Namibia: Sands of Time    *alt*

14 days, from £2895
Wild Frontiers
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Description

Namibia. A land full of incredible geological wonders, spectacular landscapes, diverse game and a whole host of unexplored regions is undoubtedly one of Southern Africa's most enthralling destinations and perfect for a Wild Frontiers trip!

Our trip focuses on the diversity of this impressive country that has barely changed for thousands of years. From the rolling red sand dunes of the Namib Desert to the boulder festooned grassy plains of Damaraland, we'll be visiting waterfalls and lands rich in wildlife.

Travelling from the interior to the river bound border of Angola via part of the Atlantic coast this is an incredible adventure that will stay with you forever.

Highlights:

- Epupa Falls and the Angolan borderlands
- Wilderness safari in Damaraland searching for black rhino & desert adapted elephants
- Rolling red sand dunes of the Namib Desert
- Quirky coastal town of Swakopmund and a marine life cruise
- Game viewing in Etosha National Park

Tour Includes:

- Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
- 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners (in local restaurants where viable)
- Drinking water throughout the tour
- Depending upon overall group size we will use either a 9-seat or a 12-seat 4WD safari style vehicle.
- 13 nights' accommodation (5 nights in lodges, 3 nights in hotels/resorts, 2 nights in tented accommodation, 2 nights camping in camp sites, 1 night wilderness camping)
- All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
- A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)
ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

IMPORTANT:

Road Conditions, Distance & Comfort: Namibia is a large country and you will be covering a lot of ground on this tour. As a result there will be a number of long drive days spent in the tour vehicle. Please note the road conditions vary from bitumen to rutted, bumpy and corrugated piste. If the unsurfaced roads have not been graded for a while it can be uncomfortable for some stretches if you aren't used to travelling off-road. However, your Tour Leader will take the opportunity to stop for a leg-stretch whenever possible and you will be rewarded with some spectacular scenery!

Please note that when staying at designated campsites and when wilderness camping you will be expected to put up and take down your tents, though help will always be available if needed.

Itinerary


 Day 1: Tour Starts in Windhoek

The tour starts at our hotel in Windhoek this afternoon with time to relax before a short orientation tour around the city.


 Day 2: Windhoek - Sesriem

Taking a scenic drive the landscape changes from rolling hills to farmland, before reaching the red sands of the Namib desert, where we'll take an afternoon walk in Sesriem Canyon.


 Days 3-4: Sesriem Sossusvlei - Swakopmund


 Day 3: An early (!) start allows us to reach Sossusvlei for a breathtaking sunrise over the iconic dune field. Later we drive to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Day 4: From Walvis Bay we'll take a wildlife cruise out onto the lagoon to spot whales, dolphins and seals. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to visit one of the town's museums.



 Day 5: Swakopmund - Skeleton Coast - Brandberg

We journey along a part of the infamous 'Skeleton Coast', a truly spectacular stretch of the southern Atlantic coastline. From here we continue to Brandberg where we will walk to the rock art around Brandberg Mountain.


 Days 6-7: Brandberg - Palmwag Concession (Damaraland)


 Day 6: This morning we'll visit the UNESCO world heritage site at Twyfelfontein, one of the largest concentrations of stone age petroglyphs in Africa. From here we journey north and enter the Palmwag Concession for a night of wilderness camping. Day 7: Continuing north to our wonderfully situated lodge we can either relax or set off on an afternoon nature trek to explore the surrounding area.



 Days 8-9: Kaokaland - Epupa Falls


 Day 8: Here we enter the Himba tribal land where we see various Himba settlements en route. Arriving at Epupa in the late afternoon - the most northerly point on our trip - we'll have time to freshen up before getting our first view of the mighty falls. Day 9: Today we can visit some Himba settlements and gain more extensive views of the waterfalls. There will also be some free time to relax amongst this most beautiful of settings.



 Days 10-12: Epupa - Etosha National Park


 Day 10: Today we travel south-east towards Ethosha National Park where we'll take an afternoon game drive en route to our lodge. Day 11: Taking a full day for game viewing we will gradually make our way through the west of the National Park. This is an area where self-guided vehicles are not permitted, and as such is much quieter, offering a good chance of spotting the more elusive game. Day 12: Taking a second full day Etosha we will explore the east of the park and the Etosha salt pan. Because the region is so arid, the game congregates around the watering holes and we shall have a good chance of spotting 4 of the big 5.



 Day 13: Etosha National Park - Okahandja

After breakfast there will be time for a final game drive through Etosha National Park before heading south to Okahandja and our final night of the tour.


 Day : Days 14: Okahandja - Windhoek Airport (Tour Ends)

After an early breakfast we will drive to Windhoek airport where the tour finishes.