Thursday, March 31, 2016

Travelling through the Central Part of Namibia

Namibia - the land in the south-west of Africa between the Orange River in the south and the Kunene River in the north - is a barren land, like from another star, but still inviting and strangely familiar. Namibia is a paradise for photographers, a land of contrasts and clear colours. Those who are looking for peace and stillness and enjoy mesmerising landscapes and wide desert expanse, are going to fall in love with Namibia, one of the least populated countries in the world. Namibia is Africa at its best, with friendly, natural people, with endless savannah and bushland and an amazingly diverse animal world, protected in the vast Etosha National Park and in many other game reserves. Namibia is an adventure, but one doesn't need to be an adventurer to experience this country. A well maintained road network, comfortable hotels, lodges and guestfarms make travelling a pleasure.  

Starting point is the capital city of Windhoek with its various sights. On the way to the Atlantic coast one passes through the scenic Erongo mountains with the Spitzkoppe, Namibia's "Matterhorn".

From there the journey goes through the Namib Desert to the seaside town of Swakopmund with its numerous old buildings from the German colonial era. A stunning road along the sea leads to the neighboring town of Walvis Bay, situated around a wide lagoon with flamingoes, pelicans and many other sea birds.

At Henties Bay the road turns inland, passes the Brandberg massif and further to the famous rock engravings of Twyfelfontein in arid Damaraland. Grandiose wide landscapes are the companions on the drive. On it goes via Outjo to the vast Etosha National Park with its amazing game stock. One leaves the reserve in the east near Camp Namutoni through the Lindequist Gate. On the way back to Windhoek one gets through the towns of Tsumeb, Grootfontein pass the Waterberg Plateau Park. Recommended is a side trip to the Herero villages of Okakarara.

For this part of Namibia a four-wheel drive is usually not required. Most roads are tarred and the gravel roads are in good condition. There is ample accommodation available in all the places, ranging from luxury lodges to campgrounds. 



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Photography in Namibia...

Namibia, the thirstland wilderness, offers a selection of the finest photographic opportunities. This land of contrast and beauty is ideally suited to the professional and amateur alike. Whether the passion is for images of people, nature or landscapes, Namibia has it all and more. This destination features a wide range of photo subjects and the superb weather provides excellent light variations. This ensures the visitor can exercise creative styles or simply record the unique beauty of the land, its inhabitants and its abundant nature. To capture prized images our visitors can travel by land or air. The country is ideally suited to both, with a good road infrastructure and a selection of aircraft for charter. Some air charter companies operate aircraft with clear windows allowing sharp aerial photography. Vehicles utilized for guided travel feature sliding windows for use where wildlife may be shy or present a danger. A selection of suitable rental vehicles is available for independent travel. Itineraries are tailor made to include the specific subject interests of the visitor. Options include group or private travel on a guided or independent basis. 

Africa, the continent of big game, has many game reserves and parks. The great Etosha National Park is probably one of the best for game numbers, variety, as well as viewing game throughout the day. The vegetation in most parts is rather sparse. Etosha is fantastic for the wildlife photographer.  Namibia photographic safaris are designed for the keen or professional photographer. Even though any tour or safari to Namibia is, and can be. Photographic safaris are different to other tours where visitors spend more time in certain areas such as photographing desert and dune landscapes or wildlife in Etosha and Kaokoland. Namibian operators know that a photographer needs more time, has to study the light, has to find the correct site, as well as having a specific interest, hence the options of guided or self-drive is available from most tour operators, world class photographic shops in all towns to assist with technical details or repairs.When travelling to Namibia please bare in mind that the country is a warm country and dusty, hence insure that camera bags seal effectively, that you bring along cleaning equipment and remember that the sun is very bright, even more in areas like Etosha where the ground is very whitish, so insure that adequate UV and polarized filters accompany you on safari.

Tips for Photography in Namibia
*A good zoom is the key for photographing wildlife 

* Fixed lenses are ultimately better in terms of sharpness, so if you're aiming to win competitions or blow your pictures up into massive prints, go for a long fixed telephoto lens, as long as you can carry. Fixed lenses also work best when photographing birds. 

*As these lenses can be heavy, you will need to bring a tripod, or at least a beanbag, especially handy when traveling by car. 

