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Experience the great Red land of the Kalahari and Namib Namib Desert within 7 days. This is the best way to visit the best of Kalahari with a professional guide, lodging, and experience Sossusvlei, Namib Nauklift Park, Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon, and Luderitz.
Pick up in the morning at around 8 am from any hotel in Windhoek and directly on the way south to Namib Desert & world-famous Sossusvlei. We will drive through scenic Spreetshoogte Pass.
Stop-over at the view point to admire endless panorama of the Namib.
Our next stop is at Solitaire oasis, we stop for lunch & stretching legs. Arrival at the lodge in the afternoon.
Located in Central Namibia, the Naukluft Mountains cut a fine silhouette against the vast open skies of this incredibly beautiful country. Private farms occupy the northern reaches and to the south, the range falls within the spectacular Namib-Naukluft National Park. Rising steeply from the vast plains of Central Namibia, the rugged landscape holds a fascinating history, interesting geology and a boasts a variety of deep gorges, caves, small streams and beautiful waterfalls. These mountains support an array of wildlife including over 50 mammal species such as leopard, mountain zebra; various antelope species and almost 200 species of bird. Popular activities include: game viewing, hiking, bird watching, camping, off-roading in a four-wheel drive and swimming in the spectacular rock pools at the Kudusrus campsite.
Agama Lodge have developed a wonderful oasis. Welcome to unequalled hospitality in the Namib Desert. At Agama Lodge we offer cosy chalets, a bar as well as a restaurant serving outstanding food. Our guests tend to fall in love with the open-air infinity swimming pool and the viewing deck which offers unhindered views of the central Namib Desert.
Dinner and Breakfast
Early morning before sunrise, we are driving around 70 km through the desert to reach Sesriem Gate. Gate is open at sunrise, scenic drive through Sesriem Gate to Sossusvlei gives opportunities for cupturing orange dunes with the eye of camera, dunes of Sossusvlei give off spectacular colors & shades early in the morning. Welcome to the highest shifting dunes in the world at raising sun, which was recently inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as the ‚Sand Sea’. Option of climbing picturesque Dune 45 to experience beauty and vastness of fascinating orange-colour landscape. After the climb, 5 km off-road 4×4 trail to visit surreal Dead Vlei, a place of vast clay pan and dried-up, ancient acacias standing silent in an impressive landscape.
In the afternoon, visit to the fascinating rock formation of the Sesriem Canyon and optionally climbing Elim Dune overlooking scenic desert horizon.
Helicopter flight over the dunes
Overnight & Agama Lodge
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After breakfast, journey to small, coastal town of Luderitz, situated on the Atlantic Coast. Our road will lead through spectacular landscape and breathtaking vistas of Namib Desert. Before reaching Luderitz short visit to Ferer Desert Horses. Upon arrival short visit to the historical monument, a granite cross, known as the Diaz Cross, set in the sands of the Namib by Portuguese sailor Bartholomew Diaz, when he first landed at the Namibian coast on 25th July 1488, cross presently found is replica of the original and it was erected in 1988. In the afternoon relax and optional walk around the town with historical building
Overnight & Kairos Cottage B&B
Sandwiched between the rugged and stark Atlantic Coast and the arid desert of Namibia, the town of Luderitz is located in an incredible unique geographical setting. This seaside town is something of an anomaly frozen in time – a piece of 19th-century Bavaria bordering the pinkish sand dunes of the Namib Desert. Lutheran churches, German bakeries, and colonial buildings boasting German art nouveau architecture are dotted about the settlement, while its windswept beaches are home to flamingos, ostriches, seals, and penguins. The nearby ghost town of Kolmanskop, which has been taken over by the desert dunes, is another fascinating must-see attraction, located approximately 10 kilometres from Luderitz central, along with the herd of wild desert-adapted horses near the small town of Aus.
Kairos Cottage is a unique bed and breakfast accommodation boasting stunning sea views! Our guests can enjoy a lovely breakfast from our menu while being serenaded with a song or two. We offer five rooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom with a shower and spectacular sea views and sunsets. Good quality linen and towels are provided, and each room also has a television and coffee station with a bar fridge. At Kairos Cottage, you will experience a supreme moment that you will never forget!
Dinner and Breakfast
In the morning driving around 10 km from Luderitz, to visit historical ‚Ghost Town’ of Kolmanskoop, deserted in the sands after famous ‚diamond rush’. You will spend around one hour on guided tour at Kolmanskop, after the tour you are welcome to explore Kolmanskope on your own, in search for perfect photograph of the Ghost Town burried in the sand of the Namib Desert.
Boat cruise to Penguin Island
Excursion to Elizabeth Bay (permit required & must be organized one month in advance).
Overnight & Kairos Cottage B&B
Dinner and Breakfast
Today on our way to the second largest canyon in the World, Fish River Canyon. The Fish River Canyon, is located in the south of Namibia. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160 kilometers long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep
Overnight & Fish River Lodge
Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second-largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony, the Fish River Canyon measures a whopping 160 kilometres in length, at times 27 kilometres in width and 550 metres in depth. The awe-inspiring natural beauty of this ancient geological marvel draws visitors from around the globe. For those looking for adventure, the intense 85 kilometre Fish River Hiking Trail through1.5 billion years of geological history will definitely thrill avid adventure enthusiasts, and for visitors looking to relax, head over to the canyon’s southern end to enjoy a soak in the mineral waters of the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais, or take in the spectacularly scenic views from Hobas Restcamp as well as numerous other viewpoints along its rim. Other popular activities include: scenic chartered flights, horse riding, nature drives and seasonal kayaking.
