About the 7 Day Southern Namibia Budget Safari
This is a 7 day camping tour in Namibia. Southern Namibia budget safari takes to Namibia’s southern areas. This includes Sossusvlei, the Namib Desert, Lüderitz and the Fish River Canyon.
Southern Namibia budget safari starts and ends in Windhoek, It offers an excellent cross-section of southern Namibia. Southern Namibia budget safari can be combined with its Northern Namibia Safari.
This will allow for a more comprehensive experience to most of Namibia’s traditional highlights. Southern Namibia budget safari is an African camping safari to Namibia.
7 Day Southern Namibia Budget Safari Highlights
- Desert game in Namibia
- Great and fulfilling game drives
- Wonderful landscape and scenery
- Beautiful camping accommodation
- Rock painting and engravings
- Dune 45
- Cultural Tour
7 Day Southern Namibia Budget Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Windhoek – Kalahari Desert
Day one will start with a meet and greet at your Windhoek hotel. This will be at 0700hrs by our Namibia safari rep. You will be briefed on the Southern Namibia budget safari. This will be followed by departure before 0800hrs. Your Southern Namibia Budget Safari will start heading south. This is on the main highway. This goes through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert.
This is a protrusion onto the eastern side of Namibia. You will make the first stop at Rehoboth. This is the traditional home of the Baster people. Your Southern Namibia Budget Safari will go on to Kalkrand. This marks your entry into the Kalahari.
The Kalahari Desert often surprises people. It is very different to the Namib Desert. This is primarily because the Kalahari is not a true desert. It receives more than enough rainfall to be classified as such. Kalahari is actually a fossil desert. Don’t expect to find tall Sossusvlei-style dunes devoid of greenery here. The dunes are greener and less stark. They have vegetation comes and ability to support more flora and fauna. Dinner and overnight will be at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Lodge.
About Kalahari Desert
The Kalahari Desert is not really a desert, but rather a large arid to semi-arid sandy area in southern Africa, covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa. Though it is semi-desert, it has huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains and is rich in wildlife. The homeland of the Bushmen for perhaps thirty thousand years, the desert was the setting for the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, which featured a Bushman family.
A strange, yet essential feature of this region are the pans, which are shallow hollows consisting of hard, gray clay. While appearing drab and flat, these pans provide essential salt for the animals of the Kalahari. They vary in size from a few hundred meters to a few square kilometers. There are two other distinct ecosystems found in the central Kalahari region: rich savanna and grasslands.
Day 2: Kalahari – Fish River
Today your Southern Namibia budget safari starts early. You will enjoy a morning nature drive into Kalahari. You will later leave for the town of Mariental and south to Keetmanshoop. You will visit the Mesosaurus Fossil Site and Quiver-tree Forest en-route. Quiver trees are in fact not trees. These are a type of aloe, (Aloe Dichotoma).
They are called because the branches fork “dichotomously”. They the landscape in this part of the world and are locally common. They are however one of the world’s rarest flora species. The Ai-Ais Hot Springs Spa & Resort is at the southern end of the Fish River Canyon.
This Namibian Resort offers an excellent place to relax in and around the thermal baths. There is also a heated swimming pool. The resort is set at a sulphurous hot spring. The name ‘/ai-/ais’ means ‘burning water’ in the local Nama language. Your overnight will be camping at Canyon Roadhouse or Ai Ais.
Day 3: Fish River – Luderitz
Your Southern Namibia budget safari starts early morning. This is with a departure to the main view point. Here you can see how impressive the Fish River canyon actually is. This is an ideal opportunity for photos. You can also spend some time experiencing this amazing sight. From the top you’ll see the river sparkling in the sunlight far below us.
The Fish River Canyon is (allegedly) the 2nd largest canyon in the world. This is after the Grand Canyon in the American continent. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breath taking. The towering rock faces and deep ravines were formed by water erosion. It was also due to the collapse of the valley. This was as a result of movements in the earth’s crust over 500 million years ago. Today the canyon measures 160km long up to 27km wide. It is almost 550m at its deepest.
