Southern Africa tailor made tours and safaris

THE NAMIB DESERT TO VICTORIA FALLS
15 Days

PRICE: 3295 dollars per person based on 4 people private tour
PRICE: 1995 dollars per person based on 2 people self-drive

Tour of 15 days includes:

– All entrance fees for national cultural parks, museums etc.
–  Victoria Falls tour
– 4 dinners
– Private guide

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Namibia is a land of many treasures, nature, wildlife in all its forms, a cultural heritage of awe and beauty of the purest on the planet. From the Namib Desert to the famous Victoria Falls through the Chobe National Park in the Okavango Delta, home to the largest concentration of elephants in Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe welcome you . An unforgettable journey awaits you!

Highlights

  • Windhoek ,Namibia’s capital is situated on a central plateau of about 1600m. It is a medium-sized city with a calm atmosphere, with historic buildings of Germanic architecture.
  • Sossusvlei, a vast desert surrounded by large dunes of red ocher giving a surreal landscape of great beauty.  The dunes are the highest in the world, it is even said that “big daddy” with its 395m high is the highest in the world.
  • Swakopmund is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Namibia, it has a peaceful atmosphere and beautiful desert beaches with Germanic architecture .
  • Twyfelfontein in Damaraland is the richest out door museum of petroglyphs in Africa, where these carvings can be admired by the Khoikhoi left there about 2500 years.
  • Etosha is one of the largest and most beautiful national parks in Africa, when  it was  proclamated  national park in 1907 it occupied 100 000km2, making it the largest national park on earth, alas in the sixties political pressure reduced it to it’s present size of about ¼ of its original surface. It takes its name from the “great white place” drained the swamp covered with a salt crust which occupies part of its territoire.Etosha houses a large and varied animal population: mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, insects and reptiles.
  • Tsumeb is the largest town in the Oshikoto region, famous for its mines from which are extracted from ore and beautiful semi precious stones some of which are found nowhere else.
  • Lake Otjikoto is a chasm created by the collaping of caves, its depth could not be determined.
  • Hoba meteorite is the largest meteorite known on earth, his estimated age is 200 to 400 million   years and his arrival on Earth dates back about 80,000 years. It is composed mainly of iron and other metals, some of which exists on our planet in the form of meteorites.
  • Chobe (Botswana) is the third largest park in the region, known for holding the largest concentration of African elephants. Chobe is a haven for wildlife, especially concentrated around the Chobe river.
  • Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) with a 1800m wide and 218m hight, is a pure marvel of nature surrounded by spectacular African bush and landscapes.
  • The Caprivi strip is a stretch of land 500 km long, in the north-east of the Namibia bordering Angola,Zambia,Zimbabwe and Botswana. Here the landscape is decidedly different from those in the rest of the country, with dry land burned by the sun or ocher sand dunes, and vast verdant tropical area with warm winters and a high rainfall.
nam18Day 1: Windhoek

On arrival in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, the social, economic, political, and cultural centre of the country we tour the city which is often described as one of the cleanest capitals in Africa. The

charm of the city lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people. It offers all modern amenities that conform to some of the world’s highest standards.

Hotel.

Dinner and relaxation.

Day 2: Sesriem

nam19After breakfast we head southwest. between the mountains and the plateau Nubib of Zaris, towards the Namib Desert, one of the finest, oldest and largest deserts in the world .

In the afternoon we reach Sesriem Afrikaans for “six belts” referring to the number of leather belts settlers of old who had to attach together in order to drop buckets down into the canyon to scoop up water.

Sesriem is a small settlement close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains

Lodge accommodation

Dinner, buffet of local meats

nam20Day 3: Sesriem

We drive to Sossusvlei, a sea of sand stretching over 300 km long and 150 wide, covering 32,000 km2, it includes some of the finest and highest dunes in the world.

We enter the park at sunrise which allows us enjoy the extraordinary play of light and colour on the dunes. We  discover Dead Vlei, a dry lake where once camel thorn trees grew, climate changed, trees died and the remaining skeletons of the trees believed to be about 900 years old, are now black due to the intense heat.

The desert is a magical and infinite spectacle, Sossusvlei is one of the places on the planet that can not be missed.

We then go to theNamib-Naukluft Park and visit the Sesriem Canyon where water was more valuable than diamonds for Herero, Nama and Damara people of this region.

Lodge and dinner.

nam21Day 4: Swakopmund

This morning we head north, via the curious one horse town of Solitaire. Progressing northward through another part of the Namib-Naukluft park and the Kuiseb River Canyon in Namibia which  forms a barrier that stops the progression of the dunes to the north.

We arrive in Swakopmund and have the rest of the day free to explore this charming town with a peaceful atmosphere  and walks by the sea.

Accommodation Guest house.

nam22Day 5: Swakopmund

We have the day free to participate in activities of our choice, such as light plane flight over the Namib Desert (highly recommended) or walk to explore the city, visit the Museum of Minerals  and  discover the famous Welwitschia Mirabillis, botanical curiosities that exists nowhere else. They live in a climate that receives less than 1cm of rain per year, but it is covered with regular mist providing the equivalent of 2cm extra water. Living under such extreme conditions, the largest plant specimens are 2000 years and older!

