Namibian Wonders 2019 - Economy

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Day 1 : Windhoek

Arrive at the Windhoek International Airport where you will be met and transferred to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. 

Lunch & dinner are on own account
The Elegant Guesthouse [Bed & Breakfast]

Day 2 : Waterberg Region

Enjoy breakfast after which you will be transferred to the car rental office in order to collect your rental vehicle. Frans Indongo Lodge is situated in the heart of a 17.000 ha (170 km²) farm in the bush savannah, northeast of Otjiwarongo. The main complex is modelled on traditional Ovambo homesteads: palisades of tall pointed stakes embrace the lodge and convey a feeling of the warmth and security of home right in the middle of the African bush. Inside the complex a palisade separates the restaurant and swimming pool area from the guest chalets and thereby provides more privacy. The luxurious character of the lodge is complemented by the interior decoration and colour scheme of the 2 double rooms, 2 Family units and 8 generously proportioned chalets. All the rooms have their own bathroom, air-conditioner, fridge, hairdryer, telephone, TV and an electric kettle for tea and coffee. The lush green garden is shaded by tall trees and sports an artificial brook. The gourmet kitchen whips up a variety of venison dishes served with farm-fresh vegetables and salads seasoned with aromatic ingredients from the herb garden.

Lunch and all activities offered by the lodge are on own account
Frans Indongo Lodge [Dinner, Bed & Breakfast]

Days 3 - 4 : Onguma Game Reserve

Continue to the eastern side of the Etosha National Park. The Onguma Game Reserve is borders onto Etosha National Park and situated next to the von Lindequist gate which is the eastern entrance to the park. The Onguma reserve covers an area of 20 000ha and incorporates ecological substrata such as savannah, bushveld, omuramba and dry pan. Age-old and well-worn migration routes, once used by elephant and buffalo wander through Onguma’s three dry riverbeds. Onguma reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Plains game roam freely and predators although not easy to spot are nevertheless common residents of the area. Onguma Bush Camp consists of 6 standard rooms, 2 family rooms and 1 suite. Bush Camp is fenced in and ideal for families with young children who would like to have a base from which they can explore Etosha National Park.

Lunch, Etosha entrance fees and all activities offered by the lodge are on own account
Onguma Bush Camp – Waterhole/View Room [Dinner, Bed & Breakfast]

Day 5 : Etosha South

Spend another full day of game viewing inside the Etosha National Park. Okaukuejo Camp is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, and famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. The Etosha National Park consist of 22 270 km of saline desert, Savannah and woodlands and is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5 000 km. Of the 114 mammal species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as black rhino and black-faced impala. The latter is endemic to North Western Namibia and South Western Angola. Etosha’s current population of approximately 300 black rhinos represents one of the few growing populations in the world. Their elephants are reputed to be of the largest in Africa, the tallest ones measuring up to 4 m at the shoulder. Their tusks, on the other hand, are relatively small, due to genetic defects and mineral deficiencies in their diet.

Lunch, dinner, entrance fees and all activities offered by the resort are on own account
Okaukuejo Resort - Dbl Room [Bed & Breakfast]

Days 6 - 7 : Twyfelfontein

Drive to the heart of Damaraland. Between the Ugab and Huab Rivers in Southern Damaraland lies a vast and unspoiled wilderness. This area boasts magnificent desert scenery, fascinating geological formations, archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna and flora. It's also the Southernmost roaming ground for the rare black rhino and desert elephant. Mowani Mountain Camp is characterised by its thatched dome-shaped structures which echo the shape of the granite boulders amongst which they are built. Much care has been taken with the design of the public areas, creating the impression of a (very upmarket) African Village, with dome-like thatched structures that blend in with the imposing boulders which are scattered around the outcrops. Mowani is taken from the word M'Wane, meaning "Place of God", and it is here, that you will find the true meaning of peace and tranquility. Mowani Mountain Camp nestles amongst the boulders of this beautiful area on a high spot commanding distant views over the ancient landscape. The luxury tented accommodation is built unobtrusively, so as to ensure minimum impact on the natural environment. The stilt-like supports of the tents ensure that very little excavation was needed in order to create this special oasis. The main complex at Mowani consists of a reception, bar, dining room and a lounge which overlooks the waterhole. Accommodation is in 12 luxury East-African-style en-suite safari tents which are spread around the mountain crest. The tents are built on raised wooden platforms, each with its own private veranda and great views of the Aba-Huab Valley.

