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24 Days Victoria Falls to Windhoek

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Chobe River Front - Linyanti Concessions - Mahango Game Reserve - Kavango - Northern Namibia - Etosha National Park - Kaokoveld - Damaraland - Damaraland - Erongo - Namib - Namib - Sossusvlei - Central Namibia

24 Days / 23 Nights

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Key

RO: Room only
SC: Self Catering
HB: Half Board
B&B: Bed and breakfast
B, B&L: Bed, breakfast and lunch
D, B&B: Dinner, bed and breakfast
FB: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily
FI: Fully inclusive

Included

ENGLISH DRIVER/GUIDE / Safari Vehicle / Fuel
Accommodation / meals & activities as per itinerary
Water in vehicle
Border Fee for Vic Falls and Botswana

A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.

Day 1-3: Amadeus Garden, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Wed, 28 December to Fri, 30 December)

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

Overnight: Amadeus Garden

The lodge is set in a spacious green garden, 11 rooms only, swimming pool and in walking distance to the Victoria Falls. If you prefer the atmosphere of a small lodge to the big Victoria Falls hotels - then Amadeus Garden is the right choice of accommodation for you. A safe and trusted guesthouse since 1999.
Amadeus offers clean and clutter free accommodation in eleven rooms all of which are tastefully decorated and furnished with local teak furniture. All beds are fitted with firm therapeutic mattresses.

Solar heated, en-suite, hot and cold shower, WC, windows fitted with fly-screens, naturally ventilated by ceiling fans, electronic safe.

Directions - Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA] to Amadeus Garden

• Head east toward A8 (0.3 km)
• Turn left onto A8 (19.3 km)
• Turn left onto Reynard Rd. Destination will be on the left (1.1 k

Included

Bed & Breakfast

With its well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa and an impressive list of breathtaking natural wonders, touring Namibia is truly a pleasure. Visit the capital of Windhoek and the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund to discover remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. To properly appreciate this extraordinary country, you will have to venture out of the cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes Namibia has to offer. These include: the impressive Fish River Canyon Park; the vast Etosha National Park teeming with local subspecies, such as desert lions, desert elephants and the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra; the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert; and of course the Namib Desert stretching for nearly 1000 km along the magnificent Atlantic coastline. Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.

Day 3-5: Camp Chobe, Chobe River Front (Fri, 30 December to Sun, 1 January)

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.

Overnight: Camp Chobe

Camp Chobe is situated in the Eastern Zambezi Region, Namibia merely 4 km from the Ngoma border post between Botswana and Namibia, across the river from the world renowned Chobe nature reserve, home to one of the largest concentrations of elephant on the African continent.

Covering approximately a third of the eastern portion of the Zambezi Region, the Zambezi and Chobe flood plains combines permanent waterways with drier areas, creating areas filled with unexpected contrasts and diverse wildlife. The Chobe flood plains are in a constant state of flux, expanding and contracting according to the rainy season. While some parts of the Chobe remain permanently flooded, others only experience high water levels from April to July, when rainwater from Zambia flow into the Zambezi and Chobe rivers.

Camp Chobe is located on these plains. The main lodge features ensuite tents built on stilts, with a central dining and bar area overlooking the Chobe river. There is also a campsite 1km away, also facing the river.

Directions - Amadeus Garden to Camp Chobe

• Head west toward Manyika Rd (0.3 km)
• Turn left onto Manyika Rd (0.4 km)
• Turn right (0.1 km)
• Turn left (0.6 km)
• Turn right onto Kazungula Rd. Entering Botswana (69.5 km)
• Continue straight (2.1 km)
• Turn left onto A33 (0.2 km)
• Turn right onto Upper Rd/A33. Continue to follow A33 (65.0 km)
• Turn right at Ngoma Bridge River Crossing (2.4 km)

Included

Full Board

Day 5-8: Mashi Conservancy, Linyanti Concessions (Sun, 1 January to Wed, 4 January)

The Kwando-Linyanti river system is home to a series of private game reserves, known for their exotic animal species and luxury safari options. An abundance of wildlife roams freely between the woodland habitats, ancient floodplains and forests that make up these lush, unfenced reserves. The big game in this area increases dramatically during the dry season when the area hosts large herds of impala, blue wildebeest, giraffe and buffalo as well as the world’s highest density of elephant. Several packs of wild dog are found in the area and lion, leopard and cheetah are frequently sighted. Night drives allow for the discovery of nocturnal creatures such as civets, genets, honey badgers and spring hares. This vast, untamed wilderness is the perfect location for those seeking a unique African adventure in an exclusive and remote big game habitat.

