Faces of the Namib
Breath-taking horizons, unspoiled territory, long stretches of sand dunes and beautiful blue skies are exactly what you can expect in Namibia. Enjoy an optional dolphin cruise from Walvis Bay harbor or experience a scenic flight over the desert for a dazzling viewpoint.
Cost of Faces of the Namib package
• From R10 950 per person sharing
*Single supplements available
• 10-15 Dec 2017
• 16-21 Dec 2017
• 28 Dec 2017-02 Jan 2018
• Camping and accommodation fees
• Concession fees and levies
• Experienced guides with own vehicles
• Breakfast and dinner daily
• Two way radio’s for vehicles
• Communal camping equipment (e.g. braai grid, cooking facilities & equipment, tables, wash-up facilities, shower, toilet etc.)
• Travel insurance
• Vehicle insurance
• Camping gear
• Things of personal nature
Type of package
• Guided 4×4 safari
Optional activity package
• A scenic flight over the desert
• Dolphin cruise
• Pre and post tour accommodation
Faces of the Namib package itinerary
Day 1: Solitaire
Arrive at Solitaire late afternoon and get the last minute supplies and fill fuel tanks for the next five days. Meet the guides and fellow travellers, be briefed and enjoy a lovely meal around the campfire.
Day 2: Solitaire to Kuiseb River Canyon
Depart from Solitaire and enter the Namib Nauklüft Park, 35km north of town. Cross the Namib plains more or less on the same ox-wagon route followed by early settlers. The landscape gradually changes from the typical Namib Plains into a colourful landscape of red sand dunes separated by grassy plains. Proceed westwards along the edge of the canyon until you reach a spot where the dunes fall right into the river, near Homeb. Depending on the status of the river (which may be in flood) ‘slip’ into the river enjoying its unique eco- system. On the northern side of the Kuiseb you will come across the southernmost examples of the Welwitschia mirabilis plant, endemic to the Namib Desert. The night is spent under the desert sky!
Day 3: Dessert Crossing
The Namib Desert follows the coast of Namibia for approximately 2000 kilometers. It varies in width from 80 to 200 kilometers where it meets the Namib escarpment. From Homeb, head southwest into the “sand sea”. The dune straits are massive, and the dunes themselves even more impressive. Most are in excess of 150m high. You will once again make camp amongst them, enjoying the unique thrill of desert camping.
Day 4/5: Conception Bay and Ghost towns
In the area between Conception Bay and Meob Bay the mining settlements of Holsatia, Charlottenfelder and Grillenberger were established during the heyday of diamond mining. The first European to set foot on Namibian soil was the Portuguese explorer, Diogo Cao or Diogo Cam, followed by Bartholomew Diaz two years later, on 8 December 1487. This date represented the holiday of “Maria’s Conception”. Therefore the bay received the name” Santa Maria da Conceicao” (Conception Bay). Today you will most likely see vast flocks of birds, drive past Cape Fur seal colonies, visit the wreck of the Eduard Bohlen near Conception Bay and see various relics dating back to the diamond mining era. For the following two nights you will be camping in the Conception Bay area, either at “Leeukoppie” (Lion’s Head) or at “Conception Water” – depending on progress and/or weather).
Day 6: Langewand to Walvis Bay
From Conception Bay you will be driving on the beach. Scenery is truly magnificent. Head northwards towards Sandwich Bay passing the wreck of the Shawnee and negotiating the famed Langewand where massive dunes come straight down into the sea. After Langewand the trail once again leads into the dunes, circumnavigating the saltpan ‘extensions’ of Sandwich Harbour. The dunes are still getting progressively larger, offering drivers an ever-changing dune driving experience. Accommodation for the last evening in Walvis Bay is included. The time has sadly come to say your good-byes to new friends made during this adventure of a lifetime.
Term and conditions
• Conditions and validities apply
• Prices may change due to seasonal and exchange rate fluctuations
• Exchange rate fluctuations above Euro 1 = ZAR18.00
• This offer is subject to availability
• Excludes high season/school holidays