22 January 2017
On this imaginative and adventurous nine day tour around Namibia your senses will be bombarded by so many spectacular sights and sounds. You will see the wonderful wildlife in the endless Kalahari Desert, visit the mysterious Quiver Tree Forest, admire the beauty of Fish River Canyon, visit a ghost town, explore the Namib Desert, walk through valleys and around bays and have the chance to try one of a number of adrenalin pumping activities. Along the way you will stay at a variety of lodges, village roadhouses and hotels.
Your tour begins in Windhoek, in the north of Namibia, from where you travel into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert. The bushman refer to it as the "Soul of the World", an emotive description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with Acacia's and shrubs, it is the only form of survival for a vast amount of specially adapted wildlife. You will see all the fauna and flora that has survived this desert environment for thousands of years.
Today after breakfast you travel south through expansive rocky plains, stopping at the unique Quiver Tree forest. The trees here are nestled among huge dolerite boulders, stacked in such a mysterious way that it seems giants must have played here. Continue through spectacular scenery to your lodge, which is situated close to the Fish River Canyon.
Your morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon, where you gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon, the second largest of its kind on earth. After taking in the majestic scenery here you travel on to the Succulent Karoo, one of the 20 most important biomes on earth.
Today you travel to Lederitz and visit a ghost town that was left to the hands of the relentless and unforgiving desert. Other nearby attractions visited today include the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert, Diaz Point and the coastal town of Lederitz itself.
After breakfast you travel north through the pre-Namib to your lodge in the Namib Desert. This is the gateway to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, where some of the highest sand dunes on earth stand towering over the white desert plains. The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the pool, or taking part in one or more of the optional activities offered at your lodge.
An early start this morning. The first rays of sunrise paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, so have your cameras ready. After capturing this awesome landscape on film you can clamber up some of the breathtaking dunes to experience the sea of sand from above. Later you visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.
After breakfast you travel through the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Moon Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. In Walvis Bay you visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a world heritage site. More than 80 per cent of the African flamingoes feed in this lagoon and present a breathtaking picture when they appear in groups of hundreds thousands. Having arrived in the coastal town of Swakopmund, you have the rest of the day at leisure
Spent the entire day in Swakopmund where you can book one or more of the optional activities such as a marine cruise, a desert tour, a scenic flight or a quad biking experience. Alternatively, stroll through the historic streets of the coastal town while shopping for souvenirs, and enjoy excellent confectioneries in the relaxing street cafes, before returning for another night in Swakopmund.
Today your wonderful Namibia canyons and deserts tour comes to an end. After breakfast you may have some time for more sightseeing or shopping before you are driven back to your hotel at Windhoek or to the international airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey back home. This off-the-beaten-track tour makes a great add on to any holiday in South Africa.
Bronze fr £1424pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated