Take in all the sights of Namibia’s most ruggedly beautiful and remote regions on this action-packed desert journey. Throughout the trip you are hosted by a dedicated and experienced guide with vast knowledge of Namibia’s natural world, culture and history. Lodges range from comfortable to luxurious, and are located on private concessions allowing you to have a delightfully exclusive experience. Absorb awe-inspiring mountain peaks, vast open grasslands, and endless dunes on 4x4 transfers, game drives and guided nature walks. If the weather permits, you will also see Namibia’s dunes and shoreline from the air on two light aircraft flights.

First on the itinerary is Sossusvlei where you can walk on top of Namibia’s iconic red dunes and experience one of the world’s most beautiful International Dark Sky Reserves from a romantic star bed.  The adventure continues to Swakopmund for delectable seafood, a romantic beach picnic and to see the abundant marine life of the Atlantic Ocean like dolphins, seals, pelicans and whales, and turtles in season. As you travel up the Skeleton Coast stop to marvel at shipwrecks, quaint beach towns, old ruins and unique plant life.

As you move into the dunes and plains of Damaraland, the variety of big game increases and savannah animals like ostrich, jackal and antelope are joined by desert specialists like south-western black rhino, zebra, giraffe, rare desert-adapted elephants and even top predators like cheetah, hyena and leopard. 

Itinerary Highlights

  •   Walk the red dunes of Sossusvlei
  •   Marine safari in Swakopmund
  •   See the wrecks of the Skeleton Coast
  •   Explore remote Damaraland
  •   Fascinating desert wildlife
  •   Rhino tracking safari
  •   Two scenic air transfers

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

The Red Dunes of Sossusvlei

In the morning you will be collected by your guide, either from Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek or from a hotel of your choice, and begin driving towards the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei. Along your journey you will pass through the Khomas Hochland mountains, and stop for lunch at a scenic spot en route.

Take in the rugged mountains and endless landscapes of the Namib Desert after checking into Kulala Desert Lodge in the afternoon. Kulala is set on a 37 000 hectare private reserve bordering the Namib-Naukluft Park and has a private entrance to the Sossusvlei Dunes. From this down-to-earth and exclusive lodge, you can experience one of the world’s oldest desert landscapes on game drives, nature walks, birding excursions, or even a hot-air balloon ride over the rippled ochre-coloured dunes that this region is so famous for. For travellers wanting to make the most of Namibia’s International Dark Sky Reserve, ‘star beds’ can be made up on your private rooftop for dreamy nights gazing at the southern skies.

Days 3-4

Swakopmund & Sandwich Harbour

Your transfer to Swakopmund is via a light aircraft that allows you to appreciate in the astounding scenery from a bird’s-eye view. Pass over Namibia’s best-preserved shipwreck, vast dune fields and an abandoned diamond mining town before landing in Swakopmund – an interesting historical city wedged between desert and sea.

After your first night at Hansa Hotel, wake up for a full day exploring the Atlantic Ocean on a boat cruise followed by a 4x4 tour of the dunes field in Sandwich Bay. You are likely to see pelicans, dolphins, seals and even whales and turtles at certain times of the year. The boat cruise drops you off at a secluded beach where your guide is waiting to take you on a 4x4 game drive to the Kuiseb River, delta and wetlands to look for beautiful flamed flamingos or to a breath-taking lookout point of the entire lagoon area. After an action-packed morning you will be treated to a private seafood picnic lunch that includes fresh oysters and sparkling wine, before heading back to your hotel. 

Day 5

See the shipwrecks of Skeleton Coast

The journey continues north to the Skeleton Coast where you will witness first-hand how this portion of Namibia got its name. Numerous ships lay wrecked on the shore, washed in by the dangerous currents of the Atlantic, and you will stop along your journey to see some of these remains, including The Zelia and SW Seal. The day is spent travelling by road and taking in the dramatic and beautiful coast with well-timed stops for refreshments, lunch and other interesting highlights like the extensive lichen colonies at Wlotzkasbaken and the fascinating ruins of an old mining operation at Toscanini. You will overnight at the only lodge within Skeleton Coast National Park, Terrace Bay Lodge which has a lovely ocean’s edge setting that is excellent for big game fishing enthusiasts. 

Days 6-7

Desert-adapted wildlife of Damaraland

This leg of your Namibian adventure takes you into the heart of Namibia’s wilderness to explore the spellbinding scenery and intriguing desert wildlife of Damaraland and Kaokoveld. Visit the Möwe Bay Museum, the Suiderkus shipwreck, listen to bizarre ‘roaring’ sand dunes and see Klein Oasis and Auses Springs, all the while looking for wildlife like oryx, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, ostrich and jackal.

In the afternoon you will arrive at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp located in the private Palmwag Concession. Although this is truly one of the remotest parts of Africa, Hoanib delivers world-class luxury, beautiful tented suites with contemporary design and décor, warm hospitality, great guides and fun-filled activities. There is much more to Damaraland than meets the eye – this ruggedly beautiful landscape is inhabited by a surprising amount of wildlife which you can track on game drives and guided nature walks. Highlights include desert-adapted elephants, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe and springbok, and closer to the coast you may even spot the elusive brown hyena or black-backed jackal. 

Days 8-9

Track rare desert rhino

Departing from Hoanib Camp, travel to Desert Rhino Camp, also located within the private Palmwag Concession. The camp is known for its key role in the conservation of endangered south-western black rhinoceros. This very sparse subspecies is highly adapted to survive in arid savannah and desert climates, and the camp works closely with Save the Rhino Trust in protecting these rare and precious animals. In addition to tracking rhino you can discover other desert wonders such as unusual plant life, endemic birdlife, and even the occasional cheetah, leopard or spotted hyena.

Desert Rhino Camp is set on vast golden plains with the grand, flat-topped Etendeka Mountains as a backdrop. When you’re not exploring on game drives or walks, enjoy alfresco meals around the fire, have a gourmet picnic or soak up the 360-degree views of dramatic Damaraland. 

Day 10

Fly to Windhoek

End your desert safari off with a bang on an awe-inspiring scenic flight back to Windhoek. After saying a final farewell to Namibia’s desert from the air, you will land at Hosea Kutako International Airport where you can transfer to an onward flight.


  • 2 Nights at Kulala Desert Lodge on fully inclusive basis
  • Specified activities at each camp/lodge
  • 2 Nights at Hansa Hotel on dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 Night at Terrace Bay Camp on dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast on fully inclusive basis
  • 2 Nights at Deset Rhino Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • Marine boat excursion and desert adventure


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

Additional Tour Notes

Please note that this tour runs from May to mid-November.

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jun 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 $4605
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 20 Nov 2016 $4055
  • 05 May 2017 - 31 May 2017 $4860
  • 01 Jun 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $5600
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 20 Nov 2017 $4860

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

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2016 Departure

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2017 Departure

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  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
Rikke Williams

Rikke Williams

Africa Safari Expert

"This trip genuinely captures what Namibia is all about – unique and breath taking scenery, sand dunes, desert adapted animals and the stark beauty of the Skeleton Coast, what more could you ask for!"



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