Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AFRICA

Windhoek

Swakopmund

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LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

NAMIBIA

Namib Desert

2

Kalahari Desert

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Luderitz

2

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

Fish River Canyon

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INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Scenic sunset game viewing in open vehicles in the Kalahari dunes • Walking along the spectacular rim of the world’s second largest chasm, the dramatic Fish River Canyon • Exploring the Namib Desert from the vast southern sand seas with their towering dunes to unusual granite outcrops of Moon Valley • Discover the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

SMALL GROUP TOUR

PRICES FROM £1229pp

9 day Namibia Southern Odyssey Windhoek • Kalahari Desert • Fish River Canyon • Aus Mountains • Namib Desert • Sossusvlei • Namib Naukluft Park • Swakopmund

LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

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Day 1: Windhoek - Kalahari Desert Travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert; a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand and thorn scrub. It’s a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to survive and flourish here but is still home to a surprisingly large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive. Tour departs 08:00-09:00, min 1 night pre-tour in Windhoek is required Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge Day 2: Kalahari Desert Continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains. Visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest you are welcomed by quirky man-made sculptures of scrap metal, contrasting with the timeless space, quiver trees and aloes nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders. Continue to our lodge, situated close to the Fish River Canyon. Explore the area on foot or on an optional guided nature drive. (B) Cañon Village Day 3: Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon - Luderitz After breakfast, visit the Fish River Canyon, the second largest in the world. Formed by the Fish River, the immense volume of water in ages past is now just a drop in comparison but the view from the edge is breath-taking. Continue on past the Naute Dam, stopping at Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery for optional tastings. Proceed towards the coastal town of Lüderitz, stopping along the way to view the wild horses of Garub. (B) Nest Hotel (2 nights) Day 4: Luderitz & Kolmanskop After breakfast, visit Kolmanskop ghost town, a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the Diamond boom, today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past. On our return, visit Diaz Point with its Padrao on a cliff overlooking the harsh Atlantic Ocean commemorating the initial Portuguese explorers. Arriving back in Lüderitz we explore this small, historic town. (B) Day 5: Luderitz – Namib Desert After an early breakfast, we travel across wide open plains along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. We are located in close proximity to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing, enjoying the vast

open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge. (B) The Elegant Lodge (2 nights) Day 6: Namib Desert – Sossusvlei - Namib Naukluft Park Enter the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. Discover the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert. (B) Day 7: Namib Naukluft Park - Swakopmund After breakfast, continue on to the little settlement of Solitaire, on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee before travelling via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley. Reaching the harbour town of Walvis Bay, visit one of the most important wetland areas of Africa. Over 80% of African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups. Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean we reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. (B) Swakopmund Plaza/Beach Hotel (2 nights) Day 8: Swakopmund Swakopmund, often referred to as the “playground of Namibia” has numerous activities, ranging from adventure, to exploring the fascinating Namib Desert. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town in one of the many café’s. Alternatively, explore the rugged, desert on a day tour, or view from the air on a scenic flight. Push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving or quad biking and sand boarding. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar and the bohemian lifestyle. (B) Days 9: Swakopmund - Windhoek After breakfast, we travel back to Windhoek to our hotel or to the international airport for our return flight. Departure flights should be booked no earlier than 17:00 (B)

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

TOUR DETAILS

£1229 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 8 nights’ accommodation in selected hotels • Meals as specified: 8 breakfasts • Shared touring by air-conditioned vehicle • Services of an English-speaking guide • Airport transfers, sightseeing and game drives as per itinerary DEPARTURES 2019: Jan 5, 19; Feb 9, 23; Mar 9, 23; Apr 6*, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29*; Jul 13, 27; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sep 7*, 14, 21, 28; Oct 5*, 12, 19, 26 * Departures are English exclusive, all other departures are dual English and German.

TOUR STYLE: Small Group

GROUP SIZE: 20 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 4 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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