11-day Southern Namibia Hiking Adventure

Southern Namibia Hiking Adventure
Southern Namibia Hiking Adventure

Combining three incredible hikes in three incredibly beautiful parts of southern Namibia for an absolutely amazing adventure, this 11-day tour includes 8 days of hiking in the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei and the Naukluft Mountains. Beautiful scenery, extraordinary animals and plants and perfect solitude. What more could you want?

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11 days
Namibia, Sossusvlei, Windhoek
transfers, accommodation, guide, cooking equipment, general hiking equipment, meals while on the hike
Excludes: backpacks, mattresses, sleeping bags, water bottles and personal hiking equipment, mandatory insurance, tips, alcoholic beverages
Hiking Duration: 8 days
Hiking Distance: (Namib Desert Hike???)km + 5km + 64km
Difficulty level: Moderate + Low + High

Tour Brief

The guided Southern Namibia Hiking Adventure combines three hikes: the achingly serene Namib Desert Hike in the NamibRand Nature Reserve; the spectacular Sossusvlei Dunes and the stark beauty of the Naukluft Mountains.

The Namib Desert Hike is a moderate difficulty hike covering ????km in 4 days over mostly undulating grassy dunes, rocky plains and mountainous terrain. The Namib is a beautiful and vast piece of uninhabited nature reserve. Multi-coloured mountain ranges rise into the sky on the horizon, rust-red sand dunes ripple with the wind and soft white grass sways in the desert breeze while a great dome of blue sky presides over the whole tableau. Stately oryx grace the plains and springbok, ostriches and many fascinating desert creatures form part of this amazing ecosystem.

Sossusvlei is easily one of Namibia's most famous landmarks and the great sand sea is an absolute must on any itinerary especially a hiking tour. The world's tallest dunes in the world's oldest desert attract a steady stream of visitors for good reason. Ancient petrified trees dot a vast salt pan surrounded by red ochre dunes rising sheer into the deep blue sky; watch the sun rising from atop one of these monster dunes and feel small - very small.

The Naukluft Mountains form the spectacularly scenic transition between Namibia's central plateau and the Namib desert. With plenty of ups and downs on rocky terrain carrying all your supplies this is by no means an easy walk. But it is beautiful with wildebeest, kudu, the endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra, klipspringer and springbok plus plenty of birds and some fascinating plants and all around you the scenic beauty of the Namib stretching into the horizon.

The three hikes vary from easy to fairly difficult and you will carry a full day pack. Water supplies are available at your overnight camps but you do need to carry your day's rations. The overnight stops are out in the open with no facilities but there are no dangerous animals or creatures so you will be perfectly safe under a canopy of stars.

The Southern Namibia Hiking Adventure runs from March to September and groups are limited to 7 so advance booking is essential.

The Southern Namibia Hiking Adventure starts and ends in Windhoek. If you have a few more days to spare, consider adding Etosha and the Waterberg to your itinerary. Both have excellent walking options or you might want to rest your legs for a change.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek

Arrive in Windhoek the day before your tour starts and explore the city at your leisure: museums, galleries, craft markets, historic buildings, township tours and shops. Make the most of your luxury before the hiking begins.

Day 2: NamibRand Nature Reserve

Pick-up from your Windhoek accommodation is at a bright and early 8am to cover the scenic six-hour drive south-west to the NamibRand Nature Reserve.

On arrival at the start point, you will share out the hiking equipment and set off for a short afternoon taster of two to three hours over the red sand dunes and savannah favoured by the oryxes and springbok that live in these testing conditions.

Your first night in the desert will be a night to remember and that's a fact. The stars, the stillness and that unmistakable feeling of being very, very far from civilisation is what brought you here in the first place. You won't be disappointed. Your guide prepares a hikers' meal and there is water deposited at strategic places along your route.

Walking Details: ??km, 3 hours stopping often to inspect the desert's details

Day 3: NamibRand Nature Reserve

he hike gets properly underway today with a good trek across the grassy sand dunes, gravel plains and dry river courses with the Nubib Mountains rising sheer out of the flat one-time (millions of years ago) seabed.

Scale the Schafsberg Mountain and enjoy the spectacular view from this vantage point. You will then head to the much larger Gorassis Mountain and set up camp about 100m up the foothills.

If there's time you can explore the gorges and enjoy the desert lit up by the sunset colours before joining the group for another hearty hikers' meal and a night under the stars.

Walking Details: ????km, 7 hours

Day 4: NamibRand Nature Reserve

Another long day's walk greets you today with probably the toughest leg of this hike. Continue up the Gorassis Mountain picking your way through the rocks and trees 450m up. Needless to say the view from the top is astounding and it's a rather obvious place to stop for lunch and a rest.

The descent is no less arduous with loose stones and big rocks making for slow and careful going. Then it's a three-hour walk across the gently undulated grassy-covered dunes of Horseshoe Wilderness Area to your overnight spot.

Walking Details: ????km, 7 hours

Day 5: NamibRand Nature Reserve

By now you've earned a gentle home stretch but the last two hours of the Desert Hike will have you aching... to keep going. Traverse the grassy dunes amid more oryx and springbok with the camelthorn trees providing welcome shade.

Freshen up Die Duine Huis - a rustic farmhouse with a hot showers and cold drinks - and then transfer to a lodge near the entrance to Sossusvlei.

