Namib Adventurer 9 Day
Our 9-day Adventure will keep you coming back for more. Every awe-inspiring angle will present you with a shot worthy of a new screensaver owing to amazing views and unforgettable moments. Namib Adventurer awakens all the senses that will reveal Namibia’s true colours in fantastic fashion.
Day 1 Windhoek / Naankuse
Day 2 Sossusvlei
Day 3 Sossusvlei / Sesriem
Day 4 Swakopmund
Day 5 Swakopmund / Spitzkoppe
Day 6 Spitzkoppe
Day 7 Erindi
Day 8 Erindi
Day 9 Windhoek (Depart)
Day 1 Naankuse
After the plane has touched down at Hosea Kutako International Airport and you have collected your 4×4 vehicle, a short drive will lead you to Naankuse. Naankuse is a wildlife sanctuary that believes in conservation through innovation. The sanctuary offers a grand variety of activities to choose from, offering visitors the chance to brush shoulders with Namibia’s wildlife in an authentic way. Ranging from carnivore feeding tours, cheetah experiences, meeting and learning from the San people to walking tours with baboons or caracals, there are activities for young and old alike. End the day on a high note by savouring Namibian cuisine. And make sure you never miss the wild African sunset!
Day 2/3 Sossusvlei/ Sesriem
When travelling south on the road that leads through the Namibian countryside, you will be spoiled with gorgeous scenic views. With innumerable photo opportunities, the time on the road will go by within the blink of an eye, making a self-drive safari the biggest treat. There is not much traffic and peak hour is non-existent, but you would want to keep your eyes peeled for different company – antelopes, ostriches and other wildlife alongside the road. Stop and stretch your legs at the top of Spreetshoogte Pass before you descend on the meandering interlocks leading down the steepest pass in the country. Take a good look at the mesmerising views, because from here the landscape starts to change.
Sossusvlei / Sesriem
Sossusvlei tops all avid travellers’ bucket-lists, and with good reason. No visitor leaves the sight of the burnt orange sand dunes without awestruck gratification. As soon as you start climbing Dune 45 or Big Daddy, you realise you just signed up for what might be the most rewarding leg work out yet. Standing atop the dune with the velvety sand tickling your toes, you start thinking that it cannot get any better. But it does – the orange swirls of sand lead you into a valley called Dead Vlei – the postcard-perfect scenery a geological marvel. Early mornings and late afternoons make for flawless photographic shots.
The fun is not yet over. Hike the astonishing Sesriem Canyon. As the sedimentary rock trail leads you one kilometre into geological history, you realise that, at one point in time, millions and millions of years ago, the Tsauchab River was the artist of these wall carvings that stretch up to 30 metres above your head.
Day 4 and morning of the 5th Swakopmund
As you tear yourself away from the magnificence of Sossusvlei, you start following a one-of-a-kind road that meanders through the Namib Desert. Along the road, you will come across Solitaire, a remote historical settlement surrounded by gravel plains – a highlight for many travellers who stop here for coffee. Another highlight is capturing photos of the “Tropic of Capricorn” road signs adorned with a multitude of colourful stickers, indicating that you have now traversed the southernmost latitude. The winding road towards Swakopmund swerve in and out of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in Africa, which covers a larger surface per square kilometre than Switzerland.
As a main witness of German colonial Africa and therefore resonating its lingering taste, Swakopmund lies between the embrace of the mighty Atlantic Ocean and the rolling dunes of the Namib Desert. This spectacular seaside-town holds an old-world charm that can be best enjoyed while relaxing in the various cafés to choose from, sampling appetising local cuisine with an international flavour in a cornucopia of excellent restaurants or witnessing scintillating sunsets on the ocean while sipping sundowners on the dunes. Labelled as Namibia’s activity hub, Swakopmund also offers heart-racing activities and family adventures, as well as day excursions to the desert. This colourful coastal town acts as the gateway to the otherworldly Skeleton Coast, best known for the shipwrecks it has claimed.
Day 5/6 Spitzkoppe
Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, the dramatic shape of the striking Spitzkoppe rises out of the haze of the Namib Desert. Renowned as the Matterhorn of Namibia, the 150-million-year-old granite boulders are one of the most photographed mountains in Namibia, and with good reason. These boulders mean one thing to hikers and rock climbers alike: paradise. Take a walk into ancient Namibian history as you view the on-site rock paintings telling a story of the past and all its intricacies. Of course, like everywhere in Namibia, there is no lack of photo opportunities. The famous rock arch begs to be photographed, either with your travel companions thinking up entertaining poses or simply with the dramatic surrounds. After hiking or cycling, the natural pools entice you to wind down as you take a dip to celebrate a day well spent.
Day 7/8 Erindi
An absolute must at the top of any safari destination list is Erindi Private Game Reserve. A visit to Erindi will bring your wildest safari expectations to life. Erindi means “place of water” in the Herero language. Its sprawling 70,719 hectares located just southeast of Omaruru in the central plateau of the country is a safari dream come true. Aside from unlimited wildlife sighting opportunities, Erindi hosts over 20 exciting activities. Numerous conservation projects have come to life here, including projects on the aardvark, the cheetah and the elephant. While Erindi boasts prolific numbers of endemic and indigenous wildlife species, the reserve is also an avid birdwatchers’ paradise with over 300 bird species. There are three different accommodation types ranging from all-inclusive suites to self-catering chalets, all of which imbue comfort in the bush.
Day 9 return to Windoek and final destination (depart)