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15 days From Sossusvlei to Victoria Falls

Camping tour from Windhoek to Victoria Falls.

15 Days of African adventure.

 

Day 1,  22/10/2017

Pick up from the airport, short city tour with visit to the Dimond Works.

Meals: Dinner

Distance: around 60km.

Accommodation: http://www.urbancamp.net/  or similar

Day 2, 23/10/2017 – The Namib Desert and Solitaire oasis

After breakfast, on the way to Sossusvlei, one of the most amazing and fascinating places on Earth, situated in the very heart of the sandy dunes. The Namib or the ‚Sea of Sand’ is considered to be the oldest desert in the world, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

You are traveling through surreal, diverse and changing regions, from bare desert-land, through African bush, grassy savanna to sandy dunes. Experiencing thrill of being surrounded by the world of mountains, rocks and sand. Sheer feast for passionate photographers – capturing nature with the eye of camera! Good chance of spotting oryx, ostriches, springboks, baboons and zebras. Break for lunch at the small iconic, oasis Solitaire. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to taste famous ‘Solitaire apple pie’ served at desert bakery. Arrival at the camp site late afternoon, rest and relaxation after the trip.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Distance: 350 km, gravel road

Duration: around 7 hrs with stop-overs

Accommodation: 2 nights at https://www.nwr.com.na/resorts/sesriem-camp#/sesriem-accommodation

Day 3, 24/10/2017 – Sossusvlei, Dune 45, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon

Grand Desert Adventure! Early morning, before sunrise, drive 70 km into the heart of the desert, to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei - place of some of the highest dunes on Earth, set in the midst of the World’s oldest desert. Unique chance for spectacular scenic photography! Optional, climbing 70 m high picturesque ‘Dune 45’, while enjoying incredible desert vistas and ever changing scenery of the Namib. Next, 5 km, deep-sand-off-road-4 x 4 trail takes us to Dead Vlei where ancient, dried up acacias stand amidst orange dunes creating surreal tri-color landscape (blue, orange, white) – one of the most photogenic and most photographed places on Earth. Optional, hiking to the top of 380 meters high ‚Big Daddy’ dune and visit to Sossusvlei (situated next to Dead Vlei) with optional hiking to the top of ‚Big Mama’ dune. After lunch, visit and hike through spectacular rock formations of the Sesriem Canyon.

Meals: breakfast, lunch &  dinner

Distance: 150 km on tar, gravel and deep-sand roads

 

Day 4  & 5, 25 – 26/10/2017 – From desert to the coast, Swakopmund

Magnificent landscape of the Namib reaches as far as eye can see. Wildlife, grazing antelopes: kudu, oryx and springbuck, mountain zebras and World’s biggest birds that don’t fly - ostriches.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & diner

Accommodation: 2 night in Swakopmund at http://amanpurinamibia.com/

Duration: around 5 hours.

On day 4 optional activities:

·        Visit to the ‚lunar landscape’ and Welwitchia mirabilis trails - botanic attraction, known as the ‚living fossil’; considered to be one of the oldest and most original plants on Earth.

·        Quadbike ride into the dunes and rolling hills of the Namib. Price per person Euro 50.

·        City tour of Swakopmund and visit to the Crystal Gallery . Entrance euro 5 per person.

·        Visit to National Marine Aquarium. Entrance euro 5 per person.

·        Snake Park. Entrance euro 5 per person.

  • Street-craft-market.

Meals: breakfast, lunch. (Dinner on your account)

Distance: 120 km, tar road

Day 6, 27/10/2017 – Twyfelfontein UNESCO World Heritage

Travelling along the Atlantic coast, on the salt road to Twyfelfontein in scenic Damaraland. En-route visit to Cape Cross and seal colony, then admiring mountainous Brandberg Massif, one of the most magnificent and majestic places in Namibia while passing by Damara villages in the communal areas; chance to spot ostriches, jackals, hyenas and springboks. Ethnic experience with the Damara tribe and their disappearing culture at the ‚Living Museum’. You are treated to traditional dances, village presentation and can try fire-making with just two sticks. We are surrounded by fascinating nature, wildlife, rock formations and magnificent, scenic landscape of Damaraland. Arrival at scenically located Twyfelfontein lodge late afternoon.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Accommodation: 1 night near Twyfelfontein http://aabadimountaincamp.com/Facilities.html Distance: 360 km (gravel road, including 110 km salt road)

Duration: around 8 hrs including lunch break

Day 7, 28/10/2017 – Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Kaokoland and Opuwo

Discovering beauty of Twyfelfontein rock engravings, UNESCO World Heritage site – one of the largest concentration of petroglyphs in Africa. You can admire most interesting petroglyphs, out of over 2000 works, created centuries ago in the rusty-orange rocks by San people, Bushmen inhabitants of these regions. The site forms a coherent, extensive and high-quality record of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities in this part of southern Africa and eloquently illustrates the links between the ritual and economic practices of hunter-gatherers. After visit, venturing further north-west, into magnificent Kaokoland, region inhabited by semi-nomadic Himba people. Himba are one of the few, remaining tribes in the World, continuing to live as they did centuries ago and nearly completely separated from the civilization. Arrival at Opuwo, the capital of the region; rest after the trip.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Distance: around 300 km on gravel road

Duration: 6 hrs with visiting and stop-overs

Accommodation: 1 night at http://www.opuwolodge.com/Camping.htm  featuring exceptional sunsets and scenic landscape viewed from the large deck of the lodge, you can relax at the water-edge pool overlooking the mountains.

