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7 Day Namibia Northern Odyssey - [STNE7]

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Namibia

Namibia Northern Odyssey

Venture into Namibia’s Wild Heartland


There’s an astonishing amount of diverse life in Namibia’s dry landscapes. Plants and animals, people and their cultures have uniquely adapted to succeed in the remote, arid reaches of the country. Travel from the desert coast on a route north into the Kunene region, also known Damaraland, where you could possibly encounter desert elephant. Explore the world-famous Etosha National Park with its abundance of animal and bird life.

Highlights:

- Extraordinary and highly photogenic geological marvels such as Moon Valley, the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain - Ancient and traditional African culture preserved in mountain Rock Art galleries and a present-day Damara village - Exceptional Big 5 game viewing in the picturesque African savannah around the vast, shimmering Etosha salt pan - Combine Namibia Northern Odyssey with Namibia Southern Odyssey to form 14 day Classic Namibia

 

Itinerary:

Day One - Depart Windhoek
Depart Windhoek Depart Windhoek and travel to the coast. Visit craft market in Okahandja en route. A short lunch stop at Karibib or Usakos is done (for own account). Visit Goanikontes and the Moon Landscape.

Day One
Arrive in Swakopmund Arrive at Swakopmund in the afternoon. Possibly meet at dinner fellow travellers who join the tour in Swakopmund. [D]

Day Two
Depart early morning on the salt road towards Henties Bay, past some pans and an array of bird life. Visit Twyfelfontein and the Organ Pipes on way into Damaraland. A packed lunch is enjoyed en route. Arrive at the lodge during the late afternoon. [DBB+LP]

Day Three
Morning at leisure. Have lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon join a sun downer drive in the Aba Huab River where you might possibly encounter the desert dwelling elephants (seasonal). [BLD]

Day Four
Leave Twyfelfontein. Visit a Damara village a short distance from Twyfelfontein. Here you can learn about the 'lost culture' of the Damara, one of the oldest nations in Namibia. Continue via the little town of Outjo. Lunch stop (for own account) - possibly meet fellow passengers joining the Etosha tour. From there continue to Etosha National Park. Arrive in the early afternoon and undertake your first game drive into the parkin a closed vehicle (open vehicle game drives are optional and for own account). [BD]

Day Five
Day excursion into the Etosha Park. Except for the rainy season, Etosha’s animals are dependent on artificial waterholes and natural springs. Explore the various waterholes along this enormous saltpan in a closed vehicle game drive (open vehicle game drives are optional and for own account), which is called the “great white place of dry water” in a local language. Lunch stop at one of the rest camps (lunch for own account). [BD]

Day Six
Another day to encounter the big variety of wild life in the Etosha Park in a closed vehicle game drive (open vehicle game drives are optional and for own account). Of the 114 mammals species found in the Park, several are rare and endangered like the black rhino or the black faced impala. Your guide will also introduce you to the complex subject of managing such an enormous reserve. Lunch stop at one of the rest camps (lunch for own account). [BD]

Day Seven
Depart the Lodge / camp and travel south towards Otjiwarongo. Continue towards Windhoek via Okahandja where we will visit a local handicraft market. Tour ends on arrival in Windhoek late afternoon. [B]

ACCOMMODATION:

Day One -
Arrive in Swakopmund Brigadoon Guest House, Swakopmund Situated just 200 metres from Swakopmund’s main beach, this guesthouse offers stylish en suite rooms with all modern conveniences and a private patio overlooking a peaceful, lush garden. Excellent restaurants, a heated swimming pool and many places of interest in the town are within easy walking distance.
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Day Two, Day Three -
 Twyfelfontein Country Lodge Set in the picturesque, ancient Huab valley, this natural stone and thatch lodge sensitively blends in with the stunning mountains and plains. The surrounding Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site holds a wealth of Khoikoi rock engravings and paintings. Accommodation is in comfortable en suite rooms, and there is a lounge, open dining room and friendly bar. Guests can relax around the sparkling swimming pool.
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Day Four, Day Five - 
Etosha Safari Camp Etosha Safari Camp is conveniently situated just 10 kilometres from world-renowned Etosha National Park. Perched on a small hill, each uniquely designed en-suite safari-bungalow promises comfort at all times. Beds are covered with spacious mosquito nets and the gauzed windows provide optimal air circulation. Meals are served in a rustic farm style restaurant at the foot of the hill and here you can also refresh yourself in the swimming pool, make use of the internet cafe or enjoy one of the walking trails that surround the camp.
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Day Six -
 Mokuti Etosha Lodge This luxury safari lodge is just 2 kilometres from the Eastern entrance of Etosha National Park and is set in its own adjoining private reserve. Accommodation is in spacious rooms with African-inspired décor, en suite facilities, a sitting room, private veranda and modern conveniences. The lodge offers excellent dining experiences in both the restaurant and under the stars in the boma. There are two bars where you can enjoy sundowners or a nightcap. Relax around the sparkling swimming pool or get some exercise on one of the 2 floodlit Tennis courts situated in the bush. The lodge also offers a Fitness Centre and luxury Spa.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Tour Includes:

- 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 lunch pack, 6 dinners, 6 nights accommodation, porterage, transportation and sightseeing as specified.

Tour Excludes:

- Any additional personal expenses and purchases
- Any activities and meals not mentioned in the itinerary

 

Extra information

Tour Departs:
Selected Saturdays

Tour Notes:
Requires a minimum of 2 guests. Tour can be combined with Namibia Southern Odyssey with 2 full days in Swakopmund.