Lake Oanob Resort is 85kms south of Namibia's capital city Windhoek. The resort is built on the banks of the very scenic Oanob Dam. This is a good place to stay for complete relaxation.
It is not far from the town of Rehoboth, in an area characterized by stony hills, sandy valleys and mountains. There are a wide range of waterfront activities and it is a family orientated destination. All ages are catered for, and there is a huge variety of fish, birds and antelopes, that are particularly attracted to the lake.
The Hardap Dam is the biggest of its kind in Namibia with a water surface area of about 25 sqkms and an 862 metre long dam wall. It dams up the waters of the Fish River, the only river in the country's interior that flows just about all year round, although carrying very low quantities of water during the dry season. The dam is a popular watersport and holiday resort for the people of Windhoek. At the lake's western bank lies a small nature and game reserve of 20000 hectares. Here, one can go for scenic walks or drives. The resort supports many different species of antelope like springbok, oryx and kudu, as well as ostriches, mountain zebras, black rhinos and a great variety of birds.
Nature Drive in the Kalahari (Hardap Region)
While staying in the surrounding of the Kalahari Desert join your lodge on the sunset drive and celebrate life atop a red Kalahari dune. Drink in the beauty of the Kalahari where gemsbok flourish and sociable weavers build gargantuan nests atop camelthorn trees.
Kgalaghadi Transfrontiers Park (Karas Region)
Since this park is to be entered from Namibia through the gate at Mata Mata it offers a perfect possibility for a day visit or even longer for game viewing. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a large wildlife preserve and conservation area in Southern Africa. The park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana and comprises two adjoining national parks the former Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa as well as the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana
The total area of the park is 38,000 square kilometres (15,000 sq mi). Approximately three-quarters of the park lies in Botswana and one-quarter in South Africa.
Kgalagadi means place of thirst. The park is located largely within the southern Kalahari Desert. The terrain consists of red sand dunes, sparse vegetation, occasional trees, and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob Rivers. The rivers are said to flow only about once per century. However, water flows underground and provides life for grass and camelthorn trees growing in the river beds. The rivers may flow briefly after large thunderstorms, a cause for celebration among the wildlife, who will flock to the river beds and slake their eternal thirst.
The park has abundant, varied wildlife. It is home to large mammalian predators such as black-maned Kalahari lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas. Migratory herds of large herbivores such as blue wildebeest, springbok, eland, and red hartebeest also live and move seasonally within the park, providing sustenance for the predators. More than 200 species of bird can be found in the park, including vultures and raptors such as eagles, buzzards, and secretary birds.
Fish River canyon hike (Karas Region)
The 7 day Fish River Canyon Hike is one of the most popular hikes in Namibia and includes collection and return transport to Windhoek if necessary, allowing for 5 days of uninterrupted, quality time in the canyon. This camping, guided hiking trail, starts from the main viewpoint near Hobas, and ends at Ai-Ais Hot Springs Spa, a truly unique journey.
Namibia's national tree, the Aloe dichotoma, or Quiver Tree can be found in the canyon and flowers during the winter time from May to July. Other plants include various species of succulents, such as the very poisonous Melkbos. You may encounter several species of mammals, such as wild horses, Hartmann's Mountain zebra, kudu, klipspringer, leopard, springbok and baboon. Rodents include mice, rats, dassies and dassie rats. Reptiles are in abundance including Leguan, lizards and snakes such as Cape cobra, black spitting cobra, puff adder and horned adder. Bird life includes (rather surprisingly) pelicans, black eagles, fish eagles, kingfishers, lovebirds and ostrich.
The walk is approximately 85km long, and usually takes between 4-5 days to complete. It is not very difficult, but challenging so a decent level of fitness is essential, as the trails entail 7 to 8 hours walking per day.
You will have to carry your own luggage every day, including food and water due to this children under the age of 12 are not permitted. Since the demand is very high and the hikes are only done outside the summer months reservations should be made well in advance.
There are no facilities available and hikers sleep outdoors for the entire trip. Hikers must provide a very recent medical certificate of fitness, dated no more than 40 days and complete an indemnity form, prior to commencing the trail. Foot care is the important matter as turning around to get different shoes is definitely not possible.
Mule trails in Fish River Canyon (Karas Region)
The trail is a 4 day hiking trail that offers an alternative for participants who wish to experience some of the hiking adventure that is a little shorter and you are not forced to carry your own luggage but have all of your camping & personal equipment transported by a mule train and all you need to carry is a small day pack, allowing you to experience the beauty of hiking in this part of Namibia.
Going on this trail hikers can expect a unique and exciting adventure in a wilderness area around the northern part of the Fish River Canyon. Tours can be organized between 15th March and 15th October since during summer months it is too hot to go.
This trail runs through the Nama Karoo and your guide will lead you to a number of unique and fascinating plants such as the quiver tree, candelabra euphorbia and tamarisk. Game resident in the area includes mountain zebra, ostrich, duiker, springbok, kudu and klipspringer, from which the trail is named. Water birds such as the hamerkop and African fish eagle can also be spotted.
Highlights are the diverse canyon scenery characterized by meandering gorges up to 500m deep, high plateaus that offer 360 degree panoramic views of gorges and springs.
Relax and refresh by swimming or fishing in natural pools and learn about the fascinating plant and animal world of the Nama Karoo Desert.
Restricted Diamond Area Tour (Lüderitz)
Full day safari into the Sperrgebiet with the 55 m high rock arch at Bogenfels as our destination. The tour passes Kolmanskop and Grass Platz and about 20km along the tar road out of Luderitz is turning off into the Sperrgebiet at Rotkopf. After checking in at the security post Rotkopf tour continues along the dirt road towards Grillental. Stop for pictures and a short history lesson. From there it’s another 20km to the Swartberg, turn off into a small mine road heading to Pomona. En-route tour also passes numerous view points and several old buildings. At approximately 01:00 tour should reach Pomona. Guests may walk around and view the old ghost town and at approximately afterwardss lunch will be served in the old school. Depart towards the legendary Bogenfels passing through Fairy tale valley and an old diamond field. Arrival at Bogenfels were time will be given to view the arch and also coffee will be served. Tour departs back to Luderitz. Operator collects clients from their hotel at 9.00AM the tour ends around 17.30 PM, a minimum of 4 persons is required. It is not a self-drive tour (restricted diamond area).
Kolmanskop Tour (Lüderitz)
Kolmanskop is a ghost town a few kilometres inland from the port town of Luederitz. It was a small mining village and is now a popular tourist destination.
It developed after the discovery of diamonds in the area in 1908, to provide shelter for workers from the harsh environment of the Namib Desert. The name originates from a transport driver named Johnny Coleman who during a sand storm abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement. Driven by the enormous wealth of the first diamond miners the village was built like a German town, with facilities like a hospital,ballroom, power station, school, skittle-alley, theater and sport-hall, casino, ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere as well as the first tram in Africa. It had a railway link to Luederitz.
The town declined after World War 1 as diamond prices crashed, and operations moved to Oranjemund. It was abandoned in 1956 but has since been partly restored. The geological forces of the desert mean that tourists can now walk through houses knee-deep in sand. Kolmanskop is popular with photographers for its scenic settings of the desert sands reclaiming this once thriving town. Due to its location within the restricted area of the Namib desert, a permit is necessary to enter the town.
Boat cruise (Lüderitz)
The catamaran cruises offered are as follows:
Halifax Island Trip - departing at 8am from Lüderitz harbor and taking approximately 2hours leaving enough time to catch the 11:00 Kolmanskop tour if you want. On this trip you will see a colony of African penguins & cape fur seals at Diaz Point, dolphins often join the boat.
Oyster Trip: a two hour trip (also visiting Halifax isalnd & Diaz point) departing at 11am includes a stop at the oyster farm where oysters are pulled out of the lagoon and eaten fresh with a glass of sparkling wine.
Sunset Trip: An hour of sailing around the Lüderitz Bay before sunset
Apart from getting great views of the local bird life often heavyside dolphins & even the occasional whale are encountered.
Oyster Bar (Lüderitz)
Enjoy world famous fresh oysters from the Namibian coast in the rustic atmosphere of this unique oyster bar. It also serves tapas and offers an interesting tour through an operating oyster factory which takes about 30 minutes. These tours are offered Monday to Friday 12 pm and 15 pm on a pre-booked basis
Standup paddle (Lüderitz)
A sport that is not commonly known for long which looks so easy and yet requires a lot of balance to keep you going. Once again an activity that is not offered for the day visitor as you will not be able to achieve the skills within a few hours but you need to invest a bigger quantity of days while staying in Lüderitz. Your reward if you had the patience to learn this skill is paddling over the ocean not seldom joined by a school of dolphin who have the need to protect the human from drowning.
Kite surfing (Lüderitz)
This activity offered is not really a one day activity but should only be attempted by either pro’s that want to go just for an afternoon outing or by starters who will spend a longer time in Lüderitz to learn this from scratch. All you need is a lot of fun and energy and a good instructor supplied by the operator. Make yourself ready to be rewarded for all the muscle aches that result from learning by a feeling like a bird when you glide over the waves triggered by the winds that normally come up every afternoon.
Self-drive tour along the bays of Lüderitz
If you enjoy solitude, nature, bird life and lonely beaches than this trip will give you an afternoon or morning activity that will contain all this and much more. Drive along a marked route and visit the many bays and Buchten of Lüderitz and maybe, but only maybe, even find one of the rare Achats at Achat beach. Explore ship wrecks that are strewn along the beaches and watch sea birds, enjoy a cup of coffee at Diaz Point and let your soul fly while exploring this beautiful solitude.
In a remote valley, on the edge of the Namib Dune Desert, set amidst huge camel-thorn trees, lies one of Namibia's most famous and extraordinary buildings - the historic Duwisib Castle. Built in 1909, by Baron Captain Heinrich Von Wolf, the castle stands on the high ground looking southwards onto a valley. It is situated in semi-arid lands, 70kms south-west of Maltahöhe. After the German-Nama war, the 'Baron' and his wife commissioned an architect to build a castle that would 'reflect Von Wolf's commitment to the German Military cause.' The interior was designed for comfort and clever placing of its windows allowed for maximum sunlight to shine into the vast rooms. Metre thick stone walls and high ceilings made for coolness in the hot summers and two huge fireplaces were built to ward off the bitter cold winter nights. Beneath the hall, there was a large cellar, full of imported wines and French cognacs. Much of the raw materials used in the construction of the fort were imported from Germany. After landing at Lüderitz, the materials were transported by ox-wagon for over 600kms through the Namib Desert. Eventually, a castle consisting of 22 rooms, was completed. While travelling to Europe in 1914, the First World War broke out, and on their arrival the Baron re-joined the German army, but was killed at the battle of the Somme in 1916. His wife never returned to Duwisib Castle, settled in Switzerland, and after the war sold the castle to a Swedish family. One of the legends around the castle is that the Baron's horses escaped into the Namib Desert and where responsible for the Namib Desert Feral horses which are found in the region. Duwisib castle was transferred to the state in the late 1970's, and was opened to the public in 1991. The castle now houses a collection of 18th and 19th century antiques, armour and paintings.
