Namibian Discovery 14 Days
From only ZAR 34,269 per adult – This iconic journey is designed to explore the highlights of Namibia. Covering 3 spectacular deserts, game viewing and visiting the renowned Himba people – this trip is guaranteed to delight
Etosha – translated as ‘the place of dry water’ – is a celebrated wildlife reserve in a dreamy, desert-like environment. Etosha National Park is in effect a vast shimmering salt pan, which creates a setting and scenery so vastly different from any other reserve you’ll have visited. Move from waterhole to waterhole in search of the Big Five.
At Sossusvlei in the heart of the Namib Desert, you’ll find the world’s highest sand dunes. Sunrise and sunset, spectacularly clear starry skies, and the shifting shadows and shapes of the dunes…all photographer’s and romantics’ dreams.
Damaraland is one of the last true wilderness areas in Africa, and we travel through here to the Petrified Forest, visit the historical rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, and explore the geological marvels of the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain.
Once at the coast, we’ll spend time touring the charming German inspired town of Swakopmund, learning about the history, the people and the architecture. Namibia in a nutshell – from the wildlife and scenery of the stark salt pans and desert, to the cruel coastline and quaint Germanic towns, it’s a landscape unique to this west coast of Africa.
Fully Guided Journey – 14 Days
Set Departure Dates on certain Mondays. Please also note that the itinerary for 2017 differs slightly to be below and is only 11 days – please enquire for details
Tour starts from Windhoek city hotels and ends back at Windhoek city hotels with a drop off at Windhoek International Airport by 14h30
Day 1: (Mon) Windhoek – Kalahari Desert
Depart Windhoek and drive to the Kalahari Desert, via the small town of Rehoboth, a community that still lives according to their paternal laws dating back to 1872. The Kalahari Desert is not a desert in the strictest sense of the word, as it receives too much rainfall. It’s only the vast expanses of sand, through which precipitation filters rapidly, leaving nothing on the surface, that have made the Kalahari into the “thirst land” that early European settlers described. Enjoy a scenic, sunset nature drive in an open safari vehicle before dinner.
Overnight: Kalahari Anib Lodge or similar – Breakfast & Dinner
Distance travelled today: 290 kms
Day 2 – (Tues) Kalahari Desert – Fish River Canyon
After breakfast, drive through the Kalahari region and visit the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop. The forest was declared a national monument of Namibia and comprises of about 250 specimens of Aloe dichotoma, which the San people used to make quivers. A short stop will be made in Keetmanshoop, with lunch en route, that will be for your own account. Visit the Naute Dam, Namibia’s third largest dam. Stretch your legs with an easy walk to a nearby mountain and enjoy a complimentary drink as you watch the sunset.
Overnight: Cañon Roadhouse or similar – Breakfast & Dinner
Distance travelled today: 400 kms
Day 3 – (Wed) Fish River Canyon – Aus
This morning we travel to the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160km long, up to 27km wide and in some places 550m deep. Our journey continues to Aus with lunch en route (for own account). En route you might see the desert adapted Wild Horses of the Namib. These horses hold an irresistible fascination, as they managed to adapt to the harsh conditions of the desert. Enjoy spectacular scenery of the Aus Mountains on an unguided walk and a scenic sun downer drive in the afternoon (optional and for own account).
Overnight: Klein Aus Vista – Desert Horse Inn or similar – Breakfast & Dinner
Distance travelled today: 270 kms
Day 4 – (Thurs) Aus – Maltahohe
Today you’ll be spoilt with ever-changing vistas of the desert landscapes when driving along the most beautiful district road in Namibia, the D707 (road conditions permitting). Visit Duwiseb Castle, a grand medieval fortress, built in the hills of the semi-arid Southern Namib region. Learn more about the Castle’s fascinating history, before continuing to your lodge, arriving in the early afternoon. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Overnight: Hammerstein Rest Camp or similar – Breakfast & Dinner
Distance travelled today: 320 kms
Day 5 – (Fri) Maltahohe – Namib Naukluft Park
Today will be an early start to explore the spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, another pan where water once flowed, but all that remains today are the skeletons of trees that reach up out of the cracked earth. Enjoy a drive in 4×4 vehicles into the heart of the Namib Desert. Visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon where you can view millions of years of sedimentary layers in the ravine walls. Views from the top are breathtaking while walks through the canyon reveal distinct geographical layers which were laid down over centuries. Travel past the impressive Namib Naukluft Mountains to your lodge.
