AT A GLANCE
With our Southern Namibia safari you will explore the spectacular natural beauty and main attractions of this part of Namibia. We will start off in Windhoek and spend a night in the Kalahari savannah near Mariental. We will visit the Canon Park and the Fish River Canyon before heading for Aus, Luderitz, Kolmanskop and of course the famous wild horses of the Namib. We will then travel to one of the natural highlights in Namibia, Sossusvlei before finishing the safari in coastal town of Swakopmund. From here we can continue the safari towards Damaraland and North-western Namibia or a few nights in Etosha National Park.
After meeting you at Windhoek International Airport we will depart for the beautiful Kalahari savannah of southern Namibia. We will drive for about 250km and will arrive at our lodge in time to settle in and enjoy lunch before departing for an afternoon game drive on the private reserve. Animals like springbok, oryx, red hartebeest, black-backed jackal, porcupine, steenbok, ostrich and many more inhabit the acacia and grass savannah that cover the red sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert. This will be the perfect introduction to the beauty of the southern section of Namibia.
Day 2: Quiver Tree Forest and Canon Park
After a relaxing breakfast we will continue southwards and after visiting the Quiver Tree Forest and Giant’s playground near Keetmanshoop we will arrive at our lodge in the Gondwana Canon Park close to the Fish River Canyon. The Quiver Tree (Aloe dichotoma) is a symbol of southern Namibia and several hundred of them can be seen growing together and they live up to a 120 years. After a quick lunch and settling in we will depart for an afternoon sun downer drive within the reserve. Besides looking for game like oryx, springbok, kudu, klipspringer, mountain and Burchell’s zebra that inhabit the park we will also learn about the geology of this fascinating area. Our lodge is situated just 20 km from the Fish River Canyon and horse-back rides in the park can be organised on request.
Day 3: Fish River Canyon
After enjoying a great night’s rest and a big Namibian breakfast we will use the morning to explore the fascinating Fish River Canyon. It is the second biggest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the United States and is one of Namibia’s biggest attractions. After returning to our lodge for lunch and a short break we will do an afternoon game drive in the park or alternatively we can do a morning walk in the park, visit the canyon in the afternoon and have time for a quick walk to watch the sun set with a sun-downer drink in your hand. We will again stay in the same lodge as last night.
Day 4: Sperrgebiet and Aus
We will be up early today and do a very short drive to a higher location to watch the sun rise with a cup of coffee in your hands. Watching an African sunrise is a truly unforgettable experience. We will return to the lodge for breakfast shortly thereafter and after checking out we will continue our safari in a westerly direction towards Aus and Luderitz enjoying the ever changing landscape as we drive. At this point we will be close to the Orange River which forms the border between Namibia and South Africa as well as the restricted diamond area called the Sperrgebiet. Our lodge for the next two nights are situated in the Sperrgebiet Park and within the Aus Mountains offering great views over the surrounding plains. We will enjoy a late afternoon scenic drive within the reserve.
Day 5: Lüderitz, Kolmanskop and the Wild Horses
We will have the full day explore the surrounding attractions which include Lüderitz, Kolmanskop and the Wild Horses of the Namib. Lüderitz is the only other “big” town in the south except for Keetmanshoop. We will visit Diaz cross (erected in 1488 by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Diaz) and also enjoy lunch at one of the seafood restaurants overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Kolmanskop is an old deserted mining ghost town with a fascinating history. It was started when diamonds were discovered 1908 and deserted in 1930 when diamond mining around Kolmanskop ended. On our way back we will definitely visit the Garub water point where we have a great chance of seeing a few of the famous Wild Horses of the Namib. You will also learn more about where they originated from as we make our way back to our lodge.
Day 6: Aus and off to Sossusvlei
We will be up early and after breakfast depart for a half day tour of the surrounding desert landscape. You will learn about the Fauna and Flora as well as the geology and history of the area. We will be a lot further west and closer to the Atlantic Ocean and it is fascinating to see how the landscape and wildlife have changed during the last few days. Alternatively we can organise to do a hiking trail in the beautiful Aus Mountains. After lunch we will depart for Sossusvlei driving through the NamibRand Nature Reserve with its spectacular scenery along the way. We will arrive at our lodge near the entrance gate to Sossusvlei by late afternoon and enjoy a great dinner and early night in preparation for our early start to Sossusvlei tomorrow.
Day 7: Sossusvlei and Swakopmund
After an early breakfast and coffee we will depart for a morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. We will stop at the scenic Dune 45 along the way and spend a couple of hours at both Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Some of the dunes in the area are a few hundred meters high but the view from the top for those that dare is one you will never forget. After lunch we will depart for Swakopmund via the Namib Naukluft National Park. We will spend the night at a guesthouse and have dinner at one of the top restaurants in Swakopmund. Please note that dinner tonight is not included in the package price and is for your own account.
This is where our Southern Namibia Safari ends and we would happily extend and continue northwards and include Damaraland and Etosha. We can also help organise a few extra days in Swakopmund to explore and to do the extra activities.