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[L] Lunch
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About Namibia
The Republic of Namibia is located in southwest Africa, astride the Tropic of Capricorn and beside the South Atlantic Ocean. Its main borders are with South Africa, Botswana, and Angola, though it also adjoins Zambia.

Namibia is very large country, covering about 824,292km²: much larger than Kenya, and more than twice the size of Zimbabwe.

In Western terms, Namibia is more than a third larger than the UK and Germany combined, or twice the size of California.
Namibian Cultures
The Namibian nation has a chequered ancestry which can be traced back to many corners of Africa and Europe.

Among the rich and diverse ethnic groups are the Ovambo tribe, which make up 50% of the population.

The Kavangos tribe make up 9%. The Herero, whose women dress in distinctive Victorian style, make up about 7%.

The Himba, who are easily identified by their statuesque beauty, intricate hairstyles and ornamental copper necklaces and anklets, are a subgroup of the Herero.

The Damara (or Nama) make up 5% of the population. They speak with interesting click sounds.

The San (Bushmen) make up about 2% of the population and are the last representatives of the hunter-gatherer tradition.

There are also remaining German colonials.

The San (Bushmen) of Namibia
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Things to do in and around Swakopmund

Price: R 1500 per person

Quad Bike the Namib Dunes

Quad Biking; Namibia

All safety equipment provided
Fantastic photographic opportunities
Safety and quad riding briefing
Ice-cold soft drinks provided
Responsible, professional guides
Trips takes 2 hours and 55km

See the magnificence of the pristine Namib dunes from close up and go where no other vehicle will take you. No experience is required, as we have easy-to-use automatic quads for thrill-seekers. Our professional guides will ensure that the entire experience is conducted in a safe and eco-friendly way, and will leave you breathless and wanting more.

Departure Times: 09:30 / 11:30 / 13:30 / 15:30
Price: R 450 per person

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The Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, is reputed to house some of the largest sand dunes on this planet. Come conquer these constantly shifting and powerfully towering beauties by zooming down the sheer slip faces on a traditional Swakopmund sand board or carve up the dune with style and skill on a snowboard adapted for sand.

Lie down boarding
Catch your breath and gasp at the slope as you lie face down, dangling over the edge of the slip face, before being pushed off the edge and sent on your way down the curving, rolling, sandy slopes. Beginning on training rides, little sandy slopes, before heading for the bigger dunes where speeds of up to 80kmph can be reached.

Stand Up Boarding
Highly recommended for snowboarders, surfers and even the inexperienced boarder. Top range equipment and excellent instructions make this activity a must do for the determined adventurous.
Shred down the sandy slopes of Namib.

Lie down: US$35
Stand up: US$40

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Sossusvlei Express

This safari starts in Swakopmund and finishes in Windhoek. The accommodation is camping and there is a guaranteed departure every Saturday all year and every Wednesday during June, July, August and September.

Day 1
Swakopmund - Sesriem (300 km) (Camping)
You will be collected from your accommodation between 08:00 and 08:30 on the morning of departure.

We first make a stop at Walvis Bay, situated about 40km south of Swakopmund. South of the town there is a large marine lagoon, which is home to a vast array of marine bird-life, in particular flamingos. We will make a short visit to the lagoon to see the birds and a short visit to Walvis Bay to collect any last minute supplies before once again heading out into the desert.

Sesriem Dunes; Namibia

The second part of our journey today takes us across the seemingly endless Namib gravel plains. Then the landscape suddenly changes and we are into the mountain desert. We traverse both the Kuiseb and Gaub passes, driving both times to the river beds at the bottom of the canyons and then climbing the long steep road to the top and the spectacular panoramas the mountains give us. Again the scenery changes as we make our way down to the dune fields at Sesriem.

We cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. We stop for lunch in the desert en-route and arrive in Sesriem during the late afternoon. We have time to relax and watch the sunset over the dunes from our campsite.

Day 2
Sesriem - Sossusvlei - Sesriem (150 km) (Camping)

A pre-dawn start to see the sunrise in the dunes. From our campsite we drive a further 60-km into the desert and have our breakfast as the colours change and grow across the landscape. To reach Sossusvlei itself we must then walk for the last 5 km through the dunes. The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert.

Ancient mineral pans, stunted camelthorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei but as the day wears on we return to our camp for lunch and to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

N.B. There is often a 4X4 shuttle service available through the dunes to Sossusvlei. Clients are welcome to use this service, however the cost of doing so is not included in the price of the safari.

Day 3
Sesriem - Windhoek (380 km)

A fairly leisurely start to our last day. After breakfast we begin our journey, along scenic roads, back to Windhoek. We stop for a last lunch en-route and rejoin the sealed road at Rehoboth, about 100 km south of Windhoek. We are due back into the city around 15:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

All accommodation and food as per itinerary.
All transport, all camping equipment (except sleeping bags) and all   camping and National Park entrance fees.
The services of a professional safari guide for the duration of the trip.

Flights, visas or personal travel insurance.
All meals as per itinerary, alcohol, soft drinks or bottled mineral   water.
Sleeping bags, tips, spending money or any items of a personal   nature.

The safari will be operated on a participation basis. Clients will be asked to erect their own tents, help with the loading of the vehicle and some of the campsite chores including the washing up. All participants will be required to fill in and sign a booking and indemnity form before departure and participants under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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The Nama people named this place Ai-gams (fire-water) and the Herero called it Otjomuise (place of steam), after the group of hot (23–27ºC) springs.
Sesriem & Sossusvlei
Both lie on the Tsauchab River, one of two large rivers (the other being the Tsondab, further north) which flow westward into the great dune-field of the central Namib, but never reach the ocean.

Both end by forming flat white pans dotted with green trees, surrounded by spectacular dunes