Karoo / West Coast & Southern Namibia

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MOUNTAIN PASSES, WEST COAST AND SOUTHERN NAMIBIA

This tour is about exploring some of the best-kept travel secrets. You will have the opportunity to venture into the unknown and yet be completely safe. We will take in the beautiful wildlife and unique landscapes at our own pace and on our own terms. Like nowhere else this tour provides you the opportunity to escape stress, experience peace and freedom, sit and admire the breathtaking landscapes and reflect. From star gazing to the silence and spectacle of the desert, this incredible tour, the landscapes, people, and wildlife are waiting for us to explore and to leave us speechless and in awe.

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From proud tribes steeped in tradition, herds of rare desert-dwelling wild horses and massive colonies of seals, This tour showcases the very best of Africa’s raw landscapes.

German-inspired towns,  uninhabitable deserts, bushland, and Mars-like landscapes. filled with wildlife and a rocky coastline littered with shipwrecks, this tour will bring a new respect to our beautiful continent called Africa.

Desert Tour

Tour dates:

  • 4 August ’17 – 15 August ’17
  • 1 December ’17 – 12 December ’17

Prices for these are R6300  Children under 12 less 50%

(R10 500 if single person)

Price includes all camping, booking, conservation and cross-border fees…

Price excludes all activities and meals

Things we will be doing:

  • Drive the most beautiful old mountain passes in the Karoo
  • Star gazing in Sutherland
  • Namakwa flowers (Season permiting)
  • Do the Namakwa 4×4 Eco Route (2days)
  • Visit the coastal town Port Nolloth and the museum
  • Drive the Spergebiedt road from Oranjemund to Rosh Pinnah
  • Take photos in the Richtersveld and some night sky photography
  • Visit Kolmanskop ghost town and optional Pomona and Bogenfels
  • Visit Diaz Point and Luderitz museum
  • Look for the Namib desert horses
  • Visit places like Aus, Seeheim, Canyon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon

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Adventure Itinerary

Day 1:  Prince Albert to Sutherland

We meet up at Prins Albert around 8 am for a meet and greet. Each vehicle will be supplied with a radio for en route communication. Feel free to explore the town the previous day. Prince Albert is a town at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains, in South Africa’s Western Cape. It’s ringed by vineyards and fruit and olive farms. Local history exhibits in the Fransie Pienaar Museum include fossils and a working moonshine distillery.

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On route for the day, we will do the Rammelkop Pass and Karoo back roads to Sutherland where we will be treated to a star gazing experience that will leave you speechless. (Weather permitting)

Day 2: Sutherland to Nieuwoudtville

This will be one of the few days we need to get an early start to do the 2 passes Ouberg and Gannaga. We will pass through the famous Tankwa Karoo and visit Middelpos Hotel. These 2 passes have millions of opportunities for the most beautiful photos.

The Ouberg pass takes you by surprise and leaves you in awe as it appears out of nothing as you go over a small height. The sheer vastness of the Tamkwa Karoo that appears in front of you leaves you breathless. Gannaga pass is just as spectacular and every bend offers plenty of photo opportunities.

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Day 3: Westcoast 4×4 Eco route

The trail is approximately 175 km long. The trail features some of SA’s most breathtaking scenery as well as vastly varied terrain and guaranteed solitude. Although the trail is open all year round, the best time of year is during the flower season (August / September), when the whole region is carpeted with countless flowers.

Before the start of the trail, we will visit the Eskom Wind Farm to take pictures of the giant blades that can be seen on these huge wind turbines.

The solitude and scenery are breathtakingly beautiful. I sat for almost an hour contemplating the thankfulness and gratitude to experience this freedom when I did it for the first time.  This to me is paradise.  This is one of those places where you can feel your inner being taking a sigh of relief and where you can feel how your humanity is being rejuvenated and restored.

Day 4: Westcoast 4×4 Eco route 

Today will see us exploring the wonderful Namakwa National Park and all its splendor. We will visit a seal colony and make some special presents for someone back home or yourself with materials the sea gives us.

