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ACCOMMODATION DESTINATION NIGHT BASIS
Marcuskraal Campsite Cederberg 2 FB
Felix Unite Provenance Camp Orange River 1 B & B
Ai Ais Hotsprings Resort Fish River Canyon 1 B & B
Hammerstein Lodge Namib 2 B & B
Orange House Swakopmund 2 B & B
Khorixas Rest Camp Damaraland 1 B & B
Etotongwe Lodge Outjo 1 B & B
Namutoni Resort Etosha National Park 2 B & B
Heja Game Lodge Central Namibia 1 B & B
Ghanzi Trail Blazers Ghanzi 1 B & B
Sitatunga Camp Maun 2 B & B
Nata Lodge Campsite Nata 1 FB
Thebe River Lodge and Campsite Kasane 1 FB
A'Zambezi River Lodge Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 1 FB
Hwange Safari Lodge Hwange National Park 1 FB
Gwango Bush Tents Hwange National Park 1 FB
Travellers Guest House Bulawayo 1 B & B
Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort Great Zimbabwe Ruins 1 FB
Tshipise a Forever Resort Soutpansberg Mountain Range 2 FB
Life on 3rd Johannesburg 2 FB

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Cederberg

The Cederberg is wild, rugged, dramatic and above all, breathtakingly beautiful. The region’s valleys are lined with citrus orchards and surrounded by magnificent mountains that become even more spectacular at sunset, when they are bathed in vivid colours. Hiking, bouldering and rock-climbing are popular pursuits in this beautiful natural wilderness, which also affords visitors opportunities to swim in crystal clear rock pools, discover ancient rock art, or marvel at the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa.

Overnight: Marcuskraal Campsite

The newly established Camp Site offers lawn covered terraces, an abundance of trees providing shade and exceptionally neat and clean bathroom facilities. A pool offers respite from the heat during the day. All camp sites are equipped with electrical points.

Dishwashing facilities are provided as well as a communal undercover braai

This area can also be setup for as a small conference / meeting venue for Corporate guests on a team-building weekend. Catered meals can be provided on prior booking.

Marcuskraal would like all visitors to enjoy a relaxing stay and although we strive to keep your visit as informal as possible, noise control rules are however in place to ensure that campers do not become a nuisance to other guests. For the same reason we unfortunately do not allow pets in the camp site.

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Full Board

Marcuskraal Campsite, Cederberg
Marcuskraal Campsite, Cederberg

Orange River

The Orange River snakes its way through one of Southern Africa’s harshest environments bringing life to an area of sheer rugged beauty. Aside from vineyards in the desert the river also creates a mobile playground from which to explore the area.

Overnight: Felix Unite Provenance Camp

Camp Provenance boasts accommodation to suit all in the most awesome setting on the Orange River. African Style Cabana’s overlook the Orange River there are comfortable permanent tents and plenty of space for camping. This is the ideal spot from which to head out on an Orange River canoe trip. The camp has a pool, a bar, a restaurant, a laundry and a shop.

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Full Board

Felix Unite Provenance Camp, Orange River
Felix Unite Provenance Camp, Orange River

Fish River Canyon

The intermittent Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony the 160 km long, at times 27 km wide and 550m deep canyon is awe inspiring. At the southern end are the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais.

Overnight: Ai Ais Hotsprings Resort

Welcome to Ai Ais Resort in Fish River Canyon Namibia for all your accommodation needs. Ai Ais Resort in Fish River Canyon offers quality accommodation for holiday or business travel. Offering an excellent place to relax around the thermal baths & heated swimming pool, especially after a hot, dusty drive or when completing the Fish River hiking trail. It is the ideal destination when heading towards South Africa, or north to Sossusvlei and Windhoek, for individual travellers and families alike.

