Namibia Hiking Tour - 14 Days
Welcome on your hiking tour through Namibia.
After your arrival in Windhoek, you will explore the city in the afternoon. Visit the Old Festivals and Museum, the Church of Christ, the Ink Palace and the former Imperial Road, now Independence Avenue. Here you will find many shops, the pedestrian zone and excellent cafés and restaurants. In the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant.
On your second day, you will drive to the area of the Naukluft Mountains and arrive at the Tsauchab River Lodge shortly afternoon.
In the afternoon we will go on a 2-hour hike to the Rooikop. The effort of the ascent is rewarded with an impressive panoramic view from the summit.
Today we have a special highlight on the program - the Olive Trail. Rugged rock formations, fig and wild olive trees, hidden heights, water holes and a refreshing spring stream. The Olive Trail is one of the most beautiful hiking experiences of the Naukluft mountains. The hike (climbing tour) is demanding and takes about 4 - 5 hours.
After the descent, you will return to the lodge.
On the 4th day, after a 1.5-hour hike through an area overgrown with fig trees, we set off for the Desert Homestead Lodge near Sossusvlei.
After a short siesta, we start a two to three-hour hike (easy) to our sundowner site on the farmland of the lodge. The terrain is relatively flat, and we enjoy the views and views of the mountains, which are partly surrounded by dunes. In the afternoon there are also good possibilities for taking pictures here, as the play of colours on the hills and dunes is spectacular. This wide savannah with grass growth offers food for herds of oryx and springbok, thus also zebras and ostriches.
Today you leave before the sunrises. Highlights of the Namib Naukluft National Park are the dunes around Sossusvlei, which shimmer reddish-orange in the morning light and are up to 300 m high, the highest dunes in the world. They are vast, dried-out clay pan with bizarrely shaped acacia tree skeletons, which watch over the endless sand scenery like lonely scarecrows. A sandy hike of about 2.5 hours leads to the dune ridges from where you have a fantastic view over the sand sea shining in the light of the morning sun.
Afterwards, we visit Sesriem Canyon. As it goes down from the plain, it is really only visible when you arrive. The canyon is only 1 km long, a short but spectacular hike.
The rest of the afternoon is at your free disposal. On this day, on the way to Swakopmund, you will pass some of the most beautiful spots of the Namib Naukluft Park, the Kuiseb Canyon, the Welwitschia area, where the unique primaeval Welwitschia mirabilis grows, and the so-called Moon Landscape, which truly deserves its name. After several days in solitude, it is good to be among people again.
On your seventh day, you will drive to the Walvis Bay natural harbour. Here you chug through the bay by boat, onboard you will be served oysters and sparkling wine. In the afternoon, your guide will take you through Swakopmund. German is spoken here, and it is not difficult to get into a conversation with the people of Swakopmund.
Today you will leave the coast on your way to the Erongo Mountains, which you will reach around noon. In the afternoon we hike through the spectacular rocky landscape of the "Boulder Forest" with huge granite rocks and lush vegetation. On the steep slopes of the mountain, mineral prospectors are looking for rare rocks and crystals, a good opportunity to get into a conversation with the mineral seekers who work there.
On your day today, after breakfast, we will go to a sand village where we will get an insight into the life of the San people. Since 2008, the Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San (also called Bushmen) on Omandumba Farm can be visited. The Living Museum of the San enjoys because of its good location and especially the quiet, interactive presentation of the culture by the San of growing popularity. From here the journey continues to the Etemba Wilderness Camp on Etemba Farm. After a lunch snack, we start on a hike of about two hours (easy). During the guided hike on well-developed trails, there are many of the rock paintings to see, which have been registered as a national monument of Namibia for more than 50 years. Today you reach the Ugab Terraces and the 35m high Finger Cliff, which rises vertically into the landscape like a forgotten menhir of Obelix. In the course of the afternoon, we reach our lodge at the entrance to the Etosha National Park, where you can spend the rest of the day at the pool or on the terrace overlooking a waterhole.
Today you drive for a full-day excursion to the Etosha National Park. There you will see zebras, springboks, giraffes and many more animals. All these animals gather around the waterholes, best chances for your personal photo of the year! And in the evening we go on night game drive in the private game reserve of our accommodation.
Today you will go once again to see the animals in the Etosha National Park. In the afternoon you hike in the company of a ranger in the private Okutala Game Reserve. This is a good opportunity to get in touch with the small animals and the flora.
The journey is nearing its end. South of the Etosha National Park there are huge farms and our destination today is a comfortable guest farm near Otavi. In the afternoon we will go on a hike (about 2 hours, easy) to explore the beautiful landscape on the farm — afterwards a refreshment in the pool. Maybe the farmer will join us in the evening and tell you about the ups and downs of Namibian farm life.
Today you will put your hiking boots to the test one last time. Our hike leads us to the stalactite caves in the Uisib Mountains. After a sweaty ascent, a magical fairytale world opens up.
Today you will, unfortunately, fly back home.
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