*For landscapes, the best is a short telephoto lens (110 or 135 for 35mm/ 150 for medium format), and wide angle for certain shots. Take note that the wide angle has limitations when it comes to landscapes. It's better suited for trees and buildings and other elements that are the focus of an image. 

*If you're into close-ups, bring a good micro/macro lens rather than close-up filters. Extension tubes, although tedious, also do the job.

*Close-up photography can be very rewarding in Namibia as there are many interesting insects and small reptiles, amazing textures, plants with intriguing flowers, seeds and leaves, lichen and so on. Even sand grains look great through a macro lens. 

*The best time of day to shoot is early morning or late afternoon. This is when the colors become really deep, the atmosphere has a glow (early morning light can be bleak) and if you're into sunsets, this is the time to shoot, as there's a lot of dust hanging around for strong reds and oranges and silhouettes become spectacular. 
However, this does not mean that you must never take photographs in the middle of the day. If the scene looks good to you, take the picture, because what you see is what you get. Which, incidentally, means you can take pictures of mirages although they are optical illusions. They are at their most striking in the middle of the day.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Your Desert Destination 

The unique Tsauchab River Camp guest farm with its exclusive chalets and private camping sites is situated on the banks of the Tsauchab River, surrounded by the imposing Naukluft and Tsaris Mountains.The Tsauchab River, with its giant wild fig trees and sparkling clear springs, is the main source of water when in flood to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei.This natural phenomenon abruptly ends in a dry lake at the foot of the world’s highest dunes.

 The beautiful sunsets combined with the indigenous fauna, and flora will leave an unforgettable impression on you.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Pick an Adventure...

Land, air and water-based adventures include quadbiking, 4x4 trails, hiking, birding, skydiving, kayaking, windsurfing and kite boarding along the coast.
The adventures don't stop there. Getting introduced to indigenous people whose cultures are unrecognizable to most of the world, eating mushrooms as they emerge from termite mounds, being mesmerized by ancient rock art work at Twyfelfontein, Namibia's only World Heritage Site, and taking time to listen to the silence are amongst the adventures of the mind, body and soul awaiting you in Namibia. 


Although Namibia is easily accessible some regions do lend themselves to some serious "off-roading" drivers need to know their stuff. These 4x4 experiences are offered as either guided or self-drive tours, with some off the best found in the sand of the Namib Desert. Operators like Coast Way Tours offer guided self-drive tours all the way from Luderitz to Walvis Bay, exploring the barren sandy coast.
Slow driving over rocky tracks, sandy stretches and plenty of sunshine are conditions that should be expected. The same goes for ending the day with a beautiful campfire and lively discussions.

For the enthusiastic birder to Namibia, the vast variety of both resident and migratory birds can only be exciting. Most bird species favor specific habitats above others and thus Namibia is blessed with a variety of birding destinations where the keen twitcher can satisfy their interests by sighting and recording new species. Some species are sighted more regularly when water and food sources are not in abundance, however some locations like Etosha are much more viable for birding during the rainy season than that of game viewing. Stable water sources during the early months of summer are always a good choice for a serious day of birding.
Birding is popular all over Namibia even among locals, thus be comforted that it is an activity available across the country. Some major birding locations include Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau, the Caprivi and northern river systems, as well as the coast, with spots like Sandwich Harbor and Walvis Bay lagoon. The Namib Desert offer great opportunities for sighting rare endemics like the Herero Chat and Dune Lark. In general, birding is very adequate in the country providing from the smallest, Scaly Feathered Finch to the heaviest flying bird, the Kori Bustard.
Over 120 caves have been registered in Namibia, the various environments providing plenty of adrenaline-inducing and educative experiences. The longest and only tourist' (because of on-site facilities) cave in Namibia is Arnhem Cave, with slightly over 4,800 meters total passage length and intersect groundwater. The cave is very dusty and dry, with almost no secondary cave formations. Visitors are allowed only torches or cave lamps to negotiate Arnhem's large chambers and winding passages. The lack of development causes minimal disturbance of the extensive and diverse bat population, which also ensures the conservation of several unique invertebrate species. Six species of bats have been recorded at Arnhem, including the giant leaf-nosed bat. Overnight accommodation is available at the site.
A national monument and the third largest cave in Namibia, the Gaub Cave in the Otavi Mountains can be visited on the Ghaub Guest Farm, from where tours are organized with a designated guide, minor's lamp and safety helmet. The Gaub cave is 38 meters in depth with 2.5 km of chambers and passageways. Petrified waterfalls, organ pipes, rock curtains and interesting crystal growths are some of the features to be seen.
Dragon's Breath, near Tsumeb, is another well-known cave, hosting the world's largest underground lake. Cave diving can be done here, but it's only accessible for professional and well-equipped cavers.
Another well-visited cave of a totally different nature is Phillip's Cave in the Erongo Mountains north of Karibib. Containing a famous rock painting of a white elephant and many others, it is surrounded by an evocative rock formation, called Bull's Party, due to its semblance to a group of conferring bovines.
Permission from the landowners is required to visit other caves in Namibia, with visits to certain caves requiring official permits. Visitors are recommended to wear industrial dust masks when visiting caves with thick deposits of dry bat guano. Since bats are of great ecological importance, visitors are asked not to disturb them, particularly during the wet season (January - April) when bats are breeding.
Cave disease (histoplasmosis) has not been recorded from any Namibian caves. Prospective visitors, particularly if they come from countries with histoplasmosis, or visit Namibia after caving in such countries, are therefore requested to ensure that all their equipment is cleaned and sanitized before entering Namibia. Such simple precautions may keep Namibian caves uninfected and safe for casual visitors.

