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NAMIBIA CAMPING ADVENTURE 17 Days Windhoek to Windhoek

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LIVE THIS!

This tour covers all of the popular highlights but also includes many “off the beaten track” destinations seldom visited by mainstream tourism. Flexibility, a willingness to participate, an awareness of the elements, and a desire for unlimited adventure, are essential in order to best absorb all that this tour has to offer.

NAMIBIA CAMPING ADVENTURE
17 Days Windhoek to Windhoek

LIVE THIS!

This tour covers all of the popular highlights but also includes many “off the beaten track” destinations seldom visited by mainstream tourism. Flexibility, a willingness to participate, an awareness of the elements, and a desire for unlimited adventure, are essential in order to best absorb all that this tour has to offer.

Classification

Explorer

Pax

2 – 17 guests

Vehicle

4×4 Overlander or 4×4 Land Cruiser

Languages

English

Driver / Tour Guide

Services of registered driver guide throughout tour

Included

Meals:

16 Breakfasts; 13 Lunches; 11 Dinners

Entrance Fees: Kgalagardi Transfrontier Park, Fish River Canyon; Kolmanskuppe, Namib Naukluft National Park; Dorob National Park, Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Brandberg White Lady, Twyfelfontein; Etosha National Park, Waterberg National Park

Portages

All meals as specified in the itinerary

Still Mineral Water

Activities as specified

Accommodation and Camspites 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

Excursions / Activities on request

Departures

Every 3rd Sunday

  • 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 / 50 kmWINDHOEK

Meeting at our hotel at 14h00 we conduct a short tour briefing before setting off for Katatura where we will explore this bustling area on a two hour afternoon bicycle tour. After Katatura we will spend some time visiting the sights of Windhoek before heading to Joe’s Beerhouse or a similar restaurant where we will continue our tour briefing and enjoy warm hospitality and an own expense dinner.
Safari Hotel

Day 2 / 350 km KALAHARI DESERT

This morning we leave the city behind us and begin our winding journey south into the open plains of the vast Kalahari Desert. Our journey today takes us through remote farming towns seldom visited by travellers, where possible we will stop to engage with the local inhabitants. We arrive at our overnight camp deep in the dunes in time to set up and to take in the wonderful spectacle of a Kalahari sunset.
Kalahari Bush Camp – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 / 350 km KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK

After a sumptuous camp breakfast, we break camp and travel the relatively short distance to enter the Kgalagardi Transfrontier Park, a Park spanning both South Africa and Botswana. Well known for its predator population, including cheetah and the massive Black Maned Lion, the Kgalagardi Park offers unique game viewing opportunities and spectacular birdlife. We will spend most of the day traversing the South African side of the Park in search of animals. Tonight we will camp amongst the Camel Thorn trees at one of the Parks rest camps.
Kgalagardi Transfrontier Park Campsite – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 / 500 kmFISH RIVER CANYON

Rising before the sun, we enjoy a short game drive before returning to camp for brunch. After packing up, we re-enter Namibia and travel one of the most scenic Kalahari roads, crossing numerous high dunes which offer spectacular viewpoints, we make our way to Keetmanshoop and then onto the Fish River Canyon, regarded as the second largest in the world. We will spend some time taking in the views of the Canyon before moving onto our stop for the night, Ai – Ais, the Hot Springs located in the depths of the Canyon
NWR Ai-Ais Campsite – Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 / 250 km LÜDERITZ & KOLMANSKUPPE

An early start, we make our way across the open desert plains toward the Atlantic Ocean. Our first stop today will be at the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop. Once the site of a prosperous Diamond mine, the town is slowly being reclaimed by the shifting sands of the desert, an entertaining tour and a walk around the town and through the old buildings brings the colorful history to life. Then it’s on to Lüderitz, a small harbor town on one of the most inhospitable coasts imaginable – we will visit the cross planted here by Dias in 1487 and will spend some time strolling around town, enjoying the unique architecture. This afternoon we travel back into desert and will stop en-route to spend time with a colony of wild desert horses. Lunch today will be own expense.
Aus Camping – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 / 250 kmNAMIB DESERT

A leisurely morning, we walk into town and enjoy the hospitality at the local hotel before continuing our journey. Today we travel into the heart of the Namib, taking in its vast plains, red dunes, and towering mountains of stone. Our next two nights will be spent at the Greenfire Desert Camp, a remote camp nestled against a rock outcrop within a conservancy that forms part of the vast Namib Rand Nature Reserve. The reserve is home to a variety of desert adapted ecology and wildlife and we will enjoy extensive walks as well as a day and night game drive during our time here.
Greenfire Desert Camp – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 NAMIB DESERT

Awake to desert vistas that extend further than the eye can see. This protected wilderness has been conserved and is protected through the proceeds of tourism. All animals here exist in completely natural surroundings and are free to move unrestricted over the full extent of the reserve – 202 000 ha. Our guide will help us to better understand the unique desert fauna and flora.
Greenfire Desert Camp – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 / 250 km SOSSUSVLEI

Setting off early, we continue across the endless desert plains to the Sesriem Canyon and the awesome Sossusvlei dunes – reputedly the highest in the World. After exploring the Canyon on foot, we will transfer into the heart of the dunes (using a 4 x 4 for the last section) and will spend time climbing these spectacular mountains of sand before moving on to camp wild in the desert
Wild Desert Camping – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 & 11 / 300 km SWAKOPMUND

