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14 day All Around Namibia (North / South)

14 day All Around Namibia (North / South)

Starting fromN$ 46 000 per person

Visit Mount Etjo before we journey through the world famous Etosha National Park – a game viewing delight. Experience the communal conservancy areas of Damaraland before arriving at the Skeleton Coast and town of Swakopmund which nestles between the Namib Desert and Atlantic Ocean. Your journey takes in the Kalahari area of Namibia, majestic Fish River Canyon, eclectic town of Luderitz, ghost town at Kolmanskop ending in the Namib desert at Sossusvlei.

Duration:
15 Days / 14 Nights
Group Size:
Minimum 1 guest / Maximum 14 guests
Vehicles used:

1-2 guests – SUV (or similar)
3-4 guests – Quantum or Land Cruiser (or similar)
5 + guests – Expedition Truck (modified safari vehicle)

Included

• Professional guide
• Camp assistant
• All transport whilst on tour
• Meals as specified
• Camping equipment (does not include sleeping bag / pillow / stretcher)
• National Park entrance fees
• Campsite fees & accommodation in Swakopmund, Windhoek, Luderitz

Excluded

  • Sleeping bag – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD50.00
  • Stretcher - can be rented for a daily fee of NAD60.00
  • Pillow
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & bottled water
  • Personal travel insurance - compulsory

Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday - Mount Etjo

Route:      Windhoek to Mount Etjo
Distance: 200 km
Collection time: 08h00 – 08h30 from any accommodation within the City of Windhoek

Leaving Windhoek we travel via the town of Okahandja, founded around 1800 by two local groups, the Herero and the Nama it is known as the Garden town of Namibia. South of Otjiwarongo lies Mount Etjo Safari Lodge located in the heart of the Okonjati Game Reserve. Home to over 8000 animals and a impressive variety of bird species the Okonjati Wildlife Sanctuary is a true Conservation Area, Mount Etjo Safari Lodge is where the most important Declaration towards Namibia's Independence was signed in 1989 (The Mount Etjo Declaration).  Three different dinosaur footprints can be found in the area, believed to date back to the Triassic (Stormberg) age, around 230 Million years ago.
Late afternoon we will join a guided game drive on the property.

Included Meals

Lunch
Dinner

Day 2 - Saturday - Onguma Reserve

Route:      Mount Etjo to Onguma Game Reserve (outer border of Etosha National Park)
Distance: 350 km

We continue northwards via the town of Otjiwarongo, the next stop being the mining town of Tsumeb. We aim to arrive at the private reserve mid-afternoon, set up camp and head off for some game viewing.

 

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 3 - Sunday - Etosha Park, Taleni Etosha Village

Route:      Through Etosha Onguma to Okaukuejo region (Taleni Etosha)

Up before dawn, we need to be at the Von Lindequist Gate for sunrise which is when the entrance gates open, one of the best times for game viewing is the cooler morning hours and late afternoon. We make use of today on an extensive game drive in search of black and white rhino, elephants, lion, cheetah and the numerous species of plains game. The drive will give you an overview of the National Park including its birdlife, flora and geology. A stop will be made at Halali, the most central of the resorts. Exit the National Park, it’s a short journey to our overnight camping.

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 4 - Monday - Himba, Hoada

Route:      Taleni Etosha to Hoada campsite
Distance: 275 km

Todays travels take us to a Himba Village situated on a local cattle farm, a guided tour around an authentic Himba village will not only give you an in depth insight into the life and ways of this traditional tribe but an amazing photographic opportunity as well. A stop to buy supplies before we head off to our campsite, hidden among large grey granite boulders and mopane trees, the sites were designed to minimize the impact on the environment. After a day on the road refresh oneself in the sparkling splash pool and enjoy your sundowners on the natural wooden decks surrounding it.

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 5 - Tuesday - Twyfelfontein

Route:      Hoada campsite to Madisa campsite
Distance: 190 km

We drive along the Grootberg Pass through Damaraland, an area characterised by its rocky and rugged landscapes of rough, fascinating beauty. A visit to the Damara Living Museum before we view the rock engravings and rock paintings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before setting up camp for the night.

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 6 - Wednesday - Cape Cross, Swakopmund

Route:      Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund
Distance: 385 km

Destination = Swakopmund. Today we continue our travels through southern Damaraland, passing the Brandberg Mountain to arrive at the old mining town of Uis before heading off across the gravel plains to reach the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Here we travel north to Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to between eighty and one hundred thousand Fur seals, endemic to southern Africa they are commonly known as “eared seals”. Arrival in the coastal town of Swakopmund will be mid-afternoon.

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch

Day 7 - Thursday - Windhoek

Route:      Swakopmund to Windhoek
Distance: 352 km

All guests have the morning at leisure to explore this coastal town or participate in one of the many morning activities available in the Swakopmund vicinity and in Walvis Bay. These optional activities may include kayaking or a marine cruise from Walvis Bay. Alternatively explore the desert surrounding Swakopmund on the Living Desert Tour, do a township tour or for those seeking some adventure quad biking and dune boarding is also offered.
Departure from Swakopmund will be around lunch time (or just thereafter), we head due east through the sun baked town of Usakos and return on the main road to Windhoek. Your night in Windhoek is included in tour price.

