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13 Days 12 Nights
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Venture Insight

An introduction to the major highlights of the contrasting landscapes of Namibia from the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon, the surreal Namib Desert and the majestic mountain ranges in Damaraland mixed with the vibrant cultures that live there and the amazing wildlife in the national parks and conservancies.


Kalahari Desert

The largest continuous stretch of sand covering nine African countries with deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is still home to a surprising large amount of specially adapted wildlife although it is a challenging place to live. It is why the Bushmen refer to it as the “Soul of the World”.

Kolmanskop

A doorway into another time when over 100 years ago diamonds were discovered just sitting on the sand. Abandoned in 1956 when prices crashed, the sands of time have blown through the Kolmanskop creating a mystical ghost town half buried in the Namib Desert.

Etosha National Park

Waterholes are the ideal places to sit and watch the wildlife, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here.

Itinerary

day 1

Windhoek to Kalahari Desert

Leaving Windhoek, travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive.
day 2

Kalahari Desert to Fish River Canyon

Continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”. Arrive at our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon where the area can be explored on foot or on an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon.
day 3

Fish River Canyon to Lüderitz

Begin the morning on the edge of the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. Our journey continues past the Naute dam, where we stop at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery for an optional taste of some of the unique liquor. On the way to Lüderitz stop at Garub, viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.
day 4

Lüderitz

Visit Kolmanskop ghost town which is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the Diamond boom and built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past. Returning to town, visit Diaz Point with its Padrao on a cliff overlooking the harsh Atlantic Ocean commemorating the initial Portuguese explorers and explore the forlorn coast.
day 5

Lüderitz to Namib Desert

After an early breakfast travel across wide open plains north along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert located in close proximity to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.
day 6

Namib Desert

An early start entering the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, the first rays of sunlight. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.
day 7

Namibia Desert to Swakopmund

Travel to the little settlement of Solitaire feeling like you have arrived in the middle of nowhere to enjoy a cup of coffee with the delightful apple-pie written about in so many travel books before heading via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, visit the shallow lagoon, where over 80% of African flamingos feed in the lagoon. Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean to Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.
day 8

Swakopmund

Fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight.
day 9

Swakopmund to Damaraland

Travel north past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. Accompanied by a local Damara guide visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara proceed to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth.
day 10

Damaraland to Etosha National Park

After a relaxed breakfast, travel towards Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife. Once we have reached our camp located just outside of the National Park, we head onto our first safari into the National Park exploring the various waterholes located close to Okaukuejo and the Anderson gate.
day 11

Etosha National Park

The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park and is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. Game viewing in the park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of an extensive game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each area will provide different encounters.
day 12

Etosha National Park

Your guide again takes you on a game drive where you may encounter animal species not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. In the afternoon travel back to our lodge to enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
day 13

Etosha National Park to Windhoek

Travel back through the centre of the country to the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek to your accommodation or airport for onward flight.
day 1

Windhoek to Kalahari Desert

Leaving Windhoek, travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive.
day 2

Kalahari Desert to Fish River Canyon

Continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”. Arrive at our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon where the area can be explored on foot or on an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon.
day 3

Fish River Canyon to Lüderitz

Begin the morning on the edge of the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. Our journey continues past the Naute dam, where we stop at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery for an optional taste of some of the unique liquor. On the way to Lüderitz stop at Garub, viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.
day 4

Lüderitz

Visit Kolmanskop ghost town which is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the Diamond boom and built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past. Returning to town, visit Diaz Point with its Padrao on a cliff overlooking the harsh Atlantic Ocean commemorating the initial Portuguese explorers and explore the forlorn coast.
day 5

Lüderitz to Namib Desert

After an early breakfast travel across wide open plains north along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert located in close proximity to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.
day 6

Namib Desert

An early start entering the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, the first rays of sunlight. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.
day 7

Namibia Desert to Swakopmund

Travel to the little settlement of Solitaire feeling like you have arrived in the middle of nowhere to enjoy a cup of coffee with the delightful apple-pie written about in so many travel books before heading via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, visit the shallow lagoon, where over 80% of African flamingos feed in the lagoon. Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean to Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.
day 8

Swakopmund

Fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight.
day 9

Swakopmund to Damaraland

Travel north past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. Accompanied by a local Damara guide visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara proceed to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth.
day 10

Damaraland to Etosha National Park

After a relaxed breakfast, travel towards Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife. Once we have reached our camp located just outside of the National Park, we head onto our first safari into the National Park exploring the various waterholes located close to Okaukuejo and the Anderson gate.
day 11

Etosha National Park

The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park and is home to 4 of the Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. Game viewing in the park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of an extensive game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each area will provide different encounters.
day 12

Etosha National Park

Your guide again takes you on a game drive where you may encounter animal species not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. In the afternoon travel back to our lodge to enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
day 13

Etosha National Park to Windhoek

Travel back through the centre of the country to the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek to your accommodation or airport for onward flight.

Includes

12 nights’ accommodation; meals as specified in itinerary; entrance fees to national parks; tourism levy and gov’t taxes where applicable; services of registered driver/guide throughout the tour.

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