Hiking in Namib Rand
The walking safari takes you close to the desert’s stunning beauty. Whilst walking, you will discover many secrets of the Namib that cannot be experienced when driving. You will get to feel different aspects of the Namib – from mountainous terrain to sandy dunes. Fog-basking Tok Tokkie beetles, barking geckos, dancing spiders, bat-eared foxes, and many more - the desert is not deserted at all. Let your guide introduce you to this world, relax with a sundowner and enjoy a three-course dinner before falling asleep under the stars...
An early start from the Lodge to enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. You will travel in one of our all-terrain URI Gameviewer vehicles, custom-built in Namibia for the Lodge, with your own specially trained guide who will share all his knowledge of the area, animals, plant life and much more with you.
Regular stops are made on the ±60 kilometre drive down to the Vlei to gain information or take in the vistas. At Dune 45, the more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world's most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2,6 kilometre round-trip walk up to Dead Vlei is a must for the healthy visitors. Spend time in Sossusvlei before returning to the Lodge approximately 5½ hours later in time for luncheon.
Sesriem Canyon Excursion
The Tsauchab is a river (dry riverbed that fills in times of heavy rain) in Namibia, in the southern Naukluft Mountains. It is approximately 100 km (60 miles) long, and known especially for the portion in which it flows through Sesriem Canyon.
Since it is in the Namib Desert, the Tsauchab carries water only during the rare times when rain falls in the Naukluft Mountains and runs off, since it cannot seep into the soil fast enough. During these rains, the Tsauchab becomes a rapid-running, strong river within a matter of hours. As a result of the occasional rains, it has over the past two million years carved Sesriem Canyon, a kilometer (0.6 mile) long and up to 30-meter (100-foot) deep canyon in sedimentary rock. The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means "six belts", since the early settlers had to attach together six belts (made of orxy hides), in order to reach buckets down into the canyon to scoop up water. The Sesriem Canyon is only two meters (6.5 ft) wide in some places, and has a portion that permanently contains water, which many animals use. Past the canyon, the Tsauchab flattens and grows broader, and is surrounded by a riparian forest as it slopes towards the Sossusvlei salt pan.
Unforgettable and most beautiful experience, a Balloon Safari over the Sossusvlei area is the ultimate treat to you. Take off and drift across this magic landscape at Sunrise towards an unknown destination... After an unforgettable one- hour flight, an Out of Africa Champagne Breakfast awaits you where you land. But before you get back to your original destination, one more surprise awaits you. Depending on where you land, a lovely nature drive takes you back to the take-off point.
Watching this majestic landscape from a silent balloon is a once in a lifetime experience. Don't miss it!
Fascinating Sossusvlei is one of the landscapes making the difference to the Namibian destination. Here, time stopped and you enter into the heart of the Namib Desert. Enormous pink and red dunes mixing with granite mountains embedded in yellow and pitch black plains where the Oryx antelope has made its kingdom... Dry white pans covered by dead trees... This is not only one of the oldest deserts on earth but it is also the perfect place to offer Balloon Safaris.
Eco friendly quad biking
A wonderful and different way to experience the spectacular local surrounds. Exhilarating yet eco-friendly, the fixed quad biking trials have been meticulously laid out on a private reserve so as not to interfere with the indigenous plant and animal life. Visitors follow the guide and may not deviate off the trails.
Visitors can choose between a morning- or afternoon quad experience. The morning drive allows for spectacular views when the sun rises over the mountains and on the golden grass plains. Tea or Coffee and rusks are included.
In the afternoon the guide takes you out to a panoramic location from where the breath-taking desert landscape can be viewed. We return to the Lodge just before the sun completely sets. Still mineral water and cool drinks are included.
Stargazing at Sossusvlei
Appreciate the spectacular Namibian star-studded skies through our on-site telescope. This is a chance to see our southern sky, the Milky Way and various constellations.
Helicopter flights over Sossusvlei Area
Discover the majesty of the Namib Desert by Helicopter! The Pilots are well experienced and will guide you through the scenery on an adventurous and informative flight.
A range of scenic flights over the breath-taking grass plains to the towering dunes of Sossusvlei and the hidden mysteries of Deadvlei are available. Exciting flips over the Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45 and Elim Dune as well as custom built flights for photographers that wish to focus on specific areas of the Namib.
Hiking trail Quivertree gorge (Near Namib Naukluft Park)
Your hike into the "Quivertree Gorge" starts at the drop-off point of the lodge. The old farm road you are walking on, guides you down into the gorge. Next to it you can see different plants of the Euphorbia family. Continuing along the dry riverbed you come to see a rugged mountain in the middle of the riverbed with a "Hamerkop" (Scopus umbretta) nest ontop. Reaching the gorge, you should see the first pools and small streams. A very special and interesting vegetation opens up. The animal kingdom is diverse: different birdspecies, Rock dassie, Klipspringer antelope, baboons, insects like big hornets or dragonflys and if you are lucky you can also meet "Amanda" the gorge's spitting cobra. In the pools you can see some waterbugs, toads, frogs and their tadpoles. Tip: don't walk on grass or other plants if there is rocky ground underneath. It can be very slippery.
During your hike you might come across a little cave. Further on you reach an ascent secured by a chain allowing a beautiful view onto a small waterfall.
Namib Naukluft Park hiking trails
The Namib Naukluft Park situated on D854 offer many hiking trails between 4 and 7 hours. At the office where you pay your entrance fees you receive a map that help you find your way. Never go on any of these trails with enough water, since the water in the pools might cause uproar in your stomach. If the hiking trails marked are too long, just go along one of the trails until you reach the first pools, surely meeting baboon and if you are lucky also some Kudu, and settle at their banks to relax and cool off. If you are very brave you can even go for a swim, but be aware the water can be freezing.
The Spitzkoppe between Usakos and Swakopmund is also described as the "Matterhorn of Namibia". Rising to a altitude of about 1800 meters, the Spitzkoppe is by no means Namibia's highest mountain, however, due to its striking outlines, it is regarded as the most well-known mountain in the country. Situated in an endless, dry plain, the island of mountains can be seen from far away. The difference in height between the peak of the mountain and the surrounding land is 700 meters. Next to the Spitzkoppe lie the "Little Spitzkoppe" with a height of 1584 meters above sea level and the Pontok mountains. Despite appearances, it is quite difficult to climb the Spitzkoppe, first conquered in 1946. Only experienced and well-prepared mountaineers with adequate equipment should take this mountain on. In summer, it is out of the question, because the rock gets so hot, you would burn your hands immediately. The granite massif, which is part of the Erongo Mountains, was created by the collapse of a gigantic volcano more than 100 million years ago and the subsequent erosion, which exposed the volcanic rock, granite. One can go for beautiful walks in this stunning landscape and climb about between the bizarre rock formations. For those interested in flora, there is a lot to look at, like the yellow Butter Trees and the Poison Tree (euphorbia virosa), which leaks an extremely poisonous white juice; the Bushmen use this to poison their arrows. San (Bushman) paintings can be found in various places, many in the "Bushman Paradise" under an overhanging rock wall.
Phillips Cave / Bull’s Party (Karibib District)
Apart from the fantastic scenery and flora and fauna, rock paintings are also a lure for visitors to the area. The most notable rock painting is the 'White Elephant' frieze in Phillip's Cave on the southern edge of the mountain. Situated on the farm Ameib, 30km from Usakos and 240km from Windhoek, this cave lies 3km off the road, and is a 45min walk each-way to view the painting, but the scenery along the way makes the ramble worthwhile. Superimposed on the elephant is a large humped-backed antelope – possibly an eland – with frolicking ostrich and giraffe completing the sketch.
It was the celebrated French archaeologist, anthropologist, ethnologist and geologist, Abbé Breuil, who bought this part of the continent to the world's attention in his book Phillips Cave. He was noted for his worldwide studies of cave art, especially in Southern Africa. Breuil, a competent draughtsman, painstakingly reproduced the cave paintings he came upon, and published many books on the subject.
Also an attraction here are the Elephant Head and the Bull's Party, a creation that resembles a circle of gossiping bovines. Another much-photographed formation resembles a Herero woman in traditional dress, standing with 2 children.
Brandberg hiking and White Lady Bushmen painting
Brandberg Mountain is located near the town of Uis, in the northwestern Namib Desert near the coast, and covers an area of approximately 650 km². With its highest point, the Königstein standing at 2573m above sea level and located on the flat Namib gravel plains, on a clear day 'The Brandberg' can be seen from a great distance. There are various routes to the summit, the easiest being up the Ga’aseb river valley, but other routes include the Hungurob and Tsisas river valleys. If you are not that well trained to climb up the mountain, join a local guide on an easy hiking trail to the world famous Bushmen painting the “ White Lady”
Omaruru is a city and constituency in the Erongo Region. Its official population is 6,792, although local estimates range between 6,000 and 12,000. The town is situated on the usually dry Omaruru River. The name in the local Otjiherero language means 'bitter milk', as the cattle used to browse on a local bush that turned their milk bitter. The town grew around a mission built in 1872 by Gottlieb Viehe, now a museum, and was attacked in 1904 during the Herero and Namaqua Genocide. Captaon Franke’s Tower was later erected to commemorate the relief by Hauptmann Franke's troops of the local garrison that was beleaguered by Hereo tribesmen who had risen against the German colonial presence.
The town is known for its annual festival where the Hereros commemorate their past local chiefs, its winery and for the dinosaur footprints at nearby Otjihenamaparero.
Paula’s Cave is situated in the Klipdas Mountains near Omaruru and host historic and irreplaceable rock paintings and engravings. The cave was proclaimed a national monument of 1st March 1951, only 1 year after a recommendation by the German archaeologist Dr. ER Scherz. The renowned palaeontologist Breuil was the first to describe in detail some large, red-haired humans with relatively long bodies, several animals amongst them elephant and rhinoceros. A further group of red-haired people appear, apparently
under attack from a larger group of black men with arrows. In order to see these painting prior arrangement with Erongo Wilderness Lodge is essential.
