Best of Namibia Wing Safari There is truly no better way to view this spectacular land than with a wild itinerary that knows no boundaries. Get ready for the Best of Namibia Wing Safari as you visit several game camps where you are sure to lay your eyes on plenty of Africa's natives. Zebra, giraffe, rhinos and cheetah will be almost too close for comfort as you traverse Namibia in open air 4x4s, a truly indescribable experience.
Day 1 USA to Johannesburg Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.
Day 2 Welcome to Johannesburg, South Africa Upon arrival into Johannesburg you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.
Johannesburg is the economic heart of South Africa, the central focus of Egoli ('Place of Gold'), as the Sotho name for Gauteng suggests. The largest and richest city in South Africa, Johannesburg's lifestyle is a fast-paced and hectic one. No-one could have imagined the repercussions when an unemployed miner found a stone bearing traces of gold here in 1886, an event that led to the discovery of the world's richest natural treasure trove.
People flocked to the Johannesburg area from all ends of the earth, and the open pastoral landscape changed almost overnight. Shantytowns sprang up and were rapidly transformed into modern concrete cities. Johannesburg became 'The Gold Capital of the World', and the entire country was catapulted into an economic boom. Today the shantytown remains, a vast and sprawling tin-roofed expanse that houses millions of extremely poor blacks. Astonishingly, the opulent and luxurious mansions of the rich are located less than a mile distant, behind high walls and razor wire.
Despite its sociological problems, which intimidate many people away from exploring Johannesburg, the city is not to be written off as tourist destination. For those interested in South Africa's history and culture, Johannesburg offers fascinating museums. A thriving café culture and a thrumming nightlife exist in many of Johannesburg's suburbs. The townships are also interesting to tour.
Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel
Day 3 Johannesburg to Sossusvlei This morning you will transfer from your Johannesburg hotel for your flight to Namibia.
Internationally known as a photographer’s dream, Sossusvlei with its monumental dunes was formed by multi-directional winds. The photogenic lure of this area is breathtaking, boasting exceptional scenery, as well as a wild and romantic spirit. It is made up of a vast, dry clay pan over which towers a sea of magnificent sand dunes, reputedly the highest dunes in the world. When it has rained sufficiently, the main pan draws flamingos and other aquatic birds to the area.
Little Kulala Camp Meals: B, L, D
Day 4 At leisure, Sossusvlei Unique and breathtaking in its beauty, Sossusvlei is situated in the Namib Naukluft Park. The photogenic lure of this area is breathtaking, boasting exceptional scenery, as well as a wild and romantic spirit. Why not experience the unimaginable magic of flying above the desert in a hot air balloon?
Spend the day enjoying the activities offered at Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp. Morning and afternoon game drives will be the main activities scheduled for the day. This area is mainly renowned for physical beauty and not for game viewing. Possible wildlife sightings include oryx, cape fox, jackal, springbok, ostrich, aardwolf, spotted hyena and many desert species of plants. Optional activities available from the lodge includ excursions to Sossusvlei Dunes. hot air balloons at Sesriem (on request, additional cost), nature drives on the property, nature walks on request, or an optional night drive after dinner to look for bat-eared foxes and aardwolf.
Little Kulala Camp Meals: B, L, D
Day 5 Sossusvlei to Damaraland Fly over the dunes of the Namib and Sossusvlei continuing westwards on to the Atlantic and then up the Skeleton Coast before turning east and flying to Damaraland.
Damaraland is renowned for its interesting flora and fauna dominated by rugged mountain ranges and steep escarpments, scorched by a relentless desert sun and inhabited almost exclusively by the unique semi-nomadic Himba tribe. Game species include desert elephant, black rhino, ostrich and springbok. If you want to be inspired by one of Mother Nature’s rarest beasts, searching for the endangered Desert elephant in Damaraland is a must.
Damaraland Camp Meals: B, L, D
Day 6 At leisure, Damaraland Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley, arguably the most pristine wilderness area in Namibia, 90km from Torra Bay in the Torra Conservancy. It is lauded as one of the country's best camps, with sensational views of the surrounding desert plains, ancient valleys and soaring peaks of the Brandberg Mountains.
Activities at Damaraland Camp revolve around exploring the Haub River system, featuring guided nature drives and walks. Morning and afternoon drives in search for desert-adapted elephant are a great favourite. Gemsbok, greater kudu, springbok, and occasionally lion, cheetah, elephants and black rhino can be spotted. Interesting flora such as euphorbias and shepherd's trees can be viewed on the way to some of Africa's best known rock engravings, including the famous Twyfelfontein etchings.
Damaraland Camp Meals: B, L, D
Day 7 Damaraland to Etosha National Park Transfer from Damaraland to Etosha National Park on a charter flight.
Etosha is dominated by a massive mineral pan, the floor of which was formed around 1,000 million years ago. The word ‘Etosha’ means ‘the great white place of dry water’. The heart of this area is an expanse of shimmering images created by this vast salt pan. The game viewing at Etosha National Park is excellent and visitors can expect to see many buck species, elephant, giraffe, rhino and lion and, if fortunate enough, leopard and cheetah.