Overnight: Mashi Conservancy

Activities

Walking Trails
Namvic Guided Drive in Mudumu NP
Overnight Forest Walking Trail

Directions - Camp Chobe to Mashi Conservancy

• Head southwest toward Ngoma Bridge River Crossing (2.4 km)
• Turn right onto Ngoma Bridge River Crossing. Entering Namibia (0.8 km)
• Continue straight to stay on Ngoma Bridge River Crossing (0.3 km)
• Ngoma Bridge River Crossing turns left and becomes B8 (56.9 km)
• Turn left (5.8 km)
• Turn left (0.4 km)
• Turn right (0.7 km)
• Continue straight onto C49 (6.3 km)
• Turn left onto B8 (102 km)
• Turn left onto C49/M125. Destination will be on the left (27.7 km)

Included

Full Board

Day 8-10: Mahangu Safari Lodge, Mahango Game Reserve (Wed, 4 January to Fri, 6 January)

Mahango Game Park is a small park, a short drive south of Popa Falls, on the border with Botswana. As Popa Falls is a natural point to break the long journey between Rundu and Katima Mulilo, Mahango Game Park should be considered for inclusion in the itinerary. Driving the route through the park will take approximately half a day. In order to drive the full circular route, an offroad vehicle will be needed. There is a shorter route which can be drivenby a sedan in the dry season. The effort of visiting the park will be rewarding in terms ofwildlife and bird watching. The Mahango Game Park has a high number of elephants, as well as fair numbers of antelopes which are scarce or not seen in other parts of Namibia. These include the roan and sable antelope, tsessebe and the red lechwe. The park is also home to anumber of sitatunga, however these antelopes are very scarce, and sightings will be excellent luck. The best time to see elephants and antelope will be during the dry season. Part of the park borders on the Kavango river, so the possibility of seeing crocodiles exists. In order to see hippos, the traveller should book a nocturnal game viewing trip, as hippos are nocturnal creatures. The best time for game viewing is in the dry months between March and October.The Mahango Game Park is an excellent destination for bird watching. It has three different habitats: the Kavango River, the flood plains, known as omurambas and woodlands, so a wide spread of species can be seen. The best time of year for bird watching is in the rainy months from November to February.

Overnight: Mahangu Safari Lodge

The comfortably-styled, thatched Mahangu Safari Lodge is a new lodge in the Caprivi Region of Namibia, next to the Mahango National Park. The Lodge offers beautiful campsites with power points next to the river. Campers are welcome to make use of the restaurant. Mahangu Safari Lodge offers a game drives, boat trips as well as fishing excursions.

Activities

Mahangu National Park guided drive

Directions - Mashi Conservancy to Mahangu Safari Lodge

• Head north on C49/M125 (27.7 km)
• Turn left onto B8 (122 km)
• Continue onto B8 (68.1 km)
• Turn left onto D3430 (5.3 km)

Included

Full Board

Day 10: Hakusembe River Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Kavango (Fri, 6 January)

This region of Namibia takes its name from the Kavango River on which the main town of Rundu is built. Unlike much of the country the Kavango region receives sufficient rain for cultivation.

Overnight: Hakusembe River Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia

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Picturesquely situated on the south bank of the Okavango River, 16 km west of Rundu, Hakusembe River Lodge makes for the perfect stopover on the way into Caprivi and to the Victoria Falls. The 10 chalets (with air-conditioning) offer magnificent views of the river and the lush vegetation which teems with diverse birdlife. The swimming pool invites to cool off on hot summer days. Experience the river world on a boat trip and relish the enchanting atmosphere during dinner in the restaurant and with a drink at the bar. A campsite is available.

