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October 8, 2015

South Africa and Namibia Tours and Safaris

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Cape to Namibia Explorer 2013-Option 1

14 days / 13 nights

Tour Code CPTNAMEX01-OPT1 (G=Guided)

The tour starts in CAPE TOWN AND ENDS IN WINDHOEK. Highlights of this tour are: South African West Coast, Namaqualand, Fish River Canyon, Desert Horses, Kolmanskoppe (Ghost Town), Nama Culture, Naukluft Park, Tiras Mountains, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namibia West Coast, Desert Moon Landscape,  Spitzkoppe, Erongo Mountains, Bushman paintings, Arts and Crafts. The safari is conducted in Sasendle 4×4 vehicles and in small groups. Accommodation is provided at comfortable guesthouses and tourist class lodges. The approximate distance for this tour is 3250km.

 

Day 1: Western Cape Coast

Departing from Cape Town we travel along the R27 taking the scenic coastal route of the Western Cape to Langebaan.The idyllic beachfront setting! Crystal Lagoon Lodge rests on a fynbos-sheltered dune only a few feet from the ocean’s frame. Extraordinary beautiful sea views from the highest point on a fynbos-covered dune through large floor-to-ceiling windows. Crystal Lagoon Lodge is situated right on the edge of the desirable location of Langebaan lagoon. There are no borders between you and the sea, only the boardwalk, and a few wooden stairs to a white sandy beach of a sea lagoon, where shells depict as proof of life around our kelp forests. Shells are only found next to a sea fed lagoon without any river inlet flowing into the sea. The ambiance of Crystal Lagoon Lodge celebrates one of the world’s rare sea lagoons.

Overnight Crystal Lagoon Boutique or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 2:  Namaqualand – Springbok

Spectacular scenery of rugged hills and granite domes offers itself on the drive to our destination – Naries Namakwa Retreat. This region is a photographic paradise with succulent and wild flowers in abundance during the flower season (Aug&Sep). Springbok’s history is closely linked to the copper mining industry and the colorful culture of the Nama people is widely on display in this area.

Overnight Naries Namakwa Retreat or similar. (DBB)

                                                 

Day 3: Aussenkehr Park – Namibian Border  

Today we will drive through the Aussenkehr Park, which is remote and mountainous and one of the finest wilderness areas in South Africa. It is home to numerous rare mammal, reptile and plant species. Here we may get in contact with local Nama tribes who move with their live-stock with the changing of seasons in search of better pastures.  We cross the Namibian border via Noordoewer, to our overnight destination at Norotshama River Lodge.

Overnight Norotshama River Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 4/5:  Fish River Canyon

Today we travel through the fantastic landscape of the Nama Karoo and admire its fauna and flora. En route northwards we take a break at Ai-Ais Rest Camp to relax in the hot spas or the cool swimming pools.  One of the highlights in Southern Namibia is the great Fish River Canyon which we shall visit in the afternoon measuring 160 km in length, 27 km in width and up to 550 m deep the canyon is one area presents an awesome sight during sunset. The Fish River originates 600 km further up in the Naukluft Mountains and ends south of Ai-Ais were it flows into the Gariep River. The canyon offers beautiful views from various lookout points.

Overnight Canon Lodge or similar. (DBB)                                                                            

 

Day 6/7: Succulent Karoo Desert

After a late morning breakfast we will depart via Seeheim to Aus and the Klein Aus Vista Homestead. This is also the realm of the ‘wild horses of the Namib. These magnificent creatures can often be seen roaming the far horizons or gathering at a watering point close by.

A day excursion to the quaint harbor town of Lüderitz! The town has an interesting German colonial background and sports a curious array of historical buildings built during the diamond rush at the turn of the century. We visit the “ghost town” Kolmanskop where the first diamonds were found 100 years ago. Today its dilapidated houses are slowly being swamped by the shifting sands of the Namib.  We return to Klein Aus Vista in the afternoon.

Overnight Klein-Aus Vista or similar. (DBB)

 

 

Day 8/9: Namib Desert

We proceed slowly to our next destination near the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park.  Age-old camel thorn trees and unsurpassed 360 degrees views dominate the desert landscape towards the mountain-range in the distance.

Today’s highlight is the high dunes at Sossusvlei, a truly spectacular sight. We enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. At Dune 45, the more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world’s most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2.6 kilometer round-trip walk takes you to the well photographed “Dead Vlei”. Sossusvlei is at the ‘end of road’ and the highlight of the day.  We also visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon, where the Tsauchab River and erosion have incised a narrow gorge over the millennia. The permanent water pools at its bottom have ensured the survival of nomadic populations in pre-historic times as well as that of early European explorers and the so-called Thirstland Trekkers, in more recent centuries.

On our way back to the Sossusvlei Desert Camp, we take a lunch break at a lodge situated next to the Sesriem Gate of the park where light lunches (optional) and cold beverages are served on a terrace overlooking the dry bed of the ephemeral Tsauchab River and the dunes beyond it. On return to our accommodation, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight Sossusvlei Desert Camp or similar. (DBB)                                 

 

Day 10/11:  Swakopmund

Today’s destination is the cool Atlantic Coast and the quaint town of Swakopmund. En route we will explore the Namib Desert with the rugged Kuiseb Canyon, while driving along the Swakop riverbed. We stop at the eerie moon landscape and marvel at the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an ancient plant endemic to the Namib Desert. After arriving in Swakopmund you can explore the popular coastal resort on your own and spend time at leisure or with shopping.

Take a walk through town and enjoy the mixture of colonial flair and historic architecture in Swakopmund (the historic town, the Woermannhouse, the Hohenzollernhouse, the old Magistrates Court, the historical Jail and the Jetty and the lighthouse.

Various optional activities can be arranged at own expense:

Walvis Bay lagoon boat cruises, fishing, kayaking,  quad biking, sand boarding, tandem-skydive,  camel ride, golfing, horse riding, township tour, paragliding, scenic flights, land yachting and/ or ballooning.

Overnight Atlantic Villa or similar. (DBB)                                                                            

 

Day 12: Erongo Mountains

We leave the coast and journey inland again to a guest farm near the scenic Erongo Mountains. This region is famous for its multitude of ancient rock paintings, many of them still unknown and hidden. If time allows, there is the possibility of a visit to a nearby ‘Living village of the Ju/Hoansi San’ people (at extra expense and only possible April – Oct)

Overnight Ai-Aiba Rocking Painting Lodge or similar. (DBB)

Day 13: Windhoek – Ondekaramba

The farm Ondekaremba measures 7.300 hectares and boasts a 100-year old family tradition.  Shortly after touching down you will be met by the peace and quiet of Africa’s wide-open spaces. Enjoy after a long flight the charm of scenery and unspoilt nature. Ondekaremba means: The place where grazing is good. Thanks to this, combined with numerous watering places, you can be at one with nature by exploring, be it via game drives, hiking trails on a terrain where there are an abundance of wildlife and birds. The lovely garden with landscaped pool area waits for you to come and have a swim, or to just relax. Meals made to a large extent of our own products are prepared in our farm kitchen and are served on the open-air verandas, as a picnic in the bush, or inside the old rustic stone farmhouse.

Overnight at Ondekaramba Farm or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 14: Windhoek

Airport Transfer

 

 

NETT Tour Cost per Person sharing (ZAR/N$)

COST PP 41900 28500 23990 21750
  Persons 2 4 6 8

Subject to Fuel Price and availability

Cost Valid until 31 October 2013

Single Supplement on request

Inclusions and Exclusions

Tour Code CPTNAMEX01 (G=Guided)

 

Included:

– SAT transport in 4×4 vehicles; Public Liability & Passenger Liability Insurance

– Services of a licensed English speaking driver-guide per vehicle

– 13 nights accommodation in comfortable guesthouses/guest farms and tourist class lodges. Meals as stated per program.

– Fees for nature conservation areas, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary (unless stipulated as “OPTIONAL”)

– Portage in overnight facilities

– Non-alcoholic beverages on tour vehicle during overland drives (in limited quantities)

Excluded:

– Flights / Visa & Permits / Travel Insurances of any kind

– Cost related to the personal use of 3G internet access & GSM cell phone provided by SAT on tour

– Tips & gratuities to hotel/restaurant personnel and guides

– Alcoholic and any other beverages in addition to those included above

– Any optional services/meals/activities/excursions not included/not mentioned in the itinerary

– Any expense of a personal nature such as for phone calls, laundry services, souvenirs, and similar

Cape Namibia Explorer 2013 Option 2

18 days / 17 nights

Tour Code CPTNAMEX02-OPT2 (G=Guided)

 

The tour starts in CAPE TOWN AND ENDS IN WINDHOEK. Highlights of this tour are: South African West Coast, Namaqualand, Fish River Canyon, Desert Horses, Kolmanskoppe (Ghost Town), Nama Culture, Naukluft Park, Tiras Mountains, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namibia West Coast, Desert Moon Landscape,  Spitzkoppe, Erongo Mountains, Bushman paintings, Etosha Wildlife, Arts and Crafts. The safari is conducted in Sasendle 4×4 vehicles and in small groups. Accommodation is provided at comfortable guesthouses and tourist class lodges. The approximate distance for this tour is 4800km.

 

Day 1: Western Cape Coast

Departing from Cape Town we travel along the R27 taking the scenic coastal route of the Western Cape to Langebaan.The idyllic beachfront setting! Crystal Lagoon Lodge rests on a fynbos-sheltered dune only a few feet from the ocean’s frame. Extraordinary beautiful sea views from the highest point on a fynbos-covered dune through large floor-to-ceiling windows. Crystal Lagoon Lodge is situated right on the edge of the desirable location of Langebaan lagoon. There are no borders between you and the sea, only the boardwalk, and a few wooden stairs to a white sandy beach of a sea lagoon, where shells depict as proof of life around our kelp forests. Shells are only found next to a sea fed lagoon without any river inlet flowing into the sea. The ambiance of Crystal Lagoon Lodge celebrates one of the world’s rare sea lagoons.

Overnight Crystal Lagoon Boutique or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 2:  Namaqualand – Springbok

Spectacular scenery of rugged hills and granite domes offers itself on the drive to our destination – Naries Namakwa Retreat. This region is a photographic paradise with succulent and wild flowers in abundance during the flower season (Aug&Sep). Springbok’s history is closely linked to the copper mining industry and the colorful culture of the Nama people is widely on display in this area.

Overnight Naries Namakwa Retreat or similar. (DBB)

                                                           

Day 3: Aussenkehr Park – Namibian Border 

Today we will drive through the Aussenkehr Park, which is remote and mountainous and one of the finest wilderness areas in South Africa. It is home to numerous rare mammal, reptile and plant species. Here we may get in contact with local Nama tribes who move with their live-stock with the changing of seasons in search of better pastures.  We cross the Namibian border via Noordoewer, to our overnight destination at Norotshama River Lodge.

Overnight Norotshama River Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 4/5:  Fish River Canyon

Today we travel through the fantastic landscape of the Nama Karoo and admire its fauna and flora. En route northwards we take a break at Ai-Ais Rest Camp to relax in the hot spas or the cool swimming pools.  One of the highlights in Southern Namibia is the great Fish River Canyon which we shall visit in the afternoon measuring 160 km in length, 27 km in width and up to 550 m deep the canyon is one area presents an awesome sight during sunset. The Fish River originates 600 km further up in the Naukluft Mountains and ends south of Ai-Ais were it flows into the Gariep River. The canyon offers beautiful views from various lookout points.

Overnight Canon Lodge or similar. (DBB)                                                                               

 

Day 6/7: Succulent Karoo Desert

After a late morning breakfast we will depart via Seeheim to Aus and the Klein Aus Vista Homestead. This is also the realm of the ‘wild horses of the Namib. These magnificent creatures can often be seen roaming the far horizons or gathering at a watering point close by.

A day excursion to the quaint harbor town of Lüderitz! The town has an interesting German colonial background and sports a curious array of historical buildings built during the diamond rush at the turn of the century. We visit the “ghost town” Kolmanskop where the first diamonds were found 100 years ago. Today its dilapidated houses are slowly being swamped by the shifting sands of the Namib.  We return to Klein Aus Vista in the afternoon

Overnight Klein-Aus Vista or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 8/9: Namib Desert

We proceed slowly to our next destination near the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park.  Age-old camel thorn trees and unsurpassed 360 degrees views dominate the desert landscape towards the mountain-range in the distance.

Today’s highlight is the high dunes at Sossusvlei, a truly spectacular sight. We enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. At Dune 45, the more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world’s most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2.6 kilometer round-trip walk takes you to the well photographed “Dead Vlei”. Sossusvlei is at the ‘end of road’ and the highlight of the day.  We also visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon, where the Tsauchab River and erosion have incised a narrow gorge over the millennia. The permanent water pools at its bottom have ensured the survival of nomadic populations in pre-historic times as well as that of early European explorers and the so-called Thirstland Trekkers, in more recent centuries.

On our way back to the Sossusvlei Desert Camp, we take a lunch break at a lodge situated next to the Sesriem Gate of the park where light lunches (optional) and cold beverages are served on a terrace overlooking the dry bed of the ephemeral Tsauchab River and the dunes beyond it. On return to our accommodation, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight Sossusvlei Desert Camp or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 10/11:  Swakopmund

Today’s destination is the cool Atlantic Coast and the quaint town of Swakopmund. En route we will explore the Namib Desert with the rugged Kuiseb Canyon, while driving along the Swakop riverbed. We stop at the eerie moon landscape and marvel at the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an ancient plant endemic to the Namib Desert. After arriving in Swakopmund you can explore the popular coastal resort on your own and spend time at leisure or with shopping.

