On single and multi-day hikes, nature lovers will get to know the Western Cape region and the Garden Route. We explore Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula before heading into the solitude of the Hottentot-Holland Mountains. In Montagu we enjoy the rugged sandstone formations of the Langeberg Mountains, before we continue to the most beautiful hiking route in South Africa, the Otter Trail. This guided tour takes us along the rocky, evergreen coast of the warm Indian Ocean for 5 days where we stay in simple log cabins in Tsitsikamma National Park. At the end of the tour we do a safari in an open Land Rover in the second largest National Park – Addo Elephant National Park.
South Africa, Namibia
On this remarkable guided hiking tour real nature-lovers can closely get to know southern Africa. The trails of this hike will lead us through the impressive, bizarre mountain world of the Cederberg Mountains, canoe for 2 hours on the Desert River, Orange/Gariep, and hike in the Fish River Canyon – second biggest canyon in the world. Afterwards we visit the Namib Desert to Sossusvlei. The three one-day hikes in the Namib Desert are a unique experience with two nights sleeping on camp beds under the clear starry skies of the desert. After visiting the German influenced town of Swakopmund on the cold Atlantic, we will hike to the Spitzkoppe and visit famous Phillips Cave and its Khoi San rock art. Finally, we will have a three day safari in the animal rich Etosha Pan before heading to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.
The country of Namibia lies in southern Africa at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by Angola, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. It is the second least populated country of the world. Based on its unique topography and its rich fauna, it is one of the most frequently visited countries of the African continent. It has a Mediterranean and subtropical climate, with pleasant average daytime temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius and around 15 degrees Celsius overnight in September.
We practice Yoga once per day, each session (of approximately 90 to 120 minutes). We adapt the yoga program to the excursions and accommodations. After longer drives or hikes we focus on stretching yoga exercises, to move and relax our bodies. Other days we start the day with invigorating breathing exercises and strengthening body postures. Yoga Beginners are also welcome.
Hiking & Safari
We start with a foot safari with the indigenous people in the Kalahari. We hike through the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, and sleep under the spectacular starry sky. Desolate roads lead us to the highest sand dunes in the world which are found in Sossusvlei. A short walk in the Kuiseb Canyon and a halt at the pelicans and flamingos. Continue to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Hike at the Spitzkoppe. Hike in the Erongo Mountains to Bull´s Party. Unique safari in the Hoanib Valley (Desert Elephants!). Nothing but Safari in the Etosha Pan. (More details in the travel itinerary.)
Accommodation, Transports and Food
During our tour we are accommodated in different types of 3* accommodation (with shower & toilet): in Lodges (some with pool), guesthouses with a cozy family atmosphere and during our hike in the Namib Desert we will sleep two nights on comfortable camp beds under the clear starry skies of the desert. Transports are with an air-conditioned minibus, for some safaris in 4×4 vehicles. The Namibian cuisine is a fusion of delights and due to all the different influences (from Europe and from African tribes) it is very diverse.
Explore the hike onto the Mount Kilimanjaro via the more remote Machame Route. In order to have a successful hike to the top of the mountain we slowly acclimatize to the altitude in front of us. Our tour leads us through rain forest, over meadows and further up across rock and also snow fields. This route is not highly frequented, so we don’t meet many other hikers and the camps are pretty calm. Our main luggage will be carried by Porters during the day and only a small back pack is carried by us. Besides the tents for sleeping a large dining tent is pitched at each camp – adding best comfort especially in the evenings when it gets cold quickly.