Lunch, entrance fees and all activities offered by the lodge are on own account.
Mowani Mountain Camp – Std View Room [Dinner, Bed & Breakfast]

Days 8 - 9 : Swakopmund

After breakfast, at leisure depart for the coastal town of Swakopmund. Swakopmund Guest House is situated in the town centre, a mere five-minute walk from the beach and main shopping area. The guesthouse was previously used as a holiday house by the Borg family that runs it now. It has been completely revamped to offer 15 rooms and 1 family suite for guests wanting to indulge in a comfortable stay-over close to the ocean. The spacious rooms are fitted with crisp, white linen sheets. Wallpaper portraying a peaceful view of the ocean adds to the clean and neat atmosphere of the guesthouse. The en-suite bathrooms with soft cream walls are decorated with beach pebbles that give them a unique atmosphere. Optional activities that can be enjoyed in and around Swakopmund include quad biking, sand boarding, dolphin cruise, camel rides etc, or perhaps a visit to the museum, aquarium or the crystal gallery.

Lunch, dinner and all activities and entrance fees are on own account
Swakopmund Guesthouse – Luxury Room [Bed & Breakfast]

Day 10 : Sossusvlei

After a relaxed breakfast and the morning at leisure, drive to the Swakopmund airstrip, drop off your rental vehicle and commence on your light aircraft flight (seat rate) to the Sossusvlei area. Transfer from the airstrip to the lodge, have a siesta and take part in a sundowner drive offered by the lodge. \

Excess luggage will be transferred to Windhoek

The Desert Homestead lies where the wide grassy valley is sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft mountains with a view reaching the distant dunes of the Namib Desert in the west. Desert Homestead offers 20 thatched, en-suite chalets, all luxuriously decorated in pale linens and dark wood “riempie” furniture. Each unit has its own verandah under a latte canopy with Northern views extending to the Rotterkaum Mountains. There is also an en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet. The lights and fans in the guest accommodation are powered by a bank of batteries, which are charged by wind and solar power during daytime. The living areas of the Main Lodge are all open plan, encouraging guests to move around freely. The most prominent feature is the well sheltered verandah where you can have a leisurely breakfast, lunch and dinner, candle-lit even on windy evenings. There is a cosy lounge with ethnic African decoration and comfortable leather sofas. Satellite TV is available in a separate room and internet facilities are available in the adjacent Curio shop. The bar is attended by a friendly, well educated and communicative barkeeper. Desert Homestead offers creative farm style cuisine with fresh vegetables from the desert gardens.

Lunch, Sossusvlei entrance fees and all activities offered by the lodge are on own account
Desert Homested Lodge [Dinner, Bed & Breakfast]

Day 11 : Sossusvlei

If you are an early riser, enjoy an early morning excursion to the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, some measuring up to 325 m from its base. Sossusvlei is a clay pan created by a river that flows through the Namib Desert every 5 to 10 years. It is famous for the spectacular high, red sand dunes which surround it, part of a major sand sea. The river does not reach the Atlantic Ocean, but drains away between the dunes of Sossusvlei. Vegetation, such as Camelthorn trees, are watered by infrequent floods of the Tsauchab River, which slowly soak into the underlying clay. One local meaning of Sossus means 'place of no return' and the word vlei is an Afrikaans word for 'marsh.' Sossusvlei itself is in the small valley and is one of 4 clay pans in the area; the others being The Dead Vlei, Hidden Vlei and Nara Vlei

Lunch, Sossusvlei entrance fees and all activities offered by the lodge are on own account
Desert Homested Lodge [Dinner, Bed & Breakfast]

Day 12 : End of Itinerary

Awake once more in the pristine desert dawn and soak in the atmosphere and landscape whilst enjoying early morning tea. After breakfast at leisure, you are transferred to the airstrip to bid the desert farewell and commence your return light aircraft flight (seat rate) to the Windhoek Eros Airport. Approximately a 1 hour 10 minutes flight. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Hosea Kutako International Airport for your outbound flight.

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