Day 1: On arrival in Windhoek you will be met by your guide for departure via Namibia’s Capital City, Windhoek in a southerly direction. On route pass through the small settlement of Rehoboth before arriving at the western boundary of the Kalahari Desert. Rehoboth is home to the “Baster Community” a fiercely independent people who are the descendants of a group of farmers of mixed European and Khoisan blood. These people first migrated to the area from the Cape in 1870 where they established a settlement at the site of an abandoned Rhenish Mission Station. Midday arrival at the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch including a late afternoon nature drive activity in open safari vehicles. Overnight accommodation will be at the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch/similar on a full board basis.
Day 2: Departure, continuing in a southerly direction on route through the southern Karas Region via the small towns of Mariental and Keetmanshoop, one of the oldest established towns in Namibia and the capital of the south. Excursions on route will be included to the “Quiver Tree Forest”; an outcrop colonized by an Aloe tree species (Aloe dichotoma) and the basalt formations of the “Giants Play Ground”. Late afternoon arrival for overnight accommodation at the Cañon Lodge/similar on a full board basis.
Day 3: Following the main route in a westerly direction today’s journey continues over the central highland plateau towards the small mountain town of Aus before descending into the Namib Desert. Aus was established as a prisoner of war camp in 1915 following the surrender of the German colonial troops to the South African forces. The site was chosen for its strategic significance, situated on the railway line between Keetmanshoop and the harbor town of Luderitz. An excursion on route will be included to Garub, a watering point in the desert normally frequented by the “Feral Horses”. Afternoon arrival in Luderitz for overnight at the Nest Hotel/similar on a half board basis only. Dinner is not included and is for clients own account.
Day 4: While in Luderitz excursions will be conducted to the various attractions of this quaint harbor town. The best way to do this is on foot and should include visits to the historical buildings of the Deutsche-Africa Bank, the Station Building, the Old Post Office, the Turnhalle Building, the German Lutheran Church and the Goerke House. Venturing further afield an excursion will be conducted to the Diaz Peninsula, where the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz erected a stone cross in 1488, Halifax Island, Griffith Bay and the Grosse Bucht. An excursion which should not be missed is a visit to the ghost town of “Kolmanskop” and provides an interesting glimpse of the former diamond boom town, which was finally deserted in 1956. Overnight accommodation will be at the Nest Hotel/similar on a half board basis only. Dinner is not included and is for clients own account.
Day 5: Departing from Luderitz today’s route returns towards Aus before continuing in a northerly direction following the eastern boundary of the Namib Desert towards the Namib Naukluft Park. An excursion on route will be included to the Duwisib Castle before a late afternoon arrival at the Sossuvlei Lodge. The Duwisib Castle was built in 1907 for Hansheinrich von Wolf and his American heiress wife Jayta. The fort was designed by Willi Sander, renowned for designing Windhoek’s, Heinitzburg Castle. Stone for the castle was quarried some three kilometers away while other material and furnishings were imported from Germany via Luderitz. Overnight accommodation at the Sossusvlei Lodge/similar on a full board basis.
Day 6: Conduct an early morning excursion along the path of the ancient Tschaub River into the Namib Sand Sea including a visit to the famed Sossusvlei, Dune 45 and Deadvlei. Many visitors to Namibia say that no part of the desert is more stunning than Sossusvlei, with its monumentally high dunes, the shadows of their sinuous crests continually changing as the day waxes and wanes. Gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand, the highest estimated at 325 m.
The warm tints of the sand, ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, contrast vividly with the dazzling white surfaces of the deflationary clay pans at some of their bases. An afternoon excursion will be conducted to the Sesriem Canyon, a small yet picturesque canyon carved over millions of years into the Tschaub River. Overnight accommodation will be at the Sossusvlei Lodge/similar on a full board basis.
Day 7: During the late morning departure returning to Windhoek via the small settlement of Rehoboth. Midday arrival at Okarumuti Game Lodge. Dinner included.
Day 8: After breakfast last preparations for transfer to the Airport for your departure.
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