"FOLLOW THE FOOTPRINTS"
10 DAY PRIVATE GUIDED NAMIBIA SAFARI
TRAVELLING FROM 21 – 30 OCTOBER 2016
Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately four times the size of the United Kingdom but with a population of a mere 2 million - one of the lowest densities in the world. It is also an 'ageless land’; visible through our heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilised tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. Added to the space and silence, these all contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.
The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Temperatures are modified by the high plateau in the interior and by the cold Benguela Current that runs along the Atlantic coastline. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally dry with very little rain.
This safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will have your own professional and experienced safari guide who will enhance your enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery. The knowledge, experience and attitude of our guides are critical to a successful safari which is why we ensure that they are both personable and very professional.
Your guide will have an intimate knowledge of each area and camp/lodge that you visit, allowing them to share the local highlights whilst adding continuity and depth to your safari. It goes without saying that they know exactly what a "True African Safari" is all about. Not only are our guides highly qualified, each has a specific area of expertise. Together they possess the breadth and depth of knowledge to allow them to answer questions and satisfy the particular interests of each of our guests. Your Ultimate Safaris guide will turn your safari into an experience of a lifetime!
· Travel with one of Namibia’s most well-known naturalist guides.
· Memorable and exciting game drives within the renowned Etosha National Park.
· Game drive on the private Ongava Reserve.
· Explore both the eastern & southern sides of Etosha National Park.
· Game viewing from the elevated dining area over a floodlit waterhole.
· Escape the summer heat on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
· Explore the edge of the Namib along the famous D707 from one of the most picturesque farms in southern Namibia.
DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY
Day 1 (21 October 2016) Arrival in Windhoek
After landing at Windhoek’s International Hosea Kutako Airport, about 40 km outside of Windhoek, you will be welcomed by an Ultimate Safaris representative who will transfer you to the Galton House guesthouse where you will stay overnight in their beautifully designed rooms. You will be treated to a short city tour of Windhoek en-route if that appeals. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to relax at the guesthouse and settle into your charming accommodation and an option to go explore Windhoek city shops and craft market if required. Dinner tonight is had at the guesthouse with your guide who will discuss the details of your safari with you.
Windhoek Capital City: Windhoek, Namibia’s capital nestles among rolling hills, bounded by the Eros Mountains in the east, the Auas Mountains to the south and the Khomas Hochland in the west. It is a meeting place between Africa and Europe, the modern and the old. In the capital’s main street, well-preserved German colonial buildings are in sharp contrast with modern architectural styles, while Herero women in their traditional Victorian dresses mingle with executives dressed in the latest fashions. Located centrally, Windhoek is the starting point of an adventures holiday for many visitors to the country and an ideal base from where to explore the rest of the country. The city’s restaurants offer a variety of meals, ranging from international and continental cuisine to German dishes such as Eisbein with Sauerkraut and African delicacies such as mopane worms. Windhoek offers a wide choice of accommodation options, ranging from four-star hotels and homely pensions to backpackers establishments and campsites. In the rural areas beyond the city’s limits there are also a number of lodges and guest farms.
Galton House: Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, it has a relaxed but efficient style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. A mere ten minute drive from the centre of town and perched on the edge of Windhoek’s northernmost affluent suburb of Eros, guests staying here will be ensured of peace and tranquillity. The nine rooms are all equipped with internet connectivity, satellite television, coffee/tea station and general guest amenities. The communal areas consist of a large lounge, dining room, swimming pool and garden. There is also delightful ‘al fresco’ dining area by the pool, serving freshly prepared and very tasty meals. There are also a number shops, restaurants and supermarkets within easy striking distance.
Overnight: Galton House Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 2 (22 October 2016) Windhoek to Eastern Boundary Etosha National Park
After a leisurely breakfast you will be collected by your guide and set off on your journey, which today takes you through Okahandja with an option to visit the Okahandja Craft Market before heading for the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park to Mushara Bush Camp. If time allows, this late afternoon can be spent game viewing from your private vehicle in the Etosha National Park.
