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Namibia's Magical South Itinerary

Kalahari Region

Day 1 to 2

ACCOMODATION: Intu Afrika Zebra Lodge

Located on the 10 000 hectare Kalahari Game Reserve which is just 250 kilometres from Windhoek; the capital city, the luxurious Intu Afrika Zebra Lodge offers travellers breath-taking views and incredible fauna and flora to discover. The lodge is one of the 3 properties of the Intu Afrika Lodges which form the gateway to the treasures of the south making this the ideal stop over for travellers going to or coming from Namibia’s southern regions. With a lounge area overlooking a very vibrant waterhole and swimming pool, the lodge offers 8 standard rooms and 5 suites both of which are huge and the walls decorated with ancient African masks and ebony furnishings. All rooms are fitted with air conditioners, a mini bar, a hairdryer and a coffee and tea station with a very large bathroom leading out to an outside shower. Some of the activities on offer include, game drives, quad-biking, walk with San Bushman.

Meal Plan: Dinner


Fish River Canyon

Day 2 to 4

ACCOMODATION: Canyon Lodge

Nestled between rounded granite boulders in the wild and beautiful expanse of the Gondwana Canyon Park, Canyon Lodge's quaint century-old farmhouse reception, verdant garden and cool swimming pool invites and welcomes guests into the enchanted enclave. Offering character and charm, without the glitz, the lodge's down-to-earth attractiveness and homeliness is perfect for the rugged Fish River Canyon surrounds, the Lodge accommodates guests in Twin rooms, Family rooms, Single room and Triple rooms in 30 Natural Stone Chalets. All rooms are fitted with air conditioners, en-suite bathrooms, showers and a coffee and tea facilities, veranda. Some of the activities on offer include, hiking trails and walks, excursions to the Fish River Canyon, Sundowner drives.

Meal Plan: Breakfast; Dinner


Norotshama River Resort

Day 4 to 5

ACCOMODATION: Norotshama River Resort

The malaria-free Norotshama River Resort is set on the banks of the Orange River in Southern Namibia. Nestled in the great valley of the Karas region. The Resort is located inside a private reserve, known as Aussenkehr Nature Park and offers accommodation in 32 luxury thatched chalets or floating bungalows; all fitted with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Guests can enjoy an A La Carte Menu at the Restaurant or treat themselves to a candle-lit dinner while soaking the African sunset. Some of the activities guests can experience at the Resort include: excursions to local canyons, wild Namib horses and Nature Park, Canoeing, Fishing and Fly Fishing, Bird Watching, Hiking among other unique features of the Aussenkehr Nature Park by making enquiries at Norotshama reception.

Meal Plan: Breakfast;


Lüderitz

Day 5 to 7

ACCOMODATION: Lüderitz Nest Hotel

Lüderitz Nest Hotel is located directly on Lüderitz Bay with its own private tidal beach with walk-on jetty – unique in Namibia! Accommodation is in 70 spacious en-suite rooms and 3 luxurious suites offering the guest a fabulous and an uninterrupted direct sea views. Being so close to the ocean allows the guest to become immersed in marine life with further opportunities to explore the sea including the hotel’s private tidal beach with a walk-on jetty. Guests will find a restaurant and cocktail bar with large terraces, swimming pools, secluded central gardens, a unique private tidal beach with walk-on jetty, sauna, modern events centre, foreign exchange facilities, free Wi-Fi, secure on-site parking and a laundry service.

Meal Plan: Breakfast; Dinner


Namib Desert

Day 7 to 9

ACCOMODATION: Sossusvlei Lodge

The luxurious Sossusvlei Lodge is situated in one of the premier locations in Namibia; the Namib Desert. The Lodge blends in perfectly with the spectacular desert surrounds and bears testament to the ingenuity of an eco-friendly design. Each of the 45 spacious and fully air-conditioned accommodation units is uniquely designed to blend in with the natural surrounding environment with each room having its own patio from where magnificent views can be enjoyed giving the guest a distinctive sense of being close to nature. The en-suite bathroom is equipped with a shower, toilet and wash basin. Guests can choose their safari activities ranging from the guided Sossusvlei trips, hot air ballooning, nature drives, sundowner trips, bush dinners, guided sunset walks, archery and scenic flights at the Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre.

Meal Plan: Breakfast; Dinner

Itinerary Details

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Availability: All Year

Duration: 9 Days

Places
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Orange River
  • Lüderitz
  • Sossusvlei
Transport
  • Rental Car
Accomodation
  • Intu Afrika Zebra Lodge
  • Canyon Lodge
  • Norotshama River Lodge
  • Lüderitz Nest Hotel
  • Sossusvlei Lodge
Activities
  • Self Drives

Windhoek

Beautifully bordered by the Eros Mountains in the north and the Auas mountains in the south, Namibia's capital of Windhoek is the biggest city in the country. This location makes it the ideal place to start and plan any Namibian travel. The attractive city which can be explored by foot has a cosmopolitan flare and combines the modern city architectural style with that of the German colonial era. Worth a visit are the "Tintenpalast" ("Ink Palace"), which houses Namibia's parliament, the Christuskirche (Christ Church) of the Lutheran parish from the year 1896, the "Reiterdenkmal" from 1912 and the "Alte Feste" (Old Fort); former headquarters of the Schutztruppe and today, Namibia's National Museum. Since 1997, the historical buildings of Windhoek are overshadowed by the monumental Supreme Court building.


