THE HIGHLIGHTS OF NAMIBIA

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF NAMIBIA

This 9 night / 10-day Highlights of Namibia journey features the following places:

Ongava Private Game Reserve / Etosha – Namibia’s premier for animal viewing. Species seen here include lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, kudu, gemsbok, and eland among other game.

Sossusvlei in Namib Naukluft

Known for its tallest sand dunes in the world and some of the most spectacular desert scenery

Swakopmund

is a seaside resort that showcases its German origins in its European-style colonial architecture. It creates a jarring juxtaposition against the landscape of the Namib desert.

Damaraland

is considered by some as being Namibia’s last wildlife regions, it’s home to critically endangered black rhinos, desert-adapted lions and elephants, as well as the full range of Namibia specialties such as gemsbok, zebra, giraffe and spotted hyena.

THE PROGRAM

Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek, and after clearing customs and immigration, you are met by the representative of Emmarosh Travel and driven to your hotel where you will stay overnight. The Am Weinberg Estate’s Boutique Hotel provides all the exclusivity and privacy you might expect from this prestigious Estate – making it the perfect retreat when travelling. The elegant 41-bedroom hotel wraps around a heritage building, creating an inviting courtyard. All rooms offer unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi and internet access; a private room safe; flat screen, high definition TV and satellite television channels; international plug points; tea and coffee facilities; air conditioning; full height windows; and an en-suite bathroom with rainfall shower. Am Weinberg’s iconic styling seamlessly blends old-world splendor with modern lines and state of the art amenities, ensuring an unparalleled guest experience. This design complements its historic character, while modern amenities ensure the utmost comfort. The hotel also features three upmarket lounge spaces, including the Sky Lounge, boasting panoramic views of the surrounding valley. Guests also have access to two upmarket restaurants and a delicatessen within the broader estate precinct. A 5-star spa and world class conferencing facilities add to the hotel’s upmarket stature; every touch leaves a lasting impression of quality. Overnight: AM Weinberg Boutique Hotel (Double Room)
This morning you are picked up from your hotel and transferred to Eros Airport. Here you meet the pilot and board the scheduled shared flight to Sossusvlei. On arrival at the local airstrip, you are met by the camp representative and transferred to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Here you will spend the next two days exploring the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge: The &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is a spectacular design of glass, rock and steel pavilions with a bold geometric structure at the center. The guest area features floor to ceiling, frameless glass panels that fold away to reveal unobstructed desert vistas and there are various areas in which to relax while enjoying a fine selection of wines. Signature features include a gym, ideally positioned to catch the desert sunrise, and a two-part wellness center offering a private spa-bath as well as a wet treatment room with its own skylight for early-evening stargazing. The reserve is one of the world’s few Dark Sky Reserves, and every evening guests are invited to join a resident astronomer at the on-site, world-class observatory. The ten suites offer the sophistication of simplicity, reflecting chic desert-inspired minimalism, and a variety of desert adventures are on offer. These include guided nature walks; e-biking; guided quad bike excursions; hot air ballooning (ballooning is offered at an additional cost); excursions to the renowned salt pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, as well as visits to local San rock paintings. Overnight: The &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (Suite) B L D
This morning you will rise early for a shared magical excursion with the camp guide into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your guides will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored the dune fields to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic breakfast in the shade of a camel thorn tree. You then return to the lodge in the early afternoon for lunch, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon along the way. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes). Later in the day, you have the option to head out on a sundowner drive or walk as offered by the lodge. Sossusvlei: This most frequently visited section of the massive 50,000km² Namib Naukluft National Park has become known as Sossusvlei, famous for its towering apricot coloured sand dunes which can be reached by following the Tsauchab River valley. Sossusvlei itself is a clay pan set amidst these star shaped dunes which stand up to 300m above the surrounding plains, ranking them among the tallest dunes on earth. The deathly white clay pan contrasts against the orange sands and forms the endpoint of the ephemeral Tsauchab River, within the interior of the Great Sand Sea. The river course rises south of the Naukluft Mountains in the Great Escarpment. It penetrates the sand sea for some 55km before it finally peters out at Sossusvlei, about the same distance from the Atlantic Ocean. Until the encroaching dunes blocked its course around 60,000 years ago, the Tsauchab River once reached the sea as ephemeral rivers still do in the northern half of the Namib. Sand-locked pans to the west show where the river previously flowed to before dunes shifted its endpoint to where it currently gathers at Sossusvlei. Roughly once a decade rainfall over the catchment area is sufficient to bring the river down in flood and fill the pan. On