Namibia Southern Odyssey

  • 11 Days

  • Namibia

  • Active pace

Sprawling desert vistas and scenic sundowner drives await you as you venture into the heart of Nambia's thirstland: experience the towering red dunes surrounding the Sossusvlei pan and admire the otherworldly scenery at the Moon Landscape.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a local representative
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

of 11 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 13th January 2018

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 6 dinners

Overview

Sprawling desert vistas and scenic sundowner drives await you as you venture into the heart of Nambia's thirstland: experience the towering red dunes surrounding the Sossusvlei pan and admire the otherworldly scenery at the Moon Landscape.

At a glance

  • Kalahari Desert Spot grazing zebras on a sunset drive across the plains.
  • Fish River Canyon Walk along the spectacular rim of the world's second largest chasm.
  • Sossusvlei Experience some of the highest dunes in the world.
  • Namib Desert Venture into the heart of the desert in a four-wheel drive.
  • Swakopmund Sample traditional Namibian cuisine from a waterfront restaurant in the town.

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Arrive Windhoek

On arrival transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy as you please.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Windhoek - Kalahari Desert

Depart Windhoek and drive to the Kalahari Desert via the small town of Rehoboth, a community that still lives according to their paternal laws dating back to 1872. The Kalahari Desert is not a desert in the strictest sense of the word, as it receives too much rainfall. It's only the vast expanses of sand, through which precipitation filters rapidly, that have made the Kalahari into the "thirst land" that early European settlers described. Enjoy a scenic, sunset nature drive in an open safari vehicle.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon

Drive through the Kalahari region and visit the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop. The forest was declared a national monument of Namibia and comprises of about 250 specimens of Aloe dichotoma, from which the San people used to make quivers. Visit the Naute Dam, Namibia’s third largest dam, then enjoy a walk to a nearby mountain to watch the sunset.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Fish River Canyon - Aus

This morning travel to the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160km long, up to 27km wide and in some places 550m deep. Continue to Aus. Enjoy spectacular scenery of the Aus Mountains on an unguided walk and an optional scenic sun downer drive.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Aus - Maltahohe.

Today you’ll be spoilt with ever-changing vistas of the desert landscapes when driving along the most beautiful district road in Namibia, the D707 (road conditions permitting). Visit Duwiseb Castle, a grand medieval fortress, built in the hills of the semi-arid Southern Namib region. Learn more about the Castle’s fascinating history, before continuing to your lodge, arriving in the early afternoon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Maltahone - Sossusvlei - Namib Naukluft Park

Today will be an early start to explore the spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, another pan where water once flowed, but all that remains today are the skeletons of trees that reach up out of the cracked earth. Enjoy a drive in 4x4 vehicles into the heart of the Namib Desert. Visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon where you can view millions of years of sedimentary layers in the ravine walls. Views from the top are breathtaking while walks through the canyon reveal distinct geographical layers which were laid down over centuries. Travel past the impressive Namib Naukluft Mountains to your lodge.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Namib Naukluft Park - Swakopmund

After breakfast, drive through Kuiseb Canyon and continue towards Walvis Bay, Namibia's largest commercial port. The Walvis Bay Lagoon is considered one of the richest and most important wetlands in southern Africa, with prolific birdlife and diverse species. Continue to Swakopmund, a city that resembles a small German town, with seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes and museums. Enjoy a sun downer drive to the Moon Landscape, a barren, undulating rocky desert which was formed by the valleys of the Swakop River. Enjoy a complimentary sun downer drink, whilst absorbing the rugged beauty of this lunar landscape.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Swakopmund - Windhoek

Morning at leisure to explore Swakopmund. Continue inland towards the towns of Usakos and Karibib. Visit a craft market in Okahandja before arriving Windhoek late afternoon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Depart Windhoek

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Home landing in the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Windhoek: Safari Court;
  • Kalahari Desert: Kalahari Anib Lodge;
  • Fish River Canyon Cañon Roadhouse;
  • Aus: Klein Aus Vista;
  • Maltahone: Hammerstein Rest Camp;
  • Namib Naukluft National Park: Namib Naukluft Lodge;
  • Swakopmund: Brigadoon Guesthouse.

Notes

Hotels as stated or similar.

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