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15 Days Kalahari and the Namib Desert

Main Attractions:

  • Kalahari Desert
  • Scenic Fish River Canyon (second largest in the World)
  • Desert Adapted, Feral Horses of Namibia – wildlife attraction
  • Diamond Coast, Luderitz and deserted‚ Ghost Town’ of Kolmanskop
  • The Namib ‚Sea of Sand’, Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei – UNESCO World Heritage region
  • Sesriem Canyon and Solitaire oasis
  • Coastal town of Swakopmund and lunar landscape of the ‚Moon Valley’
  • Historical Cape Cross and one of the largest in Africa, colony of fur seals
  • Majestic Brandberg Massif
  • Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Wildlife Sanctuary – Etosha National Park

 

 

 

Day 1, Kalahari Desert, Nov. 2nd
 

Travelling south deeper into Kalahari Desert, on the way passing small towns and farm holdings.

Before reaching town-oasis Keetmanshoop, visit to the Quiver Tree Forest:

 

Aloe Dichotoma, is a tall, branching species of Aloe, indigenous to Southern Africa, specifically in the Northern Cape region of Sought Africa, and Southern Namibia.

Known as Choje to the indigenous San people, the quiver tree gets its name from the San practice of hollowing out the tubular branches of Aloe dichotoma to form quivers for their arrows.

 

After Quiver Tree Forest, visit to Giant’s Playground located in the midst of the Kalahari Desert:

The Dolerites at the quiver tree forest and Giant’s playground form part of the bigger sill complex. The dolerites are magma that was pressed up, but cooled off just below the earth’s surface. The softer parts of the stone and the top layer of the earth’s crust eroded away, which left the dolerites exposed.

 

Meals: lunch & dinner.

Accommodation: 2 nights near Fish River Canyon.

Distance: 500 km (tarred and gravel roads).

Duration: around 7 hours with the stop-overs.

 

Day 2, Fish River Canyon, Nov. 3rd
 

Adventure at the Fish River Canyon, second largest canyon in the World, after the famous Grand Canyon. Unique place for spectacular landscape photography! Early morning or at the sunset, canyon and surrounding desert comes to life with hues, colours and shades – what provides the best lighting for artistic captures, painted with the raising or setting sun.

 

Morning and afternoon visit to the Fish River Canyon.

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Distance: around 150 km on the gravel roads during the day.

 

Day 3 & 4 Desert horses & Luderitz, Kolmanskop.
Nov. 04th & 5th
 

On trails of the desert-adapted horses (Feral Horses of Namibia), which have incredibly adjusted to the harsh, dry and often unmerciful desert conditions.

 While admiring these incredible creatures, we are charmed by the outstretched and changing landscape, unending horizons and beauty of the Namib Desert.

 

Further on, journey to the small, coastal town of Luderitz situated on the Coast of the Atlantic.

 

After arrival in Luderitz in the afternoon, visit to Agata beach, and Diaz Cross, set in the sands of the Namib Desert and Skeleton Coast centuries ago.

 

On the firth day, morning visit to Kolmanskop, Ghoast Town for one-hour tour starting at around 9am.

In the afternoon time to explore Luderitz on foot with its historical buildings.

 

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Accommodation: 2 nights in Luderitz

Distance: around 250 km (tarred roads).

Duration: around 4 hours with the stop-overs.

 
Day 5, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Nov. 6th
 

Moving towards Sossusvlei – highest and oldest dunes on Earth – on the way admiring picturesque vistas and incredible, desert landscape. After the long day’s drive, you are comfortably settled for an appetizing dinner and deserved rest at the stylish lodge near Sossusvlei.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Accommodation: 2 nights in the Namib Desert near Sossusvlei.

Distance: around 400 km (tarred and gravel roads).

Duration: around 7 hours with the stop-overs.

 

Day 6, Sossusvlei & Deadvlei, Nov. 7th
 

Early morning, in the light of the rising sun, an excellent view of the highest dunes in the World. Climbing Dune 45 or/and one of the highest in the area ‚Big Daddy’ or ‚Big Mama’. Off-road drive and adventure at Dead Vlei (valley) where expressive, dried up trees stand among the dunes in the heart of the desert. In the early afternoon, visit at the interesting rock formation of the Sesriem Canyon. Spaciousness, magnificence, splendour and calm forever imprints lasting impressions and memories in your heart – turning your desert adventure into a photographic discovery!

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Distance: 150 km during the course of the day (gravel and sandy roads).

 

Day 7 and 8, Swakopmund, Nov. 8th & 9th
 

Adventure starts at sunrise, as we travel through the Namib-Naukluft Park, admiring dried up Kuiseb riverbed and Kuised Canyon. On route, celebrating crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn. In the afternoon, arrival at the coastal town-oasis Swakopmund.

