Namibia Safari Tour
Namibia Safari Tour is a 14 Day Southern and Northern Namibia Tour Safari that takes you to Etosha national Park for wildlife, Sossusvlei to hike sand dunes and Swakopmund.
Detailed 14 Day Namibia Safari Tour - North and Southern Namibia Safari
Day 1 - Windhoek - Kalahari Desert
Meet and greet will be upon morning arrival at the Airport. You can also start this Namibia tour from Windhoek hotel. Pick up for the 14 Day Namibia Safari Tour starts between 09:00 hrs and 09:30 hrs.
Our Namibia safari rep will brief you on the 14 Day Namibia safari tour. You will embark on this Namibia journey heading south on the main highway. This will take you through the strip of Kalahari that protrudes onto the eastern side of Namibia.
You will be stopping at small towns along the way. They include Rehoboth which is the traditional home of the Baster people. Proceed 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 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 different. They are often as beautiful, but greener and less stark. This vegetation comes its ability to support more flora and fauna than a true desert.
Late this afternoon we hop onto an open vehicle for a late afternoon sunset drive. Overnight on this 14 day Namibia safari tour will be camping under the African sky.
Day 2: Kalahari – Fish River Canyon area (500 km) (BLD) (camping)
Your 14 Day Namibia safari tour gets an early morning departure. You will be heading to the town of Mariental and south to Keetmanshoop. Just outside the town you have the opportunity of visiting the Mesosaurus Fossil Site.
You 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). They are so called because the branches fork “dictomously”.
These weird looking plants dot the landscape in this part of the world. They are quite common within the area, but they are one of the world’s rarest flora species.
Day 3: Fish River area – Luderitz (430 km) (BL) (Accommodation)
The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is quite breath taking.
The towering rock faces and deep ravines were formed by water erosion. This led to the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth’s crust over 500 million years ago. Today the canyon measures 160 km long up to 27 km wide and almost 550m at its deepest.
It is fair to say that when you arrive at the canyon though, its exact location is a bit of a mystery. This is as the 500m vertical drop from the flat dry plateau is completely out of view.
Early morning your 14 day Namibia safari tour head to the main view point. From here you can see how impressive this canyon actually is. This is an ideal opportunity for photography. You will spend some time experiencing this amazing sight.
Viewing from the top you can see the river sparkling in the sunlight far below us. Just imagine how many millennia it took for the forces of erosion to carve such a magnificent vista.
Later your Namibia safari tour get to pack up camp and move on to the next destination. This will be the coastal town of Lüderitz. Here its colonial-style buildings cling to the rocks overlooking the bay. On some days there is a deep iridescent blue. While on others it is grey and stormy with the crisp fresh climate.
Watch the fishing boats bobbing up and down on the Atlantic horizon. Look out as penguins and seals dive beneath the waves. This give the town a curious other-worldly allure.
You Namibia safari tour will arrive at our guest house during the late afternoon. Dinner will be at client’s own expense tonight.
Day 4: Luderitz – Aus (125 km) (BLD) (camping)
Your 14 day Namibia safari tour has time to join an optional extra excursion. This is a marine trip where you take a cruise around Luderitz bay. If weather permits proceed to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins.
It is important to note that the boat cruise is subject to availability. If undertaken, will be for the client’s own risk and expense.
It is time time to explore Luderitz Town with its traditional German architecture. Later your Namibia safari tour takes a drive out to Diaz Point to see the bird life. You may have a few seals and the stone cross replica. The original was erected by the Portuguese mariner Bartholomew Diaz.
Straight after the marine trip you will drive out to Kolmanskop. This is a desert ghost town about 20 km out of Luderitz. Its construction was in the 1920’s during the diamond rush. But it 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. This gives it an eerie feeling and real meaning to the word “ghost”.
Tonight, you will spend the evening of your Namibia safari tour at Klein Aus Vista. This is a private reserve located in the Aus Mountain Range, (Huib-Hoch-Plateau region).
The road goes through the “forbidden Zone”. It is so named because in years gone by there were alluvial diamonds found in Namibia. They were scattered across the desert. You will have time to enjoy sunset over the mountains.
Day 5: Aus – Sesriem (340 km) (BLD) (camping)
Your Namibia safari tour turns north today. You once again will head deep into the ancient southern Namib. You will travel 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. The Namibia safari tour takes time rounded “koppies” arid terrain. This includes outcrops of tortured rock.
You will traverse this bleak yet beautiful landscape as the terrain begins to change. Cross some open grass savannah and farmlands. This is before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.
You expect to arrive at your camp during the late afternoon. Take time to watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.
Day 6: Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Sesriem (120 km) (BLD) (camping)
Your 14 day Namibia safari tour starts with an early breakfast. A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert.
You will head to Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes. Drive 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.
Enjoy the with soft sunlight as it begins to play over the dunes. This creates a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert.
You will see ancient mineral pans and stunted camel thorn trees. There is a chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect.
You'll spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei also visiting dune 45. 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.
Day 7: Sesriem – Windhoek (350 km) (BL) (accommodated)
Start your day on the Namibia safari tour with breakfast. You will then begin the journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek.
You will go over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland Range. This is through beautiful mountain passes on our way back to civilization.
We are due back into the city in the late afternoon or early evening. Check into your Windhoek Hotel for overnight.
