On arrival we will meet you at Windhoek International Airport and transfer you to your luxury boutique guest house.
On day 2 you will collect your rental vehicle and travel south from Windhoek to Keetmanshoop. The journey is very straightforward with stunning scenery along the way and is about a 7 hour drive. In Namibia driving is on the left and this is the perfect opportunity to get used to this if you’re from a right-hand drive country.
Hardap Dam is halfway through your journey and about 20 minutes off the main road. There is the opportunity here to do a spot of fishing and observe a variety of bird life and game including pelican, spoonbill, zebra and rhino. Alternatively you can visit Hardap Dam as part of your return journey north on day 8.
After a restful night in Keetmanshoop you will drive a shorter distance to the ultimate destination of Fish River Canyon. You arrive at Fish River Lodge where you will stay for one night and again on returning from your guided five day hike. In the evening your guide will brief you on your forthcoming canyon adventure.
You can get ready for the first day of hiking tomorrow by organising what you will take with you. We suggest a small soft bag with your personal belongings that will be transported into the canyon by the team, (your other luggage will be kept safe at the lodge until you return) and a small backpack for water and a lunch pack (supplied by the lodge).
You will also need comfortable hiking boots, a bathing suit, hat, sun block and camera/binoculars. Please bring clothing for temperatures varying from hot to chilly.
Having arrived on the edge of Fish River Canyon yesterday you will now embark on your hiking adventure. The first day hiking will include a steep 3 hour, 14km decent into the canyon, where you may see kudu, oryx, springbok and even the elusive mountain (Hartmann’s) zebra. Passing through a stunning gorge and along the riverbed with natural rock pools, there should be time for a dip in the water to cool off.
Tents will be set up for you ahead of your arrival at the first camp site with camp beds, mattresses, comfortable duvets, a bucket shower and toilets.
You will spend your first night dining by the light of the campfire, your meal prepared by a private chef.
A gentle 17km meander constitutes day 2 of the hike. Along the riverbed where you will be walking, a variety of water birds are often spotted including heron, goshawk and fish eagle. After a short ascent to the upper level you reach your second camp on the edge of a gorge with spectacular views of the river.
Descending back down into the riverbed, day 3 is another 17km hike along the floor of the canyon where enchanting geological features line this extraordinary landscape. In the evening, enjoy your last night dining under the magnificent African sky by candlelight.
After a few days of gentler routes, today brings a more challenging 16km hike from the base of the canyon to a beautiful green oasis of acacia trees on the upper level. From there you will be transported back to the lodge to relax before reflecting on your extraordinary adventure over dinner.
Following another night at Fish River Lodge you will drive approximately 5 – 6 hours north to Mariental for one night.
If you set off early enough from Fish River you can take advantage of a range of activities in the Kalahari including a further hike, mountain biking, game drive or sundown drive (all for an extra cost), or you may simply want to relax and enjoy this desert hideaway.
You will drive north again, back to Windhoek, drop off your rental vehicle and we will transfer you to Windhoek International Airport from Windhoek Town.
Central Lodge is located in Keetmanshoop, a town considered to be the capital of south Namibia.
The lodge consists of 22 rooms and is a comfortable hotel in which to rest after what is often a long drive to get there. A calm and tranquil atmosphere has been created at Central Lodge with its lawned courtyard and central water fountain. Four of the double rooms have a relaxing spa bath to help guests unwind. The a la carte menu offers a variety of simple but tasty food and the bar is a favourite with guests and locals alike. This is a comfortable lodge that works well as a stop over to break up long journeys.
The Keetmanshoop Museum showcases the history of the town and the Nama people. Quiver Tree Forest is only 15km north on the farm Gariganus and has been declared a National Monument. On a privately owned farm, the Megasaurus Camp offers the chance to see fossils of lizard fish estimated to be around 280 million years old. Keetmanshoop is a central hub in this part of Namibia and is the perfect base from which to explore the south.
Fish River Lodge was built to complement its surroundings and this is reflected in its naturally rugged yet stylish architecture. The lodge overlooks Fish River Canyon and is the ideal place to begin and end a hike.
20 private chalets are dotted along the edge of the canyon, flanking both sides of the main lodge. As with the main building, guests can soak up the enchanting views. The beds have been placed to allow guests a prime spot from which to gaze over the majestic canyon as the sun washes a kaleidoscope of colours over the landscape each morning. Crackling fires warm the main lodge in winter when the wind and cold snaps draw guests inside.
Fish River Canyon is a very popular destination for hikers and has varying degrees of challenge stretching along its 90km trail. On your hike, whether it’s two, three or five days you will encounter ancient geological features, natural rock pools, the quiver – Namibia’s national tree, as well as a stunning array of other flora and fauna, wildlife and birdlife including mountain zebra and smaller wildlife such as the klipspringer.
An oasis in the desert, Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge offers a traditional African experience in beautifully appointed houses.
Thatched roofs, exquisite furnishings paired with classic decor and a sundowner terrace provide the perfect setting for surveying the surrounding Kalahari. The main building is set on a natural island in the dry lake and the 12 guest houses each have their own unique nuances. Bathrooms are individualised with natural stone tiles and handcrafted ornaments. Each house has a panoramic window allowing for excellent wildlife viewing.
From the lodge guests can go hiking in the Kalahari wilderness with or without a guide on walks between 5 and 20km. Special cycle paths have been created in keeping with the landscape and an excursion on a mountain bike provides you the opportunity to really immerse yourself in the expanse of the savannah. However, game drives and sundown drives with expert guides are the real attractions in this unspoilt 4,000 hectares of wilderness.
Olive Grove Guesthouse is situated close to the centre of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek.
The stylish Moroccan decor of Olive Grove sits against the backdrop of the Namibian landscape, providing a relaxing setting in which to acquaint yourself with the country. The guesthouse caters for every need of the most discerning traveller, with an emphasis on simplicity and elegance. With only eleven rooms each guest receives a personal service.
Windhoek is at the heart of Namibia and is a great base to begin any Namibian travel. The city boasts a museum, national art gallery, and the National Botanical Research Institute and its gardens. Stay here at the beginning or end of an epic trip into Namibia’s diverse terrain.