Ai-Ais, which means "burning water" in one of the local languages, refers to the sulphurous hot springs which are found in this area. The resort lies at the southern end of the Fish River conservation area and offers a welcome respite to visitors, especially hikers at the end of their walk through the Fish River Canyon. The main attraction at the resort is the spa complex. The extreme heat of the springs date back to 1850 when they were discovered by a Nama herder searching for his lost sheep. Facilities include a restaurant and bar, serving buffet meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seating up to 100 visitors. Other facilities include a laundry and room service, secure parking and up-to-date disabled ramps into all buildings, including the rooms.

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Ai Ais Hotsprings Resort, Fish River Canyon
Ai Ais Hotsprings Resort, Fish River Canyon

Namib

The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund. For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part.

Because of how old it is the Namib is home to numerous species that don’t occur elsewhere and although no humans live in the desert an amazing array of flora and fauna manages to survive here. Famous species include the Welwitschia – a living fossil plant, endemic chameleons, fur seals along the coast, brown hyenas, jackals and remarkably one of Africa’s largest antelope the Gemsbok. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means "vast place" and vast it certainly is.

Overnight: Hammerstein Lodge

Hammerstein Lodge is a gateway to the Namib in close proximity to the beautiful red dunes of Sossusvlei (60km from Sesriem). The area is renowned for its rocky outcrops of massive granite boulders and the lodge gets its name from one enormous rock that is shaped like a hammer. Hammerstein Lodge & Camp offers sundowner drives into the mountains, sightseeing flights as well as 4x4 trips to Sossusvlei on request.

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Hammerstein Lodge, Namib
Hammerstein Lodge, Namib

Swakopmund

Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular.

Overnight: Orange House

ORANGE House is a family-run, private Guesthouse located 1.5 km north of the famous Swakopmund “Mole” and only a 1 minute walk away from the beach.

13 spacious double rooms, each with en-suite bathroom and access to our beautiful garden and sun terrace.

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Full Board

Orange House, Swakopmund
Orange House, Swakopmund

Damaraland

Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.

Overnight: Khorixas Rest Camp

Khorixas Restcamp is the ideal stopover between Etosha and the Kunene region and Skeleton Coast Park. Nestled in the hills of Damaraland, it provides a relaxing environment for travelers, weary after a day's exploration. The area is an explorer's paradise where guests can visit the land of the Welwitschia Mirabilis at Burnt Mountain, curious stone formations, the petrified forest, ancient rock engravings and experience other unusual geological phenomena.

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Khorixas Rest Camp, Damaraland
Khorixas Rest Camp, Damaraland

Outjo

Outjo’s central position makes it an excellent stopover en route to Etosha National Park, the Skeleton Coast or Damaraland, but that’s not the only reason to visit this small town. It’s also a charming getaway boasting attractive forest and savannah surrounds, hospitable locals and several historical sites. Roughly an hour’s drive to the west you will find the Ugab Rock Finger, a 35-metre high stone monolith, while slightly further on is a 250-million year old petrified forest.

Overnight: Etotongwe Lodge

This owner managed venue offers affordable lodge accommodation or camping for independent travelers or tour operators in the Etosha Region of Namibia. Namibian hospitality, bed and breakfast accommodation and restaurant for your leisure.

Etotongwe lodge is situated in Outjo, Namibia, 94 km southwest of the famous and popular tour attraction, the Etosha Wildlife park. It is an popular overnight accommodation and camping facility that offer some entertainment for tourist on vacation planning to use Outjo as a base when exploring places like, the Etosha Wildlife park, Koakoveld and Damaraland in the north of Namibia. Etotongwe Lodge can be found next to the C38 northwest as you leave Outjo towards Okaukuejo, Khorixas and Kamanjab.

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Etotongwe Lodge, Outjo
Etotongwe Lodge, Outjo

Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m. In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing.

Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.

Overnight: Namutoni Resort

The lodge centres on an old German Fort overlooking the King Nehale waterhole; an elevated decked walkway provides excellent opportunities for enjoying the surrounding scenery, wildlife and the spectacular sunsets. The Fort has been developed into a hub of activity, offering two restaurants, a relaxation lounge, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, jewellers and bookstore. Accommodation is provided in comfortable double rooms or bush chalets. Camping is also available.

