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Module 2: Swakop – Windhoek (overnights 7 – 13)

Whale watching
Whale watching
Module two overlaps with module one. After spending two days in Swakopmund we depart for Twyfelfontein where you can enjoy some included activities. The next day includes a visit to the Petrified Forest and entrance into Etosha National Park.

 

Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein - Khorixas  - Ettosha National Park - Otjiwarongo - Windhoek

 

Day 1 : Swakopmund

Swakopmund
Swakopmund

We depart from the lodge in the Solitaire area and travel towards Swakopmund (a historical town that originated from the German colonial period. This will be noticeable from the street names and buildings in the town). On the way we have a coffee stop at Solitaire (a mystical little town consisting of a filling station, general dealer/coffee shop and small mechanical workshop).
   
Today’s drive will include some mountain passes, and you will be able to experience the real Namib Desert. About 30km south of Swakopmund (where we get a tarred road for the first time after hundreds of kilometres of gravel road) we drive past Walvis Bay, the town that hosts the only deep sea harbour on the Namibian Coastline.
   
We reach Swakopmund around lunchtime and stop at the Adventure Centre where there is a wide variety of very exciting and interesting optional activities to entertain you the next day (NOT included). A DVD show will introduce you to what each activity is about so that you can make the best possible choice as to what you feel like doing. (There will be active and more relaxed activities to choose from).
   
After lunch we book into our accommodation. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Swakopmund, do some shopping or just enjoy some time on your own.
   
Module 2 participants: Clients, who only arrive for Module 2, should join the rest of the group at the hotel around lunchtime in order to partake in the briefing at the Adventure Centre. Alternatively you can meet with the guide in the hotel lobby at 19:00.

Day 2: Swakopmund

Swakopmund
Swakopmund

Add a pinch of adventure and combine it with a will to have fun. Mix with an inquisitive eye and pour a lot of excitement in there! Today has endless opportunities because it is your day at leisure.
You are welcome to book some more of the exciting activities in the morning. Another option is to visit some historical buildings, museums or just do some shopping in town (Optional Activities NOT included)

If you are brave enough, a swim in the cold Namibian ocean can also be considered.
If you need to exchange money for the next few days, we recommend that you do it in Swakopmund as this is the last big town for a few days offering different banks with “Bureaux de Change” facilities.
We overnight in the same accommodation as the previous night.
   
Module 1 participants: Clients who leave after Module 1 say goodbye to the rest of the group who will depart early the following morning.

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Day 3 Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein
Twyfelfontein

After breakfast we leave Swakopmund and head for Twyfelfontein.
 
Along the way we do the following (included) visits: 
 
Cape Cross (In 1486 Portuguese Diego Cão landed here and erected a stone cross in honour of John II of Portugal. Currently Cape Cross is more commonly known as a Cape Fur Seal breeding colony).

Local Craft Markets next to the road where the locals (mostly women) sell their art work in order to earn money for food etc.
Rock Engravings in the area of Twyfelfontein. (The name means ''doubtful fountain'' as was given by a local farmer who was in doubts that a spring which existed in the area can support cattle for a long enough time.

These engravings were carried out in the red sandstone approximately 6000 years ago.)
Some remainders of prehistoric volcanic activity such as the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes.

Day 4 Khorixas and Intro to Etosha

Namibian Desert
Namibian Desert

After breakfast we depart from Twyfelfontein and head towards the Petrified Forest on the way to Khorixas (a derivation of the Damara word ‘Gorigas’ – a type of water bush which flourishes in the area. This town is the administrative centre of Damaraland).

After a mid-morning visit, we leave the Petrified Forest and head to Etosha National Park, which we will visit in the afternoon (from the comfort of our air-conditioned touring vehicle). Accommodation for the night is outside of the park. 

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Day 5 Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park
The Etosha National Park

We enter the Park again (with our luggage) and enjoy a game drive (once again from the comfort of our air-conditioned touring vehicle) towards the eastern side of Etosha where we will overnight at one of the three Rest Camps inside the Park.
 
After supper you can view animals at a floodlit waterhole close to the camp (if conditions allow).

Day 6 Otjiwarongo

Otjibamba Lodge
Otjibamba Lodge

We overnight at the beautiful Otjibamba Lodge. Otjibamba Lodge lies within its own private game ranch of 220ha. Apart from harbouring typical Namibian game species such as giraffe; zebra; eland, oryx; wildebeest; kudu; ostrich and springbok - rare species like blesbok; njala; waterbuck and impala are also kept.

 

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Day 7 Windhoek

Downtown Windhoek
Downtown Windhoek

We head to the capital, Windhoek, with its 250 000 inhabitants, the biggest city in the country. The attractive town lies at an altitude of 1650 metres in a beautiful valley bordered by the Eros Mountains in the north and the Auas mountains in the south. Towards the west, stretches the Khomas Highland to the Namib and the coast.
 
Module 2 participants: Clients leaving the tour at the end of this module will say goodbye to other participants who will depart early the next morning.

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