This 21-day self-drive
safari is the perfect option for the traveller who has a little more time to
explore beautiful Namibia.
Flight Europe – Namibia
Night flight directly or with stopover to Windhoek.
Arrival in Windhoek
Arrival and transfer to the lodge. In the middle of the African bush we
can relax in the garden and by the pool, from where we have a beautiful view of
the farmland. In the afternoon we take a farm tour.
Voigtland near the airport (DBB)
Drive to the edge of the Kalahari
In the morning we pick up our rental car and drive via Rehoboth and
Kalkrand into the Kalahari. At sunset we take a nature tour in an open jeep in
the up to 30 m high red longitudinal dunes with typical flora and fauna of the
Red Dunes Lodge in the Kalahari (FB)
Keetmashoop to the Fish River Canyon
Today we are facing a longer stretch. We drive through arid areas with
many succulents like quiver trees. The bushmen used the dead branches of these
trees as quivers for their arrows. We can take a closer look at this Aloe
species at the quiver tree forest. Not far from the Quiver Tree Forest is the
Giant's Playground, an ancient volcanic rock formation that transport every observer
into a fascinating fantasy world.
Continuing to the Canyon Lodge we enjoy the spectacular view over the
Fish River Canyon.
at Fish River Canyon (DBB)
of the Fish River Canyons
The Fish River Canyon is considered the second largest canyon in the
world. It is about 160 km long, in places up to 27 km wide and 550 m deep.
During the rainy season, the water meanders like a snake through a grey-brown
rocky landscape towards the Orange River, the border river to South Africa. The
docile and rather harmless appearing river has managed to erode the canyon during
many millions of years. There are many hiking possibilities either at the lodge
and in the canyon.
at Fish River Canyon (DBB)
the Orange River to Aus
Today's scenic route takes us first south and then along the Orange
River. The Orange River forms the border to South Africa and flows through a
beautiful desert landscape. Along the Orange River alfalfa and wine are
cultivated. The shiny green is a welcome change to the otherwise extremely dry
environment. In the afternoon we can take an excursion to the wild horses of
Vista, Desert Horse Inn Lodge (DBB)
Journey to Sesriem/Sossusvlei
We drive northwards along the edge of the Namib Desert, one of the most
photogenic landscapes in Namibia. On the way the unbelievable vastness of the
Namib Desert with isolated island mountains and dune landscapes gives us an
idea what to expect in the next few days. From our lodge we have a view over
the huge sand sea. Own sightseeing of the Sesriem Canyon is possible.
near the park entrance (DBB)
Own drive to Sossusvlei, the highest dunes in the world. As the sun is
still quite low in the morning, the high sand dunes shimmer golden, yellow, and
reddish on one side, but are dark and shady on the other side. Thus, the dune
ridge stands out razor sharp. Short hike and visit of the photogenic Dead Vlei
with its dead tree trunks.
near the park entrance (HP)
Over the Gaub- & Kuiseb-Pass to
We pass the Gaub- and Kuiseb and cross the
central Namib Desert. On the way we will certainly see ostriches, but maybe
also springboks, zebras and oryx antelopes. Via Walvis Bay we reach the coastal
town of Swakopmund, where we spend the night directly by the sea.
Swakopmund by the sea, Luxury Room (BB)
Today we take a remarkably interesting boat trip in the lagoon of Walvis
Bay. We see seals, dolphins, flamingos, and pelicans.
In the afternoon, many activities are possible (optional). Shop, enjoy
the beach, visit the museum, the aquarium, or the crystal gallery. Quad biking
in the dunes is also possible.
Hotel Swakopmund by the sea, Luxury Room (BB)
We say goodbye to the ocean and drive to the Erongo mountains. In the
north we see the majestic Spitzkoppe, also called the Matterhorn of Namibia,
which surmounts its surrounding by 600 meters. Our lodge is embedded between
bizarre rock formations of granite. Guided hikes in this wildly beautiful
landscape are offered.
Journey via Uis to Twyfelfontein
We drive via Uis, past the 2573m high Brandberg massif to the UNESCO World
heritage site, Twyfelfontein. The name Twyfelfontein is Afrikaans, means
"dubious spring" and it is located at the foot of a huge sandstone
massif. These sedimentary rocks are the petrified remnants of a primeval
desert, which about 180 million years ago covered wide areas of today's Namibia
with its sand masses.
Country Lodge at Twyfelfontein (DBB)
In the morning we can visit the world-famous rock engravings of
Twyfelfontein, the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes (optional). In the
afternoon we join the lodge in search of desert elephants in the dry riverbed
of the Aba-Huab. Between high camel thorn and white acacia trees we drive in
the deep river sand and hope to spot some of the rare desert adapted elephants.
Country Lodge at Twyfelfontein (DBB)
Drive through Damaraland
Since the route for today is not far, we can start the day with a
relaxed breakfast. Afterwards we drive via Khorixas to the Ugab terraces. On
the way we can visit the "Petrified Forest". This is a collection of up
to 30 meters long fossil tree trunks, which were formed 280 million years ago
when the glaciers in southern Africa melted, depositing the trunks in Namibia
which were then exposed again after millions of years by erosion. In the
evening we enjoy a sundowner drink from the high Table Mountain right next to
our lodge. The landscape is special and can be compared to the
"Marlboro" area in the USA.
Vingerklip Lodge (DBB)
Journey to the Etosha National Park
The Etosha National Park with its specie
biodiversity beckons. The park is one of the largest game reserves in the world
and is considered one of the most outstanding game parks in Africa. The animals
are attracted by the Etosha Pan, a huge depression, which is rarely filled with
rainwater. At the edge of the pan there are waterholes where animals and birds
flock together throughout the whole year. Own game drives in the park. In the
evening we can watch the coming and going of the animals at the illuminated
Okaukuejo in Park, Waterhole Chalet (BB)
Etosha National Park
Exciting animal observations await us today in the Etosha National Park. We spend the whole day visiting the different waterholes and observing animals like giraffe, kudu, zebra, oryx antelope, black-faced impala, wildebeest, springbok, ostrich and with some luck lions, elephant and rhino.
Camp Halali in Park (BB)
Journey through the eastern Etosha National Park
Once again, we enjoy the abundance of wildlife in the
park and watch many wild animals at the waterholes quenching their thirst. In
the evening we leave the park in eastern direction. For dinner we enjoy a
delicious glass of wine at the lodge.
Mushara Bush Camp at the eastern park entrance (DBB)
We leave the wildlife of the Etosha Park and drive to Otjiwarongo.
Before Tsumeb we can stop at Lake Otjikoto, where the Germans sank their
cannons in 1915. However, most of the guns were later lifted and are on exhibit
in the museum in Tsumeb. Today we stay at a lodge in typical African style. Maybe in the
afternoon we take a farm tour on the grounds of the lodge, which has an
unusually high game population (optional).
Indongo Lodge northeast of Otjiwarongo (DBB)
Today we drive to Okahandja, where we can visit
the big woodcarving market. We continue to Okapuka, just outside Windhoek. The
farm is 120 square kilometres large with many game species like rhinos, sable
antelopes, eland antelopes, giraffes, wildebeests, kudus, and springboks. We
can relax at the pool, review the past days and rest before the long flight
tomorrow. In the late afternoon we go on a last game drive.
Lodge close to Windhoek (DBB)
Windhoek – Europe
Drive to Windhoek and return of the rental car. Transfer to the airport, departure in the afternoon or eveningto Europe/back home.
We land early in the morning with many beautiful memories of our dream safari in Namibia.
You are welcome to make changes to the above program to create your very own unique tour.
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