14 Day Namibia Dunes, Desert & Wildlife Safari

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14 Day Namibia Dunes, Desert & Wildlife Safari

Namibia is a land of stunning landscapes, endless skies, barren deserts, rugged mountains and spectacular wildlife. This Exploration explores some of the most remote areas of this fascinating land; areas that have been rarely explored by others, making this a true journey of discovery. Like any trip to Namibia, the dunes of Sossusvlei are not to be missed and we therefore begin our journey here. We continue to Swakopmund to take in the amazing marine life just offshore, then on to the secluded and dramatic coastline of the Skeleton Coast littered with historic remnants of shipwrecks and the rugged and rocky landscape of Palmwag where the last free-roaming black rhino rove. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP: The contrasting areas of Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast, Palmwag Concession and Etosha are explored in depth. The ultimate Skeleton Coast experience (subject to weather conditions) including remains of shipwrecks, Cape fur seal colonies and other desert-adapted wildlife. Accommodation includes a range of camps in private areas. Exceptionally varied activities, including day and night, sea and land-based wildlife viewing, as well as flying, driving, and boating. Other unique excursions include rhino tracking, meeting Damara people, motorboat trip at Walvis Bay. We travel by land when the journey is enhanced; otherwise travelling is done by air.

DAY 1 & 2

At Windhoek International Airport you will be met by your Explorations guide and begin your journey by driving through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the dune-filled Sossusvlei region. As the perfect gateway to the iconic sights of Sossusvlei, Kulala Desert Lodge is a favourite among Wilderness travellers. Magnificent views of the famous dunes, surrounding mountains and vast open plains will be the setting during your stay. 2 night stay at Kulala Desert Lodge. Included: 3 meals daily, daily activities and drinks (excluding premium import brands).

DAY 3 & 4

Depart camp early and drive through 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. 2 nights stay at Hansa Hotel. Included: Dinner, breakfast and “Dolphin and Seal” Cruise.

DAY 5

We continue our journey by road for approximately 5 hours (280 kilometres / 174 miles) partly up the legendary Skeleton Coast (named for the numerous shipwrecks the treacherous shores have claimed over the years). From here we drive the back roads through the game productive Ugab riverbed, travelling north past the Brandberg Mountain – the second largest monolith on earth – to Damaraland. This all-day excursion with lunch en route ends with our arrival at Damaraland Camp..

DAY 6 & 7

Today after breakfast we drive into the Huab riverbed to search for desert-adapted elephants, before heading north to the mountainous and rocky paradise of the massive Palmwag Concession. 2 night stay at Desert Rhino Camp in an en-suite Meru-styled tent elevated off the ground. 3 meals daily, daily activities, drinks (excluding premium import brands).

DAY 8, 9 & 10

Wake up early and enjoy breakfast as this morning we drive to Doro Nawas airstrip for our light aircraft transfer to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Exclusivity is taken a step further as the camp comprises only seven twin-bedded tents and one family unit. The camp looks out over stunning yet rugged scenery and offers you all the luxuries and amenities needed for an unforgettable stay. 3 night stay at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Included: 3 meals and daily activities and drinks (excluding premium import brands).

DAY 11, 12 & 13

We fly to Doro Nawas airstrip this morning before driving to Ongava Game Reserve on the boundary of Etosha National Park. Etosha remains the highest density wildlife area within Namibia, its fame justly acknowledged. Our stay here will allow us time to explore both Etosha National Park as well as the Ongava Game Reserve. Set on the slopes of the unpronounceable Ondundozonanandana Mountain, Ongava Lodge overlooks a productive waterhole and the impressive landscape beyond. Settle into one of the en-suite chalets built within a web of mopane trees with a deck stretching out over the vast plains. 3 night stay at Ongava Lodge. Included: 3 meals daily, daily activities and local drinks (excluding premium import brands).

DAY 14

Your adventure comes to an end today.We return to Windhoek at 13h00 and bid farewell.

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