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14 Day Namibian Explorer in Comfort

R47,000

+ Single Supplement ZAR 4580 - ZAR 5730

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Tour Style Camping Small Group
Countries Visited Namibia
Starts Windhoek
Ends Windhoek
Group Size Max 14
Age Range All Ages

Why book this trip?

This small group safari (14 people) tour takes you from the Kalahari to the mighty Fish River Canyon and through the stark and tortured beauty of the Southern Namib and to the tiny fishing centre of Luderitz. Continue to the Namib Desert where you spend 2 nights at Sesriem and Sossusvlei where you will experience the famous sand dunes in the world’s oldest desert.

You will then head up and meet close-up the Big Cats at Okonjima, the amazing wildlife in Etosha National Park and have first hand experience of the Stone Age culture of the Himba Tribes.

Namibia’s highest mountain in beautiful desert Damaraland is next and then on to Namibia’s premier seaside town, Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast before returning to Windhoek.

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Windhoek
Ends in
Windhoek

The 14 day Namibian Explorer Accommodated provides you with an enthralling all-inclusive expedition into Namibia. Two nights will be spent at Sesriem and Sossusvlei, where you will wander between the highest sand dunes in the world, within the world’s oldest desert.

Highlights

  • Southern Namibia
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Luderitz
  • Kolmanskop
  • Sesriem
  • Sossusvlei
  • The Big Cats at Okonjima
  • Etosha National Park
  • Twyfelfontein
  • The Stone Age culture of the Himba Tribes
  • Namibia’s highest mountain in Damaraland Swakopmund
  • Windhoek

Included

  • The price is virtually fully inclusive of everything you will need whilst travelling with us.

Excluded

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks

SKU: ACS1406
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek – Kalahari, Namibia

Today you will be fetched from your accommodation at Windhoek between 07h30 and 08h00. We journey southward on the main highway, travelling through the Kalahari Desert extending onto the eastern incline of Republic Namibia. Passing through Rehoboth, the traditional home of the Baster people and Kalkrand we make a few stops before making our way into the Kalahari Desert. Very different from the Namib, the Kalahari Desert tends to surprise most people when they first see it. Bearing in mind it is not a desert, as more rain falls here than a true desert. The Kalahari is actually a fossil desert and the dunes have lots of greenery. Expect to find various forms of fauna and flora here.

In the afternoon we head off on an open vehicle game drive to see the sunset over the dunes.

The lodge is located on the edge of the Southern Kalahari amidst the tree and shrub savanna. Huge sand dunes run parallel to the lodge. You can expect warm and welcoming service in this luxurious establishment.

Distance: 280 kilometres
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Bagatelle Kalahari game Ranch

Day 2: Kalahari – Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Today we embark on an early morning drive to Mariental and then south to Keetmanshoop. There will be an opportunity to visit the Mesosaurus Fossil Site.

We will travel through Keetmanshoop to spend the night camping in the Fish River area where the Quivertrees are prolific. They are in fact a type of aloe because the branches fork ‘dictomously’. They are strange looking planets and very common in this area, however, they are one of the world’s rarest flora species.

You will be staying in the Canyon Roadhouse which has a bit of a cult status due to the fact that the decor is based on the good old days of the automobile industry. The immaculate rooms are fitted with en-suites and air-conditioning and a there is a swimming pool for guests to enjoy.

Distance: 400 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Canyon Roadhouse

Canyon-Roadhouse

Day 3: Fish River – Luderitz, Namibia

Known for its extremely beautiful scenery and the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon, the Fish River Canyon has views that are impossible to forget.  The water destruction and crumbling of the valley formed the tall rock faces and deep ravines in the earth’s crust about 500 million years ago. Measuring at 160km tall and 27km wide and extending far down at almost 550m.

In the early hours of the morning we travel to the main view point where you can see the immensity of the canyon. It is the perfect vantage point for taking photographs and admiring the amazing view. You will see the river sparkling below and one can only imagine how many millennia it took for erosion to carve out this amazing canyon.

Once we have spent some time here we will head off to the coastal town of Lüderitz which has colonial-style buildings that cling to the rocks and overlook the bay. You can see the fishing vessels bobbing up and down in the bay and penguins and seals frolicking in the water.

We should arrive at the Luderitz Nest Hotel in the late afternoon. Tonight dinner will be at your own expense.

Distance: 430 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Luderitz Nest Hotel

luderitz nest hotel

Day 4: Luderitz – Aus, Namibia

Here you have the option of taking a cruise around Lüderitz Bay (at your own expense) and depending on the weather you can head to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins. There will also be time to exlore Lüderitz Town with its German architecture before we drive to Diaz Point to do some birdwatching and maybe see a few seals. There is also the stone cross replica which was erected by Bartholomew Diaz.

We then make our way to the ghost town of Kolmanskop about 20km away from Luderitz. This town was booming in the 1920s during the diamond rush, but was abandoned when bigger, more valuable diamonds were found further along the coast. The town has a very ‘eerie’ feeling due to all the abandoned buildings.

