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7 Day Southern Swing Safari

This is a 7 Day Southern Swing Adventure Safari taking you for an adventure in the southern areas of Namibia including; Sossusvlei, the Namib Desert, Lüderitz and the Fish River Canyon. This tour offers an excellent cross-section of southern Namibia and can be combined with its Northern Namibia Safari counterpart, allowing a more comprehensive experience to most of Namibia's traditional highlights.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1   QUIVER TREE FOREST

We start our long journey south on the main highway, traveling through the slim stripe of Kalahari Desert that protrudes onto the eastern side of Namibia.  Have stops at small towns along the way including Rehoboth, traditional home of the Baster people, we aim to arrive at the Quiver Tree Forest in the middle afternoon. Located just north of the southern centre of Keetmanshoop, (legitimately the sunniest town in the world), we make camp and have time to explore the area on foot.

Quiver trees are not in fact trees; they are a type of aloe, (Aloe Dichotoma), so called because the branches fork “dictomously”.  These bizarre looking plants blotch the scenery in this part of the world and are close by common; however they are one of the world’s rarest flora species.

Day 2   FISH RIVER CANYON
We leave Keetmanshoop and head further south to Fish River Canyon.  We are heading to the main view point where we can observe how inspiring this canyon actually is.  This is an ultimate chance for photos and to spend some time experiencing this astounding sight. After lunch we then make our way to our campsite for the night which is a few hours drive away but is still based on the top of the Fish River Canyon. (BLD)

Day 3 KLEIN AUS VISTA, SOUTHERN NAMIB

It’s an early start to make the most of the morning and our visit in to the Canyon.  Viewing from the top we can notice the river dazzling in the rays far below us, and can hardly envisage how many millennia it took for the forces of erosion to carve such a glorious seascape.  It’s probable to make our way into the canyon and to the bottom of this second largest Canyon in Africa.  We have lunch and a dip in the chilly waters before making our way out and back to camp.

After lunch, it is time to pack up camp and move on to our next destination, the tiny town of Aus; we sleep tonight at Klein Aus Vista, a private reserve, delightfully located in the Aus Mountain Range, (Huib-Hoch-Plateau region).

Day 4   KLEIN AUS VISTA, SOUTHERN NAMIB

We are up with the sunrise this morning for the short drive to Luderitz, we travel on the main road and keep a pointed look out for the unique Namib wild horses.  These horses are the lone feral horses in Namibia and have, very oddly, become personalized to an existence with very limited water.  Where they originated from is un-clear, some people think they are the offspring of the horses used by the German cavalry during the First World War.  Another theory is that they originally came from a horse farm that used to be run by a German Barron, in the very early colonial days.

We arrive in Luderitz in time to join an optional extra excursion, a trip on an old wooden sailing ship, “The Sedina”.  We take a cruise around Luderitz bay and, weather permitting, to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins.  If the weather conditions are appropriate we turn off the engines and come back to Luderitz under sail. Straight after the Sedina trip we drive out to Kolmanskop, a desert ghost town about 20 km out of Luderitz. 

Lunch today is not incorporated in the programme, this is to permit everybody as much flexibility with their time as possible and to give us the chance to sample some of the exceptional local cafes. During the middle of the day there is time to discover Luderitz Town with its traditional German architecture and later we will take a drive out to Diaz Point to see the bird life, optimistically a few seals and the stone cross replica, originally erected by the Portuguese mariner Bartholomew Diaz.  Returning to Klein Aus Vista in the late afternoon, the road takes us through the “forbidden Zone” so named because in years gone by, the alluvial diamonds found in Namibia were simply scattered across the desert and we again have time to enjoy sunset over the mountains. (BD)

Day 5 NAMIB DESERT CAMP

Turning north, we once again head deep into the antique southern Namib, traveling on small gravel roads and fleeting some tiny rural communities along the way.  The scenery is harsh, and sometimes forbidding.  Our lunch stop will be near to Maltahohe at a Namib cultural centre, so we can stop and learn a little of the culture and lives of the people of this region. Traversing this bleak yet stunning scenery, the terrain begins to change and we cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib.  We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.

Day 6 NAMIB DESERT CAMP

A pre daybreak start is indispensable this morning as we want to grasp the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After transitory through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes and driving into the heart of the dune field, we reach Sossusvlei itself by walking the last 5 km through the dunes.  The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning, with soft sunlight just opening to play over the dunes creating a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert.  Ancient mineral pans, undersized camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or perhaps an ostrich make the photo opportunities ideal.

We squander the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting dune 45, and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch to run off the heat of the afternoon.  As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short expedition to the Sesriem Canyon.

Day 7   WINDHOEK
 
After breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and beside picturesque roads, back to Windhoek.  We will travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland Range, through gorgeous mountain passes on our way back to development.

We are due back into the city around 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

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