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Namib to Kalahari Desert

11 days / 10 Nights

This desert tour visits many of Namibia's top highlights, including the Etosha National Park, with a special focus on the haunting beauty of the Namib, and wildlife and scenic vistas of the Kalahari.

Dead Vlei, Namib Desert
B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
Itinerary
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Day 1

Flight

Fly overnight to Namibia via Johannesburg or directly via Frankfurt.

Day 2

Windhoek - Otjiwarongo

Your safari starts at the airport where your guide will meet you.

We depart from Windhoek towards the north in the direction of Okahandja. If time permits we will stop at the large open Craft Market here, which boasts crafts from all over southern Africa, including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.

You will enjoy lunch on the road before arriving at the lodge where we will overnight. Dinner at the lodge.

[Out of Africa Lodge or similar | L D]

Day 3

Otjiwarongo – Etosha National Park

We continue northwards into the Etosha National Park, arriving at the lodge in time for lunch.

The Etosha National Park spans an area of 22 270 square km, a large part of which is taken up by a vast salt pan. This beautiful barren and often haunting landscape is surprisingly abundant in game, which often congregate around the various waterholes scattered around the park, allowing for some spectacular game viewing. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinocerous. Visitors can expect to see many buck species, elephants, giraffe, rhino and lions. If you are lucky you will see leopard and cheetah. After good rains, the salt pan fills with water attracting a mass of flamingos. More than 340 bird species have been counted in the park.

In the afternoon, we go out on our first game drive where we will experience Africa's wildlife up close. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

[Namutoni or Halali | BLD]

Day 4

Etosha National Park

Today will be a full day of safari game viewing allowing plenty of opportunities for good sightings and spectacular photographs. After breakfast at the lodge, we go out on our morning game drive. We will enjoy lunch in the park/lodge and then return to our game drive in the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

[Okaukuejo or similar | BLD]

Day 5

Etosha – Damaraland

After breakfast at the lodge we travel into the stark, but incredibly beautiful Damaraland towards the Etendeka mountain range, passing by Kamanjab.

We have the opportunity to stop over at a Himba village at Otjikandero, a village built to demonstrate how they live.

This ancient tribe of semi-nomadic herders have managed to survive and keep their traditions despite the harsh desert environment in which they live. They wear few clothes apart from a loin cloth or goat skinned mini skirts. The women are reknowned for the red ochre and fat (otjize) which they rub over their bodies to protect themselves from the sun, and which gives their skin a rich red colour. They are also known for their jewellery and intricate hairstyles.

We will have lunch on the road or at a restaurant before continuing through scenic landscapes and arriving at our lodge by the end of the afternoon.

We have dinner and overnight here.

[Twyfelfontein/Grootberg Lodge, Palmwag or similar | BLD]

Day 6

Twyfelfontein – Cape Cross

After breakfast we visit of the celebrated rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.

Twyfelfontein is the site of one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs (engravings) and rock paintings in Africa. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone mountain. The rock art forms an extensive record of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities in this part of southern Africa over at least 2 millenia. UNESCO approved it as Namibia's first World Heritage Site in 2007.

Back on the road again, we continue in the direction of the Skeleton Coast. We will have lunch en-route and arrive at the lodge by the end of the afternoon.

[Cape Cross Lodge or similar | BLD]

Day 7

Cape Cross – Swakopmund

After breakfast, we visit Cape Cross and the Cape Cross seal colony, home to one of the largest breeding colonies of Cape Fur Seals on the planet, with up to 210 000 seals present during November, December.

In the afternoon, you are free to try out some of the many activities Swakopmund has to offer (own account). These include:

  • Scenic flights over the Namib dunes and Atlantic ocean in a small Cessna 210 aircraft of 5 passengers.
  • Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Drive on the Namib dunes with a very well experienced off-road driver including champagne and a lovely brunch with a selection of seafood.
  • Quad bike ride in the dunes boasting lovely views of both the sea to the west and the plains on the east.
  • Shopping and exploring the historical German buildings in town.
  • Sand boarding in the dunes.
  • Desert Living Adventure in the dunes looking for small reptiles such as snakes, geckos, lizards and scorpions.

Dinner will be at your own expense.

[Delight Hotel or similar | BLD]

Day 8

Swakopmund – Sossusvlei

After breakfast we journey in the direction of Walvis Bay where we will embark on a boat cruise. You will have the opportunity to spot some of the Atlantic Ocean marine life including dolphins, seals, flamingos, pelicans and, if you are lucky, whales.

We continue south and enjoy lunch on the road or at a restaurant. The journey takes us through beautiful, scenic landscapes. We pass by the Kuiseb Canyon and across the Tropic of Capricorn. We may spot wildlife, including mountain zebra, springbok, ostrich and even suricate. We arrive at our lodge during the late afternoon.

[Namib Desert Lodge or similar | BLD]

Day 9

Sossusvlei

We set out early after breakfast to visit Sossusvlei. The area is best known for its spectacular red dunes, some of which are considered the highest in the world reaching 300m. Sossusvlei itself is a large, white, salt and clay pan located in the midst of this ancient, red wilderness and provides wonderful photographic opportunities. Occasionally the pan fills up with water offering a fantastic spectacle as the glassy lake reflects the surrounding dunes.

Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals here which have adapted to survive.

Lunch will be enjoyed at the lodge before setting off again to Sesriem Canyon. The canyon has been shaped over millions of years by the Tsauchab river and is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. It is up to 30 metres deep at points and about 1km long with a width of between 1 and 3 metres. The canyon is a fun and interesting place to visit. We will walk through its narrow passageway viewing the different rock formations and exposed layers along the way.

We return to the lodge in the afternoon.

[Namib Desert Lodge or similar | BLD]

Day 10

Sossusvlei – Kalahari

After breakfast at the lodge, we depart in the direction of the beautiful Kalahari Desert, characterised by low red dunes and tree and shrub Savanna. A variety of game roams this scenic area and you may spot giraffe, kudu, zebra, oryx, blue wildebeest, eland and more.
We have lunch en route and arrive at our destination in the afternoon. Dinner will be enjoyed at the lodge.

[Lodge | BLD]

Day 11

Windhoek

After enjoying breakfast at the lodge, we depart back in the direction of Windhoek and then continue to the airport for your international flight back. We wish you a very warm return home and we strongly believe that you enjoyed your time with Omuhimba Safaris!

[B]

COST: N$ 28 500 per person

MIN seats for this tour: 3
MAX seats for this tour: 9

Departure DateReturn DateSeats Available
02 December 2017 12 December 2017 6
02 January 2018 12 January 2018 6
02 February 2018 12 February 2018 8
02 March 2018 12 March 2018 4
02 April 2018 12 April 2018 4
02 May 2018 12 May 2018 6
02 June 2018 12 June 2018 4
02 July 2018 12 July 2018 8
02 August 2018 12 August 2018 8
02 September 2018 12 September 2018 4
02 October 2018 12 October 2018 6
02 November 2018 12 November 2018 4
02 December 2018 12 December 2018 6
Elephants at Etosha Himba man Sossusvlei, Namib Desert tours