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CANYONS & DESERTS (CD)

9 Days

Windhoek to Windhoek

LIVE THIS!

Discover Namibia’s four deserts in the south of the country. The undulating and vegetated dunes of the Kalahari Desert; the rocky plains and majestic Fish River Canyon of the succulent Karoo; the majestic star dunes and surreal vlei’s of the Namib Desert. Interspersed with game drives and fun, this tour provides unequalled landscapes.

Windhoek to Windhoek
9 Days

 

Classification

Classic & Superior

Pax – Classic

       – Superior

2 – 20 guests

2 – 6 guests

Vehicle

Minibus or Coach

Languages

Bilingual English / German

Driver / Tour Guide

Services of registered driver guide throughout tour

Included

Meals:

Classic: 8 Breakfasts

Superior: 8 Breakfasts; 8 Dinners

Entrance Fees: Fish River Canyon; Namib Naukluft National Park

Portages

All meals as specified in the itinerary

Still Mineral Water on Bus

Activities as specified

Accommodation as specified

Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance

Excluded

All International / Domestic Flights & taxes

Visas

Travel & Personal accident insurance

Personal Expenses

Excursions / Activities not specified

Gratuities

Optional Extras

–     Dinner supplement for Classic Tour (Day 1-6)

–     Excursions / Activities on request

Departure Dates (Special Discount / No Single Supplement, English Departures=Bold)

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

4, 11, 18, 25

2

6, 20

10, 24

10, 24

7, 21

5, 19

2, 16, 30

14, 28

4, 11, 18, 25

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

6, 13, 20, 27

 

  • Same day flight departures out of Windhoek International are only possible after 19h00

Arrival flights on day of tour departure to be no later than 09h00

Itinerary

DAY 1 / Saturday KALAHARI DESERT

Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many therefor “thirstland” is a fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here. The Bushmen refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is still home to a surprising large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment.
Classic: Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge
Superior: Intu Africa Zebra Lodge – Dinner & Nature Drive in the Kalahari

DAY 2 / Sunday FISH RIVER CANYON

We continue south through expansive rocky plains, visiting the unique Quiver tree forest. Nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked in a mysterious way, the area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”. We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here we can optionally explore the area on foot or on a guided nature drive in the later afternoon.
Classic: Canyon Village – Breakfast
Superior: Canyon Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

DDay3 / Monday LÜDERITZ

Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and it is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long and up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. We continue our journey past the Naute dam towards Lüderitz. On the way to Lüderitz we stop at Garub were we might encounter the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.
Classic: Nest Hotel – Breakfast
Superior: Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 / Tuesday LÜDERITZ

Our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once a cosmopolitan centre, a town built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past. Returning to Lüderitz we visit Diaz Point and explore the coastal town of Lüderitz.
Classic: Nest Hotel – Breakfast
Superior: Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 / Wednesday NAMIB DESERT

After an early breakfast we travel north along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. Here we are located at the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.
Classic: The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 / Thursday NAMIB DESERT

The morning demands an early start. The first rays of sunrise paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be mesmerized by the surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst majestic dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.
Classic: The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast
Superior: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 / Friday SWAKOPMUND

After breakfast we travel via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, we visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups. Continuing along scenic dune belts and the Atlantic Ocean we reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a very popular holiday destination in Namibia. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African time, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is fun.
Classic: Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel – Breakfast
Superior: Strand Hotel – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 / Saturday SWAKOPMUND

Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.
Classic: Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel – Breakfast
Superior: Strand Hotel – Breakfast, Dinner & Marine Cruise

Day 9 / Sunday DEPARTURE

After breakfast we travel back to Windhoek to our hotel or to the international airport for our return flight.
Breakfast

SUMMARY: CLASSIC TOUR

 

Alternative accommodation may be used

 

SUMMARY: SUPERIOR TOUR

DAY

ACCOMMODATION

MEAL BASIS

ACTIVITIES

KM

1

Intu Africa Zebra Lodge

Dinner

Game drive on the private reserve with dune sundowner (including drinks)

260

2

Canyon Lodge

Breakfast, Dinner

Garas Quiver Tree Forest

440

3

Nest Hotel – Superior Room

Breakfast, Dinner

Visit Fish River Canyon viewpoint, Travel past the Naute dam towards Lüderitz, Wild Horses of the Namib Desert

420

4

Nest Hotel – Superior Room

Breakfast, Dinner

Visit Kolmanskop Ghost Town and Diaz Point, enjoy optional oyster tasting in Luederitz

50

5

Sossusvlei Lodge

Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the Namib Desert along the central escarpment

470

6

Sossusvlei Lodge

Breakfast, Dinner

Excursion to Sossusvlei, visit the surreal Dead Vlei on foot, Sesriem Canyon excursion.

120

7

Strand Hotel

Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic drive via Ghaub and Kuiseb Canyons, visit Walvis Bay lagoon and bird island

350

8

Strand Hotel

Breakfast, Dinner

Catamaran dolphin cruise with fresh oysters and sparkling wine

80

9

End of tour

Breakfast

Travel back to Windhoek @ 13h00

380

Alternative accommodation may be used