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Africa

Namibia Southern Circle (Guided)

From €6065pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Dublin
Departure Date
31 May 2019 - 13 Jun 2019
Alternative dates available on request
Duration
11 Days
Destination
Namibia, Africa
Price
From €6065pp including flights
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This guided tour itinerary is aimed at nature lovers who want to explore Namibia's breathtaking landscapes (note: no safari included).

Fly from Dublin to Namibia and meet your driver/ guide on arrival . Transfer South bound, into the magnificent Kalahari Desert. Upon arrival at your lodge - hopefully in time to enjoy a breathtaking sunset and amazing views - relax after a long flight and a long drive tomorrow.

Transfer from your lodge further south to Fish River Canyon on the morning of day 2. The largest canyon in the Southern Hemisphere and probably the 2nd largest to the Arizona Grand Canyon, rocky landscapes break into spectacular cliffs formed by the Fish River. The river is seasonal and generally the rainy season is from January to April.

Luxury lodge accommodation and camping is available with spectacular sundowner views over the canyon. For a few lucky travelers, rare sightings of Namibia’s wild horses await.

On day 3, enjoy a morning guided Canyon drive from your lodge Speak to your lodge reception, and check any further optional guided excursions around the area for you to book on spot if interested. 

The following morning, transfer from Fish River Canyon to the quirky coastal town Luderitz. It started as a trading post, fishing and guano-harvesting town, however when diamonds were discovered in 1909 in at Kolmanskop, Lüderitz enjoyed a sudden surge of prosperity. However, diamond mining came to a halt and diamonds are now only found offshore. Very little has changed since the early 20th century and you will find many historic buildings in Lüderitz. The main attraction in Lüderitz is the Kolmanskop Ghost Town.

Kolmanskop is a ghost town located 10 kilometers inland from the port town of Lüderitz. The stately homes have been nearly demolished by the wind, and are gradually becoming enveloped by encroaching sand dunes. In 1980, the mining company De Beers, restored a number of buildings, and established an interesting museum, which has now become a tourist attraction.

Tours to Kolmanskop Ghost Town are done every morning. When the wind blows, which is quite frequently, the final 10km of road into Lüderitz may be covered by low sand dunes. The drifts can pile quite high before the road crews clean them off, and conditions do get hazardous, especially if it’s foggy and visibility is restricted, so care is advised.

The following day, transfer to Aus The lodge, nestled in the rocky Aus Mountains, is famed for its extensive and lovely vistas, best seen from one of the mountain bike or hiking trails, a viewpoint above the Klein-Aus Vista campsite or from the secluded Eagle’s Nest Chalets.

Contributing to the scenery, the Wild Horses of the Namib remind us of untethered freedom and appeal to our soul to embrace the wonderful adventure of life in its entirety.

From Aus transfer to Sossusvlei. Subtle shifting sand dunes sculpted by the wind, Sossusvlei is often referred to as the “Dune Sea”. Located in the heart of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei facets an air of isolation and tranquility where one can find perspective and serenity amongst the orange dunes and ‘cracked white floor’ of the vlei (dried up saltpan).

Upon arrival in Sossusvlei enjoy the rest of the day relaxing, where you will experience a true African accommodation experience.

You will start very early on the morning of day 7, to catch the beautiful sunrise in Sossusvlei, and to avoid the most heat. Morning guided excursion into Sossusvlei & Deadvlei where guests have the option of climbing the world’s highest sand dune, or simply stroll around the breathtaking Deadvlei area. To experience the full magnitude of this ancient 32000 square kilometers sand sea, one has to climb the dunes. The highest dune being Big Daddy at 325 meters is the most accessible but toughest to take on.

The reward however is a panoramic view of the Dead Vlei with the 900-year-old Camelthorn trees. The contrasts of the shadows on the dunes, the clear blue sky and blackened dead trees against the orange dunes is a must see when visiting Namibia.