Okahandja: Directly north of Windhoek lays Okahandja, a town of great significance to the Herero people because it was once the seat of Chief Sameul Maharero. Every year on 26 August referred to as Heroes’ Day thousands of Herero’s converge in the town to pay homage at the graves of their great chiefs. Some of the women are dressed in traditional red and black, others in green and black, while the men wear full military regalia complete with medals. Visitors are welcome to view this rich and colourful ceremony. According to historian Dr Vedder, the name Okahandja comes from Herero and means ‘small widening’, the place where the rivers meet. The earliest records of the town date back to 1844 when the first two missionaries arrived there. The year 1894, however, is regarded as the birth of the town as Okahandja became a military base in this year and a fort was built. On 26 August, 1923, the famous Herero Chief Samuel Maharero was laid to rest in Okahandja at a funeral attended by approximately 2 000 people. Since then this day has been celebrated annually at Okahandja by the Herero people. The town is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practice their ancient skills at the wood and thatch Mbangura woodcarvers Market next to the main road, both at the entrance and at the exit of the town.
Mushara Bush Camp: Mushara Bush Camp is the third addition to the outstanding accommodation of the Mushara Collection. The Mushara Bush Camp is on the same reserve as the Mushara Lodge, Villa Mushara and the Mushara Outpost. Mushara Bush Camp offers a down – to – earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an exceptionally affordable base for independent travellers exploring the Etosha National Park. The main Bush Camp area is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it. The early evenings see a camp fire lit where guests can exchange stories of the day’s wildlife sightings. Dinner, Lunch and breakfast are served on the thatched verandah with the bush being a mere step away. The 16 custom made en-suite tents are built from a combination of canvas and local limestone. With their own 8msq private verandah and roof to floor windows, these rooms are spacious and airy. Each large bathroom has an oversized window and shower looking into the surrounding bush.
The brushed cement floors and lime stone walls keep the rooms cool from the afternoon sun with the help from floor fans. Four of these tents are ideally suited for families with small children.
Overnight: Mushara Bush Camp Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 3 (23 October 2016) Etosha National Park
Today is available for a full day of exciting game viewing within the eastern section of Etosha National Park. After discussion with your guide you can either opt to go into the Park in the morning and the afternoon and return to the lodge for lunch and an early afternoon rest; or you can head back west across to spend more time in the area around Halali; or you can head north past Fischer’s Pan and up into the Andoni Plains if you prefer. Either way, you will return to the comforts of Mushara Bush Camp by sunset. Alternatively, of course, you could decide to limit your game driving activities and enjoy a little ‘down time’ in the comforts of the lodge
Overnight: Mushara Bush Camp Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 4 (24 October 2016) East Etosha to Southern Etosha National Park Boundary
Today is spent on an extended game drive from the eastern side of Etosha National Park to the southern boundary. You make your way across the park, having lunch en-route at one of the state owned resorts. You stop off at the famous Okaukuejo waterhole before exiting the park through the southern Andersson’s Gate. You then enter the Ongava Game Reserve which borders the southern boundary of the Park and go on to stay at the exquisite Ongava Lodge. The drive today can take you most of the day, depending on how much time is spent game viewing at the different waterholes along the way. Tonight can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole.
Ongava Game Reserve: The Ongava Game Reserve is effectively a private game reserve, spanning 30,000 hectares along the south-west border of Etosha National Park.
The reserve is home to a wide variety of game including lion, leopard, giraffe, rhino, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, gemsbok (oryx), kudu, steenbok and much more. The scenery is attractive with large open plains blending into Mopane tree woodlands and granite outcrops.
