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This safari focuses on both comfort and adventure that begins in Johannesburg and ends in Windhoek, Namibia. The safari takes the traveler through the Great Karoo of South Africa and through the southern Namibia to Windhoek. The Namib Desert is nothing short of a magical experience that has to be done at least once in a lifetime if not again. This is your chance to be exposed to the heart of the magnificent Namib Desert as well as the cold Benguela Current of the Atlantic Ocean!
You will stay for 7 nights at various campsites and 2 nights accommodated on a bed and breakfast basis.
In the early morning, you will start the tour from Johannesburg and across the Northern Cape farmlands to the small town of Kuruman that boasts its own small part in history, namely “The Eye of Kuruman” and holds fantastic historical secrets of early missionary and military colonization of the early settlers. The evidence of this can be seen in the historic buildings.
"The Eye of Kuruman" is a natural phenomenon that is said to deliver an astounding 20 to 30 million liters of natural spring water to the town daily and makes up an important natural resource for the town. After a short break, you will continue to your overnight stop at the Red Sands Country Lodge.
You will depart your lodge after an early morning breakfast, the route is relatively short as you make your way to the Augrabies Falls where you will settle into your first night of camping on the banks of the Orange River.
The afternoon will be spent at the Augrabies Falls viewpoint or taking a quiet nature paddle down the Orange River before a relaxing evening around the campfire at Kalahari River Camp.
You will leave South Africa and enter Namibia this morning, you must ensure that your passports are at hand with all relevant entry visas. It must be made clear that some time will be spent at the border crossing before continuing your route via Karasburg to the Fish River Canyon.
After an early breakfast, you will take a short drive to the canyon's edge to enjoy the early morning shadows over the canyon before the route to Aus. The Fish River Canyon is said to be the world’s second largest canyon to that of the Grand Canyon.
The 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 year ago. The canyon stretches 160 kilometers in length and up to 27 kilometers in width and 500 meters vertical drop. All this makes for a dramatic and breathtaking view.
Afterward, you will cross the edge of the Kalahari and into the winter rainfall area that boasts spectacular desert flora. You will arrive in Aus mid-afternoon, you can take your time to wander the many short hikes around the Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite property.
Your early morning will start with a visit to the Namib Desert feral horses en route to Lüderitz. It is said that the feral horses are descendants of the horses abandoned by the German cavalry during World War I or were from the horse farm from Baron von Wolff in the early colonial days, but either way, the feral horses today have uniquely adapted to the harsh desert environment.
You will then continue to Kolmanskop, established in the 1920’s during the diamond rush when alluvial diamonds were literally scattered across the desert ground which was known as the “forbidden zone”.
The small town flourished which can still be seen today by the lavish houses, theater, and bowling alley built at the time. Sadly, the town dwindled to a ghost town, overrun by the desert after larger diamond mines took over.
After the visit to Kolmanskop, a light lunch will be taken at one of the many cafes in Lüderitz, before you head off back to Aus, but not before visiting Diaz Point, which is a replica of a cross planted by the Portuguese mariner - Bartholomew Diaz.
The Namib Desert boasts some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the world ranging from the massive mountain ranges and the rolling linear and star dunes of the Namib Desert. The route will take you through this where you are privileged enough to say that you have been there!
Lunch is taken under one of the desert Camelthorn trees en route. The sheer expanse and silence of the Namib Desert can be deafening and is something to experience at least once in a lifetime.
You will then arrive at your camp, Agama River Camp, at Sesriem where you can sit back and enjoy the desert sounds of the setting sun. A particular sound to enjoy is that of the barking gecko.
This day will be the highlight of the safari. You will start off just before the sunrise and travel into the Namib dune belt to Sossusvlei. An early pre-dawn drive will start this morning as it is essential to catch the sunrise of the Namib dune belt. The last 5 kilometers to Sossusvlei is walked in as it’s restricted to 4x4 vehicles only.
The walk itself is a privilege on its own where you will pass dried up pans and venture over dunes to get to Sossusvlei and the Deadvlei. The time in this area is spent taking in the desert views and of course, the Dune 45 en route back before the desert heat takes over. There will be an afternoon lunch at the camp before you venture onto the Sesriem canyon for a lazy walk in the canyon itself.
You will have a lazy morning before the short trip to the harbor town of Walvis Bay. You will explore the small industrial town and its surrounding salt pans and lagoon before continuing to the coastal resort of Swakopmund.
The rest of the day is spent exploring this town and planning your next day’s adventure activities. These activities will be discussed with your guide the night before as it's essential to make bookings. Dinner can be enjoyed at any of the town’s best restaurants.
The day will be spent participating in any of the available activities on offer. Adventour recommends taking a Catamaran tour in Walvis Bay.
The last day of the safari will take you to the Spitzkoppe Mountains before continuing on to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Your accommodation is on your own arrangement, but Adventour is more than happy to arrange accommodation on request.
Your safari vacation will start in Johannesburg, South Africa and end in Windhoek, Namibia during which you will explore the vast desert landscape throughout Namibia.
On this safari, you will be served 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 6 dinners. In order for Adventour and its travel partners to properly cater whilst on tour, it is important to inform them at the point of booking should there be any special dietary requirement.
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