Namibia is a vast country; even by African standards. It is an “ageless land” with a unique history. Conservation is so important to this country that it is written in their constitution. This safari has been specially created to allow you to sample a bit of Namibia before going off to visit the exciting city of Cape Town. The highlights of the Namibian part of your safari is visiting the stark and vast Namib Desert with its world famous sand dunes and spectacular game viewing in Etosha National Park, the second oldest park in Africa. Your safari culminates with a VIP tour of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (of which I am proud to be a Trustee) for a chance to see the incredible work that is being done to save these beautiful cats, of which there are only about 8,000 left in the world.
Day 1: Welcome To Namibia! Upon your arrival in Windhoek and after clearing customs and immigration you will be met by a representative of Infinite Safari Adventures and taken to the Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel Relax, get settled in and then join together for an orientation dinner. Then it is off to bed for an early rise and get ready to experience Namibia!
Day 2: Off To The Oldest Desert In The World ! After an early breakfast your guide will drive you to the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Every journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as you venture deeper into the Namibia Desert you’ll be spoilt with ever-changing vistas of the desert landscapes. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Enjoy the scenery along the way. After checking in, and having lunch indulge in an afternoon sundowner drive offered by the property. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and get ready for tomorrow’s early start to the Namibia Desert.
Day 3: The Dunes of Sossusvlei. This morning you will rise early for a drive and a magical excursion into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your local guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. This is one of the most photographed places in Sub-Saharan Africa. Once you have explored the areas around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei you will return to your lodge for lunch and then the rest of the afternoon is at your option with other activities at the lodge.
Day 4: Off To Swakupmond. Today After breakfast we continue and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. En route you can have a wonderful visit of the ‘linear oasis’ which is the Kuiseb River which is on Gamsberg Pass route west of the Khomas Hochland, Kuiseb Canyon contains the ephemeral Kuiseb River, which is no more than a broad sandy riverbed for most of the year. Although it may flow for two or three weeks during the rainy season, it only gets as far as Gobabeb before seeping into the sand. At Rooibank, drinking water for Walvis Bay is pumped from this subterranean supply. It was in Kuiseb Canyon that the famous geologists Henno Martin and Hermann Korn went into hiding for more than two years during WWII, as recounted in Martin’s book The Sheltering Desert. Today, the canyon’s upper reaches remain uninhabited, though there are scattered Topnaar Khoikhoi villages where the valley broadens out near the north river bank
Day 5: Drive Up Skeleton Cost To Damaraland. Today you will head up the skeleton coast to Damaraland. Here you will connect with the ancient past of Namibia. During your stay here we will visit Twyfelfontein with its ancient rock paintings, the petrified forest and the tallest point in Namibia Brandberg mountain. This is also the home of desert adapted rhino and elephant which we will go looking for. Prior to your arrival you will also visit the Damara Cultural Village. This is a living museum.
Day 6: A Day In Damaraland. Spend another day exploring Damaraland. You may meet the Himba people along the way as well as a chance for a desert elephant or rhino encounter. Enjoy a final night at this starkly beautiful area.
Day 7: On To Etosha National Park. Today you will drive to Etosha National Park and all the stunning wildlife there is to see. Etosha, when created in 1907 was the largest game reserve in the world. It is Namibia’s premiere wildlife destination. Named for the Etosha Pan, a salt desert that is nearly completely barren in the dry winter months, there are perennial springs along the edges that create natural waterholes that are a magnet for wildlife. Game viewing is excellent where there is a chance to spot herds of impala, elephants, giraffe, lion, leopard, black rhino and of course cheetah!
Day 8: Game Drive In Etosha National Park. Spend another day on game drives in this part of Etosha. The experienced guides of the camp will instruct you about how the game of Etosha, live, interact and survive on each other. Spend the morning on a game drive then return in the middle of the day for lunch and relaxation and then in the late afternoon head back out.
Day 9: Off To The Eastern Side Of Etosha. Etosha is the size of Switzerland so day we are going to move to the eastern part of the park with lunch en route and game drives you will arrive at Onguma Bush Camp. The camp offers just 16 rooms. The lounge and dining areas overlook a stunning waterhole that affords great opportunities to see nature at play around the clock. You don’t even have to leave the camp to see game – they come to you! But better yet we have arranged for you a Waterhole Chalet that is built with views of the newly enlarged waterhole. Watch wildlife right from the comfort of your room!
Day 10: A Final Day In Etosha. Spend a final day in Etosha National Park. visiting waterholes looking for predators as well as zebra, giraffe, elephant, rhino and many different species of antelope.You could spend weeks here and not see everything. Every day affords the chance for a new and amazing wildlife experience. As you fall asleep tonight think of all that you have seen and done and the people you have met. Then get ready to go to the Cheetah Conservation Fund!
Day 11: On To The Cheetah Conservation Fund! Today you will culminate the Namibian portion of your safari by heading south on an approximate 3 hour drive to be a VIP guest of the Cheetah Conservation Fund of which I am a trustee. Upon arrival you will have a chance to explore and learn about this amazing working farm and all the incredible work done by CCF. Tonight you will stay the beautiful and newly constructed Cheetah View Lodge (FB) located on the CCF property.
Day 12: A Day At CCF. Spend the day visiting the CCF facilities where research, conservation and educational work is done dedicated to saving cheetahs who are facing extinction. You will have an opportunity to see cheetahs exercise, being fed, and witness CCF’s various projects including the raising of Anatolian Shepherds to protect rancher’s herds from cheetah attacks. Tonight you will stay the beautiful and newly constructed Cheetah View Lodge located on the CCF property.
Day 13: Time To Say Until Next Time. All good things must come to an end, but it is not goodbye but only until next time. Enjoy a final amazing breakfast in the dining car and after prepare to arrive in Pretoria. The journey’s end at Station Pretoria at around 10h30. Upon arrival at the station you will be met and transferred to OR Tambo International airport to connect to your international flight home. Africa is now in your blood.
Pricing available on request. Single supplement charges apply.
All Infinite Safari Adventures’ safaris are created exclusively for you. They are all inclusive. What this means is that from the moment you land from the moment you are on the plane to go home you do not plan anything, worry about anything or reach into your pocket for anything while on safari except drinks, tips and items of a personal nature. It also does not include international flights, visa fees, other activities, or international travel insurance. We strongly recommend all clients take out international travel insurance – we can advise on this if you would like.
Please note – All safaris designed for you are subject to availability of accommodations and space on chartered flights. It is best to book as far in advance as possible to insure the best chance of having space available.
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