NAMIBIA SAFARI

DESERT & WILDLIFE

04 - 14 jUNE 2019

Enjoy the diverse and ever-changing Namibian landscape during this safari. Beginning in Windhoek, this tour takes you through the desert of the Namib-Naukluft National Park to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Travel between mountainous landscapes, see ancient rock art and dramatic scenes on the iconic Spitzkoppe mountain. Visit a Himba tribe and learn more about the culture of this nomadic people. Try homemade products at a small distillery. Spend two days searching for the Namibian wildlife in the Etosha National Park, returning to Windhoek for a memorable farewell dinner.

INCREDIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Namibia is one of the most photogenic countries in the world with an astonishing diverse landscape, wildlife and people. From coastal sand dunes, to desolated inland deserts, Namibia is filled with amazing photographic opportunities

PROFESSIONAL GUIDE

We take pride in our guides and we strongly believe that your safari guide is the most important person during your safari

SOSSUSVLEI

Characterized by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters

ETOSHA

Madeup of grasslands and woodland savanna and dominated by a giant salt pan, Etosha is home to 114 species of mammals, including four of the Big Five and the world’s largest concentration of black rhino.

Sounds good? Join us in Namibia

INFORMATION

All you need to know about our Namibia Safari

Price
from
$3760/person

INCLUDED

All transportation after arrival in Windhoek
All accommodation from the day 1 of the safari
All breakfast
All dinners
All lunches (excludes 2)
All activities mentioned in the itinerary

EXCLUDED

International airfares
Visit entry in Namibia
Early check-in
late check-out
Optional activities
 Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Personal expenses and tips

ITINERARY

This is the basic Itinerary for our 11 days Namibia safari

Day 1- Windhoek

Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport in the Namibian capital Windhoek, you will be welcomed and transferred to your accommodation. Your guide will meet you at the hotel and then embark on a small excursion through the town of Windhoek. The night is spent at leisure.

Day 2 & 3- Sossusvlei

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

Day 4- Swakopmund

The day is spent driving through the 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 plants and animal species in the world. Sightings of this unique fauna and flora are a must on a safari in Namibia. Animals from this harsh landscape include Hartmann’s oryx, springbok and Zebra’s mountain. When we reach the charming seaside town of Swakopmund in the afternoon where you will have the opportunity to take part in some of the many optional activities this afternoon and the next day. Alternatively, enjoy the atmosphere of this quaint little German town or take a walk on the beach.

Day 5- Swakopmund

Departure early for Walvis Bay Waterfront. We will find a local kayak guide and continue on a scenic drive along Walvis Bay to Pelican Point. We stopped along the way to take pictures of countless flamingos, pelicans and large flocks of other birds. After an hour, we will arrive at Pelican Point, where we will receive our kayaks ready for the adventure. 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 in the company of hundreds of seals (depending on the general weather conditions). After the kayaking, we had a small snack consisting of a typical German father, tea and coffee before returning to Swakopmund. The rest of the afternoon is free.

Day 6- Damaraland

Leaving the cold coast of the Atlantic behind, we then headed inland across the desert plains to Spitzkoppe, an iconic group of curving granite mountains with vivid colors. After a walk among the rocks to see the old paintings and engravings of the bushmen, we continue to the city of Omaruru, where we spent the night. Omaruru is an artistic center of local handicrafts and small industries.

Day 7,8,9- 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 ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba. After our experience, we drive towards the Etosha National Park. We fill the next 3 days with safaris in search of lion, leopard, elephant and rhino, as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the numerous different types of antelopes that live in this park. Etosha was declared National Park in 1907 and is home to approx. 114 species of mammals, 340 species of birds, 110 species of reptiles, 16 species of amphibians and, surprisingly one species of fish.

Day 10- Windhoek

This morning we said goodbye to the wildlife of Etosha and travel back to Windhoek, making small stops on route. When we arrive, the rest of the afternoon is free before enjoying Namibia’s true hospitality and a farewell dinner at the legendary Joe’s Beerhouse.

Day 11- Airport

Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Windhoek Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to see you again one day in another of our African adventures.

On the evening of the 1st, there will be a meeting presented by your guide at 6:00 pm in your lodging. It is imperative that all customers attend this meeting so as not to lose any critical information.

Although we intend to adhere to the aforementioned itinerary, there may be a need to make changes to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. So 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 suitable vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for viewing landscape and animals, and air-conditioning. All luggage, in addition to carry-on luggage and photographic equipment, is carried in vehicle or trailer racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.
 
Travel times & 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 country of origin is not equivalent to the time required to travel 100 km on African roads. So 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. The accommodation is situated in national parks, on the banks of a river or other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of inns, 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. Packed lunches are provided for days of driving and excursions. Alternatively, the guide will prepare the lunch en route. Please inform us about any special dietary requirements in advance.

Visas: 
For info on the requirements for visa in Namibia please follow the link below
http://www.namibia.org.za/visa-requirements/

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

 

Payment

30% deposit (bank deposit)

Remainder (70%) to be paid 60 working days before the start of the safari

This safari needs a minimum of 4 people to be confirmed.

The sign is a guarantee of registration and is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the trip, as well as is not valid for exchange of destination. The confirmation or otherwise of the departure will be made on 03/20/2019, or sooner, if we have already reached the minimum number of participants

* If the group is closed without a deposit to divide the accommodation, an involuntary supplement of 185 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 refunded.

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.co.za
alex@unique-safaris.co.za

"Namibia was fantastic! Seeing the towering sand dunes in front of me was definitely one of the highlights. Etosha was also very nice and I was surprised how much wildlife lives there despite being such a dry place. Our guide Alex was amazing, his knowledge and friendliness are contagious"
Michael Gerry
USA

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