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15 Days - Pure Namibia - Windhoek to Windhoek [PN]
Waterberg Plateau Park
Etosha National Park
Two weeks of wildlife, ancient tribes, unforgettable sand dunes and excellent Namibian hospitality. This trip starts and ends in Windhoek and includes abundant wildlife at Etosha National Park, a fascinating insight into the Himba Tribe, a visit to the remote area of Epupa Falls and a walk in search of the ever elusive desert elephant. A quaint German Town of Swakopmund awaits our visit and don't forget the sand dunes at Sossusvlei, the world’s highest dunes.
Explore Namibia on our Pure Namibia safari; this 15-day adventure safari is one of our most popular African adventures including the Namibian highlights of Etosha National Park, the Waterberg Park and more.
A small group half-accommodated, semi-participation, adventure safari from Windhoek to Windhoek through Namibia
Highlights: Windhoek, Etosha National Park, Himba experience, Epupa Falls, Damaraland, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei
Group Size: Minimum 4 people, maximum 12 people
Type of Safari: Adventure Safari
Accommodation: For clients seeking a little comfort during their adventure safari, we offer half-accommodated safaris. This type of tour offers two different levels of accommodation. Travellers will spend some of the nights camping and others will be spent in lodges, chalets or tented chalets.
Camping nights: We make use of 3-person dome tents with the following measurements: 2.5 m x 2. 5 m x 1.8 m. We accommodate two clients per tent. You will overnight on designated campsites either within a national park, on the banks of a river, or other places of interest. All campsites have shared ablution facilities with showers, flushing toilets and running water (unless otherwise specified in your detailed itinerary). Jenman African Safaris tries to avoid crowded campsites and brings you to the secluded spots, often supported by the local community. All tents are fitted with mosquito-screed windows and doors. In addition, we provide 5 cm thick sleeping mattresses.
Accommodated nights: We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest and will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. Most of them have a private bathroom with a shower and toilet, only a few have only shared ablutions available. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.
Day 1: Windhoek On your arrival at Windhoek Airport you’ll be picked up and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the day is spent at leisure. You will meet your guide and the rest of the group later that evening. Accommodation: Klein Windhoek Guesthouse or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 2: Windhoek to Outjo [BLD] After an orientation city tour, we leave Windhoek and drive north to our first destination, Outjo in the Kunene Region. Set between low hills on the brink of the Ugab valley, Outjo is the gateway to the Etosha National Park and roughly translated means “little hills”. In the afternoon there is time to take a self-guided walk on the lodge’s hiking trail. Accommodation: Sasa Safari Camp or similar (bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, & bar)
Day 3 & 4: Drive to Etosha National Park, Namibia [BLD, BLD] Today we travel to Namibia’s best-known highlight of the north – Etosha National Park. We will fill the next 2 days with game drives in the hopes of spotting some of the Big Four as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelope the park has to offer. Our nights are spent at the flood-lit waterholes encountering the park’s various nocturnal animals that come to drink. Etosha was declared a National Park in 1907 and it is home to approx. 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish. Accommodation: Camping at Okaukuejo or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, waterhole, bar & restaurant)
Day 5: Etosha to Opuwo [BLD] We exit Etosha National Park via the Western Corridor, a previously restricted part of the park, which boasts some of the highest numbers of wildlife, en-route to our camp at Opuwo, the gateway to the Kaokoveld region.
