Namibia: The Magic South

Namibia: The Magic South

Travel from the Kalahari to Sossusvlei on this incredible 9 night fly drive

Discover the highlights of Namibia on this completely tailor-made fly drive itinerary. Travel through magical desert scenery and see famous Namibian landmarks, from Diaz Cross and Bogenfels Rock Arch to the stunning Quiver Tree Forest. You will also get to visit the Fish River Canyon, explore the red dunes of the Kalahari and canoe along the calm waters of the Orange River. Chat to one of our travel experts about planning your tailor-made road trip today.

Tour highlights

    • 8 nights from £1,925pp
    • Tailor-made itinerary, customised to your needs
    • Stay in luxury desert lodges
    • All meals included
    • Visit the Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei and Luderitz
    • Paddle along the Orange River
    • Star gazing in the Namib Desert

    Country information

    Best time to travel: May - October

    Time difference: None

    Flight time: 12 hours (via Johannesburg)

Itinerary

Day 1 (Kalahari Desert - 280km drive)

Kalahari Desert - 280km drive

Depart early morning into the largest sand mass on earth, the Kalahari Desert. The bushman refer to it as the “Soul of the World”, an emotive description for this incredible area with its deep red sand dunes and endless grass plains interspersed with acacias and shrubs. Enjoy the opportunity to experience the fauna and flora that has survived this desert environment for thousands of years on an optional nature drive in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Africa Zebra Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2 (Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon -460km)

Kalahari Desert - Fish River Canyon - 460km drive

Leave the Kalahari dunes behind you and travel onwards via isolated hills and endless rocky plains to the Quiver Tree Forest. Here you will find over 250 of these indigenous aloes in a single area. Later, carry on to the Fish River Canyon. Set in a harsh, rocky plain dotted with drought resistant plants, the canyon is undoubtedly one of earth's rare natural wonders.

 Accommodation: Canyon Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3(Fish River Canyon - 40km drive)

Fish River Canyon - 40km drive

This morning you can visit the Fish River Canyon. With a length of 170 kilometres and an average depth of 550 metres, it is the second largest canyon on earth. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your lodge at leisure or take part in a variety of optional activities offered.

Accommodation: Canyon Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Fish River Canyon - Orange River)

Fish River Canyon - Orange River

In the morning, you will travel south to the Orange River, forming the natural border to South Africa. Your lodge is situated directly along the calm flowing water, and offers exceptional birding and walking opportunities.

The more adventurous have the option of exploring the river and its beautiful environment on a canoe. As the river does not serve as a habitat for crocodiles or hippos, guests also have excellent opportunities to cool off in the Orange River.

Accommodation: Norotshama River Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5 (Orange River - Luderitz - 420km drive)

Orange River - Luderitz - 420km drive

After breakfast, travel 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.

Your hotel awards you a magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean and is the basis for a variety of exciting activities over the next two days.

Accommodation: Luderitz Nest Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 (Luderitz)

Luderitz

A full day can be used for excursions in and around Lüderitz, where the highlights include a visit to Kolmanskop. Another highlight of the area is Diaz Cross, a commemoration to the first European sailor who sailed past the point in 1487 and erected a cross to mark this important point in history.

You can also do a full day excursion into the prohibited Tsau//Khaeb National Park area to visit the awe-inspiring Bogenfels rock arch. Lüderitz also offers daily marine cruises on a Catamaran to experience the islands and Namibia’s only viewable African Penguin colony.

Accommodation: Luderitz Nest Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Luderitz - Namib Desert)

Luderitz - Namib Desert

This morning you travel via endless plains and along striking mountain ranges into the Namib Desert, the oldest desert on earth. Your lodge is situated very close to Sesriem, the gate to two of Namibia’s most celebrated attractions: Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Sossusvlei)

Sossusvlei

The best time to experience the Sossusvlei area is at sunrise when the light paints the dunes and desert palette into deep red, apricot and purple. From Sossusvlei, you can visit Dead Vlei, a surreal white clay pan surrounded by monumental dunes and dotted with age-old Camelthorn trees. On the way back, visit the Sesriem Canyon.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Sossusvlei - Windhoek International Aiport

Sossusvlei - Windhoek International Aiport - 350km drive

After a relaxed breakfast, travel up the Namibian plateau and back to Windhoek, where you return your rental vehicle and where your tour ends. Alternatively, travel to Swakopmund to connect with other tour options.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Pricing

This fly drive itinerary runs all year round

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