12/14 Day Southern Namibia Camping Tour:

 The 14 day southern Namibia Camping tour takes you into the least populated area of Namibia. This is a harsh part of the country , but it has a beauty of its own and are home to some of Namibia’s major attractions. This tour will start from either Windhoek or the coastal towns.

 Tour summary:

 

Day 1:

We depart from Windhoek early morning and head south towards Rehoboth and then on to Kalkrand. Here we travel east for a while, to give you a glimpse of the Kalahari Desert. Our route takes us through Mariental and then on to the Brukaros crater where we camp for the night. The desert nights make for stunning star-gazing.

Day 2:

We rise early morning to give us enough time to hike to the crater rim before the heat of the day hits us. Then we quickly break camp and travel to Keetmanshoop, and on to the campsite at the Quiver Tree Forest. Unique photographic opportunities arise among these quiver trees, and the dolerite boulders at sunset or sunrise.

 Day 3:

A quick visit to the Giant’s Playground in the morning, and we then head towards the Fish River Canyon and our camp for the night at Ais Ais. En route we pass through Seeheim and have the opportunity  to view the Fish River Canyon from the viewpoint late afternoon, and watch the sun set.

Day 4:

We explore a few viewpoints on the edge of the Fish River Canyon and then head to our next camp at Hobas. After putting up camp, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 5:

A full day awaits us today as we break camp and head towards Luderitz .We pass through panoramic countryside and arrive in Luderitz during late afternoon. Depending on the weather we camp here, or if it is very windy we camp at Aus. We then do our visits to Luderitz from there.

Day 6:

On our agenda for the morning is a tour to the old mining “ghost town”, Kolmanskop. Afterwards you have time to explore Luderitz at leisure. Where we camp for the night depends once again on the weather.

Day 7:

We do a tour of the bay by boat. Afterwards we head to the plains of Garub to watch the wild horses of the Namib. We camp at Aus for the night.

Day 8:

From Aus we travel to Sossus Vlei. En route we visit Duwiseb Castle, and camp at Sesriem campsite, arriving late afternoon. Time permitting, we watch the sunset from a vantage point.

Day 9:

We rise early morning to allow us to reach Dune 45 in the Park for the sunrise,  and then we travel further to Sossusvlei. For the energetic there are more dunes to climb, or you can just relax and enjoy the scenery. After breakfast we move to the parking area at Dead Vlei and walk (1,2 km) to the Vlei. With a good guide there is much to be seen between the parking area and Dead Vlei. At the Vlei there are numerous opportunities for photographs with the dead trees on the Vlei, flanked by Big Daddy, one of the highest dunes in the area.

We have a light lunch in the shade of the trees at Deadvlei parking. After lunch we have the choice of going to Hiddenvlei or returning to the campsite at Sesriem. In the afternoon we explore  Sesriem Canyon and we can also watch the sunset from the rim. 

Day 10:

After a leisurely breakfast we head to our next destination in the Naukluft Park .This is a relatively short leg, and we camp at the Naukluft campsite. After putting up camp the rest of the day is at leisure. You can walk to the pools, get your diaries up-to-date, or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Day 11:

Today you have the choice of doing 1 of the 2 hiking trails. The Olive Trail, about 10km, will take 4 to 5 hours walking, while the Waterkloof trail is longer (17km) and will take about 7 hours to complete. The Olive trail gives you a great view of the main Naukluft Gorge.

The Waterkloof trail is more demanding, but rewarding, with a wonderful view of the whole Naukluft Mountain range.

Day 12:

Our last day of the tour, and after breaking camp we head back to Windhoek via Bullspoort and  Rehoboth. We arrive in Windhoek mid-afternoon.

 

 

Option 2:  14 Day Tours departing from the coast:

Day 1:

Departing early morning from the coast we drive through the Namib section of the Namib Naukluft Park, and pass through the Kuiseb and Gaub Canyons. We arrive at Sesriem Campsite late afternoon.

After setting up camp we can go to a vantage point to view sunset.

Day 2:

We rise early morning to allow us to reach Dune 45 in the Park for the sunrise,  and then we travel further to Sossusvlei. For the energetic there are more dunes to climb, or you can just relax and enjoy the scenery. After breakfast we move to the parking area at Dead Vlei and walk (1,2 km) to the Vlei. With a good guide there is much to be seen between the parking area and Dead Vlei. At the Vlei there are numerous opportunities for photographs with the dead trees on the Vlei, flanked by Big Daddy, one of the highest dunes in the area.

