Desert Dune Safari

$11065-$13425/per person

Overview

Namibia is a land of stunning landscapes, endless skies, barren deserts, rugged mountains and spectacular wildlife. This Exploration explores some of the most remote areas of this fascinating land; areas that have been rarely explored by others, making this a true journey of discovery. Like any trip to Namibia, the dunes of Sossusvlei are not to be missed so your journey begins here. Continue to Swakopmund to take in the amazing marine life just offshore, then on to the secluded and dramatic coastline of the Skeleton Coast littered with historic remnants of shipwrecks and the rugged and rocky landscape of Palmwag where the last free-roaming black rhino rove. The activities provide a wide range of differing experiences, from a dolphin cruise with a private beach lunch, to tracking rhino and climbing the Namib’s great dunes. Most of the journey is by road, but well-timed stops at local highlights, refreshments, snacks and lunches (where appropriate) all help to ensure optimal comfort. A highlight is meeting the local people of Namibia, many of whom work in the camps, while others you will have a chance to meet along the road, such as local fishermen and vendors.  This small group tour is led by highly skilled and qualified professional guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions in which they work and a vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture of Namibia. Your guide will host you for the duration of safari, providing you with a consistent, detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interests. 

DAY
1-2

At A Glance

  • Shared road transfer from Windhoek to Kulala Desert Lodge (± 5-6 hours)
  • Stay at Kulala Desert Lodge in a Tent for 2 nights
  • Explore the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei and the 37 000-hectare private reserve
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Local Brand Drinks included

Kulala Desert Lodge

Itinerary Details

Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. Kulala Desert Lodge’s location at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes allows for stunning views in every direction, while its private entrance to the Namib Naukluft National Park makes it the closest location to Sossusvlei. The camp is ideal for self-drives and groups.
Twenty-three thatched ‘kulalas’ (including two family units) on raised platforms make for airy, comfortable accommodation, and guests can even sleep out on the flat roofs. Afternoons around the pool provide relief from the heat, while the wraparound veranda at the main area overlooks a waterhole, and private tours of the dunes provide the ultimate Sossusvlei experience.

Insider's Tip

Try your hand at desert photography – whether capturing the red colour of the dunes in the early morning light or the otherworldly tree skeletons standing starkly across the floor of Dead Vlei.

DAY
3-4

At A Glance

  • Travel overland from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund (± 5 hours)
  • Stay at Hansa Hotel in a Standard Room for 2 nights
  • Discover the town of Swakopmund
  • Day 4 –  “Dolphin and Seal” Cruise  – Explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast with a “Dolphin and Seal” catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay (weather permitting).
  • Breakfast included

Hansa Hotel

Itinerary Details

Set along Namibia’s spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Centrally situated, the hotel serves as the perfect getaway to all tourists amenities which Swakopmund and surrounding areas have to offer, from sand-boarding some of the highest dunes in the world to big game viewing in one of our country’s world-known game parks. Surrounded by local tour operators, aviation and safari offices and five minutes from the beach, the Hansa Hotel is perfect for the discerning traveler looking for an adrenaline filled holiday or merely a bit of relaxation.

DAY
5

At A Glance

  • Travel overland partly up the legendary Skeleton Coast and then on the back roads through the game productive Ugab riverbed, travelling north past the Brandberg Mountain to Damaraland  (± 5 hours)
  • Stay at Damaraland Camp in at Tent for 1 night
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Local Brand Drinks included

Damaraland Camp

Itinerary Details

Set in the Kunene Region of northwestern Namibia, Twylfelfontein is a spectacularly scenic area, featuring one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. In the Huab River Valley lies in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia, offering endless vistas of plains, valleys and mountains. Damaraland Camp is run in partnership with the Torra Conservancy and visits to the local farmstead reveal the fruits of this very positive relationship.
Each of the ten large en-suite, adobe-style thatched units (including a family unit) has a large private viewing deck. New technology and ancient knowledge makes for an ultra-light footprint, and nature drives and walks offer sights of desert-adapted wildlife, ancient rock-art and striking geological formations. Astonishing night skies round out each day’s experiences.