Hotair ballooning over Damaraland
A balloon flight over the Twyfelfontein Conservancy will give you a bird’s-eye view over magnificent Damaraland desert scenery, which includes a unique variety of desert flora and fauna and fascinating geological formations. Once again a once in a lifetime experience that will make your stay even more remarkable than it would be without.
Elephant tracking (Damaraland)
Elephant tracking has become one of our most popular activities. Guests will set out in the early morning (07:30) with a guide and tracker to the surrounding farms in search of elusive desert elephant. Since the elephants roam free in the conservancy, sightings cannot always be guaranteed but the experience also gives one the opportunity to learn and appreciate more about the lifestyle of the local people. Lunch is provided in the shade of a tree in the remote wilderness of Damaraland. You can expect to return to the lodge during the early afternoon enriched by the unique beauty of Damaraland and a good chance of having spotted one of Namibia”s unique desert elephants.
Rhino tracking (Damaraland)
Rhino tracking is another such activity that leads you into the mysteries of the Damaraland area. The experience is a mixture of 4×4 game drive and setting off on foot, with the possibility of up to three hours” walking. Refreshments are served. Rhino tracking takes place over bumpy and rocky terrain and a reasonable amount of fitness is required. Damaraland is one of the last few places where wildlife can roam freely and as with the elephant tracking, sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Living Museum of the Damara
Together with the Bushmen the Damara belong to the oldest nations in Namibia. Their original culture was a mixture of an archaic hunter-gatherer culture and herders of cattle, goats and sheep. Due to their loose social structures the Damara were not able to defend themselves against aggressors. This is one of the reasons why their culture has to a great extent fallen into oblivion.
Within the framework of the Living Museum of the Damara an attempt was made to reconstruct the ‚lost culture’ of the Damara. Here the visitors have the unique opportunity to get to know the fascinating traditional culture of the Damara, thus contributing to the preservation of the culture as well as to a regular income for the Damara community that built the museum.
Guided visit to a Himba Village (Damaraland or Kaokoveld)
Damaraland and the Kaokoveld as well as southern parts or Angola are home to the Himba, one of the last truly traditional tribes on the planet. These friendly people are closely related to the Herero and lead a semi-nomadic life as herdsmen, breeding mainly cattle and goats. The community living among the majestic Makalani palms at Palmfontein and invites visitors to learn more about their proud and ancient lifestyle and traditions. Visitors will be able to see their cone-shaped homestead made from palm leaves, mud and cattle dung and learn more about their unique customs and techniques. Due to the nomadic lifestyle of the Himba, the trip is not offered all year round.
Petrified Forest (Damaraland)
The "forest" lies on a small sandstone rise and covers an area of 800m by 300m in the Aba-Huab River valley. The trees occur in sandstone of the Ecca Group, a subdivision of the Karoo Sequence, and are about 260 million years old. The name "Petrified Forest' is a misnomer the trees did not grow where they are found. It has been suggested that they were carried here by floodwaters, following the onset of warmer climatic conditions after the Dwyka glaciations. Evidence for the assumption that the trees grew somewhere else is the fact thatno roots or branches are present and only trunks are found. The trees were uprooted and transported by rivers to their present site where they were stranded on sandbank or shoals. This is inferred from the position of many stems which are orientated parallel to each other. Subsequently they were embedded in sand also deposited by the rivers. Opal-filled cracks in the logs suggest that many of the trees dried out before being embedded in the sand. The trees were deposited in an oxygen-depleted environment, preventing decay of the organic material and creating ideal conditions for petrifaction. Silica-rich water penetrated the logs, filling the cells, bark and other parts, where silica precipitated. This long process went together with the hardening of the sediments into sandstones. Nearly 200 million years later, after uplift of the whole area, erosion in a warm, often-arid climate removed the overlying rocks and finally exposed the petrified trees. Remnants of at least 50 trees can be seen on the plateau-some only partly exposed, while others reveal their full length. A good indication of the size of these trees is a partially exposed trunk with a length of more than 30m and an estimated circumference of 6m. The growth rings and the texture of the bark are so well preserved that one can easily mistake the petrified trees for logs.
Organ Pipes (Damaraland)
The site is called the Organ Pipes because the rock columns resemble the pipes on a large church organ.
These were thought to have formed about 120 million years ago when the dolerite shrank as it cooled, forming these marvelous angular columns up to 5m high in the process.
There is evidence of habitation over 5000 years ago. The Damara who lived here named the valley Uri-Ais or "jumping fountain" after this source of fresh water. However it was renamed Twyfelfontein or "doubtful fountain" in 1947 by the first white farmer to acquire the land; he considered the fountain too weak to support much life. The site was declared a national monument in 1952, but sadly this did not prevent many of the engravings being defaced or stolen, and local Damaras are now employed as guides to protect the rocks and inform the visitors. In 2007 the site was declared world heritage by the UNESCO. Although experts believe that rock painting and engravings featured in the ceremonies intended to imbue the hunters with the power to catch game, the picture of a seal on one of the rocks is particularly interesting considering that this site is over 100 km from the sea.
Visit to Ruacana Hydro Power Station (Kunene Region)
The water drops almost 134m down vertical shafts into the heart of the mountain, where it drives the turbines before rejoining the Kunene from a discharge tunnel. When in full operation, the three turbines can generate about 240 Megawatts, which is fed into the Namibia Power Grid at 330 000 volts. Today the Ruacana hydroelectric power station is still the core of Namibia's power supply system. The first component of the Ruacana hydraulic system is the Diversion Weir, situated in Angolan territory. The Weir consists of a concrete gravity overspill structure with flap gates to control flood regulation, also incorporating the pressure tunnel intake. From the Diversion Weir a 1 500m long Pressure Tunnel runs along the southern bank of the river, some 30m below the ground.
Traditional Villages in Ovamboland (Oshikoto Region)
Participation in the traditional chores such as pounding mahangu; open fire cooking; cattle –herding; basket weaving and clay-pot making.
You will have the opportunity to participate in pottery and baskets making activities. One of our experienced crafters will assist you to create a gift that you can take away with you.
Learning about and participating in Owambo traditional chores around the homestead.
Game viewing in Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is the best known National Park in Namibia and offers splendid possibilities for game viewing. In the park itself opportunities are offered for half day and night game drive during which many animals can be sighted, but as always when game is not kept in cages, no sighting can be guaranteed. If you prefer to drive around the park on your own you can do so from sunrise until sunset.
The museum lies in Main Street. It is a must for all those interested in geology or history. It informs extensively about the mining industry in Tsumeb and the town's history. The museum also organizes tours of the mine.
Hoba (also known as Hoba West) (pron. "HOE-bah") is a meteorite that lies on the farm "Hoba West", not far from Grootfontein, in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia. It has been uncovered but, because of its large mass, has never been moved from where it fell. The main mass is estimated at over 60 tons, and it is the largest known meteorite (as a single piece) and the most massive naturally-occurring piece of iron known at the Earth's surface. The Hoba meteorite is thought to have landed less than 80,000 years ago. It is inferred that the Earth's atmosphere slowed the object down to the point that it fell to the surface at terminal velocity, thereby remaining intact and causing little excavation. The meteorite is unusual in that it is flat on both major surfaces, possibly causing it to have skipped across the top of the atmosphere in the way a flat stone skips on water.
The Living Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn a lot about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the Ju/Hoansi-San (Bushmen).
The Living Museum works as a traditional school for the Bushmen and a communal business for everyone in the whole village. Almost as successful as the Museum itself is the nearby craft shop where visitors can buy ostrich jewelry and other traditional souvenirs at reasonable prices.
Fishing in the Kavango
The Kavango, border between Namibia and Angola forms the main lifeline of this are, bearing water all year round. The height of the water level always depending on the amount of rainfall in the surrounding areas. Due to this fact the Kavango is a very popular fishing area especially when it comes to fish like the tiger fish, bream and barbell. Join your lodge on a fishing trip with a knowledgeable guide who will assist you with the technique and take you to the fishing grounds known for success.
Birding near the Kavango
Being the life line of this region the Zambesi and Okavango Region offers a completely different flora and fauna to the rest of Namibia. Huge amounts of bird species are known to live here, some migrating back to the region every year for breeding. Either join your lodge or depending on which area you are at a local guide to show you the secrets of bird life and always keep your camera ready
Game viewing in Mahango National Park
If you are looking for somewhere “off the beaten track” with a true wilderness feel, the Mahango area of the Bwabwata National Park is well worth considering. Located in the north east of Namibia on the Botswana border, the contrasting vegetation of the 25 400 hectare Mahango Game Reserve is widely considered one of Namibia’ s most varied and fascinating conservation areas. There are three distinct habitats that can be identified, the river, which offers a blend of trees, reeds and grasses along its banks and on the wetlands. One tree that you will quickly recognize is the baobab. The Omurambas, which are fossil rivers, are covered with open grassland with tall acacia and bushwillow around the borders. Between the Mahango Omuramba in the north and the Thinderevu Omuramba in the south the vegetation is open dry woodland with some thick patches of Zambezi teak, wild seringa and wild teak. Year round water ensures an abundance of game, however, during the dry winter months, April-November, your chances of seeing game is higher as the animals seek out the river and waterholes.. Mahango is home to many antelope, if you are fortunate you may spot; roan, sable, reedbuck, tsessebe, sitatunga, red lechwe, kudu, Chobe bushbuck , Duiker and Steenbok. Apart from antelope you can expect to see Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wildog, Hippo, Crocodile, Warthog Baboon and Vervet Monkey. The large herds of elephant are migrants, moving between Angola and the Okavango Delta, outside the dry season sightings will be fewer. During the wet summer months, November-March, birdlife is prolific. After it rains various trees flower and bear fruit attracting an abundance of insects and creating a birding paradise. Over 400 bird species have been recorded in the Mahango Reserve. This area is remote with very little in the way of development. Apart from the main road running through the park, linking Namibia to Botswana, there are only two other “tracks”. The track to the east follows the river, it is approximately 15kms and is suitable for conventional vehicles. The track to the west is only suitable for 4x4 vehicles. This trail is approximately 31kms and follows the course of the two fossil rivers in the park , the Mahango and Thinderevu. The drive through this unspoilt bush is spectacular but it is important to know that these roads can be very sandy in the dry season and very slippery in the wet.
