7 Day Southern Namibia and Sossusvlei Camping Safari

7 Day Southern Namibia and Sossusvlei Camping Safari

This 7 day tour is the perfect overview of Southern Namibia. Starting in Windhoek, we head west to explore Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital on the Skeleton Coast. Here we can enjoy any number of adrenaline-inducing optional activities before starting our journey south. Our next stop after crossing the Tropic of Capricorn is Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, home to some of the world’s highest sand dunes. Continuing on to Namibia’s deep south with breathtaking landscapes abound, we visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop, spot the wild horses of the Namib Desert, gaze over the Fish River Canyon, before ending an incredible 7 day trip with the last night at the impressive Quiver Tree Forest before returning to Windhoek. This is the ultimate Namibian adventure for the budget traveller!

Itinerary

Day 1: Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast

Stop At: Chameleon Backpackers, Voight Street, Windhoek, Namibia
We meet all together for brief pre-departure talk at Chameleon Backpackers before departing Windhoek.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Lagoon, Walvis Bay, Namibia
This morning we travel from Windhoek, via the small towns of Okahandja, Karabib and Usakos before making our first stop at Local Cristal market. We continue onwards to Walvis Bay Lagoon
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Lagoon, Walvis Bay, Namibia
We then proceed to Walvis Bay to visit the RAMSAR listed wetland site of the Walvis Bay Lagoon, a haven for water birds including the greater & lesser flamingo. We enjoy our picnic style lunch at the Lagoon.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Swakopmund, Swakopmund, Erongo Region
We then proceed through to Swakopmund mid afternoon where we have time to settle into our hotel and then explore the town on foot. Dinner tonight is not included but a group meal will be organised at one of Swakopmunds excellent seafood restaurants and we have the chance to meet our fellow travellers.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: Cold meats and fresh salads with bread rolls or soup and bread in winter
Accommodation included: Overnight in twin share rooms at Hotel A La Mer

Day 2: Namib Desert

Stop At: Swakopmund, Swakopmund, Erongo Region
Today we leave Swakopmund at 11h30 so we have time to join one of the many optional activities. For the adrenaline junkies this could be flying down a sand dune head first at 60km/h on a sandboard or exploring the dune field on a quad biking tour.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Solitaire, Solitaire, Khomas Region
We depart Swakopmund no later than 11h30 and drive through the Namib Desert via the Kuiseb Pass, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping briefly in Solitaire where we can stop for a snack and leg stretch.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sesriem, Sesriem, Hardap Region
We arrive at our camp late afternoon where we can set up our tents, and enjoy the sunset over the Namib Desert. Pool and bar available, and dinner is prepared by our guide. An early night is recommended.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Variety of cereals, yoghurt, fruit, cooked breakfast, toast, juice, tea/coffee
• Lunch: Cold meats and fresh salads with bread rolls or soup and bread in winter.
• Dinner: A different dish each night – curries, pasta, braai (BBQ), stirfries etc
Accommodation included: Overnight camping at Sesriem campsite

Day 3: Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert

Stop At: Dune 45, 45 kilometers From the Park Entrance Gate, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park Namibia
A pre-dawn departure from camp this morning means we can enjoy the dunes at first light. We drive down an ancient river bed, surrounded by towering dunes and our first stop is at the famous Dune 45 where we have the chance to climb to the top to enjoy the sunrise. On descent we replenish our energy and enjoy breakfast.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sossusvlei, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park
We continue on into Sossusvlei area. We explore this unique are on foot.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park Namibia
We then head into Dead Vlei with its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees, contrasting with a backdrop of huge dunes with their ever changing colours.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sesriem, Sesriem, Hardap Region
We return to Sesriem around lunch time for lunch and a swim or siesta during the heat of the day.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sesriem Canyon, 4.5km from the entrance gate of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sesriem 6900 Namibia
Later that afternoon we visit the Sesriem Canyon, a must see when in the area.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: 3 varieties of cereal, yoghurt or bananas, toast with a choice of 3 toppings, tea/coffee.
• Lunch: Cold meats and fresh salads with bread rolls or soup and bread in winter.
• Dinner: A different dish each night – curries, pasta, braai (BBQ), stirfries etc
Accommodation included: Overnight camping at Sesriem campsite

Day 4: Klein Aus Vista, Namib Desert

Stop At: Sesriem, Sesriem, Hardap Region
We pack up camp, enjoy breakfast, and hit the road this morning.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite, On the B4 main road to Luederitz, Aus, Namibia
Today we head south through some of Namibia’s most spectacular desert landscapes in Southern Namibia. Our destination today is the small outpost of Klein Aus, nestled in the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park. We arrive at camp late afternoon and we can set up our tents and then have the afternoon at leisure to enjoy one of the many short hiking trails (unguided and permits available at additional cost) . We enjoy a beautiful sunset and dinner prepared by our guide over an open-fire.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: 3 varieties of cereal, yoghurt or bananas, toast with a choice of 3 toppings, tea/coffee
• Lunch: Cold meats and fresh salads with bread rolls or soup and bread in winter
• Dinner: A different dish each night – curries, pasta, braai (BBQ), stirfries etc
Accommodation included: Overnight camping at Klein Aus Vista campsite