Walking Details: ????km, 2 hours

Day 6: Sossusvlei

Arise before dawn to beat the crowds and catch the clear early morning light. The drive into Sossusvlei is about one hour passing dunes in the background and grassy plains in the foreground dotted with graceful oryx and springbok.

Explore Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, climb Big Daddy and watch the sun rising over the great sand sea of the Namib Desert.

We then drive back out of Sossusvlei to the Hikers' Haven, the start point of our next hike in the Naukluft Mountains. Here you will overnight and prepare for tomorrow's walk, sharing out the equipment and enjoying a wonderful meal prepared by your guide.

Day 7: Naukluft Mountains

A gentle day one will ease you into a somewhat false confidence with just two steep-ish ascents breaking up the fairly level terrain along a well-used zebra path. Enjoy the views already forming 300m below you and the humps of the surrounding mountains turning blue in the distance.

A water pump at your first night on the hike is a welcome addition to the basic hut that awaits you. Spend the evening under the stars marvelling in the knowledge that there is no human habitation for many, many miles around you. The stars, the solitude and the late-night nonsense talk are the perfect end to a day's hike.

Walking Details: 14km, 8 hours, 200m ascent

Day 8: Naukluft Mountains

Your second day of hiking gets a little more intense as the terrain atop the plateau begins to undulate into a ravines and rocky peaks. The view is always there, always changing and always making the whole exercise worthwhile.

A steep descent, aided by chains, takes you down the scenic Ubusis Kloof to the overnight hut of the same name.

Ubusis Hut was once a holiday cottage for the former farm owners long before the Park was proclaimed. The view and setting are nothing short of spectacular and if you've got the energy, a short stroll will take you to an awesome sundowner spot.

Walking Details: 15km, 9 hours, 120m ascent, 400m descent

Day 9: Naukluft Mountains

Reverse the pain by retracing your steps up Ubusis Kloof to Bergpos where the trek continues with a level route along the plateau (making up for the unkind but necessary backtracking).

Here is the best place to see wildlife and another short stroll from camp will take you to a sunset spot looking down and out across the desert hundreds of metres below. It is magical.

Walking Details: 12km, 6 hours, 300m ascent, 100m descent

Day 10: Naukluft Mountains

From more of the relatively level ground, you will drop into a gorge and pick your way down past springs and huge trees growing seemingly out of the rocks. Your hike goes by way of a perennial pool en route back to Hiker's Haven where you started the trail. From here you will transfer to a rustic guest farm that, under the circumstances, will pass for five-star luxury with just a hot shower, cold drink, hearty meal and comfy bed.

This final leg provides further opportunities to see kudu, wildebeest, springbok and klipspringer though they are far more at home in these mountains than you are so you'll need to keep your eyes peeled.

Walking Details: 23km, 10 hours, 150m ascent, 350m descent

Day 11: Windhoek or Onward Travel Plans

After breakfast, we'll transfer you back to your accommodation in Windhoek which takes about 6 hours across yet more scenic mountain passes to the highlands of central Namibia.

Or you can combine the Southern Namibia Hiking Adventure with a guided or self-drive tour of Namibia to include Damaraland and Etosha via the Skeleton Coast. The options are almost limitless so talk to your Travel Expert now to come up with the best possible combination for your Namibian trip of a lifetime.

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“Thanks for all your work putting together a holiday we truly loved”

We would like to commend the high service received from Namibian Tours and Safaris especially taking into account the short length of time you had to arrange this holiday for us. The recommendations and itinerary were ideal with the majority of our stay in each location being the right duration. The whole process of booking this holiday was hassle free and we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.

We would specifically like to thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work which resulted in a truly fabulous holiday for us. Also, it was great to meet up with you in Solitaire where you expressed so much love for your country and this was clearly mirrored in the schedule and service you presented to us allowing us to experience this fantastic country. It will not be the case of 'if' we return to Namibia, it is more the case of 'when' we will return as we enjoyed it so much.

Nik Stevenson, UK

“Edward did a super job”

A special mention for Edward he did a super job – vouchers and maps were with our car hire agency at the airport – book presentation of whole trip was clear, easy to follow and complete. He even gave us his mobile No in case we encounter some problems. Really to recommend as Tour Operator and will use them again next time.

Road – all went well and thanks to have recommended a 4Wheel Drive Car – due to rough road conditions we appreciated – you could do it with a normal car and met tourists with B type cars but they took much longer for the journeys – had more issues with flat tyres and most admitted next time they will take a 4Wheel Drive Car.

Would like to thank you for all your time spent and hard work to find best places, difficult tasks due to budget restrictions. I will recommend you and your agency whenever I can – actually already did in Joburg – hope brings you some new customers - and of course will come to you for my next trip this time to South Africa hopefully in 2012.

Germaine Comin, Switzerland

“Thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us”

Dear Wilmari,
Back home and I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us. I was especially pleased that for the accommodation with dinner all knew about my allergies and cooked accordingly. The Cheetah experience made my daughter very happy and they were so kind to not even charge me for taking pictures.

Highlight of our trip was the stay in Onguma The Fort and we are determined to return one day.

As pointed out before, the Namib Desert Lodge I cannot recommend to anybody (fined for driving on their property and below average dinner buffet) and also the Olivia Guesthouse was a letdown when it came to the food (lunch and breakfast).

I have posted some pictures on Flickr, maybe you want to have a look and I'm always happy to read comments.

Last but not least: Could you please send us the itinerary you prepared for us and we received at arrival electronically? Some of my friends are interested to book the same trip with you.

Dr Andreas Koester, USA
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