Student Adventure Namibia Explorer

Tour Details

Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Departure: Daily, on request
Pick-ups: Windhoek
Drop-off: Windhoek
Minimum Participants: 10 Pax
Maximum Participants: 35 Pax
Mode of transport: Air-conditioned vehicles
Prices: Available on request
Options: Standard version
Inclusive: Vehicle Fuel Qualified professional Driverguide = 1 Person
Accommodation
Accommodation & Meals for the Guide
Meals (as per itinerary)
Park entrance fees as per itinerary
Activities as indicated in the itinerary
Water on board
Porterage
Passenger Liability'
15% VAT
2% Tourism Levy
Exclusive Overland Safari Truck
Fuel
Qualified professional Driverguide = 1 Person
Accommodation
Accommodation & Meals for the Guide
Meals (as per itinerary)
Park entrance fees as per itinerary
Activities as indicated in the itinerary
Water on board
Porterage
Passenger Liability'
15% VAT
2% Tourism Levy

Our tour proposal is subject to availability.

Highlights: Explore the variety and similarities of the desert landscapes that Namibia has to offer. From the red, vegetated dunes of the Kalahari, through to the harsh beauty and depths of the canyons at Fish River, and ending off at the endless vistas of the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei dunes - you will never seize to be amazed!

 


 

Itinerary:

01 Day / Arrival in Namibia

Students on Safari Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport. Meet and greet by your personal guide and transfer to Windhoek.

Check-in at your Backpackers where you will spend two nights.

In the afternon you will be picked up at your backpackers for a very interesting and informative city and township tour.

This Windhoek City Tour combines a detailed sight-seeing tour of Windhoek's city centre and a visit to Katutura township. Visit historical buildings, monuments and cultural museums within Windhoek City Centre. We visit Christus Church, Tintenpalast (House of Parliament), Alte Fest (Old Fort) and Heinitzburg Castle. Have a panorama view of Windhoek from lover's hill and visit the Namibian Craft Centre. From the city centre, we head to the old location cemetery in Hochland Park where we learn more about Katutura. Then we visit the Single Quarters Meat Market, Penduka Womens Projects, Mama Melba's goat head restaurant and see the shack houses of Hakahana.

Fullboard basis, Paradisegarden Backpackers or similar

Paradisegarden offers accommodation in spacious 4 & 6 bed dormitories and in single or double rooms. For those who prefer to sleep in their own tents, there is also place available.

 


 

02 Day / Windhoek

After a lovely breakfast we will be picked at our backpackers by our guide to visit universities in Windhoek and learn few backgrounds regarding education system in this country and also used this opportunity to exhange cultures.

The remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure or you can explore this cosmopolitan city on your own.

Fullboard basis, Paradisegarden Backpackers or similar

 


 

03 Day / Windhoek - Bitterwasser Lodge

Today we drive via Rehoboth and Kalkrand to our superb lodge. En-route we drive through beautiful landscape of the Kalahari Desert.

The Kalahari Desert forms a great part of the eastern side of Namibia. Because of its sandy ground it doesn't allow enough water absorption into the soil. Due to the extremely high evaporation in this area, it is characterised as a Desert. In reality it is a lively wilderness and on the sparce grass plains you can see huge herds of antelopes and other animals grazing.

Arrival at the Lodge in the afternoon, where we will go on the nature drive on the red dunes of the kalahari.

Full board basis, Bitterwasser Lodge or similar

 


 

04 Day / Kalahari - Keetmanshoop

After breakfast at the lodge our journey takes us via Mariental and Keetmanshoop to our lodge.

En route we will stop at the Quivertree forest and giants playground before proceeding to our lodge.

About 14km north-west of Keetmanshoop on the farm Gariganus is the Quiver Tree Forest, a dense stand of quiver trees, some of which reach a height of 7m. The quiver tree's name is derived from the Bushman practice of hollowing out the pithy insides of the branches and using the tough, outer casings of bark as quivers in which to keep their arrows.

Afternoon can be used to relax at the swimming pool.

