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NAMIBIA – 05 MAY to 19 May, 2017

Namibia beckons ~ a land of sunshine, silence and serenity ~ a vast landscape of sand dunes, mountains, golden beaches, abundant wildlife and endless blue skies. A land whose stark beauty can move one to tears.

In-Spirit Journeys invite you to join our inspirational tour of Namibia and wonder at the breathtaking desert scenery and abundant wildlife prevalent throughout the country.

Relax in serene surroundings at our handpicked lodges, marvel at the utter silence unique to this land, stargaze under clear African skies and join guided meditations with your Tour Leader.

An unforgettable journey, rich in diversity and balm to your soul.

15 days   /    US$    4500         ~  Euro   4275          ~  GB £   3650            per person   /     April 2017

– Single Room Supplement applies if required

(This Tour is subject to a minimum of 8 persons and the Tour Price subject to change should exchange rates vary appreciably – to be confirmed at time of making payments.)

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Wide open Landscapes and panoramic desert views and the largest Sand Dunes in the world where the silence is deafening. Fascinating cultures and local traditions of the small and well integrated Namibian population ~
1 night in the capital city Windhoek, 3 nights in Sossusvlei with an opportunity to sleep out under the stars, 2 nights in Swakopmund, 2 nights at Mowani Desert Lodge, 3 nights at the Etosha Safari Lodge and 2 nights at Okonjima Bush Camp – Fully inclusive Safari wildlife experience – Guided Meditations and Group sharing – Good Food and lots of fun

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Stuart  I am Stuart Gedrim founder of In-Spirit Journeys and, following a 5 year period under the mentorship of the renowned Zulu Sanusi & Shaman – Credo Mutwa, I have spent the last 18 years conducting spiritual tours throughout southern Africa.
My primary intention is to share the passion I have for this glorious part of the world, with all its uniqueness, beauty and mystery. In sharing lessons learned, personal experiences arising out of my own research and the ancient knowledge gained from Credo Mutwa, my hope is that together, we might become more centered in our hearts and in tune with Spirit on a journey that will nourish our souls. When we can do this on our journeys, so often we experience pure magic!

Together with my partner, Audrey Spronk, we have conducted sacred journeys and retreats throughout South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Scotland, the Netherlands and Mallorca.

I am a wildlife enthusiast and avid birder, deeply inspired by the animals and birds of this unique land.

Etosha is a vast, pristine, game reserve where it is possible to view animals in their free and natural habitat. Here it is easier to move out of the habitual mind and be in the now moment. To relax into ones own natural state of being and connect with all the amazing animals through the heart as they show themselves – in a place where one can feel a different kind of aliveness and be truly at peace.

Audrey I am Audrey Spronk, Stuart’s partner and fellow Tour Leader. I was born In South Africa, then spent some time in the Netherlands teaching intuitive development and giving clairvoyant readings, before following an inner calling to return to Cape Town  in 1996. For me, Celebrating Life with others, in being conscious in the now moment and allowing all to unfold, is what brings the magic and ease. Experiencing consciousness, simplicity, authenticity and realizing the true nature of self is what inspires me towards this celebration of  life on these remarkable journeys. It is never just the awesome places we visit, it is the quality of all our consciousness together that draws the experiences of magnificence to us in our journey together.

Our hope is for visitors to take away a real sense of having felt and been touched by the wonderful, some say, feminine essence of Mother Africa, for the energy here is ecstatic – a dreamtime where spirit quickens – and where one can experience a heart connection with our indigenous peoples, animals, and most ancient sacred land.

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Day

1  May. o6  Windhoek

On arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be met by Stuart & Audrey and transfer to your lodge to rest after your journey. Day at leisure and this evening we gather for a group introduction and tour orientation before setting off to dine at the rustic Joe’s Beerhouse, a legend in the capital city and famous for its exotic meat dishes.

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Overnight:   Discovery Guest House, Windhoek – B&B

2  May 7 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert

We check out after breakfast and transfer south to the Namib Desert for a relaxing 3 day excursion in the pristine Sesriem area. Today will involve a 4 to 5 hour drive with lunch at the lodge on arrival. Namibia has many gravel roads and our choice of transport is a custom designed vehicle that can deal with Namibia road conditions and also provide comfort, panoramic windows, ease of Game Viewing and ample dust-free luggage space.

