DAY 1 - Saturday<br />Windhoek / Etosha National Park
Arrive at the Windhoek International Airport, clear customs and immigrations and continue through to the arrivals hall. Meet your Naturefriend Safaris transfer representative and transfer to the Windhoek Eros Airport. Meet your pilot and commence on your light aircraft flight to the Etosha National Park. Approximately a 1 hour 30 minutes' flight. From the Mokuti airstrip you will be transferred to Onguma The Fort where you will be accommodated for the next two nights.The Onguma Game Reserve borders onto Etosha National Park and situated next to the von Lindequist Gate which is the eastern entrance to the park. The Reserve covers an area of 38 000ha and incorporates ecological substrata such as savannah, bushveld, omuramba and dry pan. Plains game roam freely and there are over 300 species of birds in that area. Activities from Onguma Plains - The Fort include half day drives to Etosha National Park and half day drives, night drives and guided walks on the Onguma Game Reserve.
DAY 2 - Sunday<br />Etosha National Park
After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a guided drive into the Etosha National Park for a full day of game viewing. This Park consists of 22 270 km2 of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, and is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5 000 km2. Of the 114 mammal species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as the Black Rhino and Black-Faced Impala. The former is endemic to northwestern Namibia and South-western Angola. Etosha's current population of approximately 300 black rhinos represents one of the few growing populations in the world. Etosha's elephants are reputed to be of the largest in Africa, the tallest ones measuring up to 4m at the shoulder. Their tusks are however relatively small, due to genetic defects and mineral deficiencies in their diet.
DAY 3 - Monday<br /> Etosha National Park / Damaraland
After breakfast at leisure meet your pilote and commence on your flight to Damaraland where you land at noon. Mowani Mountain Camp is set in the Twyfelfontein Conservancy between the Ugab and Huab Rivers. Discover the pool deck, lodged between the boulders where you can soak up the sun whilst enjoying a refreshing drink and admire the breathtaking views from your deck chair. Lunch is followed by siesta and an afternoon excursion to the ancient rock engravings of Twyfelfontein. Return to the camp for sundown's and dinner. Mowani is taken from the word Máwane, meaning 'Place of God', and it is here, that you will find the true meaning of peace and tranquility. From the moment you arrive at Mowani, you will be spoiled with the services and attention of our excellent staff that will go out of their way to make your stay as unique and enjoyable as humanly possible. Mowani Mountain Camp consists of 12 luxury tents, all with en-suite facilities, decorated beautifully in East African style. The luxury tents are a great source of relaxation. Comfortably hidden in your own private hide-away, you will be pampered by crisp white linen, en-suite bathrooms, and of course your own wooden deck offering an open view of the wonderful Damara landscape.
DAY 4 - Tuesday<br />Damaraland
Enjoy a morning nature drive in search of the desert elephant and the elusive black rhino that are resident in this area.Although not a separate species, and not much different from other savannah elephants Loxodonta africana africana, Namibia's desert-dwelling elephants are special nonetheless. They are of high national and international conservation priority, and have been designated as top priority for protection by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). They live in the Kunene Region, encompassing 115,154 km2 of mostly sandy desert, rocky mountains and arid gravel plains in Namibia's northwest.They have adapted to their dry, semi-desert environment by having a smaller body mass with proportionally longer legs and seemingly larger feet than other elephants. Their physical attributes allow them to cross miles of sand dunes to reach water. They have even been filmed sliding down a dune face to drink at a pool in a desert oasis. They survive by eating moisture-laden vegetation growing in ephemeral riverbeds and with their ability to go several days without drinking water. Sometimes they must travel long distances to reach a water source. By living in smaller than average family units of only two or three animals, they decrease pressure on food and water resources. Researchers have noted that they destroy fewer trees than elephants living in higher rainfall areas in other parts of Africa.
