Classic Namibia Safari
Luxury tailor-made safari combining Sossusvlei, Walvis Bay, Etosha National Park and Damaraland
12 nights from £7,400 per person sharing, including accommodation, guides, flights and transfers
Best time to go: April to October
With our tailor-made Namibia adventures you’ll discover this wildly diverse country at its absolute best. Scramble up the world's tallest dunes in Sossusvlei, enjoy a boat tour from Walvis Bay to see Cape fur seals and humpback whales, track desert elephant in the parched wilderness of Damaraland and pursue big game in Etosha National Park - keeping your eyes peeled for lion, springbok and, fingers crossed, the extremely rare black rhinoceros.
Day 1: UK to Jo'burg
An overnight flight from the UK to Johannesburg enables you to make the most of your time in Africa.
Day 2: Jo'burg to Windhoek
Connect with your 90 minute flight north west to Namibia’s capital Windhoek. Your stylish boutique hideaway, The Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel (images below) is in the quiet eastern district and will be your base for one night. You’ll have time explore the city's distinctive German heritage and visit the National Museum.
Stylish all-suite hotel
Day 3: Windhoek to Sossusvlei
A quick flight to Sossusvlei takes you to the surreal, other-worldly landscapes of saltpans, dead acacia trees and miles of undulating orange dunes. Namibia's most striking sight, the sand mountains of Sossusvlei, are just a short drive from Little Kulala - your base for the next 2 nights (images below). Set on a vast private reserve on the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the spacious thatched villas here (with private plunge pools and expansive decks) look out to distant mountains and the rolling desert dunes.
Villa deck and plunge pool
Main Lodge exterior
Indoor / outdoor living space
Day 4: Sossusvlei
Rise at dawn for incredible views of the towering Sossusvlei dunes being gradually illuminated by the morning sunlight. The highest sand dunes on Earth soar to 300m, dotted occasionally by alien vegetation, in the form of the camelthorn tree, that somehow receive water from deep beneath the surface of the dunes and the dry vleis (valleys) left by the Tsauchab River. For an extra special experience, maybe soar above them in a hot-air balloon?
Overnight at Little Kulala.
Ballooning over the dunes
Somehow animals survive in the desert landscape
Incredible mountainous sand dunes
Expert guides will help you track Oryx and other wildlife
Day 5: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
From parched dunes of the desert you’ll fly to the seaside city of Swakopmund for a dramatic change of scenery. You'll stay at the elegant Strand Hotel, located on the coastline. It’s just a short stroll to admire the colonial architecture and the flamingo and pelican that dwell at the city’s river mouth.
Strand Hotel Swakopmund
Spa at night
Hotel at night
Day 6: Swakopmund
Namibia's coastal waters are alive with dolphin and seal, best observed on a cruise from nearby Walvis Bay. During peak season (June to September) humpback whale abound. Overnight at Strand Hotel.
Day 7: Swakopmund to Damaraland
A flight will take you to Damaraland, where the dramatic mountainous terrain is home to ancient rock art and the Damara people. Despite the arid habitat, wildlife thrives here: you may spot desert-adapted elephant and the world's last free-roaming black rhinoceros. At Damaraland Camp, an eco-lodge in the Huab River Valley, settle in for a night under the stars and the imposing Brandberg Mountains.
Thatched tent interior
Desert landscape view
Magical far reaching views
Main Lodge at night
Thatched tent at night
Day 8: Damaraland
Today you’ll explore Namibia's finest wilderness on foot or by 4x4. In this sparsely vegetated region, wildlife isn't dense, but rare desert elephant do roam near the camp. You may also spot gemsbok (oryx), springbok, ostrich and other hardy creatures. Rare succulent plants manage to eke out an existence too: unbelievably individual Welwitschia plants can survive for over 2,000 years. Overnight at Damaraland Camp.
Wonderful sighting of kudu
Day 9: Damaraland to Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is a seemingly endless expanse of sand, surrounded by plains and lush woodland - and the wildlife regularly congregates at the sparse waterholes. Upon arrival, you’ll settle into your private rock and thatch chalet at Ongava Lodge, set within the award-winning Ongava private reserve. Activities here include day and night game drives in the Ongava reserve and in Etosha. Desert adapted black and white rhino are often seen as well as a thriving lion population. There's an abundance of other animals too, including springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, Burchell's zebra, Hartmann's mountain zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, giraffe, eland, black-faced impala, elephant and leopard.
Luxury thatched chalet
Watching the sun set
Table set for dinner
Game viewing deck
Days 10 & 11: Etosha National Park
Ongava is home to plentiful wildlife including lion, leopard and rhinoceros. Keep your camera and binoculars to hand for two days of game drives in a park where 114 species of mammal and 340 species of bird thrive. You’re in for a good chance of spotting elephant, giraffe and antelope lurching through the plains and the rare black rhinoceros can be spotted on occasion. By night, a floodlit waterhole offers the best way to spot the nocturnal creatures stopping by for a well-earned drink. Overnight at Ongava Lodge
Time for a drink!
Game collecting around a water hole
Lions in Etosha
Sundowners in the bush
Zebras quenching their thirst
Time to rest in the shade
Day 12: Fly home
After two fantastic days in Etosha National Park you’ll head to Ongava Airstrip. Flying first to Windhoek, we’ll ensure you catch your connecting flight back to the UK (via Johannesburg) - with an abundance of adventurous tales to dine out on for many a dinner party to come.
Time to get your binoculars out?
Please call us on 0203 019 3722 or complete the quick and easy form below. We look forward to arranging the perfect Namibia adventure for you and our destination specialists will gladly refine and modify the proposal until you are 100% happy.
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