This journey is a naturalistic safari trip to discover Namibia, its primitive landscapes and its unspoiled, free and authentic nature. The tour will touch the whole country from North to South, aboard 4×4 off-road vehicles, equipped with everything you need to experience this adventure as a real explorer, among the most remote areas of this magnificent and little-explored nation.
The crews will be made up of four groups of 5 people, on 7-seater vehicles, to travel as comfortably as possible. The safari vehicles feature numerous options such as a double battery, a double spare wheel, refrigerator, UHF radio and many useful accessories to manage the off-road tour you expect to experience.
Nambia is one of the world’s youngest nations, having obtained independence from South Africa in 1990. The country’s name derives from the Namib Desert, a vast desertic area that characterizes much of the country; the name was also purposely chosen and as it is a neutral derivation, among the eleven ethnic groups present in the country. Blending German, Boer and indigenous heritage, the cities have a surprisingly European feel, and they perfectly blend with desert and wildlife-rich landscapes.
Namibia is a peaceful country with a relatively high standard of living, deriving from abundant natural resources and the many visitors who can enjoy unforgettable experiences thanks to its breathtaking landscapes.
The territory’s morphology sees the country’s centre occupied by vast undulating plateaus covered with bushes and sprinkled with “pan” (endorheic basins that dry up during the dry season and are often covered with a crust of salt).
July 18 (day 1):
We will meet Windhoe’s International Airport (Namibia), by 12 noon and leave together for Etosha Country Lodge Gondwana. For those who fear not to land in time, it is advisable to arrive the day before and stay overnight in Windhoek: we shall be delighted to arrange the accommodation should you require an extra night.
Check-in and departure for the first self-drive sunset safari. We will try to stay around the Ombika, Okondeca and Nebrowni waterholes in order to increase the chances to see big felines, rhinos and elephants (as well as some of the over 340 species of birds). The park is one of the most beautiful and extensive in southern Africa and takes its name from the vast central saline depression: Etosha Pan (which means “great white place of dry water” which is characterized by a vast saline desert of over 5,000 km2. This desert was formed about 12 million years ago by a vast dry lake). The dry and arid climate creates an ideal condition for wildlife sighting. The arboreal flora is predominantly made up of Mopane, with its characteristic bilobed leaf in the shape of a butterfly, while in a small area west of the Okaukuejo area you can see the rare Moringa ovalifolia: a strange tree that seems planted with its roots in the air.
July 19 (day 2):
For those who like it (extra service), we can arrange a sunrise exit for the (day 2) morning drive led by a park ranger. The whole group will meet for breakfast and start of the self-drive safari, for the rest of the day. We will try our utmost best to look for the most interesting animals that populate the park, including the aforementioned elephants, rhinos and big cats, but also hyenas, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest and many species of antelope and game that are here. (second and last overnight in Etosha Country Lodge Gondwana)
July 20 (day 3):
We will leave Etosha Nationa Park and head towards Damaraland (direction South West) crossing the Brandberg, the highest mountain in Namibia (2,579 m). This region is the least populated and geologically diverse areas of Africa. The rugged, rocky environment is home to the elusive desert elephant, black rhino, and many antelope species. Accompanied by a local Damara guide, we will visit Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Bushman communities have engraved and painted over 2,500 rock images dating back some 6,000 years. After a visit to the nearby Living Museum of Damara, we will proceed to the Petrified Forest: a geological phenomenon that describes the creation and metamorphosis of wood into stone, among some of the oldest landmasses on Earth. Here we can also admire the Welwitschiac mirabilis, considered the oldest living plant of the desert, on Earth. Overnight at the Country Lodge.
July 21 (day 4):
The day includes a transfer to the city of Walvis Bay, one of the three main marshy areas of the African continent by a number of bird species present. It is also one of the 900 sites in the world for the protection of wetlands (it is part of the project for the International Convention for the Protection of Wetlands, for which Namibia signed the “Ramsar Convention” in 1971 www.ramsar.org).
Today will involve only the transfer which will include several stops so that you can admire the landscape and take photos. We will stay for two nights at the Oyster Box.
