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Explore Classic Namibia: Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Etosha

Classic Namibia | Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Etosha

Our 10 night / 11 day adventure starts off in the magical Namib Desert in Southern Namibia starting in Sossus vlei and moving onto the famous Dune 45, Sesriem canyon and the dunes to Deadvlei, all in the first 2 days of our tour! From here we make our way to the adventure capital of Namibia, Swakopmund, where we spend a full day enjoying some of the many extreme adventure activities on offer. From here we head north up towards the Skeleton coast, past Henties Bay and on to Cape Cross. We then head inland via The Messum Crater to Brandberg and onto Twyfelfontein - famous for its rock engravings and petrified forest. From here we follow the Huab River into desolation valley, onto Damaraland and Etosha National Park where our tour ends after 11 days of unbelievable scenery, adventure, game viewing and brilliant evenings under the Namibian stars.

tour duration 11 Days
price R15,950
next trip 14 Jun 2020
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Starting in the Namib Desert, our first two days takes us through Sossus vlei, Dune 45, Sesriem canyon & the dunes of Deadvlei before we make our way to Swakopmund. This is an action packed holiday that includes the Skeleton coast & the desert elephants, Damaraland & the magical Etosha -  an experience of unbelievable scenery, adventure & game viewing.

 

Included

All meals
Professional guide
Tented Accommodation

Excluded

Border Crossing fees & road taxes
Guide Gratuity
Out of country medical emergency evacuation cover

Tour Dates

14 Jun 2020 - 24 Jun 2020
27 Jun 2020 - 07 Jul 2020
19 Sep 2020 - 29 Sep 2020

CHILDREN & SINGLES

Children under the age of 10 LESS 50%
Single Person: A supplement charge of an additional 30%.

Day 1

Arrive at Sesriem Campsite in Namibia. After unpacking the vehicles and stretching our legs we visit the Sesriem Canyon late afternoon. Sesriem Canyon, about 4 km from Sesriem is a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab river into sedimentary rock layers. The Dorsland Trek settlers named the Canyon after the fact that they had to use six oryx leather belts (Sesriem - Afrikaans) tied together to create a rope long enough to lower buckets into the canyon below to fetch water. Back at the campsite enjoy a relaxed evening around the campfire getting to know your fellow travellers while your guide enlightens you as to what expect over the next twelve days.

Day 2

After coffee, rusks and cereal breakfast we head into the National Park for a morning full of adventure. Drive to Dune 45 to climb the dune to watch the magnificent sunrise over the Namib desert. Continue to the 4x2 parking area for Sossusvlei where the Bhejane team has prepared a delicious brunch, followed by an expedition to Sossusvlei and a hike to Deadvlei. After an eventful morning, we return to the campsite for some reading and relaxation, a swim or even an afternoon nap.

Day 3

Depart after early breakfast heading north towards Swakopmund. Stopping en route at a small town called Solitaire and visit their famous bakery to enjoy a cappuccino and their delicious apple pie. Continue driving through the ‘moon’ landscape of the Namib-Naukluft National Park and eventually arrive in the coastal town of Swakopmund in the afternoon.

Day 4

A day exploring the town of Swakopmund.  There are many activities to choose from which include skydiving, sandboarding, dolphin, and whale watching as well as the all-time favourite, quad biking in the desert. Your tour leader will provide all the relevant information and make the necessary arrangements. (Please note: all extra activities are for your own cost). The Bhejane crew will prepare freshly caught fish for your evening dining experience.

Day 5

Depart after a leisurely breakfast for the Brandberg region via the Cape fur seal colony at Seal Point where we enjoy a picnic lunch en route. Continue inland and head for the Messum Crater. This dry, desolate area boasts the most beautiful landscapes and the centuries old desert plant, the Welwitschia mirabilis. The Messum Crater is not an impact crater as many believe. It was an active volcano (130 million years ago), probably the biggest in the world, with a diameter of about 18km. Arrive late afternoon at our already setup campsite in Brandberg, welcomed by the glorious smell of home-baked bread rising in the oven.

Day 6

Enjoy an early breakfast followed by a guided walk into the Brandberg Mountain to visit the famous ‘White Lady’ and the numerous other bushman paintings that can be found in this sacred canyon.

Day 7 & 8

After breakfast, we visit Twyfelfontein, well known for its prehistoric paintings and rock engravings. The site has been inhabited for 6,000 years, first by hunter-gatherers and later by Khoikhoi herders. Both ethnic groups used it as a place of worship and a site to conduct shamanic rituals. During these rituals at least 2,500 items of rock carvings were created as well as a few rock paintings, displaying one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa. The route takes us into the Ugab River for 14km, then out the River again covering a very rocky section on the east side of the Doros Crater. Continue following the Goantagab River and then onto a 2-spoor road until we reach the Organ Pipes then Burnt Mountain up towards Twyfelfontein. The drive is full of spectacular geological and archaeological features, getting to see the bizarre volcanic rock formations of Organ Pipes as well as the eerie charred mound of volcanic debris of Burnt Mountain. On day 8 we explore the Huab River and search for the desert elephants. Another great meal prepared by the crew will be ready upon your arrival back at the campsite.

Day 9

Depart after breakfast for Outjo via the Petrified Forest. The name is a bit misleading as it is not exactly a forest, which turned to stone, but rather an accumulation of enormous fossilized tree trunks about 280 million years old. Scientists discovered that these trunks haven’t actually grown in today’s Namibia but were washed down a river during ancient times carrying them to where they lie today. Stop for refueling and replenishments in Outjo before heading to our next destination -  Etosha  Enjoy a late afternoon game drive exploring a waterhole and area around the edge of the pan. Spend the rest of the evening observing the nocturnal activities taking place at the campsite’s floodlit waterhole.

Day 10

Enjoy an early breakfast whilst catching the sunrise over Etosha. Today we can choose to either park in the shade and keep watch over a waterhole to see what wildlife emerges or explore the Park’s excellent road network for game viewing. This is last full day of the trip and, with Etosha being so vast, everybody has the chance to go off on their own on some game viewing experience. By now you will know which part of the park is your favorite and where you have had the most success. Bird life is exceptional with 325 identified species. The animal numbers which live around the pan approximate to 30,000 blue wildebeest, 25,000 springboks, 23,000 zebras, 5,000 kudus, 3,000 hartebeest, 2,600 eland, 3,000 oryx, 450 giraffes, 2,000 elephants, 260 lions, 200 Black Rhinos and numerous other smaller creatures. Enjoy another of our chef’s delicious dinners followed by more nocturnal wildlife viewing at the campsite’s floodlit waterhole.

Day 11

Depart after breakfast and bid farewell to our new friends and travelling companions as we all head homeward bound.

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Namibia

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Approximately 1 545 kms

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Sesriem Campsite, Sossusvlei – Namibia

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4x4 a necessity (lots of sand driving & river bed driving)
SUV’s with high clearance & 4wd capabilities should be fine
High-profile tyres
Good Shock absorbers

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Yes 4x4 trailers are permitted on this tour

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Yes these are available at all the camps
Sesriem, Swakop, Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Etosha

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Only while in Swakopmund

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Yes, while at Sesriem, Swakop and Etosha

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Not required for South African passport holders