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7 Day North Scheduled Camping

7 Days / 6 Nights
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Introduction

 

Start Accommodation Destination Basis Duration
Day 1 Okonjima’s Omboroko Campsite Okonjima Nature Reserve L&D 1 Night
Day 2 Namutoni Campsite Etosha East FB 1 Night
Day 3 Okaukuejo Campsite Etosha South FB 1 Night
Day 4 Hoada Campsite Palmwag FB 1 Night
Day 5 Madisa Campsite Twyfelfontein FB 1 Night
Day 6 Prost Hotel Swakopmund Swakopmund B,B&L 1 Night

 

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast.
B,B&L: Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.
L&D: Lunch and Dinner.
FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

 

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Day 1
Okonjima’s Omboroko Campsite, Okonjima Nature Reserve

Day Itinerary

Windhoek – Okonjima/Africat (300 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected between 08:00 & 08:30.

We will travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandja, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market. The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs. Continuing north, passing through farmland, we aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving us time to set up our camp and to relax in the shade for a while before heading out on to the property to take part in the afternoon’s optional activity. Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation, a specialist conservation concern that centres its operations on the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah. This afternoon you will be taken on a tour during which you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah that are going through the Africat rehabilitation programme. Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap, and the aim of the rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild.

After our educational tour we will return to our camp and prepare for dinner under the African stars.

 

Activities

The AfriCat Foundation

Basis

Lunch and Dinner

 

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Day 2: Namutoni Campsite, Etosha East

Day Itinerary

Okonjima/Africat – Namutoni / East Etosha region (300 km) (FB) (camping)

An early start and continuing north we pass through some small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel. Continuing on to our East Etosha, Namutoni region camp we again aim to arrive in time for lunch, giving us time to relax before heading into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive.

Activities

Etosha National Park

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

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Day 3: Okaukuejo Campsite, Etosha South

Day Itinerary

East Etosha region – Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (FB) (camping)

A full day’s game driving. We again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air as we game drive our way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent and we have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park.

We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch. There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo, Etosha’s main rest camp and resort where we will check in and set up camp. Originally the site of a German fort built in 1901, Okaukuejo now houses the Etosha Ecological Institute, founded in 1974; the round watchtower is a remnant of the fort.

After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha’s big game at a floodlit waterhole, situated on the boundary of our camp and easily reachable within a minute or two on foot. The waterhole has been described as one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa” and the ideal venue to witness peculiar animal politics. Black rhino, Africa’s tallest elephants, lion and numerous species of antelope are regular visitors during the cool, dry season.

Fish River Canyon

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

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Day 4: Hoada Campsite, Palmwag

Day Itinerary

Okaukuejo – Grootberg area (310km) (FB) (camping)

Leaving Etosha we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab. Within this area you have the opportunity of visiting a Himba Village, these tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm, the exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the “Holy Fire” religion.

From here it is a short drive on to The Hoada Community Campsite which is located among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. To add an eco-friendly touch, the hot water system works in combination with the barbecue area, therefore whilst your meal is being prepared, your water will be warmed up for your shower! We overnight – camping under the stars.

Activities

Himba Cultural Excursions

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

 

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Day 5: Madisa Campsite, Twyfelfontein

Day Itinerary

Grootberg area – Twyfelfontein (190 km) (FB) (camping)

Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland. We drive west via the Grootberg Pass and then take a detour to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. At this location we will have a local guide to conduct us on a short guided tour before we set up camp for the night.

Activities

Twyfelfontein Rock Art

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

 

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Day 6: Prost Hotel Swakopmund, Swakopmund

Day Itinerary

Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (420 km) (BL) (accommodation)

From here we head deeper into the desert and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m) and more beautiful Damaraland scenery. We make a stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc. can be found at bargain prices.

From here we turn directly west and cross the gravel plains on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, we first head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. At certain times of the year as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals congregate. The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia’s premier seaside town. We aim to arrive in the late afternoon giving us time to explore the town on foot before sunset. Tonight we take the chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb. Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required.

Dinner is for the client’s own account.

Activities

Cape Cross Seal Colony

Basis

Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

 

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Day 7: End of Itinerary

Day Itinerary

Swakopmund – Windhoek (BL) (350 km)

The drive back to Windhoek today will take about 4 and a half hours. We will depart around lunch-time, giving us time to spend the morning relaxing in Swakopmund. It has many superb shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.

Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.

Your tour guide will discuss all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival. (N.B. All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the client’s own risk and expense). This is the last day of our trip and after lunch we will transfer back to the capital city where you will be dropped off at your accommodation in the late afternoon / early evening

 

Optional

Living Desert Tours
Swakopmund City Tour
Sun Sail Catamarans

Consultant Notes

Maximum group size is 14 people, with a minimum of 1 participant. Transport for up to 5 people will be in a minibus and for 6 people and more in a specialized vehicle.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation: If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Email – bookings@sereneadventures.africa Web – www.sereneadventures.africa

Price

Price to Serene African Adventures

1st November 2021 until 30 June 2022
N$13 945.00 per person sharing
No Single Supplement, throughout the duration of the tour you will be required to share with another traveller of the same gender.

1st July 2021 – 31st October 2022
N$16 645.00 per person sharing
No Single Supplement, throughout the duration of the tour you will be required to share with another traveller of the same gender

Included

All transport; Three meals a day (unless differently specified); Tea & coffee in camp; All camping equipment; Park entrance fees; Camping fees; Professional guide; Camp Assistant; Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek

Excluded

Sleeping bag (can be hired); Pillow; Alcoholic beverages; Soft drinks & bottled water; Personal travel insurance

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