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Classic Namibia

Classic Namibia

Tour Code: SWW13
13 Days/12 Nights

01/11/2018 - 30/06/2019

From N$ 37 000.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate N$ 41 860.00

01/07/2019 - 31/10/2019

From N$ 40 000.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate N$ 44 850.00
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Classic Namibia

Journey through epic landscapes on a Namibia tour with Springbok Atlas. Our widespread  guided adventure takes in all Namibia’s highlights from the red deserts of the south to the foggy Atlantic shore; from the rugged northern beauty of Damaraland to the magnificent wildlife in Etosha National Park.

Our Namibia holiday packages will give you the opportunity to explore the Kalahari and Namib Deserts, the spectacular Fish River Canyon and the popular seaside town of Swakopmund. This excellent Namibia tour also takes in the highlights of northern Namibia including the World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein, and the world-renowned Etosha National Park.

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Tour Notes:

  • Minimum 2 guests, Maximum 20 guests
  • Departures are in dual language German/English commentary. English only commentary on selected departure dates.
  • Selected departure dates on Special Discount (5% discount off the Standard Rack Rate). Please enquire.
  • No single supplement payable on selected departures. Please enquire.
  • Game drives in Etosha are in closed vehicles. Open-vehicle game drives are optional & for own account

This tour can be extended with a 2-night package at an elegant farmhouse near Okahandja. Please enquire.

Tour Includes

  • 12 breakfasts
  • Accommodation
  • Porterage
  • Transport & sightseeing as specified

Day One

The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many therefor “thirstland” is a more fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here. The Bushmen 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 still home to a surprising large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive.

Day Two

We continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains. Visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest you are welcomed by quirky man-made sculptures of scrap metal which set a contrast to this serene, timeless space with Quiver trees and aloes nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked in a mysterious way, the area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”. We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here we can explore the area on foot or on an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape and impressive sweeping rock formations. [B]

Day Three

Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. We continue our journey past the Naute dam, where we shortly stop at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery, to optionally taste some of the unique liquors or simply enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. Proceeding onwards we head towards the coastal town of Lüderitz. On the way to Lüderitz we stop at Garub, viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert. [B]

Day Four

Our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once an opulent and decadent town, a monument to the Diamond boom and built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past, offering visitor’s unique photo motives into a bygone era. On our return to town, we visit Diaz Point with its Padrao on a cliff overlooking the harsh Atlantic Ocean commemorating the initial Portuguese explorers and explore the forlorn coast. Arriving back in Lüderitz we explore this small, historic town. [B]

Day Five

After an early breakfast we travel across wide open plains north along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. We are located in close proximity to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge. [B]

Day Six

The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert. [B]

Day Seven

After breakfast we continue our journey approaching the little settlement of Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park, feeling like you have arrived in the middle of nowhere. Here it is worthwhile to enjoy a cup of coffee with the delightful apple-pie written about in so many travel books before travelling via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching the coastal harbour town of 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 flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups. Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean we reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a popular holiday destination in Namibia. [B]

Day Eight

Swakopmund is often referred to as the “playground of Namibia” and it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle. [B]

Day Nine

On long yet interesting and scenic roads we head further north, traveling past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2.579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa. This harsh, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, the black rhino and free-roaming antelope species. Accompanied by a local Damara guide we visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO heritage site where Bushman communities engraved and painted over 2.500 pictures some 6.000 years ago! After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of the Damara we proceed to the Petrified Forest - a geological phenomenon depicting the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone amongst some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we also see the Welwitschia mirabilis plant – the oldest living desert plant on Earth. [B]

Day Ten

After a relaxed breakfast, we travel towards the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife. Once we have reached our camp located just outside of the National Park, we head onto our first safari into the National Park. Together with our guide we explore the various waterholes located close to Okaukuejo and the Anderson gate. Optional and time permitting open vehicle game drives can be booked with the lodge. [B]

Day Eleven

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. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of an extensive game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters. [B]

Day Twelve

Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park, or optionally you can book an open game drive park drive with the lodge. 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. [B]

Day Thirteen

After breakfast we travel back through the centre of the country exposing bushland savannah to the capital in the centre of the country. Time permitting, en-route we may stop at the famous wood carvers market in Okahandja or the craft market in the main street in Windhoek to pick up a last few souvenirs. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight. [B]

Day One - Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive.

