NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS

PRICED FROM CLASSIC: FROM N$ 23,000 PER PERSON SHARING,
SUPERIOR: FROM N$ 44,000 PER PERSON SHARING

7 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY

WINDHOEK > SWAKOPMUND > DAMARALAND > ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK > WINDHOEK

7
Days
Discover the haunting landscapes of the Skeleton coastline and some of the last, open, wilderness areas in Damaraland. Be amazed by the desert adapted elephants and the contrast of the variety and amount of wildlife in Etosha. This tour is a classic kaleidoscope of landscapes and wildlife, making Namibia the unforgettable African destination.

DAY

1

(FRI) WINDHOEK > SWAKOPMUND

A transfer takes you to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Upon your arrival in the early afternoon you check into your hotel. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African rhythms, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun.
**Classic: Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel
Superior: Strand Hotel – Dinner**

DAY

2

(SAT) SWAKOPMUND

Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many cafés. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight.
**Classic: Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel – Breakfast
Superior: Strand Hotel – Breakfast, Dinner & Marine Cruise**

DAY

3

(SUN) SWAKOPMUND > DAMARALAND

On long yet interesting and scenic roads we head further north into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Accompanied by a local Damara guide we visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site with over 2 500 bushman rock engravings. After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara we proceed to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone and the Welwitschia mirabilis – the oldest living desert plant.
**Classic: Damara Mopane Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Vingerklip Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner**

DAY

4

(MON) DAMARALAND > ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

After a relaxed breakfast, we travel towards the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife. After we have reached our camp located just outside of the National Park, we explore the various waterholes located close to Okaukuejo and the Anderson gate for our first park wildlife encounters. Optional and time permitting open vehicle game drives can be booked with the lodge.
**Classic: Etosha Safari Camp – Breakfast
Superior: Etosha Village – Breakfast, Dinner**

DAY

5

(TUE) ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. Game viewing in the park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here.
**Classic: Mokuti Etosha Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Onguma Collection – Breakfast, Dinner**

DAY

6

(WED) ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park, or optionally you can book an open game drive park drive with the lodge. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure or experience the wellness centre.
**Classic: Mokuti Etosha Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Onguma Collection – Breakfast, Dinner**

DAY

7

(THU) DEPARTURE

After breakfast we travel back through the centre of the country to the capital, Windhoek. Time permitting, en-route we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up a last few souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.
**Breakfast**

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

Accommodation as specified in itinerary
All meals as specified in the itinerary
Porterage | Still Mineral Water on Bus
Transportation | Activities as specified
Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance
Entrance Fees for Twyfelfontein; Petrified Forest; Living Museum of the Damara; Etosha National Park

EXCLUSIONS
All International / Domestic flights & taxes
Visas | Personal Expenses | Gratuities
Travel & Personal accident insurance
Excursions / Activities not specified

NOTES
Arrival flights on day of departure to be no later than 09h00
Same day flight departures out of Windhoek International are only possible after 19h00

2019 DEPARTURE DATES
All departures are in English on dates below.
11, 25 Jan
15 Feb  
1, 15, 29 Mar     
12, 26 Apr
10, 24 May
7, 21 Jun              
5, 19 Jul
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Aug
6, 13, 20, 27 Sep
4, 11, 18, 25 Oct
1 Nov
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ACCOMMODATION IN NAMIBIA
In Namibia, the accommodation options are categorised as CLASSIC and SUPERIOR. There are more meal and activity inclusions for the Superior option. 

NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS EXTENSION
For the Northern Highlights, the tour is extended with an unwinding 2-night package at either The Elegant Farmstead (Classic) or the GocheGanas Nature Reserve (Superior).

• CLASSIC EXTENSION OPTION
DAY 7 (THU) OTJIHAVERA MOUNTAINS

Departing Etosha, we travel south towards Windhoek, where the following days are spent on a typical Namibian farm. Besides being a haven for birders, the farm boasts game species such as eland, giraffe and kudu, which we are able to view during an optional afternoon nature drive. 
Classic: The Elegant Farmstead – Breakfast
 
DAY 8 (FRI) OTJIHAVERA MOUNTAINS
We have the morning at leisure for a late sleep in followed by a scrumptious breakfast. During the day we can chose from a palette of optional activities, including a visit to the Ovitoto Village, a cheetah walk or a scenic drive. The farm offers a rich bird life and there are 11 different animal species to see, eland, kudu, oryx, springbok and giraffes to name just a few.
Classic: The Elegant Farmstead – Breakfast & Nature Drive
 
