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Highlights of discovering Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)




  • Page 2 of 25 Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls Tour Friday, 03 February 2012

    DAILY PROGRAMME Day 1: Windhoek

    TBC arrive in Windhoek (Hosea Kutako International Airport)

    ~ Collection of luggage and meet bus ~

    TBC Transfer to accommodation and check-in

    TBC Windhoek City Tour

    20:00 Dinner

    Day 2: Namib Desert

    08:00 - Breakfast & check-out

    09:00 Depart for Sossusvlei via Rehoboth

    12:00 Check-in and Lunch

    14:00 Sesriem Canyon

    20:00 - Dinner

    Day 3: Namib Desert

    06:00 - Breakfast

    07:00 Visit the Namib Naukluft Park, Dune 45 and the Dead Vlei

    14:00 Lunch

    16:00 afternoon drive in park and short walk

    20:00 - Dinner

    Day 4: Swakopmund

    07:00 - Breakfast & check-out

    08:00 depart for Walvis Bay and Swakopmund (via Solitaire, Gaub- and Kuisebriver


    10:00 visit Dune 7

    12:00 Lunch (at Raft Restaurant, Walvis Bay)

    13:00 Visit Walvis Bay Lagoon and Salt factories

    14:00 check in at accommodation (Swakopmund)

    15:00 - afternoon of activities (Visit Crystal Gallery, Aquarium, Swakopmund museum, arts and craft centers and much


    20:00 - Dinner

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    Day 5: Swakopmund

    07:00 - Breakfast

    09:00 Swakopmund boat trip (see Dolphins, Seals and birds)

    12:00 Lunch

    14:00 afternoon of activities (Sandboarding; 4x4 trails in dunes; quad biking in dunes; visit the Moon landscape listed activities are optional)

    20:00 Dinner

    Day 6: Skeleton Coast

    07:00 - Breakfast & check-out

    08:00 depart for Terrance Bay (via Haub River, Henties Bay and Cape

    Cross Seal Island)

    12:00 Lunch

    15:00 - check-in at accommodation

    20:00 - Dinner

    Day 7: Damaraland

    07:00 - Breakfast & check-out

    08:00 Transfer to Damaraland

    13:00 check-in and Lunch

    14:00 Visit Damara Living Museum (meet the Damara people)

    20:00 - Dinner

    Day 8: Damaraland

    07:00 - Breakfast

    09:00 Visit Twyfelfontein (World Heritage Site - Bushmen rock engravings)

    13:00 Lunch

    14:00 Visit Burnt Mountain and Organ pipe rock formations)

    16:00 Wildlife viewing at nearby waterhole

    20:00 Dinner

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    Day 9: Etosha National Park

    07:00 - Breakfast & check-out

    08:00 Transfer Etosha National Park (via Khorixas and Outjo)

    13:00 Lunch

    14:00 Wildlife viewing at nearby waterholes

    16:00 Check-in

    20:00 Dinner

    Day 10: Etosha National Park

    06:00 Early morning game drive

    08:00 - Breakfast

    08:00 Full day in the park (visit Pan and enjoy lunch at Camp Halali)

    20:00 - Dinner

    Day 11: Kavango Region

    08:00 - Breakfast and check-out

    09:00 depart to Rundu, Kavango Region (via east gate, Tsumeb and Grootforntein)

    12:00 Lunch

    14:00 check-in

    15:00 afternoon at leisure (visit shopping malls and arts & crafts centers)

    20:00 Dinner

    Day 12: Upper Kavango Delta

    07:00 - Breakfast and check-out

    08:00 depart to camp Ngepi (via Poppa Falls)

    11:00 Check in at camp

    12:00 Lunch

    16:00 Late afternoon game drive in Mahango Game Reserve

    20:00 - Dinner (campfire dinner)

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    Day 13: Chobe National Park

    07:00 - Breakfast

    08:00 depart to Katima Mulilo (via Caprivi)

    12:00 Lunch (on banks of Zambezi River at Hotel)

    14:00 depart to Kasane (via Ngoma and through Chobe National Park

    16:00 check-in

    20:00 - Dinner

    Day 14: Chobe National Park

    07:00 - Breakfast

    TBC Morning Game drive OR morning at leisure

    12:00 Lunch

    TBC Afternoon Game drive OR morning at leisure OR boat cruise (optional but highly


    20:00 Dinner

    Day 15: Chobe National Park

    07:00 - Breakfast

    TBC Morning Game drive OR morning at leisure

    12:00 Lunch

    TBC Afternoon Game drive OR morning at leisure OR boat cruise (optional but highly recommended)

