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23 Days Cape Namibia Explorer Option 3

The tour starts in CAPE TOWN and ends in WINDHOEK. Highlights of this tour are: Kalahari, Augrabies
Falls, Northern Cape, Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert Horses, Sossusvlei, Tiras Mountains, Naukluft
Park, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Namibia West Coast, Marine Life, Spitzkoppe, Damaraland (Desert
Elephants), Desert Moon Landscape, Namib Desert, Twyfelfontein (National Heritage Site) Etosha,
Waterberg Plateau, Himba, Nama, Damara, Herero, Bushmen Cultures. The safari is conducted in
Sasendle 4x4 vehicle. Accommodation is provided at comfortable guesthouses and tourist class lodges.
The approximate distance for this tour is 5600km (game drives inclusive).

 

DAY 1/2

ROUTE: Cape Town Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year – and for good reason. Whether you're looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city’s historic harbour, you'll find it all here. Construction for this harbour began as early as 1860, when Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater, hence the attraction’s name: V&A after Queen Victoria of England and her youngest son Alfred.)
Activities: Harbour boat cruise, Topless City Bus Tour (own account)

OVERNIGHT

Overnight Victoria and Alfred. (BB)

DAY 3

ROUTE: Upington Kalahari

Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for flight to Upington. Departing 12h55 and arriving 13h55. From here Sasendle will transfer you to the lodge where you can spend the afternoon at leisure. Later the evening we will introduce you a typical Kalahari hospitality and an unforgettable barbecue. As timeless as the river, so is the hospitality of the Africa River Lodge, which will welcome you as new friends to experience this warmth and friendliness for yourselves. This magic is portrayed in the serene and mysterious ambience that embodies the heart of the Africa River Lodge situated on the bank of the Orange river.

OVERNIGHT

Overnight Africa River Lodge. (DBB)

DAY 4

ROUTE: Upington – Augrabies Falls (Augrabies National Park) 4 Aug

Few sights are as awesome or a sound as deafening as water thundering down the 56-m Augrabies Waterfall when the Orange River is in full flood. The Khoi people called it ‘Aukoerebis’, or place of Great Noise, as this powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterized by the 18-km abyss of the Orange River Gorge. Picturesque names such as Moon Rock, Ararat and Echo Corner are descriptive of this rocky region, characterised by the 18 kilometre abyss of the Orange River Gorge and craggy outcrops dominating scrub-dotted plains. Klipspringer and kokerboom (quiver trees) stand in stark silhouette against the African sky, silent sentinels in a strangely unique environment where only those that are able to adapt ultimately survive. The 28 000 hectares on both the northern and southern sides of the Orange River provide sanctuary to a diversity of species, from the very smallest succulents, birds and reptiles to springbok, gemsbok and the endangered black rhino. The most characteristic plant in the park is the giant aloe called quiver tree (kokerboom), Aloe dichotoma. The tree gets its name from the fact that the Bushmen (San) used the soft branches to make quivers for their arrows. The eye-catching silhouette of the quiver tree is typical of the Northern Cape landscape.

OVERNIGHT

Overnight Augrabies National Park. (DBB)

DAY 5

ROUTE: Fish River Canyon – 5 Aug

Today we travel through the fantastic landscape of the Nama Karoo and admire its fauna and flora. One of the highlights in Southern Namibia is the great Fish River Canyon which we shall visit in the afternoon measuring 160 km in length, 27 km in width and up to 550 m deep the canyon is one area presents an awesome sight during sunset. The Fish River originates 600 km further up in the Naukluft Mountains and ends south of Ai-Ais were it flows into the Gariep River. The canyon offers beautiful views from various lookout points.
Activities: Fish River Canyon (various Outlook Points)

OVERNIGHT

Overnight Canon Lodge or similar. (DBB)

DAY 6

ROUTE: Succulent Karoo Desert – 6 Aug

After a late morning breakfast we will depart to the Klein Aus Vista Homestead. Time at free disposal for walks or to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings! This is also the realm of the ‘wild horses of the Namib. These magnificent creatures can often be seen roaming the far horizons or gathering at a watering point close by.
Activities: Desert Horses

OVERNIGHT

Overnight Klein-Aus Vista. (DBB)

