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17 Day Namibia Camping Tour

17 Day Namibia Camping Tour 2017-01-07T11:19:04+00:00

An Adventurer’s Playground – Namibia – the land of unrelenting sun, where the ground appears to beg the heavens for rain and the vast landscapes stretch uninterrupted for hundreds of kilometers without signs of Man’s intervention. Living Deserts where one gazes in wonder and amazement at the displays of changing natural colors, and at the animals and plants that somehow survive in this seemingly harsh environment.

This tour covers all of the popular highlights but also includes many “off the beaten track” destinations seldom visited by mainstream tourism.

Flexibility, a willingness to participate, an awareness of the elements, and a desire for unlimited adventure, are essential in order to best absorb all that this tour has to offer.

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DAY 1: Windhoek

Meeting at our hotel at 14h00 we conduct a short tour briefing before setting off for an afternoon of driving through Windhoek and viewing the diversity of this Capital city, as well as visiting the local museum and church before setting off for dinner at the Infamous restaurant “Joe’s Beerhouse” or a similar restaurant where we will continue our tour briefing and enjoy warm hospitality and an own expense dinner.

DAY 2: WINDHOEK – KGALAGADI

This morning we leave the city behind us and begin our winding journey south into the open plains of the vast Kalahari Desert. Our journey today takes us through remote farming towns seldom visited by travellers, where possible we will stop to engage with the local inhabitants. We will arrive at our overnight camp in the Kgalagadi in the late afternoon and after familiarizing ourselves with the camp procedures we enjoy a meal under the stars.
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DAY 3: KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK

After a sumptuous breakfast, we embark on our game drive through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, a Park spanning both South Africa and Botswana. Well known for its predator population, including cheetah and the massive Black Maned Lion, the Kgalagadi Park offers unique game viewing opportunities and spectacular birdlife. We will spend most of the day traversing the South African side of the Park in search of animals. Tonight we will camp amongst the Camel Thorn trees.
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DAY 4: KGALAGADI – FISH RIVER CANYON

Rising early, we witness the sunrise over the red dunes before breakfast. After packing up, we travel one of the most scenic Kalahari roads, crossing numerous high dunes which offer spectacular viewpoints like the quiver tree forests and the Giants playground as we make our way to Keetmanshoop and then onto the Fish River Canyon, regarded as the second largest in the world. We will spend some time taking in the views of the Canyon before moving onto our stop for the night, Ai – Ais, the Hot Springs located in the depths of the Canyon.
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DAY 5: FISH RIVER CANYON – AUS

This morning we will enjoy a short walk at the base of the Canyon before traveling on remote roads to the southernmost point of our journey – the mighty Orange River. Forming the border with South Africa, the Orange River creates a narrow band of green vegetation that winds its way through the towering rugged mountains of this seemingly burnt landscape and possibly even a swim in the River.

We will enjoy a road side lunch. This afternoon we enter the Namib Desert and make our way to the charming little town of Aus where we camp for the night.
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DAY 6: AUS – LUDERITZ – KOLMANSKOP – AUS

An early start, we make our way across the open desert plains toward the Atlantic Ocean. Our first stop today will be at the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop. Once the site of a prosperous Diamond mine, the town is slowly being reclaimed by the shifting sands of the desert, an entertaining tour and a walk around the town and through the old buildings brings the colorful history to life. Then it’s on to Luderitz, a small harbor town on one of the most inhospitable coasts imaginable – we will visit the cross planted here by Dias in 1487 and will spend some time strolling around town, enjoying the unique architecture. This afternoon we travel back into desert and will stop en-route to spend time with a colony of wild desert horses. Lunch today will be own expense.
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DAY 7: NAMIB DESERT RESERVE

A leisurely morning, we walk into town along the historical railroads and enjoy the hospitality at the local hotel for a refreshing drink before continuing our journey. Today we travel into the heart of the Namib, taking in its vast plains, red dunes, and towering mountains of stone. Our next two nights will be spent at the GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP, a remote camp nestled against a rock outcrop within a conservancy that forms part of the vast Namib Rand Nature Reserve. The reserve is home to a variety of desert adapted ecology and wildlife and we will enjoy extensive walks as well as a day and night game drive during our time here.
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DAY 8: DESERT RESERVE

