Marula Self Drive

Day 1: Windhoek to Mariental
The 3hr drive south from Windhoek to Kalahari Anib Lodge is along the tarred B1 road, the lodge is located about 30km north-east of the town of Mariental. Activities include sunrise and sunset scenic drives through Gondwana Kalahari Park and bird watchers can view vultures and marabou storks at the carrion feeding place. Springbok, gemsbok and ostrich can be observed around the lodge. Jackal, hare and porcupine inhabit the dunes and dune valleys of the Kalahari Desert as does the Kori Bustard, the largest flying bird of them all. Huge colonies of weaver birds are resident in the lodge's grounds.
Meals: None
Accommodation: Kalahari Anib Lodge
Day 2: Mariental to Fish River Canyon
Although a fairly long drive to Fish River Canyon looms (c.430km/5hr), it is worth considering visiting the spectacular collection of quiver trees near Keetmanshoop en-route. Fish River Lodge is the only lodge situated on the rim of the canyon. There is no better location to admire the views and soak up the canyon atmosphere than from the comfort of an enormous 4m leather couch or from the comfort of your bed.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Fish River Lodge
Day 3: Fish River Canyon
Visitors to the Fish River Lodge have the opportunity to travel into the canyon, but because of safety reasons, will have to join one of the lodge's excellent Day Canyon Drives. Their professional and knowledgeable guides will lead you to 'rough limestone, shiny quartzites, fine shales and dramatic fault lines' as they reveal the legend of the 500 million year old canyon. Kudu, oryx, klipspringer and the elusive mountain zebra can be observed as well as information on desert-adapted Fish River Canyon flora on the 2hr descent. A splash in a natural rock pool before your picnic lunch on the canyon floor, is certainly well-worth the white knuckle trip on the way down.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Fish River Lodge
Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Luderitz
The drive to the Atlantic coastal town of Luderitz heads north west to the small settlement of Aus. The Bahnhof Hotel is a popular lunch stop. As you continue west it is worth noting that the strong wind, which blows for most of the time, can make the final 10km into Luderitz a mini-adventure all on its own. The road may be blocked by the Barchans dune field, which drifts onto the highway until road crews are able to clean them off. The hazardous driving conditions can be compounded by fog.
If you have time on your hands, there is plenty to see and do. The Lüderitz Peninsula, much of which lies outside the Sperrgebiet prohibited area, makes for an interesting half-day excursion. Sturmvogelbucht has a lovely beach and is home to a former Norwegian whaling station, now a rusty ruin. Diaz Point, 22km south of Lüderitz, has a classic lighthouse and replica of Dias Cross erected in July 1488 by Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Island Cottages
Day 5: Luderitz to Klein Aus Vista
Other highlights in and around Luderitz include a schooner trip to Halifax Island and it's resident African jackass penguins and a trip to the ghost town at Kolmanskop. A short journey back to Klein Aus Vista follows. The Namib feral (wild) horses graze locally here and mainly in the afternoons. Klipspringer are not far away in the morning either.
Meals: None
Accommodation: Eagles Nest
Day 6: Klein Aus Vista
Klein Aus Vista is the ideal place to enjoy the tranquil and beautiful surrounds. The more energetic might like to try 1 of 2 walking trails starting and ending from Eagles Nest. There is the 12km Eagle Trail, approximately 5hr long and the 4km Mountain Trail, approximately 2½ hr long.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Eagles Nest
Day 7: Klein Aus Vista to Sossusvlei
Provisions for the next stage of the safari should be arranged in either Aus or Helmeringhausen as there are no other facilities en-route. The scenic drive is between 4-5hr and all on gravel roads. Your destination for the next 2 days is Desert Camp, a beautiful setting amongst surrounding camelthorn trees, and spectacular all-round desert and mountain views.
It is worth noting that guests of Desert Camp can hire a storage box for a maximum of 4 people for the duration of the stay. It has eating and cooking utensils and may be booked from reception. (A deposit is required.) Starter packs comprising of a selection of meat, vegetables, salads, bread, condiments, cheese and beverages can be ordered from before 18h00 the previous evening, for collection the following day.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Desert Camp
Day 8: Sossusvlei
The early morning start in order to reach the main gate at Sesriem for sunrise will prove well worth the effort. A 1hr drive from Sesriem to Sossusvlei follows a tarred road along the dry Tsauchab river bed, stopping at Dune 45 to climb and watch the sun rise. Breakfast can be enjoyed under a camelthorn tree. South of Sossusvlei is Deadvlei, just 1.1km from the car park, surrounded on 3 sides by towering red dunes. Left of Sossusvlei is Naravlei named after the many !Nara plants (cucumber-like melons) found on and around the edge of the pan. Finish off your visit with a walk down the cool and shady Sesriem Canyon.
Meals: None
Accommodation: Desert Camp
Day 9: Sossusvlei to Windhoek
There is a 5hr drive back to Windhoek, encompassing either Remhoogte or Gamsberg Passes.
Meals: None

Rate per Room         01 Nov 2013 - 30 Jun 2014 01 Jul 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
Two People Sharing $1787 $1989
  • Includes 15% VAT and tourism levy
  • Rates are for 2 people sharing. Quotes for other party sizes (singles, triples, families etc) can be arranged on request
  • Rates are subject to availability and are subject to change without notice
  • Restrictions may apply
  • Currency conversion amounts, those appearing between brackets, are an approximation and should be used for informational purposes only.
All your meals and activities as specified.
A welcome pack including maps and vouchers for the places that you'll be visiting.
See the individual lodges for precise inclusions & exclusions
The Cardboard Box Travel Shop's own Namibia Guide Book
A 24 hour emergency assistance phone number
Vehicle & Fuel
Park entrance fees (these need to be paid on arrival).
Tips and gratuities (which are optional).
Any meals or activities not specified.
See the individual lodges for detailed inclusions & exclusions.

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