• Namib Desert • some of the world's biggest free-standing sand dunes • under-canvas 'glamping' • star gazing • desert adapted wildlife species
This brief private safari will give you the opportunity to experience this magnificent region in a very personal way. You will have your own naturalist safari guide on a journey of discovery amidst the dramatic scenery. Enjoy the painted picture beauty of the Namib Desert, and stay in the private Neuhof Nature reserve which is just a 30 minute drive from the Sossusvlei Heritage Site. Then travel up the Atlantic coast to the town of Swakopmund with its excellent location from which to explore further options.
Day 1: Windhoek On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Windhoek. In the evening your guide will meet up with you for a briefing and dinner at one of the popular restaurants in town. Namibia's capital is a meeting place between Africa and Europe, the modern and the old. In the capital's main street, well-preserved German colonial buildings are in sharp contrast with modern architectural styles, while Herero women in their traditional Victorian dresses mingle with executives dressed in the latest fashions.
Day 2: Windhoek > Sossusvlei area This morning depart Windhoek with your guide and private safari vehicle and drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before you head down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location en route. You arrive at the Sossus Under Canvas Camp in the mid-afternoon for the next two nights. This afternoon you have the option to explore the surrounding area with your guides, perhaps by foot, ending with sundowners overlooking the vat desert plains.
Sossus Under Canvas Camp is located on the private 24,000ha Neuhof Nature Reserve and nestled between the Nubib and Zaris Mountains, thirty minutes' drive from the Sossusvlei gate, the gateway to the Great Namib Sand Sea which has recently been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The camp offers eight tents, two of which are family units, and is open seasonally between April and November, offering an exclusivity which is highly valued.
Day 3: Sossusvlei area Activities include visits to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, exploration of the Neuhof Nature Reserve, star gazing, as well as a Trails Camp offering a multi-day walking safari. In addition, optional balloon flights or scenic helicopter and fixed wing flights over the area are possible. This region is ideal for photographers, offering fantastic landscapes, iconic quiver trees, and the opportunity for Astro and night-time photography.
The Neuhof Nature Reserve was founded by Landscape Conservationist and Philanthropist Swen Bachran in 2010, and it serves as a natural buffer from the harshest desert conditions and a refuge that is vital to wildlife through the dry season. Eight years of intensive work to reverse sixty years of inappropriate farming practices, including the removal of 89km of internal fencing, the installation of wildlife watering points, the improvement of road networks, the rehabilitation of land and the reintroduction of wildlife that historically occurred here, has resulted in one of the most picturesque and ecologically sound tracts of land in the area. Neuhof has gravel plains, mountainous areas with dry river valleys as well as a large raised plateau which towers above the desert below, and it is now home to some of largest concentrations of wildlife in the area, including Oryx, Springbok, Hartmann's Mountain Zebra, Burchell's Zebra, Kudu, Hartebeest, Giraffe, Steenbok, Klipspringer, Bat-eared Fox, and Aardwolf, as well as predators such as Leopard, Cheetah and Spotted Hyena. Plans for the future which include the reintroduction of critically endangered black rhino and the acquisition of adjoining land are already well underway!
Day 4: Sossusvlei area > Swakopmund The fascinating drive today is northwest through the ever-changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park to meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay and then continue north to Swakopmund where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for your next night. There will be time this afternoon to explore the town on foot, before heading off for dinner at one of the popular restaurants which specialize in fresh seafood.
Swakopmund resembles a small, German coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea boasting a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with hotels, shops, restaurants, museums, craft centers, galleries and cafés.
Day 5: Swakopmund After breakfast, your guide will wish you farewell and you will be collected and transferred to Walvis Bay Airport in time for the check-in of your onward flight.
• Private departure with expert guide • 4 nights' accommodation • Transport in luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners • Mineral water in vehicles • All entrance fees and National Park fees to included sightseeing • Selected beverages at Sossus Under Canvas
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions Sossus Under Canvas is an exclusive-use camp accommodating private groups of 4 - 12 people. Ask us for a quote based on your group numbers.
Sossus Under Canvas is an exclusive-use camp accommodating private groups of 4 - 12 people. Ask us for a quote based on your group numbers.