Awake to desert vistas that extend further than the eye can see. This protected wilderness has been conserved and is protected through the proceeds of tourism. All animals here exist in completely natural surroundings and are free to move unrestricted over the full extent of the reserve – 22 000 ha. Our guide will help us to better understand the unique desert fauna and flora.
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DAY 9: SOSSUSVLEI DUNES

Setting off early, we continue across the endless desert plains to the Sesriem Canyon and the awesome Sossusvlei dunes – reputedly the highest in the World. After exploring the Canyon on foot, we will transfer into the heart of the dunes (using a 4 x 4 for the last section) and will spend time climbing these spectacular mountains of sand before moving on to camp wild in the desert.
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DAY 10 – 11: SWAKOPMUND

Crossing through the Namib Naukluft Park, we visit the dramatic Lunar Landscape, and the ancient Welwitschia plants, before making for the coastal town of Walvis Bay to view the Lagoon. Then it’s on to Swakopmund where we will go on an afternoon township tour. And after get back to the lodge and spend two nights in the centrally located, comfortable GREENFIRE SWAKOPMUND LODGE. We explore this holiday town and its surrounds thoroughly and enjoy both our evening meals at a local nightspot (own expense). Clients will have the opportunity to partake in Quad Biking, Sand Boarding and Sky diving whilst here (own expense).
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DAY 12: SKELETON COAST – SPITZKOPPE

Today we head up along the barren Skeleton Coast, scene of many a shipwreck, to the Seal Colony at Cape Cross where thousands of Cape Fur Seals can be seen ashore. We travel through the desert to visit the towering granite peaks found at Spitzkoppe. After exploring the outcrops in the afternoon we set up camp and enjoy the play of the light during sunset from our seat in the mountain. We spend the night at the foot of the mountain.
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DAY 13: TWYFELFONTEIN – PALMWAG

A busy day ahead of us, with numerous stops along the way such as the Organ Pipes and the Ancient Rock Engravings at Twyfelfontein before entering Damaraland and crossing the Grootberg mountain pass to camp the night near the oasis of Palmwag. This is one of a few permanent waterholes used by the rare Desert Rhino, Elephants, and many other desert adapted species – we hope to see these magnificent animals up close today.
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DAY 14 – 15: ETOSHA NAT. PARK

Entering Etosha National Park today, arguably the highlight of the tour, we will spend two nights here in search of the big game that this park is so well known for. One evening will be spent at a floodlit waterhole watching the many animals that come down to drink. During these days we will conduct extensive game drives within the park.
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DAY 16: ETOSHA– WATERBERG

After a short morning game drive, we exit the Park and travel down to the impressive Waterberg Plateau National Park.
This Plateau is ecologically diverse and has over 200 different bird species, some rare species of small antelope occur on the lower hills of the mountain. This afternoon we will hike up the mountain and will enjoy the views over the Kalahari from the summit. We enjoy our last night of camping at the base.
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DAY 17 WINDHOEK

An early morning, we pack up and begin our journey back to civilization – the drive to Windhoek will take approximately 5 hours and we intend to be back in the capital by 13h00. Clients may book a post tour night through Drifters. For those flying out this afternoon, please allow for check in time and at least an hour for the airport transfer.
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The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for Namibia and South Africa. Some nationalities do require visas for Namibia. On the tour we spend two nights in Kgalagadi Transfrontier park on the SOUTH AFRICAN side, so please make sure that you have a SA Visa incase you need one for this leg of the journey. According to the transfrontier park rules clients will not need a visa due to the fact that we do not cross into South Africa via the National Park but we suggest clients confirm with their local embassy.

If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although we will endeavor to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents.

The contact telephone number for Namibia Tourism in Johannesburg is: + 27 11 784 8024.
Or visit Namibia Tourism on www.namibiatourism.com.na

Make sure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to your home country.

Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, visas and travellers cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.

FOREIGN CURRENCY

The Namibian Dollar and the South African Rand are the currencies used in Namibia. All major currencies can be exchanged in Namibia. Please ensure that you have enough Rand as there are very few opportunities to exchange foreign currencies. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be used to pay for restaurant meals etc. Small trading stores will probably not accept credit cards.

Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.

On Tour -Please be advised that our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the course of the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops. Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passport.