Adventure racing, often in the form of extreme running, is extremely popular in Namibia. Races vary in length, challenge and region but are generally for adventurous residents and tourists looking to push their physical limits. Below is a list of the top adventure races:
The Rock: Spitzkoppe Run and Bike Challenge is a foot-and-cycle race around the Spitzkoppe in the Namib held each year in September. There are various categories including half-marathon running, walking events and 25 and 70km cycle races. The event celebrates the natural beauty of the Spitzkoppe and surroundings and proceeds go to the local community.

100km of Namib Desert: Is a century race (100 km) that can subject runners to extreme conditions such as sandstorms, strong winds, blistering heat during the day and freezing temperatures at night. It takes place during December in the Sossusvlei area.

Namib Desert Challenge: Regarded as one of the toughest footraces on earth, this race covers 228 km of inhospitable, desert terrain. It is held in the Sossusvlei area, and includes five stages of high-endurance ultra-running, with competitors carrying their own survival kit and food. The competition takes place in March and can only host 80 participants.

Namibian 24-hour Ultra Marathon: The race is over 126 km, starting at the foot of the Brandberg and finishing at Jakkalsputz at the coast, crossing large areas of the most hostile desert coastline in the world the Skeleton Coast. The race usually takes place in April.
Lucky Star Marathon: The marathon takes place every year in October between the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Through this race, the organizers aim to promote community involvement and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle among Namibia's youth. Consequently significant focus is placed on involving schools across the country.

Old Mutual Victory Race Series: This race is run in four different legs in categories of either 5km or 21 km, in Oshakati, Swakopmund, Keetmanshoop and Windhoek.
Aussenkehr Desert Extreme Trail Run: This three day 100 km desert run takes runners along the banks of the Orange River, into the mountain country of Namibia, across the harsh plateaus and through ancient and enchanting canyons. It is usually held from the end of June to the beginning of July.

Fish River Marathon and Cycle: Participants can choose between a 104 km cycle, 54 km cycle, 42.2 km marathon, half marathon, 10 km fun walk, 30 km fun horse ride, or a 3 km kiddies and parent fun walk. Through the marathon, runners can qualify for the Two Oceans and Comrades marathons in South Africa. It commences from the Keetmanshoop 1Stop Petrol Station and is usually held in October.
Fish River Challenge: Runners are expected to support themselves throughout a 100 km run in 24 hours. The race begins at the top of the Fish River Canyon and finishes at the Ai-Ais hot springs. It usually takes place in August.

Namibia's varied geology encompasses rocks of Archaen to Phanerozoic age, thus covering more than 2600 million years of earth history. Nearly half of the country's surface area is bedrock exposure, while young surficial deposits of the Kalahari and Namib Deserts cover the remainder.
Geology is a topic travelers will find in discussion on any tour in Namibia, however meant for the laymen enthusiast. For the novice or fanatic, most tour operators provide custom tours focusing on the detailed side of Namibian geology, while enjoying all the rest the country has to offer. 

