Explore the beautiful locations of Namibia's south, including the Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz and Sossusvlei. View wildlife in spectacular stark settings; visit ancient fossils; walk through a rare Quiver tree forest; gaze upon magnificent canyon vistas, traverse surreal landscapes; experience the quaint town of Lüderitz in its wild, rugged setting; visit historical sites; climb towering and ancient dunes and much more in this week-long tour of the south.
|1||Mariental||Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Campsite||HB+|
|2||Fish River Canyon||Canyon Roadhouse Campsite, Gondwana Collection||FB+|
|3||Lüderitz||Kairos Cottage B&B and Coffee Shop||HB+|
|4||Aus||Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite, Gondwana Collection||FB+|
|5, 6||Sesriem||Sesriem Campsite||FB+|
B = Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
HB+ (Half Board Plus) = Dinner, Bed, Breakfast & Activities
FB+ (Full Board Plus) = Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Activities
Price per person: N$ 18 450
Min: 4pax | Max: 8pax
(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2022)
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Professional guide and camp assistant guide.
All accommodation as listed above with campsites and guesthouse in Lüderitz.
3 Meals a day as listed except in Lüderitz.
All park fees.
All activities mentioned below.
Passenger liability insurance.
VAT is included in the price.
All camping equipment except sleeping bags (can be rented).
Other personal items.
Sleeping bags can be rented at N$20 per day.
ITINERARYDETAILED Itinerary (offsite)
Day 1: Windhoek to Mariental
(Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Campsite or similar)
You will be collected at your Windhoek accommodation between 07:30 & 08:00. We start our journey on the main highway, travelling south through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert that protrudes into the eastern side of Namibia. We pass several small towns along the way including Rehoboth, traditional home of the Baster people. We bid the main road farewell at Kalkrand and head off into the Kalahari. The Kalahari Desert is not a true desert as it receives too much rain. Its red dunes are very different from those of the Namib, but often equally beautiful. They are long, not very high, have a sharp crest and are often covered by tufts of grass.
Our campsite is set in a beautiful, tranquil, Kalahari setting. Meals and drinks can be enjoyed at the nearby lodge restaurant and bar. Other facilities include a swimming pool and library.
In the late afternoon you will enjoy a sunset drive where you can view a variety of game such as giraffe, kudu, zebra, oryx, blue wildebeest and eland. You are able to experience breathtaking views of the reserve that has some of the highest dunes in the region. The Kalahari has more than 150 bird species for guests who are bird enthusiasts. The well-known suricate, more commonly known as a meerkat can also to be seen. As the day draws to a close, guests are treated to a sundowner on a dune, complemented by refreshments and a Namibian snack, while enjoying a breathtaking sunset over the Kalahari.
Other activities offered at your own expense include day and night-time game drives, cheetah feedings, bush walks, horseback safaris, helicopter rides and much more.
Activities: Afternoon sunset drive
Included: Lunch, Dinner and Activity
Day 2: Fish River Canyon
(Canyon Roadhouse Campsite, Gondwana Collection or similar)
We depart early and travel south to Keetmanshoop. Just outside the town we will stop at the Mesosaurus Fossil Site and Quiver Tree Dolerite Park. Here, on the dry bed of an ancient lake, history is recorded in beautiful rock formations bearing the fossils of a pre-historical creature known as Mesosaurus tenuidens. The area is dotted with unique and striking Quiver trees. They are a type of aloe (Aloe Dichotoma) which are locally common, but one of the world's rarest flora species.
Our campsite is located 20 km east of the Fish River Canyon. Fill up with smiles at this innovative lodge that celebrates the good old days of the automobile. It boasts a pool, an inviting terrace and the most extraordinary restaurant in southern Namibia.
Activities: Mesosaurus Fossil Site, Quiver Tree Forest
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities
Day 3: Lüderitz
Kairos Cottage B&B and Coffee Shop
In the early morning, we head to the main view point of the Fish River Canyon. This is an ideal opportunity for photos and to spend some time experiencing this amazing sight. Viewed from above, we can see the river sparkling in the sunlight far below, and can barely imagine the forces it took to carve such a magnificent vista.
The Fish River Canyon is believed to be the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breathtaking. 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. Its deep vertical drop comes as some surprise since it is completely hidden from sight from the plateau until you are almost upon it.
We move on to our next destination, the coastal town of Lüderitz. This quaint town clings 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.
Tonight you will sleep at a unique bed and breakfast accommodation boasting stunning sea views. Dinner will be at the client's own expense.
Activities: Fish River Canyon View Point
Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Activity
Day 4: Aus
(Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite, Gondwana Collection or similar)
There is time, in the morning, to join an optional excursion, a cruise around Lüderitz bay and, weather permitting, to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins. N.B: The boat cruise is subject to availability and, if undertaken, will be at the clients own risk and expense.
You can also choose to explore the town of Lüderitz, with its German bakeries, colonial buildings, German art nouveau architecture and windswept beaches. 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. Afterwards, we drive to Kolmanskop, a desert ghost town about 20 km outside of Lüderitz. It was built in the 1920s during the diamond rush and was abandoned when bigger and better diamonds were found further along the coast. The desert has encroached over the entire town, giving an eerie feeling and real meaning to the word “ghost”.
In the afternoon we will visit the wild Garub Desert Horses, found on the very barren eastern fringe of the Namib Desert.
We sleep tonight at Klein Aus Vista, a private reserve, beautifully located in the Aus Mountain Range. 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. We again have time to enjoy a sunset over the mountains.
Activities: Kolmanskop, Garub Desert Horses
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities
Day 5: Sesriem
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 it begins to give way to the immense red sand dunes of the Namib. We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon. We will visit Elim Dune and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east. Elim Dune is roughly 100 metres in height and the climb takes under an hour.
Activity: Elim Dune
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activity
Day 6: Sesriem
A pre-dawn start is essential as we want to catch the soft light of sunrise on the desert. After driving into the heart of the dune field, we reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes.
The walk in the cool of the morning is like nothing else. Soft sunlight is just beginning to play over the dunes, creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok, springbok or maybe an ostrich make for spectacular photo opportunities.
Sossusvlei's iconic dunes rise to almost 400 metres, some of the highest in the world. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, visiting Dune 45 and Deadvlei. Deadvlei is an ancient clay pan studded with dead acacias which never decomposed and today, 900 years later, remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan's cracked surface and creating a surreal spectacle that is a photographer's dream.
We return to Sesriem for lunch.
As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water and a striking natural feature which is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon's name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem’ – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.
Activities: Sossusvlei excursion, Sesriem Canyon
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities
Day 7: Sesriem to Windhoek
After breakfast, we travel back to civilisation along scenic roads and beautiful mountain passes through the Khomas Hochland and Naukluft Mountain ranges. We are due back in the late afternoon / early evening and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.