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Daily programme Day 1: Kalahari Dessert

TBC – arrive in Windhoek (Hosea Kutako International Airport) ~ Collection of luggage and meet bus ~ TBC – Transfer to accommodation via Kalkrand 12:00 – Arrive at accommodation (check-in) and lunch TBC – Sundowner Kalahari Dune Safari 20:00 – Dinner

Day 2: Keetmanshoop

08:00 - Breakfast & check-out 09:00 – Depart for Keetmanshoop 12:00 – Lunch in Keetmanshoop 14:00 – Quiver Tree Forest & Messosaurus Fossil Site 17:00 - Arrive at accommodation (check-in) 19:30 - Dinner

Day 3: Namib Desert

07:00 - Breakfast & check-out 08:00 – Depart for the South of Namibia (visit the Naute Dam recreational resort) 11:00 – Fish River Canyon 12:00 – Lunch 13:30 – transfer via Seeheim and Gaogab to Aus 17:00- Arrive at accommodation (check-in) 19:30 - Dinner

Day 4: Namib Desert

07:00 - Breakfast & check-out 09:00 – Leisure time 10:30 – transfer to Lüdertiz 12:00 – Arrive at accommodation (check-in) and lunch 14:00 – Visit Diaz point, surrounding islands & short tour of the town 20:00 - Dinner

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Day 5: Helmeringhausen

07:00 - Breakfast & check-out 09:00 – guided tour of Kolmanskop 10:30 – transfer to Helmeringhausen and check-in at accommodation 13:00 – Lunch 14:00 – Afternoon at leisure 20:00 - Dinner

Day 6: Soussusvlei

07:00 - Breakfast & check-out 08:00 – transfer to Sossusvlei (via Betta – Duwiseb castle) 12:00 – Lunch (at Sossusvlei lodge, Sesriem – entrance gate to Namib Naukluft park) 14:00 – Visit Sossusvlei dunes, Dune 45 and Sesriem canyons 17:00 - check-in at accommodation 20:00 - Dinner

Day 7: Swakopmund

07:00 - Breakfast & check-out 08:30 – depart for Swakopmund (via Solitaire, Kuiseb river valley & Walvis Bay) 10:00 – Tea in Solitaire (freshly baked cakes at the famous bakery) 11:30 – Visit Walvis Bay Lagoon and Salt factories 13:00 – Lunch (at Raft Restaurant, Walvis Bay) 14:00 – Arrival in Swakopmund for an afternoon of activities (Visit Crystal Gallery, Aquarium, Swakopmund museum, arts and craft centers and much more) 17:00 - check-in at accommodation 20:00 - Dinner (at one of the seafood restaurants in Swakopmund)

Day 8: Swakopmund

07:00 - Breakfast 09:00 – Swakopmund boat trip (see Dolphins, Seals and birds) 12:00 – Lunch 14:00 – afternoon of activities (Sandboarding; 4x4 trails in dunes; quad biking in dunes; visit the Moon landscape – listed activities are optional) 20:00 – Dinner

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Day 9: Damaraland

07:00 - Breakfast & check-out 08:00 – Transfer via Henties Bay and Uis to Damaraland 10:00 – Visit Twyfelfontein (World Heritage Site – Burnt Mountain, Bushmen rock engravings and Organ pipe rock formations) 13:00 – Lunch 14:00 –Check in at accommodation and relax 16:00 - Sundowners 20:00 – Dinner

Day 10: Kaokoland

07:00 - Breakfast & check-out 08:00 – Transfer to Kaokoland via Palmwag and Sesfontein 13:00 – Lunch at Khowarib Lodge 14:00 – Visit Baobab tress and Himba villages (in Opuwo) 17:00 – check in at accommodation 20:00 - Dinner

Day 11: Kaokoland

08:00 - Breakfast 09:00 – Visit Himba villages 12:00 – Lunch 13:30 – Opuwo town visit 20:00 – Dinner Day 12: Etosha National Park

07:00 - Breakfast 08:00 – Transfer to Etosha National Park via Otjivasondo control gate (2 – 3 hour tour in park visiting various waterholes) 11:00 – Check in at camp 12:00 – Lunch 14:00 – Afternoon game drive 18:00 - Dinner 19:30 – evening game drive (optional – not included in costing)

