Marvel at the highly-adapted wildlife and desolate wilderness landscapes of the Namib Desert and dramatic Skeleton Coast on this guided small group trip to this unique region of Southern Africa.
Travelling as part of a small group escorted by an expert naturalist guide, and staying in comfortable camps and lodges in beautiful locations, gives you privileged access to places that would otherwise be difficult to reach. During this adventure you will walk in the Namib’s great dunes, fly over the Namib Desert and along the wild Skeleton coastline, take a boat trip to see some magnificent Atlantic marine life, drive through the rugged landscape and track desert-adapted black rhino.
This fun trip reveals some of the most remote areas and astonishing scenic contrasts of this magical country in the convivial company of a small group of like-minded fellow travellers, with an experienced and knowledgeable guide.
Depart the UK
Arrive Windhoek; transfer to Sossusvlei
On arrival at Windhoek airport, meet your guide and the rest of the group, then set off for Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The journey takes around six hours, through the mountains of the Khomas Hochland and into the iconic Sossusvlei region. On reaching your accommodation, you will have time to relax and recover from the journey. Time permitting, in the late afternoon, head out for a vehicle safari on the private reserve, a 37,000-hectare tract of land bordering the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
Accommodation: Kulala Desert Lodge, 2-nights
Day & night vehicle and foot safaris, plus optional activities
Soon after dawn you head to Sossusvlei to see the world’s highest dunes. Early morning is the best time to view and photography the dramatic dunes, as they are tinted with an intense reddish colour that gradually fades as the sun rises. Return to camp for lunch, and in the afternoon, head out again for another activity.
On your drives and walks in the Sossusvlei/Sesriem area, you will get to see a variety of desert-adapted wildlife such as gemsbok (oryx), ostrich and springbok, together with some of Namibia's smaller creatures such as black-backed jackal and Cape fox. Other highlights include dining under star-filled skies, and watching the blood-red sunset to the accompaniment of a cacophony of barking geckos. There also some more adventurous optional activities available (at additional cost).
Scenic flight to Swakopmund
This morning you transfer to the nearby airstrip and board a light aircraft to Swakopmund, flying over the best-preserved shipwreck in Namibia and an endless sea of sand dunes. On arrival, the rest of the day is free to explore this charming colonial town with its architectural beauty.
Accommodation: Hansa Hotel, 2-nights
Swakopmund: boat trip Walvis Bay
The entire day is dedicated to exploring the Atlantic coast around Swakopmund. A boat trip will take you from Walvis Bay to visit the oyster beds, before moving on to Pelican Piont lighthouse, where you may encounter the rare endemic Heaviside's dolphin, dusky dolphin and Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. As well as diverse pelagic i.birdlife, in season you may see pelicans, flamingos, Cape fur seals, sunfish, leatherback turtles, plus southern right and humpback whales.
You eventually disembark at a deserted beach at the jetty at Pelican Point, from where you continue by 4 wheel drive to the Kuiseb River Delta, to explore the saltpans and wetlands that lie just north of Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, with a possibility of seeing the famed flamingo population.
Drive northward up the Skeleton Coast
Driving northward along the legendary Skeleton Coast, you pass the lichen plains at Wlotskasbaken and visit the remains of the Zelia shipwreck near Henties Bay, the S.W. Seal shipwreck near Ugabmund, and the former mining settlement near Toscanini. Overnight at a remote camp with beautiful views of the ocean.
Accommodation: Terrace Bay Lodge, 1-night
Drive through Skeleton Coast National Park
Today you continue through Skeleton Coast National Park to the Möwe Bay Museum, and visit the site of the Suiderkus shipwreck en route to the Palmwag Concession. The next day, visit the Klein Oase and Auses Springs in the dunes, and enjoy the spectacular desert scenery.
Accommodation: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, 2-nights
Drive through the Palmwag Concession
Continue through the rugged, rocky and mountainous Palmwag Concession, with opportunities to see giraffe, gemsbok (oryx) and springbok en route. This region is particularly known for its desert-adapted plants and wildlife, and you will have an opportunity to track the rare and iconic black rhino, which is monitored and closely protected in this location by the Save the Rhino Trust.
Accommodation: Desert Rhino Camp, 2-nights
Fly back to Windhoek & depart
This morning transfer to Doro Nawas airstrip, where you board a light aircraft for the flight back to Windhoek in time to catch your international flight home.