11 Days from$4200 p/p in USD
Visit some of Namibia’s must see natural wonders on this safari; the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei, home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world; Swakopmund where the desert and sea meet; Skeleton Coast where you turn inland to the dramatic and scenic Damaraland; Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s best game viewing destinations. This safari is a private guided safari where you travel alone with our Nature Travel Guide in a private air-conditioned vehicle, meaning you can determine the pace of your safari.
Safari types:Birding Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Tailormade Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon
Wildlife:Birds, Antelope, Oryx/Gemsbok, Black-faced Impala, Zebra, Hippo, Crocodile, Hyena, Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Jackal, Warthog, Springbok, Ostrich, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Damara Dik Dik, Kudu, Honey Badger, Wildebeest
Activities:Game Drive, Optional Activities
Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Windhoek
- Nature Drives in Sossusvlei, Damarland and Etosha
- Sossusvlei, Deadvlei & Sesriem excursion
- Living Desert Tour at the coast
- Skeleton Coast & Shipwreck
- UNESCO Twyfelfontein Rock Art
- Namibia’s Highest Mountain, Brandberg
- Game Drive in Etosha National Park
Prices – Per Person USD
High Season (May – October) : USD 3,940 per person
Low Season (November to April) : USD 3,885 per person
Group Price (Maximum of 6 travellers) : USD 2,980 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 at Swakopmund
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Day by Day Overview
After breakfast and meeting your guide for the safari you will depart for Sossusvlei. We will drive through the Khomas Hochland and down the escarpment via one of the scenic mountain passes into the Namib Desert. This journey will take about 4 hours depending on the number of stops for photographs. Dinner and accommodation will be at one of the best lodges in the area perfectly situated to explore the surrounding desert and its attractions.
The Namib is the oldest desert and boasts the highest sand dunes in the world. This region is one of the most spectacular areas of Namibia and always one of the highlights of any safari. The name Sossusvlei refers to the vlei or pan into which the seasonal Tsauchab River flows in years of exceptional rainfall. The neighbouring Dead Vlei with the ancient dead camel thorn trees is one of the most photographic sights in good early morning light. The Sesriem Canyon is a narrow gorge about 1 km long and is well worth a visit. Several desert adapted wildlife like oryx, springbok, black-backed jackal, ostrich, sociable weavers and plenty of reptiles and small mammals call this place home.
After an early breakfast and coffee, we will depart for a morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. We will stop at the scenic Dune 45 along the way and spend a couple of hours at both Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Some of the dunes in the area are a few hundred meters high but the view from the top for those that climb up is one you will never forget. After lunch and a well-earned siesta, we will join the lodge for a sundowner nature drive before returning to the lodge in time for dinner.
Optional Activities in Sossusvlei area – hot air balloon, scenic flight, dune dinner
After a relaxing breakfast we will depart for Swakopmund via the Namib Naukluft National Park. We will spend the next two nights at a guesthouse and have dinner at some of the top restaurants in Swakopmund. Swakopmund is a very popular holiday destination for many Namibians and will probably be the only place that you will visit on the Namibian safari that has a real town feel to it. Wedged between the Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund is known for its very relaxed atmosphere and has something for everybody.
There are plenty of great restaurants and bars, good shopping opportunities and fascinating architecture. For the adventurous there’s quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving, beach angling and scenic flights over the coastline and Sossusvlei to name a few. The nearby Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major harbour town is well known for the lagoon and its prolific bird life.
After breakfast we will depart for a living desert adventure where we will encounter and learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Namib Desert. We will look for geckos, scorpions, side-winder snakes, lizards and beetles as well as the incredible plant life that survives in this harsh environment. Once we are back in Swakopmund we enjoy lunch and then have the afternoon available to explore the town or perhaps finish the day with a quad biking and dune boarding adventure or other optional adventure.
Optional Activities in Swakopmund – scenic flight, sand boarding, camel riding, horse riding, quad biking, kayaking, full day marine cruise, visit to Sandwich Harbour (where the sand meets the sea), Swakopmund city tour
Today we continue our safari northwards along the Skeleton Coast. After visiting a shipwreck we turn inland towards Damaraland. We will drive past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain with its peak at 2573 meters. We will be at our lodge in time for a sundowner drink while we enjoy the view over this beautiful landscape.
After breakfast we will visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings (Namibia’s only world heritage site), burnt mountain and organ pipes rock formation and the Petrified Forest or we can embark on a morning drive looking for the desert adapted elephants.
Optional Activities in Damaraland – Empheral River Drive, visit to Damara Living Museum (locals who have adapted to the harsh environment and portray their way of living), extension tour to see desert adapted animals further north
Today our journey continues to Etosha National Park where will spend the next four nights. Etosha, one of Africa’s biggest and best national parks, is one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia. It is 22,912 sq km in size of which the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that only holds water after good rainy seasons, is 5,000 sq km in size. Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing and the waterholes attract huge numbers of game in the dry season when all the open water has dried up. During the rainy season the park is transformed into a green oasis and this is the time you find young of various animal species in huge numbers.
114 species of mammal are found in the park and it is the best place in the world to see black rhino. Other game include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, honey-badger, black-faced impala, kudu, eland, damara dik-dik, warthog and big herds of springbok, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and oryx. More than 300 species of birds are found here and it is brilliant for finding raptors. One of the highlights of the park is the flood-lit waterholes at the three main camps where game viewing continues long after the sun has set.
We will make our way across the park on a full morning game drive to our lodge on the eastern boundary. We spend the next two nights here, exploring the eastern side of Etosha National Park during the days.
After an early morning breakfast, we will depart for Windhoek where you catch your onward flight.