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Anya’s Namibian Ocean & Dune Adventure

Anya’s Namibian Ocean & Dune Adventure

7 Days

Namibian Ocean Dune Adventure – 1 night Mariental Kalahari | 2 nights Sossusvlei | 2 nights Swakopmund | 1 night Windhoek


Rob & Natalie planned to visit Johannesburg to visit family in February 2019. They had a few days to spare and one of Natalie’s dream destinations was to visit Namibia, specifically Sossusvlei. They decided that while they were “in the area” they would fly to Windhoek and enjoy a journey through the vast Desert.   Considering the number of days they had available, I looked at combing Sossusvlei with the historical town of Swakopmund as this would allow clients to experience two unique areas. I put together a self-drive itinerary including these two destinations as well as two overnights to ensure the driving distance between the destinations was a comfortable one.   The couple had an amazing time and are looking to explore more of Namibia in the near future.


Today your Namibian Adventure Begins! Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you are met by our representative. Our representative will brief you on your adventure ahead before assisting you to the Europcar Depot to collect your rental vehicle. Once you have collected your vehicle, you depart Windhoek International Airport and make your way South to your lodge in the Mariental Kalahari Region.

Arriving at your lodge in the late afternoon, you enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure. You may decide time at leisure, or you may wish to enjoy an Afternoon Sundowner drive through the Intu-Afrika Game Reserve. Dinner is served in the evening before retiring to your room.

Driving time: Windhoek Airport to Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge: approx. 2 ½ hours (234 km)

The morning is at leisure, you may decide to enjoy a morning game drive or bushman walk before you depart the Camelthorn Lodge. Once you have enjoyed breakfast, you depart the Kalahari region and make your way West to the Sesriem Region for your visit to the unique Sand Dunes in the Sossusvlei Namib Desert.

Enjoy stops en-route before arriving at your lodge located at the entrance of the Namib Naukluft Park. Arriving at your lodge, you have time to settle in before exploring the lodge region or enjoying time at leisure in your room.

The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. 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.

Driving time: Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge to Sossusvlei Lodge: approx. 4 ½ hours (373 km)

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.

Once you have enjoyed a leisurely breakfast overlooking the Namib Desert, you depart the Sossusvlei Lodge and make your way North to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Enjoy a scenic drive to your Luxury hotel located on in this historical town.

Arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon, you are met and assisted to your Luxury Suite for your two night stay. Enjoy an afternoon and evening exploring this historical town or enjoying refreshments overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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! 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.

Day 4-6 :

Welcome to Swakopmund! 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.

This morning you bid farewell to this coastal town and make your way North to your Guesthouse in Namibia’s Capital, Windhoek. You settle in for the evening and enjoy time at leisure.

Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. It is 1,680m above sea level, 650km north of the Orange River and 360km from the Atlantic seaboard. Whether due to pure luck or a brilliant stroke of Germanic planning, the city is situated in almost the countries epicentre. This location has obvious benefits when it comes to governing a country the size of Namibia, and also makes it the ideal place to start and plan any Namibian travel.

Driving time: Swakopmund Luxury Suites to Olive Grove Guest House: approx. 3 ½ hours (360 km)

Today you make your way to Windhoek International Airport, leaving your Guest House behind after a leisurely breakfast. Arriving at Windhoek International Airport, you hand over your rental vehicle and make your way to the International Departures Terminal for your flight home.

Driving time: Olive Grove Guest House to Windhoek International Airport: approx. 30 Minutes (44 km)

Mariental: Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

Camelthorn Lodge which is set in a secluded valley between two red Kalahari dunes. The ambiance inside is distinctly Bushman and reflects not only the location but the indigenous San people as well. Your accommodation is also nestled amongst beautiful camelthorn trees, one of the most iconic and common trees of Namibia.

Positioned north of the small town of Mariental the lodge is on The Intu Afrika Kalahari Private Game Reserve. This is a 10,000ha wildlife sanctuary, part of the south-western region of the Kalahari Desert and along the upper reaches of the Auob river system. An added attraction here is that game often wanders around the property.

The public and hospitality areas are enhanced with indigenous décor and are home to a fine collection of San artefacts, one of the oldest cultures in the world. Rest and relax in the thatched main building, outdoor dining area, bar and a boma that overlooks a natural stone pool. A laundry service is available.

Overnight in 12 double chalets, with en-suite bathrooms with a shower/tub combination, twin beds, air-conditioning, luggage rack/open wardrobe, tea/coffee station and hair-dryers. Step outside to a patio and sit on directors camping chairs to enjoy your view.

This area offers guests the opportunity learn about a predator re-introduction programme, the Kalahari Lion Project. An opportunity to take a walk in the Kalahari with a bushman tracker to discover their desert survival techniques, and to learn some of the history of the ancient San people, is also a possibility. Guests can explore the Kalahari in open 4×4 vehicles.

Sesriem: Sossusvlei Lodge

The sand blows in whispers over the red dunes, a dance of the desert that enchants and delights at Sossusvlei Lodge in southern Namibia. Sheer silence, total tranquillity and romantic luxury will envelope you, whether on intimate picnics in the desert or while gazing up at skies full of radiant stars.

Sossusvlei Lodge is set in the shade of camelthorn trees, deep in the heart of the Namib Desert, and blends beautifully into the vast, unspoilt natural environment. Explore the endless horizons on guided nature walks, 4×4 drives, hiking trails, quad biking, hot air ballooning and scenic flights. Stop to admire a variety of desert-adapted animals and the hues of a desert sunset.

