Classic Namibia

Tour Details

Duration: 15 days /14 nights
Departure: On request
Pick-ups: Windhoek
Drop-off: Windhoek
Minimum Participants: 4 Pax
Maximum Participants: 35 Pax
Mode of transport: Air-conditioned vehicles
Languages: English and German
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 All expenses of personal nature
Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
All meals not mentioned above
Drinks at lodges and on road
All optional excursions and activities
Airport transfers
Tips for tour guides
International flights and airport taxes
Items not mentioned in the itinerary

Our tour proposal is subject to availability.

This tour enables you to enjoy Namibia's beautiful sunshine, endless open spaces and scenic beauty. Experience the rust-red dunes and golden grass plains of the Namib Desert, and the winding depths of Sesriem Canyon. Desert sands meet the sea at the coast, presenting a thriving fishing town and the quaint, historical architecture and bygone culture of Swakopmund. Spend exhilerating hours observing the vast and varied animal kingdom of the Etosha National Park and the ever-changing landscapes. Enjoy the exclusive Namibian ambience of each of your destinations.

 


 

Itinerary:

01 Day / Windhoek

Arrival at the International Airport, where you will be greeted by your english speaking driverguide. Transfer to Windhoek and check-in.

The city is considerably enhanced by stately historic buildings in German architectural style of the turn of the century. You can visit the old buildings, which lend a singular charm to the city, which include the historic seat of government also known as the Tintenpalast, which means palace of ink in German. The Christuskirche, which is right next to the Tintenpalast, with its graceful sphere provides the city with a striking landmark.

The white - walled Alte Feste, which was once a fort and now a museum, reflects the history of the country. Windhoek lies 1650m above sea level. The population of Windhoek consists of only 300 000 people which nevertheless makes Windhoek the largest city in the country. The biggest part of Windhoek's population stays in Katutura, the Bantu speaking - suburb of the city. Katutura is an Oshiwambo word meaning: "the place where we do not want to stay". All along "Independence Avenue", the former "Kaiserstrasse" (German for "emperor's street"), one can see the old, colonial houses right next to the buildings of the modern, post - independence Namibia.

Bed and breakfast, Pension Onganga or similar (Standard)
Bed and breakfast, Windhoek Country Club Resort or similar (Luxury)

 


 

02 Day / Windhoek - Kalahari Desert

Breakfast and departure into the south of our country via Rehoboth to the Lodge.

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.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Auob Lodge or similar
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Kalahari Anib Lodge or similar

 


 

03 Day / Kalahari - Fish river canyon

After an early breakfast, departure via Mariental and Keetmanshoop to the next destination. Enroute you have the opportunity to visit the local Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground near Keetmanshoop.

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.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Maritz Country Lodge or similar (Standard)
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Fish River Lodge or similar (Luxury)

 


 

04 Day / Fish River Canyon - Lüderitz

After breakfast you will depart to the Fish River Canyon and afterwards will drive via Seeheim and Aus to Lüderitz.

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.

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.

Arrival in Lüderitz.

Built on rocks in a small enclave within the Sperrgebiet (restricted Diamond Area) is the quaint harbor town of Lüderitz with its curious array of historical German-style buildings built during the diamond rush. Set around the sparkling bay, with their gables, winding stairwells, verandas, turrets and bay and bow windows, these buildings have a unique character of their own. The most striking is Goerke-House, a former magistrate's residence built in 1909. The Lutheran Church on the hill above the bay, known as the Felsenkirche, was built in 1912. Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German emperor at the time, donated its stained glass windows. Lüderitz was the first German settlement in the former Deutsch-Südwest-Afrika. It was named after a Bremen merchant Adolf Lüderitz, who began trading operations in the harbor.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Zum Sperrgebiet Hotel or similar (Standard)
Dinner, bed and breakfast, The Nest Hotel or similar (Luxury)

 


 

05 Day / Lüderitz - Namibrand area

After breakfast you have the opportunity to visit the ghost town Kolmanskop.

A visit to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, once the focal point of a glittering diamond rush, is an excursion not to be missed. Former stately homes, their grandeur now scoured and demolished by the wind, bear witness to one of the most vivid periods in Namibian history. Diamonds were discovered in April 1908, which sent hordes of fortune hunters streaming to the diamond fields. When mining operations ceased, Kolmanskobecame a ghost town, the splendid old houses gradually falling prey to the encroaching sand dunes.

Afterwards you will drive via Aus to Helmeringhausen.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Helmeringhausen Hotel or similar (Standard & Luxury Version)

 


 

06 Day / Tiras Mountains - Sossusvlei

Today we will depart via Maltahöhe to the Guestfarm Hammerstein.
Enroute we can visit the Duwisib Castle.

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 in the afternoon and rest of day at leisure.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hammerstein Lodge or similar
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Sossusvlei Lodge or similar

 


 

07 Day / Sossusvlei & Sesriem Canyon

After an early breakfast you will drive into the Namib Naukluft Park to visit one of the highest dunes in the world. The last 5 km will be driven with a 4x4 Shuttle.

