7 day Southern Swing safari

Introduction

Your journey takes in the Kalahari area of Namibia, majestic Fish River Canyon, eclectic town of Luderitz, ghost town at Kolmanskop ending in the Namib desert at Sossusvlei.  

Departure dates

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Can this tour be combined with others:  Yes, it can!  

The 7 day Northern Adventure which departs on selected Fridays, would make our 14 day Experience. 

 

2022 departures – commence Nov 21 – Oct 2022

Departure dates

Nov

Dec

Jan 22

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Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    7 Days / 6 Nights

  • Departs from:

    Windhoek selected Friday mornings.

  • Ends in:

    Windhoek on a Thursday evening.

  • Group Size:

    Minimum 1 guest Maximum 14 guests

  • Destinations:

    Mariental - Fish River Canyon - Luderitz - Aus - Sesriem

  • Vehicles used:

    1-2 guests – SUV (or similar)
    3-4 guests – Quantum or Land Cruiser (or similar)
    5 + guests – Expedition Truck (modified safari vehicle)

Map

7 day Southern Swing

Overview

Accommodation
Destination
Basis
Room Type
Duration
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Campsite
Mariental
Lunch & Dinner
1x Campsite
1 Night
Canyon Roadhouse Campsite Gondwana Collection Namibia
Fish River Canyon
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Campsite
1 Night
Luderitz Nest Hotel
Luderitz
Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Twin Room
1 Night
Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite Gondwana Collection Namibia
Aus
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Desert Horse Campsite
1 Night
Sesriem Oshana Campsite
Sesriem
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
1x Overland Site
2 Nights

Price

Pricing is per person sharing – as tours tend to run full, we have limited packing space on the vehicles, tents are bulky items and as such we do require people of the same gender to share.  

Single tents may be supplied for those with valid health reasons, no single supplement payable. 

  • Professional guide 
  • Camp assistant 
  • All transport whilst on tour 
  • Meals as specified 
  • Camping equipment (does not include sleeping bag / pillow / stretcher) 
  • National Park entrance fees 
  • Campsite fees 
  • Sleeping bag – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00 
  • Stretcher – can be rented for a daily fee of NAD45.00 
  • Pillow 
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & bottled water 
  • Personal travel insurance – compulsory 

Itinerary

Day Itinerary: Day 1 - Windhoek – Kalahari - Friday

safari road
bungalow view
  • Route:

    Windhoek to Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

  • Distance:

    265 km

  • Journey:

    Leaving Windhoek we head south passing through the town of Rehoboth, our destination for today is a private Reserve situated on the edge of the southern Kalahari are of Namibia, this is an area of mixed tree and shrub savannah crisscrossed by red sand dunes – quite different to the Namib Desert. During the afternoon we will take an afternoon nature drive in the Reserve where we hope to see various antelope species, ostrich, zebra and if lucky meerkats.

  • Activities:

    Afternoon nature / sunset drive

Info:

Rehoboth is surrounded by camel thorn, sweet-thorn and candle-pod acacia and dotted with several natural hot springs. The area is known not only for its striking natural beauty but also its rich heritage – the ancient Baster community, who came across the river to settle here in 1870, have a long and interesting history.

Situated further south is the city of Mariental lies along the railway and serves as the Hardap Region’s commercial and administrative capital. Mariental is located close to magnificent the Hardap Dam, which is the second largest reservoir in Namibia. The Hardap Irrigation Scheme has breathed life into this arid terrain, which is now fertile with farmlands covered in citrus, melons, Lucerne, wine and maize, and dotted with ostrich farms.

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Campsite offers guests a lovely camping experience set in tranquil surroundings. The establishment features a total of five camping sites, each with an ablution block, shower, wash-basin and toilet. Guests can enjoy meals and drinks at the nearby lodge restaurant and bar. Other lodge facilities campers have access to include a swimming pool and a library. Activities guests can enjoy at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Campsite include day and night-time game drives, cheetah feedings, bush walks, horseback safaris, helicopter rides and much more. 

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Campsite, Mariental

Day Itinerary: Day 2 - Kalahari Desert – Fishriver Canyon -Saturday

Canyon roadhouse18
fossil in rocks
  • Route:

    Bagatelle to Canyon Road campsite 

  • Distance:

    452 km

  • Journey:

    An early morning start as we travel down to Keetmanshoop, the original population of the town by a Nama tribe reaches back to the end of the 18th century. We take a guided tour with the owner to explore the Mesosaurus Fossil site, Quiver trees and dolerite rock before heading back to town and on to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and forms part of the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Tansfrontier Park. Our campsite is situated in the Gondwana Reserve on the bank of a dry riverbed against a backdrop of rocky hills.

