Noordoewer to Ai-Ais, Keetmanshoop, Seeheim, Luderitz Route

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The Noordoewer to Ai-Ais, Keetmanshoop, Seeheim, Luderitz Route is a 5 to 6 day circle route that include some of the best scenery in Namibia's South. 

Starting at Noordower/Vioolsdrif the route takes you to Ais Ais and then to the Fish River Canyon. From there to Grunau and Keetmanshoop. 

From Keetmanshoop you travel via Seeheim and Aus to the coastal town of Luderitz. Make sure that you visit Kolmanskop and also turn of to Garub for the Wild Horses of the Namib. At Aus turn south towards Rosh Pinah and from there follow the C13 on the banks of the Orange River past Aussenkehr to Vioolsdrift.

A list of attractions and some accommodation options on the route are listed below.


On the way towards AusOn the way towards Aus
On the way towards AusOn the way towards Aus
On the way towards AusOn the way towards Aus
Duwiseb CastleDuwiseb Castle
Die Withuis GrunauDie Withuis Grunau
Sunset near BettaSunset near Betta
Sand Road and Camelthorn Tree near GrunauSand Road and Camelthorn Tree near Grunau
Mountains near BettaMountains near Betta
Sunrise near GrunauSunrise near Grunau
Scenery near BettaScenery near Betta
Sunrise near GrunauSunrise near Grunau
Brukaros Crater between Keetmans and MarientalBrukaros Crater between Keetmans and Mariental
Near Rosh PinahNear Rosh Pinah
Quiver trees near WithuisQuiver trees near Withuis
Misty Morning near BettaMisty Morning near Betta
Near AusNear Aus
Kudu cows late afternoonKudu cows late afternoon
Gemsbokke (Oryx) in the south near BettaGemsbokke (Oryx) in the south near Betta


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    The Namib Desert Horse is a rare feral horse found in the Namib Desert of Namibia, Africa. It is probably the only feral herd of horses residing in Africa, with a population ranging between 90 and 150. The Namib Desert Horse...
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    The “Eagle Monument” in Keetmanshoop commemorates the German soldiers who were killed in the Herero and Nama wars in 1897, 1903 and 1906-1907 respectively.
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    In 1908, Gottlieb Redecker, the official builder of the German colonial government’s Works Department, drew up plans for a new post office building in Keetmanshoop.
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    Desert Horse Campsite at Klein Aus Vista is a magical campsite. It will call you back again like an echo. Resting in an amphitheatre of rock, it's a hideaway that evokes the feeling of wilderness although only a 2 kilometer-drive...
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    There are 17 en-suite Cabanas sleeping two each, 2 Family en-suite Cabanas sleeping 4 each, 1 Honeymoon Suite sleeping Double only and 2 self-catering Cabanas sleeping either 2 Adults only or 2 Adults with 2 kids. Each Cabana has...
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    The prisoner-of-war camp was erected after the conclusion of peace in July 1915 between the German and Union forces in South Africa. A total of 1 552 prisoners of war were initially based in this camp.
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    Kolmanskop (Afrikaans for Coleman's hill, German: Kolmannskuppe) is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, a few kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was named after a transport driver named Johnny...
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    The Lüderitz-Keetmanshoop railway line was mainly built to supply infrastructure to assist the suppression of the Nama rebellions that erupted in southern Namibia in 1904. Due to the long communication lines between Swakopmund...
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    Our warm hospitality and comfortable accommodation allow guests to enjoy a tranquil getaway in the heart of the Great Karas Mountains. This serene landscape displays a splendid array of colours and textures, as well as the...
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    In Lüderitz a number of luxurious villas sprung up, mostly double storeyed, which became known as diamond palaces. One of these was the so-called Goerke House, the villa of the mine inspector for a German diamond-mining company.
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    Naute Dam
    • Seeheim
    The Naute Dam is a dam outside of Keetmanshoop, Karas Region, Namibia. It was built between 1970–1972 and was officially commissioned in September 1972.
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    The Fish River Canyon is located in the south of Namibia. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles (160 km)...
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    Fish River Lodge
    • Keetmanshoop
    A tribute to the silence and beauty of the Fish River Canyon. Making the most of the beautiful vistas, the Fish River Lodge has been built in harmony with its stark, striking surroundings. Completed in 2009, all the buildings...
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    In 1488, while homeward bound from his pioneering voyage around the Cape of Good Hope into the Indian Ocean, Bartolomeu Dias sailed into the inlet presently known as Lüdertiz Bay. At the extreme western promontory of the bay he...
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    Die ou hospitaal op Keetmanshoop wat deur die Johanniter Orde gebou is, vier sy 100ste bestaansjaar. Die gebou huisves vandag die kantore van die Ministerie van die Omgewing en Toerisme.
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    The Evangelical Lutheran Church, popularly known as the Felsenkirche (literally: “church on the rocks”), is the highest placed of all the buildings in Lüderitz. The German name comes from the fact that its foundations are...
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    The Rhenish Mission Society played an important part in the development of Keetmanshoop, where Nama Kaptein Tseib and his followers had settled in 1866.
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