We will camp in the park.  This is the land of contrasts, where the rigorous climate has created a myriad of life forms superbly adapted to their specific habitat. During early August and September, seemingly overnight, the dusty valleys of Namaqualand are transformed into a wonderland, carpeted with wildflowers.
Day 5: Port Nolloth

We will be making our way via Hondeklipbay to Port Nolloth to meet some of the locals like the legendary George Moyses. He is an old school tough but humble ou, SA Navy Diver, Diamond Diver, boat builder, writer, photographer, videographer, actor, producer and storyteller of note, 70 years old but very young in soul. Speaking to him you realise that you are speaking to a legend in his own time. This is one of the main reasons I traveled to places like this. To find interesting people and to listen for hours to their stories.

Day 6: Wild camping in Ais Ais 

This day will be border crossing day and we will bid farewell to South Africa to enter Namibia. The Alexander Bay Border post entry allows us the privilege to travel through the Spergebiedt from Oranjemund to Rosh Pinah. This road follows the banks of the mighty Orange River with photo opportunities aplenty.

The camp will be under wild African sky in the barren Richtersveld. This in itself is an extraordinary experience.

 

Day 7: Luderitz

Luderitz with its Kleine Swakopmund feel will be our base for the next two days.  On our way, we will visit Aus and look for the Namib Horses

Lüderitz is known for its German colonial buildings, including Goerke Haus.  The Lüderitz Museum has displays on local and natural history, plus the town’s diamond-mining past.

Day 8: Luderitz and Kolmanskoppe

 

We will be visiting Kolmanskoppe, Diaz Point and laundry day.

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Day 9: Alte Kalkofen

 

This authentically unique place is arguably one of Namibia’s best-kept secrets!  The road less traveled in this case is truly the best route taken… Alte Kalköfen is a masterpiece.

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A fascinating collection of Lithops, also known as “Flowering Stones” or in the local dialect “bees kloutjies”, can be viewed in a specially constructed hothouse at Alte Kalköfen.

Day 10: Canyon Roadhouse / Hobas

 

Resembling a roadhouse of old with a large red roof, the lodge is a veritable treasure-house and a ‘must-do’ stop when visiting the canyon. The outside area hints of the wonderland interior with its rusty old Chevys and Fords from a bygone era, adorned with corky quiver trees and desert flora. Park your vehicle and step inside. As if you have entered an Aladdin’s cave, the large doors open onto an International truck serving as the reception desk, a ‘pompstasie’ (filling station) bar and an assortment of classic vehicles and transport paraphernalia assembled with an innovative and creative flair – and a good deal of humour! Restaurant tables are placed in between and the cabs of several cars serve as zany fireplaces in the chilly winter months.

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Hobas is situated at the northern end of Namibia’s Fish River Canyon, 10km from the canyon’s main vantage point. It is the second largest canyon in the world, the largest in Africa and the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It was formed millions of years ago by water from the Fish River flowing through its arid environment. The fantastic views from this majestic, gigantic ravine, make it a popular hiking destination. The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia and it cuts deep into the dry, stony plateau, which is sparsely covered with hardy drought resistant succulents.

Day 11: Ais-Ais

The resort is set at a sulfurous hot spring, which makes perfect sense as the name ‘/ai-/ais’ means ‘burning water’ in the local Nama language. It indicates the extreme heat of the hot springs, which date back to 1850, when they were discovered by a Nama herder, searching for his lost sheep.

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The recently re-furbished Ai-Ais Hot Springs Spa & Resort is at the southern end of the Fish River Canyon and offers an excellent place to relax in and around the thermal baths & heated swimming pool, especially after a day’s drive. It is an ideal destination when heading towards South Africa.

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Day 12: Amanzi River Camp

Amanzi River Camp, Noordoewer, Namibia, is our last stop-over on our Karoo, Westcoast and Namibian adventure. Green lawns, ample shade, a spectacular view across the river onto the Geelkrans cliffs and clean ablutions with good water pressure and hot showers will make this a visit one of many stories told about the trip around the camp fire.

 

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