SEPTEMBER 2018

Namibia eXPLORATION

Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha National Park 
TRIP REPORT

 

 
Namibia is a mystical world of surreal landscapes and transcendent experiences. Panoramas appear as if in a dream, pure fantasy, and yet larger than life. Giant red sand dunes, silvery-white salt pans, flamingo-fringed lagoons – no other country offers such visual euphoria. Enter: the photographer's dream location.

 

15 - 26 September 2018

 

This trip combines a mix of luxury camping with guest houses, lodges and national park lodging to make sure we get to the very best destinations in Namibia; starting in Sossusvlei and the great red dunes, to Swakopmund and the remote Sandwich Bay to the famous rock arch at Spitzkoppe and the rugged Damaraland, ending at Etosha where the waterholes are loaded and big game roams - this really is a unique overland adventure to the most amazing regions of Namibia!

 

Trip highlights;

 

The great red dunes of Sossusvlei  |  The remote Sandwich Harbour  |  Spitzkoppe Rock Arch  |  Twyfelfontein and desert adapted wildlife  |  Himba village cultural experience  |  Etosha's salt pan and big game

 

 

Trip Overview:

 

  • Day 1/2/3: Namib Desert (luxury camping, all meals + Dune 45 + Elim Dune + Sossusvlei & Sesriem excursion)

  • Day 4: Swakopmund / Eberwein Hotel or similar (accommodation with breakfast only)

  • Day 5: Spitzkoppe/ Spitzkoppe Lodge or similar (accommodation, all meals + AM Sandwich Harbor + PM walk)

  • Day 6/7: Damaraland / Twyfelfontein (classic camping, all meals + Himba excursion + Rock engravings + Ephemeral river excursion + Damara Living Museum)

  • Day 8/9: Etosha National Park / Okaukuejo or similar (accommodation, all meals + game drives)

  • Day 10/11: Etosha National Park/ Namutoni or similar (accommodation, all meals + game drives)

  • Day 12: Windhoek - end, arrival +-15h00


Price:
R65 000.00 per person [zar] - [US$5450 exch rate]

Single supplement: R5 000.00

25% deposit to secure your place

 
Detailed itinerary

 

Day 1, 2, 3  - Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon
15 - 17 September

 

The start of our journey takes us south to the heart of the Namib Desert with a drive to our private camp set up near Sossusvlei. Our mornings are spent in the national park of Sossusvlei, stopping in the dune belt to enjoy the changing colors of the world's highest sand dunes. We have opportunities to photograph and explore these dunes and vleis (marshes that have since dried) extensively over the next few days. We will also spend some time viewing Sesriem Canyon. 

 

Luxury Mobile Camping

(Exclusive camping sites and en-suite bathroom)

All meals included

Drinks for own account.

 

Day 4 - Swakopmund
18 September

 

After our final morning in the dunes and surrounding landscapes, we head for Swakopmund. With its German colonial atmosphere, it is the principal coastal resort of Namibia. We drive out to a view point to photograph dunes and ocean and the following morning we head down to Sandwich Harbour;

 

Accommodation at Eberwein Hotel or similar

Breakfast Only

Lunch, Dinner and Drinks for own account

 

Day 5 - Spitzkoppe
19 September

 

This morning we head down to Sandwich Harbour. After a short stop at Walvis Bay Lagoon to see flamingoes, we return to our route via the Kuiseb River delta, a dry riverbed where the odd springbok may be seen.  Beautiful dunes have to be crossed to get to Sandwich Harbour and if weather and tides permit, we will drive right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands.  Wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes, potable water seeping from the underground aquifer sustains the freshwater vegetation at the base of the dunes.  If our vehicles cannot drive all along the beach to get to Sandwich Harbour because of the tides, you will have a chance to enjoy the lagoon area from one of our many beautiful lookout spots, where we will also indulge in walking and exploration.  We have lots of time to stop along the way for photography.

