TOUR 12 DAYS NAMIBIA DESERTS

DRIVE A 4*4 OVER NAUKLUFT PARK - 2020

Windhoek - Sesriem - Aus - Namib - Namib-Naukluft National Park - Swakopmund
12 Days / 11 Nights
16 Persons
Date of Issue: 11 December 2019

Day 1: AVANI Windhoek Hotel & Casino, Windhoek

Reception and assistance at the international airport, vehicle rental 4 *4 Camping Fully Equipped. Dunas Safari’s fleet has insurance against all risks with a minimum access of NAD 5 000.00. Please note that a credit card must be presented to cover contract costs.
After a detailed briefing with a Dunas Safari representative you will start the first leg of your journey . A vehicle and a professional English Guide will assist you until the end of the Tour .
After a detailed briefing with our representative, departure to the hotel. During the tour you will be accompanied by our own English speaking Guide where will follow the Tour Leader, as well as when you start the desert crossing with two cars and two highly professional guides used to drive through the desert sands.

With its well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa and an impressive list of breathtaking natural wonders, touring Namibia is truly a pleasure.
Visit the capital of Windhoek and the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund to discover remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. To properly appreciate this extraordinary country, you will have to venture out of the cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes Namibia has to offer. These include: the impressive Fish River Canyon Park; the vast Etosha National Park teeming with local subspecies, such as desert lions, desert elephants and the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra; the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert; and of course the Namib Desert stretching for nearly 1000 km along the magnificent Atlantic coastline. Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.

 

Reception and assistance at the international airport, vehicle rental 4 *4 Camping Fully Equipped. Dunas Safari’s fleet has insurance against all risks with a minimum access of NAD 3500.00. Please note that a credit card must be presented to cover contract costs. After a detailed briefing with a Dunas Safari representative you will start the first leg of your journey.
Windhoek is Namibia’s capital, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

Overnight: AVANI Windhoek Hotel & Casino
Set in Namibia’s vibrant capital and featuring prominently amongst hotels in Windhoek, AVANI Windhoek Hotel & Casino offers the ultimate spot to sleep, work, and play in style. Have the perfect start or finish to a great African adventure with plenty to do from living it up in the hotel casino, chilling by the rooftop pool, or exploring downtown Windhoek. With stylish rests, fun in the sun, and total connectivity, it’s all the details that matter… done well!

Day 2: Sossus Oasis, Sesriem

You will arrive at the Namib Naukluft park just before lunch where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.
As there is no accommodation at Sossusvlei, visitors to this desert wilderness are likely to end up staying at Sesriem, 65 kilometres away, where camps and lodges serve as a base from which to explore the dunes. 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 canyon.)

Overnight: Sossus Oasis

Basis
Camping & Dinner at Sossusvlei Lodge

Day 3: Sossus Oasis, Sesriem

Sesriem Canyon
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 canyon.

Dead Vlei
This ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer's dream.

Big Daddy 250m
Big Daddy is the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area. This magnificent dune is situated between Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and at 325 meters it dwarfs the other dunes. Should you want the ultimate bragging rights, take a lot of water and trek to the top of Big Daddy where you can look down onto Deadvlei.
At 325 meters, Big Daddy may be the highest dune in the Sossusvlei area, however it is not the highest in the Namib Desert. This honour is given to Dune 7, which has been measured at 388m. Dune 7 earned its name by being the 7th dune along the Tsauchab River.

Included
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Balloning Ride – Price per person NAD 6 800.00 / Euros 460.00
And truly the best way to experience the heart of the Namib desert is with a hot air balloon safari. Watching the spectacular sunrise over this magnificent landscape from a silent hot air balloon is the experience of a lifetime, never to be forgotten
At landing, you come back to earth with an “Out Of Africa” style Champagne breakfast set up in the middle of nowhere. Your pilot will present you with a flight certificate before you take a leisurely nature drive back to the pick-up point.

