7 day Southern Swing safari
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.
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
- Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks & bottled water
- Personal travel insurance – compulsory
Day Itinerary: Day 1 - Windhoek – Kalahari - Friday
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.