DAY 7/8

ROUTE: Namib Desert Sossusvlei – 7 and 8 Aug

We proceed slowly via scenic surroundings to our next destination near the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park. Age-old camel thorn trees and unsurpassed 360 degrees views dominate the desert landscape towards the mountain-range in the distance. We enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. Fascinating Sossusvlei is one of the landscapes making the difference to the Namibian destination. Here, time stopped and you enter into the heart of the Namib Desert. Enormous pink and red dunes mixing with Granite Mountains embedded in yellow and pitch black plains where the Oryx antelope has made its kingdom. Dry white pans covered by dead trees. At Dune 45, the more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world's most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2.6 kilometer roundtrip walk takes you to the well photographed “Dead Vlei”. Sossusvlei is at the ‘end of road’ and the highlight of the day. We also visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon, where the Tsauchab River and erosion have incised a narrow gorge over the millennia. The permanent water pools at its bottom have ensured the survival of nomadic populations in pre-historic times as well as that of early European explorers and the so-called Thirstland Trekkers, in more recent centuries. On our way back to the Sossusvlei Desert Camp, we take a lunch break at a lodge situated next to the Sesriem Gate of the park where light lunches (optional) and cold beverages are served on a terrace overlooking the dry bed of the ephemeral Tsauchab River and the dunes beyond it.

Activities: Scenic Tiras Mountains/Naukluft Park drive
Sossusvlei/Dead Vlei/Dune45/Big Daddy Dune/Sesriem Canyon

OVERNIGHT

Overnight Sossusvlei Lodge or similar. (DBB)

DAY 9

ROUTE: Namib Desert / Naukluft Park – 9 Aug

One of Namibia's most unusual desert lodges is the Rostock Ritz with its uniquely structured rock igloos, build to have a minimal visual and ecological impact on the landscape. The en-suite rooms offer a magnificent view over the surrounding desert; two of the units are wheelchair friendly. The coolest pool in the west makes you think you are swimming into infinity; chill out under its shady thatched surrounds or enjoy some delicious food in the la carte restaurant.

OVERNIGHT

Overnight Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge. (DBB)

DAY 10/11

ROUTE: Swakopmund – 10 and 11 Aug

En route to Swakopmund we will explore the Namib Desert with the rugged Kuiseb Canyon, while driving along the Swakop riverbed. We stop at the eerie moon landscape and marvel at the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an ancient plant endemic to the Namib Desert. Today’s destination is the cool Atlantic Coast and the quaint town of Swakopmund. En route we will explore the Namib Desert with the rugged Kuiseb Canyon, while driving along the Swakop riverbed. Take a walk through town and enjoy the mixture of colonial flair and historic architecture in Swakopmund (the historic town, the Woermannhouse, the Hohenzollernhouse, the old Magistrates Court, the historical Jail and the Jetty and the lighthouse. After arriving in Swakopmund you can explore the popular coastal resort on your own and spend time at leisure or with shopping. Moving north, we will pass visit The Spitzkoppe (also referred to as Spitzkop, Groot Spitzkop, or the "Matterhorn of Namibia"), is a group of bald granite peaks or bornhardts located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert. The granite is more than 700 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 1784 meters (5857 feet) above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 700m above the floor of the desert below. A minor peak- the Little Spitzkoppe - lies nearby at an elevation of 1584 metres above sea level. Other prominences stretch out into a range known as the Pontok Mountains. Many examples of Bushmen artwork can be seen painted on the rock in the Spitzkoppe area.

Activities: Desert Moon Landscape Harbour Marine Cruiset Cruise (3 hours, inclusive of Champagne and various seafood cuisines)

OVERNIGHT

Overnight Hotel Zum Kaiser. (DBB)

DAY 12/13

Route: Twyfelfontein 12 and 13 Aug

The Twyfelfontein area, being a very vulnerable and delicate ecosystem, is renowned for some of the best examples of Bushman paintings and rock engravings in southern Africa and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Interesting rock formations and the remainder of prehistoric volcanic action can be seen among the most prominent geographic features including the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain, Doros Crater and the Petrified Forest. The fauna and flora of Damaraland is typical of the Pro-Namib region and plant species include the magnificent Welwitschia, Moringa and a variety of the Commiphora species. The Desert adapted Elephant, Giraffe, Springbok, Zebra, Oryx, and Ostrich include some of the wildlife which can be found living in total harmony with the community. The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and boast 56 en-suite twin rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool. In construction utmost care was taken to reduce the visual impact on the environment and to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colors toning in with the surrounding rock formations.

Activity: World Heritage Site visit Rock Paintings/Organ Pipes/Burnt Mountain

OVERNIGHT

Overnight at Twyfelfontein Lodge. (DBB)

DAY 14/15/16/17

ROUTE: Etosha – 14/15/16/17 Aug

A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of travelling Namibia. Etosha, which was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907, covers an area of more than 22 000 square kilometres. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bush land in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. The Etosha National Park has a good infrastructure. Well-maintained gravel roads (untarred) leads to the waterholes, where game viewing is at its best. In the three rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni, hotels, chalets and camping sites are available as well as restaurants, stores and swimming pools. The main entrance to the park is called the "Andersson Gate" at Okaukuejo in the south, where the park administration is also situated. The "Von Lindequist Gate" lies in the east near Namutoni. A new gate, the "Nehale lya Mpingana Gate" (King Nehale Gate) was opened at the beginning of 2003 in the north-east. The pan is just about always dry. However, in the southern parts there are have water-holes scattered throughout this area and form the basis of life for countless game. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approx. 22 000 square kilometres in size. There is an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals.