Day One Accommodation

Day One - Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive.

Intu-Afrika Camelthorn Lodge

Intu-Afrika Camelthorn Lodge

Intu-Afrika Camelthorn Lodge is in a secluded valley between two red dunes and hidden amongst ancient camelthorn trees in the Kalahari Game Reserve. The lodge consists of a thatched main building, dining area as well as a boma that overlook a natural stone pool.

Day Two Accommodation

Day Two - Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon

We continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains. We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here we can explore the area on foot or on an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape and impressive sweeping rock formations.

Canyon Village

Canyon Village

Canyon Village lies a short distance from the Fish River Canyon, at the foot of a rock face, and the main building is built into a massive granite boulder.

Day Three Day Four Accommodation

Day Three - Lüderitz

We continue our journey past the Naute dam, where we shortly stop at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery, to optionally taste some of the unique liquors or simply enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. Proceeding onwards we head towards the coastal town of Lüderitz. On the way to Lüderitz we stop at Garub, viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.

Day Four - Lüderitz

Our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Arriving back in Lüderitz we explore this small, historic town.

Lüderitz Nest Hotel

Lüderitz Nest Hotel

The Lüderitz Nest Hotel is set directly on the bay in the Namibian town of Lüderitz. You have access to a private tidal beach and walk-on jetty as well as easy access to the town’s amenities and attractions.

Day Five Day Six Accommodation

Day Five - Namib Desert

After an early breakfast we travel across wide open plains north along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.

Day Six - Namib Desert

Today you visit Namib Naukluft National Park. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.

Elegant Desert Lodge

Elegant Desert Lodge

Elegant Desert Lodge is a welcome sanctuary with its own waterhole where a range of wildlife come to drink. The lodge has its own Lapa bar and restaurant where authentic cuisine is savoured. There is also the opportunity to do both guided and unguided walking tours, quad biking and half day Sossusvlei excursions.

Day Seven Day Eight Accommodation

Day Seven - Swakopmund

Reaching the coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay, we visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Continuing along the scenic route between the dune belt and the Atlantic Ocean we reach Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day Eight - Swakopmund

Swakopmund is often referred to as the “playground of Namibia” and it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

aha Swakopmund Plaza Hotel is in a prime location in the heart of Swakopmund, a short walk from the beach. You can expect a contemporary hotel with inspiring décor and a welcome feel.

Day Nine Accommodation

Day Nine - Damaraland

On long yet interesting and scenic roads we head further north, traveling past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain (2.579m), into the Damaraland, one of the least populated and geologically diverse areas in Africa.

Damara Mopane Lodge

Damara Mopane Lodge

Just east of the town of Khorixas lies the unique Damara Mopane Lodge. Its wattle and daub style chalets are laid out in a village format, each with its own vegetable and herb garden and the inside walls decorated with copies of the famous Twyfelfontein rock engravings. Shaded by Mopane trees, the chalets are linked to the main lodge building by paths. A viewing point, a bit out of the camp, allows views of the expansive plains and is a great spot for stargazing.

Day Ten Accommodation

Day Ten - Etosha National Park

After a relaxed breakfast, we travel towards the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amount of wildlife. Once we have reached our camp located just outside of the National Park, we head onto our first safari into the National Park.

Etosha Safari Camp

Etosha Safari Camp

Etosha Safari Camp is conveniently situated just 10 kilometres from world-renowned Etosha National Park

Day Eleven Day Twelve Accommodation

Day Eleven - Etosha National Park

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. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing visitors the opportunity of an extensive game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters.

Day Twelve - Etosha National Park

Today your guide again takes you on a game drive in the Etosha National Park, or optionally you can book an open game drive park drive with the lodge. We may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited.

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

This luxury safari lodge is just 2 kilometres from the Eastern entrance of Etosha National Park and is set in its own adjoining private reserve.

Day Thirteen

Day Thirteen - Windhoek

After breakfast we travel back through the centre of the country exposing bushland savannah to the capital in the centre of the country. Windhoek is a cosmopolitan melting pot of European architecture with African culture, with a variety of good restaurants to choose from. You will be dropped off at your accommodation of choice, or transferred to the airport for your outward flight.