Visit the community project Little Bugs

Basis
Camping & Dinner at Sossusvlei Lodge

Day 4: Klein-Aus Vista Eagle's Nest Chalets Gondwana Collection Namibia, Aus

This region is typified by the Succulent Karoo. The distinctive climatic characteristics of the Succulent Karoo make it different from all other deserts in the world. Rainfall is reliable and predictable, falling mostly in winter, and prolonged droughts are rare. The Succulent Karoo’s botanical diversity is unparalleled by any other arid region on earth and is the world’s only plant hotspot that is entirely arid. This ecoregion is home to greater than 5,000 higher plant species, nearly 40 percent of which are endemic, and 18 percent of which are threatened. It has the richest succulent flora in the world, harbouring about one-third of the world’s approximately 10,000 succulent species. Other unique features include the diversity of miniature succulents (435 spp.) and geophytes (bulb-like plants 630 spp.). The ecoregion is also a center of diversity and endemism for reptiles and many invertebrate taxa, especially monkey beetles (Rutelinae: Hoplinii). The Namib Desert ecoregion to the north is characterized by extremely low and variable summer rain (less than 50 mm per year), and extremely sparse plant cover, dominated by ephemerals.

Overnight: Klein-Aus Vista Eagle's Nest Chalets Gondwana Collection Namibia View iBrochure
Solitude, silence, space and magnificent sunsets - these are the characteristics of the atmosphere at Eagle's Nest Chalets. A 15 minutes' drive from the reception at the Desert Horse Inn, 8 chalets are nestled against a mountain slope and afford unique views of the boundlessness of the desert. Each of the natural rock chalets sits between massive granite boulders and contains a bathroom, kitchenette, fireplace and private veranda. Meals are served at the Desert Horse Inn restaurant. Take-away breakfast or barbecue packs are available on request.

Basis
Half Board - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Before dinner a detailed briefing, now with the professional guides that will accompany and assist you in the next 5 nights.

Day 5,6,7,8,9: NAMIB NAUKLUFT PARK – RED & GOLDEN DUNES

Basis
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund.
For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part. Because of how old it is the Namib is home to numerous species that don’t occur elsewhere and although no humans live in the desert an amazing array of flora and fauna manages to survive here. Famous species include the Welwitschia – a living fossil plant, endemic chameleons, fur seals along the coast, brown hyenas, jackals and remarkably one of Africa’s largest antelope the Gemsbok. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means "vast place" and vast it certainly is.

Stretching almost 50000 square kilometres across the red-orange sands of the Namib Desert over the Naukluft Mountains to the east, the Namib-Naukluft National Park is Africa’s biggest wildlife reserve and the fourth largest in the world. Despite the unforgiving conditions, it is inhabited by a plethora of desert-adapted animals, including reptiles, buck, hyenas, jackals, insects and a variety of bird species. One of the main attractions of the park are the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei, home to some of the tallest dunes in the world rising over 300 metres from the desert floor. This magnificent landscape features, rolling dunes, rugged moonscapes, lagoons, wetlands and mudflats. Visitors can look forward to a number of impressive sights including: the picture-perfect Dune 45, standing 170 metres high; the Welwitschia Plains, otherworldly lunar terrain dotted with the endemic plants; and the Dead Vlei, a photographers dream.
First night Drive west from Aus on the main road to Luderitz it is time to say goodbye to tar roads, starting an adventure of a lifetime. Here we might have a glimpse of the famous desert horses, then our 4x4 adventure starts as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Camping in the dunes under the African sky.
Second night the trail leads north towards Busmans ParadiseThe dunes wil get bigger as we venture deeper into the namib Desert.Bushmans paradise is blend of dune and granite mountains, a photographers dream. The afternoon will be at leisure with a scenic drive. Camping at Bushmans Paradise. Third & fourth night , Dunes are getting progressively higher and driver experience and skills acquired during the previous 2 days will be tested and honed to perfection. We are heading to the sea, where will spend the afternoon and the next day fishing (for the pot) and relaxing and swimming. Camping on the beach. On the fifth day The dune belt opens up at Meob bay and it is in this stretch between Meob Bay and Conception Bay that where active diamond mining was in the order of the day during the early 1900’s. At Fishers Brunn we will resupply our washing water from a well, made by the German diamond prospectors.
The Settlements of Holsatia, Charlottenfelder and Grillenberger are visited on the way and the evening will be spend in the area of Conception Bay.

