Tents And Tracks
Windhoek to Windhoek
LIVE THIS !
Experience Namibia’s entirety from the world’s largest sand mass in the Kalahari Desert to the second largest canyon in the world. Get drawn back in time by visiting the ghost town of Kolmanskop and let yourself be captivated by the surreal dunes at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Discover exceptional UNESCO and RAMSAR World Heritage Sites and the ancient San and Damara cultures. Encounter the rich and diverse wildlife of the Etosha National Park.
|Vehicle recommendation||Fully equipped 4WD camping vehicle|
||Additional excursions / activities on request|
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- Scenic walk through Windhoek
- Quiver Tree Forest in the Fish River Canyon
- Namib Desert horses in Lüderitz
- Ghost town of Kolmanskop
- Bushmen rock paintings at Twyfelfontein
- Traditional Himba village
Day 1 | 50km
Upon arrival at the international airport you collect your fully-equipped vehicle and proceed to Windhoek. Here you have time to stock up on supplies. Enjoy a scenic walk through this cosmopolitan African city with its European colonial flair, wooden markets, and cosy street cafés. In the evening visit one of the many splendid restaurants Windhoek offers.
Overnight at Arrebbusch Travel Lodge.
Day 2 | 280km
Travelling south you will soon see the red sand of the Kalahari interspersed with yellow grasses, shepherd’s trees and acacias. Your campsite is situated on a private game reserve in close proximity to a frequented waterhole where oryx, springbok, zebra, and a variety of smaller game species abound. In the late afternoon experience the Kalahari and its symbiotic components on a sundowner/nature drive.
Overnight at Bagatelle Kalahari Campsite – Breakfast.
Day 3-4 | 300km
FISH RIVER CANYON
Your route takes you via sparse vegetation, isolated hills and endless rocky plains to the Quiver Tree Forest. Here you find over 250 of these indigenous aloes congregated in a single area. Proceed further south to the Fish River Canyon. This canyon, created by the effects of upliftment and erosion, is set in a harsh, rocky plain dotted with drought resistant plants, and is regarded as one of the rare natural wonders in the world.
Overnight at Canyon Roadhouse Campsite.
Day 5 | 320km
Travelling past the Naute Dam, where the Naute Kristal Distillery is found, this stop is not to be missed. Continue to the edge of the Namibian escarpment and via the Succulent Karoo to the coastal town of Lüderitz. En route you can stop at Garub to try and find some of the unique Namib Desert horses that survive in the desert due to their acquired adaptations.
Overnight at Kratzplatz Guesthouse.
Day 6-7 | 210km
Before continuing to the southern Namib Desert, a visit to Kolmanskop, located just outside of Lüderitz, is very rewarding for all those who wish to travel back in time to a unique remnant of a bustling diamond town that flourished here from 1908-1950. Travelling north, your next stop is situated in a more solitude desert landscape along the foot of the stunning Tiras Mountains and the scenic D707 route.
Overnight at Namtib Biosphere – Little Hunters Rest – Campsite – Breakfast (day 6).
Day 8-9 | 250km
NAMIB DESERT and SOSSUSVLEI
This morning you travel north into the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. Your lodge is surrounded by the Naukluft Mountains, one of the most striking mountain ranges found in Namibia. Arriving at Sesriem, the gate to Sossusvlei, home of the highest sand dunes in the world, and Sesriem Canyon, you have the afternoon at leisure. Early the following morning experience the surreal environment of flat gravel plains contrasted with the apricot coloured majestic sand dunes when visiting Sossusvlei. Visit the fantastic Dead Vlei with its white clay-baked pan surrounded by the highest dunes in the desert. Finish the morning with a visit to the rugged Sesriem Canyon, a gorge created by the force of the Tsauchab River.
Overnight at Sesriem Campsite/Oasis Campsite.
Day 10-11 | 340km
After breakfast travel to Swakopmund. En route you will traverse the rugged and harsh Gaub and Kuiseb Passes. You can also visit the Welwitschia Plains and the Moonlandscape as you approach Swakopmund. This idyllic town is situated between the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean and offers some unique and fun activities. Some of these include scenic flights, dolphin cruises, quad biking, dune boarding, parachuting, and wind surfing.
Overnight at Orange House – Breakfast (day 11).
Day 12 | 290km
Today’s destination is the Damaraland, one of Namibia’s most geologically diverse areas. Game such as rhino, desert elephant, and giraffe roam freely, just as they did hundreds of years ago. Enjoy dinner along the banks of the ephemeral Gontegab River, where, with some luck, you may be able to view the rare desert elephant.
Overnight at Madisa Campsite – Breakfast.
Day 13-14 | 370km
Start the morning with an excursion to Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site where over 2 500 rock engravings and rock paintings cover the boulders of a pre-historic desert. Travel further north into Kaokoland, a large tract of pristine wilderness and uniquely adapted wildlife. This is the home of the Himba. Your camp for the night is situated along a lush, deeply eroded dry riverbed.
Overnight at Khowarib Schlucht Campsite.
Day 15-16 | 320km
After a glorious sunrise and a breakfast travel further north through landscapes where huge baobab trees stand like giants in the midst of the mopane savanna. Once at the Epupa Falls, this spectacular water wonderland in an arid environment will have you gasping in awe. Optional activities include visits to traditional Himba villages, scenic walks, and excellent birding opportunities.
Overnight at Epupa Camp Campsite.
Day 17 | 190km
This morning travel south to the capital city of the Himbas – Opuwo. On your way you may come across migrating Himba people in search for better grazing for their cattle as well as wildlife species such as springbok, kudu, oryx and baboons. Just before reaching Opuwo you can stop at a living museum of the Himbas experiencing this traditional and unique culture.
Overnight at Opuwo Country Lodge Campsite.
Day 18 | 360km
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Today you’re entering the Etosha National Park, Namibia’s most famous wildlife park. The park surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan, which shimmers with mirages during the heat of the day. Waterholes in the park support a diversity of mammals and birds, including endangered species such rhino and cheetah. From your campsite you have access to a floodlit water hole that attracts a vast amount of game in the evening, unequaled anywhere else.
Overnight at NWR Etosha – Olifantsrus Campsite.
Day 19-20 | 250km and 250km
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After sunrise you again travel through the park to another camp inside, enjoying the sight of springbok and playful animals announcing the start of another glorious day. The dense stands of mopani forests support a large variety of browsers and specialized predators such as leopard, while it offers a variety of migratory as well as non-migratory bird species safe cover and nesting sites.
Overnight at NWR Etosha Campsite.
Day 21 | 300km
WATERBERG NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast travel south to the Waterberg area, one of the most scenic locations in Namibia and perfect for undertaking bush walks and game drives. Your campsite lies at the foot of the red sandstone cliffs with magnificent views over the endless bush plain.
Overnight at Waterberg area Campsite.
Day 22 | 250km
Enjoy an early morning walk along one of the scenic mountain trails before departing to Windhoek where you have time to stroll through one of the large craft markets. Your route takes you between Otjihavera Mountain range and Khomas Hochland back to Windhoek.
Overnight at River Crossing Lodge.
Day 23 | 50km
In time for your outbound flight, travel the short distance to the international airport, where you return your rental vehicle and where your tour ends.