  • Activities:

    Mesosaurus Fossil Site

Info:

In the middle of Namibia’s stark, arid landscape lies the dry bed of an ancient lake, where history is recorded in beautiful rock formations bearing fossils of a pre-historical creature known as Mesosaurus tenuidens. Enjoy a hike which will take you past many a quiver tree and dolerite valley. 

Canyon Roadhouse is located 20 km east of the Fish River Canyon on the C 37. 

At this innovative lodge that celebrates the good old days of the automobile, and farming tools, it offers peaceful slumber in 24 spacious rooms and boasts a pool, a campsite, a fuel station, an inviting terrace and the most extraordinary restaurant in southern Namibia. 

Canyon Roadhouse Campsite, Fish River Canyon

Day Itinerary: Day 3 - Fishriver Canyon – Lüderitz - Sunday

LUDERITZ NEST HOTEL2018 lnh jetty beach
LUDERITZ NEST HOTEL2018 comfort twin room seaview.11 1
  • Route:

    Canyon Road campsite to Luderitz

  • Distance:

    385 km

  • Journey:

    This morning we enter the Fish River National Park near Hobas, the most northern viewpoint from where the canyon meanders into the distance. The geology of this area began over a billion years ago, more ‘recently’ with the separation of the continent Gondwana about 120 million years ago the gradient of the Fish River increased allowing it to erode deeper into the rock so as at today, the deepest point is around 549 metres. Our travels today take us to the coastal town of Luderitz nestling between the Namib Desert and south Atlantic. During 1908 a black worker Zacharias Lewala found a diamond during his work at the narrow-gauge railway, this led to a diamond rush which turned Lüderitz into a very wealthy town. As the diamonds petered out the town lost most of its importance and today Luderitz has a lucrative fishing industry.

  • Activities:

    Fish River Canyon Viewpoint

Info:

Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony, the Fish River Canyon measures a whopping 160 kilometres in length, at times 27 kilometres in width and 550 metres in depth. The awe-inspiring natural beauty of this ancient geological marvel draws visitors from around the globe. 

Sandwiched between the rugged and stark Atlantic Coast and the arid Namib Desert, the town of Lüderitz is set in an incredibly unique geographical setting. This seaside town is something of an anomaly frozen in time – a piece of 19th-century Bavaria bordering the pinkish sand dunes of the Namib Desert. Lutheran churches, German bakeries, and colonial buildings boasting German art nouveau architecture are dotted about the settlement, while its windswept beaches are home to flamingos, ostriches, seals and penguins. The nearby ghost town of Kolmanskop, which has been taken over by the desert dunes, is one of the most fascinating area attractions, located approximately 10 kilometres from Luderitz central.

The Lüderitz Nest Hotel enjoys a superb on the rocks and sea location, with far reaching uninterrupted views. The hotel’s private tidal beach with walk-on jetty, unique in Namibia, allows the guest to get close-up to the sea. All rooms and suites have direct sea views. All TWIN rooms have ocean view with small balcony, En-suite (Bath with overhead shower OR Walk-in shower), Remote air-conditioning & Heater, Extra long high quality 3/4 beds, Free Wi-Fi, HD TV, Hairdryer, Telephone, Laptop safe, Tea & Coffee making facilities, Mini-fridge, NON-SMOKING (by law) 

Luderitz Nest Hotel, Luderitz

Day Itinerary: Day 4 – Lüderitz – Aus - Monday

wild horses
outside view desert
  • Route:

    Luderitz to Aus

  • Distance:

    125 km

  • Journey:

    Participate in an optional morning boat excursion to Halifax Island, home to a colony of African penguins. This tour passes an old whaling station and goes around Diaz Point, one can expect to see a host of marine wildlife which may include heavy side dolphins, seals and on occasion, whales. For those that decide against, there is the town to explore with its colonial buildings and the Lüderitz Museum which displays the town’s diamond-mining past as well as local and natural history. Mid-morning, we head to Kolmanskop Ghost Town – the area where the diamond rush started, an affluent town in its heyday today the desert encroaches the town. After a light lunch we take a drive out to Diaz Point to see the bird life, hopefully a few seals and the stone cross replica, originally erected by the Portuguese mariner Bartholomew Diaz. Our campsite for tonight is a Klein Aus Vista where the sites are positioned under camelthorn trees in the Aus Mountain Range. On the way we’ll stop at Garub in the hope of seeing some of the Namib Desert Horses.

