Do you sometimes (maybe even often) crave a bit of space, yearn to escape your everyday hustle bustle? Do you long to slip away from the crowd and listen to the silence? Yes? Then our small group tour to Namibia sounds like your thing.
With its vast, open terrain, spectacular landscapes and captivating wildlife, incomparable Namibia is one of the world's 'great escape' destinations. It is crammed full of chart-topping natural wonders - our planet's highest sand dunes, its oldest desert, its largest intact meteorite, the second largest canyon, the largest aloe and the world's largest elephants.
Namibia is incredibly spacious and sparsely populated - you won't be swamped by the crowds. But you will be confronted by stunning colour and contrast every which way you look. Intriguing ancient landscapes will tell you a story that began many millions of years ago with the breakup of the Gondwanaland super-continent. You'll discover more recent history in the stone-age rock art, you'll hear stories from the colonial past in the ghostly remains of a diamond-mining town.
And you'll definitely be hooked by some of the very best wildlife viewing in Africa. Etosha National Park is home to a vast array of species - elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, leopard, rhino, kudu, black-faced impala ... the list goes on. Best of all, you won't be competing with a mass of tourists for the best viewpoints.
As for that space and quiet you long for? It will be all around you. Just take an early morning walk along a bushveld path or an evening stroll under Namibia's brilliant night sky. Your soul will be singing in no time.
The biggest surprise in store may be the comfortable transport and luxury accommodation we've planned for you. There'll be no overland truck or putting up tents, but don't worry, you'll still have an authentic African safari and an adventure you'll never forget.
1 – 24 July 2019
Hotels - Chalets - Lodges
Depart Auckland, New Zealand
*includes return economy airfares
Depart Australia (Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne)
*includes return economy airfares
*price subject to change due to airfare and exchange rate increases
Etosha National Park - 22,935 km² of wildlife kingdom.
Wildlife - en masse, real size, real time, real life.
Sossusvlei - massive soaring sand dunes, largest on the planet.
Namib-Naukluft National Park - colour on colour, a kaleidoscope of deserts.
Fish River Canyon - snaking chasm carved out by geological forces.
Quivertree Forest - intriguing aloe trees, spectacular sunset location.
Twyfelfontein - 6, 000-year-old San bushman rock art.
Kolmanskop - abandoned town where diamonds once lay in the sand.
Vingerklip - a lonely ancient monolith, shaped by the elements.
Hoba - 60-tonne space invader.
History and Culture - derived from indigenous tribes, German, Afrikaans, Dutch and English.
African Lodge - elegant accommodation at the end of each enchanting day.
Shopping - crammed craft markets or sumptuous stores, you choose.
Etosha National Park
Etosha, or 'great white place', was once an area of relentless hunting. Now it is a mecca for Namibia's tourists.
Etosha National Park was proclaimed the country's first conservation area in 1907. Then it was the largest game reserve in the world sprawling over 100,000 km². In the 1960s Etosha was reduced to its current size of 22,935 km². Still, it is one the world's most impressive game reserves with abundant wildlife. There are 114 species of mammal from the big and the plentiful - elephant, giraffe, zebra, eland, blue wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, springbok and steenbok - to the small and the rare - Damara dik dik, black-faced impala and black rhino. Lion, leopard and cheetah are also permanent residents while 340 bird species have been recorded, including many uncommon hawks and vultures.
Okaukuejo, Etosha's main rest camp, is also the park headquarters. The camp's floodlit waterhole is a highlight for visitors. Namutoni, the eastern rest camp, encloses an impressive restored German fort, originally built in 1905. Halali rest camp, in the middle of the park, was added in 1967 to accommodate the growth in tourism.
The best time to visit Etosha is in the dry winter months from May to September when huge herds roam the park's stunningly photogenic scenery. The many accessible waterholes attract a steady stream of thirsty wildlife patrons, making easy 'spotting' for visitors.
So if you want to get away from it all without leaving your home comforts and deserting civilization altogether, there's just no place like Namibia. It is one of nature's finest gems, crafted by ice, flood, drought and wind over countless millennia. Few countries boast the geological wonders, the colour, the culture and the wealth of wildlife you'll experience in Namibia. Such a special place ... you should see it for yourself. Contact us now about this Mirrabac exclusive Namibian tour.