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Namutoni Resort, Etosha National Park
Namutoni Resort, Etosha National Park

Central Namibia

The central Namibian highlands are much cooler and less harsh than the arid lowlands that make up the majority of the country. This is great cattle ranching country and most tourism facilities have their origins in cattle and more recently game ranching.

Overnight: Heja Game Lodge

Heja Game Lodge is situated to the east of Windhoek, about 1900 meters above sea level, and is enclosed by the Auas Mountains in the south and the KhomasHochland and Eros mountains to the north and west. Heja Game Lodge is the ideal starting point for a ,visit to Namibiasince it is the closest game lodge to Windhoek, and is ideally situated in the middle between Windhoek and Hosea Kutako International Airport. The lodge overlooks the Hoffnung dam which is the oldest man-made lake in Namibia.

For the nature enthusiast there is a large variety of different bird species to be found on the lodge and over 2500 head from 13 species of game roam freely on the 20,000 ha farm and surroundings. Visitors can fully enjoy Heja's tranquil setting in one of the 50 en-suite rooms equipped with air-conditioning and satellite TV.

The à la carte restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, with game dishes being a specialty. This, coupled with the ever-popular Chapel on the Hill and Waterfront reception area extending over the lake, makes Heja an ideal and favored destination. With beautiful surroundings, the simplicity of nature, enough accommodation for all guests and service excellence makes the Heja Game Lodge an ideal Namibian holiday spot.

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Heja Game Lodge, Central Namibia
Heja Game Lodge, Central Namibia

Ghanzi

Situated 300km south-west of Maun and just north of the Trans-Kalahari highway, which runs from Lobatse in Botswana to Walvis Bay in Namibia, this small town is sometimes referred to as the 'Capital of the Kalahari'. This is the administrative centre of Ghanzi district which covers a vast area of cattle ranches and farmland in the west of Botswana.

Although Ghanzi is close to the Trans-Kalahari highway it only has a few shops, a bank and only one filling station. Ghanzi does however have a good butchery and two large supermarkets.

The Ghanzi area has a number of lodges which focus on cultural tourism as well as wildlife viewing - here you can experience the fascinating world of the San (bushmen) as they explain to you how they forage, hunt and find water in this harsh environment.

Overnight: Ghanzi Trail Blazers

Ghanzi Trail Blazers caters for visitors who wish to have a genuine glimpse of a fast disappearing unique and ancient culture. It offers a number of activities to interact with the San Bushman, and to discover how they survived in the Kalahari. Ghanzi Trail Blazers is located approximately 5.6 km away from the main road, far enough away to capture the real African bushveldt.

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Ghanzi Trail Blazers, Ghanzi
Ghanzi Trail Blazers, Ghanzi

Maun

Maun is the starting point for most expeditions into the Okavango Delta and as a result, has developed into a bustling metropolis that is considered Botswana’s tourism capital. Area attractions include a renowned river boat that offers ‘booze cruises’ up and down the Thamalakane River, and the forest groves of the Maun Game Reserve.

Overnight: Sitatunga Camp

Sitatunga Campsite is located 10 km outside of Maun on the road to Ghanzi. The campsite offers large well shaded areas with some powered sites and barbecue facilities. Guest facilities include simple and affordable cabin accommodation with twin beds, clean linen, electrical sockets and lighting in each. There is also the option of en suite chalet accommodation with additional air conditioning in the summer months, ceiling fan as well as tea and coffee facilities. The campsite offers an onsite bar and restaurant, an excellent setting for guests to relax in.

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Sitatunga Camp, Maun
Sitatunga Camp, Maun

Nata

This small village, situated 180km north of Francistown, is a popular stop-over destination on the way to or from Maun and Kasane (both ~300km away) further north. The white sand, tall termite mounds and Mokolwane palm trees are a feature of the area around this village.

