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Walking Tours in Western Namibia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 19 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Destination(s): Namibia  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 18520 South Africa Rand (ZAR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 27360 South Africa Rand (ZAR)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Hosea Kutako International Airport – Windhoek – Daan Viljoen Game Park

You will arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport, where your guide will meet you. The airport is almost 40 kilometers outside Windhoek, so a short drive into the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek. Windhoek lies 1650 m above sea level. Before we take the road to Daan Viljoen we will do a short tour of Windhoek (all depends on what time you arrived in Windhoek). We will take our road to Daan Viljoen Game Park that lies 25 kilometers to the western side of Windhoek in the Khomas Hochland hills. Your first night around the campfire in Namibia. Camping. (D)

Day 2: Daan Viljoen Game Park

Today we will spend our time in this wonderful Game Park, just to get the mussels start working after the long flight. Daan Viljoen Game Park is sanctuary to a relatively large population of game species typical of Namibia’s highlands. Mountain Zebra, Klipspringers, Steenbok, Blue Wildebeest, Eland, and Red Hartebeest are just some. The park is also very popular with birdwatchers, as more than 200 species have been recorded there. Camping. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Daan Viljoen Game Park – Windhoek – Rehoboth – Bullspoort – Naukluft Park - Mountain

After slow start at the Daan Viljoen Game Park – stretch the legs and fresh air, we have to take the road onwards towards Naukluft Mountain. If everything goes well we will be at our campsite in the Naukluft Park in the early afternoon. Camping. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Naukluft Park – Naukluft Mountain – Waterkloof Trail

This is a circular trail situated in the Naukluft Park. It takes about 6 to 7 hours to complete the 17 kilometer trail. It starts and ends at the office/campsite. You start by walking upstream in the Naukluft river through some beautiful gorges, often filled with rock pools after the rains. You have great scenery and the chance of seeing animals. Klipspringer as well as Mountain Zebra and a variety of birdlife and flora can be seen on this hike. Walking in general is easier than that of the Olive Trail. But the distance and a steep climb or two make this one more difficult. The once that would like to explore a bit on there own in the afternoon after getting back at camp are welcome. Camping. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Naukluft Mountain – Sesriem Campsite – Sesriem Canyon
After we had put camp up at Sesriem Camp Site, we will drive to the Sesriem Canyon for a walk in it, towards the desert.

Sesriem Canyon: At the entrance to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down for 30 m to 40 m, are deep pools of water, which become replenished after good rains. Sesriem derives its name from the time when early pioneers tied six lengths of rawhide. Hongs together to draw water from these pools. Camping. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Sesriem – Dune 45 – Sossusvlei – Sesriem Canyon

Early morning departure to Sossusvlei, the last 5 km we drive in 4x4 vehicles. You have the opportunity to climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world.

Sossusvlei: This is a dune wonderland, with towering dunes up to 300 m high surrounding a huge, dried-up pan. Dunes extend as far as the eye can see and their rich tints vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. During a good rainy season, the Tsauchab River flows into the pan, this creates a heaven for water birds. Even during the dry season, Oryx, springbok and ostriches can be seen feeding off the sparse vegetation along the watercourse. You will have the opportunity to climb the most well-known dune, Dune 45. We will spent the day climbing dunes and explore the desert all around. Camping. (L, D)

Day 7: Sesriem – Solitaire – Namib Naukluft Park – Welwitchia Plains

We will start to make our way towards Swakopmund. A welcome stop at Solitaire for Apple Pie, by Moase. En-route we drive through the heart of the Namib Desert. Experience the majesty and mystique of Namibia’s ‘Living Desert’, the Namib. Here, you will find bountiful sunshine, endless open spaces, and scenic beauty. Rust-red dunes are covered with golden long-stemmed grasses, and the myriad animals, birds and insects the desert supports provide endless fascination and wonder. Just before closing of today we will make a visit to the Welwitchia Mirabilis, a unlike plant that grows in a certain geography area. Camping. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Welwitchia Plains – Goanikontes Oasis - Swakopmund

After brake down of the camp, you will start walking in the Swakop River, later turn into the Khan River until you reach Goanikontes Oasis where lunch will wait for you. This walk is 20 kilometers in flat area. From here on we will drive out to the Moon Landscape and then into Swakopmund. After booking in at our accommodation, we will do a town tour. Then you are welcome to explore the town on your own, until we meet for our dinner at a restaurant. Fix Accommodation. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Swakopmund

The next day is at own leisure in Swakopmund. There are many activities on offer, which you can book. Eg Flights over the Skeleton Coast/Sossusvlei etc, quad biking in the dune, intensive desert tour and a many more. (All at own cost.) Remember to book in advance, the guide will tell you a bit more a few days before.

Scenic Flight: Skeleton Coast

Departing from Swakopmund, we head straight to over fly the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein and Damaraland. The flight continues along the Ugab riverbed in search for desert elephant, rhinos, giraffes and mountain zebras. Turning southbound, we fly along the Skeleton Coast, which is littered with whalebones and rust-eaten hulls of wrecked ships. The flight continues past Cape Cross seal reserve. Over 200 000 seals are to be found here. Passing Henties Bay and the salt works north of Swakopmund we fly back to Swakopmund.

