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The diverse 14-day guided Namibia Lodge Safari is the perfect alternative in this mesmerizing land of extremes. Namibia is an ideal destination for travelers in search of rugged natural beauty, dream-like scenery, and incredible wildlife, complemented with warm hospitality, unique cultures, and good food. Experiencing the vast spaces, wildness, and solitude of Namibia you are constantly reminded of the magnitude of nature and the elements.
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Time/ Distance: 4 min (2.4 km)
When you land at Windhoek International Airport on your first day, you will be welcomed by our driver and taken to your accommodation at the Arebbusch Travel Lodge.
Dinner & Overnight at Arebbusch Travel Lodge
Time/ Distance: 3 hr (530 km)
Day two starts with a delicious breakfast in the guesthouse’s sunny breakfast room and a short tour briefing. Take in the solitude and changing colors of the Kalahari and endless views over the desert landscape. We recommend joining the optional ‘Bush Walk’, as this provides a fascinating glimpse into the remarkable fauna and flora that survive and thrive in these harsh desert conditions.
Dinner & Overnight at Harnas Wildlife Foundation
Time/ Distance: 3 hr 12 min (336 km)
Enjoy the next two days morning by sleeping in or after breakfast you have the day to make use of the amenities at the lodge as there is a wide selection of activities run by the game ranch all to the backdrop of beautiful landscapes. Bagatelle is the custodian of some captive cheetah. Feeding time is both very popular and a highlight. Morning scenic drives, afternoon sundowner trips, an early walk with the San, birdwatching, stargazing, and night drives can be arranged. If you are a nature lover you can explore the region on a leisurely horseback safari.
Dinner & Overnight at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Time/ Distance: 5 hr 29 min (354 km)
This morning we cross into Namibia after lunch and travel to the Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 27 km wide, and about 550 m deep, it’s the second-largest canyon in the world. A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we can take in the spectacular vistas. We make our way to Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. In the afternoon we watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon’s rim.
Dinner & Overnight at Canyon Roadhouse Gondwana Collection Namibia
Time/ Distance: 2 hr (178 km)
From Fish River Canyon you will drive to the small town of Aus. Close by to your lodge are the wild horses the area is famous for exploring Lüderitz and enjoying a tour around the old mining town of Kolmanskop. This is a great area for photography the houses are the last remaining memory of ‘Millionaires Avenue’ which is now derelict and filled with sand.
Dinner & Overnight at Canyon Roadhouse Gondwana Collection Namibia
Time/ Distance: 5 hr 10 min (373.3 km)
Today you will head to the Sossusvlei region. You will head north toward the Namib Desert today. On your way to the lodge, you will pass through the spectacular NamibRand Nature Reserve where the dunes change from light yellow to rich red.
The next day you can visit the giant dunes at Sossusvlei and explore the area on foot. Excursions can be arranged through the lodge, or you can drive yourselves to the dunes and then take a shuttle for the remaining distance on the sand.
Dinner & Overnight at Namib Desert Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia
Time/ Distance: 1 hr 52 min (168 km)
Drive through the desert to Swakopmund, stopping at Walvis Bay on the way to visit the lagoon, a protected RAMSAR wetland site, where you may see many species of birds including greater and lesser flamingos, pelicans, avocets, plovers, and the endemic Damara tern. From here it is a short coastal drive to the historic seaside town of Swakopmund where the German colonial influence still permeates. Soak up the atmosphere or participate in one of the many adventure activities on offer including quad biking and sandboarding and a living desert tour.
Dinner & Overnight at Pebble Stone House
Time/ Distance: 3 hr (312 km)
Our next stop is the Brandberg where we camp next to the dry Ugab River, home to the rare desert elephants. We explore the mountains on foot with our local guides, who lead us through this region adorned with rock art.
Dinner & Overnight at Brandberg White Lady Lodge
Time/ Distance: 2 hr 1 min (312 km)
Onward to Etosha National Park, a place of unspoiled nature and wildlife. Your first night is spent at Dolomite Camp in the western sector of the Park – an area not accessible to mainstream tourists. The next two nights are spent at Okaukuejo with its fabulous waterhole active with hordes of animals such as springbok, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, and kudu congregating and drinking. Around sunset, it’s common for herds of elephants, as well as the endangered black rhino, to enter the fray. Lion and other predators are, of course, frequent visitors as well. You spend the following day’s game driving early in the morning and late afternoon when the animals are active. You may also wish to drive to Halali where you can stop for lunch and a swim before returning to Okaukuejo.