DAY 9 (SAT) DEPARTURE
Via mountainous terrain we travel to the international airport or you can also be dropped off in Windhoek at your accommodation of choice.
Classic: The Elegant Farmstead – Breakfast
 
• SUPERIOR EXTENSION OPTION
DAY 7 (THU) GOCHEGANAS NATURE RESERVE
Departing Etosha, we travel south towards Windhoek, where the following days are spent on a nature and wellness reserve situated amidst the beautiful and scenic Auas Mountain range.
Superior: GocheGanas Nature reserve – Breakfast, Dinner
 
DAY 8 (FRI) GOCHEGANAS NATURE RESERVE
The entire day is spent at leisure on the game reserve. You can unwind with a wellness treatment in the modern and comprehensive wellness centre or explore the natural surrounding area on a scenic walk or by mountain bike. In the afternoon we embark on a guided open game drive safari. The reserve offers a wide variety of animal species to see, rhino, gnu, zebra, eland, kudu, oryx, springbok and giraffes to name just a few. We have the great opportunity to spot animals and take photos while our ranger describes us various fauna, flora and birdlife of the farm. Drinks and snacks will be served while we watch and enjoy the spectacular sunset.
Superior: GocheGanas Nature reserve – Breakfast, Dinner
 
DAY 9 (SAT) DEPARTURE
We travel via mountainous terrain to the international airport or you can also be dropped off in Windhoek at your accommodation of choice.
Superior: GocheGanas Nature reserve – Breakfast
 
** OPTIONAL DAY TOUR ACTIVITIES IN NAMIBIA**
While our Guided Journeys are carefully designed to cater to everyone’s taste and pace, Thompsons Africa recognises that personal time is important.  Relaxing around the pool in the golden sunshine, catching up with friends and family via email and social media, indulgent spa treatments or catching that highly anticipated world sporting event on television, are important to some but for others, we have a hand-picked selection of our most popular optional excursions for guests to choose from. The ability for guests to tailor their journey by including these excursions and experiences is sure to enhance their quintessential African experience while travelling with us.

NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS – OPTIONAL DAY TOURS
Rates valid 01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2019
Rates available on request.

• CLASSIC PACKAGE
DAY 1 (FRI) – Pick up in Windhoek, transfer to Swakopmund
DAY 2 (SAT) – Day at leisure, book any activities with your consultant / guide
DAY 3 (SUN) – Excursion to Twyfelfontein and Petrified Forest. Visit a Living Museum of the Damara tribe
DAY 4 (MON) – Afternoon Etosha game drive in tour vehicle with Sense of Africa Guide
DAY 5 (TUE) – Full day Etosha game Drive in tour vehicle with Sense of Africa Guide
DAY 6 (WED) – Full day Etosha game Drive in tour vehicle with Sense of Africa Guide (optional open game drive vehicle can be booked with the lodge)
DAY 7 (THU) – Travel back to Windhoek or extend your stay in the Otjihavera Mountains near Okahandja
 EXTENSION PACKAGE
7 (THU) – Drive to the foot of the Otjihavera Mountains near Okahandja, Optional Nature Drive
8 (FRI) – Afternoon game drive in open safari vehicle
9 (SAT) – Transfer to Windhoek or Airport
 
• SUPERIOR PACKAGE
DAY 1 (FRI) – Pick up in Windhoek, transfer to Swakopmund
DAY 2 (SAT) – Catamaran marine cruise with fresh oysters and sparkling wine being served
DAY 3 (SUN) – Excursion to Twyfelfontein and Petrified Forest. Visit a Living Museum of the Damara tribe
DAY 4 (MON) – Afternoon Etosha game drive in tour vehicle with Sense of Africa Guide
DAY 5 (TUE) – Full day Etosha game Drive in tour vehicle with Sense of Africa Guide
DAY 6 (WED) – Full day Etosha game Drive in tour vehicle with Sense of Africa Guide (optional open game drive vehicle can be booked with the lodge)
DAY 7 (THU) – Travel back to Windhoek or extend your stay in the Auas Mountains near Windhoek
EXTENSION PACKAGE
7 (THU) – Drive to the Auas Mountains near Windhoek
8 (FRI) – Afternoon game drive in open safari vehicle
9 (SAT) – Transfer to Windhoek or Airport
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