such occasions the mirror images of dunes and camel thorn trees around the pan are reflected in the water. Sossusvlei is the biggest of four pans in the vicinity. Another, famous for its gnarled and ghostly camel thorn trees, is Deadvlei which can be reached on foot over 1km of sand. Deadvlei’s striking camel thorn trees; dead for want of water, still stand erect as they once grew. They survived until about 900 years ago when the sand sea finally blocked the river from occasionally flooding the pan. Sesriem Canyon: Sesriem Canyon has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River which has incised a narrow gorge about 1.5km long and 30m deep into the surrounding conglomerates, exposing the varying layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years. The shaded cool depths of the canyon allow pools of water to gather during the rainy season and remain for much of the year round. These pools were a vital source of water for early settlers who drew water for their livestock by knotting six (ses) lengths of rawhide thongs (riems) together, hence the canyon and surrounding area became known as Sesriem. Overnight: The &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (Suite) B L D
Today you will be transferred to the local airstrip and board the scheduled shared flight to Swakopmund. This scenic flight (weather permitting) allows you bird’s eye view over the dune sea, salt pans, Sandwich Harbor, shipwrecks & abandoned mining camps before landing in Swakopmund. A highlight is the flight over the Eduard Bohlen, a German cargo ship that ran aground in 1909 while it was on its way to Table Bay from Swakopmund. It is believed that thick fog caused the ship to founder close to Conception Bay. Years after the ship ran aground the desert began to encroach on the ocean and the ship that was once stranded in the ocean slowly became stranded in the desert. The wreck currently sits about 500 meters from the ocean, ensuring that it is the best-preserved shipwreck along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and making it a must see for photographers. After landing at Swakopmund Airport, you will be welcomed by your local representative, who will transfer you to your hotel where you will stay overnight. The Strand Hotel has a prime location on the well-known “Mole” beachfront and with its extensive, unique and creatively entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Deli, Lobby-Lounge, Sea Facing Terraces, Beach Kiosk and state of the art Conference & Banqueting Center, all set on the Mole, a historic and iconic site surrounded by Ocean on three sides, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a social epicenter and destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund. The hotel is in walking distance from the centre of town, and has long, sandy beaches right on its doorstep. There is a total of 125 rooms of which 90% have beach and sea views and 10% garden and park views. Each room is elegantly furnished and feature en-suite bathrooms, complimentary internet Wi-Fi access, Air Conditioning, Electronic Door Locks, Hairdryers, Safes, Direct Dial Telephones, LCD Television with Satellite TV Channels, Tea/Coffee Stations, Stocked Mini-Bars and Working Desks with 220v International Plug Points for Europe, UK and South Africa. Overnight: Strand Hotel Swakopmund (Luxury Room Sea View) B DAY 05: SWAKOPMUND Today you have the option to take in one of a host of possible activities on offer in Namibia’s central coastal region. For example: Embark on a marine cruise on the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy close encounters with seals, dolphins, marine birds and possibly even whales. Visit the largest seal colonies on earth. Sea kayak with seals and dolphins etc. (these activities are offered at an extra cost) Overnight: Strand Hotel Swakopmund (Luxury Room Sea View) B DAY 06: SWAKOPMUND / DAMARALAND
Today you have the option to take in one of a host of possible activities on offer in Namibia’s central coastal region. For example: Embark on a marine cruise on the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy close encounters with seals, dolphins, marine birds and possibly even whales. Visit the largest seal colonies on earth. Sea kayak with seals and dolphins etc. (these activities are offered at an extra cost) Overnight: Strand Hotel Swakopmund (Luxury Room Sea View) B
Today, you will be transferred to the Swakopmund airport for your scheduled shared flight to Doro Nawas Airstrip. The number of passengers carried on each leg of our circuit flights is dependent on aircraft used, time of year, passenger and luggage weights, routing, fuel required, etc. On arrival at the local airstrip, you are met by the camp representative and transferred to Mowani Mountain Camp. Here you will spend the next day’s nights exploring this wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present-day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendour which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word ‘wilderness’. In the heat, dust and stunning landscapes of Damaraland, there is a sanctuary – Mowani Mountain Camp. Dwarfed by massive ochre boulders, the camp is absorbed into the landscape, making it one with our shared history of life in this prehistoric land. Every soft curve or ragged edge frames the landscape in a different way, as if you are seeing for the first time, every time. Game drives along ancient dry riverbeds reveal life that in its sparseness reminds us just how special it is. Rare, desert dwelling elephants, springbok, gemsbok and jackal roam these plains, while their images are found etched in the rocks at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site. Relax in a sparkling pool, enjoy a sundowner, and pause, breathe in and know that this is luxury as nature intended it. Mowani Mountain Camp (Superior View Room) B L D
