Tailor Made Itinerary

12 Days
Anya’s Complete Namibian Highlights Expedition

1 night Windhoek | 2 nights Etosha | 1 night Central Highlands | 3 nights Swakopmund | 2 nights Sossusvlei

Tour Highlights

  • Namibian Coast & Desert Magic
  • Etosha National Park
  • Erongo Wilderness Area
  • Self Drive Safaris
  • Swakopmund Adventures
  • Spectacular Sossusvlei
  • Guided Game Drives & Tours
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Namibian Wildlife
  • Namibian Kalahari

Client Review

Hi Anya, I really feel the necessity to say THANK YOU. Thank you for being part of our fascinating trip to Africa again! It was simply…… Amazing. I’ve been in the Tourism Industry for so many years having good and bad travel experiences, and I must say that You and Pembury Tours are just "Pure Excellence".

I was so happy with your professionalism yet again. You always answer promptly and always provide suggestions to adjust our trip according our budget and the days we had available.

Thank you again for making this trip unforgettable in a good way and for leaving in our hearts the desire to come back to Africa for our next adventure and of course, we won’t hesitate to contact you again and probably having the opportunity to meet you somewhere.

I wish you the best for all the passion, time and service you invest to have your customers totally satisfied!

The Mobbs Family

Tour Consultant's Overview

This is the third time Jerry and his family have travelled with myself and Pembury Tours. During the past two tours, we focused on Botswana and wildlife, this time, Jerry wanted me to focus on wildlife as well as culture. Considering all options available in Southern Africa, I suggested we look at a self-drive through Namibia. A tour through Namibia would incorporate wildlife, culture and an insight into the historical country.   Namibia is a very vast country and for this reason, I recommend that Jerry and his family travel for at least 10 days. This would give them a comfortable drive through Namibia and allow for stops and overnights along the way at various attractions.   Jerry & his family had a wonderful adventure in Namibia and would like to plan a return trip in the future!
Anya Visser
Day 1 Arrival in Windhoek (1 night)

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you met by our representative who will hand over your travel documents and assist you with your onward flight to Windhoek.

Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you are met by our Namibian representative. Our representative will assist you to the Car Hire Depot at the airport. You collect your car hire vehicle and make your way into Windhoek, where you spend the first night.

Flight time: Johannesburg to Windhoek – approx. 1 hour & 45 minutes

Driving time: Windhoek International Airport to Guest House - approx. 35 minutes (45 km)

Day 2 Windhoek to Etosha National Park

This morning you enjoy breakfast at your guesthouse before you depart Windhoek and make your way to the south western side of Etosha National Park.

Upon arrival at your lodge, you check in for your two night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure, you can take a drive through the Etosha National Park should you wish.

Driving time: Windhoek Guest House to Etosha National Park - approx. 4 hours (409 km)

Day 2 to 4 Etosha National Park (2 nights)

The Etosha National Park in northern Namibia is one of Africa’s great game reserves and offers unique game-viewing. Etosha, which means “the great white place”, or “place of dry water”, owes its unique landscape to the Etosha mineral pan, a vast shallow depression of approximately 5000 square kilometres. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River but the lake dried up when the river changed course thousands of years ago. The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay and fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time. A series of perennial springs and waterholes along the southern edge of the pan attract game into the area.

The dry season (May – November) is particularly rewarding for game viewing as the rain water has dried up and the game is forced to rely on the life supporting waterholes. Long lines of zebra, wildebeest, kudu, Oryx and springbok plod along ancient paths from distant grazing areas to the waterholes. Herds of elephant drinking huge amounts of water and then wallow in the water so that all the other the thirsty animals have to wait patiently till they have finished. Predators such as lion and leopard wait at the waterholes knowing the antelope have to drink. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.

Day 4 Etosha National Park to The Central Highlands

After a leisurely breakfast, you check out of your lodge in the Etosha National Park. You depart and make your way south to the The Central Highlands for your one night stay.

The central highlands of Namibia are the backbone of mountains that divide the coastal desert regions and the higher, more temperate interior. These rolling hills are the home to many of Namibia’s sheep and cattle ranches.

