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11 - 22 JUNE 2020

NAMIBIA | 7 DAYS

DESERTS & SAFARIS

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Starting and ending in Windhoek this 11-day tour takes you to some of the most famous sights of this amazing country. Be dazzled by the huge sand dunes in the oldest desert in the world before you travel to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund with its German gastronomic & architectural influence. Kayak with hundreds of seals along the Namibian coast at Walvis Bay before visiting the Himba tribe and learning more about this nomadic people who continue to live a simple and traditional life. Undoubtedly one of the highlights of this tour is the Etosha National Park safari, see and photograph up close some of the most famous animals on the African continent.

INCREDIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Namibia is without doubt one of the most photogenic countries in the world! Photograph the amazing sand dunes at Sossusvlei and the wildlife of Etosha National Park

PROFESSIONALLY GUIDED

This tour is guided by our professional guide Alex Freire Alex has 10 years experience guiding tours in Namibia

FOR ALL AGES

This 11 day tour is ideal for all ages including the little ones. All regions we visit in Namibia are 100% malaria free

SAFETY

Namibia is currently one of the most visited countries in Africa not only for its natural beauty but also due to its safety and friendly people

INFORMATION

All you need to know about this Tour

Namibia 11 Days
Deserts & Safaris
3495$
  • per person sharing
  • 11 - 22 June 2020
  • 11 days
  • Professionally Guided
  • Maximum 12 people
ITINERARY

Detailed Itinerary of this Tour

Day 1- Windhoek

Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibian capital Windhoek, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Your guide will meet you at the hotel and then we will embark on a short city tour of Windhoek. Late afternoon is at your leisure.

Included:

Accommodation: Klein Windhoek or similar

Activity: Small tour of Windhoek

Day 2/3- Windhoek/Sossusvlei

Today we transfer to Namib Naukluft National Park, which contains what is considered the oldest desert in the world. The next morning, we need to get up early to visit the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights over 300 m, are absolutely spectacular and provide a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stopped to see the Sesriem Gorge, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Agama River Camp or similar

Activity: Visit to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei & Seriem canyon

Day 4- Sossusvlei/Swakomund

The day is spent driving through Namib Naukluft National Park en route to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is an ancient land with an ageless spirit. It is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world. Sightings of this unique fauna and flora are not to be missed on a Namibian safari. Animals in this rugged landscape include oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Zebra Mountain. We arrive in the charming seaside town of Swakopmund in the afternoon, where you will have the opportunity to participate in some of the many optional activities this afternoon and the day after. Alternatively, simply soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque German town and enjoy its beauty and beaches.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: A La Meer or similar

Activity: Transfer from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

Day 5- Walvis Bay

Early morning departure to Walvis Bay Waterfront where we will meet our kayak guide and continue on a scenic drive along Walvis Bay Lagoon to Pelican Point. We stopped on the way to take pictures of countless flamingos, pelicans, large flocks of comorantes and a variety of other birds and wildlife. After an hour, we will arrive at Pelican Point, where we will receive our adventure-ready kayaks. Your local kayak guide will give you safety instructions on how to use the equipment. Kayaking takes place on the protected side of the peninsula. We spent about 2 hours in the ocean depending on the general weather conditions. After the kayak, we reloaded with some fresh shoots, tea and coffee before returning to Swakopmund. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Included: Breakfast,

Accommodation: A La Meer or similar

Activity: Kayak Tour
Day 6- Damaraland

Leaving the cold Atlantic coast behind, we head into the desert plains toward Spitzkoppe, an iconic group of vividly curved granite mountains. After a walk among the rocks to see the Bushmen’s antique paintings and engravings, we continue to the city of Omaruru, where we spend the night. Omaruru was once a base of early explorers and has great historical significance but over the years has evolved into an artistic center for local crafts and small industries.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Omaruru guesthouse or similar

Activity: Bushman paintings in Spitzkoppe
Day 7/8/9- Damaraland/Etosha

Today we will have a cultural experience in which we explore a Himba village. This will be a journey of cultural exchange, learning and understanding the paths of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba. After our experience, we headed towards the Etosha National Park, the best known spot in northern Namibia. We fill the next 3 days with safaris hoping to find and photograph lion, leopard, elephant and rhino, as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelopes that exist in the park.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Okaukuejo camp (night 7 ) Halali camp (night 8 & 9)  

Activity: Daily Safaris
Day 10- Etosha/Windhoek

This morning we said goodbye to Etosha’s wildlife and traveled back to Windhoek through a pleasant landscape, making short stops along the way. Once we arrive, the rest of the afternoon can be enjoyed before enjoying true Namibian hospitality and a farewell dinner at the legendary Joe’s Beerhouse restaurant.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Klein Windhoek or similar  

Activity: Transfer from Etosha to Windhoek
Day 11- End

Our tour ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Windhoek Airport in time for your departure flight. We look forward to welcoming you again one day on another of our African adventures.

Included: Breakfast

Accommodation:  

Activity: Transfer from Windhoek to the airport

-Professional Guide
-All transport
-All the accommodation
-All meals mentioned in the itinerary
-All the activities mentioned in the itinerary
-All park fees

-International flights
-Early check in/late check out
-Optional tours
-Drinks and meals not mentioned in the Itinerary
-Personal expenses and tips

Although we intend to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may need to be changes to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. Therefore, please treat the itinerary only as a guide.

Transport
For this safari we will use fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, Sprinters, 12-seater 4×4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large landscape and animal viewing windows, and air conditioning. All luggage, plus carry-on and photographic equipment, is carried in vehicle racks or trailers to ensure maximum vehicle comfort.