After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4×4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. As the elephants are mostly active in the mornings you will normally have the best chance to see them then before returning to camp for lunch. Your guide will arrange to fit in a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions at a suitable time if you have not already done so the previous day. On return to camp there should be time to take a walk into the local area with your guide if desired, or simply relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time. Desert Adapted Elephant: In habitats with sufficient vegetation and water an adult elephant consumes as much as 300 kg of roughage and 230 liters of water every day of its life. Consider what a herd of them would eat and drink in a week or a month or a year. Finding an African elephant in a desert? Well, yes and not only elephant, but other large mammals as well, such as black rhinoceros and giraffe. Their ranges extend from river catchments in northern Kaokoveld as far south as the northern Namib. Apart from the Kunene River, seven river courses northwards from the Ugab provide them with possible routes across the desert, right to the Skeleton Coast. The biggest are the Hoarusib, the Hoanib, the Huab and the Ugab Rivers. Desert adapted elephant in Kaokoland and the Namib walk further for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa. The distances between waterholes and feeding grounds can be as great as 68 km. The typical home range of a family herd is larger than 2,000 km², or eight times as big as ranges in central Africa where rainfall is much higher. They walk and feed at night and rest during the day. To meet their nutritional and bulk requirements they browse on no fewer than 74 of the 103 plant species that grow in their range. Not a separate species or even a subspecies, they are an ecotype unique to Namibia in Africa south of the equator, behaviorally adapted to hyper-arid conditions. Elephant in Mali on the southwestern fringe of the Sahara Desert are the only others known to survive in similar conditions. Mowani Mountain Camp (Superior View Room) B L D 
Today, you will be transferred to the local airstrip for your scheduled shared flight to the eastern boundary of the Etosha. On arrival at the local airstrip, you are met by the camp representative and transferred to Andersson’s at Ongava. Here you will spend the next two days taking part in exciting game drives within the Etosha National Park and on the Ongava Game Reserve. Anderssons at Ongava: Located just 4.5km from Etosha National Park’s Andersson Gate, Andersson’s at Ongava takes its name from Charles Andersson, the Swedish explorer who first ‘discovered’ the Etosha Pan with Sir Francis Galton in 1851. Set against a backdrop of the low Ondundozonanandana Mountains, Andersson’s at Ongava is located within the private Ongava Game Reserve which borders the Etosha National Park. The Ongava Game Reserve is typified by white calcrete soils, rocky outcrops and scrub-covered plains which support a rich variety of game such as giraffe, lion, rhino, and various antelope species. The Camp overlooks a waterhole where guests can enjoy the interaction of wildlife coming and going throughout the day and night. Central to the design of the new Andersson’s at Ongava is the waterhole and nearby underground photographic hide. Here guests have a water level view of the prolific wild and birdlife on Ongava Game Reserve. A centrally positioned infinity-edge swimming pool and surrounding lounge area allows for relaxing in sheltered nooks with views of the waterhole and beyond. The social area encompasses an undercover and open-air dining area, a spacious lounge and bar, a sunken observation terrace, and open fireplaces to take away the winter chill. For specialist photographic parties, there is a dedicated photographic nook for review and editing of images. Completing the camp are features such as a uniquely Namibian curio shop, library, complimentary Wi-Fi, and connectivity to the research data developed over years of diligent and cutting-edge scientific endeavors on Ongava. Anderssons at Ongava (Modern Suite) B L D
Today is dedicated to exciting game drives within the Etosha National Park as arranged by the camp. Usually you return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you have the option to join a game drive on the Ongava Game Reserve, usually with sundowners included. The rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole where game comes and goes throughout the day and night. Etosha National Park: Etosha National Park covers 22,270 km², of which approximately 5,000 km² is made up of saline depressions or pans. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert. The Etosha Pan lies in the Owambo Basin, on the north-western edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert. Until three million years ago it formed part of huge, shallow lake that was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead. If the lake existed today, it would be the third largest in the world. Etosha is the largest of the pans at 4,760 km² in extent. It is nowadays filled with water only when sufficient rain falls to the north in Angola, inducing floods to flow southward along the Cuvelai drainage system. The Park consists of grassland, woodland, and savannah. Game-viewing centers around the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala. Anderssons at Ongava (Modern Suite) B L D
Today you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled shared flight back to Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek). The number of passengers carried on each leg of our circuit flights is dependent on aircraft used, time of year, passenger and luggage weights, routing, fuel required, etc. On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport you will be met by your Emmarosh Travel representative who will assist you with your check-in for your departure flight and to bid you farewell. End of services B