    20:00 Dinner

    Day 16: Victoria Falls

    07:00 - Breakfast

    08:00 Depart for Victoria Falls (via either Zimababwe or Zambia)

    12:00 Lunch

    14:00 Visit Waterfront to make bookings for tomorrows activities

    15:00 visit falls and rain forest

    20:00 Dinner

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    Day 17: Victoria Falls

    07:00 - Breakfast

    08:00 Day at Victoria Falls (activities booked yesterday)

    12:00 Lunch

    20:00 Dinner

    Day 18: Victoria Falls

    07:00 - Breakfast & check out

    TBC depart for Airport (you must be at airport minimum 2 hours before departure time)

    TBC Depart Victoria Falls for Home


    Namibia The Republic of Namibia is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. I t gained

    independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990 following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations .

    Botswana Botswana, officially the Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens are

    referred to as "Batswana". A mid-sized country of just over two million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Botswana was one of the poorest countries in Africa when it gained independence from Britain in 1966. Botswana has since transformed itself, becoming one of the fastest-growing economies in the

    world Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls is an astonishing sight, the result of a 1.7km-wide stretch of the Zambezi River falling into a crack in a basalt plateau and being crunched in a narrow gorge. In 1855 explorer David Livingstone presumed to name Victoria Falls after his homelands monarch, but its local name is Mosi-oa-Tunya (Smoke That Thunders ). Try to catch these

    108mhigh falls during the wet season. But regardless of when you go, plan your trip carefully, as the turbulence of this enormous cascade unfortunately reflects the current social climate of Zimbabwe and Zambia, the two countries that provide access to it. The Zimbabwean side is cheaper, safe and far less crowded; head to Victoria Falls Town.

    Remember to stock up on US currency. Language

    Visitors will rarely find a problem communicating as English is spoken throughout Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls.

    ACTIVITIES Windhoek City Tour:

    Tintenpalast: Situated in Robert Mugabe Avenue, designed by G Redecker, built by Sander & Kock, the Government Building has housed a series of successive governments . Today, in the independent Namibia, it houses the National Assembly.

    Alte Feste: In Robert Mugabe Avenue, this is one of the oldest buildings in Windhoek, with its cornerstone laid in 1890. It served as a military headquarters in 1915 and then as a hostel

    for the Windhoek High School in 1935. In 1957 it was declared a national monument. It now houses state museum, where the historic independence Collection, reflecting events leading up to the Independence of Namibia can be seen.

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    Kaiserliche Realschule: Situated in Robert Mugabe Avenue. The first German high school in Windhoek, it served as an English-

    medium school after World War II and is today part of the offices of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

    Das Reiterdankmal: Situated in Robert Mugabe Avenue, this

    equestrian bronze statue commemorates the soldiers killed in colonial wars in the early part of the century.

    Christuskirche: Situated on the Corner of Fidel Castro Street and

    Robert Mugabe Avenue. Built by Tunschel and Wilke to accommodate the Lutheran congregation. Drecker laid the original sandstone in 1886. This striking landmark is now a

    historical monument.

    State House: Situated between Daniel Munamawa Street and Robert Mugabe Avenue, the residence of the former colonial governor and administrator general, the

    building is presently the residence of the President of the Republic of Namibia.

    The Station: In Bahnhof Street. The South African

    Railways, keeping strictly to the original style added an additional building in 1929.

    Oude Voorpost: Situated on the corner of John Meinert and Moltke

    Street. Built as a government survey office by the German government, it now accommodates the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

    Turnhalle: Situated in John Meinert Street. Since 1913 the Turnhalle has played an

    important role in the history of Namibia. Converted into a political conference room in 1975, it is currently used as a conference centre.

    Old Loaction: Once a township for blacks on the western edge of Windhoek it was

    demolished on 10 December 1959 as part off the Union National Party's enforced apartheid campaign of the 1950s. With the groups divided ethnically, the suburbs of Katutura and Khomasdal were formed.

    St Georges Cathedral: Situated on the corner of Love and Sinclair Streets , this is the smallest functional cathedral in Southern Africa. The bell in the tower was one of a set cast for St Mary's Church in Northwall, Canterbury. On the same grounds is St George's

    School with its unusual Mansard roof. The school is today used as a kindergarten. Sesriem Canyon:

    The canyon derives its name from the fact that early Afrikaner trekkers had to use six ('ses') leather thongs (a thong is a 'riem') so that their buckets could reach the water far below. The canyon

    begins as an almost imperceptible but nevertheless deep cleft in level, stony ground, and then widens until it finally flattens out onto the plain. Because it is so deep and sheltered, it often holds water

    well into the dry season - an invigorating sight in such a barren and stark environment.

