Daytrips

For the Day Tours, we request that our guests let us know their plans well ahead of their arrival, as we have to apply for permits in good time.

Day Trip to Bloedkoppie

In the morning, after breakfast we start to the Namib-Naukluft Park. Often we spot game on the farm already, with a bit of luck even the desert giraffe. Next to the road are the first quiver trees. After a good rainy season they flower in May/June. We drive on a sandy road which crosses the wide Tinkas Plain. Trees are few and far between, often with a vulture’s nest in the top. We can see the Chuos Mountains in the distance, about 80 km away. After driving for approximately 30 km we reach a gorge, rocks are strewn about and the vegetation increases. Even the plump elephants-foot plant occurs here (its main range is in the Kaokoveld and Damaraland). The canyon ends and we reach the large Tinkas Dam, fitting into the surrounding countryside beautifully. After the dam, the landscape is more varied. Millions of years ago the granite in this entire region squeezed itself between the mica schist resulting in rocky bands and fantastic rock formations. Passing through the bizarre scenery in deep sand we arrive at the rocky arch. We stop for a well-earned midday rest in a shallow shady cave. Then we proceed through the partly sandy riverbed to the old shelter of the German Schutztruppe with its well preserved embrasures; here the soldiers had to guard the old ox wagon path (Bay Road) in the desert.

We drive on to the “cheese rocks”, a granite formation full of holes and caves – the similarity to a gigantic Swiss cheese is unmistakable. At the Bloedkoppie, which glows as red as blood in the morning and evening sun, we stop for a coffee break. Those who want to stretch their legs have the opportunity to take a walk here or climb up a rocky face. We return to Niedersachsen via a few water holes where there is a chance for game viewing.

Day Trip to Kuiseb Canyon

After breakfast we set off to the Namib-Naukluft Park. We cross over wide plains and dry riverbeds. Once in a while we pass Camelthorn trees. In the distance mountain ranges are ever present. At one point in this flat landscape the waters of the rainy seasons have dug a new canyon. It is an unusual spectacle, to see how the minimal downpour eats into the underground and thus changes the landscape in the course of a million years. The track takes us to a former river terrace where we can look down into the deep crevasses of the Kuiseb Canyon. Here we are in the area where the German geologists, Drs. Martin and Korn, first sought refuge in their flight from Windhoek. After about 20 minutes of walking we reach their first shelter under a massive rocky overhang. One great landmark is the rocky arch, through which the zebra herds still pass today.

Back on board the vehicle we drive across the Zebra Pan to some abandoned copper mines of the 19th century. Then we reach Homeb, a small settlement in the Kuiseb River. We take a lunch-break under shady Ana and Camelthorn trees and enjoy the unique view in front of us: to one side of the Kuiseb, the rocky desert with gigantic bare patches, in the centre the green riverbed, and on the southern side the red dunes of the Namib. Then our trip takes us to the Mirabib Granite-Inselberg, where we stop for a cup of coffee. At the Ganab waterhole one can often watch mountain zebra, oryx, springbuck and ostrich. After this eventful day we return to Niedersachsen in time for dinner.

 

We offer further trips to other destinations on request. If you want to drive yourself, we happily advise you which sights to visit and which roads are suitable for your car. Please order the appropriate permits from us in advance or get them yourself in Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Sossusvlei or Swakopmund.

 

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