Namibia

Desert Sun, Big Game, Fossils, Meteorites and a Billion Stars

May 15 - 31, 2017

Namibia, the land of dark skies, space, and silence, is an ageless land, visible through the heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological sites. Whether staying at a remote lodge or on safari, see the large desert-adapted elephants and black rhino, birdlife of some 660 species of birds and so much more in Namibia, where wildlife is more of a punctuation.

Photo: Luke Price

Magnificent views...

...unbelieveable night skies...

... fantastic red sands and scenery!

Itinerary

Sunday/Monday, May 14/15, 2017

Depart USA

Tonight/Today depart the USA for South Africa aboard British Airways via London.

Monday/Tuesday, 15/16, 2017

London/Johannesburg

Namibia
Upon arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and clearing customs and immigration, you will be met and escorted a short distance to the shuttle for Southern Sun O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel for two nights.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Johannesburg

B/L/D

Today you will have a guided tour of Drimolen, considered the ‘Cradle of Humankind’ and the third richest hominid site in South Africa. This site of human prehistory from 3.5 million years ago gives an important look at our ancestry. Tour the museum and visit the Maropeng/Sterfkfontein caves.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Johannesburg — Cape Town

B/L/D

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cape Town. At Cape Town International Airport, you will be met and given a full-day City, Township, and Table Mountain tour. Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town Hotel.

Friday/Saturday, May 19/20, 2017

Cape Town — Sutherland

B/L/D

After breakfast checkout and drive northeast to Sutherland, where you will stay for two nights at the Sutherland Hotel. Saturday evening there is a night tour of SAAO and the folllowing day a visit to the observatory is planned.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sutherland — Windhoek

B/L/D

This morning drive back to Cape Town for your connecting flight to Windhoek. Upon arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to the River Crossing Lodge.

Fiume

Fiume
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Monday/Tuesday, May 22/23, 2017

Windhoek — Grootfontein

B/L/D

A tour of Windhoek with an emphasis on the Gibeon Meteorite fragments is scheduled before driving to Grootfontein for two nights at Fiume Lodge.
On Tuesday, visit the world’s largest meteorite, the Hoba. A farmer pulling his ox-driven plough discovered the Hoba in 1920. It is roughly 10’ x 10’ and weighs approximately 60 tons

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Grootfontein — Etosha Nat’l Park

B/L/D

Continue northwest this morning to Mokuti Etosha Lodge situated at the eastern entrance to Etosha National park.

Thursday/Friday, May 25/26, 2017

Etosha Nat’l Park

B/L/D

Game driving through Etosha National Park arrive at the Ongava Lodge for two nights, a game reserve at Etosha’s southern entrance. Enjoy a full day on Friday of game at saltpans and expansive grasslands. The Dolomite Hills are a habitat for leopards while the massive elephants and proud lions sip from the same watering hole and expansive grasslands. The Dolomite Hills are a habitat for leopards while the massive elephants and proud lions sip from the same waterin hole. Two nights at Damara Mopane Lodge and enjoy the night sky filled with a billion stars and peaceful silence.

Etosha park

Etosha

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Damaraland

B/L/D

Take another excursion amidst this ancient terrain that includes the Petrified Forest. Enjoy the night sky filled with a billion stars and peaceful silence.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Damaraland — Swakopmund

B/L/D

As you move northwest today a detour of the main road takes you into the ‘Moon Landscape’ where you will view the Welwitschia mirabilis up close. Continuing westwards to the coast and the pleasant seaside location at the Strand Hotel, Swakopmund for two nights the Petrified Forest. Enjoy the night sky filled with a billion stars and peaceful silence.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Swakopmund

B/L/D

Today you will enjoy the Sandwich Harbor tour, exploring the Walvis Bay lagoon, saltpans, Kuiseb Delta and dramatic shoreline. Enjoy your dinner under the desert stars brings the tour to a grand astronomical perspective.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Swakopmund — Homeward

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This morning you will have a road transfer to Walvis Bay Airport where you will connect to your departing flight homeward.

Fiume

Fiume
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