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Namibia – Etosha & Beyond

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Special Tour 12 days / 11 nights Availability: 2020-11-15
Windhoek, Namibia Africa Tour Guide: Namibia - Etosha & Beyond
 Call Center: +1-307-363-1644
$5,995.00 From $5,995.00 /person

Unlike the game parks of South and East Africa that are being visited by more tourists every year, Namibia is one of Africa’s hidden gems. With the right determination, true adventurers can unlock the real potential of this far away paradise.

 

Amid one of the greatest landmarks in the world, the Namib Desert, this is a locale unlike anywhere else on the globe. The unique plants and animals you will discover are uniquely adapted to this region and may not be found anywhere else on earth.

 

This is an adventurer and photographer’s trip of a lifetime.

 

From the large expansive rivers to the flowing dunes, and the beaches and rocky mountains -there is no shortage of breathtaking scenery. Travel the path less taken and find yourself on a journey like no other.

 

Wildlife, landscapes, ghost towns and memories await you when you travel Namibia with Expedition Wild.

 


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Windhoek (Google Map)

ARRIVE AT HOTEL
Meet At Hotel For Welcome Orientation.

INCLUDED
  • All Accommodations
  • Meals And Non Alcoholic Drinks
  • Daily excursions
  • All Accommodations
  • Professional guides
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure

NOT INCLUDED
  • Trips/ Gratuity
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Airfare to and from destination start/end point
  • Visas

 

What to Expect

 

What Makes This Expedition Wild Trip Amazing?

 

This is not your normal vacation. This is a journey that is built to provide you the best opportunity to experience the wild power and majesty of nature with as little interference as possible.

 

1.     Limited group sizes on each encounter

 

Each Expedition Wild trip is geared around helping you get as close as possible to nature without disrupting your experience with the needs or noise of a large group. 

 

This allows you to get to more remote areas and have a much more personalized experience. This also helps reduce the environmental impact on the developing area.

 

 

2.     A rare chance to photograph the Skeleton Coast

 

A strange and mysterious land where stories have lied buried for centuries. This long and wild stretch of coast hosts the skeletons of countless shipwrecks that met their fate in the treacherous waters. Cape fur seals, hyenas, and jackals scamper amongst the shoreline. This legendary spot provides an amazing photo opportunity.

 

3.     Specially selected photo safari guides

 

Our naturalist guides are specially trained to provide you the ultimate experience. These group leaders will be with you from start to finish and can provide tons of advice and guidance on the area and how to take the very best photographs. All guides are accomplished and knowledgeable photographers on top of their other skills.

 

4.     Experience Africa on foot

 

For those who desire to get even more up close and personal with the land, there are guided bush tours you can join in on. Climb the sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the tallest in the world or walk amongst the brush of Namibia. See a whole world that those confined to the vehicles can never see.

 

5.     Isolated luxury built in unison with the land

 

Many of our destinations have been built to give you the perfect balance between luxury and living in unison with the land.  Each resort takes full advantage of the layout of the land to provide you amazing views and exotic terrain to take in.

 

6.     A one-stop destination with endless encounters

 

Namibia is one of the most diverse countries in the most diverse continent. This not only applies to the tribes and cultures you may encounter but the landscapes as well.

 

Each location and tribe in Namibia has its tastes, sights, and sounds for you to discover. You will really see how new experiences are endless in Africa are when you take a trip to Namibia. 

 

7.     Nature to yourself

 

Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. This is due to the expansive tracts of desert and other natural phenomena that limit the spread of humanity. This means your group can find somewhere where you really feel like you are some of the first to ever tread that land.

 

8.     Celebrate a land of conservation

 

There is so much of Namibia worth preserving that it is no surprise that they are the first on the planet to incorporate environmental protection into its Constitution. Help support and bring more money into a system deserving of our help.

 

9.     The Road Less Traveled

 

While most people will take a trip to Italy or London at some point in their life, others desire to venture somewhere a little less tame, something with a little more adventure to it. Namibia is both a comfortable destination and one very few outside of the well researched really have on their radar.

 

This is an opportunity to present something entirely new to your social sphere through photography and stories. Maybe you will even start a trend back home.

