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Complete Namibia Adventure - 14 Days

Complete Namibia Adventure

Namibia · Group Tour · 14 Days
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Explore Namibia in-depth from north to south: the iconic deserts of Sossusvlei, the abundant wildlife in Etosha, the vast landscapes of the Kalahari, the photogenic ghost town of Kolmanskop, the breathtaking views of the Fish River Canyon and the fascinating culture of the Himba tribe. 

Highlights

  • Be awed by the views of the iconic deserts of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
  • Tour Etosha National Park and spot elephants, zebras, lions and the rare black rhino
  • Make a responsible visit to an authentic village of the semi nomadic Himba tribe
  • Admire photogenic quiver trees and the dinosaur fossils of Keetmanshoop
  • Take in the desert panoramas and unique wildlife of the Kalahari Desert
  • Embrace the seaside atmosphere of the colonial town of Swakopmund
  • Photograph a utopian ghost town swallowed by sand in Kolmanskop

Itinerary

Day 1 - Windhoek → Kalahari
Day 2 - Kalahari → Keetmanshoop → Fish River Canyon
Day 3 - Fish River Canyon → Luderitz
Day 4 - Luderitz → Kolmanskop → Aus
Day 5 - Aus → Namib Desert
Day 6 - Sossusvlei
Day 7 - Namib Desert → Windhoek
Day 8 - Windhoek → Okonjima
Day 9 - Okonjima → East Estosha
Day 10 - East Etosha → Okaukuejo, Etosha
Day 11 - Okaukuejo, Etosha → Grootberg
Day 12 - Grootberg → Twyfelfontein
Day 13 - Twyfelfontein → Swakopmund
Day 14 - Swakopmund → Windhoek

What is included

  • Ground transportation by minibus (2-5 pax) or specialised vehicle (6-14 pax)
  • Pick up and drop off from accommodation in Windhoek
  • 11 nights accommodation at camp and 2 nights accommodation at guest house
  • All meals mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tap drinking water, tea and coffee in camp
  • Park entrance fees, camping fees, camp assistant, all camping equipments
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • The style of safari is limited participation, you will be asked to assist put up and take down your own tent, however there will be a camp assistant to complete all the other campsite chores. Your tour guide will do all the shopping, cooking and day-to-day organization of the safari

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Sleeping bag (Approx. 300 NAD)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks

day
1
Windhoek → Kalahari

Friday. 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, 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. 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 hop onto an open vehicle for a late afternoon sunset drive.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Windhoek → Kalahari270 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Kalahari

day
2
Kalahari → Keetmanshoop → Fish River Canyon

Saturday. 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 will 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.

Q
Kalahari → Fish River Canyon500 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Fish River Canyon

day
3
Fish River Canyon → Luderitz

Sunday. The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is (allegedly) the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breath taking. The towering rock faces and deep ravines were formed by water erosion and the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth’s crust over 500 million years ago. Today the canyon measures 160km long up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest. It is fair to say that when you arrive at the canyon though, its exact location is a bit of a mystery as the 500m vertical drop from the flat dry plateau is completely out of view.

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 camp and move on 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 at our guest house during the late afternoon.  Dinner will be at client’s own expense tonight.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Fish River Canyon → Luderitz430 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
4
Luderitz → Kolmanskop → Aus

Monday. 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.  

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, 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”.

We sleep tonight at Klein Aus Vista, a private reserve, beautifully located in the Aus Mountain Range, (Huib-Hoch-Plateau region).  The road takes us through the “forbidden Zone” so named because in years gone by, the alluvial diamonds found in Namibia were simply scattered across the desert and we again have time to enjoy sunset over the mountains.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Luderitz → Aus124 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Aus

day
5
Aus → Namib Desert

Tuesday. 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 camp.

Q
Aus → Sesriem350 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Sesriem

day
6
Sossusvlei

Wednesday. 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 and driving into the heart of the dune field, we reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes.

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visit Dune 45, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon.

