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Visual Research Programmes – Namibia

Visual Research Programmes – Namibia

$ 2615 / per person
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NAMIBIA – THE ART GALLERIES OF THE SAN AND KOI
Rock Art / Iron Age & Stone Age sites

 

11 days / 10 nights
Pricing available upon request
Valid April – December 2020

 

This research tour explores some of the most impressive artwork sites of Namibia as depicted by its two major local tribes, the San’s rock art and the Koi peoples’ rock engravings.  Many of these sites carry such great historical value that they have been classified as world heritage sites through UNESCO.

 

In Namibia, you have the opportunity to venture into the unknown and yet be completely safe. Visitors can take in the beautiful wildlife and unique landscapes at their own pace, on their own terms. Like nowhere else in Africa, Namibia provides the visitor the opportunity to escape stress, experience peace and freedom, sit and admire the breathtaking landscapes and reflect. From game-packed parks to the silence and spectacle of the desert, this incredible country, its landscapes, people and wildlife are waiting.

 

Included in the package:

  • 10 Nights shared hotel / lodge / camp accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Luxury road transfers
  • Entry fees
  • Etosha (x 2) and Brandberg (x1) game drives
  • Local guide and specialist tour leader

Tour Plan

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Day 1-2: Windhoek

Upon arrival in Windhoek, Namibia, your group will be met and welcomed by our locally appointed guide and tour leader.  A road transfer will take you from the airport to your hotel where you will be accommodated for the next two evenings.  Depending on the time of arrival you will have the afternoon free to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and some sight-seeing of the city by foot.  On your first evening the group will enjoy a short presentation of the layout and inclusions of your tour over the next 10 days followed by dinner out on the town! Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, was officially founded in 1890 when the Germans built a fort and started to occupy the area permanently.  As you will notice, especially in the main cities, this German influence has been retained, especially in its architecture, street names, restaurants and shop outlets.  Since Namibia is such a unique blend of African and European influence it makes sense that you are afforded time to enjoy some of Windhoek’s most prominent cultural and natural sites, including: Christuskirche, The National Museum of Namibia, Artillery and Kammer Gebaude, Altes Bezirksgericht, Katutura Township, The Gibeon Meteorites, wildlife and community based sanctuaries such as the (N/a’an Ku Se Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Day 3-4: Etosha National Park (Namatomi)

An early morning breakfast starts your first exciting day which takes you into the heart of Namibia, to the Etosha National Park, approximately 300 kms north of Windhoek.  The next two days will be spent within the park, exploring the rock art and stone-age sites of the San, remaining as a reflection of their life while they inhabited this area. Additional attractions in the area include: Fauna and flora: The Etosha National Park is home to a unique natural desert environment, so a morning sunrise and afternoon sunset game drive definitely forms a part of your stay here. The German Colonial Fort of Namutoni represents a rich reflection on the German Occupation and Herero Rebellion which took place between 1904 and 1907.
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Day 5-6: Twyfelfontein (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)

Todays transfer takes you to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein, home to the art works galleries of both San Rock Art as well as Koi Rock Engravings dating back 1000 – 10000 years ago.  An approximate 2 500 art sites have been identified in this area.  The Twyfelfontein valley and surrounding sandstone cliffs, with great chunks of rock broken away and sculpted by the wind into a variety of impressive forms serve as a canvas for the age-old engavings that feature here. Together with your specialist guide, you will spend the next two days studying the presentation of life as depicted by these early inhabitants of Africa. Additional attractions in the area include: The Petrified Forests, an area of open veld scattered with petrified tree trunks up to 34m long and 6m in circumference, which are estimated to be around 260 million years old. Burnt Mountain is a barren 12km-long volcanic ridge, at the foot of which lies the hill known as Burnt Mountain, an expanse of volcanic clinker that appears to have been literally exposed to fire. Organ Pipes is a small gorge that contains a 100m stretch of unusual 4m-high dolerite (coarse-grained basalt) columns known as the Organ Pipes
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Day 7-8: Brandberg

