This 7 day tour is the perfect overview of Southern Namibia. Starting in Windhoek, we make our way to Swakopmund on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast where we spend our first night. From here, we head south to explore the breath-taking Namib Desert and crossing the Tropic of Capricorn where we of course stop for photos. We then travel through Solitaire, with our nextdestination being Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, home to some of the world’s highest sand dunes. After 2 nights in the Sesriem area we continue on to Namibia’s deep south where breath taking landscapes abound. We spend 2 nights camping at Klein Aus, an incredible stop nestled amongst the rocks, and from here we visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop and spot the wild horses of the Namib Desert before heading east where we can gaze over the Fish River Canyon. We wrap up our incredible 6 day trip with the last night at the impressive Quiver Tree Forest before returning to Windhoek.
Day 1: Thursday Hotel A La Mer, Swakopmund
Our tour starts at Chameleon Backpackers where we meet for a pre-departure briefing. Anyone not staying at Chameleon Backpackers must be prepared for a 07h15 pickup. We depart Windhoek at 08h00 and drive via Okahandja and Usakos to the lagoon in Walvis Bay, where we will enjoy a light lunch. Here we have the opportunity
to see many species of wetland birds, including the Greater and Lesser flamingo. We aim to arrive in Swakopmund mid-afternoon and you have time to explore this quaint little town on foot. Our guide will be happy to recommend a good restaurant for our evening meal, or we can join for a group meal
Day 2: Friday Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem
Today we leave Swakopmund at 11h30 so we have the time to enjoy an optional activity. For the adrenaline junkies this could be flying down a sand dune head first at 60km/h on a sandboard, exploring the dune field on a quad biking tour or discover the “old city” of Swakopmund on a fat bike (e-bike option available). Whatever we choose, we depart Swakopmund no later than 11h30 and drive through the Namib Desert via the Kuiseb Pass, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping briefly in Solitaire and arriving at our camp late afternoon. We set up our tents, and enjoy the sunset over the Namib Desert while listening to the barking geckos. There is a pool and bar available, dinner is prepared by our guide. An early night is recommended.
Day 3: Saturday Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sesriem
A pre-dawn departure from camp this morning means we can enjoy the dunes at first light. We drive down an ancient river bed, surrounded by towering dunes and our first stop is at the famous Dune 45 where we have the chance to climb to the top to enjoy the sunrise. On descent we replenish our energy and enjoy breakfast before continuing on into the Sossusvlei area. We explore this unique area on foot, heading into Dead Vlei with its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees, contrasting with a backdrop of huge dunes with their ever-changing colours.
We have the opportunity to climb the dune at Sossusvlei before we return to Sesriem for lunch and a swim or siesta during the heat of the day. Mid-afternoon we visit the Sesriem Canyon before your guide drops you at Elim’s Dune for a short and educational sunset walk back to camp through the desert. Dinner tonight is prepared by our guide.
Day 4: Sunday Klein Aus Vista Campsite, Namib Desert
We pack up camp and enjoy breakfast before heading south through some of the most spectacular desert landscapes in Southern Namibia. Our destination today is the small outpost of Klein Aus, nestled in the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park. We arrive early afternoon and set up camp. For the active there is a short optional unguided
hiking trail. Permits and a map are available at reception. We enjoy a beautiful sunset and dinner prepared by our guide over an open-fire.
Day 5: Monday Klein Aus Vista Campsite, Namib Desert
After an early breakfast we make our way from Klein Aus to the ghost town, of Kolmanskop, situated 15km outside of Luderitz. During a diamond boom in 1910 Kolmanskop quickly became one of the richest towns in Africa boasting the southern hemisphere’s first X-ray machine, a bowling alley and luxury housing. As the diamond boom came to an end and the town’s inhabitants abandoned the area Kolmanskop became a ghost town. After our tour we continue our adventure to the small town of Luderitz, situated on the rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean and well known for its unique and colourful colonial-style buildings. We stop at Diaz Point, the famous site of the Original Diaz Cross and enjoy a picnic lunch. On return to Aus, we keep our eyes peeled for the wild horses of the Namib Desert that roam between Luderitz and Klein Aus. While the details of how these horses came to live in the desert are still a mystery, the mere fact that they have survived in the harshest of conditions is impressive, and any sighting of them is one to celebrate. We arrive back at camp late afternoon and can relax before enjoying another incredible sunset over the Aus Mountains. Dinner tonight is prepared by our guide.
Day 6: Tuesday Quiver Tree Forest, Keetmanshoop
We enjoy another early start this morning as we pack up camp and head east. Our first official stop is at the well-known Hell`s Bend viewpoint of the Fish River Canyon. Here we have the opportunity to overlook the second largest canyon in the world. The Fish River Canyon was formed millions of years ago by water erosion and the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth’s crust. After lunch we continue our adventure heading to our last destination; The Quiver Tree Forest. It is located just north-east of Keetmanshoop and here approximately 250 quiver trees can be found. The forest grew spontaneously and the oldest trees are estimated to be around 200-300 years old. The Quiver tree (Kokerboom in Afrikaans) is also Namibia’s national tree, and the forest was declared a national monument in 1995. The last night on our adventure is spent camping under the stars with meals prepared by our guide. This is an excellent location for photographing the stars should you be an avid photographer.
Day 7: Wednesday Windhoek – End of Safari
After a tasty cooked breakfast, we start the day with a chance to really explore the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground, a geological phenomenon of dolerite rocks that appear to have been stacked by giants. From here we begin our journey back to Windhoek passing Brukkaros Mountain, an extinct volcano which is 650m above the
surrounding area. We pass through the small towns of Mariental and Rehoboth before arriving at Chameleon Backpackers in Windhoek late afternoon. There is a shuttle option for those staying elsewhere within the city limits. No flights recommended on this day.
Word Of Mouth
I enjoyed a fabulous tour through southern Namibia visiting Soussouvlei, Aus, Luderitz, Fish River Canyon, the Devil’s Playground and everything in between! Namibia is a phenomenon with unmatched scenery, beautiful colors, interesting people, thrilling animal encounters and historical significance. What made my trip extraordinary was Gideon as my guide. His knowledge of the peoples and place gave my experience a depth I never could have achieved on my own. He was patient, gracious, an excellent driver and chef and an all around great traveling partner. Thank you Chameleons! Thank you Gideon! The best trip ever!
The whole trip was well organised and great fun. The Quiver Tree forest and Fish River Canyon were highlights – had already been to Sossusvlei – but still loved revisiting.
had a wonderful 7 day camping trip South of Namibia. I enjoyed every part of it, I got to learn so much, the guide Tulimo is very knowledgeable and quite easy going but still professional. I will recommend traveling with Chameleon Safaris at anytime. I stressed about nothing during my trip and everything was reasonably value for money. great budget trip.