Dinner & Overnight at Mana Pools Camp
Time/ Distance: 2 hr 1 min (178.1 km)
Spend the morning enjoying the reserve before returning to Windhoek. Return your vehicle to Windhoek International (Hosea Kutako) Airport.
The name Windhoek is derived from the Afrikaans meaning „windy corner“. The former spelling at the beginning of the German colonial time “Windhuk” is not in use anymore. The San (Bushmen) already populated the area around Windhoek thousands of years ago.
The Alte Feste is the oldest surviving building in the city which subsequently developed around it. After the World War I German surrender in South West Africa, Windhoek was occupied by the South African Army in March 1915. The Alte Feste now served as military headquarters for the South African Union troops.
Windhoek is one of the world’s major centres for the karakul sheep-skin trade. Windhoek has two traditional names: Otjomuise and /Ae //Gams. Windhoek’s name may be derived from the word “Winterhoek”, the the name of the mountains surrounding Tulbagh in South Africa. Windhoek was formally established on 18 October 1890.
Spanning over several countries, the Kalahari Desert offers safari experiences unlike any others in Africa. Each region provides a unique experience with excellent sightings of antelope species, big cats and incredible birdlife that have adapted to survive the harsh conditions.
A Kalahari Desert holiday, however, offers travellers something completely unique. Stunning landscapes of red sand dunes, which can turn green during the summer months, fascinating plant life and wildlife and an insight into the lives of the San/Bushmen awaits those who choose to journey into the Kalahari.
The Kalahari Desert is a vast semi-arid savannah in Southern Africa and covers approximately 900,000 square kilometres of land. The desert comprises a series of diverse landscapes that are not confined to one country but stretch across South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
The Kalahari Desert is inhabited primarily by Bantu speakers and Khoisan-speaking San, with a small number of Europeans.
Although all San traditionally were hunter-gatherers, there were significant cultural and social differences between groups. For example, a number of groups had long-standing clientships with Bantu-speaking stockowners, while other groups lived—until the 1970s—solely as autonomous foragers.
The northern Kalahari supports a considerable population of giraffes, zebras, elephants, buffalo, and antelopes (roan, sable, tsessebe, and impala); predators such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, wild hunting dogs, and foxes; other large and medium-sized mammals, such as jackals, hyenas, warthogs, baboons, badgers,
Mariental is the administrative capital of the Hardap Region in an area which has long been a centre for the Nama people. It lies near the Hardap Dam, the second largest reservoir in Namibia.
Mariental is a town located in the Hardap region of Namibia, in the central part of the country. It is the capital of the region and is known for its agricultural industry, including cattle ranching and grain farming. Mariental is located in a semi-arid region, but has a relatively mild climate due to its elevation.
Named by local Rhenish (German Lutheran) missionaries, the town was founded in 1912 as a railway stop between Windhoek and Keetmanshoop and named after Maria, the wife of the first colonial settler of the area, Hermann Brandt. It is home to the oldest Dutch Reformed church congregation in Namibia, founded in 1898.
Named by local Rhenish (German Lutheran) missionaries, Mariental was founded in 1912 as a railway stop between Windhoek and Keetmanshoop. It was proclaimed a town in 1920 and a municipality in 1946. An important economic function of the town is the processing and transport of Karakul skins.
Mariental is a town of 10,000 inhabitants in south-central Namibia, lying on the B1 national road 232 kilometres (144 mi) north of Keetmanshoop and 274 kilometres (170 mi) southeast of Windhoek. It lies at an elevation of 1,090 metres (3,580 ft).
The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is one of the largest canyons in Africa and in the world. The Fish River carved the canyon out of rock over millions of years. The Fish River Canyon is 1,000 to 2,300 feet (300 to 700 meters) deep and about 100 miles (160 kilometers) long.
The beginnings of the canyon started about 500 million years ago when a fracture of the earth’s crust resulted in the collapse of the valley bottom forming a broad valley running north–south. Southward-moving glaciers deepened it, with more faults and erosion adding to the effect.
The Fish River Canyon, Africa’s answer to the Grand Canyon, is one of the best places in Namibia to stand in awe of the raw majesty of nature. Measuring 27km/17mi wide, 550m/1804ft deep, and 160km/99mi long, it’s the largest canyon on the continent and Namibia’s greatest geological wonder.
