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Namibia Experience Safari

Includes: Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, Sossusvlei

The 14 day Namibian Experience is a combination of two of the most popular camping safaris in Namibia; the Northern Adventure Safari and the Southern Namibia Swing Safari. As such the Namibia Experience Safari offers a most comprehensive overview of the highlights of Namibia.

As this is a combination of two safaris, the actual itinerary may differ from the one listed here in that departures alternate between heading north & south first. However whichever direction your safari operates in you are assured to see exactly the same places and not miss out on any of the expereinces. If for some reason the exact routing of your safari is critically important to you please do enquire whic route a specific departure will be taking.

Highlights include:

  • The Quiver Tree Forest – where the early San (Bushman) people fashioned quivers from the trees branches to keep their arrows.
  • The Giants Playground – precariously balanced rocks.
  • Fish River Canyon - one of the world's most spectacular natural formations. Only Arizona's Grand Canyon is bigger.
  • Luderitz – a former German colonial town and thriving mining village and now a modern day fishing centre for pilchards and rock lobster!
  • Sossusvlei – towering dunes, shimmering pans and an endless sea of sand.
  • Get close-up-and personal with the Big Cats at Okonjima.
  • Game view and photograph the amazing wildlife in Etosha National Park
  • Learn of the tribal structures, religions and daily life of the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia.
  • Walk in Namibia's highest mountain to view the 'White Lady.'
  • Drive through the beautiful desert landscape of Damaraland
  • Enjoy Namibia's premier seaside town, Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast.

Please note:

  • The Namibia Experieince Safari is run as a camping tour however, for a supplement an upgrade can be made to turn this into an accommodated safari. Enquire upon booking as this is subject to availability.
  • Itinerary is assisted comfortable camping, with participation limited to only helping with the tents.