On day 8, transfer to Swakopmund. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Namib Dunes you will find a jewel of a town filled with historic buildings and landmarks creating the ambience of a small German town. Travelers can expect to dine at some of the finest restaurants overlooking the Atlantic, and enjoy luxury accommodation, often a stone throw away from the beach.

Various activities are offered in and around the coastal town and you’ll the get the opportunity to experience whatever suits you. Being one of Namibia’s main tourist towns visitors are welcomed by the locals and guaranteed friendly service and a memorable stay.

You have the next day free at leisure, where you can stroll through the beautiful town of Swakopmund and/or join some excellent guided tours in the area. There is enough to choose from and something to suit everyone’s interests.

For example you can Camel ride or Quad bike in the Namib Desert, experience Sandwich Harbor where the sand dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean, sail on a Dolphin Cruise, Skydive, visit Spitzkoppe and so much more.

From Swakopmund transfer to Spitzkoppe It is one of Namibia’s most recognizable landmarks located in the Namib desert. Spitzkoppe consist of two mountain peaks. The summit of this granite rock formation stands 1728m above sea level and its shape inspired its nickname, The Matterhorn of Africa. This is a hiker and mountaineer’s paradise. Beginners can practice here and for professionals the ascent of the peak is a real challenge as it is difficult.

Around Spitzkoppe there are hundreds of rock paintings. The Rock Arch is also a well-known formation and has featured as backdrop in numerous films. Needless to say, that this landmark is definitely a photographer’s paradise.

On the last day (day 11) transfer to Windhoek airport for your departure flight to Dublin.

This itinerary is also available as a self-drive tour. Click the link to view.

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL - KALAHARI

Upon arrival meet your driver/ guide. Transfer South bound, into the magnificent Kalahari Desert. Upon arrival at your lodge - hopefully in time to enjoy a breathtaking sunset and amazing views - relax after a long flight and a long drive tomorrow

Accommodation: Kalahari Red Dune Lodge, Kalahari (half-board)

DAY 2 | FISH RIVER CANYON

Transfer from your lodge further south to Fish River Canyon. The largest canyon in the Southern Hemisphere and probably the 2nd largest to the Arizona Grand Canyon, rocky landscapes break into spectacular cliffs formed by the Fish River. The river is seasonal and generally the rainy season is from January to April.

Luxury lodge accommodation and camping is available with spectacular sundowner views over the canyon. For a few lucky travelers, rare sightings of Namibia’s wild horses await.

Accommodation: Fish River Lodge, Fish River Canyon (half-board)

DAY 3 | FISH RIVER CANYON

Enjoy a morning guided Canyon drive from your lodge Speak to your lodge reception, and check any further optional guided excursions around the area for you to book on spot if interested. 

Accommodation: Fish River Lodge, Fish River Canyon (half-board)

DAY 4 | LUDERITZ

From Fish River Canyon transfer to the quirky coastal town Luderitz It started as a trading post, fishing and guano-harvesting town, however when diamonds were discovered in 1909 in at Kolmanskop, Lüderitz enjoyed a sudden surge of prosperity. However, diamond mining came to a halt and diamonds are now only found offshore. Very little has changed since the early 20th century and you will find many historic buildings in Lüderitz. The main attraction in Lüderitz is the Kolmanskop Ghost Town.

Kolmanskop is a ghost town located 10 kilometers inland from the port town of Lüderitz. The stately homes have been nearly demolished by the wind, and are gradually becoming enveloped by encroaching sand dunes. In 1980, the mining company De Beers, restored a number of buildings, and established an interesting museum, which has now become a tourist attraction.

Tours to Kolmanskop Ghost Town are done every morning. When the wind blows, which is quite frequently, the final 10km of road into Lüderitz may be covered by low sand dunes. The drifts can pile quite high before the road crews clean them off, and conditions do get hazardous, especially if it’s foggy and visibility is restricted, so care is advised.

