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Leopard at Africat

Trip Dates: 2 - 16 November 2013
Trip Duration: 15 days 
Trip Price: £4,090 per person
Single room supplement: £580 
Deposit: £500 per person
Visiting Sossusvlei

Activity level: Short walks on 8 days, 1 to 3 hours daily with 1 walk of 4 hours.  Some stony paths, ill-defined game trails, and sand dunes as well as climbing in and out of 4WDs.
Temperatures: during the day in November are likely to range from 25 to 35°C, with cooler evenings.
Elephants in Etosha National park

Meeting place: Windhoek Airport
Meeting time:  2 Nov 2013 14.10 
Departure place: Windhoek Airport
Departure time:  16 Nov 2013 17.55
Walking in Damaraland

Accommodation:
- 1 night in Windhoek, in a well-appointed hotel, with a pool and a relaxing palm tree-filled garden
- 2 nights in a private lodge set in the spectacular canyon scenery of the Tsaris mountains
- 1 night in a private lodge near Sesriem, with outstanding views across to the great dunes
- 1 night in a private lodge in the Namib desert
- 2 nights in a 4 star central hotel in Swakopmund
- 3 nights in a luxury private lodge, a genuine eco-project run by the local tribes people, offering panoramic views of the Damaraland mountain wilderness
- 3 nights in Etosha park, 2 in comfortable cabins (with welcome airconditioning) situated close to a natural waterhole to which animals have been drawn since time immemorial, and 1 by a picturesque 19C German fort, now a comfortable rest camp
- 1 night in the Africat Foundation’s extremely comfortable lodge
Size of party: This trip will run with a minimum of 6 & a maximum of 14 guests.
Gemsbok in Etosha
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NAMIBIA, Walking and Wildlife in a Last Great African Wilderness
Namibia, one of the world’s least known and least densely populated countries, encompasses vast tracts of unspoilt mountain and desert wilderness where the last wild black rhinos, the elusive ‘desert’ elephant and 90% of Africa’s leopards and cheetahs still live.
We walk in mountains where there is no trace of man visible in any direction; scramble up the world’s highest sand dunes at first light; sit outside in the warm African night with a glass of chilled white wine and watch brighter and bigger stars than one could ever have imagined; encounter the distinctive Namibian tribes, notably the Herero and the semi-nomadic Himba; explore 2,000 year old rock engravings on foot; and experience the very best of African game viewing and photo opportunities in the Etosha National Park as the animals congregate round the waterholes in large numbers at the end of the dry season. In addition to travelling on gravel roads through the spectacular moonscape of the Namib desert, we experience the notorious Skeleton Coast with its shipwrecks, fogs and fur seal colonies, and trace the architectural legacy of the 19C period of German colonisation.
Namibia is endowed with the world’s richest diamond fields and has enjoyed peaceful democratic government since 1990 - one result of this is that the standard of accommodation, food and wine is very high indeed. We stay in exclusive private lodges and remote luxury camps, enjoying delicious meals accompanied by fine South African wines - a safari in Namibia is an African journey in style and comfort.
TRIP ITINERARY
DAY 1 
D included
Transferring from Windhoek airport, the museum in the ‘Beau Geste’ fort illuminates Namibia’s colonial history and struggle for independence. We relax for the afternoon in the hotel’s palm-filled garden. Dinner features such Namibian specialities as grilled ostrich steak with Cape Gooseberry sauce.
DAY 2 
B, L, D included 
Heading south, we are soon on gravel roads, encountering more warthogs and donkey-carts than other vehicles. We walk up into the hills after settling into our welcoming private lodge (set in a 14,000 hectare estate) appreciating the silence and sense of wilderness.
DAY 3
B, L, D included
In the spectacular canyons of the Tsaris Mountains we walk to a mossy pool beneath wild fig trees which attract parrots and baboons. After a candle-lit dinner we watch the brilliant stars of the African night sky.
DAY 4
B, L, D included
Following narrow zebra trails, we walk among the moringa and quiver trees to observe mountain zebra, kudu and klipspringer and typical mountain birds such as African rock martins and augur buzzards. After a swim and a leisurely lunch we drive west to a luxury wilderness camp near Sesriem, the gateway to the Namib-Naukluft desert park. The thatch and canvas buildings blend into the hills, with individual private wooden decks offering outstanding views across to the dunes. After dinner we marvel at the stars, exceptionally brilliant where there is no light pollution.
DAY 5 
B, L, D included
We travel by 4WD into the dune systems and climb a 300 m apricot coloured dune shortly after sunrise. Brunch is served under the spreading camel thorn acacias in Sossusvlei before heading for our next private lodge for a geology walk and a swim in the infinity pool.
DAY 6
B, L, D included
We drive across the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, observing extraordinary plants like the Welwitschia Mirabilis and birdwatch in the Walvis Bay lagoons which are internationally important for shorebirds, including flamingos and pelicans. An invigorating walk along the South Atlantic beach brings us to our 4 star centrally located hotel in Swakopmund.