Take a walk through town and enjoy the mixture of colonial flair and historic architecture in Swakopmund (the historic town, the Woermannhouse, the Hohenzollernhouse, the old Magistrates Court, the historical Jail and the Jetty and the lighthouse.

Various optional activities can be arranged at own expense:

Walvis Bay lagoon boat cruises, fishing, kayaking,  quad biking, sand boarding, tandem-skydive,  camel ride, golfing, horse riding, township tour, paragliding, scenic flights, land yachting and/ or ballooning.

Overnight Atlantic Villa or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 12: Erongo Mountains

We leave the coast and journey inland again to a guest farm near the scenic Erongo Mountains. This region is famous for its multitude of ancient rock paintings, many of them still unknown and hidden. If time allows, there is the possibility of a visit to a nearby ‘Living village of the Ju/Hoansi San’ people (at extra expense and only possible April – Oct)

Overnight Ai-Aiba Rocking Painting Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day  13/14/15/16: Etosha

A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of travelling Namibia. Etosha, which was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907, covers an area of more than 22 000 square kilometres. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bush land in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. The Etosha National Park has a good infrastructure. Well-maintained gravel roads (untarred) leads to the waterholes, where game viewing is at its best. In the three rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni, hotels, chalets and camping sites are available as well as restaurants, stores and swimming pools. The main entrance to the park is called the “Andersson Gate” at Okaukuejo in the south, where the park administration is also situated. The “Von Lindequist Gate” lies in the east near Namutoni. A new gate, the “Nehale lya Mpingana Gate” (King Nehale Gate) was opened at the beginning of 2003 in the north-east. The pan is just about always dry. However, in the southern parts there are have water-holes scattered throughout this area and form the basis of life for countless game. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approx. 22 000 square kilometres in size. There is an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals.

Activities:

3 full days game drive in the Etosha Park.

Overnight at Dolomite Camp or similar (DBB)

 

Day 17: Windhoek – Ondekaramba

The farm Ondekaremba measures 7.300 hectares and boasts a 100-year old family tradition.  Shortly after touching down you will be met by the peace and quiet of Africa’s wide-open spaces. Enjoy after a long flight the charm of scenery and unspoilt nature. Ondekaremba means: The place where grazing is good. Thanks to this, combined with numerous watering places, you can be at one with nature by exploring, be it via game drives, hiking trails on a terrain where there are an abundance of wildlife and birds. The lovely garden with landscaped pool area waits for you to come and have a swim, or to just relax. Meals made to a large extent of our own products are prepared in our farm kitchen and are served on the open-air verandas, as a picnic in the bush, or inside the old rustic stone farmhouse.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

Early morning Game Drive on the 2nd day after breakfast.

Overnight at Ondekaramba Farm or similar. (DBB)

 

 

Day 18: End of Tour

Airport Transfer.

NETT Tour Cost per Person sharing (ZAR/N$)

COST PP 50720 34850 29600 26500
  Persons 2 4 6 8

 

Subject to Fuel Price and availability

Cost Valid until 31 October 2013

Single Supplement on request

 

 

 

Inclusions and Exclusions

 

Included:

– SAT transport in 4×4 vehicle; Public Liability & Passenger Liability Insurance

– Services of a licensed English speaking driver-guide per vehicle

– 17 nights accommodation in comfortable guesthouses/guest farms and tourist class lodges. Meals as stated in program.

– Fees for nature conservation areas, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary (unless stipulated as “OPTIONAL”)

– Portage in overnight facilities

– Non-alcoholic beverages on tour vehicle during overland drives (in limited quantities)

 

Excluded:

– Flights / Visa & Permits / Travel Insurances of any kind

– Cost related to the personal use of 3G internet access & GSM cell phone provided by SAT on tour

– Tips & gratuities to hotel/restaurant personnel and guides

– Alcoholic and any other beverages in addition to those included above

– Any optional services/meals/activities/excursions not included/not mentioned in the itinerary

 

– Any expense of a personal nature such as for phone calls, laundry services, souvenirs, and similar

Cape Namibia Explorer Option 3 – 2013

23 days / 22 nights

Tour Code CPTNAMEX03-OPT1 (G=Guided)

 

The tour starts in CAPE TOWN and ends WINDHOEK. Highlights of this tour are: South African West Coast, Northern Cape, Aussenkehr Park, Luderitz, KolmansKoppe, Namib Horses, Damaraland (Desert Elephants), Messum Crater, Namibia West Coast, Desert Moon Landscape,  Naukluft Park, Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Tiras Mountains, Etosha, Kaokoveld, Epupa Falls, Himba, Nama, Damara, Owambo, Herero, Bushmen Cultures. The safari is conducted in Sasendle 4×4 vehicle. Accommodation is provided at comfortable guesthouses and tourist class lodges. The approximate distance for this tour is 5000km.  

Day 1 : Western Cape Coast

Departing from Cape Town we travel along the R27 taking the scenic coastal route of the Western Cape to Langebaan.The idyllic beachfront setting! Crystal Lagoon Lodge rests on a fynbos-sheltered dune only a few feet from the ocean’s frame. Extraordinary beautiful sea views from the highest point on a fynbos-covered dune through large floor-to-ceiling windows.

Crystal Lagoon Lodge is situated right on the edge of the desirable location of Langebaan lagoon. There are no borders between you and the sea, only the boardwalk, and a few wooden stairs to a white sandy beach of a sea lagoon, where shells depict as proof of life around our kelp forests. Shells are only found next to a sea fed lagoon without any river inlet flowing into the sea. The ambiance of Crystal Lagoon Lodge celebrates one of the world’s rare sea lagoons.

Overnight Crystal Lagoon Boutique or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 2: Aussenkehr Park – Namibian Border 

Today we will drive through the Aussenkehr Park, which is remote and mountainous and one of the finest wilderness areas in South Africa. It is home to numerous rare mammal, reptile and plant species. Here we may get in contact with local Nama tribes who move with their live-stock with the changing of seasons in search of better pastures.  We cross the Namibian border via Noordoewer, to our overnight destination at Norotshama River Lodge.

Overnight Norotshama River Lodge or similar. (DBB)        

 

Day 3:  Namaqualand – Springbok

Spectacular scenery of rugged hills and granite domes offers itself on the drive to our destination – Naries Namakwa Retreat. This region is a photographic paradise with succulent and wild flowers in abundance during the flower season (Aug&Sep). Springbok’s history is closely linked to the copper mining industry and the colorful culture of the Nama people is widely on display in this area.

Overnight Naries Namakwa Retreat or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 4 and 5:  Fish River Canyon

Today we travel through the fantastic landscape of the Nama Karoo and admire its fauna and flora.  One of the highlights in Southern Namibia is the great Fish River Canyon which we shall visit in the afternoon measuring 160 km in length, 27 km in width and up to 550 m deep the canyon is one area presents an awesome sight during sunset. The Fish River originates 600 km further up in the Naukluft Mountains and ends south of Ai-Ais were it flows into the Gariep River. The canyon offers beautiful views from various lookout points.

Overnight Canon Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 6 and 7: Succulent Karoo Desert

After a late morning breakfast we will depart to the Klein Aus Vista Homestead. Time at free disposal for walks or to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings! This is also the realm of the ‘wild horses of the Namib. These magnificent creatures can often be seen roaming the far horizons or gathering at a watering point close by.

A day excursion to the quaint harbor town of Lüderitz!  The town has an interesting German colonial background and sports a curious array of historical buildings built during the diamond rush at the turn of the century. We visit the “ghost town” Kolmanskop where the first diamonds were found 100 years ago. Today its dilapidated houses are slowly being swamped by the shifting sands of the Namib.  We return to Klein Aus Vista in the afternoon.

Overnight Klein-Aus Vista or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 8 and 9: Namib Desert  Sossusvlei

We proceed slowly via scenic surroundings to our next destination near the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park.  Age-old camel thorn trees and unsurpassed 360 degrees views dominate the desert landscape towards the mountain-range in the distance.We enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. Fascinating Sossusvlei is one of the landscapes making the difference to the Namibian destination. Here, time stopped and you enter into the heart of the Namib Desert. Enormous pink and red dunes mixing with Granite Mountains embedded in yellow and pitch black plains where the Oryx antelope has made its kingdom. Dry white pans covered by dead trees. At Dune 45, the more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world’s most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2.6 kilometer round-trip walk takes you to the well photographed “Dead Vlei”. Sossusvlei is at the ‘end of road’ and the highlight of the day.  We also visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon, where the Tsauchab River and erosion have incised a narrow gorge over the millennia. The permanent water pools at its bottom have ensured the survival of nomadic populations in pre-historic times as well as that of early European explorers and the so-called Thirstland Trekkers, in more recent centuries. On our way back to the Sossusvlei Desert Camp, we take a lunch break at a lodge situated next to the Sesriem Gate of the park where light lunches (optional) and cold beverages are served on a terrace overlooking the dry bed of the ephemeral Tsauchab River and the dunes beyond it.

Activities:

Sossusvlei/Dead Vlei/Dune45/Big Daddy Dune/Sesriem Canyon

Overnight Sossusvlei Desert Camp or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 10 and 11:  Swakopmund

En route to Swakopmund we will explore the Namib Desert with the rugged Kuiseb Canyon, while driving along the Swakop riverbed. We stop at the eerie moon landscape and marvel at the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an ancient plant endemic to the Namib Desert. Today’s destination is the cool Atlantic Coast and the quaint town of Swakopmund. En route we will explore the Namib Desert with the rugged Kuiseb Canyon, while driving along the Swakop riverbed. Take a walk through town and enjoy the mixture of colonial flair and historic architecture in Swakopmund (the historic town, the Woermannhouse, the Hohenzollernhouse, the old Magistrates Court, the historical Jail and the Jetty and the lighthouse. After arriving in Swakopmund you can explore the popular coastal resort on your own and spend time at leisure or with shopping. Moving north, we will pass visit The Spitzkoppe (also referred to as Spitzkop, Groot Spitzkop, or the “Matterhorn of Namibia”), is a group of bald granite peaks or bornhardts located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert. The granite is more than 700 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 1784 meters (5857 feet) above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 700m above the floor of the desert below. A minor peak- the Little Spitzkoppe – lies nearby at an elevation of 1584 metres above sea level. Other prominences stretch out into a range known as the Pontok Mountains. Many examples of Bushmen artwork can be seen painted on the rock in the Spitzkoppe area.

Activities:

Desert Moon Landscape

Harbour Boat Cruise

Overnight Atlantic Villa or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 12 and 13:  Damaraland Brandberg

Named after Namibia’s most famous rock painting south of Torra, in the Namib Desert, is the Tsiseb (pronounced See-seb) Conservancy, which also partnered with a private business to open the White Lady Lodge. The lodge is named after Namibia’s most famous rock painting, the White Lady, which graces the side of a hill in the Brandberg Mountains. The lodge, built in 2003, offers guests stone chalets or tent sites. The lodge’s swimming pool, offering respite from the stifling desert heat, is tucked behind the main building under one of the area’s stunning rock copies. The Ugab River Valley with its old trees and green bushes is homestead for a wide variety of game, birds, fascinating reptiles and insects. The formation of the Brandberg massive unveils its treasures and secrets to the knowing eye of the geologist. Its sublime beauty nobody can evade. The stone-age rock paintings of the San Bushmen give evidence of the presence of the famous desert elephants in the area many thousand years ago. Especially during the drier periods of the year, groups of desert elephant rove in the valley of the Ugab River. Here, there is no worry for water and bush and trees to feed on in abundance. The Tsiseb area is blessed with mountains and rich mineral soil that can yield gems like amethyst and rock crystal. For many community members, digging out gems and selling them by the side of the road.

Activity:

Guided Game Drive.

White Lady Rock Painting

Overnight at Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 14 :  Twyfelfontein – 25 May

The Twyfelfontein area, being a very vulnerable and delicate ecosystem, is renowned for some of the best examples of Bushman paintings and rock engravings in southern Africa and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Interesting rock formations and the remainder of prehistoric volcanic action can be seen among the most prominent geographic features including the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain, Doros Crater and the Petrified Forest. The fauna and flora of Damaraland is typical of the Pro-Namib region and plant species include the magnificent Welwitschia, Moringa and a variety of the Commiphora species. The Desert adapted Elephant, Giraffe, Springbok, Zebra, Oryx, and Ostrich include some of the wildlife which can be found living in total harmony with the community. The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and boast 56 en-suite twin rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool. In construction utmost care was taken to reduce the visual impact on the environment and to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colors toning in with the surrounding rock formations.

Activity:

World Heritage Site visit

Rock Paintings/Organ Pipes/Burnt Mountain

Overnight at Twyfelfontein Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 15 and 16: Opuwo Country Lodge

Opuwo is the gateway to the Kaokoveld region in the northwestern part of Namibia or also known as the Kunene region. The remote area south of the Kunene River is the home of the Himba people, who have kept their ethnic individuality and culture in the seclusion of Kaokoland. Opuwo Country Hotel was officially opened by His Excellency, Hifikepunye Pohamba on 25 August 2005. The hotel provides comfortable luxury accommodation with air conditioning and is your ideal base from where to explore Kaokoland.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

Himba Village visit and experience their culture.