Kalahari Region

The Kalahari Region in Namibia forms part of the large 2.5 million sqm Kalahari Basin and is best known for its inhabitants: the San Bushmen. They only number a few thousand and refer to the Kalahari Desert as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this area! Kalahari has high a vegetation and an average rainfall (100 – 150 mm in the south east and 600-650 mm in the north-east) to qualify as a real desert. However, despite the rainfall, it cannot retain surface water due to its porous sandy soils. Temperatures are extreme in this region and can vary from as high as 45oC during the day and 0oC during the night. Nevertheless, the true lure of the Kalahari Desert lies in its eerie silence and solitude, both in the sparsely grassed plains and open spaces. Large quantity of flora and fauna have adapted and thrive in these conditions and the temporary rivers and fossil watercourses, account for water-holes scattered throughout the area forming the basis of life for countless game that are present in the Kalahari Desert be it a cheetah, a springbok, a giraffes, a zebra, or Namibia's most remarkable mammals - the gemsbok.


Fish River Canyon

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon worldwide after the Grand Canyon in the USA and forms part of the state-run Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfontier Park. The Canyon which commences at Seeheim is 161 km long, 27 km wide up to 550m deep and ends at Ai Ais from where the river then flows into the Orange River, the border to South Africa. Highlights of the region include: Aus, Fish River Canyon, Fish River Hiking Trail, Gondwana Canyon Park, Keetmanshoop, Quivertree Forest and Mesosaurus Fossiles and the Wild horses of the Namib.

During the summer month the Canyon hike is closed due to the heat. The Fish River Hiking Trail can be conducted during the months April – September and can be completed within 4 to 5 days, depending on fitness. At the Gondwana Canyon Park, visitors can enjoy watching giraffes, mountain zebras, oryx antelopes, kudus, springbuck, ostriches, some predators like leopard and many other local species all adapted to the harsh climate.


Orange River

The Orange River, which forms Namibia's southern border to South Africa, originates in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho at an altitude of 3,000 metres. It runs in north-westerly directions through South Africa, where it is currently called the Gariep River. The Oranje in Namibia is a quiet and peaceful river, its valley hardly touched by tourism. Today some accommodation is available near the border and canoe trips are on offer. The riverbed is sandy and the water clean and clear. Over millions of years it washed diamonds from the Kimberley region in South Africa into the ocean, the currents of the ocean transported them to the north and the surf deposited them in the dune fields of the Namib thus creating the diamond fields at the Namibian coast.


Lüderitz

An unusual town located between one of the best harbours on the least hospitable coast in Africa, Lüderitz lies next to an open, natural ocean bay, one of very few along the so-called Diamond Coast and began as a trading post, fishing and guano-harvesting town, but with the discovery of diamonds in 1909 in the nearby Kolmanskop, Lüderitz enjoyed a sudden surge of prosperity. Currently however the diamonds are mostly found elsewhere and the town has reverted to its former odd self. Its major appeal as a town lies in the fact that little has changed since the early 20th century.

Kolmanskop Ghost Town, a previously bustling diamond town but now an abandoned town constantly battling with the sand dunes of the Namib desert is one of Lüderitz' main attractions. There are very informative tours around Kolmanskop and a particular highlight of the tour is a visit to the bowling alley. Another highly recommended tour is the daily Zeepaard Catamaran boat trip to Halifax Island, where you can see over 1000 African penguins (a unique occurrence in Namibia) with Heaviside dolphin often swimming across the bows and seals in their natural habitat just below the famous Diaz Point (1487). Whales can also be spotted on occasions.


Sossusvlei Region’s

Situated in south-western Namibia and characterised mainly by the Namib Naukluft Park, the Sossusvlei Region’s main highlights include Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. To the west of Sossusvlei Region is the breath-taking Namib Desert – the oldest desert in the world –and to the Far East is the the Great escarpment forming a natural barrier between the Namib Desert and the central highlands.

Some of the exciting highlights that a visitor can experience in the large Namib Naukluft Park offers breath-taking destinations, including the Sossusvlei with the world's highest sand dunes or the Dead Vlei - a clay pan with hundreds camelthorn tree skeletons. Several unique guided Hiking Trails can be done in the Sossusvlei region. Furthermore the Sesriem Canyon and the Duwisib Castle are worth a visit.

Included In Prices

  • 9 Days Rental Car group E (Toyota Fortuner or Similar)
  • Pick-up and drop off from Windhoek
  • Premium Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
  • Premium Theft Loss Waiver (TLW)
  • Location Surcharge, Tourism levy, VAT
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • Windscreen & Tyre Damage

Not Included in Price

  • International Flights
  • Any Park Entrance Fee this is to be paid directly
  • Drinks and meals not specified above.
  • Laundry
  • All activities and excursions mentioned as optional
  • Among other expenses, the following additional costs not included for rental cars:
    • Fuel for rental vehicle, Fuel Deposit, Contract Fee, Excess Deposit (Standard Cover)
    • One way drop off / delivery fees, second spare tyre, 2nd driver fee, Cross border fees
  • Gratuities and personal expenses.