Activities: 3 full days game drive in the Etosha Park.

OVERNIGHT

Overnight at Dolomite Camp 2 nights (DBB)
Overnight at Taleni Etosha Village – 2 nights (DBB)

DAY 18/19

ROUTE: Waterberg Region – 18 and 19 Aug

Often skipped out, or at best given a single night’s layover, as people race for pole position at a waterhole in Etosha National Park up north, the Waterberg has many game farms and lodges that warrant a longer stay. The 200 meterhigh, flat-topped Waterberg Plateau is sometimes described as the Lost Eden because, once up there, the animals have no way down. Leopard, buffalo, and the rare and endangered roan and sable antelope live atop this magnificent brick-red sandstone block. The plateau can be explored on a Nature Conservation guided game viewing vehicle or guided wilderness trail. In the shadow of the plateau is a restful resort with bird studded camp sites where parrots chatter above your head and cottages with impressive views over the surrounding savannah. The plateau supports open grassland and broad-leafed woodland; the foothills and plains are marked by savannah woodland with acacia the dominant tree. Several springs well up to provide lush undergrowth and yet another wildlife habitat. Age-old geological attractions en route to the northern regions offer interesting diversions and provide some spectacular scenery. This area was the scene of a terrible massacre of the Herero people by the German colonists and a graveyard within the resort is a poignant reminder of the dead.

Attractions: Rare species including white rhino, buffalo, and sable and roan antelope have been introduced to the Waterberg Plateau Park and the existing game includes giraffe, kudu, leopard, hyena and cheetah. While no match for Etosha National Park as a wildlife destination, the park has two excellent – and very popular – long walking safaris that provide a fascinating close encounter with Namibia’s wilderness. One is guided with no set route and the other is a self-guided demarcated trail.

Activities: Rhino Drive and Herero Cultural Tour

OVERNIGHT

Overnight Waterberg Plateau Lodge. (DBB)

DAY 20

ROUTE: Windhoek - Ondekaramba – 20 Aug

The farm Ondekaremba measures 7.300 hectares and boasts a 100-year old family tradition. Shortly after touching down you will be met by the peace and quiet of Africa’s wide-open spaces. Enjoy after a long flight the charm of scenery and unspoilt nature. Ondekaremba, the place where grazing is good. Thanks to this, combined with numerous watering places, you can be at one with nature by exploring, be it via game drives, hiking trails on a terrain where there are an abundance of wildlife and birds. The lovely garden with landscaped pool area waits for you to come and have a swim, or to just relax. Meals made to a large extent of our own products are prepared in our farm kitchen and are served on the open-air verandas, as a picnic in the bush, or inside the old rustic stone farmhouse.

Activities:Craft market visit en-route to Windhoek

OVERNIGHT

Overnight at Africa Farm Ondekaremba. (DBB)

DAY 21

ROUTE: End of Tour

Windhoek

 

RATES (2015 Season)

Tour Cost for 10 Persons Sharing
ZAR 68’789.00 per person sharing

Included:

- SAT transport with 4x4 vehicles; Public Liability & Passenger Liability Insurance
- Flight Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) to Johannesburg International
- Flight Cape Town International to Upington
- Transfer to and from Cape Town International Airport
- Transfer to Hosea Kutako Airport
- Services of a licensed English speaking driver-guide per vehicle
- 21 nights’ accommodation in comfortable guesthouses/guest farms/tourist class lodges. Meals at DBB (Dinner Bed and Breakfast unless not specified)
- Fees for nature conservation areas, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary (unless stipulated as “OPTIONAL”)
- Activities as stated in itinerary
- Portage in overnight facilities
- Non-alcoholic beverages (water and cool drinks) on tour vehicle during overland drives (in limited quantities)
- Export Shiraz red wine
- Free internet access at overnight venues.

Excluded:

- Flights not mentioned/ Visa & Permits / Travel Insurances of any kind
- Tips & gratuities to hotel/restaurant personnel and guides
- Alcoholic and any other beverages in addition to those included above
- Any optional services/meals/activities/excursions not included/not mentioned in the itinerary
- Any expense of a personal nature such as for phone calls, laundry services, souvenirs, and similar

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