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15 Days Desert tour itinerary for namibia: Launch A Getaway For Unprecedented Beauty

Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Erindi Private Game Reserve, Kalahari Desert

Safari
Safari Tour
Desert
Desert Tour
Wildlife
Wildlife Tour

Choose this incomparable itinerary deemed perfect for honeymooners, and small groups to experience Namibia’s most stunning and notable sites, as well as some of its hidden riches. This tour offers an in-depth understanding of cultures, archaeology, geology and history. 

DAY 01

Hosea Kutako Int. Airport to Windhoek – 40km (25miles) +/-35min

  • Upon arrival, you will be collected at the airport and transferred to Windhoek, which is the capital and largest city of Namibia. It is located in central Namibia in the Khomas Highland plateau area, at around 1,700m (5,600 ft) above sea level and is almost exactly at the country's geographical centre. Your guide will familiarize you regarding the area and provide all the crucial information. Windhoek has developed at the site of a permanent hot spring known to the indigenous pastoral communities. It developed rapidly after Jonker Afrikaner, Captain of the Orlam tribe, settled here in 1840 and built a stone church for his community.

  • Then, you are booked for a lovely dinner at the Cape Town Fish Market restaurant tonight overlooking the city, where you will be met by your guide to discuss organizational matters.

DAY 02

Windhoek to Erindi Private Game Reserve – 179km (111miles) +/-2H30min

  • In the morning, you will be collected at 09H00 from your gorgeous hotel for a lovely drive to Erindi Private Game Reserve. The Erindi Private Game Reserve has been established along the ecotourism lines with 71 000 hectares (175445 acres) dedicated to wildlife conservation. ‘Erindi’ translates to ‘place of water’ in the local Oshiherero language. Travellers have often ranked the Erindi Private Game Reserve as their most memorable wildlife-watching experience in Namibia. You can expect to see elephants and hippos, with lions, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs and black rhinos all reasonable possibilities. The incredible landscape includes vast waterholes and lakes enveloped by inselbergs and bushveld as far as the eye can see.

  • Aim to arrive in the just afternoon, in time for a wonderful buffet lunch at the Old Traders Lodge, after which you will go on your first late afternoon game drive.

  • Optional night drives will introduce you to the world of nocturnal species in the area.

Dinner tonight will be at Old Traders lodge!

DAY 03

Erindi Private Game Reserve

  • The early morning game drive sightings are quite exceptional and after a wonderful few hours spent viewing a variety of game which can include African Wild Dogs, Elephants and Lion prides, you can enjoy a lovely buffet breakfast at the Old Traders Lodge. Erindi Private Game Reserve, with over 700sq km (270sq miles) of savannah grasslands, rocky outcrops and mountains, lacks the zoo-like feel of many other reserves and has ensured a good recovery of the ecological balance between vegetation, herbivores, and predators so that the numbers and diversity of species lead to sustainable land utilization and socio-economic benefits for all in the area.

  • Another late afternoon game drive promises extraordinary wildlife viewing, before returning to the lodge for a scrumptious dinner.

DAY 04

Erindi Private Game Reserve to Swakopmund – 275km (171miles) +/-3H40min

  • Swakopmund is Namibia's playground, a holiday destination for tourists and locals alike looking to escape the heat of the interior and to have a little adventure. Depart early this morning for this city that resembles a small German town and manages to create a feeling of timelessness with its palm-lined streets, seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and museums. And while there's plenty to do within city limits, the real action, however, happens in the desert surrounding Swakopmund. Quad-biking, sandboarding, parasailing and dozens of other guided adrenaline-inducing activities are available by reservation from many of the adventure companies operating in the area.

  • Arrive in time for lunch, then settle into a beautiful hotel and afterwards enjoy a short walking tour around the city’s’ historical monuments, famous sites and visit the Swakopmund Museum.

  • Enjoy dinner tonight which will be at a local seaside restaurant!

DAY 05

Walvis Bay

  • This coastal town is known for its variety of activities that it offers to travellers, and the guides have taken the liberty in arranging a dolphin cruise for you this morning on the catamaran. This experience affords our guests a chance to learn about the marine life on the Namibian Atlantic coast.