We spend another night at the Luderitz Nest Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Luderitz Nest Hotel

Day 5: Luderitz – Sesriem, Namibia

Heading deep into the southern part of Namib, we make our way across gravel roads passing small rural areas along the way. The scenery is rough and forbidding with rounded ‘koppies’ and arid terrain with rocky outcrops.

Travelling through the land, our scenery changes to some greenery before entering the red sand dune desert of Namib. We intend on reaching the camp site before the evening so you can enjoy the pleasures of the stunning views the distant mountains have to offer. There are optional activities here such as quad-biking, guided excursions, sundowner trips, hot-air ballooning and scenic flights.

Our accommodation for the night is at Sossusvlei Lodge which is at the eastern gate of the Namib Naukluft Park. Here you will have access to the famous pan of Sossusvlei and be able to witness the depths of the Sesriem Canyon.

The Lodge blends in beautifully with the surroundings which makes the environment calm and relaxing. Each unit has air-conditioning, a patio for sundowners and en-suite bathrooms.

Distance: 125 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge

sossusvlei lodge

Day 6: Sesriem area – Sossusvlei – Sesriem area, Namibia

We awake in the early hours of the morning so that we do not miss the magical sunrise over the desert. Journeying through the settlement of Sesriem, we arrive at Sossusvlei after walking the last 5 kilometres. Experience the refreshing morning air on your skin and the daylight rising just above the you. Expect to see ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees, gemsbok and ostriches.

You have the morning to explore Sossusvlei as well as Deadvlei and Dune 45. Sossusvlei is where the astounding red sand dunes have formed. The stark contrast of the red dunes with the blue sky provides amazing photographic opportunities. Deadvlei used to be an oasis dotted with acacias that had a river which suddenly changed its course which left the earth dried up, including the trees. The trees are now blackened from basically drying up due to climatic conditions that never allowed them to decompose.

You can take a hike up Dune 45, but it can be a bit strenuous so you have the option of climbing up Big Daddy which is a more forgiving alternative.

After these excursions we return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the day then we will go to Sesriem Canyon for a short excursion.  Sesriem Canyon was formed by deep funnels of water that left a large chasm where stony walls rise up sharply.

We return to the Sossusvlei Lodge for a good night’s rest.

Distance: 120 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge

Day 7: Sesriem – Windhoek, Namibia

We travel from Sesriem to Windhoek, crossing the mountains and the picturesque roads before making our way back to civilisation in Windhoek. We will take the Naukluft Mountain Pass and travel through the Khomas Hochland Range. We arrive late afternoon in the city where you will be dropped off at Galton House. This is a new establishment that is named after the famous explorer Sir Frances Galton. The interior has a modern minimalistic style and a tranquil atmosphere. There is a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas and a swimming pool where you can dine ‘al fresco’.

Distance: 370 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Galton House

galton house

Day 8: Windhoek – Mount Etjo Safari Lodge, Namibia

At around 08:30 / 09:00 this morning, you will be collected from your accommodation. Hereafter we will  journey north, making short stops in small towns along the way, including Okahandja, where we will be given time to pay a visit to the largest wood-carving market in Namibia. This market functions on a local cooperative basis and is one of the finest places to purchase authentic Namibian souvenirs.

As we carry on north, we pass through lush farmlands and eventually arrive at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge in the mid-afternoon. ‘Etjo’ means place of refuge and is the heart of the Okonjati Wildlife Sanctuary situated in the tranquil surroundings of the bush.

The beautiful gardens attract a large variety of birdlife where they nest in enormous palm trees. The lodge faces a large lake where you will be able to view animals quenching their thirst and cooling off in the heat of the day. The lodge is attractively furnished and decorated in a combination of luxury and African style which will allow you comfortable surroundings to unwind and relax.

Distance: 300 kilometres
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mount Etjo Safari Lodge

Day 9: Mount Etjo – Namutoni/East Etosha Region, Namibia

We have an early start to our day today. We carry on northward, passing through several small towns on the way and making brief stops for fresh supplies and fuel. We then make our way to Namutoni camp in Etosha National Park, aiming to arrive in time for a filling lunch. This will give us time to unwind before making our way into the park during the cool late afternoon in order to embark on our first game drive.

We will spend the night at the Namutoni Rest Camp which is an old fort that has been revamped into a lodge. The lodge overlooks the King Nehale waterhole which you can view from an elevated balcony. Enjoy the many amenities from restaurants and bars to boutiques and curio shops.

Distance: 300 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Mount Etjo Safari Lodge

Day 10: East Etosha region – Okaukuejo, Namibia

Today we embark on an entire day of game driving. We leave early in the morning in order to enjoy the crisp morning air as we make our way through Etosha to Halali camp, located in the centre of the Park. En route, we pay a visit to a couple of waterholes and are offered incredible views of the impressive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is typically superb, giving us an opportunity to check off a few new species that are not usually spotted on the Namutoni park side.

Stopping at Halali in the afternoon, we are given time to unwind and to enjoy a lovely lunch. We will also have time to pay a visit to the Halali waterhole as well as to make use of the camp’s swimming pool and bar facilities prior to continuing our game drive down to Okaukuejo. Okaukuejo now houses the Etosha Ecological Institute which was founded in 1974. The round watchtower is a remnant of the fort.

