Namibia South and North

tour description

16 day NAMIBIA SOUTH AND NORTH adventure tour takes you to Namibia's major attractions: Kalahari Desert, Diamond Coast with abandoned in the desert sands Kolmanskop 'Ghost Town', NamibNaukluft Park in the Namib Desert and the Skeleton Coast, then further north invites you to meet ancient Himba Tribe with tour ending at the Etosha National Park for experiences near wildlife and nature. Sheer paradise for landscape, scenic, ethnic & wildlife photographers, both professional and amateur.

Tour may be adapted and tailor-made for mix-accommodation at mid-range and/or luxury standards. 

Guests who wish to take part or a whole tour as a 'fly-in experience' are welcome to contact us for quote.

Small group tour with minimum of 2 and maximum 12 participants - may depart any day of the week.

Duration
16 Days
Countries
Namibia
Categories
4x4 Tours, Birding, Desert, Ethnical/Cultural, Geology, Photography, Unesco World Heritage, Wildlife, Landscape

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Prices Per Person

Low Season
1 November to 30 June
High Season
1 July to 31 October
Camping NAD53,120.- EUR~2,661.- NAD59,520.- EUR~2,981.-
Mid-range Lodge Accommodation
Meals: B, D
NAD73,280.- EUR~3,671.- NAD76,000.- EUR~3,807.-
Mid-range Lodge Accommodation
Meals: B, L, D + mineral water in the car
NAD80,960.- EUR~4,055.- NAD83,680.- EUR~4,192.-
Mid-range Lodge Single Supplement NAD8,260.- EUR~414.- NAD8,260.- EUR~414.-
Luxury Lodge Accommodation
Meals: B, L, D + mineral water during the tour
NAD149,600.- EUR~7,493.- NAD156,480.- EUR~7,838.-
Luxury Lodge Single Supplement NAD29,300.- EUR~1,468.- NAD29,300.- EUR~1,468.-
Optional Private Tour Supplement Per Tour NAD40,000.- EUR~2,004.- NAD40,000.- EUR~2,004.-
* 50% discount for children 12 years old and younger.

Tour Map

Detailed Itinerary

Pick-up from Windhoek in the morning and transfer south to red Kalahari Desert.

In the afternoon time to relax and rest at the lodge.


Accommodation: 1 night in Kalahari Desert at:

  • Camping - Anib Campsite or similar.
  • Mid-range Lodge – Kalahari Anib Lodge or similar.
  • Luxury Lodge – Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch or similar.


Traveling distance: 300km on tar road.

Duration: around 4 hours with the stop-overs.

Meals: as selected.

In the morning on our way to second larges canyon in the World, Fish River Canyon.

In the late afternoon visit to the canyon for spectacular sunset over the Fish River Canyon.

Main viewing points provide spectacular place for the exotic landscape photography! Early morning or at the sunset, canyon and the desert comes to life with hues and shades of light – providing fascinating artistic vistas.


Meals: as selected.

Accommodation for 1 night near Fish River Canyon at:

  • Camping - Hoba Campsite or similar.
  • Mid-range Lodge – Canyon Roadhouse Lodge or similar.
  • Luxury Lodge – Fish River Lodge or similar.

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Travelling distance: around 300km (tarred and gravel roads).

Duration: around 4 hours with the stop-over.

Today we are traveling from Fish River Canyon to Diamond Coast of Ludertiz, on the way visit to desert horses (Feral Horses of Namibia), which have incredibly adapted to the harsh, dry and often unmerciful desert conditions. Admiring these incredible creatures, we are charmed by the ever changing landscape, unending horizon and beauty of the Namib.

Arrival at Kolmanskop on time for your guided tour of famous „Ghost Town”, deserted diamond town, around 10 km from Luderitz.


In afternoon visit to the historical granite cross, known as the Diaz Cross, set in the sands of the Namib by Portuguese sailor Diaz, when he first landed at the Namibian coast centuries ago.



Meals: as selected.

Accommodation for 1 night in Luderitz at:

  • Backpacker - Obelix Guesthouse or similar.
  • Mid-range Lodge – Kairos Cottage or similar.
  • Luxury Lodge – Luderitz Nest Hotel or similar.

 

Travelling distance: 350km (tarred and gravel roads).

Duration: around 5 hours with the stop-overs.

In the morning we are traveling to Sossusvlei, the highest and the oldest dunes in the World! On the way admiring picturesque vistas and breathtaking landscape of the desert.


Meals: as selected.

Accommodation for 2 nights in the Namib Desert at:

  • Camping - Sesriem Campsite or similar.
  • Mid-range Lodge – Namib Desert Camp or similar.
  • Luxury Lodge – Dead Valley Lodge or similar.