Game viewing in Bwabwata National Park
The Bwabwata National (formerly the Caprivi Game Park) is known as 'a people's park' as it supports both large wildlife and human populations. This special arrangement benefits mankind and the animal kingdom equally, with conservation and rural community development both coming out as winners from sharing this spectacular area. Community game guards and resource monitors have been put in place, not only as a long-term conservation initiative, but to improve the quality of life for local Caprivian people, who now have new opportunities in ecotourism. Namibian wildlife also benefits from this protection with a steady increase in numbers, and this is highlighted by the relocating and restocking of rare species, such as Sitatunga and red Lechwe. This forward thinking should be applauded and Bwabwata National Park now enjoys a stability not dreamed of only a few years ago.
The park is 6,100km² and extends for about 180km from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east. Access is easy as the park is located 200km east of Rundu or approximately 100km west of Katima Mulilo. The deciduous woodlands are dominated by trees such as wild seringa, copalwood and Zambezi teak. While the park is sanctuary to 35 large and numerous small game species, visitors are not likely to see many of these animals, as unfortunately vehicles are restricted to the road between Kavango and Eastern Caprivi. Animals likely to be seen though are elephant, roan and kudu; buffalo occur towards the west and as many as 339 bird species have been recorded in West Caprivi.
One of the best times in the year for excellent and reliable game watching is in October. It can be incredibly hot, but as it's been months since any rainfall, game concentrates on the last remaining waterholes along the Kwando River. A favorite is Horseshoe, as the name suggests, a large perennial oxbow lake with picturesque white-sand beaches, surrounded by Zambezi teak woodlands. Bwabwata is named after a village in the reserve and means 'the sound of bubbling water.'
Game viewing in Mudumu National Park
The Mudumu National Park is a park in Namibia, created in 1990 out of 1009.59 square kilometers of savannah, mopane woodlands, and marsh on the eastern shore of the Cuando River. Many animals can be found in the park including sitatunga, red lechwe, as well as elephants, buffalo, kudu, impala, raon antilope and Burchell's zebra. Its waterways are inhabited by spotted-necked otter, hippo, tiger fish and crocodile.
"This expansive Park, proclaimed in 1990, is located on the eastern side of the Caprivi Strip. Its lifeline is the Kwando River, which flows along the western border of the Park. Along the river there are extensive floodplains, floating papyrus swamps and lush riverine forest. Away from the river one finds mixed mopane and teak woodlands, open grasslands and typical African savannah.
The birdlife here is a big attraction with 430 species seen – Coppery-tailed Coucal, Slaty Egret, Greater Swamp Warbler, Swamp Boubou and Brown Firefinch are some of the resident species. In summer, numbers are boosted by the tremendous amount of migratory species including flocks of colourful Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Copper Sunbird, Pennant-winged Nightjar and Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah.
Game viewing in Mamili National Park
Wild – that’s the one word that best describes Mamili (Nkasa Lupala)National Park. There is nothing prissy about it, it doesn’t have fancy campsites and offers no guided tours. But it is an extraordinary piece of wilderness, waiting to be explored. Lush marshes, dense savannah and high river reeds mean that travelling through the area is a dream for 4x4 enthusiasts. During the dry winter months, large herds of elephant congregate on Nkasa and Lupala islands. But for much of the year, the park is awash with floodwater. Drive slowly through deep pools and avoid rivers where crocodiles lie in wait. Slip through thick black mud, so soft it is called cotton, and dice with the odds of getting stuck! If you have to wait while someone else digs the vehicle out, listen carefully. Nearby buffalo or elephant may be crossing the river. For anyone who relishes the adventures of raw, real Africa, Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park is the place to be. In a vast arid country, Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park holds the distinction of being the largest wetland area with conservation status in Namibia. The Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) was proclaimed in 1990, shortly before Namibia’s Independence. And there is much to celebrate about this wet wonderland. The 318-km2 Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park protects the flora and fauna living within a complex channel of reed beds, lakes and islands that make up the Linyanti swamps. Spectacular herds of elephant, buffalo, red lechwe and reedbuck are among the highlights of any game-viewing experience. But be careful, the waters are also home to five-metre-long crocodiles and families of hippopotamus, which venture onto the floodplains at night to feed. During the rainy season, as much as 80% of the park can become flooded and inaccessible, and yet it remains a sanctuary for birds. With more species of birds recorded here than anywhere else in Namibia, Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park is a bird-watchers paradise.
Crocodile Farm Otjiwarongo
An unusual attraction is Namibia's first croc farm, The Crocodile Ranch, one of the few captive breeding programs for the Nile Crocodile, and is registered with CITES. The ranch exports the skins, but sells the meat locally.
Hiking in Waterberg Plateau Park
Waterberg Plateau Park is a national park in central Namibia encompassing the Waterberg Plateau, 68 km east of the town of Otjiwarongo. The Waterberg Plateau is a particularly prominent feature, elevated high above the plains of the Kalahari of Eastern Namibia. The plateau and some 405 km² of surrounding land were declared a Nature Reserve in 1972. The plateau is largely inaccessible so in the early 1970s several of Namibia's endangered species were translocated there to protect them from predators and poaching to extinction. The programme was very successful and Waterberg now supplies other Namibian parks with rare species. In 1989, Black Rhino were reintroduced to the area from Damaraland, sparking a successful breeding programme of national and international significance for the species.
The Waterberg Plateau Park is ecologically diverse and rich and has over 200 different species of bird and some rare species of small antelope on the lower hills of the mountain.
Geologically, the oldest rock stratum is over 850 million years old and dinosaurs tracks were left there some 200 million years ago. The first human inhabitants were the San people, who left rock engravings believed to be several thousand years old. A small tribe of the San was still living their traditional lifestyle on the plateau until the late 1960s.
The site is also home to one of the major turning points in Namibia's History. It was at Waterberg, in the foothills, that the Herero people lost their last and greatest battle against German colonial forces at the beginning of the 20th century. The Herero were forced to retreat from the Waterberg and headed eastward to British Bechuanaland (now Botswana). Thousands were killed by the pursuing Germans and many lost their lives in the Kalahari Desert due to lack of food and water. Estimates are that nearly two thirds of the Herero population lost their lives during this period. The graves of German soldiers who lost their lives at Waterberg can still be viewed near the Waterberg rest camp at the base of the park
Game drive on a nearby lodge
If you have decided to stay in Windhoek for a few days but would love to do some game viewing never the less, please let us know. A shuttle driver will pick you up at your accommodation and transfer you to the lodge outside Windhoek where you can enjoy a lovely game drive viewing planes game in almost every facette as well as rhino and crocodile. Afterwards have your transfer driver take you back to Windhoek or enjoy a cold drink first before you hit the road.
The 40 sqkm nature reserve lies 24km west of Windhoek in the Khomas Highland on a dam. There are many different antelope species, giraffes and zebras to be found in the game park. Since the park does not host predators, it is ideal for hiking. The trails are well sign-posted, e.g. the 9km long Bushwillow Trail or the 3km long Buffalo Thorn Trail. The Restcamp includes a restaurant, accommodation in bungalows and a campground.
Arnhem Cave is 4,5km in length - the longest in Namibia. It was officially declared a tourism attraction by the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism in 1995. Situated only 85km from the Hosea Kutako International Airport near Windhoek and 130km from the capital, making it the ideal first or last stop during your visit to Namibia. A guided tour through the cave at your request, will probably leave you with your most memorable experience of caving. The duration of the tour depends on how far you would like to explore the cave. No crawling is necessary and the tour could last up to three hours - if you desire. Arnhem Cave is sill in a completely natural state. It developed through the solution of limestone and dolomite from between thin layers of quartzite and shale. The insoluble rock layers eventually collapsed to form a large complex of narrow tunnels and enormous caverns.
Windhoek City Tour
The city tour starts at your doorstep where you are picked up by your local guide. Windhoek was initially known as Ai-gams, a Nama word meaning ‘firewater’, ‘steam’, or ‘smoke’, and Otjomuise, a Herero word meaning the ‘place of steam’. The Nama captain, Jan Jonker Afrikaner, gave the town the name it carries today. It the 1840’s Afrikaner settled where the most powerful spring reached the surface. It is thought in a moment of nostalgia he named the place after Winterhoek, the farm in the Cape where he was born. During the German colonial administration the town was called Windhuk, which later became Windhoek.
From here you continue to Central Windhoek: A variety of historical buildings take centre stage in the City, we will visit a few so as to offer a broad spectrum of our countries past. Windhoek Museum where one views a collection of events which lead to the Independence of Namibia. The Tintenpalast – Ink Palace – Namibia’s original Government Building which now houses the Namibian Parliament, a number of statues take pride of place in the gardens these are of Namibia’s hero’s; Christuskirche – Evangelical Lutheran Church – a striking landmark built from local sandstone and completed in 1910; Alte Feste – old fort – built in 1890’s, the Independence Collection can be seen here and a visit to the office of the Prime Minister completes this stop.
Next stop on your tour is the Old Cemetry and Katutura: A visit to the old Cemetery located at Hochland Park – this is where the black population resided prior to being moved to the current Katutura. Eleven ‘old location’ residents lost their lives as tensions escalated in 1959 and are buried here, annually on the 10th December the people commemorate this.
Drive through Khomasdal to Katutura, this sprawling suburb on Windhoek’s northern outskirts was established in the 1950’s as a result of South Africa’s apartheid policy of divide and rule. Today Katutura is a crowded suburb where people from different cultures live together in peace and harmony. From iron shacks to up-market houses, it is a diverse, lively and historical place to visit.
Next stop are the open markets: Observe the hubbub of life at these open markets, street vendors selling all and any type of produce and clothing. Here our guests have the opportunity to interact with the community and participate in the way of life by testing some of the food delicacies. Delicious and different categories of Traditional food are sold on the Markets, such as Otjizema no Nyama (Porridge & Meat), Ovikuki (Vet cakes), Oshikundu (Traditional beer), Omafuma (Frog meat), Outete (Barbeque), Omaungu (Mopane caterpillars), Ekaka (Dried Spinach), Omakunde (Beans), Oshigali (Dried beans), and many more just to mention but a few. All this can be enjoyed nowhere else but at our Open Markets.
