Namibia Safari Adventure – Camping

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Windhoek Namibia
Length: 14 - 28 Days
End: Windhoek Namibia
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Small (<12 People)
Countries: Namibia

Tour Dates

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From EURO 1845 pp
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Overview

Namibia: Africa’s adventure playground. The land of unrelenting sun, where the ground appears to beg the heavens for rain and the vast landscapes stretch uninterrupted for hundreds of kilometres without signs of man’s intervention. Living deserts where one gazes in wonder and amazement at the displays of changing natural colours, and at the animals and plants that somehow survive in this seemingly harsh environment.
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 this tour has to offer.

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:
• Windhoek city tour
• Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park – Game Drive
• Fish River Canyon
• Ai-Ais Hot Springs
• Orange River
• Kolmanskop Ghost Town
• Luderitz
• Desert horses
• Private Namib desert reserve
• Open-vehicle game drive
• Desert walk
• Desert night drive
• 4×4 trip to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei dunes
• Sesriem Canyon
• Walvis Bay
• Swakopmund
• Skeleton Coast
• Cape Cross seal colony
• Spitzkoppe
• Etosha National Park
• Waterberg National Park

Prices are subject to change

* Prices are per person sharing. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities & meals not set out in the itinerary.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Windhoek

Our adventure in Namibia begins in the Capital city of Windhoek at 14h00 when everyone meets at our hotel for a short tour briefing. We then set off on an afternoon of driving through Windhoek and viewing the attractions of the city, including the local museum and church before setting off to enjoy the warm hospitality and an own expense dinner at the infamous restaurant “Joe’s Beerhouse”, or a similar restaurant. We spend the night in comfort at our hotel and prepare for the next day’s adventure.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Safari Court Hotel

Meals

Meals:

No Meals

DAY 2: WINDHOEK – KGALAGADI

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 that offer us a glimpse of daily life in Namibia. Our journey will take the majority of the day but there will be plenty of scenic beauty to keep us occupied. We will arrive at our overnight camp in the Kgalagadi in the late afternoon

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 person dome tents) – Rest Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3: KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK

After a sumptuous breakfast, we embark on our game drive through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, a National Park spanning both South Africa and Botswana. Well known for its predator population, including cheetah and the massive black-maned lion, the Kgalagadi Park offers unique game viewing opportunities and spectacular bird-life. We will spend most of the day traversing the South African side of the park in search of animals. Our guide will take time to give us information on the animals we encounter in the park, and will explain how they survive in the desert conditions.
Tonight we camp amongst the Camel Thorn trees.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 person dome tents) – Rest Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4: KGALAGADI – FISH RIVER CANYON

Rising early, we witness the sunrise over the landscape before breakfast. Today we travel one of the most scenic Kalahari roads, crossing numerous high dunes which offer spectacular viewpoints. We make our way to Keetmanshoop, where we have a short comfort break, and then continue on to the Fish River Canyon, regarded as the second largest in the world. We spend some time taking in the views of the canyon before moving on, to our stop for the night at Ais Ais, the hot springs located in the depths of the canyon.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 person dome tents) – Ais Ais

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5: FISH RIVER CANYON – AUS

A relaxed morning, we enjoy breakfast in camp before travelling on remote roads to the southernmost point of our journey – the Orange River. Forming the border with South Africa, the Orange River creates a narrow band of green vegetation that winds its way through the towering, rugged mountains of this seemingly burnt landscape of the Richtersveld.

