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Rates from USD 520.51

Starts from: Windhoek

Visited countries: Namibia

Visited areas: Fish River CanyonNamib NaukluftSwakopmund

Itinerary type: Camping

Transport: Self drive

Itinerary map
Day Transfers & visits Meal plan** Overnight Cat.*
1 Meet and Greet     B B Windhoek: Londiningi Guest House 3Star
2 Etosha Central Afternoon Game Drive(n)     B   Etosha: Okaukuejo Rest Camp - Campsite 1Star
3 4x4 Game Drive Half Day(n)     B   Etosha: Okaukuejo Rest Camp - Campsite 1Star
4 Petrified Forest(n)     B   Twyfelfontein: Madisa Camp 3Star
5 Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site(n) • Spitzkoppe Conservancy(n)     B   Spitzkoppe: Spitzkoppe Rest Camp - Campsite
6 Cape Cross Seal Reserve(n) • Swakopmund Orientation(n)     B B Swakopmund: Organic Square Guesthouse 3Star
7 Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Mirabilis(n) • Kuiseb Canyon(n) • Namib-Naukluft Introduction(n)     B   Namib-Naukluft: Sesriem Camp - Campsite 1Star
8 Sossusvlei and Deadvlei(n) • Dune Elim (Sesriem)(n)     B   Namib-Naukluft: Sesriem Camp - Campsite 1Star
9 Scenic Route D707(n) • Koiimasis Fest Inn (Helmeringhausen)(n)     B   Helmeringhausen: Ranch Koiimasis - Campsite
10 Namib desert wild horses(n) • Crossing of Rosh Pinah:Aus-Ais Ais(n)     B   Fish River Canyon: Hobas Campsite 1Star
11 Fish River Canyon(n)     B   Fish River Canyon: Hobas Campsite 1Star
12 Kokerboom Forest National Monument Site(n) • Kalahari Visit(n)     B   Mariental: Bagatelle Kalahari Main Lodge - Campsite 1Star
13 Khomashochland(n) • End of our services        
(n)Suggestions not included in our rates.
*The category shown is not necessarily the official star grading of the hotel as some hotels have no grading. It reflects our opinion on the hotel category according to local standards.
**Included meals: L Lunch, D Dinner, B Accommodation, B Breakfast. Followed by (o) when the meal is optional.

Your Itinerary

Day Transfers & visits
1 Meet and Greet
2 Etosha Central Afternoon Game Drive(n)
3 4x4 Game Drive Half Day(n)
4 Petrified Forest(n)
5 Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site(n) • Spitzkoppe Conservancy(n)
6 Cape Cross Seal Reserve(n) • Swakopmund Orientation(n)
7 Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Mirabilis(n) • Kuiseb Canyon(n) • Namib-Naukluft Introduction(n)
8 Sossusvlei and Deadvlei(n) • Dune Elim (Sesriem)(n)
9 Scenic Route D707(n) • Koiimasis Fest Inn (Helmeringhausen)(n)
10 Namib desert wild horses(n) • Crossing of Rosh Pinah:Aus-Ais Ais(n)
11 Fish River Canyon(n)
12 Kokerboom Forest National Monument Site(n) • Kalahari Visit(n)
13 Khomashochland(n) • End of our services
(n)Suggestions not included in our rates.
**Included meals: L Lunch, D Dinner, B Accommodation, B Breakfast. Followed by (o) when the meal is optional.