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch

Day 8 - Friday - Kalahari, Bagatelle Game Ranch

Route:      Windhoek to Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Distance: 265 km

Leaving Windhoek we head south passing through the town of Rehoboth, our destination for today is a private Reserve situated on the edge of the southern Kalahari are of Namibia, this is an area of mixed tree and shrub savannah crisscrossed by red sand dunes – quite different to the Namib Desert. During the afternoon we will take an afternoon nature drive in the Reserve where we hope to see various antelope species, ostrich, zebra and if lucky meerkats.

 

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 9 - Saturday - Fish River Canyon

Route:      Bagatelle to Canyon Road campsite
Distance: 452 km

Journey: An early morning start as we travel down to Keetmanshoop, the original population of the town by a Nama tribe reaches back to the end of the 18th century. We take a guided tour with the owner to explore the Mesosaurus Fossil site, Quiver trees and dolerite rock before heading back to town and on to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and forms part of the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Tansfrontier Park. Our campsite is situated in the Gondwana Reserve on the bank of a dry riverbed against a backdrop of rocky hills.

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 10 - Sunday - Lüderitz

Route:      Canyon Road campsite to Lüderitz
Distance: 385 km

This morning we enter the Fish River National Park near Hobas, the most northern viewpoint from where the canyon meanders into the distance. The geology of this area began over a billion years ago, more ‘recently’ with the separation of the continent Gondwana about 120 million years ago the gradient of the Fish River increased allowing it to erode deeper into the rock so as at today, the deepest point is around 549 metres. Our travels today take us to the coastal town of Lüderitz nestling between the Namib Desert and south Atlantic. During 1908 a black worker Zacharias Lewala found a diamond during his work at the narrow-gauge railway, this led to a diamond rush which turned Lüderitz into a very wealthy town. As the diamonds petered out the town lost most of its importance and today Lüderitz has a lucrative fishing industry.

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch

Day 11 - Monday - Klein Aus Vista

Route:      Lüderitz to Aus
Distance: 125km

Participate in an optional morning boat excursion to Halifax Island, home to a colony of African penguins. This tour passes an old whaling station and goes around Diaz Point, one can expect to see a host of marine wildlife which may include heavy side dolphins, seals and on occasion, whales. For those that decide against, there is the town to explore with its colonial buildings and the Lüderitz Museum which displays the town’s diamond-mining past as well as local and natural history. Mid-morning, we head to Kolmanskop Ghost Town – the area where the diamond rush started, an affluent town in its heyday today the desert encroaches the town.

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 12 - Tuesday - Sesriem

Route:      Aus to Namib Nauklfut Park – Sesriem area
Distance: 345 km

Today we’ll be spending time travelling through the southern Namib, passing rural communities on the way. This is a bleak, harsh and forbidding landscape yet we come across some open savannah and farms before encountering the dunes of the Namib Desert. In the town of Maltahöhe we will stop to experience the Amaburuxa Cultural Choir which was started in 2001. This is a group of learners that dance and sing, most of whom are orphans or vulnerable. Set up camp in the Sesriem area and visit Elim dune – a great place for sundowners with the dunes behind us and the Naukluft Mountains in the distance.

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 13 - Wednesday - Sossusvlei

Route:      Sesriem – Sossusvlei - Sesriem

We’ll need to be on the move an hour before dawn as we make our way through a dry riverbed and across the gravel plains towards the Namib Dunes. We’ll stop at Dune 45 before making our way to Sossusvlei with age old sands said to be around five million years old. Dead Vlei with its white pan and contrasting black scorched trees is also on our visit list. Whilst this region appears to be lifeless there are a variety of animal species that have adapted to these conditions and if we’re lucky may see Oryx antelope, ostrich, springbok and don’t forget about the birdlife and reptiles that inhabit the area. Return to our campsite for lunch, late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon where the ephemeral Tsauchab River has shaped the area over millions of years.

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 14 - Thursday - Windhoek

Route:      Sesriem to Windhoek
Distance: 335 km

Arrival in Windhoek: Between 15h00 – 17h00
Our route today takes us back towards Solitaire from where we travel to the town of Rehoboth, an area of natural hot water springs, before arriving back into the city of Windhoek, this will be late afternoon, please do not book any outbound flights for this afternoon.

Included Meals

Breakfast
Lunch
Start Accommodation Destination Basis Room type Duration
Day 1 Mount Etjo Otjiwarongo L & D Campsite 1 night
Day 2 Onguma Tamboti Onguma Reserve FB Campsite 1 night
Day 3 Etosha Village Etosha South FB Campsite 1 night
Day 4 Hoada Grootberg FB Campsite 1 night
Day 5 Madisa Twyfelfontein FB Campsite 1 night
Day 6 Prost Hotel Swakopmund B + L En-suite room 1 night
Day 7 Villa Violet o/s Windhoek B + L En-suite room 1 night
Day 8 Bagatelle Kalahari  FB Campsite 1 night
Day 9 Canyon Roadhouse Fish River FB Campsite 1 night
Day 10 The Nest Hotel Luderitz B +L En-suite room 1 night
Day 11 Klein Aus Vista Aus FB Campsite 1 night
Day 12 & 13 Sesriem Oshana Sesriem FB Campsite 2 nights
Day 14 To Windhoek   B + L    

Can this tour be combined with others: no, this tour does not combine with any of our other schedule programs.

 

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