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Mar 21, 2019 - Still at Sea

No further reports on the starboard engine and so far the other one is still propelling us along! We have both been spending 20-30 minutes in the gym before breakfast in an attempt to limit the calorie intake. Some of the people we have shared the dinner table it's have had interesting lives. On two occasions we have sat with a Methodist minister who is taking the Sunday church services (he does a good job!) Last night we were with a physicist ! Today there is an opportunity to meet with other teachers/educators so we'll probably join that...

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Mar 20, 2019 - At Sea

When we were 8 hours out of Cape Town the starboard engine played up and had to be stopped and since then our speed has been restricted to ten knots.. We are now not due to berth in Namibia until late tomorrow night. We have been told that there is additional assistance available when we arrive but hopefully the engineers on board will have solved the problem by then. One positive out of all this is that since Cape Town all drinks have been free.

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Jan 1, 2019 - National Geographic Cheetah's then back to Windhoek

Today's itinerary After breakfast, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a global field research and education facility founded by Dr. Laurie Marker whose research has been supported by National Geographic. Tour the facility to learn about the important research, conservation, and community outreach work they do as one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Meet with a researcher for a lecture to learn about the various projects in the works, then enjoy a cheetah drive to view some of these amazing...

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Dec 31, 2018 - Etosha

Today's itinerary Embark on two open vehicle safari drives today: one in the early morning to see the sunrise and another in the afternoon. Both drives will be led by a local guide from the national park. There is abundant wildlife that congregate around the waterholes, so keep your cameras at the ready for elephants, lions, endangered black rhinos, and even leopards. Over lunch, you have time to relax at the lodge, take a swim, or sit back and watch the animals as the come to the waterhole. After the vast desert, Etosha National Park,...

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Dec 30, 2018 - Palmwag Lodge to Etosha

Today's itinerary Enjoy a relaxed morning at the lodge, or opt for a guided nature walk in the Palmwag Concession. In the afternoon we continue to our lodge located in the Etosha National Park area, considered the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. This evening, spend time at the waterhole to view the abundant wildlife who come to drink. Etosha is a very popular park with limited accommodation. While we aim to secure lodging inside the park, on some departures we will stay at lodges adjacent to the park (the park is unfenced allowing...

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Dec 29, 2018 - Damaraland via Twyfelfontein (stone age rock engravings)

Today's itinerary Continue on to Twyfelfontein where we visit the ancient petroglyphs which were named Namibia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is thought to hold the largest concentrations of Bushman engravings in Africa, with over 2500 figures, ranging from 2000-5000 years old. Finish the day on the Palmwag Concession, in northwest Damaraland.Prehistoric Rock Engravings Guided Tour Twyfelfontein - Step back in time to see prehistoric rock engravings made during the early Stone Age. Their exact origin is uncertain, but these...

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Dec 28, 2018 - Swakopmund and Mondesa township

Today's itinerary Enjoy a free morning. Opt to go sandboarding, or just take a walk in town. This afternoon, explore the township of Mondesa with a local guide, learning about its people and history. Visit the local market for an introduction to traditional food including wild spinach, mopane worms, and dried kapenta fish. Also visit an art and craft shop, meet with some locals, then visit a family-run establishment for dinner and local entertainment. Explore the town's unique mix of German and African culture and opt to visit curio shops,...

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Dec 27, 2018 - Sesriem to Swakopmund

Today's itinerary Continue through changing desert landscapes, keeping an eye out for free-roaming zebra, kudu, springbok, and oryx. Stop in the quirky town of Solitaire for a break before heading out into the countryside. Here we meet a local to this remote region who takes us on a drive and talks about the survival strategies of ancient bushmen who lived in the area. We also search out smaller animal life that manages to survive in these harsh conditions such as snakes, geckos, spiders, and insects to learn how they have adapted to...

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Dec 26, 2018 - This desert is 43 million years old? No Way!

Today's itinerary Embark on a scenic excursion into the national park to explore the Namib Desert. Visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei — clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burnt orange and red towering dunes. It's considered one of the most stunning desert landscapes in Africa. After, visit Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River. Enjoy a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. The Tsauchab River flows through the canyon every five to ten years, and this creates the...

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Dec 25, 2018 - Windhoek to Sesriem @ 47Celsius

Today's itinerary Christmas day Enjoy the dramatic Namibian landscapes as we drive to the desert area of Sesriem, gateway to Namib-Naukluft National Park. Settle in to our desert lodge, relax at the pool, or enjoy a cool drink watching the stunning sunset over the deserts cape. Enjoy postcard perfect desert scenery around Sesriem and Sossusvlei - vast desertscapes of reds and orange, stark camel thorn trees and towering dunes with dramatic curved ridges. Also keep an eye out for the surprising amount of wildlife that call this area home...

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Dec 24, 2018 - to Windhoek in Namibia

Fly to Windhoek and transfer to the hotel. Free time to explore Windhoek in the afternoon and then meet your CEO and the rest of the group in the evening. You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

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Dec 23, 2018 - Karongwe CHEETAHS and back to Jo'burg

Today's itinerary After one last wildlife safari drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house. Jump into a safari 4x4 and keep your eyes open for fantastic wildlife encounters. Wildlife safari drives are conducted with qualified wildlife rangers and Shangaan trackers; both will share their vast experience of the African bush. Christmas Eve Eve We beat our wake up call today by half an hour and were up at 430. We finished our packing and got ready for our early morning safari leaving at 5:30. It had...

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