Fish River Lodge in southern Namibia is the only lodge perched directly on the rim of the Fish River Canyon offering guests breathtaking views of the canyon from sunrise to sunset.
Experience first-hand the geological forces that unfolded 300 million years ago, when the Fish River began to etch its way through hard quartzite forming a Canyon 90 kilometers long, 549 meters deep and 28 kilometers wide in some places, making it the world’s second largest Canyon. The 45 000 hectare Canyon Nature Park is a natural sanctuary for Karoo succulent flora and endemic wildlife.
Incredible hiking trails meander down into the heart of the canyon affording guests spectacular scenery combined with 75 km river frontage made up of permanent water holes and rock pools that attract Hartmans Zebra, Kudu, Oryx, Springbok and many other smaller wildlife species and endemic bird life.
Dinner and Breakfast
Traveling west-north towards small town of Keetmanshoop, after Keetmanshoop turn to the gravel road and short visit to: Quiver Tree Forest & Giant’s Playground. Arrival at the lodge for relaxing afternoon in the Kalahari Desert.
Hike in Kalahari Dunes
Afternoon game drive
Overnight & Anib Lodge
Spreading across Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, the Kalahari meaning ‘the great thirst’ is an exceptionally beautiful living desert. The landscape is characterised by a large semi-arid sandy savannah draped over a gently rolling inland sea of sand covering most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa. It is also the last bastion of the indigenous San people with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed. The Namibian portion is made up of red sands covered in thin, wispy, mostly golden grass and dotted with acacia trees and wide-ranging wildlife including gemsbok, impala, jackals and cheetah.
Savour the Kalahari Desert at this easily accessible lodge. 30 standard rooms flank a shady courtyard, with another 21 comfort overlooking Kalahari savannah. Stretch legs on the walks and join the afternoon drive to experience the red Kalahari sands aglow with an inner fire.
Location: Approximatly 30 km northeast of Mariental on the C 20 (Kalahari).
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The mountain range is situated at the eastern edge of the Namib Desert between Sesriem and Solitaire. It rises up to 1000 m from the surrounding land and reaches an overall height of 2000 m above sea level.
Namib-Naukluft National Park is located on the western side of Namibia just south of the midway point. The park lies between the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean through to the beginning of the Great Escarpment which extends into South Africa. It borders the neighboring Dorob National Park to the north.
After summer rains, encounter large herds of gemsbok, zebra, springbok, ostrich and even giraffe in the northern section of the park. Go birding at the marine sanctuary, Sandwich Harbour, home to up to 50 000 wetland birds including spectacular flocks of greater and lesser flamingos.
In 1907 the area between the Kuiseb and Swakop rivers was proclaimed as Game Reserve No 3. Later, in 1941, it was augmented by the addition of Sandwich Harbour. In 1956 the Kuiseb Canyon and Swakop River Valley were added, along with the Welwitschia Plains, and in 1968 the park was renamed the Namib Desert Park.
Luderitz isn’t one of the must-see places that pop up on a Namibian Road trip route, probably because it involves a detour inland from Aus. This part of Namibia’s southern coast is worth a stopover though. Kolmanskop is magnetic enough, but Luderitz has a charm of its own which is also worth stopping for.
These days Luderitz is known for great seafood – you can feast on fresh rock lobster, oysters and mussels. This coastal town in Namibia has unusual brightly painted German Art Deco architecture and interesting historical buildings to photograph and explore.
Lüderitz thus began its life as a trading post. The town was founded in 1883 when Heinrich Vogelsang purchased Angra Pequena and some of the surrounding land on behalf of Adolf Lüderitz, a Hanseat from Bremen in Germany, from the local Nama chief Josef Frederiks II in Bethanie.
Luderitz is home to the Luderitz International Airport (LUD), which is an enjoyable 15-minute drive from the city center. Luderitz International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Air Namibia Airways. Popular international flights to Luderitz, Namibia departure from Johannesburg and Cape Town.
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 is the second largest canyon in the world and is southern Namibia’s greatest attraction. Hiking is a spectacular way to explore the region and to capture mesmerizing photographs.
In the canyon you may encounter several species of mammals, such as wild horses, Mountain Zebra (Hartman zebra), Kudu, Klipspringer, Leopard, Steenbok, Baboon and Springbok. The most common rodents include mice, rats, dassies, and dassie rats.
Although the canyon is largely dry, there are pockets of green where more leafy plants, palms and trees grow in oasis-like patches. Generally, you will come across drought-resistant plants, like euphorbias, aloes and the occasional quiver tree.
During this period the glacial deposits and their cover of Karoo sediments were nearly completely eroded; the rocks exposed today in and around the Fish River Canyon belong to the Namaqua Metamorphic Complex (~1300 m. y.), overlain by flat-lying ~550 m. y. old sandstones and black limestones of the basal Nama Group.
How long is the Fish River Canyon hiking trail? The total distance of the trail is 86 km, the river itself is longer but due to many shortcuts, your walking distance is about 14 km less. You’ll need 4 to 5 days to complete the trail.
The Kalahari has existed as an inland desert since the Cretaceous period (65-135 million years ago). It has experienced both periods of greater humidity and more aridity, documented in fossil dune fields. It was during a period of greater rainfall that the Makgadikgadi Depression in northern Botswana was formed.
One of the most famous deposits in South Africa, hosting one of the world’s largest manganese deposits, and of course some of the best manganese minerals the world has ever seen
Is the Kalahari Desert Hot or Cold? The temperatures in the Kalahari Desert are extreme, with summers being very hot while winter temperatures can go below zero degrees Celsius at night.