Share this page

Close

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE? TELL OTHERS

Holiday Finder

Close
  • Contact Us
  • Enquire Now

overview

This 10–day adventure encompasses three of Namibia’s iconic wilderness areas from the exclusive vantage of three intimate safari camps.

Begin the journey in the south of Namibia at Kulala Desert Lodge, where you explore this iconic Namib desert region by vehicle, on foot, quad bike and hot-air balloon. Next, continue to Desert Rhino Camp, where you have the opportunity to track the uniquely desert-adapted black rhino as well as search for other species endemic to the region. Finally, you fly to Andersson’s Camp in the Ongava Reserve, close to Etosha National Park. This incredible region is home to an astonishing variety of big game, including white rhino and the big cats.

Perfect for adventurous families or as a honeymoon with a difference, this trip takes in the best of Namibia in one easy package: from the surreal landscapes of Sossusvlei to fantastic big game encounters in Etosha.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Incredible scenery in world’s oldest desert
  • Roof-top, open-air beds
  • Excellent game viewing
  • Game drives & guided safari walks
  • Quad biking & hot-air ballooning
  • Small & intimate lodges
  • View desert-adapted black rhino
  • Visit Dune 45

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

Welcome to Namibia

On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your waiting charter plane. During the flight south towards Sossusvlei, you will be treated to the sight of an epic landscape of truly grand proportions that will leave you filled with wonder. In the distance as you draw nearer, you will be able to make out the enigmatic red dunes of the Namib Desert as they stretch away toward the horizon. This is the oldest desert in the world and contains some of the largest sand dunes on earth.

After landing, your guide will meet you at the airstrip and drive you the short distance to Kulala Desert Lodge. The adobe walls and thatch roofs of the lodge mimic the colours of the surrounding landscape, allowing it to blend in perfectly with the environment of red dunes, rocky peaks and gravel plains. Discover your charming suite with its private verandah and flat-roofed viewing or sleeping deck that encompasses an awe-inspiring view of your surroundings, and imagine spending the night up there, admiring the shimmering Milky Way.

After a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, wander to the lounge for a delicious high tea spread of sweet and savoury snacks, where your guide will inform you of the afternoon’s activities. Deciding on a late afternoon drive through the reserve, you set off in an open safari vehicle to explore this fascinating region of epic proportions and incredible life that has adapted to this harsh landscape. As the light softens and paints the peaks and dunes in otherworldly colours, you seek out the animals, birds and plants that live here, from the majestic scimitar-horned oryx to the diminutive bat-eared fox.

Selecting a scenic spot to stop and stretch your legs, your guide produces a hamper packed with chilled drinks and snacks, and you find yourself, glass in hand, gazing at the unearthly landscape as it shifts colours from red to apricot to purple and peach as the shadows lengthen across the valley floors. The first stars begin to twinkle in the crystal clear sky as you make your way back to the lodge, which is a welcoming oasis of light in an otherwise dark and vast space.

Other the next few days, allow the rhythm of Kulala Desert Lodge to work its magic on you; rise early in the cool of the desert morning and, after a hearty breakfast, set off to explore this fascinating region.

A visit to the incredible dunes of Sossuslvlei is best done at dawn where, as you arrive, the sun begins to paint these giants in a majestic palette of colour, light and sinuous shadow. If you are up for it, a climb to the top of Dune 45 provides a view that is well worth the effort! The nearby Dead Vlei is a photographer’s dream, where a flat pan is dotted with gnarled black acacia trees against a backdrop of towering dunes that change colour throughout the day.

For the more adventurous, guided quad biking excursions are a thrilling way to explore the dunes, gullies and gravel plains, where you travel at speed, feeling the wind whipping through your hair, dwarfed by the enormous landscape around.

Hot-air ballooning is a more sedate but no less spectacular way to take in all this incredible scenery where you silently drift like a bird of prey gazing at the grandeur of this ancient land.

Days 4-6

A rhino adventure

After a delicious brunch following your morning activity, you depart Kulala Desert Lodge for your charter flight to Desert Rhino Camp. Your guide will meet you at the airstrip and take you for a game drive through a landscape characterised by rocky plains and flat-topped mountains. Desert Rhino Camp sits in a grove of shady trees and looks out over this vast wilderness. Your comfortable canvas suite sits on an elevated timber platform that maximises the view from your private verandah.

