Twana Adventure

Namibia Tour
South Africa, Namibia, Botswana

Countries Visited: Namibia, Botswana & South Africa

 

Make your way to Urban Camp in Windhoek where you meet the crew that will take you on this unforgettable journey through Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.  First we head off to the huge sand dunes in Sesriem followed by a couple of days in Swakopmund for various activities like quad biking, sand boarding or for the more adventurous…sky diving!  From here we go to the majestic Spitzkoppe via the seal colony at Cape Cross.  The next highlight is the waterfalls at Epupa falls followed by 4 unforgettable days in Etosha National Park.  Sitting at the waterholes in the camps enjoying the sights and sounds of African wildlife.  From here we head via Ngepi camp to Botswana.  After sleeping in Maun, we head off to Khama Rhino Sanctuary where you can get up close and personal with the Rhinos by doing a Rhino Trekking on foot.

 

Tour Code: NABOSA

Tour Price: € 1995,-

 

Tour price includes: All transport in our fully equiped Overland vehicle, camping equipment, cooking equipment. All meals (except 2 nights in Swakopmund and 1 night in Maun). Dune 45 and Dead Vlei in Sesriem, educational guided walk at Boesman's farm, Cape Cross seal colony, afternoon guided walk in Spitzkoppe, Twyfelfontein Bushman engravings, Waterfall hike in Epupa falls. Pet and feed the Cheetah's at Kamanjab Cheetah farm, all game drives in Etosha National Park, Morning Rhino trekking in Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

 

Tour price excludes: Visas, flight ticket, 2 meals in Swakopmund and 1 meal in Maun, additional spending money, Optional Activities, sleeping bag & pillow. 

Per person price is based on a minimum of 6 students

 

Departure Dates 2019:

4 February 2019 - Pending Departure

 

This tour is an accredited Field Course (3ECTS) for university students that provides field experience with conservation issues, ecology, wildlife and plants in Southern Africa, while focusing on the importance of wildlife conservation and understanding actual conflicts concerning protection of wildlife species and their habitats. The course will provide a deeper understanding of the structure and functioning of animal communities, population control, translocations, wildlife diseases and animal behaviour. From experts in the field, students will learn more about wildlife conservation, doing ecological research, and the management of national parks during visits of protected areas, research institutes and other field excursions.  To facilitate an understanding of conservation on Southern Africa, students will prepare presentations that will be giving on site. These presentation will mainly focus on biodiversity, conservation, human-wildlife conflicts and ecology in certain areas and habitats. Students will gain knowledge about wildlife, habitats, flora and the applicability of all of these to ecological studies. The course will provide a unique opportunity for students to learn new skills and concepts. This course enables students to orient themselves on a potential internship, thesis or research project and will trigger them to evaluate their ambitions and further steps in their academic career

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depart: Windhoek

End: Pretoria

 

Day 1: Windhoek (Namibia)

Day 2: Sesriem

Day 3: Sesriem (visit Dune 45 and Dead vlei)

Day 4: Boesman's Farm (educational guided walk)

Day 5: Swakopmund

Day 6: Swakopmund

Day 7: Spitzkoppe via Cape Cross Seal Colony (afternoon guided walk)

Day 8: Twyfelfontein Bushman Engravings

Day 9: Opuwo Kaokoveld

Day 10: Epupa Falls

Day 11: Epupa Falls (full day waterfall visit)

Day 12: Kamanjab Cheetah Farm (interactive cheetah tour)

Day 13: Etosha National Park

Day 14: Etosha National Park

Day 15: Etosha National Park

Day 16: Etosha National Park

Day 17: Ngepi Camp

Day 18: Ngepi Camp

Day 19: Maun (Botswana)

Day 20: Khama Rhino Sanctuary (Rhino trekking on foot)

Day 21: Twana Lodge (South Africa) 

 

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Day 1:

Windhoek 

Your airport transfer will bring you to your starting point in Namibia.

 Day 2:

Sesriem

We head to Sesriem where we will spend the next 2 nights. It is especially known because the "Sesriem gate" is the main access point to the Namib-Naukluft National Park for visitors entering the park to visit the nearby tourist attraction of Sossusvlei.

 Day 3:

Sesriem

We wake up before sunrise to Dune 45, which got it's name for its proximity to Sesrium Gate. It is situated 45km from the gate.  After you climed to the top of this spectaculour dune for the best sunrise ever, we make our way to the Dead Vlei. Here you can get a transfer into the vlei.(optional activity) Deadvlei is a clay pan characterized by dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor

 Day 4:

Boesman's Farm

We make our way to the farm where you do an afternoon guided walk and drive with the highly interesting and educated guides at Boesman's Farm for an ultimate learning experience about the Namib Desert. 

 Day 5:

Swakopmund

After spending the last couple of days in the heat of the Desert, we make our way to the cool breeze of the Atlantic Ocean.  Here we spend the afternoon walking around town and booking various optianal activities for the next day.

Day 6:

Swakopmund

Today is a fun filled day with various activities like Sandboarding, Quad biking, Dolfin Cruise, Cayaking or Go Carting.  Or for the more adventurous you can do a Tandem Skydive or Paragliding! (optional activities)

 Day 7:

Spitzkoppe

Spitzkoppe, is a group of bald granite peaks or inselbergs in the Namib desert of Namibia. The granite is more than 120 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 1,784 metres above sea level. You do an afternoon guided walk to explore the beauty of the Spitzkoppe and the rock art.

 Day 8:

Twyfelfontein

The site contains around 2,000 rock carvings and in 2007, UNESCO approved it as a World Heritage Site. The site is one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. After setting up camp, we head off to explore the carvings.