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Day 13: Etosha National Park ~ Cape Town ~

07:00 - Breakfast 09:00 – Day of Game drives 13:00 – Lunch (packed) 17:00 – Sundowners at camp 20:00 - Dinner

Day 14: Windhoek

07:00 - Breakfast & check out 08:00 – transfer to Windhoek (via Anderson entrance gate, Outjo, Otjiwarongo & Okahandja) 12:00 – Lunch 13:00 – Visit Okahandja Woodcarvers industry 15:00 – check in at accommodation 20:00 – Dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse

Day 14: Windhoek

07:00 - Breakfast & check out TBC – depart for Airport (you must be at airport minimum 2 hours before departure time) TBC – Depart Namibia for Home

about Namibia & activities Namibia The Republic of Namibia is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990 following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations. Language Visitors will rarely find a problem communicating as English, German, Afrikaans, Bantu and Khoisan are spoken throughout Namibia.

ACTIVITIES Sundowner Kalahari Dune Safari:

The ‘Nature drive’ during the late afternoon will enable you not only to view our diversified animal and bird life, but also the unique dune topography and vegetation. Traditional sundowners on a red Kalahari sand dune will be the perfect way to watch the sun sink away into the distant dunes.

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Kokerboom/Quiver tree forest:

The Quiver Tree Forest is one of the main attractions of southern Namibia. The ‘trees’ are in fact aloe plants or Aloe dichotoma which usually only grow singly, but which in a few places grow in large groups, and are ambitiously called forests. The plant’s name derives from the former practice of some of the San and Nama peoples of hollowing out the light, tough-skinned branches of the plant to use as quivers for their arrows. The forest was declared a national monument in 1959 and the quiver trees themselves are a protected species in Namibia. It is forbidden to carry off any parts of the trees. A good time to visit the forest is either early in the morning for sunrise or late afternoon for sunset, when the clear light offers good photo opportunities. The view south over the Karas Mountains is especially beautiful at these times. Mesosaurus Fossil:

Mesosaurus had long bent teeth with jagged shapes like the early amphibian. The teeth were embedded in the jaws and were fixed in a hinge like fashion so that they could bend outwards from the jaw when it closed. Mesosaurus had 31 vertebrae just before the tail. Mesosaurus possibly hibernated but not in mud since their feet are not designed to borrow. They possibly laid their eggs on the beaches like modern day turtles. Due to the shape of the front feet the Mesosaurus moved with great difficulty on land, but were profound swimmers by using their tails and possibly webbed feet to propel them in the water. Even small Mesosaurus of 35 cm were found far from land. The biggest were about 2m long making them the largest animals of their time. The Mesosaurus is believed to have been filter feeders due to the structure of the teeth and fed on plankton, fish eggs and small larva. The Mesosaurus is related to early reptiles –the Cotulosauria from which all reptiles evolved. Fish River Canyon: Fish River Canyon, carved out by the Fish River (the longest river in Namibia), is situated in the eastern Naukluft Mountains. It is the largest canyon in Africa, and one of the largest in the world, measuring a total of 160km, and up to 27km wide and 550 metres deep. A popular activity around the canyon is to hike, and a number of trails are available. Diaz Point: There is a warning sign at the entrance to the wooden causeway that leads to the rock advising visitors that the short journey is at their own risk, so take care. If it is windy during your visit be careful when standing on the top of the rock. Don’t get blown off. The backdrop of the mighty Atlantic Rollers crashing onto the rocky shoreline and small islands make for some dramatic wave photographs. Have your photo taken standing by the diaz Cross. You’ll see plenty of Cape Fur seals basking on the rocks and Jackass Penguins scuttling around on nearby Halifax Island. Kolmanskop: In the early 1900's, things seemed very different, At the beginning of the 20th century diamonds were discovered in the desert area just outside Luderitz. Sometimes these diamonds lay fully exposed on top of the sand. This caused a diamond rush from all over the world and the once desolated lonely desert was engulfed with the influx of fortune seekers. Out of this desert grew the elegant town of Kolmanskop. Shortly after the drop in diamond sales after the First World War and the discovery of richer deposits further south at Oranjemund, the beginning of the end started. So within 40 years the town was born, flourished and then died. A couple of old buildings are still standing and some interiors like the theatre is still in very good condition, but the rest are crumbling ruins demolished from grandeur to ghost houses. One can explore the whole area within the fences and it creates the perfect set up for good photographic opportunities. Film buffs might be interested to know, that in 2000, the film, The King Is Alive, was filmed in Kolmanskop, with the town being utilized as the film's main setting. The town was also used as one of the locations in the 1993 film, Dust Devil. Duwisib Castle: Built in 1909, by Baron Captain Heinrich Von Wolf, the castle stands on the high ground looking southwards onto a valley. After the German-Nama war, the 'Baron' and his wife