  • Be collected from your hotel in Swakopmund at 08H00 for a scenic drive to Walvis Bay. The tour will then depart at 09h00 (check-in 08h30) from the Jetty at the Walvis Bay Waterfront for a marine educational sightseeing tour in the bay area in search of the marine Big 5; Whales, Dolphins, Mola, Leatherback turtle and seals. While serving hot coffee and tea, the initial route will take you past oyster farms as you approach Pelican Point with its landmark lighthouse and 60,000 resident Cape Fur Seals. In season (July to November), larger mammals such as the Southern Right Whale and Humpback Whales are often spotted, while other whale species, such as the Gray whale and the Pygmy Right whale have made appearances. Bottlenose and Dusky dolphins are regularly seen, as are Mola Molas and Leatherback Turtles.

  • The afternoon is a relaxed one in Swakopmund, upon your return from Walvis Bay; where you can engage in some curio shopping or just wander the lively markets and cozy streets of this unique city.

  • In the evening, a lovely dinner with an ocean view has been booked at a local restaurant for you.

DAY 06

Swakopmund to Dead Valley lodge/Sesriem – 376km (234miles) +/-4H45min

  • Head south and enjoy a scenic drive along the coastline and mountainous landscape to your final destination called Sesriem, which also serves as the gateway to the dunes of the Namib desert, these sand dunes are of the world’s highest.

  • On route to the Sesriem area, you will transit via Kuiseb and Gaub mountain passes, where will also have brief stops to take more of Namibia’s beauty in and a chance for your guide to familiarize you with the area. Kuiseb Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 905m (2,969ft) above the sea level, located in central Namibia.

  • See why Solitaire is a great stopover for your lunch and houses one of the most popular bakeries in the country, which is situated in the heart of the Namib Desert. The Namib-Naukluft Park is so special because it’s home to the beautiful flat plains of Ganab, the spectacular Naukluft mountain range and some of the most magnificent dunes fields in the world. One should experience every bit of this nature!

  • Visit the Sesriem canyon, another amazing geological feature in the area.

  • In the evening, dinner will be at your lovely lodge surrounded by beautiful landscape!

DAY 07

Dead Valley lodge/Sesriem to Zannier Hotels Sonop - 137km (82miles) +/-2H45min

  • On this day, you will depart as early as possible on a drive into this great sand sea this morning. You embark on a short journey in discovering the famous Deadvlei and Sossusvlei areas, and to walk amongst the great dunes and photograph this captivating landscape.

  • The first stop will be dune 45, and you may later decide to climb one of the World’s highest climbable dunes, called 'Big Daddy'.

  • Head back to your lodge just before noon to enjoy an early lunch before making your way to one of the most breath-taking areas. A relatively short drive will take you to the exquisite Sonop Lodge in the Namib Rand nature reserve.

  • Upon arriving, you can relax, and enjoy the unique and unmistaken beauty of this magical place.

  • Appreciate dinner tonight which will be at Zannier Hotels Sonop lodge.

DAY 08

Zannier Hotels Sonop - Namib Rand Nature Reserve

  • Zannier Hotels Sonop is a luxurious airconditioned tented camp nestled at the Southern extremity of the Namib desert. The lodge is designed as a refined British colonial experience from the 1920s, offering a perfect retreat in a stunning panoramic desert landscape. The camp is constructed on top of boulders, aiming to provide a unique journey through time. Richly furnished with antiques made of fine materials, colourful carpets and precious wood, they are an invitation to live the life of yesteryear’s wealthy explorers. A sophistication that contrasts with the simplicity of the endless surroundings. Everything here is orientated towards the desert’s richness: all views are breathtaking, and a large list of adventures allow guests to admire the desert’s genuine beauty at leisure. With its warm atmosphere, the cocktail & cigar lounge evokes with subtlety the splendour of colonial interiors. Zannier Hotels Sonop also offers a spa with 2 double treatment rooms, a fitness center and heated outdoor infinity pool, all facing the desert’s vastness. Zannier Hotels Sonop also has its own stables. This is definitely one of many once-in-a-lifetime experiences for honeymooners.

  • At any time of the day, guests can decide to explore the desert by foot, electric bike, or horseback, accompanied by experienced guides who will provide unique insights on the local wildlife. Night walks are also available upon request.

