Namibia | Desert and Bush Adventure

This 15 day adventure follows a circular route, starting and ending in Windhoek covering the wide open spaces, red sand dunes and unique fauna and flora found in this dry landscape. This is classic Namibia from the desert heat of Sossusvlei to the coastal town of Swakopmund sandwiched between the desert and the Atlantic ocean.  From the bald peaks of Spitzkoppe and the ancient rock engravings of Twyfelfontein (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to the crashing waterfalls of Epupa and the mysterious Desert Elephants - this tour is as diverse as it gets. 

 

tour duration 15 Days
from €4,550
next trip 13 Jul 2022
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And from the Kaokoland area of the Kunene region the tour turns towards the gateway of northern Namibia and Ovamboland - Etosha National Park, Namibia's foremost wildlife sanctuary and our home for the next three nights.  This impressive park is also home to a wide variety of animals - lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, springbok, two kinds of zebra, eland and many more.  The avian residents of the park make up an eclectic mix of some 340 species that range from hundreds of thousands of flamingos during the rainy season to a colourful mix of raptors, rollers, vultures and babblers. From the smallest wetland species to the heaviest flying bird - Etosha is a nature lovers dream.

From Etosha we head to the small village of Grashoek for one night, our destination - the Living Museum of the Ju/Hoansi, an authentic open-air museum highlighting traditional Ju/Hoansi-San (Bushmen) culture before travelling to Okonjima, halfway between Etosha and Windhoek.  The Cheetah Conservation Farm at Okonjima is dedicated to the protection and long term conservation of all large carnivores in Namibia and our day here is a fitting tribute bringing our adventure to a close before heading out of the bush and back to Windhoek. 

 

 

Included

All camp fees
All meals, cutlery and crockery
All park entrance fees
Camping Days, 3 meals a day
Camping sites with toilets and showers
Coffee & Tea – all day every day whilst in camp
Guide and Bush Chef
Rental vehicle with tent, bedding, fridge & chairs
Transfers to and from Airport

Excluded

International flights
Optional activities on route
Own Drinks
Your own border visas
Your own drinks and in-between snacks (we will stop and shop in town)
Your own medical emergency and evacuation insurance cover
Your own medicine and items of a personal nature

Tour Dates

13 Jul 2022 - 27 Jul 2022 - €4,550.00

Day 1: Arrival

Following arrival at Windhoek International Airport, our team welcomes everyone and we collect our vehicles, and our home away from home for the next 15 days.

After our vehicle debrief, we travel in convoy to Windhoek, a short drive through the Namibian countryside to our overnight accommodation. Your first impression of this former German city is one of incredible neatness where the roads are clean and litter free.  German architecture abounds and after check in, we head to Joe's Beer House for dinner and some of the best beer in Africa.  Your Tour Leader will elablorate on the program and the route for the next few days outlining convoy etiquette and radio use.

Day 2 & 3: Sossusvlei

After an early breakfast we make our way out of the city and into the desert heading towards one of Namibia's most spectacular landmarks - Sossusvlei.

Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is characterized by the large red dunes that surround it while the Sossusvlei (dead-end marsh) is a large, white, salt and clay pan. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters. For photographic enthusiasts in the group the morning and evening light is spectacular and great for photo oppportunities.

We have an early start the next morning to make the most of the beautiful sunrise on one of the dunes in the Desert where our crew will prepare our morning meal before we make our way to the famous Sossusvlei. Our camp sites for the next two nights are on the edge of the Desert with full ablution facilties.

Day 4 & 5: Swakopmund

Driving west, we leave the Desert and head to popular Swakopmund on the west coast of Namibia where we spend two nights.  This laid back town has charm by the bucketload, oceanfront promenades, historical sites and is a renowned and well established adventure destination.

Over the next two days you will have the opportunity fill your day with adrenaline-pumping fun from sandboarding down the huge dunes just outside of town, quad biking in the desert or sky diving. There are also great family-friendly activites that our tour leader is able to arrange. There is no shortage of things to do in Swakopmund.

Our accommodation for the next two nights is within walking distance from town.

Day 5 & 6: Brandberg & Messum Crater

After a leisurely breakfast, we leave Swakopmund and head for the Brandberg region via the Cape Fur Seal colony at Seal Point - enjoying a picnic lunch en route.

After lunch "on the hop", our route takes us via the desolte and mesmerizing Messum crater, northeast of Cape Cross in the Dorob National Park. The Crater, a wide flat basin boasts breathtaking views and valuable archaeological sites.  Interesting phenomena along this route: Huge fields of lichen that rather than plants are organisms that represent an important part of augmenting the ecosystem of the Namib Desert.  There are also some excellent specimens of the famous desert plant, Welwitschia mirabilis as well as many other fascinating desert plants.

We reach Brandberg in the late afternoon.

