Day 1-2: Drive through the Namib Desert
After arrivak in Windhoek you will check into your hotel and catch up on rest before starting the tour the following morning. After breakfast you will head back to the airport to depart for Kolmanskop. You will check into the lodge and spend the day exploring the area. Dinner and accommodation will be at one of the best lodges in the area perfectly situated to explore the surrounding desert and its attractions.
Day 2: Sossusvlei and Swakopmund
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 dare is one you will never forget. After lunch we will depart for Swakopmund via the Namib Naukluft National Park. We will spend the night at a guesthouse and have dinner at one of the top restaurants in Swakopmund. Please note that dinner tonight is not included and for your own account.
Day 4: Dolphin and Seal cruise and the Skeleton Coast
We will start today with an early morning seal and dolphin cruise on a catamaran in the Walvis Bay lagoon. We will visit the oyster farm, the shipwreck and lighthouse at Pelican Point as well as the seal colony. Wildlife we might encounter include Cape Fur Seal, Humpback and Southern-right Whales, Bottlenose and Heaviside Dolphins, Leatherback Turtles and Sun Fish to name a few. The birdlife on the lagoon is brilliant and there are always great photographic opportunities especially for pelicans, gulls and cormorants. There is a toilet on-board and refreshments include fresh oysters and champagne.
Then we continue our safari northwards along the Skeleton Coast. After visiting a shipwreck and the massive Cape Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross Seal Reserve we will turn inland towards Damaraland. We will drive past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain with the highest peak at 2573 meters. We will be at our lodge in time for a sun-downer drink while we enjoy the view over this beautiful landscape.
Day 5: Damaraland
We have the whole day dedicated to explore this unique area that is considered by most to be the most scenic and dramatic landscape in Namibia. We will do a game drive to try and find the famous desert adapted elephants that manage to survive in this hostile environment. These majestic giants move up and down the dry riverbeds in search of food and water. It is a real humbling experience for those lucky enough to see them. Damaraland is famous for its geological rock formations and we will visit the burnt mountain, organ pipes and petrified forest where we will also find the Namib’s living fossil plant, the Welwitschia mirabilis. We will visit Twyfelfontein where you find thousands of rock engravings and is Namibia’s only world heritage site. We will stay in the same lodge as last night and will enjoy a good night’s rest after the busy day.
Day 6-7: Etosha National Park
After breakfast we will depart for Etosha National Park where will spend the night. Etosha is one of Africa’s biggest and best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia. It is 22 912km2 in size of which the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that only holds water after good rainy seasons, is 5000km2 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 are flood-lit waterholes at the 3 main camps where game viewing continues long after the sun has set. We will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.
Day 8: Departure
After an early morning game drive or a relaxing breakfast we will depart for Windhoek where you will catch your connecting flight or extend your safari to the Caprivi, Vic Falls, Botswana, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
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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 sites 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.
What to Know
- The itinerary of this tour can be customized
- In case an accommodation is fully booked, we'll suggest a comparable alternative
- All packages can be offered with Luxury accommodations.
About the Destination
This eight day safari will take to you to three of Namibia’s must see natural wonders. We will visit the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei which is home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Then we move on to Swakopmund where the desert and the coast come together. We will then make our way up along the Skeleton Coast and turn inland into the dramatic and scenic Damaraland. Last but not least we will move on to Etosha which is one of Africa’s best game viewing destinations.
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 which is known for its very relaxed atmosphere, 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 harbor town, is well known for the lagoon and its prolific birdlife.
Things to Do
This tour is jam packed with sightseeing and activities. For the true adventurer, some lodges will offer Desert Dune Buggy riding, horseback trails, and more exciting activities that you will be able to fit into the tour schedule.
How to get there
Flights to Windhoek can be taken by several major airlines. Connecting flights to Kolmanskop will be made upon arrival to Windhoek.
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What is Included
This is a general list of the items that are typically included and not included in the price of your package. These occasionally vary, so please consult your personal quotation.
We have included all the flights within Namibia in your pricing.
Transfers to and from all airports and hotels or camps are included in the cost.
All accommodation while in Namibia is included.
S0me meals throughout your itinerary with us are included.
All applicable park fees are included in the cost.
What’s NOT Included
Some Beverages, Food, and Services
We advise you to take out fully comprehensive travel insurance (not included) and travel with a copy of your health insurance. We strongly recommend medical evacuation insurance which can be obtained from travel insurance companies for a nominal charge.
If you require a visa, you are responsible for the fees involved. If you need assistance with this matter please contact us.
We recommend 10-15%, based on local currency.
You are responsible for booking your flight to and from your home city.
Guests are offered Pickup and Dropoff to/from their International flight arrivals. This is a guided tour and guests will be with a guide for most of the tour. Trip can be customized if desired.
The exact order, contents and rates of this tour is subject to availability
The rates of this tour can be changed without prior notice
This tour is offered by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay
All information about this tour is provided and updated by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay
Citizens of the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom do not require visas for entry to Namibia for up to 90 days. There are several other waivers depending on the country of your citizenship. Please refer to the Namibian consulate website based in your home country.
Rates are based on availability and season. All rates are quoted in USD. Some packages are customizable. Final pricing depends on add-ons and number of participants on the tour.
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