Highlights of Namibia tour - 16 Days
| 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 Fish River Canyon 480km
You travel further South to the Fish River Canyon. The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world and the largest in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles (160 km) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 metres deep. You continue to your lodge close to the Fish River Canyon where you can explore the area on foot or on a guided nature drive later in the afternoon.
Day 4 Aus 345km
The small village of Aus lies some 120 kilometres east of Luderitz on the National Road B4, which connects Luderitz and Keetmanshoop - one of the most scenic routes in Namibia.For a long time nobody could tell where the wild horses originated from. They were believed to be descendents of those from the German Schutztruppe. Another theory proposes their origins to lie in the former stud of Baron Hans-Heinrich von Wolf of the Farm Duwisib south of Maltahöhe. Only some years ago research has revealed that these horses' forebears were part of the South African cavalry which had set up camp in the Namib. Their horses fled into the desert panicked by shots fired from a low flying German aircraft at the beginning of World War I.
Day 5 Luderitz 125km
Today you start early and visit the port town of Luderitz. your first stop will be at Kolsmanskop. Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib dessert a few kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was named after a transport driver named Johnny Coleman who, during a sand storm, abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement.Once a small but very rich mining village, it is now a popular tourist destination. From there you travel to Diaz Point. Have your photo taken posing at the Diaz Cross. The backdrop views of the Atlantic Rollers crashing onto the rocky coastline make for some spectacular photographs. You’ll see plenty of Cape Fur Seals basking on the rocks. From Diaz Point, you’ll visit the town of Luderitz before heading back to Aus for a well deserved rest.
Day 6 Sossusvlei 295km
After breakfast you travel north to your lodge in the Namib Desert. At your destination, you will have time to relax next to the swimming pool or take part in the activities that your lodge offers. Have a good rest because tomorrow morning’s going to be an early start.
Day 7 Sossusvlei
Wake up, wake up. This morning demands an early start. As the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains red, orange and yellow, you will watch the sunrise from the dunes at Sossusvlei.Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pansurrounded 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 Tsauchabriver 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 8 Swakopmund 290km
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 9 Swakopmund
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. Your day to do whatever and whenever you want.
Day 10 Damaraland 340km
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.
Day 11 Etosha National Park 300km
You start early morning with a visit to Twyfelfontein( bushman paintings), Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and the Petrified Forest, after which you will make your way to Etosha National Park. You spend the night at a lodge close to the Anderson Gate.
Day 12 Etosha National Park
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 13 Etosha National Park
Spending another day on the plains of the Etosha Pan. Maybe today you can see what you haven’t seen yesterday. After scouting for animals, you will go back to your lodge for a well deserved rest and leisure.
Day 14 Okonjima/AFRICAT
Namibia is home to the world’s largest wild/free-ranging cheetah population; the majority of this country’s cheetahs and leopards can be found on approximately 7000 commercial farms. These large carnivores occasionally prey upon the livestock that roam unprotected in the bush. As a result, carnivores are often regarded as vermin by the livestock and game-farming community and are deliberately trapped and/or killed.AFRICAT has had to take on a large number of captive cats / carnivores no longer wanted by other establishments. Among the carnivores being rescued, researched and rehabilitated by AFRICAT are cheetah, leopard, lion, caracal, wild dog and hyena.
Waterberg Plateau Park
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 15 Return to Windhoek 530km
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 icecold 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 16 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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