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This afternoon is free to relax at the lodge, take a swim or a walk before we meet for dinner at the lodge Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge – Dinner, B&B

3  May 08 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert

An early wake-up call, coffee and light breakfast before we set off to the world famous Dunes of Sesriem / Sossusvlei. The scenery is breathtaking and we will be making stops for photographs and to experience the raw beauty, silence and serenity of this special place. The early morning start is to experience the beautiful early morning light that captures the scenery at its best.

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For those fit enough and willing, you can choose to hike up Dune 45. Later we drive to Dead Vlei. This involves a short and easy hike across the sand dunes. For the fit and adventurous, a hike up the adjacent “Great Daddy” Dune will provide a bird’s eye view of Dead Vlei.

Nearby “Grand Daddy” and “Grand Momma” Dunes are the highest in the world.

We return to our lodge late morning and relax at the pool. Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge – Dinner, B&B

4  May 09 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert

Today will be a leisurely morning spent relaxing at the lodge. A Balloon trip over the Dunes is an optional extra activity as an alternative.

After lunch we pack a small overnight bag for a special treat in the Namib Desert. A short drive in 4 x 4 vehicles takes us to Dune Star Lodge where we settle into our chalet.

Dune Star Camp

 

Before dinner we take a gentle guided walk in the desert with a local guide who shares his knowledge of this fascinating area.

Pre-dinner drinks on the lodge deck to watch the sunset precedes dinner and then we retire for a captivating evening. We roll our beds out onto the deck of each chalet (optional) to sleep under the stars and witness the milky way in all of its wonder. Overnight: Namib Dune Star Lodge – Dinner, B&B

5    May 10 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert / Swakopmund

An early wake-up call with coffee delivered to your chalet before a short guided walk to experience daybreak in the desert. At about 08h00 we board the 4 x 4 vehicles for the short drive back to Desert Lodge for breakfast.

We check out after breakfast and board our bus for the scenic 4 hour drive to Swakopmund on the coast.

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Our accommodation is at the Sea Side Hotel & Spa, aptly named for it is literally right next to the Atlantic Ocean.

Dinner this evening at The Tugboat Restaurant

Overnight: Sea Side Hotel & Spa, Swakopmund – B&B

6  May 11  Swakopmund

A leisurely day is planned for today and options include a walk on the beach, a visit to the local Crystal Gallery that has the most amazing display of gigantic crystals, including the largest quartz crystal cluster in the world. Crystals from all over Namibia are on display and the jewelry on offer is exquisite.

World Largest Quartz Crystal

 

We can also arrange for a relaxing Spa massage if required.

A light lunch and excellent coffee is scheduled in the centre of Swakopmund. Dinner this evening is at the Pier Restaurant. Overnight: Sea Side Hotel & Spa, Swakopmund – B&B

7&8  May 12&13    Mowani Mountain Camp

We check out after breakfast and board our bus for the drive via Henties Bay northward into Damaraland to the spectacular Mowani Mountain Camp for a 2 night experience in the Namib wilderness.

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Situated high up overlooking the pristine wilderness of Kaokaland, Mowani Mountain Camp is a peaceful haven allowing time for reflection, solitude, meditation and an opportunity to marvel at the amazing scenery.

The area is also famous for the free roaming Desert Elephants and our stay includes Game Drives in search of these mysterious animals that choose a desert existence.

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Overnight: Mowani Mountain Camp – Dinner, B&B

9  May 14  Etosha

Leaving Mowani Mountain Camp after breakfast we head north to Etosha and a two night stay at Etosha Safari Lodge, which is situated just 10 kilometres from the Anderson Gate entrance to Etosha Game Reserve.

We will arrive at lunch time and settle into our chalets.

Pre-dinner drinks to witness the sunset from the Lodge Deck precedes dinner. Overnight: Etosha Safari Lodge – Dinner, B&B

10 & 11 May 15&16 Etosha

An early breakfast and we set off for a Game Viewing experience at one of Africa’s prime Game Reserves – Etosha.

Etosha National Park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometres and gets its name from the large Etosha Pan which is almost entirely within the park. The Etosha Pan(4,760 square kilometres covers 23% of the area of the total area of the Etosha National Park. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered and species such as the black rhinoceros.

 Zebra at Waterhole

 

The Etosha experience is unlike any other African Game Reserve. Being in a very dry, desert area the animals rely on water holes for their existence and arrive in great numbers, thus providing wonderful viewing and photographic opportunites.

