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7 Day Southern Swing

Southern Namibia is particularly famous for it's endless landscapes and incredibly huge skies. This camping safari departs on selected Fridays of the month, from Windhoek and takes you into the Kalahari & Namib Deserts, exploring the far south from Fish River Canyon to the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Ending with 2 incredible nights at Sesriem, the gateway to the Namib Desert, spend a full day enjoying Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, sunrise on Dune 45 and visiting Sesriem Canyon, a local landmark in the Namib. Southern Namibia is a landscape lovers paradise and whilst there is some wildlife in the south, the wide open spaces and starry skies are certainly the main attractions here.

Safari Type: Camping

Departs: Friday

Max: 14
 
Starting From:

$13,945.00/person sharing


From Jul 1st, 2020
$16,645/person sharing

Departs:

Friday


  • Fish River Canyon
  • Sossusvlei Dunes
  • Windhoek

  • Transport in a custom built safari vehicle (no air-conditioning)
  • Services of a English speaking guide & camp assistant
  • 5 nights camping
  • 1 night accommodation
  • National park & site entry fees
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Pick up/drop off within Windhoek city limits
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities

Itinerary

Day1: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

You will be collected at your Windhoek accommodation between 9am & 9.30am. We start our journey south on the main highway, travelling through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert that protrudes onto the eastern side of Namibia. Stopping at small towns along the way including Rehoboth, traditional home of the Baster people and on to Kalkrand where you bid the main road farewell and head off into the Kalahari. The Kalahari Desert often surprises people when they first see it. It is very different from the Namib. First of all, remember that the Kalahari is not a desert. It receives more rain than a true desert should. The Kalahari is a fossil desert. Don’t expect to find tall Sossusvlei-style dunes devoid of greenery here. The Kalahari’s dunes are very different. Late this afternoon we hop onto an open vehicle for a late afternoon sunset drive. 
 

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch 

Day2: Canyon Roadhouse Campsite

An early morning departure to the town of Mariental and south to Keetmanshoop. Just outside the town you have the opportunity of visiting the Mesosaurus Fossil Site. We travel via the town of Keetmanshoop for overnight camping on the Fish River area. Here you have the opportunity of seeing the Quivertree. Quiver trees are not in fact trees, they are a type of aloe, (Aloe Dichotoma), so called because the branches fork “dictomously”. These weird looking plants dot the landscape in this part of the world and are locally common, however they are one of the world’s rarest flora species.  
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Canyon Roadhouse

Day3: Luderitz Nest Hotel

The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is (allegedly) the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. Today the canyon measures 160km long up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest. Early morning we head to the main view point where we can see how impressive this canyon actually is. We then move on to our next destination, the coastal town of Lüderitz where its colonial-style buildings cling to the rocks overlooking the bay, on some days a deep iridescent blue, on others grey and stormy, the crisp fresh climate, fishing boats bobbing up and down on the Atlantic horizon, penguins and seals diving beneath the waves, give the town a curious other-worldly allure. We aim to arrive at our guest house during the late afternoon. Dinner will be at client’s own expense tonight. 
 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Twin rooms with en-suite bathroom at Luderitz Nest Hotel

Day4: Klein Aus Vista

Time to join an optional extra excursion, a trip on an old wooden sailing ship, “The Sedina”. Take a cruise around Luderitz bay and, weather permitting, to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins. If the weather conditions are suitable we turn off the engines and come back to Luderitz under sail. We then drive out to Kolmanskop (Optional activity), a desert ghost town about 20 km out of Luderitz. It was built in the 1920’s during the diamond rush and was abandoned when bigger and better diamonds were found further along the coast. The area is still abandoned and the desert has encroached over the entire town, giving an eerie feeling and real meaning to the word “ghost”. We head Klein Aus Vista in the late afternoon, the road takes us through the “forbidden Zone” so named because in years gone by, the alluvial diamonds found in Namibia were simply scattered across the desert and we again have time to enjoy sunset over the mountains. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Klein Aus Vista

Day5: Sesriem, Namib Desert

Turning north, we once again head deep into the ancient southern Namib, travelling on small gravel roads and passing some tiny rural communities along the way. The scenery is harsh, and sometimes forbidding. The process of erosion in these areas is well advanced and we pass time rounded “koppies” arid terrain and outcrops of tortured rock. Traversing this bleak yet beautiful landscape, the terrain begins to change and we cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Sesriem

Day6: Sesriem, Namib Desert

A pre dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes and driving into the heart of the dune field, we reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes. The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Sesriem

Day7: Windhoek

After breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek. We will travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland Range, through beautiful mountain passes on our way back to civilization. We are due back into the city around 4pm and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return. 
 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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