Magical South

Windhoek to Windhoek

  • Kalahari
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Orange River
  • Kolmanskop Ghost Town
  • Sossusvlei Dunes

Experience Namibia’s beautiful “Soul of the Earth”, the bushman reference to the world’s largest sand mass of the Kalahari Desert to the Fish River Canyon, the 2nd largest Canyon on earth. Get drawn back in time by visiting the ghost town of Kolmanskuppe and let yourself be captivated by the unending stretches of red sand dunes of the Namib Sand Sea in which Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei will amaze every adventurer.

VALIDCurrent
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONLondon, Heathrow
DURATION9 Days
INCLUDED
Meals:
Comfort: 8 Breakfasts; 2 Dinners
Superior: 8 Breakfasts; 7 Dinners
All meals as specified in the itinerary
Rental Vehicle
Activities as specified
Accommodation as specified
Tourism levy & Government Taxes where applicable
Deluxe Travel planner
NOT INCLUDED
All International / Domestic Flights & taxes
Visas
Travel & Personal accident insurance
Personal Expenses
Excursions / Activities not specified
Gratuities

Important Information:

Passports – Please ensure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from the date of your return to the UK and at least two blank pages

Driver’s License – You must hold either the new British License with your photograph or an International driver’s license.

Flights

As there are so many routes; airlines and offers available, we have not included the cost of flights. We will update the cost of our holidays to include your preferred airline and route at the time of your enquiry. As an indication, you can expect to pay in the region of £500.00 per person upwards for economy class International flights. (excludes any local flights)

If you want to book your own international flights, simply advise one of our consultants when enquiring.

Published price

Holiday costs are impacted by many factors including the exchange rate and specials as introduced by properties from season to season.  The cost is meant to serve as a guide only, so be sure to request an updated cost from our consultants so you can get the best value for your money. Ask about upgrading the standard of accommodation and / or room types where available and remember you can mix & match to get a completely tailor-made holiday that fits your interests, time and budget.

This is your holiday; our knowledgeable consultants are simply at hand to assist with the design of your Holiday of a lifetime!

*Cost is subject to availability at the time of booking; Restrictions apply to certain date periods; Prices are from and per person; exclude flights

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This itinerary is a suggestion only!

All our holiday suggestion can be amended in any shape or form to meet your expectations.

Should time allow, and in particular where distances between locations involves a longer driving time, we recommend that you enjoy an extra night or two where only one night has been allocated in the itinerary.

Please contact us to discuss your very own personalised holiday.


1

KALAHARI DESERT - Day 1 (280km)

Depart Windhoek travelling into the largest sand mass on Earth, the Kalahari Desert. The bushman refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an poignant description for this area! With its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with a acacia’s and shrubs, it is the only form of survival for a vast amount of specially adapted wildlife such as oryx, springbok and ostrich. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the fauna and flora that has survived this desert environment for thousands of years on an optional nature drive in the late afternoon.

COMFORT: Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge
SUPERIOR: Intu Africa Zebra Lodge – Dinner

2

FISH RIVER CANYON - Day 2 (460km)

Leaving the Kalahari landscape behind, travelling via sparse vegetation, isolated hills and endless rocky plains to the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop; whilst you will see quiver trees all over Namibia, it is the sheer number and size of these distinctive forked aloes found among the jungle of massive dolerite boulder that make Quiver Tree forest so magical.

Take your camera and lose yourself in the floral wonderland, and then drive the short distance to the area’s other major attraction, the Giant’s Playground. The geologist will tell you otherwise, but the romantic view is that piles of the black blocks were laid down by creative giants.

Continue your journey to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world.  Nowhere else in Africa will you find anything quite like the Fish River Canyon. It is set in a harsh, rocky plain dotted with drought resistant plants, and undoubtedly counts as one of the rare natural wonders on Earth.
With its sheer vastness and beauty, the Fish River Canyon attacks the senses from all angles and is a fantastic area to visit as part of a wider safari or holiday in Namibia!

COMFORT: Canyon Village – Breakfast
SUPERIOR: Canyon Village – Breakfast, Dinner

3

FISH RIVER CANYON - Day 3 (40km)

Take in the enormous Fish River Canyon, second in size only to the Grand Canyon. Rocky outcrops and spectacular cliff faces spring up throughout the area, with a seasonal river flowing between January and April each year. There are several interesting aspects to the Fish River Canyon area, due in main to the arid climate; vegetation is sparse on top of the canyon and on the slopes, but look closer at the base, especially where the water is found all year round, and you will discover palm trees by the sulphur hot springs as well as increasing quantities of camelthorn and ebony trees the farther south you travel.

