The stars of Namibia

"Namibia is different, Namibia is a land of silence and loneliness, a land of animals and plants, most of it is desert, boundless, mysterious and full of stories ... I had a dream!"

Explore the vast expanse of the country between the Atlantic Ocean and the Kalahari Desert. This journey takes you to southwestern Africa, a country that will enchant you with its bizarre beauty, sky-high sand dunes, rugged mountain ranges and endless expanses. You will also experience the amazing flora and fauna of Namibia in the famous Etosha National Park.


Photos: Tourist Namibia / DERTour /S.Haase


Itinerary

Day 1 - Individual Flight to Windhoek

We arrange your individual flight from your home base to Windhoek. Please ask for your individual offer. (not included in the services)


Day 2 - Windhoek

Arrival at Windhoek airport. Transfer to your accommodation. Check-In. Leisure time. 1x Night in Windhoek (B, D)


Day 3 - Windhoek

Short orientation trip in Windhoek with an English speaking guide.

Windhoek is with its approximately 300,000 inhabitants the largest city in Namibia and at the same time capital. The pretty town is located at 1,650 m altitude picturesquely in a basin. Germans colinial past is recognisable in many areas; German restaurants, bread,sausage,beer and German culture.

Dinner together and tour meeting at Joe's Beer House. 1 night. (B, D)


Day 4 - Windhoek / Okahandja / near Etosha Nationalpark

The first stage leads you through the typical African bush savannah in north direction. On a crocodile farm near Otjiwarongo, your lunch for picnic awaits you on a shady spot. Guided tour on the crocodile farm (bookable on site). Your final destination is the Etosha National Park. Your lodge is located nearby the park between Outjo Town and Anderson Gate. 2 nights. Approximately 400 km (B, L, D)


Day 5 - Etosha National Park / excursion: half day safari-trip

Safari-trip with the expedition truck through the park. The famous Etosha National Park is covering an area of more than 22,000 square kilometers. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary by the German-Southwest African administration in 1907. Located in the center is an extensive salt flat, surrounded by grass and thorn savannahs, mopane bush in the west and dry forest in the northeast.

About 2 million years ago, there was a huge lake, which was fed by the Kunene River and later dried up by changing the course of the river. Almost the entire range of African big game is represented in the park. (B, L, D)


Day 6 - Etosha Nationalpark / Kamanjab

Safari-trip with your 4x4 bus. You will cross the nearly recently undeveloped western part of the Etosha National Park. Rhinos graze in the plains, majestic lions hide in the high grass of the steppe, giraffes look for food in the treetops - you can experience Africa's wildlife at close range. You leave the park at Otjivazandzu.

At the lodge the day ends up at the sunny terrace. 1 night. Approximately 250 km (B, L, D)


Day 7 - Kamanjab - at the Himba / Damaraland / Palmwag

In the morning you will visit Kamanjab, a village of the Himba, a semi-nomadic shepherds who have been able to preserve their ethnic identity and culture in the remoteness of this region. You can expect a very special landscape experience. Passing typical Damara - villages the journey leads to the northwest of Namibia. The original Damaraland is unique in its geology and very varied. Rugged mountains, barren desert landscapes and deep river valleys shape the picture of this lonely, almost untouched region. The indescribable charm lies in the meeting of different desert landscapes and the changing colors every hour. Your destination is the Palmwag Lodge. In the afternoon you hike on the so-called "sundowner mountain". Enjoy the sunset with an ice-cold beer or a glass of wine. 2 nights. Approximately 210 km (B, L, D)


Day 8 - Palmwag concession area / game drive in open 4x4 bus

Today you will explore the property in an open 4x4 safari-bus. In this unique landscape in the wild Damaraland, with a bit of luck, you may spot the rare black rhino and desert elephants that have adapted to life in this almost waterless area. (B, D)


Day 9 - Palmwag / Kreuzkap / Swakopmund

Along the surf-ridden West Coast you reach the Cross Cape. The Portuguese sailor Diego Cao was the first European who reached the Cape. The original of the cross, which he had built here, is now in the German Museum of History in Berlin. The Cross Cape is also famous for the largest seal colony in Namibia, about 100,000 animals. Continue to Swakopmund. The afternoon is at your free disposal. 2 nights. Approximately 480 km (B, L)


Day 10 - Swakopmund

The coastal town had great importance as a port during the German colonial era. The cityscape is characterized by numerous colonial buildings. A landmark of the city is the Woermann House from 1905. The former trading house on Bismarck Street with its 25 meter high Damara Tower and its arcaded courtyard is now residence of the municipal library and an art gallery. The day is at your leisure. (B)


Day 11 - Swakopmund / Excursion: Catamaran Cruise / Namib Desert

In the morning optional possibility for a boat trip to Pelican Point. A lonely road in the middle of the desert and the legendary Kuiseb Pass will bring you to Solitaire, a place "in the middle of nowhere" where you will find your present accommodation. 2 nights. Approximately 280 km (B, D)


Day 12 - Solitaire / Sossusvlei & Sesriem Canyon with 4x4 safari-bus

The Sossusvlei is a clay sink surrounded by mighty sand dunes. Some of the dunes reach heights of 300 meters and are among the highest in the world. The tour starts early in the morning to experience the first light of the day on the dunes - at sunrise, an incredible color panorama, with the light and shadow play constantly changing. Before the first footprints blur the contours, you can photograph the dunes completely "untouched". Oryx antelope under shady acacia trees, "Nara" plants that stand out in bright green from the red sand and - especially photogenic - the dead trees in the white valley of Deadvlei. Most impressive is the clarity of the light and the magic of the colors.

