This 9-day program will take you through the fascinating and rugged landscapes of Namibia, visiting the iconic highlights including Kalahari Desert, the Quiver Tree Forest, Fish River canyon, the Namib Desert, and Swakopmunda. Experience the Namib, a vast and picturesque coastal desert stretching 1200 miles along the Atlantic Ocean
Travel to Cape Town for its premium quality wineries and an abundant of wildlife reserves nearby.
Day 1: Windhoek - Kalahari Desert
You journey begins as you depart Windhoek for the Kalahari Desert,
the largest sand mass on Earth. The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of
wind-blown sand held by a sparse
mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand
covering 9 African countries.
The Bushmen refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotivedescription for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless
grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is still home to a
surprising large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the
opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this
desert environment on an optional nature drive.
Day 2: Kahalari Desert - Fish River Canyon
After breakfast, drive through Kalahari and visit the Quiver tree
forest near Keetmanshoop.Visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest you are welcomed by quirky
man-made sculptures of scrap metal which set a contrast to this serene,
timeless space with Quiver trees and aloes nestled amongst huge dolerite
boulders, stacked in a mysterious way, the area is also aptly referred
to as “Giant’s Playground”.
Continue to your lodge, situated in close
vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here you 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
Day 3: Fish River Canyon - Luderitz
The morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where you
are able to gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish
River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and is
the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that
measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places
almost 550m deep. 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. Continue your
journey past the Naute dam, where we shortly stop at the Naute Kristall
Cellar and Distillery. Proceed to the coastal town of Lüderitz. On the
way to Lüderitz you will stop at Garub, a viewing point for the Wild
Horses of the Namib Desert.
Day 4: Luderitz
After breakfast, visit the Kolmanskop ghost
town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet
National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the
Diamond boom and built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today
Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past, offering
visitor’s unique photo motives into a bygone era. On the return to town,
you will visit Diaz Point with its Padrao on a cliff overlooking the
harsh Atlantic Ocean commemorating the initial Portuguese explorers and
explore the forlorn coast. Arriving back in Lüderitz for some leisure
time to explore this small, historic town.
Day 5: Namib Desert
an early breakfast, travel across wide open plains north along the
Tiras Mountain range to your lodge in the Namib Desert. The lodge is
located in close proximity to Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead
Vlei and Sesriem Canyon. Here you will see 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.
Day 6: Namib Desert
early to enter the Namib Naukluft National Park before sunrise. The
first rays of sunlight will paint the mountains of sand into a variety
of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline,
enrapturing your senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this
awesome landscape on film. You 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 to admire
the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter take a visit to the Sesriem
Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib
Day 7: Swakopmund
breakfast, continue the journey to the little settlement of Solitaire,
on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park. Here it is worthwhile
to enjoy a cup of coffee with the delightful apple-pie written about in
so many travel books before travelling via the desolate, rolling hills
of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal
harbour town of Walvis Bay, visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most
important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World
Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and
present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups.
along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean,
you will 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. Its pleasant summer climate and
long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over
Day 8: Day at leisure in Swakopmund
Swakopmund is often fondly
referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities
ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the
Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here.
the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee
and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively
explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this
awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner
child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as
skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes.
Take time to get the feel of this quaint town
with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar
that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of
colour and the bohemian lifestyle.
Day 9: Depart Windhoek for your transfer to the airport
After breakfast, you will have time on your own to explore the
charming old town of Swakopmund before departing to Windhoek. Your tour will end upon
arrival to either your hotel in Windhoek or the airport.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge
The Elegant Lodge
Swakopmund Plaza Beach Hotel
*Lodges and camps are subject to change due to availability.
Accommodation with private facilities
Bilingual-speaking guides (German/English)
Activities as specified
Meals as specified
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
Any items not mentioned as included
This tour operates with a minimum of 2 passengers and
a maximum of 20 passengers.
English departures only: 6 Apr 19, 29 Jun 19, 7 Sep 19 and 5 Oct 19