ROAM Women's Adventures Namibia Safari

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<ul><li>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</li></ul><p>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 Lodge where we willspend two nights. Game viewing en-route.Overnight Khowarib Lodge - B/L/DKhowarib Lodge nestles on the banks of the Hoanib river in the magnificent Khowarib Gorge in northwest Namibia. On the fringe of Kaokoland, the lodge offers a perfect jumping off point to explore theremote north west of the country. The camp is situated 1 Km off the main track from Palmwag toSesfontein to the east of the Khowarib settlement. Khowarib Lodge offers 14 luxury en-suite tentscomprising of twin sleeping arrangements built on stilts. Large Mopani trees offer shaded viewingpoints on your private veranda. Tents are also within walking distance of the main lodge area. Thecentre-piece of the lodge complex is a "lapa", an immense thatched structure with a great view of thesurroundings. Also offering a reception area, lounge, bar, dining area &amp;curio shop as well as averanda for viewing the natural surroundings.Highlights of our stay at Khowarib Lodge : We will enjoy Desert Elephant &amp;Rhino tracking (Fullday excursions), nature walks, bird watching, nature drives as well as rock-art excursions. 8. DAY #9 - KAOKOLAND - HIMBA VISITToday, after breakfast, we will be collected from the lodge and taken on a half day Himba visit. Afterthe tour we will be returned to the lodge and spend the rest of the day at leisure.Try one of the Walking Trails to discover the surrounding area. This can be done with a guide, or onyour own.Overnight Khowarib Lodge - B/L/DDAY #10 - KAOKOLAND TO ONGAVA GAME RESERVE (ELEPHANT, LION, LEOPARD,CHEETAH, GIRAFFE, ZEBRA AND MORE)Today, after breakfast and check out, we transfer via private vehicle to the Ongava Lodge where wewill spend two nights. Game viewing en-route.Overnight Ongava Lodge - B/L/DFrom its beautiful vantage point overlooking a well-frequented watering point and the plains beyond,the well established Ongava Game Lodge is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha NationalPark in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. Ongava is the ideal place from which to baseyour activities when visiting Etosha. The 14 air-conditioned rock and thatch units each have en-suitebathroom facilities. Meals are served in the main dining area under thatch with a view over the campswaterhole and the lodge also has a shady swimming pool. Activities include game drives in open 4x4vehicles into the Okaukuejo area of Etosha where animals such as lion, elephant, cheetah, gemsbok,springbok, and hartebeest can be seen at many of the water holes in the park. In addition, hides andwalks 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 the unique opportunity to seeboth of these charismatic species.DAY #11 - ONGAVA GAME RESERVE - WHITE RHINO TRACKING AND OTHER SPECIESOn safari in the Ongava Game Reserve! Morning and evening game (wildlife) viewing drives. 9. About Ongava Game Reserve - A highlight at Ongava is that it is one of the few private gamereserves in southern Africa where you have a chance of seeing both Black and White Rhino. Forthose who enjoy close wildlife encounters, tracking White Rhino on foot with an armed guide is ahighlight not to be missed.Ongava Game Reserve also has a good population of Lion, Eland, Hartmanns Mountain Zebra,Black-faced Impala and a number of other antelope species. Ongava also borders onto the Etoshanational park, Namibias premier game viewing destination. It is one of Africas largest game parksbeing nearly the size of Switzerland. Large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterholesin the dry season making for exciting game viewing.Species that can be seen year-round include Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra,Wildebeast, Springbok, Gemsbok, Kudu and the diminutive Damara Dik-Dik. Birdlife is also good withOstrich and raptors in abundance. Local specials include the Short-toed Rockthrush, HautlaubsFrancolin, Rockrunner, Rppells Parrot, White-tailed Shrike and Chestnut Weaver.Overnight Ongava Lodge - B/L/DDAY #12 - DEPART NAMIBIAToday, after our morning game viewing activity and brunch, we transfer to the airport for our flighthome. B/L 10. TRIP DATES - November 1-12, 2013- (12 days/11 nights)TOTAL PER PERSON - $7,895 per person, land-all-inclusive--optional single supplement (if wanting your own private room - no sharing) - add $1,890Room-shares guaranteed on all trips, if you dont want to pay a single supplement fee.Group Size - 12 personsTrip Rating - Easy to ModerateBook Your ROAM Adventure 24 hours a day/7 days a weekTo reserve your place on our ROAM-Zimbabwe Safari, please click here to access our online booking information page orcontact Christy Destremau at ROAM Womens Adventures by email at or call 1-877-814-6864to request a booking form and to ask any questions you might have about this trip.Travelers can also reserve their space on any ROAM adventure trip or safari by completing, signing and submitting ourbooking form (Adobe pdf form...</p>