Spend a day in the capital city of Windhoek, before heading off into the southern Kalahari desert, to explore, on foot, the rolling vegetated dunes which form part of the largest sand mass on Earth.

From here you will travel to the oldest desert in the World, home to some of the highest sand dunes on the Planet.

Explore the eerily named dead vlei, and the dunes at Sossusvlei, before spending time sleeping out, under the stars in the largest privately owned nature reserve in Southern Africa, the gold status dark sky reserve of the NamibRand.

From the dunes you will travel towards the quaint Germanic, coastal town of Swakopmund, stopping over at a lodge which boasts one of the best views from a swimming pool in Southern Africa.

From Swakopmund, you leave the desert behind you and travel to the geographical wonder that is Twyfelfontein, home to Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site and the site of the largest concentration of Bushman paintings and rock engravings in Southern Africa.

The last leg of this trip takes in the World renowned Etosha National Park, home to 114 species of mammal, including four of ‘The Big Five’

This trip explores the Tourism highlights of Namibia, and combines that with some of the most stunning guided hikes available in the Country.

Highlights

  • Hiking the Kalahari Desert & Namib Deserts
  • Sesriem
  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha National Park

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Windhoek

Land in Windhoek, here you will be met by a transfer driver holding a sign in the arrivals hall who will escort you to the city centre.

A representative of ATI will meet you here to hand over your vouchers, road map and itinerary and answer any last minute questions you may have. Your hire vehicle will be delivered this afternoon.

Rivendell Guest House is located in a quiet suburb close to the city centre and has just ten guest rooms. Relax around the swimming pool or lounge area, and maybe take the afternoon to explore the shops and restaurants of the city.

Facilities include satellite TV lounge, swimming pool, self-catering kitchen, small bar, internet & guest phone and safe parking. Breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Rivendell Guest House
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Day 2 & 3

Kalahari Walking Trail

This morning you will head in a southerly direction, arriving at Kalahari Red Dune to spend the afternoon at leisure, with a number of optional activities available for you to choose from.

There are various guided and unguided hikes, ranging in distance from 5km – 20km. They are all clearly marked and water is available at designated points along the various routes. Alternatively, you could enjoy a nature drive on the 10,000 acre property.

The morning of day 3 requires an early start to enjoy the fascinating Kalahari sunrise from a dune sofa. You will have the opportunity of watching the sun come up on the horizon while sipping freshly-brewed coffee in the pleasantly cool morning temperatures.

The hike will go on over infinite chains of red dunes that keep crossing a vast tree savannah. Giraffe and Oryx herds can often be spotted there. At lunchtime, enjoy a rest in a lovely valley and enjoy a picnic lunch. After a hearty meal and two hours of rest to evade the midday heat, you will continue the hike through valleys and dunes.

Reach the luxurious tent camp on a high dune with a terrific view during the late afternoon. Dinner will be prepared on a large campfire. Spend the night in the tent or on the large wooden terrace in front. Enjoy the African starry sky at close range and listen to the sounds of the wilderness.

On day 4 you will hike to the Devil’s Claw plantation after breakfast. This is where the endangered desert plant is cultivated in a scientific project. This is an opportunity to experience species protection in action.

After visiting the plantation, the hike will lead to the Great Karoo, a region of shrub and grass savannahs. Nyalas, impalas and blue wildebeest roam there.

Discover this interesting and diverse scenery and vegetation at close range with the Kalahari dunes always in the background. After a hike of approximately three hours, you will reach the Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge. Full Board Basis on days 3 & 4, dinner, bed and breakfast basis on day 2.

Destination: The Kalahari Desert
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Day 4

Sesriem

Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert, near to Sesriem and Sossusvlei. You will arrive at Desert Homestead this afternoon.

This lodge is a beautifully decorated and friendly establishment with a bar, restaurant and pool. Optional horse riding or nature drives within this spectacular area can be arranged.

The lodge is designed in a rustic, farm style and is located just 27km from the entrance to Sesriem & Sossusvlei. Enjoy home cooked meals and friendly service. This afternoon, if time allows, or on the morning of day 6, you may drive the 70km through the dune fields to Sossusvlei.

Explore the dunes around the salt pan of Sossusvlei, and maybe enjoy walking across the sand to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees and a photographer’s dream. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: The Desert Homestead
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Day 5 & 6

Tok Tokkie Trails

On day 6 you must arrive at the Tok Tokkie Guesthouse by 13h30 (summertime) and 12h30 (wintertime).

The beauty of a Tok Tokkie walking trail is the fact that you experience so many different aspects of the desert – from mountainous terrain to sandy dunes. Walking is conducted at a leisurely pace and does not normally exceed 10 km a day. From your drop-off point in the sand dunes, it is a short walk to your first overnight camp.

