Cape Town, South Africa + NamibiaCape Town, South Africa + Namibia

Cape Town, South Africa + Namibia | October 2 -14, 2018

Highlights:  Breathtaking Cape Town, South Africa with its renewed renaissance in art, culture, architecture, and gastronomy.  The vast, ageless, pristine and sublime landscapes of Namibia including dramatic coastlines, lush, verdant valleys offering unique and unparalleled flora and game viewing unlike any other place on earth, the traditional culture and legacies of the indigenous Himba and San People, the great dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, biodiverse Damaraland, and the world famous Etosha National Park, the country’s greatest wildlife sanctuary.

 

With Tour Director & Oasis Founder Richard Koegl

 

When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned at Robben Island he found great inspiration in the city across the water. To him Table Mountain hovering over Cape Town was a beacon of hope, a place that he would someday return with renewed passion and freedom.

Stunning from sea to sky, the undisputed queen of South Africa, Cape Town is again reinventing itself and undergoing a refined and elegant renaissance.

Drawing people from all over southern Africa, it is a melting pot of mixed races, culture, language and especially food where top restaurants are booked months and even years in advance. The world is waking up to this gastronomic, artistic and creative place, as it has become a destination in itself.

Spectacularly beautiful and with a climate to match, there is so much to see and do that a visit here is a must now more than ever.

By sharp contrast is neighboring Namibia, a stunningly arid place with sheer natural beauty. The country’s name derives from its – and the world’s – oldest desert, the Namib, a sand sea where dunes are mountains that tower over other-worldly dead-tree valleys, the most famous at Sossusvlei. Inland, running through the heart of the country, is the spine of the Naukluft Mountains, the Brandberg, Spitzkoppe, and spectacularly diverse Damaraland with its desert lions and elephants and black rhinos. Not to be outdone is Etosha National Park which belongs in the elite wildlife-watching destinations – big cats, elephants, black rhino and plains game in abundance.

With a German colonial past that is evident everywhere, it is the indigenous people that have survived through millennia. The semi-nomadic Himba are a colorful pastoral people, with truly original traditions. The San are the ancestors of the hunter-gatherer people considered to have been the first inhabitants of Southern Africa. Interaction with either conveys a soulful, deeper wisdom of humanity.

Namibia combines in one country so many austere and surreal experiences, from the sculpted, natural-born perfection of a sand dune, wildlife in great numbers and the aural traditions of its indigenous peoples. This is a place where there is a palpable sense of antiquity, solitude, wilderness and awe at every turn.



13 Day Itinerary

Days 1 – 4:  Cape Town, South Africa
October 2 – 5, 2018

On arrival transfer to the hotel situated on the historic V&A Waterfront; welcome cocktail reception and trip orientation briefing by Tour Director Richard Koegl; Cape Town sightseeing including the iconic Table Mountain with its rich Cape Floral diversity, Bo-Kaap or the Malay Quarter with its vividly painted low-roofed houses, Signal Hill, and the 53,000 sq-km Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where 9,000 of Southern Africa’s 22,000 plant species are grown; Cape Peninsula with its spectacular coastal towns and beaches and the Cape of Good Hope, the southwestern-most point of the continent; Simon’s Town and Boulder Beach which is home to a permanent colony of African penguins; the spectacular mountain ringed Cape Winelands which has been a colonial settlement since the latter half of the 17th century, when the Dutch first founded Stellenbosch and the French Huguenots settled in Franschhoek.
Table Bay Hotel – Luxury Rooms

Days 5 – 6:  Sossusvlei, Namibia
October 6 – 7, 2018

Regularly scheduled flight to Windhoek, Namibia and connecting light aircraft charter to Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan surrounded by mountainous red dunes, and located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Activities revolve around guided walks and drives to the Sossusvlei Dunes and Deadvlei, a pan positioned at the foot of some these towering dunes, where the skeletons of trees stand in a place where once water flowed. The spectacle of changing shapes and colors and the lonely Oryx silhouetted against red dunes is one that photographers from around the world come to capture. Further exploration on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve afford exclusive wildlife-viewing opportunities which include the likes of Oryx, bat-eared fox, brown hyena and birdlife.
Kulala Desert Lodge

Days 7:  Swakopmund
October 8, 2018

We rejoin our light aircraft charter for a breathtaking flight over the great sea of dunes, then along the Diamond Coast over shipwrecks, deserted mining camps, seal colonies, Sandwich Harbor and Walvis Bay; a very local seafood braii for lunch before sightseeing in Swakopmund, founded in 1892 as the main harbor for German South-West Africa.
The Strand – Luxury Rooms

Days 8 – 9:  Damaraland
October 9 – 10, 2018

Departure by road along the Atlantic Coast northwards to visit the lichen fields near Wlotzka’s Baken; the Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to one of the largest colonies of Cape fur seals in the world; the southern Skeleton Coast Park before heading inland, and the harsh transition from the Namib Desert to the Damaraland highlands; scenic game drives in the Aba Huab and Huab River valleys looking for desert elephant and other adapted game; the UNESCO rock engravings and paintings at Twyfelfontein, dating back approximately 6,000 years; Organ Pipes, a geological dolomite formation resembling those of a church organ formed approximately 120 million years ago, and the National Monument Burnt Mountain, a manganese formation coated in clay molecules that appears to be ablaze at certain times of the day.
Camp Kipwe

