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Namibia Desert & Dune

Itinerary
Overview
Countries Visited:
Namibia
Length of Trip:
10 days

itinerary
highlights

  • 10 Day Self Drive Adventure
  • Climbing Some of the World's Tallest Sand Dunes
  • Tracking Rare desert-adapted Black Rhino
  • Motorboat Lagoon Trip at Walvis Bay
  • Scenic Views of the Dramatic Skeleton Coast

Safari Itinerary Summary

Days 1 & 2

This is a 10 Day Self Drive Journey
Depart Windhoek to Sossusvlei travelling south on a four hour self-drive that will reveal the transition from Kalahari thornveld to the true desert of the Namib. En route, if time is available, you will go via the beautiful Spreetshoogte Pass where the view from the top of the escarpment is stunning.
You will spend two nights at Kulala Desert Lodge in a thatched and canvas "kulala" on a dinner, b&b basis.

The activities will impress you with the overwhelming magnitude, solitude and tranquility of the desert. Enjoy nature drives into the desert, walking trails including the Tsauchab River Trail, guided visits to Sossusvlei and Sesriem (through the lodge’s private entrance) and the scenic sundowner excursion is one of the best scenic safaris in the Namib. Other optional activities offered include balloon safaris (seasonal), horse riding safaris and quad biking.

Days 3 & 4

A five hour drive takes you north to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia.
You will spend the next 2 nights at Villa Marguerita on a b&b basis. Visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon where thousands of flamingos and pelicans feed - Other organised activities include a scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast, a boat cruise of Walvis Bay to see dolphins and sea lions, quad biking over the sand dunes and sea kayaking. There is also a superb half day tour into the Namib to discover the smaller creatures of the desert such as chameleons and sidewinders - so do ask us to include that in your trip!
Not least Swakopmund has some great fish restaurants overlooking the Atlantic Ocean where you can while away the evenings to your hearts contents with a bottle of South African wine.

Days 5 & 6

After breakfast, depart for the amazing drive to Damaraland where you will stay for 2 nights in Mowani Mountain Camp.
Head north along the Skeleton Coast, via Henties Bay to visit the Cape Cross seal colony, along the way stop at the Lichen Fields as well as the ship wreck between the colourful small town of Vlotskasbaken and Henties Bay.
Back track to Henties Bay and head inland through wide open plains to Uis, then north to the Twyfelfontein area.

You will also have the opportunity to arrange a guided game drive to the Huab River to look for the desert adapted elephants as well as other game such as oryx, springbok and ostrich.

Day 7

Depart Mowani for Namibia's flagship Etosha National Park. First head east towards Khorixas stopping at the Petrified Forest along the way.
Spend one night at Ongava Lodge in Ongava Private Game Reserve on a dinner b&b basis. The lodge is situated at the southern entrance to Etosha where you will be able to enter the park for a game drive. Guided game drives and nature walks can be arranged separately with the lodge.

Days 8 & 9

Today will be a full day game drive as you drive slowly east through the Etosha Park stopping at numerous waterholes along the way. You will spend two nights at Mushara Outpost on a dinner, b&b basis. The lodge’s main house is styled like an old farm house with high walls, corrugated iron roof and a large wrap-around veranda facing northeast to take advantage of shade. The ambiance is similar to that of a well lived-in house: friendly and extremely comfortable with a light feel to it.
The 9th day continue your self-drive or arrange at the lodge to go into Etosha with their open safari vehicle and guide.

Day 10

Depart Etosha on a 4 hour drive through the Waterberg to Windhoek. If you want to buy a few souvenirs then it is well worth stopping at Namibia's largest wood carvers' market in Okahandja.

This itinerary includes the following Camps:

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge in Sossusvlei and Swakopmund

Set in a vast open plain, a private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest location to Sossusvlei, ...Read More

Set in a vast open plain, a private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest location to Sossusvlei, while magnificent views of its famous red dunes, ever changing colours and mountainous scenery, makes it the most spectacular.

There are 23 thatched and canvas “Kulalas”. Each Kulala is specially adapted to the unique desert conditions, built on a platform to ensure maximum airflow with an extended thatch roof providing cool respite from the sun. All have en-suite bathrooms with a shower, flush WC and basin, ceiling fans (no air-conditioning), a veranda with views of the dunes and a private rooftop deck that gives guests the opportunity of spending the night under the magnificent African sky (bedrolls provided). The main area, with northern African-inspired décor, has a lounge, bar, dining area, swimming pool and wrap around veranda overlooking a waterhole.