Full board basis, Martiz Country Hotel or similar

 


 

05 Day / Fish River Canyon

Today after a leisurely breakfast at the lodge we visit this massive landscape.

The fish river canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. Set in a harsh, stony plain scantily covered with drought resistant succulents and the distinctive quiver tree or kokerboom, the canyon represents a spectacular natural phenomenon which took hundreds of millions of years to evolve into its current shape. While the full length of the canyon is 161 km, the most spectacular section is the 56 km long stretch which lies between the northernmost and southernmost viewpoints. Baboons, rock dassie's, ground squirrel's and klipspringer are commonly sighted in the canyon.

We will continue with our journey via Seeheim to reach our lovely hotel at Aus.

Maybe with bit of luck we might spot the desert horses in the vicinity.

An intriguing feature of the southern Namib are the legendary desert horses which can be seen when travelling between Lüderitz and Aus. There are a number of theories regarding their origin, one of these and the most likely theory, is that they are descendants of horses left behind when the German 'Schutztruppe' abandoned Aus during the South West African Campaign in 1915. Here you will also find the remains of houses built during their imprisonment during World War I. About 1500 German Soldiers from the 'Schutztruppe' were kept here as prisoners.

Full board basis, Bahnhof Hotel or similar

 


 

06 Day / Tour to Ghost town

Depart via Helmerinhausen and Maltahöhe to Hammerstein Lodge.

En route we will stop at Duwisib Castle before proceeding to our lodge.

Situated south-west of Maltahöhe amongst rugged hills is the Duwisib Castle, built by the legendary Baron Hans-Heinrich von Wolff for his American bride, Jayta. The castle, constructed by Italian stonemasons with hewn, quarried stone, was completed in 1909. Ships from Germany brought not only building materials and steel girdes, but also antique furniture and fittings. A Swedish carpenter was imported and an army of labourers hired locally. It is said that a certain Adrian Esterhuizen toiled for two years through the desert from the harbour town of Lüderitz with some twenty ox-wagons to deliver the freight to the castle.

Arrival and check-in at the lodge.

Full board basis, Hammerstein Lodge or similar

 


 

08 Day / Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Early morning departure to Sossusvlei. You have the opportunity to climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world.

This is a dune wonderland, with towering dunes up to 300m high surrounding a huge, dried-up pan. Dunes extend as far as the eye can see and their rich tints vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. During a good rainy season the Tsauchab River flows into the pan which creates a heaven for water birds. Even during the dry season, oryx, springbok and ostriches can be seen feeding off the sparse vegetation along the water course.

At the entrance to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down for 30m to 40m, are deep pools of water which become replenished after good rains. Sesriem derives its name from the time when early pioneers tied six lenghts of rawhide thongs together to draw water from these pools.

After these excursions, we will continue via Solitaire through Namib Desert and Walvis Bay to Swakopmund.

En route we will stop at the magnificient Welwitschia Mirabillis and Moon landscape.

The Welwitschia mirabilis, a botanical curiosity endemic to the Namib Desert and certainly one of the most intriguing and bizarre plants on earth. Sprawling untidily on the desert plains, the welwitschia is believed to have a lifespan of up to 2000 years. The plant produces only two leaves throughout its lifetime. The desert winds tear at the fibrous, evergreen blades, shredding them into strips, which curl into snake-like thongs, leaving the tips withered and dry. A large concentration of these plants is found along the Welwitschia Trail.

Full board basis, Villa Wiese Backpackers or similar

 


 

09 Day / Swakopmund

After a hearty breakfast departure to Walvis bay to jetty for our adventurous boatcruise.

A 3-hour long boat cruise in the lagoon of Walvis Bay will put you into another world. Some pelicans and flamingos might be spotted - and regularly dolphins and seals swim alongside the boat, with the possibility of one or two seals jumping into the boat to be fed. 12h00 - Lunch with snacks, oysters and champagne will be served in the lagoon.

In the afternoon we will have a short sightseeing tour through Swakopmund.

Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the inland heat. It is also popular amongst visitors because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory's main harbour for many years. The distinct German colonial character has been well preserved and today many of the old buildings serve a useful purpose.The Woermann House (1905) now houses an art gallery. The Woermann Tower was used in earlier times to see if ships came into the harbour. Other old interesting buildings are: "Die Alte Kaserne", "Hohenzollern Haus", and the Railway Station Building.

For the rest of this day you can set your own pace. Book one of the many activities on offer (Sand boarding, Quad biking, or scenic flights) or just relax in this small and beautiful coastal town. There are many cafes where you can eat traditional german cakes and enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea.

Full board basis, Villa Wiese Backpackers or similar

 


 

10 Day / Swakopmund - Damaraland

A very early breakfast and then we will depart via Henties Bay and Uis to Khorixas.

Uis is a small town located in the Damarland desert region. It lays beneath the highest mountain in Namibia the Brandberg Mountain which is known for the world famous White Lady Painting. The name Uis means, spring water and was named this because of the town being built near a spring. Once a small mining town, it is now a stopover for when travelling to the Brandberg and Twyfelfontein or en route between the Namib Coast or the Erongo Region and Damaraland. One thing that Uis has become well known for are its excellent examples of rocks and crystals.

131km west of Outjo lies the unofficial capital of the Damaraland, Khorixas. Formally known as Welwitchia, Khorixas is said to be a Khoekhoen name for a tree with edible berries resembling currents. The Khorixas Community Craft Market in the center of town offers the visitors a chance to buy carvings made from corkwood trees, carved makalani nuts, seed necklaces and Himba dolls made from leather.

En route we will visit Organ pipes and burnt Mountain as well as the famous twyfelfontein rockengravings before we drive to our hotel.

Twyfelfontein, meaning doubtful fountain, which lies to the west of Khorixas, resembles a large, open-air art gallery. This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections in Africa.

Full board basis, iGowati Country Hotel or similar

 


 

11 Day / Damaraland - Etosha

Departure to direction of Etosha National park via Kamanjab and Outjo.

Zebra Ethosa Safari On our way we will visit the himba village in Kamanjab.

The Himba are semi-nomadic people and are one of the most photographed ethnic groups of Namibia due to their unique appearance, The Himba women have a particularly distinctive appearance and can take several hours for beauty care every morning rubbing their body with a cream consisting of butterfat and ochre powder which gives the body a reddish tinge. There are about 20, 000 to 50,000 Himba people living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene region. They speak the same language as the Herero and predominantly breed cattle and goats. Clothes, hairstyle and jewellery are all of particular significance to the Himba.

Located in a cluster of low hills is the town of Outjo, the southern gateway to the Etosha National Park. The town developed around a spring where a trader, Tom Lambert, settled in 1880. Depicted in the Outjo Museum is the history of the town and its surroundings, with the focus on gemstones and wildlife.

We will be partaking on our first game viewing in the Etosha Nationalpark and leave the park at late afternoon and check-in at our resort situated outside the park.

Full board basis, Etosha Safari Camp or similar

 


 

12 Day / Etosha National Park

We dedicate this day for a full day game drive in Etosha National Park. After Game viewing we return to our lodge situated outside the park.

What nicer place to come home to after an eventful day in Etosha. Relax and dine in the thatched main building with its open sides, allowing you to be close to nature and experience the ever present African sights, smells and sounds.

Full board basis, Etosha Safari Camp or similar

 


 

12 & 13 Day / Kaokoland - Ovamboland

Depart via Ruacana and Outapi to Oshakati.

Ruacana village lies 5 km away from the main route and is surrounded by a circular street. One will notice that this area has only been developed due to the power station. A lot of the worker's houses are only seen by the remaining foundations. There are still about 300 people working at the power station. They and their families keep the village alive. Here are several stay over possibilities and a petrolstation.

Oshakati is the Owambo capital and is a small town in Oshana Region, Namibia. The town is well developed with primary and secondary schools as well as three main shopping centres and the Oshakait Independence Stadium. The city was used as a base of operations by the South African Defence Force (SADF) during the South African Border War and Namibian War of Independence. It is worth spending some time looking around the market on the main street. The landscape in the Ovambland is flat and monotonous Mopane, Marula and Wild Fig trees turn up occasionally between the fields, one can also find Makalani palm trees here (symbol of the Ovambo area).