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commissioned an architect to build a castle that would 'reflect Von Wolf's commitment to the German Military cause.' The interior was designed for comfort and clever placing of its windows allowed for maximum sunlight to shine into the vast rooms. Metre thick stone walls and high ceilings made for coolness in the hot summers and two huge fireplaces were built to ward off the bitter cold winter nights. Beneath the hall, there was a large cellar, full of imported wines and French cognacs. One of the legends around the castle is that the Baron's horses escaped into the Namib Desert and where responsible for the Namib Desert Feral horses which are found in the region. Duwisib castle was transferred to the state in the late 1970's, and was opened to the public in 1991. The castle now houses a collection of 18th and 19th century antiques, armour and paintings. Sossusvlei Dunes: The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities. 'Vlei' is the Afrikaans word for a shallow depression filled with water (well, a depression that might sometimes be filled with water!), and the name 'Sossusvlei' should strictly only be applied to the pan that lies at the place where the dunes close in, preventing the waters of the Tsauchab River from flowing any further - that is, on the rare occasions that the river does flow as far as this. During exceptional rainy seasons, Sossusvlei may fill with water, causing Namibians to flock there to witness the grand sight, but normally it is bone dry. This particular 'vlei' is actually a more-orless circular, hard-surfaced depression that is almost entirely surrounded by sharp-edged dunes, beyond which lies a formidable sea of rolling sand, stretching in unbroken immensity all the way to the coast. However, the name 'Sossusvlei' nowdays applies to the whole area - an area that encompasses the great plain of the Tsauchab River together with the red dunes that march along like giant sentinels to south and north of the plain. Sesriem Canyon: The canyon derives its name from the fact that early Afrikaner trekkers had to use six ('ses') leather thongs (a thong is a 'riem') so that their buckets could reach the water far below. The canyon begins as an almost imperceptible but nevertheless deep cleft in level, stony ground, and then widens until it finally flattens out onto the plain. Because it is so deep and sheltered, it often holds water well into the dry season - an invigorating sight in such a barren and stark environment. Salt Factory: The salt ‘mining’ operations along the coast near to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are amoongst the largest of their kind in the world. Vast areas of lard are levelled and surrounded by low dykes. Sea water is then pumped in and the shallow lagoons are left to evaporate in the sun. The salt eventually crystallizes and form vast white fields reminiscent of snow. The salt is then loaded and sent to processing factories where it is washed and packaged ready for export. Crystal Gallery: The Crystal Gallery (Kristall Galerie) houses the world’s largest quartz crystal cluster on display. Founded in 1998, has been designed for you to share in and discover some of the earth's most beautiful masterpieces - a fascinating display of crystals and gemstones. Your journey into the Crystal Gallery will take you through the “cave” which is a replica of the original Otjua tourmaline Mine with its stunning collection of magnificent crystals. • FORECOURT - The forecourt depicts the remnants of an eruption - a prelude to the beauty within... • GEM GARDEN - Discover the various assorted tumbled semi-precious gemstones. • CRYSTAL DISPLAYS - Collection of "earth keepers", minerals and gems. • MANUFACTURING STUDIO - Designer handcrafted fine jewellery in 14 and 18 Karat gold with diamonds. • CRAFT AREA - watch the experts at work to reform the gems into jewellery and gifts. • COFFEE BAR - Refreshments with a view • LA TOURMALINE - JEWELLERY BOUTIQUE - presenting