DAY 09

Zannier Hotels Sonop to Klein Aus Vista – 208km (129miles) +/-3H25min

  • Today you will have a fairly lengthy drive to the Klein Aus Vista. There is something extraordinarily special about the landscape around Klein-Aus Vista in the Sperrgebiet Rand Park. It is where streaks of Namib sand fuse with the bleached grasses of the Pro-Namib in a sensuous slow dance of splendour. The Desert Horse Inn affords grand views of mountain scenery and desert plains. The Namib's, as the free horses of the Namib Desert, are called, hold a powerful fascination. Living on the barren plains around the Garub on the eastern frontier of the Namib Desert, their origin is shrouded in mystery, yet, despite the harsh, arid landscape, the wild horses of the Namib Desert have adapted and survived against all odds. One source of the origin of the Namib's is that the herd stems from the bombing of the Union of South Africa Troops stationed at Garub in 1915. The grazing herds scattered in the ensuing turmoil. The remarkable similarities in conformation and markings of horses from Emil Kreplin's stud farm at Kubub, just south of Aus, suggests this as another source of their origin.

  • Upon arrival, you will have some downtime before driving out to the Garub in order to familiarize ourselves with the wild horses of the Namib.

  • In the evening, dinner tonight will be at the cozy lodge in Klein Aus Vista.

DAY 10

Kolmanskop

  • This morning, you will head to the town of Lüderitz, and also visiting Kolmanskop. Kolmanskop used to be a small railway station in 1908 when the railway between Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop was constructed. The station derived its name from a Nama man named Coleman, who got stuck at the site with his ox wagon and consequently died of thirst. It was in 1908 that a railway worker Zacharias Lewala found a shiny stone and took it to the chief railway foreman August Stauch. Stauch was a hobby mineralogist and had advised his workers to bring any unique stone they might find to him. He immediately assumed the find of Lewala to be a diamond, which was later confirmed after the stone had been examined by his friend and future partner Söhnke Nissen, a mining engineer. Stauch and Nissen did not announce their special find, but rather quit their jobs and secured claims of 75 km² at Kolmanskop. They successfully continued their search for diamonds.

  • Head to Kolmanskop in the morning before exploring Lüderitz.

  • A late afternoon return to your lodge will offer some relaxation time before dinner.

DAY 11

Klein Aus Vista to Fish River Canyon – 223km (139miles) +/-3H45min

  • The vast Fish River Region with its impressive landscapes is situated in the far south of Namibia and stretches from the South African border up to the area of Aus and further to Keetmanshoop in the south-eastern part of Namibia. Prominent to this area are the two vegetation zones, the Succulent and the Nama Karoo that belongs to the semi-deserts. Moreover, some of the regions stretch into the Namib Desert. Many plants can be found in the region which have adapted to the harsh environment. The best known are the picturesque quiver trees, the euphorbias and the sales. Many animals also managed to survive in the conditions of this hostile environment like a giraffe, mountain zebra, oryx, kudu, springbok, ostrich, leopard and the fascinating feral horses of the Namib.

  • Tonight’s dinner will be at your lodge.

DAY 12

Fish River Canyon

  • It is said to be the largest canyon in Africa, and arguably the second largest in the world after the Grand Canyon in the USA. It features a gigantic gorge, in total about 160km (100miles) long, up to 27km (17miles) wide and in places almost 550m (1804ft) deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into the plateau, which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant vegetation. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer; the rest of the year it becomes a chain of long narrow pools. At the lower end of the Fish River Canyon, the hot springs resort of Ai-Ais is situated.

  • Today, you head to the public viewpoints are near Hobas, a campsite 70km (43miles) north of Ai-Ais. This part of the canyon is part of the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The other 90km (56miles) of this canyon are privately owned.

  • A lovely dinner will await you at your lodge!

DAY 13

Fish River Lodge to Kalahari Desert – 439km (278miles) +/-4H55min

  • While Namibia is more famous for being home to the impressive dunes of the Namib Desert, its southeastern flanks are covered by another, equally remarkable desert: the Kalahari. While you may not see the impressive sand dunes associated with Sossusvlei here, the Kalahari’s low-lying longitudinal dunes form the longest continuous stretch of sand on earth. The Kalahari is not considered a ‘true’ desert in the traditional sense of the word. This terracotta-painted landscape is, instead of a fossil desert. Its sands are the remnants of mountain ranges which have long since disappeared while its dry riverbeds hide sources of life-giving sustenance. Dispersed, are herds of oryx, springbok and ostrich which survive thanks to the existence of shepherd trees and thorny acacias of this harsh land. While rare, cheetah, lion and black-backed jackal, can be spotted here too.

