If you are looking for a quiet, relaxed, but still visually stunning safari in the wonderful country of Namibia then we have the perfect itinerary for you.
Our 8-Day Southern Namibia safari explores the spectacular natural beauty and top attractions of this special part of an already fantastic country. We will set off from the capital city of Windhoek and spend a night in the red dunes of the Kalahari near Mariental.
Next up is the Canyon Park and the mind-blowing Fish River Canyon, before the tour continues to Aus, Lüderitz, the ghost town of Kolmanskop, and the famous wild Namib Desert Horses.
We also visit one of the top attractions in all of southern Africa, the high sand dunes around Sossusvlei, and lastly, we go to the coastal holiday town of Swakopmund, the outdoor sports capital of the country.
This safari easily combines with visits to dramatic Damaraland, or with an extension to world-famous Etosha National Park.
After meeting you at Windhoek International Airport we will depart for the beautiful Kalahari savannah of southern Namibia. We will drive for about 250km and will arrive at our lodge in time to settle in and enjoy lunch before departing for an afternoon game drive on the private reserve. Animals like springbok, oryx, red hartebeest, black-backed jackal, porcupine, steenbok, ostrich, and many more inhabit the acacia and grass savannah that cover the red sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert. This will be the perfect introduction to the beauty of the southern section of Namibia.
After a relaxing breakfast, we will continue southwards and after visiting the Quiver Tree Forest and Giant’s playground near Keetmanshoop we will arrive at our lodge in the Gondwana Canon Park close to the Fish River Canyon. The Quiver Tree (Aloe dichotoma) is a symbol of southern Namibia and several hundred of them can be seen growing together and they live up to 120 years. After a quick lunch and settling in we will depart for an afternoon sundowner drive within the reserve. Besides looking for games like oryx, springbok, kudu, klipspringer, mountain, and Burchell’s zebra that inhabit the park we will also learn about the geology of this fascinating area. Our lodge is situated just 20 km from the Fish River Canyon and horse-back rides in the park can be organized on request.
After enjoying a great night’s rest and a big Namibian breakfast we will use the morning to explore the fascinating Fish River Canyon. It is the second biggest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the United States and is one of Namibia’s biggest attractions. After returning to our lodge for lunch and a short break we will do an afternoon game drive in the park or alternatively we can do a morning walk in the park, visit the canyon in the afternoon and have time for a quick walk to watch the sunset with a sun-downer drink in your hand. We will again stay in the same lodge as last night.
We will be up early today and do a very short drive to a higher location to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee in your hands. Watching an African sunrise is a truly unforgettable experience. We will return to the lodge for breakfast shortly thereafter and after checking out we will continue our safari in a westerly direction towards Aus and Luderitz enjoying the ever-changing landscape as we drive. At this point, we will be close to the Orange River which forms the border between Namibia and South Africa as well as the restricted diamond area called the Sperrgebiet. Our lodge for the next two nights is situated in the Sperrgebiet Park and within the Aus Mountains offering great views over the surrounding plains. We will enjoy a late afternoon scenic drive within the reserve.
We will have the full day explore the surrounding attractions which include Lüderitz, Kolmanskop and the Wild Horses of the Namib. Lüderitz is the only other “big” town in the south except for Keetmanshoop. We will visit Diaz cross (erected in 1488 by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Diaz) and also enjoy lunch at one of the seafood restaurants overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Kolmanskop is an old deserted mining ghost town with a fascinating history. It was started when diamonds were discovered 1908 and deserted in 1930 when diamond mining around Kolmanskop ended. On our way back we will definitely visit the Garub water point where we have a great chance of seeing a few of the famous Wild Horses of the Namib. You will also learn more about where they originated from as we make our way back to our lodge.
We will be up early and after breakfast depart for a half-day tour of the surrounding desert landscape. You will learn about the Fauna and Flora as well as the geology and history of the area. We will be a lot of further west and closer to the Atlantic Ocean and it is fascinating to see how the landscape and wildlife have changed during the last few days. Alternatively, we can organize to do a hiking trail in the beautiful Aus Mountains. After lunch, we will depart for Sossusvlei driving through the NamibRand Nature Reserve with its spectacular scenery along the way. We will arrive at our lodge near the entrance gate to Sossusvlei by late afternoon and enjoy a great dinner and early night in preparation for our early start to Sossusvlei tomorrow.
After an early breakfast and coffee, we will depart for a morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. We will stop at the scenic Dune 45 along the way and spend a couple of hours at both Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Some of the dunes in the area are a few hundred meters high but the view from the top for those that dare is one you will never forget. After lunch, we will depart for Swakopmund via the Namib Naukluft National Park. We will spend the night at a guesthouse and have dinner at one of the top restaurants in Swakopmund. Please note that dinner tonight is not included in the package price and is for your own account.
This is where our Southern Namibia Safari ends and we would happily extend and continue northwards and include Damaraland and Etosha. We can also help organize a few extra days in Swakopmund to explore and to do the extra activities