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There are a few examples of German colonial architecture, including the 1910 Kaiserliches Postampt, and the town museum, housed in the 1895 Rhenish Mission Church, which itself is arguably more interesting than the contents of the museum inside. The ramshackle bits and pieces on display are good for killing an hour or so.


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$1610.66 Cultural & Theme Tours

Southern Namibia Tour

DAY 1 Time : 8:30 am Windhoek City > Kalahari DesertWe start our journey south on the main highway, traveling through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert that protrudes onto the eastern side of Namibia. Late this afternoon we hop onto an open vehicle for a late afternoon sunset drive. Accommodation: Suricate Tented Lodge or similar Meals: BLDDAY 2 Time : 8:00 am Kalahari Desert > Fish River Canyon AreaWe depart early morning through the town of Mariental and Keetmanshoop. Just outside the town you have the opportunity of visiting the Quiver Tree Forest, a spectacular collection of quiver trees in that part of Namibia. Then we continue to Fish River Canyon in Namibia is (allegedly) the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. Accommodation: Canyon Roadhouse or similar Meals: DBBDAY 3 Time : 6:00 am Fish River Canyon Area > Luderitz TownEarly-morning we head to the main view point where we can see how impressive this canyon actually is. This is an ideal opportunity for photos and to spend some time experiencing this amazing sight. We aim to arrive during the late afternoon. Accommodation: Nest Hotel or similar Meals: DBBDAY 4 Time : 8:00 am Luderitz > Kolmanskop (ghost town) > LuderitzThere is time to join an optional extra excursion, a marine trip, take a cruise around Luderitz bay and, weather permitting, to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins. N.B: The boat cruise is subject to availability and, if undertaken, will be for the clients own risk and expense. Accommodation: Nest Hotel or similar Meals: DBBDAY 5 Time : 8:00 am Luderitz > Sesriem AreaToday our trip head east to the town of Aus and then head north deep into the ancient southern Namib, travelling on small gravel roads and passing some tiny rural communities along the way. Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge or similar Meals: DBBDAY 6 Time : 5:00 am Sesriem Area > Sossusvlei (tall red sand dunes) > SesriemA pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, also visiting dune 45. Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge or similar Meals: DBBDAY 7 Time : 8:00 am Sesriem Area > Windhoek CityAfter breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek city. We are due back into the city after 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.

$3496.50 Multi-day & Extended Tours

14-Day Namibia Highlights from Windhoek

Starting out in Windhoek, leave for the Kalahari Desert where you'll enjoy a sunset nature drive. See the amazing Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop as well as the Naute Dam — Namibia’s third largest dam — and view the spectacular Fish River Canyon with a scenic sundowner drive in Aus. Explore the Duwisib Castle, a grand medieval fortress in the hills of Southern Namibia, and travel to Maltahöhe. Enjoy the timeless magnificence of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, with a 4x4 drive into the Namib Desert. See the Sesriem Canyon and Kuiseb Canyon, and travel to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Embark on a sundowner drive to the Moon Landscape near Swakopmund with ample time to explore this quaint and popular seaside city resembling a small German town. Visit the ancient rock engravings and the Organ Pipes in Twyfelfontein and the scenic vistas in Damaraland, and enjoy an amazing sundowner drive in the Aba Huab River. Visit a Damara village near Twyfelfontein and make the most of our game-viewing opportunities in Etosha National Park. You'll also stop at a local handicraft market in Okahandja on the way back to Windhoek.

$1667.50 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Southern Namibia Tour from Windhoek

Set out from Windhoek for the Kalahari Desert where you will be able to enjoy a sunset nature drive. We visit the spectacular Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop as well as Namibia’s third largest dam—the Naute Dam. The gorgeous Fish River Canyon will take your breath away with a scenic sundowner drive in Aus to end off your day. We explore a grand medieval fortress – called Duwisib Castle – built in the hills of Southern Namibia, and journey to Maltahöhe. Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei offer timeless magnificence combined with a 4x4 drive into the Namib Desert. We visit the Sesriem and Kuiseb canyons before travelling to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Enjoy a spectacular sundowner drive to the Moon Landscape near Swakopmund and explore this quaint and unique seaside city that offers a host of activities and attractions. Visit a local handicraft market in Okahandja on the way back to Windhoek.

