Sightseeing Safaris & Tours in Southern Africa

9 Day Namibia Deserts & Canyons Tour

On our Namibia Deserts & Canyons tour from the Kalahari to the Namib Desert, we take you on a fascinating tour of Namibia's most treasured landscapes and German influenced heritage.

Visit the Kalahari desert, known by the Bushman simply as the "Soul of the World", marvel at endless canyons & vistas in the south of Namibia, visit old ghost towns in Luderitz, capture astounding landscapes in the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei and explore the German influenced coastal town of Swakopmund to name a few. Each day on our Namibia Deserts & Canyons Tour is filled with exciting experiences to take any enthusiastic traveler's breath away!

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Enjoy a nature drive through the Kalahari Desert and learn how wildlife has adapted in this desert environment
  • Visit the unique quiver tree forest nestled among huge dolerite boulders
  • Gaze into the Fish River Canyon, second only to the Grand Canyon
  • Travel to the Succulent Karoo, the most specie diverse desert on Earth
  • Take a trip down to the Kolmanskop ghost town & other attractions in the area
  • Early morning excursion into Sossusvlei
  • View the most beautiful sunrise, painting the dunes with deep reds, apricot & purple
  • Oryx's can be spotted wandering the reserve
  • Short drive & walking excursion into the Dead Vlei
  • Visit the gaping Sesriem Canyon
  • Visit the shallow lagoon near the Atlantic Ocean, a feeding ground for thousands of African Flamingos
  • Leisure time in Swakopmund to partake in some of the many activities on offer

TOUR DEPARTS WINDHOEK AT 08H00
RETURNS TO WINDHOEK MID DAY

The vast size of Namibia is predominantly connected and accessible through gravel roads, which make traveling a fascinating yet time consuming aspect of your journey. The vehicles on this tour are specially designed and custom built to mechanically suit these demanding road conditions, both in their configuration as well as their sturdy construction. This adds to the comfort while on safari. Vehicles are fitted with airflow-cooling systems, sliding windows and/or pop-up roof and an audio/microphone system enhancing guests’ safari enjoyment.

Summary

Most Meals Included

9 Days
Small Bus Tour

Namibia

Day 1 - Kalahari Desert
Leaving Windhoek, we travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many therefor “thirstland” is a more fitting description. 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”, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is still home to a surprising large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the red dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment on an optional nature drive (On the Superior version this nature drive is included).
Classic: Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge
Superior: Intu Africa Zebra Lodge – Dinner & Nature Drive in the Kalahari

Day 2 - Fish River Canyon
We continue south through arid and extensive rocky plains. Visiting the unique Garas quiver tree forest you are welcomed by quirky man-made sculptures of scrap metal which set a contrast to this serene, timeless space with Quiver trees and aloes nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked in a mysterious way, the area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”. We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here we can explore the area on foot or on an optional guided nature drive in the later afternoon highlighting the Quiver trees, rugged landscape and impressive sweeping rock formations.
Classic: Canyon Village - Breakfast
Superior: Canyon Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Luderitz
Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. We continue our journey past the Naute dam, where we shortly stop at the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery, to optionally taste some of the unique liquors or simply enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. Proceeding onwards we head towards the coastal town of Lüderitz. On the way to Lüderitz we stop at Garub, viewing point for the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.
Classic: Nest Hotel - Breakfast
Superior:  Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Luderitz
Our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop 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, offering visitor’s unique photo motives into a bygone era. On our return to town, we visit Diaz Point with its Padrao on a cliff overlooking the harsh Atlantic Ocean commemorating the initial Portuguese explorers and explore the forlorn coast. Arriving back in Lüderitz we explore this small, historic town. 
Classic: Nest Hotel - Breakfast
Superior: Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Namib Desert
After an early breakfast we travel across wide open plains north along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. We are located in close proximity to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.
Classic: The Elegant Desert Lodge - Breakfast
Superior: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Namib Desert
The morning demands an early start. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park with sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.
Classic: The Elegant Desert Lodge - Breakfast
Superior: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - 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. Here it is worthwhile to enjoy a cup of coffee with the delightful apple-pie written about in so many travel books 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. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breath-taking picture when they appear in groups. 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. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African rhythms, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colourful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is pure fun.
Classic: Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel - Breakfast
Superior: Strand Hotel – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - 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 whilst 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. Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. 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 own personality by the vibrant use of colour and the bohemian lifestyle.
Classic: Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel - Breakfast
Superior: Strand Hotel – Breakfast, Dinner & Marine Cruise

Day 9 - End of tour
After breakfast we return to Windhoek to your hotel or to the international airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Rates quoted per person sharing

9 Day Namibia Deserts & Canyons

IN ZAR 01 Nov -
30 Jun '19
01 Jul -
31 Oct '19
Classic Version
(max 20 clients per vehicle)
R26,880
per person sharing
R28,800
per person sharing
Superior Version
(max 6 clients per vehicle)
R49,920
per person sharing
R45,200
per person sharing
Single supplements applicable to single travelers
TOURS DEPART ON SATURDAYS
 
Departure dates
January 2019 5,19
February 2019 9,23
March 2019 9,23
April 2019 6,20
May 2019 4,18
June 2019 1,15,29
July 2019 13,27
August 2019 3,10,17,24,31
September 2019 7,14,21,28
October 2019 5,12,19,26
 

Included:

  • Transport by air-conditioned Minibus or Coach
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 8 Dinners (on Superior Version only)
  • Entrance Fees to Fish River Canyon; Namib Naukluft National Park
  • Portages
  • Still Mineral Water on Bus
  • Activities as specified
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
  • 24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Drinks
  • Personal insurances
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Excursions / Activities not specified
  • Visas
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.
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