We will enjoy a lunch stop and possibly even a swim in the river. This afternoon we travel north along the edge of diamond mining area of the Sperrgebiet, and make our way to the charming little town of Aus. where we spend the next two nights camping.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 person dome tents) - Desert Horse Inn Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6: AUS – LUDERITZ – KOLMASKOP – AUS

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. We enjoy an entertaining tour and a walk around the town, through the old buildings that bring the colourful history to life. Then it’s on to Luderitz, a small harbour town on one of the most inhospitable coasts imaginable. We will visit the cross planted here by Bartolomeu Dias in 1487, and will spend some time strolling around town, enjoying the unique German colonial architecture. This afternoon we travel back into the desert, and will stop en-route to see the Namib Desert Horses. Lunch today will be own expense.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 person dome tents) – Desert Horse Inn Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 7: NAMIB DESERT RESERVE

A relaxed start, we enjoy breakfast before travelling north into the dry interior. Today we enter the heart of the Namib, to visit our privately owned game reserve, 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 fauna and flora, and we will enjoy an extensive walk, as well as a day and a night desert drive during our time here.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 person dome tents) - Greenfire Desert Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8: DESERT RESERVE

We awake to desert vistas that extend further than the eye can see. This protected wilderness is conserved and 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. Our guide will help us understand the unique desert fauna and flora, so today we start off with an ecology walk in this beautiful environment, looking for tracks of animals, and signs of the behaviour and survival strategies that allow them to exist in these harsh conditions.

During the heat of the day guests have time to relax at the camp, or to explore the surrounding area on foot, should they wish to. In the afternoon we depart on a desert drive. During the drive we stop at a suitable place to enjoy the sunset and a traditional sundowner drink. Once it is dark we slowly drive back to our camp, hoping to encounter some of the nocturnal animals adapted to living in the desert.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 person dome tents) - Greenfire Desert Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9: SOSSUSVLEI DUNES

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 transfer into the heart of the dunes, to spend some time climbing these spectacular mountains of sand, before taking a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. After exploring these truly unique sites on foot, the 4×4’s take us back to our vehicle, and we continue to our camp-site for the night.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 person dome tents) – Sossus on Foot

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10 - 11: SWAKOPMUND

Crossing through Kuiseb Canyon and the Namib-Naukluft National Park, we make our way to the coastal town of Walvis Bay, and then on to Swakopmund, where we spend two nights in comfortable accommodation. We explore this holiday town and its surrounds thoroughly, and enjoy both our evening meals at local restaurants (own expense). Swakopmund is a must-see for any visitor, and offers guests a variety of adventure activities. Clients will have the opportunity to partake in quad biking, sand boarding and skydiving whilst here (own expense). For those that simply want to relax, the town offers a variety of restaurants and shops, where one can get a feel for the local culture.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Amanpuri Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Day 10: Breakfast & Lunch Day 11: Breakfast

DAY 12: SKELETON COAST – SPITZKOPPE

Today we head north 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. We will get within very close proximity to these wild animals.

We continue, travelling through the desert to visit the towering granite peaks found at Spitzkoppe. After exploring the outcrops in the afternoon, we set up camp and enjoy the play of the light during sunset, from our seat on the mountain. We spend the night at the foot of the mountain.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 person dome tents) - Spitzkoppe

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 13 - 14: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Making our way further north, we enter Etosha National Park today, arguably the highlight of the tour. We spend two nights within the park, in search of the big game that this park is so famous for. One evening guests have time to spend at a floodlit waterhole, watching the many animals that come down to drink. During these days we will conduct extensive game drives, visiting all the little water holes during the heat of the day, and staying within the park the entire time. Each night we camp in one of the rest camps of the park.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 person dome tents) – Etosha

Meals

Meals:

Day 13 & 14: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 15: ETOSHA– WATERBERG

After a short morning game drive, we exit the park and travel south to the impressive Waterberg Plateau National Park.

This plateau is ecologically diverse, with over 200 different bird species, and several rare species of small antelope that occur on the lower hills of the mountain. This afternoon, we will hike up the mountain and enjoy the views of the Kalahari from the summit. We enjoy our last night of tour at the base.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 person dome tents) - Waterberg

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 16: WINDHOEK

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, where the tour will officially come to an end. Lunch will be enjoyed at your own expense. Clients may book post-tour accommodation through Drifters. For those flying out this afternoon, please allow for check-in time, and at least an hour for the airport transfer.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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