Arrival in Ovamboland and our guide will take us through the traditional craft markets including the touring through shebeens of this town before we can check-in at our hotel.

The Ovamboland known as the 4-O-Region (Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Ohangwena) is the homeland of the Wambos (Ovambos), which constitute more than 50% of the Namibian population living on ony 6% of the Namibian territory. The country is almost flat and is full of Makalani palm and fig trees. After heavy rains the region is filled with many little lakes and ponds. Since independence, the government has endeavored to settle industry in the north, create jobs and improve the poor infrastructure. Pre independence, tourists totally ignored the area but now tourism is beginning to emerge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Oshakati Country Hotel or similar

 


 

13 Day / Etosha - Waterberg

Today we drive via Outjo and Otjiwarongo to exhilatering Waterberg Plataeu.

Originally known as Kanubes to the Herero, Otjiwarongo is said to mean "pretty place" or "place of the fat cattle", as the area is well known for its cattle ranches. Situated about 250km north of Windhoek, on a slope amid undulating plains. There are many guest farms and lodges in the Otjiwarongo district, information on which can be gained -from the Omaue Information Office in St George's Street. Two interesting features of the town is the Otjiwarongo Crocodile Ranch, where crocodiles are bred as well as the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term survival of the cheetah through research, conservation and education.

Rising some 200m above a surrounding sea of African bush and savannah, the Waterberg Plateau park with its flamboyant brick-red sandstone formations and lush green vegetation, presents an island of vibrant colour. The 40 549 ha park, situated 60km east of Otjiwarongo, was proclaimed in 1972. It was originally created as a sanctuary for rare and endangered species found in the Caprivi, such as roan and sable antelope, tsessebe and cape buffalo. Today the park is home to some 25 game species, over 200 bird species and vegetation which changes dramatically from acacia savannah at the foot of the plateau to lush-green sub-tropical dry woodland with tall trees and grassy plains at the top.

Full board basis, Waterberg Camp or similar

 


 

14 Day / Departure

Breakfast and we drive back to Windhoek via Okahandja. We will have our last time to shop for souvenirs in Okahandja at woodcarvers market.

Directly north of Windhoek lies Okahandja, a town of great significance to the Herero because it was the seat of Chief Samuel Maharero. Every year in August thousands of Hereros gather here for a pilgrimage to pay homage at the graves of their great chiefs. Okahandja is an important centre for woodcarvers from the north. They practise their ancient skills at the Mbanguru Woodcarvers Market.

Transfer to the Windhoek International Airport and flight back home.

 




Day Accommodation Meals Activities
Day 1 Paradisegarden Backpackers L,D,B City and Township Tour
Day 2 Paradisegarden Backpackers L,D,B Visit Universities in Windhoek
Day 3 Bitterwasser Lodge L,D,B Sundowner Drive
Day 4 Martiz Country Hotel L,D,B Quivertree forest and Giants playground
Day 5 Bahnhof Hotel L,D,B Fish River activity
Day 6 Bahnhof Hotel L,D,B Ghost Town Tour / Kolmanskop
Day 7 Hammerstein L,D,B Duwisib Castle
Day 8 Villa Wiese Backpackers L,D,B Sossusvlei & Sesriem Canyon / Welwitschia Mirabilis
Day 9 Villa Wiese Backpackers L,D,B Boatcruise in Walvis Bay lagoon
Day 10 IGowati Lodge L,D,B Twyfelfontein, burnt mountains and organ pipes
Day 11 Etosha Safari Camp L,D,B Visit to Himba village / half day game drive in Etosha
Day 12 Etosha Safari Camp L,D,B Full day game drive into Etosha Nationalpark
Day 13 Waterberg Camp L,D,B Waterberg Plataeu
Day 14 Departure B Depart to Windhoek / Hosea Kutako International Airport
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