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Rafiki Tours and Safaris

  • Namibia
Destinations

Destinations

Ethiopia, Namibia,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

Rafiki Tours and Safaris and Typical Ethiopian offer you an extraordinary expedition back to the roots of life. Ethiopia boasts spectacular natural features, a vast range of wildlife together with a captivating historical and cultural heritage while Namibia boasts a well-developed infrastructure, an impressive list of breathtaking natural wonders and untamed wilderness. Ethiopia’s stunning natural landscapes, from the lush Simien Mountains to the sulphur vents of the Danakil Depression, combine beautifully with Namibia’s Namib Desert stretching along the magnificent Atlantic Coast, wildlife-rich Etosha National Park and fascinating Damaraland. Ethiopia and Namibia offer you safe, welcoming, colourful countries, full of culture, history and adventure!

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Cultural Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Simien Mountains NP, Bale Mountains National Park, Addis Ababa, Gondar, Hawassa, Lake Langano, Lalibela, Abijata Shalla National Park, Mago National Park, Arba Minch, Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon, Brandberg Nature Reserve
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Monkey, Spotted Hyena, Warthog, Antelope, Oryx/Gemsbok, Black-faced Impala, Zebra, Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Jackal, Springbok, Ostrich, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Damara Dik Dik, Kudu, Wildebeest, Dolphin, Turtle, Cape Fur Seal
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Boat Cruise, Nature Walk, Sightseeing Tour, Optional Activities, Village Visit, Birding, Cultural Experience
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle, Domestic Flight, Flight
  • Start/end:
    Start in Windhoek, end in Addis Ababa

Prices Per Person – USD

From USD 5,774 per person for 2-4 pax, based on luxury accommodation

From USD 5,028 per person for 2-4 pax, based on mid-range accommodation

Single room supplement USD 250

What's Included

Namibia Includes

  • Meet and greet at airport
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room (or single room with supplement)
  • Meals on dinner, lunch and breakfast basis
  • All entrance fees at sites, parks and villages
  • All transfers from day 1 to day 9, vehicle depend on the group size
  • An English-speaking professional guide throughout the tour
  • Drinking water during transfer
  • Fuel, passenger liabilities


Ethiopia 
Includes

  • Domestic flights
  • Meet and greet at airport
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing (or single room with supplement)
  • Meals on bed and breakfast basis
  • All entrance fees at sites, parks and villages
  • All transfers in Addis Ababa using a new model coaster bus (22 seats)
  • An English-speaking local guide at each destination
  • An English-speaking professional escort guide throughout the tour
  • Scouts fee and portage fees
  • Boat fee at Lake Chamo and to cross the Blue Nile fall
  • Drinking water throughout the trip
  • 15% Ethiopian government taxes

What's Excluded

Namibia Excludes

  • International flights and visas
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Drinks taken in lodges
  • Meals in towns (e.g Swakopmund), snacks during transfer
  • Tips and items of personal nature
  • Anything not in Includes


Ethiopia Excludes

  • International flights and visas
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Drinks except water
  • Video filming and photography fees
  • Incidental meals, snacks and drinks
  • Tips and items of personal nature
  • Anything not in Includes


Current airfares for the sector

Addis – Lalibela//Gondar – Addis – Jinka // Arba Minch – Addis is USD 288 per person using Ethiopian airlines internationally

Addis – Lalibela//Gondar – Addis – Jinka // Arba Minch – Addis is USD 431 per person for those using other carriers internationally

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Rafiki Tours and Safaris
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Rafiki Tours and Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Upon your arrival at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport, a representative of Rafiki Tours and Safaris will meet and welcome you to Namibia.  A short transfer to the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek, the largest city, is followed by a short and informative city tour by your guide. Afterwards transfer to our hotel in the city centre.

After breakfast at the guesthouse, you will be picked up by your tour guide and depart for Okahandja, where you will visit the local wood market, and continue to Otjiwarongo. A quick stop for lunch at Hadassa Guesthouse then depart for Etosha National Park. Along the way admire the beautiful Namibia scenery. On arrival in Etosha check in at Etosha Taleni Village Lodge and enjoy time to explore and relax.