Due to the number of tourists passing through there are now three filling stations (Engen, Shell and Caltex) close together on the outskirts of Nata at the junction with the Maun road

Shops in Nata are limited with North Gate filling station being the only decent option - there is a Southern Fried Chicken takeaway here as well as a shop selling basic food stuff and cold drinks. The Engen filling station, on the left before the Maun junction, also has a Wimpy fast food restaurant.

Nata is the best place from which to explore the eastern section of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Nata Sanctuary is only 10km away and self-drive trips here can be rewarding at the right time of year with large flocks of Flamingos and Pelicans which breed here each year.

Overnight: Nata Lodge Campsite

The campsite surroundings offer peace and tranquillity with backdrop being that of the Botswana night sky. The lodge’s campsite is able to accommodate 150 pax and the ablution area’s are stylish with semi open showers offering hot and cold water for that true African feeling. The campsite has central electrical power banks for those requiring electricity. Socket is standard RSA 3 pin round plug 240v.

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Kasane

Kasane is almost part of the Chobe National Park as there are no boundary fences separating the village from the park. In fact, game such as elephant and hippo are often spotted in Kasane. If on the lookout for game in the area, pay a visit to the large, dead trees along the Sedudu Valley Road as they often act as temporary homes for leopards. These aren’t the only enticing trees in Kasane – the village is also the proud owner of an old baobab tree whose tree trunk was once a local prison.

Kasane is the main town servicing Chobe and the Linyanti.

Overnight: Thebe River Lodge and Campsite View iBrochure

Thebe River Safaris is ideally situated for visitors to Chobe National Park and Chobe River region in Northern Botswana. The lodge and camp overlooks the placid Chobe River and echo's the surrounding bush with a rustic design. Thebe River Safaris is 12 km from the Kazungula border and 5 km from the Chobe Park entrance. There is a restaurant and bar providing welcome food and drinks and visitors can enjoy the sparkling swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Available activities include game drives, boat cruises, overnight safari excursions and Victoria Falls day trips.

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Thebe River Lodge and Campsite, Kasane
Thebe River Lodge and Campsite, Kasane

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

Overnight: A'Zambezi River Lodge View iBrochure

The immense beauty of the Zambezi has captured the hearts of explorers for over a century. A’Zambezi is famed for its African-style design, curvy lay-out, distinctive thatched roof and its perfect blending into the surrounding environment. Likewise, its accommodation follows the same theme, with thoughtfully decorated river-theme rooms in a variety of options.

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A'Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
A'Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. Terrain ranges from desert dunes and savannah lands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests, and visitors have the choice of game drives, guided walks or horseback safaris as a means of experiencing the park and its creatures.

Overnight: Hwange Safari Lodge

Hwange Safari Lodge caters for a diverse range of individuals and groups from the lone adventurer to couples, families and tour groups. It offers comfort, modern conveniences and the opportunity to experience the real African wild. Guests soon learn that this is the home of the wildlife they have come to see but that they, and the Lodge, are guests of the real owners of the land, the elephants, rhino, lions and giraffes.

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Hwange Safari Lodge, Hwange National Park
Hwange Safari Lodge, Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park

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Overnight: Gwango Bush Tents

Gwango Heritage Resort offers 11 twin bedded Bush Chalets with en-suite bathrooms for up to 22 guests. You can also bring your own tent and camp in one of our self-catering campsite. The resort is easily accessible by road (no 4x4 vehicle is necessary). Gobelo Bar & Grill is available on site.

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Gwango Bush Tents, Hwange National Park
Gwango Bush Tents, Hwange National Park

Bulawayo

Zimbabwe second largest city is named after the royal kraal of Mizilikazi - founder of the Matebele Nation. The nearby Matapos National Park is the major tourist attraction in the Bulawayo area.

Overnight: Travellers Guest House

At Travellers Guest House, a friendly smile and efficient service accompany our exceedingly comfortable and attractive rooms with spotless en-suites. Enjoy charming décor and delicious food in a lush, tropical garden setting.