From the open market your road leads to the Xwama Cultural Village – Waheda:
The word “Xwama”, meaning set a light in Oshikwanyama one of the indigenous language in Namibia, was established in 2008 with the aim to introduce visitors to the Namibian Culture, Food, in a traditional and popular local “village” restaurant in Katutura. At Xwama Village visitors enjoy traditional dancing, performed by different traditional groups and enjoy local dishes. Items on the menu include – spinach with onions and dried fish prepared and served with “Oshifima” porridge made from one of Namibia’s healthiest traditional maize milled and prepared by the rural Namibian women. Other experiences include introduction to a wide variety of locally produced products, such as hand made crafts, traditional costumes, mahangu pounding and as well as Marula oil production. Visitors can partake in the actual activity of pounding maize or extracting Marula oil – an afternoon of fun and learning is guaranteed.
Carnivore Feeding Tour
The carnivore feeding tour is the most popular activity! Join the exciting and informative carnivore feeding tour for a once in a lifetime wildlife experience. During the course of this tour, you will visit and watch lions, leopards, wild dogs, baboons, caracals and cheetahs as they are fed by our qualified guides. You will hear stories about how each animal came to the lodge and learn more about their behaviour in the wild. This activity is an excellent opportunity for fantastic up-close photographs.
National Botanic Garden
The National Botanic Garden of Namibia (NBGN)is situated in the heart of the City of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. The mission of the Garden is to protect and promote the Namibian flora and to function as an educational, research and recreational facility for Namibians and tourists alike.
The estate is 11 hectars big. The larger part of it is unlandscaped and serves as study area for local students and pupils. A number of walking trails lead through the Garden and the most common woody plants are clearly labelled. The desert house, rockery and nursery house a comprehensive collection of Namibian succulents, many of which rare and endangered.
The NBGN is the only botanic garden in the country. It is one of five subsections within the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and is administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Rural Development.
Windhoek hosts two well-equipped casinos apart from all the little gambling halls which are not advisable for visitors. One casino is based right in the centre of town in the Kalahari Sands Hotel and the other casino is situated in the Windhoek Country Club situated a little outside town in a tranquil bush surrounding, offering you the feeling of a brake away. Both casinos are open all day long and a transfer to either of them can be arranged.
Close to the ocean near the Mole, one of Swakopmund’s favorite place to linger with an ice cold beer or a cup of coffee lies the craft market where trades from all over Namibia have their huts to sell wood or stone crafts as well as cloth and jewelery. Enjoy a strole through the stands before or after you go for your afternoon refreshment
“The Desert Tour” (Swakopmund)
An enlightening journey through the ancient canyons of the Moon Valley, one of the most fascinating areas of the Namib Desert. Let us take you back millions of years to when these badlands were formed. Learn the intrinsic value of the desert flora to the indigenous people who once roamed Southern Africa. Discover the medicinal and nutritional use of desert adapted flora, and delve into the secrets of the Welwitschia Mirabilis.
This spectacular area is also home to some wildlife, and we might just spot Springbok, Ostrich, Klipspringer, European Bee-eater, Karoo Chat and others. Smaller creatures, such as chameleons and beetles call this home too.
This tour departs twice daily from Swakopmund at 8h30 and at 14h00 with a minimum of two guests, and lasts up to 3.5 hours.
This popular, eco-friendly and exciting township tour takes you around the streets of Mondesa and DRC settlement. Go out with your local guides for a half day cycling tour around the community and get to know what makes this township unique. Have a taste of Mondesa, learn about our diverse local cultures, eat at our local Market. You will go home with a different perception of the township. First visit include but not limited A Traditional Herero Lady, local schools a Nama Herbalist. Tours start at 9:00 and 14:00
Experience and Interact with our rich authentic Namibian cultures and their community, whether that’s in a day or night down in the Township of Mondesa, walking around the Townships, visiting homes, schools, kindergardens, informal settlements, local craft market, welfare organizations(Orphanage homes),and experience the Traditional food (meals) lifestyle, following the footsteps of Mondesa history and cultural diversity.The cultural Tours help you get under the skin of your destinations. Mondesa was established in the early 1960's to provide housing for the Black Community working in Swakopmund. The people of Mondesa co-exist in harmony with each other, as guests will see at the colorful Shebeen or local bars were we get a chance to taste the local homemade traditional brewed beer and soft drinks. A township that boasts one of the lowest crime rates across all 13 regions of Namibia. The Township tour, visitors get introduced to its historic background
Living Desert Tour (Swakopmund)
The Living Desert Tour, originally developed by Tommy himself, is a unique 4x4 adventure drive through the dunes outside Swakopmund, Namibia. Just the drive in the dunes is an amazing experience, but Tommy will show you a lot more than sand. The tour takes you from the vegetated, life-rich eastern side of the dunes, right through the dunes to the Atlantic Ocean on the western side of the dune belt.
Tommy introduces you to some of the fascinating, hidden life in this apparently barren landscape that is part of the Namib Desert. Here you can find creatures endemic to the Namib: the sidewinder (Peringuey's Adder), the Palmato Gecko with its transparent skin and beautiful colours - we dig into the dune side to find this nocturnal desert-dweller. We track the large Namaqua Chameleon, and watch it enjoy brunch. Then it's a dash to catch the swift sand-diving lizard.
You find out how the area's plants and small animals survive the harsh climate, and how they obtain water for life. You will also track a FitzSimon's Burrowing Skink across the dune face, in hopes of catching this legless lizard. Along the way, Tommy will explain the variety of dune colours. At the end of the tour, weather permitting, you will experience a 'roaring' dune.
Other characters to be found in the dune belt are the 'dancing' White Lady Spider; the Parabuthus Villosus black scorpion; the occasional horned adder or sand-snake; desert wasps, fish-moths, crickets and several beetle species, and many more.
A Living Desert Tour with the enthusiastic Tommy is educational, fun and an unforgettable experience. You will see the desert and dunes with new eyes. The photographic opportunities are endless too: make sure those batteries are charged before you leave!
This half-day tour leaves at 8am in the morning, and returns at approximately 1pm.
Sandwich Harbour Tour (Swakopmund)
Depart in 4-wheel drive vehicle from the tour operators office in Walvis Bay, first stopping off at the Lagoon to view the masses of birds that live in one of the biggest natural wetlands in the Southern Hemisphere. The drive down to Sandwich takes in the Kuiseb river delta, a dry river bed where the odd springbok may still be seen, with the vehicles continuing along the beach until the natural fresh water lagoon is reached.
Clients can walk along the length of this lagoon, taking in the magical scenery of sky-high dunes with an even more varied bird life found in the fresh waters.
After a sit-down picnic lunch including a selection of snacks, salad, bread, fresh fruit with white wine and drinks, the route homewards will be done testing the power of the vehicles on the dunes, the highlight being the 45m high roaring dune, to return to Walvis Bay.
Please note that if vehicles cannot drive all along the beach to get to Sandwich Harbour because of the tides, clients will have to walk 1 - 2 km to reach this area.
Dolphin Cruise (Swakopmund)
The dolphin/seal cruises are suitable for everybody – individuals, groups, families, corporate functions or for special occasions. The boats are surveyed annually for safety, have comfortable seating and a toilet on board. Our skippers are professionally trained, certified and knowledgeable about the marine and bird life of the Walvis Bay Lagoon area.
We commence our cruise at the harbor, where our guests get to touch seals that join us on the boat and are hand-fed by us. Our guests have the rare opportunity to make physical contact with these amazing sea mammals.
From the harbor we cross the calm waters of the lagoon over to Pelican Point. Here, large colonies of Cape fur seals can be seen at a very close range. Leather back turtles as well as sunfish, also known as moonfish, can often be seen. Through the months of August to November whales can be spotted by chance. The cruise will lead us to the bay where a few Russian fishing vessels are anchored, and alongside which the dolphins will be seen playing and swimming.
Bird Island, where a large variety of birds can be seen is our next stop. The history of the Guano Island and the Namibian Coastline will be explained to our guests. Catch a spectacular view of the Pelicans flying next to our boat and being fed.
For a light Brunch, we stop the boat in calm waters, relax and savour fresh oysters, sparkling wine and other tasty snacks served on board. Refreshments such as juices, soft drinks and beer are served during the duration of the cruise and are included in the price. Our exhilarating and unforgettable experience with the sea and its inhabitants comes to an end with the return to the Walvis Bay Yacht Club.
On request the tour can be ended with a beach lunch.
Historical Dune Tour by Quad
The prehistoric Kuiseb River is older than the Namib Desert and therefore the tour by the operator promises to be filled with interesting sights and facts, allowing visitors the ability to enjoy the tranquillity of being in a desert dune region. The tour highlights and includes:
- Details on how the delta came into being, why the delta developed, what the area was like before the “Sea of Sand” succeeded to cross the river and why the river and the dunes are the reasons for existence for the underground fresh water aquifer.
- Details on the formation of Sandwich Harbour and Walvis Bay.
- Scientific information on the underground fresh water aquifer and why it is endangered by modern man.
- Visiting different kind of dunes that exist in the delta and detailed explanations of how the different shapes are formed, how much they move in a given time and what the gradient of a slip face is and why it never differs.
- Details and evidence of why the dunes have different colours.
- Evidence of five different stages as a dune moves over a tree as well as over a Narra plant.
- Examining the desert fruit, the !Nara and the Sirub, explaining how the plants adapted to this particularly harsh environment, sampling what the fruit tastes like (in season) and how it is harvested and used by the Topnaars (ancient local inhabitants claiming to be a tribe of the Khoi-Khoin) as well as by the animals.
- Details about the present animals (jackal, elephant shrew, oryx), birds (pale chanting goshawk, dune lark (endemic) & damara tern (endemic)), reptiles (snakes & lizards) and some of the insects that live in the delta. Sometimes we are able to show them some of these living creatures.
- Visit and explore the different intact Topnaar middens (old living places).
- View what these ancient inhabitants of Namibia ate, used as tools/implements and as body ornaments.
- Show physical evidence of petrified tracks of the Topnaars and their goats.
- Show centuries-old ostrich eggshells that was used by the Topnaars to keep water in and was preserved being covered by dune sand all the time.
- We also show them numerous petrified tracks of almost all the present land animals of Namibia e.g. Elephant, rhino, buffalo, eland, oryx, kudu, giraffe, baboon, cheetah, steenbok, etc.
- Lastly, visitors are shown amazing evidence why the Namibian coast is called the “Skeleton Coast”
The tour is an unforgettable experience that will certainly make visitors realize that there is life in the desert regions. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity and do not forget your camera to immortalize this wonderful experience.
Topnaar-Rooibank-Sandwich Harbour Day Tour
This tour is done with all-wheel drive vehicles with expert off-road drivers/tour guides, and start early in Walvis Bay, from where we proceed by road towards Rooibank and the Kuiseb River.
