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Taste of Namibia Safari

Includes: Sossusvlei & Etosha

The 6 day Taste of Namibia is a combination of the 3 day Etosha Safari and the 3 day Sossusvlei Safari and is designed to offer 'wildlife and landscape snapshots' in Namibia's premier wildlife location, Etosha National Park, and the highest dunes, in the world's oldest desert at Sossusvlei.

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The first leg is to Etosha National Park, measuring over 22,000km˛, and home to 114 species of mammals and 340 species of bird life, Namibia's largest and most impressive game park. The name Etosha has had various interpretations over the years by various people, and one description is 'Lake of Mother's Tears' (to illustrate the limitless grief of a Hei//om mother when her infant died.)

The second part of the Safari is to the massive sand dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. This includes unforgettable desert landscapes and the option to thoroughly explore the dune fields.

Please note:

  • The Etosha Safari is run as a camping tour however, for a supplement an upgrade can be made to turn this into an accommodated safari. Enquire upon booking as this is subject to availability.
  • Itinerary is assisted comfortable camping, with participation limited to only helping with the tents.

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Day 1: Windhoek - okaukuejo
Safari travellers will be collected from their Windhoek accommodation between 08h00 and 08h30. There is a long drive north (550km), passing through mainly farmland, with refreshment stops at small towns along the way. Arrival time in Etosha National Park is expected to be in the middle of the afternoon.
On entering the park, there is a game drive through to the Okaukuejo Camp, and after checking in at reception, the overnight camp will be set up. Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has correctly been described as 'one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa.
After the evening meal the opportunities to view some of Etosha's big game continue at the floodlit waterhole, conveniently situated on the boundary of the camp and easily reachable on foot. Black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are frequent visitors.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Okaukuejo
Day 2: Etosha Park
A full day's game driving, leaving the dwarf shrub (Salsosa) savannah around Okaukuejo, and skirting along the rim of the pan, visiting a wide selection of waterholes en-route. The game viewing is usually excellent, plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, springbok, impala and eland can be found in large numbers. This attracts the predators, so be on the lookout with camera's and binoculars at the ready. Herds of 50 elephants or more are not unusual, and often walk right down the middle of the road, offering excellent photographic opportunities. There is a scheduled stop at Halali Camp for a leisurely lunch, with time to visit the waterhole and cool off from the hot, afternoon sun in the pool. Refreshments can be purchased at the bar before the journey continues to the eastern side of the park , and on to the overnight stop at Namutoni Camp, (Oshiwambo for 'elevated place.') The second leg of the journey also offers great game viewing along the waterholes in and around Etosha Pan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Namutoni
Day 3: Windhoek
A long drive back to Windhoek, (450km) but not before one last game drive on the way out of the park. The return journey is on the main roads, passing through towns and rural areas en-route, with a final stop in the small town of Okahandja, the home of Namibia's largest woodcarvers market. The stalls operated on a local co-operative basis, and are one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs and curios. Arrival time back in the capital is scheduled for around 16h00, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation on return. This night's accommodation is included in the price of the safari, but dinner tonight is not included
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Guest House in Windhoek
Day 4: Windhoek - Sossusvlei
The safari leaves Windhoek at around 08h15, heading first in a south-westerly direction crossing the Namib Central Plateau, before dropping down the Great Escarpment via the Remhoogte Pass. Open plains emerge from the descent out of the mountains, and from here on in it's only a short distance to the next stop, the tiny settlement of Solitaire. A short refreshment stop follows, before continuing on through the impressive desert scenery, open grass savannah and farmlands. It's not long before the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib, come into view. Arrival at the camp is scheduled for the afternoon, perfect timing to marvel as the colours glow and change on the distant mountains to the east.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Sesriem Camp or Agama Camp
Day 5: Sossusvlei
A pre-dawn start is essential this morning in order to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, we head into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei on foot, trekking the last 5 km through the dunes.
Landscape photo opportunities abound in the cool of the morning, with dawn's soft light first illuminating the dunes from crest down the back slope, then blazing orange everywhere, creating a powerful contrasting vista across the whole desert.
Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or ostrich makes it essential to remember your camera!
The morning is spent in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45. As the day wears on the safari returns to Sesriem for lunch, escaping the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon there is a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Sesriem Camp or Agama Camp
Day 6: Windhoek
A more leisurely start to the day. Guests may wish to take a pleasure flight over the dunes, which your guide can help organize. After breakfast the tour leaves Sesriem and heads back north, once again through the wonderful Highlands. The route is slightly different from the outward journey, but just as scenic and spectacular. After an en-route lunch stop, arrival in Windhoek at approximately 16h00. Driving time for the last day is approximately 5hrs. (350kms)
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Mode of transport
Transport for 2 to 4 passengers in a minibus with a purpose built trailer. For 5 to 14 passengers a specially converted safari truck will be used
Number Of Participants
Maximum of fourteen
Included
All transport
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Tea & coffee in camp
All camping equipment
Park entrance & accommodation fees
Guide
Pick-up and drop-off at accommodation in Windhoek
Excluded
Beverages
Sleeping Bag (can be hired)
Tips
Travel Insurance
Other
Itinerary is assisted comfortable camping with participation limited to only helping with the tents
The tents are canvas dome type, which are easy to assemble. The mattress is approximately 5 cm thick with its mattress cover and each client has a camp chair with backrest.
Luggage is limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag.
We suggest a sleeping bag range of '3 – 4 season'. Sleeping bags can be rented by prior arrangement. When selecting your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45°C and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5°C. The rainy season is between December and April.
All evening meals on camping safaris (unless stipulated) are cooked by your guide on an open fire. Salads and fresh vegetables will be served daily where readily available. Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for, but please notify us when booking.
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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