Trips >Namibia > October 2007
October 9-21, 2007
14 days/13 nights
$4995 including airfare from US
Namibia is a country of primeval and unspoiled beauty in southwest Africa.
It is a land of spectacular landscapes, rich treasures of wildlife, unique
flora and indigenous people still practicing much of their traditional
Namibia is a land of superlatives. You will experience an overflight
of the Skeleton Coast of the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world
with the highest sand dunes in the world, unparalleled viewing of African
wildlife at Etosha National Park where animals congregate at major waterholes
during the dry season, a visit to Damaraland, a vast rocky desert, a
viewing of ancient petroglyphs left by the earliest inhabitants of this
part of the continent at the Brandberg, an overnight at the Cheetah Conservation
Fund site where we will be right up close with cheetahs, a meeting with
the last of Namibia’s endangered Cape Griffin Vultures at a rescue
project, hiking on Waterburg Plateau high above the thorn savannah below,
and return to Windhoek, the civilized, spotlessly clean capital with
many reminders of its German colonial roots.
We will meet Himba people, pastoralists who wear very few clothes and
cover themselves daily with a mixture of red ochre and butter, hence
their nickname, the "Red People". We will meet biologists
and conservationists who are working to protect the wildlife treasures
in this corner of Africa. We will meet white farmers who raise cattle
and trophy hunt.
We will go to places with names like Okahandja, Swapokmund, Khorixas,
Kamanjab, Outjo, Okaukuejo, Halali, Namutoni, Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo.
Fun just to try to pronounce them! Etosha National Park is one of the
major sanctuaries of wildlife in all of Africa. The park is 22,270 square
kilometers. The savannah and scrub landscape provides excellent opportunities
for wildlife viewing at the waterholes and in open countryside. We could
see elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, rhino, hyena, kudu, dikdik, springbok,
ostrich, wildebeest, impala, hartebeest, cheetah, leopard, wart hog,
meercat, aardwolf, secretary bird, koribustard, lilac rollers, hornbills
and dozens of other species of birds.
The Himba people we will visit are carrying on their traditional lifestyle
herding cattle and goats, little changed from the ways of their pastoralist
ancestsors. The Himba are an extraordinary people who have resisted change
and continue living their rich cultural heritage.
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