Desert Adventures in Namibia

Desert Adventures in Namibia 1480 , 10 Days
Share this

From high desert dunes to vast claypans and rugged coastline, Namibia's landscapes are nothing short of extraordinary. A walk around the skeletal trees of Deadvlei and the red dunes of Sossusvlei is a surreal experience that makes you feel like you are stepping foot on another planet. A visit to the Living Museum of Damara, on the other hand, takes us on a different type of journey - a journey back in time. Here we will get the chance to glipse into the lost culture of the Damara - the oldest inhabitants of Namibia. The ancient rock engravings in Twyfelfontein take us even further back in time and reveal what life was like for people here 6000 years ago. To wrap up the tour, we are embarking on a game drive in one of Africa's largest game parks - Etosha National Park, where we will have the rare opportunity to spot the resident desert-adapted elephants.

Highlights:

Swakopmund - Namibia's largest coastal town;
Sossusvlei Dunes -  a salt and clay pan, surrounded by high red dunes, one of the most recognised symbols of Namibia;
♦ The rock paintings and engravings of Twyfelfontein Heritage Site, dating back to 6000 years ago;
♦ Etosha National Park - one of Africa's best games reserves;


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival in Windhoek
Arrival in the capital city Windhoek and transfer to the hotel. If you have free time after arrival, you can stroll around the city and get some first impressions of the country. Some of the places of interest are the Christuskirche - a German Lutheran church that has become a symbol of the city, the parliament building - Tintenpalast and Namibia Craft Centre where you can get some authentic hand-made gifts. Since Namibia was a German colony, the German influence can still be felt throughout the city in its architecture and infrastructure. It is the mix of German influence and traditional African atmosphere that give the city its unique feel. Ovenight in a hotel in the city. -/-/-

Day 2. Sesriem
This morning we are heading to the town of Sesriem - our gateway to the Sossusvlei Dunes - the most iconic landscape of Namibia, the white clay pan of Deadvlei and the Sesriem Canyon. In the afternoon we will hop on a 4x4 vehicle to explore the unique landscapes around. We will enjoy a drink at sunset enjoying the view before heading back to our hotel for overnight. B/-/-

Day 3. Sesriem
We start our day early with a visit to Sossusvlei. Literally translated, its name means "dead-end marsh" and is used to describe the salt and clay pan at the end of the Tsauchab River. Just as astonishing are the red-orange dunes that surround the salt pan. These so called" star-shaped" dunes are among the tallest ones on Namibia, with some reaching a heigh of over 300m. Here you will have the opportunity to climb Dune 45 - one of the most photographed places in the region and enjoy a spectacular panorama views of the desert landscape. After a short breakfast break, we are heading towards Deadvlei - another clay pan that has become a symbol of the Namibian scenery. The contrast between the white clay, the dark trees, the orange sand dunes and the clear blue sky creates one of the most colourful and alien looking lanscapes on the planet. The landscape is completed by two of the highest dunes of the Namib desert - "Big Daddy" and "Crazy Dune". On the way back to our hotel, we will stop to explore the Sesriem Canyon - a scenic gorge carved by the Tsauchab River millions of years ago. B/-/-

Day 4. Swakopmund
An exciting journey awaits us today while me make our way towards the coastal town of Swakompund. On the way we will make a short stop at Solitaire - a small desert town with less than 100 citizens that looks more like a movie set than a real settlement. The settlement cosists of petrol station, a shop, a chapel and a bakery, which according to some travellers and locals alike, sells "the best apple pie in Namibia". What draws the attention of the travellers most, however, are the numerous abandoned wrecked cars lying around. Some rare vintage models can be seen here as well. Continuing further, we will drive through the Moon Valley, known for its lunar-like landscape and will cross the Tropic of Capricon before reaching Swakombund on the Skeleton Coast. If it is the right season, we can also stop by the nature sanctuary of Walvis Bay, where se can see the famous pink flamingos and hundreds of other migaroty birds. Upon arrival in Swakombun, we will take a short break for lunch before heading out on a short walking tour around the cityB/-/-

Day 5. Swakopmund
We start the day with some free time to explore the city on your own - take a walk on the beach, visit some of its historical sights or wander around the local markers. In the afternoon, we will take a trip to Cape Cross - one of the largest setllements of Cape fur seals in the world. Here we will learn more about this curious species and have the opportunity to walk around and take pictures of them. Here we will also see an intiguing memorial dedicated to the event that gave the cape its name. The first European to set foot on the cape was the Portuguese explorer Diogo Cao in the 15th century. Back then Portuguese explorers used to claim newfound territories for Portugal by putting up an enscribed stone cross, salled padrão. Later, during colonial times, Germany took possession of the cross and it has been since held in a museum in Berlin. Nowadays, there are two crosses that can be seen now on the coast - both replicas of the original, one erected in the 19th century and the other in the 20th. Overnight in a hotel in Swakopmund. B/-/-

Day 6. Swakopmund - Damaraland
Today we are heading towards the mountainous region of Damaraland and will get to enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way. Due to the harsh weather conditions ( high temperatures and scarce rainfalls) the area is one of the least populated ones in Namibia. For tourists, however, it offers a myriad of exciting sights and activities - from Namibia's highest peak Königstein (2573m.), the ancient rock paintings in Twyfelfontein and the desert elephants that roam the area. B/-/-

