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Namibia Overland Namib-Naukluft Park Tour

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
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No Namibia Overlanding tour is a success without a visit to Namibia's Namib-Naukluft Park.  Its infinite desert vistas, towering lunar mountain ranges and unique wildlife encounters are dumbfounding. With endless landscape vistas stretching from the caramel colored sea of sand dunes in the Namib Desert to the eye-popping purple Naukluft mountain range, the Namib-Naukluft Park is the greatest natural wonder on any Namibia Overlanding trip. Whether it’s running up one of the world’s largest sand dunes, bundu-bashing your way along one of the infamous 4x4 Namibia trails or soaking up Namibia’s vast wildlife the Namib Naukluft Park has something for all tastes on a Namibia tour. Here is Overlanding Africa’s guide to Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft Park top 5 things to do and see to make sure you get the most out of your Namibia overlanding trip.

Namibia Overlanding Namib Desert Dune Challenge

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Take in one of best sunrises on any Namibia Overlanding tour from the top of Dune 45 or Big Daddy. The dunes will light up before your eyes in every insane shade of caramel, rich red and crazy gold you could imagine. Enjoy the view as you overlook a panoramic view of the world’s tallest sand dunes stretching out in an endless sea of sand resembling the lost loads of a kid’s dump truck. Climbing Namibia’s tallest sand dune Big Daddy (380m) or even Dune 45 (148m) is no easy feat, so don’t be a dumbass and race headlong up the sheer side unless you enjoy passing out halfway up and being the numbskull who had to be carried down a dune on their Namibia overland tour. Read the Overlanding Africa Namibia Safari guide to hiking up Namibia’s sand dunes instead.

Explore the Sesriem Canyon

Carved over millions of years by the flow of the Tsauchab River through the smooth sandstone rock faces, the natural rock formation of the Sesriem Canyon boggles the mind. The Canyon is the perfect place to suck down one of the many tasty local brews of Namibian Beer, watching one of the best sunsets a Namibia overland trip has to offer.

Take a guided tour of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei

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Hop on a 4x4 Namibia safari vehicle and drive to the glistening white clay pan of Sossusvlei in the heart of the Namib-Naukluft Park.  Take a guided tour through the pan and the towers of caramel coloured sand dunes (the world’s largest) which surround it.  A Namibia tourism guide will teach you all about the fascinating history of the Namib Desert, the oldest and only growing desert in the world as well as the strange and quirky creatures that have adapted to the most extreme conditions.

Deadvlei

Be sure to visit the striking skeleton forest of Deadvlei- one of the Namib-Naukluft Park’s favourite attractions. The twisted black acacia trees are dramatic to say the least against the rich ochre coloured dunes creating one of the Namib Deserts most beautiful landscape views. If you’re feeling energetic hike up the epic Big Daddy (380m), the tallest sand dune in the Namib Desert on the edge of Deadvlei for a unique perspective of the pan.

Take a hike through the Namib Naukluft Park

Namib Naukluf Mountain-Ranges

The purple mountains and lush streams and lagoons of the Namib Naukluft Mountains resemble an alien lunar landscape standing out in complete contrast from the surrounding flat and arid Namib Desert floor.

Namib Naukluft Park Dunes

Take a hike on one of the many Namib Naukluft hiking trails through the largest and most beautiful of Namibia’s mountain massifs or rent a Namibia 4x4 car and bundu-bash your way along the Naukluft 4x4 Trail on a unique Namibia Overlanding experience.

A Namibia 4x4 safari trip to Sandwich Harbour

Flamingoes Sandwich Harbor

The freshwater lagoon and guano island of Sandwich Harbour is all that remains of the old whaling station on the coastline of the Namib Desert and is any birdwatchers dream.  Filled with Namibia’s famous fluttering pink flamingos, Damara Tern and other amazing birdlife Sandwich Harbour is a lesser known but incredibly impressive attraction in the Namib-Naukluft Park. Hop on a Namibia 4x4 or Namibia tour out to the lagoon to enjoy the best birdlife Namibia tourism has to offer before snacking down on a picnic lunch on top of one of the surrounding giant Namib sand dunes running straight out before you into the ocean. Above all soak up as much as you can of the Namib Desert, Africa’s most picturesque safari setting.

Sossusvlei Tour

The awesome views, crazy hikes and trails and wonderful wildlife encounters of the Namib Desert and Namib-Naukluft Park will inspire your soul and mind, feeding you wanderlust for another Namibia overland trip. For more information chat to one of our Overlanding Africa experts or check out our tours on offer through Namibia. Keep Discovering

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Take a hike on Namibia Safari

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
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Hike up the rippled caramel dunes of the Namib Desert and through the purple volcanic rock gorges of the Namib-Naukluft Park and watch the desert spring to life around you on a Namibia Safari on foot. Dust off those walking shoes and take a hike through the pumpkin orange dunes of the Namib Desert, carved towers of the Spitzkoppe rock formations and lush green gorges of the Otavi Mountains to explore the unique natural wonders of a Namibia Safari. Don’t let Namibia whiz by in a trail of dust outside your car window. Hiking tours are the perfect chance to appreciate the Namib Desert and Nature Reserves whilst learning about Namibia’s fascinating wildlife. Here is Overlanding Africa’s guide to the top hiking trails for a thumping great Namibia safari experience.