$2040.65 Cultural & Theme Tours

9-Day Southern Namibia Tour from Windhoek

Set out from Windhoek for the Kalahari Desert where you will be able to enjoy a scenic nature drive. We visit the spectacular Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop as well as the Naute Kristall Cellar and Distillery near Naute Dam. The gorgeous Fish River Canyon will take your breath away and you will travel into the past with a visit to the eerie but fascinating Kolmanskop ghost town, a now deserted diamond mining town situated in the desert. We explore the small, historic and quaint town of Lüderitz on the beautiful coast. Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei offer timeless magnificence combined with the opportunity to walk up one of the majestic, high sand dunes of the Namib Desert. We visit the Sesriem Canyon before travelling to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Enjoy a visit to the shallow lagoon in Walvis Bay, with a myriad of birdlife, particularly flamingos, and explore the quaint and unique seaside city of Swakopmund that offers a host of activities and attractions. Visit a local handicraft market in Okahandja on the way back to Windhoek.

$2059.56 Cultural & Theme Tours

7 Day Southern Swing Accommodated

ItineraryDay 1: Windhoek – Kalahari (270 km)Pass By: Kalahari Anib Lodge, Gondwana Collection NamibiaWindhoek – Kalahari (270 km) You will be collected at your Windhoek accommodation between 07:30 & 08:00We start our journey south on the main highway, traveling through the thin strip of Kalahari Desert that protrudes onto the eastern side of Namibia. Stopping at small towns along the way including Rehoboth, traditional home of the Baster people and on to Kalkrand where you bid the main road farewell and head off into the Kalahari. The Kalahari Desert often surprises people when they first see it. It is very different from the Namib. First of all, remember that the Kalahari is not a desert. It receives more rain than a true desert should. The Kalahari is a fossil desert. Don’t expect to find tall Sossusvlei-style dunes devoid of greenery here. The Kalahari’s dunes are very different. They are often equally beautiful, but usually greener and less stark – and with this vegetation comes its ability to support more flora and fauna than a true desert.Late this afternoon we hop onto an open vehicle for a late afternoon sunset drive.The lodge lies on the edge of the Southern Kalahari in the mixed tree and shrub Savanna. The ranch is characterised by huge red sands dunes running parallel, and in a northern-westerly to south-easterly direction. This ‘Spirit of Africa’ atmosphere, coupled with service, delivered with graciousness and charm, in an unashamedly luxurious setting, will be the hallmarks of this establishment, providing excellent value and unforgettable memories for the discerning traveller.Meals included: • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Kalahari – Fish River Canyon area (400 km)Pass By: Canyon Roadhouse, Gondwana Collection NamibiaAn early morning departure to the town of Mariental and south to Keetmanshoop. Just outside the town you have the opportunity of visiting the Mesosaurus Fossil Site.We travel via the town of Keetmanshoop for overnight camping on the Fish River area. Here you have the opportunity of seeing the Quivertree. Quiver trees are not in fact trees, they are a type of aloe, (Aloe Dichotoma), so called because the branches fork “dictomously”. These weird looking plants dot the landscape in this part of the world and are locally common, however they are one of the world’s rarest flora species.Continue to the Canyon Roadhouse for the overnight.Due to its elaborate décor Canyon Roadhouse has acquired a sort of cult status in Namibia: the good old days of the automobile are celebrated in the theme restaurant and bar. Enjoy a slice of the legendary Amarula cheesecake among coachwork arranged with loving care. The geology, flora, fauna and history of the area are explained on display boards at the Canyon Information Centre. Situated directly on the road to the Fish River Canyon, 14 km from the gate to the viewing points, Canyon Roadhouse offers 24 immaculate en-suite rooms with air conditioning, a swimming pool and a petrol station.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Fish River area – Luderitz (430 km)Pass By: LÜDERITZ NEST HOTELThe Fish River Canyon in Namibia is (allegedly) the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breath taking. The towering rock faces and deep ravines were formed by water erosion and the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth’s crust over 500 million years ago. Today the canyon measures 160km long up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest. It is fair to say that when you arrive at the canyon though, its exact location is a bit of a mystery as the 500m vertical drop from the flat dry plateau is completely out of view.Early-morning we head to the main view point where we can see how impressive this canyon actually is. This is an ideal opportunity for photos and to spend some time experiencing this amazing sight. Viewing from the top we can see the river sparkling in the sunlight far below us, and can barely imagine how many millennia it took for the forces of erosion to carve such a magnificent vista.Time to pack upand move on to our next destination, the coastal town of Lüderitz where its colonial-style buildings cling to the rocks overlooking the bay, on some days a deep iridescent blue, on others grey and stormy, the crisp fresh climate, fishing boats bobbing up and down on the Atlantic horizon, penguins and seals diving beneath the waves, give the town a curious other-worldly allure.We aim to arrive at the Nest Hotel during the late afternoon. Dinner will be at client’s own expense tonight.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.Day 4: LuderitzPass By: LÜDERITZ NEST HOTELThere is time to join an optional extra excursion, a marine trip, take a cruise around Luderitz bay and, weather permitting, to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins. N.B: The boat cruise is subject to availability and, if undertaken, will be for the clients own risk and expense.Time to explore Luderitz Town with its traditional German architecture and later we will take a drive out to Diaz Point to see the bird life, hopefully a few seals and the stone cross replica, originally erected by the Portuguese mariner Bartholomew Diaz.Straight after the marine trip we drive out to Kolmanskop, a desert ghost town about 20 km out of Luderitz. It was built in the 1920’s during the diamond rush and was abandoned when bigger and better diamonds were found further along the coast. The area is still abandoned and the desert has encroached over the entire town, giving an eerie feeling and real meaning to the word “ghost”.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Luderitz – Sesriem area (125 km)Pass By: Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Khomas RegionTurning north, we once again head deep into the ancient southern Namib, travelling on small gravel roads and passing some tiny rural communities along the way. The scenery is harsh, and sometimes forbidding. The process of erosion in these areas is well advanced and we pass time rounded “koppies” arid terrain and outcrops of tortured rock.Traversing this bleak yet beautiful landscape, the terrain begins to change and we cross some open grass savannah and farmlands before the terrain begins to give way to the immense red sand dune desert of the Namib. We aim to arrive at our lodge during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Sossusvlei Lodge, SossusvleiPass By: Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Khomas RegionA pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert. After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, we head into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei on foot, trekking the last 5 km through the dunes. Landscape photo opportunities abound in the cool of the morning, with dawn’s soft light first illuminating the dunes from crest down the back slope, then blazing orange everywhere, creating a powerful contrasting vista across the whole desert. Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or ostrich makes it essential to remember your camera!We spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, also visiting dune 45. Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.The ancient clay pan at Deadvlei was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer’s dream.Dune 45 is renowned for its elegant shape, which – along with its position close to the road – have earned it the distinction of ‘most photographed dune in the world’. If you’re not keen for the strenuous hike to the top of Big Daddy, Dune 45 is a more forgiving alternative, standing at only 80 metres and featuring a much gentler gradient.As the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch, escaping the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon. Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyonReturn to the lodge for the overnight.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 7: Sesriem – Windhoek (370 km)Pass By: Windhoek Hosea Kutako International AirportAfter breakfast we begin our journey, over the mountains and along scenic roads, back to Windhoek. We will travel over the Naukluft Mountains and also the Khomas Hochland Range, through beautiful mountain passes on our way back to civilization.We are due back into the city after 16:00 and you will be dropped off at your accommodation on our return.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$1213.29 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7 Day Southern Swing - Camping

