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Namibia Safari: Pretoria to Walbis Bay

Duration

10 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Pretoria

Available

April 2022 / May 2022

Cities to visit: Pretoria, Kimberley, Upington, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, Windhoek, Otjiwarongo, Etosha National Park, Walvis Bay

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Owner or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

Day
11:00 Depart from Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Travel south via the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal Please ensure that the Train Manager or Administration Deputy is in possession of your passport.
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
09:45 Enjoy a tour of Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole. Capital of the Northern Cape, Kimberley is well known for the discovery of diamonds that led to its establishment in 1871.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The observation car will be leading the train until after tea. Travel through the Karoo, a vast semi-desert region that was once an enormous inland sea. Over millions of years, volcanic matter was ground down and deposited as silt upon the seabed to form what geologists call the Karoo system.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the front of the train.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to De Aar, an important railway junction. Dress: Formal
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
09:00 Disembark the train for an optional two-hour walking tour of Upington.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. Border formalities with Namibia.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Holoog. Dress: Formal

Attorney General of the Cape, Sir Thomas Upington was principally responsible for liquidating the business activities of all the Orange River pirates and capturing their leader, Klaas Lucas. When the desperadoes were finally chased away in 1884, the town was founded on the banks of the Orange River and named in his honour.
Please wear comfortable non-slip walking shoes for the excursions today.
06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
08:00 Board vehicles for the one-hour drive to the Fish River Canyon. Return to the train at 11:00.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels along the southern reaches of the Kalahari Basin.
15:00 Visit Garas Park (Quiver Trees), home to roughly 300 specimens of the Aloe dichotomy. The prehistoric trees have forked branches that reach up to 5m making for great photographic opportunities.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. The train travels north through the Kalahari to Mariental. Dress: Formal

The Fish River rises in the centre of the country before flowing south into the Orange River on Namibia’s border with South Africa. It has formed the great Fish River Canyon – the largest canyon in the southern hemisphere and probably only second to Arizona’s Grand Canyon in terms of size. The vast rocky landscape breaks up into a series of spectacular cliffs. Its size is impressive: 161km long, up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest.
Please pack a small overnight bag for the stay in Sossusvlei. Tog bags have been placed in your suite for your convenience. See below for inclusions/exclusions.

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
10:30 Transfer to the airstrip. Depart in a light aircraft for a one-hour flight to Sossusvlei.
12:00 After check-in, enjoy lunch at the restaurant.
16:30 Afternoon desert drive and a bush dinner after sunset. Overnight at the lodge. Dress: Casual

The dunes of the Namib were created by sand carried by the wind from the coast. The sand here is over 5-million years old and is red due to its iron-oxide content. As the light changes during the day so does the appearance of the dunes’ characteristic colour allowing for interesting photographs at any time. The wind in the Sossusvlei area blows from all directions causing the sand to form a star shape with multiple arms, hence the name “star dunes”.
Please ensure your overnight bag is ready to be collected from your suite before the drive. Time of drive to be confirmed. Bags will be stored in the lodge’s baggage area before being loaded into the aircraft. An early wake-up call with tea and coffee. Enjoy a desert drive with breakfast in the vlei.

11:00 Return to the lodge to use the facilities, check-out and transfer to the airstrip.
12:00 Depart in a light aircraft for the one-hour flight to Windhoek. Enjoy lunch and visit the Transport Museum.
18:00 Depart Windhoek.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Kranzberg for overnight. Dress: Formal

Situated in Namibia’s central highlands, Windhoek is an attractive city surrounded by clusters of hills and the impressive Auas and Eros Mountains. The Trans-Namib Transport Museum outlines Namibian transport history, particularly that of the railway. The Independence Memorial Museum focuses on the anti-colonial resistance and the national liberation struggle of Namibia.
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
12:30 Lunch is served in the dining cars.
14:00 Visit a cheetah conservation project in Otjiwarongo. Founded in Namibia in 1990, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. TIME MIGHT BE EARLIER
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Otavi. Dress: Formal
Please pack a small overnight bag for the stay in Etosha. See below for inclusions/exclusions.

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
10:30 Transfer (120 min) to Mokuti Lodge in Etosha National Park. Check-in and enjoy lunch.
15:00 Afternoon game drive (approximately 3 hours).
19:00 Dinner at the lodge and overnight. Dress: Casual

Etosha National Park (22270km2) offers great game viewing. It gets its name from the Etosha pan (4760km2), a large salt pan forming part of the Kalahari Basin. Etosha means ‘Great White Place’.
Please ensure your overnight bag is ready to be collected from your suite and proceed to checkout by 10:45. Your bag will be loaded into the vehicles. Time of game drive to be confirmed. An early wake-up call with tea and coffee. Enjoy a game drive in the Etosha National Park.

09:45 Return to the lodge for breakfast and check-out.
11:00 Meet in the foyer to check out and transfer (60 min) to the train at Tsumeb Station.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served. The train travels southwest towards the Atlantic Ocean. Dress: “Africa” Theme or Smart Casual
Please ensure your luggage is ready for collection at 11:45 and that you have passport.

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Traverse the Namib Desert towards Walvis Bay. The observation car will be at the front of the train for last stretch – a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy.
12:00 Arrive at journey’s end in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

The Namib Desert stretches for more than 2000km along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. The name is of Khoekhoegowab origin and means “vast place”. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for roughly 55-80 million years, the Namib may be the oldest desert in the world. The geology consists of sand seas near the coast while gravel plains and scattered mountain outcrops occur further inland.

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