We visit a traditional housing settlement of the Topnaar tribe, the ancient inhabitants of the Kuiseb Delta, who has reportedly been living here as long ago as 8000 years. Guests will learn about the ways of these very old people, how they prepare the desert fruit and how they today cope with modern society.
After our visit to the Topnaar village, you cross the river at Lauberville and proceed into the massive dunes of the “Sea of sand’ until you stop at the border of the Namib Naukluft Park. This place is devoid of people – pristine in the highest sense of the word.
You drive up one of these high dunes, from where you will have uninterrupted views right around us on this magnificent “Sea of Sand” desert that stretches for hundreds of kilometers towards Sossusvlei – A PHOTOGRAPERS DREAM – UNSEEN BY TOURISTS. From here you drive off-road, westwards towards the ocean, sometimes in the river, sometimes in the dunes, until we reach the salt plains of the delta. If you are lucky, you may see some of the wild animals of the delta, like Ostriches, Springbok, Oryx or Jackal. You proceed over these plains, northwards, until you again reach the northwestern corner of the “Sea of Sand”, where it borders on the Atlantic Ocean.
Now you continue southwards, on the beach, if the tide allows, or through the dunes, until you reach a point which no vehicle are allowed to cross. The visitors can proceed on foot southwards on the beach towards the lagoon of Sandwich Harbour or they can climb a high dune, from where the will have a beautiful view over the sea, the dunes, the beach as well as the lagoon. A light lunch will be served and out guests can relax or swim in the sea, the weather prevailing.
After lunch, you drive for a while on the high dunes on the edge of the ocean with breathtaking views over the dunes, the beach, and the ocean. This place is really spectacular and one of the tourism highlights of Namibia. A photographers dream! From the dunes you drive on a different but direct route through the delta, back to Walvis Bay.
Before you reach Walvis Bay, you drive onto a dune with a spectacular view over the salt pans and the salt mine, in the receding rays of the sun. You take a last look over the delta, tired, but satisfied after an exciting and full day in a wonderful part of nature.
The "Conception Bay" Flight 360km’s = ±1h30 min
This scenic flight takes you from Swakopmund, east via the "Moon Landscape" and along the Swakop riverbed to the Swakop and Kahn rivers intersections, crossing the Oasis Groanikontes. Routing Southwards, passing the Walvis bay airport and the Kuiseb river bed --the natural border for the dune formations. Over the "sea" of shifting sand dunes we reach the coast at Conception bay passing colonies of Cape Fur seals, the wreck of the passenger liner "Eduard Bohlen" stranded in 1909, she lies 250m away from the shore. Further along the coast another shipwreck, the "Shaunee" stranded in 1976. Along the coast with the Atlantic surf on the one side and the "long wall" (Namib Dunes) on the other, we reach Sandwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance and protected by the Ramsar Convention. The highest recorded density of Lesser and Greater flamingo’s was recorded at low tide with 7 791 birds/km. In harmony with the surroundings we find Namibia's coastal salt mines, south of Walvis Bay, attracting thousands of birds. Walvis Bay, Namibia's major harbour town and a former enclave to South Africa, which was incorporated into Namibia on March 1, 1994 is our next destination. Midway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund we pass the Langstrand Holiday Resort and the Dolphin Park Recreation Resort on our way back to Swakopmund.
The "Sossusvlei Classic Flight" 630km’s = ±2h15 min
This is the most popular scenic flight, guaranteed to be the highlight of your holiday ! From Swakopmund we take you in a light aircraft over the Namib Desert, past the Walvis Bay airport to the Kuiseb river. Low-level along the Kuiseb river onto the Desert Ecological Research Unit, Gobabeb founded in 1959. Passing Tsondabvlei, the only known breeding area for the Lappet Face Vulture in southern Namibia, towards the highest shifting sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. No part of the desert is visually more stunning than Sossusvlei. The warm tints of the sand range from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, vividly contrasting with the large white clay pans at some of their bases. From Sossusvlei into the Diamond Restricted Area flying over the remains of three old diamond camps and crossing the coastline at Conception Bay passing colonies of Cape Fur seals, the shipwreck of the passenger liner "Eduard Bohlen" stranded in 1909, she lies 250m away from the shore. Further along the coast another shipwreck, the "Shaunee" stranded in 1976. Along the coast with the Atlantic surf on the one side and the "long wall" (Namib Dunes) on the other, we reach Sandwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance and protected by the Ramsar Convention. The highest recorded density of Lesser and Greater flamingo’s was recorded at low tide with 7 791 birds/km. In harmony with the surroundings we find Namibia's coastal salt mines, south of Walvis Bay, attracting thousands of birds. Walvis Bay, Namibia's major harbour town and a former enclave to South Africa, which was incorporated into Namibia on March 1, 1994 is our next destination. Midway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund we pass the Langstrand Holiday Resort and the Dolphin Park Recreation Resort on our way back to Swakopmund.
This is a popular day-trip starting from Swakopmund we take you in a light aircraft over the Namib Desert, past the Walvis Bay Airport to the Kuiseb river. Low-level along the Kuiseb river onto the Desert Ecological Research Unit, Gobabeb founded in 1959. Passing Tsondabvlei, the only known breeding area of the Lappet faced Vulture in southern Namibia, towards Sesriem and the Sesriem Canyon. Landing at Sesriem you will be driven in a 4x4 vehicle to the highest shifting sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. No part of the desert is visually more stunning than Sossusvlei. The warm tints of the sand range from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, vividly contrasting with the large white clay pans at some of their bases. Admire, climb and photograph the scenery and enjoy refreshment in the shade of a camelthorn tree. When you are ready, return to Sossusvlei Lodge at Sesriem for lunch. After lunch transfer to Sesriem landing strip. We continue our flight via Sossusvlei the highest shifting sand dunes in the world. From Sossusvlei into the Diamond Restricted Area flying over the remains of three old diamond camps and crossing the coastline at Conception Bay, passing colonies of Cape Fur seals, the shipwreck of the passenger liner "Eduard Bohlen" stranded in 1909, she lies 250m away from the shore. Further along the coast another shipwreck, the "Shaunee" stranded in 1976. Along the coast with the Atlantic surf on the one side and the "long wall" (Namib Dunes) on the other, we reach Sandwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance and protected by the Ramsar Convention.The highest recorded density of Lesser and Greater flamingo’s was recorded at low tide with 7 791 birds/km. In harmony with the surroundings we find Namibia's coastal salt mines, south of Walvis Bay, attracting thousands of birds. Walvis Bay, Namibia's major harbour town and a former enclave to South Africa, which was incorporated into Namibia on March 1, 1994 is our next destination. Midway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund we pass the Langstrand Holiday Resort and the Dolphin Park Recreation Resort on our way back to Swakopmund.
The "Epupa Falls / Ovahimba Excursion" 1410km’s = day trip
Early morning low-level scenic flight from Swakopmund airfield past the Brandberg, over Damaraland and Kaokoland to Epupa Falls. In Epupa accompanied by a guide and translater, you will be driven to an Ovahimba village in the area. Spend the morning with the Ovahimbas in their ‘kraal’. The Ovahimba are a tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists who still live and dress according to ancient traditions. They are tall, slender and statuesque people, characterised by their proud yet friendly bearing. The women are noted for their unusual sculptural beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments. The Ovahimba rub their bodies with red ochre and fat to protect their skin against the scorching sun. However, on this day you will also be able to see the magestic Epupa Falls. The falls are a series of cascades where the Kunene River loops a total of 60 metres. With its richly coloured rock walls, variety of trees and waving Makalani Palms, the Epupa Falls offers much to see and experience. Lunch will be served at the Omarunga Camp on the riverbed of the Kunene River. Afternoon flight to Opuwo to refuel, further flight along the Uniab Riverbed in search for the desert elephants, rhino’s, giraffes, mountain zebras and other game up to the rivermouth area, turning southbound. Flight along the treacherous Skeleton Coast. The Skeleton Coast Park is about 40km wide and covers 16 390km2. The park in the northern Namib Desert stretches from the Ugab River in the south to the Kunene River, which forms the northern border with Angola. This region is generally cold and windy with mist in the mornings and evenings. The Skeleton Coast is littered with whalebones, shipwrecks and remains of sailors and explorers. Further flight past Torra Bay, Palgrave point, Toscanini to Cape Cross seal reserve. During the November/December breeding season as many as 200 000 seals gather at Cape Cross. It was also here that the Portuguese navigator, Diego Cao, erected a stone cross in 1486. Continue flight coastwise from Cape Cross passing Henties Bay, the saltworks north of Swakopmund on our way to Swakopmund.
Cape Cross & Mesum Crater Tour
From here you proceed directly to Uis and the Brandberg. The Brandberg is Namibia’s Highest Mountain, with its peak, the Koenigstein, reaching 2 520 meter. The Brandberg massif consists of mainly a granite core rimmed by Karoo sediments.
The drive from Swakopmund takes around 2 hours and on arrival you will visit the White Lady Rock painting, which is accessed by foot up the Tsisab Ravine of the Brandberg. The walk up the ravine takes around an hour and is not particularly strenuous. On your journey up the ravine, your guide will show you a few interesting flora, which have adapted their lives to this arid region and mountainous landscape.
After your return to the vehicle, you will find a nice spot under a shaded tree for the picnic lunch. From here the day’s journey takes you from the Brandberg, along the Messum River to the Messum Crater. Here you will be enlightened of the Geology of the crater and play with a few boulders, which are surprisingly musical! Your guide will also introduce you to Lichen, Welwitschia Mirabilis and other species, which have adapted to survive in the desert terrain.
Further on the journey takes you to Cape Cross. The Cape Cross peninsular is of both historic and ecological significance, as it is the site of one of the first landings by European seafarers. It is also the home of some 100 000 cape fur seals. It was here that Diego Cao erected a stone cross in honour of a safe sea journey from Portugal in 1486. Your guide will give you detailed explanations of the seal colony while highlighting the historic endeavours of early settlers, who mined guano and harvested seals here.
Another point of interest after you reach the holiday town of Henitiesbay is the “Free Republic of Wlotzka’s Baken”, some 40 km north of Swakopmund. This self-sustaining settlement of wooden cabins and bungalows on the beach is the haven of many beach anglers. Once past the town of Henitiesbay, the road will led past expansive salt pans where rock salt is being mined and refined. Your guide will introduce you to the intricacies of salt crystals and saline algae, which can be found here abundantly.
The entire tour takes about eight and a half hours and your guide will drop you back in Swakopmund at around 5pm.
