Namibia Highlights

Namibia Sundown

Namibia Highlights

Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz, Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Cape Cross, Twyfelfontein, Etosha National Park.

Day 1: Windhoek

Transfer from airport Windhoek to your city hotel. Overnight.

Day 2: Windhoek – Kalahari Desert (breakfast)

Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert. The bushman 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 the only form of survival for a vast amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the fauna and flora that has survived this desert environment for thousands of years. Overnight Kalahari Anib Lodge.

Day 3: Kalahari – Fish River Canyon (breakfast)

Fish River Canyon

We travel south through expansive rocky plains, visiting the unique Quiver Tree forest. Nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked in such a mysterious way that it seems giants played here. We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Overnight Canon Roadhouse / Village.

Day 4+5: Aus (breakfast)

Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon, where we gaze 550 meters into this magnificent geological phenomenon, the second largest of its kind on earth. We travel to the Succulent Karoo, one of the 20 most important biomes on earth. On the second day we travel to Lüderitz and visit a ghost town that was left to the hands of the relentless and unforgiving desert. Other attractions visited consist of the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert, Diaz Point and the coastal town of Lüderitz itself. Overnight Klein Aus Vista, Desert Horse Inn.

Day 6: Aus – Namib Desert (breakfast)

After breakfast we travel north through the pre-Namib to our lodge in the Namib Desert. This is the gateway to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, where some of the highest sand dunes on earth stand towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool, or taking part in optional activities offered at our lodge. Overnight Hammerstein Lodge.

Day 7: Namib Desert (breakfast)

Sossusvlei Dunes

This 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, enrapting our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst majestic dunes, sees us walking up one of these dunes to admire the desert landscape. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert. Overnight Namib Desert Lodge.

Day 8: Namib Desert – Swakopmund (breakfast)

After breakfast we travel via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Moon Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. In 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 flamingoes feed in this lagoon and present a breathtaking picture when they appear in groups counting a few hundred thousand. Having arrived in the coastal town of Swakopmund, we have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Schweitzerhaus Hotel.

Day 9: Swakopmund (breakfast)

Swakopmund is the perfect location for walking tours, shopping, relaxing at a quaint coffee shop or along the sandy beaches. This being Namibia’s playground, we also have a wide variety of activities on offer, ranging from dolphin cruises, desert tours and scenic flights to quad biking, paragliding, parachuting and kite surfing – to mention but a few. Overnight Schweitzerhaus Hotel.

Day 10: Swakopmund – Damaraland (breakfast)

Heading further north, we travel along vast lichen fields to Cape Cross, a fur seal reserve where at times over 80’000 animals frolic in the waves of the Atlantic. We drive via the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the rare Desert Elephant, the Black Rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Overnight Damaraland Mopane Lodge.

Day 11: Damaraland – Etosha Area (breakfast)

Leopard in Etosha

We start the morning with a visit to Twyfelfontein, a heritage site where bushman communities engraved and painted over 2500 pictures some 6000 years ago! Close by we explore the Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and the Petrified Forest – all geological phenomena depicting the creation and evolution of some of the oldest landmasses on earth. Here we also visit the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on earth! After a visit to a traditional Damara village we proceed on to our lodge situated close to the world-renowned Etosha National Park, and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Etosha Safari Camp.

Day 12: Etosha National Park (breakfast)

The day is devoted purely to the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five – Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhino – its waterholes supporting a rich diversity of birds and mammals, including rare species such as black-faced Impala, roan, cheetah, and Namibia’s smallest antelope, the Damara Dik-Dik. Overnight Etosha Safari Camp.

Day 13: Etosha Natonal Park (breakfast)

Today we again 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. In the afternoon we travel to Ohange Lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 14: Return to Windhoek (breakfast)

After breakfast we continue southwards to Windhoek, where we visit the craft markets in the main street of the capital city, where after we are driven to our hotel or to the international airport for our return flight.

Alternative accommodation may be used

Departure dates 2012:

Feb: 17
Mar: 2, 16
Apr: 6, 20
May: 4, 18
June: 8, 22
July: 6, 20
Aug: 3, 10, 17, 24
Sep: 7, 14, 21, 28
Oct: 5, 12, 19, 26

Price per person:
1. January – 30. June 2012

EUR 2080,-
Single room supplement EUR 210,-

1. July – 31. December 2012

EUR 2190,-
Single room supplement EUR 230,-

min. 2, max. 16 participants
Vehicle: microbus/tour bus
Languages: English and / or German