July 22 (day 5):
Today we will be joining a tour whose purpose is to show us the whole marsh area surrounding the salt flats that produce salt exported worldwide. We will also have a chance to go to the Namib desert’s dunes where you can admire the desert “dying” on the Atlantic Ocean. In the swampy area, you will have a chance to admire the world’s largest population of pink flamingos. During the tour among the dunes and the ocean, we may be able to spot sea lions, sea birds, antelopes such as oryx or springbok, paddle-nosed lizards, jackals and much more. Back in the afternoon, time for shopping or free activities.
July 23 (day 6):
In the morning, we will depart for Soussusvlei crossing the “C14 Road, ” which is considered one of the country’s most beautiful roads. While en route, we will stop at the nestled Rostock Ritz Desert Lodgeon the ridge of a hill, built with local material. Shortstop also in Solitaire to taste one of the best strudels in Namibia. We will arrive in the afternoon and stay over for 2 nights.
July 24 (day 7):
Entrance at dawn to enjoy the colours and the mystical environment of Deat Vlei. We will take the road that leads us to Big Daddy (Dune 45) to the beginning of the path to “the valley of death”. We will partially climb the dunes and walk around the surrounding area to symbolically “get lost” in one of the world’s most spectacular places.
July 25 (day 8):
After breakfast, we will depart for Aus. You will be able to enjoy the fantastic landscapes along these roads “C14 e la C13”. We will run across the over 80 million-year-old southern Namib desert and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Geologists consider this hyperarid area located between the hinterland and the Atlantic coast of Namibia the oldest in the world. Quicksand occupies a large part of the desert, mixed with a series of mountain ranges and different drainage systems that have been dry for years. The Namib Rand Nature Reserve offers dunes, sandy plains, mountains, gravel and sand and gravel plains together. The most characteristic large mammal of the southern Namib also lives here: the oryx (oryx gazzella), which migrates between the great escarpments and the desert, searching for pastures and water.
Along the way, thanks to a small detour to the north, we will arrive in one of the most incredible places in Namibia: Duwisib Castle (initially built in 1909 by Baron and Captain Heinrick Von Wolf, to entice his American wife to move to Namibia ).
We will arrive in Aus in the evening, and we will spend two nights, at the Banhof House Lodge.
July 26 (day 9):
Luderitz and Kolmanskop. We will cross the diamond area in the early 1900 and for several decades after that off-limit for travellers. Today Kolmanskop is a ghost town, abandoned by diamond hunters and invaded by sand, but at the time of its growth, the inhabitants of this village were the same seekers. The town is built in a German architectural style and featured the first tram in Africa (a railway was also activated to Lüderitz). Kolmanskop depopulated after the First World War, with the decrease in diamond mining and was abandoned in 1954. Since then, the dunes have invaded the houses; often, a fine mist rises from the sea in the morning, creating a spooky atmosphere. There is also the beach and the Diaz Point lighthouse in the area: here is the copy of the Cross erected by Bartolomeo Diaz in 1488, when he touched this land lashed by strong winds and inhabited “only” by seals and penguins. Return in the evening to Aus.
July 27 (day 10):
We will depart for the Fish River Canyon crossing the desert roads passing by the only farm with vineyards and orchards; this is the only green spot in the arid rock desert of this area of the country. We will visit the second largest canyon in the world (after the US Grand Canyon) which winds for 160 km with a width of up to 27 km and a depth of about 500 meters. During the austral summer, temperatures in this area can reach 48 ° C, while in winter, the period of this trip, the average day is 25 ° C, while at night the thermometer can drop to 0 ° C. This area is the second most visited tourist “attraction” for Namibia. Arrival and overnight at Canyon Village.
July 28 (day 11):
We will depart north, getting closer to the capital, crossing the Kalahari desert, a vast sandy stretch that extends for about 520,000 km2 and represents the fourth largest desert in the world. The Kalahari is part of an immense African plateau located at an average height of 900 meters. This area also includes a semi-arid basin that forms over two and a half million km2, including Gabon, Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kalahari derives from the word Kgalagadi that in Tswana language means “the great thirst”. Near Keetmanshoop, we will admire the Quiver Trees: the quiver trees significant for the San people, as they obtained water, cases for arrows and “Giant Playground”, a confirmation of solidified dolerite which, following erosion forms particular shapes.
We will spend the last night near Mariental.
July 29 (day 12):
Transfer back to Windhoek International Airport. End of the trip.
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