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We are heading west, into the Namib Desert, and will be travelling through scenic bushland and savannah of the Central Highlands and Namib-Naukluft Park. On route stop-over at the spectacular views of the Spreetshoogte Mountain Pass before we descend from Central Plateau (1600 meters above the sea level) into the desert (at 600 m above sea level).
Around 8 o’clock in the morning. Our guide will pick you up from the hotel. We are heading west, into the Namib Desert, and will be travelling through scenic bushland and savannah of the Central Highlands and Namib-Naukluft Park. On route stop-over at the spectacular view point of the Spreetshoogte Mountain Pass before we descend from Central Plateau (1600 meters above the sea level) into the desert (at 600 m above sea level). We are crossing dried-up river beds, which fill-up with water only during the rainy season. Lunch served amidst semi-desert savannah at the cosy, wilderness restaurant at Solitaire. Stop at the small, desert bakery to taste freshly baked bread, cakes and famous ‚apple pie’.
Before sunrise, we begin a fascinating adventure to spectacular Sossusvlei – land of the highest sand dunes on Earth! After climbing to the top of picturesque Dune 45 we will go on an off-road trail and desert-walk among orange, surreal dunes of Dead Vlei. The breath-taking landscape of the majestic dunes, touched by the light of the rising sun and contrasting shadows overwhelms with its shapes, forms and colours! Towering over 380 m overhead is one of the highest dunes of the Namib, ‚Big Daddy’. Exquisite vistas worth capturing through the eye of a camera. Surreal Dead Vlei charms and amazes with its incredible landscape expressions! Dry acacia forest (Camelthorn acacia) as if ‚frozen in time’, calmly and motionlessly stands among the silent dunes. The unique desert experience leaves impressive, lasting impressions! In the afternoon hike through the fascinating formations of the Sesriem Canyon.
After breakfast, we are travelling through the Namib Desert and Namib-Naukluft Park – venturing north-west to small town-oasis Swakopmund, set on the Atlantic coast. En route, crossing Kuiseb Riverbed, travelling through vast regions of Savannah and semi-desert. Good chance of sighting ostriches, springboks, mountain zebras and oryx grazing in their natural habitat. While crossing iconic Tropic of Capricorn, time for a break, stretching legs and short photo-moment. Arrival in Swakopmund, early afternoon.
In the morning, relaxing walk through the picturesque, coastal town of Swakopmund. Visit at the local ‚open-air’ curio market, admiring, as well as shopping for an attractive and colourful, African artefacts. After lunch, an escapade to spectacular Moon Valley and Welwitschia mirabilis trails – desert plant and botanical attraction; one of the oldest known plants on Earth, called by the botanists the ‚living fossil’.
Boat cruise (morning hours) to the colony of pink flamingos and fur seals, with dolphins and marine life viewing.
Quad bike tour into the desert dunes.
Visit at fascinating Crystal Gallery – an exhibition of magnificent, Namibian crystals, some of the biggest specimen in the World, as well as a rich selection of semi-precious stones.
Visit at the Snake Park – indigenous Namibian species including most poisons ones, such as Black Mamba, Puff Adder, Cape Cobra, Gaboon Adder, Boom snake, Zebra Snake, as well as Pythons, grass and sand snakes.
Salt road along the Atlantic Coast takes us further north. On the way, visit the largest fur seal colony with a short stop-over at the historical Cape Cross, wherein 1486, Portuguese sailor Diego Cao set up a granite cross in tribute of the King of Portugal, after landing on the Namibian coast. Turning east, inland – we are on route to the mountainous Brandberg Massif with the highest Namibian peak, Konigsberg, towering 2574m above sea level. Set amidst grassy African savannah and granite mountains is famous ‚White Lady’, ancient Bushmen painting, created by the tribal artists, who inhabited these regions centuries ago. Arrival at the lodge, in the afternoon.
Early in the morning, on route to scenic Damaraland and to visit Twyfelfontein – UNESCO World Heritage Site, where over 2000 rock engravings created by Bushmen are found in the rusty rocks and mountains. Engravings picture animals, hunters and hunting, people and their lifestyle.
After breakfast, we are venturing further into Kaokoland, to Opuwo, capital of this northern region. The next day we will meet semi-nomadic Himba people. One of the last, pastoral tribes on Earth, who continue to keep their traditional ancient way of life, as they did for hundreds of years. A unique chance for ethnic photography!
In the morning, unforgettable visit to the Himba village, learning about their nomadic way of life. Unique opportunity to observe exotic culture and customs. The Himba are a tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists, who inhabit the Kaokoland, in northern Namibia. They have clung to their traditions, and the beautiful Himba women are noted for their orange-coloured skin, intricate hairstyles and traditional jewellery. Himba men and women wear few clothes, apart from a loin cloth or goat-skin mini-skirt, they rub their bodies with a mixture of red ochre and animal fat to protect themselves against sun, insects and to condition their skin. It gives Himba’s skin characteristic rich, red colour. Himba jewellery is made from iron, animal skin or shell, and due to the intricate designs, have become very popular among the visiting tourists. Visit at the Himba village creates a superb opportunity for spectacular ethnic photography! After morning adventure, time for lunch and afternoon rest.
After a visit to the Himba village, we are heading further north in direction of Kunene River to admire Epupa Falls. Kunene creates a natural border between Namibia and Angola.
Today, time for rest and optional, recreational activities, while tucked away in nature, meditating beauty of this charming region, set ‚far away from civilization’. The option of quiet rest in tranquil surroundings, nature walks, bird watching or spotting crocodiles inhabiting Kunene River. Crocodiles at Kunene are considered to be some of the most aggressive crocs in Africa. Giant reptiles, water monitors measuring up to 2 meters long, inhabit the area.
On our way to a spectacular nature reserve – Etosha National Park! Etosha is dedicated to protecting the wildlife of African bush and savannah. Its beauty and natural charm simply overwhelm the visitor! Wild animals inhabit enormous regions of grassy savannah. Harmony and balance of nature fill the viewer with tranquil peace and serenity. Live ‚theatre of nature’ at its best
On safari trails of Etosha! We are tracking wildlife in its own natural habitat, observing herds of elephants, zebras, hyenas, variety of the antelopes (kudu, oryx, impalas, eland, springbok, gnu) giraffes, rhino, jackals and birds of prey. Searching for big cats of Etosha: cheetah and leopard, and for ‚king of the savannah’ – the lion. At the waterholes, in calm and stillness, we are observing wild animals coming for a drink of water after a hot day. Evenings spent at the waterhole, watching and admiring rich variety of wildlife. Till late at night, we are captivated by incredible nature show! Fantastic opportunity for unforgettable photographic moments!
After the last visit to the waterhole, leaving Etosha early in the morning and heading south to Windhoek ‚back to civilization’. On the way, visit an open-air craft market in Okahandja. Wonderful opportunity to purchase hand-made curios and African souvenirs. After two weeks filled with unforgettable adventures, we are heading to the international airport. We will bid you ‚bye, bye’ and a safe journey, till we see you again on a safari in Africa – with Wild Wind Safaris!