Tours for disabled travellers*

Introduction

Touring one of Africa's most fascinating countries with a mobility impairment has been almost impossible so far. The following tour program takes into account the requirements of disabled travellers.
To allow guests close encounters with the beauty, the fascination and the friendliness of our country, great care has been taken in identifying those special places where the quality of the accommodation and the experience go hand-in-hand. The accommodation selected are suitable to disabled guests to a large extent but the willingness to compromise - particularly in the bathroom area - is necessary.
A vehicle with automatic gearbox is provided that can been equipped with a hand-control kit (by prior arrangement only).
Should you be interested in a VW Microbus, this can be equipped with a mobile ramp but can only be driven by a non-disabled person.

Tour program

For self drive or with a guide.
Day 1. WINDHOEK. Arrive at Windhoek's Hosea Kutako airport, where you meet a tour operator's representative for a transfer to your hotel in town. Your comfortable hotel is situated on the southern outskirts of town and offers public areas of generous proportions. Here you receive your travel documents, and last tour details can be discussed. Delivery of your rental vehicle this afternoon or the following morning.
D/B/B - Windhoek Country Club Resort.
Day 2. WINDHOEK - BULLSPORT. The first leg of your roundtrip through Namibia takes you via the Rehoboth and Klein Aub in a south-westerly direction into the border region of the Namib desert. Near the majestic Naukluft mountains lies the guest farm of Ernst and Johanna Sauber, where you will quickly feel at home. You will not only find here facilities for guests with an impaired mobility but also personal attention and a relaxing, family-style atmosphere.
FB - Bullsport guest farm.
Day 3. BULLSPORT - SOSSUSVLEI AREA - BULLSPORT.
The full day is dedicated to an excursion (under own arrangement for self drive guests) into the dune desert. A drive of approximately two hours takes you to the entrance of the Namib Naukluft park at Sesriem. Provided with a picnic lunch and a good supply of refreshments, you may spend most of the day surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes on earth, which offer fascinating photographic motives. Transport facilities presently available unfortunately do not yet allow disabled visitors to visit the famous Sossusvlei. However, the approximately 60km long access road through the Tsauchab valley offers very similar scenes. Return to your overnight accommodation in the course of the afternoon. Excursion: Enjoy the fascinating dune desert surrounded by a sea of sand. An early departure is recommended. Cool drinks are excluded on self drive programs but can be purchased at your accommodation. Sesriem entrance fees are payable on the spot.
FB - Bullsport guest farm.
Day 4. BULLSPORT - SWAKOPMUND. A trip full of varying impressions awaits you on your departure to the Atlantic coast. Travel via Solitaire and through the rugged Kuiseb canyon to reach the central Namib desert with its vast gravel plains. Visit a quiver tree forest, ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis plants and the Moon Valley as the main attractions on route. With a little bit of luck, encounters with the beautiful Oryx antelope and with other survival artists of the desert are possible near waterholes.
Enjoy your picnic lunch under very old shady camel thorn trees. Arrive in Swakopmund in the late afternoon, where you can expect to find a comfortable hotel room and moderate climate. Namib desert: On your drive through the Namib desert, experience the vastness of seemingly unreal and lifeless landscapes with their gravel plains, mountains and natural springs.
D/B/B - Hansa hotel.
Day 5 and 6. SWAKOPMUND & SURROUNDINGS. Enjoy two full days at your leisure in this popular seaside resort. Individual activities may include sightseeing tours to view colonial buildings, an interesting Natural History museum, the Cape Cross Seal reserve north of Henties Bay, the Walvis Bay lagoon with its seabird colonies and salt works, and many activities such as a dune drive on a quad bike. Furthermore, the visitor will find numerous shops offering jewellery handcrafted from local precious and semi-precious stones and art galleries. Excursions: There are many sightseeing and activity options to choose from in and around Swakopmund catering for almost any taste.

