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Southern Journey through Namibia

PRIVATE TOUR - 10 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $6838+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Visit The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit devoted to the conservation of Namibia’s large cats
  • Choose from several options, including an excursion on one of the self-guided walking trails
  • Radio tracking of Spotted Hyenas on foot, or taking part in one of the AfriCat feeding runs
  • Visit The Cheetah Project, to learn more about the science that goes into conserving these animals
  • Plenty of small shops, a beachfront promenade, open air markets, a small aquarium and museums
  • Choose to join a community township tour for an insight into the livelihoods of working class Namibians
  • Sundowner drive through the pristine desert habitat of the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve
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Tour Overview

Explore the main highlights of southern Namibia on this ten day self-drive tour. Your itinerary will begin in the small capital city of Windhoek where you will spend the first two days engaging in wildlife activities at the home of the AfriCat Foundation. Then, travel south to see the sights in Swakopmund and the amazing sand dunes of Sossuslvei.

The journey will begin in Windhoek, where you will be transferred from the airport to pick up your vehicle. Within its mix of 19th century German architecture, you will find a small and friendly city that is lined with broad tree avenues, modern shopping malls, and diverse restaurants. The following few days will be spent in Okonjima, the home of the AfriCat Foundation. Here you will have the chance to track and study Namibia’s large cats on foot. The experience given by observing these rehabilitating cats will provide a great insight into the various initiatives and efforts of the foundation.

The journey continues through the vastness of the Namib Desert on to Swakopmund, one of the few coastal towns in the entire country. Here you will relax in the Bohemian atmosphere of this Bavarian styled town. Enjoy the intriguing fusion of people and cultures here, but not without exploring some of the town’s outlying areas on the coast and in the desert. Before the drive back to Windhoek, you will have a final couple of days exploring the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
Round trip local airfare between Johannesburg and Windhoek, Airport transfers, All Accommodations (Starting Price based on double occupancy of Daihatsu Terios, inquire for additional rates) Meals and activities where specified, 15% VAT on the vehicle, Unlimited kilometers, Collision damage waiver, Standard tools, Contract fee, Second Driver, 2x spare wheels, Airport transfers, Map, Tourism levy and stamp duty, Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

Notes:
* A valid and unendorsed license must be produced by all drivers, licence must be legible and with English translation

* The minimum age for authorized drivers is 25 years. Younger drivers are subject to additional charge as per rates given

* Maximum 2 drivers allowed per vehicle.
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Package Price: $6838
Pricing Details

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Windhoek

Overnight flight to Windhoek via Johannesburg

Overnight flight to Windhoek via Johannesburg

Day
2

Arrival in Windhoek

Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to Windhoek to collect a rental vehicle. Then drive a few minutes to the accommodations, to be met by a guide and briefed on the safaris. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. An easy to walk, European-styled city, the main attractions that include several architectural highlights, local restaurants, shops, and the city’s outdoor market can all be visited.

Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to Windhoek to collect a rental vehicle. Then drive a few minutes to the accommodations, to be met by a guide and briefed on the safaris. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. An easy to walk, European-styled city, the main attractions that include several architectural highlights, local restaurants, shops, and the city’s outdoor market can all be visited.

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Day
3

Visit to the AfriCat Foundation

After a leisurely breakfast, depart to the AfriCat Foundation, in Okonjima, via the B1 highway. Upon arrival, be welcomed by the Okonjima staff at the gate and directed to accommodations. The total drive time is approximately 3 hours.

The AfriCat Foundation is a non-profit organization that is devoted to the conservation of Namibia’s large cats and carnivores. In cooperation with commercial farmers and local communities, the Foundation provides environmental education, as well as rehabilitation and welfare programs, to provide solutions to human-wildlife conflict issues.

Following afternoon tea and cake, radio-track leopards, where they roam freely and catch their own prey within the 4500-hectare rehabilitation area. Afterwards, enjoy dinner and cold drinks around the camp fire. Optionally, observe some of the local nocturnal creatures from the night.
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Day
4

Safari & visit to the Cheetah Project

This morning choose from several options, including an excursion on one of the self-guided walking trails (up to 8 km), radio tracking of Spotted Hyenas on foot, or taking part in one of the AfriCat feeding runs for cats that cannot yet hunt for themselves. Enjoy lunch at camp between activities, to take the chance to peruse the curio shop or take a dip and lounge by the pool.

In the afternoon, visit The Cheetah Project, a valuable understanding of Foundation’s work will be gained. Here, learn more about the science that goes into conserving these animals as well as a bit of AfriCat’s 18-year history.
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5

Arrival in Swakopmond

Before departing this morning, there will be a final chance to radio-track the rehabilitating cheetahs on foot. Once checked out, with a packed lunch in hand, begin the journey through the mining towns of Omaruru, Karibib, and Usakos, before finally arriving at Swakopmund. The estimated driving time today is about 4 hours.

