Fish River Canyon – Namib Desert – Sossusvlei, Kaokoland – Marienfluss Valley – Kunene River – Etosha National Park
Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek
On your arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport you will be met for a private transfer to your hotel in Windhoek.
Windhoek, the capital city of the Republic of Namibia, is located in the central Khomas Region, with about 350 000 inhabitants. The hot springs in the area attracted early settlers of Windhoek, then known as Ai//Gams (fire water). Windhoek was founded on 18 October 1890, by Curt Von François.
Today Windhoek is a bustling city featuring modern multiple story buildings next to historical buildings of the early 1900.
Excellent restaurants and shopping malls offer an insight to the multi-culture of Namibia.
Your hotel, Hotel Pension Thule, is situated on top of a hill, offering beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Klein-Windhoek valley. It features modern, spacious rooms which are comfortably furnished. From the a la carte restaurant, swimming pool and the garden area you can enjoy the surroundings as well as the colourful African sunsets.
Day 2: Windhoek – Fish River Canyon
Transfer in the morning to the Eros Airport in Windhoek. Here you will meet your pilot who will accompany you throughout the entire flying safari.
Your day of the safari will take you to the Fish River Canyon, one of Namibia’s most spectacular geological phenomena, in the lower reaches of Namibia’s longest river, the Fish River. The Fish River Canyon is a massive 161 km long and 27 km wide, with a varying depth of 550 m.
The Fish River Lodge forms part of the privately owned Canyon Nature Park, a vast area of 45km² which borders onto 80km of the Fish River Canyon. The en-suite chalets and the main buildings
are situated on the western rim of the canyon and overlook the main viewpoint.
Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Fish River Canyon below you from the deck in front of the lounge and dining area.
An afternoon scenic drive along the Fish River is included.
Fish River Lodge
Day 3: Fish River Canyon – Sossusvlei
A scenic flight over the Fish River Canyon takes you into the Namib Desert to Sesriem. Situated at the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park and the Sossusvlei, the Sossusvlei Lodge offers accommodation in unique chalets build out of brick and canvas, blending in with the surroundings.
Indulge in delicious meals served on the spacious terrace, enjoying the endless vistas of the Namib Desert or the star-studded sky above.
Optional activities are on offer for the afternoon.
Day 4: Sossusvlei – Swakopmund
Departure at sunrise on a guided tour into the Sossusvlei, a normally dry clay pan surrounded by star-shaped dunes, reaching a height of 325m, the highest in the world. On return to the lodge you will be served refreshments before you depart on your scenic flight over the dunes and the southern parts of the Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund. Flying over the coast you have the opportunity to see ship wrecks and remains of old diamond mines.
Swakopmund was founded in 1892, during the period of German colonial rule. Today lush green lawns, palm trees and public gardens enhance this charming desert town.
Accommodation will be in the centrally situated Hansa Hotel. The rooms are comfortably furnished and individually decorated. The restaurant is known for its seafood and venison meals, complemented by a unique wine list.
Day 5: Walvis Bay – Swakopmund
In the morning a transfer takes you to Walvis Bay to join a Marine Cruise in the lagoon of Walvis Bay. Dolphins and seals love to play around the boat, which is also followed by various marine birds. Enjoy some fresh oysters, snacks and champagne on the boat.
Back in Swakopmund in the early in the afternoon you have time to explore the city at leisure.
Day 6: Swakopmund – Twyfelfontein
Continue with your safari with a scenic flight over the rugged Ugab formations into the Damaraland to Twyfelfontein. You stay at the Mowani Mountain Camp, nesting between granite boulders overlooking the vast plains and bizarre mountains of the Damaraland area.
The main living area and the boma, the lounge and the bar are built in an “African Village” style, blending in with the surroundings. The “rooms” are huge luxurious tented suites, erected on wooden decks to offer the best view over the landscape and surrounding wildlife.
Join a guided tour of Twyfelfontein, where the most rock engravings and rock paintings in the whole of Africa are found. The age of this rock art is estimated to be approximately 500 to 10 000 years. Recently UNESCO has declared Twyfelfontein as a World Heritage Site.
Mowani Mountain Camp
Day 7: Twyfelfontein – Marienfluss Valley
Early in the morning you will go out on a guided tour into the scenic Huab Valley. Here you might encounter the desert elephants.
After a light lunch departure to the Marienfluss Valley in the remote north western region of Namibia. A scenic drive takes you through the Marienfluss Valley and the Kunene River, one of the most remote areas in Namibia.
Situated on hills overlooking the river you will find the Okahirongo River Camp. The rooms are spacious and well appointed, all with private decks, from where you can enjoy the rugged and magnificent surroundings. The main area has a dining room, various decks overlooking the river, and swimming pool.
Activities include scenic drives in open 4×4 vehicles through the seemingly endless plains surrounded by towering mountains, boat cruises on the Kunene River and a visit in a Himba Village
Okahinrongo River Camp
Day 8: Kunene River – Marienfluss Valley
Enjoy the remoteness of this area on the activities on offer.
On scenic drives you will traverse through endless valleys surrounded by majestic mountains.
Learn about the traditions and culture of the nomadic Himba tribe.
Okahirongo River Camp
Day 9: Marienfluss Valley – Etosha National Park
A last scenic drive takes you back to the airfield for your onward flight to the Etosha National Park.
The flight takes you over the mountains of the Kaokoveld and the vast Etosha Pan, the white salt pan that foms the center piece of the Etosha National Park.
The Mushara Outpost is situated only 10km from the entrance to the park, offering accommodation in custom made tents on wooden decks nestled under “mushara” trees. A large glass sliding door leads into the tent, all windows and doors are covered with fly-screen to keep air in and insects out.
The old farm house with tall walls, and corrugated iron roof and a large wrap around veranda was converted into the main building and restaurant. The ambiance is friendly, warm and extremely comfortable with a homely atmosphere.
Enjoy your first game drive in the park in the afternoon.
The Mushara Outpost
Day 10: Etosha National Park
The Etosha National Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then German government. With its current surface area of 22 912 km² it is one of the bigger parks in Africa.
Consisting of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5 000 km². For the greater part of the year the pan is dry and bleak expanse of white, shimmering with mirages on hot days. In local colloquial language the pan is referred to as the “great white place of dry water”. Some of the 114 mammal species found in the park are rare and endangered, such as the black rhino, cheetah and black-faced impala.
About 340 bird species occur in the park, about one third being migratory.
A morning and afternoon game drive is included.
The Mushara Outpost
Day 11: Etosha National Park – Windhoek
In the course of the morning your flight back to Windhoek/Eros Airport takes you over central farm land and the Waterberg mountains. Transfer from the airport to Hotel Thule.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure or with some last minute shopping.
Day 12: Departure
In time for your outbound flight a private transfer takes you from the hotel to the Hosea Kutako International Airport.
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