Because of the high summer temperatures, tough terrain and lack of water, hiking in Namibia requires careful planning. That said, a wide-variety of walks, overnight hiking trails and guided wilderness trails are available for those looking to see the sights on foot.
Public routes are often subject to various regulations, which are listed with the description of the trails in the dropdown above. A fee is due for most trails in national parks. Hiking trails as well as accommodation at the rest camps should be booked well in advance.

Horse Riding
For accomplished riders there are several adventure options, including the Namib Desert Ride of about 400 km starting in the Khomas Hochland and leading through the Kuiseb Canyon, Tinkas, Tumas and Welwitschia Plains, Moon Valley, the seasonal Swakop River and coastal dunes to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Greater Fish River Canyon Ride traverses three private parks: Fish River Canyon Park, Gondwana Park and Aussenkehr Park, combining dramatic canyon landscapes, spacious desert plains and the mighty Orange River, covering between 2050 km per day over eight and a half days. The Fish River Canyon Ride takes three and a half days of riding through the second biggest canyon in the world where zebra paths, steep tracks, savannah grasslands and rocky tributaries form part of the path.
The Desert Horse Ride is a more relaxed ride, guided by Dr Telan Greyling, a botanist and world authority on the wild horses of Namibia. The 4-day circular ride traverses Sperrgebiet Rand Park, a private reserve adjoining the Sperrgebiet National Park, and habitat of the wild horses.
On the Damara Elephant Ride, which takes six and a half days through vast open spaces on horseback, riders can expect to see elephant, giraffe and rhino in a desert habitat, ancient craters and remnants from prehistoric times, not to mention the forbidding Skeleton Coast. These trails are all offered by the Namibia Horse Safari Company. 

The Desert Homestead 35 kilometres from Sossusvlei, offers accommodation in rock chalets with views across the Nubib Mountains. Under the trade name Desert Homestead & Horse Trails, the enterprise offers horse trails into the surrounding plains and watercourses, including breakfast rides, sunset rides, a 4x4 Sossusvlei excursion, an introductory ride, sleeping in the desert, and an optional sun downer ride. Packages that include the Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund and Grootberg are also available.
Grootberg Lodge also offers additional morning and afternoon rides. The horses at Grootberg hail from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, are tough as nails and totally unfazed by the sudden appearance of elephants. Most of them are Arab barbs bred in the area and bought from the donkey carts. River Crossing, 3 km outside of Windhoek en route to the international airport offers morning and afternoon rides, as well as full day rides, which include lunch at the foot of a cliff. The pace is varied and suited to the weakest rider in the group.
Horse trails at BaellsPort are geared to experienced riders as well as beginners, and include tailor-made overnight trails into the Naukluft with participants sleeping under the stars.
From just outside of Swakopmund, Okakambe Trails offers tailor-made overnight trails into desert terrains varying from sand dunes and rocky plains to mountains and dry riverbeds. The daily distance covered is approximately 30 to 40 km, depending on the experience of the riders and the weather conditions.
Okapuka Horse Safaris offers rides in close proximity to Windhoek. Riders can expect to be on horseback for between 4 to 5 hours per day on willing, forward going, responsive Arabian horses. Depending on time of arrival, it usually comprises of seven days of riding.
The Namibia Endurance Ride Association (NERA) holds regular endurance competitions throughout the country, and show jumping is also popular and is organized by the Namibian Equestrian Federation. Dressage and horse racing are more horse sports to choose from. 

Stargazing Together with Chile and Hawaii, Namibia is considered to be one of the top three destinations for stargazing in the world. With its generally cloudless night sky, especially in the dry winter months, minimal contamination by artificial light and air pollution, and excellent view of the southern constellations, Namibia has superb stargazing conditions. As such it is favoured by professional and amateur astronomers alike.
Namibia was chosen as the best site for the multi-national Max Planck High Energy Stereoscopic System experiment (H.E.S.S.), now fully operational on Farm Gaulschau near the Gamsberg. Many lodges have medium-sized telescopes (up to 16" diameter) for use by guests, and provide novice stargazing guests with a laymen's introduction to astrology.
The Khomas Hochland/Gamsberg area west of Windhoek has the third-clearest, least light-polluted sky in the world. An impressive 'farm' of telescopes and other equipment is maintained by the German-based International Amateur Observatory at the guest farm Hakos on top of the Gamsberg Pass, two hours' drive away from Windhoek.

