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Whole of namibia Tour

Safari to the highlights of namibia

The Whole Namibia In One Tour is a 16 day combination of the 7 day Southern Namibian Tour and the 9 day Etosha Park and Namib Coast Tour. This safari will visit all the traditional highlights in Namibia's southern and northern regions. The southern leg includes The Fish River Canyon, Luderitz and the sand-dunes at Sossusvlei, in the Namib Desert. The northern leg visits The Etosha National Park, flanked either side by a trip to the picturesque holiday town of Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast, and the semi-desert region of the mountainous Erongo region. In the south enjoy:

  • Dordabis. With a visit to the oldest Karakul weavery in Namibia.
  • The Kokerboom forest. The quiver tree gets its name from the San practice of hollowing out the tubular branches of Aloe dichotoma to form quivers for their arrows, known as 'Choje' to the indigenous Bushmen People.
  • The Fish River Canyon. The 2nd largest canyon in the world, with the longest interior river in Namibia. Its flow is now just a trickle compared to the immense volume of water that flowed in ages past.
  • Kolmanskop. The ghost town and former mining village, developed after discovery of diamonds and was built like a German town. Now it's just you, lots of sand, abandoned houses, a few plants and the howling winds!
  • Luderitz. The first German settlement in Namibia, named after the merchant Adolf Luderitz from Bremen, who bought this area in 1883.
  • Sossusvlei & Namib Desert. Though they are very harsh, they are a delicate ecosystem with a surprising amount of life living around and underneath the dunes. Keep this in mind when roaming around and driving in the area.
  • Walking down the path to the Sesriem Canyon, where the walls start rising around you.

Northern highlights include:

