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Africa Safari, Sossusvlei Dunes

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Namibia, a vast and diverse country, offers a completely unique African Safari experience. Explore the Sand Dunes of Sossusvlei, track the endangered black rhino on foot, and participate in traditional game drives in Etosha National Park. This 2 week Namibia tour also gives travelers the chance to spend two nights walking the Tok Tokkie Trail, interact with the isolated Himba people, and visit the famed Africat Foundation. Optional mountain biking and sandboarding can be arranged to customize this Namibia tour.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Windhoek, Namibia
Day 2 : Sossusvlei
Days 3-4 : Tok Tokkie Desert Walk
Day 5 : Swakopmund
Day 6 : Swakopmund Sea Kayaking
Day 7 : Damaraland
Day 8 : Damaraland
Day 9 : Palmwag Concession
Day 10 : Palmwag Concession
Day 11 : Himba Village Visit
Day 12 : Etosha National Park
Day 13 : Africat Foundation
Day 14 : Depart

Highlights

  • Walk the Tok Tokkie Trail through the NamibRand Nature Reserve
  • Sea kayak to view seals and dolphins at play in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Track the black rhino on foot in the Palmwag Concession
  • Visit a remote HImba Village and enjoy a fascinating cultural exchange

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Namibia
  • Anderson's Camp
  • Camp Kipwe
  • Damaraland
  • Desert Rhino Camp
  • Etosha National Park
  • Okonjima Bush Camp
  • Palmwag Concession
  • Sossus Dune Lodge
  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Walvis Bay
  • Waterberg Plateau Park
  • Windhoek

Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Moderate

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive Windhoek, Namibia

Arrive on the international flight of your choice. You will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred into Windhoek to your guesthouse. Tonight, enjoy dinner getting to know your guide at one of the famous local restaurants or at the guesthouse. The guesthouse can arrange an optional cooking class for foodies interested in learning to prepare some traditional Namibian dishes and enjoy South African wines.

Day 2 Sossusvlei

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning depart Windhoek and head south through the Khomas Hochland highlands before descending the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert. Enjoy a scenic picnic lunch en route, and arrive to your lodge in the late afternoon. Time depending, you can explore the area with your guide, or just relax and freshen up before dinner.

Day 3-4 Tok Tokkie Desert Walk

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Rise early and move further into Sossusvlei, beating the crowds coming from outside the park, and experience the unique dawn lighting over some of the world’s tallest freestanding sand dunes. Once you have explored the area, watching the changing light, you will move on to the Tok Tokkie Trails. These trails are located on a largest privately owned reserve in southern Africa, the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Enjoy lunch at the farmstead before embarking on a two day hike in the dunes.

Your gear will be moved by vehicle, so you will only need to carry what you want for the day. Traveling by foot affords you the opportunity to see animals very rarely seen when traveling by vehicle such as the Hairy-footed Gerbil, Namib Golden Mole, and several species of beetle. Oryx, springbok, and ostrich are also typically found in the area. Sleeping out on top of the dunes under a blanket of stars is sure to be an experience not soon forgotten.

*Note: walking is done at a slow pace and typically does not exceed 7 miles a day.

Day 5 Swakopmund

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast this morning walk back to the homestead and continue your trip. Drive north through the Namib Naukluft National Park, where you will see the Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. Arrive to the port town of Walvis Bay where you can explore the lagoon and see an interesting mix of sea birds such as flamingos, and pelicans. Continue on to Swakopmund and wander around the waterfront before heading to dinner at the popular Tug Restaurant which specializes in seafood.

Day 6 Swakopmund Sea Kayaking

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take to the Atlantic Ocean by sea kayak this morning to see the seals and dolphins play in the wild. Enjoy a light lunch before heading to the inner lagoon of Walvis Bay where you will find several varieties of sea birds. Retreat to the lodge for the heat of the afternoon, but return to the shore for another dinner out.