After dinner we visit the floodlit waterhole which has been described as one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa”. Located right on the doorstep of our accommodation for tonight, we will most likely see black rhino, elephant, lion and several species of antelope.

You will be staying in premier bush chalets that overlook the waterhole. Enjoy the many facilities such as the restaurant, bar, shop and swimming pool.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Okaukuejo Etosha National Park

Okaukuejo Etosha National Park

Day 11: Okaukuejo – Hobatere, Namibia

Our travels today take us to the previously restricted area of Western Etosha National Park where we will exit via the Otjovasandu gate. The concession area is home to lion, leopard, oryx, eland, cheetah, giraffe, hartmann’s mountain zebra and elephant. You will go on night and day game drives and guided walks where you can view the variety of wildlife.

Our accommodation for the night is at Hobatere Lodge where you can expect a warm and welcoming atmosphere. From the sundeck you can enjoy panoramic views of the floodlit waterhole.

Distance: 210 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hobatere Lodge

Day 12: Grootberg area – Twyfelfontein, Namibia

We make our way into one of the most stunning desert areas of Namibia today – Damaraland. Travelling west via the Grootberg Pass, we detour in order to pay a visit to the famous ancient Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. In this area, we will be led on a short tour by a local guide who is an expert in this field. You will also be able to visit the Himba tribe – the only traditional functioning Himba community. We will follow their lifestyle, customs, farming methods and migration patterns.

We will spend the night in the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge in the heart of the Uibasen Conservancy. The lodge has been built in such a way that it blends in with the environment with thatched roofs and natural stone. Enjoy the restaurant, bar, lounge, curio shop and swimming pool.

Distance: 340 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Day 13: Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund, Namibia

Today we make our way deeper into the desert, passing The Brandberg (Namibia’s tallest mountain at 2,572 metres) as well as the gorgeous scenery of Damaraland, Making a small stop in the old mining town of Uis, we are introduced to the best places to purchase semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. It is here that you can find rough Amethhyst, Tourmaline and others at bargain prices!

We turn directly west from here and cross gritty plains whilst making our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. We meet up with the ocean at Henties Bay, but first travel north along the coast in order to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. At specific times of the year, over 100,000 Cape Fur seals gather here.

Our next destination is Swakopmund, travelling along the Skeleton Coast into the premier seaside town of Namibia. Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast area and was founded in 1892 as the main harbour. Pass through colonial-era buildings with Namibian influences on your visit here.

Our goal is to arrive in the early evening, giving us some time to explore a bit of the town on foot before the sun sets. Tonight we have the opportunity to try out one of the fantastic local restaurants (at own expense). The Swakopmund seafood is definitely a must-have!

We will stay in Swakopmund Lifestyle B&B and Apartments which are new and privately owned and managed. The apartments are modern and trendy for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Distance: 420 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Swakopmund Lifestyle B&B and Apartments

Day 14: Swakopmund – Windhoek, Namibia

Our journey back to Windhoek today will take approximately four and a half hours. We will only be leaving after lunch, which allows us some time to spend our morning in Swakopmund doing a bit of unwinding. A lovely seaside town rife with various shops, beaches and an open-air curio market, Swakopmund also boasts an interesting museum as well as the Namibian National Marine Aquarium.

If you’d like to spend your free time here doing something a little more adventurous instead, a variety of optional activities will be available, including airoplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (from beach or boat), quad biking trips into the desert and over the sand dunes surrounding Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also taking place in the dunes), skydiving, bird-watching and plenty more.

You will be provided with all information needed by your tour guide who will discuss possible adventures for you to partake in prior to reaching Swakopmund in order to proceed with booking in advance.

(NB: All additional activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are at the client’s own risk and expense.)
Today is our last day of our tour and, following a lovely lunch, we will be transferred back to the capital city where you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Distance: 350 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Activities

  • Open vehicle game drives
  • Visit to Mesosaurus Fossil Site
  • Visit to the Himba tribe
  • Visit to the Cape Cross Seal Colony
  • Bushmen rock engravings


Other Activities

  • Cruise around Luderitz bay to see Jackass Penguins
  • Tour to Africat Foundation - home to cheetahs and other large cats
  • Aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert
  • Scenic drives
  • Fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat)
  • Four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund
  • Sand boarding trips (also in the dunes)
  • Skydiving
  • Surfing
  • Bird-watching

 

Dates

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Highlights

Highlights

  • Southern Namibia
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Luderitz
  • Kolmanskop
  • Sesriem
  • Sossusvlei
  • The Big Cats at Okonjima
  • Etosha National Park
  • Twyfelfontein
  • The Stone Age culture of the Himba Tribes
  • Namibia’s highest mountain in Damaraland Swakopmund
  • Windhoek

 

Price

R47,000

+ Single Supplement ZAR 4580 - ZAR 5730





R47,000

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at ZAR 47 000 Till 30 June 2017 | 1 July - 31 Oct 2017 ZAR 50300 Currency fluctuations may occur

+ Single Supplement ZAR 4580 - ZAR 5730

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