After arriving, spend the first afternoon exploring the town. In addition to its German architecture, there are plenty of small shops, a beachfront promenade, open air markets, a small aquarium and historical museum. After an afternoon at leisure, choose one of the town’s many restaurants for dinner, and be sure to take advantage of the exceptional local seafood.
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6

Tour of Swakopmund

Today will be a day spent at leisure in the town, with a choice of plenty activities that can be added on at an extra cost. One highly recommended activity is the half day Marine Cruise of the nearby Walvis Bay to explore the rich sea life and beautiful habitat. Another option would be to join a tour of the living desert just outside of town, where the expert guides will introduce guests to many of the fascinating and hidden life in this seemingly desolate landscape.

In the afternoon, choose to join a community township tour of Swakopmund. This rare opportunity will give an insight into the livelihoods of working class Namibians, as their schools, houses, and craft stalls will be visited. Alternatively, visit some of the local outfitters to try some of Swakopmund’s famous adventure sports. The options range from quad biking and sand-boarding through the huge dunes, to kayaking the coast or even skydiving. In the evening, choose another restaurant of choice to experience the local cuisine.
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7

Exploring the Kulala Wilderness Reserve

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Depending on departure time, take a final opportunity to engage in any of the activities that have yet to be tried, or perhaps take a leisurely morning to enjoy breakfast before hitting the road towards Sossusvlei. This drive will lead out of the coastal dunes, through the flat yellow desert and the Kuiseb Canyon, and finally to the towering red dunes of the Namib.

Upon arrival, settle into a comfortable room at the Mountain Homestead, where soon after, a sundowner drive through the pristine desert habitat of the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve will be embarked on. This will be a relaxing way to end the day, with the beautiful views of the landscape, before heading back for dinner.
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8

Exploring the dunes of Sossusvlei

Start the day with an early morning self-guided trip into the Namib Naukluft National Park, to visit the classic red dunes around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei (both large clay pans). Here the photographic opportunities are endless and maybe even climb the dunes to enjoy even more expansive views of the seemingly endless sea of red sand. This experience of the park can take up to 7 hours to fully enjoy it, so be sure to take a packed lunch from the Homestead.

Once returning to the Homestead, there will be plenty of time for a swim and some snacks before meeting a guide in the late afternoon, for a number of options including a drive or walk around the Reserve, or perhaps even a tour of the land on horseback.
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Day
9

Drive through the Naukluft Mountains

Depending on when guests choose to depart, there is the option of enjoying a sunrise balloon flight (at extra cost) over the desert. Afterwards, take a 5-hour drive through the Naukluft Mountains and back to Windhoek for one final night.

Depending on when guests choose to depart, there is the option of enjoying a sunrise balloon flight (at extra cost) over the desert. Afterwards, take a 5-hour drive through the Naukluft Mountains and back to Windhoek for one final night.

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Day
10

International flight home

Depending on the time of departure, return the vehicle transfer to the airport for a flight home or optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Depending on the time of departure, return the vehicle transfer to the airport for a flight home or optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Swakopmund, Erongo, Namibia

Okonjima Lodge, Otjozondjupa, Namibia

Sossusvlei, Hardap, Namibia

Naukluft Mountains, Hardap, Namibia

Places You'll See

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    Windhoek

    The capital of Namibia, Windhoek, is also the largest city in the country. Learn the history and culture of the area with several stimulating museums and shops that can be visited. While here, take a trip to a wildlife conservation and visit big cats and other mammals of the region.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Windhoek : Olive Grove Guest House

4 Star Properties

Windhoek : Olive Grove Guest House

Okonjima : Okonjima Main Camp

5 Star Properties

Swakopmund : Hansa Hotel

Sossusvlei : Mountain Homestead

Testimonials

Michele

Traveled April, 2015

et again I find myself compelled to thank Yampu for organising another amazing holiday for me

Yet again I find myself compelled to thank Yampu for organising another amazing holiday for me! As a solo female traveller venturing to Africa for the first time I wanted a company I could trust to look after me. That is why I chose Yampu. Having had a great experience with them in Central America it seemed sensible to see if they could help me again. I gave them my brief: Scenery, animals, horse riding suitable for an experienced rider and the chance to visit a wild animal charity . As I had hoped, they delivered on each and every count & gave me the BEST guide I could have ever wished for! From airport taxi pick up to drop off I was looked after impeccably.The accommodation was perfect and the brief about animals could not have been better fulfilled .My guide was an inspiration to be around & her ability to find wild animals was verging on mystic! Her in depth knowledge and obvious passion for all things Namibian was the lynch pin of my holiday and I can’t recommend her highly enough. Yampu are genuinely able to fulfill the customised brief you give them as opposed to cobbling together existing packages….They keep in touch throughout the process and I like the way they link in with local operators & guides as opposed to trying to take complete control. I have two regrets …1.I had to leave Namibia. 2. Yampu doesn’t quite cover the whole world (yet)!

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