 

After returning to Swakopmund we continue onwards to Spitzkoppe and arrive late afternoon in time to walk and explore the fascinating rock features;

 

Spitzkoppe is also described as the “Matterhorn of Namibia”. Rising to an altitude of about 1800 meters, the Spitzkoppe, due to its striking outlines, it is regarded as the most well-known mountain in the country. Situated in an endless, dry plain, the island of mountains can be seen from far away. The rock arch at Spitzkoppe is famous and very popular among photographers - we will do our best to shoot arch this afternoon and perhaps also under starlight tonight or the following morning (early!)

 

Spitzkoppe Lodge (or similar)

All meals included

Drinks for own account.

Day 6 - Damaraland - Himba Tribe Visit
20 September

 

This morning we head out to walk and explore the Spitzkoppe in new light before moving onwards to Damaraland.

 

During the afternoon we visit a Himba village to gain a glimpse into their way of life. The Himbas are a semi-nomadic tribe, who live in scattered settlements throughout the region.

 

Luxury Mobile Camping

(Exclusive camping sites and en-suite bathroom)

All meals included

Drinks for own account.

 

Day 7 - Damaraland - Twyfelfontein
21 September

 

We explore the region’s ancient, dry riverbeds and the Damaraland Living Museum - viewing desert-adapted wildlife and hopefully desert elephant!

We also visit the Twyfelfontein area – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 2000 rock carvings and walk to view the ancient Bushman rock engravings. 

 

Luxury Mobile Safari

(Exclusive camping sites and en-suite bathroom)

All meals included

Drinks for own account.

 

Day 8, 9 - Etosha National Park - West
22, 23 September

 

From Damaraland we head north and east to Namibia's most famous wildlife destination - Etosha! We travel through the truly unique landscape of the Park which is the one of the most important and best reserves and game sanctuaries the world. Etosha is the last remaining natural wild sanctuary of the black rhino. We enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives, visiting the famous Etosha Pan and numerous waterholes. Our vehicle is well suited to photography with large windows and a pop-up roof for elevated views. 

 

Okaukuejo or similar

All meals included

Drinks for own account.

 

Day 10, 11 - Etosha National Park - East
24, 25 September

 

A change of venue and a change of scenery, we move east in the park to explore new areas and waterholes, find new subjects to photograph. The camps in the park have very active waterholes, by day and night, so much so, that you may not even wish to go out on game drives. However, we can also photograph what visits by night!

 

Namutoni or similar

All meals included

Drinks for own account.

 

Day 12 - Departure - Windhoek

26 September

 

The end of our adventure, we exit the park and take the drive home to Windhoek, filled with happiness and thousands of photographs!

We arrive in Windhoek in the early afternoon ± 13h00
(Breakfast only)

 
What to expect on a Luxury Mobile Safari:

 

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(Exclusive camping sites and en-suite bathroom)

Your safari crew includes a professional guide, his assistants and chef who pre-erect your camp and are responsible for all camp duties.

 

TENTS & EQUIPMENT:
  • 2 person spacious, comfortable Meru tent (L5.5m x W3.5m x H2.20m) with built-in groundsheet and carpet, 5 large aerating windows with mosquito netting.

  • Safari folding chair.

  • 2 comfortable beds (not camp) with (20cm) thick foam mattress, linen, duvets, pillows and blankets.

  •  En-suite bathroom (L2m X W3.5mX H2.20m) with warm shower, towels, hand basin, mirror and flush toilet, shampoo, soap, body lotion and insect repellent

 

FOOD & DRINKS
  • 3 delicious wholesome meals each day when camping, with dinner served ‘Al fresco’ under the stars – bush cuisine at its best!

  • Mineral water included

  • Tea and coffee available in camp.

  • Alcoholic beverages not included and may be purchased en-route and at the start of the safari.

  • South African wine is served with dinner when camping

  • Excludes lunch & dinner in Swakopmund 

 

VEHICLES:
  • Land Cruiser 4x4 with sliding windows and pop-up roof.

  • Fridges and battery charging facilities on all vehicles. 

 

STAFF:
  • Guide, Camp Manager, chef, camp assistant/s.

 

 

 
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