CrissCross Namibia Safaris
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This Tour Is Offered by CrissCross Namibia Safaris
CrissCross Namibia Safaris
- Office In:
- 5-10 employees (Founded in 2003)
- Member Of:
- NTB & TASA
- Tour Types:
- Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
CrissCross Namibia Safaris, established in 2003, specialize in tours for small groups/families from 2 to 12. (Bigger groups can also be accommodated on request). We specialize in Wildlife viewing, Namibian divesity which include landscapes and Cultural groups. We cover the Kalahari, South of Namibia, Deserts, Skeleton coats, Damaraland, Kaokoland and Etosha National Park. We also do tours which includes Victoria Falls, Botswana (Chobe and Moremi), and Namibia. We pride ourselves with excellence.
They were organized thoughtful people with in depth knowledge of wildlife, backroads and Namibia.
We just spent 3 weeks on a safari with CrissCross. We traveled over 3000 miles and went from north to south and back with our guides. We saw it all; Etosha, Kaokoland, Domaraland, the Skeleton Coast, the Namib and Kalahari Deserts, dunes, Fish Canyon, Walvis Bay and every kind of wildlife you can imagine. Thinus, our first guide and the owner of CrissCross was born to white settlers and lived on a farm in the heart of Namibia. He has experienced Namibian history, first hand. His knowledge of the roads and "shortcuts" is encyclopedic. FYI Most Namibian roads are gravel and many times they turn into rocks-small and large. Riding in a 4X4 was exciting, noisy and bumpy. He knows wildlife and where to find them. Every day was an adventure. Our 3rd week's guide was Marcus. He too has lived in Namibia his whole life. His point of view is from the "colored"(his word) man's perspective. Both men have lived through apartheid, social unrest, war and the reorganization of Namibian society. Traveling with these men deepened our understanding of the human condition in this very complex country. Both points of view were necessary to truly understand. With Marcus we experienced Fish Canyon, quiver trees, the Giants playground, the Namib dunes and the Kalahari Desert. The trip was well planned and customized to our wishes with different lodges almost nightly. We never worried about the arrangements and payments because we were well cared for. On our last day before our flight out, Marcus took us to the National museum which explained the wars, sacrifices and torment leading to Namibian independence from South Africa in 1990....very eye opening and important to think about. All in all the trip was brilliant and we owe our thanks to Thinus and Marcus for their constant care, knowledge and conscientiousness. Our 2 favorite lodges: 1.the Cape Cross Lodge with its crashing waves 100 yards from our room, seals and further down the coast: flamingos, dolphins, and grey whales. 2.Okapuka Private Game Reserve with game drives where rhinos, sabel antelopes, warthogs etc run up to the land rover to get food pellet treats.. it was so amazing and fun.
Had a great trip with CrissCross Namibia Safaris
Spent 2 weeks in Namibia with my sister and our guide Maddi , what fun we had ,tough environment ,harsh driving conditions at times but we enjoyed every minute, maybe not all the dust , oh well still great time was had by all .
Our Exciting CrissCross Namibia Adventure
Three of us plus a driver/guide in a 4x4 were privileged to go on a month long/6600km holiday primarily in Namibia and fortunate to have chosen CrissCross Namibia Safaris as our tour company. We based our choice of company on previous online reviews and the flexibility allowed in planning our itinerary. They organized the tour and route we requested. We were also impressed with the prompt responses to any inquiries that we gave them.
Our trip started in Capetown where we spent four enjoyable days, before proceeding north. We spent a few days travelling through western South Africa up to the border of Namibia. This was carried out by another company organized by CrissCross.
At the border we were met by CrissCross owner, Thinus, who escorted us through the border, and from that point on we decided we were in good hands!! We had a very enjoyable 8 days with Thinus.
First to the Orange River and the Aussenkehr Nature Park with amazing rock formations, next Fish River Canyon which rivals the Grand Canyon in size, then onto Luderitz and Kolmanskop, a diamond mining ghost town which has been encroached on by dunes and so interesting to see, especially for photographers. Next was on to Soussevlei and the amazing dunes, fun to climb, even part way up to the top.
Some of the drives were long but the scenery so different from Western Canada that it was still interesting. Thinus always seemed to find great points of interest, along with interesting stories. We went on to Swakopmund and had a very enjoyable dune ride out of Walvis Bay where we also enjoyed seeing the large number of flamingos. In Swakopmund we were met by Markus, our guide for the rest of our trip. He was also a very capable and knowledgeable driver. First stop was Twyfelfontein where we saw the rock engravings of the Bushmen. Next we travelled to Grootberg with beautiful scenic views and then proceeded to visit a Himba village. An experience in itself! From there we continued on to Etosha Park NP, where we saw lots of wildlife including four rhino sightings which was a thrill for us!!
Driving through the Zambezi region (Caprivi Strip) we saw many local villages and this gave us a glimpse of how the local people carry out their daily lives.
Next we had a stop in Bwabwata NP where we had very up close encounters with elephants!! We then went into Chobe NP in Botswana where we were surrounded with hundreds of elephants. Finally we visited Victoria Falls, although less water than usual due to the drought, was a fantastic experience seeing the strength of mother nature.