Crossing through the Namib Naukluft Park, we visit the dramatic Lunar Landscape, and the ancient Welwitschia plants, before making for the coastal town of Walvis Bay to view the Lagoon. Then it’s on to Swakopmund where we spend two nights in the centrally located, comfortable Greenfire Swakopmund Lodge. We explore this holiday town and its surrounds thoroughly and enjoy one evening meal at a local nightspot (own expense). Clients will have the opportunity to partake in Quad Biking, Sand Boarding and Sky diving whilst here (own expense).
Greenfire Swakopmund Lodge – Breakfast

Day 12 / 360 km BRANDBERG

Today we head up along the barren Skeleton Coast, scene of many a shipwreck, to the Seal Colony at Cape Cross where thousands of Cape Fur Seals can be seen ashore. Venturing inland, our next stop is at the impressive Brandberg Mountain (highest in Namibia), where we will camp wild in a dry riverbed frequented by the Desert Elephants. We will enjoy a walk up the mountain to see the “White Lady” Bushman rock painting widely believed to be over 2000 years old. We also hope to see the endemic colorful Lovebirds during our stay here
Brandberg White Lady Lodge Campsite – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 / 260 km DAMARALAND & TWYFELFONTEIN

A busy day, with numerous stops, we visit the Organ Pipes and the Ancient Rock Engravings at Twyfelfontein before entering Damaraland and crossing the Grootberg mountain pass to camp the night near the oasis of Palmwag. This is one of a few permanent waterholes used by the rare Desert Rhino, Elephants, and many other desert adapted species – we hope to see these magnificent animals up close today
Palmwag Campsite – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 / 410 km ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Entering Etosha National Park today, arguably the highlight of the tour, we will spend two nights here in search of the big game that this park is so well known for. One evening will be spent at a floodlit waterhole watching the many animals that come down to drink. During these days we will conduct extensive game drives within the park. One night we will dine at a camp restaurant (own expense).
NWR Etosha Campsite – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 / 300 km ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry spells as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents and the sprouting new green shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
NWR Etosha Campsite – Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16 / 340 km WATERBERG NATIONAL PARK

After a short morning game drive, we exit the Park and travel down to the impressive Waterberg Plateau National Park. This Plateau is ecologically diverse and has over 200 different bird species, some rare species of small antelope occur on the lower hills of the mountain. This afternoon we will hike up the mountain and will enjoy the views over the Kalahari from the summit. We enjoy our last night of camping at the base
NWR Waterberg Campsite – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 / 310 km DEPARTURE

An early morning, we pack up and begin our journey back to civilization – the drive to Windhoek will take approximately 5 hours and we intend to be back in the capital by 13h00. Clients may book a post tour night through Drifters. For those flying out this afternoon, please allow for check in time and at least an hour for the airport transfer.
Breakfast

TOUR SUMMARY:

DAY

ACCOMMODATION

MEAL BASIS

ACTIVITIES

1

Safari Hotel

 

City Tour of Windhoek incl. Katatura

2

Kalahari Bush Campsite

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to the Kalahari Desert

3

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Campsite

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Game Drive in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

4

NWR Ai-Ais Campsite

Breakfast, Lunch

Travel to the Fish River Canyon

5

Aus Campsite

Breakfast, Lunch

Travel along the Orange River to Aus

6

Aus Campsite

Breakfast, Dinner

Kolmanskop visit and Tour of Lüderitz

7

Greenfire Desert Camp

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to the heart of the Namib

8

Greenfire Desert Camp

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full Day nature excursions on the private Concession area

9

Desert Campsite

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and the Sesriem Canyon

10

Greenfire Swakopmund Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Moonlandscape, Welwitschia Plains, Travel to Swakopmund

11

Greenfire Swakopmund Lodge

Breakfast

Optional activities such as Catamaran Cruise or Living Desert Tour

12

Brandberg White Lady Lodge Campsite

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Travel to the Brandberg and view the “White Lady” bushman painting

13

Palmwag Campsite

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel into the Damaraland, Organ Pipes, Twyfelfontein rock paintings

14

NWR Etosha Campsite

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Half Day Etosha Game Drive

15

NWR Etosha Campsite

Breakfast, Lunch

Full Day Etosha Game Drive

16

NWR Waterberg Campsite

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to the Waterberg National Park, hike up the Plateau

17

Departure

Breakfast

Travel back to Windhoek

Alternative accommodation may be used 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
This is an adventure tour and as such involves a certain amount of walking – a small daypack is advisable.

A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour.

Seasonable Malaria precautions are advisable and are locally obtainable.  During winter the night-time temperatures can fall below zero and during summer the daytime temperatures can reach the forties – please be prepared.

Most major currencies can be exchanged on arrival in Windhoek and other centers but banking hours do apply. Credit cards are generally accepted.

Our price includes transport, food, coffee, teas and fruit juice at breakfast, a professional guide, group equipment, accommodation, permits and park entry fees. The price does not include alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, tips, curios and optional extras.

Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information.

Clients are required to be covered by their own comprehensive personal travel insurance, including medical cover.