After settling in, enjoy a delicious high tea before setting out with your guide for the afternoon’s adventure. This region is the scene of a wonderful conservation success story that monitors the uniquely desert-adapted black rhino. These prehistoric-looking animals thrive in this harsh landscape and you have the thrilling opportunity to join tracking expeditions in order to find them. It is a truly extraordinary experience to encounter a black rhino in such a setting: rolling rocky plains dominated by mountains as old as time, gullies and ravines that make you think you have travelled back through the millennia, witnessing a creature from another age.

Days 7-9

An Ongava adventure

After a final morning game drive and a hearty brunch, you bid Desert Rhino Camp farewell and depart for your flight to the Ongava Reserve, which lies alongside the iconic Etosha National Park.

A short game drive delivers you to Andersson’s Camp, where you have time to discover your suite and settle in before your afternoon’s activity. Relaxing on your private verandah, you have a view over the waterhole that often attracts thirsty game and gives you a taste for the wildlife sightings that await you.

The Ongava Reserve is home to a fantastic variety of animals and birds, set within a landscape of rolling hills covered in vegetation. The most notable species here are the large population of lions that stalk the woodlands for prey, as well as the white rhinos that thrive in this environment. These incredible beasts are twice the size of the black rhinos that are also here, and are a truly awe-inspiring sight when you encounter them in their natural habitat.

After a scenic sundowner stop and an opportunity to stretch your legs, you return to the camp in the early evening, using a spotlight to look out for any nocturnal animals as they emerge into the night. Glowing eyes reflecting the light could reveal a pride of lions out on a hunt - silently padding through the darkness, eyes and ears tuned for any signs of prey.

Back in the camp, the evenings are a magical affair as you sit in the bar or dining room overlooking the floodlit waterhole. Nothing can quite compare to enjoying an indulgent dinner while rhinos or even lions are drinking just metres away!

The Etosha National Park is the prime gem in Namibia’s wildlife crown and Andersson’s Camp is in the ideal location from which to explore this iconic reserve. Named after the enormous salt pans that dominate the region, Etosha encompasses thousands of square kilometres that are characterised by mopane scrub, towering woodlands, dolomite hills and wide open plains. The region supports an astonishing variety of game, and the waterholes often provide the focus of animal activity.

The landscapes here are immense, and the sight of a herd of elephants completely dwarfed by the scale and grandeur of their surroundings is indeed a memorable one.

The game drive takes you through this untrammelled wilderness as you keep a watchful eye out for animals, and the very real possibility of encountering a cheetah keeps you on the edge of your seat. These amazing cats are daytime hunters that prey on the abundant antelope species here, and the chance to see a thrilling high-speed chase is an unforgettable experience.

After spending the day surrounded by the natural wonders of Etosha, you return to Andersson’s Camp in the early evening, overawed by the plethora of wildlife that you have seen.

Day 10

Homeward bound

An early start to the morning sees you depart after breakfast for a safari walk in Ongava Reserve with your guide. Nothing can quite compare to being on foot in the African wilderness, where you find that your senses become sharper, the air seems clearer, and you hear nothing but your footsteps, and the sound of the wilds around you. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and experience, your guide reveals the secrets of nature around you- the art of tracking game, how to read the signs left on the ground and the many uses of the plants that you find.

After a wonderful morning, you return to camp for a hearty brunch, and then depart to the airstrip for the flight to Windhoek. As you fly over Namibia’s vast landscape, your thoughts return to the experiences you have had in the previous days. Images of sweeping desert plains, rhinos against a backdrop of rocky peaks, lions drinking at the waterhole just metres away from where you sat…

Inclusions

  • 9 nights accommodation on fully inclusive basis
  • Park fees and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
  • Laundry at most camps / lodges
  • Scheduled road transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Applicable Tourism Levies, relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST)
  • Scheduled air transfers as specified in the itinerary

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 20 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015 $5895
  • 11 Jan 2015 - 14 Jun 2015 $5865
  • 15 Jun 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $7185
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 19 Dec 2015 $6240
  • 20 Dec 2015 - 10 Jan 2016 $6480

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Anza Snyman

Anza Snyman

Africa Safari Expert

"Amazing fly-in itinerary including all the highlights of Namibia - you’ll see the red sand dunes at Sossusvlei whilst staying in the heart of the Namib desert, you’ll go rhino tracking & search for the desert adapted elephant in the remote Damaraland. End with game-viewing in the famous Etosha National Park"

From

$5865

Per person sharing

View all rates ENQUIRE NOW
Add to wishlist
Remove from wishlist