Southern Namibia

Namibia is Africa’s best-kept safari destination secret. In Namibia, you have the opportunity to venture into the unknown and yet be completely safe. Visitors can take in the beautiful wildlife and unique landscapes at their own pace, on their own terms. Like nowhere else in Africa, Namibia provides us the opportunity to escape stress, experience peace and freedom, sit and admire the breathtaking landscapes and reflect. From game-packed parks to the silence and spectacle of the desert, this incredible country, its landscapes, people and wildlife are waiting for us to explore.

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Home to proud tribes steeped in tradition, herds of rare desert-dwelling elephants, wild horses and massive colonies of seals, Namibia showcases the very best of Africa’s raw landscapes. Namibia is just too big and diverse to fit  into one tour, we focus on a southern and northern Namibian tour.

From quaint German-inspired towns to uninhabitable deserts, bush land filled with wildlife and a rocky coastline littered with shipwrecks, Namibia’s untamed charm is compelling, captivating and camera-worthy.

Desert Tour

Tour dates:

  • 1 June ’17 – 11 June ’17 
  • 22 August ’17 – 2 September ’17
  • 1 December ’17 – 16 December ’17

Prices for these are R4500 / person ex breakfast and dinner and R5900 / person breakfast and dinner inclusive . Children under 12 less 50%

Price includes all camping and cross border fees.. After the trip I will head back to South Africa either via Kgalagadi or Botswana and those who want to tag along are more than welcome.

Price excludes all conservation fees and activities.

Things we will be doing:

  • Take photos in the Richtersveld and some night sky photography
  • Visit Kolmanskop ghost town and optional Pomona and Bogenfels
  • Look for the Namib desert horses
  • Visit Neuras wine farm for tasting
  • Visit the Duwisib Castle
  • Tsauchab 4×4 trail (Optional)
  • Visit Sosusvlei and Solitaire to eat the world famous Apple Strudel form the late Moose Macgregor
  • Take pics of the amazing Aus Vista

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Adventure Itinerary

Day 1: Meet up at Augrabies

We meet up at Augrabies for a meet and greet. Each vehicle will be supplied with a radio for en route communication. Feel free to explore the park and visit the falls. The Khoi people called it “Aukoerebis”, or place of Great Noise, as this powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterized by the 18km abyss of the Orange River Gorge.

Whilst sitting around the campfire we will discuss what to expect over the next ten days.

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Day 2: Potjiespram Richtersveld 550km

For the early birds and keen photographers, an awe inspiring sunrise will greet you whilst enjoying coffee and rusks. This will be one of the few days we need to get an early start to reach the Richtersveld National Park.

We will pass through the famous Boesmanland town, Springbok, where we will visit the Tauren Steak Ranch or Springbok Hotel to have something to eat and mingle with the locals. From here we will continue to the Richtersveld National Park and onto Potjiespram.

Day 3: Potjiespram Richtersveld

We will spend the day exploring the park and taking pictures or just relax in the camp trying to catch a fish or two.

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Day 4: Klein Aus Vista 210km

After a leisurely big breakfast, we have the opportunity to cross the border into Namibia via Sendelingsdrift. We spend the day traveling and exploring between Sendelingsdrift and Klein Aus Vista. We hope to see the Wild Horses of the Namib.

There is something extraordinarily special about the landscape around Klein-Aus Vista.
It’s where streaks of Namib sand merge with the bleached grasses of the Pro-Namib in
a sensuous slow dance of splendour.

Day 5: Lüderitz 120km

We head West to Lüderitz and the ghost towns of the Namib. The Kolmanskop tour starts at 11:00. Kolmanskop Tours (tours offered at scheduled tour times) – N$85.00 per adult and N$50.00 per child (6 – 14 yrs) Young Children and babies – no charge. Photo permits (Grants access from sunrise to sunset – Non commercial photographers only) – N$230.00 per person.

Day 6: Lüderitz

This day everyone is free to explore the town and to visit all the tourist attractions. Optional and highly recommended would be the Pomona and Bogenfells tour deep into the Namib. Booking is essential for this trip and well worth it. We will be collected at around 9am. The tour enters the Sperrgebiet (the prohibited diamond mining area) via the Rotkop Security Gate, anyone wishing to enter this area has to have previously obtained police clearance so it is essential that this tour is pre-booked so they can assist you in obtaining the necessary documentation.

