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Your 12-day adventure encompasses the iconic landscapes and wildlife of Namibia in an epic tailor made journey by land, sea and air.

Discover Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert at Kulala Desert Lodge before visiting the quaint Germanic seaside town of Swakopmund. Next, venture into the awe-inspiring landscape of Damaraland Camp too seek out the unique elephants of the desert. Move on to Desert Rhino Camp to track black rhinos and other wildlife before continuing to Ongava Tented Camp, a big game haven close to Etosha National Park.

Perfect for families or seasoned safari hands eager to experience the magnificent scenery and wildlife of Namibia’s parks and reserves, this journey promises an unrivalled adventure.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Family-friendly activities & marine safari
  • Quad biking & hot-air ballooning in the desert
  • Track desert-adapted elephants & rhinos
  • Excellent big game viewing
  • Explore the world’s oldest desert
  • Open-air, roof-top sleeping under the stars
  • Climb Dune 45 & see Dead Vlei

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

A warm Namibian welcome

In Windhoek, you will be met by your guide and set off in a custom-designed safari vehicle. During the drive south to 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 across the horizon. This is the oldest desert in the world and contains some of the largest sand dunes on earth.

Driving at a leisurely pace to soak in the scenery, and with a delicious picnic stop along the way, it is late afternoon when you arrive at Kulala Desert Lodge. The adobe walls and thatch roofs of the lodge mimic the colours of the surrounding landscape, and it blends 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 a grandiose view of your surroundings, and imagine spending the night up there, admiring the shimmering Milky Way.

After a delicious and wholesome dinner served on the terrace, you take a seat at the fireplace and gaze upwards, overwhelmed by the shower of stars in the enormous dome of the night sky. Slipping between the sheets in your suite, the silence of the desert night engulfs you and sends you into a blissful slumber.

Day 2

Dwarfed by dunes

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 acacia trees against a backdrop of towering dunes that change colour throughout the day.

For the more adventurous, guided quad-biking (ATV) 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 you that seems to go on forever.

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.

Day 3

Delightful Swakopmund

After breakfast, you head to the airstrip nearby for the scenic flight to Swakopmund. The dramatic grandeur of the landscape is laid out before you as you fly over it, where the oldest desert in the world meets the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, often causing enigmatic fogs.

Swakopmund is a quaint Germanic town perched between the dunes of the desert and the Atlantic. Famed as a holiday destination for many Namibians, this quirky and interesting destination offers a host of adventure activities, a thriving promenade and café culture, as well as wonderful seafood restaurants, bars, galleries and museums. With the elegant Hansa Hotel as your base, you have Swakopmund at your doorstep to enjoy its many pleasures.

Day 4

Ocean safari

After breakfast, you head to the harbour to take a boat cruise into the Atlantic. Heading out from Walvis Bay to the south, you keep a sharp lookout for the plentiful marine life along the way - dolphins, seals and even whales in the right season. Close to midday, the boat drops anchors at Pelican Point, where your 4x4 guide is ready to take you to the incredible Sandwich Harbour lagoon. This wetland is home to a huge variety of waterbirds, from flamingos to pelicans in vast numbers. Stopping at a scenic spot along the way, a delicious picnic lunch including ocean-fresh oysters is laid out for your enjoyment. The adventure then continues through the desert, and includes a visit to the famous roaring dunes, where the sands make and eerie moaning sound as you tread on them. 

Day 5

Magical Damaraland

Setting off in the morning, you drive north along the legendary Skeleton Coast, named for the number of shipwrecks it has claimed over the centuries, before turning inland along the Ugab riverbed to Damaraland.

The drive to Damaraland Camp takes you through grand scenery of an epic scale - huge craggy mountains carved through with desiccated valleys; rock formations rear into the sky and the landscapes are tinged with otherworldly colours. With a picnic lunch en route, the day’s journey ends at Damaraland Camp, in the Huab River Valley, arguably one Namibia’s most pristine environments. Settle in to your delightful adobe style suite, then step onto your private verandah to take in the spectacular view of the desert plains and jagged peaks of the Brandberg Mountains. Wandering over to the thatched main buildings, you enjoy a refreshing chilled drink and a dip in the pool.

Day 6

Damara explorations

Setting off on your game drive with your guide, allow the immensity of this landscape to take hold: there is virtually no sign of human activity anywhere to be seen. What is fascinating is the life that survives here: the strangely shaped euphorbia and shepherd’s trees; the peculiar welwitschia plant and the regal oryx antelope making a striking silhouette on a distant outcrop. This is where the extraordinary desert-adapted elephant herds can be found, and the sight of a herd of these behemoths dwarfed by the surrounding landscape is awe inspiring.

Returning to the lodge in the evening, you enjoy a sumptuous dinner below a canopy of stars that loom so close in the clear desert air that you almost feel as if you could touch them.

Days 7-8

A desert rhino adventure

Departing Damaraland Camp in the morning, you drive the Huab riverbed in search of desert elephants before turning north into the rocky wilderness of the vast Palmwag Concession, 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, where the Save The Rhino Trust to conserve and monitor 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.

Day 9

The magic of Ongava

Bid Desert Rhino Camp farewell and depart on the drive to the Ongava Reserve, which sits alongside the iconic Etosha National Park.

Arrive at Ongava Tented Camp in the late afternoon, where you have time to discover your suite and settle in before dinner. 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.

Day 10

Ongava adventures

The Ongava Reserve is home to a fantastic variety of animals and birds, and is 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 incredible 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!

Slipping between the covers, you lie back, listening to the sounds of the African night around you: the mournful call of a hyena, the deep rumble of a lion’s roars.

Day 11

Exploring Etosha

The Etosha National Park is the gem in Namibia’s wildlife crown and Ongava Tented 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.

Stopping in the shade of a grove of trees, you enjoy a delicious picnic lunch while gazing out at the view. After a refreshing meal and an ice-cold drink, you are once again ready to continue your explorations of this extraordinary land. 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.

Day 12

Homeward bound

The adventure reaches its finale today, as you enjoy a last brunch after your morning activity and bid Ongava farewell. The flight back to Windhoek gives you time to gaze down at the landscape you have traversed, and allow the memories of your epic journey to come flooding back. 

Inclusions

  • 2 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 9 nights accommodation on a fully inclusive basis
  • Activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Road and 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
  • 01 Jun 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $6465
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $5580

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.

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Madelein Norval

Madelein Norval

Africa Safari Expert

"This trip whisks you from one highlight to the next in beautiful Namibia! Start with the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, to the historically rich coastal village of Swakopmund & end with contrasting Damaraland and Etosha."

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