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Departures: Namibia

Namibia Odyssey

One of Africa’s most stable nations, Namibia is an ethnically tolerant and diverse country with a rugged, arid beauty. It’s also the first country in the world to incorporate environmental protection and establish community-based conservancies into their 1990 constitution.

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit the communities we visit. For this trip, the beneficiary is the Conservation Travel Foundation, whose mission is to identify and support community-based development projects and conservation initiatives that sustain ecological integrity, protect biodiversity, support cultural heritage, and contribute to the social and economic well-being of rural communities who are the custodians of their rich natural heritage.

Itinerary

Scheduled departures in 2016:
Mar. 7–20, Mar. 28–Apr. 10, Apr. 11–24, May 16–29, June 13–26, July 11–24, July 25–Aug. 07, Aug. 8–21,
Aug. 22–Sept. 4, Sept. 12–25, Sept. 26–Oct. 9, Oct. 10–23, Nov. 7–20, Nov. 14–27, Dec. 19–Jan. 1

Himba woman

Day 1

Depart for Namibia

Depart U.S and fly to Windhoek, losing one day due to travel and time change.

Galton House 1

Day 2

Windhoek

Arrive in Namibia’s friendly capital city where you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to a welcoming guesthouse a short drive from the city center. Remainder of the day to relax and enjoy Windhoek.

Oryx Sossusvlei

Day 3

Sossusvlei

Drive southwest through scenic highlands to the Namib Desert, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. Afternoon visit to Sesriem Canyon, Elim Dune or just relax and soak in the scenery at Sossus Dune Lodge, within the national park.

Big Daddy dune

Day 4

Sossousvlei

Rise early for a magical excursion into Namib Naukluft National Park to see the apricot-colored dunes at sunrise and the animals within the park—from zebra to ostrich and oryx. Explore the dunes and the ghostly camel thorn trees of Deadvlei.

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Day 5

Swakopmund

Drive through the ever-changing landscape of Namib Naukluft Park before reaching the coastal town of Swakopmund. It’s a charming mix of colonial German architecture and modern cafes, galleries and craft centers. Enjoy dinner at a popular seafood restaurant.

Bottlenose Dolphin Walvis Bay

Day 6

Walvis Bay

After breakfast, depart on the scenic coast road to Walvis Bay for a memorable kayak or motorized boat excursion to see the marine life in and around the bay. Cape fur seals, dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a variety of seabirds are all easily visible. Depending on time of year, you may also see whales and leatherback turtles.

Twyfelfontein Engravings

Day 7

Damaraland

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein — with the largest and finest collection of petroglyphs in Africa. The more than 2,500 engravings show elephant, giraffe, kudu, lion and more — the work of hunter gatherers from 7,000 years ago.

Elephant Damaraland

Day 8

Damaraland

Explore via 4 x 4 vehicle the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab river valley to search for wildlife, including the desert-adapted elephant. Dinner tonight is served under the stars, followed by time to relax around a fire.

Himba Hut

Day 9

Southern Etosha Park

A highlight today is a visit to the semi-nomadic Himba tribe, where you’ll learn about their traditional way of life. The women are known for their beauty and intricate hairstyles adorned with clay and red ochre. Afternoon arrival at Andersson’s Camp, just outside of Etosha Park.

Zebra at Waterhole Etosha

Day 10

Eastern Etosha Park

A full day of wildlife viewing from your private safari vehicle. The park is home to elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, oryx, zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger, warthog and impala — and they’re all best viewed around the numerous waterholes and springs.

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Day 11

Onguma Game Reserve

Explore Etosha Park on a game drive with the chance to see black rhinos. Return to camp in the Onguma Game Reserve for lunch and a rest before heading out in the late afternoon for sundowners at Fischer’s Pan. Dinner tonight overlooks the camp’s floodlit waterhole.

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Day 12

Africat Foundation & Windhoek

After breakfast depart for Okonjima’s AfriCat Center, a wildlife sanctuary whose mission is to conserve and protect threatened cheetah, leopard and other wild carnivores. See Namibia’s big cats in their natural environment on a game drive. Return to Windhoek for overnight.

Himba 1

Day 13 & 14

Homeward Bound

A private car transfer will take you to Windhoek International Airport for your departure flight home, arriving home the following day.

Africat Leopard [1]

Extensions

Extend your stay at Africat Foundation

Spend more time with the cheetahs and leopards with a one- or two-night extension at AfriCat Okonjima. Activities include leopard tracking, and visits to the cheetah welfare project and the night ‘hide’ where nocturnal animals are seen. Inquire for further details.

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at HOW TO BOOK. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.