Fish River Canyon The magnifi cent Fish River Canyon is one of nature's great dramatic spectacles - second only in size to the Grand Canyon yet receiving just a fraction of the visitors. This enormous gorge winds for 161 kilometres through the surrounding desert plains, at times reaching depths of over 550 metres. There is great birdwatching here, and short scenic hikes are possible from the smaller nature park.Canon Lodge MIDLocated in a private reserve adjoining the canyon, the lodge has 30 bungalows scattered amongst gigantic granite boulders, and the original historic farmstead houses a central restaurant.The Caprivi Strip Namibia's Caprivi Strip is a long 'fi nger' of land jutting out almost to Victoria Falls. Geographically, the Caprivi Strip is closer to the Falls than to Windhoek its capital, and as such perhaps combines better with a stay in nearby Botswana or Zambia than it does with other parts of Namibia. Here, the tributaries of the Zambezi form a complex system of waterways, islands and riverine forests all protected by a series of parks and wilderness areas. The trans-frontier park scheme allows freedom of wildlife movement across; it is as rich in wildlife as the more popular and better known areas of Chobe and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. See page 36 for how to include the Caprivi Strip in your holiday. Ntwala Island Lodge HIGHNtwala is a secluded and luxurious safari lodge accommodating a maximum of eight guests. Surrounded on all sides by waterways, Ntwala is located on an untouched Namibian cluster of islands within the Mambova rapids where the Zambezi and Chobe rivers converge. The emphasis here is on personal service with privately guided game viewing in your own personal boat.Susuwe Island Lodge HIGHSusuwe Island Lodge has six spacious thatched cottages with private plunge pools and viewing decks overlooking the Kwando River. The emphasis here is on privacy and comfort with game drives in Bwabwata National Park offering some great sightings of large elephant herds.Impalila Island Lodge HIGHAt the eastern end of the Caprivi Strip, Impalila has eight beautiful chalets each overlooking the Mambova rapids on the Zambezi River. There is a dining area, open lounge, bar and swimming pool. Activities here include birding and fi shing, game-viewing along the Chobe River and guided nature walks on the island.42SUGGESTED ITINERARYDay 1 Depart UK for Windhoek Day 2 Windhoek, 1-night, Elegant Guesthouse. Relax and unwind after your fl ight Day 3 Sossusvlei, 2-nights, Desert Homestead. Visit the dunes early morning for the best sunrise you will ever see (BD) Day 5 Swakopmund, 2-nights, Cornerstone Guesthouse. See the ancient Welwitschias and take a boat trip into the bay for Heaviside's dolphin (B) Day 7 Damaraland, 2-nights, Palmwag Lodge. Morning and afternoon game-viewing and walking trails (BD) Day 9 Omaruru, 1-night, Erongo Wilderness Lodge. Game-viewing and birdwatching (BD) Day 10 Depart for the UK (B) Day 11 Arrive homeDUNES, PELICANS & RHINOS SELF-DRIVEAs self-drive holidays go, you would be hard pushed to beat this one for value and quality. We feature all of the best places in the southern region of Namibia, for fantastic scenery and game-viewing.TAILOR-MADESUGGESTED ITINERARYDay 1 Depart UK for Windhoek Day 2 NamibRand, 2-nights, Wolwedans Dunes Lodge. Game-viewing, walks, optional balloon fl ight and the chance of a sleep-out (BLD) Day 4 Swakopmund, 2-nights, Cornerstone Guesthouse. Fur seal colonies, Walvis Bay Lagoon and world-class birding (B) Day 6 Damaraland, 2-nights, Damaraland Camp. The chance to see desert-adapted black rhino (BLD) Day 8 Western Etosha, 2-nights, Ongava Lodge. Some of the best game-viewing in Africa (BLD) Day 10 Depart for the UK (B) Day 11 Arrive homeDeparture dates Daily, throughout the yearCost per person From £5365 (Jan - mid Mar), £5275 (mid - end Mar), £5295 (Apr - mid Jun), £5855 (mid Jun - mid Sep), £5945 (Mid Sep - Nov) What's included Flights, transfers, meals as indicated, eight nights lodge accommodation, guided activitiesWINGS OVER NAMIBIAThis is one of the best fl ying safaris Namibia has to offer. The fi nest lodges, a complete 'north and south' country experience, superb game-viewing and, as ever, the very best guides everywhere you go. Add to that great food and exceptional photographic opportunities and this trip is unbeatable!TAILOR-MADETalk to an expert 0845 130 6982Departure dates Daily, throughout the yearCost per person From £2335 (Jan - mid Mar), £2245 (mid - end Mar), £2275 (Apr - mid Jun), £2325 (mid Jun - mid Sep), £2425 (Mid Sep - Nov) What's included Flights (fl ight inclusive package only), transfers, meals as indicated, eight nights lodge accommodation, guided activitiesPlease note, a four-wheel drive is necessary at certain times of the year.