If this excursion is too time consuming for your liking you can also split the tour in either a Cape Cross excursion or a Mesum Crater tour.
Horse Riding (Swakopmund)
The day tours start at 9h00 in the morning and are horse rides of approximately five to six hours and will take the riders down into the Swakoprivervalley, through five to six hours and will take the riders down into the Swakoprivervalley, through the little moon landscape, over to the sand dunes. Here the horses will take our guests along the old history railway track to the colonial horse cemetery, from where the ride will go on towards the beach. Lunch will be served at a set table at the beach.
After lunch the ride will take us along the Swakopriverbed past the greens of the golf course, where we can see a few Springbuck grazing on the greens. Approximately at 16h00 hours the riders will all be back at Okakambe Trails. With a bit of luck, the horse riders on a day trail will be able to see Springbuck and Jackal and plenty of bird life and certainly splendid scenery.
Boat or Beach Fishing (Swakopmund)
The operators specialise in fishing from boats and from the shore. Whether you are a professional or a first time angler, the guide will ensure that you have the most wonderful angling experience.
Namibia’s coastline with its rich plankton life forms one of the top fishing waters in the world. So, why not challenge the cold water of the Atlantic Ocean?
The most common fish to catch in season is kabeljou, steenbras and games fish. In addition, there is the option to experience the thrill of catching a shark. The tour includes all necessary bait, tackle and refreshments.
Go Karting (Swakopmund)
The operator offers a unique racing experience in the desert. They are a professionally run, outdoor Go-Karting arena, with no less than 10 top quality German Go-karts. The track is owned and managed by Go-Karting professionals, who are always on hand to assist. The tar track is an impressive 520m in length, and at speeds of up to 70km/h, is perfect for that adrenaline junky ready to take on any opponent, and show there friends who is king of the track. The lap times are recorded as they make use of a computerised lap time systems, ensuring your times are recorded to the split second. The operator caters for everybody, for the beginners out there, the professional instructor will provide you with all the assistance required to make your first experience memorable. Trained marshals are on hand, and all drivers receive a helmet and safety instruction. For the more experienced drivers even a two engine go kart is rented out, which speeds up to 100km/h.
You do not need any experience to drive the go-karts. Children need to be at least 1.40m to be able to drive, and if they are smaller they can sit on your lap. It definitely is an experience for the young as well as the old!!
A small bar with cool drinks and snacks is at your disposal and you could also use the braai facilities without any additional costs.
A camel ride across the desert is possibly one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Namibia without the restrictions in transporting water and luggage in any other mode of transport. The camels carry food, water, as well as any luggage, tents and sleeping bags that may be needed along the way. Experienced cameleer guides provide interesting information about the striking landscape and the friendly camels.
Explore the unspoiled landscape of the desert in Namibia and visit such sights as the Ostrich Valley, Valley of the Kings, Vulture’s Paradise, Long Dune, Valley of the Desert Fox or Camel Thorn Trees. This can be considered an adventure of a lifetime and an unforgettable experience.
Your camel ride across the desert on these creatures, who also known as the ships of the desert will without a doubt be one of bliss, if not luxury, but you will find a strange satisfaction and happiness while sailing through the desert with these peaceful animals
Quad Biking (45min to 3 hours)
Experience the sheer thrill of riding a quad bike through Namibia's boundless expanse of shifting sand dunes.
After the engines are revved up and ready to roll, an experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt. Feel the freedom of riding through one of nature's great wildernesses. As the towering dunes approach we weave our way through the smaller ones towards the "Amphitheater".
With "Power-up" we blast our way to the top of the first big dune via the "Roller Coasters" to the top of "Big Billy". We stop for a drink and you get the opportunity to capture the stark and savage beauty of the Namib Desert.
After riding down "Devils Dip" we ride the berms, spirals and slopes as we cruise towards the "Table Top" a great dune that offers a spectacular view of the sea.
Tandem Skydiving (Swakopmund)
The operator has to date done over 37 000 tandem skydives in Swakopmund making it one of the largest and most organized tandem operation on the African continent, boasting an impeccable safety record. Indemnities are filled out before skydiving, and different camera and video options are explained to the students.
After driving out to the Drop Zone which is in the beautiful Namib Desert, adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, you get trained and dressed to go skydiving. With your tandem master you take a short walk to the aircraft, and that is when your adventure begins. During the twenty-five minute breath-taking scenic flight up to 10 000 feet above Swakopmund and surrounding areas, your tandem master will re-brief and crosscheck all the skydiving equipment, and ensures that you are confident and comfortable and ready to skydive. At 10 000 feet just prior to exit you put on the skydiving goggles, shuffle to the door and with a “ready set go” you fall from the aircraft. As you fall towards the ground at a speed of approximately 200km/h the fresh Atlantic air rushes by. Your adrenalin kicks in and you finally know what it feels like to fly. After your adrenalin rushed 30 sec of free-fall the tandem master deploys the parachute and you gently slow down as the canopy inflates above. A comfortable ride under a fully inflated parachute lowers you gently down, until you touchdown safely back on the desert floor.
Lie Down Boarding:
No experience necessary. The sandboarder lies on their stomach shooting head first down the dune. After a brief instruction period we head up the dune for our first ride which we call Little Nellie. This ride make a gentle arc down the dune and introduces the boarder to the feel of the rides and gives them practice in steering and stopping the board. From there we move to the second "training" ride called the Birgit Run. This ride is longer, steeper and faster than the first. Lizzie is the first of the real rides and the third ride on the dune. The boarder is now confident with reaching speeds up to 60 kph (37 mph).
This ride also offers excellent photo opportunities. The Tandem toboggan is next. Each boarder picks a partner and they are sent down a long gentle slope with one sitting in the front and one controlling the board from the back. The fastest ride on the dune is called Dizzy and comes right after the tandem. An extra layer of polish is spread on the boards in order to reach the maximum speed of 80 kph (50 mph). People often choose to do this ride more than once.
Stand Up Boarding:
No experience necessary, but previous boarding experience and a sense of balance is a bonus. The boards used for this are snowboards with soft boots and bindings. For experienced boarders snowboards with Formica bases are available.
The experienced snowboarder must bear in mind that snowboarding and sandboarding are two entirely different sports, so they will need to adjust their stance and technique from snow to sand. But after a ride or two it feel just like boarding in very thick powder.
Sandboarding is excellent for inexperienced boarders also. The sand is softer than snow and a bit slower than snow, so it gives the boarder a chance to get their balance on the board. The experienced instructors will teach them balance techniques first and when balance is achieved they will start working on turn techniques. By the end of the morning the beginning sandboarder will feel confident with their riding and their equipment and can take their newly learned skills to the snow.
Professional sandboarding instructors are on the dune with the boarders at all times.
A magical kayaking experience on the beautiful lagoon and in the surrounding water of Walvis Bay.
Spectacular bird-life will fascinate and captivate both nature lovers and photographers alike. A peaceful haven for marine creatures, the bay is a precious gem framed by desert
and sea - a memory to cherish for a lifetime !
The owner and operator personally guides each tour, emphasizing both safety and enjoyment. Driving to Pelican Point takes you past flocks of flamingos, Cormorans, Pelicans, waders and a big variety of other seabirds. This 40km scenic drive to Pelican point is most of the times experienced by our Guests just as rewarding as our kayaking tour.
The operator specializes in tours to Pelican point, visiting the Cape Fur Seal colony, accompanied by dolphins, pelicans, cormorants and other friendly marine and birdlife.
All tours start early in the morning, due to the fact that the prevailing weather conditions in Walvis Bay offer a calm period up to about 1pm.
Township Tour (Swakopmund)
The tours is about getting a real sense of a place through its history and traditions, Experience and Interact with our rich authentic Namibian cultures and their community, whether that’s in a day or night down in the Township of Mondesa, walking around the Townships, Visiting Homes, schools, Kinder gardens, informal settlements, local craft market, welfare organizations(Orphanage homes),and experience the Traditional food (meals) lifestyle, following the footsteps of Mondesa history and cultural diversity, Our cultural Tours help you get under the skin of your destinations. Mondesa was established in the early 1960's to provide housing for the Black Community working in Swakopmund. The people of Mondesa co-exist in harmony with each other, as guests will see at the colorful Shebeen or Local bars were we get a chance to try out our local homemade traditional brewed beer and soft drinks. A township that boasts one of the lowest crime rates across all 13 regions of Namibia. On our Township tour, visitors get introduced to its Historic background Hafeni Cultural Tours (Hereafter referred to as Hafeni Tours & Travel) Hafeni Is an Oshiwambo word, Meaning= Joy or Happiness, and is a true reflection to the Namibian people ,Hafeni Tours is a 100% local owned tour operating company in Swakopmund. The Company is run and managed by a local young entrepreneur from the community of Mondesa.
Kite Surfing (Swakopmund)
This activity offered is not really a one day activity but should only be attempted by either pro’s that want to go just for an afternoon outing or by starters who will spend a longer time in Swakopmund to learn this from scratch. All you need is a lot of fun and energy and a good instructor supplied by the operator. Make yourself ready to be rewarded for all the muscle aches that result from learning by a feeling like a bird when you glide over the waves triggered by the winds that normally come up every afternoon.
Since standing on the board is nothing you learn by a wink of the eye, this again is an activity you should only attempt if you are stationed in Swakopmund for a week or longer. A well versed instructor will take care of you, teach you the odds about a surfboard and you will be rewarded the success when gliding in front of the waves into the Mole area on Swakopmund’s most favored beach.
All excursions like the dolphin cruise, the Sandwich Harbour Cruise or a combination of both, the Topnaar tour as well as kayaking can be done as a photo venture tour. The tour is joined by a professional photographer who will advise and help you on how to take a picture to capture the most brilliant effects and sights. You can also just do a photo venture tour in his vehicle driving through the desert, along the kuiseb river and just put your accent on photography rather than sightseeing.
A knowledgeable guide will take you on a journey through the stars. After a drive of about 45 kilometers, the city lights are left behind to enjoy clear unpolluted skies of the Namib Desert. Through the star telescope you can enjoy wonders such as planets, star clusters, etc. The guide will point out constellations and interesting information will be relayed to you. A minimum of 4 PAX is required per group and the tour last approximately 2 hours
Join a special tour through the creative workshop where you will enjoy watching the carding, spinning, dyeing and weaving of pure karakul wool into rugs and wall hangings.