Look out for the birdlife and animal life on show – both are not obvious, but they are beautiful when discovered! Animals in the canyon include leopard and mountain zebra, antelope or kudu. There are only around 60 species of bird in the area, but the count does include the majestic black eagle and the yellow-rumped eremomela.

COMFORT: Canyon Village – Breakfast
SUPERIOR: Canyon Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

4

ORANGE RIVER - Day 4 (120km)

In the morning travel south to the Orange River, which forms the natural border to South Africa and the gateway to Southern Namibia’s wealth of breath-taking natural landscapes. Your lodge is situated directly along the calm flowing water, and offers exceptional birding and walking opportunities.  More adventurous clients have the option of exploring the river and its beautiful environment on a canoe. As the river does not serve as a habitat for crocodiles or hippos guests also have excellent opportunities to cool off in the Orange River.

COMFORT: Norotshama River Lodge – Breakfast
SUPERIOR: Norotshama River Lodge – Breakfast

5

LÜDERITZ - Day 5 (420km)

After breakfast, travel to the edge of the Namibian escarpment via the Succulent Karoo to the coastal town of Lüderitz. Stop off en-route at Garub to try and find some of the unique Namib Desert Horses that survive in the desert due to their acquired adaptations. Your hotel awards you a magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean and is the basis for a variety of exciting options over the next two days.

COMFORT: Zur Waterkant Guesthouse – Breakfast
SUPERIOR: Lüderitz Nest Hotel – Breakfast, Dinner

6

LÜDERITZ - Day 6

There are many historic buildings in Lüderitz, including the Railway Station, the Old Post Office, and the ‘church on the rocks’ or Felsenkirche. There are also several interesting activities and day trips available from the town. One of Lüderitz’ main attractions is Kolmanskop Ghost Town. This previously bustling diamond town is now abandoned and fights a constant struggle with the sand dunes of the Namib desert. Highly recommended is the  Zeepaard Catamaran daily boat trip to Halifax Island, where you will see 1000+ African penguins (unique in Namibia) with Heaviside dolphin often swimming across the bows and seals in their natural habitat just below the famous Diaz Point (1487).

COMFORT: Zur Waterkant Guesthouse – Breakfast
SUPERIOR: Lüderitz Nest Hotel – Breakfast, Dinner

7

NAMIB DESERT - Day 7 (470km)

Depart Lüderitz travelling via endless plains and along striking mountain ranges into the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on Earth. Your lodge is situated very close to Sesriem, the gateway to two of Namibia’s most celebrated attractions: Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon.

Whether you discover nature’s miracles on foot, by vehicle or from the air you will be astounded by the multi-faceted desert habitat, home to the most captivating desert-adapted flora and fauna.

COMFORT: Desert Homestead – Breakfast, Dinner
SUPERIOR: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

8

SOSSUSVLEI - Day 8 (150km)

A glorious sunrise at Sossusvlei is a sight few experience in their lifetime, and it is not to be missed. The first rays of sunrise paint the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a bright blue skyline, captivating your senses and offering the most extraordinary photographic opportunities. You will be astonished by the dreamlike Deadvlei, surrounded by the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst majestic dunes. Take the opportunity to walk up one of these dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath.

Travelling back, visit the spectacular Sesriem Canyon, located approximately 4.5km from the entrance gate of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The Tsauchab River has shaped the Canyon over millions of years and it is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round.

From the parking area, take a walk through the canyon to explore the stunning rock formations that will captivate your attention.

COMFORT: Desert Homestead – Breakfast, Dinner
SUPERIOR: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast, Dinner

9

DEPARTURE - Day 9 (350km)

After a relaxed breakfast, travel up the Namibian plateau and back to Windhoek, where you return your rental vehicle and where your tour ends. Alternatively, travel to Swakopmund to connect with other self-drive options.

Breakfast

Namibia-Magical-South-featured
Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge
Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge
Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge
Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge
Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon
Orange River
Orange River
Luderitz
Zur Waterkant Guest House
Zur Waterkant Guest House
Sossusvlei
The Desert Homestead
The Desert Homestead
Canyon Lodge
Canyon Lodge
Canyon Lodge
Luderitz Nest Hotel
Luderitz Nest Hotel
Luderitz Nest Hotel

Cape Tours Client Testimonials

Nikki Mott
Nikki Mott
16:50 02 Nov 17
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17:54 30 Oct 17
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20:22 23 Jul 17
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19:33 19 Jul 17
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09:28 11 Jul 17
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13:25 05 Jul 17
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18:05 28 Jun 17
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09:02 03 May 15
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