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Namibia: Epic Safari
From $11,990.00 (USD)

Embark on an epic 11-day journey to Namibia, home to the Big Daddy of sand dunes, desert landscapes alive with oryx, bar-eared foxes, zebras, lizards and more, pristine beaches that line the coast, and game reserves where rhinos flourish.
 
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Namibia: Epic Safari

Embark on an epic 11-day journey to Namibia, home to the Big Daddy of sand dunes, desert landscapes alive with oryx, bar-eared foxes, zebras, lizards and more, pristine beaches that line the coast, and game reserves where rhinos flourish.



Embark on an epic 11-day journey to Namibia, home to the Big Daddy of sand dunes, desert landscapes alive with oryx, bat-eared foxes, zebras, lizards and more, pristine beaches that line the coast, and game reserves where rhinos flourish. A Bushman desert walk, behind the scenes visit to a wildlife sanctuary, ATV rides and more enable up close unforgettable discoveries. Pack your Tauck-provided rolling duffel bag for this ultimate 20-guest small group safari that flies you from place to place on small Cessna planes. From the desert, dunes and the Dead Vlei to a vast coastal wonderland and Walvis Bay where wildlife play to private reserves and a national park teeming with game animals, you'll discover the essence of Namibia in experiences that are in-depth, up-close and as unique as the country itself. Venture into different environs with expert guides at home wherever you travel and meet the Himba tribe, who live off the land. Learn about the wildlife that thrives here, the stars that own the night sky and conservation efforts underway to keep Namibia as pristine and protected as nature intended. And best of all, have fun along the way.

Embark on an epic 11-day journey to Namibia, home to the Big Daddy of sand dunes, desert landscapes alive with oryx, bat-eared foxes, zebras, lizards and more, pristine beaches that line the coast, and game reserves where rhinos flourish. A Bushman desert walk, behind the scenes visit to a wildlife sanctuary, ATV rides and more enable up close unforgettable discoveries. Pack your Tauck-provided rolling duffel bag for this ultimate 20-guest small group safari that flies you from place to place on small Cessna planes. From the desert, dunes and the Dead Vlei to a vast coastal wonderland and Walvis Bay where wildlife play to private reserves and a national park teeming with game animals, you'll discover the essence of Namibia in experiences that are in-depth, up-close and as unique as the country itself. Venture into different environs with expert guides at home wherever you travel and meet the Himba tribe, who live off the land. Learn about the wildlife that thrives here, the stars that own the night sky and conservation efforts underway to keep Namibia as pristine and protected as nature intended. And best of all, have fun along the way.

Traveling Well Includes:
  • Join a Bushman guide for a walk into the Namib Desert for insights about the insects and wildlife that thrive here and star gaze in the NamidRand Nature Reserve, one of the least light-polluted and naturally darkest places on Earth
  • Explore the red-tinted dunes of Sossusvlei with a climb climb Big Daddy, towering skyward at 1,066 feet tall. Further, explore the desert by riding on the dunes aboard a two-person ATV vehicle, or embarking on a scenic jeep safari to explore the sights
  • TAUCK VALUES INCLUDE
  • Flightsee over the desert and dunes of Sossusvlei and the pristine coast of Namibia aboard a flight to Swakopmund, where seaside discoveries await on a kayaking excursion or catamaran cruise
  • Go behind-the-scenes at a Wildlife Sanctuary where a hands-on visit promises personal encounters with baby baboons happy to interact with you

  • Call (530) 896-1668 for more information or to book today! Mention code 17745064
    Tour OperatorTauck Tours
    OfferOffer valid through 3/31/2024
    Duration
    11 Days
    Itinerary
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1WindhoekArrive Windhoek, Namibia

    Tour begins: 5:00 PM, The Weinberg Windhoek. Welcome to Namibia! Enjoy an included transfer upon your arrival at Windhoek Airport to The Weinberg Windhoek, nestled on the grounds of the Am Weinberg Estate, in the center of the city. Enjoy a welcome reception dinner tonight at your intimate hotel.



    Lodging:The Weinberg Hotel

    Meals: D
    Day 2NamibRand Nature ReserveLearn about life in the Namib Desert, from insects to brilliant night skies

    Enjoy a flight to the NamibRand Nature Reserve, established to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the southwest Namib Desert. Spend two nights deep inside this private reserve at your luxury lodge where thatched-roof chalets feature unique star-gazing rooms that open to the sky. After lunch at the lodge, join a Bushman guide for a walk into the Namib Desert, hearing stories about desert life, both for the people who live here and the hardy insects and wildlife that survive in the desert plains; its resilient wildlife include oryx, bat-eared foxes, Burchell's zebras, and loads of lizards. Enjoy one of Africa's amazing sunsets before dinner at the lodge. Be sure to gaze up at the spectacular night sky; the reserve is Africa's first designated International Dark Sky Reserve and has been recognized as one of the least light-polluted and naturally darkest places on Earth.



    Lodging:Kwessi Dunes

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 3NamibRand Nature ReserveExplore the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei

    Visit the spectacular red-tinted dunes of Sossusvlei this morning; the dunes are among the highest in the world, reaching a height of almost 1,300 feet. View them as you explore the region with an expert guide, stopping for an opportunity to climb 1,066-foot Big Daddy and a walk through the salt-and-clay pan known as Deadvlei, inhabited by fascinating fossilized trees. This afternoon, join us for an ATV excursion on the dunes around your lodge that you'll not soon forget; as an alternative, safari jeep rides will be available for exploring the area.



