Abbreviated as NA by Abbreviationfinder, Namibia is a country located in Southern Africa. A classic safari in Namibia takes you to Namibia’s highlights. Experience the incredible wildlife in the national parks and reserves, the contrasting landscapes and the living culture that is here. The largest city in Namibia is Windhoek.
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Your group trip in Namibia begins and you take the flight from Sweden to Windhoek in Namibia.
You leave the capital Windhoek, and we travel to the largest mass of sand in the world, the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a vast semi-desert with windswept sand held in place by sparse stands of thorn bushes. The surface covers 9 African countries and makes it the largest cohesive sand surface available. Kalahari is different from real deserts because here it sometimes rains and instead of desert you can call Kalahari dry landscape. The Kalahari lacks surface water such as lakes and rivers and that makes it a challenging place for those who have adapted to a life here. The Bushman people call the Kalahari “the soul of the world” and it is a fitting description of the place. with its red dunes and endless grasslands interrupted by occasional acacia trees and shrubs, there are a surprisingly large number of animals that have adapted to the conditions here.
Optional in the Classic program is a nature excursion.
You continue south through the rugged landscape until you reach the unique Gara’s quiver tree forest. Here you will be welcomed by strange sculptures made of recycled metal that contrasts with the peaceful, tranquil landscape with its Quiver trees and aloe plants that stand between tall termite stacks and boulders. The area is known as the “giants’ playground”. You continue to your lodge located at Fish River Canyon. Here you will discover the area on foot.
Guided excursion by car in the interesting landscape.
Your morning starts at the edge of the famous Fish River Canyon and you are captivated by the magnificent views. The Fish River Canyon is located in the northern part of the Nama Karoo and the canyon is the second largest in the world (after the Grand Canyon). It is a giant ravine that is about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in some places it is 550 meters deep. Fish River is the longest river in Namibia and its current flow is a fraction of what once flowed here in the world. You continue via the Naute pond where you stop at Naute Kristall Cellar and distillery to taste their unique liqueurs or enjoy a good cup of coffee. On to the coastal town of Lüderitz and on the way there you make a stop at Garub to look for the famous wild horses in the Namib Desert.
Your morning activity is a visit to the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Kolmanskop is an abandoned diamond mining town located in the Sperrgebiet National Park. Once upon a time, this was a lively and decadent city, a monument to the diamond boom and it was built to last a long time. But then the diamonds ran out… Today, Kolmanskop is a spooky monument to the past and offers visitors unique photo motifs of an era, long gone.
When we return to Lüderitz, we visit Diaz Point with its memorial on a cliff overlooking the unbridled Atlantic Ocean. Here one is reminded of the harsh conditions the Portuguese explorers worked under when they mapped this inaccessible part of the coast. Back in Lüderitz you explore the small, historic town.
After an early breakfast, you travel further across open plains north along the Tiras Mountains to reach your lodge in the Namib Desert. You are close to Sesriem which is the gateway to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon. Here you will find the highest sand dunes on earth that tower over the white desert sand. The afternoon can be spent with some relaxation by the pool with miles of views.
lodge arranges excursions booked and paid locally.
Today is an early start and we arrive at Namib Naukluft National Park at sunrise. The morning light makes the incredible landscape shimmer in apricot, red and orange which stands in stark contrast to the azure sky. Here you will find endless photo opportunities. You visit the surrealistic Dead Vlei, (a dried up salt lake) which is surrounded by the red dunes and Sossusvlei where the dried up Tsauchab river abruptly ends at the dunes. Take the opportunity and climb up one of the majestic dunes and admire the surrounding landscape. After that you visit Sesriem Canyon a natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.
After breakfast the journey continues and you pass the small settlement Solitaire on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park, here it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. Feel free to try a good cup of coffee and their famous apple pie before continuing along desolate hills in the Kuiseb Valley towards the Atlantic coast. You reach the port city of Walvis Bay and visit the shallow lagoon, one of the most important wetland areas in Africa and a RAMSAR World Heritage Site. Over 80% of Africa’s flamingos live here in the lagoon and it takes your breath away when you see the large flocks. You continue along the beautiful road between the desert and the Atlantic and you reach Swakopmund. The rest of the day you have free time. With its palm-lined esplanades and beach promenades, you have opportunities to stretch your legs. Swakopmund is a popular holiday town in Namibia with a wonderful summer climate and long beaches that attract fishermen and surfers from all over the world. Swakopmund is a wonderful mix of German architecture and African pulse. It is relaxed, has lots of adrenaline-fueled activities, foggy mornings and desert heat. It’s colorful, vibrant but most of all, it’s fun.
Swakopmund is often mentioned as Namibia’s playground and has countless activities to try. Explore all the animals and plants of the Namib desert that live and survive here. Enjoy the calm relaxed atmosphere of this idyllic coastal town while having a good cup of coffee and freshly baked bread in one of the small cafés. Why not take a day trip and explore the desert, or a flight with beautiful views from above. Here you can try wonderful adventures such as skydiving, quad biking or sandboarding on the dunes. Take time to explore the city with its history, museum, shopping malls and beach bars. The city has its own pulse.
On long, but interesting and beautiful roads we go north and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg (2,579 masl) and come to Damaraland, one of the most sparsely populated areas in Africa, but one of the most interesting from a geological perspective. In this barren, mountainous environment live the desert elephant, the black rhino and antelopes. You will be guided by a local guide to Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Bushman people painted and carved over 2,500 images 6,000 years ago. After a visit to the Living Museum of the Damara, we continue to the Petrified Forest, a geological phenomenon where wood has turned into stone. You will also see the world’s oldest living desert plant and Namibia’s national flower, the Welwitschia mirabilis plant.
After a breakfast in peace and quiet, you continue to Etosha National Park, famous for its wildlife. When you reach your camp which is just outside the park, you make your first game drive in the national park. Together with your safari guide you visit the various water holes near Okaukuejo and Anderson gate. If you wish and time is available, it is possible to book more safaris with the lodge at your own expense.
The day is perfect for a safari in Etosha National Park which surrounds a large salt flats “Etosha Pan”. The park houses Big 4, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The park became Namibia’s first national park as early as 1907, established by the then governor, von Lindequist. Although the park is large, you can only visit the southern part of the salt flats. The wildlife in Etosha National Park is largely focused around water holes, some are natural springs and some are boreholes. Ideal for seeing animals and there are over 114 different species and for bird enthusiasts there are over 340 different bird species. Here are species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelope such as kudu, oryx, elk and specimens of the endangered black rhino, cheetah and the black-headed impala.
Today, nine go on more safaris in the park with your guide. As an option, you can choose to book a game drive in an open jeep with the lodge’s ranger at extra cost (recommended). You can see animals that you have not yet seen and each watering hole offers new surprises. Etosha Pan dominates the park and is about 130 km long and 50 km wide. During the dry periods, the salt flats are a deadly place under the hot sun and then the animals gather at the water holes and become easy to see. But even during the rainy period, the park has lots of animals. You then get the privilege of seeing newborn foals, chicks and chickens with their parents and green vegetation comes to life again. In the afternoon you return to the lodge and enjoy the last evening.
After breakfast you go through the central part of the country and see the beautiful bush landscape on the way to the capital which is in the middle of the country. If time allows, you will stop in Okahandja for a visit to the craft market or on the main street in Windhoek to pick up the last souvenirs. The city is a melting pot of European architecture and African culture with a wide range of restaurants. You will be dropped off at your hotel if you are going to make one last night or at the airport if your flight goes home in the evening.
Return to Sweden.