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Although we will explore the reserve during our stay at Etosha Safari Lodge, the best viewing is usually to be had at Okakuejo Camp water hole where one can sit on viewing benches for hours observing the coming and going of a host of wildlife. Overnight: Etosha Safari Lodge – Dinner, B&B

12/13/14  May 17/18/19   Okonjima Luxury Bush Lodge

We check out of Etosha Safari Lodge after breakfast and drive southward to Okonjima Reserve, the home of the renowned Africat conservation project, where we settle in to our accommodation at Bush Camp near the Waterberg Plateau.

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Okonjima is also the home of AFRICAT Foundation which became internationally renowned after featuring in an award-winning documentary filmed for the Discovery Channel in 1995 & 1996. The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, is committed to long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards. Namibia is home to the world’s largest wild/free-ranging cheetah population; the majority of this country’s cheetahs and leopards can be found on approximately 7000 commercial farms.

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Okonjima & AfriCat are dedicated to creating conservation awareness through education; preserving habitat; promoting environmental education, research and the rehabilitation of captive carnivores (lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dog).

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The programme has already reached over 25 000 children and young adults at the two education centres and through the Outreach Programmes.

As guests at the lodge we will have the opportunity to track rehabilitated leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and other predators in the reserve and learn about their fight for survival and the Human Wildlife Conflict challenge that face both man and carnivore.

15  May 20 Windhoek

Check out after breakfast and depart for Windhoek for the flight home.

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If preferred we can arrange an additional overnight in Windhoek before flying home on Day 15.

  • All transfers as reflected in the Tour Itinerary are included
  • 1 night accommodation at Discovery Guest House, Windhoek on a bed & Breakfast basis
  • Dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse (drinks are for own account)
  • 2 nights accommodation at Namib Desert Lodge on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis
  • 1 night accommodation at Dune Star Camp on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis
  • Guided walks and stargazing activities at Dune Star Camp
  • 2 nights accommodation at Sea Side Hotel, Swakopmund on a Dinner, bed & breakfast basis
  • 2 nights all Dinner, Bed & Breakfast accommodation at Mowani Mountain Lodge
  • Guided safari to find the Damara Desert Elephants
  • 3 nights accommodation at Etosha Safari Lodge on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis
  • Game Drives in Etosha Reserve
  • 3 nights accommodations at Okokjima Bush Lodge
  • 2 x Game Drives in search of Cheetah and Leopards at Okonjima Reserve
  • Full Time Journey Leader
  • All meditations and Group activities
  • International or domestic flights
  • Meals and drinks other than specified in the Tour Itinerary
  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone etc.
  • Cancellation, Travel, Baggage and Medical Insurance
  • Visa Fees where relevant for entry into southern Africa
We recommend that you visit our Terms & Conditions page on the In-Spirit Journeys website at www.in-spirit.co

Specific Terms and Conditions for this tour are as follows:

  • To book space on the tour a deposit of 30% of the Tour Price is required at time of reservation. The Balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.
  • Payment to be made via Telegraphic Transfer. Credit Card payments can be made via Paypal but these will be subject to a 5% admin fee.
  • Cancellations after payments have been made are subject to the following penalties:

– Up to 90 days before tour begins a full refund less an admin fee of US$200 will be made to the client

– Less than 90 days and 59 days prior to commencement of the tour – Cancellations will attract a penalty equal to 30% of the tour price.

– For Cancellations less than 59 days prior to commencement of the tour a penalty of 100% of the tour price will apply

– Should the guest fail to arrive for the tour for whatever reason, including airline delays and missed connections the relevant cancellation policy will apply.

  • Guests are strongly recommended to take out adequate travel insurance to cover Cancellation, Travel, Medical Insurance Curtailment and Default, Baggage and Flight insurance for the duration of their trip.
  • A Maximum of 14 and a minimum of  10 participants will be accommodated for this tour to ensure group cohesion, comfort and enjoyment. Should the minimum number of participants fall below 10 we will re-cost the tour and advise the revised tour cost accordingly. In the event that participants do not choose to pay the revised costs we will cancel the tour and refund payments received in full. Personal items, such as jackets, cameras, purses or daypacks are the sole responsibility of the owner. Due to the remote areas in which we operate, it is vital that all guests are covered for emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances. We cannot be held responsible for any guest traveling without insurance. We strongly recommend tour participants take out personal travel insurance.
  • The onus is upon the person traveling to ensure that their personal documentation is in order, including: a valid passport with at least 3 blank pages and visa´s if applicable.
  • The price quoted is subject to change in the event of any unforeseen increases in fuel costs including currency fluctuations (relevant to aircraft or transfer services) and/or Government levies/taxes.