Directions - Mahangu Safari Lodge to Hakusembe River Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia

• Head northwest on D3430 (5.3 km)
• Turn left onto B8 (213 km)
• Turn right onto B10 (9.8 km)

Included

Full Board

Day 11: Treesleeper Camp, Northern Namibia (Sat, 7 January)

A region of harsh but striking scenery,
Highlights include the desolate beauty of Skeleton Coast’s windswept shores, Etosha National Park with its vast pan and rich wildlife, and the remote desert region of Kaokoland, where the indigenous semi-nomadic Himba people still live an authentic tribal existence. On the northern border with Angola lie the Epupa and Ruacana Falls, both providing gorgeous spectacles for those intrepid travellers who make the trip this far north.

Notes

MEALS PREPARED BY GUIDE

Overnight: Treesleeper Camp

Relax at your private and secluded campsite set amongst trees in the beautiful natural bush. Pitch a tent on a Tree deck or simply sleep safely out in the open under the stars. Treesleepers Community Campsite is a convenient stop on the shortcut between Etosha and the B8 to Caprivi.

Directions - Hakusembe River Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia to Treesleeper Camp

• Head east on B10 (9.8 km)
• Turn right onto B8 (144 km)
• Turn right onto D3016 (26.4 km)
• Turn right onto D2908 (0.3 km)
• Turn left onto D3016 (51.2 km)
• Turn right to stay on D3016 (18.0 km)
• Turn left onto M75 (0.2 km)
• Keep left (0.9 km)

Included

Full Board

Day 12: Etosha Safari Camp, Gondwana Collection Namibia, Etosha National Park (Sun, 8 January)

The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m. In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing.
Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.

Overnight: Etosha Safari Camp, Gondwana Collection Namibia

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Etosha Safari Camp is situated just 10 km south of Andersson Gate on the C 38 between Outjo and Okaukuejo. 50 twin-bedded chalets nestle among Mopani trees and impart a feeling of living in the lap of African nature. Each of them is equipped with mosquito gauze, air conditioning and its own bathroom and small veranda. Special attractions are the Okambashu Restaurant and the Oshebeena Bar, styled like a typical little township bar and brimming with African joie de vivre.
Etosha Safari Camp is the perfect base for safari excursions into Etosha - with an experienced guide on the daily game drive or by yourself in your own car.

Directions - Treesleeper Camp to Etosha Safari Camp, Gondwana Collection Namibia

• Head north toward M75 (0.9 km)
• Sharp left onto M75 (60.8 km)
• Continue onto B1 (184 km)
• Turn right onto B1/C38. Continue to follow C38 (158 km)
• Turn left (0.1 km)

Included

Full Board

Day 13: Etosha Roadside Halt & Lodge, Kaokoveld (Mon, 9 January)

The Kaokoveld is a dry, mountainous and relatively undeveloped region that takes in the harsh beauty of the Skeleton Coast and the coppery sands of the northern Namib Desert. The area is inhabited by three main ethnic groups – the Damara, Herero and Himba people – each with their unique customs, traditions and rituals.

Notes

MEALS PREPARED BY GUIDE

Overnight: Etosha Roadside Halt & Lodge

Situated 69km NW of Kamanjab, off the C35, 0,5km north of Galton Gate (Etosha National Park). The campsite consist of 6 sites of which one a group site. Ablutions are tucked in between the granite boulders. Wood boilers (donkey) provide hot water to the showers and flush toilets are provided. No electricity is available. This campsite is situated in a wilderness area with wild animals roaming free. The campsites are not fenced and care should be taken, especially at night since predators may lurk in the dark.

Within walking distance from the campsite is a view deck over an animal drinking hole.