All our accommodations were very nice, comfortable, had interesting views and great food, often with an opportunity to try game meat.
Although it was the driest spring on record, it was a welcome contrast to home where we get too much rain!!
Thanks to Thinus, Helena and Markus for a wonderful trip, so much variety in a short time, landforms, scenery, wildlife, some quirkiness, a meteorite, a castle, desert elephants, wild horses, always something unique in this special country. Not much traffic either!!
We were glad to have been shown the country by two gentlemen who know their country well and could share so much with us.
Wonderful Namibia experience for the whole family - Guided by a true insider
We had overall a wonderful experience - as first comers to the country traveling with a 10 year old daughter we were a bit anxious but found traveling and arrangements were a breeze from start to end.
We picked Criss Cross from Safari booking based on mixture of reviews, proposed itinerary and feedback received by mail (we contacted 3-4 operators).
Communication was fast and efficient - downpayment via credit card not a problem and further payments via money order.
Two weeks prior to the trip we clarified last details about pick up (and got very patient answers to our probably very naive questions)
Thinus (owner and manager of Cross Cross who was our guide for the trip) picked us up at the airport in Windhoek and brought us to the hotel for the first night.
We had booked a proposed 12 day guided tour (our family only) itinerary through Namibia only and then adjusted that with 2 additional days (which fit our flight schedule). Planning and proposals was very convenient. Cross cross asked us about our preferences regarding what we would like to see, accommodation style etc and made proposals based on that. We got a detailed travel plan with daily schedule and links to the respective lodges.
Traveling was done in a comfortable car (4 people traveling including Thinus who was driving us).
The most amazing thing was the many stories and backgrounds he could share about his country, it’s people and it’s flora and fauna.
There was a lot of traveling involved (more than 4000km (!)) but with a talking guidebook next to us it never got boring - we felt like traveling with a friend that knows every corner and every stone in his country.
Namibia is a fantastic country to travel for families. It offers all the adventures of genuine safari experience while being safe and comfortable to travel. It is incredibly faceted. We saw all the “Big 5” animals (on our first day), the fantastic wildlife in Etosha (though it is VERY dry this year), dramatic landscapes (Waterberg, damaraland, soussevlei, fish river canyon) different types of desert (incl kalahari) and coast aren (Swakopmund where we did an amazing Boat/Dune Combo Tour).
As they say - once you have Namibian dust on your shoes (and you will have lots of dust if traveling during winter as it is one of the driest countries in the world) you will always return... we are already planning our next trip to the region ....
Heartfelt thanks again to Criss Cross team and especially to Thinus for making this the best vacation ever !
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Trip of a lifetime
We did a 3 week tour from Victoria Falls to Botswana then Namibia with Thinus as our wonderful guide.
it was an amazing trip. Chobe in Botswana was fantastic for wildlife, especially elephants. Moremi game reserve in the Okavango was beautiful for bird life and a resident hippo at our lodge was a bit of a thrill!
Namibia was beautiful also. Damaraland was spectacular and unexpected! Soussovlei was incredible too. Was great to incorporate beautiful landscapes into the trip instead of just focusing on game viewing
In terms of travel, accommodation and food the trip exceeded our expectations. The lodges (3-5star) were fantastic- interesting locations and unique styles.
Everything went perfectly smoothly thanks to the superb organization and attention to detail of our guide Thinus. Thinus was more than a “guide” - he was a born and bred Namibian with an interesting history and unique perspective and knowledge of the country.
We highly recommend Crisscross!!
Other Safaris & Tours4 – Offered by CrissCross Namibia Safaris
18-Day Wildlife, Landscapes and Cultural Experience
$6,800 pp (USD)
Namibia: Private tour
Mid-rangeLodge & Hotel
You Visit: Windhoek (Start), Erindi GR, Otjiwarongo (City), Etosha NP, Ruacana Falls, Kunene Region, Kaokoland, Twyfelfontein (Rock Art), Swakopmund (City), Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes), Fish River Canyon (|Ai-|Ais Richtersveld TP), Kalahari Desert, Windhoek (End)
11-Day Self Drive 4x4 Tour Camping or Lodge Accommodation
$3,450 pp (USD)
Mid-rangeLodge & Hotel
You Visit: Windhoek (Start), Otjiwarongo (City), Etosha NP, Palmwag (Damaraland), Cape Cross (Dorob), Walvis Bay (City), Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes), Hosea Kutako Airport (End)
21-Day 3 Countries: Zimbabwe - Botswana - Namibia
$11,000 pp (USD)
Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe: Private tour
Mid-rangeLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Victoria Falls (Start), Kasane (Town), Chobe NP, Maun (City), Moremi GR (Okavango Delta), Okavango River, Bushmanland, Etosha NP, Damaraland, Swakopmund (City), Sossusvlei (Sand Dunes), Windhoek (City), Windhoek Airport (End)
12-Day Extreme Wildlife Experience Botswana/Namibia
$8,400 pp (USD)
Botswana & Namibia: Private tour
Mid-rangeLodge & Tented Bush Camp
You Visit: Kasane (Start), Chobe NP, Nkasa Rupara NP (Zambezi Region), Kavango Region, Maun (City), Moremi GR (Okavango Delta), Maun (End)