7 Day Southern Swing Tour
7 Day Southern Swing is a 7 day camping tour with the following
* Namib wild horses
* Kolmanskop ghost town
* Orange River
* Fish River Canyon
* Kalahari Desert
We start our long journey south on the main B1 highway, travelling
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,
we aim to arrive at the Quiver Tree Forest in the middle afternoon.
Located just north of the southern centre of Keetmanshoop, (officially
the sunniest town in the world), we make camp and have time
to explore the area on foot.
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.
time: approx. 6.5hrs (500 km)
Quiver Tree forest.Communal ablutions / camping.Lunch and Dinner.
Before leaving the Keetmanshoop area we visit another local
site of interest this morning, the Giants Playground",
an area filled with massively eroded dolorite rocks that are
precariously balanced in tottering towers. After a short stop
in Keetmanshoop itself we continue south, leaving the main road
far behind us and join the extensive network of gravel roads
that unite rural Namibia.
at Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world,
in the early afternoon, we drive to the main look out where
the views of need to be seen to be believed. 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.
still further south, we travel all the way to the southern border
with South Africa, the mighty Orange River. Coming from the
arid desert regions that have formed the landscape for most
of our journey, it is an amazing sight to see green vegetation
and bright ribbon of flowing water appear out of seemingly no-where.
time: approx. 4,5hrs (400 km)
Orange River. Rustic ablutions / camping.Breakfast, Lunch and
An easy drive this morning so we have a leisurely start. There
is time for a dip in the cool waters of the Orange, (very cold
waters in the winter time). Our road follows the scenic course
of the river for the first part of the day's journey before
heading back into the desert and the beautiful landscapes that
Namibian has to offer.
route takes us past the zinc mines of Rosh Pinah where we will
take a short break before arriving at our destination, the tiny
town of Aus in the middle to late afternoon. We sleep tonight
at Kline Aus Vista, a private reserve, beautifully located in
the Aus Mountain Range, (Huib-Hoch-Plateau region).
is time to explore this stunning area on foot and to find a
lofty perch in the mountains to watch the sun slip over the
time: approx. 3.5hrs (200 km).
Klein Aus.Communal ablutions / camping Breakfast, Lunch and
We are up with the dawn this morning for the short drive to
Luderitz, we travel on the main road and keep a sharp look out
for the unique Namib wild horses. These horses are the only
feral horses in Namibia and have, very unusually, become adapted
to an existence with very limited water. Where they originated
from is un-clear, some people think they are the descendants
of the horses used by the German cavalry during the First World
War. Another theory is that they originally came from a horse
farm that used to be run by a German Barron, (von Wolff), in
the very early colonial days.
arrive in Luderitz in time to join an optional extra excursion,
a trip on an old wooden sailing ship, "The Sedina".
We take a cruise around Luderitz bay and, weather permitting,
to Halifax Island to see the Jackass Penguins. If the weather
conditions are suitable we turn off the engines come back to
Luderitz under sail.
after the Sedina 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".
today is not included in the programme, this is to allow everybody
as much flexibility with their time as possible and to give
us the opportunity to sample some of the excellent local cafes.
the middle of the day there is 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.
to Klein Aus Vista in the late afternoon, the road takes us
through the "forbidden Zone" so named because in years
gone by, the alluvial diamonds found in Namibia were simply
scattered across the desert and we again have time to enjoy
sunset over the mountains.
The "Sedina" excursion is subject to availability
and, if undertaken, will be for the clients own risk and expense.
time: approx. 3hrs (240 km).
Klein Aus.Communal ablutions / camping.Breakfast and Dinner.
(Lunch in Luderitz or Kolmanskop at own expense.)
Turning 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.
destination is Sesriem, the gateway to the sand dune see and
one of the most remarkable landscapes on Planet Earth. Tonight
we are guarded by the massive sand dunes of the Namib to our
west and the towering Naukluft Mountains to the east.
arrive in time to drive the short distance to one of the close
by dunes to watch the colours on the distant mountains to the
east, glow and change in the sunset.
time: approx. 5hrs. (350 km).
Sesriem.Communal ablutions / camping.Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
A pre-dawn start to see the sunrise in the dunes. We drive a
further 60 km into the desert and have our breakfast as the
colours grow across the landscape.
reach Sossusvlei itself we walk for the last 5 km through the
dunes. The walk is like nothing else, in the cool of the morning,
with soft sunlight just beginning to play over the dunes creating
a sharp light and shadow contrast across the whole desert. Ancient
mineral pans, stunted camel horn trees and the chance of seeing
a gemsbok or maybe an ostrich make the photo opportunities perfect.
spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, also visiting "dune
45", and as the day wears on we return to Sesriem for lunch
and to escape the heat of the afternoon. As the day cools off
in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the
time: approx. 2hrs (150 km).
Sesriem.Communal ablutions /camping. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
After 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.
are due back into the city around 16:00 and you will be dropped
off at your accommodation on our return.
time: approx. 5,5hrs (350 km)
Eco Camping Safari's (to view tours click on tour below)
Day Etosha Link
Day Sossusvlei Link
Day Taste of Namibia, (3 days north & 3 days south)
Day Northern Adventure
Day Southern Swing
Day Delta and Vic Falls
Day Namibian Explorer
Day Namibia Ideal
Day Culture and Nature
Day Family Adventure
Day Namibian Experience
Day Delta and Dunes
Day Combination, (3 days south + 7 days north)
Day Combination, (3 days Sossusvlei link + 7 day Northern Adventure
+ 8 day Delta and Falls)
22 Day combination, (14 day Namibian Experience + 8 day Delta