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Namibia Southern Deserts - 7 Days

Namibia Southern Deserts

Namibia · Group Tour · 7 Days
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The best of South Namibia in a week. Explore the legendary Sossusvlei Deserts, stroll the dreamlike ghost town of Kolmanskop and discover geology gone wild with fossils and quiver trees in the Fish River Canyon. 

Highlights

  • Photograph the frail trees of the iconic deserts of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
  • Climb the tallest sand dune in the world, the Namib Desert's Dune 45
  • Enter a surreal world in the desert ghost town of Kolmanskop
  • Stand at the edge of the world's largest canyon, the Fish River Canyon
  • Drive across the scenic landscapes of the Namibian side of the Kalahari Desert

Itinerary

Day 1 - Windhoek → Rehoboth → 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

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
  • 6 nights camping accommodation
  • 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. 150 NAD)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks

day
1
Windhoek → Rehoboth → 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, 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 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 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 Area400 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 Area → Luderitz412 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 in Aus.

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

Namib Desert

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

Namib Desert

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

Accommodations

Kalahari
Y

Camping

Fish River Canyon
Y

Camping

Aus
Y

Camping

Namib Desert
Y

Camping

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Photos

Fish River Canyon
Namib Naukluft National Par
Kolmanskop houses
Oryx, Sossusvlei
Kalahari Desert
Luderitz
Sesriem Canyon
Keetmanshoop, Quiver tree

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