Northern swing - 11 Days
| Day 1 Arrive in Windhoek
Welcome to Namibia. You will be picked up from the Airport upon arrival. Hosea Kutako International Airport is situated 40km outside of Windhoek. The drive will take about 45 minutes. On arrival at the Guesthouse, you will have time to freshen up and then we will commence with the paperwork for the Car Rental. Dinner will be discussed afterwards.
Day 2 Okonjima/AFRICAT
Namibia is home to the world’s largest wild/free-ranging cheetah population; the majority of this country’s cheetahs and leopards can be found on approximately 7000 commercial farms. These large carnivores occasionally prey upon the livestock that roam unprotected in the bush. As a result, carnivores are often regarded as vermin by the livestock and game-farming community and are deliberately trapped and/or killed. AFRICAT has had to take on a large number of captive cats / carnivores no longer wanted by other establishments. Among the carnivores being rescued, researched and rehabilitated by AFRICAT are cheetah, leopard, lion, caracal, wild dog and hyena.
Waterberg Plateau Park
The Waterburg Plateau is a particularly prominent location, elevating high above the plains of the Kalahari of Eastern Namibia. Waterburg Park and some 405 km² of surrounding land were declared a Nature Reserve in 1972. The plateau is largely inaccessible so in the early 1970s several of Namibia's endangered species were soon translocated there to protect them from predators and poaching to extinction. The programme was very successful and Waterberg now supplies other Namibian parks with rare animals. In 1989, Black Rhinoceros was reintroduced to the area from Damaraland. The Waterberg Plateau National Park is ecologically diverse and rich and has over 200 different species of bird with some rare species of small antelope on the lower hills of the mountain. Geologically, the oldest rock stratum is over 850 million years old and dinosaurs tracks were left there some 200 million years ago.
Day 3 Etosha National Park
After breakfast you will head further north to Etosha National Park. You will drive to your lodge close to the Anderson Gate where you will relax, have sun downers and have a good night’s rest.
Day 4 Etosha National Park
Today you devote to the Wildlife in the Etosha National Park. The park was proclaimed a game reserve on March 22, 1907 in Ordinance 88 by the Governor of German South West Africa, Dr. Friedrich von Lindequist. Etosha National Park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometres (8,600 sq mi) and gets its name from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely within the park. The Etosha pan (4,760 square kilometres (1,840 sq mi)) covers 23% of the area of the total area of the Etosha National Park. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros.
Day 5 Etosha National Park
Spending another day on the plains of the Etosha Pan. Maybe today you can see what you haven’t seen yesterday. After scouting for animals, you will go back to your lodge for a well deserved rest and leisure.
Day 6 Damaraland 340km
Today you travel to Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the desert elephant, black rhino and free-roaming antelope species.
Day 7 Damaraland
Twyfelfontein (Afrikaans: uncertain spring), officially known as ǀUi-ǁAis (Damara/Nama: jumping waterhole), is a site of ancient rock engravings in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain that receives very little rainfall and has a wide range of diurnal temperatures.
The Petrified Forest is a national monument, proclaimed on 1st March 1950, after being discovered by two farmers in the 1940s. The Petrified Forest is situated about 50 km west of Khorixas.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. Scientist found out that these trunks haven’t grown in today’s Namibia but were washed down a river in ancient times when one of the many Ice Ages ended on the Gondwana continent. There must have been a huge flood that carried along the trunks to where they lie today.
The Brandberg is a spiritual site of great significance to the San (Bushman) tribes. The main tourist attraction is The White Ladyrockpainting, located on a rock face with other art work, under a small rock overhang, in the Tsisab Ravine at the foot of the mountain. The ravine contains more than 1 000 rock shelters, as well as more than 45 000 rock paintings.
Day 8 Swakopmund 290km
You will arrive in Swakopmund in the afternoon where you will have time to relax or go and do some sight-seeing in this beautiful German inspired coastal town. Don’t stay up to late, tomorrow you’ve got a lot to do.
Day 9 Swakopmund
Swakopmund is a beach resort and an example of German colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa, and a sizable part of its population is still German-speaking today. Being Namibia’s playground, there are a wide variety of activities to choose from, ranging from dolphin cruises, desert tours and scenic flights to quad biking, paragliding, parachuting and kite surfing. Your day to do whatever and whenever you want.
Day 10 Return to Windhoek 530km
Arrive back in Windhoek. Freshen up and have a rest, tonight you’re going to Joe’s Beerhouse. A sanctuary of endless relics, they are the storytellers of Joe and his countless travels. A place where you can pull up a chair and relish in good, old-fashion hospitality. Where the portions are generous, the beer is ice cold and good conversations is abundant. The crackling fire along with a bottle of one of our wines will make your night a cosy one. Give into African time.
Day 11 Departure
We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay in Namibia. Your departure time from the Guesthouse to Hosea Kutaku International Airport will be discussed with you the previous night. Have a save flight and we hope to see you again soon.
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