 

A Thrilling Journey With a Photography Safari

 

For many, the chance to take rare and beautiful photos of exotic animals and locales is the highlight of their trip. An African safari built around giving you the best photo opportunities possible can ensure you will have photos and memories to remember for generations.

 

The driver-guides that will accompany you on these journeys are specially trained and passionate about both the animals, but also photography. These experts can help you adjust our camera and find the perfect light and angle for that ultimate photo.

 

A photo safari allows you to venture into the landscape and view it with a whole new purpose. No longer simply seeing the sights, you are now examining and focusing on them.

 

Get a whole new view on the world by seeing a piece of the continent rarely visited by the outside world, and take the time to truly capture it in photo form for yourself and others.

 

The Wildlife of Namibia

 

There is a huge amount of different flora and fauna for you to photograph ranging from the world-famous to the rare and obscure. Whatever your passion, be it landscapes, wildlife or flora, Namibia has it in droves. For example, Namibia is one of only two countries that has desert elephants!

 

These are some of the other more noteworthy animals you may encounter during your time in Namibia:

 

·       Cheetah

 

While the cheetah can be seen in many places in Southern and Eastern Africa, Namibia has one of the largest wild cheetah populations within its borders. The cheetah is active during daylight hours typically and will do the majority of the hunting during that period as well.

 

Preying mainly on antelopes, a cheetah can reach speeds up to 40mph, acceleration speeds can be as fast as 70mph.

 

·       Gemsbok

 

The gemsbok, better known as the Oryx gazelle, is a large antelope native to the area and depicted on the coat of arms of Namibia. There is estimated to be 373,000 gemsbok in the country. These large horned creatures look straight out of a fairytale and are common in the more arid regions.

 

·       Plains Zebra

 

The Plains Zebra is the most populous and popular of the zebra species. A bit smaller than your typical horse, the zebra is a striking creature with an unmistakable black and white striped coat.

 

These are pack herd animals that keep together in large groups across the expansive grasslands of Africa. They avoid deserts and rainforests.  Where you find zebras, predators like lions, crocodiles, and hyenas are never far behind.

 

·       Cape Buffalo

 

While it may not seem it, the cape buffalo is the most dangerous animal for humans on the African plains. More people are injured by buffalo than nearly any other large animal in the area. Their large horns, heavy steps, and relatively fast charge can be quite a sight. Also surprisingly, the African Buffalo is not an ancestor of domesticated cattle. These buffalo were never domesticated.

 

·       Lions

 

There are many lion habitats in Namibia today. Huge efforts have gone into preserving areas and reintroducing lions into key locales. In some places, loins may roam a space up to 400 square kilometers. 

 

Of the prides in Namibia, the average contains around ten-member lions led by an Alpha male.

 

·       White Rhinoceros

 

The white rhinoceros (or square-lipped rhinoceros) is the largest of the rhinoceros species and has two subspecies.  The Southern White Rhino has a population around 20,000 and must be protected. The other subspecies, the Northern White Rhino is all but extinct, with only two females left.  Namibia is home to the largest population of free-roaming black rhinos.

 

Sad to say, but we may be one of the last generations able to appreciate these animals.

 

More to See in Namibia

 

Deadvlei & Sossusvlei

 

Dead trees with a backdrop of red sand dune make this one of the most iconic locales in the world. The shifting sands have cut-off and rerouted water through this area many times over the centuries and what was left behind was an eerie ghost-like terrain. Though the trees are not petrified, there is so little moisture that they do not rot.

 

Some of the trees are thought to be as old as 1,000 years. The ground is cracked and parched clay that adds to the mysterious imagery.

 

 

 

Swakopmund

 

This coastal city in Namibia lies west of the capitol and has a number of sandy beaches. Museums and hotels dating back to the colonial era when German settlers began the city can be found.

 

This is a popular surfing destination and a place to spot exotic bird-like the flamingo in the wild. Nearby you can also find sand-surfing, rock climbing and more adventurous activities that take advantage of the unique terrain of the area.

 

Ancient Cave Paintings

 

Untold numbers of cultures and civilizations have risen and disappeared within Namibia, or have passed through at one point or another. In one locale called ‘Bushman’s Paradise’ you can find cave paintings of animals going back thousands of years.