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fine handcrafted Individual designed jewwellery. GEMSHOP - gemstone mementoes - designed bead necklaces, objects of art, carvings, etc

Swakopmund Aquarium: The National Aquarium opens a window to the wonders of marine life found in the cold Benguela Current off the coast of Southern Africa. Seawater, drawn from the old jetty, is pumped through a series of filter systems before reaching the exhibition tanks. The main tanks has a holding capacity of 320 000 litres, is 12 m long and 8 m wide. An underwater walk-way allows the visitor to view sharks, rays and fishes from close range. The smaller exhibition tanks house organisms from the inshore waters, mainly found along sandy and rocky beaches. Species that may be found in the Aquarium: Galjoen, West Coast Steenbras, Baardman, Ragged-tooth Shark, Shyshark, Kipfish, African penguin, Cape cormorant, Blacktail, Redfingers, Horse mackerel, Octopus, Green turtle, Pipefish, hermit crab, kelp gull, White pelican, Anemone, Horseshoe sea cucumber, Spotted grunter, Mullet, Spotted gully shark, Blue-spotted ray, Sand shrimp, Crumb-ofbread sponge, Silver kob, Barbel, Houndshark, Eagle, ray, Hawksbill turtle, Three-spot swimming crab, Red crab, Cape fur seal. Swakopmund Museum: The museum occupies the site of the old harbour warehouse, which was destroyed in 1914 by a 'lucky' shot from a British warship. Displays include exhibits on Namibia's history and ethnology, including information on local flora and fauna. Especially good is the display on the !nara melon, a fruit which was vital to the early Khoikhoi people of the Namib region. It also harbours a reconstructed colonial home interior, Emil Kiewittand's apothecary shop and an informative display on the Rössing Mine. Military buffs will appreciate the stifling uniforms of the Camel Corps and the Shell furniture (so called because it was homemade from 1930s depression-era petrol and paraffin tins). Dolphin & Seal Boat Cruise: This tour must take place during the mornings, due to possible wind in the afternoons. The tour leaves at 08h30 through the harbour and past the fishing factories, including a comprehensive explanation of the history. From here onto the bird island, Russian trawlers, Pelican Point and back via the lagoon. A variety of birds such as Pelicans, Flamingos, Cormorant and many more can be seen. Wild seals are fed by hand on the ski-boat. Quad Biking in the Dunes: Another way to explore the dune field near Swakopmund is by quad-bike; a 4-wheel all terrain motorbike. This is one of the best overland adventure activities giving access to parts of the Swakopmund sand dunes that even 4x4s can’t reach. There are some awesome photography opportunities to be had out in the Swakopmund dune belt, so remember to bring along your camera! You’ll be glad to know that this overland adventure activity keeps to one area of the dunes, thereby minimising environmental impact on the fragile desert ecosystem. Sand Boarding (Swakopmund): Skitter down the slip faces of a tall star dune near Swakopmund at 80km/h on a lie-down board, or enjoy the style and grace of a standup board. No experience necessary.

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Moon Landscape: The moonscape is a totally barren, undulating, rocky desert which was formed by the valleys of the Swakop river. The group of damara Granites pushed upwards through the earths crust some 500 to 460 million years ago. This previously high mountain range has been eroded through time down to the foundations which over the past 2 million years have experienced further erosion through the actions of the Swakop River changing it into what is known as a ‘Badlands’. The view points are well situated, but take care – there are no safety barriers. Twyfelfontein: Twyfelfontein is a site of ancient rock engravings. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain that receives very little rainfall and has a wide range of temperatures. The site has been inhabited for 6000 years, first by the hunter-gatherers and late by the Khoikhoi herders. Both ethnic groups used it as a place of worship and a site to conduct shamanist rituals. In the process of these rituals at least 2500 items of rock carvings have been created, as well as a few rock paingings. Sesfontein (German Fort): In the earlier part of this century, the German administrators made Sesfontein into an important military outpost. They wanted to control movement of stock around the country, after the severe rinderpest epidemic in 1896. So in 1901 they built a fort here, complete with running water and extensive gardens to grow their own supplies. However, by the start of World War I this had been abandoned, and it is only in the last few years that this has been renovated into a picturesque new lodge. Himba villages: As Himba men and woman wear few clothes apart from a loin cloth or goat skinned mini-skirt, they rub their bodies with red ochre and fat to protect themselves from the sun and also gives their appearance a rich red colour. The Himba jewellery is made from iron or shell, and due to their intricate designs have become very popular amongst western tourists. Himba homesteads are cone shaped structures made from palm leaves, mud and cattle dung. During the course of a year the family will move from one home to another in search of grazing for the animals. For this reason it is important not to take anything from a Himba hut even if it appears abandoned. Etosha National Park: In the vast arid space of Northern Namibia lies one of Southern Africa’s best loved wildlife sanctuaries. Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing in one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope. Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, is encloses a huge, flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000km². The ‘Pan’ provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. During the drier months from June to November the water points exert a magnetic pull on the big game herds, and forms the centrepiece for visitors looking to see the nearly 150 mammal species

