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Namibia North & South

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This trip highlights Namibia’s unique ecology and the fragility of nature and as you travel through these ancient lands. You will marvel at the unusual landscape, beautiful colours and diversity of wildlife.

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Drive this amazing journey yourself on a big loop from Windhoek. Visit the the Fish river Canyon and continue North to the amazing sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. You will also visit Swakopmund and of course Etosha National Park.

*We can also offer shorter North or South self-drive combinations, please ask us for details*

The Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Windhoek

Our local agent in Namibia will be waiting for your arrival at the airport to take you to your guesthouse in Windhoek.

Day 2: Depart early for the Kalahari (B/D)

This morning after a hearty breakfast, your 4WD rental vehicle will be dropped off at your guesthouse along with maps and directions for your trip. Depart Windhoek at your own leisure for the Kalahari Desert, keeping an eye out for game along the side of the road! Arrive at your lodge for dinner.

Days 3 - 5: Continue south today towards Fish River Canyon. (B/D)

The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is (allegedly) the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breath-taking. Self-drive tourists, hikers, photographers and nature lovers world-wide are attracted to this long, thin, meandering river. Depending on the time of year, you could be looking out to a dry river bed or a rainy-season raging torrent. Overnight at a lodge close to the Canyon

Day 6: Drive to Luderitz (B)

Lüderitz is a quirky town lodged in one of the best harbours on the least hospitable coast in Africa. When diamonds were discovered in 1909 in nearby Kolmanskop, Lüderitz enjoyed a sudden surge of prosperity. Now the diamonds are mostly found elsewhere and offshore, so Lüderitz has reverted to its former self. Its appeal as a town lies in the fact that little has changed since the early 20th century.

One of Luderitz' main attractions is Kolmanskop Ghost Town. This previously bustling diamond town is now abandoned and fights a constant struggle with the sand dunes of the Namib desert.

Days 7 & 8: Drive to Sossusvlei (B/D)

The Sossusvlei, Namibia's highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert, is a huge clay-pan, enclosed by mighty sand dunes, some of which are the highest in the world reaching a height of 300 metres.
Spend two nights at a desert lodge exploring the park, including Sossusvlei, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon. If you enter the park as the sun rises over the dunes it is a magnificent sight!

Optional tours include hot-air ballooning, quad biking or scenic desert flights, ask our specialist for more!

Days 9 & 10: Swakopmund (B)

Head north to Swakopmund today. This historical town has a unique charm and this reflects in the Colonial-style homes and shops. With palm-lined streets, seaside promenades and decent beaches. With so much to do, you can enjoy two nights here exploring. Optional activities include Pelican Point kayaking trips, fat bike trips, camel rides or dune buggy trips. A variety of different restaurant offers amazing cuisine within walking distance from your guesthouse.

Days 11 & 12: Damaraland (B/D)

This morning you depart for Damaraland - prehistoric watercourses with open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and distant mountains create the landscape. Game species include Desert Elephant, Black Rhino, Ostrich and Springbok. The main activities in the area include morning drives to see the desert-adapted elephant) and a visit to the Organ pipes, Burnt Mountain, and Twyfelfontein area.

Day 13: Etosha National Park (B)

Make your way today to the stunning Etosha National park, one of the largest and best game viewing parks in the whole of Africa, which was once a lake the size of Holland. Surrounding the pans is a variety of grass and woodlands amongst which live a wonderful variety of animals and birds, insects and reptiles. Spend the day game viewing in Etosha You can do a game drive in your own vehicle or join one of the guided game drives with the lodge. Overnight at a lodge just outside the gate.

Day 14: Namutoni (B)

Game drive your way through the park to the other side of Etosha National park to Onguma game reserve which covers more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife. Their nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard are common residents of the area. The latest addition to the already abundant wildlife at Onguma Nature Reserve is a family of black rhinos! Overnight at a lodge just outside the Namutoni gate.

Day 15: Depart for Waterberg (B/D)

Okonjima Plains Camp is situated halfway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. The lodge is home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, notably cheetahs and leopards. Optional activities include Cheetah Tracking On Foot and the Bushman Trail.

Day 16: Return to Windhoek (B)

Return to Windhoek airport to drop off your hire car and catch your flight home.

 

Our Price Includes:
• Accommodation based on twin/double room inclusive of tax & service charges
• Private round-trip transfer airport/hotel/airport
• 15 days Vehicle hire on standard insurance cover
• Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
• Services of Odyssey World’s local agents in Namibia

 

Our Price Excludes:
• Return international flights from the UK & internal flight tickets & airport taxes
• Visas (if required)
• Any meals other than those specified
• Anything not stated above
• Travel Insurance
• Early check-in/late check-out charges unless otherwise stated
• Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, tips etc.

 

NOTE: Prices vary according to season. Prices shown are per person based on two adults travelling in low season, sharing a twin/double room. Please ask us for the full itinerary and add-ons.

 

Our tours can be created just for you. Speak to our specialist Madri who was born in Namibia and is passionate to share her country with you - 01453 883937 or email africa@odyssey-world.co.uk

Highlights

  • Fish River Canyon
  • Kolmanskop Ghost Mining Town
  • Sossusavlei Sand Dunes
  • Swakopmund
  • Etosha National Park

Namibia Information

  • Capital City: Windhoek
  • Time Difference: GMT +2
  • Language: English, German and Afrikaans
  • Fly with: BA, Air Namibia, SAA
  • Flight time: 10 Hours
  • Best time to go: March to October
  • Currency: Namibian Dollar or SA Rand
  • Visa required: No


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