15-Day Namibia Tour 2020
Toer Suid-Afrika offers :
15 Day Namibia Tour 2020
20 May – 3 June 2020
Available on request
Included in this price:
Return airline tickets from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport to Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport
Dinner bed and breakfast
Entrances as per the itinerary
Shuttle at Sossusvlei
Activities not on this program.
Windhoek – Mariental
You will be collected from Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek. Flight arrivals at about 2.00pm. We start our journey heading south on the main route, through the Khomas region, and into the Hardap region, travelling through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert that protrudes onto the eastern side of Namibia. We pass through small towns along the way, including Rehoboth, traditional home of the Baster people, and Kalkrand, to Mariental.
Overnight at NWR HARDAP DAM ( Dinner Bed & Breakfast).
Mariental – Ai-Ais
We depart to the Hot Springs resort Ai-Ais, which is situated in the Fish River Canyon. We travel into the Karas region, enjoying the magnificent views of the mountains. At Ai-Ais awaits the natural warm water of the indoor swimming pool.
Overnight at NWR Ai-Ais (Dinner Bed & Breakfast).
Fish River Canyon – Aus
The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is (allegedly) the 2nd largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breath-taking. The towering rock faces and deep ravines were formed by water erosion, plus the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth’s crust over 500 million years ago. Today the canyon measures 160km long, up to 27km wide, and almost 550m at its deepest.
We then proceed to our next destination, the beautiful town of Luderitz for 2 nights
Staying at the authentic Kratz Platz guest house. (Dinner Bed and breakfast).
We visit Kolmankop (Kolmansküppe) today, on a special guided tour. The town was built in the 1920’s during its diamond rush and was abandoned when bigger and better diamonds were found further along the coast. The area is still abandoned, and the desert has encroached over the entire town, giving an eerie feeling and real meaning to the word “ghost”. After visiting Kolmansküppe, we drive into the beautiful town of Lüderitz.
Whilst visiting Lüderitz, we have some free time for the opportunity to visit some of the excellent local cafes. During the middle of the day, we explore Lüderitz town with its traditional German architecture, and later we take a drive out to Diaz Point. On the way there, we hope to see a few flamingos. We visit Diaz Cross, a stone replica of the original, erected by the Portuguese mariner Bartholomew Diaz.
Overnight at Kratz Platz Luderitz (Dinner Bed and Breakfast).
Luderitz – Sesriem
Turning north, we head deep into the ancient southern Namib, travelling on small gravel roads and passing some tiny rural communities along the way. We enter the Hardap region again. The scenery is harsh, and sometimes forbidding. The process of erosion in these areas is well advanced and we pass time-rounded “koppies”, arid terrain, and outcrops of tortured rock.
Traversing this bleak yet beautiful landscape, the terrain begins to change, and we cross some open grass savannah and farmlands, before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune of the Namib Desert. We aim to arrive at our guest farm during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains.
Overnight at Weltevrede Guest Farm (Dinner bed and breakfast)
Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Sesriem
A pre-dawn start is essential this morning, as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, and driving into the heart of the dune field, we reach Sossusvlei with 4×4 vehicles. In the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes, creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert. It is here that you will visit the well-known Dead Valley. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees, and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich, make the photo opportunities perfect. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45.
Overnight at NamibGrens guest farm. (Dinner Bed and breakfast).
Sesriem – Solitaire – Walvisbaai – Swakopmund.
After breakfast we depart to Solitaire, for some famous apple pie. We then proceed through the peculiar mountains of the Khomas region, into the arid desert of the Erongo region, and on to Swakopmund / Walvisbaai.
We stay in Walvisbaai area for two nights at Lagoon Chalets, walking distance to the famous Flamingo lagoon. (Dinner Bed and breakfast).
Vicinity of Swakopmund and Walvisbaai.
Today you can enjoy a day of leisure. Swakopmund and Walvisbay area is renowned as the adventure region of Namibia. There are various optional activities which can be enjoyed, and these popular excursions need to be booked well in advance. These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert, scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat), four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert and over the sand dunes around Swakopmund, sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving, surfing, bird-watching and many other activities.
(N.B. All extra activities and excursions in Swakopmund/Walvisbay are subject to availability and are made at the guests’ own risk and expense).
Alternatively, we will visit the town of Swakopmund which can be explored on foot, with interesting buildings, typical German colonial architecture and history, and shopping opportunities.
Overnight in Walvisbaai Lagoon Chalets (Dinner Bed and Breakfast)
Day 9 & 10
Swakopmund to Vingerklip
Today we travel through the Damara region, to Vingerklip. We will encounter some Himba and Herero people along the way.
Within this area you have an optional extra opportunity of visiting the Vingerklip and a Himba Village – one of the traditionally functioning Himba communities, outside the far northern region of Namibia. These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village. The exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location. On this optional excursion you have the opportunity to learn more about their culture.
Overnight 2 nights at Vingerklip Lodge (Dinner Bed and Breakfast)
Kamanjab to Etosha
As we travel to Etosha today, we will visit the lovely small town of Outjo. Get a few refreshments that we may need for Etosha. We will enter the park in the south and commence our game drive to our overnight camp in Etosha.
Overnight in Etosha National Park at Halali camp ( Dinner Bed and breakfast)
Etosha National Park (Etosha Pans)
We leave early, to enjoy the cool morning air, as we game drive our way through the park. Along the way we visit several waterholes and are afforded splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is usually excellent, and we have the chance to tick off a few species.
Overnight at Otjiworongo at Cest Si Bon (Dinner Bed and breakfast)
Otjiworongo — Waterberg Mountains.
After breakfast we will enjoy the beautiful Waterberg Mountains, a magnificent landmark in the surrounding plains environment of the Otjozondjupa region in northern Namibia. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon, and maybe climb the mountain to overlook the vast area below.
Overnight in the beautiful area of Waterberg NWR (Dinner Bed and breakfast).
Waterberg — Windhoek
After a leisurely breakfast, we depart the mountains for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. We pass the town Okahandja, and arrive at Windhoek where we will do an orientation tour of Windhoek in the afternoon.
Overnight Klein Windhoek Guest House (Dinner, bed and breakfast).
Windhoek — Home
Today is the last day of the tour, and we depart the hotel after breakfast for the airport, to bid you farewell, in time for your flight back to South Africa.