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Namibia Holidays Road Trip Self Drive Safari Tours Etosha Namib Desert

Tailor Made Holiday Namibia: Etosha Safari + Kalahari + Fish River Canyon

Grand Namibia + Fish River Canyon - Private Guide
NPF16W
16 NIGHTS
FROM £5,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Tailor Made Holiday Namibia Etosha Safari Kalahari Fish River Canyon

This extensive tailor made holiday to Namibia combines the canyons & deserts of the south, with the wildlife of an Etosha safari, with your own private driver/guide. Travel through the red sands of the Kalahari to the Fish River Canyon - the second largest on earth, the succulent Karoo & the Namib. Ideal for photography & botany. English-speaking guide, all transfers, game drives & park fees included.

Tailor Made Holiday Namibia Etosha Safari Kalahari Fish River Canyon
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Tailor Made Holiday, Namibia
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Windhoek
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Kalahari
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Fish River Canyon
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Luderitz Bay
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Kolmanskop
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Sossusvlei
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Swakopmund
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Twyfelfontein Paintings
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Etosha Safari
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Tailor Made Holiday, Namibia
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Windhoek
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Kalahari
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Fish River Canyon
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Luderitz Bay
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Kolmanskop
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Sossusvlei
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Swakopmund
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Twyfelfontein Paintings
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Etosha Safari
Day 1
You will be met at Windhoek Airport by your guide and transferred 1-hour to your hotel in this small capital city.
  
Check in and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 2
This morning we leave Windhoek and travel southwards for 3-hours towards the scrub vegetation and red sands of the vast Kalahari, the largest sand mass on earth (with picnic lunch included).
 
The migratory Bushman people who live here call it the “Soul of the World” and its endless grass plains interspersed with acacia trees provide the only form of survival for a vast amount of wildlife that has survived in this semi-desert environment for thousands of years.
 
After good rains (end November/early December - although this can vary greatly) you can see hundreds of different wildflowers here.
Day 3
A full day on the road today as we drive 6.5-hours southwards to the great Fish River Canyon, the second largest on earth (with picnic lunch included).
 
As we travel through these expansive rocky plains, notice the unique Quiver Trees that bloom in June and July and nestle between huge dolerite boulders, some of which are stacked in such mysterious ways that it seems impossible they were formed by natural forces.
 
Check into our lodge near the Fish River Canyon and enjoy a sundowner walk across the boulder-studded plains, hills and rock formations of Gondwana Canyon Park.
Day 4
Today explore the magnificent Fish River Canyon, where the dramatic geological formations of the Nama Karoo Desert take on stupendous proportions.
 
The vegetation is characterized by dwarf shrubs and scattered grasslands. The slopes of the plateau mountains and vast plains are home to Hartmann’s mountain zebra, springbok, gemsbok, kudu and ostrich.
 
If you wish, we can also drive 12 miles (20 km) to visit the Ai-Ais Hot Springs.
Day 5
Turning north, today we travel 5-hours through the spectacular scenery of the Succulent Karoo to the small diamond town of Lüderitz on the Atlantic Coast (with boxed picnic lunch included).
 
The Succulent Karoo is a winter rainfall area, with bizarre looking shrubs that store moisture in their leaves and stems to tide them over the dry summer months. This desert is one of the top 20 plant biomes in the world, with an amazing diversity of desert-adapted flora. As we pass the watering point at Garub, keep an eye out for the wild desert horses that are sometimes observed here.
  
We continue to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, where the first diamond was found in 1908. Now standing barren and abandoned to the harsh winds and sands of the unforgiving desert, it is a great reminder of the opulence and decadence of the diamond rush days.
 
Afterwards we drive down the great escarpment onto the wide plains below, where the scenery gives way to the shifting dunes of the Prohibited Diamond Area. Here we visit Diaz Point where daring Portuguese sailors erected a stone cross in the 1480’s. Check into our hotel in Lüderitz, where you may see colonies of aquatic birds, seals and penguins.
Day 6
We continue northwards today through ever-changing landscapes into the great Namib Desert, a 7-hour drive through dramatically beautiful desert scenery (with boxed picnic lunch included).
 
