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12 day Dune Express, Windhoek to Johanneburg

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This train safari will take you from Namibia to Johannesburg, providing an unforgettable African safari.

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Day 4 - Omaruru

Omaruru the garden town of Namibia

Omaruru is a town and constituency in the Erongo Region of Namibia. Situated by the Erongo Mountains, on the usually dry Omaruru RiverIts, the town’s official population is 6,792. Omaruru grew around a mission built in 1872 by Gottlieb Viehe. The Mission, now a museum was attacked in 1904 during the Herero and Namaqua Genocide. Captain Franke's Tower was built in this period to defend the settlement.

The town is known for its annual festival, its winery and for the dinosaur footprints at nearby Otjihaenamparero. Then, a visit the biggest wine cellar in Namibia - the Kristall Kellerei Winery – one of only three in the country! The white wine produced in this vineyard is unique and ‘the tales behind the story’ are interesting.

The Tikoloshe root-carving factory on the outskirts of the town is a unique feature; hardly any visitor leaves this place without a souvenir bought at this fascinating venue. Enjoy a ride on a traditional donkey cart – available at the station. (Full day. Distance traveled: ± 10km + 500m on a donkey cart!)

The ‘braai’ on the station’s platform is another highlight.

The train departs early in the evening from Omaruru via Kranzberg and Usakos to Swakopmund.

Day 5 - Swakopmund / Spitzkoppe and North Coast

Spitzkoppe, Henties Bay and the Cape Cross Seal Reserve

Spitzkoppe is known as the 'Matterhorn of Namibia', rising to an altitude of approximately 1 800 m. Although it is by no means Namibia's highest mountain, its striking features and outlines make it the most famous mountain in the country. Situated in an endless dry landscape, the island of mountains can be seen from quite a distance.

The enormous granite rocks were created more than 100 million years ago due to volcanic activities and subsequent erosion. The tour continues to the small, thriving town of Henties Bay, named after Major Hentie van der Merwe, who discovered a freshwater fountain in the estuary of the Omaruru River.

Lunch (guests’ own account) is enjoyed before visiting the Cape Cross Seal Reserve north of Henties Bay. Here a prodigious number of Cape Fur Seals flourish in the cold waters of the Benguela Current. Numerous islets and isolated parts of the shore serve as nurseries for their young. This area is also of historical significance, as the Portuguese navigator, Diego Cão, planted a cross at this point in the year 1486. Finally, the group will make its way back to the train in Swakopmund in the late afternoon.

(Distance travelled: 350 km)

The train remains stationary in Swakopmund over night.

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Page: 1 Day 2 - Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park The tour departs to Etosha National Park, entering via the Namutoni Gate. The Etosha National Park, covering an area of 22 270 km², is one of the major sanctuaries for wildlife in Africa and was proclaimed a game reserve ...

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Page: 3 Day 6 - Swakopmund / Walvis Bay

Swakopmund, Namibia’s seaside resort on the West Coast, is a place of singular charm. It resembles a small Bavarian village nestling between the desert and the sea and enjoys a restful and relaxing atmosphere. The source of Swakopmund’s continental vib ...

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Optional Extras 1. Ocean and desert combination tour Guests depart from Walvis Bay for a Marine Seal and Dolphin Cruise around the bay. A light lunch of fresh oysters, snacks and sparkling wine is enjoyed on the beach. At Pelican Po ...

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Page: 6 Day 7 - Swakopmund

The day is spent at leisure. 1. Sossusvlei Fly-in Guests depart from Swakopmund, flying in a light aircraft over the Namib Desert and along the Kuiseb River. After passing over Tsondabvlei, the only known breeding area of the Lappet F ...

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Page: 7 Day 11 - Border Crossing and Augrabies Falls

Augrabies National Park The Augrabies National Park waterfalls are a main attraction of the park, although the interesting flora as well as the small Klipspringer are also worth mentioning. Three short hiking trails lead from the rest camp at ...

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