Diverse Namibia is a lively, exhilarating journey, exploring the iconic areas of this vast country – its dunes, desert, plains and superb wildlife – enriched by select accommodation in private reserves and concessions. Drive along lesser known paths through huge private concessions and reserves. On this adventure take in the soaring red dunes of Sossusvlei, the ice-blue Atlantic Ocean, the desert and dwellers of Damaraland, and the dense plains game and hunters of Etosha National Park. This is a true Namibian adventure with a range of activities impossible to beat!
Day 1 : Arrive Windhoek, Namibia Day 2 : Sossusvlei Days 3-4 : Swakopmund Days 5-7 : Damaraland Days 8-9 : Etosha National Park Day 10 : Drive to Windhoek & Depart
Explore Sossusvlei, home to some of the tallest freestanding sand dunes
Game drive through Etosha National Park which houses large salt pans
Visit Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp and learn about rhino conservation
View UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Twyfelfontein rock engravings
Meet your safari guide after clearing customs and start your exploration with a drive through the Khomas Hochland Mountains. Reach the Sossusvlei region after approximately 5-6 hours, keeping watch for interesting game and scenery along the way. Enjoy lunch en route and arrive to camp in time to freshen up before enjoying dinner under a canvas of stars.
Drive Time: 5-6 hours, 211 miles
*Flight must arrive to Windhoek by 9:00 AM or pre night hotel is required
Experience the unique dawn lighting over some of the world’s tallest freestanding sand dunes this morning as you start your adventure in the Kulala Private Reserve. The rich reds of the sand and dramatic shadow lines make for stunning photo opportunities. Explore the area as much or as little as you would like before returning to camp for lunch. This afternoon discover the Sossusvlei region by foot on a guided walking tour, or visit nearby viewpoints keeping watch for gemsbok, zebra, and maybe even a cat or two.
Today you leave the red dunes of Sossusvlei behind and travel north on the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto the expansive gravel plains, eventually arriving in Walvis Bay before moving north into the quaint town of Swakopmund. After arriving in late afternoon the day is yours to explore this lively coastal town with its German influence and vibrant African markets before returning to your iconic hotel for the night.
Continue on a road journey to Damaraland, west of the Brandberg Mountain, the second largest monolith in the world (after Uluru in Australia), stopping for lunch at Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp. The Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) has been involved with rhino conservation since the early eighties, and is responsible for helping these rare animals survive and thrive. Today this area boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere on the planet outside of a national park, a testament to the effectiveness of the program. Visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings (recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain, and the Organ Pipes while exploring the area. Other optional activities include cultural visits, game tracking on foot, by bike, or 4x4 vehicle. Return to camp for dinner and star gazing.
Move east from Damaraland to Estosha National Park in your private safari vehicle. Etosha, the 'Land of Dry Water', houses huge salt pans leftover from a shallow lake that existed there three million years ago. Morning game drive activities are focused within Etosha National Park with visits to several springs and waterholes where numerous diverse species can often be seen at the same time. Highlights include lion, leopard, elephant, and black rhino sightings. Afternoons and evenings offer the opportunity to enjoy walks, hides and night drives within the Ongava Reserve, just south of the park, activities not possible within Etosha due to strict park regulations.
Drive Time: 5 hours, 205 miles
Day 10 Drive to Windhoek & Depart
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Your tour ends with a road transfer to Windhoek International Airport arriving no earlier 1 PM., onward flights should not depart prior to 4 PM.
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.