Magnificent landscape of the Namib reaches as far as eye can see. Wildlife, grazing antelopes: kudu, oryx and springbuck, mountain zebras, rare black rhino, giraffes and World’s biggest ‚birds that don’t fly’ ostriches.

 

 

Coastal adventure at the Moon Valley! You are invited to the ‚lunar landscape’ and for a discovery of the botanic attraction, Welwitchia mirabilis, known as the ‚living fossil’; considered to be one of the oldest and most original plants on Earth, remembering the times of Christ!

 

Morning and afternoon optional attractions, not included in the tour’s price:

 

·        Early morning cruise to the flamingos’ and fur seals’ colonies. Price per person Euro 55.

·        Thrilling quadbike ride into the dunes and rolling hills of the Namib. Price per person Euro 50.

·        City tour of Swakopmund and visit to the Crystal Gallery and local craft market. Entrance Euro 5 per person.

·        Visit to National Marine Aquarium. Entrance euro 5 per person.

·        Visit to Snake Park. Entrance euro 5 per person.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Accommodation: 2 nights in Swakopmund

Distance: 350 km (gravel roads).

Duration: around 6 hours with the stop-overs.

 
Day 9, Damara Land, Nov. 10th
 

The salt road along the Atlantic Coast will take us further north. On the way, visit to the largest in Africa, fur seal colony. Short stop-over at the historical Cape Cross, where in 1486, Portuguese sailor Diego Cao set up the granite cross in tribute of the King of Portugal, after landing at the Namibian coast.

Turning east, inland, we are on route to the mountainous Brandberg Massif.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Accommodation: 2 nights in Damaraland.

Distance: about 350 km (salt and gravel roads).

Duration: around 8 hours with the stop-overs.

 
Day 10, Twyfelfontein rock engravings, Nov. 11th
 

Early in the morning, on route to Twyfelfontein – UNESCO World Heritage Site, to admire most beautiful, out of over 2000 rock engravings created by Bushmen. Ancient art portrays animals, people and their lifestyle. After visit to Twyfelfontein, unforgettable visit to Damara village, learning about their customs and traditional way of life.

After thrills of the day, refreshing rest at the safari lodge; in the evening, savouring delicious meal while enjoying sunset over the savannah.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Distance: around 250 km (gravel roads).

Duration: around 5 hours with activities.

 

Day 11, Etosha NP, Nov. 12th
 

After breakfast, on route to one of the largest and considered to be one of the most loved, nature sanctuaries of Africa – Etosha National Park. Etosha, often called the ‚treasure of Namibia’ is dedicated to protect wildlife of African bush and savannah.

 

 Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Accommodation: 3 nights in Etosha National Park

Distance: around 250 km (tarred and gravel roads).

Duration: around 4 hours with the stop-overs.

 

Day 12 & 13, Etosha NP, Nov. 13th & 14th
 

Early morning, we are on the safari trail, tracking the Big Game, and travelling deep into Etosha in search of the wild! With the eye of the camera capturing antelopes: springbuck, wildebeest, kudu, impala, gemsbok, hartebeest, oryx and steenbuck. Looking out for magnificent, African elephants, exotic giraffes, shy rhinos, playful jackals, curious warthogs and cheeky hyenas – nature overwhelms and more then surpasses your expectations!

 

 

Distance: 200 km (gravel roads of Etosha Park).

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

 

Day 14, Back to Windhoek, Nov. 15th
 

Farewell’ fascinating Etosha! We are traveling south, to Windhoek, capital of Namibia for the last night in Namibia.

On the way, visit to Cheetah Conservation for Cheetah drive.

 

Meals: breakfast & lunch.

Distance: 400 km (tarred road).

Duration: around 6 hours with the stop-overs.

 

Day 15, End of the tour, Nov. 16th

 

Today we will transfer you to Hosea Kurako, international airport.

 

Included in the tour’s price:
Transport, fuel, 14 nights lodge accommodation and reservations, meals as selected, national park entrance fee, full-day unlimited game drives in Etosha National Park (sunrise till sunset) in the provided tour vehicle, experienced tour guide for the entire tour, airport transfers within the tour dates.
Not included in the tour’s price:
Scheduled, international flights ‚to/from’ Namibia, individually extended accommodation, additional transfers (airport transfers beyond  tour dates, which we may arrange at euro 20 pp), individual travel and medical insurance, lunches & water if not selected, drinks and alcoholic beverages, optional activities (daytime/nighttime open-vehicle game drives organized by the park with park's drivers at euro 45 pp/3 hrs each; min 2 - max 12 guests), gratuities and tips, trip extensions, visa to Namibia (if required).
Start Date: 2018-11-02
End Date: 2018-11-16
Price:
N$49,800
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