Kalahari and Southern Deserts Of Namibia
13 days from £1,255* per person Saving you £261 per person*
This itinerary isn’t set in stone. Pick, mix, swap however you like – your trip will be totally tailor made for you.
On arrival at Hosea Kutako Airport you will be met by your driver for the transfer to your guesthouse in Windhoek. Sort out travel documentation for your self-drive holiday ahead of departure the next morning.
After breakfast head south to the Kalahari Desert, a wilderness of harsh, unyielding red sand dunes. Spend two nights in a game ranch nestled between the dunes, where you can see a variety of game such as giraffe, kudu, zebra, oryx, blue wildebeest, and eland.
Choose between a scenic game drive in the surrounding area, or a horse back safari amongst the silence of the desert.
You could spend the afternoon on a walk to a traditional Bushman village. Meet a local family and learn traditional survival techniques such as the medicinal use of desert plants. Observe the making of ostrich and bead jewellery.
Fish River Canyon
Continue your southbound journey as you travel onwards to the largest canyon in Africa, the Fish River Canyon. Incredible hiking trails meander down into the heart of the canyon, affording guests spectacular scenery. The winding river attracts Hartmans zebra, kudu, oryx, springbok and many other smaller wildlife species and endemic birdlife.
Fish River Canyon
Choose between day activities that include a scenic sundowner drive, day canyon drive and day canyon hike.
Leave the Fish River Canyon behind and drive to the small town of Aus. Stay in a small guesthouse in the Aus Mountains for grand vistas of mountain scenery and sweeping desert plains.
Keep an eye out for the wild horses of the Namib that are a symbol of untethered freedom and adventure.
Depart after breakfast on a short drive to the coastal town of Lüderitz. It is famous for its German colonial buildings, including the art nouveau Goerke Haus built into the rock face on Diamond Hill. Walking along the streets you will feel that you have stepped back in time, and into a small German village, with the Bavarian themed churches, bakeries and cafes.
Interesting sights include the Felsenkirche, Goerke Haus, Lüderitz Museum which showcases the town’s diamond rush history, the old Post Office and the Lighthouse.
Either on route to Lüderitz, or departing the next day, visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Once a thriving diamond-mining settlement, it has been reclaimed by the desert. Take a guided tour to hear the stories of the town then explore the dilapidated buildings yourself, particularly the old hospital where there are endless photo opportunities in the long hallways.
Namib Naukluft National Park
After an early breakfast, travel along the Namib Naukluft Park to your next destination. The park is the largest in Africa, and a surprising collection of creatures survives in the hyper-arid region, including snakes, geckos, unusual insects, hyenas, gemsboks and jackals.
Namib Naukluft National Park
On your second day we suggest an early morning self-drive excursion to the dunes at Sossusvlei, and a visit to Sesriem Canyon. These dunes are the tallest in the world, in places rising more than 300 meters above the desert floor.
The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.
Today you travel in a northerly direction, through the spectacular Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons, to the coastal town of Swakopmund.
Discover the eerie landscapes of ‘Moon Valley’, a vista of lunar hills and valleys eroded by the Swakop River. This is an excellent place to see Weltwischias, the extraordinary desert plants endemic to Namibia.
Explore the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund and the harbour town of Walvis Bay, or take part in some of the activities on offer, such as a dolphin cruise, Sandwich Harbour tour, quad biking, sand boarding, fishing, or sky diving.
Attractions in Swakopmund include a transport museum, the National Marine Aquarium, a crystal gallery and spectacular sand dunes near Langstrand south of the Swakop River.
Today you can enjoy a leisurely drive back to Windhoek for your last night in Namibia. Have dinner at Joe’s Beer House, an eclectically decorated restaurant inspired by the adventurous stories and lives of Namibians. Enjoy authentic food and a great atmosphere as you reminisce about your Namibian holiday!
International Flight back
Today you return to Windhoek International Airport for your departure flight. Return your vehicle at the airport.
*Prices are based on private arrangements (not lower priced escorted tours with set dates). Quality three star accommodation is quoted here (unless mentioned otherwise), with breakfast included and other meals where mentioned. Mostly private transfers with an English speaking driver/guide and all activities mentioned, with top guides, are included. Domestic flights and transport all included from Day 1 to end point. Can be tailored to your needs, so prices could be lower for budget arrangements or higher for luxury.
International flight is not included