Kalahari – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park– Fish River – Namib Desert -Sossusvlei
Namibia’s Deserts and fascinating South
Day 1: Arrival Windhoek
Upon arrival at the Windhoek International Airport you will be met and transferred into town for the handover of your rental vehicle.
Overnight at the Casa Piccolo, situated in a quiet suburb of Windhoek.
Situated in the Klein-Windhoek valley, the tastefully furnished Casa Piccolo offers comfortable rooms surrounded by a big and well maintained garden. Relax at the sparkling pool after your flight.
Windhoek is the capital city of the Republic of Namibia and is located in the central Khomas Region, with about 350 000 inhabitants. The hot springs in the area attracted early settlers to Windhoek, then known as Ai//Gams (fire water). Windhoek was founded on 18 October 1890, by Curt Von François.
Today Windhoek is a bustling city featuring modern multiple story buildings next to historical buildings from the early 1900.
Excellent restaurants and shopping malls offer an insight to the multi-culture of Namibia.
Day 2: Windhoek – Kalahari
Depart to the south of Namibia via Rehoboth to the Kalahari Farm House situated at the fringes of the Kalahari Desert.
In the fertile Auob Valley in the Kalahari near Stampriet the Kalahari Farmhouse offers rural ambiance with up-market hospitality.
The restaurant and reception are in the old and carefully restored farm house, whilst accommodation is offered in modern bungalows in Cape Dutch style.
From the farm next door fresh produce is delivered to the farmhouse used in the delicious meals served.
Activities on offer are scenic drives on the nearby Gondwana Kalahari Park, a visit to the farming business or just relax around the pool.
Day 3: Kalahari – KgalagadiTransfrontier Park
Travel the Auob Valley towards the Kalahari Gemsbok Park and the Mata Mata entrance gate. This park is now part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Bordering the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park the Kalahari Game Lodge is situated within a vast 40 000ha private game and nature reserve.
The chalets overlook the Auob River Valley and the red dunes of the Kalahari.
The rooms are comfortably furnished with en-suit facilities with a lovely light atmosphere.
Kalahari Game Lodge
Day 4: Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
The Kalahari is not a true desert as it has huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains and is rather a grass savannah.
The Kalahari basin covers much of Botswana, parts of Namibia and the north western parts of South-Africa and was the traditional hunting ground for the San people or Bushmen, who have lived here for more than 20 000 years, surviving on hunting game with bows and arrows and gathering edible plants like berries, melons and nuts as well as insects.
On 31 July 1931 the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park was established to protect the migrating game, especially the oryx (gemsbok) from poaching.
The park is well-known for its high numbers of black mane lions, cheetah, leopards and big herds of blue wildebeest, springbuck and other antelopes.
On 12 May 2000 the park became part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Accommodation is offered in various camps within the park. The chalets are all well equipped, but as no restaurants or shops are available, you have to bring your supplies and prepare your own meals.
For the roads within the park we highly recommend a 4×4 vehicle.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Day 5: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Enjoy game viewing at the various waterholes in the Nossob and Auob Valley. The park is well-known for its variety of raptors.
Red sand dunes are studded with ancient camelthorn trees with huge sociable weaver nests.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Day 6: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Whilst moving to the south of the park you can still enjoy good game viewing.
Where the Nossob and the Auob River meet, you will find the Twee Rivieren Camp, the most southern camp in the park.
Twee Rivieren is the administrative headquarter of the park and the largest camp offering various types of accommodation, a shop, fuel station, restaurant, information center and a swimming pool.
Twee Rivieren Camp
Day 7: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Keetmanshoop
Return to Namibia via Rietfontein and travel via Aroab to Keetmanshoop, the “capital city” of southern Namibia.
The town originated from a mission station named after a German trader Johan Keetman, who supported the mission financially, but never actually visited the place himself.
Pension Gessert is situated in a quite area of the town offering relaxation and a cozy atmosphere.
All bedrooms are spacious and have an en-suite bathroom and are furnished individually.
A shady garden and a big swimming pool invite you to relax and unwind.
The hosts are proud of serving a comprehensive and stylish breakfast, an experience of its own kind that cannot be described.
Day 8: Keetmanshoop – Fish River Canyon
Proceed to the Fish River Canyon, a spectacular geological phenomena, situated in the lower reaches of Namibia’s longest river, the Fish.
Overnight at the Canyon Roadhouse, situated close to the entrance of the Fish River National Park. The Roadhouse offers accommodation in tastefully furnished en-suite rooms, a romantic a la cart restaurant, the fully licensed “Wheels Bar”, a sparkling swimming pool and a well equipped service station.
Day 10: Fish River Canyon – Namib Desert
Today you travels take you along the Huib Plateau to Aus and to the edge of the Namib Desert.
Farm Namtib is a privately owned biosphere reserve covering an area of 164 km² near the Tiras Mountains. The fascinating landscape of the farm offers an abundance of breathtaking views and hosts a wealth of fauna and flora.
Namtib Desert Lodge offers accommodation in a valley surrounded by rugged mountains and endless vistas. Personal attention by your hosts and interesting information on the Namib Desert provided by them will make this an unforgettable stay for you.
Namtib Desert Lodge
Day 11: Namib Desert- Sesriem
Travel along the edge of the Namib Desert and the Nubib Mountains towards Sesriem, the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park and the Sossusvlei.
The Hoodia Desert Lodge is ideally located close to the Sesriem entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park. Accommodation is tastefully decorated bungalows with all modern amenities. From the private porch of the bungalow you can enjoy the peacefulness of the surrounding desert.
Delicious meals are served on the terrace of the main building with the endless vistas of the Namib Desert as a back-drop.
Various optional activities are offered by the lodge, which are not included in our price.
Hoodia Desert Lodge
Day 12: Sesriem – Sossusvlei
The Namib Desert is considered to be the oldest desert (± 80 million years) in the world. The vast and empty gravel plains of the Namib are unrealistic and fascinating at the same.
Although the climate is very harsh with extreme temperature fluctuations and severe droughts, some animals, such as oryx and springbuck, and plants have adapted to live in this environment.
An early rise is rewarded with the beauty of the sunrise over the dunes around the Sossusvlei.
The lodge offers optional guided tours to the Sossusvlei, or you can drive there with your own vehicle, making use of the 4×4 shuttle service for the last 5km through the thick dune sand.
Optional activities are offered by the lodge to fill the afternoon.
Hoodia Desert Lodge
Day 13: Sossuvlei – Gamsberg Mountain
Travel through the Desert, past the Petrified Dunes and Solitaire to the Barchan Dunes Retreat, situated close to the “Rant Berge” Mountains. Enjoy the unsurpassed view from the bungalows built uniquely into the dunes.
Warm hospitality and personal service awaits you here. Tasty home-cooked meals are served on the terrace or in the dining room.
Spend a relaxing afternoon at the lodge or join an optional scenic drive with your host.
Barchan Dunes Retreat
Day 14: Gamsberg Mountains – Windhoek
Proceed through the Ghaub Canyon and the winding road of the Gamsberg Pass that takes you up onto the escarpment and through the rolling hills of the Khomashochland Mountains to Windhoek.
Day 15: Departure
Spend some time in Windhoek until it is time for you to return the vehicle and your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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