 

Namibia’s UNESCO World Heritage site, Twyfelfontein, is thought to be around six -thousand years old and has over 2,500 carvings.

 

Unique Landscapes

 

Often called moonscapes due to their seemingly alien nature, the terrain of Namibia is not like other places on earth. From ancient craggy stones and shifting red sands, there is an endless amount to discover in the wilderness of Namibia.

 

Rivers, beaches, cracked clay basins and endless sands – everything you would need for your next sci-fi movie.

 

Experience a Rich Culture of Africa

 

The wildlife and the terrain may be enough to convince you to visit Namibia, but it definitely is not all you have to discover. Namibia is home to many different tribes and cultures with unique traditions. 

 

  • One such example is the tribe of the Himba people. They cover themselves head to toe in a red clay to ward off insects and the sun. An application of this clay may last weeks.

 

  • Another is the Herero nation. The Herero moved into Namibia sometime during the last century and came into conflict with other ethnic groups already in the area. While the violence was bad a hundred years ago, today the Herero are renowned cattle farmers in the nation.

 

  • The Damara tribe makes for an interesting case study since they speak a Khoisan dialect but resemble the Bantu people. It is thought that these may be signs that they were among the first to migrate to Namibia from the north.

 

  • The Kavango are a ‘riverine’ tribe (they make their homes along the rivers) and are often described as amongst the friendliest tribes in Africa. They mostly hunt fish along the Kavango River. They are avid woodworkers and sell wooden creations all over the country.

 

  • The San tribe has around 40,000 members and are more commonly known as Bushmen. They rely mainly on foraging for sustenance. The Bushmen have no traditional home and instead migrated, for thousands of years, after the animals they hunted.

 

While roughly 50% of Namibia’s population comes from the Ovambo tribe, there are over a dozen other tribes that make up the rest of the population. About 90% of the population is Christian. Many Christian beliefs have been adopted in traditional animism and shamanism beliefs.

 

The food of the region is a nice mixture of German culinary sensibilities meshed with traditional ingredients and flavors. It makes for a dining experience rarely found outside of the country.

 

This same pattern can be found in the music and performance arts of the area. It is all an eclectic mixture of colonial influence and each tribe’s traditional aspects. Soccer is the most popular sport.

 

Generally speaking, cattle plays a large role in the society and is giving as a gift during momentous occasions like weddings. Family units will pool resources and it is common to find two or three generations under the same roof.

 

Start Your Adventure Today

 

Africa calls. Your adventure into Namibia begins with Expedition Wild. We will help you find the coolest and most memorable places to visit in the country. Find exactly where you want to go or discover something totally new. We are here for you.

 

Your first trip to Africa can be an intimidating experience but we ensure that you have all the support and help you need. We will make sure that your trip to Namibia is both relaxing and a story worth telling.

Day 1:

Arrival and check-in at Windhoek, get together at 4:00pm for trip debriefing and prep. 

 

Day 2:

Travel to the Quiver Trees area and photograph at sunset, camp in the area. Participants will also work on their astrophotography skills that evening.

 

Day 3:

Travel to Kolmanskop area and overnight at Luderitz campsite. Photography along the Luderitz coastline including lighthouses and shipwrecks.

 

Day 4: 1914 translation by H. Rackham

Photograph the famed Kolmanskop ghost town, both in the morning and at sunset.

Day 5 & 7:

Leave for Sossuvlei & Deadvlei area for sunset and night shooting. Overnight camping in the area (Day 5 and 6). Early climb to Big Daddy or Dune 45. Mid day break, and night shooting.

 

Day 5:

Leave for Swakopmund area. Hotel “refresh” day and the opportunity for participants to explore the scenic seaside Swakopmund area, including visits to shops and the opportunity to sneak in a restaurant meal.

Day 6:

Explore Sandwich Harbour, town and areas in and around Swakopmund.

Day 7:

Leave for Spitzkoppe, explore Spitzkoppe area.

Day 8-11:

Leave for Etosha area for wildlife photography/viewing. Overnight camping in the area (Day 10, 11).

Explore Etosha area, wildlife photography. Celebratory group dinner.

Day 12:

Leave for Windhoek. Workshop officially ends at 3pm,

 

 

 Call Center: +1-307-363-1644
$5,995.00 From $5,995.00 /person