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Namibia Holidays Road Trip Self Drive Safari Tours Etosha Namib Desert

Namibia Safari: Sossusvlei + Etosha (wheelchair)


1PL12W
12 NIGHTS
FROM £5,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This wheelchair safari to Namibia offers a diverse array of wildlife & spectacular scenery, from the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib, to the stony plains of Etosha National Park. Experience the highlights of this wilderness, including viewing desert-adapted wildlife & tracking leopards. English speaking guide, accessible hotels, transfers & all game activities included on all wheelchair holidays & vacations.
Wheelchair Safari Namibia Etosha Accessible Hotels Holidays Vacations
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Wheelchair Safari Namibia
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Windhoek
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Namib Desert
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Sossusvlei
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Swakopmund
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Damaraland
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Etosha National Park
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Game Viewing
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Africat Foundation
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Accessible Hotels, Holidays & Vacations
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Wheelchair Safari Namibia
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Windhoek
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Namib Desert
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Sossusvlei
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Swakopmund
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Damaraland
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Etosha National Park
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Game Viewing
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Africat Foundation
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Accessible Hotels, Holidays & Vacations
Day 1
You will be met at Windhoek Airport by your guide and transferred 1-hour to your hotel in this small capital city.
  
Check in and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 2
Today we travel 6-hours from Windhoek through ever-changing landscapes and dramatically beautiful desert scenery to the great Namib Desert.
 
The terrain becomes more arid as we travel towards Sossusvlei, whose great mountains of sand are a monument to the extreme forces of nature.
 
We explore Gondwana Namib Park and Namib Naukluft Park before checking into our lodge. The petrified dunes of the dry riverbed of the Dieprivier are a special attraction, as these are fossilised remnants of an ancient desert that is now overlaid with the sands of the younger Namib. After the unpredictable desert rains (mid November/mid December), colourful desert flowers burst forth here and provide a delightful display.
Day 3
Set out early this morning on a shared 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. These dunes 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.
 
Note: You will need to be lifted into the front seat of the large 4x4 vehicle, so you must have upper body strength to participate in this activity.
Day 4
At leisure to relax and enjoy the stark beauty of the Namib Desert.
 
Explore the area with your guide or simply enjoy the spectacular desert landscape surrounding your lodge, with amazing star gazing in the evening.
Day 5
Today we drive for 6-hours through the starkly beautiful Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons of the Namib Desert to the beach resort of Swakopmund with its old lighthouse (with picnic lunch included).
 
Swakopmund is situated on the Atlantic Coast where the cold Benguela Current sweeps up from Antarctica, releasing no moisture into the prevailingly onshore winds – hence the very low rainfall and desert conditions. Fog is common along the coast in the early mornings and late afternoons and this is what gives life to the desert-adapted flora and fauna of the region. The cold current is also highly oxygenated, causing it to teem with marine life.
 
Check into your hotel and relax on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 6
This morning we drive 30-minutes to Walvis Bay for a 3-hour Marine Cruise. Here you can see a resident school of dolphins and large colony of Cape fur seals at Pelican Point, whilst enjoying oysters and champagne on board.
 
Marine bird life is also abundant and includes pelicans, terns and large flocks of flamingos which live in the shallow waters surrounding the harbour. You should see many Cape cormorants and hopefully some more difficult birds such as the Cape gannet, Pomarine skua and African black oyster catcher. You may also see migrating whales in season (September to October).
 
Your afternoon is at leisure to relax at the beach resort of Swakopmund.
 
Note: You will need to be be lifted into the boat in your wheelchair, so this activity is not possible if you use a power chair (instead you will explore Walvis Bay lagoon from the shore).
Day 7
Departing Swakopmund, we travel past the Spitzkoppe into timeless Damaraland one of the least populated and most geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the desert elephant and the rare black rhino.
 
Here we visit one of Namibia’s few Wine Farms and have the opportunity of tasting the different wines on offer in this desert country.
 
We continue northwards through Otjiwarongo and Outjo to the world famous Etosha National Park, one of the largest and greatest game parks in Africa. Etosha owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression called 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 100 different species of mammals including cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest.
  
On arrival we check into our rest camp situated near the southern entrance to the park.
Day 8
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.
 
As you will have your own driver/guide, you have the flexibility of discussing preferred routings and travelling times with him each day (with picnic lunch included). However we recommend setting off early each morning as soon as the park gates open (05h30 to 06h00 depending on the season) to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, with all game drives taken in his vehicle.
 
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 more easily seen on these open plains. You can also hope to see springbok, oryx, black-faced impala and the small Damara dik-dik.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in Namibia. If you are tall and remain in your chair for your game drives, please be aware there will be some restrictions on your viewing due to the height of the windows in the accessible vehicle. There are no restrictions if you transfer into one of the regular seats.
Day 9
Enjoy another superb day of game viewing in the great Etosha National Park as we travel through the park towards the eastern gate (with picnic lunch included).
 
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.
 
Etosha also offers rewarding bird watching, with over 350 different species recorded including migrants that visit during the summer months. At the end of the day we leave the park through the eastern gate and check into our lodge.
Day 10
Today enjoy more game viewing in the eastern sector of Etosha National Park, with packed picnic lunch.
 
In addition to the birdlife around Fisher's Pan, this sector of the park is also very good for seeing giraffe drinking at the waterholes and for leopard sightings. Keep a look out for more unusual bird species, as well as the plains game that moves between the waterholes and across the open salt pan. You can also hope to see elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, springbok and much more.
 
At the end of the day enjoy a beautiful African sunset and the pristine stars of the Milky Way, including the spectacular Southern Cross.
Day 11
Today we leave Etosha and drive 4-hours southwards through central Namibia to Okonjima.
 
This is the home of the Africat Foundation dedicated to the preservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, but especially leopards and brown hyena. Leopards can be radio-tracked from the game viewing vehicle. Check in to your lodge 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. You need some upper body strength for this safari, as you will need to be lifted into the front seat of the game viewing vehicle. Children < 6 are not allowed on open top game drives.
Day 12
After an early morning game activity in the Africat Reserve, we travel 3.5-hours to Windhoek.
 
Along the way we stop at the Kavango craft market in Okahandja. The Kavango woodcarvers ply their trade at this large open-air craft market on the outskirts of town - one of the best places in Namibia to purchase woodcarvings.
 
Continue to Winhoek, check into your hotel and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 13
Transfer to Windhoek Airport for your flight home.
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