Early morning departure for you safari experience in Etosha National Park. This time of day gives you a unique opportunity to view the incredible animals that live here. Your guide has unlimited access to Etosha National Park so making use of a full day’s game drive is the best way to explore the beauty and wildlife of the park.

Admire the beautiful morning surrounded by nature which always bring a good feeling of being in the African wilderness. Enjoy breakfast and then leave Etosha for Twyfelfontein with a twist in our journey as we will visit the only semi nomadic people that continue to live in Namibia. The Himba people have for years continued to live and survive in the Great Kunene region. After this wonderful visit, we drive along some of Namibia most beautiful landscapes and scenery. The heart of Damaraland is a vast mountainous cirque dominated by a chaos of smooth red rocks as if fallen from the sky. Explore this Damaraland zone, which can be one of the most interesting days of the trip in search of the endemic desert fauna and looking for rhino, giraffe, oryx and springbok.

After breakfast we set off for our visit to Twyfelfontein Rock Engraving (rock art). Twyfelfontein is a World Heritage Site boasting one of the richest rock art concentrations in Africa with some 2,500 Stone Age rock engravings. The area is home to 17 rock art sites, which collectively encompass 212 engraved stone slabs. There are an additional 13 sites displaying rock paintings. After our morning walk discovering the historical site, our journey continues, arriving in the late afternoon in Swakopmund.

Breakfast then a short transfer to Walvis Bay water front for our morning cruise. Experience the beautiful Namibia coast and learn about the amazing riches of the Atlantic Ocean. See an abundance of bird and mammal life up close and delight in the sea air and oysters you are served. Namibia coastline is frequently a sighting coast for bottlenose and heavy side dolphins, cape fur seals, mola molas, penguins, leatherback turtles and whales (July-November)

After the cruise you will be transferred back to Swakopmund to relax or participate in optional activities such as Gin Tasting and Visit, Quad Biking, Scenic Flight over the Namib, Township Tour, Camel Riding.

Gin Tasting and Visit
Swakopmund, the popular coastal town with its rich history and beautiful Wilhelmine architecture, is home to the craft distillery Stillhouse Atlantic which creates gins that embody the Namibian spirit. The distillery uses Namibian ingredients that may seem to contradict each other just as much as Namibia seems to be made up of conflicting elements, but yet produces gins that come together in a perfect balance of flavours. Established in 2017, Stillhouse is a boutique distillery owned by Sandy and Pierre le Roux. It all began as a hobby for Sandy who is responsible for distilling these delicious juniper spirits. Starting at home with a 20 litre pot still, she experimented with various spirits, but mainly gin. The name Stillhouse originated in the United States and is an old-fashioned term for a distillery. It means exactly what it says: a place of distillation. Atlantic was added for living at the coast and being a family of surfers and therefore very close to the ocean.

Desert Quad Biking
Experience the sheer thrill of riding a quad bike through Namibia’s boundless expanse of shifting sand dunes. After the engines are revved up and ready to roll, an experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt. Feel the freedom of riding through one of nature’s great wildernesses. As the towering dunes approach, we weave our way through the smaller ones towards the Amphitheater.

Scenic Flight over the Namib
From Swakopmund Airport we fly low-level over the Kuiseb Canyon and Tsondab Vlei, the only known breeding area for the Lappet Face Vulture in southern Namibia, towards the highest shifting sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. From there we pass over the Diamond Restricted area where you will still find three old diamond camps before we reach Conception Bay. After passing colonies of cape fur seals, we see shipwrecks along the coast of the Eduard Bohlen (1909) 500m from the shore and the Shawnee (1976). We pass the Long Wall (Namib dunes) before reaching Sandwich Harbor, a wetland of international importance and protected by the Ramsar Convention. We pass the coastal salt mines south of Walvis Bay, attracting thousands of birds. Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major harbor town is our next destination. Midway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, we pass the Langstrand Holiday Resort and the Dolphin Park Resort on our way back to Swakopmund.

After breakfast depart Swakopmund and take a short cut to witness the famous plants in the desert, the welwitschia, en route to Sesriem. The ‘moon landscape’ drive takes us inland to the Swakop River Canyon with its amazing rock formations, the Oasis Goanikontes, flora such as the welwitchia mirabilis plant, tsamma, ‘Living Stones’, sightings of wildlife, lichen fields, and much more. Arrive late afternoon at the lodge at Sesreim.

