This 10-day guided road trip takes you across the vast and other-worldly Namibian landscape, from the dunes of the planet’s oldest desert to the remote Damaraland and one of Africa's greatest wildlife reserves. Start your expedition among Sossusvlei’s soaring red dunes, some of the highest in the world. Stay at an authentic adventure camp while exploring the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve on scenic drives. Discover the area’s rare wildlife like desert-adapted elephant who have smaller bodies, longer legs and bigger feet than their non-desert cousins to cope with the water-scarce environment.
Then head to Namibia’s mesmerising Atlantic coast for a few days in Swakopmund, a quaint town with a picturesque mix of African and German culture and architecture. Enjoy a catamaran cruise to spot dolphins, pelagic birds, Cape fur seals, leatherback turtles and even southern right and humpback whales during season.
Your next stop is the remote and spell-binding Damaraland. This largely uninhabited area lies between the mysterious Skeleton Coast and the even more remote Kaokoveld. Go on game drives to discover more desert-adapted wildlife like black rhino, and enjoy nature walks to explore 10 000-year-old rock engravings at a World Heritage Site. Cap your memorable Namibia safari in the Ongava Game Reserve, a 74 000-acre private reserve that shares an unfenced border with the sensational Etosha National Park. Considered by many safari aficionados as the premier wildlife destination in Southern Africa, Namibia’s ‘Great White Place’ is a haven for exceptional numbers of mammal and bird species. Experience the pinnacle of game viewing in Etosha and encounter four of Africa’s Big 5 (the arid environment does not support buffalo).
Guided road safari through mind-blowing landscapes
Magnificent photographic opportunities
Sossusvlei’s famous dunes
Sunrise over the Namib Desert
Desert-adapted elephants in Damaraland
A World Heritage Site of ancient rock engravings
Massive numbers of animals in Etosha
This exciting tour will give you a taste of Namibia’s diversity and highlights, while staying at a great mix of adventurous and comfortable camps – each chosen for its excellent location. Experience breath-taking scenery, impressive dunes, as well as a plethora of desert wildlife!
On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, you begin your Namibian adventure with a drive to the dramatic Sossusvlei area. Sit back and enjoy the diverse landscapes as you are driven through the KhomasHochland Mountains on your way to this exciting desert region.
Bordering the Namib-Naukluft National Park, you spend the next two nights at Kulala Adventurer Camp in the Private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Getting up early the next morning will reward you with a spectacular view of the sun rising over the Sossusvlei dunes. The day will be spent exploring the 91 000 acres of land where wildlife such as ostrich, springbok, oryx and fox roam freely. Activities available include day and night drives, guided walks, early morning hot-air ballooning, horse riding and quad biking (ATVs).
An early departure will see you being driven through the twisting roads of the Kuiseb Canyon before arriving at the gravel plains heading toward Walvis Bay (Whale Bay). From this sleepy coastal town, you drive up the coast until you reach Swakopmund – a quaint little town wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the vast Namib Desert.
Spend the next day exploring the ocean and its abundant marine life on a catamaran cruise, spotting dolphins and seals. Visit the oyster platforms, see the lighthouse at Pelican Point, and marvel at the pelicans, flamingos, sunfish and even leatherback turtles and humpback whales during season. Spend the evenings in the Hansa Hotel, an iconic building that forms part of Swakopmund's architectural culture.
Continue your journey north to Damaraland, a distinct region west of the Brandberg (Fire Mountains). Stop for lunch at Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp where the largest concentration of black rhino outside of a reserve is found. Enter the ancient landscapes of Damaraland to spot some of the desert-adapted species such as the black rhino and elephant. The area boasts surprisingly large populations of wildlife including zebra, kudu, giraffe, oryx and springbok. Enjoy a full day of activities that includes nature walks, mountain biking, exploring the ancient rock engravings at the World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein, and going on night drives to seek out fascinating nocturnal species like owls, porcupines and aardwolf.
Drive to Ongava Tented Camp in the Ongava Game Reserve, bordering Etosha National Park. The reserve boasts not only the largest salt pan in the world but also the highest wildlife density in Namibia. Spend the entire next day exploring this abundant region and searching for Africa’s iconic lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and other savannah species. Enjoy lunch at Halali Camp where you can stroll down to the nearby waterhole and relax in the shade while the animals come and go. Return to your camp in Ongava Game Reserve for dinner before heading out again on optional night drives and walks to search for some of the area’s nocturnal animals.
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