Overnight Opuwo Country Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 17 and 18: Epupa Camp

Situated east of the Epupa Falls on the banks of the Kunene River, in Kaokoland is Epupa Falls Lodge. With its waving palms, spectacular sunsets and perennially flowing waters, the Epupa area has much to see and experience. Exciting geological and archaeological sites can be seen in the area. Bird life in this riverine paradise is rich and varied, with some species endemic to the Kunene River environs. It is a small, luxury tented camp that offers you a relaxing, yet exhilarating, few days of personalized service, excellent food and the seclusion of a lush riverine wilderness. The adjacent dining room and lounge area also face the Kunene River, along with a lounging pool for cooling down from the midday heat, or enjoying a glass of sparkling wine. A small suspension bridge connects Epupa Falls Lodge with its own private island. Hammocks, benches, and lounge chairs, placed close to the river, create a personal piece of paradise. The Epupa Falls, although not the biggest or highest in Africa, have a unique beauty that entices visitors from all over the world.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

Sundowner

3 hour guided walk

Overnight Epupa Camp or similar. (DBB)

 

Day  19/20/21: Etosha

A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of travelling Namibia. Etosha, which was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907, covers an area of more than 22 000 square kilometres. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bush land in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. The Etosha National Park has a good infrastructure. Well-maintained gravel roads (untarred) leads to the waterholes, where game viewing is at its best. In the three rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni, hotels, chalets and camping sites are available as well as restaurants, stores and swimming pools. The main entrance to the park is called the “Andersson Gate” at Okaukuejo in the south, where the park administration is also situated. The “Von Lindequist Gate” lies in the east near Namutoni. A new gate, the “Nehale lya Mpingana Gate” (King Nehale Gate) was opened at the beginning of 2003 in the north-east. The pan is just about always dry. However, in the southern parts there are have water-holes scattered throughout this area and form the basis of life for countless game. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approx. 22 000 square kilometres in size. There is an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals.

Activities:

2 full days game drive in the Etosha Park.

Overnight at Dolomite Camp or similar (DBB)

 

Day 22: Windhoek – Ondekaramba

The farm Ondekaremba measures 7.300 hectares and boasts a 100-year old family tradition.  Shortly after touching down you will be met by the peace and quiet of Africa’s wide-open spaces. Enjoy after a long flight the charm of scenery and unspoilt nature. Ondekaremba means: The place where grazing is good. Thanks to this, combined with numerous watering places, you can be at one with nature by exploring, be it via game drives, hiking trails on a terrain where there are an abundance of wildlife and birds. The lovely garden with landscaped pool area waits for you to come and have a swim, or to just relax. Meals made to a large extent of our own products are prepared in our farm kitchen and are served on the open-air verandas, as a picnic in the bush, or inside the old rustic stone farmhouse.

Overnight at Ondekaramba Farm or similar. (DBB)

 

 

Day 23: End of Tour

Airport Transfer.

 

 

NETT Tour Cost per Person sharing (ZAR/N$)

COST PP 58250 42100 36700 34000
  Persons 2 4 6 8

Subject to Fuel Price and availability

Cost Valid until 31 October 2013

Single Supplement on request

 

 

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included:

– SAT transport in 4×4 vehicle/s; Public Liability & Passenger Liability Insurance

– Services of a licensed English speaking driver-guide per vehicle

– 22 nights’ accommodation in comfortable guesthouses/guest farms/tourist class lodges. Meals at DBB (Dinner Bed and Breakfast)

– Fees for nature conservation areas, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary (unless stipulated as “OPTIONAL”)

– Activities as stated in itinerary

– Portage in overnight facilities

– Non-alcoholic beverages on tour vehicle during overland drives (in limited quantities)

 

Excluded:

– Flights / Visa & Permits / Travel Insurances of any kind

– Cost related to the personal use of 3G internet access & GSM cell phone provided by SAT on tour

– Tips & gratuities to hotel/restaurant personnel and guides

– Alcoholic and any other beverages in addition to those included above

– Any optional services/meals/activities/excursions not included/not mentioned in the itinerary

– Any expense of a personal nature such as for phone calls, laundry services, souvenirs, and similar

Etosha Damaraland Desert Run 2013

14 days / 13 nights

Tour Code ETDADERU01 (G=Guided)

 

The tour starts in WINDHOEK and ends in WINDHOEK. Highlights of this tour are: Namibia Bushveld, Etosha Wildlife, Damara Culture, Himba Culture, Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namibia West Coast, Desert Moon Landscape,  Spitzkoppe, Farm Life. The safari is conducted in Sasendle 4×4 vehicles and in small groups. Accommodation is provided at comfortable guesthouses and tourist class lodges. The approximate distance for this tour is 3000km.

 

Day 1: Windhoek – Ondekaramba

The farm Ondekaremba measures 7.300 hectares and boasts a 100-year old family tradition.  Shortly after touching down you will be met by the peace and quiet of Africa’s wide-open spaces. Enjoy after a long flight the charm of scenery and unspoilt nature. Ondekaremba means: The place where grazing is good. Thanks to this, combined with numerous watering places, you can be at one with nature by exploring, be it via game drives, hiking trails on a terrain where there are an abundance of wildlife and birds. The lovely garden with landscaped pool area waits for you to come and have a swim, or to just relax. Meals made to a large extent of our own products are prepared in our farm kitchen and are served on the open-air verandas, as a picnic in the bush, or inside the old rustic stone farmhouse.

Overnight Ondekaramba or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 2: Tsumeb

The town of Tsumeb has a special name that means “place of the frog” or “place of the moss”. It is said that this old name had something to do with the huge natural hill of green, oxidized copper area that existed before it was destroyed by mining.

Activities included:

Sightseeing of the town as well as the surrounding areas, visit to Otjikoto Lake

Overnight Minen Hotel or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 3-4: Etosha, Namutoni

The flora of this area is semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrubs. Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s foremost wildlife sanctuaries. The centerpiece for visitors is looking to see nearly 150 mammal species, including several rare and endangered species. During our stay in Etosha we will be spending two nights at each of the lodges the Park has to offer. Namutoni is a Beau Geste-style fort situated in an area dotted with graceful makalani palms. The rest camp is in close range of the Fisher’s Pan that attracts great concentrations of water birds.

Activities included:Full day Game drives

Overnight Namutoni Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 5-6: Etosha, Okaukuejo

Okaukuejo has tranquil, scenic and rejuvenating qualities and is located just 17km from the southern entrance of Etoshia Park. One of many activities includes a flood-lit waterhole that attracts many wildlife that can be observed at very close range while they are congregating and interacting.

Activities included: Full day Game drives

Overnight Okaukuejo Lodge. (DBB)

 

Day 7-8: Twyfelfontein

The town had received its name, Twyfelfontein, referring to the spring itself. The area is in a Pro-Namib region and this can be seen through the prominent geographic features as well as the Fauna and Flora. These indentions were created over a course of thousands of years. The oldest engravings can be as old as 10 000 years and the creation of new works probably ended by the arrival of pastoral tribes. Additionally, the site contains rock paintings. The similar occurrence of rock paintings and rock engravings is very rare.

Activities included:

Guided tour to theOrgan Pipes, Rock paintings and rock engravings

Dry River Drive

Overnight Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 9-10: Swakopmund

This is a town with an air of enchantment about it. Swakopmund had its beginnings as a landing station in 1892 when the Imperial Navy erected beacons on the site. The location that we will be in is in a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town, yet it is in close range of the beach and the town’s city centre. The town itself is very charming with Neo-Gothic German Architecture on the Skeleton Coast. The Skeleton Coast received the name from many shipwrecks that lay along it. On the Skeleton Coast all creatures live on the edge to survive.

Activities included:

Desert moon Landscape

Harbour Boat Cruise

Overnight Cornerstone Guesthouse or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 11-12: Sesriem

The area is known as a clay pan that is set amid monstrous piles of sand known as star dunes that rank amongst the tallest dunes on earth. The location for our stay is at Sossus Dune Lodge with breathtaking architecture. The lodge is based on an ecological structure and it is perfect for guests who like the outdoor life, nature and the beauty that the desert has to offer. The lodge’s structure provides ultimate privacy to all guests and they are also well known for their service excellence.

Activities included:Dead Vlei, Dune 45, and Big Daddy

Overnight Desert Camp or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 13: Windhoek

We will be traveling back to our end destination. We will make a few stops to stretch your legs and then we will be dropping you off at your accommodation at your end destination.

Overnight Farm Ondekaramba or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 14: Airport Transfer

 

NETT Tour Cost per Person sharing (ZAR/N$)

COST PP 39250 27200 23200 21200
Persons 2 4 6 8

Subject to Fuel Price and availability

Cost Valid until 31 October 2013

Single Supplement on request

 

Inclusions and Exclusions

 

 

Included:

– SAT transport in 4×4 vehicles; Public Liability & Passenger Liability Insurance

– Services of a licensed English speaking driver-guide per vehicle

– 13 nights accommodation in comfortable guesthouses/guest farms/and tourist class lodges and camping areas. Meals as stated per program.

– Fees for nature conservation areas, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary (unless stipulated as “OPTIONAL”)

– Portage in overnight facilities

– Non-alcoholic beverages on tour vehicle during overland drives (in limited quantities)

– Detailed itinerary & info on places of interest

 

Excluded:

– Flights / Visa & Permits / Travel Insurances of any kind

– Cost related to the personal use of 3G internet access & GSM cell phone provided by SAT on tour

– Tips & gratuities to hotel/restaurant personnel and guides

– Alcoholic and any other beverages in addition to those included above

– Any optional services/meals/activities/excursions not included/not mentioned in the itinerar

– Any expense of a personal nature such as for phone calls, laundry services, souvenirs, and similar

The Kalahari Red Dune Experience Option 1-2013
15 days / 14 nights

Tour Code KARDEXP01 (G=Guided)

 

The tour starts in Cape Town and ends in Cape Town. Winding our way north, through the free and open spaces of the Kalahari, the Kalahari Red Dune Experience takes you on a journey of the heart, where you are welcomed with open arms by the locals. Let your heart and soul sink into the silence and rugged beauty of this wilderness. It is said that no two visits to the Kalahari are the same. This ancient and beautiful land is not only amazingly rich in diversity but also reflects an endless variety of moods, making each new encounter refreshingly different from the previous ones. The safari is guided and conducted in Sasendle 4×4 vehicles. Accommodation is provided in rustic farm houses, equipped tented camps and comfortable guesthouses. Approximate distance for this tour is 2500 km.

 

Introduction

The Kalahari Desert (Dorsland in Afrikaans) is a large semi-arid sandy savannah in Southern Africa extending 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 sq mi), covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa, as semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains. The Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert. There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high. It usually receives 3–7.5 inches (76–190 mm) of rain per year.[4] The surrounding Kalahari Basin covers over 2,500,000 square kilometres (970,000 sq mi) extending farther into Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, and encroaching into parts of Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The only permanent river, the Okavango, flows into a delta in the northwest, forming marshes that are rich in wildlife. Ancient dry riverbeds—called omuramba—traverse the Central Northern reaches of the Kalahari and provide standing pools of water during the rainy season. Previously havens for wild animals from elephant to giraffe, and for predators such as lion and cheetah, the riverbeds are now mostly grazing spots, though leopard or cheetah can still be found.

It is said that no two visits to the Kalahari are the same. This ancient and beautiful land is not only amazingly rich in diversity; it also reflects an endless variety of moods, making each new encounter refreshingly different from the previous ones.

The Kalahari Red Dune Experience showcases the Kalahari through a wide range of activities including duneboarding, camel riding and 4×4 trailing for the adventurous, and game drives, guided walks, birding expeditions and other eco-inclined activities for nature-lovers. For visitors attuned to culture and history, the Kalahari Red Dune Experience offers the opportunity to experience regional customs and folklore, sample traditional cuisine, and meet the warm and welcoming people of the Kalahari. Accommodation options are as diverse as the landscape, and vary from camping to homely bed and breakfasts to luxury lodges. The area covered by the route extends north of Upington in the Northern Cape province of South Africa into the toe-shaped protrusion of South Africa to the Namibian border. The route incorporates the first formally declared Transfrontier Conservation Area in Africa, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This park straddles the South Africa-Botswana border and is one of the largest conservation areas in the world.

Red Dunes

The colour of the dunes in the southern Kalahari can be attributed to the high iron oxide content of the sand. In areas of higher rainfall and in shallow areas where water collects, the iron oxide is leached out, causing the sand ultimately to turn white. The gradual effect of the leaching transforms the desert into a wonderful variety of colours. (Hidden from view by the Kalahari dunes are layers of ancient sedimentary bedrocks, formations that are believed to be rich in fossils.) Most of the sand dunes to be seen on the Kalahari Red Dune Route are stabilised by vegetation. They owe their characteristic shape to wind action that exposes the moist sand beneath the dry surface. The damp layer is eroded further and the resultant windborne particles are deposited on the south-west side of the dune, causing a characteristic gentler gradient.

Sociable Weavers

Besides the red dunes, some of the most obvious features of the Kalahari landscape are the nests of the sociable weaver birds. Their huge edifices often cover entire telephone poles (much to the vexation of the locals, whose telephone services can be interrupted by retained moisture within the nests). The colonies have up to 50 chambers housing as many as 300 birds. The chambers are affixed to the bottom of the nest to make them as inaccessible as possible to predators. The structure as a whole has a unique ‘air-conditioning system’ that ensures the interior temperature never falls below 15°C or rises above 30°C. Pygmy falcons, which cannot survive the harsh winter without a nest, borrow the weavers’ chambers for warmth and in exchange offer their hosts protection from lizards and insects. A ring of white droppings around the chamber entrance reveals the presence of the falcon. Both the Cape cobra and the honey badger are enemies of the sociable weavers, preying on the eggs and chicks.