The terrain becomes more arid as we travel towards Sossusvlei, whose great mountains of sand are a monument to the extreme forces of nature.
 
We explore Gondwana Namib Park and Namib Naukluft Park before checking into our lodge. The petrified dunes of the dry riverbed of the Dieprivier are a special attraction, as these are fossilised remnants of an ancient desert that is now overlaid with the sands of the younger Namib. After the unpredictable desert rains (mid November/mid December), colourful desert flowers burst forth here and provide a delightful display.
Day 7
We set out early this morning on a 4x4 drive into the famous sand dunes at Sossusvlei, as this is the coolest part of the day and the best for photography.
 
This clay pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world – an endless sea of reddish sand stretching all the way to the distant horizon. These monumental star shaped dunes, some as high as 1,000 ft (325 m), were formed by strong multi-directional winds. The warm tints of sand range in colour from apricot to orange, red and maroon - and contrast vividly with the stark white clay pans at their base. You will be astonished by surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by some of the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River abruptly ends. Take the opportunity to climb one of these dunes, which afford endless vistas across the desert landscape and the sea of sand.
 
Return to your lodge for some relaxation, then in the afternoon enjoy another tour - this time to the narrow gorge of the impressive Sesriem Canyon, with its rock pools fed by the Tsauchab River during the rainy season. The name is derived from the six “rieme” (leather thongs) that early pioneers used to draw water from these pools.
Day 8
At leisure to relax and enjoy the stark beauty of the Namib Desert.
 
Explore the area with your guide or participate in one of the optional activities in the region, such as horse riding or a pre-dawn Hot Air Balloon Ride over the majestic sand dunes. Alternatively simply enjoy the spectacular desert landscape surrounding your lodge, with amazing star gazing in the evening.
Day 9
Today we drive for 6-hours through the starkly beautiful Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons of the Namib Desert to the beach resort of Swakopmund with its old lighthouse (with picnic lunch included).
 
Swakopmund is situated on the Atlantic Coast where the cold Benguela Current sweeps up from Antarctica, releasing no moisture into the prevailingly onshore winds – hence the very low rainfall and desert conditions. Fog is common along the coast in the early mornings and late afternoons and this is what gives life to the desert-adapted flora and fauna of the region. The cold current is also highly oxygenated, causing it to teem with marine life.
 
Check into your hotel and relax on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.  
Day 10
This morning we drive 30-minutes to Walvis Bay for a 3-hour Marine Cruise. Here you can see a resident school of dolphins and large colony of Cape fur seals at Pelican Point, whilst enjoying oysters and champagne on board.
 
Marine bird life is also abundant and includes pelicans, terns and large flocks of flamingos which live in the shallow waters surrounding the harbour. You should see many Cape cormorants and hopefully some more difficult birds such as the Cape gannet, Pomarine skua and African black oyster catcher. You may also see migrating whales in season (September to October).
 
Your afternoon is at leisure to relax at the beach resort of Swakopmund, with its palm lined streets and seaside promenade. Established by German colonists in 1892, the town’s landmarks include the Swakopmund Lighthouse and the Mole, an old sea wall. Next to the lighthouse, the Swakopmund Museum documents Namibian history. In the town you can find the elegant Swakopmund Railway Station (now a hotel), which also dates to the colonial era. An enjoyable local pastime is Kaffee-Kuchen at 16:00 when you can take a mid-afternoon break for a coffee, with a slice of baked cheesecake or Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (German Black Forest Cake).
Day 11
Today we drive 3-hours from Swakopmund to our lodge situated in the foothills of the volcanic Erongo Mountains near the small town of Omaruru.
 