Flight duration approximately 2-3 hours.

Boat cruise in Walvis Bay: 08h30 – A 4 ½ hour-long boat cruise in the lagoon of Walvis Bay will put you into another world. Some pelicans and flamingos might be spotted – dolphins and seals swim along the boat, and there is the possibility of some seals jumping into the boat to be fed. 12h00 – Lunch with snacks, oysters and champagne will be served in the lagoon. Fix accommodation (B, D)

Day 10: Swakopmund – Henties Bay – Cape Cross – Mile 72

You had a day at leisure, in Swakopmund and hope you had enjoy it. We depart to the northern side of Namibia all along the coast. After camp had been put, up at Mile 72 we depart the visit the Seals at Cape Cross.

Cape Cross: The largest and best known of the 23 breeding colonies of Cape fur seals along the coast of South Africa and Namibia is the Cape Cross Seal Reserve north of Swakopmund. During the November/December breeding season, as many as 200 000 seals gather at Cape Cross. It was here that the Portuguese navigator, Diego Cao, erected a stone cross in 1486. Also at Cape Cross is a small lichen reserve where a relatively large variety of these interesting and slow-growing organisms is protected. Camping. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Mile 72 – Henties Bay – Uis – Brandberg White Lady Lodge/Campsite
Today we will drive through a part of the desert, yes, you think it must be always dunes, but this part is flat plain areas. Camping. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Brandberg White Lady Lodge/Camp site - Brandberg – White Lady Painting - Campsite

We will start early morning, so that you can go up into the Brandberg Mountain to see the White Lady. It is a 2.5 km relax hiking. Brandberg (volcano 180 million year ago) lies about 20 km west of Uis and +/- 85 km from the coast. Popular attraction is the “White Lady”. Brandberg Mountain – 2579 m high and got an oval base of 500 sq km wide (the highest point in Namibia on this Mountain). You will spend the whole day hiking around the Brandberg and its area. Camping. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Brandberg White Lady Lodge/Camp site – Uis - Omaruru

Today we will make our way to Omaruru. Where we will visit a Game Farm, Omaruru Game Lodge. In the afternoon, you will have a game drive in the hope to see same of the wild life of Namibia. You have the possibilities to see some elephants, rhinos, but remember it is wild life and nothing can be warranty. Fix Accommodation. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Omaruru – Around the Erongo Mountain - Usakos

Today we will make our way around the Erongo Mountain towards Usakos. The landscape is a wonder. We spent the night in Usakos. Getting our things ready for the next two day, where we will do hiking on a game farm, where there is antelope. Camping. (B, L, D)

Day 15-17: Usakos – Vreedelus / Marmor

We will leave the whole word behind us and go for the next days in to the “wilderness.” Yes, unspoiled beauty, with a lot to offer to you. After a good night rest at Usakos Camp Site, we will start early for a two full day visit to the “wilderness.” There is still 78 kilometers to drive, 1 and ½ hour driving, before reaching the farms where we can start with our hiking. Here where we will walk is a geology heaven. The unique vegetation, that life in this hard condition. Not to talk about the animals, like the many different antelopes: Hartebeest, Oryx (Gemsbok), Springbok, Klipspringers, Kudu’s and much more.

Then the predators that are naturally living around here is the Hyena, Leopard, Jackals so we hope to see them, but if we do no not see them, we will be happy just to hear them call in the night while we are sleeping under the Namibian star roof. The stars in Namibia as you had experiences are unbelievable clear. These days we will not stay in campsites with ambulation blocks or even running water. We will put our open air showers up and bush toilets. The hiking will take on the two farms Vreedelus and Marmor, which is part of a bigger farm. All together, we will cover between 60 kilometers and 80 kilometers in these days.

After our last night in the “wilderness,” the mornings we still have a bit to cover before we depart back to Usakos Camp Site via Karibib. All along the narrow railway line. The Railway-Line plays a big part of the history to Namibia development. We will also see same abounded Marble mine on our way, before reaching our campsite for today. Camping. (B, L, D)

Day 18: Usakos – Karibib – Okahandja - Windhoek

After a good breakfast, we will make our way back to the capital city, Windhoek. Before reaching it, we will stop at Okahandja at the woodcraft market. The rest of the day, you are welcome to spend the day walking around in Windhoek. Fix accommodation. (B, D)

Day 19: Windhoek - Hosea Kutako International Airport. After checking – out, you can spend the rest of the time, before departing to the airport in the city. (B)

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Cost Includes:
-Transport (Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for 7 – 15 people
-Alternatively, Chevrolet Suburban for 4 – 6 people)
-Camping Equipment: *tent
*sleeping bag
*air matras
-Camping 14 nights
-Fix Accommodation 3 nights
*Lunch (13)
*Dinner (18 of which 3 is in a restaurant)
-Branch (2)
-Permits as indicated
-Activities as indicated
-Local Guide where needed

Cost Excludes:
- Airfare
- Extra activities and tips
- Drinks
- Local guides tip
- Meals as shown.

All tours can be done by camping or lodging, Price may differ. Cost can change if Diesel price or Accommodation increase in Southern Africa. Price till November 2009.