Day One

Intu-Afrika Camelthorn Lodge

Intu-Afrika Camelthorn Lodge is in a secluded valley between two red dunes and hidden amongst ancient camelthorn trees in the Kalahari Game Reserve. The lodge consists of a thatched main building, dining area as well as a boma that overlook a natural stone pool. The lodge’s décor takes its decoration inspiration from African Bushmen, one of the oldest cultures in the world.  At this exceptional lodge you will have the chance to walk around the Kalahari with a bushman tracker and immerse yourself into a dramatically wild landscape. You will have the opportunity to learn and study their desert survival secrets and hear about the history of the people.


Day Two

Canyon Village

Canyon Village is a short distance from the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and the second most visited attraction in Namibia. This lodge lies at the foot of a rock face and the main building is built into a massive granite boulder. This is where you will see murals that depict the daily life of the region’s early inhabitants: the Bondelswart-Nama. There is a bar and restaurant to relax in and appreciate this dramatic landscape and its historical wonders and natural beauty. On your arrival you will be greeted by a cart drawn by mules that will take you and your luggage to your chalets. Take a walk on the Namibian wild side.


Day Three, 

Day Four

Lüderitz Nest Hotel

The Lüderitz Nest Hotel is set directly on the bay in the Namibian town of Lüderitz. You have access to a private tidal beach and walk-on jetty as well as easy access to the town’s amenities and attractions. The hotel makes for a great base when exploring the attractions and activities surrounding the town, whether that is catamaran tours, fishing, desert explorations, hiking, biking and more. Those wanting to indulge in some pampering treatments can book at the nearby day spa or just spend some time on the private beach, around the swimming pool or on the balcony of their luxury room enjoying endless ocean vistas.


Day Five, 

Day Six

Elegant Desert Lodge

Elegant Desert Lodge is a welcome sanctuary during a wild Namibian adventure. The lodge has its own waterhole where a range of wildlife come to drink and there is an opportunity to do both guided and unguided walking tours for a more intricate insight into the landscape. Other activities in this region include quad biking and half day Sossusvlei excursions. The lodge has its own Lapa bar and restaurant where authentic cuisine is savoured.


Day Seven, 

Day Eight

Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

aha Swakopmund Plaza Hotel is in a prime location in the heart of Swakopmund, putting the local attractions and restaurants at your fingertips. The hotel is also a short walk from the beach. You can expect a contemporary hotel with inspiring décor and a welcome feel. Staying at the hotel opens up a range of adventure activities that includes quad biking, desert tours, dolphin cruises and much more.


Day Nine

Damara Mopane Lodge

Just east of the town of Khorixas providing an ideal stopover between Swakopmund and Etosha National Park is the unique Damara Mopane Lodge. The wattle and daub style chalets are laid out in a village format, each with its own vegetable and herb garden and the inside walls decorated with copies of the famous Twyfelfontein rock engravings. Shaded by Mopane trees, the chalets are linked to the main lodge building by paths. A viewing point, a bit out of the camp, allows views of the expansive plains and is a great spot for stargazing. Less than two hours drive away is the World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein with its 2 000-odd rock engravings and art, the surreal Petrified Forest and the impressive Vingerklip Rock. A highlight of any stay here is a sighting of the desert-adapted elephants.


Day Ten

Etosha Safari Camp

Etosha Safari Camp is conveniently situated just 10 kilometres from world-renowned Etosha National Park. Perched on a small hill, each uniquely designed en-suite safari-bungalow promises comfort at all times. Beds are covered with spacious mosquito nets and the gauzed windows provide optimal air circulation. Meals are served in a rustic farm style restaurant at the foot of the hill and here you can also refresh yourself in the swimming pool, make use of the internet cafe or enjoy one of the walking trails that surround the camp.


Day Eleven, 

Day Twelve

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

This luxury safari lodge is just 2 kilometres from the Eastern entrance of Etosha National Park and is set in its own adjoining private reserve. Accommodation is in spacious rooms with African-inspired décor, en suite facilities, a sitting room, private veranda and modern conveniences. The lodge offers excellent dining experiences in both the restaurant and under the stars in the boma. There are two bars where you can enjoy sundowners or a nightcap. Relax around the sparkling swimming pool or get some exercise on one of the 2 floodlit Tennis courts situated in the bush. The lodge also offers a Fitness Centre and luxury Spa.


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