Overnight

Day Overnight Cat.*
1 Windhoek: Londiningi Guest House 3Star
2 Etosha: Okaukuejo Rest Camp - Campsite 1Star
3 Etosha: Okaukuejo Rest Camp - Campsite 1Star
4 Twyfelfontein: Madisa Camp 3Star
5 Spitzkoppe: Spitzkoppe Rest Camp - Campsite
6 Swakopmund: Organic Square Guesthouse 3Star
7 Namib-Naukluft: Sesriem Camp - Campsite 1Star
8 Namib-Naukluft: Sesriem Camp - Campsite 1Star
9 Helmeringhausen: Ranch Koiimasis - Campsite
10 Fish River Canyon: Hobas Campsite 1Star
11 Fish River Canyon: Hobas Campsite 1Star
12 Mariental: Bagatelle Kalahari Main Lodge - Campsite 1Star
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*The category shown is not necessarily the official star grading of the hotel as some hotels have no grading. It reflects our opinion on the hotel category according to local standards.
D1: Windhoek
Meet and Greet
 -Be met at Windhoek Airport by one of our experienced guides, who will explain your itinerary and give you valuable advice, as well as information to make your trip run smoothly and be utterly unforgettable. Our guide will answer any questions you may have, hand over all the travel documents that you may need such as maps and vouchers, and escort you to your designated transportation.
12:09-Pick up your vehicle BRITZ(NA) Super Cover DCE : 7-20 Days at Windhoek - Drop Off Windhoek (Day 13 14:09) - 13 days (Optional rates: BRITZ DCE for 4 pax- DBL CAB) Special conditions
12:09-Pick up your vehicle BRITZ(NA) Super Cover SE : 7-20 Days at Windhoek - Drop Off Windhoek (Day 13 14:09) - 13 days (Optional rates: BRITZ SCE for 2 pax -SGL CAB) Special conditions
 -Overnight: Londiningi Guest House (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D2: Windhoek - Etosha
Etosha Central Afternoon Game Drive(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Seize the last rays of the day on an afternoon safari in the Etosha National Park. As the sun starts making its descent towards the shimmering horizon, the animals converge upon the waterholes to quench their thirst. The central/southwestern sector of the park offers the best chances of seeing the endangered black rhino and lions attracted by the herds of zebra and wildebeest. The waterholes also draw a large number of elephant, particularly at the aptly named 'Olifantsbad', or 'elephants' bath'. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Camp site: Okaukuejo Rest Camp - Campsite (Camp site)
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D3: Etosha
4x4 Game Drive Half Day(n)
 -Fulfil your African dreams with a half day Etosha National Park 4x4 game drive. Despite its arid, unusual setting, Etosha is renowned as one of the best game reserves in Africa. Enter the Von Lindequist Gate at sunrise and visit the numerous waterholes bordering the Etosha Pan, fed by springs and artesian fountains where you may encounter many species of animals such as black-faced impala, eland, giraffe, gemsbok, elephant, black rhino and lion. Covering almost a quarter of the park, Etosha Pan is the largest salt pan in Africa, supporting very little life except during the rainy season when up to 1-million flamingos converge on the pan. The smaller Fischer's Pan - named after the park's first game warden - also attracts thousands of flamingos and other waterbirds when the rains arrive. Stop at one of the rest camps for refreshments and observe the waterholes they overlook which in turn quench the thirst of the animals that they attract. Namutoni has a Beau Geste charm and the historic fortress was once the northernmost German outpost and is now a national monument. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Camp site: Okaukuejo Rest Camp - Campsite (Camp site)
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D4: Etosha - Twyfelfontein
Petrified Forest(n)
 -Travel to Khorixas
 -Touch trees of stone with a visit to the Petrified Forest, a remarkable site of fossilised tree trunks dating back to the paleontological era. Geological research has revealed that these trees belong to the pine family, and were washed down the continent in a massive flood to their current site, buried beneath hundreds of metres of sediment. Over millions of years, the pressure caused the organic material to be replaced by silica and completely transformed the trees into stone. The effects of erosion have exposed these tree relics, including two trees measuring up to 45 metres. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Twyfelfontein
 -Overnight at the Camp: Madisa Camp (Camp site - Bed Only)
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D5: Twyfelfontein - Spitzkoppe
Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site(n) • Spitzkoppe Conservancy(n)
 -Read the pictures that paint a thousand words at the site of Twyvelfontein in the heart of Damaraland. With over 2 500 rock engravings dating back 6 000 years to the hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age, as well as numerous Khoikhoi rock painting sites estimated to be 2 000 years old, Twyfelfontein has one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa, and was declared Namibia's first World Heritage Site in 2007. The ancient engravings and paintings depict the lives of lost communities and the animals with whom they shared the landscape. Twyfelfontein is translated to 'doubtful spring' in Afrikaans, referring to the /Ui-//aes spring that that lies within the valley along the slopes of the sandstone plateau. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Spitzkoppe
