Route: Windhoek – Tsumeb – Etosha National Park – Outjo – Twyfelfontein – Uis – Swakopmuns – Namib Naukluft Park – Lüderitz – Fish river canyon – Windhoek
This journey takes you on a tour across Namibia, from Windhoek into central Namibia all the way to the northwestern part of the country. After that we will head down to the coast, continue into the Namib desert all the way to Sossusvlei. We will then travel to the Fish river canyon after a stopover at Lüderitz before we head back to Windhoek on Day 10. The details of the itinerary are laid out below.
Day 1 (Tsumeb)
After picking up all guests from as early as 6 am we shall depart at 7 am to reach Tsumeb just past noon. We will spend the day in Tsumeb as we prepare for an early morning trip to the Etosha next day. Tsumeb is known as the green town of Namibia. It offers a big green park and plenty of green trees in contrast to the rest of the country which is mainly known for its harsh and dry climate. After we check in at the hotel guests can freely explore this beautiful town. There is a local Museum where guests can learn more about the history and the diverse cultures of Tsumeb. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 2 (Etosha)
Prepare for adventure. Today, we head for the Etosha National Park immediately after breakfast. Wildlife is fond of early morning walk and we shall be right in time to catch up with them as they traverse the beautiful planes of this great pan. After a round of game drive inside the park and visiting well-hidden waterholes of the park we shall take a short break for a light lunch and drinks. Check again whether you got good pictures already if not, don’t worry, we shall take a second lap inside the park right after the short lunch break. After the break, we will head towards the western part of the park. You will definitely spot more animals, some of which you may even see for the first time. By the end of the day, you may have spotted some of the “Big 5” game of Africa. The game drive of the Etosha park will end at Okaukeujo after which we will head to Outjo for dinner and a good night’s rest.
Day 3 (Twyfelfontein, Brandberg)
On day 3 our journey leads us from Outjo all the way to Twyfelfontein. Of the fountains of Namibia Twyfelfontein is one of the last remaining ones which still has water streaming live out of it albeit its semi-desert environment. After Twyfelfontein we will visit the ‘organ pipes’. These are interesting rock formations that comprise a group of columnar basalts which resemble organ pipes. They are believed to have been formed about 150 million years ago by underground lava which had crystalized over the years and got exposed to earth’s surface. As we proceed on our tour we will learn that this part of Namibia must have exposed to volcanic activity at some stage in its history. This becomes quite clear from our visit to the Brandberg mountain (“the burnt mountain”), not far from the ‘organ pipes’. The Brandberg is believed to have also resulted from a solidified lava flow about 80 millions years ago. The mountain ridges are one of the tallest in the country with Brandberg itself being the tallest mountain in Namibia. Lunch will be served at the Twyfelfontein restaurant. This double-storey restaurant with its beautiful African style set-up provides an outstanding view across the landscape from the dining area. After lunch, we will visit more attractions in the area including the Damara living museum known for showcasing one of the ancient cultures of the area. After touring the area we will continue to Uis on our way to visit some of the iconic rock paintings in the area like the “white lady” rock painting. We will spend the night at a local lodge around Uis where we will also be served with dinner. After a well-deserved rest, the trip will lead us to the coast the next day.
Day 4-5 (Swakopmund)
Departing early morning from our lodge, we expect to be welcomed by Namibia’s unique coastal climate at around noon today. Shortly after arriving in Swakopmund via Henties Bay and having checked in at the hotel, we will take a short town tour around Swakopmund to learn about its history and the unique German-style architecture. Our town tour will be supplemented by a Namib desert tour with quad bikes. This is an amazing experience. It is led by well-experienced guides, so, fear not, even if you haven’t ridden a quad bike before. After quad-biking guests will have free time for the beach, or to visit the local museum or the aquarium. Dinner will be served later in the evening at the hotel. The following day, we will head to Walvis bay, Namibia’s valued harbor town. Here, we will take a brief town tour, including a visit to the harbor. Guests can opt to go for a Dolphin cruise, while some (or all) could opt for a visit to Dune 7. At noon we will regroup for an afternoon rest and light lunch in Walvis Bay. After lunch, we will return to Swakopmund. Guests will have free time to either get their souvenirs together, enjoy the beach one last time, or just relax at the hotel.