Insider's Tip

Meet members of the local village on a community visit and discover the inspiring story of how Damaraland Camp came to be…

DAY
6-7

At A Glance

  • Travel overland to Desert Rhino Camp, Palmwag Concession (± 5 hours)
  • Stay at Desert Rhino Camp in at Tent for 2 nights
  • Game drive into the Huab riverbed to search for desert-adapted elephants, before heading north to the mountainous and rocky paradise of the massive Palmwag Concession
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Local Brand Drinks included

Desert Rhino Camp

Itinerary Details

Palmwag is a nature reserve idyllically located along a palm-lined tributary of the Uniab River. Desert Rhino Camp offers an original, exclusive wilderness experience and the possibility of seeing some of the largest free-ranging population of desert-adapted black rhino in Africa. The desert plains – transformed overnight by summer rains – are starkly scenic, and home to other unique species, from Hartmann’s zebra and giraffe, to the bizarre welwitschia plant.
The camp consists of eight comfortable Meru-style tents with en-suite bathrooms, and shady main area with refreshing plunge pool. Run in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust, Desert Rhino Camp offers rhino tracking by vehicle and on foot with experts from this conservation NGO.

Insider's Tip

Explore this extraordinary landscape in search of desert-adapted wildlife and gain amazing insight into the ecology and conservation of this area. A picnic lunch is the perfect complement to your day’s outing!

DAY
8-10

At A Glance

  • Road transfer from Desert Rhino Camp to Doro Nawas Airstrip
  • Shared charter flight to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (± 2 hours)
  • Stay at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in a Luxury Tent for 3 nights
  • Twice daily scheduled activities included
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Local Brand Drinks included

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Itinerary Details

Stretching from the Swakop River to southern Angola, the Skeleton Coast is known as the ‘Land God Made in Anger’ and is remoteness at its best. The name “Skeleton Coast” conjures up romantic images of desolate beauty, and proudly remote Hoanib in the Kaokoveld does not disappoint. The dry bed of the Hoanib River supports a thin green ribbon of vegetation and the wild beaches of the Atlantic coast are within reach, with their noisy seal colonies and eerily quiet shipwreck remnants.
Eight large en-suite tents (including one family unit) and the main area provide shady viewpoints, while nature drives into the surrounding area reveal a wealth of desert-adapted wildlife. Desert-adapted lion and brown hyaena may also be glimpsed in this vast but far from lifeless landscape.

Insider's Tip

Take a drive down to the Skeleton Coast and a scenic flight back to camp to see such a diverse area both on the ground and in the air.

DAY
11-13

At A Glance

  • Shared charter flight from Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to Doro Nawas
  • Travel overland from Doro Nawas to Ongava (± 5 hours)
  • Stay at Ongava Lodge in a Chalet for 3 nights
  • Twice daily scheduled safari activities included
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Local Brand Drinks included

Ongava Lodge

Itinerary Details

Sharing the southern boundary with Etosha National Park, the prolific 30 000-hectare private Ongava Game Reserve is considered one of the top private game reserves in the region, enjoying global recognition for exceptional conservation, groundbreaking research and exciting safari experiences. The landscape is characterized by vast open plains dotted with salt plans and abundant wildlife. Visitors can easily access Etosha through Andersson’s Gate in the south.
Known for its luxury lodges made out of natural materials, Ongava is a popular destination for those looking to immerse themselves in nature. The reserve offers visitors the perfect combination of wildlife safari experiences within and around the Etosha National Park. One of Ongava’s top attractions is its rhino population and guests can experience the thrill of getting close to these majestic creatures. Popular activities include: night game drives, guided nature walks, bird watching and 4×4 guided game drives.

DAY
14

At A Glance

  • Travel overland from Ongava to Windhoek (± 5 hours)

Itinerary Details

Insider's Tip

Set Departure Dates:
9 Jan, 10 Feb, 15 Mar, 09 Apr, 14 May, 05 Jun, 03 Sep, 15 Oct, 10 Nov and 07 Dec

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