17 days - Namibia Camping Safari | Windhoek - Windhoek | ACCOMMODATED
This tour is also available as a camping tour.
An Adventurers Playground - Namibia - the land of unrelenting sun, where the ground appears to beg the heavens for rain and the vast landscapes stretch uninterrupted for hundreds of kilometres without signs of Man’s intervention. Living Deserts where one gazes in wonder and amazement at the displays of changing natural colours, and at the animals and plants that somehow survive in this seemingly harsh environment.
This tour covers all of the popular highlights but also includes many “off the beaten track” destinations seldom visited by mainstream tourism. Flexibility, a willingness to participate, an awareness of the elements, and a desire for unlimited adventure, are essential in order to best absorb all that this tour has to offer.
DAY 1: Windhoek
Meeting at our hotel at 14h00 we conduct a short tour briefing before setting off for an afternoon of driving through Windhoek and viewing the diversity of this Capital city, as well as visiting the local museum and church before setting off to enjoy the warm hospitality and an own expense dinner at the Infamous restaurant “Joe’s Beerhouse” or a similar restaurant. We will continue with a tour briefing after dinner.
DAY 2: WINDHOEK – KGALAGADI
This morning we leave the city behind us and begin our winding journey south into the open plains of the vast Kalahari Desert. Our journey today takes us through remote farming towns seldom visited by travellers, where possible we will stop to engage with the local inhabitants. We will arrive at our overnight accommodation in the Kgalagadi in the late afternoon.
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DAY 3: KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK
After a sumptuous breakfast, we embark on our game drive through the Kgalagadi Trans frontier Park, a Park spanning both South Africa and Botswana. Well known for its predator population, including cheetah and the massive Black Maned Lion, the Kgalagadi Park offers unique game viewing opportunities and spectacular birdlife. We will spend most of the day traversing the South African side of the Park in search of animals. Tonight we stay in one of the parks rest camps accommodation amongst the Camel Thorn trees.
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DAY 4: KGALAGADI – FISH RIVER CANYON
Rising early, we witness the sunrise over the red dunes before breakfast. After packing up, we travel one of the most scenic Kalahari roads, crossing numerous high dunes which offer spectacular viewpoints, we make our way to Keetmanshoop and then onto the Fish River Canyon, regarded as the second largest in the world. We will spend some time taking in the views of the Canyon before moving onto our stop for the night, Ai – Ais, the Hot Springs located in the depths of the Canyon.
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DAY 5: FISH RIVER CANYON – AUS
This morning we will enjoy a short walk at the base of the Canyon before traveling on remote roads to the southernmost point of our journey – the mighty Orange River. Forming the border with South Africa, the Orange River creates a narrow band of green vegetation that winds its way through the towering rugged mountains of this seemingly burnt landscape.
We will enjoy a lunch stop and possibly even a swim in the River. This afternoon we enter the Namib Desert and make our way to the charming little town of Aus where we spend the night.
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DAY 6: AUS – LUDERITZ – KOLMANSKOP – AUS
An early start, we make our way across the open desert plains toward the Atlantic Ocean. Our first stop today will be at the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop. Once the site of a prosperous Diamond mine, the town is slowly being reclaimed by the shifting sands of the desert. An entertaining tour and a walk around the town and through the old buildings brings the colourful history to life. Then it’s on to Luderitz, a small harbour town on one of the most inhospitable coasts imaginable – we will visit the cross planted here by Dias in 1487 and will spend some time strolling around town, enjoying the unique architecture. This afternoon we travel back into the desert and will stop en-route to spend time with a colony of wild desert horses. Lunch today will be own expense.
DAY 7: NAMIB DESERT RESERVE
A leisurely morning, we walk into town and enjoy the hospitality at the local hotel before continuing our journey. Today we travel into the heart of the Namib, taking in its vast plains, red dunes, and towering mountains of stone. Our next two nights will be spent at the GREENFIRE DESERT LODGE, a remote lodge nestled against a rock outcrop within a conservancy that forms part of the vast Namib Rand Nature Reserve. The reserve is home to a variety of desert adapted ecology and wildlife and we will enjoy extensive walks as well as a day and night game drive during our time here.
