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Namibia Highlights

From €3,620pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Dublin
Departure Date
05 May 2020 - 17 May 2020
Alternative dates available on request
Duration
12 Days
Destination
Namibia, Africa
Price
From €3,620pp including flights
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The best of Namibia includes safari & desert experiences, a visit to the beautiful coastal town of Swakopmund and breathtaking natural beauty.

Fly from Dublin to Windhoek and pick up your rental car. Transfer directly from the airport North to Okonjima Nature Reserve, in the heart of Namibia. It's in a Malaria-free area midway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. This 20 000ha nature reserve, which is surrounded by the sandstone Omboroko. It is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, which is renowned for its conservation work with predators across Namibia.

After breakfast on day 2 transfer to Etosha National Park Showcasing some of the most common and rarest wildlife species, Etosha offers visitors unforgettable sightings of free roaming wildlife. Experience the contrasts of wide grasslands, Camelthorn and Mopani trees with an enormous salt pan covering 4731km2; so big it can be seen from space. Being the 3rd largest game park in Africa, Etosha is a must for your travel list. Upon arrival at your lodge enjoy the rest of day free at leisure

Transfering from Etosha East side to Etosha South gate, you enjoy a full day Safari in search of all the African animals (day 3). Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. There is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings.

At the same time Etosha is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephant (some of the largest in Africa due to the vitamins and nutrients found in the ground), the endangered black rhino and even leopard. Lions are camouflaged in the pale-golden colour of the grasslands, while giraffes rise high above most of the dry vegetation.

Birders will love the experience, where more than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park. The the migratory species, the European bee-eater is possibly the most popular sighting. The game reserve is also home to the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, and the heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard You can enjoy lunch mid way through the park, and upon arrival at your lodge enjoy the evening free at leisure

Early on the 4th morning you will board a modified open-truck for a half day Safari in Etosha National Park The tour is guided by a lodge guide with tremendous experience to help find the animals. The afternoon is free at leisure. Use the day to relax by the pool, sit at the waterhole or book another optional (not included) open-truck safari

Day 5's destination is Damaraland Untamed and rugged, Damaraland is one of Namibia’s most scenic attractions. Highlights include Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg or ‘Burnt Mountain’ most famous for the rock painting of the White Lady’; Twyfelfontein with thousands of bushman rock paintings and of course Rhino & Desert Elephant tracking, truly magnificent and majestic creatures who adapted to survive in the harsh desert conditions.

The following morning you will explore the area, and enjoy guided excursions to view the Bushmen’s rock Engravings, as well as a safari tour in search of the magnificent Desert Elephant. The San, or Bushmen, are indigenous people in Southern Africa. Their ancient rock paintings and carvings are found in caves and on rock shelters. The artwork depicts non-human beings, hunters, and half-human half-animal hybrids. In Twyfelfontein we will walk around and view many of these impressive rock engravings.

The Desert Elephant can only be found in 2 places in the world, here in Namibia and Mali. They are of high national and international conservation priority, and have been designated as top priority for protection by the IUCN. They have adapted to their dry, semi-desert environment by having a smaller body mass with proportionally longer legs and seemingly larger feet than other elephants. Their physical attributes allow them to cross miles of sand dunes to reach water.

Transfer to Swakopmund. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Namib Dunes you will find a jewel of a town filled with historic buildings and landmarks creating the ambience of a small German town. Travelers can expect to dine at some of the finest restaurants overlooking the Atlantic, and enjoy luxury accommodation, often a stone throw away from the beach.

Various activities are offered in and around the coastal town and you’ll the get the opportunity to experience whatever suits you. Being one of Namibia’s main tourist towns visitors are welcomed by the locals and guaranteed friendly service and a memorable stay.

You have the next day free at leisure, where you can stroll through the beautiful town of Swakopmund and/or join some excellent guided tours in the area. There is enough to choose from and something to suit everyone’s interests. For example you can Camel ride or Quad bike in the Namib Desert, experience Sandwich Harbor where the sand dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean, sail on a Dolphin Cruise, Skydive, visit Spitzkoppe and so much more.