Travel times and distances
All travel times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, so on certain days travel times may be longer than expected, especially when there is a long distance to travel. Remember that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time required to travel 100 km on African roads. Therefore, we encourage you to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery that Africa has to offer. Whenever possible, additional stops will be made to ensure your travel comfort at all times.

Accommodation
We make use of typical mid-range African standard accommodation. Accommodation is situated in national parks, on the banks of a river or in other places of interest. Accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tent camps with private bathrooms.

Meals
Where included, most breakfasts and dinners will be served in the restaurants of the various lodging establishments. Lunch packages are provided for driving days and excursions. Alternatively, the guide will prepare lunch en route. Please inform us about any special dietary requirements in advance.

Visas
For this trip you need a passport valid for at least six months from arrival in Namibia.

Travel insurance
Please note that travel insurance and cancellation insurance is required for all customers traveling with Unique-Safaris. All insurance is the sole responsibility of our customers. Please be sure to arrange your own protected insurance throughout your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items, including but not limited to camera and other electronic equipment, medical expenses, repatriation expenses. and loss of luggage, etc. Please talk to your travel agent if you need assistance.

Payment methods
30% down payment (bank deposit)
Remaining (70%) to be paid 60 business days prior to the start of the safari
Payment by PayPal is also possible but will have to be added 7% to total tour amount

This safari needs a minimum of 4 people to be confirmed.
The down payment is a guarantee of registration and is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the trip and is not valid for change of destination. Confirmation or not of departure will be made two months before the start of the Tour or sooner if we have already reached the minimum number of participants

* If the group is closed without a room to share accommodation, an involuntary supplement of 110 US% will be charged.
Confirming the group, the value of the signal will be dropped from the input and if it is not confirmed, the value will be fully returned.

Is Namibia a safe country?
Namibia is undoubtedly one of the safest countries, if not the safest, even to travel in Africa.
the Namibians are incredibly friendly, the country’s infrastructure is good, and the level of corruption found here is much lower than in neighboring countries. It is, overwhelmingly, a peaceful and welcoming country.

Do you have a mosquito problem?
Namibia is a very dry country with a desert climate so problems with mosquitoes here are almost virtually non-existent (except for the caprivi strip)

Do I need travel insurance?
As part of the Terms and Conditions of your safari with Unique- Safaris, it is essential that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance when making the final payment of your safari.
Your insurance must include complete medical coverage, including emergency repatriation, cancellation, and travel delay costs.
Anyone traveling with Unique-Safaris should have travel insurance valid for their travel time.

What currency is used in Namibia?
The currency of Namibia is the Namibian dollar which is 1: 1 with the South African Rand.
In Namibia they do not accept US dollars, only Rands from South Africa and Namibian dollars.

What is the weather like in Namibia?
The climate of Namibia is typically semi-desert, with hot days and cold nights. The cold Benguela current keeps the coast cool and free from rain most of the year. In fact, Namibia has on average about 300 days of sunshine a year. The rainy season lasts from October to April, while the rest of the year is dry and cloudless.

January/March
Summer Peak and Rainy Days – Hot days with afternoon cloudiness and possible rainfall (usually short) Wild animals can disperse during this period in search of new pastures. Northern Namibia and Caprivi generally receive most of the annual rainfall.

April/May
The morning temperatures begin to fall and the nights become colder. Precipitation is limited and wildlife begins to gather more in perennial water sources.

June/August
The early part of June sees very cool mornings and evenings, occasionally even dropping below freezing, continuing through the late winter of August. The days are typically sunny and pleasant. Warm clothes are recommended for nights and dawns. Viewing animals is great in the dry winter months in some areas.

Springtime begins in September. The days are much warmer with occasional nights and cool mornings. From October, we experience very hot and sunny days with warm nights. Sporadic rainfall occurs, although larger showers are usually limited around December. Wildlife sightings vary depending on how early the rains started.

December is the hottest month of the year, averaging 35 ° C to 40 ° C in the shade. Lower temperatures occur along the coast, thanks to the ocean breeze, with little rain and haze prevailing from the end to the middle of the morning.

What vaccines do I need to enter Namibia?
For more info click the link below
https://www.passporthealthusa.com/destination-advice/namibia/

What kind of current does Namibia use?
Namibia’s electrical appliances run on 220 / 240v with 3-pin round outlets, receiving 15-amp outlets. Although adapters are available in most camps, we recommend that you purchase your own.
See here the type of outlet used in Namibia
https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/namibia/

How does tipping work in Namibia?
These are our recommendations but tip is personal and not mandatory.

Safari Guide / Game Ranger in Camps & Game Lodges: US $10 per person per day.
General Staff in Accommodation & Game Lodges: US $5 per person per day.
Concierge: US $1 per person per move.
Restaurants / Hotels: 10% is usual.

Any other questions?
info@unique-safaris.com
alex@unique-safaris.com

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This Namibia Tour was my third experience with Unique-Safaris and couldn't have been better! As a photography lover I was fascinated with this amazing country especially Sossusvlei and Etosha I would also like to mention the extraordinary work done by our guide Alex Freire that made this Tour even more amazing. His deep knowledge of the country and wildlife were undoubtedly one of the highlights!
Michael Gerry
USA
Guide

All our safaris are guided by qualified guides.

As long as I can remember, nature, animals, landscapes and remote peoples have always had a special place in my imagination.

Being from African descendants made me hear countless stories about that mysterious continent where animals live a wild life and where the landscapes are so vast that it never meets the horizon, it was through these stories that I knew one day my path and Africa would meet.

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