12 Day Namibia Southern Explorer
The 12 day Namibia Southern Explorer safari focuses on both comfort and a little adventure that begins in Johannesburg and ends in Windhoek/Namibia. The safari takes the traveler through the Great Karoo of South Africa, across the South African border and into Namibia.
The Namib Desert is nothing short of a magical experience that has to be done at least once in a life time if not again. The traveler will be exposed to the heart of the Namib Desert as well as the cold Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean through visiting the small towns of Ludertiz and Swakopmund. The Namibia Southern Explorer ends in the capital city of Windhoek.
Small group scheduled departures guarantee for an experience of a lifetime where we put special emphasis on your experiences on a traditional African Safari
- Professional Guide
- Air-conditioned 8-seater vehicle
- Accommodation as per Itinerary
- Meals as per Itinerary – (B = Breakfast : L = Lunch : D = Dinner)
- Park Entrance Fees
- Restaurant Meals as indicated
- Visa’s, Airport Transfers, Curios and Tips
- Optional Excursions as indicated
- Sleeping Bags
Day 01: Arrival (B&B) (Garden Court – Sandton)
On arrival at O.R.Tambo International airport, your Adventour representative will meet you and transfer you to your Hotel where you will be met by your guide who will brief you. Enjoy an ice cold welcome drink and discuss with your guide the adventures that await you for the next 2 weeks.
Day 02: Johannesburg (B&B) (Garden Court – Sandton)
Enjoy this vibrant, fast-paced financial epicentre of South Africa on a fun filled day of the City and town ship tours. Choose a restaurant that will meet your every expectation or enjoy a night out at one of the many bars or clubs
Day 03: J ohannesburg to Kuruman. (B, D) (Red Sands Country Lodge) 572km
An early morning start from Johannesburg and across the Northern Cape farmlands to the small town of Kuruman that boasts its own small part in History, namely “The Eye of Kuruman” and holds fantastic historical secrets of early missionary and military colonisation of the early settlers. Evidence of this can be seen in the historic buildings.
The Eye of Kuruman is a natural phenomenon that is said to deliver an astounding 20 to 30 million litres of natural spring water to the town daily and makes up an important natural resource for the town. After a short break, we continue to our overnight stop at the Red Sands Country Lodge.
Day 04: Kuruman – Augrabies Falls. (B, D) (Chalet) 368km
Departing our lodge after an early morning breakfast, our route is relatively short as we make our way to the Augrabies Falls where we settle at our lodge a short distance away from the Augrabies Falls on the banks of the Orange River.
A view of the falls can vary season to season based on the amount of rainfall received in the river catchment area. Either way, this is a very special site to visit.
Day 05: Augrabies Falls – Fish River canyon (B, L, D) (Chalet) (Canyon Road House)362km
Leaving South Africa and entering Namibia this morning, we must ensure that our passports (Check Visa requirements) are at hand with all relevant entry Visa’s. It must be made clear that some time will be spent at the border crossing before continuing our route via Karasburg to the Fish River Canyon.
Afternoon visit at the Fish River Canyon standing over the second largest Canyon to that of the Grand Canyon can be described as a humbling awe-inspiring experience.
Day 06: Fish River Canyon to Aus. (B, L, D) (Chalet) (Klein Aus Vista) 338km
After an early breakfast, we take a short drive to the Canyons edge to enjoy the early morning shadows over the canyon before the route to Aus.
The Fish River Canyon is said to be the world’s second largest canyon to that of the Grand Canyon. The rock faces and deep ravines were formed by water erosion and the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth’s crust over 500 million year ago. The canyon stretches 160km in length and up to 27km in width and 500m vertical drop. All this makes for a dramatic and breathtaking view.
Crossing the edge of the Kalahari and into the winter rainfall area that boasts spectacular desert flora, we arrive in Aus mid-afternoon we can take time to wander the many short hikes around the Klein-Aus Vista property or relax at the pool and take in the Desert Sunset before dinner.
Day 07: Aus – Luderitz – Aus (B, D) (Chalet) (Klein Aus Vista) 250km
An early morning start with a visit to the Desert Feral horses on route to Luderitz. It is said that the feral horses are descendants of the horses abandoned by the German cavalry during World War 1 or were from the horse farm from Baron von Wolff in the early colonial days, but either way, the feral horses today have uniquely adapted to the harsh desert environment.
An optional excursion on the Catamaran trip to Halifax Island to view the Jackass Penguins is a highlight of the day, but is of course weather permitting. Please pre- book this through your guide.
Kolmanskop was established in the 1920’s during the diamond rush when alluvial diamonds were literally scattered across the desert ground which was known as the “forbidden Zone” The small town flourished which can still be seen today by the lavish houses, theatre and bowling alley built at the time. Sadly, the town dwindled to a “Ghost Town, overrun by the desert after larger diamond mines took over.
After the visit to Kolmanskop, a light lunch is taken at one of the many cafes in Luderitz, before we head off back to Aus, but not before visiting Diaz Point, which is a replica of a cross planted by the Portuguese mariner – Bartholomew Diaz.
Day 08: Aus – Sossusvlei (B, L, D) (Chalet) (Desert Lodge) 340km
The Namib boasts some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the world ranging from the massive mountain ranges and the rolling linear and star dunes of the Namib Desert. The route takes us through this where we are privileged enough to say that we have been there!
Lunch is taken under one of the desert Camelthorn trees on route. The sheer expanse and silence of the Namib Desert can be deafening and is something to experience at least once in a life time.
Day 09: Sossusvlei (B, L, D) (Chalet) (Desert Lodge)
The highlight of the safari. We start off just before sunrise and travel into the Namib Dune belt to Sossusvlei. An early pre-dawn starts this morning as it is essential to catch the sunrise of the Namib dune belt. The last 5km to Sossusvlei is walked in as it’s restricted to 4×4 vehicles only (4×4 shuttle to the Dead Vlei can be arranged beforehand). The walk itself is a privilege on its own where we pass dried up pans and venture over dunes to get to Sossusvlei and the Dead Vlei.
Time is spent in this area taking in the desert views and of course the Dune 45 on route back before the desert heat takes over. An afternoon lunch at the camp before we venture onto the Sesriem canyon for a lazy walk in the canyon itself.
Day 10: Sossusvlei – Swakopmund (B)(Hotel) (The Delight Hotel or Similar) 136km
A lazy morning before the short trip to the harbour town of Walvis Bay. We explore the small industrial town and its surrounding salt pans and lagoon before continuing to the coastal resort of Swakopmund.
The rest of the day is spent exploring this town and planning your next day’s adventure activities. These activities will be discussed with your guide the night before as its essential to make bookings. These activities include short scenic flights, Catamaran cruises, dune-boarding, quad-biking and so much more.
Dinner can be enjoyed at any one of the town’s best restaurants.
Day 11: Swakopmund (B)(Hotel) (The Delight Hotel or similar)
The day is spent participating in any one of the available activities on offer. We do recommend taking a Catamaran tour with Sun Sail Catamaran Charters.
Day 12: Swakopmund – Windhoek (B) (Guesthouse) (Londingini Guest House) 365km
The last day of the safari takes us to the Spitzkoppe Mountains before continuing to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.
Day 13: Departure
Your guide will transfer you to Hosea Kutako International Airport for your flight home
End of Adventour Services
All Inclusive Fully Accommodated Namibia Safari