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Tour One: Arrival in Windhoek transit to Walvis Bay: 27 October
[If everyone can manage to book for early arrivals, we will proceed the same day to safe on lodging costs, otherwise we will sleep over in the capital city to wait for those who might arrive late in the evening]
Day1 27/10 (sleep over)
Sossusvlei Lodge or Sossusvlei Dune Lodge
Sossusvlei activities/sight seeing
Rates: Lodging: U$74 including: Dinner, lodging, breakfast, Entrance Fee
Day2 28/10 Departure to Walvis Bay (sightseeing on the way)
Enjoy one of Namibia's most iconic landscapes on a 3-day tour from Windhoek. Depart from the country's capital en route to Sossusvlei, a part of the Namib Desert that's home to some of the world's largest sand dunes. View these spectacular orange and red formations at dawn, then spend a day exploring more of the conservation area including its large salt pan and Dune 45, said to be the planet's most photographed sand dune.
(Normal price per person: U$347- 84, but the Local Organizing Committee will treat you on this one. So you only pay for your lodging)
Tour Two: (Post conference tour)
Day 1: 3 November
Depart early morning and travel on the salt road towards Henties Bay, past salt pans and an array of birdlife, to Damaraland, one of the most scenic areas in Namibia. Take a hike up on Brandberg Mountain, the Namibia’s highest mountain. The name of the mountain comes from the German words, which mean ‘Fire Mountain’, as the mountain sometimes glows red in the setting sun. Visit the rock painting of The White Lady, located among numerous other paintings and art in the ravine at the foot of the mountain. The place is considered to be sacred and of great significance to the Bushman tribes. See also the diversity of plant life endemic to the area, in grotesque forms adapted to the extreme climate of the area.
Visit Twyfelfontein, a site of ancient rock engravings and the Organ Pipes, a distinctive series of dolerite pillars that have been exposed by erosion. Arrive at your lodge during the late afternoon
Brandberg (Highest Mountain in Namibia with the White Lady paintings)
Twyfelfontein Lodge (sleep over)
TWYFELFONTEIN COUNTRY LODGE: Annual Rate:
Standard Single Room: N$ 2,490.00
Standard Double Room: N$ 4,140.00
Rates Include: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner
The Twyfelfontein area, being a very vulnerable and delicate ecosystem, is renowned for some of the best examples of Bushman paintings and rock engravings in southern Africa. Interesting rock formations and the remainder of prehistoric volcanic action can be seen among the most prominent geographic features including the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain, Doros Crater and the Petrified Forest. The Desert adapted Elephant, Rhinoceros, Giraffe, Springbok, Zebra, Oryx, and Ostrich include some of the wildlife which can be found living in total harmony with the community.
Day 2: 4 November
After breakfast, depart Damaraland and journey to the Etosha National Park. Visit a Damara village near Twyfelfontein and learn more about the culture and the tradition of this half-nomadic people. Continue via the little town of Outjo. Lunch stop (for own account) – possibly meet fellow guests joining the Etosha tour. From there continue to Etosha National Park.
(Normal price per person: U$845-00, but you will pay for lodging, entrance fee and partly for meals)
Day 3: 5 November
Etosha Game Park
See some incredible wildlife in the Etosha National Park. Known as one of Namibia's best wildlife sanctuaries, Etosha is home to lions, black rhinos, giraffes and leopards, as well as over 340 bird species with 35 raptors and 8 species of owls. Along with a full-day game drive this multi-day safari adventure includes a visit to Nambia's largest wood-carving market and some time at the Okaukeujo waterhole, where Africa's largest elephants often gather.