Namibia is a camper's paradise. There are a medley of sights, smells, tastes and sounds to be experienced and enjoyed through camping in Namibia from the harsh, barren, stony plains around the Fish River Canyon, past the vast red dunes of Sossusvlei, along the wind-swept shores of the cold Atlantic Ocean to the seemingly endless plains and rocky mountains of Damaraland and the humid forests on the banks of the Zambezi River in Caprivi. Each corner holds a secret treasure of its own. There is a wide choice of sites all over Namibia for seasoned campers or nervous novices on their first camping holiday, from luxury campsites under shady trees and grassy lawns, to wild places under a camel-thorn tree in a sandy riverbed.
In recent years, there has been a growth in preference for conservancy or community campsites. These campsites, especially in the northwest and northeast of the country, have stylishly natural designs, and have been built with material from the area such as latte (sapling poles), reeds and thatch, with some being constructed creatively in boulder alcoves or on riverbanks. The majority have flush toilets and hot water, provided either by solar panels or the remarkably efficient wood-burning donkeys, and a shaded lapa area or kitchen counter with sink and wooden railway-sleeper counter tops. Others, in the watery north, have decks overlooking the river.
Camping holidays have become very popular and offer the traveler an inexpensive alternative to seeing Namibia. Many travelers spend most nights camping and using every 3rd or 4th night to refresh and spoil themselves in a more luxurious lodge and also to keep the rising expenses under control. Camping is a good alternative to discovering unexplored parts of Namibia and at the same time being in close contact to nature. Most car rental companies are offering the traveler a selection of camping equipment to take along on their journey. The country's weather conditions and the large selection of campsites throughout the country are ideal for the adventurous traveler.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Few facts about Swakopmund...

1. Where does the name Swakopmund come from?

This is one of the most common questions from travelers. Many spot the “mund” in the name, acknowledging that this means “mouth” in German, and correctly concluding that Swakopmund is the mouth of the Swakop River; but what does “Swakop” mean?
A recent theory believes that “Swakop” is actually based on the San language, namely from “xwaka” (rhinoceros) and “ob” (river). Many find this far-fetched as it is well known there are currently no rhino within in the vicinity of Swakopmund, but once there were. Fossilized rhino footprints have been found in Walvis bay, recently uncovered by a shifting sand dune.
The German settlers changed “xwaka ob” to “Swachaub”, and the full form “Swakopmund,” or the mouth of the Rhinoceros River, was embraced in 1896 when the district was officially declared.

2. Why are the streets so wide?

The streets are wide because when the roads were first built in the early 1900’s, everything was transported by horse and carriage (or mule and carriage), and a lot of space was needed for them to deliver goods and then back out and turn around. In those days there was a lot of space and few people, so there was plenty of room to favour convenience over real estate.

3. Why was Swakopmund founded so close to Walvis Bay?

Many people wonder why two towns were founded so close to each other in such a scantly populated country. The answer hearkens back to colonial days. Swakopmund was established in 1896 by German settlers, mainly for its fresh water source and reasonably accommodating port. If given the choice, the Germans probably would have claimed Walvis Bay, as there is also fresh water there and a far better port, but at the time, Walvis Bay was engaged by the British, and the Germans chose to rather bypass Walvis Bay and settle in Swakopmund. That is why there is so much German culture in Swakopmund. It was originally a German colony, and it still preserves much of its heritage.

4. Why is there so much mist in Swakopmund?

Swakopmund locals love the mist, saying the cool air moistened with ocean water is good for health. Whether or not you believe that, it is true that Swakopmund is often covered in mist.

In the daytime, air which is relatively moist because of the sea breeze moves inland, and then it condenses overnight with the cooling air. Westerly land winds blow the mist back toward the sea. The mist bank results mainly because easterly land winds pushing to the west bump up against the southwesterly winds from the sea causing a mist bank which normally settles anywhere from a few kilometers off shore to a few kilometers inland.

5. What is a Welwitschia?

The Welwitschia plant is one of Namibia’s most magnificent natural phenomena. Namibians like to claim the Welwitschia as its very own, which is almost true, but the Namib desert continues into Angola, where you will still find some of these hardy plants.

Taxonomically categorized as trees, they look more like ground shrubbery with a wooden mouth-like core and ample, thick leaves extending out on two sides. They appear to have quite a few leaves, but there are actually only two which split as a result of the dry desert air into many fibers.

They are unusual organisms, but perhaps the most incredible feature of the Welwitschia is that the oldest of them have been surviving in the harsh Namib desert for over 2000 years!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Newest Day Activities on our WEBSITE!

Desert Tracks specializes in giving its guests a special experience into the Namib Desert. Whether it is just a 4x4 trip into Sandwich Harbor, or a 1 night sleepover in the dunes - we want to give you the best possible experience while sharing our love for the Namib Desert.
Our tours were tailor made for the traveler who wants to experience the world’s oldest desert & highest sand dunes, dune driving, adrenaline rushes, unique fauna and flora and desert camping under the stars.


Sandwich Harbour Tour  
Sandwich harbor is about 50 km south of Walvis bay where the Namib Desert meets the ocean.
You will be picked up at your guesthouse.
First Stop – Walvis Bay Lagoon.
From there we will drive to a view point overlooking one of the biggest man made salt pans in Africa, if not the world.
On our trip we will hopefully see rare species such as the Dune Lark.
After driving through a couple of natural salt pans experiencing on sunny days spectacular mirages, we will reach the point where the Namib desert meets the Atlantic ocean.
We can only enter Sandwich Harbor at low tide.
During the day we will enjoy a relaxing Lunch.
After lunch we will have a thrilling joyride in the dunes heading back to Walvis Bay and drop you of at your lodge.

Desert Sleepover – 1 night, 2 days

This is a unique adventure taking place in the vast sand sea of the Namib desert south of Walvis Bay - offering the ultimate challenge thrill seekers with off road endurance and taste of adventure.
We will stop for lunch on our way to the Sandwich harbor campsite where we will be spending the night under the desert sky.
When we arrive at the campsite , we will drive down to Sandwich Harbor to experience a true Namibian Sundowner at the beach while the camp is being set up.
Back at the campsite we will enjoy dinner.
After breakfast we make our way back.
From Sandwich the trail enters the roller coaster, a series massive "roaring" slip faces not only giving you a new thrilling experience but offering breathtaking views of Sandwich harbor and a panorama of Sandscaps.
The trail ends at Walvis Bay at approx. noon.
Rate: Sandwich Harbour Tour
N$ 1450.00 per person (minimum 4 persons)

Rate: Desert Sleepover
N$ 6000.00 per person (minimum 4 persons)

Rates valid from 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016

Prices are per person
Including lunch and drinks on the Sandwich Harbour Tour. On the Desert Sleepover, Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast is included plus drinks.

Free Pick-up and Drop-off from and to your hotel in Swakopmund or Walvis Bay

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Our very famous Namibian Highlights Selfdrive Tour!

Tour Length: 14 days and 13 nights

Day 1 Windhoek to Anib Lodge
Anib Lodge
Arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, collect your rental vehicle and travel towards Windhoek, Namibia’s Capital. From Windhoek you will then travel on the B1 towards Mariental, passing Rehoboth.
On you’re journey you will see the change of scenery from rolling hills to rolling Kalahari dunes. 
Day 2 Anib Lodge – Canyon Lodge

Canon Lodge
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and start your journey onwards towards the Fish River Canyon on the B1 towards Keetmanshoop. If time permits you are able to visit the Quivertree Forest and the Giants Playground. Continue further until you reach the Canon Lodge. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of this unique accommodation built amongst the rocks.
Day 3 Canyon Lodge
Canon Lodge
Enjoy the home-style meals offered by the Lodge. Here you have to chance to see the Fish River Canyon in all its glory. Enjoy the activities that are offered, for instance a Scenic Flight, Canyon Drive or Sundown Drive.
Day 4 Canyon Lodge - Nest Hotel
Nest Hotel
After booking out, you travel onwards to Lüderitz the quaint little town with German atmosphere. Here you are able to enjoy seafood platters and explore the Lüderitz Peninsula. Visit the Kolmans Kop ghost town or the Diaz Point.
Day 5 Nest Hotel - Namtib Biosphere

