Wedged between the Kalahari and the South Atlantic, Namibia enjoys vast potential as one of the youngest countries in Africa. In addition to having a striking diversity of cultures and national origins, Namibia is a photographer's dream – it boasts wild seascapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, stunning wildlife, colonial cities and nearly unlimited elbow room. This 13-day overland safari has been artistically tailored to offer travellers the experience of a life time.
|Tour Duration||:||13 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||20 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Windhoek/Kalahari Desert (Drive)
Welcome to Namibia! Upon arrival in Windhoek, we are met and embark on our journey, travelling into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi-desert that makes up the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world, covering nine African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. Lacking permanent surface water, it is a challenging place to live. However, both animals and people have adapted to survive and flourish here. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the towering red sand dunes, as well as unique animal and plant life on an optional nature drive.
Overnight: Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge, Kalahari Desert (1 night)
Day 02: Kalahari Desert/Fish River Canyon (Drive)
Continue south through the arid and extensive rocky plains. Visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest, we are welcomed by quirky man-made sculptures of scrap metal, a unique contrast to the timeless Quiver trees and aloes nestled among huge dolerite boulders. This area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”. We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to Fish River Canyon. Here we can explore the area on foot or on an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon, highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape and impressive sweeping rock formations.
Overnight: Canyon Village, Fish River Canyon (1 night) (B)
Day 03: Fish River Canyon/Luderitz (Drive)
Our morning starts on the edge of Fish River Canyon, where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures about 160 kilometers long, measuring up to 27 kilometers wide and 550 meters deep in places. The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared to the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. We continue our journey past the Naute dam, where we take a short stop at Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery for an optional taste of some of the unique liquors. Or simply enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. Proceeding, we head towards the coastal town of Luderitz. En route, we stop at Garub, a viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.
Overnight: Nest Hotel, Luderitz (2 nights) (B)
Day 04: Luderitz
This morning, visit Kolmanskop ghost town, a deserted diamond mining town in Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, the area is a monument to the diamond boom and bust. On our return to town, we visit Diaz Point, with its Padrao on a cliff overlooking the harsh Atlantic Ocean and commemorating the initial Portuguese explorers of this forlorn coast. Arriving back in Luderitz, we explore this small, historic town. (B)
Day 05: Luderitz/Namib Desert (Drive)
Following an early breakfast, we travel across wide open plains along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert*. We are located in close proximity to Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.
Overnight: Elegant Desert Lodge, Namib Desert (2 nights) (B)
Day 06: Namib Desert
An early start brings us to Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise. We have the opportunity to take in the first rays of sunlight, which paint the mountains of sand in shades of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against crisp blue skyline and providing amazing photo opportunities. We will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth, and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes and admire the desert landscape beneath. Afterwards, we visit Sesriem Canyon, a life-sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert. (B)
Day 07: Namib Desert/Swakopmund (Drive)
Following our morning meal, we continue our journey, approaching the little settlement of Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park. Here, we feel as if we have arrived in the middle of nowhere. It is worthwhile to enjoy a cup of coffee with the delightful apple pie written about in so many travel books before continuing via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbor town of Walvis Bay, we visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent. Over 80 per cent of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breathtaking picture when they appear in groups. Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean, we reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia.
Overnight: Swakopmund Plaza/Beach Hotel, Swakopmund (2 nights) (B)
Day 08: Swakopmund
Swakopmund is often referred to as the “playground of Namibia”. It offers numerous activities ranging from adventure to wildlife viewing. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town while enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many cafes. Alternatively, explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour or view this awesome environment from the air on a scenic flight. Extreme adventures like skydiving, quad biking and sand boarding are also available. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar. (B)
Day 09: Swakopmund/Damaraland (Drive)
A long yet fascinating day takes us along scenic roads as we head further north, travelling past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain. We make our way into Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse area in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Accompanied by a local Damara guide, we visit Twyfelfontein*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2,500 pictures some 6,000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara, we proceed to the Petrified Forest, a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant, the oldest living desert plant on Earth.
Overnight:Damara Mopane Lodge, Damaraland (1 night) (B)
Day 10: Damaraland/Etosha National Park (Drive)
After a relaxed breakfast, we travel towards Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife. Once we have reached our camp, located just outside the national park, we head out on our first safari. Within the national park, our guide helps us explore the various waterholes located close to Okaukueho and the Anderson gate. Optional and time permitting open vehicle game drives can be booked with the lodge.
Overnight: Etosha Safari Camp, Etosha National Park (1 night) (B)
Day 11: Etosha National Park
We devote our day to the abundant wildlife found in Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to four of the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The park was proclaimed Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907. We will have the chance to spot over 114 different game species and more than 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard and antelope, as well as some endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and black-faced impala, are all found here. An extensive network of roads linking over 30 water holes allows visitors to see many different areas of the park, each providing different animal encounters.
Overnight: Mokuti Etosha Lodge, Etosha National Park (2 nights) (B)
Day 12: Etosha National Park
Today we will again venture into the park with our guide or, optionally, we can book an open game drive with the lodge. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park, is roughly 130 kilometers long and as wide as 50 kilometers in places. During Etosha’s notorious dry spells, the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during these dry spells, as animals congregate at the watering holes. But even in the rainy season, the park remains an abundant wildlife haven, with the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as young foals, cubs and chicks frolick with their parents and new green shrubs and grasses sprout. In the afternoon, we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. (B)
Day 13: Etosha National Park/Depart Windhoek (Drive)
After breakfast, we travel back through the centre of the country, taking in exposed bushland savannah as we make our way back to Windhoek. Time permitting, we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja, or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up a few last souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, offering a variety of good restaurants. We will be dropped at our accommodation of choice to continue our adventure, or transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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Please Note: The rugged terrain and desert temperatures in Namibia cause significant strain on vehicles, specifically on the aircon systems. The rough, corrugated roads can literally shake the aircon apart and have a strong impact on the power of the vehicles. Please note that vehicles, while still being equipped with aircon, may often not be running with the aircon switched on.
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