You'll visit three of Namibia's must-see natural beauties during an 11-day safari. We'll go to Sossusvlei, which has some of the world's tallest sand dunes, and the Namib Desert. Next, we'll travel to Swakopmund, a place where the desert and the coast meet. After that, we will ascend the Skeleton Coast before turning inland into the breathtaking Damaraland. We will next head to Etosha, one of Africa's premier game viewing locations, as our final stop.
Travel to Sossusvlei and Namib Desert
Transfer to Swakopmund
Discover Twyfelfontein, Damaraland
Explore Etosha National Park
After breakfast, we'll meet your safari guide before heading to Sossusvlei. We'll travel across the Khomas Hoch land before entering the Namib Desert through one of the picturesque mountain passes. Depending on how many pauses there are for photos, this trip will last around 4 hours. Dinner and lodging will be provided at one of the greatest lodges in the area, conveniently located in an outstanding location along the desert. Namib is the world's oldest desert, with the highest sand dunes. This region is one of Namibia's most stunning and is always one of the highlights of any safari. The term Sossusvlei alludes to the vlei or pan into which the seasonal Tsauchab River pours during years of extreme rainfall. The Sesriem canyon is a 1 kilometer long small gorge that is well worth a visit.
We will travel for a morning tour to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei after an early breakfast and coffee. Along the way, we'll pause at the spectacular Dune 45 and spend some time at Dead Vlei and Sossusvlei. Some of the dunes in the area are a few hundred meters tall, but for those who dare, the view from the top is one they won't soon forget. We will go on a sundowner nature drive after lunch and a well-earned nap before arriving back at the lodge in time for dinner.
Following a leisurely breakfast, we will travel through the Namib Naukluft National Park to reach Swakopmund. The following two nights will be spent at a guesthouse, and we'll eat dinner at some of Swakopmund's best eateries. Please be aware that tonight's dinner is not provided and must be paid for separately. Swakopmund is a very popular vacation spot for many Namibians and is perhaps the only location on your Namibian safari that feels like a true town. Swakopmund, which is tucked between the Namib Desert and the chilly Atlantic Ocean and is renowned for its laid-back vibe, has something to offer everyone. There are many fantastic restaurants and pubs, terrific places to shop, and amazing architecture. Quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving, beach fishing, and panoramic flights over the coastline and Sossusvlei are just a few of the daring activities available. The lagoon and its abundant birds are widely recognized features of the surrounding town of Walvis Bay, Namibia's main harbor.
After breakfast, we'll set off on a live desert experience where we'll get to know the interesting animals of the Namib Desert and learn more about it. We'll search for amazing plant life that thrives in this tough climate, as well as geckos, scorpions, side-winder snakes, lizards, and beetles. Once we return to Swakopmund, we'll have lunch and then the afternoon is at our disposal to explore the area or possibly end the day with a quad-biking and dune-boarding excursion. In addition, it is possible to arrange spectacular flights over the coast and sand dunes.
After breakfast today, we'll carry on with our safari along the Skeleton Coast in the direction of the north. We will travel inland toward Damaraland after stopping at a shipwreck. We will pass via the Brand berg, which has the highest point in Namibia at 2573 meters. We'll arrive at our lodge in time for a sundowner cocktail while admiring the scenery of this lovely area.
Today we continue our trek to Etosha National Park, where we will spend the next four nights. Etosha is one of Africa's largest and greatest national parks, as well as one of Namibia's most popular tourist destinations. It covers 22 912 square kilometers, with the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that only stores water during excellent wet seasons, covering 5000 square kilometers. Etosha National Park is well-known for its magnificent game viewing, and the waterholes attract a large number of animals during the dry season, when all the open water has dried up. You can find young of many animal species in great numbers during the rainy season, when the park is transformed into a lush oasis. The park is home to 114 different species of mammals and is the best location in the world to witness black rhinos.
After breakfast, we'll go on morning and afternoon game drives while taking breaks to unwind by the pool or a camp waterhole. The Hartmann's mountain zebra can be found here, and the region and plants are quite different from those in the park's southeast and east. It's a very different animal experience in this location, with a more undulating environment. During this period, the white clay and dust that make up the Etosha Pan transform into reddish brown dirt, giving the impression that you have entered a whole other park when you go there.
After a leisurely breakfast, we will drive to Windhoek, where you will board your next flight.