From Swakopmund transfer to Sossusvlei. Subtle shifting sand dunes sculpted by the wind, Sossusvlei is often referred to as the “Dune Sea”. Located in the heart of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei facets an air of isolation and tranquility where one can find perspective and serenity amongst the orange dunes and ‘cracked white floor’ of the vlei (dried up saltpan). Upon arrival in Sossusvlei enjoy the rest of the day relaxing, where you will experience a true African accommodation experience.

You will start very early the next morning to catch the beautiful sunrise in Sossusvlei, and to avoid the most heat. Morning guided excursion into Sossusvlei & Deadvlei where guests have the option of climbing the world’s highest sand dune, or simply stroll around the breathtaking Deadvlei area. To experience the full magnitude of this ancient 32000 square kilometers sand sea, one has to climb the dunes.

The highest dune being Big Daddy at 325 meters is the most accessible but toughest to take on. The reward however is a panoramic view of the Dead Vlei with the 900-year-old Camelthorn trees. The contrasts of the shadows on the dunes, the clear blue sky and blackened dead trees against the orange dunes is a must see when visiting Namibia.

You can enjoy the morning on day 11 at your leisure in Sossusvlei. Then, transfer to Windhoek the capital of Namibia. Here you can explore the city and enjoy some relaxing time before your long flight tomorrow. Dinner at your own leisure, we highly recommend to visit Joe’s Beer House in Klein Windhoek Overnight in Windhoek

Transfer to Windhoek airport on the last day for your departure flight back to Dublin. 

DAY 1 - OKONJIMA

Upon arrival pick up your rental car. Transfer directly from the airport North to Okonjima Nature Reserve, in the heart of Namibia. It's in a Malaria-free area midway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. This 20 000ha nature reserve, which is surrounded by the sandstone Omboroko. It is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, which is renowned for its conservation work with predators across Namibia.

Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure at your lodge to relax after your flight, or ask staff for optional excursions that you could enjoy during your short stay

Accommodation: Okonjima (half-board)

DAY 2 | ETOSHA

After breakfast transfer to Etosha National Park Showcasing some of the most common and rarest wildlife species, Etosha offers visitors unforgettable sightings of free roaming wildlife. Experience the contrasts of wide grasslands, Camelthorn and Mopani trees with an enormous salt pan covering 4731km2; so big it can be seen from space. Being the 3rd largest game park in Africa, Etosha is a must for your travel list. Upon arrival at your lodge enjoy the rest of day free at leisure

Accommodation:  Mokuti Lodge, Etosha East (half-board)

DAY 3 | ETOSHA

Transfering from Etosha East side to Etosha South gate, you enjoy a full day Safari in search of all the African animals. Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. There is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings.

At the same time Etosha is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephant (some of the largest in Africa due to the vitamins and nutrients found in the ground), the endangered black rhino and even leopard. Lions are camouflaged in the pale-golden colour of the grasslands, while giraffes rise high above most of the dry vegetation.

Birders will love the experience, where more than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park. The the migratory species, the European bee-eater is possibly the most popular sighting. The game reserve is also home to the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, and the heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard You can enjoy lunch mid way through the park, and upon arrival at your lodge enjoy the evening free at leisure

Accommodation: Etosha Heights, Etosha South (half-board)

DAY 4 | ETOSHA

Early morning you will board a modified open-truck for a half day Safari in Etosha National Park The tour is guided by a lodge guide with tremendous experience to help find the animals. The afternoon is free at leisure. Use the day to relax by the pool, sit at the waterhole or book another optional (not included) open-truck safari

Accommodation: Etosha Heights, Etosha South (half-board)

DAY 5 | DAMARALAND

Today’s destination is Damaraland Untamed and rugged, Damaraland is one of Namibia’s most scenic attractions. Highlights include Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg or ‘Burnt Mountain’ most famous for the rock painting of the White Lady’; Twyfelfontein with thousands of bushman rock paintings and of course Rhino & Desert Elephant tracking, truly magnificent and majestic creatures who adapted to survive in the harsh desert conditions.

Accommodation: Twyfelfontein, Damaraland (half-board)

DAY 6 | DAMARALAND

Today you will explore the area, and enjoy guided excursions to view the Bushmen’s rock Engravings, as well as a safari tour in search of the magnificent Desert Elephant. The San, or Bushmen, are indigenous people in Southern Africa. Their ancient rock paintings and carvings are found in caves and on rock shelters. The artwork depicts non-human beings, hunters, and half-human half-animal hybrids. In Twyfelfontein we will walk around and view many of these impressive rock engravings.