The Erongo Wilderness Conservancy centres around the Erongo Mountains which consist of huge boulder and granite formations on the outskirts of an ancient volcano. They are bordered by the Namib Desert to the west and a mixed, woodland savannah to the east. This rare confluence of ecosystems is home to a vast array of plant, reptile, mammal and bird species, some endemic to Namibia.

Upon arrival at Erongo Wilderness Lodge, you are welcomed and you check in for your one night stay.

En-Route Stop: You can stop in at the small town of Outjo on you way to the The Central Highlands if you are keen and enjoy a short visit in this small town before you continue to your next lodge.

Driving time: Etosha National Park to The Central Highlands - approx. 3 hours (267 km)

Day 5 The Central Highlands to Swakopmund

Today you make your way to the beautiful Namibian Coastline. After breakfast, you check out of your lodge and make your way further south to the seaside town of Swakopmund.

Upon arrival in Swakopmund, you check into your beachfront hotel for your three night stay.

En-Route Stop: En route to Swakopmund, you can stop in at Henties Bay and enjoy lunch overlooking the ocean.

Driving time: The Central Highlands to Swakopmund - approx. 2 ½ hours (251 km)

Day 5 to 8 Swakopmund (3 nights)

Swakopmund has always been the jewel of Namibia's coastline, and has built a reputation as adrenaline-filled destination, sure to satisfy travellers' every whim. The Namib dunes surrounding Swakopmund are some of the highest in the world.

Palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, fine accommodation, a pleasant summer climate and decent beaches. Welcome to Swakopmund!

The area of Namib Desert around Swakopmund is named the West Coast Recreational Area. And recreation is the towns number one draw card. There are countless pursuits to help you spend your time, and money. For those interested in adventure activities Swakopmund offers sandboarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting, hot air ballooning, shark fishing, deep sea fishing and beach angling to name but a few. For the more sedentary there are restaurants, cafes, art galleries, the Swakopmund Museum, a snake park and aquarium. The architecture and general feeling of Swakopmund is laid back. This town has the ambiance associated with a small German village, and the town seems to be stuck in time.

Buildings and monuments of note in Swakopmund include the Hohenzollern Building, the Marine memorial, the War memorial in memory of those killed in World War 2, Princess Rupprecht House originally a military hospital now a private guest house. The Kaserne buildings originally served as a barracks and is of a similar design to the Alte Feste in Windhoek and Fort Namutoni in Etosha.

The Swakopmund Railway station was completed in 1901 and now houses the Swakopmund Hotel, while the bells of the Deutsche Evangelical Church were imported from Germany. Standing close to the State House (Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht) is the Swakop Lighthouse at just over 20 meters it has been functional since 1902.

The main beach area is called the Mole, and is the result of a largely unsuccessful attempt to construct the artificial harbour (as South Africa owned the only natural harbour in the area at Walvis Bay). The town’s most iconic symbol is the Swakopmund jetty, initially used as mooring for ships it later became a popular are for anglers and walkers. Recently large scale work has been completed on the jetty which now proudly boasts a small restaurant and bar area.

The infamous Dune 7 measures an incredible ± 383m. So, it's not surprising that the area is becoming renowned for its professionally run tourist activities like sandboarding, quad biking, skydiving and desert safaris. If you're not into adrenaline activities, then choose between spectacular beaches, craft markets, museums, fishing and cruises along the coast. Guests can also enjoy Flights and excursions around Swakopmund and trips to "Cape Cross" Seal colony.

Day 8 Swakopmund to Sossusvlei

This morning you continue to make your way south to the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei.

The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Various arguments are laid out to support this claim, but all miss the point, which is that Sossusvlei is surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia.

Upon arrival at your lodge along the banks of the Tsauchab River, you are welcomed and taken to your room where you spend the next two nights.

Driving time: Swakopmund to Sossusvlei - approx. 4 ½ hours (347 km)

Day 8 to 10 Sossusvlei (2 nights)

Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light. Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean. However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years. During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes. When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year.

Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive.

All of the attractions surrounding Sossusvlei are easily accessible as all but the last 5 kilometres of the 65 kilometre drive to the vlei is tarred. Shuttles provide access to the last 5 kilometres, should you not have a 4×4 vehicle.