Day 8: Windhoek – Okonjima/Africat (300 km) (LD) (camping)
the second leg of the Namibia safari tour begins with breakfast. This is before pick up between 08:30 and 09:00.
Your Namibia safari tour travels north, stopping at small towns along the way. They include Okahandja, where we have time to visit Namibia’s largest wood carving market. The market is operated on a local co-operative basis. It is one of the best places to shop for true Namibian souvenirs.
Continuing north, passing through farmland. You should expect to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon. This allows for time to set up camp and to relax in the shade for a while. Later head out on to the property to take part in the afternoon’s activity.
Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation. This is a specialist conservation. The centre operations are on the African Big Cats, particularly cheetah.
This afternoon you will go on a tour of the center. During this, you will be able to meet, close-up-and-personal, some of the cheetah. These are those that are going through the Africat rehabilitation programme.
Most of the animals currently living here have been rescued from various desperate situations. Some are orphans while others were caught in a trap. The aim of the rehabilitation process is to attempt to re-introduce them into the wild.
After the educational tour we will return to our camp and prepare for dinner under the African stars.
Day 9: Okonjima/Africat – Namutoni / East Etosha region (300 km) (BLD) (camping)
An early start marks this day on the 14 Day Namibia safari tour. You will continue north passing through some small towns. you will be making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel.
Continuing on to East Etosha, Namutoni region camp. You will arrive in time for lunch. This allows you time to relax before heading into the park. This is later in the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive.
Day 10: East Etosha region – Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (BLD) (camping)
Your Namibia safari tour will be full day’s game driving. You willleave early to enjoy the cool morning air. You will enjoy game drive as you find your way through Etosha to Halali camp, situated in the middle of the park.
Along the way make visit t several waterholes. Here you will enjoy splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing is quite excellent. You have the chance to tick off a few new species that are not normally seen on the Namutoni side of the park.
You will stop at Halali for a rest and a relaxed lunch. There is time to visit the Halali waterhole and to make use of the swimming pool and bar facilities. This is before continuing on your way and game driving down to Okaukuejo.
This is Etosha’s main rest camp and resort where we will check in and set up camp. The site was a German fort built in 1901. Okaukuejo now houses the Etosha Ecological Institute. It founded in 1974 and the round watchtower is a remnant of the fort.
After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha’s big game. This will be at a floodlit waterhole, situated on the boundary of your camp. You can reach easy within a minute or two on foot.
The waterhole is one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa”. It is the ideal venue to witness peculiar animal politics. here there are Black rhino, Africa’s tallest elephants and lion. many other species of antelope are regular visitors during the cool, dry season.
Day 11: Okaukuejo – Grootberg area (310km) (BLD) (camping)
Today your Namibia safari tour leaves Etosha National Park. You begin the journey south with a short drive to the small town of Kamanjab.
Within this area you have the opportunity of visiting a Himba Village. This is the only functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region. These tribes-people have migrated here with lifestyle and customs intact. They still follow their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm. The exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location.
You will learn about marriage customs and traditional food. Be curious to ask about the mysteries of the “Holy Fire” religion.
From here it is a short drive on to The Hoada Community Campsite. This is among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. To add an eco-friendly touch, the hot water system works together with the barbecue area. So, whilst your meal is being prepared, your water will be warmed up for your shower!
Day 12: Grootberg area – Twyfelfontein (190 km) (BLD) (camping)
Today your Namibia safari tour head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia. The destination of the day will be the beautiful Damaraland.
You will drive west via the Grootberg Pass. Take a detour to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. At this location we will have a local guide to conduct us on a short-guided tour before we set up camp for the night.
Day 13: Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (420 km) (BL) (accommodation)
From here your Namibia safari tour head deeper into the desert. You will go past Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg, (2573 m). Enjoy more of the beautiful Damaraland scenery.
You will make a stop in the small town of Uis, an old mining town. It is one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones, for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc are at bargain prices.
From hereturn west and cross the gravel plains on our way to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. You will meet the ocean at HentiesBay. You first head north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Cape Cross. At certain times of the year as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals congregate.
The next destination is Swakopmund, following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia’s premier seaside town. We aim to arrive in the late afternoon giving us time to explore the town on foot before sunset.
Tonight, we take the chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants. The seafood in Swakopmund is superb. Your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required. Dinner is for the client’s own account.
Day 14: Swakopmund – Windhoek (BL) (350 km)
This is the final day of your 14 day Namibia safari tour. The drive back to Windhoek today will take about 4 and a half hours. You will leave around lunch-time allowing time to spend the morning relaxing in Swakopmund.
Swakopmund has many superb shops, a good stretch of beach. It is important to note that the Atlantic here is quite cold. The town also boasts of an open-air curio market. There is also a good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium in Swakopmund.
There are various optional activities that can be arranged. These include aeroplane and microlight flights over the desert. You can enjoy scenic drives, fishing trips (both from the beach or in a boat. Take a four-wheel motorcycle (quad bike) trips into the desert. You can also have this over the sand dunes around Swakopmund.
You may go sand boarding trips (also in the dunes), skydiving or surfing. There is also bird-watching and many other activities are available.
You will have all the possible options with you before you reach Swakopmund. and will offer to make bookings in advance of your arrival.
This is the last leg of your Namibia safari tour. After lunch you will enjoy a transfer you back to the capital city. Here you will upon arrival have a drop off at your accommodation in the late afternoon.
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