Visit the weaving workshop and absorb the atmosphere of a dedicated team of men and women. Many of the weavers have been blessed with a natural artistic flair while others have developed their skill through sheer hard work to produce wonderful pieces of hand-woven art.
Indeed, they can be proud of their work and it will be their pleasure to show you the creativity in our workshops, the beautiful colours of the dyed skeins of wool and the finished hand-woven carpets, rugs and wall hangings.
Flight of Angels
The “Flight of Angels” is an amazing journey over the 1700m vast curtain of water known locally as the “Mosi oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and along the Zambezi River and the Zambezi National Park. Passengers are treated to an unforgettable helicopter journey comprising of 4 circuits (2 on either side) offering unrivalled spectacular views, photographic, and filming opportunities and putting the full breadth and height of The Falls into glorious perspective within the surrounding environment.
Zambesi Spectacular flight
The Zambezi Spectacular flight encompasses the traditional “Flight of Angels” then continues downstream for a thrilling flight over the Batoka Gorges. An opportunity to witness the Zambezi river metamorphosis from a genteel and meandering river to turbulent raging rapids as the river, 1,7km wide at the Victoria Falls tumbles 120m before being compressed by a steep granite gorge a mere 40m wide.
The finale to the Zambezi Spectacular Flight is a game spotting tour over Zambezi National Park – home to many of the traditional African species including elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, crocodile and giraffe which are regularly seen from the air during this stage of the flight.
The original and ultimate thrill! The location is unbeatable – in front of the largest curtain of falling water in the world, at a World Heritage Site, set against the backdrop of one of the Seven Natural Wonders in the World and above the raging torrents and misty gorges of the mighty Zambezi River. Then 5-4-3-2-1 Bungee into the spray and rainbows below! Four seconds of freefall and 111 metres of pure adrenalin! Victoria Falls Bungee is consistently voted as one of the top five adrenalin experiences on the planet. For Bungee Jump veterans, speak to your Jump Master and make it even wilder by doing an Ankle-Tied, Back Flip or a Star Elevator Jump.
The Bridge Slide is exciting and mildly adventurous but friendly for all ages from six years and up – either alone or with a friend. Beginning from a platform on the Zambian edge, the zipline glides 300 metres over the rapids in the Batoka Gorge below affording incomparable views of the Victoria Falls before gently coming to rest on the Zimbabwean side of the bridge.
Step off the Victoria Falls Bridge into the Batoka Gorge over the mighty Zambezi River in an upright position for an 80 metre freefall then become a human pendulum as you swing in a huge arc with the cascading waterfall rumbling by your side. If you do not want to step into the void alone, take a partner with you and scream together as the rush of adrenalin surges through your body. The Swing provides a bonus chance to absorb the beautiful scenery of the Batoka Gorge while you slowly get winched back to the platform.
Rhino Encounter Game Drive
Savour a sunrise Game Drive on the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve, home to over 2,000 head of game and a rich variety of bird life. The guided safaris will take you through natural African woodland featuring frequent sightings of Wild Dog, Sable, Eland, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Hyena, Bushbuck, Impala, Baboon, Kudu and Waterbuck among others. At least three of the Big Five are sighted on almost all Game Drives with the highly endangered Black Rhino being the most exciting and rare, making this the best place to view game in the Victoria Falls region.
Walking with Lions
Operated by Lion Encounter on a private property adjacent to the Zambezi National Park, Walking with Lions is an intimate experience with the Kings of the Jungle. Participate in a breakfast, mid-morning or afternoon safari which includes interacting and walking side by side with the lions, learning about their habitat and behaviour and the conservation challenges they face in the wild. The trained guides will use their discretion at intervals and allow the guests close contact with the lions, pat them and take pictures of this memorable experience. Shorter lion encounters are available in combination with other activities such as Elephant Back Safaris or Rhino Encounter Game Drives.
Elephant Back Safaris
A herd of twelve elephants reside on the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve, a few kilometres outside of Victoria Falls. Each Elephant has formed a close bond with their personal Induna (elephant handler) who live permanently with the elephants and understand each elephant’s unique character and traits. Participate in a Breakfast or Sundowner Elephant Back Safari and seize the opportunity to ride on these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. You will learn about their life stories, behaviour patterns and anatomy from the knowledgeable Indunas who accompany every safari. After the 45 minute ride in the African bush, where abundant wildlife is often encountered, you will participate in a close-up interaction with your elephant during which time you will feed, touch and bond with your gentle giant.
Zambesi Sunset Cruise
Cruises take place on the upper stretches of the Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls. Cruise where David Livingstone canoed on his quest to discover the falls over 150 years ago. Soak up the spectacular scenery offering unrivalled photographic opportunities of this iconic African river which is home to abundant wildlife and an incredible variety of birds. It is not unusual to spot families of elephant swimming from island to island or to get close to the ferocious Nile crocodile and pods of hippo in their natural habitat. And there is nothing as beautiful as a Zambezi sunset.
Low Water Rafting (Aug-Dez)
As the river levels drop off the rapid intensity grows and low water rafting season kicks off. The flag ship rafting adventure – low water season takes you from rapid #1 through to rapid #19, many of which are graded 5, the best white water rapids in the world. Begin your adrenalin run in the boiling pot directly below the Victoria Falls and hammer your way through infamous rapids, whose names were conjured to instil fear and trepidation into would-be rafters, “The Overland Truck-eater”, “The Mother”, “Gnashing Jaws of Death” and the final biggy of the day “Oblivion”. Our experienced guides will steer you on an unforgettable ride through the formidable rapids of the mighty Zambezi.
High Water Rafting (Jan,Feb,Jun,Jul)
The high water run operates as river rises following the early rains and subsides as the dry season commences. The journey begins 10km downstream of the Falls starting at the Overland Truck-eater (Rapid 11) through to The End (Rapid 24) and includes the Mother (Rapid 13) at its brooding best. The river Journey is about 15km.
The boiling pot hike (late Aug – Dez)
After breakfast you will be picked up from the Hotel to the Top of the Gorge. Armed with a walking stick, life jacket and helmet, you will take a walk down the Batoka Gorge and catch a Raft against the current of the Zambezi rapids, past the historic Victoria Falls Bridge to the Boiling Pot. Once at the foot of the Victoria Falls, you will enjoy the experience of maneuvering the rocky platforms and stand right under the spray of the thunderous Mosi oa Tunya. Take a dip in the pools between the rocks while the rainbows curl up around you in response to the bright sun above you. The trip will allow you the chance to Raft back down before take out at Rapid #2.
Crocodile Cage Diving is located in the centre of Victoria Falls town, Elephants Walk Shopping Village. This gives visitors a once in a lifetime opportunity to view Zambezi Predators in action.
Crocodile Cage divers can watch, touch and experience crocodiles in their own environment. Get a unique underwater look at their short legs, thick tails and impressive jaws.
Prepare yourself for an exhilarating crocodile encounter! Whilst in the cage you can observe these fascinating carnivores pushing powerfully through the water from all angles.
Operated by an over-head monorail and designed for 2-4 people per cage. The cage is suspended above the crocs before being lowered into the croc cage enclosure to get an up close and personal look at these amazing reptiles.
Livingstone Islands Tour Aka Devils Pool
Livingstone Island is a 5-8 minutes boat ride from the Royal Livingstone Hotel and is located in the middle of the Zambezi River right on the edge of the Victoria Falls just before the water thunders down a 103 metre drop. To protect the sensitive environment, only 16 guests may visit at any one time during five daily departures. Access is restricted to a maximum of 80 visitors per day so it is highly recommended to book a Livingstone Island Tour in advance.
Canoe the Zambesi
A Canoe Safari includes gently paddling down the Upper Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls – the playground of hippo, shimmering home of crocodiles and the watering hole of buffalo and elephant – drifting though secretive channels and enjoying the ever-so-slight turbulence of the more placid rapids above Kandahar Island. You might be fortunate enough to spot a Marshall Eagle, witness a Tiger Fish jump or catch a glimpse of a clawless otter playing in the shadows by the banks.
A professional canoe guide will point out all the flora and fauna that can be spotted on the edges of the Zambezi National Park from inflatable canoes whilst sharing the realities of this amazing eco-system.
Upper Zambesi fishing
Fishing on the Zambezi River to the novice or experienced angler is possibly as close as one can get to absolute perfection. There are over 75 fish species found inhabiting these waters. The most sought-after of these is the Tiger Fish, well renowned as probably the greatest fighting fresh water fish around. It is a ferocious species which can grow as large as 15 Kg in weight.
Victoria Falls Canopy Tour
Observe the riverine forest from a variety of different vantage points – from above, below and within the canopy itself. Experience forest birdlife, which can include the Knysna and Purple crested Turaco (Lourie) and Peregrine Falcons.
The Vic Falls Canopy Tour consists of 9 different slides, varying in length (with the longest being approximately 85m and the shortest being 40m) and 1 cable bridge walkway. Our friendly and experienced staff will give you a detailed safety briefing before the canopy tour, taking you step by step through your upcoming adventure. There will be two guides on each tour. The duration of the tour is 2-2,5 hours.
You get clipped into a harness which is attached to a pulley which then glides along an almost horizontal cable across the gorge, 125m above the valley floor. This gives you the sensation of flying. It looks tame in comparison to the Foofie slide and Gorge swing, but I promise you this is still a thrilling experience, and requires great courage.
The most gentle of these high-wire stunts, you get clipped in and descend at you own pace down the side of of a sheer 120m cliff into the remarkable gorges below the Falls.
This is similar to the Flying Fox but here the cable is not horizontal it is at an extreme angle so once you let go you accelerate down hill at speeds of over 100km/h. It is extremely exhilarating and unbelievably fast. This can be done single or tandem. It is also twice the distance as flying fox.
Originally started as a means of rescue, it is the latest innovation in adrenalin sports. Like rafting but without the raft, river boarding is a three-dimensional white water experience.
Swim the rapids and surf the waves, armed with nothing more than an oversized body board, wetsuit and flippers. This is the most fun you can have on your stomach!
Trips combine rafting and river boarding, so that you can safely navigate the flat water sections and the few rapids that are considered unsafe for river boarders.
Guided tour of Vic Falls
You may decide to take a guided tour of Victoria Falls with one of the tour companies or you might decide to explore and appreciate the sights, sounds and feel on your own.
But no matter how you decide to visit “The Smoke That Thunders” very few people are ever really prepared for the incredible beauty and mesmerising strength and power of the mighty Victoria Falls.
The heart-pounding sensation of actually standing on the edge of the precipice above the raging waters is something quite unforgettable.