Dunes, Desert Elephants and Nomads
From the dunes of Sossusvlei to the Skeleton Coast and utterly remote Serra Cafema
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This is a proper African adventure exploring the most remote and breath-taking landscapes in Namibia while staying at some of its finest luxury camps.
After a night in the modest capital, Windhoek, fly out to the iconic red sands and twisted trees of Sossusvlei where you can climb some of the highest dunes in the world and marvel at the often surrealist vistas.
Next head to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, an oasis of comfort in the middle of a vast desert. Head on out game drives in search of desert elephant, lion, giraffe and oryx, or head to the rocky shoreline to get an earful of the noisy Cape fur seal colony among the bones of whales and shipwrecks which gave this region its name.
Heading further north still to the somehow even more isolated Serra Cafema which sits alongside the Kunene River which acts as the border with Angola. A rare source of water, it supports wildlife such as crocodile, zebra and a surprisingly rich array of birdlife, as well as the nomadic Himba people who you’ll get to meet as you become one of the few people to have explored this corner of Africa.
Example Trip Itinerary
After landing at Windhoek’s International Hosea Kutako Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative who will discuss the details of your safari with you. After your briefing, you will be introduced to your pilot before boarding your scheduled light aircraft flight to your camp.
Private transfer from Windhoek airport to Windhoek hotel
Accommodation in Windhoek
- Seven suites
- Bar and lounge
- Swimming pool
Your home before you venture off into the barren and beautiful Namibian Desert, this stylish boutique hotel is hidden away in the Eastern corner of Namibia’s capital and only proclaimed city, Windhoek. The city itself is the seat of the country’s cultural and administrative powers but despite this, it remains one of the smallest capitals in the world with just 250,000 residents. The Olive reflects Windhoek’s small size, providing a cosy but luxurious bolt-hole with great access to the surrounding wilderness. Reminders of the prevalent Namibian culture are spread throughout the hotel as the modern is combined with the traditional. Rough-hewn wooden benches sit on plush carpets around sculpted granite coffee tables, animal-skin rugs lay beneath large beds covered in crisp white cotton and wide glass doors lead out onto your personal terrace for a view across the small city.
- 7 Luxury Rooms
- 1 Luxury Family Unit
- Free WiFi
- Swimming Pool
Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, this small hotel has a relaxed but efficient style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. Impressive wildlife photography adorns the walls whilst the rest of the interior is a combination of modern minimalistic and understated chic. A mere ten minute drive from the centre of town and perched on the edge of Windhoek’s northernmost affluent suburb of Eros, guests staying here will be ensured of peace and tranquillity. There is Wi-Fi throughout the property and the eight guest rooms all have wired internet connectivity and satellite television. The communal areas are really comfy, especially after a long international flight and consist of a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a swimming pool as well as understated garden areas. There is also a delightful ‘al fresco’ dining area by the pool where freshly prepared and very tasty meals can be served (including lunch and dinner). There are also a number of shops, restaurants and supermarkets within easy striking distance – a real gem to have as a base when staying in the capital.
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.
Transfer to Windhoek airport
Light aircraft flight to Sossusvlei
Accommodation in Sossusvlei
- Eleven self-contained villas, each with private pool
- Air conditioning
- Dining area
- Wine cellar
- Craft boutique
Offering more of a ‘boutique’ polish and size set in the 37,000- hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, and a stone’s throw from the Sossusvlei dunes, this beautiful lodge is easily the most luxurious in the area. Little Kulala consists of eleven self-contained ‘kulalas’, sympathetically designed so as to merge deceptively into the desert landscape. Each one is air conditioned with an en suite bathroom, and has its own private outdoor pool and shower. The rooms are huge and with floor to ceiling windows designed to spoil you with the incredible views that flood in. Or take it a step further and sleep under the stars on your own rooftop ‘skybed’. The main lodge is built on three levels and provides an elegant entertainment area, with a spacious lounge, stylish dining area , well-stocked reference library and its own wine cellar to boot.
- 25 en suite kulalas
- Dining room
- Lounge (with computer for internet access)
- Stargazing deck
Located within the 37,000 hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, this lodge enjoys convenient access via a private gate to the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei. Staying here is extremely comfortable, with 25 thatched and canvas “kulalas”, each on a raised platform to catch the cool desert breezes and with private rooftop decks should you want to spend the night under the spectacular star-filled skies. All are en suite, and solar powered heaters provide hot showers. The main lodge is a clay construction with a North African inspired décor, and it’s here you enjoy the simple yet delicious meals in the spacious dining area followed by relaxing in the comfortable lounge. There is also an outdoor plunge pool and stargazing deck from which to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
- 10 desert villas
- Star-viewing skylights
- Swimming pool
- Safari Shop
- Observatory with professional astronomer
Cradled against the ancient mountains, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its desert experience with luxurious accommodation overlooking the stark yet beautiful Namib Desert. Designed to capture the splendour and solitude of the desert, just ten stone and glass desert villas spread out along the curve of the escarpment allowing absolute privacy. Each air-conditioned suite features a private veranda, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, en-suite glass-encased bathroom and outdoor shower. The villas are equipped with a stunning star-viewing skylight, discreet CD system, custom-stocked personal bar and compact spotting scope for magnificent star and game viewing. The guest area, where walls have become windows that fold away completely, boasts unimpeded desert vistas. The split-level Lodge features a fire-lit bar, comfortable sitting room, swimming pool, wraparound verandas and a Safari Shop. A fine selection of wines from an impressive walk-in wine cellar complements delicious Pan African meals. Guests can escape the desert heat with a revitalizing midday dip in the pool fed by water from an underground spring. At sunset, animals are drawn to a nearby waterhole, enhancing desert sundowner drinks.