Overnight: Namib Naukluft Lodge or similar – Breakfast & Dinner
Distance travelled today: 320 kms
Day 6 – (Sat) Namib Naukluft Park – Swakopmund
After breakfast, drive through Kuiseb Canyon and continue towards Walvis Bay, Namibia’s largest commercial port. Enjoy an opportunity for lunch in Walvis Bay (for own account). The Walvis Bay Lagoon is considered one of the richest and most important wetlands in southern Africa, with prolific birdlife and diverse species. Our journey continues to Swakopmund, a city that resembles a small German town, with seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes and museums. Enjoy a sun downer drive to the Moon Landscape, a barren, undulating rocky desert which was formed by the valleys of the Swakop River. Enjoy a complimentary sun downer, whilst absorbing the rugged beauty of this lunar landscape.
Overnight: Brigadoon Guesthouse or similar x 3 nights – Breakfast & Dinner
Distance travelled today: 450 kms
Day 7 – (Sun) Swakopmund (unguided)
Explore the quaint town of Swakopmund. You may wish to book an optional day tour (for own account) in Swakopmund (guided tour through the Mondesa township, quad-biking, sand-boarding; a scenic flight over the Skeleton coast or a catamaran cruise in Walvis Bay). Many optional activities are on offer (for own account), visit the aquarium, various museums or the crystal gallery. [Breakfast]
Day 8 – (Mon) Swakopmund (unguided)
Enjoy the splendours and many attractions of Swakopmund. There is a possibility of meeting fellow travellers at dinner that will be joining the tour in Swakopmund. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Day 9 – (Tues) Swakopmund – Damaraland
Depart early morning and travel on the salt road towards Henties Bay, past salt pans and an array of bird life, to Damaraland, one of the most scenic areas in Namibia. Visit Twyfelfontein, a site of ancient rock engravings and the Organ Pipes, a distinctive series of dolerite pillars that have been exposed by erosion. Arrive at your lodge during the late afternoon.
Overnight: Twyfelfontein Lodge or similar x 2 nights – Breakfast, lunch pack & Dinner
Distance travelled today: 340 kms
Day 10 – (Wed) Damaraland
The morning is at leisure, to relax at the lodge until lunchtime. In the afternoon, join a sun downer drive in the Aba Huab River and possibly encounter the desert dwelling elephants (seasonal). These elephants are not a distinct species but are African bush elephants that have made their homes in the Namib and Sahara deserts. They were once more widespread in Africa, but are currently found only in Namibia and Mali. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
Day 11 – (Thurs) Damaraland – Etosha National Park
After breakfast, depart Damaraland and journey to the Etosha National Park. Visit a Damara village near Twyfelfontein and learn more about the culture and tradition of this half-nomadic people. Continue via the little town of Outjo. Lunch stop en route (lunch will be for own account) – possibly meet fellow guests joining the Etosha tour. From there continue to Etosha National Park. Arrive in the early afternoon and undertake your first game drive, in your closed touring vehicle, into the park. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Overnight: Etosha Safari Camp or similar x 2 nights – Breakfast & Dinner
Distance travelled today: 330 kms
Day 12 – (Fri) Etosha National Park
The morning will be spent in the Etosha National Park, exploring the waterholes along this enormous saltpan, in your closed touring vehicle. Return to the lodge for lunch (lunch for own account). There will be another opportunity in the afternoon for a game drive (in the closed touring vehicle) in the Etosha National park. There are close to 114 species of mammal in Etosha, including the black faced impala and the threatened black and white rhino. The Etosha Pan (a flat calcrete depression), contains water only after very good rains and sometimes only for a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 250 kms
Day 13 – (Sat) Etosha National Park
Enjoy a full day exploring this world famous National Park, in your closed touring vehicle. Your guide will introduce you to the complex subject of managing such an enormous reserve, that’s considered to be one of the world’s great wildlife sanctuaries. There will be an opportunity to buy a take away lunch at one of the rest camps inside the Etosha National Park (lunch for own account). [Breakfast & Dinner]
Overnight: Mokuti Etosha Lodge or similar – Breakfast & Dinner
Distance travelled today: 250 kms
Day 14 – (Sun) Etosha National Park – Windhoek
After breakfast, travel south towards Otjiwarongo. Continue towards Windhoek via Okahandja where we will visit a local handicraft market. Tour ends on arrival in Windhoek late afternoon. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 450 kms
- Tour starts from Windhoek city hotels and ends back at Windhoek city hotels with a drop off at Windhoek International Airport by 14h30.
- This tour is operated in English & German
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