Camping Safaris | Namibia

  • Namibia Experience: Animal 32
  • Namibia Experience: Animal 33
  • Namibia Experience: Animal 38
  • Namibia Experience: Animal 42
  • Namibia Experience: Animal 44
  • Namibia Experience: Atlantic Beach
  • Namibia Experience: Breakfast In The Dunes
  • Namibia Experience: Breaking Camp
  • Namibia Experience: Bush Walk 2
  • Namibia Experience: Campscene-1
  • Namibia Experience: Customised Toyota
  • Namibia Experience: Deadvlei
  • Namibia Experience: Desert 01
  • Namibia Experience: Dinnertime
  • Namibia Experience: Dunes 10
  • Namibia Experience: Dunes 15
  • Namibia Experience: Dunes 18
  • Namibia Experience: Dunes 9
  • Namibia Experience: Dune Sunrise
  • Namibia Experience: Easy To Put Up
  • Namibia Experience: Etosha Waterhole
  • Namibia Experience: Fish River Canyon 4
  • Namibia Experience: Himba Beauty
  • Namibia Experience: Himba Girls
  • Namibia Experience: Himba Goats
  • Namibia Experience: Himba Old Man
  • Namibia Experience: Himba Toothy Grin
  • Namibia Experience: Kolmanskop 1
  • Namibia Experience: Kolmanskop 2
  • Namibia Experience: Kolmanskop 3
  • Namibia Experience: Kolmanskop 4
  • Namibia Experience: Light House Swakop
  • Namibia Experience: Lilac Breasted Roller
  • Namibia Experience: Luderitz Building
  • Namibia Experience: Luderitz Building (1)
  • Namibia Experience: Lunch On The Beach
  • Namibia Experience: Lunch Time Etosha
  • Namibia Experience: Nama Musicians
  • Namibia Experience: Namutoni Pool
  • Namibia Experience: Okahandja Wood Carvings 01
  • Namibia Experience: Okaukuejo Pool
  • Namibia Experience: Okaukueko Waterhole
  • Namibia Experience: Okonjima 1
  • Namibia Experience: Okonjima 12
  • Namibia Experience: Okonjima 14
  • Namibia Experience: Okonjima 15
  • Namibia Experience: Okonjima 20
  • Namibia Experience: Okonjima 3
  • Namibia Experience: Okonjima 7
  • Namibia Experience: Okonjima Campsite
  • Namibia Experience: Quadbike Trips
  • Namibia Experience: Quads - Shadow - Close Up
  • Namibia Experience: Quad Biking
  • Namibia Experience: Quiver Trees 3
  • Namibia Experience: Quiver Trees 4
  • Namibia Experience: Sandboarding
  • Namibia Experience: Scenery
  • Namibia Experience: Sossusvlei Sunset
  • Namibia Experience: Sunset At Swakopmund
  • Namibia Experience: Swakopmund
  • Namibia Experience: Swakop Cafe
  • Namibia Experience: Swakop Jetty
  • Namibia Experience: Swakop Roofs
  • Namibia Experience: Tent
  • Namibia Experience: Tent In Desert
  • Namibia Experience: Thick Foam Mattresses
  • Namibia Experience: Toyota Dyna 16 Seats
  • Namibia Experience: Toyota Hino 2
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Day 1: Windhoek - Kalahari Desert
You will be collected from you accommodation in Windhoek between 07:30 & 08:00 The safari starts heading south on the main highway, traveling through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert
that protrudes onto the eastern side of Namibia. Stopping at small towns along the way including Rehoboth, traditional home of the Baster people and on to Kalkrand where we bid the main road farewell and head off into the Kalahari.
The Kalahari Desert often surprises people it is very different to the Namib Desert. This is primarily because the Kalahari is not a true desert, it receives to much rainfall to be classified as such and is actually a fossil desert. Don’t expect to find tall Sossusvlei-style dunes devoid of greenery here, the dunes are greener and less stark – and with this vegetation comes an ability to support more flora and fauna.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Lodge
Day 2: Kalahari - Fish River
Today starts with an early morning nature drive into Kalahari, before leaving for the town of Mariental and south to Keetmanshoop. Just before reaching Keetmans the tour detours to visit the Mesosaurus Fossil Site and Quiver-tree Forest. Quiver trees are not in fact trees, they are a type of aloe, (Aloe Dichotoma), so called because the branches fork “dictomously”. These weird looking plants dot the landscape in this part of the world and are locally common, however they are one of the world’s rarest flora species.
The Ai-Ais Hot Springs Spa & Resort is at the southern end of the Fish River Canyon and offers an excellent place to relax in and around the thermal baths & heated swimming pool, especially after a hot, dusty day's drive, the resort is set at a sulphurous hot spring, which makes perfect sense as the name '/ai-/ais' means 'burning water' in the local Nama language
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Canyon Roadhouse or Ai Ais
Day 3: Fish River - Aus
The Fish River Canyon is the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breath taking. The towering rock faces
and deep ravines were formed by water erosion and the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth's crust over 500 million years ago. Today the canyon measures 160km long up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest. It is fair to say that when you arrive at the canyon though, its exact location is a bit of a mystery as the 500m vertical drop from the flat dry plateau is completely out of view.
Time to pack up camp and move on to our next destination, the tiny town of Aus. We sleep tonight at Klein Aus Vista, a private reserve, beautifully located in the Aus Mountain Range, (Huib-Hoch-Plateau region).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping : Campsite at Klein Aus Vista
Day 4: Aus - Luderitz - Aus
Another early start this morning for the short drive to Luderitz, we travel on the main road and keep a sharp look out for the unique Namib wild horses. These horses are the only feral horses in Namibia and have, very unusually, become adapted to an existence with very limited water. Where they originated from is un-clear, some people think they are the descendants of the horses used by the German cavalry during the First World War. Another theory is that they originally came from a horse farm that used to be run by a German Barron, (von Wolff), in the very early colonial days.
An early start to Luderitz will allow for a boat cruise around the bay (at own expense). Weather permitting the jackass penguins can be visited at Halifax Island. Cape fur seals can also be viewed and friendly dolphins often swim alongside the boat.
Following your boat cruise is a 20km drive out of Luderitz to the desert ghost town of Kolmanskop (also at own expense). This town flourished in the famous diamond rush but quickly died when more lucrative deposits were discovered further south. The weather beaten ruins of the entire town are all that remain but this interesting tour is well worth the effort.
Lunch today is not included in the programme, this is to allow everybody as much flexibility with their time as possible and to give us the opportunity to sample some of the local cafes. During the middle of the day there is time to explore Luderitz Town with its traditional German architecture and later we will take a drive out to Diaz Point to see the bird life, hopefully a few seals and the stone cross replica, originally erected by the Portuguese mariner Bartholomew Diaz.
Returning to Klein Aus Vista in the late afternoon, the road takes us through the Sperrgebiet or “forbidden Zone".
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Camping : Campsite at Klein Aus Vista
Day 5: Aus - Sesriem
Turning north, the safari heads deep into the ancient southern Namib Desert, Travelling on small gravel roads and passing some tiny rural communities along the way. The scenery is harsh, and sometimes forbidding. The process of erosion in these areas is well advanced and we pass time rounded hills & arid terrain with outcrops of tortured rock.
Traversing this bleak yet beautiful landscape, the terrain begins to change and we cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before giving way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours
glow and change on distant mountains to the east.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Sesriem Campsite
Day 6: Sossusvlei | Namib Desert
A pre dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes and driving into the heart of the dune field, we reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes.
The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert.
Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect.
We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Sesriem Campsite
Day 7: Windhoek
After breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek. We will travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland Range, through beautiful mountain passes on our way back to civilization. We are due back into the city around 16:00. You will be dropped of at a guest house in the city tonight, dinner is not included and you hve the opportunity to visit one of Windhoek's restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Windhoek Guest House
Day 8: Windhoek - Okonjima
This morning the tour resumes at around 8.30am, when your guide collects you from your accommodation. The tour now heads north, stopping at small towns along the way, including Okahandja, (The Garden Town of Namibia) with time to visit Namibia's largest woodcarvers market. The market is operated on a local co-operative basis and is one of the best places to shop for truly Namibian souvenirs and curios.
Continuing north and driving through mainly farmland, the tour is scheduled to arrive at Okonjima's Omboroko campsite mid-afternoon, with time to set up camp and to relax before heading out for the afternoon's activities. The lodge is home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, notably cheetahs and leopards. Activities commence at 15h00 in the winter, and 16h00 in the summer. The leopard can be viewed frequently here, (but not guaranteed) from a hide or radio-tracked from a game viewing vehicle. The cheetah project offers a valuable insight into the welfare work of the AfriCat foundation.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Okonjima Campsite
Day 9: Etosha Park
An early departure and continuing the journey north through some more small towns, making short stops for fresh supplies and fuel along the way. The first main stop is to the mysterious Lake Otjikoto, Namibia's largest permanent natural lake, into which German troops dumped weapons and ammunition prior to surrender in 1915.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Namutoni
Day 10: Etosha Park
An early start to benefit from a full day's game driving, heading east on the drive towards Halali Camp, situated in the middle of the park. Along the way there are several waterholes to visit and splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan. The game viewing along this route is usually excellent.
The lunch time stop is at Halali, with time for a leisurely lunch, dip in the pool or a visit to see who's taking a drink at the waterhole. The game driving continues down to Okaukuejo, famous for its waterhole, quite rightly described as one of the 'best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa.' Black rhino, elephant, lion and numerous species of antelope pass by.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Okaukuejo
Day 11: Etosha - Grootberg
Leaving Etosha the Northern Adventure begins to journey south with a relatively short drive to the small town of Kamanjab. Within this area the safari visits a Himba Village - the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia These tribes-people have migrated here, lifestyle and customs intact, and are following their traditional way-of-life in their village on a farm, the exact location of the site varies as the Himba occasionally roam to a new location. We will learn about marriage customs, traditional food and the mysteries of the “Holy Fire” religion.
From here it is a short drive on to Hoada Community Campsite which is located among beautiful granite hills and mopane trees. To add an eco-friendly touch, the hot water system works in combination with the barbecue area, therefore whilst your meal is being prepared, your water will be warmed up for your shower!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Hoada Community Campsite
Day 12: Grootberg - Twyfelfontein
Today the safari head through one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland. We drive west via the Grootberg Pass and then take a detour to visit the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Here a local guide is employed to conduct a short guided tour before camp is set up for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping: Twyfelfontein Area
Day 13: Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund
Today the Northern Adventure Safari heads deeper into the desert and passes Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg. Stopping at the small town of Uis, an old mining town, and one of the best places to buy the semi-precious stones for which Namibia is famous. Here, rough Amethyst, Tourmaline etc can be found at bargain prices.
From Uis the safari turns directly west and crosses gravel plains en-route to the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. Meeting the ocean at Henties Bay, it is a short trip north along the coast to the seal colony at Cape Cross. At certain times of the year as many as 100,000 Cape Fur seals congregate.
The next destination, Swakopmund, is south of here following the Skeleton Coast into Namibia's premier seaside town. Arrival is scheduled for the late allowing time to explore the town on foot before sunset.
Tonight there is a chance to sample one of the excellent restaurants, the seafood in Swakopmund is superb and your guide will offer to organise a group meal in a local restaurant for this evening. Participation is recommended but by no means required.
Dinner this evening is on own account.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalows
Day 14: Swakopmund - Windhoek
Drive time back to Windhoek is around 5 hours hrs, departing after lunch. The morning is available for free leisure time in and around the beaches, shops and town's amenities. There is also a very good museum and the Namibian National Marine Aquarium is located in Swakopmund. There are many activities available in Swakopmund: dune-boarding, scenic flights over the desert and Skeleton Coast, skydiving and a whole lot more, availability on these excursions is limited and if you would like to guarantee participation we recommend booking this at the same time as you book the safari. After the morning in Swakopmund, we have lunch and then drive back to Windhoek, arriving about 17h30.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
 