D/B/B - Hansa hotel.
Day 7. SWAKOPMUND - OMARURU REGION. A drive of approximately three hours on tar roads takes you through the historic towns of Usakos, Karibib and Omaruru to one of the most beautiful game farms in the country.  Enjoy the generous relaxation facilities of Epako and the game movements at the waterhole, which can be observed from the terrace of the main building. Lunch is followed by a midday break and a nature drive with game viewing opportunities and sundowner drinks on a vantage point.
FB - Epako Game lodge.
Day 8. EPAKO GAME LODGE. Another day is spent in this 11 000 ha private game reserve and includes full board as well as a nature drive in an open safari vehicle. Please choose between a morning and an afternoon activity on the spot.
Nature Drive: You will surely not be able to keep your camera in the bag when observing wild animals in their natural environment. So don't forget to charge the batteries and to pack plenty of film.
FB - Epako Game lodge.
Day 9. OMARURU REGION - ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK. Proceed north on tar roads via Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb. Your destination is a comfortable lodge on the eastern boundaries of the famous Etosha National park. Subject to your interests and time permitting, enjoy first game drives in this 17 000 sq. km nature conservation area.
(Entrance fees are payable on the spot, i. e., at the Namutoni Rest camp).
Namutoni: Namutoni is a historic fort built during German colonial times. Today it serves as a rest camp for visitors of the Etosha National park. There are not yet facilities for disabled travellers but it is worthwhile a visit and can be accessed by road.
D/B/B - Mokuti lodge.
Day 10. ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK. A whole day is dedicated to game drives in Etosha (own arrangement for self drive guests). Landscapes and waterholes in eastern and northern directions of Namutoni attract a wide variety of African wildlife.
Leave the park at sunset and return to your accommodation.
D/B/B - Mokuti lodge.
Day 11. ETOSHA - OTAVI REGION. Return to Tsumeb during the morning with an opportunity to visit Lake Otjikoto, a small interesting museum and an exhibition of the traditional life-style of the Owambo tribes at the Tsumeb cultural village.
Another hour's drive takes you to a modern guest farm in the vicinity of Otavi.
D/B/B - Khorab lodge.
Day 12. OTAVI - OKAHANDJA REGION. Time permitting, there are two routings to choose from to reach your next destination - either mostly on roads and the Herero town of Okahandja or via untarred secondary roads allowing a close-up view of the Waterberg Plateau. Should you opt for the latter, arrangements for a take-away lunch and refreshments from Khorab lodge are strongly recommended.
Otjiruze is one of the few accommodation providers in Namibia fully suitable for physically impaired visitors.
D/B/B - Otjiruze guest farm.
Day 13. OTJIRUZE GUEST FARM. Enjoy a relaxing finish at this attractive guest farm, which also offers sports and game viewing activities. Your hosts have created a friendly atmosphere and welcome good talks after dinner.
FB - Otjiruze guest farm.
Day 14. OTJIRUZE - AIRPORT. Drive of approximately two and a half hours to the international airport for the drop-off of the rental vehicle.
NOTICE:
This tour program serves as a guideline only and may be amended regarding the routing and the duration of the stay.
Prices are available on request - please stipulate travel preferences.

Preferred accommodation establishments

Windhoek Country Club resort: The hotel buildings offer ramp access, and the rooms are found on the same floor as the reception. The restaurant situated in the basement is accessible with a lift. A casino offers fun and relaxation of a different kind.
Bullsport: Bullsport offers typical Namibian farm hospitality with friendly hosts who take great care and are always willing to go the extra mile to meet their guests' requirements. Your room offers privacy and the bathroom leaves nothing to be desired. The main terrace, the meeting point at meal times, can be accessed via a ramp.
Hansa hotel: The Hansa hotel is one of the best hotels in Namibia and has received multiple awards. It offers a very special flair and rooms adjacent to a lovely courtyard garden inviting guests to rest and unwind.
Epako lodge: Experience the magnificent landscapes and the wilderness of this special place. Generous guestrooms, a sophisticated atmosphere and excellent French-Namibian cuisine add to the attractions of this visit.
Mokuti lodge: The only 4 star lodge in the country just outside of the Etosha park. Khorab: Comfortable facilities surround a beautiful garden and invite the guest to unwind after a day filled with historic and cultural aspects.
Otjiruze: Here you will not only find relaxation but also a tennis court that poses no problem even for guests in wheel chairs. Guest rooms are also well designed and offer the desired comfort.
For further details on these establishments, please see section H in this manual.

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