Day 10 Sossusvlei to Fish River Canyon (1 night)

This morning you enjoy an early breakfast before departing the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei. You make your way south to the Fish River Canyon Area.

Anticipation builds up as you turn off the main gravel road toward Canyon Lodge. The soft colours of apricot sand merging with the pale green of euphorbias is a prelude to the loveliness of the lodge surrounds. As you turn a final bend, the lodge comes into view. Nestled between rounded granite boulders, Canyon Lodge's quaint century-old farmhouse reception, verdant garden and cool pond invite and welcome you into the enchanted enclave.

Once you have checked in at reception, there is time to settle in before you depart on your sunset nature drive.

Driving time: Sossusvlei to Fish River Canyon - approx. 6 ½ hours (459 km)

Day 11 Fish River Canyon to Namibia Kalahari (1 night)

After breakfast at your lodge, you make your way north to the Namibia Kalahari Desert. Here you will spend your last night in Namibia.

En-Route Stop: En route to the Namibia Kalahari, you can explore the Fish River Canyon. Taking in the breathe taking view of the canyon and scenery, you may decide to enjoy a lovely lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Upon arrival at your hotel, you have time to check in and settle into your room. The rest of the day is at leisure, you may decide to relax or perhaps take a sunset Game Drive.

Driving time: Fish River Canyon to Kalahari - approx. 5 hours (469 km)

Day 12 Namibia Kalahari to Windhoek & Departure

This morning is an early start. After breakfast at your hotel, you begin your journey north to Windhoek. Upon arrival in Windhoek, you continue and make your way to Windhoek International Airport. Here you hand in your hired car and check in for your flight to Johannesburg.

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you connect with your flight home to Maputo.

Driving time: Kalahari to Windhoek International Airport - approx. 3 ½ hours (271 km)

Flight time: Windhoek International Airport to Johannesburg - approx. 1 hour & 45 minutes

Windhoek: Olive Grove Guest House

Olive Grove is an upmarket 4-Star Boutique Hotel, situated close to the city centre in a quiet, peaceful area. The indoor lounge is tastefully decorated, with comfortable chairs and a fireplace in front of which to relax and read a magazine. Whilst each room caters for the every need of the most discerning traveller, for example rooms feature covered decks gas fireplaces and Nespresso coffee machines, the emphasis still remains one of simplicity and elegance.

The Guest House has five Standard Rooms available with choice of Double or Twin beds to sleep a family of three (parents plus one young child) travelling together as well as an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. These rooms also have their own patio and located downstairs on the ground level, exiting directly onto the patio, close to our main Reception and Dining area.

Five Luxury Rooms can be found upstairs and more private, one Luxury Room that can be made up into a Triple room. The one Executive Suite is a spacious suite with its own private lounge with fireplace and dining area, guests have a choice to eat in suite or join other guests for meals on the main patio area. The suite offers a separate bedroom and luxurious bathroom with en-suite bath and shower. Nestled amongst an olive tree plantation, with its own private entrance, private garden, with infinity swimming pool and beautiful views over the olives towards the Windhoek Mountains. The suite has its own lounge area, with fireplace, and dining room - thereby giving guests the option of enjoying their meals in their own room, or joining the other guests for meals on the main patio at Olive Grove.

Etosha National Park: Etosha Safari Lodge

Perched on a small hill near the Ondundozonanandanana mountain range is the Etosha Safari Lodge. Overlooking the vat expansive of mopane woodland, Etosha Safari Lodge consists of 50 uniquely designed en-suite safari bungalows. Each bungalow offers a warm and creative African ambiance with metal and ceramic furniture created by a local Namibian craftsman and artistically painted floors.

At the main lodge, guests can enjoy all meals at the rustic and tastefully decorated farm-style restaurant at the foot of the hill. There is a bar, swimming pool and viewing veranda at the Main Lodge. There is a range of South African wines and local beers to compliment your meal.

Guests can enjoy the inviting veranda stretched across the length of each Bungalow. The rooms are in the midst of dense Mopane and Commiphora vegetation with an abundant birdlife. It is a great way to unwind before setting off on the next Etosha game drive. All the beds are covered with spacious mosquito nets and our gauzed windows provide optimal protection and air circulation. Our bathrooms are equipped with year round warm water.