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 1 km 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.

Afterwards we will return to the lodge and the remainder of the afternoon can be spend at own leisure.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Hammerstein Lodge or similar (Standard)
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Sossusvlei Lodge or similar (Luxury)

 


 

08 Day / Namib - Swakopmund

Today you will drive through the Desert via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund.

One of the oldest deserts in the world, maybe the very oldest, the Namib was already arid at least 80 million years ago. In the south it extends into South Africa, across the Orange River, while in the north it crosses the Kunene into Angola. The greater part of the Namib lies inside Namibia, where it occupies some 1500km of Atlantic coastline. In width it generally varies between 80 and 140 km, but in places reaches inland for as much as 200 km.

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

Bed and breakfast, Dunedin Guesthouse or similar (Standard)
Bed and breakfast, Hansa Hotel or similar (Luxury)

 


 

09 Day / Swakopmund

Today you have at leisure.

Rest of the day is at leisure. You can take part in many optional acitivities which can be booked and paid upfront. Activities like: boat cruises, Catamaran cruises, quadbiking, sky-diving, Living Desert Tour, Township tours, Scenic flights etc. etc. More information upon arrival in Namibia.

Bed and breakfast, Dunedin Guesthouse or similar (Standard)
Bed and breakfast, Hansa Hotel or similar (Luxury)

 


 

10 Day / Swakopmund - Omaruru

After breakfast departure via Usakos, Karibib into the Omaruru Region.

In 1870 a Swedish traveler and hunter, Axel Eriksson, made Omaruru the headquarters of his trading ventures. In the same year a mission station was established on the banks of the Omaruru River and the mission house, the oldest house in the town, now functions as the local museum, which displays early missionaries, an antique cool drink machine and farming implements, etc. In Herero, Omaruru means "bitter curd" - a reference to the bitter taste of the milk produced by cows, which have eaten the bitter bush.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Omaruru Game Lodge or similar (Standard)
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Erongo Wilderness Lodge or similar (Luxury)

 


 

11 Day / Omaruru - Etosha National Park

After a hearty breakfast at the lodge we will leisurely depart from the lodge in the direction to Etosha Nationalpark for our next destination.

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.

Later afternoon arrival at the lodge and check-in.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Etosha Safari Camp or similar (Standard)
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Toshari Lodge or similar (Luxury)

 


 

12 Day / Etosha National Park

Whole day game drives in the Etosha National Park from our tour vehicle of Vulkan Ruine Tours and Transfers.

The Etosha National Park, consisting of 22 270 sq km of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 sq km. For the greater part of the year, the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which shimmers with mirages on most days. It is seeing vast herds of game with this eerie "great white place of dry water" as a backdrop which makes the Etosha experience unique. A total of about 114 mammal species are found in the park, including several rare and endangered, such as black rhino and black-faced impala. About 300 bird species occur in the park, of which approximately one third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders.

Late afternoon we will check out from the park and return to our lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Etosha Safari Camp or similar (Standard)
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Toshari Lodge or similar (Luxury)

 


 

13 Day / Etosha

Today you will drive through the whole Park and in the early afternoon we arrive at the Namutoni Camp.

Late afternoon we will check out from the park and return to our lodge.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Etosha Safari Camp or similar (Standard)
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Toshari Lodge or similar (Luxury)

 


 

14 Day / Etosha - Okahandja region

Breakfast and departure via Outjo, Otjiwarongo and Okahandja to the last destination.

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.

Arrival in the late afternoon at the establishment.

Dinner, bed and breakfast, Auas Game Lodge or similar (Standard)
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Okapuka Ranch or similar (Luxury)

 


 

15 Day / Departure

Until your airport transfer the remainder of the day can be spend at own leisure.

 

Day Accommodation Meals Activities
Day 1 Pension Onganga B Meet and greet by your guide and transfer to Windhoek
Day 2 Auob Lodge D,B Sundowner Drive
Day 3 Maritz Country Lodge D,B En route visit Quivertree forest and Giants Playground
Day 4 Zum Sperrgebiet Hotel D,B Fish river activity
Day 5 Helmeringhausen D,B A visit to Kolmanshop Ghost Town
Day 5 Helmeringhausen D,B A visit to Kolmanshop Ghost Town
Day 6 Hammerstein D,B En route visit Duwisib Castle
Day 7 Hammerstein D,B Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem canyon
Day 8 Dunedin Star Guesthouse B En route visit Welwitschia Mirabillis and Moon Landscape
Day 9 Dunedin Star Guesthouse B Day at own leisure (Optional activities on offer)
Day 10 Omaruru Game Lodge D,B Drive through spectacular Spitzkoppe to your lodge
Day 11 Etosha Safari Camp D,B Depart for Etosha Nationalpark
Day 12 Etosha Safari Camp D,B Full Day Game Drive into Etosha Nationalpark
Day 13 Etosha Safari Camp D,B Full Day Game Drive into Etosha Nationalpark
Day 14 Auas Game Lodge D,B Game Drive
Day 15 Departure B Drop-off at your hotel or / Hosea International Airport
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