Day 1: Guests arrive at Windhoek Hosea Kutako airport where I will collect them and take them to the guest farm Kiripotib, so that they can relax and catch up on some sleep, after the long flight.
Day 2: Spend a second day in Windhoek, looking at the fascinating Karakul carpet weaving and jewelery workshop from the farm.
Day 3: Visit the excellent Anin embroidery workshop on a nearby farm en route to the highly commended guest farm Bagatelle, where guests will spend the night.
Day 4: Travel down as far as the Twee Rivieren rest camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, where you should be able to see plenty of game in this fascinating desert park. The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, home to the Kalahari Lion, was established in 1931 to protect migratory game in the sparsely vegetated, dry riverbed, red sand dune and camel thorn tree Kalahari landscape. The Park offers excellent game viewing opportunities, because the sparse vegetation and camel thorn trees that provide shade for the Kalahari lion, leopards, buck and other animals are mainly concentrated around the dry river beds of the Nossob and Auob rivers, which also serve as the roads in the Park.
Day 5: Travel on to one of the many small and remote camps, viewing game en route. Spend the night in another camp.
Day 6: Travel on to another camp, again viewing game en route. Spend the night in yet another camp.
Day 7: Leave for the Fish River Canyon, and spend the night at the Canon Lodge or one of the other lodges in that area. Visit the impressive Fish River Canyon, south-west of the village of Keetmanshoop. Although it is only a third as big as the magnificent Grand Canyon, it is the second largest canyon in the world and certainly worth having a look at, especially in the early morning or late afternoon. Depending on where you are staying, you can also choose to go on a most interesting flight over the Fish River Canyon and the very rugged area lying between the Fish River Canyon and the Orange River. Overnight at the guest farms in the vicinity.
Days 8 & 9: We leave after breakfast and travel via the seemingly endless and fascinating Namib desert to the small harbor town of Luderitz, where extensive diamond deposits were discovered early in the 20th century, resulting in a huge diamond rush. Luderitz is known for its old-world charm and distinctively German colonial architecture. Here we can visit Kolmanskop, Namibia’s famous diamond ghost town, 10km east of Luderitz in the Sperrgebiet, where diamonds were mined from 1908 until the 1940’s.
You can also go on a day trip into the forbidden Diamond Area to view the huge rock arch known as the Bogenfels (a permit has to be obtained several weeks in advance to enter this area so please contact us ASAP to arrange this if you wish to go there). Undertake a boat trip to nearby Halifax island to look at the small resident African penguin colony or visit the Dias peninsula where the Portugese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, planted a stone cross in 1488 during his explorations of the African coast. Spend the two nights in a private guest house or hotel, whichever you prefer.
Day 10: Return to the little village of Aus from where we travel northwards on a particularly interesting road running between the desert to the west and the escarpment to the east, as afar as the excellent Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, situated on Namib Rand Game Reserve, which is the largest private game reserve in Namibia (approximately 170 000 ha).
Day 11: This is one of the best lodges in the country and guests will be able to spend the day traveling around the reserve in an open safari vehicle, enjoying the unique desert environment. Here too they can go on a wonderful flight over the Namib Desert, which will give them a very different view of the magnificent scenery. There are other good lodges and guest farms in the same vicinity if Wolwedans is too up-market.
Day 12: Leave early to visit the magnificent dunes at Sossusvlei and Sesriem canyon. Spend the night at a good guest farm close to Sossusvlei.
Day 13: Leave for Windhoek and book into an excellent private guest house such as Hotel - Pension Palmquell.
Day 14: Departure. Depending upon the time of your flight, you can either spend the time relaxing or if there is enough time, visit the Namibia Craft Center or some of the other local shops and go for a light lunch. End of the service.
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