Farming in the southern Kalahari

Originally the resourceful hunter-gatherers known as the San inhabited the Kalahari. Experience had taught them that, though there was water in the area, it was mostly saline and thus unsuitable for agriculture. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, farmers from the west sought grazing permits during the winter months when there was plenty of nourishment for their livestock. The sheep could survive on just a little drinking water as they obtained most of their moisture from plants. Shepherds would lead their flocks to areas where rains had recently fallen, and they would gather tsama melons for additional nourishment for their flocks. When spring came, the animals would need more water and the herds would again be moved west. Later the government decided that the land was arable, and had it surveyed and apportioned. Farmers who settled in the region would construct dams that supplied water for about nine months of the year. When the water ran out, the farmers either trucked in extra supplies or simply bought or rented another farm. Most chose to buy additional land, and gradually a nomadic style of farming returned to the Kalahari. Shepherds would move the animals by night and rest during the heat of the day. In the early 1980s, the government laid on a water supply network from the Orange River. Today this scheme serves about 650 000ha, and is controlled by a Water Board and a system of flow-control valves and consumption meters designed to prevent overgrazing.

Other Information.

Climate and weather: The Kalahari is a desert. Daytime temperatures can be extremely high and sunblock is essential, especially for those with sensitive skins. In winter, night-time temperatures can drop below 0°C (though the days are usually warm and pleasant). Thunderstorms are common during the rainy season between November and April.

Malaria: The Kalahari is malaria-free. However, in the event of high seasonal rains it is advisable to take the usual precautions.

Distances and roads: The distances that you will travel in the Kalahari are large. Most vehicles are suitable for travel in the area, provided you stay clear of the dunes. Four-wheel drive vehicles are advisable for game drives, thanks to their higher ground clearance. Remember that speeding on dirt roads is particularly dangerous. It also creates a great deal of dust, which can adversely affect people, plants and animals in the vicinity of roads.

Finances: Many shops in the smaller towns along the Kalahari Red Dune Route accept only cash. Furthermore, there are few banks and automated teller machines in the area covered by the route. Thus it is advisable to do all banking in Upington and to draw enough cash to cover the entire journey.

Glossary of terms.

Biltong: Spicy air-dried meat (beef, game or ostrich), preserved with salt and seasoned with pepper, coriander and other spices (recipes differ, and are often handed down from generation to generation).

Boerekos: Directly translated from Afrikaans, boerekos means ‘farmer’s food’. Boerekos is the traditional cuisine, consisting primarily of meat (either lamb or game) and vegetables, potato dishes or home-baked breads.

Boma: A large enclosure, often used during game capture. The term is also used to describe an outdoor area used for social gatherings. Usually the walls are made of reeds or bamboo and the roof is thatched.

Braai: The South African barbecue. An abbreviation of the Afrikaans word braaivleis or ‘grilled meat’. Meat products and accompaniments such as vegetables and garlic bread are cooked over an open fire in a relaxed, sociable environment.

Koeksisters (also spelt koeksusters): Twisted plaits of dough, deep-fried in hot oil and soaked in thick syrup until translucent. Koeksisters are originally from the Orient.

Lapa: An outdoor braai (barbeque) or meeting area, often with a thatched roof.

Nabbas: Truffle-like delicacies that grow naturally in the Kalahari. They taste similar to mushrooms and are delicious on roosterkoek (see below).

Pans: Pans are usually areas of hard, bare clay in a natural depression, round or oval in shape. Pans vary in size from roughly 100m to several square kilometres. Though pans sometimes are swollen during the rainy season, it is wrong to believe the water draws the game. It is too saline. However, fertile soils and the greater variety of vegetation near pans provide food for game and a habitat for many bird species.

Rondawel: A round, hut-like dwelling.

Rooi: The Afrikaans word for red.

Roosterkoek: Bread kneaded and then cooked over open coals.

San: The original residents of the Kalahari, often called Bushmen or hunter-gatherers.

Tsama melons: Among the quintessential plants of the Kalahari. In dry spells they are the principal source of water for many antelope, particularly the gemsbok, as their content is over 90% water. Tsama melons are annuals that ripen in midwinter on a long trailing stem. They grow copiously after rains. Twenty-two tsama melons yield the equivalent energy of 1kg of fresh meat.

 

Day 1: Western Cape – Northern Cape – Calvinia

Departing from Cape Town late morning via the Great Karoo, we arrive at the historic village of Calvinia. Surrounded by two prominent landmarks, the Hantam Rebunie Mountains, Calvinia boasts the world’s largest ‘post box’ and a museum filled with oddities and memorabilia from time gone by. During the Namaqualand Flower Season (Aug & Sep) the seemingly barren and dry countryside transforms itself into a flower-wonderland.

Overnight Hantam House or similar (DBB)

 

Day 2/3: KALAHARI

In the midst of the “Green Desert” on the farm this farm is a holiday destination that seems to have evolved from a movie makers imagination, offering the visitor a firsthand embrace of nature, with all the luxuries of modern life.

There is something to please each weary traveler, such as the warm and stylishly rustic guesthouse offering its patrons a cozy dining room, vibrant bedrooms and an authentic Kalahari Farm stall where one can purchase true South African gifts and fresh products. The farm known as the “Uitsig” meaning the view consists of two individual bush camps, which are designed from interwoven wooden poles and branches and creates a feeling of being one with nature. All the units have fully equipped and private bathrooms and comfortable bedrooms with a truly African theme. The farm stall curio shop offers a wide range of bushman products and curios from the region.

Overnight Kalahari Guest House (DBB)

 

Day 4/5: KALAHARI

Rooipan Guesthouse is located on the sheep farm Rooipan, named after the striking red colour of the main pan on the farm near where the original farmhouse was built. Home-cooked local food is served in the farmhouse. True Kalahari lamb, nabbas, roosterkoek and tsama melons are well worth trying, and milktart is a speciality. Guests are welcome to wander around the farm. A two-hour walking trail is a recent addition. The trail passes a former Bushmen dwelling. Ostrich eggs used to store water and presumed to be some 100 years old, were found in the area and are now on display in the farmhouse.

Stargazing is a must in the Kalahari. Other nocturnal activities include mini-expeditions led by Lizette Knoetze in search of the amazing barking gecko. Birding is a favorite pastime in the Kalahari, but at Rooipan you won’t even have to walk very far. ‘Paul’, the tame Kori Bustard, will be pleased if you offer him some tsamma melons. Kori Bustards are the largest flying birds in Southern Africa, weighing up to 19kg. Paul prefers walking sedately through the gardens at Rooipan though, so you are sure to see him.

Overnight Rooipan Guest House (DBB)

 

Day 6/7: KALAHARI

Enjoy the open space where nature and modern lodging form unity. Be at home but still enjoy your privacy. Explore this 1000 ha game reserve where you can see gemsbok, springbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland, white blesbok, giraffe and zebras and be surprised by a huge salt pan amongst the Kalahari dunes.

Game drives can be given on request where you will learn about the bushveld, its game, reptiles, insects and exquisite birdlife.

Overnight Loch Maree Guest Farm (DBB)

 

Day 8/9: KALAHARI

The russet sand dunes of this farm will captivate your heart to return – time after time. The big house large and spacious where twelve people comfortably can relax. Koppieskraal is a unique holiday farm where one can stay over on the way to the Rietfontein border post with Namibia, or you may decide to spend a day or two to try the activities. These activities include the camel rides, camping on the Pan, camping between the rocks at the “Lost City” or wild camping on a kopje overlooking the pan. Each of these choices can be unique experience! These camps are ideal for a family get-together or a larger adventurous group who wants to spend a very enjoyable time in the wild.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

Camel Ride

Overnight Koppieskraal Guestfarm. (DBB)

 

Day 10: KALAHARI

Not only information is provided but this Centre is involved in supporting the local community and conservation initiatives. Watch Bushmen artists busy with their daily crafts on the premises. Support these people and take home some beautiful mementoes.

Overnight Kalahari Info and Tented Camp. (DBB)

 

Day 11/12: KALAHARI

Rea’s Bush Camp and Guesthouse, situated in a lovingly restored farmhouse, perched on one of the highest calcrete banks of the dry Molopo riverbed, has retained the elegance of a bygone era.  Transformed into a sanctuary of relaxation and luxury, this establishment offers guests an experience in great hospitality.

 

Spacious, individually decorated bedrooms reflect the character of the farmhouse, inviting the visitor to linger and unwind in comfort.  At sunset, enjoy a glass of wine from the jacuzzi that overlooks a Camelthorn forest down the Molopo River or sit down for a candle lit dinner with Kalahari lamb and venison, prepared to perfection.

Enjoy the remoteness and silence of the Kalahari. This is a bird-watchers paradise with a prolific birdlife, from tiny finches to huge vultures and eagles. This is where the desert comes alive. The russet red sand dunes of this farm will captivate your heart.

Overnight Rea Guest House. (DBB)

 

Day 13: Augrabies Falls 

Returning south, our Route takes us South Africa’s largest waterfall, the Augrabies Falls. Here the Gariep River drops 191 meters into the ravine at the Augrabies Falls. The thundering cascade of water led the original Hottentot residents to believe that evil spirits were active here, and so they named the waterfall Ankoerebis, “place of big noises”, from which the Trek Boers, who settled here later on, derived the name Augrabies. We take a walk along wooden pathways and also enjoy great bird life and rock hyrax basking in the sun.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

Visit Augrabies Falls

Overnight Vergelegen Guest House. (DBB)

 

Day 14: Northern Cape – Calvinia

Departing from Augrabies we travel to Calvinia.

Overnight Hantam House or similar (DBB)

 

Day 15: RETURN TO CAPE TOWN

 

NETT Tour Cost per Person sharing (ZAR/N$)

COST PP 30000 19995 16700 14990
  Persons 2 4 6 8

Subject to Fuel Price, Exchange Rate and availability

Cost Valid until 31 October 2013

Single Supplement on request

 

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

 

 

Included:

– SAT transport in 4×4 vehicle; Public Liability & Passenger Liability Insurance

– Services of a licensed English speaking driver-guide per vehicle

– 14 nights accommodation in comfortable guesthouses/guest farms and tourist class lodges. Meals as stated in program.

– Fees for nature conservation areas, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary (unless stipulated as “OPTIONAL”)

– Portage in overnight facilities

– Non-alcoholic beverages on tour vehicle during overland drives (in limited quantities)

 

Excluded:

– Flights / Visa & Permits / Travel Insurances of any kind

– Cost related to the personal use of 3G internet access & GSM cell phone provided by SAT on tour

– Tips & gratuities to hotel/restaurant personnel and guides

– Alcoholic and any other beverages in addition to those included above

– Any optional services/meals/activities/excursions not included/not mentioned in the itinerary

– Any expense of a personal nature such as for phone calls, laundry services, souvenirs, and similar

The Kalahari Red Dune Experience Option 2-2013
15 days / 14 nights

Tour Code KARDEXP02 (G=Guided)

 

The tour starts in Windhoek and ends in Cape Town. Winding our way south, through the free and open spaces of the Kalahari, the Kalahari Red Dune Experience takes you on a journey of the heart, where you are welcomed with open arms by the locals. Let your heart and soul sink into the silence and rugged beauty of this wilderness. It is said that no two visits to the Kalahari are the same. This ancient and beautiful land is not only amazingly rich in diversity but also reflects an endless variety of moods, making each new encounter refreshingly different from the previous ones. The safari is guided and conducted in Sasendle 4×4 vehicles. Accommodation is provided in rustic farm houses, equipped tented camps and comfortable guesthouses. Approximate distance for this tour is 2500 km.

Introduction

The Kalahari Desert (Dorsland in Afrikaans) is a large semi-arid sandy savannah in Southern Africa extending 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 sq mi), covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa, as semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains. The Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert. There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high. It usually receives 3–7.5 inches (76–190 mm) of rain per year.[4] The surrounding Kalahari Basin covers over 2,500,000 square kilometres (970,000 sq mi) extending farther into Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, and encroaching into parts of Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The only permanent river, the Okavango, flows into a delta in the northwest, forming marshes that are rich in wildlife. Ancient dry riverbeds—called omuramba—traverse the Central Northern reaches of the Kalahari and provide standing pools of water during the rainy season. Previously havens for wild animals from elephant to giraffe, and for predators such as lion and cheetah, the riverbeds are now mostly grazing spots, though leopard or cheetah can still be found.

It is said that no two visits to the Kalahari are the same. This ancient and beautiful land is not only amazingly rich in diversity; it also reflects an endless variety of moods, making each new encounter refreshingly different from the previous ones.

The Kalahari Red Dune Experience showcases the Kalahari through a wide range of activities including duneboarding, camel riding and 4×4 trailing for the adventurous, and game drives, guided walks, birding expeditions and other eco-inclined activities for nature-lovers. For visitors attuned to culture and history, the Kalahari Red Dune Experience offers the opportunity to experience regional customs and folklore, sample traditional cuisine, and meet the warm and welcoming people of the Kalahari. Accommodation options are as diverse as the landscape, and vary from camping to homely bed and breakfasts to luxury lodges. The area covered by the route extends north of Upington in the Northern Cape province of South Africa into the toe-shaped protrusion of South Africa to the Namibian border. The route incorporates the first formally declared Transfrontier Conservation Area in Africa, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This park straddles the South Africa-Botswana border and is one of the largest conservation areas in the world.