Day 10: Swakopmund Plaza Hotel, Swakopmund

Your last night the sixth one will be in Swakopmund . From Conception the trail leads north along the beach northwards towards Sandwich Bay. On route the wrecks of the Shawnee are visited. Passing ‘Langewand’ where massive dunes end in the sea, given a very limited time span to negotiate this stretch of beach. After Langewand the trail once again leads into the dunes, circumnavigating the Salt Pans ‘extensions’ of Sandwich Harbour. The dunes are still getting progressively larger to offer an ever changing new experience of ultimate dune driving.
From Sandwich the trails enters the ‘Roller Coaster’, a series of massive ‘roaring’ slip faces, not only giving the participants a new thrilling experience but also offering breathtaking views of Sandwich Harbour and a panorama of Sandscapes exiting onto the beach south of Walvis Bay. The trail ends at Walvis Bay – Swakopmund after a final 50km stretch of beach driving.
Located roughly 50 kilometres from Walvis Bay, Sandwich Harbour is a natural lagoon framed by sand dunes on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. It is a prime angling and bird-watching site, with countless sea birds coming to feed on the rich fish population, including rare white pelican and vivid flocks of pink flamingos.

Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular.

Overnight: Swakopmund Plaza Hotel
Swakopmund Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre is ideally located in the heart of Swakopmund and surrounded by a number of historic buildings and restaurants. The hotel offers a variety of 6 room types including stylish comfort rooms, suites, family rooms and an unique luxury suite. All rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, heating, mini bar, safe, TV, tea and coffee facilities, telephone and free internet. The multi conference and event centre is fully equipped with the latest technology and convertible into more that 30 setups and can cater for 6 to 240 people. The perfect venue for weddings, seminars, conferences and all other kind of events.

Basis
Bed and Breakfast

Day 11: Swakopmund Plaza Hotel, Swakopmund

Relax this day

Dune 7
Located just outside Walvis Bay and measuring roughly 130 metres in height, Dune 7 is the loftiest of all the dunes in this coastal belt and a popular attraction with tourists, sandboarders and quad bikers. The local council has planted trees, built toilets and provided running water at the base of the dune, offering leisure seekers a pleasant place to relax and enjoy a barbeque and the fabulous views.

Quad Biking
Experience the sheer thrill of riding a quad bike through Namibia's boundless expanse of shifting sand dunes. After the engines are revved up and ready to roll, an experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt. Feel the freedom of riding through one of nature's great wildernesses. As the towering dunes approach we weave our way through the smaller ones towards the "Amphitheater". With "Power-up" we blast our way to the top of the first big dune via the "Roller Coasters" to the top of "Big Billy". We stop for a drink and you get the opportunity to capture the stark and savage beauty of the Namib Desert. After riding down "Devils Dip" we ride the berms, spirals and slopes as we cruise towards the "Table Top" a great dune that offers a spectacular view of the sea.

Sand Boarding
Desert Explorers offer a range of activities in the desert, including lie-down or stand-up sandboarding. No experience is needed for either and six different slopes are included in the lie-down option. Speeds of up to 80km/h can be reached for the maximum adrenaline buzz. Stand-up sand boarding is snowboarding with a difference. Two slopes are on offer with various runs on either. This awesome full morning outing is guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping.

Skydive
Tandem jumps are available for prospective skydivers with no experience. At the drop zone, training is given and jumpers are dressed in appropriate gear before being taken up in the aircraft with their tandem master.

Basis
Bed and Breakfast

Day 12: End of Itinerary

Return to the airport according to your flight home. End of our services

Prices by request

Prices - Valid until 31 October 2020

Non Refundable 25% Deposit - Upon Confirmation. 100% Payment – 60 Days prior to arrival

Cancelation 60 days or less prior to arrival 100% Cancelation Fees
Tour Leader – Free of Charge
- Group 16 Pax
Price per Adult – under request
- Group 12 Pax
Price per Adult – Under request
- Group 10 Pax
Price per Adult – Under request

Included
Government taxes

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Rental Camping vehicle
 4*4 2 Roof Tent – 2 Unities per vehicle - Fully Equipped.
1 Vehicle with English Guide Driver
2 Vehicles with 2 Professional Guides drivers specialised driving in the desert
All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)

4 Bottles Mineral water per day per person 

1 Kit maintenance per vehicle
Communication system radio per vehicle

Park fees
- Klein Aus Vista – Walvis Bay
Round trip airport transfer. All transportation (unless labelled as optional) ;
All Taxes/VAT



Park fees
in Sossusvlei

Not Included
Petrol or diesel.
- Estimate value Euros / 400.00 per vehicle
International flights (from/to home)


Tips (tipping guideline US$5.00 pp per day)
Personal items (souvenirs, 
travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)


All activities (unless labelled as included)

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