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to found in the park, including several rare and endangered species such as the Black Rhino, Black-faced Impala, Tssesebe and Gemsbok.

Okahandja Woodcarvers: At each end of the town is a large open-air curio market, probable the two best places in the country for wooden carvings. These include some beautiful thin wooden giraffes, huge “tribal” heads, cute flexible snakes and a wide selection of beads and bone carvings. Across the road at the Shell, you can find one of the best biltong shops in Namibia. Joe’s Beerhouse: The atmosphere is that of an Old Inn with hunting trophies and antiques. Joe's is a bar, but the braai game is excellent and the selection of great beers wide.

Accommodation Kalahari Desert BGR: The lodge lies on the edge of the Southern Kalahari in the mixed tree and shrub Savanna. The design and décor, materials and furnishings, gardens and natural settings, all combine to ensure our guests live their dream of an African Safari. There is a swimming pool and recreation area. An open air lapa for outdoor meals captures the atmosphere of an African Safari. Based on Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (3 star accommodation). Keetmanshoop CL: offers 19 spacious rooms, all equipped with the following special features: En-suite bathroom, Air conditioning, 6 channel color television, Coffee machine with pure coffee and Settee for two persons with coffee table. Facilities also include: An à la carte restaurant fully equipped and licenced, and An outdoor swimming pool with rock features. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (3 star accommodation). Namib Desert DHI: Located in the Aus Mountains at 1,400 metres above sea level, this accommodation affords grand vistas of mountain scenery and sweeping desert plains. It consists of 24 spacious and tastefully decorated en-suite rooms. Relax with sundowners on the wooden deck before enjoying a 3-course meal in the restaurant. Exchange travel experiences and recommendations at the evocative Bar or at the cosy fireplace in the lounge. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (4 star accommodation). Namib Desert LNH: Situated directly on Lüderitz

bay with its own private beach. All rooms are sea facing. A variety of fresh seafood, including the famous Lüderitz oyster and lobster, is served in the Restaurant. Outstanding and personalised service is a matter of course at this four star Hotel. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (4 star accommodation).

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Helmeringhausen HH: Offers 20 well-appointed double rooms. All rooms are en-suite. A hearty breakfast and a 3course dinner are served in their cosy restaurant. And after a long day of desert driving you will enjoy cooling down in our crystal clear swimming pool. An outdoor beer- & coffee garden amongst the existing lush garden contributes to the great atmosphere of this remote place. Right next to the hotel lays the Agricultural Museum of Helmeringhausen founded by local Farmers' Association. It displays interesting farming implements - such as water drilling machines or fire fighting coaches - used in the old days. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (3 star accommodation). Sossusvlei SCL: Offers 23 en suite bedrooms. All rooms face the central courtyard with the huge swimming pool in the centre. Camping, bungalows and meals are on offer in an environment with a unique character and unsurpassed hospitality. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (3 star accommodation). Swakopmund BL: Directly on the beach! Enjoy the magnificent view of the sea from each room, listen to the waves and smell the fresh sea breeze. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (3 star accommodation). Damaraland TCL: The developers of the accommodation used natural stone and thatch and chose paint hues to match that of the surrounding rocks and Namibian plains. Guest accommodation comprises 56 en-suite double rooms, a lounge, open dining room and bar where you can swop stories with fellow visitors. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (3 star accommodation). Kaokoland OCL: This accommodation is situated on a hilltop to the North West of Opuwo overlooking the valleys and mountains with magnificent sunsets and 360º views. Ideal base from which to explore the culture and tradition rich lifestyle of the Ovahimba and within easy reach of points of interest such as Koako Otavi, Epupa Falls and Swartboois Drift. The impressive thatched main building houses the curio shop, restaurant and bar and a separate conference facility will cater for the needs of the visitor. The wine cellar is to please any wine connoisseur’s pallet in a very remote location . Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (4 star accommodation). Etosha National Park OC: Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities. The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of wildlife congregates and interacts. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst, with the activity continuing throughout the day and deep into the night. In the