Guest areas flow into vast desert views, as the stone and glass structure of the lodge melts into wraparound verandahs. Each of the 45 accommodation units boasts their own patio and en-suite bathroom, under canvas with adobe-style plaster walls. Cool water gushes from an underground spring into the sparkling lodge pool. Pick your poison in the walk-in wine cellar or accompany dinners by lantern-light on the verandah or on the open desert dunes.

Swakopmund: Swakopmund Luxury Suites

Although “suites” is a bit of stretch size-wise, for comfort you can expect elegant, neutral décor that is easy on the senses and top quality linen with quite possibly the most comfortable bed you’ll encounter on your tour of Namibia. Attention to detail includes Nespresso machines with complimentary pods, bath robes, extra thick towels, wi-fi that actually works, climate control, mini-bar and that general air of purpose and cleanliness of a professional outfit.

For convenience you are a few minutes’ walk to the beach, restaurants, cafes and main attractions of central Swakopmund – a feature you will welcome after many hours’ in the car on Namibia’s long and dusty roads. A secluded upper deck lined with comfortable recliners and deck chairs is a wonderful place to catch up with your digital life. Or escape it entirely with a good book and a glass of chardonnay.

Considering the last thing Swakopmund needs is yet another mediocre eating venue, breakfast at the Swakopmund Suites is outsourced by way of vouchers and a helpful hint to one of three cafes within a couple of minutes’ walk: The Village Cafe is a bright and lively local institution; Cafe Anton, right next door to the Suites, is an old-school buffet good for an early or languid start to the day; and Bojo’s is half way between the two in every respect.

Luxury rooms with en suite shower rooms (honeymoon suite has a bath and a shower); air conditioning; satellite (cable) TV; Nespresso; mini-bar; hair dryer; wi-fi; bath robes; day reception; after-hours emergency assistance; laundry; secluded courtyard.

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.

SUGGESTED Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge: Sundowner Afternoon Drive

The reserve is home to Zebra, Oryx, Wildebeest, Springbuck (including the black Springbuck), Waterbuck, Kudu, Blesbok, Tsessebe, Eland, Ostrich, Giraffe and even a lioness and there are many interesting bird species to discover whilst enjoying one of the two and a half hour game drives on offer.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Sossusvlei: Full Day Excursion in Namib-Naukluft Park

An early start from the Lodge to enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. You will travel in one of our all-terrain URI Game viewer vehicles, custom-built in Namibia for the Lodge, with your own specially trained guide who will share all his knowledge of the area, the animals, the plant life and much more with you. Regular stops are made on the 60 kilometre drive down to the Vlei to gain information or take in the vistas.

At Dune 45, the more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world’s most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2, 6 kilometre round-trip walk up to Dead Vlei is a must for the healthy visitors. Spend time in Sossusvlei before returning to the Lodge approximately 5 hours later in time for luncheon. Refreshments are provided on the trip.

SUGGESTED Swakopmund: Marine Cruise & Sandwich Harbour Tour

The Marine Dune Day gives you the ultimate combination of a leisure cruise on the Atlantic Ocean and a 4×4 ride in the breath-taking 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 4×4 guide will meet you for the excursion to Sandwich Harbour in one of our four-wheel drive vehicles. Enjoy a half a day exploring the dunes and surrounding areas. We return to the Walvis Bay Waterfront
at around 16h15.

SUGGESTED Swakopmund: Full Day Zeila Shipwreck, Cape Cross & Dead Sea Tour

You are collected from your hotel and follow the road toward Henties in a northern direction,
passing the Zeila Shipwreck along the way. Further on the journey takes you to Cape Cross where your guide will explain everything of interest about the cape fur seals and the surrounding area.

The Skeleton Coast is a fascinating landstrip and has many hidden stories we would like to share. Also visit Namibia’s very own “dead sea”. The Cape Cross peninsula is of both historic and ecological significance, as it is the site of one of the first landings by European seafarers. It is also the home of some 100 000 cape fur seals. It was here that Diego Cao erected a stone cross in honour of a safe sea journey from Portugal in 1486.

We will give you detailed explanations of the seal colony while highlighting the historic endeavours of early settlers, who mined guano and harvested seals here. Another point of interest after you reach the holiday town of Henitiesbay is the “Free Republic of Wlotzka’s Baken”, some 40 km north of Swakopmund. This self-sustaining settlement of wooden cabins and bungalows on the beach is the haven of many beach anglers.

What was once the Strathmore South Tin Mine has now transformed into Namibia’s very own little dead sea. This is because the excavation site filled with underground water. Due to various minerals in the water, the salinity of the lake is particularly high and causes swimmers to float freely in the water – hence the reference to the Dead Sea. Locals claim that the pool has healing properties and fondly call it the ‘Soutgat’ – which is Afrikaans for Salt hole. Once past the town of Hentiesbay, the road will lead past expansive salt pans where rock salt is being mined and refined.

SUGGESTED Windhoek: 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.

Rob & Natalie F ,UK, 18th February 2020

We had a fantastic Trip to Namibia with Pembury. Anya was incredibly responsive and built a custom itinerary to suit all our needs and allowed us to see the best of Namibia, including a few days in Sossusvlei and Swakopmund. Anya was very responsive to all our questions – she provided a very personal feel to the booking process, she was even proactive about providing updates between our booking and our departure date. Overall a fantastic trip – We’d highly recommend Pembury for your trip in southern Africa

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