Directions - Etosha Safari Camp, Gondwana Collection Namibia to Etosha Roadside Halt & Lodge

• Head southeast toward C38 (0.1 km)
• Turn right onto C38 (27.6 km)
• Turn right onto D2710 (41.3 km)
• Turn left toward D2694 (32 m)
• Slight left onto D2694 (27.2 km)
• Turn right onto C40 (72.0 km)
• Turn right onto C35 (67.0 km)
• Turn left (1.4 km)

Included

Full Board

Day 14-16: Kaias Fountain Wild Camp, Damaraland (Tue, 10 January to Thu, 12 January)

The Kaokoveld is a dry, mountainous and relatively undeveloped region that takes in the harsh beauty of the Skeleton Coast and the coppery sands of the northern Namib Desert. The area is inhabited by three main ethnic groups – the Damara, Herero and Himba people – each with their unique customs, traditions and rituals.

Overnight: Kaias Fountain Wild Camp

Activities

under canvas sleep out

Directions - Etosha Roadside Halt & Lodge to Kaias Fountain Wild Camp

• Head north toward C35 (1.4 km)
• Turn right onto C35 (67.0 km)
• Turn right onto C40 (13.0 km)
• Continue onto D2620 (0.6 km)
• Continue onto C40 (100 km)
• Turn right onto C43/D3706/M128 (6.0 km)
• Turn left (0.6 km)

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 16: Madisa Camp, Damaraland (Thu, 12 January)

Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.

Overnight: Madisa Camp

Madisa Camp is situated on the D2612 road to Twyfelfontein, a very popular route. The camp is hidden between amazing rock formations which are scattered with Bushman Paintings and has privy to an ancient Desert Elephant route that often gets visited by these beautiful giants.
Each spacious campsite has an exquisite view of the Gauntegab River bed and rock formations. The campsites have individual ablution facilities situated on stilts hidden in the tree tops. The braai facilities also double up as a heater (donkey system) for hot running water at each open air shower. The camp sites are shaded by large Mopane trees and have a low rock wall around each site.
The swimming pool and bar area are very welcoming after a long day and give you a chance to rejuvenate and enjoy your surroundings. It’s also nice to meet fellow travelers and share tails around a communal camp fire at night while the sky puts on a breath taking show of stars.

Directions - Kaias Fountain Wild Camp to Madisa Camp

• Head northeast toward C43 (0.6 km)
• Turn right onto C43/D3706/M128 (6.0 km)
• Turn right onto C43 (39.6 km)
• Continue onto C39/M126 (43.3 km)
• Turn right onto D2612 (59.6 km)

Included

Full Board

Day 17: Ameib Guesthouse, Erongo (Fri, 13 January)

The Erongo Region is one of the largest of the 13 regions found in Namibia and received its name for the majestic Erongo Massif that dominates the area around Karibib, Omaruru and Usakos. The region reaches up to the Atlantic Ocean and includes the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, its northern boundary ending at the Ugab River where the Skeleton Coast National Park begins its stretch to Angola.

Overnight: Ameib Guesthouse

Ameib Guesthouse offers 9 old farm style rooms. 7 of these rooms are double/twin rooms with en-suite bathroom, one is a four bed family room with en-suite bathroom and one is a single room. Most rooms have a verandah. Further-on there are three Bungalows with en-suite bathrooms. The bungalows are more private and overlook a big dam.

Ameib also has 2 cabins, which are situated at the camping site, close to the guesthouse. The cabins are double/twin bed and have en-suite bathroom. Situated in front of the cabins is a barbeque facility.

At the guesthouse there is a swimming pool with bio filter, for the guests in the rooms and bungalows. Guests in the cabins at the camping site can either use the swimming pool at the camping site or the pool at the guesthouse.

Ameib has a camping site close to the guesthouse, also known as the nature camp. It is fenced off against wild animals and big trees offer shade. There are 10 sites available, each with a concrete base for tents and barbeque facility. Some sites also have picnic areas.

There is a swimming pool with bio filter directly at the camping site, as well as hot showers and toilets. In the restroom block you will also find dish washing sinks and a power point. Bundles of wood can be bought at the reception. Ameib has NO camping gear available for renting.

Ameib Guesthouse offers a variety of self-guided attractions and activities. There are a number of walking trails leading to different attractions, however some can also be reached by car.

