When you think of Namibia I am pretty sure that dolphins do not come into your head. But Walvis Bay is home to a huge percentage of the worlds Heaviside dolphin population and they are very inquisitive. This tour intends to put Namibia on the map for dolphin watching as well as visiting the more traditional safari destinations in Namibia such as Etosha, Damaraland and even giving you a chance to see how the famous Africat foundation undertakes its precious work in a private reserve.
Whale watching trip into Walvis Bay
2 Full day jeep safaris of Etosha
Expert local guides throughout
Endemic rare reptile desert walk
Rare Heaviside dolphins always seen
Stay at Desert Rhino Camp in style
Cape fur Seal
Tour Dates: 30/9/2020 – 9/10/2020
Duration: 9 nights
Type / Focus: Mammals & Dolphins
On arrival at Windhoek International airport you will be met by your English speaking guide / driver. You will then be transferred northwards to your accommodation, luxury safari lodge (Frans Indongo Lodge) where you will relax after a long flight and drive and enjoy your evening meal whilst watching the animals as they come to drunk at the waterhole which is overlooked by decking.
Etosha National Park
After breakfast you will continue your journey north to Tsumeb located on the eastern side of Etosha National Park. You will reach your accommodation, luxury safari lodge (Mokuti Lodge), in time for your evening meal. Tonight you will relax and prepare for a full day of game viewing in one of the largest and defiantly one of the most charismatic national parks in all of Africa; Etosha.
Etosha National Park
Today we will embark into Etosha for a full days game viewing. Etosha is one of the largest national parks in Africa and covers 22,270 square kilometres. The park is home to around 145 species of mammals and over 340 species of birds. You will have very good chances of finding endangered animals like black rhino, cheetah, black-faced impala as well as plenty of other mammals like lions, hyena, elephants, leopards, wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, eland and the very small Damara dik-dik. You will have lunch in one of the many rest camps. You will come back to your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Okaukuejo Rest Camp) which is known for its floodlit waterhole which plays host to many animals as they come down to drink; for your evening meal.
After an early morning game drive you will leave the park and head into the Damaraland. Here you will have the chance to see the woman of the local Himba tribe with their ochre-stained bodies and intricate head decorations; you will continue onwards to Palmwag where the specially adapted desert elephants. You will check into your accommodation, level – luxury safari tents (Desert Rhino Camp), where you will spend the next couple of nights. This is a unique place which is home to the largest free ranging population of black rhino in the world. You will be treated to game drives, possibly guided walks and other activities here to track down the elusive rhino, desert elephants, gemsbok, Hartmanns zebra, springbok as well as predators like leopards, cheetah, lions and brown and spotted hyenas. Your evening meal will be at your accommodation.
Today will be a full day spent exploring the Desert Rhino Camp and hopefully finding many of these magnificent and very rare mammals. You will come back to the accommodation, level – luxury safari tents (Desert Rhino Camp) for your meals.
Skeleton Coast National Park
After breakfast you will be transferred to the coast and through the southern section of the Skeleton Coast National Park, the Skeleton Coast is so named because of its treacherous waters which have brought about the destruction of many a vessel in the rough seas. You will continue along the coast to your accommodation, level – 4* (Cape Cross Lodge) in Cape Cross where the largest colony of Cape fur seals in the world is located. If you are lucky you may spot a brown hyena as they come out of the desert to prey on the seal pups on the fringes of the colony. Your evening meal will be at your accommodation.
After breakfast you will take a short drive south via the multicoloured lichen covered fields towards the quaint town of Swakopmund located on the edge of the Namib Desert. The surrounding areas make for spectacular pictures and the small town has many delightful shops and curio stalls where you can collect those typically African souvenirs. You will have lunch at the very popular Brauhaus before checking into your accommodation, level – 4* (Hotel Eberwein) for your evening meal
You will have an early breakfast before heading for Walvis Bay harbour where you will join the adventure of a seal and dolphin cruise. During the trip light snacks, local oysters and sparking wine will be served as we enjoy the playful Cape fur seals and the equally playful common bottle-nose dolphins and the very rare and endemic Heavyside dolphins around the boat. It is not just marine mammals here as the bird life is also a thrill with white-chinned petrels, Wilson’s storm petrels, Cape gannets, black oystercatchers and even African penguins regularly seen. There is also a good chance of finding the huge and very rare leatherback turtle as they feed on the jellyfish which are abundant here, ocean sunfish and large shoals of ducky dolphins are also sometimes seen. In addition to this whale (humpbacks and southern right whales) are becoming more common but only between August and October. The afternoon will be spent at your leisure as you can explore the town of Walvis Bay. Your evening meal will be served at a popular sea-food restaurant. Accommodation, level – 4* (Hotel Eberwein).
Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary
Today after breakfast you will set out on the road back to Windhoek but we will stop at our accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Naankuse Lodge) in between the airport and Windhoek. Here you will have the opportunity to get close to some of the top predators in the world. As the sanctuary specialises with cheetah and leopards. Your evening meal will be at the accommodation.
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to Windhoek international airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
The weather in Namibia during October is beginning to warm up after the winter and temperatures hover between 11-32 degrees C depending on where we are. There is very little if any rain at this time of the year and the skies are often clear and blue.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private mini-van to be driven by a local guide. You get the services of the zoologist escort included in the fee as well as a local English speaking guide.
All our excursions including treks, guided walks, night safaris, boat trips and park entrance fees are also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy. The nights can be chilly so a fleece, long trousers and woolly hat are a good idea. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Insect repellent is handy but not essential. Any medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be very strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend Lufhansa as a good airline for flights to Windhoek. One of the best websites to search for the best fares is to and from Windhoek is www.opodo.co.uk; who are IATA accredited this is a link direct to their site. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.
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All UK passport holders are not required to have a visa for Namibia. However things change so the easiest way to find information is by visiting http://namibia.embassyhomepage.com/ (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit Namibia, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting Namibia as soon as you have decided on this trip.
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