 -Take on the challenge of the Spitzkoppe, Namibia's most well-known mountain owing to its beautiful rock formations. Located between Usakos and Swakopmund, this pointed granite mountain - the legacy of a collapsed volcano - rises from the middle of the Namib Desert to a height of 1 728 m. The Spitzkoppe is popular with campers and hikers, as well as mountain climbers as the sheer granite cliffs present a very challenging climb. At sunrise and sunset, the mountain is at its most beautiful, the burnished shades contrasting with the bright blue sky. This site is also renowned for ancient San rock paintings. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Camp site: Spitzkoppe Rest Camp - Campsite (Camp site)
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D6: Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund
Cape Cross Seal Reserve(n) • Swakopmund Orientation(n)
 -Travel to Cape Cross
 -Watch as seals frolic on the shores of the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. Located approximately 60 km north of the coastal city of Henties Bay on the Skeleton Coast, this reserve holds the largest breeding colony of the Cape fur seals in the world. Cape Cross is also where Portuguese explorer Diego Câo erected a stone pillar and cross to establish his claim on the territory in 1486. The original cross was removed in 1893 and taken to Berlin after the German possession of the land, and a replica made of Namibian dolomite was erected in its place. The reserve is open daily from 10am to 7pm. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Swakopmund
 -Soak up the salty sea breeze on an orientation tour of Swakopmund. A popular seaside resort providing visitors respite from the heat of the desert, the town is a quirky mix of German architecture, stemming from its origins as a harbour town for German South West Africa, and the African love for adrenalin. To this day, the town's main inhabitants and visitors are German-speaking, preserving European heritage at the edge of the Namib Desert. The harbour activities were moved to Walvis Bay in 1915 but tourism continues to thrive as visitors come to see the incongruous Baltic Sea architecture among palm tree-lined streets, and participate in the plethora of outdoor activities on offer. The most iconic remnant of the German colonial era in Swakopmund is the ornate Victorian Hohenzollern building, dominated by a figure of Atlas holding the world upon his shoulders. Other prominent examples of German architecture dating from the early 1900s include the Prinzessin Rupprecht Rezidenz (originally a military hospital and now a hotel), the Woermannhaus (1905), the youth hostel, the Lutheran Church on Post Street (1911), the court, the railway station which is also now a hotel (1901), the buildings on Sam Nujoma Avenue (previously Kaiser Wilhelm Strasse), the Arnold Shad Promenade, and the metal pier which was built in 1915, and recently rescued from dereliction. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Organic Square Guesthouse (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D7: Swakopmund - Namib-Naukluft
Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Mirabilis(n) • Kuiseb Canyon(n) • Namib-Naukluft Introduction(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Namib-Naukluft
 -Walk on the moon Namibian-style at the Namib Moon Landscape, a name given to a part of the valley of the Swakop River near Swakopmund. The lunar-type landscape, eroded by thousands of years of wind and rain, is awe-inspiring. The river that flows from time to time at the bottom of the valley brings a short-lived period of fertility to the region and the water allows some plants to survive in this hostile environment. Man tried to cultivate parts of this valley for agriculture at the beginning of the previous century, with little success due to the harshness of the environment. Discover the Welwitschia mirabilis, a botanical curiosity that is found almost exclusively in areas of fog of the Namib Desert. Some specimens are older than 1500 years. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Capture hypnotic scenic images at the Kuiseb Canyon. The ephemeral Kuiseb River has carved an impressive nine kilometre long canyon which can be seen from the C14 road close to the town of Solitaire. This river is the dividing line between the endless rocky plains of the north and the sand dunes that end near the Orange River. After the rainy season in the summer, the Kuiseb River mostly dries up but some water remains at the canyon. Klipspringer, leopard, hyena, jackal and springbok can sometimes be spotted. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Prepare to be mesmerised as you explore the enormous Namib-Naukluft National Park. The park covers an area of just under 50 000 km2, and is the largest nature conservation area in Namibia, and the fourth largest in the world. This is a vast, remote area encompassing dramatic landscapes, from an impressive mountain massif to desert plains and high dunes, to deep gorges and an estuarine lagoon. The Naukluft area is situated north-west of Maltahöhe on the road to the coastal town of Swakopmund at the edge of the Namib Desert. Amid the semi-desert landscape and mountainous escarpment, mountain zebra and other species of game can be found. Sesriem, the main entrance gate to the park, lies west of the Naukluft mountains, where the Tsauchab River disappears dramatically down a steep gorge at a huge, dried-up pan, called Sossusvlei. Here, the towering dunes, reaching up to 300 m high - among the tallest dunes in the world - extend as far as the eye can see, and their multi-coloured hues vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. Sandwich Harbour, 42 km south of the port of Walvis Bay, is a large, reed-lined marine lagoon home to many coastal and freshwater birds and only accessibly by 4x4 vehicles. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Camp site: Sesriem Camp - Campsite (Camp site)
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D8: Namib-Naukluft
Sossusvlei and Deadvlei(n) • Dune Elim (Sesriem)(n)
 -Spend a full day in the desert to see Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Drive to the entrance of the national park at Sesriem. From the entrance, continue along a paved road for 50 kilometres and be mesmerised by the transition between the magnificent landscapes of the Naukluft mountains and those of the dunes. If you’re up to the challenge, you can climb Dune 45, the real star of the show, and probably the most photographed dune of all. Arriving at the car park signalling the end of the asphalt road, you can continue your way on the sand for 5 km provided you have a 4x4, or take the shuttle to the car parks serving the sites of Deadvlei and Sossusvlei. A few hundred metres’ walk in the dunes from the parking of the site you will discover Deadvlei, a clay bowl sheltering a dry, cracked lake. The contrast between the blackened trees, the white of the lake, the ochre of the dunes and the deep-blue sky is dazzling. Finally, discover the incredible site of Sossusvlei. All the splendour of the Namib is concentrated here. From the top of one of the dunes, a breathtaking sea of sand awaits you, filled with giant dunes, the highest in the world, some reaching 300 metres in height. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Visit the Elim dunes which are located just 1.5 km from the campsite Sesriem, it is an ideal stage when you arrive late afternoon (especially if you spend the night at the campsite). From the top of the dune, the panoramic view is dazzling: a belt of red dunes to the west and a vast pastel-colored plain crossed by an imposing mountain range to the east. From Sesriem, you can walk there to relax your legs and forget the hours of car, the song of the geckos will accompany you; look in the ground, you will see small burrows where they take refuge at the approach of the visitors. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Camp site: Sesriem Camp - Campsite (Camp site)
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D9: Namib-Naukluft
Scenic Route D707(n) • Koiimasis Fest Inn (Helmeringhausen)(n)
 -Drive along the Route D707 and through an unusual type of paradise. Rough, undulating and dusty, the stillness and lack of development along this ‘dream road’ is part of its appeal as it winds its way through endless desert landscape for 123 kilometres. Your chances of passing another vehicle are slim, and you may come across the occasional springbok or oryx grazing on scrubby grass, while chickens dig in the dusty gravel, looking for something to eat. It is, however, the panoramic scenery that makes this route so unique with a desert landscape all around and an endless blue sky above. The myriad colours in the Namib never cease to amaze as azure sky melts into the red and brown hues of the mountains, while patches of distant vegetation cast green, lavender and pink streaks across the ground. The beauty of endless space and pure nature epitomises the dazzling allure of Namibia and no visit is complete without experiencing this quiet, stark magnificence. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Visit the place where people meet at Koiimasis Fest Inn Fels Farm. With a name derived from the Khoi San language, this lodge embodies the wild freedom and ancestral soul of Namibia’s past where visitors can step into an ancient and stunning landscape. Surrounded by giant red boulders and remarkable quiver trees, the lodge evokes a feeling of infinite freedom, with star-filled nights blanketing the land in quiet, surreal peace. There are varied activities on offer at Koiimasis with 4x4 drives setting off into the stark yet exquisite landscape, and guided horseback rides taking you on an adventure across unique terrain. The adjacent Tiras Mountains lie at the edge of the Namib Desert and hold rich evidence of the San people and their history, while those interested in astronomy can appreciate some of the best clear sky star gazing in the world. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Camp site: Ranch Koiimasis - Campsite (Camp site - Bed Only)
