8 Days from$2,449 p/p in USD
Guided, Small Group
Budget, Luxury, Mid Range
The country of Namibia is not only a huge expanse of sand, it has so much more to offer! This popular 8-day safari will take to you to many of Namibia’s must-see natural wonders. We will visit the vast Namib Desert, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes iconic Sossusvlei, home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Then we move onto the quaint town of Swakopmund where the desert and the Atlantic coast come together. We will then make our way up along the Skeleton Coast and turn inland into the dramatic and scenic Damaraland. And then last but not least we will move onto Etosha National Park, without doubt one of Africa’s best game viewing destinations.
Safari types:Big Five Safari, Desert Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Sossusvlei
Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Oryx/Gemsbok, Zebra, Hippo, Crocodile, Hyena, Cheetah, Jackal, Warthog, Springbok, Ostrich, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Damara Dik Dik, Kudu, Honey Badger, Wildebeest
Activities:Game Drive, Nature Walk, Optional Activities
Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Windhoek
- Nature Drives in Sossusvlei, Damaraland
- Game Drives in Etosha National Park
- Sossusvlei, Deadvlei & Sesriem excursion
- Living Desert Tour at the coast
- Skeleton Coast & Shipwreck
- UNESCO World Heritage site Twyfelfontein Rock Art
- Namibia’s Highest Mountain, Brandberg
Private guided tours can depart any day of the year
• Living Desert Tours
• Scenic Flights (various options)
• Quad Biking (various options)
• Horse Riding
• Swakopmund City Tour
• Swakopmund Township Tour
• Swakopmund Fat Bike Old City Tour
• Swakopmund Fat Bike Scenic Desert Tour
• Swakopmund Tandem Skydiving Tour
Walvis Bay Activities
• Catamaran Charters
• Pelican Point Kayak Tour
• Sandwich Harbour 4×4
• Marine Dune Day
• Walvis Bay Lagoon
Price Per Person – ZAR
From ZAR 46,200 per person
- Breakfast and dinner with the exception of dinner in Swakopmund
- Light lunch
- Drinking water in the vehicle
- Activities as specified in the itinerary
- Private vehicle (closed comfortable air-conditioned vehicle)
- Private guide
- Park Fees
- Pre-and post-trip accommodation if required
- Items of a personal nature
- Dinner in Swakopmund
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- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
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Day by Day Overview
Welcome to Namibia! After arriving at Hosea Kutako International Airport outside the country’s capital city of Windhoek, your Nature Travel Namibia guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall of the airport with your name on a signboard. After loading your luggage into the vehicle, we will start making our way to our first destination; iconic Sossusvlei. We will drive through the Khomas Highland and down the escarpment via one of the many scenic mountain passes into the Namib Desert. This journey will take about 4 to 5 hours, depending on the number of stops for photographs. We will certainly start seeing some of Namibia’s fantastic fauna and flora along the way, including Common Ostrich, Gemsbok, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Sociable Weavers or even a Greater Kudu.
We will reach our accommodation in the afternoon and if there is time it might be fun to walk around the lodge grounds looking for interesting smaller fauna and local flora. Our accommodation for tonight is in an area perfectly situated to explore the surrounding desert and its many attractions.
After an early breakfast we will depart for an exciting morning excursion to Sossusvlei and nearby Dead Vlei, where we will spend a couple of hours. Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. Sossusvlei itself is actually the pan or valley floor that we will park our vehicle on, and is surrounded by massive dunes on almost all sides. We will have plenty of time to enjoy some of the many highlights that surrounds Sossusvlei itself:
• Dune 45, the most photographed dune on earth (situated 45 km past Sesriem on the road to Sossusvlei)
• Hiddenvlei, perfect if you are looking for solitude in the desert
• The magnificently tall Big Daddy dune
• Deadvlei, a paradise for photographers, as it is punctuated by blackened, dead acacia trees, in vivid contrast to the shiny white of the salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes
• Sesriem Canyon, a narrow gorge of 1 km long and up to 30 m deep slashed into the earth by the Tsauchab river millions of years ago. The name derives from the Afrikaans for the 6 lengths of ropes that were needed to haul water out of the gorge to the top with containers in days gone by.
After lunch we will depart for the coastal town of Swakopmund, driving through the vast Namib-Naukluft Park to get there. It is a beautiful drive of about 4 hours and if time allows we will stop for the famous Apple Pie in the small desert oasis town of Solitaire, a true Namibian tradition that should not be missed.
Our drive this afternoon is wholly in the Namib Sand Sea, one of Namibia’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive dune fields influenced by fog. Covering an area of over three million hectares, the site features gravel plains, coastal flats and rocky hills within the sand sea, a coastal lagoon and ephemeral rivers, resulting in a landscape of exceptional beauty. Fog is the primary source of water in the site, accounting for a unique environment in which endemic invertebrates, reptiles and mammals adapt to an ever-changing variety of microhabitats and ecological niches.