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Travellers Guest House, Bulawayo
Travellers Guest House, Bulawayo

Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Once Zimbabwe’s capital, the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe is the biggest and most significant stone archaeological complex in sub-Saharan Africa. It is also one of its oldest – thought to date back to the 11th century and second only to South Africa’s Mapungwe. Composed entirely of rectangular granite blocks stacked on top of one another without the use of mortar, the walls and towers of the city measure up to 12 metres in places, and it is unsurprising that Great Zimbabwe was designated a World Heritage Site in 1986.

Overnight: Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort

Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort is set in the granite hills and Msasa woodland overlooking Lake Mutirikwe (formerly Lake Kyle) and a short 10 minutes The Great Zimbabwe Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The emphasis is on luxury accommodation for the more discerning visitor, offering fully furnished and equipped self-catering lodges and luxury hotel rooms. The dining room providing breakfast, lunch and dinner with a view over the lake.

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Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort, Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort, Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Soutpansberg Mountain Range

Located in the northern province of Limpopo, the Soutpansberg, meaning ‘Salt Pan Mountain’ is South Africa’s most northern mountain range, which forms part of the UNESCO-designated Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Known as the gateway to the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the spectacular Soutpansberg mountain range stretches from east to west covering over 130 kilometres. These mountains boast a rich cultural heritage, diverse fauna and flora, and unspoilt wilderness featuring rugged peaks rising from the baobab-dotted plains. Take a guided tour to a nearby Venda village, explore the sacred valleys and lakes, and discover the ancient historical rock art of this beautiful area.

Overnight: Tshipise a Forever Resort

“Tshipise” means “something warm”, and the famous Tshipise koppie towers protectively over the Resort. Giant baobabs dot the landscape and the Resort’s self-catering rondavels and comfortable caravan park are barely visible among the Mopani, red bushwillow and jakkalsbessie trees.

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Tshipise a Forever Resort, Soutpansberg Mountain Range
Tshipise a Forever Resort, Soutpansberg Mountain Range

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.

Overnight: Life on 3rd

Life on 3rd is a stylish guesthouse located in a leafy and tranquil corner of the cosmopolitan village of Melville, which is conveniently situated in the heart of the Johannesburg Metropolitan area, South Africa.

Guests can expect clean lines, earthy tones and a contemporary chic ambiance when staying at Life on 3rd. Our courtyard with casual outdoor seating offers guest the opportunity to soak up the African sun or take refuge under the umbrellas whilst enjoying a novel or just relaxing. Our conference facility, which is separate to the main house, is the ideal informal venue for meetings, workshops and functions.

Accommodation includes a warm English Breakfast, which is served daily from 7.00am - 9.00am in our communal dining room. Complimentary coffee & tea is available 24hrs in the dinning room.

Life on 3rd offers a laundry service, secure off-street parking and assists with booking airport transfers, taxi services, restaurant reservations, day tours and other activities.

Guests can look forward to a relaxed and peaceful stay in rooms decorated in a fresh understated style of white and earth tones with hints of red. Offering a choice of fourteen rooms of five different types of which some are in the main house or with private entrances. All rooms are equipped with the following:

• Colour TV

• Clock radio / alarm

• Dressing table / desk (except 3 & 13)

• Wi-Fi internet access

• Ceiling fan

• Electric blankets (in all rooms)

• Heaters

• Hair-dryers

• Satellite TV (10 channels)

• High quality mattresses & pillows

• White linen & towels

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Life on 3rd, Johannesburg
Life on 3rd, Johannesburg

Day 28: Departure

Activities

Fish River Hiking trail

Horse Back and cycling

Crystal tour

Rock climbing

Game viewing

game drives

boat cruises

fishing trips,

flights

Namibian village walks,

cross-border transfers

White Water Rafting

Canoeing

Bungee Jumping

Jet Boating

Night Eyes Safaris - Night Drive with Bush Dinner

Etosha Open vehicle Game Drives

crocodile park visit

Mico lights flights

jet boating

Bird Watching

Mokoro excursion

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