10 days from £4185pp plus international flights.
This trip to Namibia will showcase some of the highlights that this vast country has to offer. You will travel between locations by road and by air with experienced and highly knowledgeable guides. The maximum size of the group will be just 7 people, so you are always guaranteed a window seat in a game-drive vehicle.
Your journey will take you to the towering dunes of Sossusvlei and then on to the wild Atlantic coast, where you can see some incredible marine life. Further north the Skeleton Coast becomes more desolate and deserted, yet more fascinating as it is littered with history and shipwrecks. Further inland the landscape changes and becomes more rocky and mountainous, here you will have a chance to track the endangered black-rhino.
This trip showcases the scenic beauty of Namibia, the wildlife, and also the people of Namibia, who you will meet as they go about their everyday life, be it working in the camps or fishing for a living, or taking tourists out on excursions. You will experience remote Namibia but also warm Namibian hospitality. All of these things together make up your Namibia experience and an unforgettable holiday.
This exciting safari will take you to some of Namibia's beautiful highlights from the starting point in the capital city of Windhoek. Here you will meet your guide and fellow travellers and embark on your adventure. After introductions, you will board your vehicle for the scenic drive down to the Sossusvlei and Kulala Desert Lodge, your home for the next two nights. The journey time will be about 4 hours, as you take your time and absorb your surroundings. There are several different routes available but your driver knows the way and will no doubt point out some sights on the way and introduce you to this beautiful country. You will arrive at camp in time to enjoy sundowners and the stunning views of the desert stretching out before you.
You will have an early start today, it's best to be on the move to enjoy the early morning before the heat sets in. Today you will be able to explore one of the oldest deserts and the iconic dunes of the area as you spend time in this unusual lunar type landscape. You may take a picnic lunch or return back to the lodge to enjoy a delicious spread. You may see some desert wildlife such as jackals, gemsbok and keep an eye out for smaller inhabitants such as geckos. There will be an opportunity to freshen up before joining your fellow travellers for drinks and dinner. Take the time to enjoy the stars, the night sky in the desert is phenomenal.
Weather permitting, today you will take a scenic flight to your next destination, the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund flying over an old shipwreck and an old diamond mining town. Swakopmund is a town of many faces. It has a distinct European feel, yet the streets are lined with swaying palm trees and the cool breezes sweeping in from the Atlantic are not what you would typically expect. After settling in to the Hansa Hotel, there will be time to explore the town before dinner.
Today will start with a delicious breakfast and then weather permitting, you will be taken to Walvis Bay for a private boat cruise. The marine birdlife in the area is fabulous with pelicans, cormorants and even penguins. You may see bottlenose and heaviside dolphins too, the latter being endemic to the area. Cape fur seals are well represented in this area and are bound to pay a visit, the often pop up alongside the boats in hope of a quick snack. After exploring the dunes around Sandwhich Harbour in a 4x4 and enjoying a private seafood lunch you will return to the hotel for some free time, there are plenty of shops, boutiques and bars to explore in Swakopmund.
Well rested after a good nights sleep and after a hearty breakfast, you will climb aboard the vehicle again and travel up the legendary Skeleton Coast. We'll see some sights along the way such as the fascinating lichen plains at Wlotskasbaken and also some of the rusty, haunting shipwrecks which are visible from the shore. You will visit a piece of Namibian history in the ghostly disused diamond mine near Toscanini and then you will arrive at Terrace Bay Lodge for your overnight in the Skeleton Coast National Park. Today's drive will take about 5 hours excluding any stops.
For the next two days we will continue exploring the Skeleton Coast National Park. First we visit the Möwe Bay Museum, where there are many skeletons and skulls of whales, dolphins, porpoises, turtles and many other things collected along the Skeleton Coast. A change of direction inland allows you to visit other attractions of this stunning area, including the roaring dunes, which make a unique sound as you walk or drive on them. The scenery is spectacular and any wildlife that presents itself is simply a bonus! You will spend two nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp while you explore the area, a travel writer and photographers dream, and the least populated area of Namibia. Driving on the sand roads can be slow, so today's drive will be about 5 hours through stunning scenery.
Namibia has so much to show you, so today you will continue your journey of exploration and drive to Desert Rhino Camp, located in the rugged Palmwag concession. The landscape here is rocky and mountainous and home to giraffe, gemsbok and springbok which you should encounter. Desert Rhino Camp is where you will stay for two nights and spend your days tracking the rare desert-adapted black rhino. These magnificent animals are monitored by the Save the Rhino Trust who are doing excellent work. It is an amazing opportunity to see how such a seemingly hostile environment can support so much life. Relax at the end of the day by the warm fire with a backdrop of the mountains just visible in the glow of the moonlight.
After breakfast it is time to bid farewell to the deserts of Namibia. You will be driven transfer to the Doro Nawas Airstrip in time for your light aircraft transfer to Windhoek Eros Airport. Take advantage of this flight to get some stunning aerial photography of the beautiful Namibian landscape and see the area from a different perspective, it really does give you an feeling of how vast the country is.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £4185 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing: Jan-May, Nov-Dec £4185. June-October £4820.
Game activities as shown; park fees;
International flights and taxes; meals not mentioned ie second night in Swakopmund; drinks at Hansa Hotel and Terrace Bay Lodge and premium drinks at other lodges; park fee increases; insurance; visas; vaccinations; personal expenses.
Getting there: This trip starts and ends in Windhoek. From the UK, we recommend getting a flight with British Airways or South African Airways via Johannnesburg. A rough guide cost would be about £1000 pp.
Arguably the main attraction in the Namib Naukluft National Park is the towering orange dunes of the Sossusvlei, possibly some of the highest dunes in the world.
Stay in this remote wilderness area and experience the adventure of tracking black rhino on foot.
Hansa Hotel is a handsome early 20th century building in th heart of Swakopmund with a choice of rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, a lounge and bar.
A luxurious camp, isolated, only accessible by light aircraft. Surrounded by lunar landscapes, and a seemingly endless sky.
Surrounded by red dunes, desolate mountains and gravel plains, Kulala Desert Lodge is set in the heart of the beautiful and desolate Namib Desert.
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Time: GMT +2 hours
Flight time: Flights from UK to Windhoek are usually via Johannesburg or Frankfurt and take about 12.5 hours. Windhoek International Airport is 60km from the city centre.
Language: Namibia’s official language is English. Afrikaans, Dama/Nama, German, Herero, Oshiwambo, Sukwangali, Setswana and Silozi are also recognised.
Visas: Visas are not required British citizens for stays of up to 90 days.
Health: Malaria is present in Namibia. Certain areas are more high risk. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country; make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you.