- 23 Dune Chalets
- Two Honeymoon Chalets
- Swimming pool
- Restaurant and bar
Lying just 4km (2.5 miles) from the Sesriem gate, at the base of a mountain, Sossus Dune Lodge is the first and only lodge inside the century-old Namib Naukluft Park. Linked by a raised wooden walkway to the left and right of the main communal building, 25 wood, canvas and thatch chalets enjoy expansive views over the dunes, mountains and Sesriem Canyon. Being inside the park, guests can be at the great rust-red dunes of Sossussvlei for sunrise and be the first to climb some of its towering neighbours, and stay until after sunset, when the light is most spectacular. There are also nature drives to see the incredible desert adapted wildlife and guided walks.
Populated with some of the world's highest dunes, all set beneath a deep blue sky, no self-respecting Namibian safari would be complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Sossuvlei. Spend your days here exploring the desert sands on foot and by quad bike. When you're back at your accommodation, have some drinks and watch the sun set in one of the world's most striking locations.
Head out to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei together with your guide. Deadvlei is a white clay pan near the salt pan Sossusvlei inside the Namib-Naukluft Park. The area is dotted with dead camel thorn trees which are estimated to be about 900 years old but haven't decomposed due to the dry climate.
Fly north up the coast in a light aircraft accompanied by spectacular views of Damaraland, the desert and sea from the air.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast
Accommodation in Hoanib Skeleton Coast
- Seven twin-bedded suites and one family unit
- Shaded, private outdoor decks
- Laundry services
Placed at the confluence of two tributaries in a broad valley of the Kaokoveld Desert, the camp offers an unforgettable gateway from which to experience both the thrillingly desolate Skeleton Coast and the private Palmwag Concession, alive with desert-adapted wildlife. You’ll get a feel for the exclusivity and wonderful remoteness of your accommodation as you fly in by light aircraft – the only way to access the camp. The imitate, luxury tented camp consists of just seven twin-bedded suites and one family unit, each complete with shaded outdoors decks from which to contemplate the valley’s starkly stunning, moon-like landscape. Scenic flights over desert shores reveal lonely shipwrecks, massive dunefields, floodplains and the Auses Spring. Explore the Hoanib Riverbed for sightings of elephant, lion, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok, shaggy brown hyaena and opportunistic black-backed jackal, or head to the rocky shoreline to get an earful of the noisy Cape fur seal colony. Unravel the mysterious history of the original ancient Strandloper people and the enigmatic stone circles they left behind and encounter the Welwitschia on a nature walk – one of the oldest and strangest plants on the planet.
Placed at the confluence of two tributaries in a broad valley of the Kaokoveld Desert, the camp offers an unforgettable gateway from which to experience both the thrillingly desolate Skeleton Coast and the private Palmwag Concession, alive with desert-adapted wildlife. Explore the Hoanib Riverbed for sightings of elephant, lion, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok, shaggy brown hyaena and opportunistic black-backed jackal, or head to the rocky shoreline to get an earful of the noisy Cape fur seal colony. Unravel the mysterious history of the original ancient Strandloper people and the enigmatic stone circles they left behind and encounter the Welwitschia on a nature walk – one of the oldest and strangest plants on the planet.
This fascinating 4x4 trip to the coast takes you via the wilderness and wildlife of the Hoanib River and floodplain, the dune fields and Klein Oasis, while the Skeleton Coast itself reveals a rocky coastline with its huge Cape fur seal colony and a few shipwreck remains. Weather dependent, a scenic flight back to camp offers a magnificent perspective of your journey from the air.?
Light aircraft flight to Serra Cafema
Accommodation in Kunene River
- 7 Luxury Canvas Tents
- 1 Luxury Canvas Family Unit
- Ceiling Fans in each tent
Serra Cafema is located in the extreme north-west of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann Valley. Undoubtedly amongst the most remote camps in Southern Africa, Serra Cafema is only reachable by light aircraft which adds to the exclusivity of this beautiful property. Serra Cafema is an intimate, peaceful camp with a unique mix of rustic and luxury elements nestled amongst the shady Albida trees on the banks of the Kunene. Rapids just below camp provide a calming ambiance with guests often lulled into dreamland by the gurgling waters after a day exploring one of the driest, starkly beautiful regions in the world. Accommodation at Serra Cafema consists of eight riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched villas on spacious, elevated decks blended smoothly into the picturesque surroundings. Each fully furnished tent has an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito nets. A late afternoon spent lounging on the front deck soaking up the breathtaking vistas of this contrasting wilderness is an absolute must.
Enjoy your days in the stunning Serra Cafema region, in the oasis of this mostly desolate and arid region, one of the remotest places on Earth, with nature drives, guided walks and even visits to the local villages of this extraordinary nomadic Himba people.
Light aircraft flight to Windhoek International
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