The preferred currencies are as follows:
• South Africa – ZAR; Rand

Suggested amounts for each currency:
(Without use of credit card)

• Rand : +- R1 500 – R 1700

(With use of credit card)

• Rand : +- R 1100

Credit cards can be used throughout most parts of Southern Africa but it is advised to please ensure you have enough cash for personal expenses and possible gratuities.

INSURANCE

It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS

The only necessary prophylaxis for Southern and East Africa is against Malaria, but on this tour there is no eminent danger as Namibia is regarded mostly as a Malaria free zone however prevention is better than cure, so we do advise to also use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this.

All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.

***Personal medication
Please bring along any personal medication that you might need on your tour as specific medication could be difficult to find or might not be obtainable in most places we visit.

General medication for headaches, colds and fever are easy to get.

Please also inform your guide of any medical conditions. This information will be received professionally and kept confidential.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Please note that Southern African weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season. During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold, temperatures may drop well below 0°C, although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C. Please take weather conditions into consideration when choosing a sleeping bag for your tour.

CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS

Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:
For walking, hiking and Safaris
Sport Shoes / Sneakers
Sandals
Hat
Sun Cream
Water Bottle
Smaller day pack
Camera, Binoculars
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)

For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
Personal iPod
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers for your personal devices (Ipods, Ipads, E-Readers, Handy’s etc)

Our vehicles are well equipped with charging facilities while driving. A Two-pin charger is perfect.
Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit Hat or cap
Shorts Swimming Costume & Towel
Waterproof Windbreaker Personal toiletries
Jersey / Jumper Insect Repellent
Socks & Underwear
T-Shirts / Shirts

General Accessories
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please inquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Headlamp / Flashlight / Batteries
Sleeping Bag & Small Pillow
Refreshments
Pen
Visas (if applicable)

** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s HARD SUITCASES ARE NOT SUITABLE!!
*** Refreshments can be purchased en-route on the first day of the tour, and at regular intervals throughout the tour.

MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS

Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. We do not provide meals on the first day of your tour. We do however stop en-route; therefore it is always possible to buy something along the way. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.

PERSONAL EXPENSES

A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals as indicated in our Drifters Brochure, bottled water, soft drinks, alcohol, sundry goods purchased- such as suntan cream etc., curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips.

In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.

In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.

This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:
• Windhoek City Tour
• Kalahari Wild Camp
• Kgalagadi Trans frontier National Park
• Fish River Canyon
• Ai-Ais Hot Springs
• Orange River
• Kolmanskop Ghost Town
• Luderitz
• Desert Horses
• Private Namib Desert Reserve
• Open-vehicle Game Drive
• Game Walks
• Desert Night Drive
• 4×4 trip to Sossusvlei Dunes
• Sesriem Canyon
• Walvis Bay
• Swakopmund
• Skeleton Coast
• Cape Cross Seal Colony
• Spitzkoppe
• Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings
• Palmwag Reserve
• Etosha National Park
• Waterberg National Park

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
• Quad biking
• Dune Boarding
• Sky Diving
• Marine Wildlife Boat Trip

PRE and POST night’s accommodation can be arranged at the Hotel Safari, Windhoek. It is advisable to overnight at the Hotel Safari if you have not already made alternative arrangements. Accommodation at the Hotel Safari can be arranged through Drifters or your travel representative. The Hotel is ideally situated ± 3 km away from the noisy city center.

Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION NAMIBIA TOUR

This is an adventure tour and as such involves a certain amount of walking – a small daypack is advisable.
A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour.
Seasonable Malaria precautions are advisable and are locally obtainable. During winter the night-time temperatures can fall below zero and during summer the daytime temperatures can reach the forties – please be prepared.
Most major currencies can be exchanged on arrival in Windhoek and other centers but banking hours do apply. Credit cards are generally accepted.
Our price includes transport, food, coffee, teas and fruit juice at breakfast, a professional guide, group equipment, accommodation, permits and park entry fees. The price does not include alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, tips, curios and optional extras.
Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information.
Clients are required to be covered by their own comprehensive personal travel insurance, including medical cover.

DEPARTURE POINT

Your tour will depart on selected Sundays from:
– Hotel Safari, Corner of Auas & Aviation Roads, Windhoek at 14h00, Tel: +264 61 296 8000
– Guests not staying at the Hotel Safari must arrive at the Hotel at 13h00.
Please give us a call on our 24hour emergency no +2711 888 1160 if you encounter any issues.

Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.

ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR

Please note that linen will be provided at Hotel Safari, BUT you will need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour. The nights specified as accommodated on tour is a total upgrade from camping, but stays very basic.
• Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source pre tour departure in Windhoek, on most nights at the lodges and every day on the truck while the truck is driving from a 12 V inverter.
• Currency exchange opportunities: Arrival at Windhoek Airport, Swakopmund
• Please note that Namibia accept South African Rand as the currency is 1to1 with SA.
• Limited Laundry facilities: Windhoek (Essential washing only)

ON SAFARI

All our tours require participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean and the setting up the camp.

Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.

We are travelling in developing countries therefore please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavor to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.

Rate: € 1795.00 per person

Start – End
19/03/2017 – 04/04/2017
30/04/2017 – 16/05/2017
21/05/2017 – 06/06/2017
02/07/2017 – 18/07/2017
23/07/2017 – 08/08/2017
13/08/2017 – 29/08/2017
24/09/2017 – 10/10/2017
05/11/2017 – 21/11/2017
26/11/2017 – 12/12/2017

SWAKOPMUND and SURROUNDS

SKYDIVING (Ground Rush Adventures)
N$ 2100.00 per person
Handy Cam N$ 500.00
Extra N$ 950.00 for a professional camera man. Which includes 2 DVD’s one with still photos and the other documenting your skydive experience, from start to finish.
Pick–up and drop-off at Lodge.
This activity can be done in the morning or afternoon.

QUADBIKING (Desert Explorers)
1hr – N$ 400.00 per person
90min – N$ 500.00 per person
2hrs – N$ 600.00 per person
There are 2 options: 1) Fully automatic, 2) manual.
This activity can be done in the morning or afternoon.

SANDBOARDING (Alter Action)
Includes: Transfers, light lunch & safety gears
LIE DOWN : N$400pp
STAND UP : N$500pp
On a Snowboard adapted for sand.
Beginning on training rides, the customer first masters the basics before going onto the larger dunes where one can reach a speed of up to 80km/h. Top range equipment is supplied with excellent and experienced instructors/instructions.
Mornings only. Duration approx. 3 – 3.5 hrs
Pick-up and drop-off at Lodge.
Light lunch and drinks included.

LIVING DESERT TOURS
N$ 600.00 per person.
This tour is a half day tour. The tour takes you through the dunes where one will track and find the hidden life in the seemingly desolate but amazing landscape. One will see the small five, Palmato Gecko, Peringuey’s Adder (Sidewinder), Shovel Snouted lizard, Fitzsimons Burrowing Skink, Namaqua Chameleon as well as other desert creatures, minerals and desert plants. The tour is eco-aware, informative, interactive and fun. Endless photographic opportunities.
Mornings only. Duration: approx. 5hrs
Pick-up and drop-off at Lodge.

DOLPHIN TOUR (Ocean Adventures)
Includes: Transfers, Light lunch & cold beverages
N$ 600.00pp
All boats are catamaran ski-boats of various sizes with toilets on board. Passengers proceed to Pelican Point to view the Cape Fur Seals. Experience the thrill of feeding a few seals who will join the passengers on the boat. Be highly exhilarated to see dolphin’s riding the bow of the boat. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne with fresh oysters and snacks. Skippers are fully qualified, comply with all Namibian Tourism and Tour operator regulations and requirements as well as being tri-lingual (English, Afrikaans and German).

KAYAKING
Includes Scenic Ride from Swakopmund down to Walvis Bay, Lunch, safety gear, transfers.
N$ 800.00pp Adults (MINIMUM OF 2 PAX)

FISHING
Includes: transfers, lunch, drinks & Equipment
N$ 1350.00pp (Boat)
N$ 1500.00pp (Shore)

TOWNSHIP TOURS
Hafeni Tours and Travel
For a local Dinner and Cultural Experience in Swakopmund, please check out this website for more information on http://hafeni-culturaltours.weebly.com/
Includes: transfers, traditional meal & drinks
N$ 450.00 pp

SUNSET TOUR
Includes : sparkling non alcoholic champagne and transfers.
MIN. 4 pax
N$650.00 pp
Enjoy a 90min quad drive as the sun is setting and stop at the top of the dune to enjoy fresh oysters and non-alcoholic champagne watching Namibia’s beautiful sunsets.

Please Note:
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice
Activities are subject to availability
Activities are weather dependent

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