Day 6-7 (Sossusvlei, Deadvlei)
As the early bird catches the worm we depart, this morning, very early from Swakopmund straight to the largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world – the Namib Naukluft Park. We will arrive in the Namibia Naukluft area at around 1 p.m after which guests will have an option for a guided tour, or to just take a rest at the lodge and enjoy the serene and quiet environment of the Namib.
We will set off very early into the dunes the following day. Prepare to meet the majestic, red sand dunes of the Namib as we take you on an excursion to the Sossusvlei and the Deadvlei this morning. Forget your camera not. It’s going to be awesomeǃ Choose which dune to climb, is it Dune 45 (170m high), or the ‘Big Daddy’ himself (375m high), only second-highest to Dune 7. Whatever your decision, be sure to take enough water with you. After the desert dunes experience, we will return to Sesriem where guests can relax. Here, some guests can take an optional tour to the Sesriem Canyon, not far from the Sesriem park entry. We will proceed more south of the Namib Naukluft and spend a night around Solitaire as we prepare to greet Lüderitz the following day.
Day 8 (Lüderitz)
We will arrive in Lüderitz around noon. Lüderitz, historically referred to as either ‘Angra Pequena’ (in Portuguese, i.e. ‘small bay’, named so by Bartolomeu Dias in 1487), or ‘Lüderitz Bucht’ (in German, i.e. ‘Lüderitz Bay’, named after Adolf Lüderitz, a German trader), is a harbour town in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia. It is a port developed around the Robert Harbour and the Shark Island. The town is known on the one hand for its colonial architecture, including some Art Nouveau work, and the infamous Shark Island Concentration Camp in which thousands of people improved and many killed during the Herero and Nama genocide of 1904–1908. On the other hand the town is home to some amazing marine wildlife including seals, penguins, and flamingos. After a brief tour of the town, guests can deepen their knowledge about this town by visiting the local museum. In April every year, Lüderitz hosts its “Annual Crayfish Festival”, an event that attracts many from all corners of the country to this promising little town.
Day 9 (Fishriver canyon)
Today we shall head to the Fishriver Canyon. Located in the south of Namibia the Fishriver Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa, and the second largest in the world after the Grand Canyon in the USA. The canyon features a gigantic ravine which is in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. We will arrive around noon at the lodge to check in and take a little rest. In the afternoon we will take a grand tour into the Canyon. We will arrive in the evening in time for dinner. Guests can take an early rest after dinner, or discover the nearby surroundings of the lodge.
Day 10 (Windhoek)
Today, our journey will head back to Windhoek relaxed. We expect to arrive in Windhoek at around 3 p.m. Guests can choose to relax the last night in Windhoek after dinner. On the following day, guests will be shuttled to the airport in time for their flights.
- Etosha National Park (extensive game viewing)
- Damaraland (Twyfelfontein, Brandberg, Ancient rock paintings, Damara living museum)
- Swakopmund (jetty, quad-biking, town tour)
- Walvis Bay (harbour, Dune 7
- Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy
- Fishriver Canyon
- Museum visits in Tsumeb and Lüderitz
- Aquarium/museum visit in Swakopmund
- Sesriem Canyon tour
- Dolphin Cruise in Swakopmund
- Don’t forget your camera and binoculars (Remember to charge them fully)
- NB: No plastic bags are allowed in Etosha National Park
- NB: No firearms or dangerous weapons are allowed in the Park
Trip includes: Transport, Accommodation, Meals (as indicated), Quad-biking, Town tours, Park Entry Fees (Etosha, Damara Living Museum, Organ pipes, White lady, Sesriem)
Trip excludes: Lunch on Days 1, 4, 5, 8 & 10; all optional events; tip for the guide; as well as all costs not mentioned above
Dates: Flexible – select at booking (find the booking form below)
Rate per person
|Number of Travelers||Rate Per Person||Vehicle|
|10 and above||US$ 1600||Mini-bus/Bus|
Minimum of 2 Adults are required for each tour. Rates are per person in a group (for individual tours kindly contact us).
Note: *Free for accompanied children from 0-3 years old. 15% discount for accompanied kids 4 – 12 years old. **All tours are in small groups. Single-supplements and private tours can be requested.
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