  • A landscape that varies from rugged mountains and rocky outcrops, to sand-filled valleys and endless vistas of plains.
  • The Welwitschia mirabilis, a plant that lives for more than 1,000 years, endemic to the Namib Desert.
  • A champagne boat cruise, with fresh oysters.
  • The Erongo Mountains - home not only to a vast array of bird life, but also plant, reptile and mammals that are endemic or near endemic to Namibia.
  • The 35m high pillar of sedimentary rock, the Vingerklip, (Finger Rock) one of the most impressive rock formations in Namibia.
  • Etosha National Park, one of the major sanctuaries for wildlife in Africa. The area was proclaimed a game reserve as far back as 1907. The size is 22270km2 and it consists mainly of bush and grass savanna. This type of landscape provides excellent opportunities for game-viewing at the numerous waterholes or in the open countryside.
  • The Hoba Meteorite, thought to have landed less than 80,000 years ago.
  • A wide variety of animals at Wabi Game Lodge including white rhino, leopard, cheetah, brown hyena, water buffalo, roan antelope, sable, waterbuck, nyala, red letschwe, giraffe, zebra and even hippos.
  • Whole of Namibia: Bungalow
  • Whole of Namibia: Erongo Mountains
  • Whole of Namibia: Etosha
  • Whole of Namibia: Etosha Elephant
  • Whole of Namibia: Etosha Giraffe
  • Whole of Namibia: Etosha Impala
  • Whole of Namibia: Etosha Kudu
  • Whole of Namibia: Etosha Moringa Trees
  • Whole of Namibia: Flamingoes
  • Whole of Namibia: Meerkat
  • Whole of Namibia: Oryx
  • Whole of Namibia: Ostrich And Chicks
  • Whole of Namibia: Petrified Forest
  • Whole of Namibia: Spitzkoppe
  • Whole of Namibia: Swakopmund
  • Whole of Namibia: Twyfelfontein Art
  • Whole of Namibia: Twyfelfontien
  • Whole of Namibia: Walvis Flamingoes
  • Whole of Namibia: Etosha_Aoba
  • Whole of Namibia: Frans Indongo
  • Whole of Namibia: Hotel Eberwein
  • Whole of Namibia: Vingerklip Lodge
  • Whole of Namibia: Bungalow
  • Whole of Namibia: Bogenfels
  • Whole of Namibia: Desert Near Aus
  • Whole of Namibia: Dunes
  • Whole of Namibia: First Railway Line
  • Whole of Namibia: Giants Playground1
  • Whole of Namibia: Kalahari Lion
  • Whole of Namibia: Meerkat
  • Whole of Namibia: Naukluft Mountains
  • Whole of Namibia: Naukluft Park
  • Whole of Namibia: Oryx
  • Whole of Namibia: Ostrich And Chicks
  • Whole of Namibia: Spergebiet Wagon
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Day 1: Windhoek - Gochas
Guests will be collected from their Windhoek accommodation at around 07h45 and the tour heads south-easterly via Dordabis and Uhlenhorst. The route continues on via Stampriet and on to Gochas, the tour now well within the Kalahari Desert, with it's characteristic low red dunes dominating the landscape. The day ends with an afternoon nature drive.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Kamelruhe Gust House or Auob Lodge
Day 2: Gochas - Canon Lodge
The day starts with a drive along the Auob River, via Koes and to the Kokerboom Forest (Quivertree Forest) near Keetmanshoop. Before proceeding past the Naute Dam to the Canon Lodge which is situated near to Namibia's famous Fish River Canyon. The lodge itself has been built amongst enormous boulders, designed to blend in with the natural environment.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Ai Ais Restcamp or Canon Lodge
Day 3: Fish River Canyon - Aus
You are now at The Fish River Canyon, an area that has a typical semi-desert climate. It features a gigantic ravine, in places almost 550 meters deep, and is the 3rd most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. From the canyon the drive goes via Seeheim and Aus, passing through a fascinating landscape of bizarre rock formations and endless desert plains. Ostriches are kept near the main area of the Desert Horse Inn, which are a source of enjoyment and interest for younger and older members of the family alike.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation:Desert Horse Inn at Klein Aus Vista
Day 4: Luderitz
A day visit to Luderitz. The much-photographed Namib Feral Horses (once tame, now wild) can often be found in the area around Klein Aus Vista, so look out for them grazing on either side of the road on the way. Also capture the combination of high yellow grass and mountains, a superb photographic opportunity. This small harbour town is perched on rugged black rock, offset by the deep blue waters of the bay, and is surrounded by bays, coves and fjords. During the morning, walk knee deep in sand through the houses of the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop, where diamonds were first discovered in Namibia. After a day's sightseeing in the town, it's back across the Namib Desert plains to Klein Aus Vista.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Desert Horse Inn at Klein Aus Vista
Day 5: Aus - Sesriem Area
From Aus its northwards, through the Neisip Plain and winding your way through the loneliness of the Schwarzrand towards Maltahöhe, passing alongside the impressive Tiras and Nubib Mountain ranges, whilst heading for the overnight stopover. Namib Desert Lodge is nestled between the Nubib and Tsaris mountains, edging ever closer to the red sand sea dunes at Sossusvlei.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Namib Desert Lodge
Day 6: Sossusvlei
An early departure on an excursion to the Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, a large clay pan in the centre to the Namib Desert, set amid huge piles of sand known as star dunes. Sossusvlei is one of the major highlight in Namibia. An afternoon at leisure might be in order, with a choice of 2 swimming pools at the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Namib Desert Lodge
