Combine all the best aspects that Namibia has to offer: This self-drive safari takes you to the deep gorges of the Fish River Canyon, the world’s highest dunes at Sossusvlei, the enchanting coastal town of Swakopmund as well as the south and east side of the Etosha National Park. From here you travel toward the magical Caprivi Region, you experience the cultures, lush green bushes and completely different wildlife in Rundu, Kongola and Katima Mulilo, before ending your trip on the border of Namibia and Botswana.
Arrival at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) Airport. After you have sorted out all the formalities regarding your rental vehicle, drive to the heart of the world’s oldest desert, the Namib. Spend the nights at Desert Hills Glamping Camp, located near Sossusvlei, with an excellent opportunity to explore the Namib.
The camp is located in a secluded spot with scenic views across the vast landscape. Here you can enjoy the peace and beauty of untouched nature.
We can recommend a day trip to Sossusvlei today (not included).
The best time to visit Sossusvlei is in the early morning. The park gates open at dawn and the golden light just after sunrise is perfect. Take along enough drinking water, sunscreen and a hat.
Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light. Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean. However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years.
Close to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei is a clay pan characterized by dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. The pan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. However, the climate changed and the sand dunes encroached on the pan, blocking the river from reaching the area. The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old, however they have not decomposed due to the dry climate. Deadvlei is at least 1km walk from the parking lot so be sure to take drinking water with you.
Sesriem Canyon is located approximately 4.5km from the entrance gate of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The Tsauchab River has shaped the Canyon over millions of years and it is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. The early Afrikaans explorers in the region named the canyon after the fact that they had to use six (“ses”) leather straps (“riem”) tied together to create a rope long enough to lower buckets into the canyon below, in order to fetch water.
Today’s destination is Swakopmund, a resort located between the Atlantic Ocean and Namib Dunes.
Where the desert dunes sweep down to the ocean on Namibia’s western flank, lies the charming seaside village of Swakopmund. Swakopmund, deriving its name from the fact that it lies at the mouth of the Swakop River, is an oasis, neatly nestled between the wild Atlantic Ocean and the world’s most ancient sea of sand, the Namib Desert. With its old world charm, temperate climate and German background, Swakopmund is indeed the tourist mecca of Namibia, offering not only scenic beauty, but all the modern amenities and facilities to cater for tourists, both local and international.
We can recommend a dolphin Cruise with Laramon (or similar) today (not included). Chat to our team about the various options and we will be happy to make reservations for you.
An early start to the day is required for today’s adventure. Drive to the nearby town of Walvis Bay, from where your boat cruise with Laramon Tours departs. You are requested to be at the check-in at the Walvis Bay Waterfront by approx. 08h45.
The scenic drive from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay takes about 45 minutes. Don’t forget to take a hat, sunscreen and a warm jacket along. After 3 exciting hours the catamaran will dock and your guide will return you to the Guesthouse.
Your cruise today departs the Walvis Bay Yacht club at approx. 09h00 and takes you through the harbour, passing moored Russian trawlers en route and on to Pelican Point, where inquisitive seals will swim up to the boats looking for something to eat, all whilst pods of Heaviside and Bottlenose Dolphins swim alongside the boat. For bird lovers, apart from seeing flamingos, cormorants and pelicans, there are common sightings of the White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Black Oystercatcher and even the Jackass Penguin. With a bit of luck you might see a Sunfish (Mola Mola) and the Leatherback Turtles. In season, the larger mammals like the Southern Right Whale and the Humpback Whales may be spotted and occasionally the Killer Whales (Orcas).
To round the trip off you will be spoilt with fresh Walvis Bay oysters, snacks and cold sparkling wine on board as you make your way back to the docking station.
Palmwag Lodge is a paradise located on the Uniab River in north-western Namibia, Damaraland. Nestled in a spectacular landscape with waving palms whispering in the wind, Palmwag Lodge is one of Namibia’s oldest and most popular tourist destinations.
Travel towards the Etosha National Park today. Your accommodation for the next two nights, Etosha Safari Lodge, is situated outside the south entrance of the park.
Explore the Etosha National Park today in your own vehicle; alternatively ask your lodge for possible lodge activities.
Travel through the National Park today, from south to east, on your way to today’s destination: Mushara Bush Camp. Stop at a few of the many waterholes along the way, in search of the famous Big 5.
Drive to Rundu, is the capital of the Kavango-East Region, northern Namibia, on the border with Angola on the banks of the Kavango River about 1000 m above sea level.
You stay over at Hakuksembe River Lodge, perfectly positioned on the southern bank of the Okavango River.
Your journey takes you today to the Namushasha River Lodge, set on the banks of an oxbow lake on the Kwando River. Its elevated position allows to look through a thick canopy of dense Jackalberry and mangosteen trees. The lodge is bounded on all sides by wild game parks.
Zambezi Mubala Lodge, your destination today, is located in the easternmost part of the Zambezi region, on the Namibian Zambezi River, overlooking Zambia.
Guests are taken to the lodge by boat, cruising downriver and entering the enchanted Mubala world. Here, velvet monkeys scamper through the trees, swamp boubous’ melodic banter rings through the air and tree squirrels hop nimbly from branch to branch. The idyllic boat trip gives the guests a first impression of the spectacular water world of the Zambezi and the spacious lodge on its shores.
Sprawled along the banks of the back waters, the Chobe River Camp flawlessly combines the best of this unique inland flood plain – the peace and serenity of gliding through waterways lined with lush aquatic plants and the excitement of searching for big game through endless miles of green grassland.
With no boundary fences between the Chobe reserve and the flood plains in the Caprivi, this area benefits from the great diversity of wildlife found in one of the richest wilderness areas on the African continent.
You spend two nights here.
The richly varied habitats make Camp Chobe the ideal place to combine typical savanna game viewing with leisurely cruises along lagoons and channels, and abundant bird watching. Ask your lodge for the various available activities (not included). Whether you choose to go on a boat cruise or transferring from Namibia to Botswana via Kasane, you are guaranteed an experience of a lifetime.
Travel to Kasane today, where you check in for your outbound flight.
We wish you a safe journey home.
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