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The red dunes of the Namib Desert, vast Damaraland and wildlife of Etosha

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  • Private tours in the in the Namib Desert and Swakopmund
  • Private tour options in Damaraland and Etosha National Park
  • Walvis Bay Sea and Dolphin cruise
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

A truly remarkable trip that takes you to Namibia‘s surreal desert landscapes, finest wildlife experiences and quirky towns.

From its tiny but charming capital, Windhoek, head west to the endless dunes of the 80 million year old Namib Desert where you’ll get to explore the iconic Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.

Then follow the coast north to Swakopmund, a curiously German town squeezed between the Atlantic and endless sands, and on to the rugged mountains and plains of Damaraland. Depending on where you stay here – pick from our selection of remote luxury lodges – you may get to see ancient rock art, track black rhinos or seek out herds of long-legged desert elephants on their march between waterholes.

End by the lunar salt pans of Etosha whose waters draw a wonderful array of wildlife from far and wide. Based in one of the private reserves on its borders, you’ll get a perfect mix of traditional safari and big cat sightings along with the national park itself.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-2

Windhoek

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Windhoek airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Windhoek

Accommodation in Windhoek

Overnight in Windhoek Overnight in Windhoek

Windhoek is one of the smallest capital cities in the world with a population of just 234,000, but it is home to some fascinating buildings with typical German architecture. You could also visit the National Botanical Gardens which has the densest stand of mountain aloes in Namibia. The restaurants in town are good with delicious game meat on offer to those who fancy trying it.

Days 2-4

Namib Desert

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your lodge in the Namib Desert

Camp in the Namib Desert

Two nights exploring the Namib Desert Two nights exploring the Namib Desert

The towering terracotta sand dunes and clay pans that belong to the Sossusvlei form the signature landscape of Namibia. Located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park in the southern Namib Desert, this rippling sand sea of huge dunes has been shaped by the winds and the underground Tsauchab River.

Enjoy your time in the world’s oldest desert with your guides here taking you on walking safaris, scenic drives and perhaps a photography lesson or two. Your travel designer will be able to talk you through the various activities available depending on which accommodation you choose to stay at.

Excursion to the Sossusvlei dunes Excursion to the Sossusvlei dunes

Embark on an excursion of the incredible Sossusvlei dunes, to admire the incredible views and experience the magical silence of the desert.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

Days 4-6

Swakopmund

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Swakopmund

Accommodation in Swakopmund

Two nights in Swakopmund Two nights in Swakopmund

Enjoy time exploring Swakopmund, a small German coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea. This charming town boasts a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with good hotels, shops, restaurants,museums, craft centres, galleries and cafés for you to enjoy. Alternatively you may like to partake in any of the adventure activities on offer including quad-biking in the dunes, sky diving and scenic flights, which your travel designer will be able to advise you about.

sea seals in namibia
Walvis Bay sea and dolphin cruise Walvis Bay sea and dolphin cruise

Your guide will transfer you to Walvis Bay to embark on a sea and dolphin cruise, where you will have a chance to see some Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottle nose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you have a lucky day you may even get to see whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish.

After lunch you will explore Walvis Bay lagoon and the salt pans. Walvis Bay lagoon and surrounding wetlands area became a RAMSAR wetland site of international importance in 1995. This is the most important feeding area on the west coast of Southern Africa for many migratory birds, making it a prime location to spot some more coastal bird species.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Damaraland

Days 6-8

Damaraland

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your lodge or camp in Damaraland

Lodges and Camps in Damaraland

Desert elephants in an African safari landscape
Two nights exploring Damaraland Two nights exploring Damaraland

One of the most scenic parts of Namibia, with plenty of scope for adventure.

Damaraland encompasses the expanses of rugged wilderness in Namibia’s northwest between the Skeleton Coast, Kaokoland and Etosha. It is home to just a handful of people, wandering herds of desert-adapted elephants and black rhino, plains dotted with surreal rock formation decorated with ancient bushman rock art, petrified forests, the imposing Spitzkoppe mountain, and the Brandberg Massif (Namibia’s highest mountain).

Though there are no national parks here, there are a collection of game reserves and concessions here with remote safari lodges where wildlife including lion, cheetah, giraffe and more can be spotted in captivating surrounds.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Damaraland to Etosha National Park

Days 8-10

Etosha National Park

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your lodge or camp in Etosha National Park

Lodges and camps in Etosha National Park

Two nights by Etosha National Park Two nights by Etosha National Park

Etosha’s most distinguishing feature is its horizon-less silvery salt pan that covers 6,133 kmsq, as well as the variety and concentration of game that crowd its surrounding spring-fed waterholes.

Nicknamed the “Place of Mirages”, the terrain is certainly extraordinary and very photographable, especially when a pride of lions, herds of blue wildebeest or desert elephant appear to stand against this stark backdrop.

The remains of an ancient inland lake, the Etosha Pan takes up about a quarter of the park’s land and there is a variety of habitats within the park’s borders from mopane woodland to treeless plains, open savannah, becoming more hilly the further west you go.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Windhoek

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