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7 Day South Camping Scheduled

7 Days / 6 Nights
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Introduction

The South is nothing short of a magical experience. Here you will experience the true heart of Namibia and see
unique landscapes that will colour the rest of your life. The seven- day Southern Swing has been designed to give you
a short but comprehensive safari around the main highlights of Southern Namibia. First night of the tour is spent in
the Kalahari area of Namibia before we continue to the mighty Fish River Canyon. Visit the small town of Aus where
you will have the opportunity to visit the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop and Luderitz before ending with 2 nights in the
world’s oldest desert, where you will stroll among the world’s highest sand dunes.

This safari can also be combined with our 7-day Northern Adventure itinerary to make an unforgettable 14 Day
Namibian Experience OR two of the world’s natural wonders, the Okavango Delta and the mighty Victoria Falls can
also be included by combining this trip with our 9 day Delta and Falls Safari.

 

Start Accommodation Destination Basis Duration
Day 1 Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Campsite Mariental L&D 1 Night
Day 2 Canyon Roadhouse Campsite Gondwana Collection Namibia Fish River Canyon FB 1 Night
Day 3 Luderitz Nest Hotel Luderitz B,B&L 1 Night
Day 4 Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite Gondwana Collection Namibia Aus FB 1 Night
Day 5 Sesriem Campsite Sesriem FB 2 Nights

 

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast. B,B&L: Bed, Breakfast and Lunch. L&D: Lunch and Dinner. FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

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Day 1
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Campsite, Mariental

Day Itinerary

Windhoek – Kalahari (270 km) (LD) (camping)

You will be collected at your Windhoek accommodation between 09:00 & 09:30

We start our journey south on the main highway, travelling through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert that protrudes onto the eastern side of Namibia. Stopping at small towns along the way including Rehoboth, traditional home of the Baster people and on to Kalkrand where you bid the main road farewell and head off into the Kalahari. The Kalahari Desert often surprises people when they first see it. It is very different from the Namib. First of all, remember that the Kalahari is not a desert. It receives more rain than a true desert should. The Kalahari is a fossil desert. Don’t expect to find tall Sossusvlei-style dunes devoid of greenery here. The Kalahari’s dunes are very different. They are often equally beautiful, but usually greener and less stark – and with this vegetation comes its ability to support more flora and fauna than a true desert.

Late this afternoon we hop onto an open vehicle for a late afternoon sunset drive

Activities

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Afternoon Drive

Basis

Lunch and Dinner

 

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Day 2: Canyon Roadhouse Campsite Gondwana Collection Namibia, Fish River Canyon

Day Itinerary

Kalahari – Fish River Canyon area (400 km) (FB) (camping)

An early morning departure to the town of Mariental and south to Keetmanshoop. Just outside the town you have the opportunity of visiting the Mesosaurus Fossil Site.

We travel via the town of Keetmanshoop for overnight camping on the Fish River area. Here you have the opportunity of seeing the Quivertree. Quiver trees are not in fact trees, they are a type of aloe, (Aloe Dichotoma), so called because the branches fork “dictomously”. These weird looking plants dot the landscape in this part of the world and are locally common, however they are one of the world’s rarest flora species.

Activities

Mesosaurus Fossil Site & Quivertree Dolorite Park

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

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Day 3: Luderitz Nest Hotel, Luderitz

Day Itinerary

Fish River area – Luderitz (430 km) (BL) (Accommodation)

The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is (allegedly) the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breath taking. The towering 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 years ago. Today the canyon measures 160km long up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest. It is fair to say that when you arrive at the canyon though, its exact location is a bit of a mystery as the 500m vertical drop from the flat dry plateau is completely out of view.

Early morning, we head to the main view point where we can see how impressive this canyon actually is. This is an ideal opportunity for photos and to spend some time experiencing this amazing sight. Viewing from the top we can see the river sparkling in the sunlight far below us, and can barely imagine how many millennia it took for the forces of erosion to carve such a magnificent vista.

