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Definitely decided to have a change this year and start the usually 3 week holiday to Cape Town area with 10/11 nights in Namibia.

We did consider doing this last year for Dec 13 but tried to see too much in one trip!

probably arrive 22 Dec and have maybe have 10/11 or12 nights.

We hate 1 night stops anywhere but maybe have to have 1 night on arrival in Windhoek (maybe 2).

Then where shall we go?

Swakopmund/Walvis Bay are on the list along with Etosha but where else fits in??

Any help would be much appreciated - planning to book the flights tomorrow then we are committed !

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1. Re: 1st timers

Well with only 11 nights your horizons are limited.

I should take leisurely drive to Swakopmund and Walvis, 3 nights to allow time for a boat trip to see Dolphins etc., maybe Sandwich Bay or some adrenalin place.

then up through Damaraland to see Rhino etc.,tracking on foot is possible.2/3 nights.

then Etosha staying at Dolomite, Okaukuejo and Halali 6 nights. You have run out of time so save Cheetah Conservation Fund for next time..

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Congrats, you will have a great time in Namibia and thank you for choosing to visit Namibia!

12 days is limited, but with careful planning and pin pointing your interests, you can get a great tour. For 1st timers to Namibia, the obvious highlights such as Sossusvlei and Etosha are usually the two people don't want to miss.

It's not only about Sossusvlei, but also about the Namib Naukluft Park and the surrounding area. And then of course the wildlife of Etosha!

Swakopmund is a great place and has a lot to offer and there are lots of activities one can do there and in Walvis Bay. BUT, you are coming in the local holiday season and Swakopmund and the surrounding area turns into Chaos! Thousands of people flock to Swakopmund from everywhere in Namibia and South Africa for their annual holiday and the quaint little town turns into the New York of Namibia! If you don't mind this, then no problem, but you must be aware that you have to pre-book everything! Activities, restaurants etc. An option would be to book a hotel on the outskirts of Northern Swakopmund and stay away from the crowds, but you must do this as soon as possible. Beach Lodge would be a nice option to get away from all. It's something you should think about and what you want to do.

For the rest of the tour, 2 nights Sossusvlei, 1 - 3 nights Swakopmund (depending on what you decide), 2 nights Damaraland, 3 - 4 nights Etosha, 1 - 3 nights in the Waterberg area or a lodge such as Okonjima, Erindi etc. The last nights also depend on what you decide to do with Swakopmund. It will give you a good round loop tour, which is not to stressed and you have time to explore and relax.

It's a good decision to not try and do to much in a short time and rather take in the places you are at. You can always come back and visit other places.

Clive - Suricate Safaris Namibia

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Thanks for the prompt reply.

Need to start making plans - not sure about Etosha as my partner doesn't want to take malaria tablets. Also fancied the idea of flying out of Walvis Bay to Cape Town if this is possible. So that area would have tobe at the end if the stay.

Planning day ahead and surfing on the net!

Any more tips would be great.

Thanks.

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The chance of Malari in Etosha is minimal and I personally would never take prophylaxis going there. If you would visit Caprivi, it's something different. It's a personal choice one has to make, but if you are worried about it and don't want to take prophylaxis, there are some very good herbal tablets one can also take.

It would also be no problem to fly out of Walvis Bay. SAA and Air Namibia have flights, you must just check what days they depart and have to book early as they will be extremely full in December.

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5. Re: 1st timers

AS Clive has said, you can fly out of Walvis if you wish and pre-booking is a must for most things around that coastal area at Christmas.

Re Malarial prophylactics. The risk is minimal in Etosha but there IS a risk. Your call. There is no real problem in modern prophylatics and I am not going to fan flames by advocating one brand over another.

However beware homeopathic and 'organic' prophylactics. Medics have a name for someone who used homeopathy for Malaria. They are called a corpse.

Talk to your GP about this, NOT a Forum.

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" there are some very good herbal tablets one can also take."

Oh dear. Not the sort of advice I would expect on here.

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" there are some very good herbal tablets one can also take."

Scary statement since a study showed that they did very little to prevent the spread of malaria. Scary advice indeed. Talk with a travel medicine specialist.

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Thanks but would go to see the Doctor an get advice.

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9. Re: 1st timers

Been doing my homework - its a lot of driving!!!!!!

Arrive into Windhoek (1/2 nights) then to Etosha (3Nights) Damaraland (1/2nights)Swakopmund (3 nights) Sossusvlei (2 nights) then drive back to Windhoek or Walvis Bay to fly to Cape Town.

This sounds very hard work and a lot of driving (its putting me off a bit!)

Does this sound a good combination and a nice balance or where can we amend?

Please help!

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10. Re: 1st timers

Well you could cut down on some driving by not doing the trip to Sossusvlei. You never mentioned it in your OP so maybe it is not a priority.

That would free up a round trip drive of 700km.

Take one night away from Windhoek and add the three to Etosha for a more relaxing visit.

This would look like this:-

Windhoek.

Etosha (Enter at Anderssons for Okaukuejo)Ttotal drive 435 km on lovely tar. 2/3 nights.

to Dolomite Camp. Game driving 175km. 2 or 3 nights.

Damaraland , Grootberg is lovely but there are others..2/3 nights. 300km. Good road.

Swakopmund. via Coast road. 3 nights. Scenic and smooth. 470.

Then either back to WDH to hand over car and fly out or pay the drop off Fee (c NAM$1000) and fly from Walvis.

NB. Driving in Namibia is lovely and a refreshing change from the crowded roads of UK.