Namtib Biosphere
Early morning wake up. See if you want to go on a boat trip and explore the coastal town from another angle. Travel onwards to the Namtib Lodge & Biosphere, situated in the Tiras Mountains. The fascinating landscape of the farm offers an abundance of breathtaking views and hosts a wealth of fauna and flora.
Day 6 Namtib Biosphere - Sossus Dune Lodge
Sossus Dune Lodge
Travel on the D707 towards Sesriem, enjoying the scenery of the Tiras Mountains and Namib Rand. The first lodge in the Namib-Naukluft Park, is the Sossus Dune Lodge. Built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, in an attractive ‘afro-village’ style, Sossus Dune Lodge will offer guests an evocative and life changing experience. Situated within the park, guests will benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and to stay until after sunset, and on their return after an exhilarating day, to relax in the tranquility and splendor of the Namib Desert, under the spectacular African sky.
Day 7 Sossus Dune Lodge
Sossus Dune Lodge1
Early morning wake up. Today you travel onwards towards Sesriem and the Sossusvlei, en-route visit the Duwiseb Castle and over the Tsaris Pass to Sossus Dune Lodge. Arrive at Sossus Dune Lodge refresh, relax and enjoy the most spectacular views of the Namib Desert in the distance. Go on a Sundowner drive and enjoy the vastness of the Dunes.
Day 8 Sossus Dune Lodge - Swakopmund (Hansa Hotel)

Hansa Hotel
Today you will travel through the Namib Desert, showing you the vastness and desolate part of Namibia. Here you will be aw-inspired by its beauty. You will then be met by the Atlantic Ocean, the coastal towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Feast on the German confectionaries that Swakopmund has to offer as well as stroll through the streets and be amazed by the architecture of old meets new.
Day 9 Hansa Hotel
Hansa Hotel
Swakopmund has a lot to offer regarding activities, visit the Crystal Gallery, Aquarium and Museum. Here you are also given the opportunity to go on a scenic flight where you can then see the Skeleton Coast to the Namib through eagle eyes, un unforgettable experience. If you enjoy adrenalin then the Dune Buggies or Dune Boarding is the thing for you (your consultant will inform you of other activities that are offered).
Day 10 Hansa Hotel
Hansa Hotel
Enjoy your last day in Swakopmund! Wake up early with a hearty breakfast. Take a day trip into the Namib Desert and discover its fragile Ecosystems, take a dolphin cruise or just shop for souvenirs. Or if you wish have a gentile day lounging around the numerous, coffee shops and restaurants.
Day 11 Swakopmund - Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Enjoy the delectable breakfast that Hansa Hotel has to offer, then make your way onwards to Twyfelfontein/Khorixas area. Here you will have the possibility to travel different routes. Either along the coast, via Karibib, Omaruru and Khorixas or past the Brandberg to Twyfelfontein. Visit the Organ Pipes, Petrified Forest and the White Lady.
Day 12 Twyfelfontein Country Lodge - Etosha (Dolomite Camp)
Dolomite Camp
Next morning after breakfast, travel onwards towards the Etosha National Park. When you have reached the Dolomite Camp, refresh at the pool with a cold beer or enjoy an Afternoon Game Drive.
Day 13 Etosha - Okaukuejo Resort
Okaukuejo, located 17km from the southern entrance of the park, was the first, tourist camp to open in the Etosha. Okaukuejo is famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. Go on Game Drives, pay a visit to the Museum or just relax at the swimming pool.
Day 14 Etosha - Mushara Lodge
Mushara Lodge
A short drive out of the Von Lindequist Gate of the Etosha Park, over night in an electric blend of African and modern luxury. Spend your day of your tour lounging around the pool or enter the Etosha again and take pictures of the Animals you have missed on the two days past. (+- 20km)
Day 15 Windhoek - Depart

Depending on the flight schedules, scroll through Windhoek and enjoy the architecture of the capital city. Visit the shops and markets. Return the rental vehicle at the International Airport.

  • All accommodation as mentioned above.
  • All meals as indicated on the initial itinerary
  • 15% VAT (Value Added Tax)
  • Namibian tourism levy of 2%

  • Car rental and the costs that is inclusive to thus.
  • All other meals not mentioned in initial Itinerary
  • All activities.
  • Entrance fees of national parks.
  • Insurance covers
  • Porterages and tips
  • Drinks and personal expenses