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Exploring Namibia: Big Cats & Big Dunes


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9 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
International flights quoted separately
Enjoy the dramatic scenery of Namibia, as you fly to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert to view its spectacular sand dunes. Fly back to Windhoek, before transferring overland to Etosha National Park for your safari. Complete your holiday in Okonjimo, where you can track cheetah & leopard. All Africat activities & transfers included.
Namib Desert Etosha Safari Holiday Vacation Namibia
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Namib Desert
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Sossusvlei
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Sesriem
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Windhoek
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Etosha Park
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Oryx
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Zebra
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Africat
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Cheetah
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Leopard
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Namib Desert
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Sossusvlei
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Sesriem
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Windhoek
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Etosha Park
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Oryx
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Zebra
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Africat
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Cheetah
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Leopard
Day 1
You will be met at Windhoek Airport and transferred 1-hour to your hotel.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 2
Transfer to Eros Airport in Windhoek for your light aircraft flight to the Namib Desert.
   
Fly over fascinating desert landscapes to Sesriem, the gateway to the southern Namib with its magnificent dunes and famous Sossusvlei, whose great mountains of sand are a monument to the extreme forces of nature. You will be met at the landing strip and transferred to your lodge.
 
After the unpredictable desert rains (mid November/mid December), you may be fortunate enough to see the colourful desert flowers that burst forth here and provide a delightful display.
Day 3
This morning we recommend setting out early on an optional 4x4 tour into the famous sand dunes at Sossusvlei, as this is the coolest part of the day and the best for photography
 
This clay pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world – an endless sea of reddish sand stretching all the way to the distant horizon. These monumental star shaped dunes, some as high as 1,000 ft (325 m), were formed by strong multi-directional winds. The warm tints of sand range in colour from apricot to orange, red and maroon - and contrast vividly with the stark white clay pans at their base. You will be astonished by surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by some of the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River abruptly ends.
 
Take the opportunity to climb one of these dunes, which afford endless vistas across the desert landscape and the sea of sand.
 
Also visit the narrow gorge of the impressive Sesriem Canyon, with its rock pools fed by the Tsauchab River during the rainy season. The name is derived from the six “rieme” (leather thongs) that early pioneers used to draw water from these pools. Afterwards return to your lodge, with afternoon at leisure.
Day 4
At leisure to relax and enjoy the stark beauty of the Namib Desert.
 
Explore the area on foot or enjoy one of the optional activities in the region, such as horse riding or a pre-dawn Hot Air Balloon Ride over the majestic sand dunes. Alternatively simply relax and enjoy the spectacular desert landscape, with amazing star gazing in the evening.
Day 5
Transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight across the Namib Desert to Windhoek.
 
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your Windhoek hotel. Check in and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 6
Today transfer overland for 5-hours through the starkly beautiful landscapes of central and northern Namibia to one of Africa’s largest and greatest game parks - Etosha National Park.
  
Etosha owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression called the Etosha Pan. During the dry season it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils, with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over 100 different species of mammals including cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest.
  
Check into your game lodge near the southern entrance to the park and enjoy your first open-top game drive.
Days 7 To 8
This morning is devoted to game viewing in the famous Etosha National Park, one of the largest wildlife conservation areas in Africa surrounding an enormous salt pan that is the size of the Netherlands.
 
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, as you enjoy a thrilling open-top game viewing drive with your lodge ranger in the Etosha National Park. Explore the vast Etosha Pan, which offer magnificent game viewing opportunities including springbok, oryx, black-faced impala and the small Damara dik-dik. A series of waterholes throughout the park guarantees rewarding game viewing, with Etosha being renowned for its vast arrays of plains game and its “great cats” which are more easily seen on the open pans.
  
With over 100 different species of mammals and reptiles in Etosha National Park, you can hope to see cheetah, giraffe, kudu, sable antelope, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals. Etosha is also a bird watchers paradise, with hundreds of recorded bird species and many migrants during the summer months. Hope to see lion, elephant and possibly leopard, before returning to your lodge.
  
The early afternoon is free to relax, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
Note: game drives are optional extras, if not included in your lodge package (see lodge details on quote).
Day 9
Today leave Etosha and drive southwards for 3-hours through central Namibia to Okonjima.
 
This is the home of the Africat Foundation dedicated to the preservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, but especially leopard and cheetah. Namibia accounts for 25% of the world’s population of the endangered cheetah, which can be tracked on foot in the rehabilitation area where they roam freely and catch their own prey. Leopards can also be radio-tracked from the game viewing vehicle.
 
Check in to your lodge and settle in, before enjoying an afternoon game activity in the reserve.
Day 10
After an early morning game activity in the Africat Reserve, transfer 3-hours through central Namibia to Windhoek Airport for your flight home.
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