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Soul of Namibia - 10 Days

Soul of Namibia

Namibia · Group Tour · 10 Days
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Stay in our hand-picked lodges and tackle the highlights of South Namibia in comfort. Explore the Kalahari and Sossuvlei deserts, lose your breath at the immense Fish River Canyon, walk the desert ghost town of Kolmanskop and get a taste of North Namibia with Etosha National Park. 

Highlights

  • Admire the unique beauty of the Sossusvlei and Deadvlei deserts
  • See the second largest in the world, the mighty Fish River Canyon
  • Step in a world devoured by sand at the ghost town of Kolmanskop
  • Tour the Kalahari Desert and discover its fascinating wildlife
  • Walk around the quiver tree landscapes of Keetmanshoop

Itinerary

Day 1 - Windhoek → Etosha National Park
Day 2 - Etosha National Park
Day 3 - Etosha National Park → Windhoek
Day 4 - Windhoek → Rehoboth → Kalahari
Day 5 - Kalahari → Keetmanshoop → Fish River Canyon
Day 6 - Fish River Canyon → Luderitz
Day 7 - Luderitz & Kolmanskop
Day 8 - Luderitz → Sesriem
Day 9 - Sossusvlei 
Day 10 - Sesriem → Windhoek

What is included

  • All transports
  • Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek
  • 9 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Professional English speaking guide

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks
  • Tips and personal expenses

day
1
Windhoek → Etosha National Park

You will be picked up between 08:00 to 08:30 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits.

Travelling north, you pass through some of the country's best established commercial farmland and stop at quaint towns along the way, arriving at Anderson Gate by mid-afternoon. After entering Etosha, we game drive our way through to Okaukuejo, Etosha's main rest camp and resort where we will check in and set up camp.

After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha's big game at a floodlit waterhole, situated on the boundary of our camp. The waterhole has been described as one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa and the ideal venue to witness peculiar animal politics. Black rhino, Africa's tallest elephants, lion and numerous species of antelope are regular visitors during the cool, dry season.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Windhoek → Okaukuejo450 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Okaukuejo Rest Camp

Standard Room Etosha National Park

day
2
Etosha National Park

After breakfast, a full day game driving and we leave early to enjoy the cool morning air, making our way to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park.

Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is excellent throughout the year.

We stop at Halali camp for a rest and a leisurely lunch and there is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing to the eastern side of the park and our camp next to Fort Namutoni.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Namutoni Rest Camp

Standard Room Etosha National Park

day
3
Etosha National Park → Windhoek

After breakfast, get prepared for the long, scenic transit back to Windhoek. We pass through towns and rural areas, stopping in the small town of Okahandja, the home of Namibia’s largest wood carving market. The stalls operate on a local cooperative basis and offer a vast array of truly Namibian souvenirs.

We are due back in Windhoek late afternoon/ early evening and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Namutoni → Windhoek500 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Galton House

Standard Room Windhoek

day
4
Windhoek → Rehoboth → Kalahari

You will be picked up between 07:30 and 08:00 from anywhere within the Windhoek city limits.

We start our journey south on the main highway, travelling 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. Kalahari is a fossil desert, usually greener and less stark, and the dunes are very different from tall Sossusvlei-style dunes.

Late this afternoon we hope onto an open vehicle for a late afternoon sunset drive.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Windhoek → Kalahari270 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Standard Room Kalahari

day
5
Kalahari → Keetmanshoop → Fish River Canyon

After breakfast, an early morning departure to the town of Mariental and south to Keetmanshoop.

Just outside the town you have the opportunity of visiting the Mesosaurus Fossil Site. We travel via the town of Keetmanshoop for overnight camping on the Fish River area. Here you have the opportunity to see the Quiver tree. Quiver trees are not in fact trees, they are a type of aloe, Aloe Dichotoma, so called because the branches fork dictomously.

Overnight at the camp.


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Kalahari → Fish River Area400 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Standard Room Kalahari

day
6
Fish River Canyon → Luderitz

After breakfast in the early morning, we head to the main view point where we can see how impressive Fish River Canyon actually is.

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 camp and move on to our next destination, the coastal town of Luderitz 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 at our guest house during the late afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel

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Fish River Area → Luderitz430 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Canyon Roadhouse

Standard Room Fish River Canyon

day
7
Luderitz & Kolmanskop

After breakfast, this is time to join an optional extra excursion, a marine trip. We take a cruise around Luderitz Bay and, weather permitting, to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins. If the weather conditions are suitable we turn off the engines and come back to Luderitz under sail. (The boat cruise is subject to availability and, if undertaken, will be for the clients own risk and expense.)

Then we drive out to Kolmanskop, a desert ghost town about 20 km out of Luderitz.

During the middle of the day there is time to explore Luderitz Town with its traditional German architecture and later we will take a drive out to Diaz Point to see the bird life.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Luderitz Nest Hotel

Standard Room Luderitz

day
8
Luderitz → Sesriem

After breakfast, turning north, we once again head deep into the ancient southern Namib, travelling on small gravel roads and passing some tiny rural communities along the way.

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 of Namib desert.

We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east

Overnight at the hotel.

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Luderitz → Sesriem125 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sossusvlei Lodge

Standard Room Sossusvlei

day
9
Sossusvlei 

Today we will visit Dune 45, renowned for its elegant shape, which has earned the distinction of the ‘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.

then, we will go to Dead Vlei. This ancient clay pan 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, 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.

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. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hidden Vlei, Big Daddy and Dead Vlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.   

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Sesriem → Sossusvlei65 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sossusvlei Lodge

Standard Room Sossusvlei

day
10
Sesriem → Windhoek

After breakfast, we begin our journey over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek.

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 in evening and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.


Q
Sesriem → Windhoek450 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Etosha National Park
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Namutoni Rest Camp

Standard Room
Etosha National Park
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Okaukuejo Rest Camp

Standard Room
Windhoek
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Galton House

Standard Room
Kalahari
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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Standard Room
Fish River Canyon
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Canyon Roadhouse

Standard Room
Luderitz
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Luderitz Nest Hotel

Standard Room
Sossusvlei
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Sossusvlei Lodge

Standard Room

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Photos

Namib Desert
Kolmanskop houses
African elephant, Etosha National Park
Quiver tree, Keetmanshoop
Okahandja
Campsite in Etosha National Park
Black rhino, Etosha National Park
Kudu, Etosha National Park
Kalahari Desert
Fish River Canyon
Halifax Island
Namib Desert

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