Day 7 Damaraland

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue northeast on your safari towards Damaraland passing Namibia's highest peak, the Brandberg. Wind, water, and other natural forces have created this expansive landscape of hills, table top mountains, gravel plains, and ancient river terraces. Enjoy the feeling of solitude as you take the day traversing this sprawling countryside. If time allows, your guide will make stops at Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, and the Twyfelfontein rock engravings which were recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8 Damaraland

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After an early breakfast proceed on an exciting 4x4 expedition along the ephemeral Aba Huab River Valley in search of game. The desert is home to several species of animal, including the elusive desert adapted elephants, so keep your eyes peeled. Return to camp for lunch and enjoy your afternoon by either spending time wandering the area with your guide or relaxing and enjoy some well deserved leisure time.

Day 9 Palmwag Concession

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Before breakfast, take a walk around the area with your guide to see what hidden treasures there are to be found. Arrive to the Palmwag concession after a slow drive in time for lunch. Continue on through the concession for the next 2-3 hours until you reach the secluded Desert Rhino Camp. Arrive in time to freshen up before dinner and conversation in the Boma.

The Palmwag concession is home to the Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, desert adapted elephant, ostrich, lion, oryx, spotted and brown hyena, cheetah, kudu, leopard, and in particular this area is home to one of the world’s largest natural populations of the rare black rhino.

Day 10 Palmwag Concession

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A memorable experience awaits you today: tracking the black rhino by foot! Head out into the cool morning with your guides to track these huge animals before the heat of the day. Have a picnic lunch in the wilderness (weather permitting) and head back to camp to relax while the temperatures soar. Head back out later in the afternoon for a picturesque nature drive, or continue on by foot to appreciate the minutia of Namibia.

Day 11 Himba Village Visit

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit an extremely remote Himba village on your way to Etosha National Park. Your guide's presence and contacts with the local community will ensure you will be welcomed as a 'friend of a friend' and you are invited to spend considerable time there learning about these fascinating nomadic pastoralists. There has been virtually no modern influence on these communities, which makes for a fascinating cultural exchange. Enjoy lunch en route as you continue on your journey. By late afternoon you will arrive to camp, which will give you time to investigate the grounds and prepare for your game activities the following morning.

Day 12 Etosha National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today your guide is at your disposal. Choose to take a morning game drive and return to camp for the heat of the day before going back out for an afternoon game drive, or spend the entire day out in the bush and enjoy lunch at a watering hole or at one of the restcamps.

Etosha National Park houses huge salt pans which are leftover from a shallow lake that existed there three million years ago, lending to its name, which translates to 'Land of Dry Water'. Game-viewing revolves around the numerous springs and waterholes where numerous diverse species can often be seen at the same time. The Park boasts over 100 mammal and over 340 bird species including elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.

Day 13 Africat Foundation

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart Etosha and head for Okonjima, home to the Africat Foundation. This wildlife sanctuary focuses on the examination and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. Activities include leopard tracking by vehicle, a visit to the cheetah welfare project and after dinner there is the possibility to visit the night hide where nocturnal animals such as porcupine, caracal, honey badger and even leopard may be seen.

Day 14 Depart

  • 1 Breakfast
Rise early this morning to participate in one last guided activity before returning to camp for breakfast. Freshen up and depart for Windhoek, stopping at the craft markets of Okahandja if you wish. Your tour ends with a drop off at Windhoek International Airport (flights must be no earlier than 4 PM).

Anderson's Camp

Camp Kipwe

Cornerstone Guesthouse

Desert Rhino Camp

Galton House

Okonjima Bush Camp

Sossus Dune Lodge

Per person starting at
$6,800

Notes

$805 - $825 single supplement

Rates based on exchange rate ZAR/US dollars. Please contact us for updated quote in US dollars.

Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Hotel
    • 8 Nights Lodge
    • 2 Nights Camping
  • 14 Days Private Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Entrance Fees

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Required Visas if applicable
  • Required Travel Insurance
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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