Days 10 – 11:  Etosha
October 11 – 12, 2018

A scenic drive to the Petrified Forest, where in prehistoric times huge tree trunks were washed down a river and deposited in alluvial sands before fossilizing into stone; Etosha, Namibia’s premier wildlife park and home to the greatest concentration of game in the country; daily camp activities include morning game viewing within Etosha and afternoons at Ongava, tracking Rhino on foot and night drives. Etosha has good concentrations of Elephant, Lion, Black Rhino and all of Namibia’s plains game including Springbok, Gemsbok and Hartebeest. Birdlife is excellent and includes Ostrich, Pygmy Falcon and all the raptors in abundance.
Wilderness Safaris Ongava Lodge

Day 12:  Windhoek
October 13, 2018

A scenic drive south to the capital Windhoek via the craft market in Okahandja; city sightseeing before our celebratory farewell reception and dinner.
Galton House

Day 13:  Departure Windhoek
October 14, 2018

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TOUR FEES INCLUDE

12 night accommodations in deluxe hotels with priority rooms as indicated and available; full breakfast daily, 11 lunches & 9 dinners with bottled water provided at all included meals; Welcome Cocktail Reception; all-inclusive beverages: water, beer, ciders, juices, soft drinks, house wines and local spirits while at Kulala Desert Lodge, Strand Hotel, Camp Kipwe, and Ongava Lodge excluding imported brands and champagne; all sightseeing, entrance and still camera fees to the monuments, museums, and national parks as indicated; arrival and departure transfers and sightseeing by private air-conditioned car, motorcoach, minivans or 4x4s where available with professional English-speaking local guides including complimentary bottled water while on excursion; light aircraft flights as indicated, fuel and local airport taxes included; baggage handling, taxes, service charges and gratuities to all local guides, drivers, representatives and porters; services of Tour Director Richard Koegl; Oasis pre-departure and final documents packet.

Not Included:

International airfare to South Africa / from Namibia; non-medical / accident + health / baggage / cancellation insurances; any items of a personal nature.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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Cape Town, South Africa: Table Bay Hotel – Luxury Rooms

The 329-room Table Bay Hotel offers the ultimate in 5-star luxury hotel accommodation in Cape Town. One of the Leading Hotels of the World, this sophisticated Sun International property was opened in May 1997 by iconic former South African president, Nelson Mandela. As part of the Sunlux Collection, the Table Bay continues to set its own standards in international service, cuisine and luxury. Situated on the historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, The Table Bay hotel is perfectly positioned against the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean and provides easy access to the top places to visit in Cape Town. The hotel offers a fully equipped fitness center with gym, workout room, spa and hot tub, outdoor swimming pool, business center, and free WiFi throughtout. Dining options include the best breakfast buffet served in Cape Town, served at The Atlantic Restaurant. The Camissa Brassiere dishes up delectable local feasts while the famous Table Bay High Tea is served in The Lounge against the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain. Guestrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art communications including satellite LCD TV, dual line telephones, in-room electronic safes, and free WiFi.

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Sossusvlei, Namibia:  Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the 67,000-acre private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Comprising 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas” with ensuite bathrooms and verandas, each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. The convivial main area includes a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the riverbed – a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista and to contemplate the day’s exciting activities.

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Swakopmund:  Strand Hotel

The Strand Hotel has a prime location on the well-known “Mole” beachfront and is walking distance from the town center. Its 125 rooms are elegantly furnished and feature ensuite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, electronic door locks, hair dryers, in room safes, direct dial telephones, and LCD Television with satellite TV channels. There is also a spa and well equipped gym.

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Damaraland:  Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe is ideally located a short drive from the local attractions in the area. The 9 bungalow Camp is nestled amongst an outcrop of giant granite boulders, a stone’s throw away from the ephemeral Aba Huab riverbed where desert adapted elephants often traverse. Each comfortable thatched bungalow is simply but tastefully furnished with ensuite open-air bathrooms. In the centre of the camp lies a large alfresco dining area, bar, lounge and reception with an inviting fireplace. A refreshing swimming pool and sunset lookout with lovely views also complement the property.

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Etosha:  Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge is situated on the slopes of a rocky outcrop within the private 75,000 acre Ongava Game Reserve, which shares a common border with Etosha. Ongava Lodge offers guests the full Etosha experience whilst providing superb accommodation and service, as well as night drives and nature walks on the reserve. At Ongava guests are accommodated in luxury air-conditioned thatched chalets with private veranda, all with ensuite bathrooms. The main lounge, dining and pool area is situated on the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana Range, overlooking a floodlit waterhole and a vast plain. All 14 chalets are ensuite with double basins, plus indoor and outdoor showers. Wi-Fi service is available in the lounge.

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Windhoek:  Galton House

Galton House is Windhoek’s newest accommodation establishment. Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, it has a relaxed but efficient style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. Impressive wildlife photography adorns the walls whilst the rest of the interior is a combination of modern minimalistic and understated chic.

A mere ten minute drive from the center of town and perched on the edge of Windhoek’s northernmost affluent suburb of Eros, guests will be ensured of peace and tranquility. There is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property and the 8 guest rooms all have wired internet connectivity and satellite television. The communal areas consist of a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a swimming pool, and an early arrival/late departure day room.

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