Red Dunes

The colour of the dunes in the southern Kalahari can be attributed to the high iron oxide content of the sand. In areas of higher rainfall and in shallow areas where water collects, the iron oxide is leached out, causing the sand ultimately to turn white. The gradual effect of the leaching transforms the desert into a wonderful variety of colours. (Hidden from view by the Kalahari dunes are layers of ancient sedimentary bedrocks, formations that are believed to be rich in fossils.) Most of the sand dunes to be seen on the Kalahari Red Dune Route are stabilised by vegetation. They owe their characteristic shape to wind action that exposes the moist sand beneath the dry surface. The damp layer is eroded further and the resultant windborne particles are deposited on the south-west side of the dune, causing a characteristic gentler gradient.

Sociable Weavers

Besides the red dunes, some of the most obvious features of the Kalahari landscape are the nests of the sociable weaver birds. Their huge edifices often cover entire telephone poles (much to the vexation of the locals, whose telephone services can be interrupted by retained moisture within the nests). The colonies have up to 50 chambers housing as many as 300 birds. The chambers are affixed to the bottom of the nest to make them as inaccessible as possible to predators. The structure as a whole has a unique ‘air-conditioning system’ that ensures the interior temperature never falls below 15°C or rises above 30°C. Pygmy falcons, which cannot survive the harsh winter without a nest, borrow the weavers’ chambers for warmth and in exchange offer their hosts protection from lizards and insects. A ring of white droppings around the chamber entrance reveals the presence of the falcon. Both the Cape cobra and the honey badger are enemies of the sociable weavers, preying on the eggs and chicks.

Farming in the southern Kalahari

Originally the resourceful hunter-gatherers known as the San inhabited the Kalahari. Experience had taught them that, though there was water in the area, it was mostly saline and thus unsuitable for agriculture. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, farmers from the west sought grazing permits during the winter months when there was plenty of nourishment for their livestock. The sheep could survive on just a little drinking water as they obtained most of their moisture from plants. Shepherds would lead their flocks to areas where rains had recently fallen, and they would gather tsama melons for additional nourishment for their flocks. When spring came, the animals would need more water and the herds would again be moved west. Later the government decided that the land was arable, and had it surveyed and apportioned. Farmers who settled in the region would construct dams that supplied water for about nine months of the year. When the water ran out, the farmers either trucked in extra supplies or simply bought or rented another farm. Most chose to buy additional land, and gradually a nomadic style of farming returned to the Kalahari. Shepherds would move the animals by night and rest during the heat of the day. In the early 1980s, the government laid on a water supply network from the Orange River. Today this scheme serves about 650 000ha, and is controlled by a Water Board and a system of flow-control valves and consumption meters designed to prevent overgrazing.

Other Information

Climate and weather: The Kalahari is a desert. Daytime temperatures can be extremely high and sunblock is essential, especially for those with sensitive skins. In winter, night-time temperatures can drop below 0°C (though the days are usually warm and pleasant). Thunderstorms are common during the rainy season between November and April.

Malaria: The Kalahari is malaria-free. However, in the event of high seasonal rains it is advisable to take the usual precautions.

Distances and roads: The distances that you will travel in the Kalahari are large. Most vehicles are suitable for travel in the area, provided you stay clear of the dunes. Four-wheel drive vehicles are advisable for game drives, thanks to their higher ground clearance. Remember that speeding on dirt roads is particularly dangerous. It also creates a great deal of dust, which can adversely affect people, plants and animals in the vicinity of roads.

Finances: Many shops in the smaller towns along the Kalahari Red Dune Route accept only cash. Furthermore, there are few banks and automated teller machines in the area covered by the route. Thus it is advisable to do all banking in Upington and to draw enough cash to cover the entire journey.

Glossary of terms.

Biltong: Spicy air-dried meat (beef, game or ostrich), preserved with salt and seasoned with pepper, coriander and other spices (recipes differ, and are often handed down from generation to generation).

Boerekos: Directly translated from Afrikaans, boerekos means ‘farmer’s food’. Boerekos is the traditional cuisine, consisting primarily of meat (either lamb or game) and vegetables, potato dishes or home-baked breads.

Boma: A large enclosure, often used during game capture. The term is also used to describe an outdoor area used for social gatherings. Usually the walls are made of reeds or bamboo and the roof is thatched.

Braai: The South African barbecue. An abbreviation of the Afrikaans word braaivleis or ‘grilled meat’. Meat products and accompaniments such as vegetables and garlic bread are cooked over an open fire in a relaxed, sociable environment.

Koeksisters (also spelt koeksusters): Twisted plaits of dough, deep-fried in hot oil and soaked in thick syrup until translucent. Koeksisters are originally from the Orient.

Lapa: An outdoor braai (barbeque) or meeting area, often with a thatched roof.

Nabbas: Truffle-like delicacies that grow naturally in the Kalahari. They taste similar to mushrooms and are delicious on roosterkoek (see below).

Pans: Pans are usually areas of hard, bare clay in a natural depression, round or oval in shape. Pans vary in size from roughly 100m to several square kilometres. Though pans sometimes are swollen during the rainy season, it is wrong to believe the water draws the game. It is too saline. However, fertile soils and the greater variety of vegetation near pans provide food for game and a habitat for many bird species.

Rondawel: A round, hut-like dwelling.

Rooi: The Afrikaans word for red.

Roosterkoek: Bread kneaded and then cooked over open coals.

San: The original residents of the Kalahari, often called Bushmen or hunter-gatherers.

Tsama melons: Among the quintessential plants of the Kalahari. In dry spells they are the principal source of water for many antelope, particularly the gemsbok, as their content is over 90% water. Tsama melons are annuals that ripen in midwinter on a long trailing stem. They grow copiously after rains. Twenty-two tsama melons yield the equivalent energy of 1kg of fresh meat.

 

Day 1: Windhoek – Ondekaramba

The farm Ondekaremba measures 7.300 hectares and boasts a 100-year old family tradition.  Shortly after touching down you will be met by the peace and quiet of Africa’s wide-open spaces. Enjoy after a long flight the charm of scenery and unspoilt nature. Ondekaremba means: The place where grazing is good. Thanks to this, combined with numerous watering places, you can be at one with nature by exploring, be it via game drives, hiking trails on a terrain where there are an abundance of wildlife and birds. The lovely garden with landscaped pool area waits for you to come and have a swim, or to just relax. Meals made to a large extent of our own products are prepared in our farm kitchen and are served on the open-air verandas, as a picnic in the bush, or inside the old rustic stone farmhouse.

Overnight at Ondekaramba Farm or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 2: Anib Lodge

Kalahari Anib Lodge is located about 30 km north-east of Mariental, and is an ideal stopover on the way to Southern and Northern Namibia. The lodge is nestled in a lush green oasis under high palm trees, set amidst the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert. This area is notable for the green acacias and yellow grasses that grow in the red sand. Anib means ‘male bird’ in the local Nama language, a people who are predominantly found in the southern regions of Namibia. Birds play an important role in their mythology. Animals including springbok, gemsbok and ostrich can be found around the lodge. Jackal, hare and porcupine inhabit the dunes and dune valleys of the Kalahari Desert as well. The area is also home to the Kori Bustard, the largest flying bird of all, and huge colonies of weaver birds are resident in the lodge’s grounds. Activities include sunrise and sunset scenic drives the through Gondwana Kalahari Park. Bird watchers can view vultures and marabou storks at the feeding place for carrion birds. Hiking trails into the Kalahari can also be organized here.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

Scenic Dune Drive

Overnight Kalahari Anib Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 3: KALAHARI

Not only information is provided but this Centre is involved in supporting the local community and conservation initiatives. Watch Bushmen artists busy with their daily crafts on the premises. Support these people and take home some beautiful mementoes.

Overnight Kalahari Info and Tented Camp. (DBB)

 

Day 4/5: KALAHARI

The russet sand dunes of this farm will captivate your heart to return – time after time. The big house large and spacious where twelve people comfortably can relax. Koppieskraal is a unique holiday farm where one can stay over on the way to the Rietfontein border post with Namibia, or you may decide to spend a day or two to try the activities. These activities include the camel rides, camping on the Pan, camping between the rocks at the “Lost City” or wild camping on a kopje overlooking the pan. Each of these choices can be unique experience! These camps are ideal for a family get-together or a larger adventurous group who wants to spend a very enjoyable time in the wild.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

Camel Ride

Overnight Koppieskraal Guestfarm. (DBB)

 

Day 6/7: KALAHARI

Enjoy the open space where nature and modern lodging form unity. Be at home but still enjoy your privacy. Explore this 1000 ha game reserve where you can see gemsbok, springbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland, white blesbok, giraffe and zebras and be surprised by a huge salt pan amongst the Kalahari dunes. Game drives can be given on request where you will learn about the bushveld, its game, reptiles, insects and exquisite birdlife.

Overnight Loch Maree Guest Farm (DBB)

 

Day 8: KALAHARI

Rea’s Bush Camp and Guesthouse, situated in a lovingly restored farmhouse, perched on one of the highest calcrete banks of the dry Molopo riverbed, has retained the elegance of a bygone era.  Transformed into a sanctuary of relaxation and luxury, this establishment offers guests an experience in great hospitality. Spacious, individually decorated bedrooms reflect the character of the farmhouse, inviting the visitor to linger and unwind in comfort.  At sunset, enjoy a glass of wine from the jacuzzi that overlooks a Camelthorn forest down the Molopo River or sit down for a candle lit dinner with Kalahari lamb and venison, prepared to perfection. Enjoy the remoteness and silence of the Kalahari. This is a bird-watchers paradise with a prolific birdlife, from tiny finches to huge vultures and eagles. This is where the desert comes alive. The russet red sand dunes of this farm will captivate your heart.

Overnight Rea Guest House. (DBB)

 

Day 9/10: KALAHARI

Rooipan Guesthouse is located on the sheep farm Rooipan, named after the striking red colour of the main pan on the farm near where the original farmhouse was built. Home-cooked local food is served in the farmhouse. True Kalahari lamb, nabbas, roosterkoek and tsama melons are well worth trying, and milktart is a speciality. Guests are welcome to wander around the farm. A two-hour walking trail is a recent addition. The trail passes a former Bushmen dwelling. Ostrich eggs used to store water and presumed to be some 100 years old, were found in the area and are now on display in the farmhouse. Stargazing is a must in the Kalahari. Other nocturnal activities include mini-expeditions led by Lizette Knoetze in search of the amazing barking gecko. Birding is a favorite pastime in the Kalahari, but at Rooipan you won’t even have to walk very far. ‘Paul’, the tame Kori Bustard, will be pleased if you offer him some tsamma melons. Kori Bustards are the largest flying birds in Southern Africa, weighing up to 19kg. Paul prefers walking sedately through the gardens at Rooipan though, so you are sure to see him.

Overnight Rooipan Guest House (DBB)

 

Day 11/12: KALAHARI

In the midst of the “Green Desert” on the farm this farm is a holiday destination that seems to have evolved from a movie makers imagination, offering the visitor a firsthand embrace of nature, with all the luxuries of modern life. There is something to please each weary traveler, such as the warm and stylishly rustic guesthouse offering its patrons a cozy dining room, vibrant bedrooms and an authentic Kalahari Farm stall where one can purchase true South African gifts and fresh products. The farm known as the “Uitsig” meaning the view consists of two individual bush camps, which are designed from interwoven wooden poles and branches and creates a feeling of being one with nature. All the units have fully equipped and private bathrooms and comfortable bedrooms with a truly African theme. The farm stall curio shop offers a wide range of bushman products and curios from the region.

Overnight Kalahari Guest House (DBB)

 

Day 13: Augrabies Falls 

Returning south, our Route takes us South Africa’s largest waterfall, the Augrabies Falls. Here the Gariep River drops 191 meters into the ravine at the Augrabies Falls. The thundering cascade of water led the original Hottentot residents to believe that evil spirits were active here, and so they named the waterfall Ankoerebis, “place of big noises”, from which the Trek Boers, who settled here later on, derived the name Augrabies. We take a walk along wooden pathways and also enjoy great bird life and rock hyrax basking in the sun.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

Visit Augrabies Falls

Overnight Vergelegen Guest House. (DBB)

 

Day 14: Northern Cape – Calvinia

Departing from Augrabies via the Great Karoo, we arrive at the historic village of Calvinia. Surrounded by two prominent landmarks, the Hantam Rebunie Mountains, Calvinia boasts the world’s largest ‘post box’ and a museum filled with oddities and memorabilia from time gone by. During the Namaqualand Flower Season (Aug & Sep) the seemingly barren and dry countryside transforms itself into a flower-wonderland.

Overnight Hantam House or similar (DBB)

Day 15: RETURN TO CAPE TOWN

 

NETT Tour Cost per Person sharing (ZAR/N$)

COST PP 33100 21900 18100 16300
  Persons 2 4 6 8

Subject to Fuel Price, Exchange Rate and availability

Cost Valid until 31 October 2013

Single Supplement on request

 

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

 

Included:

– SAT transport in 4×4 vehicle; Public Liability & Passenger Liability Insurance

– Services of a licensed English speaking driver-guide per vehicle

– 14 nights accommodation in comfortable guesthouses/guest farms and tourist class lodges. Meals as stated in program.

