Special offer: A General Tour of Namibia

19 days – EUR 1,992.00 pp in dbl-room1
Mariental, Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz, Sossusvlei-Sesriem, Swakopmund, Omaruru, Etosha Park-Süd, Mount Etjo, Windhoek

This tour provides an overview of the entire country: from the Fish River Canyon in the arid south, to the Sossusvlei sand dunes, to the animal paradise of the Etosha in the north. Overnight accommodation is generally provided on guest farms.


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1st day: Mariental

Austrian hospitality in the Kalahari
Austrian hospitality in the Kalahari
Arrival at the airport.

Rental car pick-up
Type: Hyundai IX35 (2x4) or Similar
Pick-up location: Windhoek, Airport

to the Kalahari
Distance: 300km    Time: 4:00h


Accommodation: Anib Kalahari Lodge

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
In the midst of the red dunes of the Kalahari in eastern Namibia, Anib Kalahari Lodge rises like a plush green oasis: the restaurant and chalets are arranged around a shaded courtyard with a large swimming pool. Located close to Mariental, the lodge makes for an ideal stopover on the way south. Join a 4x4 drive through Gondwana Kalahari Park at sunrise or around sunset, spend time watching vultures and marabou storks at the feeding place for carrion birds, or explore the Kalahari on foot by following one of our hiking trails.


Details: Kalahari
The Kalahari is a flat and dry semi-desert and stretches over 1,2 million km², covering a large part of Southern Africa. It stretches from South Africa through Namibia and into Angola as well as a large part of Botswana. In the east it reaches Zimbabwe and Zambia. The best features are the pans, in which the rare rain accumulates and then evaporates soon after. A well-known example of such a pan would be the Etosha pan in Namibia.
Map: 1st day: Mariental

2nd day: Fish River Canyon

The main Lodge
The main Lodge
the dry south of Namibia
Distance: 430 km    Time: 6:00 h


Accommodation: Canyon Village

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Canyon Village lies at the foot of a sweeping rock face in Gondwana Cañon Park. Well-appointed cottages in the Cape Dutch style afford views of the vast canyon scenery. The thatched main building is built right into the massive granite boulders and houses a restaurant and cosy bar. With the famous Fish River Canyon just 20 km away the village is a perfect starting point for exploring the canyon. Dozens of murals depict the history and culture of the Bondelswart Nama, the earlier inhabitants of this area. Relish the peace and quiet and enjoy the views at the 'pool with a view'.


Details: Fish River Canyon
Besides the Grand Canyon, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. It is approximately 161km long, 30km wide and 550m deep. Centuries ago, the canyon must have carried a huge amount of water to erode it to this extent. Today the Fish River is a small stream drying up in winter except for a few water holes.
The main viewpoint is accessible from the D324. Make time to hike down into the canyon (minimum time: approximately 2 hours return trip). A 3 to 5 day hiking trail winds through the Fish River Canyon starting at the main viewpoint and ending at Ai Ais. The trail has no fixed overnight camps and is closed in the hot summer months because of the extreme heat in the canyon. Ai Ais affords you the possibility to bathe in hot springs.
Map: 2nd day: Fish River Canyon

4th day: Lüderitz

Accommodation with a difference
Accommodation with a difference
The feral horses in the desert near Aus
The feral horses in the desert near Aus
Fishing town
Fishing town
towards Luderitz
Distance: 280 km    Time: 4:00 h


Accommodation: Klein Aus Vista

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Solitude, silence, space and magnificent sunsets - these are the characteristics of the atmosphere at Eagle's Nest Chalets. A 15 minutes' drive from the reception at the Desert Horse Inn, the chalets are nestled against a mountain slope and afford unique views of the boundlessness of the desert. Each of the natural rock chalets sits between massive granite boulders and contains a bathroom, kitchenette, fireplace and private veranda. Meals are served at the Desert Horse Inn restaurant. Take-away breakfast or barbecue packs are available on request.