Day 8, 29/10/2017 – Kaokoland and Himba People

In the morning, visit at authentic Himba village. Meeting Himba people and unforgettable visit to the village, learning about ancient, nomadic way of life. Unique opportunity to observe exotic culture and customs as well as chance for ethnic photography. Himba people are a tribe of nomadic pastoralists who inhabit the Kaokoland area of Namibia. The Himba have clung to their ancient traditions. Beautiful Himba women are noted for their intricate hairstyles and traditional jewellery. Both Himba men and woman wear few clothes apart from a loin cloth or goat skinned mini-skirt, they rub their bodies with red ochre and animal fat to protect themselves from the sun that gives their appearance a rich red colour. Himba jewellery is made from iron or shell, and due to their intricate designs have become very popular amongst tourists. After the visit, on the way to Etosha National Park – wildlife sanctuary and treasure of Namibia, considered to be one of the most loved and most visited game parks of Africa! Entrance through Galton’s Gate on the western border of Etosha. Driving through the park to Okaukuejo camp: admiring variety of magnificent animals: antelopes, giraffes, zebras, lions, elephants (largest in Africa), rhino, leopards, cheetah and hyenas roaming through the bush. In the evening, relaxing dinner served in the thrilling atmosphere of the wild. At the Okaukuejo waterhole, thirsty animals gather for the drink of water, while you are invited to watch the ever-changing ‘theater of nature’ till late!

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Accommodation: 1 nights at: http://www.nwr.com.na/index.php/resorts/okaukuejo-resort

And 1 night at: http://www.nwr.com.na/index.php/resorts/namutoni-resort or similar at the campsite.

Distance: around 330 km on tar and gravel roads.

Duration: 5 hrs.

 

Day 9, 30/10/2017 – Etosha National Park

Wildlife adventure while visiting waterholes, natural springs and view points of the park. Nighttime game viewing at the waterhole. (Optional activity, can be booked the same day at camp’s reception: park organizes night time game drives in an open vehicle, only with park rangers. Euro 30 pp.)

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Distance: 300 km, gravel roads.

Duration: whole day game viewing.

Day 10, 31/10/2017 – Divundu (Caprivi Region)

‚Farewell’ to Etosha and traveling north-east to Divundu in the Caprivi Region. En-route visit at the largest one-piece-solid, iron meteorite on Earth – the Hoba Meteorite. Its weight is estimated at 60 tons.  On the way to Divundu, you will be passing by villages in the rural areas. In the late afternoon arrival at the lodge situated on the banks of the Okavango River.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Accommodation: 1 night in the Caprivi region http://www.nundaonline.com/holiday-accommodation.html at the campsite  or similiar.

Distance: around 560 km, tar road.

Day 11, 01/11/2017 –  Caprivi Strip

Moving along the Caprivi Strip inside Bwabwata NP.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Accommodation: 1 night at http://www.gondwana-collection.com/the-zambezi-experience/accommodation/namushasha-campsite/

Distance: around 330 km, tar roads.

 

Day 12, 02/11/2017 – Chobe National Park

In the morning crossing over to Botswana, arrival in Kasane at the campsite in the early afternoon.

 In the afternoon optional activities:

Sundowner on the Chobe River, from the boat you can watch animals gathering on the river-banks. Price euro 50 pp

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Accommodation: 1 night in Kasane area at http://theberiversafaris.com/accommodation/ at the campsite.

Day 13, 03/11/2017 – Victoria Falls

After breakfast crossing the border to Zimbabwe and arrival at the small town of Victoria Falls situated near world-famous Victoria Falls. After lunch visit to the falls, one of the ‚Seven Natural Wonders of the World’, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya ‚smoke that thunders’. Victoria Falls was discovered for the first time by the Europeans, by Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who wrote in his journal: ‚No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.’

Quick Facts about Victoria Falls: 

Since 1989 the falls are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Formed as the full width of the river plummets in a single vertical drop into a transverse chasm 1708 meters (5604 ft) wide, carved by its waters along a fracture zone in the basalt plateau. The depth of the chasm, called the First Gorge, varies from 80 meters (260 ft) at its western end to 108 meters (354 ft) in the center. The only outlet to the First Gorge is a 110 meters (360 ft) wide gap about two-thirds of the way across the width of the falls from the western end, through which the whole volume of the river pours into the Victoria Falls gorges.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Accommodation: 2 night in Victoria Falls. http://www.vicfallsrestcamp.com/

Distance: around 100 km on tar road.

 

Day 14, 04/11/2017 – Victoria Falls

Todays optional activities:

 

Morning visit to the Victoria Falls. Price euro 35pp

Helicopter flight over the falls. Price: euro 300 pp.

Visit at the traditional village. Price: euro 50 pp.

White-water rafting on the Zambezi. Price: euro 150 pp.

Visit at the falls from Zambian side. Price: euro (around) euro 50 pp.

Bush walk with lions. Price: around euro 70 pp.

Sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Price: euro 70 pp.

Bungee jumping over Zambezi River. Price: euro 110 pp.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Distance: around 20 km on tar road.

 

Day 15, 05/11/2017 – Victoria Falls

 

After breakfast, we bid by by to the Worlds Famous Wonder of the World.

Transfer to Vic Falls International Airport.

Meals: breakfast,

Distance: around 20 km on tar road.

Included in the tour’s price:

Transport, fuel, accommodation and reservations, meals as per itinerary, national park entrance fee, full day game drives, tour guide for the entire tour, transfer ‚to and from’ the airport.

Not included in the tour’s price:

Scheduled, international flights ‚to and from’ Namibia and Zimbabwe, individually extended accommodation, additional transfers, individual travel insurance, drinks and alcoholic beverages, optional activities, gratuities and tips, trip extensions, visa to Namibia (if required).

Start Date: 2017-10-22
End Date: 2017-11-05
Price:
N$25,900
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