– Fees for nature conservation areas, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary (unless stipulated as “OPTIONAL”)

– Portage in overnight facilities

– Non-alcoholic beverages on tour vehicle during overland drives (in limited quantities)

 

Excluded:

– Flights / Visa & Permits / Travel Insurances of any kind

– Cost related to the personal use of 3G internet access & GSM cell phone provided by SAT on tour

– Tips & gratuities to hotel/restaurant personnel and guides

– Alcoholic and any other beverages in addition to those included above

– Any optional services/meals/activities/excursions not included/not mentioned in the itinerary

 

– Any expense of a personal nature such as for phone calls, laundry services, souvenirs, and similar

Namibia All in One 2013

21 days / 20 nights

Tour Code NAMAliOne (G=Guided)

 

The tour starts in WINDHOEK AND ENDS IN WINDHOEK. Highlights of this tour are: Kalahari, Namib Horses, Damaraland (Desert Elephants), Messum Crater, Namibia West Coast, Desert Moon Landscape,  Naukluft Park, Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Tiras Mountains, Etosha, Kaokoveld, Epupa Falls, Himba, Nama, Damara, Owambo, Herero, Bushmen Cultures. The safari is conducted in Sasendle 4×4 vehicle. Accommodation is provided at comfortable guesthouses and tourist class lodges. The approximate distance for this tour is 5000km.        

Day 1: Windhoek – Ondekaramba

The farm Ondekaremba measures 7.300 hectares and boasts a 100-year old family tradition.  Shortly after touching down you will be met by the peace and quiet of Africa’s wide-open spaces. Enjoy after a long flight the charm of scenery and unspoilt nature. Ondekaremba means: The place where grazing is good. Thanks to this, combined with numerous watering places, you can be at one with nature by exploring, be it via game drives, hiking trails on a terrain where there are an abundance of wildlife and birds. The lovely garden with landscaped pool area waits for you to come and have a swim, or to just relax. Meals made to a large extent of our own products are prepared in our farm kitchen and are served on the open-air verandas, as a picnic in the bush, or inside the old rustic stone farmhouse.

Overnight Ondekaramba Farm or similar. (DBB) Farm

 

Day 2: Anib Lodge

Kalahari Anib Lodge is located about 30 km north-east of Mariental, and is an ideal stopover on the way to Southern and Northern Namibia. The lodge is nestled in a lush green oasis under high palm trees, set amidst the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert. This area is notable for the green acacias and yellow grasses that grow in the red sand.

Anib means ‘male bird’ in the local Nama language, a people who are predominantly found in the southern regions of Namibia. Birds play an important role in their mythology. Animals including springbok, gemsbok and ostrich can be found around the lodge. Jackal, hare and porcupine inhabit the dunes and dune valleys of the Kalahari Desert as well. The area is also home to the Kori Bustard, the largest flying bird of all, and huge colonies of weaver birds are resident in the lodge’s grounds. Activities include sunrise and sunset scenic drives the through Gondwana Kalahari Park. Bird watchers can view vultures and marabou storks at the feeding place for carrion birds. Hiking trails into the Kalahari can also be organized here.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

Scenic Dune Drive

Overnight Kalahari Anib Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 3: Succulent Karoo Desert – Lüderitz

Arriving at Aus late afternoon we visit on arrival and departure the realm of the ‘wild horses of the Namib. These magnificent creatures can often be seen roaming the far horizons or gathering at a watering point close by.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

Feral horses watering point visit (Wild Desert Horses)

Overnight Klein-Aus Vista or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 4/5: Namib Desert  Sossusvlei

We proceed slowly via scenic surroundings to our next destination near the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park.  Age-old camel thorn trees and unsurpassed 360 degrees views dominate the desert landscape towards the mountain-range in the distance.We enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. Fascinating Sossusvlei is one of the landscapes making the difference to the Namibian destination. Here, time stopped and you enter into the heart of the Namib Desert. Enormous pink and red dunes mixing with Granite Mountains embedded in yellow and pitch black plains where the Oryx antelope has made its kingdom. Dry white pans covered by dead trees. At Dune 45, the more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world’s most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2.6 kilometer round-trip walk takes you to the well photographed “Dead Vlei”. Sossusvlei is at the ‘end of road’ and the highlight of the day.  We also visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon, where the Tsauchab River and erosion have incised a narrow gorge over the millennia. The permanent water pools at its bottom have ensured the survival of nomadic populations in pre-historic times as well as that of early European explorers and the so-called Thirstland Trekkers, in more recent centuries. On our way back to the Sossusvlei Desert Camp, we take a lunch break at a lodge situated next to the Sesriem Gate of the park where light lunches (optional) and cold beverages are served on a terrace overlooking the dry bed of the ephemeral Tsauchab River and the dunes beyond it.

Activities:

Sossusvlei/Dead Vlei/Dune45/Big Daddy Dune/Sesriem Canyon

Overnight Sossusvlei Desert Camp or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 6/7:  Swakopmund

En route to Swakopmund we will explore the Namib Desert with the rugged Kuiseb Canyon, while driving along the Swakop riverbed. We stop at the eerie moon landscape and marvel at the Welwitschia Mirabilis, an ancient plant endemic to the Namib Desert. Today’s destination is the cool Atlantic Coast and the quaint town of Swakopmund. En route we will explore the Namib Desert with the rugged Kuiseb Canyon, while driving along the Swakop riverbed. Take a walk through town and enjoy the mixture of colonial flair and historic architecture in Swakopmund (the historic town, the Woermannhouse, the Hohenzollernhouse, the old Magistrates Court, the historical Jail and the Jetty and the lighthouse. After arriving in Swakopmund you can explore the popular coastal resort on your own and spend time at leisure or with shopping. Moving north, we will pass visit The Spitzkoppe (also referred to as Spitzkop, Groot Spitzkop, or the “Matterhorn of Namibia”), is a group of bald granite peaks or bornhardts located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert. The granite is more than 700 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 1784 meters (5857 feet) above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 700m above the floor of the desert below. A minor peak- the Little Spitzkoppe – lies nearby at an elevation of 1584 metres above sea level. Other prominences stretch out into a range known as the Pontok Mountains. Many examples of Bushmen artwork can be seen painted on the rock in the Spitzkoppe area.

Activities:

Desert Moon Landscape

Harbour Boat Cruise

Overnight Atlantic Villa or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 8:  Damaraland Brandberg

Named after Namibia’s most famous rock painting south of Torra, in the Namib Desert, is the Tsiseb (pronounced See-seb) Conservancy, which also partnered with a private business to open the White Lady Lodge. The lodge is named after Namibia’s most famous rock painting, the White Lady, which graces the side of a hill in the Brandberg Mountains. The lodge, built in 2003, offers guests stone chalets or tent sites. The lodge’s swimming pool, offering respite from the stifling desert heat, is tucked behind the main building under one of the area’s stunning rock copies. The Ugab River Valley with its old trees and green bushes is homestead for a wide variety of game, birds, fascinating reptiles and insects. The formation of the Brandberg massive unveils its treasures and secrets to the knowing eye of the geologist. Its sublime beauty nobody can evade. The stone-age rock paintings of the San Bushmen give evidence of the presence of the famous desert elephants in the area many thousand years ago. Especially during the drier periods of the year, groups of desert elephant rove in the valley of the Ugab River. Here, there is no worry for water and bush and trees to feed on in abundance. The Tsiseb area is blessed with mountains and rich mineral soil that can yield gems like amethyst and rock crystal. For many community members, digging out gems and selling them by the side of the road.

Overnight at Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 9/10:  Twyfelfontein

The Twyfelfontein area, being a very vulnerable and delicate ecosystem, is renowned for some of the best examples of Bushman paintings and rock engravings in southern Africa and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Interesting rock formations and the remainder of prehistoric volcanic action can be seen among the most prominent geographic features including the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain, Doros Crater and the Petrified Forest. The fauna and flora of Damaraland is typical of the Pro-Namib region and plant species include the magnificent Welwitschia, Moringa and a variety of the Commiphora species. The Desert adapted Elephant, Giraffe, Springbok, Zebra, Oryx, and Ostrich include some of the wildlife which can be found living in total harmony with the community. The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and boast 56 en-suite twin rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool. In construction utmost care was taken to reduce the visual impact on the environment and to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colors toning in with the surrounding rock formations.

Activity:

World Heritage Site visit

Rock Paintings/Organ Pipes/Burnt Mountain

Overnight at Twyfelfontein Lodge or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 11/12: Opuwa Country Lodge

Opuwo is the gateway to the Kaokoveld region in the northwestern part of Namibia or also known as the Kunene region. The remote area south of the Kunene River is the home of the Himba people, who have kept their ethnic individuality and culture in the seclusion of Kaokoland. Opuwo Country Hotel was officially opened by His Excellency, Hifikepunye Pohamba on 25 August 2005. The hotel provides comfortable luxury accommodation with air conditioning and is your ideal base from where to explore Kaokoland.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

Himba Village visit and experience their culture.

Overnight Opuwa Country Lodge or similar. (DBB) Lodge Standard Room

 

Day 13/14: Epupa Camp

Situated east of the Epupa Falls on the banks of the Kunene River, in Kaokoland is Epupa Falls Lodge. With its waving palms, spectacular sunsets and perennially flowing waters, the Epupa area has much to see and experience. Exciting geological and archaeological sites can be seen in the area. Bird life in this riverine paradise is rich and varied, with some species endemic to the Kunene River environs. It is a small, luxury tented camp that offers you a relaxing, yet exhilarating, few days of personalized service, excellent food and the seclusion of a lush riverine wilderness. The adjacent dining room and lounge area also face the Kunene River, along with a lounging pool for cooling down from the midday heat, or enjoying a glass of sparkling wine. A small suspension bridge connects Epupa Falls Lodge with its own private island. Hammocks, benches, and lounge chairs, placed close to the river, create a personal piece of paradise. The Epupa Falls, although not the biggest or highest in Africa, have a unique beauty that entices visitors from all over the world.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

Sundowner

3 hour guided walk

Overnight Epupa Camp or similar. (DBB)

 

Day  15/16/17/18/19: Etosha

A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of travelling Namibia. Etosha, which was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907, covers an area of more than 22 000 square kilometres. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bush land in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. The Etosha National Park has a good infrastructure. Well-maintained gravel roads (untarred) leads to the waterholes, where game viewing is at its best. In the three rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni, hotels, chalets and camping sites are available as well as restaurants, stores and swimming pools. The main entrance to the park is called the “Andersson Gate” at Okaukuejo in the south, where the park administration is also situated. The “Von Lindequist Gate” lies in the east near Namutoni. A new gate, the “Nehale lya Mpingana Gate” (King Nehale Gate) was opened at the beginning of 2003 in the north-east. The pan is just about always dry. However, in the southern parts there are have water-holes scattered throughout this area and form the basis of life for countless game. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approx. 22 000 square kilometres in size. There is an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals.

Activities:

4 full day game drive in the Etosha Park.

Overnight at Dolomite Camp or similar (DBB)

 

Day 20: Windhoek

Arebbusch Travel Lodge is situated just south of Windhoek on the B1, and is set on the banks of the river of the same name. Although the lodge is within the city’s municipal limits, it’s setting within the natural surroundings of the veld, it make it an ideal destination for the business traveller and tourist alike. Many guests prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life, whilst still being only 10mins drive away from the capital’s shopping centres, banking and medical facilities, airport and main attractions.

Overnight at Ondekaramba Farm or similar (DBB)

 

Day 21: Windhoek

Transfer to Hosea Kutako Airport

 

NETT Tour Cost Per Person sharing (ZAR/N$)

COST PP 58100 41700 36200 33400
Persons 2 4 6 8

Subject to Fuel Price and availability

Cost Valid until 31 October 2013

Single Supplement on reques

 

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included:

– SAT transport in 4×4 vehicle/s; Public Liability & Passenger Liability Insurance

– Services of a licensed English speaking driver-guide per vehicle

– 20 nights’ accommodation in comfortable guesthouses/guest farms/tourist class lodges. Meals at DBB (Dinner Bed and Breakfast)

– Fees for nature conservation areas, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary (unless stipulated as “OPTIONAL”)

– Activities as stated in itinerary

– Portage in overnight facilities

– Non-alcoholic beverages on tour vehicle during overland drives (in limited quantities)

 

Excluded:

– Flights / Visa & Permits / Travel Insurances of any kind

– Cost related to the personal use of 3G internet access & GSM cell phone provided by SAT on tour

– Tips & gratuities to hotel/restaurant personnel and guides

– Alcoholic and any other beverages in addition to those included above

– Any optional services/meals/activities/excursions not included/not mentioned in the itinerary

– Any expense of a personal nature such as for phone calls, laundry services, souvenirs, and similar

Wildlife and Birding Extravaganza 2013-Option1

21 days / 20 nights

Tour Code WHCAEX01 (G=Guided)

 

The tour starts in WINDHOEK and ends in Zambia or Zimbabwe. Highlights of this tour are: Windhoek, Okahandja Craft market, Etosha, Bird Watching, Kavango River and (Poppa Falls), Mahango Game Reserve, Kwando River, Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. The safari is conducted in Sasendle 4×4 vehicles. Accommodation is provided at comfortable guesthouses and tourist class lodges. The approximate distance for this tour is 5000km (including Game Drives).

 

 

Day 1: Windhoek – Ondekaramba

The farm Ondekaremba measures 7.300 hectares and boasts a 100-year old family tradition.  Shortly after touching down you will be met by the peace and quiet of Africa’s wide-open spaces. Enjoy after a long flight the charm of scenery and unspoilt nature. Ondekaremba is called: ‘The place where grazing is good’. Thanks to this, combined with numerous watering places, you can be at one with nature by exploring, be it via game drives, hiking trails on a terrain where there are an abundance of wildlife and birds. The lovely garden with landscaped pool area waits for you to come and have a swim, or to just relax. Meals made to a large extent of the lodge’s own products are prepared in their farm kitchen and are served on the open-air verandas, as a picnic in the bush, or inside the old rustic stone farmhouse.