From here day trips to Lüderitz can be arranged. The owners have exclusive rights to enter parts of the southern Namib Naukluft Park and arrange trips with their guests in 4x4 vehicles to view the wild horses which have been living there for about 100 years. If you have had enough driving, you can hike or climb the mountains to enjoy the wonderful view of the desert. Lunch and dinner are served on request.
Please re-fuell : in Aus

Details: Lüderitz
This town in a bay along the stormy sea of the Atlantic Ocean was one of the first places where Europeans looked for shelter in Namibia. The town was named after a German from Bremen who bought the bay and surrounding farms for 250 guns and 600 British pounds. One year later, Bismarck declared the area a part of the German Reich, which started the colonization of Southwest Africa.
In the beginning, the town did not play much of a part in the economy, on account of its remoteness. This, however, changed instantly when diamonds were found 15km inland at Kolmanskop. Unfortunately for the town the industrial boom lasted for a few years only when the diamond mining company moved to Oranjemund where diamond mining was more profitable.
The town centre has a few well restored buildings in art deco of Wilhelmian style.

Details: Lüderitz
This town in a bay along the stormy sea of the Atlantic Ocean was one of the first places where Europeans looked for shelter in Namibia. The town was named after a German from Bremen who bought the bay and surrounding farms for 250 guns and 600 British pounds. One year later, Bismarck declared the area a part of the German Reich, which started the colonization of Southwest Africa.
In the beginning, the town did not play much of a part in the economy, om account of its remoteness. This, however, changed instantly when diamonds were found 15km inland at Kolmanskop. Unfortunately for the town the industrial boom lasted for a few years only when the diamond mining company moved to Oranjemund where diamond mining was more profitable.
The town centre has a few well restored buildings in art deco of Wilhelmian style.
Map: 4th day: Lüderitz

6th day: Sossusvlei-Sesriem

The chalets
The chalets
The dunes reach up to 400m in the Sossusvlei
The dunes reach up to 400m in the Sossusvlei
Red dunes and dusty roads
Distance: 350 km    Time: 6:00 h


Accommodation: A little Sossus Lodge

3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
A Little Sossus Lodge lies 35km southeast of Sesriem. It is surrounded by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft mountains with views of the distant dunes in the west. In this exquisite location, you will be accommodated in simple but stylish stone chalets, built from the local occurring rock. The interiors of the chalets are luxuriously furnished and offer an en-suite bathroom. The main area of the lodge is an old farmhouse converted into a homely meeting place where you will experience a friendly and welcoming ambience. All areas are open plan inviting guests to wander around freely. On the well sheltered verandah you can enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cozy lounge is decorated with ethnic African décor and comfortable leather sofas. Satellite TV is available as well as internet and fax/phone facilities. A swimming pool is available to guests. Scrumptious African cuisines with fresh produce from their own gardens are prepared for the guests.
Activities include Sundowner drives, Self-guided walks, tranquil relaxation, and in the immediate area Sossusvlei excursions, Ballooning, 4x4 trails in the Naukluft.

 

Details: Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei lies approximately 65 km to the west of Sesriem in a spectacular dune landscape. The last 5 km are only accessible by 4x4 vehicle or on foot. It is the outflow of the Tsauchab River into a basin, resulting in a pan, that provides much needed water to gemsbok, ostrich and other game that live in the desert. Up to 300m high dunes surround the vlei with some green vegetation within the pan. Often the water seeps away into the ground, leaving a white clay surface.

Sossusvlei is a part of the Namib Naukluft Park and entry to the vlei must be arranged with the gate office.
Map: 6th day: Sossusvlei-Sesriem

9th day: Swakopmund

The modern guest house
The modern guest house
The lighthouse in Swakopmund
The lighthouse in Swakopmund
From the desert to the coast
Distance: 330km Travel time: 6:30 h


Accommodation: Intermezzo

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Intermezzo Guesthouse, a small bed and breakfast, is tucked away in a peaceful area just two minutes walk from the beach and 15 minutes from the centre of town. Enjoy the tranquil garden or relax with a good book in the reading lounge. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Breakfasts are a treat!


