Central Namibia Tour itinerary:
|Day 1 Arrive in Windhoek
Welcome to Namibia. You will be picked up from the Airport upon arrival. Hosea Kutako International Airport is situated 40km outside of Windhoek. The drive will take about 45 minutes. On arrival at the Guesthouse, you will have time to freshen up and then we will commence with the paperwork for the Car Rental. Dinner will be discussed afterwards.
Day 2 Kalahari Desert (280km)
Leaving Windhoek, you travel south to the Kalahari Desert. The desert gets its name from the Tswana word Kgala ("the great thirst") or Khalagadi, Khalagari, or Kalagare, meaning ("a waterless place"). The San Bushmen have lived in the Kalahari for approximately twenty thousand years and are considered to be the oldest culture in the world. One of the most common Kalahari animals is the Gemsbok/Oryx. This animal is well equipped for survival in the extremely rough conditions of the desert. Many of the world's most dangerous cats can be found in parts of the Kalahari. These include lions, leopards, cheetahs and caracals. Once you arrive at your Lodge there will be time to take in all the aspects of the clean Kalahari air and to experience the fauna and flora of this rugged desert environment.
Day 3 Travel via Mariental and Maltahohe into the Namib Dessert (265km)
Mariental is a city of 10,000 inhabitants in south-central Namibia, lying on the B1 national road 232 kilometres (144 mi) north of Keetmanshoop and 274 kilometres (170 mi) southeast of Windhoek. It lies at an elevation of 1,090 metres (3,580 ft). Mariental is connected to the TransNamib railway line from Windhoek to Keetmanshoop. The town and the surrounding area are in a hot, arid region. Mariental is the administrative capital of the Hardap Region in an area which has long been a centre for the Nama people. It lies near theHardap Dam, the largest reservoir in Namibia.
Maltahöhe was established in 1899 by Henning von Burgsdorff, previously an officer in the GermanSchutztruppe, the military force of the Imperial German occupation. Burgsdorff named the place after his wife Malta. After the end of the German colonial era in South-West Africa the settlement became a small hub for tourism, serving as gateway to popular destinations like the Sossusvlei, Solitaire, Sesriem, and Duwisib Castle. The Maltahöhe Hotel was founded in 1907 and is the oldest country hotel in Namibia.
Day 4 Sossusvlei (257km)
Today will be an early start. Breakfast packs will be provided by the lodge, wherefrom you will departure and head towards Sesriem Gate, the entrance to Sossusvlei Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert. The name "Sossusvlei" is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area (including other neighbouring vleis such as Deadvlei and other high dunes), which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia. Thereafter you will visit the Sesriem Canyon. It is a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab river in the local sedimentary rock, about a kilometre (0.6 mile) long and up to 30 meters (100 feet) deep. The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means "six belts" given by settlers returning from the Dorsland Trek who had to attach together six belts (made of oryx hides) in order to reach buckets down into the canyon to scoop up water. The Sesriem Canyon is only two metres (6.5 feet) wide in some places, and has a portion that permanently contains water, which many animals use.
Day 5 Swakopmund (395km)
After breakfast you travel through the Kuiseb Moon Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. your first stop is Walvis Bay. The town is situated at a wide lagoon with innumerable sea birds, pelicans and flamingos. On a clear day one can see the black-and-white lighthouse at the tip of the premontary at the northwest of the lagoon. The lagoon is the scenic feature of Walvis Bay. It is one of the most important wetlands of Southern Africa and is the hibernation area for thousands of migratory birds. From thereon you travel to Swakopmund where the rest of the day will be spend in leisure.
Day 6 Swakopmund (approximately 100km)
Swakopmund is a beach resort and an example of German colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa, and a sizable part of its population is still German-speaking today. Being Namibia's playground, there are a wide variety of activities to choose from, ranging from dolphin cruises, desert tours and scenic flights to quad biking, paragliding, parachuting and kite surfing.
Day 7 Damaraland via Twyvelfontein ( 389km)
Today you travel to Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the desert elephant, black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. You will visit Twyfelfontein ( bushman paintings), Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and the Petrified Forest.
Day 08 Travel towards Etosha via Outjo & Anderson Gate (230km)
The town of Outjo was founded by Germans under the command of Colonel Theodor von Leutwein in 1897 as a smallmilitary base in order to explore the northern area of German South-West Africa. The local historical museum (Franke Haus Museum) details the campaign of Major Viktor Franke in Ovamboland. Outjo is the Gateway to the Etosha National Park. Situated on the C38, +/-90 Southwest of the Southern entrance, the Anderson Gate. Outjo is also the last frontier before going into Damaraland (C39 towards Khorixas) and Kaokoaveld (C40 towards Kamanjab). It has an airstrip that accommodates small fixed winged planes +/-10 km from the CBD. Outjo is the terminus of a branch railway of the Namibian railway system, but there is no railway service the moment.
Day 09 & 10 Etosha National Park (approximately 150km per day) – 2 x FULL DAY ETOSHA
Today you devote to the Wildlife in the Etosha National Park. The park was proclaimed a game reserve on March 22, 1907 in Ordinance 88 by the Governor of German South West Africa, Dr. Friedrich von Lindequist. Etosha National Park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometres (8,600 sq mi) and gets its name from the large Etosha pan which is almost entirely within the park. The Etosha pan (4,760 square kilometres (1,840 sq mi)) covers 23% of the area of the total area of the Etosha National Park. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros.
Day 11 Travel from Etosha to Waterberg Plateau Park (370km)
The Waterburg Plateau is a particularly prominent location, elevating high above the plains of the Kalahari of Eastern Namibia. Waterburg Park and some 405 km² of surrounding land were declared a Nature Reserve in 1972. The plateau is largely inaccessible so in the early 1970s several of Namibia's endangered species were soon translocated there to protect them from predators and poaching to extinction. The programme was very successful and Waterberg now supplies other Namibian parks with rare animals. In 1989, Black Rhinoceros was reintroduced to the area from Damaraland. The Waterberg Plateau National Park is ecologically diverse and rich and has over 200 different species of bird with some rare species of small antelope on the lower hills of the mountain. Geologically, the oldest rock stratum is over 850 million years old and dinosaurs tracks were left there some 200 million years ago.
Day 12 Return to Windhoek (312km)
Arrive back in Windhoek. Freshen up and have a rest, tonight you're going to Joe's Beerhouse. A sanctuary of endless relics, they are the storytellers of Joe and his countless travels. A place where you can pull up a chair and relish in good, old-fashion hospitality. Where the portions are generous, the beer is ice cold and good conversations is abundant. The crackling fire along with a bottle of one of our wines will make your night a cosy one. Give into African time.
Day 13 Departure
We hope you've enjoyed your stay in Namibia. Your departure time from the Guesthouse to Hosea Kutaku International Airport will be discussed with you the previous night. Have a save flight and we hope to see you again soon.
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