23 Day Cross Namibia

Dates

Code Start End
CD 1 15 Jul 2018 06 Aug 2018
CD 2 12 Aug 2018 03 Sep 2018
CD 3 09 Sep 2018 01 Oct 2018

Client involvement

The degree of satisfaction and enjoyment you feel at the end of each day and the end of the trip will depend on you and your capacity to enjoy yourself. This capacity, combined with an active and enquiring mind and a willingness to participate, is essential for all our tours. DSC_4988 If you wish to be pampered and amused with minimal effort on your part, then our tours are not for you. Participation is essential on all trips and everyone is expected to help with chores to ensure the smooth running of the tour. A degree of flexibility is also essential because of the nature of the parameters in which we have to operate.

Overview

Namibia is a vast country dominated by the Namib Desert, an extensive inland plateau and stunning geological mountain ranges. From the lush, northern Caprivi Strip and the wildlife of Etosha National Park to the vast and unforgettable Namib Desert and the desolate Skeleton Coast; the destination has something to offer everyone.

Highlights

  • Waterberg Plateau
  • Etosha National Park
  • Epupa Falls
  • Porus
  • Sesfontein
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Swakopmund
  • Petrified Forest
  • Kaokoland
  • Kunene River
  • Himba people
  • Brandberg
  • Hoarusib River
  • Hoanib River Valley

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kalahari Aunob Lodge, Camping. Km300,+/-4Hours

Leaving Windhoek today going to the Kalahari and camping at Kalahari Aunob Lodge. We’ll be doing shopping today for the next 3days or so. The red dunes of the Kalahari are in strong contrast to the white calcareous rocks of the valley formed by the Auob river. In an area of 8000 ha around the lodge, various antelope, giraffe, smaller mammals and many bird species can be seen. The plants in this area are well adapted to the harsh conditions of the Kalahari. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at the swimming pool or discover the surrounding area on foot, or on a sun downer drive (own expense). A bar is at your disposal. We stay 1 night here before leaving for Fish River Canyon the next morning. (L,D)

Day 2- 3: Fish River Canyon, Camping. (Km400, +/-5Hours)

Today we’re going more south towards Fish River Canyon. The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is reputedly the second largest canyon in the world (the larges being the Grand Canyon). There is a lot of debate as to whether or not this is indeed the second largest canyon in the world, most of the arguments seem to hinge on how one actually measures the 'size' of a canyon. Regardless of its ranking in the world of big canyons the Fish River is absolutely magnificent and breath-taking in its immensity. The Fish River Canyon probably formed about 500 million years ago. However was not only created by water erosion, but through the collapse of the valley bottom due to movements in the earth's crust. On the way to the canyon we’ll be stopping over at the quiver tree forest. We’ll be spending 2 nights at the next camp just outside the park, where we’ll be spending a day at the canyon. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - 5: Luderitz Kolmanskop, (KM280 +/-3.5HOURS.)

In this vast land, 200km or a three-hour drive is short. Drive north to Luderitz via Aus, which is a private reserve on the tip of the Namib-Naukluft Park and a beautiful corner of the Namib Desert. Stop in Rosh Pinah for a comfort stop and traverse the Huib-Hoch Plateau. Hike into the mountains for a sundowner drink; look for the wild horses and discover the living desert; full day trip to Lüderitz, which includes Kolmanskop ghost town, Diaz Point, and a tour of the German architecture in the town. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - 7: Dessert Farm (Km220,+/-3Hours)

Awake to desert vistas that extend further than the eye can see. The dessert farm is nestled against a towering rock outcrop within a protected wilderness that has been conserved and restored and onto which game has been protected with the proceeds of tourism. During our stay here, we will conduct extensive guided walks or game drives both during the day and at night in order to better understand the desert fauna and flora. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. Camping (350 Km, +/-5Hours)

Drive for 2 hours on gravel roads northwards through the Namib Desert to Sossusvlei. The scenery is harsh, dramatic and old. Ancient geological formations and vast plains mark you way with foreboding dominance. Arrive in the afternoon in time for a sun downer on Elim Dune on the edge of the great sand sea; (B,L,D) DSC_4979

Day 9: Ganab, wild camping. (Km250+/-3.5Hours)

Leaving after an early breakfast we go into the dunes to see the sunrise over the Sossusvlei dunes. We will then be spending about 2 hours in the dunes before heading off to a wild camp within the Naukluf Park. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - 11: Swakopmund, BB (Km170+/-2.5Hours)