  • Farm tours, game drives, hiking, guided San Bushman walks and cultural visits make the Kalahari a special destination, but the true appeal here lies in the Kalahari’s eerie silence and solitude. Named the “Place of Thirst” by the San Bushmen who still inhabit its sparsely grassed open spaces.

  • The last dinner of the safari will be at your lodge!

DAY 14

Kalahari Desert to Windhoek – 301km (187miles) +/-3H20min

  • Now, you have come to the end of your tour and make your way back to Windhoek today. All transport links from north to south and from east to west cross in Windhoek, serving as a hub for travellers. Windhoek is surrounded by mountain ranges, which are up to 2000m (6561ft) high and which strongly limit the expansion of the town. Numerous buildings from the colonial time can be found in Windhoek today. It is also striking how clean the town is. The influence of the German colonial times can still be seen today: German Restaurants, several German street names, German beer, bread and sausages, especially the German carnival which is celebrated to a great extend!

  • Expect to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon, and it will see the end of your splendid safari!

  • A farewell dinner at a local restaurant with incredible city views has been reserved for you this evening.

DAY 15

Windhoek to Hosea Kutako Int. Airport – 40km (25miles) +/-35min

  • Due to its hilly surrounding the international airport “Hosea Kutako” is situated outside the town, but southern Windhoek only has a small airport. You will be transferred to the Hosea Kutako International Airport today, bringing an end to your wonderful Namibian adventure!

  • 85000 NAD Per Adult (* Rates valid until Oct 2020)
  • Accommodation as specified in this itinerary and subject to availability at the time of reservation

  • Meals as indicated on this itinerary

  • Vehicle air-conditioned

  • All vehicle insurance - tyres and glass

  • All game drives in Erindi

  • Dolphin Cruise on a Catamaran in Walvis Bay

  • Swakopmund Museum/Kristall Galerie

  • Sossusvlei National Park entrance and park fees

  • Sunset Drive-in Sesriem

  • Sossusvlei and Deadvlei Shuttle Service

  • Wild Horses of the Namib Excursion

  • Kolmanskop Excursion

  • Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park Entrance fees

  • Professional English speaking Namibia tour guide and driver

  • Roadbooks/Maps and administration fees

  • International flights

  • Insurance for lost luggage, cancellation, medical repatriation, visas…

  • Extra activities not displaying in this itinerary or marked by the symbol "Not Incl."

  • Drinks, tips, curios, etc.

  • 15-day namibian getaway: this is an incomparable itinerary which the guides would deem perfect for honeymooners, and small groups to experience namibia’s most stunning and notable sites, as well as some of its hidden riches. 

  • this itinerary provides you with an exceptional wildlife viewing experience, but more importantly offers an in-depth understanding of cultures, archaeology, geology and also gives you a chance to just see namibia’s unprecedented beauty.

  • in order to help combat the negative effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry, evolution travel and tours hereby wishes to confirm that they shall implement a rate freeze on all tour bookings for 2021. this means that the tour package rates for 2020 will, therefore, be valid until december 2021.they would like to thank the suppliers for their role in this and offer support to the clients during this difficult time.

  • note: for honeymooners, kindly provide a marriage license not older than (6) six months for a specially tailored adaptation of this tour and rates.

  • departures: any day


program:

day 1

am weinberg boutique hotel

hotel

-

day 2

erindi private game reserve

lodge

fb

day 3

erindi private game reserve

lodge

fb

day 4

swakopmund

hotel

b

day 5

swakopmund

hotel

b, l

day 6

dead valley lodge

lodge

d, b

day 7

zannier hotels sonop

lodge

fb

day 8

zannier hotels sonop

lodge

fb

day 9

klein aus vista

lodge

d, b

day 10

klein aus vista

lodge

d, b

day 11

fish river canyon

lodge

d, b

day 12

fish river canyon

lodge

d, b

day 13

kalahari

lodge

d, b

day 14

am weinberg boutique hotel

hotel

-

day 15

flight back home

-

-

  • b - breakfast

  • l - lunch 

  • d - dinner

  • sc - self catering

  • [sensitive content]- full board

Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Erindi Private Game Reserve, Kalahari Desert

Safari
Safari Tour
Desert
Desert Tour
Wildlife
Wildlife Tour
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Evolution Travel

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USD 6227
Type of Tour

Private or Group Tour

Departures

This tour is offered throughout the year on the following days of the week.

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