    Sossusvlei Dunes: The best time to view Sossusvlei is

    close to sunrise and sunset; the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful

    photographic opportunities. 'Vlei' is the Afrikaans word for a shallow

    depression filled with water (well, a depression that might

    sometimes be filled with water!), and the name 'Sossusvlei' should strictly only be applied to the pan that lies at the place where the dunes close in, preventing the waters of the Tsauchab River from flowing any further - that is, on the rare occasions that the river does flow as far as this.

    During exceptional rainy seasons , Sossusvlei may fill with water, causing Namibians to flock there to witness the grand sight, but normally it is bone dry. This particular 'vlei' is actually a more-or-less circular, hard-surfaced depression that is almost entirely surrounded by sharp-edged dunes, beyond which lies a formidable sea of rolling sand, stretching in unbroken immensity all the way to

    the coast. However, the name 'Sossusvlei' nowdays applies to the whole area - an area that encompasses the great plain of the Tsauchab River together with the red dunes that march along like giant sentinels to south and north of the plain.

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    Dune 7: Situated along the central coast of Namibia is

    Dune 7 , the highest dune in the coastal dune belt, it is situated 10km outside the town of Walvis Bay. The local municipality has planted

    palm trees and erected toilets and barbeque sites , fresh water is also available, it is the only man-made oasis in the dune belt.

    The Raft Restaurant: This unique Namibian restaurant is built on stilts over

    the picturesque Walvis Bay Lagoon on the West Coast of Namibia. The Raft Restaurant offers you an extensive menu of seafood, game, meat, local and

    international dishes , not to mention the appearance of dolphins , pelicans , flamingoes and kite surfers , swimming, flying and s tumbling past the dining room

    windows. With solid wood floors built using old timbers from the original Namibian Walvis Bay jetty, lofty ceilings, panoramic views over the lagoon, cosy

    log, burning fires in winter, a deck with roll up up windows for the warm summer months, friendly efficient staff, excellent food and a very special

    ambience, it is considered by many to be the best restaurant on the coast of Namibia. On lucky days the Dolphins delight guests with their antics as they

    play close by with the Seals . A myriad Birdlife frequent the waters surrounding the restaurant while 'Flamingo Ballet' under the floodlights is a regular

    evening occurrence, as Pelicans glide past the windows and the resident Heron takes his nightly stroll.

    Salt Factory:

    The salt mining operations along the coast near to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are amoongst the largest of their kind in the world. Vast areas of lard are levelled

    and surrounded by low dykes . Sea water is then pumped in and the shallow lagoons are left to evaporate in the sun. The salt eventually crystallizes and form vast white

    fields reminiscent of snow. The salt is then loaded and sent to processing factories where it is washed and packaged ready for export.

    Crystal Gallery:

    The Crystal Gallery (Kristall Galerie) houses the worlds largest quartz crystal cluster on display. Founded in 1998, has been designed for you to share in and discover some of the earth's most

    beautiful masterpieces - a fascinating display of crystals and gemstones . Your journey into the Crystal Gallery will take you through the cave which is a replica

    of the original Otjua tourmaline Mine with its stunning collection of magnificent crystals .

    FORECOURT - The forecourt depicts the remnants of an

    eruption - a prelude to the beauty within... GEM GARDEN - Discover the various assorted tumbled

    semi-precious gemstones.

    CRYSTAL DISPLAYS - Collection of "earth keepers", minerals and gems.

    MANUFACTURING STUDIO - Designer handcrafted fine

    jewellery in 14 and 18 Karat gold with diamonds . CRAFT AREA - watch the experts at work to reform the

    gems into jewellery and gifts .

    COFFEE BAR - Refreshments with a view LA TOURMALINE - JEWELLERY BOUTIQUE - presenting

    fine handcrafted Individual designed jewwellery.

    GEMSHOP - gemstone mementoes - designed bead necklaces, objects of art, carvings , etc

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    Swakopmund Aquarium: The National Aquarium opens a

    window to the wonders of marine life found in the cold Benguela Current off the coast of Southern Africa.

    Seawater, drawn from the old jetty, is pumped through a series of filter systems before reaching the

    exhibition tanks . The main tanks has a holding capacity of 320 000 litres, is 12 m long and 8 m wide. An underwater walk-way allows the visitor to view sharks, rays and fishes from close range. The smaller exhibition tanks house

    organisms from the inshore waters, mainly found along sandy and rocky beaches. Species that may be found in the Aquarium: Ga...


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