Ongava Lodge: Ongava Lodge is situated on the slopes of a rocky outcrop within the private 30,000 hectare Ongava Game Reserve, which shares a common border with Etosha. Ongava Lodge offers guests the full Etosha experience whilst providing superb accommodation and service, as well as night drives and nature walks on the reserve (on request). At Ongava Lodge guests are accommodated in luxury air-conditioned thatched chalets with private veranda, all with en-suite bathroom. The main lounge, dining and pool area is situated on the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana Range, overlooking a floodlit waterhole and a vast plain.
Overnight: Ongava Lodge Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 5 (25 October 2016) Etosha National Park
Today is available for a full day of exciting game viewing within the Etosha National Park. After discussion with your guide you can either opt to spend the whole day inside Etosha with lunch inside the park, heading west to spend more time in the area around Halali and returning to Camp before sunset; or alternatively you can head into the park in the morning and return to camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest, and then enjoy a fascinating afternoon game drive on the private Ongava Game Reserve returning to the lodge in time for dinner.
Overnight: Ongava Lodge Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 6 (26 October 2016) Southern Etosha National Park Boundary to Swakopmund
After an early breakfast you head south for Swakopmund, arriving in Swakopmund in the mid to late afternoon. You will check into your hotel in time to freshen up before dinner. There will be time this afternoon to explore the town on foot, before heading off for dinner at one of the popular restaurants which specialize in fresh seafood.
Swakopmund: Swakopmund resembles a small, German coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea. It boasts a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with modern hotels, shops, restaurants, museums, craft centres, galleries and cafés. Swakopmund had its beginnings as a landing station in 1892 when the German Imperial Navy erected beacons on the site. Settlers followed and made attempts to create a harbour town by constructing a concrete Mole and then an iron jetty - which attempts were ultimately unsuccessful. The advent of World War one halted developments, and the town sank into decline until half a century later when infrastructure improved and an asphalt road opened between Windhoek and Swakopmund. This made reaching the previously isolated town quicker and easier and it prospered once again to become Namibia’s premier resort town. Although the sea is normally cold for swimming there are pleasant beaches and the cooler climate is refreshing after time spent in the desert.
Hansa Hotel: A timeless classic forming part of Swakopmund’s architectural culture is the grand Hansa Hotel, dating back to 1905. Conveniently located in the centre of town, the Hansa Hotel is within easy walking distance to the waterfront, shops, cafes, the aquarium, Crystal Gallery and other attractions which Swakopmund has to offer. Not only is the Hansa Hotel world renowned for its outstanding cuisine, but also comparable with the most prestigious address encountered abroad. This luxurious residence places emphasis not only on personalized service and elegant style, but also affordability.
Overnight: Hansa Hotel Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 7 (27 October 2016) Swakopmund to the Tiras Mountains
You leave the coast behind today as you make your way south into the Namib Desert, travelling past Sesriem (the gateway to the Sossusvlei Dunes) on the way down to the wonderfully scenic area around Farm Kanaan on the D 707. You arrive at the Kanaan N’aankuse Desert Retreat in the late afternoon where you will be staying for the next two nights.
Kanaan Naankuse Desert Retreat: is the latest offering of the Namibian rehabilitation and conservation organisation – The Naankuse Foundation. Encompassing 33 000ha nature reserve and is home to free roaming mountain zebra, kudu, springbok, ostrich, oryx, caracal, hyena and jackal. Kanaan is situated perfectly as a stop-over between the main tourist attractions of Sossusvlei, Luderitz, Fish River Canyon, and Orange River areas. Kanaan Naankuse is described as the highlight of the D707, because of its diverse scenery between the Tiras Mountains and the beautiful red Namib dune belt. Road D707 is also known as the most scenic route in Namibia. Ambassador carnivores from our Conservation Project include Cheetah and Caracal and the photography of these is just so much easier on this property both for the animal and the photographer.
Overnight: Kanaan Naankuse Desert Retreat Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 8 (28 October 2016) Tiras Mountains/Kanaan Naankuse Desert Retreat
Today will be spent on morning and afternoon activities, giving you different opportunities and the chance to capture to explore and enjoy your lovely surroundings. .
