Namibian Southern Highlights in 9 Days Escorted Tour

8 Nights

Windhoek

The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savanna in Southern Africa extending for 900,000 square kilometres, covering much of Botswana, parts of Namibia and regions of South Africa. Kalahari is derived from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning "the great thirst", or Kgalagadi, meaning "a waterless place", the Kalahari has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent surface water.

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Highlights

  • Travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert.
  • Visit 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”.
  • On the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon.
  • Visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park.
  • Travel across wide open plains north along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert.
  • 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.
  • Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s.
  • Day 1 - Windhoek - Kalahari Desert
  • Day 2 - Kalaari Deset - Fish River Canyon
  • Day 3 - Fish River Canyon - Luderitz
  • Day 4 - Luderitz
  • Day 5 - Luderitz - Namib Desert
  • Day 6 - Namib Desert
  • Day 7 - Namib Desert - Swakopmund
  • Day 8 - Swakopmund
  • Day 9 - Swakopmund - Windhoek
  • Additional Information

Departing from Windhoek, we 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.

Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

Property Location Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is located in Intu Afrika Kalahari Private Reserve.

We 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”. We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here we 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.

Canyon Village

Property Location When you stay at Canyon Village in Fish River Canyon, you'll be within the region of Fish River Canyon Park.

Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we 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. We continue our journey past the Naute dam, where we 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 we head towards the coastal town of Lüderitz. On the way to Lüderitz we stop at Garub, viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.

Luderitz Nest Hotel

The award winning Lüderitz Nest Hotel is one of Namibia’s leading resort hotels and is located directly on Lüderitz Bay with its own private tidal beach with walk-on jetty – unique in Namibia! All 70 spacious en-suite rooms and 3 luxurious suites have direct sea views.

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 our return to town, we 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 we explore this small, historic town.  

Luderitz Nest Hotel

The award winning Lüderitz Nest Hotel is one of Namibia’s leading resort hotels and is located directly on Lüderitz Bay with its own private tidal beach with walk-on jetty – unique in Namibia! All 70 spacious en-suite rooms and 3 luxurious suites have direct sea views.

After an early breakfast we travel across wide open plains north along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. We 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.

The Elegant Guesthouse

The Elegant Guesthouse is a relatively simple but stylish owner-run guesthouse situated in the residential area of Klein Windhoek. It’s just a few minutes’ drive from the shops, restaurants and other attractions of central Windhoek. 

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 we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.

The Elegant Guesthouse

The Elegant Guesthouse is a relatively simple but stylish owner-run guesthouse situated in the residential area of Klein Windhoek. It’s just a few minutes’ drive from the shops, restaurants and other attractions of central Windhoek. 

After breakfast we 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, we 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 we 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.

aha Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre is ideally located in the heart of Swakopmund and surrounded by a number of historic buildings and restaurants. The hotel offers a variety of 6 room types including stylish comfort rooms, suites, family rooms and an unique luxury suite. All rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, heating, mini bar, safe, TV, tea & coffee facilities, telephone and free internet. The multi conference & event centre is fully equipped with the latest technology and convertible into more that 30 setups and can cater for 6 to 240 people. The perfect venue for weddings, seminars, conferences and all other kind of events.

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.

aha Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre is ideally located in the heart of Swakopmund and surrounded by a number of historic buildings and restaurants. The hotel offers a variety of 6 room types including stylish comfort rooms, suites, family rooms and an unique luxury suite. All rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, heating, mini bar, safe, TV, tea & coffee facilities, telephone and free internet. The multi conference & event centre is fully equipped with the latest technology and convertible into more that 30 setups and can cater for 6 to 240 people. The perfect venue for weddings, seminars, conferences and all other kind of events.

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

Minimum 2 guests / Maximum 20 guests.

Tour Includes:

8 breakfasts, accommodation, bottled water on board, porterage, entrance fees and sightseeing as specified.

Departure Dates in 2018 and 2019:
9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th Nov18
7th Dec18
11th, 25th Jan19
15th Feb19
1st, 15th, 29th Mar19
12th, 26th Apr19
10th, 24th May19
7th, 21st Jun19
5th, 19th Jul19
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Aug19
6th,13th, 20th, 27th Sep19
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Oct19
1st Nov19