Accommodation: Opuwo Country Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 6 & 7: Opuwo to Epupa, Namibia [BLD, BLD] This morning we continue north to Epupa, located on the Kunene River which forms the border with Angola. In the afternoon we go on a guided walk to the Epupa Falls, ending the day on one of the hills overlooking the Falls with a sundowner in hand, as the surrounding desert and landscape explodes in colours and fascinating shadows. Today we visit one of the small Himba villages in the region to learn how these nomadic people live and work. For the most part, the Himba people are unaffected by modern civilization and are a rare and unique people to experience. The afternoon is at leisure. Accommodation: Camping at Epupa Camp or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water, swimming pool, restaurant & bar)
Day 8: Epupa to Damaraland, Namibia [BLD] We have a long day ahead of us as we leave the Northern part of Namibia and drive to the Damaraland region. The surrounding area is home to the unique, free-roaming Desert Elephant who has adapted its behaviour to these arid conditions, and with some luck we may have a chance to spot some of these creatures. Once in camp our guide will prepare dinner as we enjoy another beautiful African sunset. Accommodation: Hoada Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water)
Day 9: Damaraland to Ameib, Namibia [BLD] Our destination today is the Ameib Rhino Sanctuary, located at the edge of the Erongo Mountains. Due to the fantastic scenery, fauna and flora as well as the numerous rock art sites, this granite formation is a hiker’s paradise. The highlight is the White Elephant rock painting in the Phillip's Cave, a superb example dating back hundreds of years. The walking trails over the ranch offer game spotting and the study of indigenous birds from close-up. Accommodation: Ameib Rhino Sanctuary or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant & bar)
Day 10 & 11: Swakopmund, Namibia [BL, B] Travelling towards the Atlantic coast we make a stop at Cape Cross, home to one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world. We then continue our drive to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a few of the many optional activities over the next two days. Alternatively just soak up the atmosphere of this quaint, little German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches. Accommodation: Hotel A La Mer or similar (standard rooms with en-suite bathrooms)
Day 12 & 13: Sossusvlei, Namibia [BLD, BLD] An early morning start takes us from Swakopmund south through Walvis Bay on our way to the Namib-Naukluft National Park, which is considered to contain the oldest desert in the world. On the way there we will make a stop at the small settlement of Solitaire where you will have a chance to sample their world renowned Apple Crumble – only served without cream! The next morning we need to wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. The dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide for a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. Accommodation: Camping at Sesriem Campsite or similar (tents, communal ablutions with hot water)
Day 14: Drive to Windhoek, Namibia [BL] We leave the desert behind us and travel back to Windhoek, through the beautiful countryside, making short stops en-route. Once we arrive the rest of the afternoon can be spent at leisure, and dinner can be enjoyed in one of the many fabulous restaurants in the city. Accommodation: Klein Windhoek Guesthouse or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 15: Windhoek [B] Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Windhoek Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.
Inclusions & Exclusions
Included in the price: - Half-accommodated Safari – 7 nights camping and 7 nights in fixed accommodation - All transport in fully kitted 4x4 safari vehicle - Use of full camping equipment - Game drives as mentioned - Meals (prepared by the guide) and activities as mentioned in itinerary - Park entrance fees - Experienced local guide
Not included in the price: - Travel insurance - Flights - Pre and post tour accommodation - Optional activities - All drinks, tips and curios - All personal expenses Meal Key: B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner
Departure The Pure Namibia Safari departs from Vondelhof Guest House in Windhoek. Please note that the daily departure times are a guideline only and are subject to change due to seasonal variations, as well as unforeseen circumstances. The final decision rests with your guide who will advise you at what time you will be departing each day.
On the evening of Day 1, there will be a meeting presented by your guide, at 18h00, at your lodge. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information.
Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.
Transport: Fully equipped Toyota 4x4 land cruisers or appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing and a music system are being used. An off-road trailer is fitted with a field kitchen. All luggage is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.
Meals: All meals are organized by the guide and are prepared by him/her with the help of the group. All clients booked on our camping safaris, half-accommodated or fully accommodated safaris will enjoy the same wholesome meals. These meals will be enjoyed together in the evening, often around a camp fire. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.
Local Payment: On most of our Safaris a local payment needs to be paid to the guide before the tours starts. Your local payment covers on-the-road expenses, such as National Park entrance fees, excursions and activities, as well as the use of local guides. This provides your guide with sufficient funds on the road and ensures that your money goes directly to the African communities.
Travelling Times and Distances All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.
Spending money Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips, alcoholic drinks and additional entertainment Namibian Dollar and South African Rand are the most practical and convenient currencies.
Meals Where included all meals are organized by the guide and are prepared by him/her with the help of the group. These meals will be enjoyed together in the evening, often around a camp fire. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.
First Aid Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a comprehensive medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.
Luggage Maximum baggage allowance: 15 kg. Jenman Safaris stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.
Insurance It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Jenman Safaris has comprehensive public liability insurance. For an instant quote on travel insurance, please click the following link to our website: http://www.jenmansafaris.com/travel-info/travel-insurance.html
Visas The onus is on the client to organize all visas required for clients to visit Namibia prior to departure.