NAMIBIA DESERT DUNE SAFARI
10-Day Group Safari to Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast, and Damaraland
On this exciting group safari, you’ll see some of the best spots in central Namibia – a land of stunning landscapes, endless skies, barren deserts, rugged mountains and spectacular wildlife. Explore the dunes of Sossusvlei and the Namib, view the amazing marine wildlife just outside of Swakopmund, explore the rugged scenery of the Skeleton Coast, and marvel at the rock-strewn landscape in Damaraland. Plus, enjoy a dolphin cruise with private beach lunch and hiking Namib’s inspiring red dunes. Accommodations are in 4-star classic tented camps and lodges.
Kulala Desert Lodge is situated within the arid Namib Desert on the private Wilderness Reserve, and is closest to the iconic red dunes of the Sossusvlei. The lodge comprises 19 thatched and canvas “kulalas” with en-suite bathrooms and verandas. Each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop where bedrolls are placed for guests to sleep under the myriad stars that Namibia’s clear skies portray.
DAY 2 – SOSSUSVLEI: Wake up early to enjoy the early morning light on the sea of vivid orange dunes of Sossusvlei. After breakfast, you are free to enjoy the activities offered at the camp, such as nature walks, drives to scenic viewpoints, and marvelling at the unique Namib fauna and flora in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Overnight Kulala Desert Lodge. (B, L, D, Dr)
DAY 3 – SWAKOPMUND: After breakfast, fly by light aircraft to Swakopmund Airport; this will be a scenic flight (weather permitting). Discover the town of Swakopmund, with its quaint mix of European and African culture and vibrant markets. Stay in an iconic hotel that forms part of the city’s architectural culture. Overnight Hansa Hotel. (B, L, D)
The grand three-star Hansa Hotel forms part of Swakopmund’s architectural culture and dates back to 1905; it is said to be one of the oldest buildings in the town. It is ideally situated in the center of Swakopmund within easy walking distance of town and the beach.
DAY 4 – SWAKOPMUND: Today, you will explore the ice-blue waters of the Atlantic coast by boat and the surrounding dune fields by 4×4. From Walvis Bay, you will take a cruise down the coast to Sandwich Harbour (weather permitting) providing a unique chance to see the diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife, Cape fur seals, and rare Heaviside’s dolphins up close. This activity is rounded off with a private seafood lunch before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Dinner on your own account. Overnight Hansa Hotel. (B, L)
DAYS 5 – SKELETON COAST NATIONAL PARK: Today, continue your journey by road for approximately 380 kilometres / 236 miles up the legendary Skeleton Coast (named for the numerous ships the treacherous shores have claimed over the years). You can expect to see the fascinating lichen plains at Wlotskasbaken, remains of the Zelia shipwreck near Henties Bay and the SW Seal shipwreck near Ugabmund. We also take in the ghostly remains of mining operations near Toscanini. Driving time is about five hours, excluding any stops. Overnight Terrace Bay Lodge (B, L, D)
Terrace Bay Lodge is situated in the Skeleton Coast National Park in north-west Namibia. As the only accommodation in the Park itself, Terrace Bay is a popular destination in a remote location. This rustic rest camp has 20 comfortable en-suite rooms and a family chalet, while the bar and restaurant are convivial areas in which to meet fellow guests and discuss the exciting day’s happenings. This is also a destination for the angling crowd as the chances of catching a variety of fish here are amongst the best on Namibia’s coastline. Please note that whilst accommodation is clean, functional and comfortable, it is not a luxury lodge comparable to Wilderness Safaris camps.
DAY 6 & 7 – SKELETON COAST: Today, you continue through Skeleton Coast National Park to the Möwe Bay Museum and then stop and admire the remains of the Suiderkus shipwreck. Other attractions are the Klein Oase and Auses Springs hidden in the dunes, an intriguing “roaring” dune and spectacular desert scenery combined with whatever desert-adapted wildlife presents itself. The distance to camp is only 86 miles, however, given the gravel roads the driving time is approximately 5 hours. On day 7, enjoy exploring the land of rugged scenery, this remote part of Namibia is inhabited by plant and animal life that has adapted superbly to the harsh environment of mountains, vast plains, dunes and dry riverbeds. Overnights: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
Set in the starkly beautiful Palmwag Concession on the border of the legendary Skeleton Coast National Park, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp offers a unique experience of one of the most remote places on Earth. Eight stylish, well-insulated en-suite tents with shaded outdoor lounges are laid out against a rugged backdrop of hills and overlook a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries, providing breath-taking vistas over the highly photogenic landscape. A small plunge pool awaits you after summer activities, while a winter lounge provides a cosy respite from the icy Atlantic fog when it settles over the coastal plain.
DAYS 8 & 9 – DAMARALAND: After breakfast, you will drive into the Huab riverbed to search for desert-adapted elephants, then head north to the mountainous and rocky paradise of the massive Palmwag Concession. On the second day, the highlight is rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle; other activities include day and night nature drives. Overnights: Desert Rhino Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
Desert Rhino Camp is situated in the enormous private Palmwag Reserve in north-west Namibia, between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast – few places on the planet can offer this level of privacy and wilderness experience. This reserve has a number of freshwater springs that support healthy populations of animals including desert-adapted black rhino and elephant as well as large populations of the rare Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok and greater kudu. Camp has eight comfortable canvas walled tents slightly elevated on wooden decking, each with an en-suite bathroom comprising dual hand basins, toilet and a spacious walk-in shower. Welwitschia (ancient desert adapted plants) plants dot the plain in front of the camp.
DAY 10 – DAMARALAND/DEPART: After breakfast, transfer to Doro Nawas Airstrip and fly to Windhoek, arriving at approximately 4:00pm. (B)
Photo credit: Kent Redding
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Luxury camps and lodges, Meru-style walk-in tents
Game drives, walks, cultural visits
Value I Deluxe I Luxury
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All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see terms & conditions for details.