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Duration
9 Days
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US$ 2,333

Travel from Windhoek to Swakopmund visiting the Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon and the Southern Namib Desert. See nature that has survived in these conditions for thousands of years.


Discover the breathtaking contrasts of Namibia on this 9 day journey that takes you from the Kalahari Desert, to Fish River Canyon and beyond.

One of the world’s largest deserts, the Kalahari is nonetheless an environment thriving with life including meerkat, giraffes, brown hyenas and even lions, specially adapted to living in this ‘Soul of the World’.

Fish River winds through Africa’s largest canyon, marked by spectacular geological formations and the unique Quiver Tree Forest. Go on to historic Aus, a village built by German prisoners in the First World War. Just west of here, you’ll visit Lüderitz, a coastal town known for its architecture and wildlife including seals, flamingos, penguins and ostriches.

Sossusvlei is a section of the Namib Desert marked by towering red dunes surrounding a salt and clay pan. For most visitors, this is Namibia’s star attraction. The area’s surreal landscapes and dazzling colours offer an Africa like no other. You’ll visit nearby Sesriem Canyon, a 35 metre deep gauge eroded into the desert floor.

Nestled at the southern end of the Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund is a wetland area blessed with one of the continent’s most incredible sights, as hundreds of thousands of flamingoes descend on Walvis Bay’s lagoon to feed. Enjoy a day at leisure in Swakopmund with the option of a marine cruise, desert tour, scenic flight, quad biking and much more.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,333

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Day 1

Kalahari Desert

Leaving Windhoek, 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, therefore ''thirstland'' is a 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 dunes, wildlife and plants, in this desert environment.

Duration1 Night
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Intu Afrika Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

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    Intu Afrika Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge



    Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is set in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, here you are literally are surrounded by pure nature and red dunes. All twelve rooms are small cottages scattered in the landscape, forming a little village feel. The view of your room is ...

    Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is set in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, here you are literally are surrounded by pure nature and red dunes. All twelve rooms are small cottages scattered in the landscape, forming a little village feel. The view of your room is unbelievable, when you wake up, the first thing you will see, is one of the red sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert. The Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is set in a secluded valley, between two red sand dunes and hidden amongst ancient camelthorn trees.

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    • Pool (s)
    • Pool (s)

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Day 2

Fish River Canyon

Continue South through expansive rocky plains, visiting the unique Quiver tree forest. Nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked in a mysterious way, the area is also aptly referred to as ''Giant's Playground''. Continue to your lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. Here you can optionally explore the area on foot or on a guided nature drive in the late afternoon.

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Duration1 Night
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Canyon Village

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    Canyon Village



    The Canyon Village sits picturesquely at the foot of a sweeping rock face in Gondwana Canyon Park. There is a thatched restaurant, coffee shop and a rustic bar, all set between massive granite boulders. Namibian artists have decorated the walls of the restaurant, and the ...

    The Canyon Village sits picturesquely at the foot of a sweeping rock face in Gondwana Canyon Park. There is a thatched restaurant, coffee shop and a rustic bar, all set between massive granite boulders. Namibian artists have decorated the walls of the restaurant, and the rural atmosphere is continued in the chalets, depicting the daily life of the original inhabitants of the area, the Bondelswart Nama. Alternatively, guests are welcome to enjoy a break at the pool. It has magnificent views of the endless plains of Gondwana Canyon Park. The lodge consists of 40 Cape-Dutch style chalets. They are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms, a fan and mosquito nets. Take in the superb scenery in this haunting, arid landscape on an unguided morning hike, Canyon and scenic drive, horse-riding trek, or a guided sunset walk. Canyon Village is an ideal base and offers easy access to explore the wonders of Namibia's Fish River Canyon.

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    • Horseback Riding
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Luderitz

This morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon, where you can gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and it is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long and 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. Continue your journey past the Naute dam towards Luderitz. On the way to Luderitz, stop at Garub were you might encounter the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.

