Namibia Photo Safari, Africa

September 2020 (12-day at Namibia)

Departure on September 8
Group size: 8-12
Visit:

Windhoek, Quarry Tree Manor, Luederitz (ghost town), Sossusvlei Desert, Walvis Bay, and Etosha NP.

Namibia is a desert country known for its stark beauty and its wild, productive coastline. It is relatively sparsely populated, although more remote areas (like Damaraland) are inhabited by a wide variety of culturally diverse indigenous tribes. It is rich in diamonds, wilderness, and wildlife, and is home to some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth.

Itinerary:

9/8, Fly from PDX at 7:00pm. 


9/9, Arrive Frankfurt at 2:35pm. Leave FRA at 8:10pm by Air Namibia.  


9/10 (D1), Avani hotel, Windhoek


Arrive Hosea Kutako International Airport at 6:30am, bus to Windhoek (40min driving). Have a city tour after lunch and visit the famous Lutheran Cathedral, the Parliament Gardens, the National Museum and other landmarks.

 
D2, Quarry Tree Manor, Windhoek - Keetmanshoop (5 hours driving)


Early breakfast, visit the Naankuse Animal Care Base at 8am, enjoy walking with cheetahs for one hour ( option, $125/person), then go to Lapa Lange to interacting with cheetahs. Head to Quarry Tree Manor in late morning. After dinner, take photos of the nano starry sky with the quiver trees as the foreground. 


D3, Nest Hotel, Keetmanshoop - Luederitz (5 hours driving)


Capture the quiver trees in the sunrise and morning lights. Go to the mysterious and lonely ghost town “Kolmanskop” in southern Namibia. This “ghost town” was named Carmansko, very close to the port of Luderitz, which was born out of the diamond boom. Nowadays, it is swallowed up by the desert. 40% of the city's original buildings have been covered by sand dunes.


D4, Nest Hotel, Luederitz


Take photos of ghost town in the morning and afternoon. Back to hotel taking a rest at noon.  


D5, Sossue Dune Lodge, Ludritz - Sossusvlei Desert (about 7 hours driving)


Heading to the world's oldest red desert, watch or climb the mysterious Sossusvlei Sand Dunes. Visit the famous No.45 Dunes in the afternoon. Under the low-light illumination at late afternoon, the bright and dark sides cut by the dune ridges give a powerful visual impact. At night, watch the starry sky of Namibia, one of the most beautiful stars in the world. 


D6, Sossue Dune Lodge, Sossusvlei Red Desert


Take the desert convertible vehicle to go to the World Natural Heritage Deadvlei before the sunrise, where are the camel trees standing for hundreds of years on the old and dried out river bed.  Back to hotel taking a rest, then go to Deadvlei again in the afternoon. Try to stay late and get pictures of the milky way above  the camel trees.

 
D7, Flamingo Villa, Sossusvlei Red Desert – Walvis Bay  (5 hours driving)


Have a hot air balloon, helicopter, or small plane ride at sunrise to overlook the mysterious and beautiful Sossusvlei Red Desert. Feel the wonders of nature. (Optional items, reservation required. I will give you a price list later)
Drive to Whale Bay in the afternoon, a famous coastal city on the Atlantic coast.  You will experience the seaside life with European heritage, enjoy the sunset and the sea breeze, and enjoy the elegant appearance of the flamingos by the lagoon, the largest flamingo habitat in southern Africa. 


D8, Flamingo Villa, Walvis Bay


Photo flamingo in the early morning. Take a yacht at the lighthouse pier at 8:15am to join The Sea Tour, to see dolphins, seals and pelicans on the way to the Pelican Cape. There are many seals, pelicans, seagulls and flamingos on the beach of Pelican Cape as well. The lunch is delicious oysters, champagne and variety of local snacks which will be satisfy the appetite. In the afternoon, take the off-road  vehicles to the Sandwich Bay and join Sandwich Bay Desert Adventure Tour,  admire the Atlantic Ocean on the towering sand dunes and watch the falling sand into the ocean. The guides will look for a variety of small animals for tourists such as beautiful lizards, transparent broad-toed tigers, sly chameleons and so on. At the end of the desert adventure, professional drivers will show off the downhill stunt from the top of the dune, give visitors a unique and exciting experience.

D9, Okaukuejo Camp, Walvis Bay – Etosha NP ( 6 hours driving)
 Keep taking pictures of flamingo in the early morning, then head to Etosha NP. The area is vast and the terrain is complex, which is the habitat of many rare animals. There are 114 species of mammals and 339 species of birds in the park, including lions, leopards, elephants and rhinos in the African Big Five. This is a veritable animal paradise. There is a pond next to each hotel camp, where the variety of animals such as lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, gazelle, springbok, so and so gather in a drinking, sometimes people can see the precious scenes of lion hunting.

D10, 11, Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha NP


Two days game driving.  


D12, (9/21) Etosha NP - Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek (5 hrs driving)


Game dring in the morning. Heading to Windhoek in the afternoon. Leave Windhoek at 9:35pm. Arrive Frankfurt at 7:55am on next day (9/22). Leave FRA at 3:10pm, arrive PDX at 5:05pm in the same day (9/22).

 

Price:$4,790/person
Single room supplement: $400/person
Plus international airfare about $1700/person
(Airfares subject to change)
Tour package features:
  • Round-trip international airfare from PDX, Oregon, or from SFO, and LAX, CA, or from New York.
  • All in-country transportation, 8-seat 4 x 4 Safari vehicle (4 people per vehicle. If 3 people per vehicle, the price will be $5,290/person)
  • All accommodations, best location of lodge and camp.
  • Fine meals.
  • All game park fees.
  • Bottled water.
  • Africa tour deadline for registration is July 1, 2020
  • Call Su Zhou at 503-639-8396, email zhousu@zhousu.us
  • Tour web site http://www.zhousu.us and click on Namibia Tour

Not include:

  • Fees for passport, and travel insurance.
  • Restaurant stall tips.
  • Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks while on safari
  • Laundry, phone, and other personal items.
  • All tips for lodge and camp staff and drivers. Additional tips for porters, etc.
  • Extra cost beyond Namibia itinerary, such as hotel in Frankfort or New York.
 
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