NA190601-WW14D NAMIBIA TOUR 2019
Day 1 Windhoek – Mariental
You will be collected from HoseaKutakoInternationalAirport, Windhoek.
Flight arrivals at about 12.00pm
We start our journey heading south on the main route, through the Khomas region, and into the Hardap region, travelling through the thin
strip of Kalahari Desert that protrudes onto the eastern side of Namibia. We pass through small towns along the way, including Rehoboth, traditional home of the Baster people, and Kalkrand, to Mariental.
Overnight at Mariental (Bed & Breakfast).
Day 2 Mariental – Ai-Ais
We depart to the Hot Springs resort Ai-Ais, which is situated in the FishRiverCanyon. We travel into the Karas region, enjoying the magnificent views of the mountains.
At Ai-Ais awaits the natural warm water of the indoor swimming pool.
Overnight at Ai-Ais (Bed & Breakfast).
Day 3 Fish River Canyon – Aus
The FishRiverCanyon in Namibia is (allegedly)
the 2nd largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breath-taking. The towering rock faces and deep ravines were formed by water erosion, plus 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.
We then proceed to our next destination, the tiny town of Aus.
We sleep tonight at Aus. (Bed and
Day 4 Aus – Lüderitz – Aus
We are up early this morning for the drive to Lüderitz, travelling on the road to the west, through the restricted area of diamond mining,
keeping a look out for the unique Namib wild horses. These horses are the only feral horses in Namibia and have, very unusually, become adapted to an existence with very limited water. Where they originated from is unclear. Some people think
they are the descendants of the horses used by the German cavalry during the First World War. Another theory is that they originally came from a horse farm that used to be run by a German Barron, (von Wolff), in the very early colonial days.
visit Kolmankop (Kolmansküppe) today, on a special guided tour. The town was built in the 1920’s during its diamond rush and was abandoned when bigger and better diamonds were found further along the coast. The area is still abandoned,
and the desert has encroached over the entire town, giving an eerie feeling and real meaning to the word “ghost”. After visiting Kolmansküppe, we drive into the beautiful town of Lüderitz.
Whilst visiting Lüderitz, we
have some free time for the opportunity to visit some of the excellent local cafes. During the middle of the day, we explore Lüderitz town with its traditional German architecture, and later we take a drive out to Diaz Point. On the way there,
we hope to see a few flamingos. We visit Diaz Cross, a stone replica of the original, erected by the Portuguese mariner Bartholomew Diaz.
We return to Aus in the late afternoon. We again have time to enjoy sunset over the mountains, and
we will look out for the wild horses again.
Overnight at Aus (Bed and Breakfast)
Day 5 Aus – Sesriem
Turning north, we head deep into the ancient southern Namib, travelling on small gravel
roads and passing some tiny rural communities along the way. We enter the Hardap region again. The scenery is harsh, and sometimes forbidding. The process of erosion in these areas is well advanced and we pass time-rounded “koppies”,
arid terrain, and outcrops of tortured rock.
Traversing this bleak yet beautiful landscape, the terrain begins to change, and we cross some open grass savannah and farmlands, before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune of the
Namib Desert. We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains.
Overnight at Quiver Desert Camp (Bed and breakfast)
Day 6 Sesriem –
Sossusvlei – Sesriem
A pre-dawn start is essential this morning, as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, and driving into the heart of the dune
field, we reach Sossusvlei. In the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes, creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert. It is here that you will visit the well-known DeadValley.
Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees, and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich, make the photo opportunities perfect. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45, and as the day wears on, we
return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon, we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.
Overnight at Quiver Desert Camp (Bed and breakfast).
7 Sesriem – Solitaire – Walvisbaai – Swakopmund.
After breakfast we depart from Sesriem, for some famous apple pie at Solitaire. We then proceed through the peculiar mountains of the Khomas region,
into the arid desert of the Erongo region, and on to Swakopmund / Walvisbaai.
We stay in the Swakopmund/Walvisbaai area for two nights. (Bed and breakfast).
Day 8 Vicinity of Swakopmund and Walvisbaai.
Today you can enjoy a day of leisure. Swakopmund is renowned as the adventure capital of Namibia. There are various optional activities which can be enjoyed, and these popular excursions need to be booked well in advance. These include 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 and many other activities.
(N.B. All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the guests’ own risk and expense).
Alternatively, the town of
Swakopmund can be explored on foot, with interesting buildings, typical German colonial architecture and history, and shopping opportunities.
Overnight in Swakopmund/Walvisbaai area (Bed and Breakfast)
Day 9 Swakopmund
Today we visit Cape Cross to watch the seals, and travel into the Kunene region, to Kamanjab. Here we visit a Himba Community and overnight in the vicinity of the farm where the Himba settlement is situated.
this area you have the opportunity of visiting a Himba Village – the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia. These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are
following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm. The exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location. We learn about marriage customs, traditional food, and the mysteries of the “Holy
Overnight at Kamanjab (Bed and Breakfast)
Day 10 Kamanjab to Etosha
As we travel to Etosha in the Oshikoto region today, we will visit the lovely small town of Outjo.
Get a few refreshments that we may need for Etosha. We arrive in time at our camp in Etosha for your first afternoon game drive.
Overnight in Etosha National Park for two nights (Bed and breakfast)
Etosha National Park (Etosha Pans)
A full day’s game driving. We leave early, to enjoy the cool morning air, as we game drive our way through Etosha to our next Camp in Etosha. Along the way we visit several waterholes
and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent, and we have the chance to tick off a few species that are not normally seen near Namutoni, on the eastern side of the Park.
Overnight in Etosha National
Park (Bed and breakfast)
Day 12 Etosha -- Waterberg Mountains.
We depart from Etosha, and travel to the Waterberg Mountains, a magnificent landmark in the surrounding plains environment of the Otjozondjupa
region in northern Namibia. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon, and maybe climb the mountain to overlook the vast area below.
Overnight in the beautiful area of Waterberg. (Bed and breakfast)
Day 13 Waterberg --
After a leisurely breakfast, we depart the mountains for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. We pass the town Okahandja, and arrive at Windhoek in the late afternoon.
Overnight (Dinner, bed and breakfast)
14 Windhoek -- home
Today is the last day of the tour, and we depart the hotel after breakfast for a City tour of Windhoek. Afterwards we leave for the airport, to bid you farewell, in time for your flight back
to South Africa.