Namibian Highlights Expedition – 1 night Windhoek | 2 nights Etosha | 1 night Central Highlands | 3 nights Swakopmund | 2 nights Sossusvlei
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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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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