Details: Swakopmund
Swakopmund has the characteristics of a German town. Approximately 80% of the inhabitants still speak German. The climate is similar to that of central Europe. The cold Benguela current originating at the South Pole makes the coastline foggy and cool. The fog stops abruptly just 10 km inland, where the hot African sun takes over. Many Namibians take advantage of this difference in temperature in the hot inland summer months between October and March to escape to Swakopmund. Do not, however, expect a sea like the Caribbean. The water temperature rarely rises above that of the North Sea.

Swakopmund is the ideal starting point for excursions to Cape Cross, where thousands of seals occupy the rocky beach, or a trip along the Skeleton Coast.
Map: 9th day: Swakopmund

11th day: Omaruru

Holiday on a hunting farm
Holiday on a hunting farm
Erongo Mountains and Omaruru
Distance: 220km    Time: 3:00h


Accommodation: Immenhof Guest Farm

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The von Seydlitz family has owned the 5000 ha estate since 1913. It was turned into a game farm a couple years ago. In addition to large numbers of game (oryx antelopes, cheetahs and warthogs) some particularly beautiful rock paintings by the original inhabitants of Namibia can be seen. Immenhof possesses its own aeroplane, which can be used for flights above the bush, to the Skeleton Coast and to the Himba. Horseback riding is also possible.
Please refuel: at Omaruru


Details: Omaruru
Omaruru has only a few thousand inhabitants and is known as the green centre of Namibia. The vegetation consists of lush bush as it is situated on higher ground attracting numerous species of animals.
Bushmen hunted here many centuries before modern man arrived, leaving behind countless bushman paintings. The Herero Tribe grazed their livestock in this area prior to the clashes with the German colonial government. The "Francke" Tower in Omaruru bears witness to the uprising of the Herero against the German colonial Government of that time. Many hunting farms are located between Omaruru and the Etosha Pan.
Map: 11th day: Omaruru

13th day: Etosha Park-Süd

Water holes - meeting places for animals
Water holes - meeting places for animals
Protecting one another at a water hole
Protecting one another at a water hole
Age-old Animal sanctuary
Distance: 320 km    Time: 4:30 h


Accommodation: Okaukuejo Camp

3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Okaukuejo is located at the southern entrance to the park. It is the best and quietest of all the Etosha camps. A waterhole in close proximity to the camp attracts game, especially in the winter months. Game can be viewed during the night as permanent floodlights illuminate the waterhole. The camp has a Restaurant.


Details: Water holes
In Southern Africa water plays a vital role in the survival of animals. If it rains in the game reserves, water is available at most water holes and rivers and animals are able to spread out and manage to stay out of one another's way. The opposite happens in the semi-arid areas and drier months. The surface water is restricted to fewer holes and pools and attracts game from far and wide. Now animals have to interact that otherwise choose not do so. Pecking orders are established and tolerance of other species becomes easier as they are forced to drink side by side.

Etosha Park has many such water holes, some of which are located close to rest camps. There one can easily spend as much as half a day (or night) observing elephant mothers protecting their little ones from attacks by hyenas, or zebra that are chased away by lions, etc.

Details: Etosha National Park
The 5,000 km² park is a part of the Kalahari trough, a huge inland lake area where water has nowhere to go. The Kunene River used to feed this lake but changed its course around 80,000 years ago, turning it into a salt-pan. The lake is mostly dry, unless exceptional rains occur. Temperatures are quite pleasant in the winter months between April and September but the summer months are usually extremely hot.

To the south of the Pan, where the camps are situated, waterholes attract game in numbers. The park has approximately 1,500 elephants, 300 lions, black rhinos, leopards, and many antelope species. Although the park is reasonably large, its area is not adequate for the elephants, as they travel thousands of kilometres in their lifetime and keep knocking down the fences. There are plans to increase the size of the park, but as yet no specific decision has been taken.

