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Namibia Southern Odyssey

Namibia Southern Odyssey

Tour Code: SWS9
9 Days/8 Nights

01/11/2018 - 30/06/2019

From N$ 28 000.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate N$ 31 030.00

01/07/2019 - 31/10/2019

From N$ 30 000.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate N$ 33 020.00
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Namibia Southern Odyssey

Adventure through the wildly beautiful desert landscapes of southern Namibia

You have to experience Namibia’s evocative semi-arid and desert landscapes for yourself to truly appreciate the extraordinary beauty and soulfulness of this fascinating, wide-open country. You can sit back and relax in the luxury vehicle as you range from the Kalahari Desert with its antique red sands to the gigantic 100-mile long ravine of the Fish River Canyon. Experience the Namib, a vast and picturesque coastal desert stretching 1 200 miles along the Atlantic Ocean.

Highlights

  • Scenic nature drive to experience the fauna, flora and striking beauty of the Kalahari dunes
  • Walking along the spectacular rim of the world’s second largest chasm, the dramatic Fish River Canyon
  • Exploring the Namib Desert from the vast southern sand seas with their towering dunes to the unique Garas quiver tree forest and “Giant’s Playground”

Tour Departs:

Saturdays, selected departure dates

Tour Notes:

  • Minimum 2 guests
  • Departures are in dual language German/English commentary. English only commentary on selected departure dates
  • Special 5% discount offered on Standard Rack Rate on selected departure dates (please enquire)
  • No single supplement payable on selected departures (please enquire)

Tour Includes

  • 8 breakfasts
  • Accommodation
  • Porterage
  • Transport
  • Sightseeing as specified

Day One: Windhoek - Kalahari Desert

Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the 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 nine African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many therefore “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 acacias and shrubs, it is still home to a surprisingly 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: Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon

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…for this reason 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: Fish River Canyon - Lüderitz

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 metres 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: Lüderitz

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 visitors 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 of this forlorn coast. Arriving back in Lüderitz, we explore this small, historic town. [B]

Day Five: Lüderitz - 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. 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: Namib Desert

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: Namib Desert - Windhoek

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 breathtaking 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. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African rhythms, a laid-back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun. [B]

Day Eight: Swakopmund

Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia” – 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 cafés. 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: Swakopmund - Windhoek

After breakfast we travel back to Windhoek to our hotel or to the international airport for your return flight. [B]

Day One: Windhoek - Kalahari Desert

Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the Kalahari Desert. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants in this desert environment on an optional nature drive.

Day One: Windhoek - Kalahari Desert Accommodation

Day One: Windhoek - Kalahari Desert

Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the Kalahari Desert. 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: Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon Accommodation

Day Two: Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon

We continue south, visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest and “Giant’s Playground”. We continue to our lodge near the Fish River Canyon, with the option to explore the area on foot or on an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon. [B]

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: Fish River Canyon - Lüderitz Accommodation

Day Three: Fish River Canyon - Lüderitz

Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. We continue 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, with a stop en-route at Garub, viewing point for the Wild Horses. [B]

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 Four: Lüderitz Day Five: Lüderitz - Namib Desert Accommodation

Day Four: Lüderitz

Our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. On our return to town, we visit Diaz Point. Arriving back in Lüderitz, we explore this small, historic town. [B]

Day Five: Lüderitz - Namib Desert

After an early breakfast we travel to our lodge in the Namib Desert, in close proximity to Sesriem. 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]

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 Six: Namib Desert Day Seven: Namib Desert - Windhoek Accommodation

Day Six: Namib Desert

The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, you will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, and we take the opportunity to walk up one of the majestic dunes here. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon in the heart of the Namib Desert. [B]

Day Seven: Namib Desert - Windhoek

After breakfast we continue our journey approaching the little settlement of Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park, 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. We continue to Swakopmund, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. [B]

Beach Hotel Swakopmund

Beach Hotel Swakopmund

Nearby the Atlantic Ocean on the border of the Skeleton Coast Park is the unique and scenic Beach Hotel Swakopmund, which prides itself immensely on its rooftop terrace where it is possible to witness breathtaking 360° views over the city, Swakop River, dunes and ocean. The hotel further boasts an in-house restaurant and bar with a proud WW1 history and sundowner deck.

Day Eight: Swakopmund Day Nine: Swakopmund - Windhoek

Day Eight: Swakopmund

Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia” – 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. Or simply embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic and quaint coastal town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar. [B]

Day Nine: Swakopmund - Windhoek

After breakfast we travel back to Windhoek to our hotel or to the international airport for your return flight. [B]

Day One: Windhoek - Kalahari Desert

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: Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon

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: Fish River Canyon - Lüderitz, 

Day Four: Lüderitz

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: Lüderitz - Namib Desert, 

Day Six: Namib Desert

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: Namib Desert - Windhoek, 

Day Eight: Swakopmund

Beach Hotel Swakopmund

Nearby the Atlantic Ocean on the border of the Skeleton Coast Park is the unique and scenic Beach Hotel Swakopmund. It is ideally located within walking distance to the charming town of Swakopmund, and as a base to see the surrounding area on a desert tour, quad bike, hot-air balloon and more. Beach Hotel Swakopmund prides itself immensely on its rooftop terrace where it is possible to witness breathtaking 360° views over the city, Swakop River, dunes and ocean. The hotel further boasts an in-house restaurant and bar with a proud WW1 history and sundowner deck. On the fourth floor, you can meet up at the lounge bar to watch a stunning sunset while sipping on your favourite drink. There are also many opportunities to indulge in invigorating and detensifying massages, such as the Hot Lava Shell Massage.


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