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Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Escape to Etosha (Intransit Guests Only)

Tour description

Embark on a unique safari adventure at Etosha National Park, one of Namibia's finest and most important Game Reserves. The park is home to more than 100 mammal species, including elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions. The Onguma Lodge is known for luxury and comfortable accommodations. The program involves a scheduled flight to Windhoek and charter flight to/from Etosha.

02MIDCPT-G Escape to Etosha (For Guests In-transit V4507/V4508)

Departure: April 5, 2015

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Rejoin ship: Walvis Bay April 7, 2015

Reserve by: December 23, 2014

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 23, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  A minimum number of participants is required to operates this programme.

Guests continuing in Cape Town to the next cruise segment have the opportunity   to experience a safari adventure of a special kind at one of Namibia's finest and most important Game Reserves, Etosha National Park. Covering an area of more than 8.685 square miles (22,750 square kilometers), the park is home to more than 100 mammal species, including elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions.

Your home for two nights is the luxurious Onguma Plains Lodge, also known as The Fort due to its unique architecture, evoking a classical African feel combined with Indian flavours. Onguma is one of several safari camps situated on the eastern side of Etosha and amidst the vast Onguma Game Reserve, arguably one of Namibia's best kept secrets. Here, guests will be able to experience Africa in all her beauty and diversity, whilst enjoying the amenities of a deluxe and most unusual safari 'camp'.

DAY ONE - Cape Town/Walvis Bay/Onguma

Departing the ship in Cape Town, you are met and transferred to the airport for a scheduled flight to Windhoek, from where a 2-hour scenic flight by charter plane will take you to Etosha. On arrival at Mokuti airstrip, 4x4 vehicles stand ready to bring you to the Onguma Plains Lodge. Check-in to your suite and spend time at leisure until afternoon tea is served. Admire the beautifully decorated lounge and large wooden deck with scattered seating spaces allowing full view of the waterhole.  

In the late afternoon, set out on a game drive in the Onguma Reserve and Etosha National Park.  Etosha offers guests the opportunity of viewing various game in the largest national park in Namibia. Several waterholes ensure fantastic photographic opportunities and the thrill of seeing some of the largest mammals in the world.

Return to the lodge and after some time to freshen up, a sumptuous dinner will be served.

Overnight accommodation at Onguma Plains Lodge - Etosha.

DAY TWO - Etosha and Onguma Plains Reserve

Today's programme starts with an early wake-up call and a game drive, followed by breakfast. The remainder of the morning is at leisure. Lunch is served around 1:00 p.m. in the main dining area. There is time to relax until the departure of your sundowner safari, which will return in time for dinner at the lodge.  

Overnight accommodation at the Onguma Plains Lodge - Etosha.

DAY THREE - Onguma/Walvis Bay

After a game drive, enjoy breakfast, followed by check-out and leisure time until the transfer to the airstrip and the charter flight to Walvis Bay. Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to Walvis Bay Harbour where the ship welcomes your return.  

Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is only offered to guests arriving into Cape Town on the ship, in-transit to the following cruises.  It is not available to guests embarking the ship in Cape Town. It is suggested to guests who are physically fit, able to get in and out of small planes and safari vehicles without assistance and able to manage a very active program. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. The charter flight to and from Etosha takes approximately two hours each way in a five-passenger Cessna plane. Guests are advised that their passport must have at least 2 consecutive blank pages for entry into South Africa and Namibia. Baggage allowance is 44 pounds (20 kg).  

Programme Includes:

·        Two-night stay at Onguma Plains - Etosha

·        Scheduled flight: Cape Town/Windhoek

·        Charter Flight Windhoek/Etosha/Walvis Bay in 5-seater aircraft

·        Two breakfasts, one lunch, afternoon tea, and two dinners (all beverages are included with meals, except champagne, cognac)

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Packed Lunch on Day 3

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers, rangers, and lodge staff, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.