The entrance fees have to be paid at the gate: N$15.00 per car and N$120.00 per person/day (unchanged since 2008).
Map: 13th day: Etosha Park-Süd

16th day: Mount Etjo

Mount Etjo - a place of refuge
Mount Etjo - a place of refuge
Scrubland und dry savannah
Distance: 290 km    Time: 4:00 h


Accommodation: Mount Etjo Safari Lodge

2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Mount Etjo Safari Lodge nestles within the Okonjati Wildlife Sanctuary, which was founded by world-renowned conservationist Jan Oelofse during the early 1970s.
Here, approximately 180 km north of Windhoek in one of the most scenic parts of Namibia, you can come into close contact with nature. Hundreds of species of birds and mammals can be sighted here, including elephants, black and white rhinos, hippos, giraffes and numerous varieties of antelope ranging from the majestic Kudu to the diminutive Damaraland Dik-Dik. Predators, such as lions, leopards and cheetahs, also roam the area. Game viewing is conducted from open safari vehicles and on foot, accompanied by experienced guides.
"Etjo" means place of refuge. Guests are accommodated in natural surroundings and may elect to stay in Rhino Lodge, which is more for visitors who like peace and quiet surrounded by nature, or the Main Lodge. Rooms are comfortably furnished, with en-suite bath facilities, and a number of rooms in the Main Lodge are equipped with private Jacuzzis. The Main Lodge has a swimming pool and garden area overlooking a waterhole, where many animals, including hippos, can be observed.


Details: Mount Etjo
The Okonjati Game Reserve was founded in the 1970s by the famous environmentalist Jan Oelofse. It is situated in one of the most beautiful landscapes in Namibia around Mount Etjo. Game has been carefully reintroduced into the 22,000 hectares of bushland. In addition to elephants, lions, hippos, white rhinos and leopards, numerous endangered species now live in the park, including roan antelopes and sable antelopes. The lodge offers game drives in open jeeps. A UN conference held at Mount Etjo in 1989 represented a major step towards Namibian independence.
Map: 16th day: Mount Etjo

18th day: Windhoek

View beautiful sunsets over Windhoek from the deck
View beautiful sunsets over Windhoek from the deck
Lutheran Church overlooking Windhoek
Lutheran Church overlooking Windhoek
Namibia's Capital
Distance: 230 km    Time: 3:00 h
Distance: 270 km    Time: 3:30 h (to airport)


Accommodation: Tamboti Guest House

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
The guesthouse is centrally located in a quiet suburb of Windhoek. The thatched roof of the building and the interior decoration of natural wood create a relaxing atmosphere. All rooms are spacious and have their own bathroom. A pool and entertainment area is available for the guests.


Details: Windhoek
The approach to the airport will give you a first impression of the vast and desolate landscape of Namibia. Windhoek itself seems more like a town than a capital city. The importance of Windhoek will be understood only on the return journey through Namibia, as the vastness and emptiness of the country becomes evident. Only then will Windhoek's status as a world city be revealed.

The city is characterised by a mixture of old German colonial architecture and modern functional buildings. Places of interest include the landmark Lutheran Church (Christuskirche) and the old Germany fort built in 1890.

There is yet another side to Windhoek: Kattutura ("where nobody wants to live"), a township of Windhoek. Even though it is not one of the worst slums, it is a reminder that Namibia is both a first and a third World country. This contrast will be apparent throughout the journey around the country.
Map: 18th day: Windhoek

19th day: Windhoek

Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Windhoek, Airport

Additional Services

Climate Compensation
For more information on our project, please refer to our website:
www.umfulana.com/about-umfulana/projects/climate-compensation

Rental car

Rental car company: AVIS Namibia
Type: Hyundai IX35 (2x4) or Similar (Group K)

Accessories: Manual transmission, 5 Door, Radio/CD, Airbags, Air-conditioning, ABS, Electric Windows, Power Steering, Central Locking, NOT 4 wheel drive.
Capacity: 4 persons, 2 medium bags (soft), 1 small bag

max excess: nil
AVIS
Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 2,469.001
(EUR 1,992.00)1




The tour can begin on any date desired.
Best Travel Time:
February – November

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