PRICING INFORMATION

These prices are valid for travel between June 01 – Dec 15, 2020. Christmas and New Year surcharges will apply for any departures between Dec 15 – Jan 15, 2021. These holiday surcharges are NOT included in these rates.

High Season: June – Oct, 2020

High Season: Land Pricing: $9,500.00 per person double occupancy

Low Season: Nov – Dec 15, 2020

Low Season: Land Pricing: $8,700.00 per person double occupancy

These prices include the following shared scheduled flights.

Windhoek / Sossusvlei / Swakopmund / Damaraland / Etosha / Windhoek

The number of passengers carried on each leg of our circuit flights is dependent on aircraft used, time of year, passenger and luggage weights, routing, fuel required, etc.

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation as stated above.
  • All meet and greet throughout the itinerary
  • Airport transfers as described in above itinerary
  • Scheduled shared flights as described in above itinerary
  • All meals and most local drinks as described in above itinerary. 
  • Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
  • English Speaking local guides in each location
  • Shared vehicle for game drives and nature drives
  • Laundry at Sossusvlei & Ongava

EXCLUSIONS

  • International, regional & local flights to Namibia and airport taxes.
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary such as scenic flights.
  • All premium and imported wines, champagnes, and spirits
  • Gratuities.
  • Spa treatments
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc.).
  • Ballooning
  • Laundry except for places mentioned under inclusions.
  • Activities at Swakopmund
  • Anything not mentioned under inclusions

RESERVATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Deposit per person required at time of booking: A deposit of 25% of the program price is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 120 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request to secure confirmation.

CANCELLATION CHARGES

Cancellations must be received in writing and will become effective on the date of e-mail receipt. Cancellations received by Emmarosh are subject to the following:

CANCELLATION FEES PER PERSON

121 days prior to departure (or more): 10% of the program price per person.
120-91 days prior to departure: 20% of program price

90-61 days prior to departure: 50% of program price

60 days prior to departure (or less): 100% of the program price

Changes to the Itinerary:

The guest will be responsible for any changes or cancellations made to the itinerary at their request or beyond their control, before or during travel, including expenses incurred due to a change, delay or cancellation of any flights. If a guest cancels or leaves a journey and a roommate remains, an additional supplement may apply to the price for the remaining guest.

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR INTERNAL AIR WHERE APPLICABLE

All internal air is 100% non-refundable at time of final payment (some exceptions may apply).

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR EXTRA SERVICES WHERE APPLICABLE

Additional hotel nights and other extra services booked in connection with Emmarosh programs are subject to specific cancellation penalties.