Leaving Ganab today we will be heading for Swakopmund where we will be spending two nights. We’ll be going to Swakopmund via the welwitchia planes and the moon landscape Namibia's premier seaside town greets us with palm-lined streets and seaside promenades as we arrive just in time to see why it attracts surfers, anglers and beach lovers from all over Southern Africa. For dinner, your guide will point you to the best on offer locally – a range of restaurants to choose from. Namibia’s adrenalin capital, Swakopmund offers a wide range of gut-curdling activities – from skydiving to sand boarding, from quad biking to camel riding. The sky’s (literally) the limit in this town when it comes to exploration. Take an airplane or micro light flight over the desert or go on a scenic drive or, go fishing – reeling ‘em in from the beach or on a boat. It’s not hard to see why Swakopmund is Namibia’s most popular holiday destination. (B, D) One night and lunch own expense.

Day 12: Spitzkoppe, Wild camping. (Km180+/-2.5Hours)

The next stretch of our travels sees us turn directly north towards the icy Atlantic Ocean and the provocatively named Skeleton Coast. As we drive we see the Spitzkoppe rising an impressive 1,728-meters above the surrounding gravel plains. We head for the sharp-headed mountains where we will ‘wild’ camp surrounded by nothing but breathtaking vistas – for as far as the eye can see. Look out for places where trees grow defiantly from thin cracks in the rock faces, bearing testament to the ability of life forms to adapt and survive in this harsh and strange world. FYI: Wild camping is ‘roughing it’ – you don’t have running water or power, and everything we need we have to take with us in our vehicles. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - 14: Twyfelfontein, Xaragu camping (250km+/-3.5Hours)

Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia. Driving north to the small town of Uis, we take a detour via the Petrified Forest geological site to see the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontien. Learn something new as local guides give you the inside story on the region’s history and geology, before we head deeper into the desert – to Namibia's highest mountain, The Brandberg. Spending the night sleeping under the shadow of this giant 2,573-meter high granite monolith revered as an ancient Bushman spiritual site, is bound to leave a lasting impression. (B,L,D) DSC_5006

Day 15: Kaokoland, wild camp. (Km250+/-3.5Hours)

Leaving Twyfelfontein after breakfast we then go up into Kaokoland witch is home to the Owahimba tribe of Namibia. We’ll do one night wild camp before going all the way up to the Kunene River. We’ll be on the lookout for dessert elephant in this area. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - 17: Epupa Falls, Omarunga Camp (450km,Camping. +/-8 Hour)

Set right on the riverside, Epupa Falls camp in Kaokoland, offers you a rare opportunity to kick back and relax with the kind of soundtrack that only a setting like this can provide. Read a good book and sip on an ice-cold drink while the African sun warming your shoulders, or grab your binoculars and spy on rare birds building their nests in the treetops. Only a few minutes’ walk from the camp, the Kunene River tumbles through the Epupa falls – it’s poetry in motion, a blend of power and poise, cutting through this inhospitable region that the nomadic Himba people have lived in for decades. One of the days we can go and visit the Himba people and learn more about this nomadic people. (B,L,D)

Day 18: Kunene River Lodge, camping. (Km140+/-2.5Hours)

After a leisure breakfast we’ll still be next to the Kunene river and will spend one more night on the bank of the river before we go to Etosha. (B,L) Dinner own expense.

Day 19-21: Etosha National Park, Namutoni (250km, Camping. +/-4 Hour)

Today we enter the Etosha National Park in search of the big game. We take you on extensive game drives with the highlight being a night visit to a watering hole. We watch the animals moving in silent parade down to the water where they quench their thirst. We’ll be spending 3 nights in the park doing game drives and looking for big game within the park. (B,L,D)

Day 22: Waterberg Plateau Game Park , camping. (Km250+/-3.5Hours)

We travel north to Waterberg Plateau Game Park, east of the Otjiwarongo in Namibia. The ‘Waterberg’ (meaning water-mountain) plateau is 200 meters high and 20 km wide and has been the Herero people’s habitat for centuries. A scenic forest walk reveals the beauty of the area, a haven for wildlife as well as fauna and flora that will have avid photographers snapping away. We also take a moment to commemorate the loss of 40,000 Herero people during a battle with German soldiers in 1904 in this region. Here we will go on a nice little hike up to the plateau and the spend the last night in the bush before heading of two Windhoek the next day. (B,L,D)

Day 23: Windhoek, BB. (Km250+/-3Hours)

Today we put down the tents for the last time before going back to Windhoek where we started the adventure. (B,L,D) Dinner included.

All included

All accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), Lodges all transfers, game drives and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a professional guide, entry and activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized safari vehicles.

Not included

Restaurant meals, visa, tips, curios, optional excursions beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping safaris and flights.