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Sossusvlei & Kalahari Deserts - 7 Days

Sossusvlei & Kalahari Deserts

Namibia · Group Tour · 7 Days
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A journey to the most iconic desert landscapes of Southern Namibia staying in comfort lodges. Witness the vast Kalahari and photograph the stunning dunes of Sossuvlei, step in the other-worldly ghost town of Kolmanskop and stand on the edge of the impressive Fish River Canyon. 

Highlights

  • Marvel at the breathtaking deserts of the Namib in Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
  • Climb to the top of Dune 45, the highest sand dune in the world
  • Photograph the otherworldly ghost town of Kolmanskop
  • Explore the immense Fish River Canyon, the second largest in the world
  • Admire the unique geography and nature 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
Day 5 - Luderitz → Sesriem
Day 6 - Sossusvlei
Day 7 - Sesriem → Windhoek

What is included

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

What is NOT included

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

day
1
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, traveling through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert that protrudes onto the eastern side of Namibia.

Stops 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 is a fossil desert, usually greener and less stark, and the dunes are very different from tall Sossusvlei-style dunes.

Later this afternoon we hop onto an open vehicle for a late afternoon sunset drive.

Overnight at the lodge.  

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

Standard Room Kalahari

day
2
Kalahari → Keetmanshoop → Fish River Canyon

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 on the Fish River area. Here you have the opportunity to see the quiver tree. Quiver trees are not actually trees but a type of aloe, Aloe Dichotoma, so called because the branches fork dictomously.

Overnight at the lodge.

Q
Kalahari → Fish River Canyon400 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Canyon Roadhouse

Standard Room Fish River Canyon

day
3
Fish River Canyon → Luderitz

Early-morning, we head to the main view point of the Fish River Canyon, where we will 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 Luderitz where its colonial-style buildings cling to the rocks overlooking the bay. The penguins and seals diving beneath the waves, the fishing boats bobbling up and down on the Atlantic horizon and its crisp fresh climate 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 hotel.

Q
Fish River Area → Luderitz430 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Luderitz Nest Hotel

Standard Room Luderitz

day
4
Luderitz & Kolmanskop

We arrive in Luderitz in 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 by sail (not included).

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

Overnight at the hotel.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Luderitz Nest Hotel

Standard Room Luderitz

day
5
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 hotel during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east. 

Overnight at the lodge.

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Luderitz → Sesriem125 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sossus Dune Lodge

Standard Room Sossusvlei

day
6
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.

Next, 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 lodge. 

Q
Sesriem → Sossusvlei65 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sossus Dune Lodge

Standard Room Sossusvlei

day
7
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 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.   

Q
Sesriem → Windhoek450 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

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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Sossus Dune Lodge

Standard Room

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Photos

Kolmanskop houses
Fish River Canyon
Sossusvlei
Quiver tree, Keetmanshoop
Luderitz
Naukluft National Park
Kalahari Desert
Namib Desert chameleon

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