It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles (160 km) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants.
Mostly the activity done there is hiking exploring the Canyon with your feet.
Fish River Canyon Trail
Aus is a small village situated in the Karas region of Namibia. This village is most notable for its unpredictable weather and its history as a Prisoner of War camp. When the German colonial troops surrendered to the South African forces in 1915, a camp for the prisoners of war was set up a few kilometres outside of Aus.
Aus’s weather can be extreme, very cold in winter and hot in the summer. It is also unpredictable – which stems from its proximity to the Cape.
Aus offers many interesting activities and attractions. There is something to do for every member of the family. This includes a new museum, which should encourage more visitors to stop and discover something about an area that is all too often ignored. At the entrance to this village is a modern Information Centre and is one of the few information centres in Namibia that opens at weekends, and is well worth a visit you can also visit the observation shelter to spot the Feral Horses at Garub lastly enjoy Hiking and Biking.
Sossusvlei (sometimes written Sossus Vlei) is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.
Sossusvlei has a hot desert climate. The annual mean average temperature is 24 °C. In winter, the nighttime lows are around 10 °C, while in summer temperatures often reaches up to 40 °C.
These dunes are among the highest in the world; many of them higher than 200 metres, the highest being the one nicknamed Big Daddy, about 325 metres high. The highest dune in the Namib Desert however, Dune 7, is about 388 metres high.
Dune 45 at 170 meters tall is the most well-known dune chosen to climb by those who visit the Sossusvlei area. This relatively ‘easy’ climb takes anywhere from 40 minutes to one hour to reach the top, for most people. Coming down takes less than 5 minutes.
The sand dunes in the Sossusvlei area are known as ‘star dunes’ due to the shape formed when the wind approaches from all directions. As a result, the dunes hardly move. 8. The sand in the region is given its distinctive red colour from the layer of iron oxide which coats it.
It’s a beautiful beach town with a strong German influence, architecturally and culturally. The local people are very friendly and helpful. It’s also a tourist town with lots of locally crafted sculptures available to tourists.
Walvis Bay (meaning “whale bay”) seems larger and more spaced out than Swakopmund
The Brandberg Massif or Brandberg Intrusion is a granitic intrusion, which forms a dome-shaped massif. It originated during the Early Cretaceous rifting that led to the opening of the South Atlantic Ocean.
It has an exceptionally rich palaeo-archaeological heritage with a high concentration of prehistoric rock art (more than 43 000 paintings and 900 sites alone). The two genres of rock art (engravings and paintings) are found in close association in the Brandberg and more than 120 archaeological sites have been recorded.
Over 120 million years ago, a single mass of granite punched through the Earth’s crust and intruded into the heart of the Namib Desert in what is now northern Namibia. Today the mountain of rock called the Brandberg Massif towers over the arid desert below.
The formation is a remnant of a long period of tumultuous volcanic and geologic activity on Earth during which the southern super-continent of Gondwana was splitting apart. The mountain influences the local climate, drawing more rain to its flanks than the desert below receives.
Etosha means the”great white area” and refers to the huge salt pan. This is an impressive sight because it’s certainly the biggest salt pan in Africa. Subsequently, when it rains, the water pools in the pan attracts hundreds of thousands of flamingos!
The abundance of game in Etosha National Park is somewhat unexpected, showcasing some of the most common and rarest wildlife species. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephant (some of the largest in Africa due to the vitamins and nutrients found in the ground), the endangered black rhino and even leopard.
Mopane is the most common tree, estimated to make up around 80% of all trees in the park. The sandveld in the north-eastern corner of Etosha is dominated by acacia and Terminalia trees. Tamboti trees characterize the woodlands south of the sandveld.
The 4730 km2 Etosha Pan is a huge, pristine oval-shaped salt pan situated in northern Namibia. It is the central feature of Namibia’s Etosha National Park. It is the terminal playa of the Cuvelai drainage system in the lowest part of the Ovambo Basin at an elevation between 1,071 to 1,086 m above sea level.
The Etosha Pan, of Course, Abundant Bird and Animal Life, Wide Open Spaces, Stunning Sunsets, Numerous Waterholes, Plenty of Dining Options and warm Namibian Hospitality.
The park has about 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and 1 species of fish (up to 49 species of fish during floods). Etosha National Park is also the single-most important custodian of the black rhino in the world.