The land of unrelenting sun, where the ground seems to beg the heavens for rain, and the landscapes stretch uninterrupted for hundreds of kilometers on end. Deserts where one gazes in wonder and amazement at the animals and plants that survive in this harsh environment. This tour covers all of the highlights of central and northern Namibia, but also concentrates on "off the beaten track" routes and attractions. Flexibility, a willingness to participate and an awareness of the elements are essential in order to get the most out of this tour.
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This trip requires a valid passport and Visa for certain nationalities. ALL linen is provided and you will NOT need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour.. Seasonal Malaria precautions are necessary and are locally obtainable. A barrel bag or backpack is best suited for this trip (suitcases do not fit into the space provided). An extra day bag or camera bag is advised. Spending money required will be for the restaurant meals, drinks, visas, tips, curios, airport transfers, and any other optional excursions. Remember, help us to help you by participating and by keeping an open mind and flexible mentality. Our price includes all food as specified, coffee, tea, juice at breakfast, transport, professional guides, mekoro hire, accommodation, group equipment, permits and park entrance fees. Our price does not include restaurant meals where stipulated, visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, airport tax, airport transfers and airfares. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information as defined on our website and in our brochure. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.
PRE and POST night’s accommodation can be arranged at the Hotel Safari, Windhoek. It is advisable to overnight at the Hotel Safari if you have not already made alternative arrangements. Accommodation at the Hotel Safari can be arranged through Drifters or your travel representative. The Hotel is ideally situated ± 3 km away from the noisy city center.
Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.
Please note that linen will be provided and you will NOT need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour.
• Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source pre tour departure in Windhoek, on most nights at the lodges and every day on the truck while the truck is driving from a 12 V inverter.
• Currency exchange opportunities: Arrival at Windhoek Airport, Swakopmund
• Please note that Namibia accept South African Rand as the currency is 1to1 with SA.
• Limited Laundry facilities: Windhoek (Essential washing only)
All our tours require participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean and the setting up the camp.
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.
We are travelling in developing countries therefore please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavor to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.
SKYDIVING (Ground Rush Adventures) SWAKOPMUND and SURROUNDS
N$ 2100.00 per person
Handy Cam N$ 500.00
Extra N$ 950.00 for a professional camera man. Which includes 2 DVD’s one with still photos and the other documenting your skydive experience, from start to finish.
Pick–up and drop-off at Lodge.
This activity can be done in the morning or afternoon.
QUADBIKING (Desert Explorers)
1hr – N$ 400.00 per person
90min – N$ 500.00 per person
2hrs – N$ 600.00 per person
There are 2 options: 1) Fully automatic, 2) manual.
This activity can be done in the morning or afternoon.
SANDBOARDING (Alter Action)
Includes: Transfers, light lunch & safety gears
LIE DOWN : N$400pp
STAND UP : N$500pp
On a Snowboard adapted for sand.
Beginning on training rides, the customer first masters the basics before going onto the larger dunes where one can reach a speed of up to 80km/h. Top range equipment is supplied with excellent and experienced instructors/instructions.
Mornings only. Duration approx. 3 – 3.5 hrs
Pick-up and drop-off at Lodge.
Light lunch and drinks included.
LIVING DESERT TOURS
N$ 600.00 per person.
This tour is a half day tour. The tour takes you through the dunes where one will track and find the hidden life in the seemingly desolate but amazing landscape. One will see the small five, Palmato Gecko, Peringuey’s Adder (Sidewinder), Shovel Snouted lizard, Fitzsimons Burrowing Skink, Namaqua Chameleon as well as other desert creatures, minerals and desert plants. The tour is eco-aware, informative, interactive and fun. Endless photographic opportunities.
Mornings only. Duration: approx. 5hrs
Pick-up and drop-off at Lodge.
DOLPHIN TOUR (Ocean Adventures)
Includes: Transfers, Light lunch & cold beverages
All boats are catamaran ski-boats of various sizes with toilets on board. Passengers proceed to Pelican Point to view the Cape Fur Seals. Experience the thrill of feeding a few seals who will join the passengers on the boat. Be highly exhilarated to see dolphin’s riding the bow of the boat. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne with fresh oysters and snacks. Skippers are fully qualified, comply with all Namibian Tourism and Tour operator regulations and requirements as well as being tri-lingual (English, Afrikaans and German).
Includes Scenic Ride from Swakopmund down to Walvis Bay, Lunch, safety gear, transfers.
N$ 800.00pp Adults (MINIMUM OF 2 PAX)
Includes: transfers, lunch, drinks & Equipment
N$ 1350.00pp (Boat)
N$ 1500.00pp (Shore)
Hafeni Tours and Travel
For a local Dinner and Cultural Experience in Swakopmund, please check out this website for more information on hafeni-culturaltours.weebly.com
Includes: transfers, traditional meal & drinks
N$ 450.00 pp
Includes : sparkling non alcoholic champagne and transfers.
MIN. 4 pax
Enjoy a 90min quad drive as the sun is setting and stop at the top of the dune to enjoy fresh oysters and non-alcoholic champagne watching Namibia’s beautiful sunsets.
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice.
Activities are subject to availability.
Activities are weather dependent.
Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for Namibia and South Africa. Some nationalities do require visas for Namibia. On the tour we spend two nights in Kgalagadi Transfrontier park on the SOUTH AFRICAN side, so please make sure that you have a SA Visa in case you need one for this leg of the journey. According to the transfrontier park rules clients will not need a visa due to the fact that we do not cross into South Africa via the National Park but we suggest clients confirm with their local embassy.
If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although we will endeavor to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents.
The contact telephone number for Namibia Tourism in Johannesburg is: + 27 (0) 11 784 8024. Or visit Namibia Tourism on www.namibiatourism.com.na
Make sure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to your home country.
Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, visas and travelers cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
The Namibian Dollar and the South African Rand are the currencies used in Namibia. All major currencies can be exchanged in Namibia. Please ensure that you have enough Rand as there are very few opportunities to exchange foreign currencies. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be used to pay for restaurant meals etc. Small trading stores will probably not accept credit cards. Although Travellers Cheques are a safe way to transport money there are only limited opportunities to exchange your Travelers Cheques for cash.
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.
The only necessary prophylaxis for Namibia is against Malaria. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. Resistant strains of Malaria occur in Namibia and adequate chemo-prophylaxis is essential. Prevention is better than cure; please use insect repellant on exposed areas after sunset.
All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.
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