Summary

from NAD 165,063.00 Per Person Sharing9 Days

After spending a night acclimatizing in Windhoek, take a light aircraft flight from the capital city directly to your luxury lodge. Nestled amongst the red dunes of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, you’ll find Kwessi Dunes. Here’s your chance to experience one of the world’s premier star-gazing locations & open expanse of ancient landscape.

Crossing the Namib ‘Sand Sea’ by air, discover the Namibian coastline and magnificent views over the forbidding Skeleton Coast Park. This journey will take you into the arid, rocky interior of the Hoanib River Valley.

Take a game drive down the dry riverbed and enjoy a proliferation of game including giraffe and desert-dwelling elephant. Enjoy a day exploring the seal colonies and shipwrecks of the Skeleton Coast before flying inland to the Etosha National Park. Spend the last two nights in one of the largest game reserves in Africa, before taking a final flight by light aircraft across Namibia’s open plains to Windhoek where you will meet your onward flight home.

Highlights

  • Windhoek
  • Sossusvlei
  • Skeleton Coast
  • Etosha National Park

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in the Capitol

Windhoek

On arrival at Windhoek International airport you will be met by one of our representatives who will hand over your documentation, go through your itinerary with you and answer any last minute questions you may have.

You will then be transferred into Windhoek City, to Am Weinberg Hotel.

The Am Weinberg Estate’s Boutique Hotel provides all of the exclusivity and privacy you might expect from this prestigious Estate – making it the perfect retreat when travelling on vacation or business. The elegant 41-bedroom hotel wraps around a heritage building, creating an inviting courtyard. This design complements its historic character, while modern amenities ensure the utmost comfort. Aside from the location and spectacular views, hotel guests also have access to facilities including the Estate’s Soulstice Day Spa, Be Hair Salon,  five upmarket restaurants and the Conference Centre.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek
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Day 2-3: Desert vistas

NamibRand Nature Reserve

From Windhoek you will board a light aircraft and depart to Sossusvlei, arriving at Kwessi Dunes, located in the NamibRand Reserve.

South of Sesriem is the NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of Namibia’s Southern Africa’s biggest privately owned reserve covering an area of some 200,000 hectares close to Sossusvlei. NamibRand is bordered by the Naukluft Park in the west and the impressive Nubib Mountain range in the East. The special attraction of the reserve is the diversity of desert landscapes where mountains plunge into endless grassy plains, interspersed by red vegetated dunes. Game species found in the reserve include gemsbok, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, red hartebeest, bat-eared fox, spotted hyena, cape fox and African wildcat. The rockier areas are inhabited by kudu, klipspringer, baboon and leopard while the dunes harbour a rich and diverse micro-fauna. Over a hundred species of birds have been recorded. Accompanied by experienced guides, visitors are introduced to the NamibRand Nature Reserve’s desert habitat with its diverse fauna and flora.

At Kwessi Dune lodge, you’ll find 10 cool and comfortable (and air-conditioned) chalets all with canvas walls and thatched roofs. Each bedroom has a separate ‘star gazer’ room, completely open to the sky, and the perfect spot from which to watch the celestial theatre show above. Views from the rooms, the main area and the swimming pool are of the vast, desert vistas and when you can bear to tear your eyes away, enjoy quad biking, scenic drives and walks, hot air ballooning, helicopter flights, horse riding and day trips to Sossusvlei.

 

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Day 4-6: Rugged Wilderness

Skeleton Coast

After your time in the desert, take a transfer to the airstrip where you will meet your scenic flight along the Skeleton Coast & into the Hoanib Valley.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld. Exclusivity is taken a step further as the area is only accessible by light aircraft, and the camp itself consists of only seven twin-bedded tents and one family unit, each comprising stylish en-suite bedrooms with shaded outdoor decks.

Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the environmentally friendly solar powered camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay.

Inclusive activities take the form of drives along the ephemeral Hoanib River Valley, looking for the occasional oasis that supports desert elephants, giraffe, mountain zebra and a multitude of antelope species. And where there is game, the predators are never far behind. Namibia is home to the largest and fastest growing wild lion population in Africa. The surrounding region is also home to the last free roaming black-rhino in the world, though spotting these animals this far east is fairly uncommon.

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Day 7-8: Superb wildlife viewing

Etosha National Park

After 3 fantastic days in Hoanib, meet your charter flight to Ongava Tented Camp for a few days in the Ongava Concession and Etosha. Ongava Tented Camp is situated towards the centre of the game reserve. The camp has a bar and dining area built out of rock and thatch. Drinks and dinner can be enjoyed around the open air fireplace and swimming pool, both of which overlook a busy, floodlit waterhole, situated at eye level in front of the camp.

Black and White Rhino have been seen drinking side-by-side at this waterhole. Lion are also frequent visitors. Ongava Tented Camp is a small, classic traditional tented camp. There are 9 “Meru” tents, each with double doors to allow for uninterrupted views of the bush and waterhole in front of the camp, and every tent has its own covered veranda. Inclusive activities include guided walks and night drives around the reserve and game drives during the day into the Etosha National Park. There is also a swimming pool for cooling off during the heat of the day. Ongava Tented Camp – a real bush experience! All meals & scheduled activities included.

Accommodation: Ongava Tented Camp
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Day 12: Fly out of Windhoek

Onward journey

After what I hope will have been a fantastic holiday, you will make your way back to Windhoek International Airport by light aircraft, in time to meet your onward flight.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek
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Included

  • Light aircraft flights & transfers as specified
  • Meals & activities as specified

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