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Canyons And Deserts Safari
Discover Namibia’s 4 deserts in the south of the country, the undulating dunes of the Kalahari, the rocky plains and majestic Fish River Canyon of the Nama Karoo, and the star dunes and vleis of the Namib.
Day One: Windhoek – Kalahari Desert
Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the enormous sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert. 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”. With its deep red dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it’s still home to a surprisingly large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, on an optional nature drive.
Overnight at Intu Afrika Collection – Light lunch, dinner, and nature drive in the Kalahari
Day Two: Fish River Canyon
We continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains. Visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest you are welcomed by quirky human-made sculptures of scrap metal which set a contrast to this serene, timeless space with Quiver trees and aloes nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders. With the boulders stacked mysteriously, the area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”. We continue to our lodge, situated close to the Fish River Canyon. Explore the area on foot or an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape and impressive sweeping rock formations.
Overnight at Canyon Lodge – Breakfast, light lunch, and dinner
Day Three & Four: 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 the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160km long and up to 27km wide. We continue to Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery, where we make a short stop to enjoy an optional tasting of their unique liquors or a delicious cup of coffee.
Afterwards, we head towards the coastal town of Lüderitz stopping en route at Garub, viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert. The following morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town, which 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. On our return to town, we visit Diaz Point. We stop at a small café to take in the views before arriving back in Lüderitz where we explore this small, historic town.
Overnight at Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast, light lunch, and dinner
Day Five & Six: Lüderitz – Namib Desert
After an early breakfast, we travel across vast open plains, stopping for an optional light lunch in the countryside town of Helmeringhausen before continuing further north along with the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. Our lodge is situated close to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest dunes on earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.
The following morning we enter the Namib Naukluft National Park shortly after sunrise. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei. Afterwards, you are rewarded with an unforgettable desert breakfast amidst the ancient camelthorn trees and endless dunes as a backdrop. After this thrilling experience, we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert before returning to our lodge. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge – Desert breakfast, light lunch, and dinner
Day Seven: Namib Desert – Swakopmund
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, 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. 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.
Overnight at Strand Hotel – Breakfast and light lunch
Day Eight: Exploring 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 while 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. 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 personality by the vibrant use of color and the bohemian lifestyle.
Overnight at Strand Hotel – Breakfast and marine cruise
Day Nine: Departure
After breakfast, a transfer takes us back to Windhoek to our hotel or the international airport for your return flight.
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