The Central Highlands: Erongo Wilderness Lodge

The Erongo Conservancy is a private conservancy encompassing about 30 landowners and their farms and lodges stretching over 2,000km² (200 000ha). All fences have been taken down between these farms in order to conserve and protect the area. As proof of its success, white rhino were released here in 2009 and the first calf was born in 2010, although they are rarely spotted.

Within the Erongo Conservancy, enriched by the Erongo Mountains and where desert, mountains and bushveld combine, lies the Erongo Wilderness lodge. In a secluded valley, the Erongo Wilderness Lodge consists of 10 luxury tented chalets in a dramatic setting of granite boulders and breathtaking views.

Raised wooden walkways and natural stone steps connect the 10 chalets to the main area, where the restaurant, bar, swimming pool and sundowner deck invite you to relax and unwind. The restaurant and open plan lounge overlooks the floodlit waterhole.

The chalets are raised on stilts and have been built in harmony with their surroundings with broad shaded viewing decks, indulgent en-suite bathrooms built around the existing rocks and trees and a comfortable bed.

Swakopmund: The Strand Hotel

The Strand Hotel in Swakopmund is 4-star beach hotel with a full-service spa, nestled on the beach and within a 15-minute walk of Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht, Alte Kaserne, and Woermannhaus, Hohenzollernhaus and the Hohenzollern Building.

The two storey hotel offers 125 rooms of which 90% have beach and sea views and 10% garden and park views. Rooms consist of 74 Standard Rooms, 2 Enabled Rooms, 40 Luxury Rooms, 6 Junior Suites, 2 Luxury Suites, 1 Presidential Suite. All rooms feature en-suite bathrooms and all standard and luxury rooms offer a choice of either a king or two twin beds.

Each room features floor-to-ceiling panoramic and sliding windows with views of the beach and sea or the gardens.

The Strand Hotel offers residential guests and all casual visitors three exciting Restaurants, Bars and Sea facing Terraces as well as a Lobby Lounge, Beer garden and Beach Kiosk. Reservations are essential for all guests.

Guests can visit the beach or spend the day relaxing at The Strand Hotel’s full- service spa. The hotel offers numerous activities in the area, Crater Tours, Fishing Excursions, Living Desert Tour and Namibia Desert Day Trips, Quad Biking, Cultural Township Tours, Bicycle Hires, to name a few.

Sossusvlei: Hoodia Desert Lodge

On the banks of the Tsauchab River, surrounded by majestic mountains, is Hoodia Desert Lodge. Only a 20-minute drive from the Sesrium Gate, the Hoodia Lodge provides guests with an ideal base from which to explore this magical area.

The restaurant, which offers superb traditional and international cuisine accompanied by a wide selection of South African wines. The staff always attentive, knowledgeable and on hand. Wooden chairs and tables are arranged around a large central fireplace that doubles as a barbecue in summer, while glass doors and windows allow for fantastic views of the surroundings. The glass doors open onto the outside terrace, overlooking the Tsauchab River: a good spot for birdwatching, as well as for sundowners or drinks after dinner.

A short wooden walkway leads down some steps to a small swimming pool, set in a raised deck and sculpted into natural rock.

The mountains tower above the row of 12 well-spaced tented chalets under thatch, each boasting both indoor and outdoor bathrooms, a shaded veranda and a personal parking area. Inside, windows on three sides of the bedroom admit plenty of light and afford superb scenic views from the bed. All chalets have air conditioning, as well as a mosquito net over the beds. The chalets face either the river or the plains and far mountains, perfect for watching the sunset.

Hoodia Desert Lodge has a large lounge built under thatch that doubles as a reception area. The furniture is a fairly eclectic mix of styles and splashes of colour and distinct artwork.

Fish River: Canyon Lodge

Canyon Lodge is situated on the 520 square kilometre, privately owned Gondwana Canyon Park. It is only 20kms from the main viewpoint of Fish River Canyon and is built from natural materials, including local rock and thatch roofs.

