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Namibia.It has suddenly dawned on me.

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Its happened before.Its happened again.A couple of days ago I stumbled across a irresistible fare and on the impulse, booked a flight to Windhoek for 11 nights, last week of May'15.

This was Fast and Furious

That done , did some quick searches for info on Namibia on this forum and other sources.Shot off mails to lodges and booked myself a Toyota 4x4.I wanted to camp initially but later abandoned the idea for a more comfortable holiday.Realized, I probably wouldn't have the energy to set up camp,pack/unpack and so on after long hauls.
This is the way my story would go and welcome observations

Day 1 :

Arrive Windhoek late eve check into Kalahari Sands Hotel.

I do have options for other places like Olive Grove Guesthouse and Londiningi Guesthouse.I would prefer these smaller more intimate places as to contemporary largs establishments.

Day 2:

Post breakfast drive to Okonjima Plains Camp,guess 3-4 hrs. Overnight.Game drives in the concession and other activities at the Africat foundation.
Here, I am keen on staying at the Old Trader's Lodge at Erindi instead, I haven't got confirmation here as yet. If I do , I don't intend to flip a coin. Would like yo solicit your valuable advise. Pl weigh the pros and cons for me.

Day 3 & 4.

Post lunch depart for the Mushara Bush Camp , east of the Etosha pan, looks a pretty place so I gave myself 2 nights.A relatively 'new camp' I heard is close to the Von Lindquist Gate on the eastern edge of the Etosha Pan.

Day 5 :

Arrive at the Okaukuejo Camp. Wait listed for the waterhole chalet but got confirmation for Standard room, of which I'n not too happy about. A couple of videos on youtube of this camp reminds me of a circus,a ringside view of the waterhole,with hordes of noisy people milling around.This does not appeal to me, for I prefer the quiet and stillness of an observation post. If its true,any suggestion for an alternate camp in the proximity or should I stay here to ' tick it '. Its all for one day.Your observation.

Day : 6 & 7

Drive in the direction of Damaraland, to be specific , it will be the Doro Nawas Lodge as I've been wait listed at Camp Kipwe. I particularly liked the chalet, at Doro, with the bed out in the ' open to sky ' wooden deck and would imagine, counting the stars and lulling myself to sleep.Take a look at it at the Wildness Safaris Doro Nawas web page.

Day 8 ;

Here is a tricky situation I'm in. This day has to end in Swakopmund and I've booked one night at the Beach Lodge. If I travel west,Skeleton Coast is about 120kms . Spend a couple of hours and start down south. This is what I'm coming to. The bait is Cape Cross, just to spend an hr at the fur seals colony and its 'refreshing breath" , I'm told.Then a long drive to Swakopmund. Crazy, 600+ kms. wouldn't mind it though.
A sober option is a 250km straight drive to Swakopmund from Doro,hit a pub and put my feet up . Ayes and Nays please.

Day 9 & 10 :

After breakfast drive down south to Sesriem,at the Desert Camp for two nights

Day 11 :

Will be on the way to Windhoek overnight at one of the accomodations mentioned above.

Day 12 :Fly back home,promising myself never do such impromptu planing again.

I've deliberately left out activities and other valuable information that I would like to solicit from you a little later, lest I shock myself .


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