HIGHLIGHTS & COSTS.
> Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa.
> Spectacular wildlife of the Etosha National Park.
> Predators of the Africat Foundation.
> Mighty Orange River and Namaland.
> Sossusvlei and the scenic Namib-Naukluft Park.
> Swakopmund and Southern Skeleton Coast.
> Rugged Damaraland and the Himba Tribe.
All Tented Camping: Price per person:
*N$ 25,815 - No Single Supplement
Bedded accommodated: Price per person sharing:
01 July 2016 – 31 October 2016.
*N$ 46,015 - Single room supplement: N$ 3,950
*Safari price include the following activities: Afternoon game drive in Kalahari – Mesosaurus Fossil & Quiver tree Forest visit – Kolmanskop at Luderitz visit, Africat Predator experience at Okonjima and Himba tribal village visit.
This is a stand alone safari, and cannot be combined with other short Namibian trips, but the tour could be done as a self-drive tour or private guided.
Departs every Friday, with collection time from within the Windhoek city limits between 07H30 & 08H30.
No minimum passenger requirement.
Returns: On Thursday around 17H00.
SOSSUSVLEI - NAMIB-NAUKLUFT PARK, NAMIBIA.
No tour of Namibia is complete if the Namib-Naukluft Park is not included. The
Sossusvlei dunes are part of the greater Namib Desert. Sossusvlei taken
its name from the Afrikaans word ‘vlei’ which indicates ‘shallow depression
filled with water’ or ‘marsh’.
This explanation is rather appropriate as Sossusvlei is in fact a dry clay pan; clay typically traps water, so when it do rain, the water gather in the Sossusvlei pan, till the sun and wind evaporates it. While there is water in the pan, it is the only source of drinking water for many animals and birds are to be found in the area. The "sossus" part of the name come from the San / Nama language, meaning "where water gathers".
Even being desert, it some-times do receive a light rainfall, and even some snow on a few rare times. The red dunes of Sossusvlei was formed around 15 million years ago, by the dumping of Kalahari sand from the Orange River into the Atlantic Ocean. Which in turn deposit it back along the Namibian coast, and strong winds moved the sand inland. Between the ocean and the wind, the dunes in the Sossusvlei region was created.
The highest of the dunes measured was just over 310 meters, and it is generally explained: the older a dune, the brighter red the colour of the sand. The shades of red comes from the ferric (iron) oxide binding with the silica sand grains, that has created the rich red shades seen on the dunes.
Departing from Windhoek, we begin our travel towards the south of Namibia, and the town of Keetmanshoop. Our first destination is to visit to the one-of-a-kind only tree aloes in the world, called Quiver Trees.
Leaving the Quiver Tree forest behind, we make our way to visit the majestic Fish River Canyon. From the Fish River Canyon, we travel to one of the most significant Southern Africa rivers, the Orange River. This river forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
Next in line is the stunning mountains at Klein Aus, and then on to the small fishing village of Luderitz on the Atlantic coast.
Leaving the coast behind us, we travel up via the spectacular scenic Southern Namib Desert and Namaland, for two nights at the highest dunes on earth at Sossusvlei. Here you will have time to experience the world’s highest fossilized sand dunes. From the dunes of the Namib desert, we go back to Windhoek for one night at a Windhoek Guesthouse (Included), and then on to the second half of the safari.
Now we go north, to visit the predator cats at Okonjima. From Africat, we travel to the Etosha Park. Etosha is regarded as one of the very best and diverse wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. We systematically explore the many waterholes of Etosha with game drives, and even at night, there is still time to see wildlife at the flood-lighted camp waterholes.
Departing Etosha, we travel into the rugged Kaokoland, to pay a visit to one of Namibia's more primitive and still very traditional tribes; the Himba.
Panoramic Damaraland is our next destination to explore. From here, we make our way onto the southern Skeleton coast, to the scenic sea-side town of Swakopmund on the Atlantic Coast. From Swakop we will return back to Windhoek, for the end of our safari.
The Quiver Tree (Aloe dichotoma) is the only aloe that grow as a tree. This unique tree aloe is only found in the Namib Desert regions stretching from South Africa through Namibia into southern Angola. The 'quiver' comes from the use of the tree branches as a quiver for arrows by the San / Bushmen. The dead branches are very light and hollow. The sap of the green leaves are used by Namibians to treat stomach ailments, cuts and sun-burn.