Ongava Game Reserve Meals: B, L, D
Day 8 At leisure, Etosha National Park Today you will enjoy some of the many excursions available at Ongava Game Reserve. Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles into the Okaukuejo area of Etosha where lion, elephant (seasonal), gemsbok, springbok, black rhino, greater kudu and red hartebeest can be seen at numerous waterholes and fringing habitats. Apex predators like leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena also occur in this area.
In addition, hikes and walks with guides are enjoyed on the private reserve. Ongava has resident white and black rhino - one of the few private reserves in southern Africa - allowing guests staying at Ongava the unique opportunity to see both of these charismatic species. For those who enjoy close wildlife encounters, tracking white rhino on foot with a guide is a highlight not to be missed. Most general game are present on the reserve as well as within Etosha, including springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, Burchell's zebra, Hartmann's mountain zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, giraffe, eland and the endemic black-faced impala. Elephant and lion move between the Park and the reserve and both black and white rhino can be seen.
Ongava Game Reserve Meals: B, L, D
Day 9 Etosha to Windhoek This morning enjoy breakfast and your morning game activity before you check out and transfer to Windhoek.
Windhoek combines the modern city architectural style with that of the German colonial era. The city is a bit provincial, although the atmosphere does have cosmopolitan flare as well. You will spend the night here before your morning departure flight.
Heinitzburg Hotel Meals: B
Day 10 Windhoek to USA (Via Johannesburg) This morning completes your Swain Destinations Namibia journey. You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
Johannesburg's contrasts are some of the most extreme in the world; poverty-stricken and overcrowded Alexandra is surrounded by some of the richest suburbs in South Africa, and downtown hundreds of homeless struggle to survive around the Stock Exchange. The contrast between suburb and township is mirrored nationwide, but is more extreme here because of the intense wealth of many of the suburbs, and the sheer size of the townships and their satellite squatter camps. Yet the city as a whole continues to suck in people and skills from all over the country, making it the financial, commercial and cultural powerhouse of South Africa.
The red sand dunes by which Sossusvlei is distinguished by sits in the largest conservation area in Africa. Sossusvlei which translates to "dead-end marsh" geographically prevents the Tsauchab River to flow to the Atlantic Ocean. This basin although dry, has a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted themselves to survive the harshest desert conditions. Visitors every year witness this spectacular phenomenon and photographers divulge the desert beauty of Namibia.
A haven of rugged beauty, Damaraland is most often visited for its fascinating flora and fauna. Spectacular desert views abound, and desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, zebra and southern giraffe can be found on the vast planes. Safaris, game drives and nature walks are popular activities in the area. Burnt Mountain, Rock Art at Twyfelfontein and the Petrified Forest are popular tourist destinations when visiting Damaraland. Camps and luxury wilderness lodges are the accommodation of choice in the region, providing rustic comforts in the unspoilt wilderness.
Etosha National Park
Located about 250 mi/400 km north of Windhoek, Etosha Park is Namibia's best-known tourist attraction and one of the most interesting game reserves in the world because of its unusual terrain. Etosha is a combination of dried lake (salt pan) in the north and grasslands, dense brush and open plains in the south.
Etosha means “great white place,” so named because 25% of the country is covered by a huge salt basin that was an inland lake 12 million years ago.
The sun glints off the 6,500-sq-mi/16,835-sq-km salt pan—a dry, flat, shallow, silvery-white depression—providing an eerie backdrop for wild animals moving through the shimmering haze. Dust in the air adds to the mystery: Everything is slightly indistinct, and since mirages are common, we occasionally found ourselves questioning what we'd really seen. It's widely regarded to be a photographer's paradise, especially during the dry winter months, when wildlife congregates around the artificial waterholes that line the pan, allowing for excellent close-up sightings.
Etosha is home to around 100 large mammal species, among them the elephant, giraffe, zebra, leopard, cheetah, lion, kudu, spotted hyena and black-backed jackal. It is the only reserve where you are likely to see the range-restricted black-faced impala (distinguished from the normal impala by the black blaze on its face) and is also an important stronghold for black rhino.
A checklist of 340 bird species found in Etosha includes local specialties such as white-tailed shrike, and an impressive selection of raptors and ground birds such as bustards.
The prime watering holes are on the southern side of the park, but they're only full after the rainy season (December-March). The Kuvelai River, which feeds Etosha, either floods or dries up completely, vanishing into the sand.
The park is open year-round, but the best time to visit, for both climate and the best photos, is August and September. There are three camping/self-catering rest camps with facilities inside the park (Halali, Namutoni and Okaukuejo) and several private lodges just outside. Okaukuejo has a floodlit water hole for nocturnal viewing.
Windhoek, Namibia's capital, is located centrally in Namibia with a Bavarian atmosphere. Being in the highlands of Namibia at an elevation of 1660 meters, the city enjoys clean air and healthy climate. The city contains a diverse group of people from various African and European nations.
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