As the name of this day tour suggests one of the main points of interest visited are the abandoned diamond mining town of Pomona, which is in many respects similar to the more famous Kolmanskop but with the added attraction of being well off the tourist route. In its heyday Pomona was home to around 1000 people and facilities included a school, church, hotel and bowling alley. Of course only the German population of around 350 people had access to these facilities while the indigenous Namibian population where contract workers and housed in huge dormitories (sleeping up to 50 people).

The other major attraction of this tour is the rock arch at Bogenfels. Unsurprisingly given the abundance of diamonds that were once found in the area, this was once also a diamond mining town – and the remains of a desalination plant still remain. Today however, the main reason for visiting is the 55 meter high rock arch which towers magnificently over the surrounding landscape. With one foot of the arch in the cold Atlantic ocean and the other firmly planted in the sand of the Namib.

While on this trip you will be introduced to dune driving & the fascinating flora of the desert. Some of the landscape has been deeply scarred by a century of diamond mining, but due to the area having being off limits to the general public during this time much of it is in pristine condition.

The tour includes a light lunch and you should be back in Luderitz at around 6.30pm.

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Day 7: Tiras 200km

We will be heading towards the 125 000 ha Tiras Conservancy at the edge of the Namib Desert and within the triangle of Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei and Lüderitz. Here, a group of local farmers combined, to create a hideaway for nature-lovers in one of the most beautiful areas of Namibia. We will enjoy the vastness and variety of this beautiful landscape. Things to do, guided 4×4 dune and mountain tours, nature drives on all farms, a walk through the ostrich farm or fascinating excursions – rock paintings, the quiver tree forest, bird and game watching, desert walks.

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Day 8: Sesriem and Sossusvlei 280km

We pack up and head to Sesriem. The main reason for camping at Sesriem is in order to get an early start on your way to visit Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei means ‘the gathering place of water’ in the local Nama language. Seasonal rains from the Naukluft and Tsaris Mountains that succeeded in reaching the vlei, create temporary lakes that reflected the sand dunes surrounding them. The high, red sand dunes which surround Sossusvlei form part of the sand sea, which stretches from just north of Lüderitz to the Kuiseb River. Some of these dunes reach as high as 220m.

Sesriem Canyon is located approximately 4.5km from the entrance gate of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The Tsauchab River has shaped the Canyon over millions of years and it is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. The early Afrikaans explorers in the region named the canyon after the fact that they had to use six (“ses”) leather straps (“riem”) tied together to create a rope long enough to lower buckets into the canyon below, in order to fetch water.

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Day 9: Tsauchab 75km

After the trek to Sossusvlei we will be heading to Tsauchab. The Tsauchab river is flanked by enormous wild-fig trees, and the crystal clear springs are the main source of water supply to the Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei. This natural phenomenon abruptly ends in a dry lake at the foot of the worlds highest dunes.

Activities included at the camp include 4 marked hiking trails, 4×4 routes, (they both offer excellent bird and game watching opportunities), the springs and the ever popular sundowner view point!

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Day 10: Duwisib 142km

On the second last day of the trip we will depart en route to Duwisib. We will stop at the hidden gem Neuras Wine Estate. In the the local Koikoi language, Neuras means the “place of abandoned water”. Neuras Estate owes its early existence as a farm to the presence of several crystal clear cold-water springs and dates back to 1894. With so many factors counting against them at first glance, many people wonder how can they produce such wonderful wine. The unique micro climate of Neuras makes quality wine production possible as the cool west wind blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean cools the area down by so much as 8-10 degrees Celsius at night.

Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate is a totally unique concept in Namibia, a wine oasis in the desert. It is located on a 14,400ha farm with much savannah grassland and stony desert, set beautifully in the foothills of the spectacular Naukluft Mountains on the edge of the Namib Desert.

Neuras Wine Estate: The Naukluft Mountains

Day 11: Last day

Sadly, after breakfast, we head for Keetmanshoop and say goodbye and leave for home. Those who prefer to travel with en route to SA – more than welcome. Normally this road leads via the Kgalagadi or the red dunes of the Kalahari.

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