An early start from the lodge to enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. Regular stops are made on the spectacular ±60-kilometre drive through the dune corridor down to the Vlei to gain information of the Namib Sand Sea and at Dune 45 we make a stop to view the world’s most photographed dune. For the energetic there’s an opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of Big Daddy Dune, one of the highest dunes in this area! We spend time exploring Dead Vlei before returning to the remarkable depths of Sesriem Canyon and share the history behind this magnificent natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab River.

Early breakfast and departure to Windhoek via Rehoboth, If time allows enjoy a short visit of the capital and then transfer to Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH] for your international flight to Ethiopia where our partner Typical Ethiopia will be waiting for your arrival at the airport.

On your arrival at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport, you will be met by our representative, who will assist you with your transfer to your hotel. After refreshments you will have a visit of Addis Ababa, driving north up to Entoto Mountains with spectacular views over the capital. Afterwards proceed down to Addis Ababa via ShiroMeda, the city’s largest market for traditional clothes and continue visit to the National Museum, where Ethiopia’s oldest resident, Lucy, is housed. After your visit you will be transferred to your hotel.

In the morning you will have a flight to Lalibela. On arrival you will be met by our representative at the airport for the drive to your hotel to drop your bags. Afterwards you will visit the magnificent rock hewn churches of Lalibela as well as enjoy an Ethiopian coffee ceremony in an authentic place in the villages of Lalibela.

Breakfast and departure for Bahir Dar via Debre Tabor. Check in at the resort then walk around the city and enjoy the beautiful view from Bezawit Palace.

In the morning, you drive to a small town of Tis Abay where you will be welcomed by the sound of the Blue Nile Waterfall that pounds down the rocks into the gorges for about 45m (best visited June to September). After our visit of the Blue Nile, we will depart for Gondar and tour the castles and churches here. Gondar was established as a capital by Emperor Fasiladas in 1636 and was the Royal Capital of Ethiopia until the 1860s. The castles and palaces built during these years have led Gondar to be referred to as the Camelot of Africa and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Breakfast is followed by an excursion to Simian Mountain National Park, home to baboons and more. Possibilities are to climb the peaks, visit Jinbar Falls, game watching and bird spotting. Afterwards drive back to Gondar airport for your flight back to Addis.

Today we depart for Lake Langano and visit Abijata Shalla National Park on the way to Hawassa. Walk along the shores of the lake or go bird watching in the forests along the lake shores. It contains 887 square kilometers including the Rift Valley lakes of Abijatta and Shalla. The two lakes are separated by three kilometers of hilly land. The altitude of the park ranges from 1540 to 2075 meters, the highest peak being Mount Fike, which is situated between the two lakes. Besides the two lakes, the primary attraction of this national park is a number of hot springs on the northeast corner of Lake Abijatta, and large numbers of flamingos on the lake.

Breakfast and departure from Hawassa to Arbaminch en route stopping at Chencha to visit Dorze village, with their unique houses and traditions, see the false banana cultivations, from which they extract their traditional bread (the Kotcho), the weaving works and more. Continue to Arbaminch, admiring green views and the Guraghe and Wolayta people and villages on the way, arriving in the late afternoon. Arba Minch is the largest town in southern Ethiopia, set amongst lush green hills near the Lakes Abaya and Chamo. It is named for the abundant local springs that produce a groundwater forest; in Amharic, Arba Minch means “forty springs”.

This morning you take a boat trip at Lake Chamo. Enjoy a one-hour boat ride on the lake to Azo Gebeya, the so-called “crocodile market” not indeed a market at all, but a gathering place for tremendous crocodiles and pelican as well as hippos. Afterwards we drive from Arba Minch to Turmi via Konso village, the village that lives in a land of low terraced hills. They are reputed to be the hardest workers in the country. Their elaborately terraced hillside grows some of the county’s best coffee and erect peculiar totems on the grave of their deceased.

This morning you will have an excursion to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi village. The Mursi are one of the most original ethnic groups, living in very low huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terracotta on their enormously stretched lower lips and earlobes. The men are famous for their hairstyle. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Addis Ababa. In the evening there will be traditional dinner with folk dances as a farewell night party. Three hours prior to your departure you will be transferred to the airport

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