Ricma Safaris
CAMPING SAFARIS
 

NORTHERN NAMIBIA- 8 DAYS


OVERVIEW 
This safari offers nature at its best - from rhino tracking with Save The Rhino Trust – a Namibian conservation programme run to protect these endangered animals, to Etosha National Park recognized as one of the best game reserves in Africa, as well as the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund through to the ancient rock etchings of Twyfelfontein and the magic of Spitzkoppe mountain.

PRICE: N$ 7,800.00 per person sharing
(Plus Rhino tracking is an optional activity that must be pre- booked and pre-paid prior to safari departure).

LOW SEASON N$2300/PERSON (1/1/06-30/6/06)
HIGH SEASON N$2360/PERSON (1/7/06-31/12/06)

DEPARTS: Every Wednesday from Windhoek or Swakopmund

Vehicle Used: 4x4 with pop top roof 
Maximum Group Size: 8 + 2 guides
Single Supplement: None 
Prices (Valid until 31 October 2010)

ITINERARY:

Day 1:
DUNEDIN STAR GUESTHOUSE, SWAKOPMUND
– Departure from Chameleon Guesthouse and Backpackers at 8.30am to Swakopmund. After collecting fresh supplies for lunch we drive to the port town of Walvis Bay where we visit the lagoon, which is a protected RAMSAR wetland site. We may see the many species of bird including Greater and Lesser Flamingos, pelicans, avocets, plovers and the endemic Damara Tern before a short visit to the nearby salt farm. We return to Swakopmund where your guide will assist those wishing to book optional adventure activities such as sand boarding, quad biking, scenic flights, parachuting, dolphin cruises to name but a few, which you have time for this afternoon and tomorrow morning. Overnight in comfortable twin/double rooms with en-suite bathroom close to the town centre. Laundry facilities are available here. This evening’s meal is a group dinner in a restaurant at client’s own expense. (L)

Day 2:
SPITZKOPPE
– This morning you have free time to visit the museum, explore the town, visit the aquarium or partake in optional activities such as sand boarding and quad biking. After lunch we depart for Spitzkoppe and arrive late afternoon and set up camp. Late afternoon climb to Bushman’s Paradise, famous for its collection of rock paintings and enjoy the vistas across the desert or explore the desert floor wandering around and seeing the amazing rock formations created by erosion over thousands of years. Dinner prepared by the Guide with assistance from Apprentice Guide. Evening spent under a million stars. Overnight remote bush camp. (B,L,D)

Day 3: 
PALMWAG
– Early departure towards Twyfelfontein, home to one of the largest collections of rock etchings in Southern Africa, some of these etchings have been estimated to be up to an incredible 6,000 years old. Your Apprentice Guide will prepare lunch whilst you take a guided walk with your guide and a local guide to explore this unique area. Our drive through to our camp takes us through some beautiful and dramatic landscapes and we keep our eyes peeled for desert elephant. We arrive at camp late afternoon and relax. During the dry season there is the chance that desert elephant will wander close to or through camp. Dinner prepared by Guide with assistance from Apprentice Guide. (B,L,D)

Day 4:
PALMWAG
– Save the Rhino Trust have been the custodians of the rare and endangered Black Rhino since the eighties. Only three groups per week are allowed entry to this area with the guardians of these beautiful and sensitive animals. Those who have pre-booked and pre-paid the full day tracking will depart with Save the Rhino just after breakfast and enjoy this 
optional full day of close encounters with wildlife and return to camp late afternoon. Rugged walking shoes, a good camera and a reasonable level of fitness is required for this special experience. For those who have chosen to relax today there are some short scenic walks, a crystal clear swimming pool and beautiful surroundings to revel in. Dinner prepared by Guide with assistance from Apprentice Guide. (B,L,D)

Day 5:
OKAUKEUJO, ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
- Very early departure and we cross the scenic Grootberg Pass before picking up fresh supplies at Outjo. Lunch is taken at the park gate and then game drive through to camp. After setting up our tents we take a late afternoon game drive visiting many waterholes and looking for species such as elephant, lion, rhino, kudu, giraffe, springbok, zebra and many more. Dinner prepared by Guide with assistance from Apprentice Guide. Nighttime viewing at flood lit waterhole. (B,L,D)

Day 6: 
NAMUTONI, ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
– Sunrise departure from camp for full morning game drive. Transit across the park visiting various waterholes along the way. We spend the hottest part of the day at Halali camp where we have lunch and enjoy a swim, sit by the waterhole at camp or enjoy an afternoon snooze. Mid afternoon game drive to Namutoni via the famous Etosha Pan and marvel at the shimmering mirages and distant horizons. Dinner prepared by Guide and Apprentice Guide. Nighttime viewing at flood lit waterhole. (B,L,D)

Day 7:
WATERBERG PLATEAU
- Sunrise game drive and return to camp for breakfast. We have short stops at Lake Otjikoto and Tsumeb to pick up fresh supplies. Lunch is taken at Hoba Meteorite – the worlds largest meteorite, before continuing onto Chameleon’s bush camp at the eastern end of Waterberg Plateau. Witness the fabulous colours of the lichen growing on the rock face of the plateau at sunset from the top of the plateau directly above our camp. Dinner prepared by Guide with assistance from Apprentice Guide. Evening spent around campfire (B,L,D)

Day 8:
WINDHOEK
- Your guide will lead you on a short hike through the ravine at the base of the plateau. After brunch we return to Windhoek via the Okahandja Craft Markets for those last minute gifts. We arrive at Chameleon Guesthouse where you can enjoy an after safari drink and share your memories of your safari. (B,L)

PLEASE NOTE – The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it there may be circumstances when it may change – for example weather and/or road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may be altered from those indicated above.

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