SWAKOP TOUR COMPANY

nature and photography tours

Klipspringer Tour

“Step back, look at the desert as a whole. Then lean close and focus on
its smaller parts.”

The Klipspringer Canyon Tour takes us through the ‘natural highlights” :

On this  drive of about 5 hours we venture into the alluring, archaic landscapes around the Khan and Swakop River Canyons, an area of relatively inaccessible and uncharted terrain, conveying a feeling of overwhelming remoteness and blissful solitude.

We follow faint paths across time-worn plains, through avalanched rock in rugged gorges and into the craggy, well-vegetated wild canyons.
 
En route we stop often and do short walks to look at, to look into – and interpret the many miracles, small or large, that Nature presents to us. 


 

Preferably the tour is done in the afternoons; then the desert landscape is glowing in a subtle bronze light, the sea breezes provide for pleasant temperatures. 
We usually have a tea & coffee break in a tributary ravine of the Khan River valley.  Stories, histories and anecdotes. 

We return to town around sunset, in time to experience the twilight mood of the moon landscape.

The 'natural highlights' are

  • the unique climate of the Namib,

  • an incredible range of landforms and captivating landscapes,   rugged mountains, deep canyons carved more than 200m into the surrounding primordial, time-worn plains.  The epic grandeur of these landscapes, rudimentary and raw, yet of graciously refined magnificence.
  • desert ecology

  • fauna and flora We look at Nature’s ingenuity at enabling a wealth of life forms to cope with the challenges of the this arid environment and its marginal resources. 
    We take an in-depth look at the most grotesque of plants, the enigmatic
    Welwitschia mirabilis.  

  • ‘carved in stone’:  the legacy of geological events & Earth processes going back some 2 billion years.


    You will be collected and dropped at your accommodation in Swakopmund.
    For clients from Walvis Bay / Langstrand we'll arrange a central pick-up point in Swakopmund. 
    Mineral water, coffee & tea included.  See departure times under "Tour bookings".