After a night in the capital city, start your Namibian camping tour adventure by driving south into the wildlife-rich red sands of the Kalahari. Continue south to the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, before continuing on to the very edge of the Namib Desert.

Visit the ‘ghost town’ of Kolmanskop, an eerie reminder of the diamond rich history of the area, before continuing your journey deeper into the rolling dunes. Take some iconic photographs at Sossusvlei pan before relaxing at your campsite under one of the most spectacular starscapes in the world. Swap rolling dunes for craggy outcrops as you enter the Namib Naukluft Mountains.

Head west to the coastal town of Swakopmund, its colourful Germanic buildings an architectural throw-back to colonial times. Get your adrenaline pumping on the dunes with a sky-dive, sand-board or quad-bike, or take a relaxing boat cruise before heading back to Windhoek and your onward flight home.

 

 

Highlights

  • Kalahari Desert
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Aus
  • Luderitz
  • Sesriem & Sossusvlei, Swakopmund

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Sunset over the city

Windhoek

Land in Windhoek, here you will be met by a transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall who will escort you to the city centre.

A representative of ATI will meet you here to hand over your vouchers, road map and itinerary and to answer any last minute questions you may have. Your hire vehicle will be delivered this afternoon.

Rivendell Guest House is located in a quiet suburb close to the city centre and has just ten guest rooms.

Relax around the swimming pool or lounge area, and maybe take the afternoon to explore the shops and restaurants of the city. Facilities include satellite TV lounge, swimming pool, self-catering kitchen, small bar, internet, guest phone and safe parking. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek
Accommodation: Rivendell Guest House
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Day 2: The red dunes of the Kalahari

Kalahari Desert

Today you will depart Windhoek in a southerly direction and head to the Kalahari Farm house, on the edge of the Kalahari desert.

Located in the midst of the Kalahari, on the fringes of the village of Stampriet in the fertile valley of the seasonal Auob River, Kalahari Farmhouse combines upmarket hospitality with a rural ambience. The reception and restaurant are housed in a manor, built in the heyday of Karakul farming 50 years ago.

The small farming business next-door keeps the kitchen stocked with fresh produce for the delicious dishes on the menu.

For guests there are 11 tastefully decorated rooms in chalets reminiscent of the Cape Dutch style.

Enjoy serene tranquility at the pool, visit the farming business or join a scenic drive in Gondwana Kalahari Park, just 30 km away. Camping only.

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Day 3-4: Spectacular Geology

Fish River Canyon

Continue on your drive south today towards the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world and a spectacular site surrounded by featureless gravel plains. The drive will take approximately 5 hours.

Visit the viewpoints at Hobas and perhaps take a walk along the Canyon edge to watch the spectacular sunset. You may like to visit the hot springs at Ai-Ais on day 4, or perhaps take an optional scenic flight or nature drive, which are offered by the lodge.

Stay at Canyon Roadhouse campsite and maybe take advantage of their excellent restaurant and bar. Camping only basis.

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Day 5-6: Rich war-time history

Klein-Aus Vista

You have a shorter drive of approximately 4 hours today to reach Klein Aus Vista, a beautiful private farm located on the edge of the Namib Desert with spectacular views from the boulder strewn hillsides across wide open plains.

You will camp in a private campsite tonight with access to a restaurant and bar should you decide not to cook for yourselves. There are self-guided walks that can be taken on the farm, or you can just relax in the beautiful surroundings.

You may like to drive to Luderitz for the day where you could enjoy an optional boat cruise (this can be booked through Luderitz Tours & Safaris who have an office on the high street), or a drive out to Diaz Point where you may see some of the many bird species that can be found here. Nearby is the ghost town of Kolmanskop, abandoned to the desert when the diamond mining became unfeasible in this area.

Here you may like to take a local guide to show you the fascinating buildings still standing in the windblown dunes. Return to Klein Aus this afternoon. Camping only basis.

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Day 7-8: Desert vistas

Sesriem

Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert, near to Sesriem and Sossusvlei. The drive should take approximately 5 hours and you will arrive at Sesriem National Park’s campsite this afternoon.

The campsite has a small shop, petrol station and swimming pool. Enjoy a sunset trip to one of the dunes just inside the Park gates, or relax around the campsite. Sleep under the spectacular desert stars.

Wake early on day 8 to drive the 70km through the dune fields to Sossusvlei. Most of this road is on tar, the last 5km are sandy 4×4 roads.

Explore the dunes around the salt pan of Sossusvlei, and maybe walk across the sand to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees and a photographer’s dream. Return to your campsite for a siesta. Camping only basis.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Sesriem Campsite
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Day 9: Mountain wilderness

Naukluft Mountain

Make the short drive of around 2 hours from Sesriem to the Naukluft Mountains and camp at the National Park site. There are no restaurant or bar facilities so make sure that you stock up before departure.

There is an ablution block with hot and cold water and the campsite is small, very pretty and relatively quiet.

Here you can pick up a map from the reception office for the self-guided Olive and Waterkloof Trails, and the spring-fed rock pools are great for a refreshing dip! Camping only basis.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 10-11: Coastal wildlife and scenery

Swakopmund

Drive onwards to the coast this morning. Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town, complete with German half-wooden architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well-maintained gardens and palm lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants.

In addition, there are many adventure activities such as sandboarding, tandem parachuting, fishing & quad biking which can be arranged prior to arrival.

We can also recommend some excellent day trips including the marine sanctuary of Sandwich Harbour, a unique environment comprising towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, a half day boat cruise from Walvis Bay may offer the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals and many species of marine birds.

Cornerstone Guesthouse is a small, private and peaceful bed and breakfast an easy walk away from the sea and the town centre of Swakopmund on Namibia’s fascinating Skeleton Coast. Occupying a quiet corner of Swakopmund’s old town near the marine museum and the old brewery, Cornerstone Guesthouse offers the charm and intimacy of a family-run B&B combined with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel.

Within a few minutes from the guest house you can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs, Swakopmund tourist attractions and a variety of interesting shops and markets. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with large solar-assisted showers and modern fittings. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 12: Flying on!

Fly out of Windhoek

Return to Windhoek today, a drive of approximately 3.5 hours, in time to connect with your onward flight.

Destination: Windhoek

Included

  • Transfer & Meals as stated
  • Camping equipped 4×4 vehicle
  • Accommodation and campsites as stated

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