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Namibia Night and Day

Tour Code: NAM04

By day we'll drive through spectacular landscapes and seek out Namibia's wonderful wildlife. By night we'll have telescopes trainned on Namibia's famously dark skies to see planets, star clusters, galaxies and the superbly rich Milky Way.

14 days from £5545(inc flights) Land Only Price: £4495 SRS: £495


Namibia has developed a reputation for transparent skies, free from light pollution and our focus on this tour is to enjoy the country’s skies at night with the aid of astronomical and solar telescopes, and its wildlife and scenery by day. At the time of our holiday, the richest part of the Milky Way will be visible high in the sky along with such astronomical treasures as star clusters, nebulae, the Southern Cross and Saturn. Namibia’s wildlife is no less spectacular than its scenery and its night skies. The magnificent Etosha Pan boasts a high density of mammals and we will enjoy the experience of tracking big cats at the Africat Foundation, as well as a boat trip to see the seals, dolphins and flocks of flamingoes at Walvis Bay.

  • Guided stargazing evenings with telescopes
  • Combine wildlife-watching in the day with stargazing at night
  • Great views of the Milky Way, Saturn & the Southern Cross
  • Enjoy abundant game in Etosha National Park
  • Take a pelagic boat trip in search of dolphins & seals
  • Visit Damaraland & the Skeleton Coast
  • Explore the spectacular sand dunes of Sossusvlei
  • Led by Neville Piper & David Phillips

Food

All meals included

Accommodation

En-suite accommodation at the following: Okonjima Lodge, Mokuti Etosha Safari Lodge, Taleni Etosha Village, Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, Hansa Hotel and Sossusvlei Lodge

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart London

Day 2 Drive to Okonjima

Day 3 Okonmija home of the Africat Foundation

Day 4 Drive to Etosha

Day 5 Etosha - Namibia's flagship reserve

Day 6 Etosha - Game drives

Day 7 Twyfelfontein

Day 8 Explore Damaraland

Day 9 Drive to Coast

Day 10 Dolphin and seal cruise

Day 11 Sossusvlei

Day 12 Sossusvlei's magnificent sand dunes

Day 13 Return to Windhoek for flight home

Day 14 Arrive London

Namibia’s famously dark skies, stunning desert scenery and superb wildlife make it a natural choice for our inaugural astronomy tour. With a population of just over 2 million spread across a land that is more than three times the sizeju of the UK, this sparsely populated county offers truly breathtaking night skies. By day we will visit Namibia’s national parks to enjoy the spectacular wildlife and landscapes but, as night falls, we will set up a range of telescopes and, with expert guidance, explore the stars, planets, clusters and galaxies on view.  

June 2018 will be a great time to view the stars and planets from the Southern Hemisphere. Jupiter will be shine brightly in the west in the early evening, and Saturn will pass almost overhead making both planets superb targets for observation. The tour is timed to coincide with the new moon making it easier to see the fainter stars and nebulae, the Milky Way and other galaxies at their best. For travellers from Europe it is always a thrill to see the stars of the Southern Cross and this fine asterism will be clearly seen each evening.   

Our holiday begins in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital from where we drive to the Okonjima Reserve where we will be based for two nights. The reserve is the home of the AfriCat Foundation and this setting provides a wonderful opportunity to see big cats up-close and to learn about the conservation work that is being carried out. Moving north to Etosha we’ll enter one of the finest parks in Africa. At its heart is the Etosha saltpan, an enormous shallow depression over 100 kilometres across, with numerous perennial springs around its edges that attract large concentrations of birds and mammals. This is one of the last places in the world where Elephant and Black Rhino can both be seen, plus predators such as Lion, Cheetah and Leopard, and antelopes ranging in size from the giant Eland to the diminutive Damara Dik-dik. We’ll spend one night on the eastern side of the national park and two nights near the south entrance.

Driving south-west to Twyfelfontein in Namibia’s Kunene region (formerly known as Damaraland), we enter a wilderness of rolling, bush-covered hills and plateaux. Here we will stay at the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge and explore this unique environment with its many rock engravings and paintings. We will also hope for a chance encounter with the region’s Black Rhino, Lion or ‘desert-adapted’ Elephant. Continuing from here to the Skeleton Coast and Swakopmund we will enjoy a boat trip from Walvis Bay. On this excursion we hope to see seals and dolphins, including the diminutive Heaviside’s Dolphin, from the boat as well as a variety of birds such as pelicans and flamingoes. South of Swakopmund lies the Namib Desert with its spectacular dunes which are amongst the highest in the world. These sculpted red dunes become evenly more richly coloured as they are bathed in the evening light. As evening gives way, a night full of stars will be enjoyed.

 

Milky WayStar TrailsAfrican Elephant, Etosha National ParkAfrican Elephants, Etosha National ParkEtosha PanPlains Zebra, Etosha National ParkSossusvleiSossusvleiAstronomical TelescopeSolar Telescope

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Fri 8th June 2018 - Thu 21st June 2018

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