Self-Drive Namibia & South Africa: Deserts, Dunes & Canyons – 19 days (Accommodated)
- 4×4 hire – 4×4 dual cab (Toyota Hilux or similar). Pick up and drop off Windhoek International (Hosea Kutako) Airport.
- 4×4 hire insurance – collision damage waiver (zero excess).
- Accommodation as indicated below.
- Meals as indicated below.
- Activities as indicated below.
- Relevant Travel Africa Information sheets.
Collect your vehicle upon arrival and drive to your guesthouse. Depending on your arrival time you may choose to wander into the centre of Namibia’s capital city. It’s often described as having a continental atmosphere – mixing African lifestyle with European history, picturesque German architecture, European influenced restaurants and shopping centres combined with street vendors make it unique. Alternatively relax by the pool or join an optional township tour.
Elegant Guesthouse or similar
After stocking up with supplies head south-west into Namibia’s timeless landscapes and the Tsaris Mountains which form part of the amazing Namib-Naukluft Desert. Situated in a canyon in the heart of the mountains your lodge is a paradise for hikers, bird watchers or those who just like peace and quiet. Self-guided hikes are the go here and an afternoon walk to the top of the plateau is recommended.
Zebra River Lodge or similar
Drive to your new accommodation and spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool with its magnificent views of the faraway dunes, or enjoying a sundowner horse ride. The following day rise early to venture into the world heritage Sossusvlei dune fields (recommend leaving before sunrise to ensure you are in the dune sea for sunrise). Ensure you visit Sesriem Canyon and the nearby Dead Vlei, where the ancient and skeletal camel thorn trees stand on the white pan with the backdrop of orange sand dunes and blue sky – a photographer’s delight.
Desert Homestead or similar
Desert Horse Inn or similar
Proceed south to Fish River Lodge, situated on the privately owned Gondwana Canon Park just 20kms from the main viewpoint of the amazing Fish River Canyon – the second largest canyon in the world. Walk along the rim of the canyon, enjoy its magnificent viewpoints and witness how water-starved quiver trees eke out an existence a few metres from lush ferns and mosses. Optional activities include afternoon scenic drive, walks and canyon drives.
Fish River Canyon Lodge or similar
Continue further south and cross the border into South Africa and head to the stunning Augrabies Falls National Park. Few sights are as awesome or sound as deafening as the mighty Orange River cascading 56 metres down over the Augrabies Falls. Called the ‘place of great noise’ by the Khoi people this powerful river has, over time, created an 18 kilometre long gorge overlooked by various lookouts, which provide spectacular ‘ moonscape’ views. Ensure that you visit the falls at night, especially during full moon.
Augrabies Falls National Park rest camp, Self catering Chalet or similar
Head east to Upington, situated on the banks of the Orange River, to stock up on supplies before heading north. Spend two days along the ‘Red Dune’ route discovering the heart of the Kalahari region. Meet the #Khomani San, custodians of this special place. Two activities will be arranged for you as you spend time with a #Khomani San Bushman owned guiding enterprise which showcases the unique cultural and natural treasures of the Kalahari. Learn how to hunt with a bow & arrow, enjoy a demonstration of local craft making and join the #Khomani San in a celebration of their culture through song and dance. On your second morning join a local guide for an early morning walk through the dunes and discover the myriad of animals, plants, reptiles and insects that make this arid region their home.
Rooipan Guest Farm (1 night) & Kgalagadi Lodge (1 night) or similar
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park rest camp (Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata or Nossob), Self catering Chalet or similar
Kalahari Anib Lodge, Kalahari Basin or similar
Elegant Guesthouse or similar
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