    Lodging:Kwessi Dunes

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4SwakopmundFly to coastal Swakopmund where beaches attract local wildlife

    After breakfast, enjoy a flightseeing excursion over the massive dunes of the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei, void of human intervention with the exception of its long-abandoned diamond mines. Continue soaring over the coastline, viewing an endless expanse of pristine beaches favored by the locals - seals and flamingoes! Touch down at Swakopmund for lunch and an afternoon at leisure at your hotel, steps from artisan shops and a craft market. Enjoy dinner tonight at your beachfront hotel.



    Lodging:The Strand Hotel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5SwakopmundExperience the marine life of Walvis Bay by kayak or catamaran

    Drive down to the coast this morning for a choice of excursions; you can kayak amidst playful seals or take a scenic catamaran cruise in Walvis Bay. Rich with marine life, the bay is home to thousands of Cape Fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, flamingoes and pelicans, many of which you may spot today out at sea. Enjoy a seafood barbecue on the beach before returning to Swakopmund.



    Lodging:The Strand Hotel

    Meals: B, L
    Day 6EtoshaVisit a Himba village & fly to Ongava this afternoon

    Board a charter for a flight to Opuwo, home to the indigenous Himba people living according to the traditions of their ancestors; Himba women are known for their use of red otjiize, a blend of red ochre and butterfat they use to beautify their bodies and hair. Enjoy an opportunity to interact with the women and children during a memorable visit to a tribal village; the men traditionally spend their days herding cattle. An afternoon flight brings you to Ongava Private Game Reserve on the border of Etosha National Park for a three-night stay in thatched en-suite chalets at a luxury lodge perched on a hilltop in the heart of the reserve. Your lodge features an amazing watering hole and a concrete blind - a partially underground, windowed enclosure that is close to the watering hole - enabling up-close wildlife viewing day and night. Enjoy a sunset game drive in the reserve before dinner tonight at your leisure.



    Lodging:Ongava Lodge Etosha

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7EtoshaTwo game drives in the Ongava Private Game Reserve

    Wake up early for a morning game drive in the reserve, looking for black-faced impala, lions, white and black rhinos, plains game and more with your expert safari guide, and stop at the Ongava Research Center to learn about the ongoing studies on the flora, fauna and environmental changes of the region. After lunch, embark on an afternoon game drive and then look for rhino on a guided walking safari. Join us for a traditional sundowner in the bush, before dinner tonight at your lodge. The sunsets are beyond magnificent.



    Lodging:Ongava Lodge Etosha

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 8EtoshaView wildlife on a game drive in Etosha National Park

    Etosha National Park is a haven for wildlife, boasting the continent's largest concentration of black rhino and other large mammals in abundance, including elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, kudu, oryx, eland and hartebeest. Spend a full day in the park, viewing the animals on a game drive in special safari vehicles. Return to your lodge mid-afternoon for time at leisure. Dine as you wish at the lodge tonight.



    Lodging:Ongava Lodge Etosha

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 9WindhoekWildlife Watching at your lodge, then on to Zannier Reserve

    Enjoy a final game drive this morning on the grounds of the wildlife-rich Ongava Reserve and have lunch at your lodge, before heading to the airstrip for a flight to Windhoek. Upon arrival, drive out of the city to your luxury safari lodge in the Zannier Reserve, a 22,000 acre wildlife sanctuary set in a diverse natural habitat of near-desert savanna. Hundreds of rescued animals live in the wild here, including lions, elephants, leopards, cheetahs and rhinos. Stay two nights in thatched huts inspired by traditional Owambo architecture and nestled in the heart of the reserve. The Omaanda Lodge, whose name means rhino, overlooks the savanna all the way to the distant mountains, promising endless views.



    Lodging:Omaanda Lodge

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 10WindhoekHold hands with baby baboons at a wildlife sanctuary

    Your safari adventure continues today with a unique opportunity to meet and interact with baby baboons on a private behind-the-scenes visit to a wildlife sanctuary, bordering the reserve. The sanctuary provides a home to a wide variety of animals and birds, including meerkats, mongooses and rock hyraxes, along with monkeys, lions, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs, and more. A musical performance by local schoolchildren and a presentation on the on-going conservation efforts underway at the sanctuary follow, making for a most interesting morning. Enjoy lunch and return to your lodge. Join us tonight on the deck of your lodge as we toast a sunset spectacular to behold at a memorable sundowner, followed by a farewell dinner.



    Lodging:Omaanda Lodge

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 11WindhoekJourney Home

    Tour ends: Windhoek East, Namibia. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Omaanda Lodge to Windhoek Airport, a 30-minute drive; allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
    Dates/Pricing
    Tours

    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    April 23, 2024LIMITED$11,990.00 (USD)Quote
    May 07, 2024AVAILABLE$12,990.00 (USD)Quote
    May 21, 2024AVAILABLE$12,990.00 (USD)Quote
    July 16, 2024LIMITED$13,990.00 (USD)Quote
    August 27, 2024LIMITED$13,990.00 (USD)Quote
    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.
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