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10 Day Safari Namibia South

Exciting private guided Safari to the South of Namibia

 

Daily Travel Description – 10 Day Namibia Safari

Day 1

Windhoek – Hotel Thule

We meet upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International airport, take care of formalities such as money exchange, and possibly purchase a SIM card for the cell phone (if required). A short drive of about 40 km takes us to the Hotel Thule in the Eros district with a beautiful view over Windhoek. Now we can refresh and have time for a lunch break. In the afternoon we go on a city tour to see the sights of the Namibian capital. The recommended attractions we are able to visit in Windhoek are Christ Church, Ink Palace, Old Feasts, National Museum, Equestrian Monument, Namibia Culture Center, Katutura Township with Penduka Village.  Alternatively, free time for individual experiences and visits. My recommendation for dinner would be the popular Joe’s Beer House or the Kubata Restaurant opposite Joe’s (highly recommended) in the Eros district. 

Overnight: Hotel Thule – breakfast included


Day 2

Windhoek – Bagatelle Game Ranch / Travel time 3 hours – 261 km

We enjoy a delightful breakfast this morning and at 9:00 am we leave for our 10-day safari to the South of Namibia. We drive out of Windhoek on the B1 main road until we reach the small town of Rehoboth after about 80 kilometers. This city is the traditional home of the Baster people who prefer speaking the Afrikaans language and many of them have their roots back to the German colonial era. Now we continue, and we turn not far from the city of Mariental to the left onto the D1268 to arrive at the Bagatelle Game Ranch after another 38 kilometers. We check-in and have a light lunch. Then we have some free time and can fully enjoy the beautiful surroundings in the Kalahari Desert. In the afternoon there is a game-drive with cheetah feeding and a ‘sundowner’ on the dune. During cheetah feeding, we learn everything about this fascinating predator and have the opportunity to take great photo shots. A delicious dinner will be served tonight in the lodge restaurant.

Overnight: Bagatelle Game Ranch – dinner and breakfast included


Day 3

Bagatelle Game Ranch – Maritz Country Lodge / Travel time 3 hours – 280 km

After a leisurely breakfast, we continue our safari to the south of Namibia, and we drive back to the B1 main road to pay a visit to the “Quiver Tree Forest” and the “Giants Playground” a rocky natural spectacle. Quiver trees are absolutely not trees, they are actually a plant of the Aloe species (Aloe dichotoma). These strange-looking plants that are native to this area litter the landscape in this part of the world, but they are one of the rarest flora species in the world. Then we continue to the provincial capital Keetmanshoop for a visit to the most important sights of the city and a short lunch break. After lunch, we drive for a few kilometers to the Maritz Country Lodge outside Keetmanshoop. We check-in and now have free time, which is spent best at the beautiful swimming pool. Our dinner is offered here for free choice from the extensive à la carte menu.

Overnight: Maritz Country Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 4

Maritz Country Lodge – Canyon Lodge / Travel time 2 hours – 160 km

Our private Namibia Safari continues this morning to the most beautiful southern part of the country, and we leave after breakfast at 9:00 am. We now drive on the B4 in the direction of Seeheim, but after 31 kilometers a turn left onto the D545 and reach the Naute Recreation Resort after a few more kilometers. Here we visit the “Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery” one of 4 wine farms in Namibia. We take a coffee break here and if you are brave, you can also test the various wines and first-class spirits. The journey now continues on the C12 gravel road until we turn right onto the D601 shortly after the village of Holoog and arrive a little later at the Gondwana Canyon Roadhouse for a short lunch break. We are now in the Gondwana Canyon Nature Park and drive about 22 kilometers to reach our destination for today, the Gondwana Canyon Lodge. This fantastic lodge is protected by a granite hill. The lodge itself was built from huge boulders that blend harmoniously into the natural environment. In the late afternoon, we take part in a guided “Sundowner Drive” so that we can familiarize ourselves with the geology, flora, and fauna of the Gondwana Canyon Park. An exquisite buffet dinner will be offered to us here tonight.

Overnight: Canyon Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 5

Canyon Lodge

Today we leave early after breakfast to visit the second largest canyon in the world. A really extraordinary landscape awaits us. The towering cliffs and deep gorges were formed by water erosion and the collapse of the valley from movements in the earth’s crust over 500 million years ago. Today the canyon is 160 km long up to 27 km wide and almost 550 m deep. We go to the main viewpoint where we can see how impressive this canyon is. This is an ideal opportunity to take photos and spend some time enjoying this amazing sight. From above, we can even see the river that sparkles far below us in the sunlight. After the visit to the canyon, we drive to the Ai-Ais Hot Springs Resort. The resort is located on a sulfurous hot spring, which makes sense since the name ‘/ ai- / ais’ in the local Nama language means ‘burning water’. It shows the extreme heat from the hot springs, which date back to 1850 when they were discovered by a Nama shepherd in search of his lost sheep. After a hopefully eventful and beautiful day, we return to our lodge and look forward to a one-time dinner before we go to bed.

Overnight: Canyon Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 6

Canyon Lodge – Alte Villa Lüderitz / Travel time 5 hours – 407 km

We have breakfast at 8 am and then go on to the next stage of our safari to the coastal town of Lüderitz. Again we drive on the D601 and C12 gravel road until we arrive at the B4 tar road and turn left. Another 180 kilometers to the small town of Aus, where we take a short lunch break at the Bahnhof Hotel. Then we drive on and pay the wild horses at Garub a visit. They live in small groups in the sparsely vegetated plains of the Namib Desert. The horses can be observed and photographed from a shelter. We continue on the B4 to our final destination for today, the small old German port city of Lüderitz, and we arrive at the exemplary boutique guest house “Alte Villa” in the early afternoon. This charming villa is a historic building from the time of Emperor Friedrich III. We check-in, refresh ourselves, and now have the opportunity to take a trip to the famous “Agate Beach”, north of Lüderitz. The beach is known for its crystals and rocks, the most famous is Agate, from which the beach takes its name. With the day filled out, it is time for an excellent dinner in one of the very good restaurants on the “Waterfront”. The seafood on the waterfront is an absolute recommendation.