Overnight at Ondekaramba Farm or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 2/3/4/5/6/7/8: Etosha –

Etosha will be explored in 3 parts, Western (Dolomite Camp), Southern (Okaukuejo) and Eastern Side (Namutoni)

Departing after breakfast, we turn north towards Etosha. En-route we will stop at the Okahandja craft market. Discover the hand make craftworks that are produced by the indigenous peoples of Namibia. A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of travelling Namibia. Etosha, which was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907, covers an area of more than 22 000 square kilometres. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bush land in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. The Etosha National Park has a good infrastructure. Well-maintained gravel roads lead to the waterholes, where game viewing is at its best. In the three rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni, hotels, chalets and camping sites are available as well as restaurants, stores and swimming pools. The main entrance to the park is called the “Anderson Gate” at Okaukuejo in the south, where the park administration is also situated. The “Von Lindequist Gate” lies in the east near Namutoni. A new gate, the “Nehale lya Mpingana Gate” (King Nehale Gate) was opened at the beginning of 2003 in the north-east. The pan is just about always dry. However, in the southern parts there are have water-holes scattered throughout this area and form the basis of life for countless game. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approx. 22 000 square kilometres in size. There is an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals.

Activities – AC:

Am and PM game drive in the Etosha Park.

Overnight at Dolomite Camp or similar (DBB) Day 2/3/4

Overnight at Okaukuejo Camp or similar (DBB) Day 5/6

Overnight at Namutoni Camp or similar (DBB) Day 7/8

 

Day 9/10/11: Hakusembe – Caprivi

Picturesquely situated on the south bank of the Okavango River, 16 km west of Rundu, Hakusembe River Lodge is the perfect stopover on the way into Caprivi and to the Victoria Falls. The 10 chalets (with air-conditioning) offer magnificent views of the river and the lush vegetation which teems with diverse birdlife. The swimming pool invites to cool off on hot summer days. Experience the river world on a boat trip or join an excursion to the cultural village nearby. Relish the enchanting atmosphere during dinner in the restaurant and with a drink at the bar.

Activities – AC:

Bird watching from boat

Sunset River Cruise

Overnight at Hakusembe River Lodge – Floating Bungalow or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 12/13/14: Caprivi – Poppa Falls

Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa, Namibia’s hidden wildlife paradise in the Caprivi where time stands still. This luxury lodge is nestled amongst majestic trees on the banks of the Okavango River a few hundred meters from Poppa Falls. It is fondly referred to by the locals as Paradishi Ghomumbiru, (Little Paradise).The Lodge offers an exquisite view over the Okavango River with excellent opportunities for bird watching. The lodge is only a couple of kilometers away from the Mahango Game Reserve, which is celebrated for its abundance of game species such as elephant, buffalo, sable and roan antelope, bushbuck, reedbuck and tsessebe.

Activities – AC:

Birding

Boat Trip including Island Sundowner

Game Drive in Mahango Park

Traditional Village visit

Overnight at Divava Okavango Lodge and Spa or similar. (FI)

 

Day 14/15/16: Caprivi – Kwando River

As the evening sky turns into a red glow you sit back, high above the river, enjoying a chilled drink while listening to the deep grunt of hippos. This experience awaits you on the sundowner deck of Namushasha River Lodge on the Kwando River in eastern Caprivi. Apart from 24 rooms in chalets the lodge consists of a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool. Watch elephant, hippo, buffalo or sable antelope on our excursions by boat or off-road vehicle, visit a traditional village in the vicinity or take time to observe the colourful birdlife (more than 400 species).

Activities – AC:

Boat Trip

Game Drive Mwabatha Park

Birding

Overnight at Namushasha Lodge or similar (FI)

 

Day 17/18/19/20:  Caprivi – Zambezi River

This Voyager is more than a houseboat, or just another lodge in Africa, it is a luxuriously appointed floating lodge, operating on the Chobe and Upper Zambezi Rivers.  It is an exclusive experience affording you privacy and the opportunity to experience the wildlife-rich floodplains of the Chobe National Park. What is unique about this Voyager is that each cabin is allocated its own tender boat and river guide to explore the endless water ways. You are free to create your own itinerary, from game viewing, birding, photography, fishing, cultural visits or walking through one of Africa’s prime wildlife environments. The Upper Zambezi has some of the best river fishing in the world. Test your skills against the Tiger fish, one of the most explosive freshwater game fish in the world, or simply travel through an iconic piece of Africa in distinctive comfort and style.

ENTERTAINMENT DECKS

The middle deck comprises of the lounge, dining area, open air decks, galley (kitchen) and Captains Bridge. The lounge area consists of two private lounges with a small reference library containing the latest bird, plant and fishing guides. This area affords panoramic views of the surroundings and unequalled game viewing opportunities. The communal dining area is where all your sumptuous meals are served, and also a great place to hold meetings should this be required. Tea, coffee and refreshments are available from the bar throughout the day on this deck. The open air deck offers a choice of cooling off in the jacuzzi or watching the African sunset whilst being serenaded by the night sounds.  Top deck or the viewing deck has a seating area to leisurely sip Sundowners or soak up the warm African sun on the sun loungers.  Catch up on some supreme birding and game viewing.   In the evenings, this top viewing deck becomes prime position to familiarise oneself with the spectacular African night sky…

GAME VIEWING

Water based game viewing from the main vessel and private tenders while based on the Chobe River in Chobe National Park. This area is one of the prime game viewing destinations in Africa. Sightings of two of the big five are almost guaranteed on a daily basis in the form of elephant and buffalo while big cats are often spotted leisurely lapping up water or just taking a stroll on the water’s edge.  Crocodiles and hippo are always present. Not being restricted to having to leave the park before sunset to head back to a lodge, clients are afforded the opportunity to allow Africa to lull them to sleep with her lullaby while on the waters of Chobe.

BIRDING

This area of operation boasts home to over 450 species of birds found in the following varied habitats: the floodplains (water birds), woodlands savannah, riverine forest & mopani woodlands. Birding is conducted either directly off the main vessel, from small tender boats or by foot on the surrounding floodplains and woodland/forest areas. A bird list is available of 390 species that can be seen from the river, this excludes the species recorded in the surrounding areas that are unlikely to be seen from the boat.   Being serenaded at night by the Swamp Nightjar and sightings of  Rock Pratincole, African Skimmer, Luapula and Chirping Cisticolas, Slaty Egrets, Swamp Boubou,  Coppery-tailed Coucal, White-backed Night Heron,  Half-collared Kingfisher, Collared Palm Thrush, Pygmy Geese, Western Banded Snake Eagle make this trip a must for all birders.   14 species are noted as exceptional interest to birders and 31 species of unusual interest.

WALKING

The floodplain and wetland areas of the Zambezi and Chobe have a diverse ecological makeup. The opportunity to take guided walks is available over varying distances and within different habitats. The walking is comfortable as the terrain is reasonably flat and is not exclusively for the energetic.  At Caprivi’s tip is an island called Impalila Island which has the accolade of being the only place in the world where 4 countries meet each other, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

CULTURAL VILLAGE VISIT

On a typical village visit clients are shown around and introduced to the various village life elements by one of the headmen and are encouraged to ask any questions they may have. After the tour through the village, the locals then put on a small dance and encourage the guests to join them. Small beaded necklaces and other curios are for sale afterwards. A truly warm Caprivian village experience.

Overnight at Zambezi Voyager or similar. (FI)

 

Day 21:  Zambia

 

Transfer to Livingstone/Victoria Falls Airport

 

NETT Tour Cost Per Person Sharing (ZAR/N$)

 

COST PP 76500 58850 52990 50100
  Persons 2 4 6 8

Subject to Fuel Price, Exchange Rate and availability

Cost Valid until 31 October 2013

Single Supplement on request

 

Inclusions and Exclusions

 

Included:

– SAT transport in 4×4 vehicles; Public Liability & Passenger Liability Insurance

– Services of a licensed English speaking driver-guide per vehicle

– 20 nights’ accommodation in comfortable tourist class lodges. Meals, as stated in the itinerary.

– Fees for nature conservation areas, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary (unless stipulated as “OPTIONAL”)

– Portage in overnight facilities

– Non-alcoholic beverages on tour vehicle during overland drives (in limited quantities)

 

Excluded:

– Flights not specified/airport taxes/ Visa & Permits / Travel Insurances of any kind

– Cost related to the personal use of 3G internet access & GSM cell phone provided by SAT on tour

– Tips & gratuities to hotel/restaurant personnel and guides

– Alcoholic and any other beverages in addition to those included above

– Any optional services/meals/activities/excursions not included/not mentioned in the itinerary

– Any expense of a personal nature such as for phone calls, laundry services, souvenirs, and similar

 

Wildlife and Birding Extravaganza 2013-Option2

20 days / 19 nights

Tour Code WHCAEX02 (G=Guided)

 

The tour starts in WINDHOEK and ends in Zambia or Zimbabwe. Highlights of this tour are: Windhoek, Okahandja Craft market, Etosha, Bird Watching, Kavango River and (Poppa Falls), Mahango Game Reserve, Kwando River, Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. The safari is conducted in Sasendle 4×4 vehicles. Accommodation is provided at comfortable guesthouses and tourist class lodges. The approximate distance for this tour is 5000km (including Game Drives).

 

Day 1: Windhoek – Ondekaramba

The farm Ondekaremba measures 7.300 hectares and boasts a 100-year old family tradition.  Shortly after touching down you will be met by the peace and quiet of Africa’s wide-open spaces. Enjoy after a long flight the charm of scenery and unspoilt nature. Ondekaremba is called: ‘The place where grazing is good’. Thanks to this, combined with numerous watering places, you can be at one with nature by exploring, be it via game drives, hiking trails on a terrain where there are an abundance of wildlife and birds. The lovely garden with landscaped pool area waits for you to come and have a swim, or to just relax. Meals made to a large extent of the lodge’s own products are prepared in their farm kitchen and are served on the open-air verandas, as a picnic in the bush, or inside the old rustic stone farmhouse.

Overnight at Ondekaramba Farm or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 2/3/4/5/6/7/8: Etosha –

Etosha will be explored in 3 parts, Western (Dolomite Camp), Southern (Okaukuejo) and Eastern Side (Namutoni)

Departing after breakfast, we turn north towards Etosha. En-route we will stop at the Okahandja craft market. Discover the hand make craftworks that are produced by the indigenous peoples of Namibia. A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of travelling Namibia. Etosha, which was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907, covers an area of more than 22 000 square kilometres. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bush land in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. The Etosha National Park has a good infrastructure. Well-maintained gravel roads lead to the waterholes, where game viewing is at its best. In the three rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni, hotels, chalets and camping sites are available as well as restaurants, stores and swimming pools. The main entrance to the park is called the “Anderson Gate” at Okaukuejo in the south, where the park administration is also situated. The “Von Lindequist Gate” lies in the east near Namutoni. A new gate, the “Nehale lya Mpingana Gate” (King Nehale Gate) was opened at the beginning of 2003 in the north-east. The pan is just about always dry. However, in the southern parts there are have water-holes scattered throughout this area and form the basis of life for countless game. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approx. 22 000 square kilometres in size. There is an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals.

Activities – AC:

Am and PM game drive in the Etosha Park.

Overnight at Dolomite Camp or similar (DBB) Day 2/3/4

Overnight at Okaukuejo Camp or similar (DBB) Day 5/6

Overnight at Namutoni Camp or similar (DBB) Day 7/8

 

Day 9/10/11: Hakusembe – Caprivi

Picturesquely situated on the south bank of the Okavango River, 16 km west of Rundu, Hakusembe River Lodge is the perfect stopover on the way into Caprivi and to the Victoria Falls. The 10 chalets (with air-conditioning) offer magnificent views of the river and the lush vegetation which teems with diverse birdlife. The swimming pool invites to cool off on hot summer days. Experience the river world on a boat trip or join an excursion to the cultural village nearby. Relish the enchanting atmosphere during dinner in the restaurant and with a drink at the bar.

Activities – AC:

Bird watching from boat

Sunset River Cruise

Overnight at Hakusembe River Lodge – Floating Bungalow or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 12/13/14: Caprivi – Poppa Falls

Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa, Namibia’s hidden wildlife paradise in the Caprivi where time stands still. This luxury lodge is nestled amongst majestic trees on the banks of the Okavango River a few hundred meters from Poppa Falls. It is fondly referred to by the locals as Paradishi Ghomumbiru, (Little Paradise).The Lodge offers an exquisite view over the Okavango River with excellent opportunities for bird watching. The lodge is only a couple of kilometers away from the Mahango Game Reserve, which is celebrated for its abundance of game species such as elephant, buffalo, sable and roan antelope, bushbuck, reedbuck and tsessebe.

Activities – AC:

Birding

Boat Trip including Island Sundowner

Game Drive in Mahango Park

Traditional Village visit

Overnight at Divava Okavango Lodge and Spa or similar. (FI)

 

Day 14/15/16: Caprivi – Kwando River

As the evening sky turns into a red glow you sit back, high above the river, enjoying a chilled drink while listening to the deep grunt of hippos. This experience awaits you on the sundowner deck of Namushasha River Lodge on the Kwando River in eastern Caprivi. Apart from 24 rooms in chalets the lodge consists of a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool. Watch elephant, hippo, buffalo or sable antelope on our excursions by boat or off-road vehicle, visit a traditional village in the vicinity or take time to observe the colourful birdlife (more than 400 species).