As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Sesriem → Sossusvlei65 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Sesriem

day
7
Namib Desert → Windhoek

Thursday. 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 → Windhoek350 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Windhoek Guest House

Windhoek

day
8
Windhoek → Okonjima

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

We travel north, stopping at small towns along the way including Okahandjima, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market.

Continuing north, passing through farmland, we aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon, giving us time to set up our camp and to relax in the shade for a while before heading out on to the property to take part in the afternoon.

In the afternoon, you will be taken on a tour to view some cheetahs that are part of the Africat rehabilitation programme. Most of the animals currently living at Okonjima have been rescued from various desperate situations, being orphaned or caught in a trap and the aim of the rehabilitation process is to re-introduce them into the wild.

After our educational tour, we will return to camp and prepare for dinner under the African stars. Overnight at the camp.

Q
Windhoek → Okonjima300 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Okonjima

day
9
Okonjima → East Estosha

Saturday. Starting early and continue to north, we pass through some small towns making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.

Continuing on to East Etosha's Namutoni camp we again aim to arrive in time for lunch, affording us leisure time before heading into the park during the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Okonjima → East Etosha300 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

East Etosha Namutoni Camp

Etosha National Park

day
10
East Etosha → Okaukuejo, Etosha

Sunday. Today have a full day game driving.

We again leave early to enjoy the cool morning air as we game drive our way through Etosha 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.

We stop at Halali for a rest and a leisurely lunch. There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities before continuing on our way and game driving down to Okaukuejo.

Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has been described as one of the best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa. Situated on the doorstep of our campsite, black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope are usually seen.

Overnight at the camp.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Okaukuejo Camp

Etosha National Park

day
11
Okaukuejo, Etosha → Grootberg

Monday. After breakfast, leaving Etosha we begin our journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab.

Within this area we visit a Himba Village, the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia. These tribes people have migrated here. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the “Holy Fire” religion.

From here it is a short drive on to The Hoada Community Campsite which is located among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. To add an eco-friendly touch, the hot water system works in combination with the barbecue area, therefore whilst your meal is being prepared, your water will be warmed up for your shower.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Etosha → Grootberg310 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

The Hoada Community Campsite

Grootberg

day
12
Grootberg → Twyfelfontein

Tuesday. After breakfast, today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland.

We drive west via the Grootberg Pass and then take a detour to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. At this location, we will have a local guide to conduct us on a short guided tour before we set up camp for the night.

Overnight at the camp.

Q
Grootberg → Twyfelfontein190 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Camping

Twyfelfontein

day
13
Twyfelfontein → Swakopmund

Wednesday. After breakfast, we head deeper into the desert and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m).

We make a stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous.

The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town. The Swakopmund section of the trip is designed to allow people to relax either with the group or on their own. Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required.

Overnight at the guest house.

Q
Twyfelfontein → Swakopmund420 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Swakopmund Guest House

Swakopmund

day
14
Swakopmund → Windhoek

Thursday. After breakfast, spend the morning on your own to explore Swakopmund.

Swakopmund is a very pleasant seaside town with lots of shops, a good stretch of beach (although the Atlantic here is quite cold) and an open-air curio market. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund.

Alternatively, there are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips, four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips, skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities are available.

This is the last day of our trip and after lunch we will transfer back to Windhoek where you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Q
Swakopmund → Windhoek350 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Kalahari
Y

Camping

Fish River Canyon
Y

Camping

Aus
Y

Camping

Sesriem
Y

Camping

Windhoek
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Windhoek Guest House

Okonjima
Y

Camping

Etosha National Park
Y

East Etosha Namutoni Camp

Etosha National Park
Y

Okaukuejo Camp

Grootberg
Y

The Hoada Community Campsite

Twyfelfontein
Y

Camping

Swakopmund
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Swakopmund Guest House

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Photos

Africat Foundation, Okonjima
Sossusvlei
Himba People
Etosha National Park
Kalahari Desert
Kolmanskop houses
Fish River Canyon
Namib Desert
Christ Church, Windhoek
Etosha National Park
Brandberg Mountains
Swakopmund

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