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Desert and Dune Guided Safari 2020

14 days from £8675pp 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 seven 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 rockier and more mountainous and here you will have a chance to track the endangered black rhino. The final destination is Ongava Game Reserve on the borders of Etosha National Park, arguabley Namibia's richest area for wildlife.

This trip celebrates the scenic beauty of Namibia, the wildlife, and also the people of Namibia, who you will meet as they go about their everyday lives, be it working in the camps, 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 your Namibian experience and an unforgettable holiday.

Itinerary
Sundowners at Kulala Desert Camp

DAY 1: WINDHOEK TO SOSSUSVLEI

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 Sossusvlei and Kulala Desert Lodge, your home for the next two nights.  The journey time will be about four hours, as you take your time and absorb your surroundings. There are several different routes available and your driver will choose the most suitable one 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. Lunch, dinner.

Gecko on the dune at Sossusvlei

DAY 2: SOSSUSVLEI

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 to the lodge to enjoy a delicious spread. While you're out 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. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Hansa Hotel entrance

DAY 3: TO SWAKOPMUND

There's a complete change of scene today, as you swap desert for the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund. Leaving camp after breakfast you will drive through the winding roads of Kuiseb Canyon which open out onto expansive gravel plains as you drive towards Walvis Bay and on to Swakopmund.  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. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Walvis Bay boat trip

DAY 4: SWAKOPMUND

Today will start with a delicious breakfast and then weather permitting, you will be taken to Walvis Bay for a catamaran 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, often popping up alongside the boat in hope of a quick snack. As you pass Pelican Point you'll see a variety of ships and oil rigs in the bay, and then you'll be served sparkling wine, fresh oysters, savoury snacks and dessert before returning to the Waterfront just after noon.  You will return to the hotel for some free time. There are plenty of shops, boutiques and bars to explore in Swakopmund. Breakfast, lunch.

Damaraland Camp

DAY 5: TO DAMARALAND

Well rested after a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast, you will climb aboard the vehicle again and travel up the legendary Skeleton Coast.  There are some sights to be seen along the way such as the fascinating lichen plains at Wlotskasbaken and some of the rusty, haunting shipwrecks which are visible from the shore. Then you'll drive the back roads through the Ugab Riverbed with lunch en-route, passing Brandberg Mountain to the north before arriving Damaraland Camp where a tasty meal and comfy bed awaits. Today's drive will take about five hours excluding any stops. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Game drive at Desert Rhino Camp

DAY 6 & 7: PALMWAG CONCESSION

Namibia has so much to show you and 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. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Light aircraft transfer

DAY 8: TO THE SKELETON COAST NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you'll be driven to Doro Nawas airstrip for a light aircraft transfer to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Take advantage of this flight to get some stunning aerial photography of the rugged Namibian landscape below. You'll get an idea of how vast this country is from your new vantage point. The lodge straddles the Skeleton Coast National Park and the northern reaches of the Palmwag area, stunning yet stark scenery with hidden valleys, desert adapted plants and wildlife. A picture of remote, natural beauty unfolds, where it feels few have trodden before. Simply put it's a traveller's and photographer's dream. Breakfast, lunch dinner. 

Scenery at Hoanib Skeleton Camp

DAY 9 & 10: SKELETON COAST / PALMWAG

Few people visit this beautiful, remote area of Namibia but those who do are rewarded with stunning scenery of dry riverbeds, fascinating wildlife and vast gravel plains. Guided nature drives showcase the magnitude of the landscape and offer a chance to see desert-adapted elephants and other wildlife. Nature walks will reveal traces of the Strandlopers (beachcombers) who trod this area hundreds of years ago. It may also be possible to take a full day trip to the Skeleton Coast, littered with shipwrecks and home to huge colonies of Cape fur seals. Then return to camp and, after dinner, enjoy a nightcap and take in the stars and the Milky Way with no light pollution to hinder the experience. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Rhino at Ongava Reserve

DAY 11: TO ONGAVA

Another scenic flight will return you to Doro Nawas airstrip where your vehicle awaits. You'll then be driven 300km to your next destination, Onvaga Game Reserve, which borders the renowned Etosha National Park.  While here there will be an opportunity to explore both Etosha, with its high density of wildlife, as well as the game rich private Ongava Game Reserve which is home to one of the largest populations of both black and white rhino in Namibia. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Waterhole at Ongava Lodge

DAY 12 & 13: ONGAVA

Your time at Ongava is sure to be one to cherish for years to come. Whether it's the exhilarating experience of tracking rhino on foot or watching a pride of lion from the game drive vehicle, there will be many memorable moments. Enjoy the sunset, drink in hand, but the day doesn't end there, sit quietly and watch as some of the shy and elusive animals come down to drink at the waterhole, which is lit at night. During your stay you will have time to explore both the Ongava Reserve and of course the famous Etosha National Park. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Ongava Lodge

DAY 14: DEPARTURE

After breakfast it is time to take your leave of Ongava and climb aboard the vehicle one last time, for the drive back to Windhoek. The journey is about 420km and you are expected to arrive in Windhoek at 1pm, where you will bid farewell to your guide and fellow travellers.  Breakfast.

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £8675 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 

2020 guide price pp based on 2 sharing:

01 Jan - 31 May 2020 from £8675

01 - 30 Jun 2020 from £10140

01 Jul - 31 Oct 2020 from £10565

01 - 30 Nov 2020 from £8965

01 - 31 Dec 2020 from £8675

Includes: 

13 nights twin-share accommodation; meals specified as included; local drinks included throughout except at Hansa Hotel; transfers included either from Windhoek airport or Windhoek hotel and back to Windhoek.

Excludes: 

International flights and taxes; meals not mentioned ie second night in Swakopmund; drinks at Hansa Hotel and premium drinks at other lodges; park fee increases; insurance; visas; vaccinations; personal expenses and tips.

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 Johannesburg. A rough guide cost would be about £1,000 per person, depending on season and availability. We usually book these flights for you.

Departure dates: This is a small group trip departing on set dates as shown, offered subject to availability. 

Depature dates: 

09 Jan 202010 Feb 202015 Mar 202009 Apr 202014 May 202005 Jun 2020
03 Sep 202015 Oct 202010 Nov 202007 Dec 2020

places you will see

places you will see

sand dunes of Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei & Namib-Naukluft NP

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.

Swakopmund
Swakopmund & Walvis Bay
Known as the adrenalin capital of Namibia with adventure sports aplenty, along with plenty of good restaurants and bars, Swakopmund is a pleasant stop-off on any holiday in Namibia.

Shipwreck
Skeleton Coast
A coastline shrouded in mist and littered with shipwrecks and bleached whalebones.  This seemingly, hostile yet beautiful coastline stretches from Kunene down to Swakopmund.

Damaraland rock formations
Damaraland
This region is one of the most scenic in Namibia with imposing granite mountains, dry riverbeds and sweeping savanna that goes on for miles, add in desert elephants and black rhino to complete the scene.

Oryx grazing on grasslands
Etosha
This National Park offers excellent game viewing opportunities. Whilst the landscape may seem barren and unable to support any form of life, it is home to a vast array of wildlife. The waterholes are always a hive of activity.

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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.  

 

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