Take a light aircraft flight from the capital city directly to your luxury lodge, nestled amongst the red dunes of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Enjoy a guided excursion to the iconic Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, and experience one of the world’s premier star-gazing locations. Crossing the Namib ‘Sand Sea’ by air, meet Namibia’s western border and the sleepy town of Swakopmund. From your luxury hotel, explore the diverse wildlife of the coastline by 4×4 or boat cruise, and visit the town’s boutique shops and seafood restaurants. Continue your journey, flying onwards to Doro Nawas in the Southern Kunene region, close to Twyfelfontein. Enjoy the magnificent views over the forbidding Skeleton Coast before flying onwards into the arid, rocky interior and 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 south by light aircraft to Grootberg Lodge and an infinite view down the Klip River Valley. Continue your journey into Etosha National Park, 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

  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Damaraland
  • Skeleton Coast
  • Etosha National Park

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1-2: Spectacular Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei

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.

From Windhoek you will board a light aircraft and depart to Sossusvlei, arriving at Kulala this afternoon, located close to the National Park.

This beautiful lodge has a swimming pool, bar and dining area overlooking the stark desert landscape of the Namib. Each room at Kulala has a roof-top sleeping platform offering guests the unique opportunity to sleep under the stars.

The lodge offers nature drives on the reserve as well as a guided excursion to the dunes of Sossusvlei through Kulala’s private entrance. All meals & scheduled activities included.

Accommodation: Kulala Desert Lodge
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Day 3-4: Desert vistas

NamibRand Nature Reserve

On the morning of Day 3 you can wake early and take your inclusive guided drive into the National Park area of Sesriem and onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from the Park entrance. The entrance opens at sunrise and this is the best time of day to see the dunes.

The desert can be extremely hot in the middle of the day, so please remember plenty of water, a hat and good walking shoes! Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, and maybe take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes.

Return to Sesriem and perhaps take a look at Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge to check out. After your excursion you will be met by a representative from Wolwedans who will be transferring you by road to Wolwedans Dunes Camp.

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.

Positioned on the edge of a 250-metre high dune, the Dune Camp sleeps a maximum of 12 guests in a totally unspoiled setting. Guests stay in comfortable tents, which are pitched on wooden platforms. A spacious deck, allowing for safe sleep-outs under the stars and a private bathroom make for a rather civilised camping experience.

The main lapa comprises a lounge, dining area and an open-plan kitchen, which allows guests to chat to the chef while he prepares a sumptuous dinner. The sun-downer deck with its fireplace is the central meeting point of the camp, making for a cosy and relaxed ambience. All meals & scheduled activities included.

Accommodation: Wolwedans Dune Camp
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Day 5-6: Coastal dunes

Swakopmund

After a relaxing few days, take your transfer to the airstrip where you will meet your Scenic flight to Swakopmund. Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town, complete with German architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well maintained gardens, palm-lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants. Temperatures rarely drop below 15C and rainfall is practically zero, however, the town is subjected to 9 months of morning fogs each year.

These damp and grey conditions often result in cool temperatures persisting the whole day, but this mist band that stretches up to 30km inland, provides water and life to the desert plants & animals, giving rise to 80 types of lichen and the ancient Welwitschia plants.

The many ingenious adaptations to water collection, like the Tok-Tokkie beetle which condenses vapour on its raised back, make for fascinating walks and drives in the ‘Moon Landscape’ or ‘Welwitschia Drive’, located close to the town.

In addition, there are many adventure activities such as sand-boarding, tandem parachuting, fishing & quad biking which can be arranged prior to arrival.

We can also recommend some excellent day trips including the marine sanctuary of Sandwich Harbour, a unique environment comprising of towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, a half day boat cruise from Walvis Bay may offer the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals and many species of marine birds. Please ask us for advice on restaurants; the more popular ones should be booked in advance and we are happy to do this for you.

Atlantik Sicht is within a few minutes’ pleasant walk from Cornerstone Guest House, the beach, and a range of decent cafés, restaurants and lively pubs. Swakopmund’s tourist attractions include a variety of interesting shops and markets. Atlantik Sicht is a convenient and luxurious base from which to explore Swakopmund on foot, day and night. Breakfast included.

Destination: Swakopmund, Namibia
Accommodation: Atlantik Sicht
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Day 7-9: Rugged wilderness

Skeleton Coast

Meet your driver who will take you to Swakopmund Airport to catch your flight to Hoanib Camp, via one stop at Doro Nawas. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is 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 camp 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 camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay. Inclusive activities here take the form of game drives in search of desert elephant, giraffe and many antelope species, guided walks and possibly a day trip to the famous Skeleton Coast. All meals & scheduled activities included.

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Day 10-11: 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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