Namibia – Land of the brave…
Namibia is built for road trips and adventure. While doing these self-drive tours, we often stop the convoy to savor the silence and behold the towering dunes, and the granite slab mountains seemingly ‘floating’ as they rise out of the churning desert sands. With the snaking desert roads disappearing into an endless horizon, there’s a world of discovery awaiting us. It’s an unforgettable country with unforgettable memories and even more amazing scenery.
When: 22 Dec 2021 – 2 Jan 2022
28 Sept 2022 – 9 Oct 2022
Price: R9 600 p/p sharing (min 2 persons)
Places we visit:
- Fish River Canyon
- Canyon Roadhouse
- Aus and Aus Vista Lodge
- Wild horses of the Namib
- Lodge stay for 2 nights in Luderitz
- Diaz Cross and Seals
- Kanaan N/a`an ku sê Desert Retreat
- Sesriem and Sosusvlei
- Swakopmund and Hentiesbay
- Kalahari Farmstay adventure
- Too many other stops and things to do, to mention……
This adventure will start from Orange River Rafting Lodge near Vioolsdrift from where we will cross the border into Namibia. Our first stop will be Hobas – Fish River Canyon. What an epic place to start this epic adventure into the South of Namibia experiencing the best that this wonderful land has to offer. Canyon Roadhouse is a veritable treasure-house and a ‘must-do’ stop when visiting the canyon. The outside area hints of the wonderland interior with its rusty old Chevys and Fords from a bygone era, adorned with corky quiver trees and desert flora. This will be our home for the first night.
From here we’ll make our way casually towards Lüderitz via Aus and their wild Namib Horses. The origin of the Namib Desert horse is unclear, though several theories have been put forward. Genetic tests have been performed, although none to date have completely verified their origin. The most likely ancestors of the horses are a mix of riding horses and cavalry horses, many from German breeding programs, released from various farms and camps in the early 20th century, especially during World War I. Whatever their origin, the horses eventually congregated in the Garub Plains, near Aus, Namibia, the location of a man-made water source. Klein Aus Vista will be home for one night.
The Cormorant House in Lüderitz will be our base from where we’ll explore everything in and around this little town. This is also where we’ll spend Christmas and host our traditional Trans Africa Christmas gift sharing event. Situated on the edge of the Island, The Cormorant House is a self-catering guesthouse that offers luxurious lodgings at the water’s side. Share a bottle of wine on the balcony, enjoy breathtaking sunsets, fall asleep to melodic ocean sounds and listen to the cry of the cormorant.
Turning away from Lüderitz, will see us going North hugging the Namib desert to the West before reaching Kanaan N/a’an ku sê Desert Retreat. The 33000 hectares of beautifully-preserved landscape in the Namib Desert is a photographer’s paradise. With endless red dunes, crystal clear night skies, and mouth-watering, home-made cuisine – Kanaan is the ultimate ecotourism destination. Bordering the Tiras Mountain range, Kanaan is where nature, luxury and conservation meet. Since acquiring the land in 2014, Naankuse has removed all man-made fences to create a wildlife reserve that provides refuge to a number of endemic animal species.
Next up is Sossusvlei and Sesriem. Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterized by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light. We will also be sampling old Moose McGregor’s Apple-strudel.
Swakopmund, this is almost enough said. This German outpost town will be home for 3 days allowing us enough time to relax and indulge in all it has to offer. Situated within sight and sound of the mesmerizing Atlantic Ocean, The Atlantic Villa offers accommodation within walking distance from the beach, a few minutes drive from Swakopmund town centre and a quiet relaxed atmosphere complimented by its location. The elegantly and luxurious decorated rooms offers spacious and comfortable accommodation. Breakfast included.
Things to do in Swakopmund
- Scenic flight – While the Skeleton Coast is incredibly harsh and bleak, from the air it is nothing short of spectacular! The massive and imposing sand dunes begin at the shoreline that is continuously pounded by crashing waves. It is truly the best way to view this region of Namibia.
- Go fish – You’ll find the freshest seafood in all of Namibia is served in Swakopmund so you cannot leave without sampling the local catch. Or better yet, head to the ocean and try your hand and hooking your own dinner! You can choose to try your hand at fishing from the beach.
- Museums and the Aquarium – This random private collection of Namibian history is definitely worth checking out while visiting Swakopmund. A vast array of taxidermy is on display as well as a very detailed explanation of the various indigenous groups that inhabit the country. Plan on spending at least an hour learning about Namibian history, culture, wildlife, and geology.
- Take a boat cruise – Why stick to the land when there is so much fascinating marine life in view right offshore? Enjoy some fresh, delicious oysters and bubbly champagne while cruising around the South Atlantic ocean with stunning views of the shore. You’ll likely spot seals, pelicans, or even whales or dolphins if you’re lucky. It’s the perfect way to spend a morning in Swakopmund.
Spitzkoppe is one of those absolute have to do places. The Spitzkoppe mountain range’s granite is dated at more than 700 million years old. The mountain’s distinctive shape has earned it the nickname the Matterhorn of Namibia. Made up of a number of large distinctive peaks that jut up in different areas on the landscape, the main peak is known as Gross Spitzkoppe. The other peaks are Klein Spitzkoppe, Pondok Mountain and the Inselbergs or ‘island mountains’. Best seen when camping overnight as this is when you will have ample opportunity to capture the contrasting light and shadowy patterns as the sun rises and sets.
Next up is 1 night in Windhoek with Joe’s Beerhouse and awesome shopping opportunities before heading South via the Red Kalahari of Namibia. We’ll end this adventure on a true Kalahari Farm before saying goodbye and maybe spending another night or 2 in this area while we make our way to the border.
What do you need:
- A good reliable, serviced vehicle, 4×2 with high ground clearance will do.
- Fuel range of app. 600km
- Vehicle registration papers or letter of consent from the financing institution.
- Children must have a valid passport and an unabridged birth certificate and letter of consent if not accompanied by both parents.
- Guests from non-SADC countries will need a Visa if required.
- A passport that is valid for 3 months after our return to SA, valid drivers license and ID.
- Camping equipment and cooking/braai accessories.
- A ground tent is fine.
- 3 Bags of wood per vehicle
- Last but not least – A good sense of humor and a positive outlook.
2 way radios will be supplied by ourselves.
- All cross border fees, 3rd party insurance and taxes
- Camping fees
- Conservation fees
- Park entry fees if camping in a NWR park
- Experience tour guide and medic
- 4×4 vehicle hire
- Daily activities
- Transfer fees
- Game drives