Your Southern Namibia budget safari will later depart for the coastal town of Luderitz. Its colonial-style buildings cling to the rocks overlooking the bay. You’ll see fishing boats bob up and down on the Atlantic horizon. There are penguins and seals dive beneath the waves. This collectively gives the town a curious other-worldly allure. You’ll get to the destination in the late afternoon. Dinner will be at client’s own expense tonight. Overnight is at a Guest house in Luderitz.
Day 4: Luderitz – Aus
There is time to join an optional extra excursion. This may be a marine trip or a cruise around Luderitz bay. If weather permits you can tour Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins. All these are subject to availability and at cost. There will be time to explore Luderitz Town with its traditional German architecture. Later on your Southern Namibia budget safari drives out to Diaz Point.
Here you will be searching for bird life and hopefully a few seals. You can visit the stone cross replica, originally erected by Bartholomew Diaz. Southern Namibia Budget Safari will drive out to Kolmanskop. This is a desert ghost town about 20km out of Luderitz.
The town was built in the 1920’s during the diamond rush. It was abandoned after more diamonds were found along the coast. The area is still abandoned and the desert has encroached over the entire town. This gives it an eerie feeling and real meaning to the word ‘ghost’.
Tonight you will camp at Klein Aus Vista. This is a beautiful private reserve in the Aus Mountain Range. The road takes us through the ‘forbidden zone’. The sunset over the mountains presents the perfect day end.
Day 5: Aus – Sesriem
Your Southern Namibia budget safari will turn north. You will head deep into the ancient southern Namib Desert. This will be on small gravel roads. This Namibia tour will pass some tiny rural villages along the way. The scenery is harsh, and sometimes forbidding.
The process of erosion in these areas is well advanced. You’ll pass time rounded hills and arid terrain with outcrops of tortured rock. As you drive the terrain begins to change. You’ll cross some open grass savannah and farmlands. This will give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.
You’ll arrive at your camp during the late afternoon. This is will be in time to watch the colors glow and change on distant mountains to the east. You will spend your night at Sesriem Campsite.
Day 6: Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Namib Desert
There will be a pre-dawn Southern Namibia budget safari start. This is essential as you aim to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. Your Southern Namibia budget safari will pass through Sesriem. This is the gateway to the sand dunes.
You will be driving into the heart of the dune field. You’ll reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes. The walk in the cool of the morning is like nothing else. You will experience the soft sunlight as it just begins to play over the dunes. This creates a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert.
There are ancient mineral pans and stunted camel thorn trees. There’ll be a chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich. You’ll spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei. This will include a visit to the famous dune 45. You will return to Sesriem for lunch and to escape the heat of the afternoon.
Later in the evening you’ll take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon. Your dinner and overnight will be at Sesriem Campsite.
Day 7: Sesriem – Windhoek
This is the last day of your Southern Namibia budget safari. The journey begins after breakfast. You will go over the mountains. This drive takes you along scenic roads, back to Windhoek.
You’ll travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hoch-land Range. The journey goes through beautiful mountain passes. You are due back into Windhoek city at around 16:00. Drop off will be at your budget hotel in Windhoek.
End of 7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari
7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari Cost
Included in the 7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari Cost
- Transport in a custom built safari vehicle (no air-conditioning)
- Accommodation and camping as per itinerary
- National park & site entry fees
- Activities including: nature drive at Bagatelle & visit to Quiver Tree Forest & Giants Playground & tour of Kolmanskop & excursion into Sossusvlei
- Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast L=lunch D=dinner)
- Services of an English speaking guide & camp assistant
- Pick up/drop off within Windhoek city limits
Not Included in 7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari
- Drinks snacks
- Sleeping bag
- Optional activities
What to Carry on 7 Day Northern Namibia Tour Safari
- light and heavy clothing
- sun glasses
- Sun screen
- comfortable hiking shoes