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Program #19836RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Windhoek is approximately 5500 feet and Etosha N.P. is approximately 3800 feet in elevation.

Itinerary for Feb 17 — Feb 22, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, February 17 - Departures
Morning: Late morning departure from New York-JFK on an overnight flight to Johannesburg. Other departure cities are available, but may require an overnight stay in Johannesburg due to flight arrival times.

Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: Located in the trendy suburb of Klein, Windhoek and near the city center, the aptly named Elegant Guesthouse features contemporary styling alongside natural stone and other distinctive African touches. This boutique hotel prides itself on personalized service and warm hospitality. Guests are treated to fabulous breakfasts, fine teas and coffees, and the opportunity to relax in a peaceful setting surrounded by the capital city’s urban charms.

Contact info:
Corner of von Eckenbrecher and Ziegler Street
Klein
Windhoek, Namibia
phone: +264 61 301934
web: www.the-elegant-collection.com/

Room amenities: The six luxurious double rooms have en-suite bathrooms and are equipped with a TV, telephone, safe and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Twenty-four hour wireless internet access is free of charge: simply obtain the password for your wireless device at the reception area. Coffee and tea, available throughout the day, are also complimentary. A generous, healthy breakfast buffet is included. An electrical gate ensures complete security and privacy, and a beautiful garden with swimming pool offers an oasis of calm amid the urban environment. The comfortable lounge has TV, DVD and a library. Laundry service is available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call Program Provider
Call Program Provider for current price, toll-free 888-596-6377


Day Two: Monday, February 18 - Arrival / Windhoek
Morning: Morning arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa, where you then connect to a commercial flight from Johannesburg to Windhoek, Namibia.

Afternoon: Mid-afternoon arrival in Windhoek where you clear customs and are met for a transfer to the guesthouse, located in a quiet suburb of Windhoek. After settling in to your rooms, your group leader leads a short orientation walk around town; alternately, you may choose to relax by the pool and recuperate from the long travel you've just finished. Your local group leader gives an orientation and group introduction session prior to dinner.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: The Elegant Guesthouse

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Etosha Safari Camp, situated on a small hillock near the southern entrance of Etosha National Park, provides a comfortable base from which to explore the park. All of the 50 chalets are nestled amongst the mopane trees, and the verandas provide an inviting place to relax with views over the surrounding bush. Each chalet boasts artistically painted floors and furniture created by local craftsmen, as well as air conditioning, mosquito nets and a spacious, private bathroom. The main lodge area, which comprises the restaurant and bar, is styled as a traditional shabeen, or typical township bar, and brims with African joie de vivre.

Contact info:
N/A
Etosha National Park, Namibia
phone: +264061230066
web: www.gondwana-collection.com/?id=69

Room amenities: Each bungalow is equipped with air conditioning, mosquito nets and spacious bathrooms with running water, as well as a private verandah overlooking the surrounding bush.

Facility amenities: Facility amenities include: a swimming pool, main restaurant and bar area, laundry facilities and a series of walking trails. There is no wireless availability at Etosha Safari Camp.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Tuesday, February 19 - Windhoek City Tour / Drive to Etosha National Par...
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: After breakfast you take a short city tour of Windhoek before starting the six hour drive to Etosha National Park.

Lunch: Packed lunch provided.

Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival at the lodge where you settle into your rooms before your group leader gives an overview of Namibia including its history, politics, local peoples, etc. If time allows, a short excursion into Etosha National Park is done in the coach to explore a bit of the park and to see what wildlife can be found.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Etosha Safari Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Etosha Safari Camp, situated on a small hillock near the southern entrance of Etosha National Park, provides a comfortable base from which to explore the park. All of the 50 chalets are nestled amongst the mopane trees, and the verandas provide an inviting place to relax with views over the surrounding bush. Each chalet boasts artistically painted floors and furniture created by local craftsmen, as well as air conditioning, mosquito nets and a spacious, private bathroom. The main lodge area, which comprises the restaurant and bar, is styled as a traditional shabeen, or typical township bar, and brims with African joie de vivre.

Contact info:
N/A
Etosha National Park, Namibia
phone: +264061230066
web: www.gondwana-collection.com/?id=69

Room amenities: Each bungalow is equipped with air conditioning, mosquito nets and spacious bathrooms with running water, as well as a private verandah overlooking the surrounding bush.

Facility amenities: Facility amenities include: a swimming pool, main restaurant and bar area, laundry facilities and a series of walking trails. There is no wireless availability at Etosha Safari Camp.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Wednesday, February 20 - Desert Adaptations of Plants and Animals
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Embark on an all-day field trip into Etosha National Park. Etosha is well-known for its diversity of wildlife; within Etosha, 114 mammal species including rhino, elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard, oryx, springbok, red hartebeest and giraffe can be found. Birds are also plentiful with over 340 species recorded. Visit some of the best waterholes within the park where you have a chance for up-close viewing of the park's plentiful wildlife. Your local guides give insight into the flora and fauna seen.

