Booked! 10-day Namibia Highlights Safari

This is an actual tour booked by Edward Taylor for a private client. It is a variation of the Namibia Highlights Safari. If you like the sound of it you can book this exact trip using the enquiry form below or use the itinerary as a starting point and make any changes you want.

Edward's Comments

This is a 10-day self drive tour starting and ending in Windhoek. My clients will travel down North up to Etosha then head westwards to Damaraland and Swakopmund before going further south to see the dunes Sossusvlei and the Kalahari desert. They have opted for mostly 1-night stops which means there will be a lot of driving but they have booked a comfortable car which should make this a very enjoyable road trip.

Days:
10
People:
3
Travel Date:
December 2013
Price per Person:
US $2302 pp
Price includes:
private guide/driver, 4x4 Double Cab vehicle, all fuel, all entry fees, water, accommodation mentioned, meals mentioned, private game drives and tour files
Destinations:
Windhoek, Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Kalahari, Windhoek

Accommodation

Windhoek Country Club Resort
1 night

Windhoek Country Club Resort

Windhoek

Namutoni
2 nights

Namutoni

Etosha National Park

Etosha Village
1 night

Etosha Village

Etosha National Park

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
1 night

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Damaraland

Namib Guesthouse
1 night

Namib Guesthouse

Swakopmund

The Desert Homestead and Horse Trails
1 night

The Desert Homestead and Horse Trails

Sossusvlei

Sossus Dune Lodge
1 night

Sossus Dune Lodge

Sossusvlei

Kalahari Farmhouse
1 night

Kalahari Farmhouse

Kalahari

Client's Comments

"His knowledge of the destination was also so far above the bar that it blew my mind"

Hello Edward & Charly, I’m so sorry this letter is so long overdue. I guess all I can say is “life happened after Africa” as much as I would like to still be there. Mary Syrdahl, Dan Ferro & I booked a trip with you for Namibia on Jan 1st. 2014, and I just wanted to give you some feedback regarding the tour, which was one of the most significant travel experiences of my life. You may recall that Mary & I initially thought about a camping safari through Namibia as cost was definitely a major factor in my case. You, however, came up with the idea of a lower cost hotel itinerary which was perfect for our travel style and comfort. Edward, you could not have been more “spot-on!” The hotels you chose for us were perfect, and in some cases just all-around beautiful. I think the Twefelfontein Lodge was my favorite, but all exceeded my expectations on the budget restraints we gave you. Job well done! I have to say that “Namibia Tours and Safaris” exceeded my expectations in every respect, from start to finish. It all started with your emails and then personal consultations on face-time. Thank you so much for taking the time and going that extra step. It made our vacation perfect as you were able to lay out the tour exactly as we wanted it and to fit our budget. Once again, “Namibia Tours &Safaris” exceeded our expectations. And as awesome as your entire operation was, we all know that once on the road, what makes the trip is the guide. I know this because I’ve been a guide in the Rocky Mountain West of North America for 28 years. I train guides, I’ve done marketing and sales, and as I type I’m on a flight to Jackson, WY for two back-to-back winter tours in Yellowstone. Charly exceeded my expectations in every category. In fact, I learned so much from him I left Namibia on “system overload.” To start, his guest relation skills were above and beyond. He was supposed to meet us on the morning of Jan 1st. There he was the night before asking if we had questions, routing out the tour for us and generally just making us at ease. He had maps of Namabia for each of us, and an amazing Welcome Packet (bound with color photos) I thought from the very first meeting he was above and beyond, and dang was I right! His promptness and attention to details were impeccable! He was always there willing to lend a hand while getting ready to leave in the morning, always offering assistance, always “spot on.” His courtesy and kindness were way above the bar! His attention to personal needs above the bar, right on down to positioning the vehicle in a perfect way so that all had a perfect view of the wildlife we were seeing. And his sincerity…amazing. He didn’t just do his job, he did it with pride and compassion for his guests. This is not something that one learns through training, this is something from the heart! If you want me to even begin about his knowledge, I’d be here all day. With 400 species of birds (of which I think we saw 398 J, he was patient, quiet, gave us an opportunity for photos and even spelled their names so we could keep a check-list! After 28 years of guiding, I can’t do ½ the job he did at birding, and since I consider myself a “bird nerd” this was just one of many aspects of his superb narrative skills that I immensely appreciated, admired and even envied. Pearl spotted owlets, rollers, bee-eaters, bustards, chats, weavers, whydahs, whew, our pictures were amazing J His knowledge of the destination was also so far above the bar that it blew my mind. He knew where to look for wildlife. In our first 3 days alone, he found us cheetah, 2 black rhino, 3 herds of elephants (including a new baby with pink ears), hyena, giraffe, zebra, jackal, several lions (including two mating pairs), and so many oryx and different antelope species that I lost count. Again…AMAZING! I also appreciated his respect for nature, and his love of the animals. He even got out of our car to move a leopard tortoise off the road so it wouldn’t get run over. His enthusiasm for his job and the places he brought us to were exuded through his voice, his smile and his over-all excitement. There was no way we couldn’t be excited about a dang-dung beetle after his explanation J Again, far exceeded my expectations! So anyway, I could go on and on but Edward, I think you get the point. Your itinerary was so good that it may have messed up my financial plans. You see, I scheduled this trip as my last international destination, my last hoorah! But now that we’ve been spoiled by Charly, I may have to reconsider. I have seen the Okavango Delta of Botswana before (this was my third trip to Africa in fact), but with Charly as my guide, I’m thinking there are many more parts of southern Africa I might like to return to. Maybe northern Namibia plus Chobe would be something to consider? Again, just a fond thank you for a job well done. And Charly, Thank-you a thousand times over. Please send me your home address. I would like to send you some videos. Hope to see you again.

Private Client, USA

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