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This 9 day Canyons, Dunes and Wildlife tour is the perfect combination of our 3 Day Etosha Express (accommodated) and our 7 Day Southern Namibia and Sossusvlei Camping.
Starting in Windhoek, we head north to explore the world renowned Etosha National Park before heading west to Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital on the Skeleton Coast.
Here we can enjoy any number of adrenaline inducing optional activities before starting our journey south. Our next stop after crossing the Tropic of Capricorn is Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, home to some of the world’s highest sand dunes.
Continuing on to Namibia’s deep south where breath taking landscapes abound, we visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop, spot the wild horses of the Namib Desert, gaze over the Fish River Canyon, before ending an incredible 9 day trip with the last night at the impressive Quiver Tree Forest before returning to Windhoek.
This is the ultimate Namibian adventure for the budget traveller!
Halali, Etosha National ParkOur tour starts at Chameleon Backpackers where we meet for a pre-departure briefing. Anyone not staying at Chameleon Backpackers must be prepared for a 07h15 pick up. After the departure from Windhoek, we stop briefly at Otjiwarongo to collect some last minute supplies before continuing on to Etosha with a light lunch pack whilst “on the move”. We enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park visiting waterholes looking for predators as well as zebra, giraffe, elephant, rhino and many different species of antelope arriving at our lodge just before sunset to settle into our rooms, with en-suite bathroom and tea/coffee facilities. A visit to the flood lit waterhole is highly recommended while dinner is prepared by our guide over an open fire. Meals: Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Twin room with en-suite bathroom at Halali Camp
Etosha Village, near Anderson GateWe start our first game drive at sunrise to catch the predators while they are still active, visiting many waterholes. Our second game drive mid-morning takes us to the impressive Etosha Pan “great white place” where we can get out of the vehicle and experience this 4500 sq km “saline desert” before continuing our game drive to look for the Big 4. We arrive back at Halali where our guide will prepare a delicious lunch whilst we have a dip in the pool or relax by the camp waterhole. After lunch we begin our final game drive across the park towards Okaukuejo calling into some well-known waterholes and leave the park prior to sunset. Our lodge tonight is located just outside the park gate and accommodation tonight has a comfortable and modern atmosphere in twin share rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. Dinner is prepared by our guide and another early night is recommended. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Twin room with en-suite bathroom at Etosha Village
Hotel A La Mer, SwakopmundEnjoy an early breakfast and depart from our lodge at 07h30. The route today takes us into Damaraland where we meet the wonderful Himba & Damara ladies who sell their arts and crafts to support their families. On the drive down the Skeleton Coast we explore the remains of a small shipwreck and learn about the fascinating lichens before arriving in Swakopmund mid-afternoon. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Accommodation: Twin room with en-suite bathroom at Hotel A La Mer
Sesriem Oshana Campsite, SossusvleiToday we leave Swakopmund at 11h30 so we have the time to enjoy an optional activity. For the adrenaline junkies this could be flying down a sand dune head first at 60km/h on a sandboard, exploring the dune field on a quad biking tour or discover the “old city” of Swakopmund on a fat bike (e-bike option available). Whatever we choose, we depart Swakopmund no later than 11h30 and drive through the Namib Desert via the Kuiseb Pass, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping briefly in Solitaire and arriving at our camp late afternoon. We set up our tents, and enjoy the sunset over the Namib Desert while listening to the barking geckos. There is a pool and bar available, dinner is prepared by our guide. An early night is recommended. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Camping at Sesriem Oshana Camp
Sesriem Oshana Campsite, SossusvleiA pre-dawn departure from camp this morning means we can enjoy the dunes at first light. We drive down an ancient river bed, surrounded by towering dunes and our first stop is at the famous Dune 45 where we have the chance to climb to the top to enjoy the sunrise. On descent we replenish our energy and enjoy breakfast before continuing on into the Sossusvlei area. We explore this unique area on foot, heading into Dead Vlei with its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees, contrasting with a backdrop of huge dunes with their ever-changing colours. We have the opportunity to climb the dune at Sossusvlei before we return to Sesriem for lunch and a swim or siesta during the heat of the day. Mid-afternoon we visit the Sesriem Canyon before your guide drops you at Elim’s Dune for a short and educational sunset walk back to camp through the desert. Dinner tonight is prepared by our guide. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Camping at Sesriem Oshana Camp
Klein Aus Vista Campsite, Namib DesertWe pack up camp and enjoy breakfast before heading south through some of the most spectacular desert landscapes in Southern Namibia. Our destination today is the small outpost of Klein Aus, nestled in the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park. We arrive early afternoon and set up camp. For the active there is a short optional unguided hiking trail. Permits and a map are available at reception. We enjoy a beautiful sunset and dinner prepared by our guide over an open-fire. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Camping at Klein Aus Vista Camp
Klein Aus Vista Campsite, Namib DesertAfter an early breakfast we make our way from Klein Aus to the ghost town, of Kolmanskop, situated 15km outside of Luderitz. During a diamond boom in 1910 Kolmanskop quickly became one of the richest towns in Africa boasting the southern hemisphere’s first X-ray machine, a bowling alley and luxury housing. As the diamond boom came to an end and the town’s inhabitants abandoned the area Kolmanskop became a ghost town. After our tour we continue our adventure to the small town of Luderitz, situated on the rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean and well known for its unique and colourful colonial-style buildings. We stop at Diaz Point, the famous site of the Original Diaz Cross and enjoy a picnic lunch. On return to Aus, we keep our eyes peeled for the wild horses of the Namib Desert that roam between Luderitz and Klein Aus. While the details of how these horses came to live in the desert are still a mystery, the mere fact that they have survived in the harshest of conditions is impressive, and any sighting of them is one to celebrate. We arrive back at camp late afternoon and can relax before enjoying another incredible sunset over the Aus Mountains. Dinner tonight is prepared by our guide. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Camping at Klein Aus Vista Camp
Quiver Tree Forest Restcamp, KeetmanshoopWe enjoy another early start this morning as we pack up camp and head east. Our first official stop is at the well-known Hell`s Bend viewpoint of the Fish River Canyon. Here we have the opportunity to overlook the second largest canyon in the world. The Fish River Canyon was formed millions of years ago by water erosion and the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth’s crust. After lunch we continue our adventure heading to our last destination; The Quiver Tree Forest. It is located just north-east of Keetmanshoop and here approximately 250 quiver trees can be found. The forest grew spontaneously and the oldest trees are estimated to be around 200-300 years old. The Quiver tree (Kokerboom in Afrikaans) is also Namibia’s national tree, and the forest was declared a national monument in 1995. The last night on our adventure is spent camping under the stars with meals prepared by our guide. This is an excellent location for photographing the stars should you be an avid photographer (permits are available for night photography of the quiver trees at additional cost). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Camping at Quiver Tree Forest Restcamp
Windhoek - EndAfter a tasty cooked breakfast, we start the day with a chance to really explore the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground, a geological phenomenon of dolerite rocks that appear to have been stacked by giants. From here we begin our journey back to Windhoek passing Brukkaros Mountain, an extinct volcano which is 650m above the surrounding area. We pass through the small towns of Mariental and Rehoboth before arriving at Chameleon Backpackers in Windhoek late afternoon. There is a shuttle option for those staying elsewhere within the city limits. No flights recommended on this day. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Accommodation: -
Transport in a custom built safari vehicle (no air-conditioning)
Services of a English speaking guide & camp assistant
5 nights’ camping
3 nights’ accommodations
National park & site entry fees
Activities as per itinerary
Meals as per itinerary
Pick up/drop off within Windhoek city limits
Snacks & drinks
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