An excellent way of exploring such a vast country such as Namibia is to drive through it, there are few countries with such a complex and interesting landscape that goes from deep red sands of the Namib Desert, the golden stands of the coastline, the dark rockland of Damaraland. With exquisite views all over the country we have put together a fantastic taste of Namibia to help you explore the country. Starting in the capital city, staying in the Namib Desert to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast and finishing with an epic safari trip to the Etosha National Park. This is a trip which will exceed expectations and enable you to discover Namibia off the beaten track.
Your guide will meet you at the hotel where your Namibia safari commences. You will journey to the south to the vegetated red dunes of the Kalahari Desert which differs from the Namib with the dunes being greener and less stark. A optional afternoon sundowner drive into the dunes can be richly rewarding. Overnight at the Bagatelle. Dinner is included.
Travel south to the picturesque Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanskop and Giants Playground, which is an impressive jumble of massive boulders. Proceed to the magnificent boulder-studded plains and hills to the east of the great Fish River Canyon. An optional sundowner walk / drive is available. Overnight at Canon Lodge. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Start the day with a guided excursion to the majestic Fish River Canyon. The next leg of your journey takes you via the small, historical village of Aus and through the vast barren expanse of the Prohibited Diamond Area, to Luderitz. After a short sightseeing tour of Luderitz, enjoy an afternoon excursion to Diaz Cross. Overnight at Nest Hotel. Breakfast and Dinner included.
After breakfast in your Namibia safari you will travel to the famous ghost town of Kolmanskop and head inland across the impressive Neisip Plains to Helmeringhausen. Experience the changing landscape from the white gravel plains to the magnificent red dunes. Proceed to the central Namib Desert. Overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge. Dinner and Breakfast is included.
An early start is very important as your journey takes you to the famous Sossusvlei, with its star shaped dunes. This amazing sight provides photographers with a spectacular display of images to capture. You may climb the dunes to admire the endless vistas across a sea of dunes. You will stay at Sossusvlei Lodge. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Your destination is the coastal town of Swakopmund via the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons. Prior to arrival in Swakopmund you will visit Moon Valley, an unusual view overlooking the landscape formed by the valleys of Swakop River. You will visit the ancient Welwitschia mirabilis which is Nambia's most celebrated plant. Guests have the opportunity to particpate in many excursions. You will stay at Hansa Hotel. Day 6: Breakfast and Lunch packs included. Day 7: Breakfast included.
Travelling along the coastal road northwards to Henties Bay, you will proceed to the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. Here you will find a small lichen reserve. Return to Henties Bay where you will travel inland past the Brandberg Mountains, which is the highest point in Namibia into timeless Damaraland. Overnight at Twyfelfontein CL. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Twyfelfontein which means 'doubtful spring' has been occupied for thousands of years by huge herds of game. The slopes of the area are strewn with boulders; all dotted with engravings, some ancient paintings and there is even a virtual air museum. Geological features include the Organ Pipes. In the vicinity of this area is the Petrified Forest where millions of years ago giant tree trunks were deposited which subsequently turned to stone. Overnight at Epacha Lodge & Spa. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Enter the world famous Etosha National Park which is one of the largest parks in Africa. Etosha owes it unique landscape to the Etosha Pan. During drier seasons it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages. Waterholes along the southern edge frequently offer a rewarding game viewing experience and you can spot several rarer species such as Black and White Rhino. Hundreds of bird species have been recorded, with many migrants during the summer period. You will stay on day 10 at Epacha Lodge & Spa with Breakfast and Dinner included. On day 11 you will be accommodated at Onguma Tented Camp with Breakfast and Dinner included.
Travel to the town of Tsumeb, which is dominated by the central mine shaft which mined rich ore pipe for copper, zinc, lead , silver and a variety of unusual crystals for which Tsumeb is famous for. While in the area, you may visit Lake Otjikoto, where in 1915, the retreating German force dumped weapons to prevent them falling into the hands of the South African Union Force. Several of these weapons have been recovered and can be viewed at the Tsumeb Museum. Return to Windhoek via the garden town of Otjiwarongo and Kavango craft markets in in Okahandja. Breakfast is included.
You will be transferred to the airstrip in time for your scheduled light aircraft charter flight to Maun Airport in time to connect with your Air Botswana flight to Johannesburg.
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Rhino tracking was a real adventure! We had tremendous further game drives and saw very many animals - we did the Big Five. We had much more activities than planned and enjoyed very much.We strongly recommend Falcon Safaris to everyone planning a trip to Southern Africa and East Africa.
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We worked with Gertrude to schedule and organize everything and she did an excellent job. I asked a lot of questions via e-mail and she answered everyone in a timely helpful manner. Our guide at Victoria Falls was also great. He met us at the airport, provided a thoughtful tour of the Falls and got us to our next guide in Botswana. Our lodgings at River View Lodge were just as described- very comfortable and excellent food. All the staff were so pleasant and helpful. If I had to do it again I would arrange a morning boat ride as well. We only did the sunset boat rides and they were the high point of our entire trip- we saw so many animals and our guide was very knowledgeable. Just a great experience. Our lodgings at Oddball's Enclave was rustic and we loved it. So great to disconnect from the world for a bit. Leo, our guide, was the best - got us out and about, saw fantastic wildlife and got back to camp safely each time. Doc manages the camp so well. This whole trip was planned and organized by Falcon Safaris and we could not have been happier.
Falcon safaris have given my the correct advice with excellent service. The only suggestion will be to work closer with the lodges to confirm bookings as soon as possible. We have booked and pay our deposit a year in advance. We have only receive our final convermation from Chobe Safari lodge a week before departure. I do realize its not within your controle but with limit alternatives and a group of 14 people it becomes an issue to find alternative accomodation if the booking was cancelled.
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