Namib Desert Hiking tour

Slow it down and watch the desert come to life on your Namibia Tour as you explore the Namib Desert dunes around Swakopmund on a ‘Living Desert Tour’. Get yourself lost in amongst the towering caramel-ripple and rusty sand dunes of the oldest desert in the world, the famous Namib Desert, racing up the sheer faces and tumbling back down again. Your passionate guide will show you all the fascinating wildlife underfoot, often missed in a car, as you learn about the weird and wacky creatures and plants that have adapted to the harshest environment on earth. For more information or to book a Namib Desert Tour visit Tommy’s Tours and Safari’s.

Tok Tokkie Guided Hiking Tour

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Explore the vastly different terrains of the desert as you hike through grassy gold plains past quirkily shaped acacia trees, up burnt orange dunes and over rocky mountainsides on the Tok Tokkie Hiking Trail. Starting at the popular Namibia travel spot Sossusvlei, the Tok Tokkie guided hiking tour leads you into the heart of the Namibland Nature reserve to uncover the secrets of the Namib Desert buzzing with life. Soak up the spectacular lunar mountain ranges, insane rock formations and the world’s tallest dunes sparkling in a bright sea around as you sip on a local beer or three. For more information or to book a Tok Tokkie guided trail hike on your Namibia tour visit Tok Tokkie Trails

Mundulea Guided Hike

Leopard Otavi Mountains Mundelea Hiking tour

Calling all wildlife lovers and adventurous hikers the Mundulea guided hike through Namibia’s Mundulea Nature Reserve will go down a treat on your Namibia tour. Revel in the unspoiled Namibian bushveld as you trek through the lush greenery of the Otavi Mountains, making your way up rugged hills and steep gorges with never-ending views of the Waterberg Plateau before exploring Mundulea’s network of caves and the cool waters of the underground lakes. Two hours from Namibia’s popular Etosha National Park, the Mundulea Nature Reserve is the chance to spot herds of wildebeest, eland and kudu as well as the elusive mountain leopard.  Your passionate Namibia tour guide will explain the unique wonders of the bush as you explore Namibia’s fascinating environment on your tailored walking safari in Namibia. After a rewarding full day hike, marvel at the clear desert night sky overhead as you sit around a blazing fire enjoying some hearty Southern African tucker. More information on the Mundulea nature Reserves hiking trails here.

Namib Naukluft Park Hiking Trails

Your hiking shoes are the perfect way to explore the the purple-jagged mountains and rugged rocky trails of the Namib Naukluft Mountains rising up from the desert floor of the Namib Naukluft Park. There are plenty of trails which crisscross the Park, lasting from one to up to eight days.  The most popular trails are the Olive Trail (10 km/5 h) and the Waterkloof Trail (17km/7 h). Revel in the lunar landscapes stretching out endless panorama’s underneath you as you trek across plateaus, the dry Naukluft River bed and gorges with refreshing rock pools. Quiver Trees line the wide mountain valleys which are buzzing with the wildlife sounds of an epic Namibia safari. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare Mountain Zebra as well as klipspringer, kudu and rock hyrax’s galore as you soak in all the raw energy of the Namib Naukluft Park’s vast mountain ranges and desert floor.

Spitzkoppe Guided Hike

Hiking-Spitzkoppe

Enjoy proper bush camping on your Namibia travel experience and a guided tour from a friendly local community member who will expose you to the rock formations, history and culture of the towering granite peaks of Africa’s Matterhorn, the Namibia Spitzkoppe. Run by the local community, the campsite and guided tours are a chance for you to give back on your Namibia tour. Learn about the famous san rock paintings, the fascinating Spitzkoppe shapes carved by the wind and how to survive off the land. You can even learn to greet in the local Damara language. Hike up one of the smaller rock formations at the campsite for sundowners as the sun sinks behind the Pontock Mountains and the sky burns in a bright rainbow of colours. At night camp in the shadows of the towering Spitzkoppe nothing but the quiet African bush around you. For more information visit the Namibia Community Based Tourism Initiative. Don’t despair! Prepare! All the hikes require a solid pair of hiking shoes as well as plenty of water (min. 3 litres per person).  And don’t forget a hat and sunscreen unless you want to glow bright lobster red for the rest of your Namibia travel tour. A camera and pair of binoculars will come in handy as well.

Namibia Safari on foot

Whether it’s hiking up the caramel coloured dunes of the Namib Desert at Swakopmund or across the golden plains of the Namib Naukluft Park, using your feet will allow you to see and appreciate a lot more of the natural wonders and wildlife on your Namibia tour. For more information on a Namibia safari to one of our Overlanding Africa experts or check out our tour page for Namibia tours. Keep Discovering

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Better than sex - Swakopmund Top 5 Adventure Activities

Monday, March 14th, 2011
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Swakopmund is an adrenalin junkie’s paradise, and if that's how you get your kicks, this place is better than sex. The air, ocean and sand adventure activities in Swakopmund will get the heart racing whilst exploring and enjoying your Namibia overland trip. Namibia’s adrenalin capital, Swakopmund, is a candy-store of adventure activities to quench the thirst of even the most extreme adrenalin junkie on a Namibia overland tour. The beautiful seaside holiday belies the host of exciting and unique adventure activities which are the ultimate way to explore all the natural wonder and beauty of a Namibia overland whilst getting your adventure fix. Here is Overlanding Africa’s guide to Swakopmund's top 5 adventure activities to make your Namibia tour legendary.

Skydiving over the Namibia Desert

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What better way to enjoy the endless panoramic views of Swakopmund, the rugged Namibia coastline and vast Namib Desert on your Namibia overland trip than from 10 000 ft in the air attached to a friendly tandem master and a parachute. After a 25 minute scenic flight up into the air, you shuffle towards the door and peer over the edge to the beautifully infinite desert stretching out around your feet. Then it’s three, two, one and out the door for 30 seconds of freefall flight in which you reach speeds of up to 200 km/h. If you ever dreamed of being superman as a kid this is your best chance. Nothing can describe the feeling of flying through the air and soaking it all in before you pull your parachute and coast back down to the Namibia Desert floor enjoying the view as you go. No Swakopmund trip or Namibia tour is complete without skydiving over the Namib Desert. Don’t believe how awesome skydiving is? Check out this video. Skydiving in Swakopmund For more information or to book a skydive contact Ground Rush Adventures.

Paragliding

Paragliding in Namibia For those Namibia tour travellers looking for a little more hang-time, paragliding is unique way to experience all the insane beauty of the Namib Desert dunes from the air. Let the air thermals of the Namib Desert carry you down the sheer face of the Swakopmund sand dunes or explore the diverse birdlife, game and natural wonder of Sossusvlei, Sandwich Harbour and Damaraland on a Namibia overlanding paragliding trip.

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For more information or to book paragliding trips contact Namib Gliding.

Exploring the Namib Sand Dunes on a Namibia 4x4 adventure

Quadbiking-in-the-Namib-Desert Translated from Nama to mean vast, the Namib Desert is an infinite sea of sand in every vibrant and crazy shade of caramel, red and gold possible. With so much sand to explore and rugged coastline to see on a Namibia tour there is no better way to tear up the dunes than on a speeding Namibia 4x4 ATV or four wheeler. It’s a blast whizzing up the sheer towering sand dunes, the Namib Desert whipping through your hair as you try your luck at popping wheelies and outracing your fellow Namibia 4x4 adventurers. Monstrous Namib Desert dunes, speed and motoring on a Namibia safari- enough said. For more information or to book a Namibia 4x4 ATV or four-wheeling adventure contact the Far Out offices on +26464402737 or  +264811282737.

Swakopmund Sandboarding

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The Swakopmund sand dunes are any board lovers dream on a Namibia tour. An epic 100m 6 sided dune calls for you to conquer it. After waxing up your snowboard or lie-down board you shred your way down the sheer face of the dune getting schweet turns in before running back up to try again. There is even the chance to grab some air on the ramp or clock up to 80 km/h on the infamous lie-down sandboarding Dizzy run. Sandboarding down one of Namibia’s iconic Namib Desert monsters is the most fun you can have on a Namibia tour - as long as you don’t mind the taste of Namib Desert sand. For more information or to book a sand-boarding trip contact Alter-Action. (They can also be found in the lobby of Swakopmund’s Hotel Gruner Kranz in the Far Out offices).

Sea kayaking

Sea-Kayaking-Swakopmund Sea Kayaking along Swakopmund and Walvis Bay’s rugged coastline teeming with ocean life is a unique experience on any Namibia tour. Curious bottle-nose dolphins will swim alongside you and fur seals will do back flips as you paddle through the waves with your experienced guide.  You will explore the wonder of the seal colony and see Namibia’s variety of birdlife as you get up-close-and-personal. For more information contact Namibia Sea Kayaking.

The Most fun you can have with your clothes on

Swakopmund skydiving

Whether you’re keen to race up the sheer towering faces of the Namib Desert Dunes on a Namibia 4x4 wheeler tours, tear down them on a snowboard or take in the view of the rugged Swakopmund coastline as you hurtle towards the ground, Swakopmund will plant a grin on your face for the rest of your Namibia overland trip. All of these activities and more can also be booked through the Far Out offices in the Hotel Gruner Kranz lobby in Swakopmund’s Swakop Lodge. For more information you can chat to one of our Overlanding Experts or check out our tour page for Namibia Overlanding tours passing through Swakopmund. Keep Discovering!

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