The Canyon Lodge's main area lies in the shelter of a granite hilltop, and the lodge itself has been built amongst enormous boulders, designed to blend in with the natural environment. The reception, an indoor restaurant and the bar area can be found here. There is a safe in reception for the safekeeping of valuables. An old farmhouse, originally built in 1908 by three Bavarian brothers, has been restored to serve as the Canyon Lodge Restaurant. It has a magnificent view of the canyon landscape, which makes dining in the restaurant a truly unforgettable experience.

Spaced evenly amongst the tall weather-beaten granite boulders are 25 thatched, natural stone and wood bungalows. All units are equipped with comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and mosquito nets.

Offering character and charm, without the glitz, the lodge's down-to-earth attractiveness and homeliness is perfect for the rugged Fish River Canyo n surrounds.

Namibian Kalahari: The Kalahari Farmhouse

The Kalahari Farmhouse is located in the midst of the Kalahari, on the fringes of the village of Stampriet in the fertile valley of the seasonal Auob River. Here upmarket hospitality meets rural country-style ambience; it's definitely a serene place to experience the Kalahari from.

Kalahari Farmhouse consist of 11 Cape Dutch Styled Bungalows, each with its own en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and mosquito nets. The reception and restaurant are housed in a manor that was built in the heyday of Karakul farming 50 years ago.

Enjoy delicious meals, made from ingredients picked from the small farming business right next-door. Guests can enjoy the swimming pool, restaurant and bar area all located at the main building of the lodge.

The ample water supply allows the garden to be kept lush and Gondwana’s Self Sufficiency Centre to grow its produce for the collection of lodges around the country.

Suggested Windhoek: Dinner at Joe’s Beer House

Inspired by the fascinating character of Namibia and its people, Joe's is where a love for adventure, stories and living to the fullest, comes to vibrant life. Through their unique combination of delicious and authentic food, heartfelt hospitality, and one-of-its-kind atmosphere, Joe’s Beer House feeds the mouth and soul, celebrate old memories; and build new ones with.

Joe’s Beer House first opened its doors in October 1991 in Grimm Street in Windhoek, relocated two and a half years later to Independence Avenue, and in 2001, settled firmly on 160 Nelson Mandela Avenue. The Restaurant was first opened by Joachim Gross, a master chef who worked all over the world including Germany, France and Asia.

Joachim sold Joe’s to Stimulus in 2007, and five years later, the new and current owners Thomas and Carol-Jean Rechter stepped in and elevated Joe’s to the wonderfully, slightly crazy reputation it has today. Thomas Rechter is a Hamburg-trained chef – originally at the renowned Vier Jahreszeiten Hotel – and as a couple, the Rechters have been in the restaurant industry for 28 years.

The restaurant is divided into various sections, namely the Garden area with the main bar situated in the centre, seating capacity of 70, Lapa with long tables for large groups, seating capacity of 150, Boma with central fire place, seating capacity of 120, Bismark, a secluded area under roof with own bar, seating capacity of 40, The old house, referred to us by the Inside consisting of two rooms with its own bar, seating capacity of 50 each, The Map room, which is more of a conference or meeting room, loose tables and chairs, seating capacity of 30.

Suggested Etosha National Park: Self-Drive Game Drive

The Etosha National Park covers an area of over 22,270 square kilometres. There are 114 different mammal species to found in the park, including the Big Five and several rare and endangered species such as the Black Rhino, Black-faced Impala, Tssesebe and Gemsbok. Herds of up to fifty elephants are not unusual.

Among the smaller species you will find jackal, bat-eared fox, warthog, honey badger and ground squirrel. Etosha is also an ideal destination for serious birders, as there are 340 bird species. There are also 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, believe it or not, one species of fish.

Etosha Safari Lodge is located 10km south the Anderson Gate on the C 38

Included in price Etosha National Park: Full Day Guided Game Drive

Explore the national park with our guides who are familiar with the waterholes and the animals that visit them. Let them introduce you to African wildlife from the elevated seat of a game vehicle. Early mornings or late afternoons provide the best game viewing times. And, after Etosha enchantment return to the lodge to dive into the cool waters of the pools. Dine on the veranda under a dome of stars, sit next to a blazing fire or watch the ruby sun sink gracefully into the landscape. Be at peace.

This guided drive with an open vehicle will take you into Etosha National Park.

