Scheduled Tour | 7 nights / 8 days |
Day 1: Namib Desert
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Windhoek between 07h30 and 08h30. Departing from Windhoek, we will be crossing the spectacular Spreetshoogte Pass on our way to the gates of Sossusvlei. Here we will make a short stop at the outlook points and enjoy the breath taking view of the Namib Desert. Upon arrival at our accommodation you can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the view of the surrounding areas.
Days 2: Namib Naukluft Park and Sossusvlei
Today we will visit the Sossusvlei. On the way you can see the first rays of sunshine paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, provoke your senses, and award you the opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on camera. You can climb some of the breath taking dunes to adore the sea of sand from above.
The Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at a height of 325 metres, the highest in the world. Only after a heavy rainfall, which is a rare event in this area, does the vlei fill with water. As the clay layers hardly allow any water infiltration, a turquoise lake will remain for quite some time. The Dead Pan is a large ghostly expanse of dried white Clay, punctuated by Skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees, about 600 years old. The dunes of the Namib Desert have developed over a period of many millions of years. It is thought that the vast quantities of sand were deposited into the Atlantic Ocean by the Orange River. This material was subsequently moved northwards by the Benguela current to be dumped back onto the land by the surf. The coastal dunes developed as a result of this and were shifted further and further inland by the wind. Wind continuously reshapes the patterns of the huge dunes of the Namib Desert.
The last 5 km are only negotiable with 4×4 vehicles. Should you not have one, there are 4×4 Shuttles available if you don’t want to hike there.
Day 3: Swakopmund
After breakfast we will drive via Ghaub Pass and Walvis Bay to Swakopmund. We will arrive in Swakopmund in the afternoon and check in at the accommodation. You will have some time to relax before we depart on foot for our city tour. This will give us the opportunity to take some amazing pictures of both nature and architecture. Before heading back to the accommodation we will go to one of the restaurants to enjoy some delicious seafood or another meal on the menu.
Swakopmund was of major importance as a harbour during the German colonial era even though the water at the coast is actually too shallow and the bay is unprotected. But Lüderitz was too far away and the seaport of Walvis Bay was in British possession in those days.
On 4 August 1892 the crew of a gunboat named Hyena erected two beacons on a large dune, probably in the vicinity of the present lighthouse. This is regarded as the founding date of Swakopmund. The first settlers were 120 Schutztruppe with equipment and 40 settlers who offloaded from the Marie Woermann using four landing boats. The settlers had to build caves on the beach to protect themselves against hostile weather.
Before a breakwater was built in 1898, which later became known as the Mole, all offloading was done with special boats The 325 metre long wooden jetty was only completed in 1905 and it was in 1914 replaced by a more solid iron construction. Swakopmund became the gate to South-West Africa and the entire supply for the colony was wound up through this little town. The narrow-rail train to Windhoek started operations in 1902 while at the same time, the station was built. It was completely restored some years ago and has become an entertainment centre, a casino and a luxury hotel. It is one of the best preserved examples of German colonial architecture in the world.
The appearance of the town, with its 47 500 inhabitants, is characterised by numerous colonial buildings with the Woermann House from 1905 as its landmark. The former trading house in Bismarck Street with its 25 metre high Tower and its courtyard bordered by arcades today houses the city library and an art gallery. Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort with a slightly nostalgic atmosphere, many tourist attractions and a pleasant climate in summer.
Day 4: Swakopmund and surrounding area
Today you have the opportunity to explore Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and the surrounding area on your own or your guide can take you to one of the many beaches around Swakopmund or alternatively, we suggest the following activities (at own expense):
- Quad Biking in the dunes
- Sand Boarding in the dunes or simply testing your endurance by climbing the Dune 7
- Dolphin & Seal Boat Cruise in Walvis which can be combined with a tour to the beautiful Sandwich Harbour
- A 4 – 5 hour tour through the desert, searching for the “Little Five” and other small animals that have adapted to the harsh weather conditions of the desert.
- Sundowner flights along the coast line
Activities can be pre-booked. Prices on request!
Days 5 & 6: Etosha National Park
Via Outjo we will continue to one of the highlights of our tour. These two days are dedicated to exploring the National Park and game viewing. Covering over 8,000 square miles, the park encompasses a vast salt pan 80 miles long. These conditions make the game viewing in Etosha so very special and exclusive. Salt, dust, thorns, and heat may make Etosha seem a forbidding place to human intruders. But mammal and bird species call it home by the hundreds. Elephants and giraffes roam the land, and the rare black rhinoceros puts in an occasional appearance. Both Burchell’s and Hartmann’s zebras graze the park. Antelope number in the tens of thousands: springboks, gemsboks, red hartebeests, blue wildebeests, elands and kudus. The cats slinking through the grass are difficult to spot, but be assured prides of lions and a few cheetahs and leopards are stalking their prey.
Etosha National Park
Etosha was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907 and covers an area of more than 22 000 km². At a stage it covered a vast area of 93 240 km² and was the largest game reserve in the world. For various political reasons, the park was progressively diminished in size until by 1975 it had been reduced to its current size. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bushland in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. Today the pan is a shallow depression and has an approximate size of 5000 km².
Of the 114 mammals species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as the black Rhino and cheetah. Etosha’s current population of +- 600 Black Rhinos represents one of the few growing populations in the world. The National Park has three Rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni. These all have restaurants, stores and swimming pools.
Day 7: Windhoek
Leaving the Etosha National Park behind us we drive back to Windhoek. On our way back to Windhoek we will stop over at the Okavango Woodcarvers Markets to have a look at the handmade souvenirs and maybe also spot a few Hereros in their traditional clothing. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 8: Depart
After a leisurely breakfast your guide will take you to the Hosea Kutako International Airport in time for your flight back home or onwards flight. The tour ends here.
Vehicle: 4×4 Double Cab / Minibus
Minimum participants: 2 / Maximum participants: 6
Please note: This tour is also bookable for closed groups from 4 guests onwards on any date.
Windhoek – Namib Desert & Sossusvlei – Etosha National Park – Swakopmund
Departs once a week
PRICE ON REQUEST
Prices are nett and include VAT.
- 03 x overnight including breakfast
- 04 x overnight including 3 meals
- English speaking tourguide
- Tour vehicle and fuel
Entrance fees included:
- Sossusvlei & Sesriem Canyon
- Etosha National Park
- Additional meals, activities or entrance fees & permits
- Personal expenses (phone calls, drinks, tips etc.)
- Travel Insurance
- International flights