Day 5: Kolmanskop & Luderitz

Stop At: Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz Namibia
After an early breakfast we make our way from Klein Aus to the ghost town, also known as Kolmanskop, situated 15km outside of Luderitz. During a diamond boom in 1910 Kolmanskop quickly became one of the richest towns in Africa boasting the southern hemisphere’s first X-ray machine, a bowling alley and luxury housing. As the diamond boom came to an end and the town’s inhabitants abandoned the area, Kolmanskop became a ghost town.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Luderitz, Luderitz, Karas Region
After our tour of the ghost town, we continue our adventure to the small town of Luderitz, situated on the rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean and is well known for its unique and colourful colonial-style buildings.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Diaz Point, A sud di Luderitz, Luderitz Namibia
We stop at Diaz Point, the famous site of the Original Diaz Cross.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Wild Horses of Aus, 4 National Rd B, Aus Namibia
On return to Aus, we keep our eyes peeled for the wild horses of the Namib Desert that roam between Luderitz & Klein Aus. While the details of how these horses came to live in the desert are still a mystery, the mere fact that they have survived in the harshest of conditions is impressive, and any sighting of them is one to celebrate.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite, On the B4 main road to Luederitz, Aus, Namibia
We arrive back at camp late mid-afternoon and can relax for the afternoon before enjoying another incredible sunset over the Aus Mountains. Dinner tonight is prepared by our guide.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: 3 varieties of cereal, yoghurt or bananas, toast with a choice of 3 toppings, tea/coffee
• Lunch: Cold meats and fresh salads with bread rolls or soup and bread in winter
• Dinner: A different dish each night – curries, pasta, braai (BBQ), stirfries etc
Accommodation included: Overnight camping at Klein Aus Vista campsite

Day 6: Fish River Canyon & Quiver Tree Forest

Stop At: Fish-River-Canyon Lookout, Namibia
We enjoy an another early start this morning as we pack up camp and head east. Our first official stop is at the well-known Hell`s Bend viewpoint of the Fish River Canyon. Here we have the opportunity to overlook the second largest canyon in the world. The Fish River Canyon was formed millions of years ago by water erosion and the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth’s crust.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Quivertree Forest Rest Camp, G69Q+C2P, Keetmanshoop, Namibia
After lunch we continue our adventure heading to our last destination; The Quiver Tree Forest. It is located just north-east of Keetmanshoop and here approximately 250 quiver trees can be found. The forest grew spontaneously and the oldest trees are estimated to be around 200-300 years old. The quiver tree (kokerboom in Afrikaans) is also Namibia’s national tree, and the forest was declared a national monument in 1995. The last night on our adventure is spent camping under the stars with meals prepared by our guide. This is an excellent location for photographing the stars should you be an avid photographer (permits not included for night photography).
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: 3 varieties of cereal, yoghurt or bananas, toast with a choice of 3 toppings, tea/coffee
• Lunch: Cold meats and fresh salads with bread rolls or soup and bread in winter
• Dinner: A different dish each night – curries, pasta, braai (BBQ), stirfries etc
Accommodation included: Overnight camping at Quiver Tree Forest campsite

Day 7: Windhoek

Stop At: Quivertree Forest Rest Camp, G69Q+C2P, Keetmanshoop, Namibia
We start the day exploring the Quiver Tree at Sunrise and then take on the long journey back to Windhoek. Have a picnic style lunch on route.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Windhoek, Windhoek, Khomas Region
From here, we begin our journey back to Windhoek travelling the small towns of Mariental and Rehoboth before arriving in Windhoek late afternoon where we will be dropped off at our accommodation. No flights recommended on this day.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: 3 varieties of cereal, yoghurt or bananas, toast with a choice of 3 toppings, tea/coffee
• Lunch: Cold meats and fresh salads with bread rolls or soup and bread in winter
No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Near public transportation"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"



Start Time: 07:00 AM
Duration: 7 Days
Start location: Chameleon Safaris, Ferry Street, Windhoek, Namibia
Traveler pickup is offered

Cancellations and refunds: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Included

  • 1 night accommodation & 5 nights camping - twin share
  • Camping equipment
  • Visit to Dune 45 & Walvis Bay Lagoon
  • 1 day exploring Sossusvlei region including Sesriem Canyon
  • Guided tour of Kolmanskop Ghost Town
  • Visit to Fish River Canyon Viewpoint
  • Visit to Quiver Tree Forest
  • Professional English speaking driver & guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off within Windhoek city limits
  • Transport in custom built safari vehicle with pop up roof
  • Tap water
  • Return Airport transfers
  • 6x Breakfast
  • 7x Lunch
  • 5x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Kolmanskop Ghost Town
  • Entry/Admission - Dune 45
  • Entry/Admission - Fish-River-Canyon Lookout
  • Entry/Admission - Deadvlei
  • Entry/Admission - Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite
  • Entry/Admission - Quivertree Forest Rest Camp
  • Entry/Admission - Sesriem Canyon

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag
  • Drinks, including mineral water, soft drinks, alcohol
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Optional activities
  • Personal Travel Insurance

Facilities


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