Namibia is a country of vast, imposing scenery and subtle, cultural quirks. In these two weeks, not two days will be the same, as even though it may seem a stark land, the diversity found in this southern African country is astounding. Relearn your love for open spaces, small towns, and incredible landscapes as you buckle up for two weeks of awe.
Deep in the Kalahari Desert, which is not really a desert but a magnificent red-sanded sprawl, you’ll visit the last bastion of the traditional San people. On the cusp of the Fish River Canyon you’ll overlook Africa’s largest and world’s second largest canyon at 160km. At Ai-Ais you’ll sizzle in the hot springs. At Luderitz the European architecture contrast the rugged African coast and a ghost town will intrigue photographers.
An early morning is rewarded with a sunrise at the red dunes of Sossuvlei and a walk through the dunes in magical light. Swap sand for rocks amid Damaraland’s rock formations and art or the small town of Uis’s massive diversity of semi-precious stones like Amathyst and Tourmaline.
Spend lazy days spotting wildlife in Namibia’s darling, the Etosha National Park, famed for its floodlit waterholes where wildlife viewing can be a 24-7 activity and sightings are some of the world’s best. Marvel at the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that covers 5000sqkm. Dry for most of the year, it fills with shimmering water after good rain.
Enjoy all of this is good company, inside a purpose built overlanding vehicle and with a guide that knows everything you ever wanted to know about beautiful Namibia.
- Wildlife-rich Etosha Park
- A vast country in two weeks
- Traditional cultures and crafts
- Desert and dune expanse
- Fascinating, ancient communities
- Rugged coastlines adventures
Today guests depart Windhoek and head to the red-sanded Kalahari Desert – the last bastion of the San people. Remember it’s not a real desert, but a fossil desert, which means it’s greener than a typical desert. Spot wildlife life gemsbok, impala and jackals. Overnight in the Bagatelle Kalahari Ranch Campsite.
Guests head to the Fish River Canyon, visiting the Mesosaurus Fossil Site on the way. Spot the iconic Quiver trees, one of the rarest in the world. Overnight at Canyon Roadhouse Campsite.
Visit the world’s second largest canyon, the Fish River Canyon. Overnight at the Luderitz Nest Hotel.
Take an optional boat trip around Luderitz Bay to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins. Explore the Bavarian town of Luderitz, tucked away in the Namib Desert. Visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Overnight at Klein Aus Vista.
Head north along gravel roads and rural settlements and enjoy the harsh scenery along the way. Watch the terrain change to grass savannah and farmland and again to red sand dune desert. Overnight at Sesriem Campsite.
Wake up early to pass through Sesriem and see the famous Sossusvlei at the most beautiful time of day – sunrise. Walk 5km through the dunes. Enjoy a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon.
Head to the capital of Windhoek over the Naukluft Mountains and Khomas Hochland Range. Overnight in Guesthouse Tamboti.
Leave the city behind once more to travel north stopping at small towns along the day, including Okahandja where Namibia’s largest wood carving market is found. Head further north to Okonjima and visit the Africat Foundation – an African cat conservation and rehabilitation programme. Overnight at Okonjima Campsite.
Start early to travel to the famed Etosha National Park and enjoy the first of several game drives. Overnight in Namutoni Campsite in the east of the reserve.
Enjoy a full day of game drives in Etosha National Park visiting several waterholes and marvelling at Etosha Pan. Overnight at Okaukuejo Campsite, the main rest camp in the park.
Leave Etosha behind to drive to the town of Kamanjab where guests can visit a traditional Himba Village. Overnight at the Hoada Community Campsite.
Head into the iconic desert region, Damaraland with a detour to see ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Overnight at Madisa Campsite.
Pass Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg, as you drive through the Damaraland. Stop at the small mining town of Uis to browse many semi-precious stones. Head west to the Atlantic and the Skeleton Coast. Visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. Arrive in Swakopmund before sunset. Overnight at Prost Hotel Swakopmund.
Spend the morning relaxing in Swakopmund, exploring the town on foot. Optional activities include microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips, four-wheel trips in the desert, sand boarding, skydiving and surfing. Spend the afternoon driving back to Windhoek.
All transport. Three meals a day (unless otherwise specified). Tea & coffee in camp. All camping equipment. Park entrance fees. Camping fees. Professional guide. Camp Assistant (unless otherwise specified). Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek.
International flights & airport transfers. Gratuities. Sleeping bag (can be hired). Pillow. Alcoholic beverages. Soft drinks & bottled water. Personal travel insurance. Visas.
Note: Malaria precautions should be taken; Yellow Fever vaccination required if transferring through a South African border.
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