Directions - Madisa Camp to Ameib Guesthouse

• Head east on D2612 (17.0 km)
• Turn right onto C35 (70.1 km)
• Turn left onto C36 (5.1 km)
• Turn right onto D1930 (74.5 km)
• Turn right onto D3716 (12.0 km)
• Turn right onto D1925 (2.2 km)

Included

Full Board

Day 18-20: Wüstenquell Guest Farm, Namib (Sat, 14 January to Mon, 16 January)

The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund. For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part.

Because of how old it is the Namib is home to numerous species that don’t occur elsewhere and although no humans live in the desert an amazing array of flora and fauna manages to survive here. Famous species include the Welwitschia – a living fossil plant, endemic chameleons, fur seals along the coast, brown hyenas, jackals and remarkably one of Africa’s largest antelope the Gemsbok. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means "vast place" and vast it certainly is.

Overnight: Wüstenquell Guest Farm

Bizarre rock formations, fantastic views, bushmen paintings, 7 fountains, a unique fauna and flora with quiver trees and the very rare lithops (living stones) make Wüstenquell a special experience!

Directly bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, Wüstenquell with its famous Eagle Rock is the closest accommodation to the Welwitschia plains and moonlandscape.
A great stop-over on your way from or to Swakopmund; direct access to the park and only 2 hours away.

A paradise for photographers!

Day 18-20: Wüstenquell Guest Farm, Namib (Sat, 14 January to Mon, 16 January)

The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund. For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part.

Because of how old it is the Namib is home to numerous species that don’t occur elsewhere and although no humans live in the desert an amazing array of flora and fauna manages to survive here. Famous species include the Welwitschia – a living fossil plant, endemic chameleons, fur seals along the coast, brown hyenas, jackals and remarkably one of Africa’s largest antelope the Gemsbok. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means "vast place" and vast it certainly is.

Overnight: Wüstenquell Guest Farm

Bizarre rock formations, fantastic views, bushmen paintings, 7 fountains, a unique fauna and flora with quiver trees and the very rare lithops (living stones) make Wüstenquell a special experience!

Directly bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, Wüstenquell with its famous Eagle Rock is the closest accommodation to the Welwitschia plains and moonlandscape.
A great stop-over on your way from or to Swakopmund; direct access to the park and only 2 hours away.

A paradise for photographers!

Activities

Afternoon Scenic Drive @ Wuestenquell
3 hour guided morning bush walk with breakfast

Directions - Ameib Guesthouse to Wüstenquell Guest Farm

• Head east on D1925 toward D3716 (2.2 km)
• Turn right onto D3716 (11.7 km)
• Turn left onto D1918 (17.9 km)
• Turn left onto B2 (23.9 km)
• Continue straight onto D1914 (0.6 km)
• Turn right to stay on D1914 (71.7 km)
• Turn left (14.9 km)

Included

Full Board

Day 20: Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge, Namib (Mon, 16 January)

The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund. For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part.

Because of how old it is the Namib is home to numerous species that don’t occur elsewhere and although no humans live in the desert an amazing array of flora and fauna manages to survive here. Famous species include the Welwitschia – a living fossil plant, endemic chameleons, fur seals along the coast, brown hyenas, jackals and remarkably one of Africa’s largest antelope the Gemsbok. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means "vast place" and vast it certainly is.

Overnight: Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge

The Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge, located on a 12,000-hectare property on the edge of the Namib Desert, consists of unique, semi-subterranean rock “igloos” aesthetically integrated with the natural surroundings. Accommodation consists of 16 fully equipped standard double rooms and 3 suites with views over the desert. Aside from lying by the pool and enjoying the spectacular view activities include hiking to the natural springs in the Gaub and Ubib canyons, 4 hour 4 x 4 drives to the rock art cave paintings or simply enjoying a 2 hour sundowner drive.

Activities

Hiking on own @ Rostock Ritz (10 different well marked hiking trails)

Directions - Wüstenquell Guest Farm to Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge

• Head north toward D1914 (14.9 km)
• Turn left onto D1914 (68.6 km)
• Turn left onto C28 (53.8 km)
• Turn right (53.9 km)
• Turn left onto C14/M36. Continue to follow C14 (67.0 km)
• Turn left (6.4 km)

Included

Full Board

Day 21-23: Desert Camp, Sossusvlei (Tue, 17 January to Thu, 19 January)

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.
Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Overnight: Desert Camp

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Self-catering at its Best amidst unparalleled Desert Beauty...