Accommodation: Alte Villa Lüderitz – breakfast included


Day 7

Alte Villa Luderitz

This morning we drive to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, 20 kilometers away. Here we take part in a guided tour at 9:30 am, which gives us valuable information and impressions of the past of this town, which was once the richest town in Africa with its diamond finds. We return to Lüderitz after the Kolmanskop Tour and now have time to explore the city with its traditional German architecture. There are many historic buildings in Lüderitz, including the Deutsche Afrika Bank, the train station, the Alte Post, and the Felsenkirche. The Goerke Haus is built from the revenues of the diamond industry and is located in the beautifully named Zeppelinstrasse. Other important buildings include the Krappenhoft and Lampe building, Woerman House, Troost House, Kreplin House, and the gym. After exploring the city, it is now time for a light lunch, followed by an excursion to “Shark Island” and “Diaz Point” where we see the famous stone cross replica, which was originally built there by the Portuguese navigator Bartholomew Diaz. For dinner, we have the choice of a good restaurant on the waterfront or in the city.

Accommodation: Alte Villa Lüderitz – breakfast included


Day 8

Alte Villa Lüderitz – Sossusvlei Lodge / Travel time 6 hours – 465 km

Today we leave early and our trip takes us via Aus and Helmeringhausen to Sesriem, with a short stopover at the old German fortress Schloss Duwisib for our lunch break. The entire route from today to our destination is on a gravel road, but the terrain is beginning to change, and we cross an open grass savannah and farmland before the area gives way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. In the evening we reach the Sossusvlei Lodge our accommodation for the next two days. We refresh ourselves and now have free time to explore the beautiful surroundings of the lodge or relax on the sun terrace by the swimming pool. Today dinner is served on the “Al Fresco Terrace” with a view of the illuminated water hole.

Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 9

Sossusvlei Lodge

We have to get up very early to enjoy our breakfast (alternatively, we take our breakfast packages with us) before embarking on our very interesting morning trip to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei Pan. We drive 61 km past Dune 1 and the famous dune 45 until we reach the 2 x 4 parking lot. From here we drive 5 km to the Sossusvlei car park. Sossusvlei is where we will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue sky contrasts with the huge red sand dunes, which is one of the natural wonders of Africa and a paradise for photographers. After visiting the Sossusvlei Pan, we drive back to the Deadvlei car park, from where we take a 1.1 km hike to reach the Deadvlei pan. If you are in good shape, you can also take this walk over the “Big Daddy” dune. We spend the morning around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and on the way back we visit the famous dune 45. This dune is known for its elegant shape, which, along with its location near the road, has won the award for the most photographed dune in the world, If you have done without the strenuous hike to climb the “Big Daddy”, Dune 45 is an easier alternative because it is only 85 meters high with a gentler rise. Now it’s time to escape the heat and return to Sesriem for lunch and a good rest. In the afternoon we take a short trip to the Sesriem Canyon. The Sesriem Canyon is the second most important tourist attraction in the area after Sossusvlei. It is a natural gorge carved into the local sedimentary rock by the Tsauchab rivier, about a kilometer long and up to 30 meters deep. The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means “six belts”, which was so named by the settlers on the Dorsland Trek. Six belts (consisting of oryx skins) had to be tied together to bring water up from the canyon’s bottom with buckets. The Sesriem Canyon is only two meters wide in some places and sometimes has permanent water points, which many animals use. When we return to the lodge we will enjoy a sundowner on the terrace of the lodge before we go to dinner and then retire for the night.

Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge – dinner and breakfast included


Day 10

Sossusvlei Lodge – Windhoek / Travel time 5 hours – 305 km

Our Namibia South safari comes today to an end and after breakfast, our journey back to Windhoek begins. We drive on the C19 and then continue on the C24 through the Naukluft Mountains and over the beautiful Remhoogte Pass to Klein Aub. A little later we arrive in Rehoboth and drive on the B1 tar road to Windhoek. We arrive in Windhoek in the early afternoon and I will take you back to your accommodation or alternatively to the airport.

Services Included

Activities with third parties included in the tour price:

Sundowner Game Drive Bagatelle Game Ranch
Sundowner Drive Canyon Lodge
Guided tour Kolmanskop

Also included are all other excursions and game drives according to my travel program, entrance fees to parks, museums, etc., mineral water on the trip

Light lunches as stated in the travel program, but due to time and location

Accommodation (3 to 4 stars) on half board or bed and breakfast according to the travel program

Hotel / Lodge List:

Hotel Thule – Bed & breakfast
Bagatelle Game Ranch – half board
Maritz Country Lodge – half board
Canyon Lodge – half board
Alte Villa Lüderitz – bed & breakfast
Sossusvlei Lodge – half board

Not included in the travel price are the flight costs to Windhoek and back, personal costs, drinks with meals, and tips for employees. On our trips we drive either a Jeep Cherokee (4 x 4), Toyota Fortuner (4 x 4), Mitsubishi Delica Luxury (4 x 4), VW T5 Microbus, or Toyota Quantum according to the number of guests booked.

Price

2,850 EUR per person in a double room – the travel price is reduced for more than 2 people
EBZ 500.- EUR
Prices valid from 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021

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