Day 7: Namib Desert Lodge - Windhoek
The last day of the southern leg departs the Namib Desert and drives via Remhootge Pass to Rehoboth, for lunch at the Oanob Dam, an area characterized by stony hills, sandy valleys and mountains. Arrival in Windhoek is scheduled for the late afternoon at the Safari Court Hotel which offers a free hourly shuttle service into the Central Business District (CBD) and Maerua Mall and it's a convenient location for shopping, banking and medical facilities.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Safari Court Hotel
Day 8: Windhoek - Swakopmund
Travel from Windhoek across the rolling hills of the Khomashochland at an altitude of more than 2,000m above sea level, down the Gamsberg Pass into the Namib, the oldest desert in the world. After a short rest (lunch packs), the tour proceeds through the Namib-Naukluft Park, passing the water-holes Ganab and Hotsas where ostrich, springbok, oryx and mountain zebras are frequent visitors. Then it's on to the Welwitschia Plain, to see the Welwitschia plant, a living fossil, only found in the Namib Desert, which occurs here in large numbers. Drive on to the so called 'Moon Valley' - a fascinating rock formation millions of years old and arrival in Swakopmund is about sunset.
Meals: Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Eberwein or Beach Lodge or other Swakopmund accommodation
Day 9: Walvis bay & Swakopmund
After breakfast, depart to Walvis Bay for a boat cruise with champagne, fresh oysters and snacks on board. Return to Swakopmund and in the afternoon, take a city tour and spend the rest of the day at leisure. There are plenty of shops and banking facilities in town, with a good range of restaurants and bars.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Same as day 1
Day 10: Swakopmund - Erongo Region
Departing Swakopmund after breakfast, it's straight on to the tarred road towards the town of Usakos. This drive takes us through a rocky section of the Namib Desert, passed the Spitzkoppe Mountains before proceeding to the beautiful Erongo Mountain area, arriving in time for a late afternoon sundowner drive. Ai-Aiba Lodge is set amongst a massif of granite rock boulders, and the view overlooking the Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, is simply stunning.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Ai Aiba Lodge
Day 11: Erongo - Vingerklip
An early morning start with a 3hr drive in an open vehicle in and around the lodge, to see some of the numerous pre-historic rock-paintings. Afterwards it's northbound through the area of Damaraland to the Ugab Valley, to the overnight stop of Vingerklip Lodge. The lodge nestles in a valley, near the rock formation from which it derives it's name. The area has several walking trails and the short walk from the lodge to the Vingerklip can be a rewarding experience.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Ugab Terrace Lodge or Vingerklip Lodge
Day 12: Vingerklip - Etosha national Park
Today the safari leaves the Damaraland region and heads towards the famous Etosha National Park, arriving around lunch time. There will be a first game-viewing drive in the afternoon. Overnight in double rooms with shower/bath/toilet. Sit around the open campfire in the evening and catch up on all the latest travel gossip and adventures.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Etosha Gateway Lodge/ Toshari Inn, Halali or similar
Day 13: Etosha
Full day game-viewing in the Etosha National Park. The Etosha Pan, which the park is named after, is approximately 6000km2 in size. In the language of the Owambo people, Etosha means 'place of dry water, or 'large white place.' Lunch break in between. There are often large herds of 50 elephant or more, quite often walking down the middle of the road. The search is a little harder to find lion and hyena. Overnight in double rooms with shower/bath/toilet. Jump in the lodge's pool to cool down from the hot, Namibian afternoon sun.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Etosha Gateway Lodge/ Toshari Inn, Halali or similar
Day 14: Etosha - Waterberg Plateau
A full day in the park. The battle of wits continue between predator and prey day and night. At some point on your Etosha safari, especially during the drier winter months, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, black-faced impale, giraffe, eland and kudu will head for a waterhole. As lion have no specific habitat preference, their menu is varied. Leopard have a wider habitat tolerance but hunt by stalking and pouncing often at night, never far from cover. Cheetahs need bush and grass to get within their legendary sprinting range.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Halali Camp or similar
Day 15: Otjiwarongo Area
One last game drive on the way out. Keep your camera's and bino's handy. You never know what might happen, especially when you least expect it! The tour heads to the town of Otjiwarongo.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Gabus Game Ranch or Frans Indongo Lodge or Wabi Game Lodge
Day 16: Windhoek
An early morning game drive offers the chance to see white and black rhino, black wildebeest and hartebeest. Return to Windhoek afterwards with an arrival in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast
Included
Tour in a group with an English speaking driver / guide.
Porterage & park-entrance-fees
Excluded
Beverages
Items of a personal nature
Tips
Travel Insurance
Route & Accommodation
The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it there may be circumstances when it may change - for example weather and/or road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may be altered from those indicated.

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