An 8 day glimpse into the diverse cultures and landscapes of Namibia, traveling through Damaraland, visiting a cheetah conservation project and wildlife viewing in Etosha National Park.
Day 1: Windhoek.
Arrival at Windhoek International Airport. Meet and greet by our representative. We proceed via mountain terrain to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Enjoy an afternoon township tour. The township tour gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the history, development and people of Katutura. The sprawling suburb on Windhoek’s northern outskirts some 10 km from the CBD was established in 1950s as a result of South Africa’s apartheid policy of divide and rule. Today Katutura is a crowded suburb where people from different cultures live together in peace and harmony. From iron shacks to up-market houses, it is diverse, lively and historical place to visit. The night will be completed with dinner with a local family. Built in 1912, this restored German Manner, rich in Victorian styling has a wonderful Mediterranean atmosphere. Unique private rooms boasting hand crafted furniture and luxurious styling are surrounded by a beautiful garden.
Day 2: Roy’s Camp.
Our journey takes us to Roy’s camp – live the Africa dream, where you can settle down in one of the rustic bungalows and spoil yourself with some excellent farm style cooking and Namibian hospitality. En route we will stop over at the cheetah conservation fund were we will join a brief informative tour of the project and will learn more about the project and have the opportunity to get up close to the world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah. It is a unique and the most specialized member of the cat family and can reach speeds of 70 mph. Unlike other cats, the cheetah has a leaner body, longer legs, and has been referred to as the greyhound of the cats. It is not an aggressive animal, using flight versus fight. With its weak jaws and small teeth, the price it paid for speed, it cannot fight larger predators to protect its kill or young ones.
Day 3: Grasshoek Living Museum.
The morning is set aside for an excursion to the San Historical Living Museum in Grasshoek. You will be entertained with singing, dancing, traditional games, learn a few words (click language), shoot a bow and arrow, throw a spear and watch a traditional doctor heal a patient. Other activities include, being taught to make woodwork, music instruments, jewelery, clothing, bead work and hunting gear.
Day 4: Etosha National Park.
We depart for Etosha National Park, “Etosha” – “Place of the great white spaces” was once a vast shallow lake created, Heigum Bushmen legend tells us, by the tears of a grieving mother. Okaukuejo Resort – situated at the southern entrance to the park, is the oldest establishment in Etosha. The unique attraction of this resort is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole that is floodlit at night, giving visitors the opportunity to see some of the shy, nocturnal wildlife. Enjoy a night game drive after dinner.
Day 5: Damara Land.
Our journey continues after a brief early morning game drive to Damaraland with its rugged landscapes, spares population and great mountains. Perched on the rim of the Grootberg Plateau, the Grootberg Lodge stands sentimental over the Klip River Valley. Relax and rewind for the afternoon.
Day 6: Himba Village Visit.
After an early morning breakfast we will visit one of the last most traditional peoples of Namibia in a small settlement near Palmfontein surrounded by makalani palms and dry river beds. These friendly people, closely related to the Herero, are herdsmen, breeding mainly cattle and goats while leading a semi-nomadic life. Learn how the proud Himba women spend many hours on beauty care and clean themselves with herbal steam baths. See their homesteads, cone shaped structures made from palm leaves, mud and cattle dung. Enjoy picnic lunch before returning to the lodge.
Day 7: Erongo Mountains.
We continue our journey towards the Erongo region where we will check into Erongo Wilderness Lodge. After lunch and time at leisure we will enjoy a sundowner walk up a nearly lofty granite outcrop with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. There is a special wilderness area in Namibia, encircled by Erongo Mountains where the desert, mountain, and bushveld ecosystem combine. Here, in a secluded valley, you will find a lodge in a dramatic setting of granite boulders and breathtaking views.
Day 8: Transfer to Airport.
We head back to the capital where you will some time for last minute shopping before transfer to the airport where the explorer ends.