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Escorted Tour - Faces of Namibia + Himba Village


NYF12W
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
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This fully escorted group tour travels into the far north, including a safari in the vast Etosha plains and Kaokoland - home to the nomadic Himba people, where you can have an authentic cultural experience and track rare desert elephant & rhino. Also visit Damaraland & Sossusvlei. Scheduled departures, with dual language guide. Group size 2-20.  All game viewing included.
Namibia Tour Kaokoland Himba Village Desert Elephants Epupa Falls
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Windhoek
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Etosha Game Reserve
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Owamboland
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Kaokoland
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Himba Village
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Desert Elephant & Rhino
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Twyfelfontein
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Bushman Rock Art
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Swakopmund
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Sossusvlei & Sesriem
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Windhoek
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Etosha Game Reserve
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Owamboland
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Kaokoland
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Himba Village
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Desert Elephant & Rhino
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Twyfelfontein
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Bushman Rock Art
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Swakopmund
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Sossusvlei & Sesriem
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
This morning depart Windhoek around 08.00 for your small group tour to Etosha National Park.
 
Leaving Windhoek we travel northwards for 5-hours to the world famous Etosha National Park and check into our hotel near the southern gate.
 
Most small group tours are dual language with a bilingual guide, but as Namibia was a former German colony there are normally more German-speakers than English-speakers on tour. On escorted group tours please note that for operational reasons it is sometimes necessary to substitute one hotel with another of similar quality. Porterage of one suitcase is included.
Day 3
Today is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife of 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.
 
During drier seasons it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils.  Waterholes along the southern edge frequently offer a rewarding game viewing experience, including several rare species such as black and white rhino.
 
This park is home to four of the Big 5, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino (as the terrain does not support buffalo) and its waterholes support a rich diversity of other mammals and birds, including species such as the black-faced impala, roan, cheetah and Namibia’s smallest antelope, the Damara dik-dik.
 
After a day of game viewing, we check into our rest camp in Etosha National Park.
Day 4
Today we traverse the rest of Etosha and leave through the northern King Nehale Gate.
 
We continue driving into Owamboland, home to eight Oshiwambo groups which make up the largest tribe in Namibia. Here we visit a traditional Owambo Homestead ("kraal") and learn about local life, culture and customs.
 
In the afternoon we arrive at our lodge, with balance of day at leisure.
Day 5
This morning we travel across Owamboland with its small villages, expanding pans and majestic palm trees into untouched Kaokoland where cattle, goats and donkeys roam free.
 
We arrive at our lodge in Opuwo and in the afternoon visit a traditional Himba Village to experience the way of life of one of the last truly nomadic communities. Learn about their ancestral customs through an interpreter and their ancient nomadic way of life.
Day 6
This morning we travel from Kaokoland further south into Damaraland, a sparsely populated part of Namibia that is home to the rare desert elephant and free roaming black rhino.
 
We travel through awe inspiring landscapes of eroded river beds and rocky plains to our lodge, situated along a dry river bed close to the Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia and home to the famous "White Lady" rock painting.
Day 7
This morning we explore the World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein, which means "Doubtful Spring". Over 6,000 years ago, San communities engraved and painted over 2,500 pictures here. These ancient Bushman Paintings have been well preserved in this dry environment and the hills are strewn with rock art - making this an open-air museum.
 
Afterwards we visit the Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes - geological phenomena dating the creation and evolution of some of the oldest land masses on earth. Here we can also see the desert-adapted Welwitschia Mirabilis plant - the oldest living desert plant on earth.
 
We visit a traditional Damara Village - a "living museum" - to learn about their beliefs, traditions & customs and how they lived in the past, before travelling back to our lodge.
 
In the afternoon you can join an optional 4x4 game drive along the dry river beds in search of rare Desert Elephants or hike to see the White Lady rock painting at Brandberg.  In the evening enjoy the incredible night skies.
Day 8
Today we travel 4-hours from Brandberg to the picturesque Erongo Mountains.
 
Along the way we visit a local "living museum" of the San people. Hear about the traditions and lifestyle of this Bushman Community and learn more about their ancient language and how they survive in these harsh desert conditions.
 
Continue to Omaruru, with afternoon is at leisure to explore the arts & crafts shops, cafes and photographic galleries of this quirky town. You can visit the Crystal Kellerei, one of only two wine farms in this desert country, that serves a delicious lunch of local produce and cheese. You can also enjoy a magical sunset from the Franke Turm, a stone tower built by the colonial German forces, to which your guest house has access.
Day 9
Today we drive 3-hours to the beach resort of Swakopmund, with its old lighthouse.
   
Swakopmund is situated on the Atlantic Coast where the cold Benguela Current sweeps up from Antarctica, releasing no moisture into the prevailingly onshore winds – hence the very low rainfall and desert conditions. Fog is common along the coast in the early mornings and late afternoons and this is what gives life to the desert-adapted flora and fauna of the region. The cold current is also highly oxygenated, causing it to teem with marine life.
  
Check into your hotel and relax on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, where many optional activities are on offer.
Day 10
This morning is at leisure in Swakopmund, with the option of joining a Marine Cruise from Walvis Bay, where you can sip champagne while watching out for dolphins, seals, flamingos and other marine life.
 
In the early afternoon we travel 6-hours southwards, via the Kuiseb and Ghaub Canyons. Experience ever-changing landscapes, as the terrain becomes more arid as we enter the Namib Desert.
 
This is the gateway to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, where some of the highest sand dunes on earth stand towering over the white desert plains. These great mountains of sand are a monument to the extreme forces of nature, with fog supplying the life giving moisture for the survival of plants and animals.
Day 11
Set out early this morning on a 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. Then return to your lodge, with afternoon at leisure.
Day 12
Today we travel 5-hours through spectacularly beautiful Namib Desert scenery to Windhoek.
 
You can visit the craft markets in the main street of the capital city, before your 1-hour transfer to your lodge situated near the airport.
 
Here you can visit N/a'an ku se Wildlife Sanctuary that provides a safe home to animals orphaned or injured in the wild, watch the carnivore feeding and have a close-up encounter with a cheetah (pay locally).
Day 13
Transfer to Windhoek Airport for your flight home.
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