Day 1: Departure to Windhoek
The group meets at OR Tambo international airport from various destinations in South Africa. Your Travel Director will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. You board an afternoon flight to Windhoek.
You arrive in arrive Windhoek in the afternoon the shuttle takes the group to the hotel for check in. The group meets for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Here your Travel Director will review the daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions that may arise.
Day 2: Windhoek City and Township Cultural Tour
This day we embark on a tour to explore Windhoek. The tour begins with a stunning view over Windhoek from the famous Lover’s Hill while you get to know the comprehensive history of Windhoek and Namibia from colonial era to modern day. Next, you will see the Christ Church, Ink Palace, Parliament Gardens, and the Old Fort. Thereafter, you move to the Katutura Township. Katatura is Windhoek’s informal settlement and estimated to be home to more than two thirds of Windhoek’s population. The township is a vibrant and exciting place to visit and a great chance to get a bit of insight into some of the more traditional Namibian cultures. It is the melting pot of Namibia where you can meet people from all 8 different cultural groups.
The tour visits the Penduka Women’s Centre, a non-profit organization that teaches unskilled women new skills and enables them to support themselves. You will also visit the “Single Quarters” where you can chat with the vendors at this local market as well as taste Namibian beef and other local goodies.
Day 3 -6: Three Day Sossusvlei Tour from Windhoek
On this three day tour, we depart from Windhoek on the way to Sossusvlei, a part of the Namib Desert that’s home to some of the world’s largest sand dunes. You get to view these spectacular orange and red formations at dawn, then spend a day exploring more of the conservation area including its large salt pan and Dune 45, said to be the world’s most photographed sand dune.
On the first day you will travel out over the Eros Mountains and along scenic roads on our way south-west to the desert. You will pass the Namib Naukluft Mountains and visit the small settlement of Solitaire. You will arrive at the campsite in the afternoon in time for sunset over the dunes.
On the second day, you will have an early morning start to catch the sunrise at Dune 45. After breakfast, you will continue to the 4×4 parking area where you trek the last 5km to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei on foot. You will have plenty landscape photo opportunities in the cool of the morning, with dawn’s soft light first illuminating the dunes from crest down the back slope, then blazing orange everywhere, creating a powerful contrasting vista across the whole desert. You return to the campsite around lunch time and have some time for relaxation before you take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.
On the third day, the journey back to Windhoek begins. You will experience the scenic Gamsberg Mountain Pass, and arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Windhoek.
Day 7: Travel to Walvis Bay
This day you will travel to Walvis Bay in the morning, and arrive in time for the hotel check in. You will have the afternoon to relax or stroll on the beach, and enjoy Walvis Bay’s beaches.
Day 8: Swakopmund adventure
On this day, you will leave Walvis Bay and travel to Swakopmund on the desert Road, stopping at Dune 7. You then continue driving the very scenic back road to Swakopmund, where you stop at historic buildings dating from before the First World War, when Swakopmund was under German rule. Here, you will have enough time to walk around and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. You will also get a light break at Cafe Anton in the town. You will then take the coastal road back to Walvis Bay, and you will be told about the history of all the landmarks along the way.
Day 9: Mola Mola Marine Dune Experience
The day starts with the Marine Dolphin Cruise in the morning. The Marine Dolphin Cruise goes through the Lagoon area, oyster farms all the way to Pelican Point. Here you will be welcomed by the remarkable 70 000 plus Cape Fur Seal Colony and the landmark Pelican Point Lighthouse. You will get to see highlights such as Bottlenose and Heavyside Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals, Flamingos, Pelicans, Mola Molas, penguins and Humpback & Southern Right Whales.
On the return, you will have a light lunch, fresh Walvis Bay oysters, sparkling wine, beverages and bottled water. After disembarking from The Marine Dolphin Cruise, you will proceed to Sandwich Harbour starts with a stop at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to view the flamingos and then proceeds to the Kuiseb River Delta through the Walvis Bay Saltpans.
There are various stops and ample opportunity for some breathtaking photos. One of the stops also includes some light snacks, homemade bakes, beverages and sparkling wine. Along the way, you will get to see animals that are desert adapted like the black-backed jackal, fog-basking beetle, dancing spider (‘white lady of the Namib’), golden mole, Springbok, Oryx, ostrich, brown hyena and gecko. The Lagoon and Saltpans are home to large variety of waders.
Day 10: Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.