Time to pack up camp and move on to our next destination, the coastal town of Lüderitz where its colonial-style buildings cling to the rocks overlooking the bay, on some days a deep iridescent blue, on others grey and stormy, the crisp fresh climate, fishing boats bobbing up and down on the Atlantic horizon, penguins and seals diving beneath the waves, give the town a curious other-worldly allure.

We aim to arrive at our guest house during the late afternoon. Dinner will be at client’s own expense tonight.

Activities

Fish River Canyon

Basis

Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

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Day 4: Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite Gondwana Collection Namibia, Aus

Day Itinerary

Luderitz – Aus (125 km) (FB) (camping)

There is time to join an optional extra excursion, a marine trip, take a cruise around Luderitz bay and, weather permitting, to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins.

N.B: The boat cruise is subject to availability and, if undertaken, will be for the clients own risk and expense.

Time to explore Luderitz Town with its traditional German architecture and later we will take a drive out to Diaz Point to see the bird life, hopefully a few seals and the stone cross replica, originally erected by the Portuguese mariner Bartholomew Diaz.

Straight after the marine trip we drive out to Kolmanskop, a desert ghost town about 20 km out of Luderitz. It was built in the 1920’s during the diamond rush and was abandoned when bigger and better diamonds were found further along the coast. The area is still abandoned and the desert has encroached over the entire town, giving an eerie feeling and real meaning to the word “ghost”.

We sleep tonight at Klein Aus Vista, a private reserve, beautifully located in the Aus Mountain Range, (Huib-HochPlateau region). The road takes us through the “forbidden Zone” so named because in years gone by, the alluvial diamonds found in Namibia were simply scattered across the desert and we again have time to enjoy sunset over the mountains

Activities

Kolmanskop

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

 

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Day 5: Sesriem Campsite, Sesriem

Day Itinerary

Aus – Sesriem (350 km) (FB) (camping)

Turning north, we once again head deep into the ancient southern Namib, travelling on small gravel roads and passing some tiny rural communities along the way. The scenery is harsh, and sometimes forbidding. The process of erosion in these areas is well advanced and we pass time rounded “koppies” arid terrain and outcrops of tortured rock.

Traversing this bleak yet beautiful landscape, the terrain begins to change and we cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

 

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Day 6: Sesriem Campsite, Sesriem

Day Itinerary

Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Sesriem (120 km) (FB) (camping)

A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes and driving into the heart of the dune field, we reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes.

The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect.

We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.

Activities

Sossusvlei
Dune 45
Dead Vlei
Sesriem Canyon

 

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

 

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Day 7: End of Itinerary

Day Itinerary

Sesriem – Windhoek (350 km) (BL)

After breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek. We will travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland Range, through beautiful mountain passes on our way back to civilization.

We are due back into the city in the late afternoon / early evening and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

Consultant Notes

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation: If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you

Price

Price to Serene African Adventures

01st Jan 2020 – 30th June 2020
N$13 945.00 per person sharing
No Single Supplement, throughout the duration of the tour you will be required to share with another traveller of the same gender.

01st July 2020 – 31st March 2021
N$16 645.00 per person sharing
No Single Supplement, throughout the duration of the tour you will be required to share with another traveller of the same gender.

2020 Departure dates

03,17 & 31 Jan; 14 & 28 Feb; 13 & 27 Mar; 10 & 24 Apr; 08 & 22 May; 05 & 19 Jun; 03, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Jul; 07, 14, 21 & 28 Aug; 04, 11, 18 & 25 Sept; 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 Oct; 06, 13, 20 & 27 Nov; 04, 11, 18 & 25 Dec

2021 Departure dates

01, 15 & 29 Jan; 12 & 26 Feb; 12 & 26 Mar

Included

All transport; Three meals a day (unless differently specified) ;. Tea & coffee in camp; All camping equipment; Park entrance fees; Camping fees; Professional guide; Camp Assistant; Pick up & drop off from accommodation in Windhoek

Excluded

Sleeping bag (can be hired) ; Pillow ; Alcoholic beverages ; Soft drinks & bottled water ;Personal travel insurance

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