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Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Sprawling desert vistas and scenic sundowner drives await you as you venture into the heart of Nambia's thirstland: experience the towering red dunes surrounding the Sossusvlei pan and admire the otherworldly scenery at the Moon Landscape.
On arrival transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy as you please.
Depart Windhoek and drive to the Kalahari Desert via the small town of Rehoboth, a community that still lives according to their paternal laws dating back to 1872. The Kalahari Desert is not a desert in the strictest sense of the word, as it receives too much rainfall. It's only the vast expanses of sand, through which precipitation filters rapidly, that have made the Kalahari into the "thirst land" that early European settlers described. Enjoy a scenic, sunset nature drive in an open safari vehicle.
Drive through the Kalahari region and visit the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop. The forest was declared a national monument of Namibia and comprises of about 250 specimens of Aloe dichotoma, from which the San people used to make quivers. Visit the Naute Dam, Namibia’s third largest dam, then enjoy a walk to a nearby mountain to watch the sunset.
This morning travel to the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160km long, up to 27km wide and in some places 550m deep. Continue to Aus. Enjoy spectacular scenery of the Aus Mountains on an unguided walk and an optional scenic sun downer drive.
Today you’ll be spoilt with ever-changing vistas of the desert landscapes when driving along the most beautiful district road in Namibia, the D707 (road conditions permitting). Visit Duwiseb Castle, a grand medieval fortress, built in the hills of the semi-arid Southern Namib region. Learn more about the Castle’s fascinating history, before continuing to your lodge, arriving in the early afternoon.
Today will be an early start to explore the spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, another pan where water once flowed, but all that remains today are the skeletons of trees that reach up out of the cracked earth. Enjoy a drive in 4x4 vehicles into the heart of the Namib Desert. Visit the rugged Sesriem Canyon where you can view millions of years of sedimentary layers in the ravine walls. Views from the top are breathtaking while walks through the canyon reveal distinct geographical layers which were laid down over centuries. Travel past the impressive Namib Naukluft Mountains to your lodge.
After breakfast, drive through Kuiseb Canyon and continue towards Walvis Bay, Namibia's largest commercial port. The Walvis Bay Lagoon is considered one of the richest and most important wetlands in southern Africa, with prolific birdlife and diverse species. Continue to Swakopmund, a city that resembles a small German town, with seaside promenades, restaurants, cafes and museums. Enjoy a sun downer drive to the Moon Landscape, a barren, undulating rocky desert which was formed by the valleys of the Swakop River. Enjoy a complimentary sun downer drink, whilst absorbing the rugged beauty of this lunar landscape.
Morning at leisure to explore Swakopmund. Continue inland towards the towns of Usakos and Karibib. Visit a craft market in Okahandja before arriving Windhoek late afternoon.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
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