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early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhinoceros, elephant and lion all drinking at the same time. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities. Bush Chalet consists of 2 bed chalets with one bedroom, bathroom, lounge area & barbeque. Equipped with fridge & tea station. Based on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (3 star accommodation). Windhoek HS:

Beautiful lush gardens and well-lit fountains compliment this hotel. This is a not to be missed opportunity of experiencing the Hotel’s Restaurant, typical Namibian Grill Room, Beer Garden, and private bars Based on

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (4 star accommodation).

importaNt iNformatioN regarDiNg tour iN Namibia 1. Medical   

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To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine to prevent malaria, if you need it. Malaria exists in the northern area throughout the year; you can reduce the risk of malaria by using prophylactics, which should be started before arriving in Namibia and under your doctor’s guidance. Vaccinations: Routine vaccines ( such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) are given at all stages of life); Hepatitis A; Hebatitis B; Typhoid; Rabies Medicines you may need: diarrhoea; prescription medicines (should you need them) Southern Africa has some of the highest skin cancer statistics – please therefore apply sun block liberally prior to going on walks, swimming etc.

2. Currency & Banks/ATM’s   

The official currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAM$) and is fixed to and equals the South African Rand. Both these currencies can be used freely I Namibia, but the Namibian Dollar is not legal tender in South Africa. Credit / Debit Card: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Check with your credit or debit Card Company for details of merchant acceptability and other services, which may be available. Please note, service stations do not accept credit for petrol. Plan accordingly.

3. Travel & Medical Insurance 

It is the personal responsibility of each traveller to ensure that they have adequate travel and medical insurance cover. Medical treatments can cost thousands if you’re not insured.

4. Climate    

Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine a year! The climate is typical of a semi-desert country where droughts are a regular occurrence. September to April the day temperatures in the inland vary from approximately 15°C to 35°C, whilst the coastal regions may vary between 12°C and 22°C - at night it may cool down considerably. During the winter months: May - August, day temperatures of 7°C to 28°C can be expected throughout. At the coast dry, hot east weather may occur at times in the winter months. Rainfall season occurs from October to April.

5. Passport & Visa requirements    

PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGES ARE MADE ALMOST ON A DAILY BASIS, PLEASE CONTACT YOU NEAREST SOUTH AFRICAN EMBASSY FOR MORE ACCURATE VISA POSTING AND UPDATES Passport: Valid passport for 6 months after return date, with or without visa, according to the country of origin. Vaccination certificate: No vaccination certificate has to be submitted, except for cholera and yellow fever for passengers coming from countries where those diseases are endemic. Tourist Visa: Visitors from the following countries do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days: Angola, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cuba, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA, Mozambique, New Zealand, Portugal, Iceland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore, the Scandinavian countries, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Requirements to apply for a visa: Valid; Application Form; 1 passport type photograph; Round trip ticket; Payment of consular fee; Proof that the applicant is able to support himself in the host country; A letter from your employer / school (on business / school letterhead with contact details) stating that leave of absence has been granted (even if during school holidays) and that you will be returning to your current

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job / school upon return; full programme outlining your plans while in Namibia (including contact name, address and telephone number of accommodation whilst in Namibia)

6. Emergency numbers for Namibia  

In Namibia, you can call the police by dialling 10111 and the emergency services (fire; ambulance, accidents and injuries) by dialling 211111, and an ambulance). Mobile phone users may call 112 in an emergency and you will be connected to the appropriate service.

