Namibia Full Circle
Etosha, Twyfelfontein, Skeleton Coast & Sossusvlei
11 Day/10 Night Safari
A Safari in Namibia is a journey of the soul. This is a country of vivid contradictions and stark beauty, where undulating desert tumbles over towering dunes to meet a tempestuous coastline.
This country of contrasts delivers diverse landscapes, unique people, huge vistas, loads of sunshine and considerable wildlife. Some of the greatest wonders of the natural world are to be found in Namibia, including the oldest desert on earth, the Namib Desert. Come and enjoy the silence, which is only broken by your thoughts!
THE ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK is one of the largest and most prominent game reserves in Africa. The park is home to approximately 145 animal species, which includes some endangered species such as the black rhino, cheetah and black-faced impala. This fascinating park is also home to a bird population of some 340 species and an important breeding ground for the greater and lesser flamingos in Southern Africa.
The main area of the Etosha National Park is covered by a huge salt pan, 129km long and up to 72km wide. During the rainy season, the pan resembles a huge lake, but this soon evaporates during the dry season, leaving behind a shimmering sediment causing mirages to play havoc on the eyes. A visit during the dry season, May to October, is certainly the most rewarding time for game viewing. Huge herds of game assemble at the waterholes in the early mornings and before dusk, entertaining the audience with their many antics.
TWYFELFONTEIN means "doubtful Fountain" or "fountain of doubt" is situated in the Damara highlands. This region is most famous for its many rock paintings and rock engravings of the San Bushmen. Remarkably these engravings were made without the use of metal tools and it is presumed that quartz tools were used instead. Hunting scenes and animal engravings are depicted as well as an interesting engraving of a seal, as the ocean is over 100 km away.
The sand dunes of SOSSUSVLEI in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities
The SKELETON COAST is situated on Namibia's remote Western coastline and is so named after the many ships that sank here over the past few centuries. There are few attractions as evocative and atmospheric as The Haunting Skeleton Coast. The rusted remains of wrecked ships are often surrounded by swirling mists and make for moody and dramatic visuals.
* Connecting flights are required to safari destinations for clients’ account
Optional Safari Activities that may be included in this itinerary at an additional charge:
Horse Riding * Kututura Township * National Botanic Gardens Ecomarine Kayak tour * Catamaran Charter * Whale Watching Quad Biking the Dessert * Quiver Tree Forest * Sandboarding Welwitschia Plains * Swakopmund Jetty * Sandwich Harbour
Day 1: Your safari guide will meet you at the Windhoek airport and transfer you to your accommodation establishment. Overnight Windhoek.
Day 2: This morning you will depart with your guide and drive via the Remhoogte Pass to the Namib Desert Lodge. Overnight Sossusvlei.
Day 3: An early departure to experience the spectacular dune landscape of the Namib, which boasts the highest dunes in the world. Revere in the sheer mass of the 300m dunes as they tower skyward. For the more energetic in your group, we coax you to conquer the dune! After viewing the nearby Sesriem Canyon, we proceed northwards along the eastern border of the Namib Naukluft Park, back to the Namib Desert Lodge. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight Sossusvlei.
Day 4: After breakfast, we head for Walvis Bay. You will drive through the Kuiseb Canyon, where you will be shown the ancient Welwitschia mirabilis. As you continue onwards to Walvis Bay, the moon landscape will simply amaze you! This afternoon you will board a motorboat for a 3-hour boat trip. During this time you will see and have the opportunity to observe the many seabird species. Seals and dolphins soon become a topic of conversation as they accompany the boat on its journey. We will idle within arm’s reach of enormous seal colonies, whilst enjoying fresh Atlantic oysters, open bread rolls, accompanied by South African wine and light drinks. Overnight Walvisbay.
Day 5: Enjoy the rugged coastal route to Swakopmund, before you embark on a fascinating Living Desert tour. Overnight Swakopmund.
Day 6: We depart Swakopmund and head to Twyfelfontein. Enjoy viewing of the Twyfelfontein rock paintings, rock engravings and the Burnt Mountain – a testimony to Namibia’s very early and eventful human habitation. Overnight Twyfelfontein.
Day 7: Today we view the Ugab terraces and the Fingerklippe”, a 35m high sandstone column with a circumference of 44m. Continue our journey to the Etosha National Park and our first short game drive.
Day 8 & 9: Get your camera and binoculars ready for what promises to be a spectacular game viewing day in Etosha! Overnight Etosha.
Day 10: Early departure, direction Windhoek. After checking in to your accommodation establishment, enjoy an outing to downtown Windhoek. Visit the statue of Hosea Kutako, a nationalist hero, in the gardens surrounding the Tintenpalast, the seat of the Namibian legislature, and interact with some of the local tribes. For the more adventure, enjoy the Namibian landscape from a trusty steed at Elisenheim Guest Farm.
Day 11: Sadly, you have completed your 11-day safari with Embrace. Transfer to Windhoek airport and connect to your next destination.
All safari prices are quoted on a per person sharing basis.
A single supplement fee is charged for guests travelling solo.
Accommodation Grading and Description:
Budget Safari Clean, comfortable accommodations with basic amenities (backpacker/tented accommodation with communal ablution facilities)
Standard Safari Comfortable accommodations with overhead fan/air-conditioner in room & en-suite bathroom facilities (3 and 4-star accommodation)
Luxury Safari Spacious, private chalets furnished in understated luxury. Enjoy silver service, fine linen & en-suite bathrooms (5-star accommodation)
Safari Price Includes:
Accommodation during safari period
Entry fees to places of interest as per itinerary
Services of English speaking guide
Bottled water in safari vehicle
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Airport transfers as per itinerary airports
Services of travel agent for airline reservations
Services of travel consultant to plan itinerary
Government tax of 15%
Safari Price Excludes:
Accommodation prior & post safari period
Optional extra activities added to
Additional vehicle hire during safari
French, German, Spanish guide/translator
Drinks and top-shelf drinks at hotels and lodges not included
Laundry services at hotels and lodges
Visas for countries that require entry visas
Medical & Travel insurance
All airfares required for the safari
Equipment hire on safari
Personal item purchases
Gratuities (Lodge staff, guide, servers)