Okaukeujo Resort: Accommodation High Season:
Standard Single Room: N$ 1,850.00
Standard Double Room: N$ 3,200.00
Double Bush Chalet: N$ 3,400.00
Double Waterhole Chalet: N$ 4,400.00
Double Premier Chalet: N$ 7,500.00
Rates Include: Accommodation and Breakfast
(Normal price per person Day 3-4: U$347-84 but you will only pay for lodging, entrance fee and meals)
Day 4: 6 November
Etosha game drive and back to Windhoek/Airport depending on the departure date and time
Waterberg Plateau Park is a national park in central Namibia on the Waterberg Plateau, 68 kilometres (42 mi) south-east of Otjiwarongo. The plateau and the national park are named after the prominent table mountain that rises from the plateau, the Waterberg (Afrikaans: Water Mountain). The Waterberg Plateau is a particularly prominent location, elevating high above the plains of the Kalahari of Eastern Namibia. The Waterberg Park and some 405 square kilometers (156 sq mi) of surrounding land were declared a Nature Reserve in 1972. The Waterberg Plateau Park is ecologically diverse and rich and has over 200 different species of bird with some rare species of small antelope on the lower hills of the mountain. Geologically, the oldest rock stratum is over 850 million years old and dinosaur tracks were left there some 200 million years ago. The plateau was declared a National Monument in 1956
Entrance fee: U$6
Stop at a local handicraft market in Okahandja (60 km to the capital) on the way back to Windhoek.
To summarize the costs involve: Private tours will cost approximately U$1’600-00. Depending on the interest, we are organizing a tour for our guests, which will be much cheaper. All you have to contribute is the costs for: Fuel, Driver’s incentive, Tour guide’s incentive, Entrance fee, Dinner. [Lunches will be provides if we succeed with getting donors)
Amount payable per person: U$180-00
Please note that accommodation is not included in this amount. To save on accommodation costs and to give you a real Namibian adventure, we might hire camping gear.
Also take note that the trips will be on gravel roads as well.
Summary of activities in Windhoek depending on your departure date and time
You will arrive at and depart from the Hosea Kutako International
Airport 45km outside the capital city, Windhoek. Having said this, I can pretty much guarantee that you will be spending at least one full day in the capital, whether that be at the beginning or the end of your trip. Depends on you.
Windhoek may be slightly different to the other places you have visited before and as you should know every traveler has their own set of preferences regarding what they want to see when visiting a new and exciting destination. So coming up is a list of different types of places to visit when you are in Windhoek.
For the history-buffs, there is at least one on each trip… There’s quite a bit to see, ranging from Heroes’ Acre outside of Windhoek, to the Independence Museum of Namibia and the Christus Kirche in town. These sites cover everything from German colonial influence to local cultural heritage.
Nature-freaks do not fear you can get your outdoor-fix right in town. All you need to do is stop at the Tintenpalast gardens across from the old parliament buildings, head over to the Botanical Gardens that are right in town or to the Avis Dam Nature Reserve to familiarize yourself with the local flora and fauna, and of course to get the first or the last bit of dust on your hiking boots.
Our local flavor runs hot and you can get a sneak-peak right in town at the Namibia Craft Centre, which offers the opportunity to peruse uniquely Namibian products, all of which have been handmade by local craftsmen. Or if you would like to delve a little deeper, head over to the Katutura Township for a guided tour that shows you exactly why this city is so unique. Be ALERT of robbers!!!!!
To eat, drink and enjoy… Windhoek offers a variety of interesting and different locations. Head straight over to Single Quarters in Katutura, to experience Kapana (meat grilled on an open flame) for yourself. The well-known Joe’s Beerhouse that has been delighting patrons for years with its unique style and décor and of course Andy’s pub, a local watering hole, both offer a great vibe and welcoming atmosphere where food and drink is in abundance.
The local nightlife can be experienced all across town, with The Boiler room in the city center that offers a laid-back vibe and every variety of rock, 264 is closer to downtown and offers all round genres of music, and of course Club London in the southern industrial area which drifts more to commercial dance and straight-up electro music. Depending on your taste in sound, you will definitely find a place that suits your mood.
Every now and again… well as we know everything in moderation, right? Well, we agree, so when you find yourself in our little part of the world, be sure to check out what’s happening at the Warehouse Theatre, they offer poetry slams, open-mic nights and musical acts every few weeks. Once a month, you will also find the Windhoek City Market popping up somewhere in town and offers music, great food and something that can only be described as uniquely Namibian.
Depending on your interest: College of the Arts, Penduka Art and craft Center, Katutura Community Art Center, National Art Gallery, National Museum, Franco Namibia Cultural Center
I could keep going, but I wouldn’t want to rob you of the chance to discover the city’s secrets on your own. Windhoek, just like Namibia, is a diverse collaboration of people, sights and sounds and I am sure you will not be leaving here disappointed, maybe pleasantly surprised though… If you are still doubting a day in the capital, let me put your mind at ease: You will not be sorry.