Namibia is a big country with vast blue skies and unimaginable scenery. On this 12 day tour we focus on the southern half of Namibia. The itinerary makes sensible use of time and distance and gives the visitor a very good insight into the gems that exist in this half of Namibia, including places like Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, The Kalahari and Swakopmund. It starts and ends in Windhoek, and we can also offer a fully guided version of this itinerary if you prefer.

Desert Homestead, near Sossusvlei, Namibia

Day 1 - Arrive Windhoek - The Utopia Boutique Hotel

On arrival at the Windhoek International Airport you will be welcomed by a company representative who will present you with your travel documents and assist you with the collection of your rental vehicle . From the airport you make your way to the Utopia Boutique Hotel where you check in for (1) night on a bed and breakfast basis (Luxury Room). The rest of the afternoon you have at your leisure.

The Utopia Boutique Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia
Room Interior, The Utopia Boutique Hotel

The city of Windhoek is located almost dead centre of the country, and was initially developed around a permanent spring that local pastoral communities would use. Today the city is a clean, safe and orderly city with a strong German influence that dates back to the late 1800s. There are lots of shops and restaurants as well as historical buildings that can be experienced.

Day 2 - Windhoek to Kalahari Anib Lodge near Mariental, Namibia

After breakfast head south out of Windhoek into the Kalahari Desert and the Kalahari Anib Lodge which lies 30 km northeast of the town of Mariental. Here you check in for (1) night on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis (Comfort Room).

Kalahari Anib Lodge, Namibia

The afternoon is at your leisure, or to make use of the many optional activities on offer that include morning and afternoon game drives or self guided hiking trails.

The accommodation at Kalahari Anib Lodge
Sunset at Kalahari Anib Lodge, Namibia

Day 3 - Kalahari Anib Lodge to Canyon Lodge, Fish River Canyon, Namiba

Today your journey takes you more southward to the Fish River Canyon. Passing Keetmanshoop you have the opportunity to visit the ‘Quiver Tree Forest’ and ‘Giants Play Ground’, before checking in at the Canyon Lodge for (2) nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

The Canyon Lodge, Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Located 20 km east of the Fish River Canyon the Canyon Lodge is collection of stone chalets built amongst some giant granitic boulders. The light and colours of the late afternoon gives this place a special feel with the desert adapted quiver trees that add to the ancient feel of this arid landscape.

Rock Chalets, Canyon Lodge, Namibia
Canyon Lodge Chalets from the outside

Day 4 - Day at Canyon Lodge, Fish River Canyon

This morning after breakfast you will enjoy a guided hike in the area and this afternoon a guided drive. Both aimed at maximizing your experience of the Fish River Canyon.

Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Carved by centuries of eroisen this rocky chasm in the south of Namibia, 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. Hot springs, hiking trails and many different view points along its rim are just a few of the attractions around this natural spectacle.

Day 5 - Fish River Canyon to Luderitz Nest Hotel, Luderitz

From the Fish River Canyon you drive west to the Atlantic Ocean town of Luderitz. Here you check in at the Nest Hotel for (2) nights on a bed and breakfast basis (Standard Room).

Luderitz Nest Hotel on the Atlantic Ocean, Namibia

The Lüderitz Nest Hotel is located right on the sea and as a result enjoys magnificent view. The rooms are comfortably equipped all modern amenities and the hotel has free wifi, a sauna and secure parking. As an area the town of Luderitz is fascinating. Caught between the cold but rich ocean to the west, and the sandy dunes of the Namib Desert to the east, the area offers some unique experiences. Old German colonial building characterize the town, the wildlife that occur in the area include seals, flamingoes, ostriches and penguins - all making a living off the cold, dry and salty enviroment. There is also the nearby ghost towns of Kolmanskop, Pomona and Bogenfels that have been taking over by the shifting sands of the Namib Desert.

Room Interior, Luderitz Nest Hotel
Restaurant, Luderitz Nest Hotel

Day 6: Day at Luderitz - Luderitz Nest Hotel, Namibia

Today you will join a full day guided tour to Pomona & Bogenfels as well as a natural 60 meter rock arch that straddles the land and sea. The ghost towns had their heyday in the 1910’s and 1920s, when they were established in the wake of the the diamond discoveries that were made. Diamonds are still being mined in the area today.

Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Namibia

Day 7 - Luderitz to Klein Aus Vista Eagle’s Nest Chalets at Aus, Namibia

On departure from Luderitz we would suggest a visit to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, as it is en-route to Aus. Here you check in for (1) night at Klein Aus Vista - Eagles Nest on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Klein Aus Vista Eagles Nest, Namibia
Rock Chalet at Klein Aus Vista, Namibia

Situated 2 km from the small settlement of Aus, the Klein Aus Vista Eagle’s Nest Chalets are made from rock and overlook an expansive vista of the open desert plains of the Namib Desert. This particular area is famous for the wild horses which run free on this vast wilderness. The unique botanical life that exists forms part of the Succulent Karoo and the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park, is home to richest desert bio-diversity on the planet.