  • Activities:

    Kolmanskop

Day Itinerary: Day 4 - Monday

After a light lunch we take a drive out to Diaz Point to see the bird life, hopefully a few seals and the stone cross replica, originally erected by the Portuguese mariner Bartholomew Diaz.  Our campsite for tonight is a Klein Aus Vista where the sites are positioned under camelthorn trees in the Aus Mountain Range.   On the way we’ll stop at Garub in the hope of seeing some of the Namib Desert Horses.   

Perched above the plains of the Namib Desert and tucked away in the rocky Aus Mountains, the small village of Aus is located in the ǁKaras Region in southern Namibia. The arid surrounding landscape is known for its unique botanical diversity. Aus serves as an excellent base from which to explore the area and to view the main attraction: the feral horses of the Namib Desert, which run wild and free in the sparsely vegetated plains. Catch a glimpse of these wild desert-adapted creatures at the water trough at Garub just twenty kilometres away from the village

Klein-Aus Vista Desert Horse Campsite Namibia, Aus

Day Itinerary: Day 5 – Aus – Namib Naukluft Park - Tuesday

thatched roof bathrooms
grass in dune
  • Route:

    Aus to Namib Nauklfut Park – Sesriem area

  • Distance:

    345 km

  • Journey:

    Today we’ll be spending time travelling through the southern Namib, passing rural communities on the way. This is a bleak, harsh and forbidding landscape yet we come across some open savannah and farms before encountering the dunes of the Namib Desert. In the town of Maltahohe we will stop to experience the Amaburuxa Cultural Choir which was started in 2001. This is a group of learners that dance and sing, most of whom are orphans or vulnerable. Set up camp in the Sesriem area and visit Elim dune – a great place for sundowners with the dunes behind us and the Naukluft Mountains in the distance.

  • Activities:

    Amaburuxa Cultural Choir; Elim Dune

Info:

The Namib Naukluft Park is an ecologically protected area and was proclaimed in August 1979. The Park has an area of 49,800 km² and at the time of proclamation it was the largest protected area in Namibia.

The Park was formed from four regions namely Namib, Naukluft, Sesriem/Sossusvlei and Sandwich Harbour whereby some parts of the Restricted Diamond Area have been added.

Sesriem offers ten (10) self-catering camping facilities with each campsite having its own private toilet and shower, wash-up kitchenette with hot and cold water, and 220V electricity. Campers have full access to the shop, bar, restaurant, and swimming pool at Sesriem. 

Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem

Day 6 Itinerary: Sesriem/Sossusvlei - Wednesday

mountain view
shady tree view
  • Route:

    Sesriem – Sossusvlei - Sesriem

  • Distance:

    180

  • Journey:

    We’ll need to be on the move an hour before dawn as we make our way through a dry riverbed and across the gravel plains towards the Namib Dunes. We’ll stop at Dune 45 before making our way to Sossusvlei with age old sands said to be around five million years old. Dead Vlei with its white pan and contrasting black scorched trees is also on our visit list. Whilst this region appears to be lifeless there are a variety of animal species that have adapted to these conditions and if we’re lucky may see Oryx antelope, ostrich, springbok and don’t forget about the birdlife and reptiles that inhabit the area. Return to our campsite for lunch, late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon where the ephemeral Tsauchab River has shaped the area over millions of years.

  • Activities:

    Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Sesriem Canyon

Info:

Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 meters-some of the highest in the world.

Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees;

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 the canyon. 

Sesriem Oshana Campsite ,Sesriem

Day 7 Itinerary: Sesriem/Sossusvlei – Windhoek - Thursday

oryx crossing
Springbok in desert
  • Route:

    Sesriem to Windhoek

  • Distance:

    335 km

  • Arrival in Windhoek:

    Between 15h00 – 17h00

  • Journey:

    Our route today takes us back towards Solitaire from where we travel to the town of Rehoboth, an area of natural hot water springs, before arriving back into the city of Windhoek, this will be late afternoon, please do not book any outbound flights for this afternoon.

Info:

Many tourists use Solitaire as a stopover en route to or from Sesriem and the Sossusvlei. It is situated in a very sparsely populated area close to the Namib Naukluft Park. Solitaire merely consists of a filling station, a shop, a chapel and a bakery with a café.

Rehoboth was founded in 1871 by the so called Baster, who emigrated from the Cape Province. The Baster are descendants from marriages between Nama women and Boer emigrants from the South African Cape Province. The town is situated about 85 km south of the capital Windhoek and counts about 21,000 inhabitants.

Day Itinerary: Day 7 - Thursday