Desert Dune Safari
Namibia is a land of stunning landscapes, endless skies, barren deserts, rugged mountains and spectacular wildlife. This safari explores some of the most remote desert areas of this fascinating land; areas which have been rarely explored by others. This journey takes in the red dunes of Sossusvlei, the amazing marine life just off Swakopmund, the secluded and dramatic coastline of the Skeleton Coast, littered with historic remnants of shipwrecks, and the rugged and rocky landscape of Palmwag where the last free roaming black rhino rove. The activities provide a wide range of differing impressions, from a dolphin cruise with private beach lunch, to tracking rhino and walking in the Namib's great dunes, all the while meeting the fascinating people who call the desert their home.
Day 1 & 2: Kulala Wilderness Reserve You will be met by your Explorations guide and begin your journey by driving through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the dune-filled Sossusvlei region, a driving time of approximately five to six hours (330 kilometres). Enjoy lunch en route to the lodge.
As the perfect gateway to the impressive sights of Sossusvlei, Kulala Desert Lodge is a favourite among many of our travellers. Magnificent views of dunes, mountains and vast open plains will be the setting of your stay. The camp comprises 23 en-suite thatched and canvas 'kulalas' each with a veranda for you to enjoy the outstanding scenery. On balmy nights, sleep under the clear night skies on your rooftop and awaken to the rising sun. By day, explore the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei and the 37 000-hectare private reserve. Enjoy activities or spot desert-adapted wildlife from the lounge and dining area overlooking a waterhole. To escape the midday heat a cooling plunge pool provides the ideal sanctuary.
Day 3: Swakopmund A light aircraft transfer to Swakopmund Airport is in fact a spectacular scenic flight (weather permitting) that flies over the only well-preserved shipwreck in Namibia, endless dune fields and even an old diamond mining settlement. Discover the town of Swakopmund and bed down in the historic Hansa Hotel that forms part of city's architectural culture.
Day 4: Walvis Bay & Sandwich Harbour Explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast on a boat cruise (weather permitting), visiting Walvis Bay Harbour and old boat wrecks. Relish the chance of spotting wildlife such as pelicans, dolphins and seals, and even whales and turtles in season. You will then be taken on a 4x4 excursion to see the Kuiseb River Delta, the saltpans and the wetlands just north of the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon with the possibility of seeing their famed flamingos in one of southern Africa's richest and unique wetlands. En route, a light meal with snacks and salads, as well as oysters - some of the best in the world - and sparkling wine, will be served. On the return drive, more giant dunes are crossed, including the big roaring dunes. The adventure is rounded off with a private seafood lunch before driving back to Walvis Bay.
Day 5: Skeleton Coast National Park Continue your journey by road for approximately 280 kilometres 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.
Day 6 & 7: Palmwag Concession, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp Drive through Skeleton Coast National Park to the Mowe Bay Museum and stop to 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 desert-adapted wildlife. A 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.
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 breathtaking 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.
Day 8 & 9: Palmwag Concession, Desert Rhino Camp Another exciting day on the road to Desert Rhino Camp through the rugged, rocky and mountainous Palmwag Concession brings with it the opportunity of seeing giraffe, oryx and springbok. The speciality of the area is its stable population of the endangered desert-adapted black rhino (the largest concentration in the world outside a national park), which are monitored and protected by the Save the Rhino Trust.
At Desert Rhino Camp, you can take part in a thrilling and exclusive conservation success story. Tracking Africa's unique and endangered desert-adapted black rhino is an unforgettable experience. To set the scene, you will be shown into one of the eight en-suite Meru-style tents elevated off the ground. You can absorb the panoramic views over the rolling, rocky hills beyond from the privacy of your veranda. Full-day excursions are on offer; otherwise, between activities, relax in our tented living area. Evening meals are taken around the fire pit. As a wonderland of unusual plant life, fascinating wildlife and sparse wilderness, Desert Rhino Camp is begging to be explored.
Day 10: Windhoek Bid farewell to your adventure as you transfer to the Doro Nawas Airstrip to return to Windhoek.
• Locally escorted small group tour • 9 nights' accommodation • 9 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 8 Dinners • Local beverages and house wines • Transfers by air-conditioned vehicles • Air transportation Windhoek > Swakopmund & Doro Nawas > Windhoek • Scheduled excursions and safari activities • Laundry at Kulala Desert Lodge, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp and Desert Rhino Camp
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions The tour operates with a minimum of 2 passengers travelling. At an extra cost, continue onwards to Serra Cafema, a luxury desert retreat on the Kunene River, or to Ongava Game Reserve and explore Etosha National Park. Please call World Journeys for details.
The tour operates with a minimum of 2 passengers travelling.
At an extra cost, continue onwards to Serra Cafema, a luxury desert retreat on the Kunene River, or to Ongava Game Reserve and explore Etosha National Park. Please call World Journeys for details.