Lunch: Picnic lunch eaten within the park.

Afternoon: Your game drive within the park continues. Your group leader gives a lecture on the unique adaptations of desert animals and plants. Arrive back at the lodge in the early evening and have time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Etosha Safari Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Etosha Safari Camp, situated on a small hillock near the southern entrance of Etosha National Park, provides a comfortable base from which to explore the park. All of the 50 chalets are nestled amongst the mopane trees, and the verandas provide an inviting place to relax with views over the surrounding bush. Each chalet boasts artistically painted floors and furniture created by local craftsmen, as well as air conditioning, mosquito nets and a spacious, private bathroom. The main lodge area, which comprises the restaurant and bar, is styled as a traditional shabeen, or typical township bar, and brims with African joie de vivre.

Contact info:
N/A
Etosha National Park, Namibia
phone: +264061230066
web: www.gondwana-collection.com/?id=69

Room amenities: Each bungalow is equipped with air conditioning, mosquito nets and spacious bathrooms with running water, as well as a private verandah overlooking the surrounding bush.

Facility amenities: Facility amenities include: a swimming pool, main restaurant and bar area, laundry facilities and a series of walking trails. There is no wireless availability at Etosha Safari Camp.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Thursday, February 21 - Conservation Issues in Namibia
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Embark on an early morning game drive within the park searching for animals not seen yesterday. Return to the lodge in the late morning.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: For those who wish, a field trip into the park is offered, searching for animals that may have eluded you so far. Alternately, you may choose to relax by the lodge’s pool and take in the desert scenery. Your group leader gives a lecture on the conservation issues facing Namibia and its national parks.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Etosha Safari Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Hotel, a beautifully appointed, Tuscan-themed hotel, is located on a small lake only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg International Airport in a very secure area. All studio suites have private, attached bathrooms, and either twin or double beds.

Contact info:
9 Zulberg Close, Off Ernest Oppenheimer Road,
Bruma Lake
Johannesburg, 2100 South Africa
phone: +27 -(0)11-622-8436
web: www.citylodge.co.za/cy2.php

Room amenities: Large rooms include full bathrooms, seating/office area, television, patios overlooking the lake as well as coffee/tea making facilities, telephone, radio, hair dryer, TV, AC/heat, safe, fan, safe/lock box, and electrical outlets. Refrigerator, ironing board, and iron are available on request.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, pool (not heated), restaurant serving continental meals, bar, room service, and US currency exchange. Hotel staff can provide laundry service during week-days; guests can also do their laundry for a nominal fee. Guests can get 15 minutes wireless free per day on each of their personal wireless devices. After the 15 minute deal guests can purchase a voucher from the front desk or via credit card on the web link. The purchase will generate a username and password to be entered on screen by the guest. Alternatively, a PC computer and printer is available at the guest office but the 15 minute free wi-fi deal does not apply. The voucher prices vary by time: in summer 2012 30 minutes of wireless costs 30 South African Rand, 1 hour is 50 South African Rand, 2 hours is 90 South African Rand, 4 hours is 145 Rand, and 1 day is 195 Rand.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: Contact Program Provider
Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Six: Friday, February 22 - Fly to Johannesburg / Start of Program #13938
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Early morning departure for the ground transfer back to Windhoek and the airport.

Lunch: Packed lunch provided.

Afternoon: Arrive at the airport and check-in for the mid-afternoon commercial flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you clear customs and are met for the transfer to the hotel where you meet up with the rest of the group for the start of Road Scholar program #13938, "African Safari: a Close-up on Wildlife."

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Orientation session and group introductions for program #13938.

Lodging: Courtyard Hotel Eastgate

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Free Time Opportunities


Windhoek
Alte FesteBuilt as Windhoek’s fort in 1890, the Alte Feste is now a museum displaying Namibian historical artifacts and documents. On Saturdays, the museum is open 10 a.m.–12:45 p.m. and 3–6 p.m. There is an entrance fee.
National GalleryThe National Gallery houses a permanent collection of significant Namibian artists and exhibitions by local and international artists are a regular occurrence. Entry is free. On Saturdays, the museum is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Self-guided Visit of WindhoekTake a self-guided walk around the center of Windhoek. The downtown area has a museum, numerous shops and galleries, craft market and a fountain made out of 33 meteorites. Estimated walking time is 25–30 minutes, without stops.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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