Or visit us on the web www.wildlifeworldwide.com43AFRICA | NAMIBIAITINERARYDay 1 Depart UK for Windhoek Day 2 Arrive Windhoek for an overnight stop (B) Day 3 Transfer to a comfortable lodge in the Namib Desert (LD) Day 4 Visit Sossuvlei, see animals such as springbok, gemsbok and ostrich (BLD) Day 5 Travel via the Kuiseb Canyon to Swakopmund, a charming desert town (BL) Day 6 At leisure in Swakopmund (B) Day 7 Journey along the west coast to the Cape Cross Seal Reserve and onwards to the start of your desert explorations, camping near to the Ugab River (BLD) Day 8 Twyfelfontein is your destination today to see the world-famous rock engravings (BLD) Day 9 Into the 5,000 square kilometre private Palmwag Concession, a breathtaking landscape teeming with wildlife, including endangered black rhino and desert elephant. Meandering elephant may wander past your camp at night! (BLD) Day 11 To the Khowarib Schlucht gorge for a night's camping (BLD) Day 12 Drive east to the border of Etosha National Park. Your lodge is on a concession with elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah (BLD) Days 13/14 Etosha National Park: Game drives and visit the numerous waterholes, to see a myriad of animals and birds (BLD) Day 15 Via Okahandja to Otjiwarongo (BD) Day 16 Depart Windhoek (B) Day 17 Arrive homeDeparture dates Sat 28 May - Sun 12 Jun 11 Sat 23 Jul - Sun 07 Aug 11 Sat 13 Aug - Sun 28 Aug 11 Sat 26 May - Sun 10 Jun 12 Sat 21 Jul - Sun 05 Aug 12 Sat 11 Aug - Sun 26 Aug 12Flight inclusive cost per person From £3995Land only cost per person From £2995Single room supplement From £165What's included Flights (fl ight inclusive package only), transfers, meals as indicated, three nights lodge accommodation, four nights hotel accommodation and seven nights campingTour code WNDDMax group size 12NAMIBIAN DESERT & WILDLIFE ADVENTUREHighlights. See black rhino and the famous desert elephant. Be enveloped in the massive sand dunes of Sossuvlei. Enjoy included game drives in Etosha National ParkNamibia is a spectacular wildlife destination. It is unique because its harsh and varied environment creates a stunning background from which to see some of nature's most wonderful animals and birds. This 16-day tour combines wildlife hotspots such as Etosha National Park with abundant elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah, with a journey into some of Namibia's more inhospitable and untouched desert wilderness, homeland of the endangered black rhino and famous desert elephant. Along the way you'll also see soaring sand dunes and other scenic highlights.GROUP TOURETOSHA NPPALMWAGSWAKOPMUNDAtlanticOceanUgab RiverNAMIBDESERTSossusvleiTwyfelfonteinCape Cross Seal ReserveSesriem CanyonKuisebCanyonKHOWARIBNAMIBIAWINDHOEKOtjiwarongo