Suggested Central Highlands: Activities at Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Erongo Wilderness Lodge likes to encourage their guests to relax and take the time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Erongo Bushveld. If the energy of the Granite Mountains inspire you, take a long walk with one of the experienced guides through the mountains. Erongo Wilderness Lodge offer the following additional activities:

Nature Drive/Paula’s Cave:
After about an hour and a half’s drive through the scenically beautiful lodge property you will end up at the foot of the hill where the site of Paula’s Cave can be found. An easy walk up the hill will take you to the National Monument site of some outstanding bushman rock art.

Guided Walks:
Walking the area surrounding the Lodge is highly encouraged and is the best way to experience the beauty of the Erongo Mountains. Our guides have been very well trained on the interesting Fauna and Flora of the area and are available to escort guests through the property at any time that suits them. An unlimited number of guided walks are included in the rate.

Erongo Wilderness Lodge has an abundance of bird life. From the raptors to the tiniest of sunbirds, the viewing of birds in the area is superb. The nest of the resident breeding pair of Black (Verreaux) Eagles can be seen on cliff faces, with sightings of this magnificent bird occurring frequently. The lodge dining room and bar overlook a small valley where a fantastic variety of species can be sighted drinking from one of the three water points.

Suggested Swakopmund: Visit the town of Henties Bay

Henties Bay is a coastal town in the Erongo Region of western Namibia. It is located 70 km north of Swakopmund and is an important holiday settlement, with about 8,000 inhabitants.

There are a few shipwrecks between Henties Bay and Swakopmund and you can see these from the main road or turn off to the beach area.

The Skeleton Coast is one of the most treacherous coastlines in the world due to strong crosscurrents, heavy swells and dense fogs caused by the ice-cold fast-flowing Benguela Current. Rocky reefs and sand dunes that stretch into the sea spell disaster for any vessel that get caught up in the gale-force winds and all-enveloping sea fogs, reducing visibility to virtually nil.

Included in price Swakopmund: Marine & Dune Combo Excursion

The Marine Dune Day gives you the ultimate combination of a leisure cruise on the Atlantic Ocean and a 4x4 ride in the breathtaking Sandwich Harbour Area of the Namib Naukluft Park.

The day starts with a Marine Cruise in the morning at about 08h30 09h00 (check-in at 08h00 at the Walvis Bay Waterfront). You may get a chance to see flying pelicans, seals, dolphins and – during season – even whales, sunfish and turtles! Around 12h15, your skipper will drop you off at the Walvis Bay Waterfront where your Sandwich Harbour 4x4 guide will meet you for the excursion to Sandwich Harbour in one of our fourwheel drive vehicles.

After a short break at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to see masses of flamingoes, the drive initially takes us to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where the odd springbok may still be seen. If weather and tides allow, we will drive right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands and one of five RAMSAR sites (Ramsar site no. 743) in Namibia. Sandwich Harbour boasts two distinct wetlands and associated mudflats. One is aquifer-fed and supports typical emergent vegetation, but is slowly disappearing due to natural causes. The second, under tidal influence, consists of mudflats and raised shingle bars. Wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes, it is one of Namibia's most important coastal wetlands, supporting eight endangered species among the large numbers of wading birds. Several archaeological sites dating back 1,000 years exist within the site. Human activities have included fishing, guano collection, and hunting. The site is used for scientific research, with surrounding areas used for tourism, recreation, and angling.

If our vehicles cannot drive all along the beach to get to Sandwich Harbour because of high tide, you will get a chance to see the lagoon area from one of our many beautiful lookout spots and will have the time to walk and explore. We have lots of time to stop along the way for photography.

When it becomes time to enjoy something to eat, your guide simply finds a suitable place to stop and serves a selection of oysters and snacks with sparkling wine, beers and cooldrinks. We usually do this on top of a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, or on the beach.

The route homewards will take us past the area’s typical fauna and flora. Animals which have developed ways to adapt to the desert include the black-backed jackal, fog-basking beetle, dancing spider (‘white lady of the Namib’), golden mole, shovel-snouted lizard, palmato gecko, springbok, oryx, brown hyaena and ostrich. Endemic to the central Namib Desert, the !Nara plant has adapted well to the desert: Its tap root can reach more than 15m into the ground to reach water resources and they have no leaves to lower loss of water by transpiration.

