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NAMIBIA HIGHLIGHTS
Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Himba People, Etosha National Park
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DAY 1: Windhoek
Arrive Windhoek from South Africa. Check into your hotel. Overnight Windhoek.

DAY 2: Namib Desert area
We proceed down the great escarpment into the vast Namib Desert. Our destination is the Sossusvlei region, an area marked by some of the highest dunes on earth. Overnight Namib Desert area. (B)

DAY 3: Sossusvlei, Namib Desert area
An early morning start provides an artists palette as the colours of the sand changes with sunrise at Sossusvlei, a photographers dream. Explore some of the many dunes surrounding Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Late morning we visit the 30-metre deep Sesriem Canyon, formed 18 million years ago by the erosive force of the Tsauchab River. Overnight Namib Desert area. (B)

DAY 4: Swakopmund
We travel via mountain ranges and scenic canyons to Swakopmund. En route we may be fortunate to come across Springbuck, Oryx, Ostriches and elusive Mountain Zebra. We explore Vogelfederberg, an artistically eroded granite hill, before travelling via Walvis Bay and the Atlantic shore to our accommodation.

Late afternoon we do a short excursion into the desert to see the Welwitschia mirabilis, the oldest desert plant on earth, before enjoying a sundowner at the eroded valley of the moonlandscape. Overnight Swakopmund. (B)

DAY 5: Swakopmund
Day at leisure. Swakopmund is an idyllic bohemian town & promises us both great relaxation & adventure. A wide variety of activities are on offer in & around this quaint seaside town, including amongst others dolphin cruises, scenic flights, quad biking, dune boarding and desert explorations. Overnight Swakopmund. (B)

DAY 6: Damaraland
After breakfast we travel inland past the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain into Damaraland. This part of Namibia belongs to one of the least populated & most geologically diverse areas in Africa and is home to the rare Desert Elephant and Black Rhino. Prior to checking into our lodge, we visit the burnt mountain and the organ pipes; these geological phenomena are particularly stunning during the late afternoon. Overnight Twyfelfontein area. (B)

DAY 7: Twyfelfontein, Etosha National Park
We start the morning with a visit to Twyfelfontein world heritage site, where bushman communities engraved and painted over 2500 pictures into the rock some 6000 years ago. We proceed via the petrified forest to a traditional Himba settlement, where we meet these proud and statuesque nature people and learn more about their unique and age-old cultures and traditions. In the afternoon we travel to our lodge, situated close to the world-renowned Etosha National Park. Overnight Etosha National Park area. (B)

Day 8 & 9: Etosha National Park
The following 2 days are devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park. It surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan and is home to 4 of the Big Five, while the waterholes support a rich diversity of mammals and birds, including rare species such as black-faced

Impala, roan and cheetah. With 114 different animal and 340 different bird species, this park potentially represents one of the most diverse game areas the continent has to offer. Overnight Etosha National Park area. (B)

DAY 10: Windhoek
After breakfast we leave Etosha & travel south towards Windhoek. We will stop at a large wooden craft market at Okahandja, before travelling the short distance to our lodge. The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure. Overnight Windhoek basin area. (B)

Day 11: Windhoek, Johannesburg
After a leisurely breakfast we travel back to Windhoek to explore the capital before your flight back to South Africa. (B)

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