We continue to “Moon Valley” a place where erosion has formed a expansive  lunar landscape, a vast desert where it seems impossible for life to exist.

Guesthouse.

Day 6: Twyfelfontein

nam24We head north to the small town of Uis where ‘The White Lady’, a mysterious rock painting and other art work is found on a small rock overhang, deep within Brandberg Mountains.  There are a few interpretations of the meaning of the lady.

Twyfelfontein “unreliable source”  was named by a European settler who thought that the flow of the spring in the Aba-Huab valley was not sufficient to survive in such an inhospitable environment, it was once called Ui -Ais “surrounded by rocks.”

Twyfelfontein is known to be one of the richest African rock art sites. There are several hundred m sculptures (petroglyphs) contained in  this huge open museum.

Lunch

The rest of the day will be spent exploring this exceptional site.

Nearby Lodge

nam25Day 7: Etosha

Early start to Etosha through the forest, dotted with petrified trunks that reach impressive dimensions, age is estimated at over 200 million years. They belong to an ancient family of conifers the “Gymnospermae” that today include cycads and Welwitschias.

At Etosha either we relax or choose a safari.

National Park Chalet.

Day 8: Etosha

nam26The vast Etosha Park is one of the finest wildlife reserves in the world, and home to over 110 species of mammals, 340 species of birds and 16 species of reptiles, amphibians,fish and countless  insect species.

Lunch

Etosha means “great white place of water drained”.  Thousands of years ago there was huge lake which dried up, leaving a desert of salt and dust. The river that had fed the lake modified its course by movement of the tectonic plates, reducing it to a dry and cracked basin.

A day of safari through the park.

National Park Chalet.

Dinner.

Day 9: Rundu

nam27This morning we travel towards Tsumeb, Grootfontein to Rundu. Our first stop will be the Otjikoto lake located twenty kilometers from Tsumeb, the smallest of  two permanent lakes in Namibia. The collapse of a cave formed a lake, 102m in diameter, about 62m deep and 70m across.

Research is difficult as the lake ends in a network of tunnels.  The German army threw all their weapons and ammunition into this lake during the debacle of 1915 when South Africa invade the country.

We arrive at Tsumeb, a charming town called the “north gate”.  the largest town in the Oshikoto region.  It is located at the tip of a triangle, known as the “golden triangle” between Oshakati and Angola to the north, via Rundu and Grootfontein to Windhoek via Otavi. Founded in 1905, it is famous for its mines, where about  200 different rare minerals are found.  The cement industry and agriculture are the wealth of the city.

Lunch

As we continue,we  come to a peaceful small town called Grootfontein which attracted the first settlers and was a garrison town of Imperial Germany. After lunch we  discover the “Hoba Meteorite.”  Over 200 million years ago the largest meteorite in the world landed a few kilometers from Grootfontein.

The day will end at Rundu in a delightful setting overlooking the Okavango at the border of Angola.

Dinner at a restaurant serving traditional meals.

Lodge overlooking the delta.

Day 10: Kongola

nam28This morning we depart for Divundu which marks the entrance to the area known as “Caprivi Strip”. This territory is occupied by the Bwabwata National Park, between the Okavango River to the west and the Kwando River in the east.  The north and south boundaries are Angola and Botswana.

Lunch

We leave for Bagani to visit the Popa Falls  where the Okavango form a succession of waterfalls. We journey into the Cheminera Bwabwata National Park to Kongola where we stay just outside the park.

Chalet and dinner.

nam29Day 11: Chobe

Next is Katima Mulilo,  a pleasant town with lush vegetation and huge trees. It is the heart of Southern Africa, on the border between Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and  offers very African experience before heading south towards Botswana.

We arrive at Chobe National Park in the afternoon and walk in the park. Chobe is one of the most visited Parks in the region with an exceptional concentration of animals near the Chobe River and is most famous for the elephant population.

nam30We stay at Chobe Safari Lodge.

Day 12: Chobe

After breakfast we can choose from the many activities offered by the lodge,  a 4×4 safari, or a cruise on the river, fishing, bird watching etc …

Chobe Safari Lodge

nam31Day 13: Victoria Falls

Today, after a final tour and lunch we drive to Kasane border to visit Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River, measuring 107m high and 1700m wide, the waterfalls are an unforgettable experience.

Lunch

Relaxing and exploringthe charming town of Victoria Falls. dinner at a restaurant of your choice.
Hotel and dinner at a restaurant of your choice.

nam32Day 14: Victoria Falls

After breakfast we tour Victoria Falls and admire the wonders of nature but dress accordingly and protect the camera

Lunch

The rest of the day will be free to choose from various options such as “flight of angels” an aeroplane flight, a walk with lions or elephant safari.

Dinner.

Hotel accommodation.

Day 15: Departure

After breakfast we sadly depart for Johannesburg.

We leave with the wonderful memories so generously offered by the African continent.

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Just magic!