Day 8 - Klein Aus Vista Eagle’s Nest Chalets to The Desert Homestead, Sossusvlei

Today you continue to one of the highlights of this 12 day tour of Namibia. The Sossusvlei, famous for each gigantic red dunes and rich desert wildlife. You check in at the Desert Homestead for (2) nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

The Desert Homestead near Sossusvlei
The Desert Homestead, Namibia

The Homestead is located in a wide grassy valley against the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft Mountains and has far reaching vistas to the dunes that tis area is famous for. The Desert Homestead offers traditional Namibian hospitality that you will know becoming to expect. Fresh farm cuisine, a cool swimming pool and string of amazing sunsets & sunrises are standard.

Day 9 - Tour of Sossusvlie, The Desert Homestead, Namibia

This morning you will be taken on an early morning guided excursion to the Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park

Red Dunes of Sossusvlie (image courtesy of info-namibia.com)

The overwhelming sand dunes are painted deep red by the early sun and accentuated by the big blue Namibian sky. Once a again another opportunity for some award winning photographs. Some of the dunes measure to near 400 m and the general area is home to a diversity of desert adapted wildlife including oryx, springbok and ostrich. The day will also take in the Deadvlei which is a white salt pan watched over by ancient trees. An optional extra of a hot air balloon flight can be arranged, but this would need to be organized the day before.

Day 10 - Sossusvlei to the Beach Hotel in Swakopmund


After breakfast you follow the road that runs adjacent to the Namib Naukluft Park, passing the the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons and onto the coastal town of Swakopmund. Here you check into the Beach Hotel for (2) nights on a bed and breakfast basis (Comfort Room).

The Beach Hotel at Swakopmund
The Beach Hotel swimming pool, Swakopmund

Close to the centre of town and just a few meters from the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Beach Hotel makes for a great base from which to experience the area. Facilities at the hotel include the Anchor Point Restaurant with a sun downer bar on a roof terrace as well as a swimming pool. The hotel has a gym and professional massage services.

Day 11 - Day at Swakopmund, Namibia

Today the days is yours to explore the historical town itself or venture a little further south to the harbour town of Walvis Bay. Dating back to 1992 Swakopmund was founded as the main harbour for what was then know as South West Africa. Today the German influence is as strong as ever and the town has become somewhat of an adventure captital with unique activities such a a dolphin cruise from the nearby Walvis Bay, a tour of the living desert, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic flights, city and township tours, fishing, or sky diving.

Swakopmund (image courtesy of info-namibia.com)

Day 12 - Swakopmund to Windhoek

Today you drive the 350 km tar road to Windhoek Airport where you return your rental vehicle in time for your own onward arrangements.

Tour Cost

ZAR 42 400.00 per person sharing (Nov 2018 - Oct 2019)

Cost Includes
Meet & Assist Service with info pack (containing vouchers, driving directions, detailed itinerary, map of Namibia)
Accommodation and meals as specified
The activities which are specified as included
Tourism Levy
15% VAT
Car Hire includes:
12 days use of GROUP 1M = 4x4 DOUBLE CAB / SIMILAR
Collect and return at Windhoek Airport Office OR at Windhoek Town Office
Unlimited km
Super collision damage waiver (SCDW)
Super theft loss waiver (STLW)
Third Party Liability
Value added tax @ 15% (VAT)
Tourism levy
Airport surcharge
Tyre and rim damage / replacement waiver
Windscreen damage / replacement waiver
Water damage, sandblasting damage and undercarriage damage** conditions apply
1st Additional Driver
Daily rate is charged per 24 hour period
Vehicle may be a range of makes - we regret the make cannot be guaranteed

Cost Excludes
Additional meals
Additional Excursions / Activities
Beverages
All Park Entrance & Admission Fees
Any items of a personal nature i.e. telephone, laundry, curios, gratuities / tips / porterage, etc
Personal and Baggage Travel Insurance
All Flights
Visa applications
Change of Itinerary anytime after confirmation
Anything else not specified as included
Car hire excludes: (All these charges will be billed directly to the renter and are subject to change without notice)
Rental deposit:  N$ 3 425-00
Contract fee:  N$ 96-00
Carbon emission fee: N$ 200-00 per rental
Additional driver, as from 2nd additional driver, per rental:  N$ 403-00
Young driver surcharge (18 – 21) per day:  N$ 368-00
Baby-seat and Booster seat per rental:  N$ 432-00
Claim admin fee - incident : N$ 862-00
Fine handling fee – per occurrence:  N$ 339-00
Personal accident insurance (PAI)
GPS Units per day (deposit of N$ 1000-00):  N$ 103-00
Cross border authorization letter : N$ 1 828-00
One way fee : Kasane – NAD 5 630-00
Towing charges (if not mechanical)
Valet – excessive dirt
Fuel
Assessors Fee in the event damage is greater than NAD 5 000-00 : N$ 862-00 per incident
Second spare wheel is included for Group 1M Double Cab 4x4 only
Additional spare tyres cannot be guaranteed for any vehicle group and are on request : Deposit NAD 1100-00 + NAD 255-00 per day
Overdue rental admin fee: N$ 816-00
Hail damage
Lost keys & call out fee
Cancellation / No Show Fees
Refuelling fee, if refuelling is more than NAD 50-00 : NAD 18-00