This is a Set Departure Journey combining travel by road and air lead by an expert Wilderness Safaris guide. The trip runs between May and mid November.
This journey includes a diverse variety of activities, including day and night nature drives, sea and land-based wildlife viewing, flying, driving and boating. Along the way there are numerous stops at local highlights which provide opportunities to interact with some of the people who call the desert home.
In Windhoek you will be met by your Explorations guide and begin your journey by driving through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the iconic Sossusvlei region, a driving time of approximately five to six hours (330 kilometres / 205 miles). Breaking the journey for lunch en route your day ends at Kulala Desert Lodge in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve.
Spend 2 nights in a thatched and canvas "Kulala".
Explore the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei and the 37,000-hectare private reserve where you will discover life in one of the world’s oldest and most arid deserts. A highlight is Dead Vlei, a clay pan characterized by dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. This area is a paradise for photographers.
The 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.
Spend two nights at the colonial Hansa Hotel in Swakopmund.
Discover the town of Swakopmund and bed down in the historic Hansa Hotel that forms part of the city’s architectural culture.
We explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast on a boat cruise (weather permitting) as well as the imposing Sandwich Harbour dune fields by 4x4 vehicle. The adventure is rounded off with a private seafood lunch before driving back to Walvis Bay.
The journey continues by road for approximately 380 kilometres / 236 miles up the legendary Skeleton Coast (named for the numerous shipwrecks 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 at Terrace Bay Lodge in Skeleton Coast National Park.
Today continue through the Skeleton Coast National Park to the Möwe Bay Museum and then stop and admire the remains of the Suiderkus shipwreck. Other attractions will be the Klein Oase and Auses Springs in the dunes, an intriguing “roaring” dune and spectacular desert scenery combined with whatever wildlife presents itself. The distance to camp is only 140 kilometres / 86 miles, however given the “sand” roads the driving time is approximately 5 hours.
A land of rugged scenery, this remote part of Namibia is inhabited by incredible desert-adapted plant and animal life in the surrounding mountains, vast plains, dunes and dry riverbeds.
Spend two nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in a remote area of the Kaokoveld, in a land of bare mountains, gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife.
Another exciting day is spent on the road to Desert Rhino Camp. The rugged, rocky and mountainous Palmwag Concession brings with it the opportunity of seeing giraffe, gemsbok (oryx) and springbok.
We bed down at Desert Rhino Camp and spend two days tracking the rare desert-adapted black rhino which are monitored and protected by the Save the Rhino Trust.
Depart Desert Rhino Camp by road and air to Doro Nawas airstrip and from there take a light aircraft transfer to Windhoek for your onward international flight.
Should you wish to extend your stay with a safari in Botswana or a stay at Victoria Falls or Cape Town, we will be pleased to make all arrangements.
This itinerary includes the following Camps:
Set in a vast open plain, a private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest location to Sossusvlei, ...Read More
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.
Hansa Hotel is Namibia's oldest hotel and has retained its 100 year old charm while providing present day service and comfort. ...Read More
The hotel boasts 48 Twin/Double rooms, 6 Family units, 4 Luxury Suites, each with an en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower. The air conditioned rooms are spacious and tastefully appointed with a blend of modern luxury and antique decor. Interesting photographs from the past adorn the walls along the carpeted corridors.
Other facilities include 15 satellite television/radio channels, direct dialling telephones, hairdryer, safes, coffee/tea facilities and en-suite bath/showers.
Breakfast and an a la carte dinner are served in the dining room, as well as lunch al fresco on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the inner garden.
In a remote area of the Kaokoveld, in a land of bare mountains, gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating ...Read More
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld.
The camp consists of seven large tents and one family unit, each comprising stylish en-suite bedrooms with shaded outdoor decks. Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay.
Hoanib Camp is known for its association with the Desert Lion Project, as well as studies on brown hyaena. Less well known, but as important, are our elephant researchers who monitor the desert-adapted population in an effort to promote long-term conservation.
An original and exclusive wilderness experience, Desert Rhino Camp lies within the 450,000 hectare private Palmwag Concession in ...Read More
This region is remarkable for its tranquil, minimalist beauty with the Camp set amongst rolling, rocky hills boasting views across a sweeping valley dotted with euphorbia and ancient welwitschia plants and the Etendeka Mountains.
It comprises of eight large Meru-style tents with en-suite bathrooms. The canvas tented rooms on raised decks are all generously spaced through the camp. Each tent has en-suite facilities with a separate WC and indoor shower; mosquito net, pedestal fan and tea and coffee facilities. Gravel ground walkways link the tents to the main area, a classic-style canvas, shaded open-sided lounge and dining area that extends onto the magnificent landscape providing uninterrupted desert and mountain views. There is a library and curio corner, as well as small swimming pool with sun loungers.
This premier itinerary includes the following Camps:
The Big 5 Safari company is a supporter of the The Zambezi Society and support its vital conservation work and anti-poaching patrols.Discover