Namibia Highlights tour 15d/14n
15 days / nights Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein and Ethosha
Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek
Arrival in Windhoek and transfer to your accommodation – Windhoek is Namibia’s capital and major trading centre for sheep skin. It is located on a sloping plain on the northern side of the Khomas Hochland (Khomas Highlands) at an altitude of 1,665 metres (5,460 ft). The city had to face lots of challenges in its history and only gained its independence in 1990.
Overnight in Windhoek
Day 2: Keetmanshoop
Continue south to Keetmanshoop, where you can see impressive forests of large Kokerboom (Quiver Tree) and Aloes. The town consists of around 15 000 inhabitants and is situated near 2 quiver tree forests and the Naute Dam and is an important center of the karakul sheep farming community. Visit to the KeetmanshoopMuseum which is located in the RhenishMissionChurch. The building dates back to 1895 and was declared a national monument in 1978.
Overnight near Keetmanshoop
Days 3 and 4: Fish River Canyon
Drive down to the FishRiverCanyon where you can explore the area. The FishRiverCanyon is the second largest canyon in the world – around 160 km in length and reaching a depth in excess of 500 meters! Enjoy the canyon scenery either in an open vehicle or on one of the many a hiking trails…
2 overnights near the Fish River Canyon
Day 5: Lüderitz
From the Canyon the tour continues back north – to the city of Lüderitz, centre for diamond mining and fishing, including crayfish, white fish, and pilchards. Lüderitz was the site of the first settlement by Germans in South West Africa in 1883. The town’s German architecture is very interesting.
Overnight in Lüderitz
Days 6 and 7: Sossusvlei in Namib Desert
The dunes of the Namib desert have developed over a period of many millions of years. Explore the Sossusvlei, Namibia’s famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert, a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are at a height of 300 metres and the highest in the world. Only after a heavy rainfall, which is a rare event in this area, the vlei (lake) fills up with water. As the clay layers hardly allow any water infiltration, a turquoise lake will remain for quite some time.
2 overnights at Sesriem
Day 8: Swakopmund via Walvis Bay
Drive to Swakopmund via Walvis Bay. Walvis Bay is beautifully set between the golden dunes of the Namib Desert and the cold currents of the Atlantic ocean, this city offers a deep sea port. Continue to Swakopmund. This city is an example for German architecture and was the main harbour for German South West Africa for a very long time.
Overnight in Swakopmund
The Ugab River Valley with its old trees and green bushes is homestead for a wide variety of game, birds, fascinating reptiles and insects. If time allows visit the “White Lady”, perhaps the world’s most famous rock painting (possible also the next day). The footpath to the site offers spectacular views into the open plains of the Damaraland. The stone-age rock paintings of the San bushmen give evidence of the presence of the famous desert elephants in the area many thousand years ago. Especially during the drier periods of the year, groups of desert elephant rove in the valley of the Ugab River.
Day 10: Twyfelfontein
This very vulnerable and delicate ecosystem, is renowned for some of the best examples of Bushman paintings and rock engravings in Southern Africa and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Interesting rock formations and the remainder of prehistoric volcanic action can be seen among the most prominent geographic features including the Organ Pipes, BurntMountain, Doros Crater and the Petrified Forest. The fauna and flora of Damaraland is typical of the Pro-Namib region.
Overnight at Twyfelfontein
Days 11 and 12: Etosha
Continue to Namibia’s biggest GamePark: Etosha. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan desert is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The salt pan is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer, when it attracts pelicans and flamingos in particular. Perennial springs attract a variety of wild animals and birds throughout the year, including the endangered Black Rhinoceros and the endemic Black-faced Impala.
2 overnights in Etosha
Day 13: Waterberg
The Waterberg Wilderness Reserve, at the south-eastern slope of the mountain, is a paradise for anyone who loves hiking, game and bird-watching and takes an interest in plants. It is also the ideal starting point for excursions into the exciting history of the area and into the culture of the OvaHerero who have lived here for centuries.
Overnight in Waterberg area
Overnight in Windhoek
Day 15: Departure
On time for your homebound flight a transfer from the accommodation to the airport will be arranged for you.
End of services
– If you would like to extend your stay in Namibia we will be happy to arrange it.
– This programme is a suggestion for an itinerary which is our sole property and can be amended on request.
INBEGREPEN: – Accommodatie en verblijf op basis van twee personen, inclusief ontbijt – Transfers naar de activiteiten en weer terug naar uw accommodatie. – Entree gelden voor activiteiten en bezoeken
NIET INBEGREPEN: – Maaltijden niet aangegeven – Fooien voor de Gids, chauffeur en kamerpersoneel – Drankjes en verfrissingen – Persoonlijke uitgaven – International airport exit taks – Reis- en annuleringskosten – Visumkosten
Prijzen zijn afhankelijk van: – Individueel of groepsprogramma – Aantal deelnemende personen – Seizoen van reizen – Duur van de reis en het gewenste programma – Soort en klasse van de te kiezen accommodaties – Vervoer en het af te leggen totaal traject – Ticketprijzen voor vluchten en data van vertrek en terugkomst