A 14 day camping safari encompassing all the major sites of Namibia – from the Kalahari Desert with linear dunes and desert–adapted game; the second largest canyon in the world to ghost towns and African penguins at the outlandish coastline! The adventure continues to the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei – one of Namibia’s highlights. Journeying north take in a fantastic conservation programme before continuing to the magnificent Etosha Pan and game–viewing plains of Etosha, the delightful and dramatic landscapes and tribes in Damaraland, and a final night at Swakopmund for adventure activities – this round trip has it all.
Namib Naukluft National Park for Sesriem Canyon, Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45; Luderitz for Kolmanskop Ghost Town; Fish River Canyon; Quiver Tree Forest: Kalahari Basin, AfriCat Foundation; Etosha National Park & Game Drives; Himba tribe; Twyfelfontein rock etchings; Swakopmund for adventure activities
2020 Departure Dates 03, 17, 31 Jan; 14&28 Feb; 13 & 27 Mar; 10 & 24 Apr; 8 & 22 May; 05 & 19 Jun; 03, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Jul; 7,14, 21 & 28 Aug; 4, 11, 18 & 25 Sep; 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Oct; 6,13, 20 & 27 Nov & 4,11, 18 & 25. 2021 Departure Dates 1, 15 & 29 Jan; 12 & 26 Feb & 12 & 26 Mar
|Group size||Min: 1/ Max: 14|
|Minimum Age||12 years|
|Day 1 Bagatelle Game Ranch Kalahari campsite
Day 2 Canyon Roadhouse Campsite
Day 3 Luderitz Nest Hotel
Day 4 Klein Aus Vista Campsite
Day 5&6 Sesriem Campsite
Day 7 WIndhoek Gardens,Windhoek
Day 8 Okonjima Omboroko Campsite
Day 9 Namutoni Campsite Etosha National Park
Day 10 Okaukuejo Campsite Etosha National Park
Day 11 Hoada Campsite Damaraland
Day 12 Madisa Campsite Damaraland
Day 13 Prost Hotel Swakopmund
Day 14 Return to WIndhoek
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This morning you are collected by your guide and depart south to the Kalahari Desert, this fossil desert has grassy valleys, long linear orange dunes and desert–adapted game.
Heading further south visit Mesosaurus Fossil site and quiver trees – rather strange looking plants that are common in these parts but are in fact, one of the rarest flora species
This morning takes us to the rocky landscapes of Fish River Canyon, reputed to the be second largest in the world, around 160km long and reaching depths of up to 550m. Take in the spectacular vistas and walk along the rim. From here we drive to Luderitz, located on the wild southern coastline with colonial–style buildings
Perhaps join a marine cruise and look out for African penguins, as well as head out to Diaz Point, a cross paying homage to the Portuguese mariner Bartholomew Diaz and from here onward to Kolmanskop, now a ghost town where the sand has taken over the buildings, yet an eerie air remains. Kolmanskop was famous for its diamond rush in the 1920’s where gem–quality stones were picked from the ground and traded, it was home to the first x–ray machine in southern Africa, and a Miss Kolmanskop competition! All that remains today is a reminder of the past but the chance for great photos.
Turning north we head deep into the ancient southern Namib, travelling on small gravel roads and passing some small rural tiny communities. Later this afternoon watch colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.
A pre–dawn start as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert dunes. Landscape photo opportunities abound as perfect sculpted shadows are cast. We explore Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei and surrounds, along with a visit to famous Dune 45 before returning to base. A sort visit to nearby Sesriem Canyon is included.
After breakfast we make our way over the mountains and along the scenic roads returning to our start point – Windhoek and for a night in the capital city
We leave the capital city in our wake heading north, stopping at Okahandja to try our hand at bartering for wooden curios, and arrive at our destination later in the afternoon. There’s a chance to join an optional activity – perhaps find out about the AfriCat Foundation programme and learn about conservation of predators in Namibia
Two nights are spent in the magnificent Etosha National Park and this unique game park offers some of the best game viewing in all Africa. We will head out for game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes hoping to see some of the 114 species of animals that thrive here.
We continue our game drives further and exit the park. There’s a chance to meet with some of the local Himba, one of Namibia’s famous tribes, we will be able to find a little as how they survive in today’s modern world finding out about marriage customs, traditional food and more, these proud women cover themselves in ochre and butterfat and their hair styles indicate their status, the women tend to the children and village, whilst the men look after the livestoclk, continuing onto camp arriving in the afternoon
From here we head to the ancient landscapes of Twyfelfontein where a local guide to takes us to the open–air gallery at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to see ancient Bushman Etchings, one of the largest collections in southern Africa.
En–route to the coast we pass the soaring peak of Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg and more of Damaraland’s beautiful scenery before visiting Cape Cross where over 100,000 Cape Fur seals congregate during breeding season, we then head south along the Skeleton Coast road to Namibia’s largest coastal town, Swakopmund.
A free morning in this popular seaside resort giving you the chance to explore – perhaps wander around the shops where you can buy last–minute gifts, enjoy the colonial–style architecture sitting with coffee and cake, visit the quartz museum or join an optional activity such as quad biking, sand boarding, a marine cruise or kayaking before our return to Windhoek arriving late in the afternoonedit me