Villa Margherita

Villa Margherita in Sossusvlei and Swakopmund

Villa Margherita is located in the heart of beautiful historic Swakopmund, just close to shops, restaurants, museums and art ...Read More

Villa Margherita is located in the heart of beautiful historic Swakopmund, just close to shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries and a wonderful beach promenade.

It is a luxury boutique hotel with stylish buildings and wonderful atmosphere offering unique and exquisite accommodation for connoisseurs looking for a truly remarkable retreat in the centre of Swakopmund.  It is a fusion of contemporary charm and a historic colonial building. With its few double rooms, most of them having a private lounge area, Villa Margherita offers seclusion and personalized service.

With only 9 rooms and 15 angels to fulfill almost every wish, the staff at Villa Margherita ensure you are feeling utterly pampered and special.

An organic bistro is open throughout the day with a fully licensed liquor bar.

Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain Camp in Damaraland and Skeleton Coast

Mowani Mountain Camp is a beautifully designed lodge located in the Twyfelfontein area of western Namibia in the heart of ...Read More

Mowani Mountain Camp is a beautifully designed lodge located in the Twyfelfontein area of western Namibia in the heart of southern Damaraland between the Ugab and the Huab rivers. 

Set in an amazing boulder strewn valley quite close to the main rock art sites, the way the dome thatch roofs blend in with the landscape is really quite extraordinary.  The Camp commands a stunning location − perched high on a rocky outcrop, nestled amongst large granite boulders and overlooking gravel plains to the mountains beyond.

Mowani Mountain Camp has 15 rooms all with en-suite facilities and decorated in African style. Winner of an architectural eco-design award in Germany, the organic nature of the design is felt through the camp.  Colours, textures and comforts envelope you, while the vaulted cathedral like thatched ceilings are Africa’s way of paying homage to nature.

Lounging by the pool tucked in amongst the rocks or relaxing on your private deck is also a wonderful way to enjoy the spectacular surroundings.

Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge in Etosha National Park

Ongava Lodge is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park and within the privately owned 30,000 hectare Ongava ...Read More

Ongava Lodge is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park and within the privately owned 30,000 hectare Ongava Game Reserve.  

This well established Lodge lies close to the top of a hill in the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana Mountain Range, a beautiful vantage point that overlooks a well-frequented waterhole and the plains beyond.

Luxury accommodation is offered in 14 large thatched rock chalets that includes a family unit. All chalets are en-suite with a separate WC, double basin and indoor and outdoor showers; include air-conditioning, ceiling fan, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities and private wooden viewing decks with impressive views over the reserve. Paved walkways link the chalets to the split-level thatched main area. Here the lounge, dining room and bar boast stunning views over plains and the waterhole; there is a swimming pool, library corner, computer station, WiFi access and curio shop.

 

Mushara Outpost

Mushara Outpost in Etosha National Park

Mushara Outpost accommodates 16 guests in eight luxury custom-made tent-like wood and canvas structures which are nestled on the ...Read More

Mushara Outpost accommodates 16 guests in eight luxury custom-made tent-like wood and canvas structures which are nestled on the banks of an ancient dry riverbed, known as ”omuramba” in the Herero language.  

Mushara Outpost is all about old-fashioned hospitality with warm, friendly and personalized service on the doorstep to the wonders of Etosha National Park. The lodge’s main house is styled like an old farm house with high walls, corrugated iron roof and a large wrap-around veranda facing northeast to take advantage of shade. The ambiance is similar to that of a well lived-in house: friendly and extremely comfortable with a light feel to it.

Each tent is mounted on a wooden deck, 1.5 m above the ground, providing a different perspective of the bush. A large glass sliding door leads into the tent, all windows and doors are covered with fly-screens.

Large glass windows from floor to ceiling allow for plenty of air circulation during the night. Air conditioning adds an extra level of comfort on very warm afternoons. The open plan bathroom sports a ceiling, two large windows and a separate, enclosed toilet. The shower cubicle is glass from top to bottom. Unzip the external canvas cover as far as you are comfortable with and your time in the shower takes on a new dimension.

The furnishing of the tent is minimal, comfortable and has a light feel to it. A mini-bar, coffee station, safe deposit box, telephone, mosquito net, sockets for charging storage batteries, hair drier and air conditioning are standard.

Whether you enjoy the privacy of your veranda or the comfort of your tent, the tranquility of the bush is guaranteed.

This premier itinerary includes the following Camps:

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge in Sossusvlei and Swakopmund

Set in a vast open plain, a private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest location to Sossusvlei, ...Read More

Desert Rhino Camp

Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland and Skeleton Coast

An original and exclusive wilderness experience, Desert Rhino Camp lies within the 450,000 hectare private Palmwag Concession in ...Read More

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