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16 Days Namibia to Vic Falls

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Day 1 – Arrival and the Namib Desert and Solitaire oasis -  03/08/2019

After pick up from your lodge at around 8am, 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 is considered to be the oldest desert in the World and recently the ‚Sand Sea’ was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Traveling through the 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 ostriches, antelopes, baboons and zebras. Break for lunch at the small oasis Solitaire. Opportunity to taste famous Solitaire apple pie, served at the desert bakery. Arrival at the lodge late afternoon, rest and relaxation after the trip.

 

Distance: 350 km (gravel road).

Duration: around 5 hrs with stop-overs.

Accommodation: 2 nights near Sesriem at Agama River Camp or similar.

Meals: lunch & dinner.

 

Day 2 – Sossusvlei, Dune 45, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon -  04/08/2019

Early morning before sunrise, drive towards Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei - a place of the highest dunes in the World, set in the midst of the World’s oldest desert. Unique chance for spectacular landscape photography! Climbing scenic Dune 45, while enjoying incredible desert vistas and ever changing scenery of the Namib. Off-road trail takes us to Dead Vlei where ancient, dried up acacias stand amidst the orange dunes creating surreal landscape. Optional hiking the ‚Big Daddy’ dune and afterwards visit to Sossusvlei with optional hiking the ‚Big Mama’ dune. After lunch, hike through spectacular rock formations of the Sesriem Canyon.

 

Distance: 150 km on tar, gravel and sand roads.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 3 – From desert to the coast -  05/08/2019

Adventure starts at sunrise, as we travel through the Namib-Naukluft Park, admiring dried up Kuiseb riverbed and Kuised Canyon. On route, celebrating crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn! In the afternoon, arrival at the coastal town-oasis Swakopmund.

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

On the way short stop over at Walvis Bay Lagoon to admire Flamingos and Pelicans.

 

Accommodation: 1 night in Swakopmund, at Plaza Hotel or similar.

Distance: 350 km (gravel road).

Duration: 5 hours with stop-overs and lunch break.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 4 – Cape Cross and Seal Colony -  06/08/2019

Travelling on the coastal salt-road leading us 150 km north to the Cape Cross and the Cape Fur Seal colony. After observing huge family of these aquatic mammals, we are turning east into desert region of Damaraland, traveling towards mountainous Brandberg Massif, one of the most magnificent and majestic places of Namibia. On the way, passing by Damara villages in the communal area, en route chance to spot ostriches, jackals, hyenas and springboks.

In the afternoon, time permitting, tracking desert adapted Elephants.

 

Accommodation: 2 nights in Damaraland, Twyfelfontein Lodge or similar.

Distance: 350 km (gravel road, including 160 km salt road).

Duration: around 8 hrs.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 5 Twyfelfontein and Damara Village - 07/08/2019

 

Discovering beauty of Twyfelfontein rock engravings, UNESCO World Heritage site – one of the largest concentration of petroglyphs in Africa. We will 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.

Afterwards, ethnic meeting with the Damara tribe at the ‚Living Museum’. We are surrounded by fascinating nature, wildlife, rock formations and a magnificent landscape of Damaraland.

 

Distance: around 300 km on gravel roads.

Duration: 8 hrs with visiting and stop-overs.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

 

Day 6 - 7 – Etosha National Park – 08 - 09/08/2019

Wildlife Sanctuary! We are 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! We are welcomed by wild animals and white sand of the plains. During afternoon game ride, admiring variety of magnificent animals, among them big mammals: antelopes, giraffes, zebras as well as huge elephants (largest in Africa), rhino, lions, leopards, cheetah and hyenas roaming through the bush.

In the evening, relaxing dinner served in the thrilling atmosphere of the wild. At the waterhole, thirsty animals gather for the drink of water, while you are invited to watch the ever-changing theater of nature till late! We will spend next two days on trails of Etosha, searching for wild animals of the savanna.

On the 7th day, unlimited (from sunrise till sunset) game drive in Etosha National Park.

 

Accommodation: 2 nights near Etosha NP at Etosha Village or similar.

Distance: 400 km (tarred roads).

