Make this trip in 3 weeks and see the many highlights of Namibia! Discover the desert, the grand canyon, the vast and rugged coast, the beautiful Waterberg plateau, the special Himba culture, the impressive wildlife and the old colonial villages.
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From € 1820 pp: Based on 21 days with a group of 2 people. Price includes car rental with rooftoptent and complete camping equipment, 13 nights on campsites and 5 nights in lodges / guesthouses including breakfast, excluding flights.
Day 1 to 3: You will arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia! However, it will not really feel like a capital, Namibia has a total of only 2.5 million inhabitants the majority of whom live north of Etosha. This is mainly due to the political reasons. You will not spend much time in Windhoek, because you will discover the rest of the country from here with a 4 × 4 with a rooftoptent! First stops: Mariental & Keetmanshoop. Here you can quietly get used to the silence, tranquility, vastness and special vegetation of the desert.
Day 4 to 8: Your first stop in discovering the beautiful nature of Namibia: The Fish River Canyon is one of the largest Canyons in the world after the Grand Canyon, but is actually relatively unknown. And that is completely unjustified! The entire canyon is 161 km long, 27 km wide and 550 m at the deepest point. You have several hot springs and beautiful viewpoints in the canyon, a destination where you can enjoy the beautiful nature and tranquility. After the Fish river canyon you drive to Aus, here you make a stop-over before you continue to the famous dunes at Sesriem. The town itself is not special, although it was an important place in history. When the German troops surrendered to South Africa in 1915, a camp was set up for the prisoners of the war, on the site of the town of Aus. It is hard to imagine that their were fighting in this desert in the world wars.
Day 9 & 10: After your short stopover it’s time to visit the famous red dunes of Namibia at Sossusvlei! The gate to the dunes at Sesriem opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. If you would like to visit the dunes with the rising sunlight, make sure you arrive at the gate on time as more people have the same plan. If you want to avoid the mass, go to the end of the day so that you see the dunes with the light setting. You have several dunes where you can stop and where you can walk on. It is also nice to do a dune nature walk excursion where you are informed of the special life that is not visible at first sight in the desert.
Day 11 to 13: In Swakopmund you can easily see the German past of Namibia. The center of this place has beautiful buildings with clear German architecture. Swakopmund is known among tourists for the many activities that you can undertake here, especially sandboarding and quad biking through the dunes is very popular. If you are not that enthusiastic about extreme sports, Swakopmund still has plenty to offer. Walk through the center of the city and you will naturally come across nice bars and shops. Perhaps an interesting fact is that although the center of Swakopmund suggests otherwise, the city also has a huge slum.
Starting from Swakopmund Northwards you start driving along the Skeleton Coast. The Skeleton coast owes its name to the many ships that stranded here on the coast, some of the skeletons of these ships are still off the coast. The skeleton coast is a quirky and somewhat strange place, mainly due to the ghost towns that are inhabited only in the Namibian summer. A strange sight, a desert landscape right on the coast. At cape cross a large seal colony has established itself, a nice sight! Be prepared for the smell that these animals produce.
Day 14-18: Palmwag is located in Damaraland and the concessions is home to many wild animals such as lions, cheetahs, hyenas, rhinos, zebras, giraffes, etc. You have many different activities that you can undertake here: game drives and game walks, sundowner scenic drive and rhino tracking. From Palmwag it is certainly worthwhile to drive north further into Damaraland or through the dried up riverbeds of the Huab river (Note that you cannot undertake this without proper preparation because here the better 4 × 4 driving applies!). In this area the nomadic Himba people live.
In Palmwag you may have already spotted some wild animals. That will only get more in Etosha! This is the real safari destination of this trip. Keep your eyes open and drive along the waterholes because many animals come there due to the dry area. Keep in mind that animals are not active in the heat of the day. So in the morning and afternoon; camera and binoculars ready and let’s go!
Day 19 to end: Waterberg is a large nature reserve that forms around the plateau, which is 50 km long and 16 km wide and up to 200 m high. You can go for a fantastic walk here, there are different paths and enjoy the rising or setting sun. If you haven’t spotted it somewhere else, there is even the possibility to do a rhino game drive. You also have the opportunity to do an excursion to a Herero village nearby where they will show you more about the traditional life of the Herero. From here you drive back to Windhoek in about 4 hours; Depending on your flight, you may therefore need an extra night in Windhoek.
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