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Namibia Holidays Road Trip Self Drive Safari Tours Etosha Namib Desert

Etosha Safari - Big Cats & Big Dunes


NRE9W
9 NIGHTS
FROM £4,595
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Enjoy the dramatic scenery of Namibia on this thrilling Etosha Safari. Fly from Windhoek to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, with its spectacular sand dunes, before continuing to Etosha National Park with its abundant wildlife. Complete your holiday with a visit to the Africat Foundation in Okonjimo, where you can track cheetah & leopard. All Africat activities & transfers included.
Etosha Safari
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Namib Desert
• 
Sossusvlei
• 
Sesriem Canyon
• 
Windhoek
• 
Etosha Safari
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Oryx
• 
Zebra
• 
Africat
• 
Cheetah
• 
Leopard
• 
Namib Desert
• 
Sossusvlei
• 
Sesriem Canyon
• 
Windhoek
• 
Etosha Safari
• 
Oryx
• 
Zebra
• 
Africat
• 
Cheetah
• 
Leopard
Day 1
You will be met at Windhoek Airport and transferred to your light aircraft flight to the Namib Desert.
   
Fly over fascinating desert landscapes to Sesriem, the gateway to the southern Namib with its magnificent dunes and famous Sossusvlei, whose great mountains of sand are a monument to the extreme forces of nature. You will be met at the landing strip and transferred to your lodge. After the unpredictable desert rains (mid November/mid December), colourful desert flowers burst forth here and provide a delightful display.
  
Note: As you will be flying in a light aircraft you must pack soft sports bags only, as rigid suitcases will not fit into the luggage pods. A baggage allowance of 15 kg (which includes your hand luggage) is strictly enforced for safety reasons. Excess baggage can be stored with our local representative in Windhoek.
Day 2
At leisure to relax and enjoy the stark beauty of the Namib Desert.
 
Explore the area on foot or enjoy one of the optional activities in the region, such as horse riding or a pre-dawn Hot Air Balloon Ride over the majestic sand dunes. Alternatively simply relax and enjoy the spectacular desert landscape, with amazing star gazing in the evening.
Day 3
Set out early this morning on a 4x4 tour into the famous sand dunes at Sossusvlei, as this is the coolest part of the day and the best for photography.
 
This clay pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world – an endless sea of reddish sand stretching all the way to the distant horizon. These monumental star shaped dunes, some as high as 1,000 ft (325 m), were formed by strong multi-directional winds. The warm tints of sand range in colour from apricot to orange, red and maroon - and contrast vividly with the stark white clay pans at their base. You will be astonished by surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by some of the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River abruptly ends.
 
Take the opportunity to climb one of these dunes, which afford endless vistas across the desert landscape and the sea of sand.
 
Also visit the narrow gorge of the impressive Sesriem Canyon, with its rock pools fed by the Tsauchab River during the rainy season. The name is derived from the six “rieme” (leather thongs) that early pioneers used to draw water from these pools. Afterwards return to your lodge, with afternoon at leisure.
Day 4
Transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight across the Namib Desert to Windhoek.
 
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your Windhoek hotel. Check in and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 5
Transfer to Eros Airport for your light aircraft flight to Etosha, flying across the starkly beautiful landscapes of central Namibia.
 
Here you will be met and transferred to your lodge situated near the southern entrance to Etosha National Park, one of the largest and greatest game parks in Africa.
 
Etosha owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression – the Etosha Pan.  During the dry season it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils, with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over a hundred different species of mammals including elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, cheetah and leopard.
 
Note: As you will be flying in a light aircraft you must pack soft sports bags only, as rigid suitcases will not fit into the luggage pods. A baggage allowance of 15 kg (which includes your hand luggage) is strictly enforced for safety reasons. Excess baggage can be stored with our local representative in Windhoek.
Days 6 To 7
Today is devoted to game viewing in the famous Etosha National Park, which surrounds an enormous salt pan that is the size of the Netherlands.
 
Set off early to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day and enjoy a thrilling open-top game drive with your lodge ranger. A series of waterholes throughout the park guarantees rewarding game viewing, with Etosha being renowned for its vast arrays of plains game and predators, which are easily seen on these open plains.
 
With over 100 different species of mammals and reptiles in the park, you can hope to see elephant, giraffe, hyena, kudu, warthog, baboon, roan antelope and many other interesting animals. Waterholes along the southern edge of the pan frequently offer rewarding game viewing experiences, including sightings of rare species such as black and white rhino. You can also hope to see springbok, oryx, black-faced impala and the small Damara dik-dik.
 
Etosha also offers rewarding bird watching, with over 350 different species recorded including migrants that visit during the summer months.
 
In the afternoon enjoy another game drive closer to your lodge and after a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
Note: Game drives are optional extras, if not included in your lodge package (see lodge details on quote). Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in Namibia.
Day 8
Today leave Etosha and drive southwards for 3-hours through central Namibia to Okonjima.
 
This is the home of the Africat Foundation dedicated to the preservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, but especially leopard and cheetah. Namibia accounts for 25% of the world’s population of the endangered cheetah, which can be tracked on foot in the rehabilitation area where they roam freely and catch their own prey. Leopards can also be radio-tracked from the game viewing vehicle.
 
Check in to your lodge and settle in, before enjoying an afternoon game activity in the reserve.
 
Note: Ensure you arrive at your lodge in good time, as they stop serving lunch at 2 pm.
Day 9
Today is free to observe the wonderful work of the Africat Foundation.
 
Game viewing options include open top game drives, as well as tracking cheetah on foot through the reserve and tracking leopard from a vehicle - an amazing 'once in a lifetime' experience.
Day 10
After an early morning game activity in the Africat Reserve, transfer 3-hours through central Namibia to Windhoek Airport for your flight home.
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