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Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, and Namibia Under Canvas allows travelers to experience the wonders of Namibia in a very personal way. Climb the mesmerizing sand dunes of Sossusvlei, explore the coastal city of Swakopmund, marvel at the natural wonders of Damaraland and search for wildlife in Etosha National Park. Return each night to an Under Canvas-style camp, designed to offer a true back-to-nature-adventure with an emphasis being on the experiential nature of safaris. Forget about modern life as you venture into the some of Namibia's most remote, wild places, returning to the basics of what a "True African Safari" is meant to be. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : AfriCat Foundation | Eastern Etosha National Park
Days 2-3 : Safari in Eastern Etosha National Park
Day 4 : Etosha to Damaraland
Days 5-6 : Explore Damaraland
Day 7 : Damaraland to Swakopmund
Day 8 : Onwards to Namib Tsaris Conservancy, Sossusvlei
Day 9 : Namib Tsaris Conservancy | Sossusvlei
Day 10 : Return to Windhoek

Highlights

  • Sleep under canvas overlooking one of Onguma's busiest watering holes
  • Track the endangered black rhino
  • Climb some of the world's highest free-standing sand dunes at Sossuvlei
  • Explore the natural wonder of the Damaraland

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Namibia
  • //Huab Under Canvas
  • Damaraland
  • Namib Desert and Sossusvlei Area
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve
  • Sossus Under Canvas
  • Swakopmund
  • Windhoek

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Group

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Share stories of adventure around the campfire pit at Sossus Under Canvas A giraffe stands against the beautiful African landscape Spectacular sunrises are the norm at //Huab Under Canvas Africa Safari, game of Namibia Discover the beauty of the NamibRand Nature Reserve A couple gemsbok make their way up a sand dune. A rhino runs across the desert Exterior

Day 1 AfriCat Foundation | Eastern Etosha National Park

This morning your guide will collect you from your various accommodation establishments in Windhoek. Together you will set off for Eastern Etosha National Park, stopping at the AfriCat Day Center along the way. This wildlife sanctuary on the research and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, particularly injured or captured leopard and cheetah. Enjoy an informative game drive and tour of the park before continuing onwards to Onguma Private Reserve along Etosha's eastern border. 

Freshen up in your thatched room before enjoying your first "safari dinner" overlooking the camp's floodlit waterhole.  

Day 2-3 Safari in Eastern Etosha National Park

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The next two days are full of exciting game viewing activities within the eastern section of Etosha National Park, with the option to venture further toward Halali or closer to Fischer's Pan in the north. Etosha National Park, translated as the "place of Mirages", covers 22,270 square kilometers and consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers around the numerous springs and waterholes, and the park boasts some 114 mammals and 340 bird species. Wildlife that one may see include elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland kudu, zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena and warthog. 

Your final evening outside Etosha concludes with a shared game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve, culminating with sundowners overlooking Fischer's Pan. The Onguma Game Reserve consists of more than 20,000 hectares of protected land, and is home to a family of black rhinos! 

Day 4 Etosha to Damaraland

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning travel from Etosha National Park toward the Damaraland, traveling through farmlands and small towns along the way. Damaraland is typified by magnificent displays of color, table topped mountains, rock formations and otherworldly vegetation. The variety of lonlieness coupled with scenic splendor will reward and astound, giving one an authentic understanding of the world "wilderness". This long day of travel is broken up by a scenic picnic lunch before arriving at //Huab Under Canvas, where you will spend the next 3 nights. 

 

Day 5-6 Explore Damaraland

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Set out today for an exciting and memorable rhino-tracking adventure. The black rhino population in this area forms part of one of the only free-roaming black rhino populations in Africa, and tracking them in an unfenced and uninhibited envirnoment is an absolute priviledge. Return to camp for lunch before heading back out for a scenic nature walk or drive. 

Continue your adventures in Damaraland the following morning, enjoying the freedom to discover the fascinating landscapes with your naturalist guide by vehicle or on foot. The focus today is on tracking the desert-adapted elephant, although other desert-adapted species that may be spotted include giraffe, orynx, springbok and even lion. Return to camp after a delicious picnic lunch to relax and take in the captivating scenery. 
 

Day 7 Damaraland to Swakopmund

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arise early this morning to head south toward the coastal town of Swakopmund, passing Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandberg, along the way. Upon arrival in Swakopmund you are free to enjoy the pleasent seaside location and cooler coastal air for the night. For dinner, head to a popular restaurant specializing in locally harvested seafood as well as other local and international dishes. Settle in this evening at your canvas lodge on the outskirts of town, overlooking the Swakop River Valley and desolate desert landscapes. 

Day 8 Onwards to Namib Tsaris Conservancy, Sossusvlei

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After another early breakfast continue onward via a fascinating drive toward Sossusvlei. The ever-changing desert landscape is impressive, and you will witness where the Guab and Kuiseb Canyons meet the dunes at the settlement of Solitaire. Enjoy a picnic lunch en-route, arriving at Sossus Under Canvas with enough time to freshen up with a hot bucket shower before dinner. 

Note: As an alternative to the drive from Swakopmund to Sossusvlei, you may take a scenic light aircraft flight along the Diamond Coast, allowing for a bird's eye view of the Sandwhich Harbor and the Namib Sea Sand, as well as abandoned mining camps and two shipwrecks (optional extra at an additional cost). 

Day 9 Namib Tsaris Conservancy | Sossusvlei

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake before sunrise this morning for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park. Enter the park by sunrise, while the light is soft and the shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves of the sand dunes. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world, and your guide will give you insight into the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fasinating creatures and plants that call this harsh landscape home. 

Explore Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and surrounds before taking a picnic brunch under the much-appreciated shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to camp to rest before heading out in the late afternoon for a scenic nature drive or walk to further explore this astounding ecosystem. Your day concludes with a memorable final safari sundowner. 

Day 10 Return to Windhoek

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Enjoy a leisurly breakfast this morning before traveling back to Windhoek, arriving mid-afternoon at the establishment of your choice or, if flying home, an additional transfer can be booked to the Windhoek International Airport (please note departure flights must be no earlier than 6pm). 

//Huab Under Canvas

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Onguma Tree Top Camp

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Included

  • 9 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
    • 9 Nights Lodge
  • 10 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Local drinks at meals

Excluded

  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights
  • Pre and Post nights in Windhoek
  • Mandatory Trip Insurance
  • Pre and Post accommodation in Windhoek
  • Optional Gratuity
  • Entry Visa Fees

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  • $100 Meals not Included
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