Overnight: Kanaan Naankuse Desert Retreat Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 (29 October 2016) Sossusvlei
After a leisurely breakfast you start traversing your way back to the capital, Windhoek. The drive takes you in a northerly direction, through the Khomas Hochland highlands, leaving the Namib Desert behind you. Lunch will be en-route and you arrive at Galton House in the mid afternoon. Dinner tonight will be enjoyed at Galton’s excellent in house restaurant or one of the local restaurants in town with your guide.
Galton House: Galton House is named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton; it has a relaxed but efficient style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. A mere ten minute drive from the center of town and perched on the edge of Windhoek’s northernmost affluent suburb of Eros, guests staying here will be ensured of peace and tranquility. The nine guest rooms are all equipped with internet connectivity and satellite television, with a coffee/tea station available on request and other general guest amenities. The communal areas consist of a large lounge, dining room, swimming pool and garden. There is also delightful ‘al fresco’ dining area by the pool, serving freshly prepared and very tasty meals. There are also a number of shops, restaurants and supermarkets within easy striking distance.
Overnight: Galton House Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Day 10 (30 October 2016) Departure
Spend as much of the day as is available relaxing at the guest house or exploring town until it is time to be transferred to the Windhoek International Airport in time for your international flight home.
This is officially the end of your Namibian safari. We hope to see you again…bon voyage…!
Breakfast & Lunch
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TOUR COST FOR NAMIBIA: CAD$4185.00 per person, based on twin share
NOTE: A minimum of 6 guests is required for tour to operate
Ø Accommodation as stated above.
Ø Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle.
Ø Meals as stipulated above.
Ø Services of a registered and experienced English-speaking safari guide.
Ø Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
Ø Return airport transfers.
Ø Gratuities for Ultimate Safari Guide
Ø Mineral water on board the safari vehicle and airplane.
Ø Welcome pack.
Ø International flights to Namibia and airport taxes.
Ø Any meals not included in the above itinerary.
Ø Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
Ø All drinks including premium import brand drinks
Ø Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost).
Ø Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
Ø ENTRY VISA FEES.
Ø Services subject to availability at the time of booking.
Ø Rates subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control e.g. fuel increases, currency fluctuation etc.
Ø Terms and conditions apply.
Ø Visas/Passports: Please ensure: 1) that you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required; 2) that your passport is valid for at least six months after your scheduled departure date from Namibia; 3) that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive clear pages. If this is not the case, there is a danger of being turned away by the Immigration Service on arrival at the airport – assuming your airline has agreed to bring you and risk a fine in the first place.
Ø Please ensure that you have arranged the entire necessary single or multiple entry visas prior to your arrival into southern Africa (unless you have confirmed they are available on entry). For an up to date list on which nationalities are automatically granted tourist visas upon entry into Namibia please refer to the Namibia Tourism Board website – http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/pages/Visas.
Ø For Visa application procedures, please visit the Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs website - http://www.mfa.gov.na/
Ø It is your clients’ responsibility to ensure that the necessary visas requirements are complied with before entering the county. Ultimate Safaris cannot be held responsible for any travelers being declined access into the country due to incorrect papers
Ø Health: No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Namibia are considered to be malarial so we recommend the use of anti-malarial prophylactics (normally Malarone), especially if visiting during the Namibian summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
Ø Luggage: Is normally restricted to 20 kg (not including photographic equipment) per person in a soft, hold all type bag. Weight is generally less important than volume as everything is carried with you on safari. If adding extensions that involve light aircraft transfers the luggage limit may be reduced further to 12 kg in soft bags (please enquire if this may apply to you). If required, any extra luggage can be stored at our base when visitors are away on safari.
Ø Vehicles: Vehicles used are normally comfortable specially modified 4x4 Toyota Landcruisers, equipped with air-conditioning, large windows, pop tops, fridges for drinks and snacks. A trailer for luggage is taken if required.
Why travel with a naturalist guide?