 

Travelling distance around 450km (tarred and gravel roads).

Duration: around 7 hours with the stop-over.

Early morning before sunrise, drive towards Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei - a place of the highest dunes in the World, set in the midst of the World’s oldest desert. Unique chance for spectacular landscape photography! Climbing scenic Dune 45, while enjoying incredible desert vistas and ever changing scenery of the Namib. Off-road trail takes us to Dead Vlei where ancient, dried up acacias stand amidst the orange dunes creating surreal landscape. Optional hiking the ‚Big Daddy’ dune and afterwards visit to Sossusvlei with optional hiking the ‚Big Mama’ dune, hike through spectacular rock formations of the Sesriem Canyon.


Optional Activities:

  • Helicopter flight over the dunes


Meals: as selected.

Traveling distance: 150 km on tar, gravel and sand roads.

After breakfast, we are traveling through the Namib Desert and Namib-Naukluft Park – venturing north-west to small town-oasis Swakopmund, set on the Atlantic coast. En route, crossing Kuiseb Riverbed, travelling through vast regions of Savannah and desert.  Good chance of sighting ostriches, springboks, mountain zebras and oryx grazing in their natural habitat. While crossing iconic Tropic of Capricorn, time for break, stretching legs and short photo-moment. On arrival at the coast, short visit to Walvis Bay Lagoon to observe flocks of Greater & Lesser Flamingos,

Arrival in Swakopmund after lunch, rest of the day free for relax, rest or walk around this old German Colonial town.

 

Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 2 nights in Swakopmund at

  • Backpacker - Amanpuri Travelers Lodge or similar.
  • Mid-range Lodge – Alte Brucke Resort or similar.
  • Luxury Lodge – Strand Hotel or similar.

 

Distance: around 320 km on gravel roads.

Duration: around 6 hrs with stops for lunch and pictures.

In the morning, relaxing walk through picturesque, coastal town of Swakopmund. Visit at the local ‚open-air’ curio market, admiring and shopping for an attractive and colorful, African artifacts. After lunch, escapade to spectacular Moon Valley and Welwitschia Mirabilis trails – desert plant and botanical attraction; one of the oldest known plants on Earth, called by the botanists the ‚living fossil’.

 

Recommended optional activities: (price on request)

  • Visit to the ‚lunar landscape’ and Welwitchia Mirabilis trails - botanic attraction, known as the ‚living fossil’; considered to be one of the oldest and most original plants on Earth.
  • Quadbike ride into the dunes and rolling hills of the Namib.
  • City tour of Swakopmund and visit to the Crystal Gallery.
  • Visit to National Marine Aquarium.
  • Snake Park.
  • Street-craft-market.
  • Bicycle tour of the Mondesa township.
  • Skydiving
  • Fishing offshore.
  • Sandboarding
  • Kayaking with the seals
  • Early morning dolphin cruise can be combined with Sandwich Harbor Excursion making it full day activity.

 

 

Durations:  3 hrs with stop over.

Meals: as selected.

Distance: 100 km on gravel and tar roads.

Salt road along the Atlantic Coast takes us further north. On the way, visit to the largest Fur Seal Colony with short stop-over at the historical Cape Cross, where in 1486, Portuguese sailor Diego Cao set up a granite cross in tribute of the King of Portugal, after landing on the Namibian coast.

Turning east, inland – we are on route to the mountainous Brandberg Massif with the highest Namibian peak, Königstein, towering 2574m above sea level. 

Arrival at the lodge late afternoon, for the remaining of the day, you can rest or relax at the swimming pool.

 

Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night in Damaraland at:

  • Campsite - White Lady Campsite or similar.
  • Mid-range Lodge – White Lady Lodge or similar.
  • Luxury Lodge – Mowani Mountain Camp or similar.

 

Distance: about 300 km on salt and gravel roads.

Duration: around 8 hours including sight-seeing.

Early in the morning, on route to visit Twyfelfontein – UNESCO World Heritage Site, where over 2000 rock engravings created by Bushmen are found in the rusty rocks and mountains. Engravings picture animals, hunters and hunting, people and their lifestyle.

 


Optional activities:

  • Ethnic visit at the ‚Living Museum’ presenting Damara culture. 
  • Visit to Burn Mountain and Organ Pipes. 



Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night in Damaraland at:

  • Campsite - Desert Elephant Campsite or similar.
  • Mid-range Lodge – Twyfelfontein Country Lodge  or similar.
  • Luxury Lodge – Mowani Mountain Camp or similar.

