ROAM Women's Adventures Namibia Safari

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  • 1.IMPORTANT NOTESTravel to Africa requires a passport valid six months beyond your return date and a minimumof two (2) blank VISA pages in your passport (if you are visiting more than one country inAfrica, you must have an additional blank visa page available for each country).It is important to reconrm all of your commercial ight arrangements with the relevantairline at least 48 hours prior to departure. Please ask ask us if you need assistance.Travel to Africa, including Namibia may require a vaccination against Yellow Fever. Pleasecontact your travel healthcare professional for more information. Be sure to carry your yellowvaccination card with you during travel as you may be required to present it at immigration.Entry into Namibia: A passport and visa are required.A visa for Namibia can be obtained uponarrival.CONTACT -If youre excited by the thought of joining one of our Active, Small Group WomensTours or Safaris to Africa, India or Vietnam and Cambodia then now is the time toreserve your space. The earlier you book the more you save! Once youre ROAMadventure trip is booked, your trip price is guaranteed NOT to increase. Otherwise,prices are subject to change.Our Travel Consultants are available to respond to questions and inquiries... By email : 7 days a week - 24 hours a day - We try to respond within 24 hours ofreceiving your inquiry. By telephone : Monday - Friday : 10 am to 4 pm EST

2. ITINERARYDAY#1 - DEPART FROM USA/CANADA OR YOUR HOME TO WINDHOEK, NAMIBIATravelers take an overnight flight from their home to Windhoek, Namibia. For USA and Canadiantravelers, there are daily flights from New Yorks JFK airport on South African Airways.Overnight International Flight - DDAY#2 - ARRIVE WINDHOEK, NAMIBIAOn arrival in Namibia, after completing customs, immigrations and collecting your luggage, you will bemet by your ROAM associate and our destination specialist. We will transfer via private vehicle to theKulala Desert Lodge where we will spend two nights. Game (wildlife) viewing activity after arrival.Kulala Desert Lodge DAbout Kulala Desert Lodge - the lodge is situated within the arid Namib Desert on the private91,429 acre Kulala Wilderness Reserve, and is closest to the iconic red dunes of the Sossusvlei. Thelodge comprises 19 thatched and canvas "kulalas" ("to sleep" in Oshiwambo) with en-suite bathrooms 3. and verandas. Each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck onthe flat rooftop where bedrolls are placed for guests to sleep under the myriad stars that Namibiasclear skies portray. The main area, with dcor inspired by northern Africa, has a lounge, bar, diningarea, plunge pool and wrap-around veranda overlooking the waterhole a perfect location to viewand photograph the desert vista. The overall setting is a true delight to the senses, bringing togetherthe rhythm of Namibia, along with wholesome meals. A waterhole in front of camp attracts a numberof local wildlife (such as gemsbok, springbok, ostrich and jackal) and provides a perfect location toview and photograph the desert scenery.About the Sossusvlei - it is situated within the Namib Desert and is protected by the Namib NaukluftNational Park, which stretches 400km south of Walvis Bay. The red dunes of the Namib are thedeserts starkest symbol, topped with razor-sharp edges that stand out against the sky. Those nearestthe coast are the most mobile and no vegetation grows on them they are constantly moving andchanging. Rainfall at the coast can average dramatically less than 50mm a year, and further inland itmeasures a paltry 50-100mm annually. Sossusvlei means "the gathering place of water" in the localNama language and occasional seasonal rains in the foothills of the Naukluft and Tsaris Mountainssucceed in reaching the vleis (pans), creating temporary lakes that mirror the sand dunes surroundingthem. Despite these extreme conditions, the Namib Desert is home to sparsely-distributed desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok. There is also a chance to see predatorssuch as spotted hyaena and the occasional brown hyaena as well as bat-eared fox, black-backedjackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf.DAY #3 - KULALA WILDERNESS RESERVEOn safari in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve today. Morning and evening game (wildlife) viewingdrives.Overnight Kulala Desert Lodge - B/L/DDAY #4 - KULALA WILDERNESS RESERVE TO SWAKOPMUNDToday, after our morning game activity and brunch, we transfer via private vehicle to the Hansa Hotelwhere we will spend two nights. Game (wildlife) viewing en-route. 