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Diamonds of Namibia

January 16 - 26, 2017

11 Days 10 Nights

Day 1

After arriving in Namibia, you’ll immediately immerse yourself in the breathtaking vistas of Africa with a four-hour ride to Mount Etjo Safari Lodge. This modern and quietly elegant lodge is located in the heart of the Okonjati Game Reserve, which was founded by world-renowned conservationist Jan Oelofse. The name “etjo” means “place of refuge,” an apt name as the reserve is home to more than 8,000 animal and bird species.

You’ll lose yourself in the beauty of this serene location and experience local wildlife with the best guides. After dinner, we’ll watch the lions eat from a permanent blind structure. While lions are active during the day, this is our best chance to view these magnificent cats up close. In the morning, we’ll greet the day with a game drive that showcases the area’s magnificent landscape and provides the opportunity to admire the diverse species living in the reserve. Possible sightings include exotic birds, the rare roan and sable antelopes, elephants, white and black Rhinos, giraffes, zebras, and more.

Day 2-4

A scenic four hour drive takes us to Etosha Safari Camp for a three-day stay. Located near Etosha National Park, our accommodations are cozy, relaxed, and charming. The safari camp is set among shady mopane trees and entices with a swimming pool, house restaurant, and bar. In the evening, lively local musicians entertain with guitar music and traditional songs.

We’ll spend our time in the Etosha National Park enjoying the variety of wildlife this unique location offers. Namibia is one of the few places where animals still roam freely without human interference. Within the Etosha National Park, we’ll have access to the abundant wildlife that gathers around local waterholes and explore the majestic territory. Animals living in the national park include more than 300 bird species, elephants, black rhinos, leopards, lions, and giraffes. During our stay here, we’ll spend a full day within the park and relax with a picnic lunch under the sky.

Day 5

Embrace a life lived outdoors with a stay at the Onjowewe House and Bush Camp. We’ll live like adventurers in this rustic camp. There’s no electricity, but plenty of charm as paraffin lamps, bamboo torches and candles provide the ambiance for a star-filled night. A sparkling swimming pool and surrounding deck provides the chance to relax and admire Africa’s natural beauty.

We’ll spend the afternoon getting up-close to cheetahs with a guided feeding. With approximately 12,000 cheetahs remaining in the wild, we’ll learn about the current conservation efforts in place to protect this amazing animal.

We’ll also take an excursion to a Himba village. Native to north-west Namibia, these tribes continue to live in the traditional ways. The women paint themselves and their intricately braided hair in a vibrant mixture of clay and red ochre. Our visit will provide a glimpse into the daily life and culture of these unique people.

Afternoon guided Cheetah feeding & Himba excursion.

Day 6-7

We change gears with a scenic drive to the coast and gracious accommodations at The Delight Swakopmund. Swakopmund marches to the beat of its own drum with holdovers from the city’s colonial ties with German South-West Africa. The beach resort town entices with stunning colonial architecture and seaside promenades.

We’ll spend our time enjoying a morning catamaran dolphin cruise. While dolphins sighting will be our goal, we may see sunfish, leatherback turtles, and (if we’re lucky) whales. An oyster and champagne brunch ends our high seas adventure on a deliciously luxurious note.

Day 7-10

We dive back into the beauty of the dessert with a four-hour drive to the Namib Dessert Lodge. The red sand dunes and striking ridges surrounding the hotel provide an enchanting backdrop for our stay. Relaxed with warm hospitality, our accommodations include a pool and walking trails for exploring the dunes.

During our stay, we’ll chase the sun and greet the stars with a sundowner dune drive that explores the area’s sweeping landscape. Drinks and snacks keep our spirits high during the adventure. We’ll also journey into the Namib Dessert and plan an excursion to Sossusvlei with a lunch pack. Sossusvlei is one of Namibia’s most well-known attractions. The area’s dunes are some of the largest in the world, reaching up to 400 meters. In the rainy season, the water fills the Sossusvlei’s salt and clay pan and creates a reflecting pool that has made it a favorite spot for photography enthusiasts. A variety of plants and animals have adapted to the area’s harsh climate. Inhabitants include beetles, geckos, ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox, and aardwolf.

After a day full of adventures, we’ll cap off our trip with a day of relaxation. Spend a day at the lodge relaxing by the pool or make arrangements for a special activity on your own.

Day 11 Homeward Bound

Parting is such sweet sorrow! We’ll say our goodbye and drive to our airport transfers as we take memories of our time in Namibia with us.

Meet Your Trip Guides

Your guides for this trip are Jody Cole, owner of Wild Rainbow African Safaris, and Joe Gertsmyer, owner of Namibia JJ Tours.

Jody weaves her enthusiasm and love for Africa into every journey. She is one of the few American women to achieve two of the highest certifications for field guides in Africa—Level 2 Field Guide and Advance Trails Guide. With more than 75 trips to Africa under her belt, she has a deep understanding of the region and a keen knowledge of the bush. She prides herself on providing an exceptional trip for all of her guests.

Joe’s passion for Namibia led him to move from his native Austria to Namibia 14 years ago. After spending time in the tourism industry in Austria and Africa, he began to specialize in lodge management. Experience in leading guided safaris led him to create his own travel business specializing in tours in Namibia and Southern Africa.

  • $4345 per person sharing
  • Single Supplement $600
  • Passports MUST be valid for at least six months from your return home date. We recommend a validity of nine months to prevent any problems in this regard.
  • There must be at least THREE blank VISA pages in the passport (not endorsement pages).
  • We recommend that you visit the website to see recommended vaccinations.
  • Luggage restrictions – strictly 20kg per person including hand luggage and camera equipment in soft, duffel-style bags that need to fit into the back of our Land Rover.

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