Accommodation: Nest Hotel, Luderitz  (half-board)

DAY 5 | AUS

Transfer to Aus The lodge, nestled in the rocky Aus Mountains, is famed for its extensive and lovely vistas, best seen from one of the mountain bike or hiking trails, a viewpoint above the Klein-Aus Vista campsite or from the secluded Eagle’s Nest Chalets.

Contributing to the scenery, the Wild Horses of the Namib remind us of untethered freedom and appeal to our soul to embrace the wonderful adventure of life in its entirety.

Accommodation: Klein Aus Vista Desert Horse Inn, Aus (half-board)

DAY 6 | SOSSUSVLEI

From Aus transfer to Sossusvlei. Subtle shifting sand dunes sculpted by the wind, Sossusvlei is often referred to as the “Dune Sea”. Located in the heart of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei facets an air of isolation and tranquility where one can find perspective and serenity amongst the orange dunes and ‘cracked white floor’ of the vlei (dried up saltpan).

Upon arrival in Sossusvlei enjoy the rest of the day relaxing, where you will experience a true African accommodation experience.

Accommodation: Le Mirage, Sossusvlei (half-board)

DAY 7 | SOSSUSVLEI

You will start very early this morning to catch the beautiful sunrise in Sossusvlei, and to avoid the most heat. Morning guided excursion into Sossusvlei & Deadvlei where guests have the option of climbing the world’s highest sand dune, or simply stroll around the breathtaking Deadvlei area. To experience the full magnitude of this ancient 32000 square kilometers sand sea, one has to climb the dunes. The highest dune being Big Daddy at 325 meters is the most accessible but toughest to take on.

The reward however is a panoramic view of the Dead Vlei with the 900-year-old Camelthorn trees. The contrasts of the shadows on the dunes, the clear blue sky and blackened dead trees against the orange dunes is a must see when visiting Namibia.

Accommodation: Le Mirage, Sossusvlei (half-board)

DAY 8 | SWAKOPMUND

Transfer to Swakopmund. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Namib Dunes you will find a jewel of a town filled with historic buildings and landmarks creating the ambience of a small German town. Travelers can expect to dine at some of the finest restaurants overlooking the Atlantic, and enjoy luxury accommodation, often a stone throw away from the beach.

Various activities are offered in and around the coastal town and you’ll the get the opportunity to experience whatever suits you. Being one of Namibia’s main tourist towns visitors are welcomed by the locals and guaranteed friendly service and a memorable stay.

Accommodation: Strand Hotel, Swakopmund (bed & breakfast)

DAY 9 | SWAKOPMUND

You have today free at leisure, where you can stroll through the beautiful town of Swakopmund and/or join some excellent guided tours in the area. There is enough to choose from and something to suit everyone’s interests.

For example you can Camel ride or Quad bike in the Namib Desert, experience Sandwich Harbor where the sand dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean, sail on a Dolphin Cruise, Skydive, visit Spitzkoppe and so much more.

Accommodation: Strand Hotel, Swakopmund (bed & breakfast)

DAY 10 | SPITZKOPPE

From Swakopmund transfer to Spitzkoppe It is one of Namibia’s most recognizable landmarks located in the Namib desert. Spitzkoppe consist of two mountain peaks. The summit of this granite rock formation stands 1728m above sea level and its shape inspired its nickname, The Matterhorn of Africa. This is a hiker and mountaineer’s paradise. Beginners can practice here and for professionals the ascent of the peak is a real challenge as it is difficult.

Around Spitzkoppe there are hundreds of rock paintings. The Rock Arch is also a well-known formation and has featured as backdrop in numerous films. Needless to say, that this landmark is definitely a photographer’s paradise.

Accommodation: Spitzkoppe Lodge, Sossusvlei (half-board) 

DAY 11 | DEPARTURE

Transfer to Windhoek airport for your departure flight to Dublin.

Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin
  • Private driver/ guide for 11 days
  • 11 days car rental
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Fish River Canyon morning drive
  • Sossusvlei & Deadvlei Excursion

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Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. Please note that this itinerary does not include a safari.

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