do whatever you want to do. A Lot of Opportunities are available, such as shopping and adventure sports. Swakopmund is a Tourist Mega so there are many attractions to satisfy the discerning traveler. We will also drive to Walvis to see the Flamingos at the lagoon as well as the Salt mines in the area.
 
There are a lot of tourists attractions like; 
 
Living desert tour: Is specially arranged to introduce visitors to the creatures and fauna living in the dune belt, between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. The Namib dunes might appear Lifeless, but they actually support a complex eco system supporting creatures like: Tenebrionid beetle, Dancing Spider(white lady), Shovel-Snouted-Lizard, Palmato Gecko, Namaqua Chameleon, Namib Side winding Adder, Namib Skinks etch. 
                  
Dolphin tours: Out on the Atlantic Ocean to experience Seals “from close up and personal”, Dolphins, Eastern White pelicans, Cape cormorants and many more different bird’s species.
                    
Overnight @ Hotel/Guest house in Swakopmund
 
DAY 7 – Today you leave Swakopmund and head to Twyfelfontein. You visit Lichen Fields, Henties Bay, Cape Cross, Brandberg, Uis, Aba Huab River, Organ Pipes, The Burned Mountain and the Twyfelfontein rock engravings on the way.

Highlights: 
               
Lichen Fields - It is internationally agreed that Namibia’s lichens are unique regarding their species richness, community diversity, fog dependent in coastal areas and the presence of unusual restricted species. The definition of lichens is a symbiotic relationship between algae and fungi. The fungus part provides the physical support, while the algae carry out the photosynthesis, providing food and energy. Neither partner can survive without the other. 
 
Henties Bay - Named after Henties van der Merwe, who visited its spring in 1929. Henties Bay once consisted out of mainly of holiday homes and refuelling and  provisioning businesses for anglers heading up north. Today it has changed into a vibrant holiday destination and a popular retirement settlement. 
 
Cape Cross seal Reserve - The Portuguese seafarer, Diego Cao, planted his first stone padrao at Cape Cross in 1486. Cape Cross is well known because it is the site of the largest breeding colony of Cape Fur Seals in Southern Africa. At the height of the breeding season, November and December, more than 200 000 seals can be counted.
 
Brandberg. - From a space graft, it is one of the most eye-catching circular features visible on Earth. This isolated massif of granite, with approximate dimensions of 26 by 21 km is Namibia’s highest mountain @ 2,574m.  Konigstein is its highest peak. This spectacular mountain will dominate the horizon for most of the day.
 
Uis - The Uis tin mine, when operational from 1911 until 1988, was the World’s largest hard rock tin mine. The mine closed due to high operational cost related to the low grade of the ore. It still has reserves of 72 million ton. Today the town is popular for people who prefer to retire in barren desert conditions. 
 
Organ Pipes - Is part of a dark brown intrusive dolerite associated with the same volcanic activity of the Burned Mountain. “Organ Pipes” are formed during the cooling process of a lava flow.
 
The Burnt Mountain - A Colourful plateau associated with ancient volcanic activity.   Dolerite, an ingenious rock, squeezed its way into a layer of black carbonaceous shale, which was part of the Karoo sequence underlying the rocks of Twyfelfontein.
 
Twyfelfontein Rock-engravings - This is the most significant rock-engraving site in Namibia. Nearly 2,500 engravings are fond at 17 main sites. Especially interesting are large images of Elephants, Rhino and Lion engravings with spoor instead of paw.
 
Aba-Huab River - Hopefully a sighting of Desert Elephants will occur in this area. Chanches to see them are better if one stays for a few days.
 
Overnight @ Twyfelfontein Country Lodge.


DAY 8 & 9 – You depart Twyfelfontein and visit the Petrified forest on your way to Palm Wag 

Highlights:
               
Petrified forest - About 50 individual trees are visible on a small hillside, some  half buried in sandstone perfectly petrified in silica, even detail  markings like bark and tree rings are clearly visible. 
                    
Escarpment - Crossing the escarpment to the west we will find ourselves in a complete contrasting landscape The Etendeka (Table Mountains) Plateau Basalt is a market future of the area west of the Huab River. They are Upper Karoo age and coincide with the breakup of Africa and South America. The major rock formations of the same age fit together on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
 
Palmwag Lodge - is Situated on the bank of the dry Unjab River. This Lodge takes its name from the Makalani palms that grow around the reed- lined spring with a multiple accommodation options, swimming pool, restaurant and pool bar. We will explore the 450 000 hectare concession area, looking for rare mammals like black rhino, Hartmann mountain zebra and if lucky, dessert adapted elephants and lions.
 