7. Odds and Ends    

Electricity: The electricity current is 220 volts, 50 Hz and Namibia uses round three-pin type plugs (i.e. same as South Africa). Mobile Phone Sim Card: It is advised not to activate roaming but to rather purchase a local Sim Card for your visit. Language: English, German, Afrikaans, Bantu and Khoisan Tipping: Some restaurants do include service charges; otherwise 10 per cent of the billed amount is adequate. The same applies to hotel service personnel.

8. Tour Contacts 

Tour Organizer: Kaylene Maas (+27-82-718 4611)

globe Discoverers uNite for africa terms aND coNDitioNs Payment terms: All prices quoted are inclusive of applicable duties (including VAT). Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa reserves the right to adjust the pricing in this quote should their costing of the activities and accommodation differ by more than 5% as at the date of the original quote.

Bookings: A booking will only be confirmed after receipt of deposit payment and completed booking form. Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa reserves the right to make changes to the accommodation and itinerary depending on availability.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made in writing by the person who completed/signed the Registration Form and sent by email or registered delivery post. A cancellation is not effective until Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa receives the letter. You will receive a cancellation invoice from us within two weeks of receipt of your cancellation.

Period before departure date (from date letter received).

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Passports and Visas: It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas, or health documents, as required, for the entire duration of your tour, and to ensure that you meet the entry requirements of the country that you are travelling to. The name in the passport must match the name on your ticket where provided. We cannot accept liability, or consider refunds if you cannot travel, because of incomplete, or incorrect documentation. Passenger information is required in advance by a number of countries and airlines. It is your responsibility to provide this information to us or the airline as instructed. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding

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or refused entry to your destination. Emergency Contact Details may also be required. It is your responsibility to provide this information and you will be liable for any costs incurred.

Prices: The prices of your tour is subject to surcharges if increases occur in transportation costs (including fuel), dues, taxes (such as increases in or imposition of VAT or other Government imposed taxes) or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes, embarkation/ disembarkation fees at ports and at airports and currency fluctuation. In the case of all surcharges we will endeavour to advise you as soon as possible. If the surcharge means paying more than 10% extra on the tour price you will be entitled to cancel your tour with a full refund of all monies paid with the exception of any monies paid to us in respect of insurance premiums and amendment charges. If you do decide to cancel because of this you must do so within 10 days of the date of issue of the amendment invoice. No surcharges will be applied within 30 days of your departure. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your tour due to contractual and other protection in place.

Minimum Numbers: All tours have been based upon a minimum number of members travelling together, and in the unlikely event that this number is not reached, we reserve the right to increase the cost per person or cancel the tour.

Itinerary: This itinerary is not final and is subject to the availability of the places of destination. Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa reserves the right to change the itinerary in the event of circumstances beyond our control.

Luggage (Domestic Flights): You are entitled to 1 Carry-On bag (Max 8kg) and 1 Checked-In bag (Max 20kg). If you have more bags than the permitted allowance or your bags exceed the weight or linear restrictions, you will be charged additional fees. In the event of destruction, loss or, damage or delay to baggage, this will be covered under the air carriers terms and conditions. We advise that Luggage claims be registered with the air carrier in question within 14 calendar.

Passenger delays (Flights): Incase of passenger delay, the air carrier is liable for damage as per the air carriers terms and conditions.

Travel Documents: All documents/tickets issued to you are not transferable. All participants are responsible for obtaining their own travel documents necessary for travel. We provide visa information and other travel regulations.

Bus Transport: We only use reputable bus companies for our tours. All our bus quotes include Passenger Liability cover, Diesel, Vehicle and one bus driver. For tours where the distances are longer than 8 hours driving per day, a second driver will be added to the quote as by law a bus driver may drive maximum 8 hours per day.

Travel Insurance: It is the personal responsibility of each traveller to ensure that they have adequate travel insurance cover. Please read the policy details carefully. It is each traveller's personal responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover purchased is suitable and adequate for their particular needs. Globe Discoverers Unite For Africa will not be responsible or liable for any consequence of any nature arising from the failure to comply with the responsibility of providing for adequate travel insurance cover. Travel insurance is available to purchase through us.