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Duration2 Nights
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Luderitz Nest Hotel

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    Luderitz Nest Hotel



    Situated in the picturesque seaside town of Luderitz, the Nest Hotel offers accommodation on a stunning beachfront location. In the Penguin Restaurant, outstanding cuisine and personalized service is provided, followed by sundowners at the Sunset bar. Other facilities are an outdoor pool and children's pool, ...

    Situated in the picturesque seaside town of Luderitz, the Nest Hotel offers accommodation on a stunning beachfront location.
    In the Penguin Restaurant, outstanding cuisine and personalized service is provided, followed by sundowners at the Sunset bar. Other facilities are an outdoor pool and children's pool, business facilities, room service, 24-hour security, sauna with sea-view, and private beach.
    All of the 70 air-conditioned rooms (62 twin bedded rooms and 8 double rooms) are sea-facing and feature en-suite bathrooms with shower or bath, heated towel rails, tea/coffee making facilities, en-suite bathroom, heated towel rails, hairdryer, satellite television, radio and direct dial telephones.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 4

Luderitz

Your morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once a cosmopolitan centre, a town built to last...until the diamonds ran out. Today, Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past. Returning to Luderitz, visit Diaz Point and explore the coastal town of Luderitz.

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Day 5

Namib Desert

After an early breakfast, travel north along the Tiras Mountain range to your lodge in the Namib Desert. Here you are located at 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 pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.

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Duration2 Nights
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The Elegant Desert Lodge

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    The Elegant Desert Lodge



    The fusion of old and new at the Elegant Desert Lodge allows you to indulge in a refreshingly different experience. From the outside it has the typical old lodge look and feel. As for the inside the thoughtful touches and elegant interior give it a ...

    The fusion of old and new at the Elegant Desert Lodge allows you to indulge in a refreshingly different experience. From the outside it has the typical old lodge look and feel. As for the inside the thoughtful touches and elegant interior give it a modern and stylish twist.

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    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • Transfer Service
    • WiFi

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Day 6

Namib Desert

This morning demands an early start. The first rays of sunrise paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, erupting your senses, and awarding you the opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film and clambering some of the breathtaking dunes to adore the sea of sand from above. Later, visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.

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Day 7

Swakopmund

Following breakfast, travel via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Moon Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. In Walvis Bay you will 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 breathtaking picture when they appear in groups counting a few hundred thousand. Having arrived in the coastal town of Swakopmund, the remainder of your day is at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Swakopmund Plaza Hotel

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    Swakopmund Plaza Hotel



    Swakopmund Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre is ideally located in the heart of Swakopmund and surrounded by a number of historic buildings and restaurants. The hotel offers a variety of 6 room types including stylish comfort rooms, suites, family rooms and an unique luxury suite. ...

    Swakopmund Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre is ideally located in the heart of Swakopmund and surrounded by a number of historic buildings and restaurants. The hotel offers a variety of 6 room types including stylish comfort rooms, suites, family rooms and an unique luxury suite. All rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, heating, mini bar, safe, TV, tea & coffee facilities, telephone and free internet.

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    • Bar
    • Breakfast
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant

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Day 8

Swakopmund

Day at leisure. Enjoy optional activities such as a marine cruise, a desert tour, scenic flight or a quad biking experience to name just a few. Alternatively, stroll through the historic streets of the coastal town while shopping, and enjoy excellent confectionaries in the relaxing street cafes.

Optional activities are at own expense.

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Day 9

Swakopmund to Windhoek

After breakfast, travel back to Windhoek for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: 7 Apr; 30 Jun; 8 Sep; 6 Oct.

Note: These are English-only departures. Other multi-lingual departures are available please inquire.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Touring and transfers as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Maximum of 6 (Gold option) or 20 (Bronze option) guests per departure. The tour departs around 8:00am on day one, therefore a pre night is required. It’s suggested to add a post night too.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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6 Oct 2018
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