Duration: around 6 hours with the stop-over.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

 

Day 8 – Divundu - 10/08/2019

‚Farewell’ to Etosha and we are on our way north-east to Divundu in the Caprivi Region. En route visit at the largest iron meteorite on Earth – the Hoba Meteorite. Its weight is approximately 60 tons.  In the late afternoon arrival at the lodge situated on the banks of the Okavango River

 

Optional activity: Sundowner boat cruise on Okavango River.

 

Accommodation: 1 night in Okavango region, at Nunda Lodge or similar.

Distance: around 600 km on tar roads.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

 

Day 9 Okavango Delta - 11/08/2019

In the morning game drive in Mahango Game Reserve.

After game drive crossing over to Botswan en route to Maun in Botswana, situated on the outskirts of the Okavango Delta. Wonderful chance to observe wildlife inhabiting this rich region.

 Okavango Delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife, species include: African bush elephant, African Buffalo, hippopotamus, lechwe, tsessebe, sitatunga, blue wildebeest, giraffe, Nile crocodile, lion, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena, springbok, greater kudu, sable antelope, springbok, sable antelope, black rhino, white rhino, plains zebra, warthog and chacma baboon. Endangered African wild dog still survives in the Okavango Delta, exhibiting one of the richest pack densities in Africa. The delta is home to over 400 species of birds, including African Fish Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Crested Crane, Lilac-breasted roller, Hammerkop, Ostrich and Sacred Ibis.

The majority of the estimated 200,000 large mammals in and around the delta are not year-round residents. They leave with the summer rains to find renewed fields of grass to graze on, then make their way back as winter approaches. Large herds of buffalo and elephant total about 30,000 beasts are found in the delta.

Arrival in Maun late noon. Checking-in and time for rest, after the journey. 

 

Accommodation: 3 nights in Maun at Crocodile Camp.

Distance: around 450 km on tar roads.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

 

Day 10 Okavango Delta - 12/08/2019

Today early morning adventure on Mokoro (dugout canoe), full day activity in the Okavango Delta.

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 11 Okavango Delta - 13/08/2019

Early in the morning, drive to Moremi Game Reserve for full day game drive in the Okavango.

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 12 Chobe National Park - 14/08/2019            

After breakfast, driving to Chobe NP, on the way passing occasional wildlife and local villages.

Arrival in Kasane late afternoon, after arrival time for rest and relax.

 

Accommodation: 2 nights in Kasane near Chobe NP, at Chobe Safari Lodge or similar.

Distance: 600 km

Duration: around 8 hrs.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 13 Chobe National Park - 15/08/2019

 

In the morning game drive in Chobe NP.

In the afternoon sundowner cruise on Chobe river, watching wild animals coming to drink water in the river. Exceptional opportunity for wildlife photography.

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 14 Victoria Falls - 16/08/2019

 

After breakfast crossing the border to Zimbabwe and arrival at the small town 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. 

 

Accommodation: 2 nights at Victoria FallsIlala Lodge or similar.

 

Distance: around 70 km on tar roads.

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 15 Victoria Falls - 17/08/2019

Today optional activities: please see this link for more options: http://www.wildhorizons.co.za/see-and-do/victoria-falls/

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

 

Day 16 Farewell - 18/08/2019

After breakfast, ‚farewell’ to Victoria Falls, time for last shopping and scenic photography and transfer to the airport. Wishing you a safe journey and many returns to Africa with Wild Wind Safaris

 

Meals: breakfast.

 

 

 

Included in the tour’s price:

Transport, fuel, 15 nights lodge accommodation and reservations, meals breakfast lunch and dinner, mineral water in the car, national park entrance fee, game drives in National Parks in the provided tour vehicle, experienced tour guide for the entire tour, airport transfers within the tour dates

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Not included in the tour’s price:

Scheduled, international flights ‚to/from’ Namibia & Vic Falls, individually extended accommodation, additional transfers (airport transfers beyond tour dates, which we may arrange at euro 20 pp), individual travel and medical insurance, drinks and alcoholic beverages, optional activities, gratuities and tips, trip extensions, visa to Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe (if required).

 

 

 

Start Date: 2019-08-03
End Date: 2019-08-18
Price:
N$78,200
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