Great Namibian Journey

Sossusvlei, Damaraland & Etosha

Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Namib-Naukluft National Park & Sossusvlei, Swakopmund

Duration: 11 nights

Price: From £7,000 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers, transportation, experiences as stated and taxes

Encompassing one of the oldest and largest deserts in the world, Namibia’s breathtaking expanses can leave the first-time traveller wondering where to begin. That’s why we recommend this classic safari holiday for anyone who wants an introduction to Namibia’s most iconic regions: from the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, to the game rich salt pan of Etosha National Park. Accompanied by the best guides in the field, you’ll learn about the exceptional desert adapted wildlife, whilst staying at the most comfortable and stunningly located lodges.
Perfect forNamibia first-timers who want an overview of the country’s ‘best bits,’ or anyone who wants to experience the landscapes in luxury.
In the knowFor some more game-based adrenaline, add in some black rhino tracking in Damaraland.

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  • Landscapes & Scenery
  • Adventure
  • Eco-tourism
  • First-timers

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Having flown into Windhoek International Airport, you’ll be taken on an awe-inspiring 5-6 hour drive past the Khomas Hochland mountains, until you reach legendary Sossusvlei. Surrounded by the never-ending expanse of towering red sand dunes which make up one of the oldest and most arid deserts in the world, Kulala Desert Lodge is a real favourite amongst our clients and offers the perfect introduction to spectacular Namibia. Here you’ll wake up to an ethereal sunrise which changes the landscape from red, to orange, to pink, and then be taken out in a 4x4 with your guides (many of whom are expert photographers as well) to trek, sand-board, and photograph the enormous dunes. After this, you can cool off in your private plunge pool back at Kulala, and spend the night sleeping under the stars on your roof-top bed.
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Now for a total contrast, you’ll take a scenic light aircraft flight north, to the Germanic coastal town of Swakopmund. Breezy Swakopmund makes a great breather on your grand Namibian adventure, and here we’ve chosen the 100-year-old Hansa hotel as your home for two nights. With this charming hotel as your base, you’ll be free to explore quirky Swakopmund as you choose: popping into the Germanic bakeries, picnicking on the wind-swept beaches, and indulging in a private dinner of the best oysters in the world. You’ll also be taken in a boat-trip to see penguins, dolphins, and seals, and depending on the time of year you’ll have the chance to kayak out to see pelicans at Pelican Point.
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Next you’ll have a stunning 5 hour drive up the legendary Skeleton Coast (named after the numerous shipwrecks and bleached whale bones that litter the sands): through the game-rich Ugab riverbed, and past the formidable Brandberg Mountain, before arriving in Damaraland. In contrast to the undulating dunes of Sossusvlei, Damaraland is characterised by its vast red boulders which stud the desert, and for two nights at Damaraland Camp you’ll experience an awe-inspiring sense of isolation in the stark Huab River Valley. By day you’ll be taken out on game-drives to see one of the driest and most desolately beautiful regions in Africa: spotting desert adapted game such as elephant, giraffe, gemsbok, and even the occasional cheetah, before relaxing around a crackling boma in the evenings beneath Namibia’s protected “night sky reserve.”
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For the following part of your itinerary, you’ll remain in Damaraland – but having eased yourself into the desert lifestyle, you’ll enjoy something a little bit more adventurous amidst the parched but beautiful plains of the Palmwag Concession. For two nights, you’ll stay in the Meru-style tents of the acclaimed Desert Rhino Camp, and whilst you’ll be no means “roughing it,” having just a thin layer of canvas between the desert and your elevated camp makes the sense of wilderness and isolation almost tangible. The real highlight here though is heading out on a game-drive to track the endangered desert black rhino, and learning about how the camp aids in the conservation of this extraordinary desert-adapted species.
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A six hour drive from Damaraland and you’ll  reach the desert ‘oasis’ and pinnacle of game viewing in Namibia: the Etosha National Park. Sitting right in front of a waterhole in the Ongava Private Game Reserve, Ongava Tented Camp gives you ring-side seats to witness the remarkable desert-adapted wildlife – plus, as one of the most exclusive lodges in Namibia, it promises an unforgettable end to your itinerary. Each morning you’ll rise early (as this is when game is most likely to be around) and set out on game drives in small groups to see large herds of elephant, as well as lion, gemsbok, springbok, and red hartebeest. You’ll also have the chance to track both the rare black rhino and white rhino by foot (absolutely un-missable) before soaking up a final desert sunset from Ongava’s pool.
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