Day 7 takes you from the Unesco World Heritage site of Twyfelfontein and onto Brandberg, home specifically to San Rock Art.  Brandberg was a spiritual site to the San, this being depicted in their very ethnic artistic skills.  Perhaps Brandberg is most famous for The White Lady Rock Painting - a figure – whom it appears remains of unknown origin and a true archaeological dilemma.  Seemingly “neither lady nor white” it is the main figure on an overhead panel, believed to be performing a ritual dance.  It is also the rock art site that has led to Brandberg claiming a spot on the map. Additional attractions in the area include: The Erongo Mountains and Boulders: Regardless from which direction one approaches, the majestic Erongo Massif is the result of a huge, ancient volcano, which erupted about 130 million years ago and rises about 1000 metres from the ground.  Until today satellite images reveal the shape of the volcano with a diameter of about 30 km. Living museum of the San: The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San (also called Bushmen) can be visited on Omandumba Farm.  Through colonisation and conflicts with other language groups the cautious Bushmen were driven out of this area a long time ago. Omandumba now attempts to give the San the opportunity to make a living with their Living Museum in an area where their ancestors used to live.  A highlight for visitors includes the inter-active making of jewellery from ostrich egg shells. Traces of San in the Erongo: The Erongo is home to thousands of rock paintings. Omandumba West is part of this and the paintings and archaeological findings show that a long time ago San used to live and hunt here and left their traces  
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Day 9-10: Swakopmund

Transfer from Brandberg to Swakopmund where you will get to spend the next two days exploring the many attractions, with special attention being paid to the historical background, in and around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Additional attractions in the area include: German History & Architecture: Located along the shores of Namibia, Swakopmund was founded in 1882. The Germans joined the race for Africa quite late but winning Namibia gave Germany a huge territorial gain.  The Germans governed Namibia for the next 30 years during which time they established a well-functioning state of body and changed this part Africa forever. A century on, the town of Swakopmund hasn’t changed much.  The legacy of German colonisation can easily be seen in the city’s buildings. Many of them are still standing today thanks to the quality of the craftsmanship and attention to detail. Sights and buildings include Marine Memorial, The War Memorial, The Mole, The Jetty, Princess Rupp, The Swakopmund Hotel (built in 1906), Deutsche Evangelical Church, Antonius Gebaude, Swakopmund Lighthouse, State House (Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht), Experiences of a more adventurous nature include A trip to Moon Landscape, an expansive lunar-like landscape called the Moon Valley of Namibia. Once a big mountain range, erosion has reduced it to rolling, low-lying hills. The coastal dunes of Swakopmund, with dunes reaching heights of up to 75m, they occur in the coastal area up to 30 kilometres inland and stretch between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.  The dunes allow for many adventure activities including sand-board, quad biking and 4 x 4 rides. A tour to Sandwich Harbour, south of Walvis Bay in Dorob National Park.  This is one of the most dramatic sights in Namibia – dunes up to 100m-high plunge into the Atlantic, which washes into the picturesque lagoon. The harbour is now deserted and a stirring wilderness devoid of any human settlement. Seal and Dolphin boat tour on the Walvis Bay lagoon including the isolated lighthouse, wrecks and oyster farms, Pelican Point and spotting dolphins, seals, whales and turtles, followed by a decadent picnic including champagne and oysters.
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Day 11: Swakopmund-Windhoek

The last day enjoys a group breakfast at your hotel, after which you have the final stretch by road from Swakopmund back to Windhoek for your onward flight back home
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Day 8: Mapungubwe Iron Age Site (World Heritage Site) - Pafuri Rivercamp

Breakfast around the camp fire and then a visit Mapungubwe’s K2 Site. The first people in Mapungubwe were early Iron Age Settlers. They lived there from about 1000 AD to 1300 A. From Mapungubwe enjoy a 3 hour scenic drive to Pafuri Rivercamp,. Arrive in time to look at the South African stars and a dinner of traditional safari camp cooking.
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Day 9: Pafuri River Camp – Thulamela (Heritage Site) – Punda Maria, Kruger National Park

Breakfast, and depart to the Thulamela Archaeological Site within the Kruger National Park. Home of the big 5. Amazing bird life, lovely tress and a time to reflect on what nature has to offer. Punda Maria Rest Camp is the choice camp to overnight at and to get leisure time.
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Day 10: Punda Maria-Letaba

Breakfast followed by a full day game drive starting upon departure from Punda Maria and ending at the Letaba Rest Camp. Time to see who's gaming list is the biggest. Afternoon at leisure: Participate in available activities of your choice. Recommended is a visit to the Elephant Hall to view the Tuskers Project Dinner: Group farewell boma “braai” barbeque at the Letaba Rest Camp.
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Day 11: Letaba-Johannesburg

Breakfast and a early morning start at the Letaba Restaurant Return journey from the Kruger National Park to OR Tambo International Airport for your onward flight back home. Time permitting, a stop in Dullstroom for a final meal together! Dullstroom a favourite weekend getaway for trout fisherman

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