We suggest detouring 1-hour to Cape Cross on the barren Skeleton Coast, which is home to one of the largest colonies of Cape fur seals in the world. The Cape Cross Seal Reserve has a thriving population of over 80,000 seals, as well as a large colony of gannets and other sea birds. There is also a small lichen reserve, where a relatively large variety of these interesting, slow growing organisms are protected.
 
As we pass the fishing village of Hentiesbaai look out for the 'Zeila', one of the more recent shipwrecks that can be viewed along this inhospitable coastline.
 
Alternatively we can detour to view the Spitzkoppe (meaning 'pointed domes' in German), an ancient group of bald granite peaks that are over 120 million years old and rise up dramatically from the surrounding desert plains. Birding is particularly good in this region, with a sighting of the Herero chat being particularly prized. You can also see the ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis plant that survives in these harsh conditions.
 
We then continue towards the magnificent Erongo Mountains, flanked by the Namib Desert to the west and woodland savanna to the east, with breathtaking views of its huge granite boulders. Check into our lodge in this beautiful region known for its Bushman rock art paintings. It is an endemic hotspot for a variety of plants, reptiles and small mammals - including kudu, baboons and agile klipspringers, as well as wonderful bird life.
Day 12
This morning we drive to the San Living Museum (near Ai-Aiba Lodge), which is home to a traditional Bushman community. Here you can accompany these legendary trackers on a bush walk to learn more about their culture and customs, including their hunting practices.
 
Afterwards we walk to one of the Bushmen Paintings found on these granite surfaces, the most famous of which is the White Elephant frieze in Phillip's Cave. Superimposed on the elephant is a large eland, with ostrich and giraffe completing the sketch. The cave is situated on the farm Ameib, on the southern edge of this mountain range. It is 2-miles (3-km) off the road, followed by a 45-min walk each way, but the dramatic scenery makes the walk worthwhile.
 
The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy walking in the beautiful Erongo Mountains.
Day 13
Today travel 3-hours across dramatic northern Namibia to timeless Damaraland.
 
We take time to stop and explore some of the fascinating rock formations in these vast uninhabited open spaces, where magnificent semi-desert flowers can grow after good rains. In the afternoon check in to your lodge near Twyfelfontein.
Day 14
This morning enjoy a shared tour to the World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein, which means 'Doubtful Spring'. Over 6,000 years ago, San communities engraved and painted over 2,500 pictures here. These ancient Bushman Paintings have been well preserved in this dry environment and the hills are strewn with rock art - making this an open-air museum.
 
In the afternoon participate in a sundowner drive along the dry river bed of the Aba Haub River in search of rare Desert Elephants (seasonal).
 
Afterwards relax at your lodge and enjoy the incredibly clear night skies.
Day 15
Today we travel 5-hours through Damaraland to Etosha National Park, one of the largest and greatest game parks in Africa. A boxed picnic lunch is included today.
 
If you wish, along the way we can detour via Kamanjab to visit a Himba Village at Otjikandero.
 
We continue to Etosha, which owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression – the Etosha Pan.  During the dry season it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils, with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over a hundred different species of mammals including elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, cheetah and leopard.
 
Check into your rest camp situated near the southern entrance to the park.
Day 16
Today is devoted to game viewing in the famous Etosha National Park, which surrounds an enormous salt pan that is the size of the Netherlands.
 
As you will have your own driver/guide, you have the flexibility of discussing preferred routings and travelling times with him each day (with picnic lunch included). However we recommend setting off early each morning as the park gates open (05h30 to 06h00 depending on the season) to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, with all game drives taken in his vehicle.
 
A series of waterholes throughout the park guarantees rewarding game viewing, with Etosha being renowned for its vast arrays of plains game and predators, which are more easily seen on these open plains. You can also hope to see springbok, oryx, black-faced impala and the small Damara dik-dik.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in Namibia.
Day 17
Today we drive 4-hours through central Nambia, travelling via the garden town of Otjiwarongo and the Kavango craft market in Okahandja, to Windhoek Airport for your flight home.