NAMIBA – for the Adventure of a Lifetime
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a real adventure and overland in Africa but didn’t want to do it alone or didn’t know where to start organizing it?
THIS is the tour for you and the thrill of a lifetime awaits you. This is a small, women only, group tour with shared self-drive 4x4 vehicles and the peace of mind that all you need to do is arrive and have the time of your life. We take care of the rest.
You will get to go off the beaten track and discover places you would be hard pressed to find on your usual tour. This is a journey for the adventurous woman who wants to experience nature on her terms.
Your tour hosts will be intrepid travellers Dot Bekker, who overlanded 20,000 kms through 18 African on her own and Ursula van Eck who has climbed Kilamanjaro, dived caves and the Great Barrier Reef and explored and discovered over 38 countries.
Your guides are experienced travellers and adventurers and will give you a walk on the wild side with the comfort that Africa has to offer.
Come experience Namibia, the stark beauty of ancient deserts, old German colonial culture, endless horizons and the magnificence of the celestial canopy.
Get in touch with your primal self; where you can feel the ancient earth bringing you back to your roots, amaze at the unspoilt beauty and unique landscapes unfolding in front of your eyes, and experience the stillness of the desert nights, punctuated by the eerie calls of Jackal, Bat-eared Fox and other unique nocturnal creatures.
This tour is 10 days / 9 nights and includes shared self-drive 4x4 vehicle, Bed and Breakfast, national park entry fees and city guides; but excludes drinks, meals and additional activities which may be chosen to your preference.
Go at your own pace, this tour is a 4x4 shared self-drive and accompanied by a local Guide, accommodation is in B&B’s, lodges or guest houses, where you will be hosted by local people and shown true local hospitality.
This tour starts in Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek, we recommend this is your arrival point, where you can stroll through the quaint cafe culture and our first evening we will dine at the famous old Joes Beer House (An eclectic collection of ‘memorabilia’ & variety of speciality venison dishes).
The following day we begin our adventure to Namibia’s prime and most popular coastal destinations of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, both located on the Atlantic Ocean. Be captivated by the numerous birds, particularly the flamboyance of flamingos, seals and dolphins that inhabit the lagoon in Walvis Bay and explore Swakopmund’s colonial landmarks and Bavarian architecture before quad biking for sundowners on the top of the famous Dune 7, as a taste of things to come.
From Swakopmund we take a drive on the wild side as we enter The Namib-Naukluft Park, a vast wilderness of almost 50 000 square km. We head to Sossusvlei via Solitaire for an obligatory apple strudel pit-stop. Sossusvlei, boasts some of the highest dunes in the world and being one of the least populated areas in the country, you will experience the magical and awe-inspiring beauty of the night skies of the Sesriem Canyon, which can be enjoyed like few places on earth. Conquering Dune 45, possibly the worlds most photographed dune, where the warm sand hues contrast starkly with large expanses of dried white clay pans, is an unmissable experience for any adventurer and photographer alike.
From the Sesriem Canyon we head south, overnighting in the little desert town of Aus on the eastern border of the Namib desert and hope to catch a glimpse of the wild Horses of the Namib.
From our base in Aus we will take a day trip to coastal town of Lüderitz, visit the nearby ghost town of Kolmanskop, which the Namib Desert Dunes are devouring, (optional) feast on the local wild oysters, mussels or rock lobster (in season) or take in a boat cruise to spot penguins.
From Aus, we travel and overnight at the world’s second largest canyon (after the Grand Canyon in the USA), the Fish River Canyon. The breath-taking views over this geological phenomenon, estimated to have formed some 350 million years ago, promise unforgettable sundowners, intensive game and bird viewing as well as fascinating insights into the geology of Namibia and much more.
Our return trip north to Windhoek includes a stop at the mesosaurus fossil site & quiver tree dolerite park. A place where the past meets the present, the mesosaurus is probably one of the most convincing examples to prove the drifting of continents, where the same rock formations are to be found in both southern Africa and South America, while the Quiver Tree Forest boasts over 5,000 specimens of these living fossils.
We will spend our final night of the tour at a luxurious game ranch on the edge of the southern Kalahari. Here the mixed tree and shrub savannah is crisscrossed by huge red sand dunes and you will be able to watch Antelope, Springbuck, Zebra, ostriches, meerkats or cheetah, if you are lucky, up close, or be enthralled by tales of the ancient traditions of the authentic Bushmen/San people.
The final day, after a leisurely start and short drive, we will end the tour in Windhoek from which transfers back to the airport will be arranged.
Tour Highlights: Windhoek, Flamingoes and pink lagoons, Colonial towns, ochre desert sands and dunes, wild horses, a ghost town, magnificent canyon views and all at your own pace.
4x4 vehicles and fuel, shared driving, insured
Accommodation 3/4 star, in lodges or camps (single room)
Local English speaking guide
Entrance fees and activities as per the program
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Additional nights (can be provided for departure and arrival)
Cost of optional extras where they are available
Tips, photo or video fees
Lunch or Dinner (except where specified) and beverages other than tea/coffee and water.
Any extras including: laundry, massages or room service, private taxis, souvenirs.
All vehicles are insured, please be sure to bring your valid driver’s licence to validate the insurance.
Vehicles will be shared driving, should you prefer to drive alone, there will be an additional cost, please enquire for details.
This is winter time here and you can expect that the days to be warm, above 20c, and dry but the nights, early mornings and evenings will be crispy cold until about 10am when it heats up. It is the best time of the year for wildlife. It is recommended that you plan to wear layers, that can be ‘peeled off’.
Clothing – long pants are recommended for bush walks and in the evenings but shorts are practical day wear. Dresses are not prohibited but be sure that you are able to manage in all terrains. There is not a lot of space for additional gear, please only bring one standard sized suitcase.
Sturdy closed shoes to allow for hiking and walking, by all means bring sandals for the evenings or other times but closed shoes are essential in the desert or bush.
Sunscreen – while it may be winter the sun can be fierce during the day, a hat may also come in handy.