Desert Camp is situated only 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Naukluft Park. Nestled under centuries old thorn trees, Desert Camp offers an unsurpassed view over the desert landscape and surrounding mountains.

The 20 affordable, self-catering accommodation units under canvas are equipped with an en-suite bathroom, shaded veranda with a fitted kitchenette, barbeque, power points and an adjacent parking area. Each twin-bedded bedroom features a fold-out sleeper couch where 2 small children (under 12) can be accommodated for free when sharing with their parents.

Facilities at the main building include a fully stocked and serviced bar with big screen television, a sparkling swimming pool and 2 communal boma-areas which are perfect for groups travelling together. Fresh food supplies can be ordered daily at reception.

Meals can be enjoyed at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge restaurant. Exciting desert activities like Guided Excursions to Sossusvlei, Quad Biking, Sundowner Drives and magnificent Scenic Flights over the dunes and coast can be booked at the Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre.

A fully stocked shop, fuel and an Internet café is available at the Sossus Oasis Service Station.

Activities

Sossusvlei - The Vlei
Dead Vlei
Sesriem Canyon

Sossusvlei - The Vlei

This is the vlei itself where, for now, the waters of the Tsauchab River disappear into the red sands of the Namib.

Dead Vlei

This ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer's dream.

Sesriem Canyon

Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.

Directions - Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge to Desert Camp

⦁ Head northwest toward C14 (6.4 km)
⦁ Turn left onto C14 (44.3 km)
⦁ Turn right onto C19 (71.1 km)
⦁ Turn right onto D826 (8.5 km)
⦁ Turn left (1.8 km)

Included

Full Board

Day 23: Sweet Thorn Retreat Airport Lodge, Central Namibia (Thu, 19 January)

The central Namibian highlands are much cooler and less harsh than the arid lowlands that make up the majority of the country. This is great cattle ranching country and most tourism facilities have their origins in cattle and more recently game ranching.

Overnight: Sweet Thorn Retreat Airport Lodge

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The main lodge is situated further away from the river, its elevation offers a greater view of the Seeis Valley and surrounding Finkenstein Mountains.

This facility has ten en-suite bedrooms with cooling and television. Seven rooms are outside the main building. Three rooms are inside the lodge building. One room has 2 double beds, One room has two 3/4 size beds and one has twin beds. All have en-suite shower facilities.

The dining area has a fully stocked bar and overlooks the pool area. Above this is an open viewing deck for guests to enjoy sundowners and stargazing. Quite often some of the antelope (waterbuck, blesbuck and springbuck) can be seen down at the floodlit waterhole.

We offer seven fully equiped 'Meeru' tents and three spacious campsites. There is plenty shading and a splash pool for children plus a small playground where the youngsters can be entertained while adults enjoy an afternoon barbecue."

Included

Full Board

Day 24: Departure (Fri, 20 January)

Directions - Desert Camp to Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH]

• Head northwest toward D826 (1.8 km)
• Turn right onto D826 (8.5 km)
• Turn left onto C19/M36. Continue to follow C19 (71.1 km)
• Turn left onto C14 (9.3 km)
• Turn right onto D1275 (50.5 km)
• Turn left onto D1261 (22.7 km)
• Turn right to stay on D1261 (33.5 km)
• Turn left onto C24 (38.6 km)
• Turn left onto B1 (87.8 km)
• At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue/Rehobother Rd (0.7 km)
• Turn right onto Sean McBride (1.8 km)
• At the roundabout, take the 1st exit (0.6 km)
• At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit (0.8 km)
• Continue onto Robert Mugabe Ave (1.5 km)
• Keep right to continue toward Jan Jonker (0.2 km)
• Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Jan Jonker (2.0 km)
• Turn right onto Sam Nujoma Dr (0.9 km)
• Turn left onto B6 (38.7 km)
• Turn left. Destination will be on the right (0.6 km)