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DAY 8: DESERT RESERVE
Awake to desert vistas that extend further than the eye can see. This protected wilderness has been conserved and is protected through the proceeds of tourism. All animals here exist in completely natural surroundings and are free to move unrestricted over the full extent of the reserve – 22 000 ha. Our guide will help us to better understand the unique desert fauna and flora.
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DAY 9: SOSSUSVLEI DUNES
Setting off early, we continue across the endless desert plains to the Sesriem Canyon and the awesome Sossusvlei dunes – reputedly the highest in the World. After exploring the Canyon on foot, we will transfer into the heart of the dunes (using a 4 x 4 for the last section) and will spend time climbing these spectacular mountains of sand before moving on to our accommodation in the desert.
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DAY 10 – 11: SWAKOPMUND
Crossing through the Namib Naukluft Park, we visit the dramatic Lunar Landscape, and the ancient Welwitschia plants, before making for the coastal town of Walvis Bay to view the Lagoon. Then it’s on to Swakopmund where we spend two nights in the centrally located, comfortable GREENFIRE SWAKOPMUND LODGE. We explore this holiday town and its surrounds thoroughly and enjoy both our evening meals at a local nightspot (own expense). Clients will have the opportunity to partake in Quad Biking, Sand Boarding and Sky diving whilst here (own expense).
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DAY 12: SKELETON COAST – BRANDBERG
Today we head up along the barren Skeleton Coast, scene of many a shipwreck, to the Seal Colony at Cape Cross where thousands of Cape Fur Seals can be seen ashore. We travel through the desert to visit the Bushman rock paintings at Brandberg, where we spend the night at the foot of the mountain. During our time here we hope to see the rare desert elephants.
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DAY 13: TWYFELFONTEIN – PALMWAG
A busy day, with numerous stops, we visit the Organ Pipes and the Ancient Rock Engravings at Twyfelfontein before entering Damaraland and crossing the Grootberg mountain pass to spend the night near the oasis of Palmwag. This is one of a few permanent waterholes used by the rare Desert Rhino, Elephants, and many other desert adapted species – we hope to see these magnificent animals up close today.
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DAY 14 – 15: ETOSHA NAT. PARK
Entering Etosha National Park today, arguably the highlight of the tour, we will spend two nights here in search of the big game that this park is so well known for. One evening will be spent at a floodlit waterhole watching the many animals that come down to drink. During these days we will conduct extensive game drives within the park. Each night we will stay in one of the rest camps of the park in comfortable accommodation.
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DAY 16: ETOSHA– WATERBERG
After a short morning game drive, we exit the Park and travel down to the impressive Waterberg Plateau National Park.
This Plateau is ecologically diverse and has over 200 different bird species, some rare species of small antelope occur on the lower hills of the mountain. This afternoon we will hike up the mountain and will enjoy the views over the Kalahari from the summit. We enjoy our last night of tour at the base.
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DAY 17 WINDHOEK
An early morning, we pack up and begin our journey back to civilization – the drive to Windhoek will take approximately 5 hours and we intend to be back in the capital by 13h00. Clients may book a post tour night through Drifters. For those flying out this afternoon, please allow for check in time and at least an hour for the airport transfer.
The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client's benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.
We have chosen this tour because we love working together with this local partner who has been in the industry since 1983. Their philosophy is based on sustainability, the long-term assurance that whatever activity they conduct in any specific natural area must contribute to the conservation and to the well-being of the inhabitants of that area, thus ensuring that future generations will be able to visit those same areas and enjoy the same experience as did their parents before them. They assure that clients are able to enjoy the best of Africa without added expense and no local payments (except for visa).