18 DAYS NAMIBIAN HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Day 1 Windhoek
On arrival at the Windhoek Airport you will be met by a company representative who will present you with your accommodation vouchers. Continue towards the capital city, Windhoek where the day will be at leisure to recover from your flight.
Your overnight at campsite of Arebush Lodge or accommodation at Pension Moni (or similar) on a Bed and Breakfast basis – depending on which tour booked.
Day 2 & 3 Kalahari
Departure from Windhoek continuing in a southerly direction towards the western Kalahari Basin. Midday arrival at the Anib Lodge. The following two days will be spent conducting nature drive excursions in open safari vehicles and guided hiking trails with your local "San" Bushmen tracker. Here some of the tracking and hunting skills will be explained before visiting a local community. Overnight at campsite of Anib Lodge.
Day 4 Fish River Canyon
Through the southern Karas Region via the small towns of Mariental and Keetmanshoop, one of the oldest established towns in Namibia and the capital of the south. Late afternoon arrival for overnight accommodation at Hobas campsite.
Day 5 Fish River Canyon
Today can be spent conducting an excursion to the Fish River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world and the second largest in Africa. This impressive geological formation had its origins some 1’800 million years ago and has had evidence of human “habitation” for over 50 000 years. Overnight at campsite of Hobas.
Day 6 & 7 Aus
Leaving the Fish River Canyon follow the main route in a westerly direction over the central highland plateau towards the small mountain town of Aus. Aus is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside or even a visit to the coastal town of Luderitz.
Day 8 Namib Naufkluft Park
Departing from Aus continue in a northerly direction following the eastern boundary of the Namib Desert towards the Namib Naukluft Park. Late afternoon arrival at Sesriem. Overnight at Sesriem campsite.
Day 9 Sossusvlei
Conduct an early morning excursion along the path of the ancient Tschaub River into the Namib Sand Sea including a visit to the famed Sossusvlei, Dune 45 and Deadvlei. Many visitors to Namibia say that no part of the desert is more stunning than Sossusvlei, with its monumentally high dunes, the shadows of their sinuous crests continually changing as the day waxes and wanes. Overnight at Sesriem campsite.
Day 10 Swakopmund
Departing from the central Namib Region today’s route continues in a northerly direction along the eastern boundary of the Namib Naukluft Park passing through the small settlement of Solitaire on route to the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons. Late afternoon arrival and overnight in Swakopmund at Alte Brucke campsite.
Day 11 Swakopmund
Today can be spent at leisure to explore Namibia’s premier coastal resort town, Swakopmund. Today this quaint town nestled between desert and ocean is enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended gardens. There is a good selection of restaurants and coffee shops selling traditional German cakes and pastries, while the coastline and the desert respectively offer many options for adventure or relaxation. Overnight at Alte Brucke campsite.
Day 12 Twijfelfontein
Early morning departure from Swakopmund in a northerly direction on route through the National West Coast Recreational Area towards the small fishing town of Henties Bay. An excursion which should be included on route is a visit to the Cape Fur Seal Colony at Cape Cross. Leaving the coast continue in an easterly direction crossing the “gravel plains” towards the abandoned mining town of Uis, and Namibia’s highest Mountain Range, the Brandberg is 2573m at its highest point and renowned for the famous work of bushmen art, “the White Lady”. Late afternoon arrival an overnight accommodation at Aba Huab campsite, near Twyfelfontein.
Twyfelfontein is one of the richest areas of rock engravings and Bushmen paintings in Namibia. Guided walking excursion can be conducted to some of the engraving sites. Interesting geological features in the area include the Burnt Mountain and the dolomite columns known as the “Organ Pipes”.
This camping CANNOT be booked as it is a community run campsite. It is on a first come first serve basis and must be PAID DIRECTLY. NOT included in the quotation.
Day 13 - Day 15 Etosha
Departing from Twyfelfontein continue in an easterly direction towards the Etosha National Park. Optional excursions on route can be conducted to the Petrified Forest, with approximately 50 examples of petrified trees dating back some 260 million years, and to the Vingerklip or “Rock Finger” formation in the Ugab River Valley. This limestone skittle was formed approximately 30 million years ago by water erosion. Afternoon arrival at the Etosha National Park. The following three nights will be spent in each of the parks rest camps respectively i.e. Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni. Overnight at the campsites.
Day 16 Waterberg
Departing from the Etosha Region today’s journey follows the main route south through the country via the towns of Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo. From Otjiwarongo continue south towards the Waterberg Plateau Park. The Park is approximately 40549 ha and was established as a sanctuary for rare and endangered species from around Namibia. Afternoon arrival at the Bernabe de la Bat Rest Camp for overnight at campsite.
Day 17 Windhoek
After an optional extra early morning excursions departure returning to Windhoek via the small towns of Karibib and Okahandja. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure to do any last minute shopping in Windhoek before your departure. Overnight at campsite Arebusch Lodge or alternatively accommodation at Penion Moni on a bed and breakfast basis – depending on which tour is booked.
Day 18 departure
Continue to the Windhoek Airport for your scheduled departure