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The oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert is home to the iconic Sossusvlei, where the world's highest sand dunes rise dramatically above the surrounding plains - this is just one of the amazing sights in the Namib-Naukluft Park.

The spectacle of changing colours and the lonely oryx silhouetted against red dunes is one which visitors and photographers from around the world come to savour and capture on film. Some of the sand dunes can reach an extraordinary 300 metres, and the area is also one of the best in southern Africa for stargazing.

The wildlife to be found here is extremely interesting and often totally unique, having adapted itself to the harsh environment. Among the larger animals to be found are the springbok, gemsbok (oryx), ostrich and wild horses. The rare and elusive aardvark is sometimes sighted at night, along with Cape fox, polecats, aardwolf and other nocturnal animals.

Our Namibia's Desert & Coast itinerary is an ideal way to combine the Namib Desert and Skeleton Coast, or if you would like to explore all the key areas of Namibia, our Faces of Namibia trip provides the perfect adventure. We can also tailor-make any itinerary to suit your requirements.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: aardwolf, cape fox, gemsbok, springbok, lanner falcon
  • Where: Karas, Hardap & Erongo Regions, Namibia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Distinctive Namibia

This flying safari encompasses the finest attributes of Namibia: the dramatic dunes of Sossusvlei, the fascinating rockscape of Damaraland with its diverse compliment of desert adapted wildlife, and the enormous hidden Hartmann Valley in the far north. Experience beauty and solitude at every turn.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Faces of Namibia

Experience all the key areas of this superb country: the soaring dunes of Sossusvlei, the dramatic deserts of Damaraland, and the prolific wildlife of Etosha. Staying largely in private reserves, activities include rhino tracking, boat trips and walking - the complete Namibia adventure!

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,975 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Land of Contrasts Self-drive

This is Namibia at its very best: a wilderness destination of outstanding beauty at every turn, taking you north to the salt pans of Etosha National Park, the remote Kunene and its desert elephant, before heading down the Skeleton Coast to the awesome Namib Desert. Choose between self drive or guided.

  • When to go: Apr-Jan
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,745 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Namibia’s Desert & Coast

This guided small group trip explores the wilderness environments of the arid Namib Desert and the scenically dramatic Skeleton Coast. These remarkable landscapes and the highly-adapted wildlife that inhabits these desolate areas distinguish Namibia from any of its neighbours in Southern Africa.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,895 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

On the Trail of Elephants

This 18-day group tour focuses on the elephant hotspots of Namibia and Botswana, followed by a night at the world-famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Explore a variety of landscapes from desert to coast and grassland to wetland, to marvel at southern Africa's beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.

  • When to go: Mar-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,545 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Wings over Namibia

This suggested itinerary provides a complete experience of the north and south, enjoying superb wildlife viewing and exceptional photographic opportunities. Staying in some of Namibia’s finest lodges with outstanding hospitality, and flying between camps, this trip is simply the ultimate safari.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Gobabeb Training & Research Centre

Located in the Namib Naukluft desert, the Gobabeb Centre conducts research into climate, ecology and geomorphology, as well as delivering training courses to raise awareness of ecological and environmental issues. As well as permanent researchers and students, it receives short-term visitors.

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge consists of 12 thatched and canvas chalets in the heart of the Namib Desert, in a large private reserve bordering the Namib-Naukluft Park. The main verandah overlooks a waterhole, and there are early morning guided drives to the nearby spectacular red dunes of Sossusvlei.

Little Kulala

This luxurious desert retreat is situated in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, bordering the Namib Naukluft Park and adjacent to the towering dunes of Sossusvlei. Each of the 11 thatched, climate-controlled kulalas has its own plunge pool and rooftop skybed for romantic stargazing.

Little Sossus Lodge

Within the tranquil Namib Desert, near the spectacular Sossusvlei dunes, lies Little Sossus Lodge. This old converted farmhouse offers 20 comfortable chalets, boasting stunning 180 degree views of the nearby mountains and plains. The lodge also has a small campsite for self-drive trips.

Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp

Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp is a luxury lodge situated on a large private reserve, affording easy access to Sossusvlei, but also offering privacy and exclusivity. Built into a mountain using rock, timber and thatch, it provides a cool refuge, with spectacular views across the desert to the rugged mountains and dunes.

Wolwedans Dune Camp

Positioned on the edge of a 250-metre high dune in a totally pristine setting, Dune Camp accommodations a maximum of 12 guests in comfortable and spacious tents. A generous deck allows for safe sleep-outs under the stars, and the charm of the camp lies in its peaceful, intimate atmosphere.

Wolwedans Dune Lodge

Perched top of a dune plateau, Wolwedans Dunes Lodge offers panoramic views in all directions, and makes a perfect base for exploring the awe-inspiring desert. Its nine spacious chalets have en suite bathroom and private verandah, and there is also a swimming pool suspended above the sand.