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Namibia


Northern Odyssey

Includes: Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha & Himba village

The Northern Odyssey is a 7 day accommodated tour, that visits some of the most impressive areas of Northern Namibia, including the Damaraland Region. The tour sets off northbound to Okahandja, before passing through the small towns of Karibib, home to Namibia's only gold mine, and the sleepy little settlement of Usakos. Goanikontes Oasis, a former farm, is next on the agenda, followed by The Moon Landscape, a stark, bare, inhospitable looking eroded valley, popular with the film industry over the years. The drive on to the coast is broken only with a visit to The Martin Luther, a derelict steam tractor, abandoned in 1896. Swakopmund is a popular holiday resort, but during colonial times, it's function centred around the harbour. The many old buildings from that era, lend to the charm of the town.

The next days include visits to the coastal town of Henties Bay, a right turn into the desert and onto the old mining town of Uis, precede the rock art at Twyfelfontein, one of the largest collections of its kind in Namibia. Nearby is the formation and colour of the nearby Burnt Mountain, and the Organ Pipes, a mass of basalt slabs in a ravine gouged out by the river. Visit a Himba village to learn about the cultural and traditions of these semi-nomadic people, and enjoy guided walks through a game park to complete the trip.

Of course the highlight of the safari is the visit to the Etosha National Park. During this part of the tour the focus switches to be exclusively on game viewing and your time will be spent in the vehicle on game drives throughout the park.

 

  • North Tour: Central
  • North Tour: Brandberg
  • North Tour: Elephant
  • North Tour: Hansa Entrance
  • North Tour: Grootberg Lodge
  • North Tour: Engravings
  • North Tour: Organ Pipes
  • North Tour: Scorpion
  • North Tour: Twyfelfontein
  • North Tour: Jetty
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Day 1: Windhoek - Swakopmund
Guests will be collected from their Windhoek accommodation at approximately 08h00 on Saturday, before departing north to Okahandja. The journey continues via Karibib and Usakos, stopping for lunch en-route, (on own account.) After refreshments, it's on to Goanikontes, a former farm in the Swakop River, before heading off to visit the Moon Landscape and the Martin Luther. Arrival and check-in at your guest hotel in Swakopmund is around 15h00, with the rest of the afternoon/evening dedicated to personal leisurely pursuits. Dinner time presents the possibility of meeting fellow travellers joining for the remainder of the tour.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Brigadoon or similar Guest House in Swakopmund
Day 2: Swakopmund - Damaraland
There is an early morning departure on the salt road towards Henties Bay, before heading into the desert and on to the former mining town of Uis. The drive now heads to one of Namibia's most important archaeological sites, Twyfelfontein, the nearby Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. After enjoying a picnic lunch, the tour continues on to Twyfelfontein Lodge, an ideal stopover to experience the magnificent Damaraland scenery, whilst having a refreshing splash in the pool.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Lodge
Day 3: Damaraland
Morning at leisure or join a scenic morning walk where you’re introduced to the fauna & flora of the area. The trail will start 30 minutes before sunrise – enjoy a picnic mountain breakfast at a beautiful spot. Have lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon join a sun downer drive in the Aba Huab River where you might possibly encounter the desert dwelling elephants (seasonal).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Lodge
Day 4: Damaraland - Lodge near Etosha
After leaving Damaraland, it's straight off to visit a Himba village near Kamanjab, before hitting the small town of Outjo. (Lunch on own account.) It's then straight on to a game farm near the Etosha National Park
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Etosha Safari Camp or similar
Day 5: Etosha - Game Drives
Day excursion into the Etosha Park. Except for the rainy season, Etosha's animals are dependent on artificial waterholes and natural springs. Explore the various waterholes along this enormous saltpan, which is called the ' great white place of dry water' in a local language. Lunch stop at one of the rest camps (lunch for own account).
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Etosha Safari Camp or similar
Day 6: Etosha
Another day to encounter the big variety of wild life in the Etosha Park. Of the 114 mammals species found in the Park, several are rare and endangered like the black rhino or the black faced impala. Your guide will also introduce you to the complex subject of managing such an enormous reserve. Lunch stop at one of the rest camps (lunch for own account).
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Mokuti Lodge or similar preferably a privately owned lodge near the Park, alternatively a camp inside the Etosha National Park
Day 7: Windhoek
Depart the Lodge or camp and travel south towards Otjiwarongo. Opportunity to join the group en route to Victoria Falls. Continue towards Windhoek via Okahandja where we will visit a local handicraft market. Tour ends on arrival in Windhoek late afternoon.
Mode of transport
Air-conditioned vehicle
Number Of Participants
Maximum of ten
Included
German & English guided, unless otherwise indicated. Enquire about other languages. The guide is also the driver.
Accommodation and meals as listed on the itinerary
Park entrance fees
Pick-up and drop off at any central Windhoek Hotel or Guest House included.
Bottled water on board
Excluded
Beverages
Items of a personal nature
Tips
Travel Insurance
Meals not listed in the itinerary
Any optional activities
Visas
Route & Accommodation
The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it there may be circumstances when it may change - for example weather and/or road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may be altered from those indicated.

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