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D10: Namib-Naukluft - Fish River Canyon
Namib desert wild horses(n) • Crossing of Rosh Pinah:Aus-Ais Ais(n)
 -Encounter the ephemeral Namib Desert Horses, the only wild desert-dwelling horses in Africa, and possibly the world. These horses are the subject of many discussions and studies as to their origin and incredible resistance to the extreme conditions of the desert. They are found to the west of the town of Aus on the road to Lüderitz, and in the valley of the Koichab River. Today the Namib feral horses are highly protected by the Namibian Directorate of Nature Conservation. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Fish River Canyon
 -Leaving Aus, lovers of pristine nature and unique desert landscapes will have the opportunity to join and take one of the most beautiful tracks in Namibia. This track, the C13, sinks into the wild territories of Richtersveld and Aus-Rosh Pinah junction runs through an incredible desert universe. Virgin mountain landscapes, strange flowers, breathtaking views of the Orange River, bathing in the waters of this mythical river, crossing the Fish River at its mouth, are unforgettable moments before reaching the spa of Ais Ais (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Camp site: Hobas Campsite (Camp site)
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D11: Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon(n)
 -Sense the magnitude of nature's forces with a visit to the Fish River Canyon. Located in the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park at the lower reaches of the Fish River - Namibia's longest river - the Fish River Canyon is said to be the world's second largest canyon after America's Grand Canyon. Formed 650-million years ago as a result of tectonic shifts, the canyon spans a depth of 600 metres, a length of 80 kilometres and a width of approximately 20 kilometres. The sight of the massive ravine against a stark desert backdrop is one of the highlights of southern Namibia. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Camp site: Hobas Campsite (Camp site)
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D12: Fish River Canyon - Mariental
Kokerboom Forest National Monument Site(n) • Kalahari Visit(n)
 -Travel to Keetmanshoop
 -Transcend time with a visit to the Kokerboom Forest south of Keetmanshoop, proclaimed a national monument in 1955 due to its exceptional concentration of quiver trees. Belonging to the aloe family, the quiver tree (aloe dichotoma) is endemic to Namibia and is certainly one of the country's most outlandish plant specimens. Once the branches of this aloe are dry, the fibrous inner contents are removed and the hollow bark is used as a quiver for arrows by the indigenous people. Some specimens can reach a height of 9 metres and the trees in this natural forest are between two and three hundred years old. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Mariental
 -Be blown away by the haunting beauty of the Kalahari Desert. Extending over an area of 500,000 km², the Kalahari covers most of Botswana - where it is known as the Kgalagadi - some areas of South Africa, and south-eastern Namibia. Contrary to what the notion of 'desert' might suggest, the Kalahari has a semi-arid climate and receives an average annual rainfall of 100 mm (as opposed to a maximum of 25 mm for a true desert). The rains enable a multitude of life to flourish across the red sands that transform into grassy plains at times of higher rainfall, and numerous species of mammals and birds inhabit the Kalahari, as do the San Bushmen, southern Africa's oldest human inhabitants. The solitary expanses evoke a sense of isolation, yet its lunar landscapes, varied fauna and flora and ancient tribes make the Kalahari an enriching experience. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Camp site: Bagatelle Kalahari Main Lodge - Campsite (Camp site - Bed Only)
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D13: Mariental - Windhoek
Khomashochland(n)
 -Travel to Windhoek
 -Travel through Namibia’s bounty of nature at Khomas Hochland. This area forms part of Namibia’s central plateau and is an integral part of the Great Escarpment that cuts the country in two. It covers a region of approximately 180 kilometres and reaches an altitude of 2 000 metres before dropping by a sheer 1 000 metres to the west. The scenery here is strikingly beautiful and the area is well stocked with plains game such as oryx, kudu, zebra and waterbuck as well as baboon and warthog. Two seasonal rivers, the Aretaragas and Otjisevas, tear through the rocks, creating impressive gorges and a water paradise for many varieties of birds that can also be viewed in abundance at the river dams. Bird diversity in the landscape is high and includes many of Namibia's endemic bird species such as Rüppell's parrot, Monteiro's hornbill, rockrunner and white-tailed shrike. (Suggestion not included in rates)
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