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October 7, 2015

Namibia Classic self-drive

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This Self-drive safari taking in the highlights of Namibia including accommodation in 3-4* standard lodges, 4×4 Toyota Hilux double cab zero excess hire & most meals as specified.

the highlights of the tour include: Okonjima, Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Twyfelfontein, Swakopmund, Sesriem & Sossusvlei, Gamsberg

Day 1: Windhoek

Land at Windhoek International Airport today where you will be met by a transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall who will escort you to the city centre.  A representative of ATI will meet you at Rivendell to go through your itinerary and hand over your map & vouchers.  Rivendell Guest House is located in a quiet suburb close to the city centre.  Relax around the swimming pool or lounge area, and maybe take the afternoon to explore the shops and restaurants of the city.  Facilities include TV lounge, swimming pool, self-catering kitchen & small bar. Breakfast included.

Day 2: Okonjima

Your 4×4 hire car will be delivered to Rivendell this morning after which you can set off for your drive north.  Okonjima is home to the Africat Foundation, which works with farmers and the public to conserve the big cat species of Namibia. One of the first steps along this route is to reinstate visits to the Africat clinic and education centre.

Other unique optional activities here include lion viewing, nature walks, cheetah & leopard tracking, and bushman walks.  On the day of arrival you will be invited to join an afternoon activity, usually tracking leopard in the immense reserve.  After dinner you will also be offered the opportunity to visit a night hide where many nocturnal animals, including porcupine, honey badger and leopard are frequently sighted.  The following morning you will have the opportunity to be taken on a drive to visit some of the 60-70 cheetah presently being rehabilitated or in some cases cared for on a more permanent basis (pay direct at the lodge).  Dinner, breakfast and an afternoon activity included.

Days 3: Eastern Etosha

The latest addition to the Mushara Collection of exquisite accommodation establishments is the Mushara Bush Camp, situated a mere 10 kilometres from the Von Lindequist gate of the world famous Etosha National Park.  The Mushara Bush Camp offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an affordable base for independent travellers and families exploring the magical Etosha Pan National Park.

The main Bush Camp House is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it.  The early evenings see a camp fire lit where guest can exchange stories of the day’s wildlife sightings. Dinner, lunch and breakfast are served on the thatched veranda with the bush being a mere step away. Dinner & breakfast included.

Days 4 & 5: Central Etosha

Spend today making your way slowly across the Park to the western most rest camp of Okaukuejo.  You may like to stop at the central, Halali camp for lunch and a rest during the heat of midday before continuing later this afternoon.

The rooms are just a short walk from the restaurant, bar and small shop.  Each room contains an en-suite bathroom, small bar fridge and tea & coffee station.

Etosha in general offers excellent game viewing opportunities by either day while simply driving or by night from floodlit waterholes.  The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan, and many water holes exist, joined by a network of well maintained gravel roads to enable visitors the best chances of seeing the many inhabitants of Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve.  Species present in the Park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe & zebra in addition to many antelope and bird species. Accommodation is in a Waterhole Chalet, dinner & breakfast included.

Day 6: Twyfelfontein

Make your way via Outjo and Khorixas to your next stop in the beautiful Damaraland region.

In construction utmost care was taken to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colours toning in with the surrounding rock formations.  The scenic bar and restaurant overlooks the dry, boulder strewn plains and you may enjoy relaxing around the swimming pool this afternoon.  Alternatively you could take part in an optional nature drive searching for desert elephant, or perhaps hire a mountain bike to explore the nearby area.

Maybe make an excursion to the Twyfelfontein rock etchings and paintings today, a local guide will escort you around the ancient hillsides which are open for guests between 08:00 and 17:00.  This area is covered in numerous fascinating examples of San rock art and is well worth a visit where a local guide will explain the area to you.  The ‘Burnt Mountain’, an interesting area of volcanic rock, is also close by as are the dolomite ‘organ pipes’. Dinner & breakfast included.

Day 7: Skeleton Coast

Drive past the Brandberg Mountain to the desolate coast road today to Cape Cross.  This area is home to one of the largest fur seal colonies in Southern Africa, numbers can reach 100,000 during breeding season and this area of coast is also home to black backed jackal and the rare brown hyena.

Literally meters from the fertile Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cross Lodge presents a unique and serene stop for travellers along this vast untamed, seldom explored wilderness on the Skeleton Coast.  Situated alongside the biggest breeding Cape Fur Seal colony in the world, but well out of the “smell” zone, the lodge is 60km north of Henties Bay and 120km north of Swakopmund.  Accommodation is provided in beautifully furnished luxury sea-facing rooms. Dinner & breakfast included.

Days 8 & 9: Swakopmund

Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town, complete with German half wooden architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well maintained gardens and palm lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants. Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast an easy walk away from the sea and the town centre of Swakopmund on Namibia’s fascinating Skeleton Coast.  Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town near the marine museum and the old brewery, Cornerstone Guesthouse offers the charm and intimacy of a family-run B&B combined with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel.  Within a few minutes from the guest house you can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs, Swakopmund tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets. Breakfast included.

On day 9 you will enjoy a morning boat cruise from Walvis Bay.  This trip takes around 4 hours and will introduce you to the fauna of Namibia’s coast, including many water bids (flamingos, pelican & cormorants included), playful Cape fur seals & hopefully dolphins.  Before heading back to the jetty you will enjoy fresh oysters, snacks and sparkling wine.

Days 10 & 11: Sossusvlei & Sesriem

Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert, near Sesriem and Sossusvlei. Desert Homestead is a beautifully decorated and friendly establishment with a bar, restaurant and pool, and optional horse riding or nature drives within this spectacular area can be arranged.

On the morning of day 11 you can wake early and drive into the National Park area of Sesriem and onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from the Park entrance.

Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, and maybe take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes.  Return to Sesriem and perhaps take a look at Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge.  Dinner & breakfast included.

Day 12: Gamsberg

Corona is situated just off the C26, on the D1438 halfway between Windhoek and Walvis Bay.  Combined with the two adjoining farms “Piccadilly” and “Swartkranz”, both forming part of the same estate, it offers the visitor truly majestic and unspoilt wildlife scenery.

Surrounded by a mountain range, Corona is positioned right in the centre of a plateau at the foot of the imposing “Gamsberg”, at 2347 metres being one of the highest mountains in Namibia.  Corona offers its guests pleasant accommodation in 4 deluxe family-sized suites as well as 6 well-appointed double rooms and 4 luxury safari tents, each having a private and individually decorated bathroom.  The lodge offers verandas, cool lounges, a small bar plus separate television lounge, reading corner, and the refreshing pool where visitors can devote themselves to sunbathing or lounging in the shade beneath ancient jacaranda trees.  An optional sundowner nature drive is available.  Dinner & breakfast included.

Day 13: Depart

Return to Windhoek today, a drive of approximately 4 hours, in time to connect with your onward flight.

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