CLASSIC NAMIBIA, A self drive safari

Namibia, an unexplored African paradise, with so much variety, I’m planning it as a two part offering, a regular safari over the Dussehra Holidays 2013, so you can make it a family trip too. Also a self drive trip in Jan/ Feb 2013 (See dates on Itinerary). I hope there will be lots of you who would like to join me for the self drive and or get onboard a safari of great fascination:

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We fly into Windhoek, the capital of Namibia via Johannesburg, arriving by the evening. The next morning we will receive our vehicles and start our adventure into the fascination of petrified forest, tribal cultures, mammoth sand dunes, rock engravings from the San people, desert adapted animals and of course the game reserve teeming with the abundance of animals as only Africa displays. Namibia is the ultimate African experience and to take a big car and drive through it sounded like the best adventure to me.

We stay in a mix of unique accomodations that offer total comfort in way out locations. Other than the driving, which will be our adventure, each place offers us many activities that we can choose to participate in. The Namib Desert, the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45 and Sesriem have become synonymous with Namibia and the coastal belt … the Skeleton Coast. Then add the open plains and rock engravings of Damaraland with one of Africa’s best game reserves, the Etosha National Park to make this even better.

This 12-Day  safari itinerary includes all of the above … and more. We are offering it over the October holidays because it fits perfectly. It may be run as a bespoke trip too, if you have your own group and would like different dates. Contact me. 

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Duration: 12 days – 11 nights (14 days including travel)

Accommodation: standard – mid-range lodgings, but well chosen

Trip dates: 1st to 14th October 2013

24th Jan to 6th Feb 2014

Suggested Itinerary and Accommodation

Day 1: Arrive Windhoek. Stay at the Olive Grove Guesthouse. Breakfast is included.

Days 2 & 3: Windhoek to Sossusvlei. We receive our cars in the morning and

proceed to drive to Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert with its huge red dunes. We stay at the Desert Homestead, where Breakfast & Dinner are included. Activities that are possible here:

Self-drive excursion to Sossusvlei or Sossusvlei with lodge guide. A Balloon flight.

Day 4: Skeleton Coast, we drive to Swakopland and stay at the Swakopmund Guesthouse on a Bed & breakfast Theres much to do here and we can choose from: Walvis Bay boat cruise, Combine boat cruise with Sandwich Harbour(recommended). Living Desert Tour Dune quad biking Sandboarding and lots more.

Day 5: Damaraland, we move to the Twyfelfontein Lodge, where our stay includes Breakfast & dinner. On the way we visit,Twyfelfontein rock engravings. Burnt mountain and organ pipes and the Petrified Forest

Days 6 & 7: Sesfontein, staying at the Khowarib Lodge, with Breakfast & dinner. We Visit traditional Himba villages and do nature drives.

Day 8: Etosha, Okaukuejo side, we finally get to the park and stay at the Okaukuejo Bush Chalet, including Breakfast & dinner. We do the Game drives in Etosha with our own vehicles, which gives us the freedom to wander and explore as the mood takes us. 

Day 9 & 10: Etosha,Namutoni side, we move to the other part of the park at Mushara Bush Camp, also on a Breakfast & dinner package. We continue with Game drives in Etosha with our own vehicles.

Day 11: Windhoek, return to Windhoek for our last night at the Olive Grove Guest House.

Day 12: Windhoek Fly out 

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Cost per person:                      Regular Safari             Self Drive Safari

 Group of 16 persons: Rs.       1,99,100.00                      2,15,000.00

 Group of 12 persons: Rs.        2,26,050.00                     2,33,000.00

INCLUDES:

Accommodation and meals as indicated

Park entry fees

Vehicles: 4 x4 Toyota Hilux Double Cab or 10 seater safari vans

Vehicle hire based on ZERO excess cover

All fuel                 All water

An Indian trip leader and local guide

EXCLUDES:

Items of a personal nature

Optional extra activities

Holiday or personal insurance

Staff gratuities

 

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