Experience all the key areas of this superb country; dunes, desert, plains and wildlife - the complete Namibia adventure.
Staying largely in exclusive accommodation in private reserves, you visit Sossusvlei’s soaring dunes, take a boat trip at Swakopmund, explore the desert in Damaraland, and marvel at Etosha’s prolific wildlife. Activities include walking, mountain biking, seeing ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, and rhino tracking – along with optional hot air ballooning and horse-riding. All in all, this is the complete Namibian adventure!
Arrive Windhoek; transfer to Sossusvlei, 2-nights
On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek, you will meet your guide after passing immigration and customs. Once the group has assembled you set off for Kulala Reserve, a drive of 425 kilometres, i.e. roughly eight hours, through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the iconic Sossusvlei region. After settling into your accommodation, there will be time to relax and recover from the journey. Depending on your arrival time, in the late afternoon you may head out for a game drive on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, a 37,000-hectare tract of land bordering Namib-Naukluft National Park near the spectacular sights of Sossusvlei.
Accommodation: Kulala Adventurer Camp, Sosussvlei – 2-nights. Lunch and dinner are included today.
Day and night vehicle and foot safaris; optional ballooning, quad biking and horse riding
Soon after dawn you head into Sossusvlei, the world’s highest dunes. In the soft morning light the dunes are flushed an intense red colour that gradually fades as the sun rises higher and contrast is lost. You will have plenty of time to appreciate the spectacular scenery before returning to the camp for lunch and a siesta, after which you head out again for another activity. On your drives and walks, you will see desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok, plus smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal and Cape fox. Other highlights include dining under star-filled skies, and watching blood red sunsets accompanied by a cacophony of barking geckos. All meals are included today.
Transfer to Swakopmund, 2-nights
Today you head on to your next destination, Swakopmund - a drive of 350 kilometres, i.e. between five and a half to six hours. After an early departure you follow the road that snakes through the dramatic Kuiseb Canyon, to emerge on a wide expanse of gravel plain before eventually arriving in Walvis Bay. From here you head a short distance up the coast to Swakop, as it is known. Once you have checked in at the hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore this quaint coastal town with its distinctly Germanic air.
Accommodation: Hansa Hotel – 2-nights. All meals are included today.
The day is dedicated to exploring the ice blue Atlantic coast around Swakopmund to see its incredible marine life, with a private catamaran trip from Walvis Bay (weather permitting). You'll visit the oyster platforms to learn how oysters are cultivated - with an opportunity to taste them - before moving on to Pelican Point to see the lighthouse and an area where three species of dolphins may be encountered: the rare endemic Heaviside's dolphin, dusky and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. As well as spotting diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife, in season you can see pelicans, flamingoes, Cape fur seals, massive sunfish, leatherback turtles, humpback and southern right whales. Breakfast and lunch are included today.
Transfer to Damaraland, 3-nights
Continue by road to Damaraland, to the west of the Brandberg Mountain, the second largest monolith in the world after Ayer's Rock, in Australia. En route you stop for lunch at Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp. Save the Rhino Trust has been involved with rhino conservation in this area since the early eighties, and is singly responsible for helping these rare animals to survive and thrive - so that today the area boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere on the planet outside a national park. Community game scouts, employed by the trust as monitors, are your trackers and guides.
Accommodation: Damaraland Adventurer Camp – 3-nights. All meals are included today.
Day and night vehicle and foot safaris, mountain biking, Twyfelfontein rock art
In remote mountainous area northwestern Namibia, Damaraland adjoins the Skeleton Coast and is a land of spectacular scenery. Availability of food and water governs the cyclical movements of the rare and endangered desert elephant, black rhino, gemsbok and other species that have successfully adapted to this unforgiving environment. Even lion and cheetah may, occasionally, be seen in the area. Birders have the chance to spot endemic species, Monteiros' hornbill, Ruppell's parrot, plus a wide variety of resident raptors. Damaraland’s crystal-clear night skies offer fabulous stargazing opportunities, and the feeling here is of privilege, peace and humility in the face of such a timeless land. All meals are included.
Transfer to Ongava Reserve, 2-nights
Drive to Ongava Game Reserve (a distance of 330 kilometres and around five hours drive) on the boundary of Etosha National Park, to experience big game viewing at this iconic saltpan.
Accommodation: Andersson's Camp – 2-nights. All meals are included today.
Day and night vehicle and foot safaris in Ongava Reserve and Etosha National Park
This morning you embark on a full day game drive into Etosha, exploring the south side of the pan from Okakeujo through to Halali (where you stop for lunch and relax in the cool shade to watch game coming to drink at the waterhole). As you meander from waterhole to waterhole you can enjoy the endless vistas and mirages, with unexpected encounters with wildlife along the way. All meals are included today.
Transfer to Windhoek and depart
Early this morning you set off for the drive back down Namibia's main highway to Windhoek - a drive of 450 kilometres or five hours - arriving at around 1300. Later in the afternoon you can check in for the overnight flight to London via Johannesburg. Only breakfast is included today.