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Namibia itinerary - 9 day Southern Namibia Canyons & Deserts Tour visiting the Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz, Namib Desert and Sossusvlei plus Swakopmund


Canyons and Deserts Namibia TourThis tour is available is 2 different ratings - Upmarket (Superior) or Affordable (Classic) class (Bed & Breakfast basis) and Upmarket having more inclusions.

Highlights: The Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz, Namib Desert and Sossusvlei, Swakopmund
 
Departure dates:
3, 10, 17 or 24 November 2018
1 December 2018
5, 19  January 2019
9 or 23 February 2019
9 or 23 March 2019
6 or 20 April 2019
4 or 18 May 2019
1, 15 or 29 June 2019
13 or 27 July 2019
3, 10, 17, 24 or 31 August 2019
7, 14, 21 or 28 September 2019
5, 12, 19 or 26 October 2019

Rates (Namibian Dollar (N$) is equivalent to South African Rand):
Classic (Affordable) itinerary:
01 November 2018 - 30 June 2019: N$26 800 (single supplement: N$2 950)
01 July 2019 - 31 October 2019: N$28 900 (single supplement: N$2 950)

Superior (Upmarket) itinerary:
01 November 2018 - 30 June 2019: N$49 600 (single supplement: N$4 500)
01 July 2019 - 31 October 2019: N$53 900 (single supplement: N$5 100)
 
Discount departure dates:
17 November 2018, 5 January 2019, 9 March 2019, 18 May 2019, 15 June 2019:
Classic/Affordable rate: N$25 500.
Superior/Upmarket rate: N$47 000

Plus no single supplement:
on 3 November 2018; 9 February 2019; 4 May 2019 & 1 June 2019 departure dates.

Days: 9 days / 8 nights
Departure: Selected Saturdays
Vehicle: Micro-bus / Bus
Clients will be met at any establishment in Windhoek
Languages available: English and / or German
Min/Max People on Bronze tour: 2 / 16
Min/Max People on Gold tour: 2 / 6

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Day 1, Saturday: Kalahari Desert
Safari in Kalahari DesertLeaving Windhoek, we travel into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi desert of wind-blown sand held by a sparse mantle of thorn scrub making it the largest continuous stretch of sand covering 9 African countries. Unlike other true deserts, the Kalahari does receive erratic rainfall. For many therefor “thirstland” is a fitting description. Lacking permanent surface water, the Kalahari is a challenging place to live except for those who have adapted to not only survive but flourish here. The Bushmen refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacia’s and shrubs, it is still home to a surprising large amount of specially adapted wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the dunes and the wildlife and plants, in this desert environment.

Classic:    Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge
Superior:    Intu Africa Zebra Lodge – Dinner & Nature Drive in the Kalahari

Day 2, Sunday: Fish River Canyon
Fish River CanyonWe continue south through expansive rocky plains, visiting the unique Quiver tree forest. Nestled amongst huge dolerite boulders, stacked in a mysterious way, the area is also aptly referred to as “Giant’s Playground”. We continue to our lodge, situated in close vicinity to the Fish River Canyon. We can optionally explore the area on foot or on a guided nature drive in the later afternoon.

Classic:    Canyon Village - Breakfast
Superior:    Canyon Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3, Monday: Lüderitz
Our morning starts on the edge of the Fish River Canyon where we gaze into this magnificent geological phenomenon. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and it is the second largest canyon on earth, featuring a gigantic ravine that measures in total about 160 km long and up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river found in Namibia, but its current flow is just a drop compared with the immense volume of water that poured down its length in ages past. We continue our journey along the scenic Mountain range along the Orange River, which forms the natural border to South Africa, and through the Ai/-Ais/ Richtersveld Transfrontier Park towards Lüderitz. On the way to Lüderitz we stop at Garub to encounter the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert.
 
Classic:    Nest Hotel - Breakfast
Superior:    Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4, Tuesday: Lüderitz
Our morning starts with a visit to Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop is a deserted Diamond Mining Town in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once a cosmopolitan center, a town built to last…until the diamonds ran out. Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the thriving past. We will also visit Diaz Point and explore the coastal town of Lüderitz itself.

Classic:    Nest Hotel - Breakfast
Superior:    Nest Hotel Superior Room – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5, Wednesday: Southern Namib Desert
Sesriem CanyonAfter an early breakfast we travel across wide open plains north along the Tiras Mountain range to our lodge in the Namib Desert. We are located in close proximity to Sesriem the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, with some of the highest sand dunes on Earth towering over the white desert plains.
 
The afternoon can be spent relaxing at the sparkling pool, enjoying the vast open desert plains, or taking part in optional activities offered at the lodge.

Classic:   The Elegant Desert Lodge - Breakfast
Superior:    Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6, Thursday: Southern Namib Desert
Dead Vlei - Sossusvlei
This morning demands an early start. The first rays of sunrise paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be mesmerized by the surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst majestic dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath.
 
Thereafter we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.
 
Classic:   The Elegant Desert Lodge - Breakfast
Superior:    Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7, Friday: Swakopmund
African flamingos
After breakfast we travel via the desolate, rolling hills of the Kuiseb Moon Valley towards the Atlantic Ocean. In Walvis Bay we visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas on the African continent and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of the African flamingos feed in this lagoon and present a breathtaking picture when they appear in groups.
 
Having arrived in Swakopmund, the rest of the day is spent at leisure. With palm-lined streets and seaside promenades, Swakopmund is a very popular holiday destination in Namibia. Its pleasant summer climate and long stretched beaches attract anglers and surfers from all over Southern Africa. For the international guest, Swakopmund is a bohemian mix of German architecture and African time, a laid back attitude with adrenalin activities, misty mornings and desert heat. It is colorful, it is vibrant, but most of all, it is fun.
 
Classic:    Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel - Breakfast
Superior:    Strand Hotel – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8, Saturday: Swakopmund
Swakopmund beachSwakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities ranging from, adventure to exploring the fascinating features of the Namib Desert and the animals and plants that occur and survive here. Embrace the relaxed pace of this idyllic coastal town whilst enjoying coffee and freshly baked pastries in one of the many café’s. Alternatively explore the rugged, sweltering desert on a day tour, or view this awesome, environment from the air on a scenic flight.
 
Find your inner child and push adrenaline to its limits with extreme adventures such as skydiving over the desert or quad biking and sand boarding on the dunes. Take time to get the feel of this quaint town with its historic buildings, museums, shopping arcades and beach bar that has transformed into its own personality by the vibrant use of color and the bohemian lifestyle.

Classic:    Swakopmund Plaza / Beach Hotel - Breakfast
Superior:    Strand Hotel – Breakfast, Dinner & Marine Cruise

Day 9, Sunday: Windhoek
After breakfast, we travel back to Windhoek to be taken to our hotel or back to the airport for our outward flight. Tour ends.

Includes:
Meals:
Classic: 8 Breakfasts
Superior: 8 Breakfasts; 8 Dinners
Entrance Fees: Fish River Canyon; Namib Naukluft National Park
Portages
All meals as specified in the itinerary
Still Mineral Water
Activities as specified
Accommodation as specified
Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance

Above accommodation is subject to availability but we will offer you a similar alternative if it is not available.

Private tour may be done on any date on request

Please note there is no pre or post day in Windhoek, which is advisable due to scheduled times of these tours.
Arrival flights on day of tour departure to be no later than 9am from Windhoek
Last Day of tour, it's advisable to book a flight departing Windhoek International at 7pm or later.

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