After a night in the capital city, your journey takes you south into the dramatic landscape of the Namib Desert. From your base at Kulala Adventurer Camp, bordering the Namib Naukluft National Park, pay a visit to the iconic Sossusvlei pan before relaxing under one of the most spectacular starscapes in the world. Cross the Namib Desert to Namibia’s western coastline and the sleepy town of Swakopmund; its colourful Germanic buildings are an architectural throw-back to colonial times. Take an optional boat cruise along the coast or get your adrenaline pumping with a sky-dive or sand-board amongst the dunes. From here, hit the dusty road north into the culturally rich and mountainous Damaraland region, looking out for desert – adapted elephant and mountain zebra along the way. Continue into Etosha National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. In the dry season, the many waterholes act as magnets to game animals – and of course the predators that follow them! Enjoy a final sundowner at Etosha before driving back towards the capital and your onward flight home.

Highlights

  • Sossusvlei
  • Sesriem
  • Swakopmund
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha National Park

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1-2: Endless desert vistas

Sesriem & Sossusvlei

You will be met at Windhoek Airport by your Explorations guide and begin your journey by driving 340km through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the iconic Sossusvlei region, a driving time of approximately five hours.

The first two nights are spent at Kulala Adventurer Camp on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, a 37 000-hectare tract of land near the spectacular sights of Sossusvlei, bordering the expansive Namib Naukluft Park.

Here you will enjoy an inclusive excursion into Sossusvlei through the private Kulala gate.

Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok can be seen on the reserve, as well as smaller creatures like bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal and Cape fox.

Other activities include day and night scenic drives and walks, and optional early morning ballooning, horse riding or quad-biking (the last three at extra cost). All meals & activities included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Kulala Adventurer Camp
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Day 3-4: Coastal wildlife and dunes

Swakopmond

We depart camp early, driving through the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto the expansive gravel plains before arriving in Walvis Bay and then finally driving up the skeleton coast into the quaint town of Swakopmund, a drive of about 5 -6 hours (approximately 370 km).

On day 4, we explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast, from the port town of Swakopmund to its incredible marine mammals. A private “Dolphin and Seal” catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay (weather permitting) provides a wonderful opportunity to explore this beautiful bay and coastline. The cruise takes in the Oyster Platforms, where we learn about the oysters cultivated here – including tasting the delicacies – before moving on to Pelican Point to see the lighthouse, and an area in which three species of dolphins may be encountered, namely the rare endemic Heaviside’s dolphin, dusky and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

Aside from spotting diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife, pelicans and flamingo, and Cape fur seals, the massive sunfish, leatherback turtles, southern right and humpback whales can be seen in season.

Accommodation is at the Hansa Hotel, an iconic place that forms part of Swakopmund’s architectural culture and is said to be one of the oldest buildings in the town. All meals included except dinner on day 4.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Hansa Hotel
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Day 5-7: Rugged mountain wilderness

Damaraland

We continue our journey by road 320km (approximately 8-hour drive) to Damaraland, west of the Brandberg Mountain (the second largest monolith in the world after Ayre’s Rock, Australia), stopping for lunch at Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp.

The Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) has been involved with rhino conservation in this area since the early eighties, and has been singly responsible for helping these rare animals survive and thrive, so that today this area boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere on the planet outside of a national park. Community game scouts employed by the Trust as monitors are the trackers and guides.

Our activities range from nature walks, mountain biking, viewing the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a World Heritage Site) to day and night nature drives, exploring the mountains, hills and ephemeral river beds and springs. Looking south from camp toward the imposing Brandberg Mountains, Damaraland offers its guests endless vistas and one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia.

Early morning mists generated by the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the warm desert air of the Skeleton Coast, drift inland along the river sand canyon, providing sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region. All meals & activities included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 8-9: Incredible wildlife

Etosha National Park

We drive approximately 330km (approximately 5 hours’ drive time) to Ongava Game Reserve on the boundary of Etosha National Park, to experience big game viewing and this iconic salt pan.

Etosha remains the highest density wildlife area within Namibia, its’ fame justly acknowledged. The salt pan (largest salt pan in the world) is speculated to be a remnant of an ancient glacial lake – today being maintained by scouring winds across its surface and sporadic ephemeral flooding.

Springs along the edge of the pan attract and quench the thirst of a dense and varied conglomeration of wildlife, mixing savanna and desert species like impala and springbuck.

On day 9 we embark on a full day game drive into Etosha, exploring the southern roads of Etosha Pan from Okakeujo through to Halali (where we stop for lunch and relax in the cool shade watching the game coming in to drink at the waterhole), meandering our way from waterhole to spring and enjoying the endless vistas and mirages of the pan itself.

To further enhance our Etosha experience and while accommodated on the private Ongava Reserve, we can enjoy night game drives and walks, while evening game viewing is enhanced with a floodlit waterhole out the front of the main area.

All meals & activities included.We drive approximately 330km (approximately 5 hours’ drive time) to Ongava Game Reserve on the boundary of Etosha National Park, to experience big game viewing and this iconic salt pan.

Etosha remains the highest density wildlife area within Namibia, its’ fame justly acknowledged. The salt pan (largest salt pan in the world) is speculated to be a remnant of an ancient glacial lake – today being maintained by scouring winds across its surface and sporadic ephemeral flooding.

Springs along the edge of the pan attract and quench the thirst of a dense and varied conglomeration of wildlife, mixing savanna and desert species like impala and springbuck.

On day 9 we embark on a full day game drive into Etosha, exploring the southern roads of Etosha Pan from Okakeujo through to Halali (where we stop for lunch and relax in the cool shade watching the game coming in to drink at the waterhole), meandering our way from waterhole to spring and enjoying the endless vistas and mirages of the pan itself.

To further enhance our Etosha experience and while accommodated on the private Ongava Reserve, we can enjoy night game drives and walks, while evening game viewing is enhanced with a floodlit waterhole out the front of the main area. All meals & activities included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 10: Flying on!

Fly out of Windhoek

Driving south, we return to Windhoek at 13h00 (approximate distance – 420km) where the adventure ends.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek

Included

  • All meals included except dinner on day 4
  • English speaking guide
  • Vehicle
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Park Fees included.

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