Activities – AC:

Boat Trip

Game Drive Mwabatha Park

Birding

Overnight at Namushasha Lodge or similar (FI)

 

Day 17/18/19:  Chobe

Transfer to Kasane after breakfast. Chobe Safari Lodge, on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana, is the best destination for serious game viewers. Situated in Kasane, Chobe Safari Lodge is close to where the borders of four African countries meet – Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia. If you are planning to visit the Chobe area, the majestic Victoria Falls or the Caprivi region, then Chobe Safari Lodge is the ideal choice of accommodation.

Chobe Safari Lodge in Kasane borders on the Chobe National Park, which is part of a water system linked to the Chobe, Linyati and Kwando Rivers. The series of islands, floodplains and lakes ensure an abundance of wildlife. The Park, right next to Chobe Safari Lodge, is home to more than 80 000 elephant as well as huge herds of buffalo. During the dry winter season, the animals move closer to the Chobe River to get water, so you will be able to view large herds of elephant and buffalo. Other game also abounds, including lion, leopard, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, as well as puku, kudu and other antelope.

The Kasane International Airport, Victoria International Airport, as well as the Livingstone International Airport are close by, and Chobe Safari Lodge offers daily transfers.

Activities (AC) and inclusions for the 3 day package:

3 x Nights in the Luxury River or Safari Rooms

3 x Buffet Dinners

3 x Breakfasts

2 x Lunches

1 x Game Drive

1 x Boat Cruise

2 Hours Private Boat Cruise

3 x Park Fees

TWO ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES that can be selected from the supplied package are:

Victoria Falls Day Trip (Guided), Fishing, Game Drive, Boat Cruise, Namibian Village Walk, Private Boat Cruise

Overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge (De Lux River Safari Room) or similar. (FI)

 

 

Day 20:  Zimbabwe

Transfer Kasane and Livingstone Airport

 

NETT Tour Cost Per Person Sharing (ZAR/N$)

 

COST PP 80880 59680 52630 49100
  Persons 2 4 6 8

Subject to Fuel Price, Exchange Rate and availability

Cost Valid until 31 October 2013

Single Supplement on request

 

Inclusions and Exclusions

 

Included:

– SAT transport in 4×4 vehicles; Public Liability & Passenger Liability Insurance

– Services of a licensed English speaking driver-guide per vehicle

– 20 nights’ accommodation in comfortable tourist class lodges. Meals, as stated in the itinerary.

– Fees for nature conservation areas, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary (unless stipulated as “OPTIONAL”)

– Portage in overnight facilities

– Non-alcoholic beverages on tour vehicle during overland drives (in limited quantities)

 

Excluded:

– Flights not specified/airport taxes/ Visa & Permits / Travel Insurances of any kind

– Cost related to the personal use of 3G internet access & GSM cell phone provided by SAT on tour

– Tips & gratuities to hotel/restaurant personnel and guides

– Alcoholic and any other beverages in addition to those included above

– Any optional services/meals/activities/excursions not included/not mentioned in the itinerary

– Any expense of a personal nature such as for phone calls, laundry services, souvenirs, and similar

3 Countries Explore 2013

14 days / 13 nights

Tour Code PHGOEBEL01 (G=Guided)

 

The tour starts in WINDHOEK and ends in ZAMBIA. Highlights of this tour are: Windhoek, Okahandja Craft market, Omaruru Craft market and tea garden, Etosha, Caprivi (Poppa Falls), Moremi Tongue, Okavango Delta, Chobe, Victoria Falls. The safari is conducted in Sasendle 4×4 vehicles. Accommodation is provided at comfortable guesthouses and tourist class lodges. The approximate distance for this tour is 3000km.

 

 

Day 1: Windhoek

Arebbusch Travel Lodge is situated just south of Windhoek on the B1, and is set on the banks of the river of the same name. Although the lodge is within the city’s municipal limits, it’s setting within the natural surroundings of the veld, it make it an ideal destination for the business traveller and tourist alike. Many guests prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life, whilst still being only 10mins drive away from the capital’s shopping centres, banking and medical facilities, airport and main attractions.

Overnight at Arebbusch Travel Lodge or similar (DBB)

 

Day 2/3: Etosha

Departing after breakfast, we turn north towards Etosha. En-route we will stop at the Okahandja craft market. Discover the hand make craftworks that are produced by the indigenous peoples of Namibia. Omaruru has truly made its mark on the Namibian plains. Its list of local attractions include dinosaur footprints at Otjihenamaparero, a museum commemorating Omaruru’s history, local craft shops and a winery boasting locally produced wines. Located between coastal town Swakopmund and northern Otjiwarongo, Omaruru is fast becoming an artist’s haven with cheese, wine, chocolate and wood carved items being just some of the local produce.

A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of travelling Namibia. Etosha, which was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907, covers an area of more than 22 000 square kilometres. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bush land in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. The Etosha National Park has a good infrastructure. Well-maintained gravel roads lead to the waterholes, where game viewing is at its best. In the three rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni, hotels, chalets and camping sites are available as well as restaurants, stores and swimming pools. The main entrance to the park is called the “Anderson Gate” at Okaukuejo in the south, where the park administration is also situated. The “Von Lindequist Gate” lies in the east near Namutoni. A new gate, the “Nehale lya Mpingana Gate” (King Nehale Gate) was opened at the beginning of 2003 in the north-east. The pan is just about always dry. However, in the southern parts there are have water-holes scattered throughout this area and form the basis of life for countless game. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approx. 22 000 square kilometres in size. There is an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals.

Activities – AC:

Am and PM game drive in the Etosha Park.

Overnight at Okaukuejo Water Hole Suites or similar (DBB)

 

Day 4/5/6: Onguma Game Reserve

Departing after breakfast, we depart via Namutoni to Onguma. We take different routes in order to observe as much as possible wildlife and nature. Onguma Game Reserve is situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s Pan. Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets. Here you will be awarded with the opportunity of experiencing Africa in all her beauty and diversity. Onguma Game Reserve has more than 34,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife. The nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, Oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely. Predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard are common residents in this area. The latest addition to the already abundant wildlife at Onguma Game Reserve is a family of black rhinos. More than 300 bird species can also be viewed at Onguma Game Reserve. During the Namibian summer months the nature reserve becomes a bird-watcher’s paradise with thousands of species migrating to the wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems.

Activities – AC:

2 x AM and 2 x PM Game Drives

Overnight at Onguma Lodge(Bush Suites) or similar. (DBB)

 

Day 7: Caprivi – Poppa Falls

Our route today takes via Tsumeb, Grootfontein, Rundu to our lodge. We request an early morning departure after breakfast, in order to complete the 629 kilometers for the day. We expect arrival at 15h00, enough time to settle you in and prepare for the boat trip and sundowner.

Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa, Namibia’s hidden wildlife paradise in the Caprivi where time stands still. This luxury lodge is nestled amongst majestic trees on the banks of the Okavango River a few hundred meters from Poppa Falls. It is fondly referred to by the locals as Paradishi Ghomumbiru, (Little Paradise).The Lodge offers an exquisite view over the Okavango River with excellent opportunities for bird watching. The lodge is only a couple of kilometers away from the Mahango Game Reserve, which is celebrated for its abundance of game species such as elephant, buffalo, sable and roan antelope, bushbuck, reedbuck and tsessebe.

Activities – AC:

Boat Trip including Island Sundowner

Overnight at Divava Okavango Lodge and Spa. (DBB)

 

Day 8: Botswana (Moremi Tongue)

Today is your departure to the Okavango Delta. Departure time from this Lodge to the Divundu (Bagani) Airstrip will depend on the flight schedule provided.

The Okavango Delta is the only inland delta of its kind and a unique oasis of life in the center of the arid Kalahari Desert. The 16,000 km2 delta owes its existence to rainfall in the Angolan highlands. The rainy season begins in November, and the floodwater begins its 250 kilometer journey downstream. Because of the gentle slope of the delta basin, the floods take around six months to make their way from Angola. The Okavango Delta consists of channels, tributaries and lagoons as well as floodplains, islands and mainland areas. There are two distinct areas of the Delta: the vegetation of the permanent swamp includes groves of wild date palm, swathes of papyrus, islands fringed with forest and lagoons covered with floating water lilies while the seasonal swamp consists of open floodplains which support tall and elegant real fan palms, sausage trees, fig trees and a variety of scrub vegetation.

Nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, Shinde is an intimate camp located on the edge of Shinde Lagoon, which simply teems with animal and birdlife. The camp’s unique main area comprises a multi-tiered dining room and lounge set under canvas amongst the shade of ebony and mangosteen trees to complement the atmosphere of this original safari camp. Shinde offers a diverse range of activities, courtesy of its location which affords both water and land activities year round. Motorboats or mokoro provide a chance to experience the incredible bird, plant and reptile species found in the aquatic habitat of the Okavango Delta.

Inclusion for this Camp:

Activities and inclusions- AC:

  • All meals and snacks
  • Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Game activities conducted by professional guides
  • Daily laundry service
  • All taxes, VAT, park entrance fees and service charges
  • Emergency evacuation insurance (to regional medical facility)

Overnight at Shinde Camp or similar. (FI)

 

Day 9/10/11:  Chobe

Transfer to Kasane after breakfast. Chobe Safari Lodge, on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana, is the best destination for serious game viewers. Situated in Kasane, Chobe Safari Lodge is close to where the borders of four African countries meet – Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia. If you are planning to visit the Chobe area, the majestic Victoria Falls or the Caprivi region, then Chobe Safari Lodge is the ideal choice of accommodation.

Chobe Safari Lodge in Kasane borders on the Chobe National Park, which is part of a water system linked to the Chobe, Linyati and Kwando Rivers. The series of islands, floodplains and lakes ensure an abundance of wildlife. The Park, right next to Chobe Safari Lodge, is home to more than 80 000 elephant as well as huge herds of buffalo. During the dry winter season, the animals move closer to the Chobe River to get water, so you will be able to view large herds of elephant and buffalo. Other game also abounds, including lion, leopard, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, as well as puku, kudu and other antelope.

The Kasane International Airport, Victoria International Airport, as well as the Livingstone International Airport are close by, and Chobe Safari Lodge offers daily transfers.

Activities (AC) and inclusions for the 3 day package:

3 x Nights in the Luxury River or Safari Rooms

3 x Buffet Dinners

3 x Breakfasts

2 x Lunches

1 x Game Drive

1 x Boat Cruise

2 Hours Private Boat Cruise

3 x Park Fees

TWO ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES that can be selected from the supplied package are:

Victoria Falls Day Trip (Guided), Fishing, Game Drive, Boat Cruise, Namibian Village Walk, Private Boat Cruise

Overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge (De Lux River Safari Room) or similar. (FI)

 

Day 12/13:  Zambia

Ideally located just 4 km from the Victoria Falls, Maramba River Lodge provides a most attractive year-round base in a shaded woodland setting. The lodge is situated in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on a bluff overlooking the Maramba River and it is often visited by the resident wildlife, with elephant wandering through the grounds at certain times of the year. The private chalets are spacious and airy, and nestle under mopane and mahogany trees. All the rustic, thatched chalets have creative mukwa and wrought iron fittings, en-suite tiled bathrooms, mosquito proofing with treated nets, ceiling fans, internal safe, and views over the Maramba River or floodlit waterhole.

Each tent is individually decorated to a theme with our own hand crafted furniture. The en-suite bathroom is tiled throughout with a shower open to the African sky. The Safari Tents offer en-suite bathrooms and mosquito nets all under thatch. These small yet appointed tents offer the perfect compromise between budget and room facilities.

Overnight at Maramba River Lodge or similar. (BB)

 

Day 14:  Zambia

Transfer to Livingstone Airport

 

NETT Tour Cost per Person sharing (ZAR/N$)

COST PP 102900 81000 68100 63800
  Persons 2 4 6 8

Subject to Fuel Price, Exchange Rate and availability

Cost Valid until 31 October 2013

Single Supplement on request

 

Inclusions and Exclusions

 

Included:

– SAT transport in 4×4 vehicles; Public Liability & Passenger Liability Insurance

– Flights Divundu (Bagani) to Shinde, Shinde to Kasane

– Services of a licensed English speaking driver-guide per vehicle

– 13 nights’ accommodation in comfortable tourist class lodges. Meals, as stated in the itinerary.

– Fees for nature conservation areas, sightseeing & activities as per itinerary (unless stipulated as “OPTIONAL”)

– Portage in overnight facilities

– Non-alcoholic beverages on tour vehicle during overland drives (in limited quantities)

 

Excluded:

– Flights not specified/airport taxes/ Visa & Permits / Travel Insurances of any kind

– Cost related to the personal use of 3G internet access & GSM cell phone provided by SAT on tour

– Tips & gratuities to hotel/restaurant personnel and guides

– Alcoholic and any other beverages in addition to those included above

– Any optional services/meals/activities/excursions not included/not mentioned in the itinerary

– Any expense of a personal nature such as for phone calls, laundry services, souvenirs, and similar1

 

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Additional Info
Country: Namibia
Website URL: You need to be a club member - if you want to see it!
Top Travel Voucher: 500USD
Contact Email: You need to be a club member - if you want to see it!
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