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 and light aircraft. You will be led throughout by highly skilled and qualified professional guides, some who 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 with 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 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
The Desert Dune safari runs between May and mid-November.
Giving a unique insight into the desert areas of Namibia.
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 that overlook a waterhole. Driving distance: 340 kilometers Duration: 5 hours
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 09h00 the 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 four adventure is perfectly rounded off with a private seafood lunch before heading back to Walvis Bay by around 16h30. Swakopmund has a number of excellent restaurants including the Hansa for dinner.
A road trip up the legendary Skeleton Coast beckons. 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: 380 kilometers Duration: 5 hours (not including stops)
The safari continues through the Skeleton Coast Nationa Park 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 endlessly 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: 140 kilometers Duration: 5 hours.
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.
Your Desert Dune adventure is drawing to a close with one final road transfer and flight to Windhoek via the Doro Nawas Airstrip
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