South Africa and Namibia Classic Self Drive Adventure
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What to Expect on This Safari
This popular itinerary can be customised to match your budget and travel dates by adding/removing a few days or selecting different lodges
Start your journey
Collect your vehicle today and start your journey up the west coast of South Africa. Depending on the time of year you travel, the route is a rainbow of colours when the wild flowers of Namaqualand bloom.
Travel as far north as Springbok, where accommodation will be arranged for you at Naries Namaqualand Lodge.
Cross over into Namibia
An early start to the day and you'll be crossing the border from South Africa into Namibia. In general the border crossings are an easy affair, but depending on the time of year, and if the locals are on holiday, it could be a bit drawn out.
Continue on to the Fish River Canyon where two nights accommodation will be arranged for you at Fish River Lodge.
Fish River Canyon
We've included a half day morning hike into the program this morning so that you can experience a bit of this iconic area.
Today you contine going north to the history filled town of Aus. It's a tiny town filled with history, and on walks in the area you are still able to see evidence of the war that took place between the Germans and the South African national forces. There is also reminants of a Prisoner of War camp.
Accommodation is arranged for you at Klein-Aus Desert Horse Inn, which is located just outside the town on the side of a hill, where all the chalets have views of the changing Namibian landscape.
Windy ghost town
Today is a great day of sight-seeing. You can start by stopping at Kolmanskop, which is a ghost town that has become a living museum. Continue on to the coastal town of Luderitz. The German influence is very strong here, from architecture to food and it's a lovely place.
En-route back to your accommodation, you pass by the view-point for the wild horses of Aus. Late afternoon is usually a good time to stop off as you may be lucky enough to see them at the man-made drinking hole.
Namib Naukluft National Park
Travel from Aus to the Namib Naukluft National Park. It's typical Namibian dirt road all the way, so be sure to travel carefully.
Accommodation will be arranged for you at the Hoodia Desert Lodge where you will spend the next two nights with breakfast and dinner included.
This morning is an early start but it's well worth it. An excursion will be arranged for you with the lodge to the famous Sossusvlei. You could drive yourself, but the last bit of the route is for experinced 4x4 drivers only.
Return back to the lodge in the late afternoon
Today you travel to Swakopmund on the west coast of Namibia. Be sure to stop off at Solitaire, where they claim to bake the best apple pie in Namibia....
On arrival in Swakopmund, spend the afternoon relaxing and getting to know the town.
Today is an adventure of contrasts. After a short visit to Walvis Bay, we drive south, passing the colorful evaporation fields of the salt workes and enjoy an adventurous drive through the majestic dunes and along the sea. The last kilometres to Sandwich Harbour can only be managed at low water level by a very experienced driver. Plenty of fish attracts lake and land birds since the pent-up ground water provides lots of plants to protect their offspring. On request, we have a lovely picnic in an unspoiled environment with terrific scenes and landscapes as a background. Sand covered ruins from colonial times where Guano was harvested and transported back to Walvis Bay can still be seen. Sandwich Harbour is a paradise for ornithologists and photographers from all over the world. Our way back leads us through the large Kuiseb delta, also home to many bird species, jackal, brown hyaena, springbuck and many more. This tour is truly a great outing.
End of your journey
Travel to Windhoek airport today, where you will return your rental vehicle and connect with your flight home.
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