ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
This 7 Day Southern Namibia Camping Safari offers you an unique experience as you explore the southern beauties of Namibia. Experience the highlights of south Namibia on the 7 Day Southern Namibia Safari. Drive through the Kalahari Desert and enjoy the scenery of mountain landscapes, the big dunes of Sossusvlei and the eerie town Kolmanskop.
This safari is perfect for the more budget conscious traveler who seeks adventure and enjoys camping. Namibian campsites allow for a great outdoor experience and the facilities are perfect for camping adventure tours. We depart Windhoek and visit the Kalahari Desert in the Bagatelle Reserve. After that we drive south and pass a small town Keetmanshoop on our way to the Mesosaurus fossil camp and visit the Fish River Canyon closeby. We spend the night in Ai Ais with their heated swimming pools and shake off the dust and relax. After our visit at the Fish River Canyon we take the road to Aus where we will spend the night in the private reserve at Klein Aus Vista.
The coastal town Luderitz is next on our route. We endorse in multiple activities in Luderitz. We take a boat trip to see the Jackass penguins and visit the ghost town Kolmanskop where you will get a guided tour through this antique town.
Travelling north we take the dusty road to Sesriem passing small communities along the way. The landscape changes from the “koppies” in the south, formed by the bursting of big rocks and then molded by the wind through the years into round rocks stacked on top of each other. As we approach the Sossusvlei area, the landscape changes to red sand dunes.
|N$ 15 850||per person||31 March 2019|
|N$ 16 665||per person||31 March 2020|
Baglatelle – Kalahari
We start our journey driving south in the direction of the Kalahari Desert stopping at small towns along the way. Rehoboth, the traditional town of the Baster people is where we will make a short stop. The next town will be Kalkrand which will mean the end of the tarred road. At the turnoff at Kalkrand we head into the direction of the Kalahari Desert.
The Kalahari is a true jewel. This desert withholds treasures of a great variety of fauna and flora, with the abundance of rainfall in the Kalahari compared to other deserts, you can be sure to see the dunes and the landscapes come to life with green grass lush vegetation.
Getting there, feel free to relax by the waterhole. For an optional activity, track some game with the local guides by getting onto one of the game drive vehicles.
Fish River Canyon
On this day we take the day on at an early start. A early morning tour through the Kalahari as we head south to Keetmanshoop. Just outside Keetmanshoop, you have the opportunity to visit the Mesosaurus Fossil site and the Quiver Tree forest.
Ai Ais is situated at the southern end of the Fish River canyon. This is a perfect place to wash off the dast, jump in the warmed pools or relax at the indoor sulphur pools. Ai Ais means ‘burning water’ in the Nama language. The warm water that is heating these swimming pools is from a hot springs source.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Departing from Ai Ais we drive to the Fish River Canyon to view the magnificent canyon from above. The Fish River canyon is the second largest in the world and is formed by water erosion and the movement and collapsing from the earth’s crust.
After we enjoyed the view at the Fish River Canyon, it is time to pack up and leave. On this day we make our way to the small town Aus, that was once a busy town less than a 100 years ago.
Tonight we sleep in a Private Game Reserve, Klein Aus Vista, located strategically in the Aus mountain range. The mountain range of Aus guarantees for a beautiful lookout to the desert.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We are up and early this morning for a short drive to Luderitz while we keep an eye out for the desert horses. This horses is adapted to desert conditions and they can go days without water.
We arrive in Luderitz early enough to join an optional extra activity. The Sedina is an old wooden sailing ship, the boat goes around Luderitz bay, and, if the weather allows, to Halifax island to see the Jackass Penguins. After the excursion, if all goes well, the captain switch off the engine and The Sedina sails back to shore.
After the Sedina excursion, we drive straight to Kolmanskop, a ghost town today built in the 1920’s during the diamond rush. The town closed down when bigger and better diamonds were found elsewhere, and as the shifting dunes encroached the town, it became a ghost town.
When we get back in Luderitz after the Kolmanskop excursion, there will be enough time to do sightseeing in Luderitz. There is fascinating German architecture to see in Luderitz town, a museum, coffee shops to relax. Later, we take a short drive to Diaz Point to hopefully see some birds, seals and the replicated stone cross erected by the Portuguese mariner, Bartholomew Diaz.
Returning to Aus, we drive through the Sperrgebiet. This was an area where there was once a lot of diamonds. The diamonds was lying above the ground in plain sight in those years. We have time to enjoy the open spaces and the beautiful sunset over the mountains.
Day 5, 6
Driving north this morning, we drive past small rural towns in the ancient-looking parts of the south and the open landscapes. We admire the desert and its harsh conditions and wonder how life can survive in this arid conditions.
Driving along this unforgiving landscape, we drive through savanna grasslands and farmlands until the terrain gives way and the red dunes of the Namib comes into display. We try to arrive at our camp in the late afternoon, watching the ever changing colors of the dunes in the sunset.
An early morning start is essential for the 6th day as we want to catch the soft light of the morning sun on the red dunes. After going to the Sesriem canyon, walking down the canyon and be amazed by the geographical wonders of the conglomarate rocks inside the clay walls of the canyon, hardened by the water that flowed by there once.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast we take the scenic mountain route back to Windhoek over the Naukluft Mountain pass and then along the Khomas Hochland mountain drive as we get closer to Windhoek.
We would reach Winhoek by approximately 16hoo and will be dropped off at your accommodation as we enter the town.