Southern Namibia and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
For those that like exploring the different kinds of deserts found in Namibia then this itinerary should satisfy their interests. It is an ideal self drive trip with stunning scenery and wildlife.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Day 1: Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert
Day 3: Aus
Day 5: Fish River Canyon
Day 7: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Day 12: Kalahari, Namibia
Day 14: Windhoek
A taste of all 4 deserts in Namibia and the wildlife that manages to survive in these harsh environments. Stunning scenery and the chance to explore the different types of desert make this a great self drive destination.
Day 1 – Sossusveli
Drive from the highlands of Windhoek down in to the Namib Desert with its giant red coloured sand dunes. Choose a lodge within the Park or on the edge to make the most of the changing colours of the dunes.
2 Nights in Sossusvlei Lodge
Day 2 – Sossusveli
An early start as you drive in to the Namib Park and the Dune fields as the sun rises. The changing colours are a photographers dream with the added bonus of animal and birds found here. Climb Big Daddy – allegedly the largest sand dune in the world! Perhaps take a balloon trip over the desert and note the star shaped dunes.
Day 3 – Aus
Your next stay is in the Aus Mountains on the edge of the Namib and Karoo deserts. Wonderful walks take you through the mountains with views in all directions or on to the plains, where the wild horses live.
2 Nights in Klein Aus Eagle’s Nest
Day 4 – Aus
Take a day trip down to Namibia’s second port. Luderitz. Just as you getting there turn off to visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop, once a diamond town with an opera house and thriving community. Wander through the houses and buildings that are slowly being reclaimed by the desert sands. The coast line is rugged and home to colonies of seals and penguins.
Day 5 – Gondwana
Your stay in the Nama Karoo is close the second largest Canyon in the world, Fish River Canyon. Look out for the quiver tree, an aloe indigenous to Southern Africa and dassies living amongst the giant boulders found in this area. Perhaps stay in one of the lodges that have its chalets interwoven with the boulders.
2 nights in Canon Lodge, Gondwana
Day 6 – Gondwana
Explore the area and certainly visit the rim of this gigantic canyon.
Day 7 – Kalahari
Drive to the SE border of Namibia and then cross in to South Africa and the remote Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Stay in a couple of locations in the Park to make the most of the unique environment deep in the Kalahari Desert. Places to consider would be Two Rivers, Kalahari Tented Camp and Nossob.
2 nights in Kalahari Tented Camp
Day 8 – Kalahari
The huge dunes are linear here and there is good vegetation in between which supports a host of wildlife. There is a wildebeest and springbok migration in the area making the most of the infrequent rains and waterholes. This attracts the predators such as cheetah and lion. The male of the later are famous for their dark heavy manes.
Day 9 – Bitter Camp
Change camp and explore further in to the Park.
3 nights at Bitter Camp
Day 12 – Kalahari
Leave the Park today and start your drive back towards Windhoek. Break the journey with a stay in a private game reserve in the Kalahari. Go for a chalet perched on the top of the dunes for stunning views, particularly at sunset.
1 night at Bagatelle Kalahari Lodge
Day 13 – Windhoek
Overnight in Windhoek.
Wander through the piles of giant boulders stacked one on top of another in the Giants Playground. This natural phenomenon is home to colonies of dassies which in turn attracts eagles that hunt them. The quiver trees that grow here add to the photo opportunities.
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