The Desert Elephant can only be found in 2 places in the world, here in Namibia and Mali. They are of high national and international conservation priority, and have been designated as top priority for protection by the IUCN. They have adapted to their dry, semi-desert environment by having a smaller body mass with proportionally longer legs and seemingly larger feet than other elephants. Their physical attributes allow them to cross miles of sand dunes to reach water.

Accommodation: Twyfelfontein, Damaraland (half-board)

DAY 7 | SWAKOPMUND

Transfer to Swakopmund. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Namib Dunes you will find a jewel of a town filled with historic buildings and landmarks creating the ambience of a small German town. Travelers can expect to dine at some of the finest restaurants overlooking the Atlantic, and enjoy luxury accommodation, often a stone throw away from the beach.

Various activities are offered in and around the coastal town and you’ll the get the opportunity to experience whatever suits you. Being one of Namibia’s main tourist towns visitors are welcomed by the locals and guaranteed friendly service and a memorable stay.

Accommodation: Strand Hotel, Swakopmund (bed & breakfast)

DAY 8 | SWAKOPMUND

You have today free at leisure, where you can stroll through the beautiful town of Swakopmund and/or join some excellent guided tours in the area. There is enough to choose from and something to suit everyone’s interests. For example you can Camel ride or Quad bike in the Namib Desert, experience Sandwich Harbor where the sand dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean, sail on a Dolphin Cruise, Skydive, visit Spitzkoppe and so much more.

Accommodation: Strand Hotel, Swakopmund (bed & breakfast)

DAY 9 | SOSSUSVLEI

From Swakopmund transfer to Sossusvlei. Subtle shifting sand dunes sculpted by the wind, Sossusvlei is often referred to as the “Dune Sea”. Located in the heart of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei facets an air of isolation and tranquility where one can find perspective and serenity amongst the orange dunes and ‘cracked white floor’ of the vlei (dried up saltpan). Upon arrival in Sossusvlei enjoy the rest of the day relaxing, where you will experience a true African accommodation experience.

Accommodation: Le Mirage, Sossusvlei (half-board)

DAY 10 | SOSSUSVLEI

You will start very early this morning to catch the beautiful sunrise in Sossusvlei, and to avoid the most heat. Morning guided excursion into Sossusvlei & Deadvlei where guests have the option of climbing the world’s highest sand dune, or simply stroll around the breathtaking Deadvlei area. To experience the full magnitude of this ancient 32000 square kilometers sand sea, one has to climb the dunes.

The highest dune being Big Daddy at 325 meters is the most accessible but toughest to take on. The reward however is a panoramic view of the Dead Vlei with the 900-year-old Camelthorn trees. The contrasts of the shadows on the dunes, the clear blue sky and blackened dead trees against the orange dunes is a must see when visiting Namibia.

Accommodation: Le Mirage, Sossusvlei (half-board)

DAY 11 | WINDHOEK

You can enjoy the morning at your leisure in Sossusvlei. Then, transfer to Windhoek the capital of Namibia. Here you can explore the city and enjoy some relaxing time before your long flight tomorrow. Dinner at your own leisure, we highly recommend to visit Joe’s Beer House in Klein Windhoek Overnight in Windhoek

Accommodation: Windhoek Safari Court Hotel, Windhoek (bed & breakfast)

DAY 12 | DEPARTURE

Transfer to Windhoek airport for your departure flight back to Dublin. 

PREFER NOT TO DRIVE?

This self-drive tour is also available as a private, guided tour. Please ask our travel experts for more information.

Price is per adult, based on 2 sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin
  • 1x checked bag
  • 12 days car rental
  • 11 nights 3* accommodation
  • Half Board except Swakopmund & Windhoek (8 dinners included)
  • Game Drive guided excursion
  • Desert Elephant River Drive
  • Rock Engravings guided tour
  • Sossusvlei & Deadvlei excursion

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Please note fuel is not included in car hire cost
  • Upgrade to 4* accommodation from €4,2220pp
  • This self-drive tour is also available as a private, guided tour. Please ask our travel experts for more information
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

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