Southern Namibia Adventure 7 Days
Join this amazing journey to experience the beautiful Southern Namibia, visiting the Kalahari Desert, Quiver Tree Forest a spectacular collection of quiver trees, the incredible Fish River Canyon (the largest Canyon in Africa (second largest in the world after the Grand Canyon) and spend some time in Kolmanskop.
- Accommodation as stated in the itinerary.
- Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
- Services of a registered and experienced English-speaking safari guide.
- Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
- Mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
- Catamaran boat cruise in Luderitz.
- International flights to Namibia and airport taxes.
- Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
- All beverages apart from mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
- Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost).
- Gratuities, items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
- ENTRY VISA FEES (make sure to double-check if your country’s citizens need a VISA to enter Namibia or not.
- BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).
Day 1 Windhoek City > Kalahari Desert
You will be collected at your Windhoek accommodation between 07:30 & 08:00. We start our journey south on the main highway, traveling through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert that protrudes onto the eastern side of Namibia. Stopping at small towns along the way including Rehoboth, traditional home of the Baster people and on to Kalkrand where you bid the main road farewell and head off into the Kalahari. The Kalahari Desert often surprises people when they first see it. It is very different from the Namib. First of all, remember that the Kalahari is not a desert. It receives more rain than a true desert should. The Kalahari is a fossil desert. Don’t expect to find tall Sossusvlei-style dunes devoid of greenery here. The Kalahari’s dunes are very different. They are often equally beautiful, but usually greener and less stark – and with this vegetation comes its ability to support more flora and fauna than a true desert. Late this afternoon we hop onto an open vehicle for a late afternoon sunset drive. Accommodation: Suricate Tented Lodge or similar Meals: BLD
Day 2 Kalahari Desert > Fish River Canyon Area
We depart early morning through the town of Mariental and Keetmanshoop. Just outside the town you have the opportunity of visiting the Quiver Tree Forest, a spectacular collection of quiver trees in that part of Namibia. Quiver trees are not in fact trees, they are a type of aloe, (Aloe Dichotoma), so called because the branches fork “dictomously”. These weird looking plants dot the landscape in this part of the world and are locally common, however they are one of the world’s rarest flora species. They are approximately 250-300 large Aloe dichotoma trees, spread over an area of approximately 500 by 500 yards (457.2 by 457.2m). Then we continue to Fish River Canyon in Namibia is (allegedly) the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. Accommodation: Canyon Roadhouse or similar Meals: DBB
Day 3 Fish River Canyon Area – Luderitz Town
Early-morning we head to the main view point where we can see how impressive this canyon actually is. This is an ideal opportunity for photos and to spend some time experiencing this amazing sight. Viewing from the top we can see the river sparkling in the sunlight far below us, and can barely imagine how many millennia it took for the forces of erosion to carve such a magnificent vista. Time to pack up and depart to our next destination, the coastal town of Lüderitz where its colonial-style buildings cling to the rocks overlooking the bay, on some days a deep iridescent blue, on others grey and stormy, the crisp fresh climate, fishing boats bobbing up and down on the Atlantic horizon, penguins and seals diving beneath the waves, give the town a curious other-worldly allure. We aim to arrive during the late afternoon. Accommodation: Nest Hotel or similar Meals: DBB
Day 4 Luderitz > Kolmanskop (ghost town) > Luderitz
There is time to join an optional extra excursion, a marine trip, take a cruise around Luderitz bay and, weather permitting, to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins. N.B: The boat cruise is subject to availability and, if undertaken, will be for the clients own risk and expense. Spend more time to explore Luderitz town with its traditional German architecture, later we will take a drive out to Diaz Point to see the bird life, hopefully a few seals and the stone cross replica, originally erected by the Portuguese mariner Bartholomew Diaz. Straight after the marine trip we drive out to Kolmanskop, a desert ghost town about 20 km out of Luderitz. It was built in the 1920’s during the diamond rush and was abandoned when bigger and better diamonds were found further along the coast. The area is still abandoned and the desert has encroached over the entire town, giving an eerie feeling and real meaning to the word “ghost”. Accommodation: Nest Hotel or similar Meals: DBB
Day 5 Luderitz > Sesriem Area
Today our trip head east to the town of Aus and then head north deep into the ancient southern Namib, travelling on small gravel roads and passing some tiny rural communities along the way. The scenery is harsh, and sometimes forbidding. The process of erosion in these areas is well advanced and we pass time rounded “koppies” arid terrain and outcrops of tortured rock. Traversing this bleak yet beautiful landscape, the terrain begins to change and we cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. We aim to arrive at our lodge during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east. Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge or similar Meals: DBB
Day 6 Sesriem Area > Sossusvlei (tall red sand dunes) > Sesriem
A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, we head into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei on foot, trekking the last 5 km through the dunes. Landscape photo opportunities abound in the cool of the morning, with dawn’s soft light first illuminating the dunes from crest down the back slope, then blazing orange everywhere, creating a powerful contrasting vista across the whole desert. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or ostrich makes it essential to remember your camera! We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, also visiting dune 45. Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven. The ancient clay pan at Deadvlei was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer’s dream. Dune 45 is renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’. If you’re not keen for the strenuous hike to the top of Big Daddy, Dune 45 is a more forgiving alternative, standing at only 80 metres and featuring a much gentler gradient. As the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch, escaping the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon. Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge or similar Meals: DBB
Day 7 Sesriem Area > Windhoek City
After breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek city. We will travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland Range, through beautiful mountain passes on our way back to civilization. We are due back into the city after 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.