Desert Dune Safari
Includes: Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Etosha, Skeleton Coast
The Desert Dune Safari is a 10 day exploration of some of Namibia's finest and more remote destinations. Explore in depth the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, take in breathtaking coastal and inland vistas and marvel at desert-adapted flora and fauna including rhino and elephant. Throughout your safari you will be transported on your adventure by a combination of 4x4 safari vehicles or light aircraft. You will be led throughout by highly skilled and qualified professional guides, some are also skilled photographers.
Your journey begins with a trip to the enormous dunes of Sossusvlei, continues on to marine life at Swakopmund before the drama unfolds to reveal the sheer untouched beauty and exposure of the Skeleton Coast. The sightings of shipwrecks and oceanic life contrast to Palmwag and its protected black rhino.
The range of activities by both day and night, sea to land-based is as equally impressive as the destinations themselves. As most of your journey is by gravel road (at times a bit on the long and bumpy side) there are a number of per-arranged stops to view local points and features and take in appropriate refreshment. Highlights include:
- Walking in the Namib Desert's highest red sea sand dunes.
- The bird`s-eye view of shipwrecks, sand dunes and the remnants of the bygone mining days.
- A dolphin cruise with private beach lunch.
- 4x4 trip to Sandwich Harbour.
- Rhino tracking in a private concession.
- DAYS 1 & 2: Windhoek International Airport / Accommodation - Kulala Wilderness Reserve
- You will be met by your guide at Windhoek International Airport or picked up at your accommodation in Windhoek.
The journey begins with a drive through the Khomas Hochland Mountains towards the iconic Sossusvlei region with a scheduled lunch stop en-route. Explore the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei and the wonders of a private reserve. Enjoy game viewing from the comfort of the lounge and dining area which overlook a waterhole.
Driving distance: 340kms. Duration: 5hrs.
Accommodation: Kulala Desert Lodge
- Days 3 & 4: Kulala Reserve - Swakopmund
Transfer to the coast by light aircraft which doubles as a spectacular scenic flight (weather
permitting). Observe a well-preserved shipwreck, endless dune fields and an old diamond mining settlement of yesteryear. After checking in to your hotel the delights of this historic building and the intriguing seaside resort of Swakopmund can be explored including the museum, lighthouse and Kristall Galerie.
Depart after breakfast around 09h00the next day and head out to sea on a morning boat cruise. Transfer to 4x4 vehicle to visit the fascinating bird and marine life that inhabits Sandwich Harbour. Your day 4 adventure is perfectly rounded off with a private seafood lunch before heading back to Walvis Bay for around 16h30. Swakopmund has a number of excellent restaurants including the Hansa for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and 1 dinner. (excludes dinner on day 4).
Accommodation: Hansa Hotel
- Day 5: Swakopmund - Skeleton Coast
A road trip beckons up the legendary Skeleton Coast. On the way you will visit the lichen plains at Wlotskasbaken, the remains of a couple of shipwrecks including the Zelia off Henties Bay and The Seal near Ugabmund which sank in 1976. Another reminder of mining operations of the past can be see in 'the ghostly remains' near Toscanini. Optional activities include hiking, bird watching, game viewing and a dune visit.
Driving distance: 380kms. Duration: 5hrs (not including stops)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Terrace Bay Lodge
- Days 6 & 7: Skeleton Coast
The safari continues through the Skeleton Coast NP to the Möwe Bay Museum. The perils of the coastline can be remembered by the remains of the Suiderkus shipwreck. Other attractions include the Klein Oase and Auses Springs, a 'roaring' dune and the endless spectacular desert scenery and its associated wildlife. Much of your journey is over sandy roads through rugged and pristine scenery including mountains, plains, dunes and ephemeral riverbeds, all home to an incredible array of desert-adapted flora and fauna. Optional activities here include game drives and nature walks with possible sightings of desert-adapted elephant. Sleep in stylish, well-insulated en-suite tents with shaded outdoor lounges.
Driving distance: 140kms. Duration: 5hrs.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
- Day 8 & 9: Skeleton Coast - palmwag
Another road trip to your overnight accommodation again through the rugged and mountainous terrain of the Palmwag Concession. Wildlife and photographic opportunities abound and sightings of desert-adapted elephant, cheetah, oryx, springbok, zebra, gemsbok, kudu and giraffe are possible. But the real treat is the rare black rhino. These magnificent creatures are monitored and protected by the Save The Rhino Trust.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Desert Rhino Camp
- Day 10: Windhoek
- Your Desert Dune adventure is drawing to a a close with one final road transfer and flight to Windhoek via the Doro Nawas Airstrip.
Accommodation and meals as listed on the itinerary
Park entrance fees
Passenger liability insurance
Items of a personal nature
- Route & Accommodation
- The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it there may be circumstances when it may change - for example weather and/or road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may be altered from those indicated.
- IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL SAFARI NOTES
- Private safari options:
- Tailored Explorations are available on flexible dates, accommodation and itineraries, for groups of up to eight guests. These are also ideal for families or for small groups from four guests.
- International air connection onto the safari:
- If arrival is planned for the day of the safari departure, please ensure that this is with the earliest possible international flight arrival, before 10h00. Arrival on a later flight may necessitate additional road or air transfers (as the main group’s departure for the first camp/lodge will already have taken place), subject to extra cost. Please note that if overnighting in Windhoek on the night before the safari, you will be met by the guide at the hotel. If arriving by flight on the day the safari commences, you will be met at the airport.
- International air connections leaving the safari:
- Please ensure that your departure flight is booked for after 16h00 from Windhoek. For earlier international departure flights, there is a scheduled light aircraft transfer arriving Windhoek at approximately 12h20 and can be arranged at no extra cost subject to availability, please advise your consultant at the time of booking on which is preferred.
- To maximize travel time, a variety of travel modes that bring out the best of each area is used. Flying in light aircraft charters and overland transfers provide both a bird’s-eye view and an in-depth experience of the contrasting landscapes of Namibia.
- Flashlights/ torches:
- Please ensure that a compact LED flashlight is brought on safari, with spare batteries. Head lamps are also useful.
- Camera battery charging facilities:
- Please note that a 12V cigarette lighter adapter will be required (that is compatible with camera make) on this safari for charging batteries while on game drive or transfer drives. 110/220V outlets are available at the permanent camps.