The Brandberg is a spiritual site of great significance to the San tribes, with more than 1000 rock shelters and over 45 000 rock paintings.  Today we take a 40 minute guided walk to the White Lady of Brandberg. The hike is over rough terrain and ancient watercourses and immerses us in some very interesting flora many of which are almost alien in appearance, like the grotesque but beautiful aloes and euphorbias.

Day 7 & 8: Twyfelfontein

Today we leave the uninhabited and wild Brandberg Mountain and head further north to Twyfelfontein, a designated national monument and UNESCO World Heritage site known for its ancient rock engravings and paintings from the Late Stone Age that date back over 6 000 years.  It is a place of outstanding universal importance with records of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities over the last two millennia.

Our route from Brandberg will test our 4x4 driving skills as it takes us into the Ugab River, a very rocky section of the Doros Crater and up the Goantagab river. From here we will follow a 2-spoor road until we reached another natural phenominon, the so-called Organ Pipes, close to Burnt Mountain. The fascinating straight lines and geometrical shapes are a source of intrigue not only for geologists but also for photographers and just a short walk from here is Burnt Mountain, a national monument. The name for this becomes apparent in the early mornings and late evenings when rays of sunlight give the impression of setting the mountain on fire.  

We get back to camp where the crew has prepared another great meal for all our intrepid adventurers.

The next day we explore the Huab River Valley, possibly one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Namibia. It is also an opportunity to see the rare desert adapted elephant.

Day 9: Etosha

After Breakfast we will make our way to Outjo where we refuel and stock up on provisions.  Our route takes us via the Petrified Forest situated on an old river channel - an accumulation of enormous fossilized tree trunks washed down in ancient times when of the many Ice Ages ended, on the Gondwanan continent. The trees, all cone bearing trees such as pine trees are estimated to be over 260 million years old!

And on to Etosha! Our home for the next three days and home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species like the black rhino.  In the late afternoon, we leave camp to test our game viewing skills either at one of Etosha's many waterholes or on a drive around the edge of the pan.

Back in camp we spend the remainder of the evening observing the nocturnal activities at the floodlit waterhole in our camp.

Day 10: Etosha

Early to rise, and we wake up to another hearty breakfast as the sun rises over Etosha. We can either spend the morning waiting for the action to come to us, whilst we park comfortably in the shade at a waterhole, or drive around the park’s excellent road system, to test our game viewing skills.

The birdlife in Etosha is excellent and the summer rains entice flocks of flamingos and countless other birdlife. Another striking aspect of the park is the varied vegetation which nourishes countless herds of zebra, wildebeest and elephant while also providing refuge for the endangered Black Rhino, Black-faced Impala and Tsessebe. Four of the big five are present with only buffalo absent.

Back in camp, and after enjoying another of our chef’s culinary surprises, the floodlit waterholes provide another rare opportunity for some night time wildlife-viewing

Day 11: Etosha

With Etosha being so vast, wildlife viewing is outstanding especially in the Dry season (May to October) when animals tend to congregate around the waterholes. Elephants are abundant. Big herds of blue wildebeest, zebra, springbok and gemsbok are often seen drinking together; black rhinos are also commonly seen after dark as are the big catsBy now you know which part of the park is your favourite and today everyone does their own gameviewing.

Our last night in Etosha we enjoy a sociable evening around the campfire reliving the exciting events of the day and the "night owls" can pay a visit to the floodlit waterhole one last time.

Day 12: Grashoek

Today we leave Etosha driving towards the Living Museum of the Ju'Hoasani in the small Village Grashoek. The Living Museum is a highlight of Tourism in Namibia as well as a good example for a sustainable development of the Bushmen Community and provides an interactive open-air San experience. The Ju'Hoasani people demonstrate and describe everything with great dedication while the guide provides and English translation. 

After our experience of trying to shoot an arrow or tring to sing an original Ju'Hoasani song - we head to our Bushcamp, camping wild with no water and no electricity just the atmosphere of the African bush in the Kalahari Desert

Day 13: Waterberg

Heading south towards Windhoek, we have one more stopover, this time at The Cheetah Conservation Fund, an organization fighting for the survival of the cheetah in its natural habitat.

Here, close to close to Otjiwarongo and the Waterberg, this renowned Centre provides fascinating insights into the life of the fastest land mammal on earth. Overlooking the Waterberg Plateau, we will get to learn a lot how we are able to contribute towards these cats having a future while surviving in their natural habitat. 

Day 14: Windhoek

We will leave the beauty of the Waterberg Game Reserve and make our way back to Windhoek stopping en route at a local craft market outside the city to buy some last souvenirs of Namibia.

After check in at our Lodge, we enjoy our last dinner together as a group!

Day 15: Home

It's been an epic adventure from the red sands of Sossus to the lush vegetation of the Waterberg and everything inbetween - after breakfast we say a fond farewell to this friendly city and head for Windhoek International Airport and the trip back home.