Day 1: Windhoek – Kalahari (270 km) (LD) (Camping)We depart from Windhoek in the morning and travel through the Kalahari Desert, arriving at our campsite in time for lunch. The afternoon consists of a game drive and a sundowner on top of one of the dunes. Day 2: Kalahari – Fish River Canyon Area (400 km) (BLD) (Camping)We leave the Kalahari Desert in the morning and visit the Mesosaurus Fossil Site just outside of Keetmanshoop. After our guided tour we continue on our way to our campsite for the night just 24km away from Fish River Canyon. Day 3: Fish River Canyon Area – Luderitz (430 km) (BL) (Hotel)It’s an early start to visit the breath taking landscape, Fish River Canyon. We get some time to visit a few of the canyons view points and take in the amazing views. After this, we head to the coastal town of Luderitz and aim to arrive late afternoon. Day 4: Luderitz – Aus (125 km) (BLD) (Camping)There is some free time this morning to take part in an additional boat trip if you wish to do so, or to just relax and enjoy the German architecture throughout the town. Late morning we drive to Kolmanskop and get a guided tour of the abandoned Ghost Town. After the tour we visit Diaz Point to see the bird life and stop to see the wild horses in Aus before reaching our campsite. Day 5: Aus – Sesriem (350 km) (BLD) (Camping)Heading north, we reach the Namib Desert driving through some beautiful landscapes. We arrive at the campsite late afternoon, ready for a beautiful sundowner over the desert. Day 6: Sesriem – Sossusvlei – Sesriem (120 km) (BLD) (Camping)A pre-dawn start is a must this morning in order to climb Dune 45 and watch the sunrise over the Namib Desert. We then take a drive to Dead Vlei and Big Daddy to spend some time here before heading back to the camp for a free afternoon. Late afternoon we explore Sesriem Canyon on foot (just 5km from the campsite) before coming back to the camp for a well earnt dinner. Day 7: Sesriem – Windhoek (350 km) (BL)After breakfast we begin our drive along the scenic roads back to Windhoek.