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9 Days Southern Odyssey Safari in Namibia

Kalahari Anib Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia, 01 Mariental, Mariental, Namibia

Desert Adventure Namibia Safaris

Take an adventure through the wildly beautiful desert landscapes of southern Namibia! You have to experience Namibia’s evocative semi-arid and desert landscapes for yourself to truly appreciate the extraordinary beauty and soulfulness of this fascinating wide-open country. You can sit back and relax as you range from the Kalahari Desert with its antique red sands to the Fish River Canyon. Experience the Namib, a vast and picturesque coastal desert stretching 1,200 miles along the Atlantic Ocean!

Overview

  • Group size: 2-20 persons.
  • English and German-speaking guide.
  • Starting point and ending point: Windhoek

Highlights

  • Watch beautiful sunset at the moon landscape
  • Explore Kalahari Desert, Quiver Tree Forest, Fish River Canyon, and Feral Horses of the Namib
  • Enjoy Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Moon landscape and Swakopmund.
  • Experience a sundowner drive to the moon landscape
  • Complimentary park entrance fees
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts

Styles


9 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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Accommodation

  • Intu Africa Collection or similar x 1 night
  • Cañon Village or similar x 1 night
  • Nest Hotel or similar x 2 nights
  • The Elegant Lodge or similar x 2 nights
  • Swakopmund Plaza/Beach Hotel or similar x 2 nights

Program

Day 1: Windhoek to Kalahari Desert

Departing from Windhoek, travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall.

For many therefor “thirstland” is a more fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here. The Bushmen refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is still home to a surprising large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive.

Day 2: Kalahari Desert to Fish River Canyon

Continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains. Visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest you are welcomed by quirky man-made sculptures of scrap metal which set a contrast to this serene, timeless space with Quiver trees and aloes nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked in a mysterious way, the area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”.

You continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here you can explore the area on foot or on an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape and impressive sweeping rock formations.

Day 3: Fish River Canyon to Luderitz

Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where you gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past.

You continue our journey past the Naute dam, where you shortly stop at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery, to optionally taste some of the unique liquors or simply enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. Proceeding onwards you head towards the coastal town of Lüderitz. On the way to Lüderitz you stop at Garub, viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.

Day 4: Luderitz

Our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the Diamond boom and built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past, offering visitor’s unique photo motives into a bygone era. On the return to town, you visit Diaz Point with its Padrao on a cliff overlooking the harsh Atlantic Ocean commemorating the initial Portuguese explorers and explore the forlorn coast. Arriving back in Lüderitz you explore this small, historic town.

Day 5: Luderitz to Namib Desert

After an early breakfast you travel across wide open plains north along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. You are located in close proximity to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.

Day 6: Namib Desert

The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.

Day 7: Namib Desert to Swakopmund

After breakfast you continue our journey approaching the little settlement of Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park, feeling like you have arrived in the middle of nowhere. Here it is worthwhile to enjoy a cup of coffee with the delightful apple-pie written about in so many travel books before travelling via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, you visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups.

Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean you reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa.

Day 8: Swakopmund

Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight.

Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.

Day 9: Swakopmund to Windhoek

After breakfast you travel back to Windhoek to our hotel or to the international airport for the return flight.

Location

  • Sossusvlei
  • Namib Desert
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Quiver Tree Forest
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Feral Horses of the Namib
  • Moon landscape
  • Swakopmund.

Food

In this safari, you will be provided with eight breakfasts. Bottled water on board on is also complimentary.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Brigadoon Guesthouse

  • Climbing the famous Dune 7
  • Cycle through Swakopmund's beautiful historic buildings and landmarks
  • Encounter dolphins, sea lions, and pelicans on a boat from Walvis Bay
  • Excursion to Sandwich Harbour
  • Kayaking
  • Other extreme desert activities
  • Quad-biking
  • Sandboarding
  • Sports such as golf, horse riding, and fishing
  • Stroll around the town close to Brigadoon Guesthouse
  • Stroll through the museum and the Kristall gallery
  • Tandem skydiving

Cañon Roadhouse activities

  • Discover the ancient wonderland
  • Discover the Gondwana Canyon Park
  • Enjoy sunrise admits the quiver trees and sunset from a hillock
  • Lounge at the poolside
  • Sit on the terrace reading your favorite book

Hammerstein Rest Camp activities

  • Balloon safaris
  • Flights over the world-famous Sossusvlei desert
  • Meet caracals, cheetahs, and leopard
  • Nature drives into the surrounding area

Namib Naukluft Lodge activities

  • Desert drive
  • Golf
  • Sossusvlei excursion
  • The balloon safari or scenic flight
  • The sundowner drive
  • Zebra walking trail

Kalahari Anib Lodge activities

  • A star walk in the veld nearby
  • Drink in the beauty of the Kalahari
  • Explore the Gondwana Kalahari Park
  • In winter stretch your legs before a long fire next to the fish pond
  • Oberve springbok, zebra, and wildebeest
  • Step along the trails around the lodge

Klein Aus Vista - Desert Horse Inn activities

  • Go to a diamond mining town of Kolmanskop and Lüderitz
  • Mountain bike to Aus Mountain
  • Observe the wild horses at the Garub waterhole
  • Walking trails to the rocky hills

What's included

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Bottled water on board
  • Entrance fees
  • Porterage
  • Sightseeing as specified

What's not included

  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Airport transfer
  • Drinks
  • Tipping
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of personal nature

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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