Day 7 . Damaraland - Kamanjab
We will start with a visit to the the Twyfelfontein Heritage Site where we will see the hundreds of exceptional Bushmen rock engravings. The engravings and paintings are believed to date back to over 6000 years ago and were the first Namibian site to become part of UNESCO's world heritage list in 2007. Our next stop is the unique Petrified Forest. Here we will see the petrified trunks of millions of years old trees. What makes it even more intriguing is that these trees didn't grow here, but were washed down a river that existed in pre-historic times. The place is now one of the most famous sites for fossil research. After that, we will visit the Living Museum of Damara. Damara were the indigenous people that lived here and after whom the whole region is named. However, do not expect to see glassed in artefacts in this museum. The idea of the project is to show you the traditional Damara culture and the workers at the museum represent the daily life and special rituals of the Damara. B/-/-

Day 8. Kamanjab - Etosha National Park
On the way to Kamanjab we visit a Himba village which is charatacterized by the small, round huts, made of wood and covered with cow dung. The himba houses come in small groups. Sometimes the whole Himba village is surrounded by a fence and it can contain a smaller one for goats that live with the tribe. Himba tribe managed to avoid too much outside influence and preserve the traditional lifestyle.
We continue to Etosha National Park - one of Africa's largest game parks. Тhe main characteristic of the park is the Etosha salt pan, that covers over 20% of its territory. The main place to watch game animals are the permanent waterholes, formed south of the pan, where hundreds of animals gather. After taking a short break, we will embark on a 4x4 game drive in the park, hoping to spot some of the park's most famous animals like black rhino, Burchell’s zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope, blue wildebeest and some of the 340 bird species that call the park home. B/-/-
 

Day 9. Etosha National Park  – Windhoek
After reakfast, we are heading back to Windhoek. Free time to explore the city on your own. B/-/-

Day 10. Departure
Transfer to the airport for departure. B/-/-


Price Includes:
2** and 3*** hotels and lodges in rooms with private facilities and breakfast
airport transfers
transportation as per program
English speaking guide
tour leader from Penguin Travel (at min. 8 participants),

Not Included:
international flight tickets
insurance
visa (if needed)
tips and other personal expenses
meals not mentioned in the program
entrance fees

Additional Services:
Game drive Etosha 910NAD or 60EUR
Park fee 150NAD (10EUR)


Gallery


Desert Adventures in Namibia (Rated 4.67 / 5 Based on 13 Reviews.)
Price
1480 EUR
Duration
10 Days
Single Supplement
550 EUR
Status
Guaranteed departure
Price
1480 EUR
Duration
10 Days
Single Supplement
550 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
1480 EUR
Duration
10 Days
Single Supplement
550 EUR
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Group Size
8-12
Reservation System Code
NARUND
Rila-Pirin Mountain Trek (Bulgaria), guaranteed departures 530 , 8 Days

Rila-Pirin Mountain Trek (Bulgaria), guaranteed departures

A unique mountain hike above the clouds in the highest mountains on The Balkan Peninsula. During...
Best of Bulgaria Roundtrip 650 , 8 Days

Best of Bulgaria Roundtrip

Situated on the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria is still one of the least explored countries in Europe....
The 5 Stan-s - Follow in the footsteps of Genghis Khan 1850 , 21 Days

The 5 Stan-s - Follow in the footsteps of Genghis Khan

 Follow in the footsteps of Genghis Khan as you delve into the vast deserts, rolling steppe,...
View all» Blog

10.12.2021 15:21

Saudi Arabia - the birthplace of Islam (tips for visiting the country)

It took really long for Saudi Arabia to decide to open for tourists, but now it is finally a fact and Penguin Travel immediately put the destination on its belt. The Kingdom – known as the spiritual birthplace of Islam, now has a new approach to attract visitors and that's why the visa requirements are changed. The changes are so big, compared to the past that they look almost like a...


06.08.2021 17:00

7 Things to do in South Sudan

  It’s the newest country in the world and one that a lot of people haven’t even heard of. Those who have, usually associate it with the military conflict that has been tearing up the region for decades. But behind all of that, lies a country of ancient cultural rituals, a myriad of colorful local tribes and raw natural beauty. It is still the most challenging destinations for...


05.08.2021 08:55

The Little - Known Pyramids of Sudan

Can you name the country with the most pyramids in the world? Nope, it’s not Egypt. The country which holds this record with more than 200 pyramids is actually Egypt’s southern neighbor – Sudan. Though not as big as the Egyptian ones, they are just as impressive and have just as intriguing history, dating back to 8th century BC, to the kingdom of Kush. Since the Sudanese...


01.10.2020 11:45

11 Interesting Facts about Rwanda

  Rwanda is a small African country, whose name is often mostly associated with the horrific genocide that happened here in 1994. It was one of the most tragic events in the history not only of Rwanda, but the world. However, it was also a turning point in the country's history. It has since then embarked on a new path of social, economic and ecological development and deserves to be known...