 Day 9:

Opuwo

We head to this beautiful area which is an important base from which to explore the Kaokoland area and visit the nomadic Himba people. Spend the afternoon chilling at the pool.

 Day 10:

Epupa Falls

The falls are created by the Kunene River on the border between Namibia and Angola. The river is 0.5km wide and drops into a series of waterfalls.  Here we spend the afternoon walking and exploring the falls. 

Day 11:

Epupa Falls

We spend this day basking in the beauty of the falls.  One of the greatest single drops of the falls is 37m high!

Day 12:

Kamanjab

Leaving the falls, we head to Kamanjab Cheetah Farm.  After arrival and setting up camp, we go and meet some of the tame Cheetahs and spend the afternoon interacting and feeding the Cheetahs.

Day 13:

Etosha National Park

We visit the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia for the next 4 days. Etosha National Park offers a variety of spectacular wildlife viewing.  We spend the afternoon game driving and in the evening you can sit at the waterhole and see who is thirsty!

 Day 14:

Etosha National Park

We spend today on a full day game drive experiencing Etosha National Park.

 Day 15: 

Etosha National Park

Today we head to a different camp on the eastern side of Etosha for another full day game drive.

 Day 16:

Etosha National Park

Another full day game drive in the east of the park 

Day 17:

Ngepi Camp

It is a paradise of flooded plains and secret swampy backwaters, teaming with wildlife.

Spend the afternoon swimming with Croc’s and Hippo’s in the Okavango River (in a fenced off swimming cage!!) 

 Day 18:

Ngepi Camp

Today you can explore the swampy backwaters on a Mokoro (dug out wooden canoe). Sit back, relax and let your guide take you on a magnificent birdlife experience. (optional activity)

Day 19:

Maun

After crossing the border with Botswana, we head to Maun.  Here you can explore the town or do an optional afternoon flight over the Okavango Delta. (optional activity)

Day 20:

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

We head south again to Khama Rhino Sanctuary.  In this 8585 hectares of Kalahari Sandveld you can see the difference between Black Rhino and White Rhino as well as over 30 other animal species and 230 birds species. 

 Day 21:

Twana Lodge

Before we head back to South Africa, you can get up close and personal with the Rhinos on a early morning Rhino Trekking on foot.

Afterwards we head to Twana Lodge where we will spend the last night. From here you will get an airport transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Student Safaris are accredited (3 ECTS) Field Courses for university students that provides field experience with conservation issues, ecology, wildlife and plants in Southern Africa, while focusing on the importance of wildlife conservation and understanding actual conflicts concerning protection of wildlife species and their habitats. The course will provide a deeper understanding of the structure and functioning of animal communities, population control, translocations, wildlife diseases and animal behaviour. From experts in the field, students will learn more about wildlife conservation, doing ecological research, and the management of national parks during visits of protected areas, research institutes and other field excursions.

To facilitate an understanding of conservation on Southern Africa, students will prepare presentations that will be giving on site. These presentation will mainly focus on biodiversity, conservation, human-wildlife conflicts and ecology in certain areas and habitats.

Students will gain knowledge about wildlife, habitats, flora and the applicability of all of these to ecological studies. The course will provide a unique opportunity for students to learn new skills and concepts. This course enables students to orient themselves on a potential internship, thesis or research project and will trigger them to evaluate their ambitions and further steps in their academic career.

 

Learning goals:

- Student presentations

- Final discussion on assignment: GPS sightings/monitoring rare species/body condition scores

- Certificate for overall participation and motivation

- Final report per group

 

Qualification of guides General guides:

The guides that accompany the students during the complete trip have nearly 20 years of experience with overland travels in Southern Africa. Therefore, they have a varied general knowledge on the nature, culture and the geological background and history of all the locations. The guides also stimulates the students in reflecting on their career aspirations, give them some life experiences and flexibility when working in developing countries. Local guides Qualified, certified local guides and game rangers are arranged at all specific sites. They offer essential knowledge of the park, nature and animals present.

 

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- critically discuss and evaluate the conservation and management of wildlife/ problems in wildlife management

-Understand species distribution and adaptation to specific climate circumstances and resource availability

- Understand the major physiological and behavioural adaptations of animals in different habitats and ecological systems

- Describe different strategies aimed at prioritizing areas for conservation and effective management - Discuss human-wildlife issues on an academic level

- Student can set up a small experiment and analyse and discuss collected data

- Explain some of the techniques relevant for the management of wildlife populations

- Present the results in an understandably way for both managers and policy makers.

 

Activities:

The course consists of one week preparation and three weeks in the field in which students from different disciplines will be exposed to a large diversity of mammals, birds, invertebrates, fish, reptiles and amphibians.

 

- preparing for field trip and oral presentation

- Presentation of results in an oral presentation (field practical)

- Plenary discussions;

- Writing a final report based on the acquired knowledge

  All activities are mandatory.

 

Examination:

- Oral presentation

- Final group report

- Overall motivation and participation

Optional activities for the Namibia tour:

 

Sesriem Optional Activities:

Transfer to the parking inn Dead vlei - R 240,-

 

Swakopmund Optional Activities:

Quad biking - R 650,-

Sand boarding & Quad Biking Combo - R 750,-

Tandem skydiving - R 2500,-

Dolfin tour - R 750,-

Living Desert tour - R 700,-

Camel riding - R 450,-

 

Ngepi Optional Activities:

Boat cruise - R200,-

Mokoro trip - R200,-

Guided nature & bird walk - R120,-

Dragon river rafting - R700,-

 

Maun Optional Activities:

Flight over the Okavango Delta - $90,- (minimum of 5 people)

 

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