4. Overnight Hansa Hotel - B/L/DAbout the Hansa Hotel - A timeless classic, which forms part of Swakopmunds architectural culture,is the grand Hansa Hotel, dating back to 1905. Being centrally situated, the hotel becomes a doorwayto all the tourist amenities that Swakopmund has to offer. Not only is the Hansa world renowned for itsoutstanding cuisine, but also comparable with the most prestigious address encountered abroad. Thisluxurious residence places emphasis not only on personalized service, elegant style, but alsoaffordability. The hotel has 49 twin rooms. Each room is individually decorated and fitted with undertile and/or under carpet heating, 15 channel television stations, radio, direct dialing telephones, hairdryer, safes, coffee/tea facilities and en suite bath/showers.DAY #5 - SWAKOPMUND - FLIGHTSEEING OVER THE SKELETON COASTEnjoy the day at leisure. This town has the ambiance associated with a small German village, and thetown seems to be stuck in time. Afternoon - We embark for a flightseeing tour of the beautifullycolored Namibian dunes of the Skeleton Coast.The "Skeleton Coast Ugab River" 630 kms = 2h15minLow-level flight along the Swakop riverbed via the "Moonlandscape" crossing the Oasis Goanikontes.Routing northeast to the Rssing Uranium mine along the Khan River. We continue our flight over theSpitzkoppe, the Brandberg. Further flight along the Ugab Riverbed in search for the desert elephants, 5. rhinos, giraffes, mountain zebras and other game up to the rivermouth area, turning southbound.Flight along the treacherous Skeleton Coast. The park in the northern Namib Desert stretches fromthe Ugab River in the south to the Kunene River, which forms the northern border with Angola. Thisregion is generally cold and windy with mist in the mornings and evenings. The Skeleton Coast islittered with whalebones, shipwrecks and remains of sailors and explorers. Flight continues past CapeCross seal reserve. During the November/December breeding season as many as 200 000 sealsgather at Cape Cross. It was also here that the Portuguese navigator, Diego Cao, erected a stonecross in 1486. Continue flight coastwise from Cape Cross passing Henties Bay, the saltworks north ofSwakopmund on our way to Swakopmund.Overnight Hansa Hotel - B/L/DDAY #6 - SWAKOPMUND TO DAMARALAND - TRACKING BLACK RHINO, DESERT-ADAPTEDELEPHANTS AND OTHER SPECIESThis morning after breakfast and check out, we transfer via private vehicle to the Doro Nawas wherewe will spend two nights. Game (wildlife) viewing en-route.Overnight Doro Nawas - B/L/DAbout Doro Nawas - Nestled against a small hill overlooking ancient plains and the typical Etendekatabletop escarpment is Doro Nawas. The camp is situated in the rugged beauty of the Damaralandarea. The unique camp design allows for an unspoiled panoramic view of this diverse and dramaticlandscape that varies from tabletop outcrops, small canyons, dry riverbeds and savannah-filled vistas.Here activities are varied, ranging from simply relaxing on a private veranda, to enjoying a 4x4 natureand game drive. Guests are housed in 16 canvas walled units with thatched roofs, the design anddcor blending into the surrounding scenery, with attention to comfort and luxury. Each unit consistsof a bedroom that leads onto a veranda for stargazing or sleep outs. En-suite facilities include ashower, double sink basins and a flush toilet. The main area is elevated on a hillock and is made upof the indoor and outdoor dining areas, the residential pool area and bar.Our activities at this camp include nature drives appreciating the spectacular views and desertscenery in the community run Doro !Nawas Conservancy. Wildlife viewing concentrates on the gamefound in the Aba-Huab and Haub riverbeds and along the valleys that sometimes fill with floodwater inthe rainy season. Another highlight is the opportunity to visit the ancient rock art site at Twyfelfonteinwith its renowned San art engravings and the largest collection of petroglyphs prehistoric rock art in Africa. Doro Nawas Camp provides an excellent base for exploring the local area in game drive 6. vehicles and on foot, combining a luxury safari experience with economic empowerment for the localcommunity.DAY #7 - DAMARALAND - BLACK RHINO TRACKING, DESERT ADAPTED ELEPHANTS,GIRAFFE, SPRINGBOK AND MOREOn safari today tracking black rhino, desert-adapted elephants and other species, such as giraffe,ostrich, lion and springbok.About Damaraland - it is one of the most scenic areas in Namibia a huge, untamed, ruggedlybeautiful region that offers the more traveller a more adventurous challenge. Here there areprehistoric water courses with open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and deep gorges.Towards the west, the geography changes dramatically with endless sandy wastes, that incredibly areable to sustain small, but wide-ranging, populations of desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, giraffe,ostrich and springbok. These animals have adapted their lifestyles to survive the harshness of thesun-blistered, almost waterless desert spaces. Elephant move through euphorbia bush country, andcan travel up to 70km in a day in search of food and water and unusually, do not destroy trees in theirquest for food.Overnight Doro Nawas - B/L/D 7. DAY #8 - DAMARALAND TO KAOKOLANDToday, after breakfast and check out, we transfer via private vehicle to Khowarib Lod