A naturalist guide will quickly turn a normal safari into a life enriching journey, creating a deeper understanding and appreciation for the incredible places and people that we visit. The guides are the link between our guests and the intricacies of the natural world, sharing their knowledge with enthusiasm and humor. Guests are taken on a journey through some of the world’s most beautiful wild places, encountering wildlife spectacles and engaging with age-old authentic cultures while receiving detailed interpretation as offered by our highly trained naturalist guides. Throughout this experience, they are wrapped in the warm and caring hospitality that makes us Ultimate Safaris.
A guided safari offers our guests constant access to one or more of these exceptional guides who have an intimate knowledge of each camp/lodge and area we visit. This allows them to be able to expose the relevant highlights, adding continuity and depth to your safari, and effectively tailor-making your experience. It also means that they are able to take guests to stay at less sophisticated rural venues which might not otherwise be suitable for discerning visitors. The presence of our guide adds another level to the hospitality and service that can be offered there and thus ensures that we have the widest reach of options available to us while still maintaining the standards to which we aspire.
Our guides share in a philosophy that ensures they never cease adding to their encyclopedic knowledge and this makes them lifelong scholars in the fields of their expertise. Their infectious enthusiasm, dedication, character, and in-depth knowledge of the country ensure that guests are at the forefront of real, unique and authentic experiences throughout their journey. Being native to Namibia, our guides are welcomed as friends or family everywhere they go, thus ensuring authentic and life enriching journeys. These often result in guests becoming personal friends of both our guides and the people that they visit.
All our Land Cruisers are equipped with:
· Roof pop Tops for better photography and game viewing vantage points
· Air Conditioning
· Onboard Fridge/freezers and plenty of water.
· Personal library, which includes a series of guide books, maps, stationary and checklists.
· 220 volt electrical charging point, to charge electrical devices whilst traveling.
· Guaranteed window seat on every safari.
· VHF inter-vehicle radios that allow multi vehicle groups to communicate with each other while ‘on the road’
Our guides also travel with their renowned ‘MAGIC BOXES’, which ensure all en-route catering needs are taken care of, from a bush breakfast and coffee and tea stops to majestic sundowners
3 Night Extension to Botswana Oct 30-Nov 2, 2016
The Garden Lodge is located in the small town of Kasane, on the Chobe River in Northern Botswana. The lodge is five minutes by boat from the Chobe National Park and approximately eight minutes by vehicle.
Your 3 night stay at the Garden Lodge is inclusive of 3 meals per day as well as 2 activities per day.
Game Drives and Boat Cruises
Activities revolve around game viewing, either by vehicle or boat, within the Chobe National Park. The Park with its estimated 140,000 elephants, huge herds of buffalo, and almost daily sightings of lion is a photographer’s dream. Usually we drive in the morning and boat in the afternoon. However, we are flexible and will happily change this routine to suit guests' requirements.
TOUR COST FOR 3 NIGHTS BOTSWANA : USD$1179.00 per person, based on twin share
NOTE: A minimum of 6 guests is required for tour to operate
At time of final payment, the US Rate will be converted and processed in Canadian Dollars based on the Bank Buying Rate of the Day.
3 nights’ accommodation in Twin or King Bedded rooms with ensuite bathroom
2 Activities per day (choice of game drives or boat cruises)
3 meals per day
Park entrance fees
Government Levies and VAT
Gratuities to Safari guides
Round trip transfers from Kasane Airport
Africa & Asia Leisure Travel Specialist
100-235 North Centre Rd
Phone: 519-660-6966 Ext 325 or 1-800-361-1334 1 3250
TOUR ESCORT: Joan Gerber
Joan has travelled these roads many times in order to introduce you to the many wonderful places throughout Namibia & Botswana! She takes you to unknown places that offer such photographic opportunities. Travelling with Joan to her destinations will get you "Hooked On Africa"! and beckon you to return! Many have!
Contact Joan: www.c-africatours.com or 519 439-2032
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