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tour cost Tour cost (per person sharing): This price is valid until 1 October 2012. Any changes to the programme or number of tour members will result in a difference in pricing and will need to be communicated to us in writing. The total cost is dependent on the number of people travelling together for your group. Option types Costing (per person sharing)* 4 – 6 People From R 40 150.00 7 – 12 People From R 35 750.00 A deposit of 50% per person is required to secure your booking. Full outstanding amount needs to be received by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa 60 days before start date of your tour. Penalties will be applied to all late payments of 10% of the outstanding value and tour will be deemed as cancelled if payment not received 30 days prior to start date of your tour. NOTE: All bank transfer fees to be paid by the transferee him/herself.

*Price depends on number of people in the group and type of accommodation preferred (between 2 – 5 star) Includes:        

3 – 4 star Accommodation (based on per person sharing, 2 per room) Transport by bus (with air-conditioner and cold bottled water) for the duration of your tour in Namibia Meals (per programme) based on breakfast, lunch/lunch packs and dinner. Passenger Liability Insurance Entrance fees at parks Tax and Tourism Levies Local guides for full duration of tour (a guide accompanies the group on this tour – in some activities, additional local guides assist the tour guide) Activities: o Sundowner driver o Quiver Tree Forest o Messosaurus fossil site o Visit to Naute Dam Recreational resort o Fish river Canyons visit o Visit to Kolmanskop o Visit to Diaz point o Visit to Duwiseb Castle o Visit to Sossusvlei dunes o Visit to Dune 45 o Visit to Dead Valley o Visit to Sesriem Canyon o Dolphin & Seal Boat cruise o Visits in Twyfelfontein (Burnt mountain, Busmen rock engravings, Organ pipes & Petrified forest) o Visit to Himba villages o Game drives in Etosha National Park

Excludes:      

Flight to Namibia (Windhoek) and return home Personal expenses (e.g Tips for meals; gratuities; telephone calls; beverages; and anything else of a personal nature) Medical requirements & insurance All drinks (including meal times as per programme) Activities not included in the above listing Travel Insurance

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Payment Process:   

To be paid with your Group Name as payment reference Proof of Payment for all payments to be faxed to +27-11-604 0510 or emailed to Banking details: o Bank Name: Nedbank o Branch Name & Code: Stellenbosch, 10711045 o Account number: 1013811976 o SWIFT Code: NEDSZAJJ o Account name: Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa

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To be emailed / faxed together with proof of payment of registration deposit to / +27-11-604 0510 Group Information First and Last name of Tour Organizer Group Name Group Address

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Telephone Number (Group) Fax Number (Group) Cell Phone Number (Tour Organizer) Email Address (Tour Organizer) Tour start date (dd-mm-yyyy) Customer ID

(For Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa Office use only)

Accommodation & Meal Information Number of Male tour members Number of Female tour members Are there couples that need to be taken into consideration? Numbers. Medical Diets & Numbers

Low Fiber Low fat/cholesterol Peanut free Low salt/sodium Vegetarian

Vegetarian(does not eat animal flesh of any kind, but is willing to consume dairy and egg products) / Vegan (consumes no animal

High Fiber Diabetic Non-lactose Gluten free


products) Diets

Comments (other allergies you would like to mention we take into consideration)

Programme / Quotation Acceptance Itinerary & Activities

Tour to the Namibia in 2012 as per the programme provided by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa.

Tour Cost

As per the tour cost layout within the programme provided by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa based on 4 - 12 people touring together.


All accommodation is based on 2 people sharing per room/chalet.


Should we be providing meals, these will be catered per the meal information you have provided on this form. No special meals will be catered for that has not been indicated on this form.

Travel Insurance Important Information regarding Tour

It is the personal responsibility of each traveller to ensure that they have adequate travel & medical insurance cover. As per the programme provided by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa.

Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa Terms and Conditions

As per the programme provided by Globe Discoverers Unite for Africa.

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Signature (in signing this, you agree to have

read, fully understood and accept the terms of the above information as detailed in the programme/quote)

First and Last name of Tour Leader Date (DD/MM/YYYY) Place

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