Mode of transport
Transport for up to 8 people will be in a minibus or a Land Cruiser. For more than 8 a specially converted safari truck will be used
Number Of Participants
Maximum of fourteen
Included
All transport
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Tea & coffee in camp
All camping equipment
Park entrance & accommodation fees
Guide
Pick-up and drop-off at accommodation in Windhoek
Excluded
Beverages
Sleeping Bag (can be hired)
Tips
Travel Insurance
Other
Itinerary is assisted comfortable camping with participation limited to only helping with the tents
The tents are canvas dome type, which are easy to assemble. The mattress is approximately 5 cm thick with its mattress cover and each client has a camp chair with backrest.
Luggage is limited to one soft, barrel type bag per person with maximum weight of 15kg, one medium sized hand luggage bag, one medium sized camera bag and a sleeping bag.
We suggest a sleeping bag range of '3 4 season'. Sleeping bags can be rented by prior arrangement. When selecting your clothing please be aware that Namibian summer temperatures (December - March) can reach 45°C and winter temperatures (June - September) can be as low as -5°C. The rainy season is between December and April.
All evening meals on camping safaris (unless stipulated) are cooked by your guide on an open fire. Salads and fresh vegetables will be served daily where readily available. Fresh fruit will also be supplied when possible. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for, but please notify us when booking.
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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