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Namibia Northern Odyssey

Namibia Northern Odyssey

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

 

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Tour Departs:

Saturday, selected departure dates

Tour Notes:

Minimum of 2 guests. Tour can be combined with Namibia Southern Odyssey with 2 full days in Swakopmund. Dual language German/English commentary. Game drives in Etosha are in closed vehicles. Open vehicle game drives are optional and for own account

2016 SEASON: Option to upgrade to Etosha Safari Lodge on days 4 and 5 (at an additional cost)

Tour Includes

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 lunch pack, 6 dinners, 6 nights' accommodation, porterage, transport and sightseeing as specified

Day One - 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 Twfelfontein.  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 park in 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]

Day One - Depart Windhoek

You leave Windhoek and travel to Okahandja for a visit to the craft market, and more

Day One - Depart Windhoek

Day One - Depart Windhoek

You leave Windhoek and travel to Okahandja for a visit to the craft market, and more

Day One - Arrive in Swakopmund Accommodation

Day One - Arrive in Swakopmund

Arrive in Swakopmund at about 16h00 and settle into your guest house.

Brigadoon Guest House, 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.

Day Two Day Three Accommodation

Day Two - Twyfelfontein

After an early breakfast you head into the desert via Henties Bay. Continue to Uis, a former mining town before making your way to World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein. Explore the rugged, rocky landscape to discover some of the finest examples of rock engravings and paintings in Southern Africa.

Day Three - Twyfelfontein

You can sleep in, or choose to head out 30 minutes before sunrise on an optional morning guided hiking trail, taking full advantage of the dawn light and the animal life that is active then.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

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.

Day Four Day Five Accommodation

Day Four - Etosha National Park

You leave the lodge at 07h00, and on the way to Kamanjab, pay a visit to a Damara village. Because of the harsh desert climate of their homeland, the Himba tribe have existed in seclusion from outside influences and have managed to maintain much of their traditional lifestyle.

Day Five - Etosha National Park

Today you head into Etosha National Park for a full day game viewing adventure. Enjoy the herds of zebra and springbok scattered across the plains, and you could be lucky to spot an endangered black rhinoceros, lion or elephant at one of the water spots.

Etosha Safari Camp

Etosha Safari Camp

Etosha Safari Camp is conveniently situated just 10 kilometres from world-renowned Etosha National Park

Day Six Accommodation

Day Six - Etosha National Park

Spend the day exploring Etosha National Park with a stop for lunch (for guest’s own account) and some shady relief at one of the rest camps. Leave the park just before sunset and head back to the lodge for dinner.

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

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.

Day Seven

Day Seven - Windhoek

At 08h00 you check out and begin your journey south towards Windhoek. We may stop at Otavi, centre of Namibia’s maize growing region, to drop those who opt to join the Caprivi tour.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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