Swakopmund will be our home for the next two nights. We will have dinner at one of the local restaurants in town (for your own account)
After breakfast in Swakopmund we will depart for a Living Desert Experience, a unique adventure indeed! We will encounter and learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Namib Desert with the help of a local expert. We will look for geckos, scorpions, snakes, lizards, birds and beetles as well as the incredible plant life that survives in this harsh and seemingly inhospitable environment. Some of the special creatures we might see include Namib sand gecko, Namaqua chameleon, shovel-snouted lizard, tractrac chat and even peringuey’s adder.
Once we are back in Swakopmund we will enjoy lunch and explore the town with optional activities like quad-biking or sandboarding. Swakopmund has made a name for itself as the activity and sport capital of Namibia, but this town offers so much more. Sandwiched between the hot, arid desert and the cold waters of the Atlantic, Swakop (as the locals call it) is one of the most fascinating colonial towns in all of Africa. It is a heady mix of South African, Namibian and German cultures, architecture, languages and cuisine. It is also the most popular tourist town in the country, with both locals and foreigners loving the laid-back atmosphere, good restaurants, many activities and the temperate climate. After an adrenaline filled day, we will meet up for sundowners and have dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Swakopmund (for your own account)
Today we continue our safari northwards along the Skeleton Coast. This bleak and evocatively named area is one of the most unusual coastal wildernesses on the planet, protecting about a third of Namibia’s long coastline. After visiting one of the many shipwrecks along the coast for some dramatic photographs, we will turn inland towards spectacular Damaraland. We will drive past the Brandberg (literally “fire mountain”), Namibia’s highest mountain, with the highest peak at 2,573 meters (8,441 feet) above sea level. In the distance we will also see the Spitzkoppe (sharp head), one of Namibia’s most recognizable landmarks.
This beautiful mountainous region is home to an assortment of scientifically important desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which somehow survive and thrive in this near-barren landscape. We hope to see some of them; a special treat indeed! We will be at our lodge in time for a sundowner drink while we enjoy the view over this rugged but beautiful landscape. We will enjoy dinner at our lodge and discuss our plans for tomorrow.
After an early breakfast we will depart for Etosha National Park, about 4 hours’ drive away to the northeast. On the way there we will visit Twyfelfontein, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 2,000-plus rock petroglyphs, estimated to be 6,000 years old, represent one of Africa’s largest and most noteworthy concentrations of rock art. Most of these well-preserved engravings represent rhinoceros. The site also includes depictions of elephant, ostrich and giraffe, as well as drawings of human and animal footprints, all done in red ochre. Here we will also look out for the Namib Desert’s weird-looking living fossil plant, the Welwitschia.
We will arrive at our lodge on the southwestern side of Etosha late in the afternoon and settle in to our accommodation. We will enjoy dinner at our lodge and sit around the camp fire reminiscing about our wonderful trip so far. Remember to look up before settling into your bed tonight – the African night sky, undisturbed by city lights out here in the bush, is truly amazing.
We will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Etosha National Park today, returning to our lodge in the heat of the day for lunch and to relax. Your guide will decide, with your input as to your fauna and flora sighting preferences, what the best routes will be to follow. All our guides know Etosha intimately and will make sure you see all that this great African wildlife park has to offer.
Etosha is home to a staggering amount of wildlife, both common and rare, including several threatened and endangered species. The mammal list is at over 110 species, including four of Africa’s Big Five, cheetah, giraffe, spotted hyena, zebra (2 species), greater kudu, springbok, gemsbok (Namibia’s national animal), common warthog, honey badger and many more. Etosha also has a bird list of more than 350 species, including regional specials like kori bustard, blue crane, violet woodhoopoe, Ruppell’s parrot, pygmy and red-necked falcon, bare-cheeked and southern pied babbler, and Burchell’s and double-banded courser.
Tonight we will again sit around a fire after dinner at our lodge, chat about the day’s sightings and enjoy another spectacular African night sky.
We have another full day to enjoy Etosha today, but we will also slowly make our way to the eastern side of the park, where we will overnight on our last night of the safari. We will stop for lunch at Halali Camp or stop at one of the many picnic spots in the park and enjoy a packed lunch. We will arrive at our accommodation in the late afternoon, freshen up and meet up for sundowners around the fire. We will reminisce about our great safari and enjoy our last dinner together at our lodge.
After an early morning game drive or a relaxing final breakfast together we will depart for Windhoek. It is a 5 to 6 hour drive southwards to the capital. In Windhoek we will take you to the Hosea Kutako International Airport for your homeward flight or for your connecting flight if you decide to combine this safari with an extension to the Caprivi, Victoria Falls, Botswana, Zambia or South Africa. We will gladly assist with accommodation in Windhoek should you need to stay over.