Shongololo – The Dune Express

Johannesburg, Augrabies Falls, Fish River Canyon, Kolmanskop, Windhoek, Etosha National Park, Omaruru, Swakopmund & Walvis Bay      13 Days from $--

Overview

Tour Style

Classic Tours

Tour Length

13 Days/12 Nights

Departs

Land Only - contact us for an air quote.

Starts

Westbound: Johannesburg | Eastbound: Swakopmund

Finishes

Westbound: Swakopmund | Eastbound: Johannesburg

Highlights

Namibia is a country of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine and unconfined space. This feeling of tranquility and stillness compliments a landscape, which is singular in its colours, full of contrasts of light and shade. The Dune Adventure offers a unique opportunity to experience the harsh realities of the desert landscapes as well as the extraordinary natural phenomena resulting from millions of years of erosion and volcanic activity.

Included Features

• 12 Nights accommodation on board Shongololo Train.
• Service of a professional English-speaking guide and driver.
• Sightseeing and excursions as detailed in the itinerary, including entrance fees.
• Meals as per itinerary.
• All transfers as per itinerary.

Additional Information

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Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 – Johannesburg
Day 2 – Johannesburg
Day 3 – Augrabies Falls
Day 4 – Fish River Canyon
Day 5 – Luderitz / Kolmanskop
Day 6 – Windhoek
Day 7 – Etosha National Park
Day 8 – Etosha National Park
Day 9 – Omaruru
Day 10 – Swakopmund / Spitzkoppe
Day 11 – Swakopmund / Walvis Bay
Day 12 – Swakopmund
Day 13 – Swakopmund / En Route

Itinerary

Westbound Itinerary –

Note: Eastbound itinerary (tour reversal) available on select dates.

Day 1 – Johannesburg

Upon arrival at Johannesburg airport, you will be met by our representatives and transferred to the train. (D)

Day 2 – Johannesburg

Enjoy some time of leisure as the train travels towards Upington. (BD)

Day 3 – Augrabies Falls

After breakfast, visit the Augrabies National Park famed for its waterfalls. Three short hiking trails lead from the rest camp at the park entrance to and around the waterfalls. They are not very difficult to walk, but solid hiking shoes are recommended, because of the rocky ground. In April / May when the Gariep (Orange) River\'s water level is at its peak, amplitude of 200 meters of water falls almost 60 meters down the granite ravine. Return to the train for Namibia crossing. (BD)
(distance travelled: ± 260 km).

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon

Enjoy an early-morning breakfast before we depart for the Fish River Canyon. Eroded over millennia, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest natural gorge in Africa. After, take a quick stopover at the famous Canyon Roadhouse, which is interestingly decorated with old car parts found in the region. In the afternoon, visit Giant’s Playground, an impressive jumble of massive dolerite boulders of 160 - 180 million years old. We end our afternoon with a visit to the Quiver Tree Forest. Return to the train for your jounrye to Aus. (BD)
(distance travelled: ± 300 km).

Day 5 – Luderitz / Kolmanskop

Drive through the desert to visit the desert horses en route to Luderitz. Upon arrival in Luderitz, visit the historical town including the Cross and the ghost city of Kolmanskop. Take a walking tour, and learn about electricity, ice makers and 10 pin bowling back in the 30\'s. Return to the train for your journey to Windhoek. (BD)

Day 6 – Windhoek

Situated in Namibia’s central highlands, Windhoek is an attractive city surrounded by clusters of hills and the impressive Auas and Eros Mountains. Enjoy a Windhoek city tour with visits to the TransNamib Transport Museum,  museum at the Alte Feste Castle, and the Christuskirche or Evangelical Lutheran Church. Return to the train for your journey to Tsumeb Siding. (BD)
(distance travelled: ± 50 km).

Day 7 – Etosha National Park

The tour departs to Etosha National Park, entering via the Namutoni Gate. The Etosha National Park is one of the major sanctuaries for wildlife in Africa. The heart of the park is the Etosha Pan (Etosha means “place of dry water”). Enjoy game drives for sightings of 144 mammal species in the park which include Elephant, Giraffe, Antelope, Blue Wildebeest and Black Rhino. Among the predators are Lion, Cheetah, Leopard and several species of wild cat. Hyena and Jackal are the scavengers. Return to the train. (BD)
(distance travelled: ± 200 km).

Available tour add-ons (on supplement):
1. Etosha National Park and Overnight in a Tented Camp

Day 8 – Etosha National Park

Enjoy an additional day of game viewing in the park (this time in the southern region of the park). Return to the train in Otjiwarongo for its southwards journey to Omaruru. (BD)
(distance travelled: ± 350 km).

Day 9 – Omaruru

Omaruru is considered the garden town of Namibia. The town is known for its annual festival, its winery and for the dinosaur footprints at nearby Otjihaenamparero. Visit the biggest wine cellar in Namibia Kristall Kellerei Winery – one of only three in the country. A unique feature in this town is the Tikoloshe root-carving factory on the outskirts of the town. Enjoy a ride on a traditional donkey cart – available at the station. The train departs early evening from Omaruru via Kranzberg and Usakos to Swakopmund.(BD)
(distance travelled: ± 10km + 500m on a donkey cart)

Day 10 – Swakopmund / Spitzkoppe

Spitzkoppe is known as the \'Matterhorn of Namibia\'. Visit the small, thriving town of Henties Bay and the Cape Cross Seal Reserve north of Henties Bay. Here a prodigious number of Cape Fur Seals flourish in the cold waters of the Benguela Current. Return to the train in Swakopmund in the late afternoon. (BD)
(distance travelled: ± 350 km).

Day 11 – Swakopmund / Walvis Bay

Begin with a drive past Walvis Bay into the Namib Desert and a stop at a lookout point over the valley known as the Moon Landscape. The Welwitschia Nature Drive takes us through vast plains where herds of Oryx, Springbok and Zebra roam the supernatural landscape of these badlands. Continue to the Walvis Bay Lagoon, a great attraction in the Walvis Bay area. The tranquil stretch of water, its natural beauty accentuated by thousands of flamingos gathering at the rich feeding grounds, is over 3 000 years old. Dune 7, located on the outskirts of Walvis Bay, is the highest sand dune in the area. Return to the train. (BD)
(distance travelled: ± 200 km).

Day 12 – Swakopmund

Enjoy a day of leisure in Swakopmund, Namibia’s seaside resort on the West Coast. It is a place of singular charm. It resembles a small Bavarian village nestling between the desert and the sea and enjoys a restful and relaxing atmosphere. (BD)

Available tour add-ons (on supplement):

1. Sossusvlei Fly-in
2. Epupa Falls / Ovahimba Fly-in
3. Sossusvlei – \"Classic Flight\"
4. Conception Bay Flight
5. Quad Bikes

Day 13 – Swakopmund / En Route

Transfer to the airport for your flight. (B)

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