National Geographic Journeys: Wonders of Namibia (DNENG)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Ride through Namib-Naukluft National Park, Visit ancient petroglyphs, Stroll through the traditional village of Mondesa, See fossilized tree trunks approximately 280 million years old, Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund
Embark on an adventure rich in wildlife and culture during 10 days in Namibia. Set out on open-vehicle wildlife drives in search of elephants, giraffes, and lions in Etosha National Park; visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund for a chance to get up close with these endangered cats; and gaze out over one of Africa's most dramatically beautiful desert landscapes. Like the shifting sand dunes that reshape the horizon, this incredible place will transform you.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 10 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Windhoek||Day 1 Windhoek|
Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
|Day 2||Sesriem||Day 2 Windhoek/Sesriem (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy postcard perfect desert scenery around Sesriem and Sossusvlei - vast desertscapes of reds and orange, stark camel thorn trees and towering dunes with dramatic curved ridges. Also keep an eye out for the surprising amount of wildlife that call this area home such as oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 340km)
|Day 3||Sesriem||Day 3 Sesriem (1B, 1D)|
Embark on a scenic excursion into the national park to explore the Namib Desert. Visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burnt orange and red towering dunes; considered one of the most stunning desert landscapes in Africa. After visit Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River. Included Activities: Sesriem Canyon Visit Sossusvlei Dunes Visit Transport: Private Vehicle 4x4
|Day 4||Swakopmund||Day 4 Sesriem/Swakopmund (1B, 1L)|
Continue through changing desert landscapes, keeping an eye out for sfree-roaming zebra, kudu, springbok and oryx. ssStop in the quirky town of Solitaire for a break before heading out into the countryside. Here we meet a local to this remote region who takes us on a drive and talks about the survival strategies of ancient and modern Bushmen who live in the area. We also search out the smaller animal life who manage to survive in these harsh conditions such as snakes, geckos, spiders and insects and learn how they have adapted to this arid region. After, continue to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. Included Activities: Living Desert Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 375km)
|Day 5||Swakopmund||Day 5 Swakopmund (1B, 1D)|
Explore the towns unique mix of German and African culture and opt to visit curio shops, the museum and restaurants. Optional activities include sandboarding, quad biking, or if youre feeling brave, skydiving. Included Activities: Mondesa Township Walk
|Day 6||Twyfelfontein||Day 6 Swakopmund/Twyfelfontein (1B, 1D)|
Continue on to Twyfelfontein where we visit the ancient petroglyphs which were named Namibias first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is thought to hold the largest concentrations of Bushman engravings in Africa, with over 2500 figures, ranging from 2000-5000 years old. Included Activities: Prehistoric Rock Engravings Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 350km)
|Day 7||Etosha National Park||Day 7 Twyfelfontein/Etosha National Park (1B)|
After the vast desert, Etosha National Park, offers a contrast of wide open grasslands, a massive pan that covers 4731kmý and tall camel thorn trees intermixed with Mopani trees. Combined with the vast amount of natural waterholes with this diverse vegetation, wildlife flock to the park. Some of the largest elephants in Africa can be found in areas of thicker vegetation, as well as leopard and the critically endangered black rhino. Lions, giraffe, ostrich and heard animals the grasslands, while birders will love the salt pans which attract flamingos in the rainy season. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park including the European bee-eater, the kori bustard and numerous migratory birds. Additional Notes: Etosha is a very popular park with limited accommodation. While we aim to secure lodging inside the park, on some departures we will stay at lodges adjacent to the park (the park is unfenced allowing the animals to roam freely throughout the area) which still provides access to all safari activities and wildlife. Included Activities: Visit Petrified Forest national monument Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 350km)
|Day 8||Etosha National Park||Day 8 Etosha National Park (1B)|
Early this morning, embark on a sunrise wildlife safari drive in an open vehicle with a local guide through the park. There is abundant wildlife that congregate around the waterholes, so keep your cameras at the ready for elephants, lions, endangered black rhinos, and even leopards. The remainder of the day is free to relax at our lodge, take a swim or join our CEO for a drive. Our lodge is perfectly situated, so sit back with a sundowner, and enjoy the sunset over the park. This afternoon or evening, opt to take another open vehicle safari drive. Included Activities: Etosha Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
|Day 9||Windhoek||Day 9 Etosha National Park/Windhoek (1B, 1L)|
After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility to learn about the important research, conservation, and community outreach work they do as one of the world's leading organizations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Meet with a researcher for a lecture to learn about the various projects in the works, then enjoy a cheetah drive to view some of these amazing creatures up close. After, enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau. Continue on to Windhoek for our final evening. Included Activities: Cheetah Conservation Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 415km)
|Day 10||Windhoek||Day 10 Windhoek (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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