The dunes are not the massive ones that are encountered at Sossusvlei, but small, vegetated dunes that have a unique beauty of their own.

Relax with a sun-downer, marvel at the magnificent scenery and start “feeling” the desert. Enjoy a wholesome three-course dinner and unwind before falling asleep in the open under a blanket of stars on stretcher beds and bed-rolls.

Day 7 sees more hiking through the beautiful scenery of the desert. The highlight of the walk is the breathtaking view of the dunes and plains as well as the “coming alive” of the desert as the guide allows you to feel, smell, taste and see the oldest living desert in the world.

The morning news, as written in the sand of the dunes is always fascinating and with some luck, and the guide’s trained eyes, you may spot some of the desert specials; golden mole, dancing white lady, barking gecko, dune lark and flightless wasp to name a few.

All meals & drinks included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Tok Tokkie Trails
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Day 7

En Route to Swakopmund

Enjoy a last morning walk today to reach the end of your trail. Drive onwards past Solitaire to your next stop.

Rostock Ritz is ideally situated between Sesriem & Walvis Bay and is a lovely place to spend a night or two on your way to or from the famous dunes of Sossusvlei. The rooms are igloo shaped and integrate into the surrounding stark landscape of vast desert plains. Endless views welcome guests to the comfortable accommodation.

The food is renowned for excellent quality and many optional activities are available including scenic drives, 4×4 trips to nearby cave paintings, self-guided or guided walking trails and camel trails (these must be organised in advance).

The self-guided walking trails last from 1 to 8 hours and so are geared towards all abilities and interests, 2-way radios are provided to enable guests to communicate with the lodge in case of emergencies. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 8 & 9

Swakopmund

Continue your drive northwards through mountain passes to Walvis Bay and onto Swakopmund.

This town is a picturesque resort with many good seafood restaurants and shops as well as an interesting museum and aquarium. You will stay for two nights at Cornerstone, a beautifully decorated and very friendly guesthouse situated close to the shops and restaurants of this coastal resort.

Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town, complete with German half wooden architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well-maintained gardens and palm-lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants.

In addition, there are many adventure activities such as sandboarding, 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. Breakfast included.

Destination: Swakopmund
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse
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Day 10

Camp Kipwe

Accommodation at Kipwe is in 8 igloo-shaped double bungalows, allowing a maximum of 16 guests at a time, emphasising the peace and quiet of the camp.

Outside each bungalow is an en-suite bathroom with a shower, as well as a private veranda, overlooking the surrounding plains. They all have an in-room safe.

You may choose to take an optional Twyfelfontein excursion this afternoon. The drive will include visits to the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, as well as to the fascinating Bushman Engravings.

There are a number of guided nature walks that will cover trails in and around Camp Kipwe, the durations will depend on the guests. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Camp Kipwe
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Day 11 & 12

Etosha National Park

You will stay in Etosha for this night, undertaking self-guided game drives and staying at Okaukuejo in the southern area of the Park.

Okaukuejo was the first tourist camp to open in Etosha and it currently functions as the administrative hub of the park, and home of the Etosha Ecological Institute.

It is situated at the western end of the pan, and about 120km north of Outjo. The Okaukuejo waterhole is often voted as the best of all the rest camp waterholes and enjoys an amazing array of wildlife.

Animals that come appear to be oblivious of the camp – unaware of the bright lights or the people sitting on benches just behind the low stone wall. The light doesn’t penetrate into the surrounding bush.

It creates something of a stage, with the water at its centre, focusing the attention on the animals that come to drink. During the dry season, you’re bound to see something of interest by just sitting here for a few hours in the evening – so bring a couple of drinks, binoculars, and some warm clothes to settle down and wait.

Among the regulars are elephants and jackals, while lion and black rhino often visit in the dry season. Dinner & breakfast included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Resort
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Day 13

Windhoek

Drive to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, via Okahandja where there is an extensive craft market for last minute gifts.

The drive should take 5 hours and you will spend tonight at Rivendell Guest House, located in a quiet suburb close to the city centre. Maybe spend the afternoon exploring the shops and restaurants of the city. Stay in a twin room with en-suite facilities. Breakfast included.

Destination: Windhoek
Accommodation: Rivendell Guest House
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Day 14

Fly out of Windhoek

After what we hope will have been a fantastic holiday, you will make your way to the International Airport and make it in time for your onward flight.

Destination: Namibia, Windhoek

Included

  • Transfers as stated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and Activities as stated
  • Inclusive over-night guided hikes in the Kalahari and NamibRand
  • 4×4 Vehicle hire for the duration of the trip

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