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Namibian Northern Odyssey

Namibia's northern highlights

Namibian Northern Odyssey

N$27200 per person

Venture into Namibia’s rugged northern regions on a 7-day tour that takes in the dramatic landscapes of Damaraland and exhilarating wildlife encounters in Etosha National Park. Discover the astonishing amount of diverse life that thrives in Namibia’s dry regions, including the elusive desert-adapted elephant. Marvel at the landscapes of Moon Valley, the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain, explore ancient rock art galleries at Twyfelfontein and experience exceptional game viewing around the shimmering Etosha Pan.

  • Departure
    Windhoek / Windhoek
  • Included
    Namibian Northern Odyssey
    German & English Guide
    Accommodation
    Bottled water
    Specified meals
    Porterage
    Special entrance fees
  • Not Included
    Air-conditioned vehicles
    Game drives in Etosha
    Flights
    Single Supplements
    Travel Insurance
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Day 1 - Friday: Windhoek - Swakopmund
A transfer brings you to the coastal town of Swakopmund, Namibia’s premier holiday seaside town. Upon your arrival in the early afternoon, you will check into your hotel where the remainder of the day will be at leisure. With its palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia. For the international traveller, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African rhythms, a laid-back attitude mixed with a variety of activities. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all it is pure fun.
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Day 2 - Saturday: Swakopmund
Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight.
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Day 3 - Sunday: Swakopmund - Damaraland
Today the journey first heads east into the Erongo Mountain range where you can stretch your legs on a short informative bush walk with local Bushmen, listening to stories of the bushman culture, traditions and see some of their desert survival skills. Returning from the walk the journey continues through Uis past the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain (2.579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Arrival at our lodge will be in the afternoon, where the remainder of the day will be at leisure.
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Day 4 - Monday: Damaraland - Etosha National Park
The adventure-filled day kicks off during the cooler hours in the morning in the company of a local Damara guide for a visit of  Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site. Here Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures around 6.000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara, we proceed to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here you can also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth – which is said to grow to over 2000 years old. The onward journey continues to the wildlife heaven of Namibia - the Etosha National Park. We check into our lodge located on the border of the Etosha National Park and can unwind after the adventure filled day alongside the pool.
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Day 5 - Tuesday: Etosha National Park
The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia's first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is primarily focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, more than 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of a comprehensive game viewing safari throughout the park as each different area will provide various encounters.
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Day 6 - Wednesday: Etosha National Park
Today your guide takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park, or optionally you can book an open game drive park drive with the lodge. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry periods as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season, the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents, and the sprouting new green shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. An optional open vehicle game drive can be booked with the lodge.
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Day 7 - Thursday: Etosha National Park - Windhoek
After breakfast, we travel back through the centre of the country exposing bush land savannah to the capital in the centre of the country. Time permitting, en-route we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up the last few souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of excellent restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.

TOUR LOCATION

Travel from Windhoek to the seaside town of Swakopmund, discover the landscapes of Damaraland and experience exhilarating wildlife encounters in Etosha National Park.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only. All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.   Rates valid: 01/11/2021 - 31/10/2022: Bed and Breakfast basis:  
  • NAD 27 200 per person sharing
  • NAD 2 710 single supplement
Rates are valid: 01/11/2021 - 31/10/2022: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis:
  • NAD 29 300 per person sharing
  • NAD 2 710 single supplement
Dinner on Days 3-6
  • Tour Exclusions
  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Optional extras
  • Single supplements (all departures require a minimum of 2 people)
  • Game drives in open vehicles can be booked at an additional cost
  • Travel insurance
  Accommodation Used:
  • Hansa Hotel or similar x 2 nights
  • Damara Mopane or similar x 1 night
  • Etosha Safari Camp or similar x 1 night
  • Mokuti Etosha Lodge or similar x 2 nights
  • This tour departs on selected Fridays: please enquire for departure dates.
  • This tour departs on selected Saturdays and Thursdays subject to a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 16 guests.*
  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary. Similar accommodation will be arranged where there is no availability.

  • All departures are in dual language German/English commentary unless specified.
  • Pre and post accommodation in Windhoek is required for this trip. Please note this is excluded from the tour cost.
  • Departure of the tour will be between 08:00 and 09:00 on the first day. Should the flight arrival be before 09:00 the guide will collect at the airport.
  • Same day departure flights from Windhoek should only be booked after 19:00.
  • *denotes tour departures from NOV 21 - FEB 22 on request. Please enquire.

Departure dates: 

 

Nov 21 Dec 21 Jan 22 Feb 22 Mar 22 Apr 22 May 22 Jun 22 Jul 22 Aug 22 Sep 22 Oct 22
Ger/Eng

12, 26

3, 10

14, 28

11, 25

25 22 6, 20 17 15, 29 5, 19, 26 16, 23, 30

14, 21, 28

English 19 11 8 3 1 12 9

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