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Namibia Uncovered Southern Africa

Southern Africa

Safari

from £2439

Namibia Uncovered

 

A land of magnificent diversity, Namibia teems with striking desert landscapes, rugged wilderness, prehistoric settlements and otherworldly petrified forests. Trace your way from the desert dunes of the Kalahari to the wildlife-rich plains of Etosha, the ancient rock paintings of Twyfelfontein and the stark scenery of Sossusvlei on this exhilarating 13-day tour.

DAY 1 : UK to Windhoek

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Windhoek, via Johannesburg.

DAY 2 : Windhoek

On arrival in Windhoek, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Set out on a half-day coach tour of Namibia's atmospheric capital, stopping first to explore the Katutura Township. Created in 1961 following the forced removal of thousands of indigenous people, the settlement offers a fascinating insight into the country's colonial past. Journey to the meat market located in the heart of Katutura and sample its famed 'Kapana' beef, grilled to perfection over an open fire, before moving on to lively Eveline Street, the social hub of the area. Travel onward to the Penduka centre in the Katutura Township, nestled on the shores of Goreangab Dam. Peruse the colourful traditional handicrafts on display before returning to your hotel. Re-join your group later this evening for a fun-filled welcome dinner in your hotel. **Dinner**

DAY 3 : Windhoek to Sossusvlei

This morning, visit a local school (dependent on school opening times) then set out on a drive through the Namib-Naukluft National Park, a vast and diverse area home to craggy mountains, rolling desert plains, deep gorges and an estuarine lagoon. Search for wildlife roaming the multi-coloured dunes that stretch beyond the horizon. Drive towards Sossusvlei as the sun sets, enjoying a drink as the sun dips behind the surrounding dunes. Enjoy dinner before checking into Desert Quiver Camp for your overnight stay. ** Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner**

DAY 4 : Sossusvlei

Travel to the breath-taking site of Sossusvlei, a salt pan surrounded by ancient dunes that are among the highest in the world and shift from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. Transfer to 4x4 vehicles for a desert drive through the dunes. Following your 4x4 adventure, marvel at the skeletal remains of 550-year-old dead camelthorn trees, perhaps spotting herds of oryx and other hardy wildlife which survives in this harsh environment. Journey to the Sesriem Canyon and peer into the depths of the gorge, one of the few places in the Namib Desert that hold water all year round. Return to your camp with an afternoon at leisure before dinner. **Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner**

DAY 5 : Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

Today, drive to the seaside town of Swakopmund where you will view the impressive Kuiseb Canyon, a nine-kilometre-long formation set in stark surroundings. Continue onward, stopping for photos at the point where the Tropic of Capricorn passes through Namibia. Arrive at the Namib Moon Landscape for a chance to explore this barren, lunar-like landscape eroded by thousands of years of wind and rain. Make your way through this mesmerising region before stopping to examine the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an amazing plant specimen that can live for over 1,500 years. Check into your hotel in Swakopmund and enjoy the evening at leisure to explore this picturesque seaside town. ** Breakfast & Lunch**

DAY 6 : Swakopmund

After breakfast, enjoy a marine dolphin motorboat ride to Pelican Point, cruising through the waters of Walvis Bay as you look out for resident dolphins, whales, pelicans and flamingos. Return to land for an afternoon tour of Swakopmund, a city that combines its African roots, German past and coastal lifestyle. Take in the ornate Victorian Hohenzollern building and other prominent examples of German architecture, including the former hospital of Prinzessin Rupprecht Residenz, court and railway station before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure. **Breakfast**

DAY 7 : Swakopmund to Twyfelfontein

Depart for Damaraland, passing spectacular stretches of semi-desert, soaring mountains and flat plains. After lunch, stop at UNESCO-listed Twyfelfontein, the site of Africa's largest collection of rock paintings and art, and admire scores of engravings dating back 6,000 years to the hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age. Continue on to your lodge, arriving in time for dinner. ** Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner**

DAY 8 : Twyfelfontein to Etosha

This morning journey to the Petrified Forest, a remarkable site where fallen tree trunks have fossilised over millions of years. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a cultural encounter as you visit the local Himba people, a semi-nomadic tribe who still observe age-old traditions. During your visit, experience the milking ceremony, traditionally carried out by female tribe members and the smoke bath where women burn aromatic plants to perfume themselves, then learn about their beliefs surrounding fire, ancestors and herbal medicine. Check into your hotel located close to Etosha National Park and enjoy dinner and an evening at leisure. **Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner**

DAY 9 : Etosha

Etosha National Park's diverse landscapes encompass desert, forest and scrubland and have given rise to over 114 mammal species, including the Big Five. Today's full-day game drive provides the opportunity to spot an amazing array of wildlife and visit the Etosha Pan, a vast, white depression that fills with pockets of rain and can attract up to one million flamingos. Look out for well-known predators and rarer species such as the Egyptian vulture as you travel through the reserve. Stop at Halali rest camp for lunch and time to observe the animals congregating around the waterhole before returning to your lodge. ** Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner**

DAY 10 : Etosha to Otjiwarongo

Get your feline fix with a visit to the Cheetah Conservation Fund's International Research and Education Centre, located on the outskirts of Otjiwarango. Learn more about the protection of this endangered animal and observe these big cats on a drive through one of the cheetah camps. After lunch, take an orientation tour of Okahandja, an early settlement which remains the centre for the local Herero people, and is the traditional burial place of their chiefs. Admire the intricately crafted wooden creations on display in the centre's popular open-air markets then continue on to Windhoek, arriving in time for tonight's farewell dinner in a local restaurant. ** Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner**

DAY 11 : Otjiwarongo to the UK

Transfer to the airport for flight home via Johannesburg or optional extension. **Breakfast**

Important Information

 

Visas

 

A visa is not required for your travel to Namibia. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

For client's travelling to Namibia with children under the age of 18:

Children travelling with both biological parents must travel with a valid passport of travelling parent and child, a birth certificate listing both parents (please note, these must be original documents or certified copies of the originals) and a visa, if required.

Children travelling with just one of the parents listed on his or her birth certificate must also present parental consent affidavit not older than 4 months or a letter of special circumstances issues by the director-general of home affairs in the event that a parent or parents are incapacitated or deceased and no legal guardian has been appointed as yet.

For full details of requirements for travel to Namibia, please visit http://www.mha.gov.na

 

Insurance

 

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Travelorama will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

 

Payment

 

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

 

Flight Information

 

Your initial flight is to Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport via Johannesburg with South African Airways (SA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage (max 8kg - 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size) and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

 

Health and Vaccinations

 

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

 

Physical Accessibility

 

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches, boats and 4x4 vehicles. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

 

Group Size

 

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 14, and the maximum will be 20. If in the unlikely event there are less than 14 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

 

Tour Guide

 

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

 

Currency Information

 

The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). It is important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form of currency before you arrive in the country. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour to withdraw money in the local currency.

 

Personal Expenses

 

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks. We recommend you bring along a minimum of GBP £300-£400 per person to change to local currency. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in the local currency for tipping or small purchases.

It is customary to tip both your driver and guide approximately £2-£3 per person per day in total. Tips will be collected at the end of your tour. Tips are accepted in the local currency (Namibian Dollar), South African rand, US dollars, Euros and British pounds.



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