Your Next Great Adventure: A Namibian Safari - Page 4

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Giraffes, Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Giraffes of Etosha National Park  (Lacy Morris)

How to Get There
The best option for traveling such a long distance is to enlist the help of an experienced travel agent.
Karell’s African Dream Vacations offers completely customizable itineraries, and they’ll walk you through the entire process from the dream to the departure date to possibly beyond—you’re likely to get a follow-up phone call once you’re back on home turf.

The patriarch of the family-owned-and-operated business, Norman Pieters, received the Travel + Leisure A-List Travel Agent award for 2011, marking the fifth consecutive year he’s received the prestigious honor. The company’s one-on-one attention is evident in every step of the booking process—from duffel bags, LED hats, and passport holders arriving on your doorstep prior to departure to advice on what to pack, the current weather, and how much money to bring. Having traveled to Namibia themselves, the agents are well versed in the ins and outs of the country, and you’ll value their advice once Africa-bound.

The Logistics
Should you try to go it alone (you brave soul), it’s safe to say that getting there is the only unpleasant experience you’ll have to endure. The flight is a doozy—from the United States, you’re looking at upwards of 17 hours of travel time. Your best bet is to fly into Johannesburg, South Africa, with South African Airways. They have direct flights from New York City and Washington, D.C., with a stopover in Dakar, Senegal, to refuel. A night in Johannesburg is your fastest way to beat the jet lag. There are several hotels right around the airport—Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport is a clean and luxurious option. The hotel sits just 550 yards from the airport door, with a convenient shuttle that runs every 20 minutes. You’ll want to book an early flight into Windhoek for the next morning to meet with your safari guide—the trip is less than two hours from takeoff to landing. Downstairs, Bernoulli’s Restaurant is a convenient dinner option that will get you in bed in time for your early morning departure. This process can be repeated on your return flight, or choose to stay a few nights in Johannesburg to check out the city.

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