15 Days – The Versatile and Wide Landscapes of Namibia

We cross dune valleys and limestone plains and experience the Kalahari with its great red colours. The ever-changing, colourful and fascinating landscapes of the southern and northern Namib leave us impressed. The stars look like they are within arm’s reach as they appear on the clear night sky, far away from big cities. A journey between old and new history, nature in its purest form and a diversity of people can all be found in this versatile and friendly country.

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 colors, 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 and make our way to Klein Aus Vista.

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 the Safari Court Hotel or similar.

Day 8: Windhoek – Swakopmund

We depart from Windhoek and cross the Khomashochland (rising up to 2.000 m above sea level) and travel along the Gamsberg Pass into the oldest desert in the world: The Namib. Here the landscape changes from slate mountains into endless sandy areas, broken by deep gorges and granite mountains. After a short rest with lunch packs, we continue through the Namib Naukluft Park, where, with a bit of luck, we may see ostriches, springbok, oryx and mountain zebras. Our destination is the Welwitschia plain. This extraordinary plant can only be found here in the northern Namib and in southern Angola. It is also referred to as a living fossil. Afterwards we will visit the so-called moon landscape, a fascinating rock formation that is millions of years old. In the early evening we arrive in Swakopmund. Lunch packs en route. Accommodation/ Breakfast at Prost Hotel.

Day 9: Walvis Bay

After breakfast we will head towards Walvis Bay, Namibia’s important port. We take a 3-hour long boat/catamaran cruise where we can watch the sea birds and where, often, the boats are accompanied by seals and dolphins. Aboard the boat we will be served oysters, champagne and snacks. During the cruise we learn much about the rich life of the cold Benguela Current of the Atlantic. In the afternoon we visit the colourful city of Swakopmund and have enough time available to explore it.

Accommodation/ Breakfast at Prost Hotel.

Day 10: Swakopmund – Erongo

Today we are heading land inwards, past the Spitzkoppe, the Namibian “Matterhorn”, until we reach the Erongo Mountains. After a few hours of relaxation, either in the pool or by taking a walk. We enjoy our sundowner sitting on a hill whilst watching the sunset and the play of colours of the wild.  There is also the possibility to visit “the living museum” of the San people (not included).

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Omandumba-West Guest Farm or Ai Aiba Lodge.

Day 11: Erongo – Ugab Terraces

Early in the morning when the light is still gentle, we take a 3-hour drive in an open vehicle and explore the grounds of the lodge. The highlight of this drive will be seeing the countless prehistoric rock paintings, as well as numerous bird species and vegetation. Thereafter we head towards the unique formations of the Ugab Terraces.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Damara Mopane Lodge.

Day 12: Ugab Terraces – Etosha National Park

We continue our trip to the world-famous Etosha. We spend our first hour’s game watching and getting our eyes used to spotting game in the distance or in the bush.

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

Day 13: Etosha National Park

At the Etosha National Park two full days are available to us for game viewing. This park is one of the oldest game reserves in the world. In 1907 this region was placed under nature conservation and still today covers an area of about 22.270 km², consisting for the most part of grass and bush savannah. Thus there are ideal conditions for game viewing, either at one of the many watering holes, or out in the open plain. The actual Etosha Pan, after which the park has been named is approximately 6.000 km² in size. ”Etosha“ stems from the Ovambo language and means “place of dry water” or „great white place“.

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

Day 14: Etosha National Park

This day, too, is dedicated to watching game in the Etosha National Park. Larger and smaller herds of springboks, zebras, wildebeest or even elephants move around here. It pays off to listen attentively. The animals are communicating with each other constantly, whilst their hooves crunch on the ground. In the course of the afternoon we exit the park through the Von Lindequist Gate and drive to our accommodation in the vicinity of the park.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Mokuti Etosha Lodge or Emanya Lodge.

Day 15: Etosha National Park – Region Otavi

After breakfast we travel to the Gabus Game Ranch via Tsumeb and Otavi. En route we visit Lake Otjikoto and the versatile mining museum in Tsumeb. In the afternoon we are taken on a game drive across the lodge premises where we can once more catch a glimpse of the one or other wild animal. Our trip ends with a sundowner.

Dinner/ Accommodation/ Breakfast at the Gabus Game Ranch.

Day 16: Otavi – Windhoek

With hearts full of the impressions of the past days and after a good breakfast, we make our way back to Windhoek, via Otavi, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja. Arrival in the afternoon.

SERVICES AND PRICES

Booking Reference: SWAS 16, 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, hotels and on a guest farm.
Breakfast for the entire trip, 1 lunch pack and 12 dinners
English speaking Tour Guide (Possibly multilingual tour guide)

Not included:

Personal expenses, such as lunch, except for day 8, 3 dinners, drinks, 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 – 02/23

May – 06/20    Oct – 19

Jun – 12

Prices:

Per Person in double room: 
Low Season: (01/11/2017 until 30/06/2018) N$ 57.080,00,
single room supplement N$ 6.000,00
High Season: (01/07/2018 until 31/10/2018) N$ 59.280,00,
single room supplement N$ 6.340,00

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