 

Distance: around 300 km on gravel roads.

Duration: around 8 hours including sightseeing and lunch.

After breakfast, we are venturing further into Kaokoland, to Opuwo, capital of this northern region. The next day we will meet semi-nomadic Himba tribe. One of the last, pastoral tribes on Earth, who continue to keep their traditional ancient way of life, as they did for hundreds of years. Unique chance for ethnic photography!

 

Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night in Opuwo at:

  • Campsite - Opuwo Campsite or similar.
  • Mid-range Lodge – Opuwo Country Lodge or similar.
  • Luxury Lodge – Opuwo Country Lodge in luxury rooms or similar.

 

Distance: around 400 km on gravel roads.

Duration: around 8 hrs including breaks for picture-taking and lunch.

In the morning, unforgettable visit to the Himba village, learning about their nomadic way of life. Unique opportunity to observe exotic culture and customs. The Himba are a tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralis, who inhabit the Kaokoland, in northern Namibia. They have clung to their traditions, and the beautiful Himba women are noted for their orange-colored skin, intricate hairstyles and traditional jewelry. Himba men and women wear few clothes, apart from a loin cloth or goat-skin mini-skirt, they rub their bodies with mixture of red ocher and animal fat to protect themselves against sun, insects and to condition their skin. It gives Himba’s skin characteristic rich, red color. Himba jewelry is made from iron, animal skin or shell, and due to the intricate designs, have become very popular among the visiting tourists. Visit at the Himba village creates superb opportunity for spectacular ethnic photography! 

After visit to the Himba village we are heading further north in direction of Kunene River to admire Epupa Falls. Kunene creates natural border between Namibia and Angola.

On arrival at Epupa Falls, visit the falls.

In the late afternoon we will climb Kapika Hill to admire the falls with the setting sun. 

 

Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night in Epupa at: 

  • Campsite - Epupa Campsite or similar.
  • Mid-range Lodge – Epupa Lodge & Campsite or similar.
  • Luxury Lodge – Omarunga Lodge or similar.


Distance: 180 km on gravel roads, including travel to Himba village.


On our way to spectacular nature reserve – Etosha National Park! Etosha is dedicated to protect wildlife of African bush and Savannah. Its beauty and natural charm simply overwhelms the visitor! Wild animals inhabit enormous regions of grassy Savannah. Harmony and balance of nature fills the viewer with tranquil peace and serenity. Live ‚theater of nature’ at its best!


Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 3 nights at:

  • Campsite - Okaukuejo Campsite or similar.
  • Mid-range Lodge – Okakuejo Resort or similar.
  • Luxury Lodge – Etosha Oberland Lodge or similar.


Distance: around 500 km on tarred and gravel roads.

Duration: around 8 hours with stops for sight-seeing and lunch.

On safari trails of Etosha, unlimited game drive from sunrise until sunset. We are tracking wildlife in its own natural habitat, observing herds of elephants, zebras, hyenas, variety of the antelopes: kudu, oryx, impalas, eland, springbok, gnu, giraffes, rhino, jackals and birds of prey. Searching for big cats of Etosha: cheetah and leopard, and for ‚king of the Savannah’ – the lion.

At the waterholes, in calm and stillness, we are observing wild animals coming for a drink of water after a hot day. Evenings spent at the waterhole, watching and admiring rich variety of wildlife. Till late at night, we are captivated by incredible nature show! Fantastic opportunity for unforgettable photographic moments!


Meals: as selected.

Distance: about 100 km on gravel roads of Etosha.

On safari trails of Etosha, unlimited game drive from sunrise until sunset.


Meals: as selected.

Distance: about 100 km on gravel roads of Etosha.

Today leaving Etosha and on the way to Waterberg Plateau where you will spend last night on the tour.

In the afternoon, you are invoice to climb/hike to top of the plateau for spectacular vistas.

 

Meals: as selected.

Accommodation: 1 night in Waterberg area at:

  • Campsite - Waterbewrg Nationla Park Campsite or similar.
  • Mid-range Lodge – Waterberg Resort or similar.
  • Luxury Lodge – Okonjima AfriCat Foundation or similar.

 

Traveling distance: around 300km (tarred and gravel road)

Duration: around 4 hours.

After breakfast, return to Windhoek and end of the tour.


Meals: as selected.

Traveling distance: 270 km tarred roads.

Duration: around 4 hours with the stop-over.


We will bid you ‚bye, bye’ and a safe journey, till we see you again on a safari in Africa – with Wild Wind Safaris

Included

Transport, fuel, 15 nights 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

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, gratuities and tips, trip extensions, visa to Namibia (if required).

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