The Southern Cross and the Wilderness

Landscapes, landscapes, landscapes! This trip takes us through the breath-taking landscapes of the Kalahari Basin and the south of Namibia. With mostly starry nights, we can see the infinite number of sparkling celestial bodies in the sky above us. The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation of the southern sky. And the journey continues… To the seemingly endless landscapes of the Etosha, mirages and an abundance of animals in their natural habitat.

Day 1: Windhoek – Gochas

Our journey leads us through many little villages, across commercial farm land, all the way to the edge of the Kalahari Basin. Seemingly endless landscapes or camelthorn forests lead us to the first impressions of the beautiful Kalahari. In the afternoon, we enjoy a comfortable drive across the magnificent landscape und could even spot some game. Fascinated by the remarkable silence and the incredible colours, we return to our comfortable accommodation.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Auob Lodge.

Day 2: Gochas – Region Fish River Canyon

Today we are impressed by vast barren plains, incredible rock formations and a minimal population density. But at the heart of the day lies with our visit to the quiver tree forest, a fascinating succulent plant. The quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma – a succulent) is native to southern Namibia. The name stems from the time when the then-resident San hollowed out the branches and used them as quivers for their arrows. Our route continues through Keetmanshoop, an important city in the South, past the Naute Dam, to the breath-taking landscape that surrounds the Fish River Canyon. Our accommodation is in one of the lovingly designed Gondwana Lodges.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Canyon Roadhouse/ Lodge/ Village.

Day 3: Fish River – Lüderitz

Today we drive to the Fish River Canyon, one of the biggest Canyons in the world. It has a sudden drop of 550m from the mountain landscape. After we have immersed ourselves in these impressions, our route continues via Seeheim and Aus until we reach Lüderitz. Our path leads us across a fascinating moon landscape and an endless desert with strange rock formations and a fantastic play of colors. In the afternoon we arrive in Lüderitz, a small and interesting town in the middle of the barren landscape that borders onto the cold Atlantic.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Lüderitz Nest Hotel.

Day 4: Lüderitz

Lüderitz is the oldest German settlement in Namibia, named after the German businessman Lüderitz, who bought this area from the Hottentots in 1883. This small harbour city is built on a rock and is surrounded by bays and fiords. In the morning we pay a visit to the “ghost town" Kolmanskop – a once prosperous city, as the first diamonds in Namibia were found here. The old tales and pictures are just incredible! In the afternoon we take a sightseeing tour in and around Lüderitz.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Lüderitz Nest Hotel.

Day 5: Lüderitz – Namib Desert

Once again our drive takes us through diverse and incredible landscapes, such as the Neisip plain, the Tiras Mountains, alongside the red dunes of the edge of the Namib, through the Nubib Mountains until we reach our accommodation in the vicinity of the Tsaris Mountains.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Hammerstein Lodge.

Day 6: Sossusvlei – Sesriem Canyon

An old saying goes: The early bird catches the worm. In line with this we start our day while the stars are still out. We aim to absorb and enjoy the great mood of the early morning among the unique dune landscape around Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is a large clay pan in the middle of the Namib Desert, surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world in Namibia’s largest nature reserve, the Namib Naukluft Park. We recommend hiking up one of the dunes to enjoy the sand between your toes, while it's still cold, and enjoy the view across the endless ocean of sand. In the late morning we visit the small, but interesting Sesriem Canyon that almost seems artificial. Our heart is wealthy with impressions and we close our day off with a 4x 4 drive across the private reserve of our accommodation in the late afternoon.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Namib Naukluft Soft Adventure Camp or Namib Desert Lodge.

Day 7: Namib Desert – Windhoek

We return to Windhoek. We travel up the Great Escarpment and head towards the central mountain region. In the vicinity of the town Rehoboth we visit Lake Oanob, a small oasis for residents and visitors. Afterwards we continue our drive to Windhoek and arrive in the late afternoon.

Accommodation/ Breakfast at Safari Court Hotel or similar.

Day 8: Windhoek – Etosha National Park

In the morning we depart from Namibia’s capital, Windhoek and make our way to the Etosha National Park. On our way we pass by many small and historical cities, such as Okahandja, the former tribal centre of the Hereros, as well as Otjiwaongo and Outjo. During our first game drive in the afternoon our eyes start adjusting to spot game in the bush and in the distance. Etosha is home to many antelopes, numerous bird species, a variety of wild cats, as well as elephants and hippos. Patience, coincidence and a bit of luck shape our experience. Our accommodation is a comfortable lodge outside of the park.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Toshari Lodge or Taleni Etosha Lodge.

Day 9: Etosha National Park

After a good breakfast we take a game drive into the park. The Etosha National Park is one of the oldest game reserves in the world. Already in 1907, the area was put under nature conservation and still today covers 22.270 km ², consisting mostly of grass and bush savannah. There are excellent opportunities for game viewing, at the many water holes or in the open field. The actual Etosha pan, after which the park has been named, is about 6,000 km ² in size. The name “Etosha" comes from the Ovambo and means “place of dry water" or “big white place". Here it may be that mirages deceive us. But in the rainy months, it could really be water. With many great impressions we leave the park again in the late afternoon.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Toshari Lodge or Taleni Etosha Lodge.

Day 10: Etosha National Park

Today we have another opportunity to observe the many wild animals and to listen to them, how they walk, how they eat, browse, drink and even play. With a bit of luck, we may even see nocturnal animals beating around the bushes. Depending on the season, the smells of the plants and soil in the park are striking. Today we cross the park with the aim of visiting some of the new waterholes and taking in the seemingly-endless landscapes. We spend our night in a wonderful accommodation outside the park.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Mokuti Etosha Lodge.

Day 11: Etosha National Park – Okonjati Wildlife Sanctuary

Off to new adventure! Our destination is the Okonjati Wildlife Sanctuary. On the way we stop in the garden city Tsumeb and visit a mining museum that gives us a good insight into the Namibian History, Mining History and the native population. In the afternoon we reach the privately-owned game reserve as well as the Mt. Etjo Safari Lodge and enjoy a game drive across the reserve. Here, too, we could encounter many different types of game, maybe even some that we have not seen yet, such as sable antelopes and waterbucks. Great new impressions and landscapes engrain themselves into our minds today.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge.

Day 12: Private Game Reserve – Windhoek

After a few eventful days we return to Windhoek, where we arrive in the late afternoon.

SERVICES AND PRICES

Booking Reference: SWAS 12, Minimum: 2 pax, Maximum: 10 pax

Included Services:

Overland trips and all sightseeing according to the itinerary.
Accommodation in double rooms with bath and/ or shower and toilet in lodges and hotels
Daily breakfast and dinner
English speaking Tour Guide (Possibly bilingual tour guide)

Not included:

Personal expenses, such as lunch, drinks, phone calls, laundry service, tip in restaurants, as well as for the tour guide.

Departure:

By prior arrangements, collection from various hotels.

Departure Dates 2019:

Feb – 11          Jul – 03/31

Mar – 04          Aug – 19

Apr – 03          Sep – 02

May – 12          Oct – 09

Jun – 12

We can also offer you this as a self-drive tour.