We return to the Walvis Bay Waterfront at around 16h15.

Suggested Swakopmund: Visit the town of Walvis Bay

Attractions of Walvis Bay are the lagoon with its prolific bird life and variety of recreational possibilities, a desert golf course, a choice of restaurants & accommodation establishments and adventure activities such as sea kayaking, sandwich harbour tours and dolphin cruises. Although discovered by Diaz in 1487 - Walvis Bay was only founded in 1793 by the Cape Dutch. Two years later it was annexed by the British. In 1910 Walvis Bay became - like the entire Cape Colony - part of the South African Union. After Namibia's independence, the only deep sea harbour on the Namibian coast remained under South African rule until 1994.

The Walvis Bay Lagoon is the main reason for visiting the town, the bird life on the lagoon is plentiful including flamingoes, pelicans and many small waders. The Raft restaurant deserves a special mention, it is built on stilts in the lagoon and reached by a short bridge. This is a pleasant place to enjoy a meal completely surrounded by water while entertainment is provided by the birds, jelly fish and even the occasional seal.

Suggested Sossusvlei: Activities at Hoodia Desert Lodge

Hoodia Desert Lodge is surrounded by magnificent landscapes with a breath-taking view heading west over the red sand dunes. That fact allows guests at the lodge to experience fantastic sun sets nearly every day of the year.

A sunset drive at Hoodia Desert Lodge starts with a drive out to a special place on of the many hills which surround the lodge, giving guests the opportunity to witness this breath-taking spectacle. The setup is very sophisticated and includes table, table cloth, chairs, fine decoration and a chandelier to give our guests a warm light after sun set. The Lodge offers freshly prepared snacks and traditional sun downer drinks. Approx. 45min after sunset, guests are picked up and brought back to the lodge.

Guests can spend the rest of the time at Hoodia Desert Lodge at the Main Lodge enjoying a shaded outside lounge deck, shaded swimming pool area, restaurant or relaxing in their rooms and taking in the beauty that surrounds the lodge

Included in price Sossusvlei: Guided Excursion

Living and working in this beautiful environment we experienced that the information which the traveller received before departing from his home, about the Sossusvlei Area, are mostly poor and limited.

Therefore we decided to share our enthusiasm and knowledge about the magical Namib Desert with our guests, encouraging them to join us for an individual and unforgettable experience to discover the secrets of the desert.

Our aim is to deliver a unique “off beaten tracks” experience in nature and we focus on places which are rarely mentioned in guide books – especially today facing an overwhelming increase of tourist in SSV area.

We include in the price of our Sossusvlei Excursions Entrance Fees, Food, Snacks, Water, Cool Drinks, Juices, Lunch Wine and Beer.

The guides are carrying water and snacks while climbing the dunes with our guests.

Suggested Fish River Canyon: Explore the Canyon

The history of the Fish River Canyon began roughly 1800 million years ago when sandstones, shales and lava were deposited along what are now the slopes of the canyon. Between 1300 and 1000 million years ago, extreme heat caused these deposits to become folded and change into gneiss and granites. About 800 million years ago, dolerite dykes intruded into these rocks and these are now visible inside the canyon.

If you’re strapped for time, drive straight for Hobas and head 10km further into the park for the main Fish River Canyon viewpoint. On a lucky day you’ll get the shaded picnic area to yourself. The wide canyon lies at your feet, a desert expanse void of carparks and souvenir shops at your back.

No trip to Fish River Canyon is complete without the obligatory stop at the Cañon Roadhouse on your way out.

Fish River Canyon is one of those places that will stay engrained in your memory long after departure, a true “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints” experience.

Suggested Namibian Kalahari: Sunset Game Drive

Explore the Gondwana Kalahari Park on the sunset drive and celebrate life atop a red Kalahari dune. Drink in the beauty of the Kalahari where gemsbok flourish and sociable weavers build gargantuan nests atop camelthorn trees.

The Sunset Game Drive is the perfect way to get acquainted with the Kalahari Desert. The approx. 3 hour sunset drive with panoramic views across the Kalahari dunes is something to remember forever.

This itinerary started on 11 July 2018
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 4,560
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