What to expect
Travelling through the dusty Kalahari Desert, on a 5 day trip of a lifetime, is the best way to see all that this incredible destination has to offer.
There is no place quite like the Kalahari Desert. An ancient place of red sands, stunning wildlife, and all sorts of eye catching landmarks, this desert is a beautiful place to spend a few days, and a few days is exactly what you need if you intend to see it all. When travelling here, you will see two very different worlds. The first is the Mariental, which is situated in the south-central part of Namibia and the second is the Fish River Canyon, a spectacular yet desolate place, with little to no plant and animal life. The Fish River Canyon is rocky and magnificent, a place of absolute beauty and the ideal place to go hiking.
Travelling the Kalahari is not for the fainthearted, but it is one place that you will never forget venturing to. Bring along your camera and your sense of adventure and get ready for a trip that will have you falling in love with Africa all over again.
|COST & VALIDITY||01 November 2022 – 31 October 2023
Net per person sharing a standard double room ZAR 29, 250.00 (for 2 PAX)
|WHAT TO BRING|| Comfortable shoes
Sunhat and sunglasses
|IMPORTANT NOTE||Namibia emergency number: +264 81 127 0564|
|NOT INCLUDED|| Flights
Optional and recommended Excursions or Spa treatment
Expenses of a personal nature
Visa fees (where applicable)
|| 90 – 45 days prior to travel: 20% (forfeit the deposit paid)
44 – 30 days prior to travel: 30%
29 – 15 days prior to travel: 40%
14 – 08 days prior to travel: 60%
07 days – NO SHOW: 100%
Special cancellation terms may apply for certain products and services.
Windhoek to Mariental
Welcome to beautiful Namibia!
Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport, here you are able to exchange some money and also purchase a MTC telephone card. Here you will get a transfer to the Kalahari Anib Lodge. It is important to arrive latest by 12:00 as it is an approximate drive of 250 km (3h30 drive) to the lodge.
Check-in and then you take part in a sundowner drive.
Here you can experience a safari into the sunset, in style and in a relaxed state of mind. A guide with extensive knowledge of the region and its flora and fauna will take you out into the open countryside in an open jeep.
On the way you can review the events of the day in the light of the setting sun, enjoy the picturesque landscape of Namibian countryside and perhaps even observe some animals active at twilight.
Once you’ve arrived in the middle of the Kalahari dunes, in the dry savannah you can make yourself comfortable and enjoy a cool drink while watching the sun slowly disappear behind the horizon. Immerse yourself in what is the probably the most beautiful time of the day, when all the countryside is bathed in warm light. These drives are the perfect way to getting acquainted with the Kalahari Desert. The approx. 3 hour sunset drive with panoramic views across the Kalahari dunes is something to remember forever.
After taking time to pause and reflect, our travellers are finally brought back to their lodge.
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Kalahari Anib Lodge.
The Kalahari Desert forms a great part of the eastern side of Namibia. Because of its sandy ground it doesn’t allow sufficient water absorption into the soil and due to the extremely high evaporation in this area, it is characterized as a Desert. In reality it is a lively wilderness and on the spare grass plains you can see huge herds of antelopes and other animals grazing.
Travel distance: 242.8 km
Mariental to Fish River Canyon
After a hearty breakfast transfer to the Fish River Lodge.
Check-in and time at leisure.
Lunch and in the afternoon you can enjoy another breathtaking sundowner drive.
The afternoon drive will take you along the top of the plateau where we will stop at two different viewpoints for you to experience the canyon at its most dramatic and take photographs. Our guide will also explain the geology, flora and fauna along the way before the last stop where you will catch a glimpse of the meandering Fish River below. Drinks and snacks will be served.
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Fish River Lodge.
The fish river canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. Set in a harsh, stony plain scantily covered with drought resistant succulents and the distinctive quiver tree or kokerboom, the canyon represents a spectacular natural phenomenon. It took hundreds of millions of years to evolve into its current shape. While the full length of the canyon is 161 km, the most spectacular section is the 56 km long stretch which lies between the northernmost and southernmost viewpoints. Baboons, rock dassie’s, ground squirrel’s and klipspringer are commonly sighted in the canyon.
Travel distance: 457.8 km
Fish River Canyon
After an early breakfast you will take part in the Canyon Drive.
