Windhoek – Sesriem – Sossusvlei– Swakopmund – Windhoek
Depart from Windhoek and travel via the “Kupferberg Pass” through the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland. This is a large ridge of higher ground in the centre of the country. Rivers have eroded many deep valleys and altitudes range between 1,700 and 2,000 m above sea level. After a short rest with lunch packs descend via the breathtaking Spreetshoogte Pass to the plains of the Namib Desert below. Drive south and experience the unsurpassed scenery of the rugged Naukluft Mountains to our left and the dune landscape to our right. Overnight at a lodge near Sesriem.
Early in the morning we depart on an excursion to Sossusvlei, a large clay pan in the centre of the Namib Desert surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world. Make the effort and climb one of the spectacular dunes and the sight of the dynamic and living desert may overwhelm you. Breakfast packs at Sossusvlei. Visit Sesriem Canyon: As a result of erosion over many centuries, a narrow gorge of about one kilometre in length was formed about 30 to 40 metres deep. Early explorers had to tie six lengths of thongs together to draw water from the pools in the canyon, hence the name “Sesriem”. Lunch at Sossusvlei Lodge. Return to our lodge in the afternoon. Dinner / bed / breakfast at the lodge.
After breakfast depart to our next destination, the coastal town of Swakopmund. Our drive takes us via the Gaub and Kuiseb Passes, and onto Walvis Bay, which is the only deep-sea harbour in Namibia. Pay a visit to the lagoon, a birds’ paradise where thousands of flamingos can be seen. Arrive in Swakopmund in the afternoon. Dinner at a restaurant in Swakopmund. Overnight at a hotel in Swakopmund.
There is time for a bit of shopping in Swakopmund before we return to Windhoek via the historical towns of Usakos and Karibib. Time permitting, we stop in Okahandja for a visit of the graves of the great Herero chiefs and members of the German “Schutztruppe” as well as the carvers market. Lunch en route. Arrive at Windhoek in the afternoon.