DAY 7
B, L, D included
A boat trip brings the opportunity to see heavyside dolphins, seals, the rare Damara tern, Kelp gulls and flying fish, and to learn about Namibia’s important fishing industry. In the afternoon we explore Swakopmund with its picturesque colonial architecture, interesting shops (particularly gemstones) and a good local museum. Dinner on the beach features seafood, especially the excellent local oysters.
DAY 8
B, L, D included
An early start to drive on the packed salt road north along the Skeleton Coast, notorious for its fogs and shipwrecks, and visit the Cape fur seal colony at Cape Cross. In remote Damaraland our luxurious private lodge offers panoramic views over the wilderness.
DAY 9
B, L, D included
In the cool early morning we investigate the 2,000 year old rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, the largest collection of prehistoric rock art in Africa. We return for a swim in the pool before a late afternoon guided walking safari amidst the red sandstone mountains of Damaraland.
DAY 10
B, L, D included
A day to explore this outstanding wilderness area by four wheel drive and on foot. Guided by the highly skilled local rangers, we track, and hope to encounter, family groups of the unique desert-adapted elephant, oryx, Hartmann’s Mountain zebra, and endemic birds such as Ruppell’s Korhaan.
DAY 11
B, L, D included
We head for the world-renowned Etosha National Park, encountering kudu as soon as we enter the gate. We stay in comfortable thatched rondavels, situated close to a natural waterhole to which the animals, especially the highly endangered black rhino, have been coming since time immemorial - the wildlife viewing and photo opportunities are outstanding.
DAY 12
B, L, D included
Today we view wildlife in Etosha, anything from the diminutive mongooses, through oryx, ostrich and giraffe, right up to the heavyweights: elephant and black rhino. Birdlife is prolific, with pale chanting goshawk, secretary birds, drongoes, bee-eaters and the crimsonbreasted shrike (Namibia’s national bird) all seen regularly.
DAY 13
B, L, D included
Our early morning wildlife drive takes us east, sticking closely to the edge of the vast pan where cheetah and lions prey on the grazing herds of oryx, springbok and zebra. Just before sunset we are at Namutoni, a picturesque 19C fort, now a comfortable rest camp. Dinner is a buffet of traditional African dishes, accompanied by full-bodied South African red wines.
DAY 14
B, L, D included
Leaving Etosha Park, we head for Tsumeb, where Herero women in Victorian era dresses turn only the visitors’ heads and the local history museum is well worth a visit. Our next destination is the lodge at Okonjima, the home of ‘Africat’, a foundation protecting the endangered wild cats of Namibia which offers extraordinary opportunities to photograph leopards and cheetahs, plus porcupines, caracal and honey-badgers after dark.
DAY 15
B, L included
We go cheetah watching on an early morning game drive in an open 4WD, then after a final dip in the pool and a substantial brunch we drive south, pausing en route to shop for souvenirs in the excellent craft markets of Okahandja. We arrive in Windhoek in time for late afternoon flights home.
Price includes:
All accommodation for Days 1 through 15 on a double shared basis
All meals with beer or wine as preferred at lunches and dinners
All land transportation in a private vehicle as described except during free periods
All entrance and sightseeing fees as described except during free periods
All activities as described ie game drives and walks with specialist trackers and rangers
Boat trip for dolphins and seals
Gratuities for hotel, camp and restaurant staff
Visa and Health Requirements
Visitors from the EU, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand currently require a valid passport for entry to Namibia - a 90-day tourist visa is issued on arrival. If you are a national of any other country, please check visa regulations with your nearest Embassy of Namibia.
At present there are no specific and compulsory health requirements for entry to Namibia if you are arriving from Europe or North America. Malaria is endemic in some areas, so prophylaxis may be required. Please consult your doctor (at least 2 months before you travel) about any precautions they may suggest. You may also wish to check the advice given to travellers by the Department of Health and the FCO.
Insurance
It is essential, and a condition of booking, that you protect yourself with a suitable travel insurance policy as soon as you book a trip. Follow this link for a quote for a policy available to UK residents.
If you are already insured or a non-UK resident, please inform us of your policy at the time of booking.
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Guests’ comments on this trip:
‘My time in Namibia was absolutely fabulous. The trip was amazingly well organised and the guides outstanding. I will certainly be a Kudu traveller again.’
‘One of the most interesting and well organised world trips in my lifetime (aged 75). Namibia is impressive as a pacesetting model for developing countries throughout Africa. Well done Kudu.’
‘We had a wonderful time! The trip met and exceeded our expectations, allowing us to discover, in safety and comfort, a country we might never have considered visiting.’
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