This is the only access route by vehicle anywhere in the Fish River Canyon. As you journey into the depths of the canyon, you will witness first hand millions of years of geological upheaval when the earth’s continents separated and a tectonic shift created the canyon. Petrified rippled mud and glacial deposits, dramatic fault lines, rough limestone, shiny quartzite are but a few of the features you will see along the way. Guides will point out evidence of rhino that once navigated the gorges and pairs of territorial Klipspringers as they feast on succulents. The drive ends at the permanent rock pools. Lunch will be served before heading back to the Lodge. The excursion is approximately 7 hours.
Departure time from the lodge – After an early breakfast between 06h00 – 07h00.
Early afternoon arrival at the lodge and time at leisure.
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Fish River Lodge.
Fish River Canyon to Mariental
After a hearty breakfast transfer to the Zebra Kalahari Lodge.
Check-in and then you can enjoy your lunch and time at leisure.
Game drive in the late afternoon which allows the Kalahari to show off its magical sunsets. After a 2-hour drive, the guides set out a lavish display of snacks and drinks for our guests to enjoy as they watch the sun set.
Game drives are the most popular activity at the Intu Afrika Game Reserve because of the high density of animals that live here and because of the different landscapes one can lose themselves in.
The sparse vegetation allows one to easily spot the plethora of game that live in the reserve and the high density of the game enhances our notion of respect for nature and will delight any traveller wishing to reconnect with Mother Nature.
Let our guides explore this 10 000 hectare paradise in the Kalahari with you as they are extremely clued-up on the fauna and flora of the area and have many interesting anecdotes to share with our guests.
The reserve is home to Zebra, Oryx, Wildebeest, Springbuck (including the black Springbuck), Waterbuck, Kudu, Blesbok, Tsessebe, Eland, Ostrich, Giraffe and even a lioness and there are many interesting bird species to discover whilst enjoying one of the two and a half hour game drives on offer. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and zealously share their passion for the animals, the plants and the area.
Dinner, bed and breakfast, Zebra Kalahri Lodge.
Travel distance: 456.6 km
Departure Kalahari to Windhoek International Airport
Today after an early breakfast, depending on your return flight (this may not be before 12h00, otherwise 1 additional night in Windhoek must be added to your stay) transfer to the Windhoek International Airport for your return flight if it is after 12h00.
Kalahari Anib Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia
Kalahari Anib Lodge is located 30 km northeast of Mariental on the C 20 (Kalahari). Savour the Kalahari Desert at this easily accessible lodge. 30 standard rooms flank a shady courtyard, with another 22 comfort overlooking Kalahari savannah. Stretch legs on the walks and join the afternoon drive to experience the red Kalahari sands aglow with an inner fire.
Fish River Lodge
Fish River Lodge in southern Namibia is the only lodge perched directly on the rim of the Fish River Canyon offering guests breathtaking views of the canyon from sunrise to sunset.
Experience first hand the geological forces that unfolded 300 million years ago, when the Fish River began to etch its way through hard quartzite forming a Canyon 90 kilometers long, 549 meters deep and 28 kilometers wide in some places, making it the world’s second largest Canyon. The 45 000 hectare Canyon Nature Park is a natural sanctuary for Karoo succulent flora and endemic wildlife.
Incredible hiking trails meander down into the heart of the canyon affording guests spectacular scenery combined with 75 km river frontage made up of permanent water holes and rock pools that attract Hartmans Zebra, Kudu, Oryx, Springbok and many other smaller wildlife species and endemic bird life.
Zebra Kalahari Lodge & Spa
Simply stylish and elegant, the Zebra Kalahari Lodge is the most decadent of the 3 lodges on the Intu Afrika Private Game Reserve. After a short drive through the contrasting Kalahari Desert where game languish under trees or in pans, guests are welcomed with a much-needed refreshing drink and a smile as warm as the desert sun. The gurgling fish pond and the beautiful stone and wood buildings immediately soothe one’s soul and guests are ushered into the coolness of the lounge area overlooking a rather vibrant waterhole and swimming pool whilst logistics are efficiently handled.
The rooms area are huge and the walls are decorated with ancient African masks and ebony furnishings and are fitted with air conditioners, a mini bar, a hairdryer and a coffee and tea station with a very large bathroom leading out to an outside shower.
There are 8 rooms adjacent to the lodge area which consists of a lounge with comfortable leather seats, a dining area on a deck mirroring the waterhole and swimming pool and a bar. This lodge is ideal for families or for more mature travellers as the facilities at the main lodge are easily accessible from their rooms.
- The hotels mentioned in the itinerary will depend on availability at the time of making the booking. Should alternatives be used it would be of similar standard.
- See your doctor for advice in regards to vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis.