NAMIBIAN EXPLORER Budget Safari Overland
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14 Day Namibian Explorer Tour

R29,700

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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 our journey takes us 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.

This can be upgraded to a comfort trip.

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Windhoek
Ends in
Windhoek

The 14 day Namibian Explorer Budget Safari Overland 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

  • Limited participation, assisted camping with the participation limited to only helping with the tents.
  • The price is virtually fully inclusive of everything you will need whilst travelling with us.

Excluded

  • Sleeping bag (can be hired)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks

SKU: CAS1406
 

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.

Distance: 280 kilometres
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

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.

Distance: 500 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

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 pack up camp and 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 our guesthouse in the late afternoon. Tonight dinner will be at your own expense.

Distance: 430 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Camping

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.

Tonight we make camp at Klein Aus Vista which is a private game reserve nestled in the Aus Mountain Range where one can witness beautiful sunsets.

Distance: 125 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

Day 5: Aus – 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.

Distance: 340 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

Day 6: Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Sesriem, 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 dune 45 before returning to Sesriem for lunch and  pay a visit to the Sesriem Canyon in the late afternoon.

Distance: 120 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

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. 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 your accommodation.

Distance: 350 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Camping

Day 8: Windhoek – Okonjima/Africat, 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 Okonjima in the mid-afternoon, which allows us time to set up camp and unwind in the cool shade for a bit before participating in the activities offered this afternoon.

Okonjima is home to the Africat Foundation – a specialist conservations concern that revolves its operations around the African Big Cats (in particular, the cheetah). In the afternoon, you will be led on a guided tour that will allow you the chance to experience some incredible close-up encounters with some of the majestic cheetah that are part of the Africat rehabilitation programme. Majority of the animals residing in Okonjima have been rescued from countless awful situations that have left them orphaned or injured by traps. The goal of the rehabilitation process is to try to return these harmed animals safely back into the wild.

Following our informative outing, we head back to our campsite for the night in order to prepare for a delectable supper consumed beneath the twinkling of the star-speckled African sky.

Distance: 300 kilometres
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

Day 9: Okonjima – 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.

Distance: 300 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

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. This will be our campsite for the night.

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

Day 11: Okaukuejo – Grootberg area, Namibia

Departing from Etosha, we start our travels southward with a reasonably brief drive to the small town of Kamanjab. In this area, we pay a visit to the Himba Village – the only traditionally operating Himba community outside of the far north Kaokoland area of Namibia. The tribes-people who have migrated here have managed to keep their lifestyles and customs intact and continue to follow their traditional way of life in their farm villages. The precise location of these sites differs due to the Himba relocating to new areas every once in a while. It is here that we will be educated about traditional marriage customs, traditional food and, of course, the mysteries of the ‘Holy Fire’ religion. This trip is highly informative and insightful.

From here, it is a brief journey to the Hoada Community Campsite, situated amongst gorgeous rocky hills and mopane trees. Adding to the eco-friendly environment, the hot water system operates in combination with the barbeque area, therefore, whilst your meal is being prepared, the water for your shower will be heated up. Tonight we camp beneath the gorgeous African sky, sprinkled with glimmering stars.

Distance: 310 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

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 before setting up camp for the evening.

Distance: 190 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Camping

Day 13: Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, 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. 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!

Distance: 420 kilometres
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Chalet

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 exquisite 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

R29,700





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