DAY 5 - Wednesday<br />Damaraland / Swakopmund / Namib Rand Nature Reserve
After breakfast your charter flight will commence towards the coastal town of Swakopmund. A 1 hour flight. Upon arrival at the Swakopmund Airport a transfer representative of Naturefriend Safaris will transfer you into Swakopmund for lunch. After lunch transfer back to the Swakopmund Airport, meet your pilot and commence on your flight to Wolwedans, situated in the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. A further 1 hour flight. The Wolwedans Dunes Lodge aims at providing a unique experience close to nature, yet without compromising any comfort and style. The entire lodge is constructed on wooden platforms and overlooks the panoramic vistas in the 185 000 hectare NamibRand Reserve in all directions, capturing the desert in an intimate and memorable way. The building style is a combination of wooden poles and large canvas blinds that open up to the desert beyond. Each of the 9 spacious chalets with en-suite bathrooms as well as the four-bedded family chalet and the exclusive Mountain View Suite lead onto a private veranda and stretches of untouched sand. A careful selection of furniture, light-coloured linen as well as the selection of accessories gives the Dunes Lodge a distinct natural charm. The main complex - also built on stilts - consists of a bar and lounge, sundowner decks with a fireplace and a spacious dining room.
DAY 6 - Thursday <br />Namib Rand Nature Reserve
06h30: From Wolwedans head south to the Fish-River Canyon. Stop over for a coffee and view of the Canyon (north-western edge). From here, fly like a bird over the Canyon for a while and head North-west to Lüderitzbucht. Visit Kolmanskuppe ghost town and enjoy a seafood lunch followed by a city tour of this historic village. Departure from Lüderitz is in the afternoon. Fly along the coastline to Spencer Bay. Observe the Otavi shipwreck before flying north along the coast to Sylvia Hill and the "Lange Wand". Turn inland and circle over the impressive Sossusvlei dunes before heading home. Pending weather conditions, an alternative route will be chosen at the pilot's discretion. Excursion time: whole day, arriving late afternoon. Total time in the air is about 4.5 hours.
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge [Fully Inclusive]
DAY 7 - Friday<br />Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Absorb the unique NamibRand Nature Reserve landscape during a morning and afternoon excursion by LandRover through the dunes, endless grassy plains and along mystical mountain formations. You could encounter large and small desert animals learn about their unique habits and explore the ancient hunting spots of the Bushmen. Revel in the incredible landscape around you and Wolwedans' commitment to care for guest and nature alike. Here in this land of stretching blue skies, endless plains and countless creatures enacting nature's savagely exciting passion play, you will find beauty feeding your soul, tranquillity to clear your mind and space for your imagination to fly! Optionally (depending on tours and season), you could join a day-safari with picnic lunch en-route, arriving back at the Lodge for sundowners and dinner.
DAY 8 - Saturday<br />Namib Rand Nature Reserve / Windhoek
Awake in the pristine desert dawn and soak in the atmosphere and landscape from your bed whilst enjoying early morning tea. After breakfast at leisure, you are transferred to the airstrip to bid Wolwedans farewell and commence your return flight to Windhoek International Airport in time for your outbound flight. Approximately a 1 hour 15 minutes' flight.
Dates of departure: flexible
Minimum number of persons: 2 persons
Handicapped accessible: This journey can be carried out handicapped accessible on request
Travel guide: English speaking, German on request
Type of travel: Air safari, individual tour
Luggage: Luggage limitation is 20 kg per person including hand baggage and photo equipment in soft travelling bags.
Airplane description: Cessna 210 with space for 1 pilote and 4 passengers.
Safari vehicle description: Jeep Wrangler Sahara /Rubicon with automatic gearbox, power-steering, air-condition, sound system. It has 4 dorrs, ideal for 4 adults. Luggage space is ample, provided that passengers don't bring large hard-top cases. We suggest travelling with smaller, softer bags.
Prices vary according to travel season and room type. We will be pleased to present you with an individual offer for your desired date.
This exemplary itinerary can individually be amended to your wishes. Of course, also other accommodations are possible. The exemplary route can be individually changed. We can for example shorten or lengthen the route, include additional stops, mix lodges etc.
All changes in the itinerary as well as changes of departure days etc. are reserved to the travel agents on-site. All prices are per person, subject to rate changes, currency fluctuations and availability as well as confirmation of Severin Travel.
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