We have a light lunch in the shade of the trees at Deadvlei parking. After lunch we have the choice of going to Hiddenvlei or returning to the campsite at Sesriem. In the afternoon we explore  Sesriem Canyon and we can also watch the sunset from the rim. 

Day 3:

After a leisurely breakfast we head to our next destination in the Naukluft Park .This is a relatively short leg, and we camp at the Naukluft campsite. After putting up camp the rest of the day is at leisure. You can walk to the pools, get your diaries up-to-date, or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Day 4:

Today you have the choice of doing 1 of the 2 hiking trails. The Olive Trail, about 10km, will take 4 to 5 hours walking, while the Waterkloof trail is longer (17km) and will take about 7 hours to complete. The Olive trail gives you a great view of the main Naukluft Gorge.

The Waterkloof trail is more demanding, but rewarding, with a wonderful view of the whole Naukluft Mountain range.

Day 5:

On our way to Aus, we visit  Duwiseb Castle. The castle was built by Baron von Wolf for his lovely wife during the colonial time. Commissioned in 1907, it was completed 2 years later. The castle has a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

En route to Aus we pass through the Tiras Mountains Conservancy, and put up camp late afternoon at Aus.

Day 6:

We break camp early and drive to Luderitz where we do a morning guided tour of the “ghost town”,  Kolmanskop. The rest of the day we explore the town of Luderitz. Depending on the weather we remain at Luderitz and put up camp on Shark Island, or return to Aus Campsite.

Day 7:

Today we explore the surrounding small bays close to Luderitz, or weather permitting, do a boat trip in the Luderitz Bucht (Bay), or spend the day at leisure in town or at the camp site.

Day 8:

We visit the plains at Garub early morning, and hopefully view some of the wild horses of the Namib.  We drive further east and put up camp at Ais Ais. This campsite is one of the two close to the Fish River Canyon. Late afternoon we watch sunset from a vantage point at the rim of the canyon.

Day 9:

We explore the area and visit various viewpoints as we move to the next campsite at Hobas. Here you can relax until late afternoon when we will view  the sun setting from a vantage point.

Day 10:

An early morning rise and we depart from the Fish River Canyon towards the town of Keetmanshoop and the Quiver Tree Forest and Giant’s Playground. We camp at the campsite at the Quiver Tree Forest. During the afternoon you can watch the feeding of cheetahs and view the quiver trees before sunset. Day 11:

We travel towards Keetmanshoop and we re-supply before we head towards the Brukaros Crater where we put up camp for the night. Since there is no water available at the crater, our camp will be a dry camp. The only available water will be what we have with us. We camp at sites reachable only with a 4x4 vehicle. Here the starlit sky will blow your boots off!

Day 12:

An early rise to hike to the crater rim before the day’s heat catches us. We return to break camp and head towards Mariental and the Hardap Dam where we camp for the night. We do a drive in the area and you’ll be able to see some Kalahari landscape.

Day 13:

We do a short tour of the area around the Hardap Dam, and then proceed  towards the village of Maltahohe where you can visit a craft centre. We then drive further to the Tsaris Pass and we camp on the farm Hauchabfontein for the night. The scenery and a walk along the river on the farm is to be recommended.

Day 14:

After breakfast we do a guided tour of the quiver tree forest on the farm, as well as a variety of vegetation. There is also a good possibility of spotting some game on the farm.  We head to the coast after the tour and we’ll arrive home late afternoon. The tour will end here.

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Option 1 : 12 Day Tour from Windhoek.

Namib desert landscapeRock formation inside Sesriem CanyonThe scenery at DeadvleiSunset over the mountains enroute to HauchabfonteinSunrise as seen from Sesriem CampsiteNamaqua Chameleon on the plainsEliphantsfoot growing in a crevice on HauchabfonteinTypical landscape found between the mountainsQuivertrees The ghost town of KolmanskopSossusvlei as seen from the duneFishriver Canyon from a vantage pointFish river Canyon The age old geological history of the Fish river Canyon can be seen in the layers

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