Overnight @ Palmwag or Grootberg Lodge.


DAY 10 – You leave  Palmwag/Grootgerg and visit  Kamanjab, Himba Village on your way to the Etosha national Park 

Highlights:
 
Kamanjab -Near the western approach to Etosha. It is a useful place to  stock up fuel and supplies, not much to see but of great importance to the locals.
 
Himba village - Here many of the Himba people, an ancient tribe of semi nomadic people still live and dress in their traditional way. They are people noted for their slender and proud profile. The woman is considered particularly beautiful. 
 
Etosha National Park - It can be said with justification that Etosha is a main tourist draw card in Namibia. Is one of the world’s greatest wildlife-viewing venues? Its name, which means “Great white place”, is derived from the fast white and greenish-colored Etosha Pan. A series of waterholes along the southern edge of the pan guarantees rewarding and often spectacular game viewing. It provides home to 114 mammal as well as 340 bird species.
 
Okaukuejo - Is the main administrative centrums in the Park. Houses the Ecological institute, from where the research and management of Nature Conservation are directed. Okaukuejo water hole is well known for exiting mammal sightings like Black Rhino and Elephant. At night the adjoining waterhole is light up by floodlight. This is the time when a lot of people gather quietly to experience the entire drama-taking place at the waterhole.
 
Overnight @ Okaukuejo Resort/lodge    

DAY 11 – You are transferred from Okaukuejo to Namutoni/Lodge within the Etosha Game Reserve

Highlights:            
This excursion will be a daylong highlight in the way of game driving all the way to Namutoni. You will stop at Halali for lunch. 
 
Namutoni - Namutoni served as a stock disease control post daring the Rinderpest epidemic in 1897. The Fort was built during between 1902 and 1903. It was destroyed by the Ovambo people during 1904 rebellion and rebuilt in the original form in 1906.
 
Overnight @ Namutoni Resort


DAY 12 – Namutoni/Lodge (Etosha), game drive & activities at the lodge

Today will be dedicated to game driving. Namutoni is different to the rest of the Park by means of a bigger diversity. This is the best location to spot the Big cats. Larger game concentrations are usually found in this area.
Overnight @ Namutoni Resort


DAY 13 – Today you leave Etosha and Namutoni and visit Lake Otjikoto, Tsumeb, Otavi, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja on your way to Windhoek.

Highlights:            
Lake Otjikoto – Means “Deep hole” in Herero and lies just off road to Etosha. Formed when the roof of an enormous underground cavern collapsed, leaving a steep side dolomite sinkhole measuring 100 m across. In 1915 the retreating German army dumped weaponry and ammunition into the lake to prevent it falling in the hands of the Union of South Africa forges. Some of the weaponry has been recovered and is now on display in the Tsumeb Mine.


Tsumeb - The name is derived from the melding of the Sun word “tsoumsoub” (to dig in loose ground) and the Herero word “otjimusume (place of frogs”). Vast deposits of copper have been found here, along with over 200 other minerals including silver, lead, zinc and cadmium. The mine closed down due to a plunge in the price of copper but the smelters are still in operation, melting minerals from SADEC countries
Otavi – Means “The place of water” grew after 1906 when it became a copper- mining centre rich in history. Originally a German garrison with a natural spring used for irrigation to cultivate wheat. North of the town the Khorab memorial is to be found. Erected in 1920 to commemorate the German troops who surrendered to the South African Union Forces. 


Okahandja - Is the main Herero administrative centre and a place of great historical significance for these people. The Green Flag Herero or Mbandero assemble here each June to pay homage to their forefather, Kahimemua Nguvauva, executed in the town on 13 June 1896 for his involvement in a revolt against the German administration. At the end of August each year, the streets come alive when the Red flag Herero men, in military uniforms and women in billowing red Victorian style dresses, honour the memory of their fallen chiefs.
Overnight @ Guesthouse/Lodge in Windhoek


DAY 14 – Transfer from Windhoek to Windhoek international Airport & depart.

You are transported to the airport to be in time for your flight home.

A detailed proposal with area information and more images is available on request.

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