Have a picnic lunch in the open air and enjoy the expanse of Namibia, "where the sky is higher". Felt invigorated; visit of the Sesriem Canyon on the way back. The 30 m deep gorge is the result of a long erosion process, in the depth of you will find almost ponds. The first settlers had to tie together six oxcock straps to pull up the water. Approximately 240 km (B, L, D)


Day 13 - Namib Desert / Kalahari Desert

Drive into the red coloured dunes of the Kalahari. The amounts of sand were created by erosion of soft rock formations, of these the wind formed elongated "sand ridges". These dune waves are so characteristic of the landscape in the Kalahari. 2 nights. Approximately 290 km (B, D)


Day 14 - Kalahari Desert / Walk with the Bushmen

In the morning the Bushmen takes you on a hike to the "Veld" and explain how they achieve the hard life as a hunter and gatherer in the Kalahari. Their hunting methods as well as her medical knowledge are especially exciting. (B, D)


Day 15 - Return flight

Transfer to the airport (about 290 km) of Windhoek for your flight home.(B) Departure flight time from Windhoek will be after 8 pm.


Day 16 - Arrival at your home base

Arrival at the airport. Individual drive home.


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AchievementsDetails

SERVICES INCLUDED

  • Transfers according to itinerary
  • Short guided Tour in Windhoek
  • Porterage fees including tips in the accommodation and airport
  • 13 nights in typical hotels, camps and lodges of the middle class and upper middle class in rooms with bath or shower / WC
  • Food package (5x dinner on days 3,4,5,8,9)
  • 13 x breakfast, 6 x picnic lunch, 7 x dinner (lunch as a picnic in the great outdoors)
  • Still water during rides (up to a maximum of 1 liter per person per day)
  • Round trip according to itinerary in the expedition truck with cooling system
  • Sightseeing program including entrance fees
  • Safari-trip in the Etosha National Park
  • local, German speaking tour guide and English speaking driver
  • Information material and travel guides
  • from 16th participant P.T.A. TOURS tour guide

NOT INCLUDED SERVICES:

  • Flight from/to Windhoek
  • Drinks and tips
  • personal expenses
  • travel Insurance
  • Excursions and catering package

OPTIONAL ACCESSIBLE:

  • Catamaran Cruise Walvis Bay (Day 10) € 65, - p.P.

CONNECTING FLIGHTS: We are happy to arrange your flight to Frankfurt / M from your preferred airport near the airport. Please ask for the daily updated airfare.


YOUR HOTELS

  • Windhoek: Hotel Thule, 2 nights
  • Etosha National Park Area: Toshari Lodge, 2 nights
  • Kamanjab Area: Oppi Koppi Camp, 1 night
  • Palmwag: Palmwag Lodge, 2 nights
  • Swakopmund: Swakopmund Sands Hotel, 2 nights
  • Namib Desert: Solitaire Country Lodge, 2 nights
  • Kalahari: Suricate Tented Lodge, 2 nights

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TRAVEL CONDITIONS:

Travel Price

  • in ½ double room Hotel / Lodge / Camp 
  • in double room / single occupancy 

Deposit: 20% of the travel price p.P. when booking, plus any insurance fees. Airline tickets are fully payable on booking.

The balance is due at least 28 days before departure.

Subject to availability on the day of booking, currency fluctuations, hotel, flight and program changes.

Subject to errors and misprints.

The terms and conditions of the organizer P.T.A. TOURS GmbH and the participating transport companies / airlines, which we will gladly send you on request.


SPECIAL NOTES: On-site changes to the program may occur due to current local events.

Departure flight time from Windhoek is after 8 pm


VACCINATION INSTRUCTIONS / GUARDIANS: Officially, when entering from Europe z. Currently no vaccinations required. However, malaria prophylaxis (for the north of the country), tetanus / polio and hepatitis A vaccine are recommended. In any case, please inform your doctor, health department or the Tropical Institute in good time.


VISA / ENTRY PROVISIONS:
German citizens need a passport that is at least 6 months old
must be valid beyond the return date. Please note that other citizens may have different entry and visa requirements.

We will inform you about the valid regulations and also refer to the valid entry / transit regulations of the respective destination / transit country. Please also note the travel advice of your respective Foreign Office / Embassy. The German Foreign Office informs you about entry and vaccination regulations (only citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany) www.auswaertiges-amt.de or WHO www.who.int/en/. We are happy to inform you about our services regarding visa / immigration formalities.


PRICE STANDING: January 2019


MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:
Basic program at least 10 people, maximum 20 people, excursions 6 people (must be achieved by the organizer to 28 days before departure).


KNOWLEDGE / REQUIREMENTS:
Time difference: During the European winter time (CET), Namibia and South Africa are one hour ahead, in summer time the CET applies.

Climate: The rainy season is saying goodbye and the temperatures are starting to go down. Since there is hardly any cloud left in the sky, visitors can expect sunshine all day long. With the arrival of the Namibian autumn, the Fish River Canyon opens again in mid-April, which is closed to visitors during the summer due to the great heat.


Cancellation policy:
The cancellation fees are:

  •  until the 91st day before departure in the amount of the deposit
  • from the 90th to 31st day before departure 40%
  • from 30th to 21st day before departure 60%
  • from the 20th day to the 15th day before the start of the journey 80%
  • from 14th day to 1st day before departure 90%
  • 100% on the day of departure

of the travel price. - Fees per person -

For flight tickets issued to the travel customer, the separate cancellation / rebooking conditions of the booked airline of the respective air carrier apply with priority.


Insurance:
We recommend the conclusion of a travel insurance package.