One of Africa’s most naturally beautiful nations, Namibia’s landscapes draw dreamy images of golden sand dunes plunging down into the glistening sea, and perfect dead-tree valleys within the famous petrified forest.
After a long flight we understand that it is nice to relax and unwind but if you want to immerse yourself in history and stunning architecture from day one, this is certainly the place to do it. From the Museum of natural history and the National Art Gallery showcasing local art, to the Railway museum which explores the country's transport history. There is plenty to keep you entertained on your first day in this incredible and diverse country.
When you have finished exploring it is time to relax at your luxury hotel and we can't think of a better place to do this than the Olive Exclusive Hotel.
During your short flight to Sossusvlei you will get your first glimpse of what makes this a 'must visit' area of Namibia. An endless sea of copper coloured sand dunes stretching right down to the Skeleton Coast and Atlantic Ocean. Get your cameras fully charged as this really is a photographer's paradise with enourmous dunes, some as high as 325 metres above the valley floor and the eerie petrified trees standing like skeletons out of the salt pans. You will have three nights here exploring the numerous attractions around Soussusveli, soaking up magnificent sights of the Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei; all of the attractions are easily accessible. At the end of the 65km 2WD road from Sesriem, you’ll find the 2WD car park – only 4 x 4 vehicles can drive the last 4km into the Soussusvlei Plain itself; you can choose to walk, or catch the shuttle to cover the remaining distance. Despite the region’s harsh desert conditions, you’ll be likely to come across some of the unique plants and animals which have adapted to survive.
We think you will love our choice of accommodaiton here. The Desert Homestead Outpost gives you stunning views of the grassland valley, rocky desert landscapes and the Naukluft Mountains - a great place to relax and unwind after the heat of the day.
Journeying over the Namib-Naukluft National Park and the Dorob National Park along the way, your light aircraft flight will whisk you to Damaraland, easily one of Namibia’s most scenic areas, adorned by dramatic landscapes and wonderful wildlife-watching areas; it’s home to the critically-endangered black rhinos, desert-adapted lions and elephants, as well as the full range of Namibia’s famous native species such as zebra, giraffe, spotted hyena and gemsbok. Hidden within the rocky terrain, you’ll find Twyfelfontein, which contains some of Southern Africa’s greatest pre-historic rock art and engravings. Damaraland also features a ‘Petrified Forest’, which is a deposit of large tree trunks that have “turned to stone” through a process of diagenesis – there are at least two large tree trunks here, each of which are 45 metres long; This spectacular site is located 42km west of Khorixas town. We love some of the wonderful nature activities on offer here including a great selection of guided nature walks, game drives, rock art excursions and cultural activities in nearby local communities.
Three nights at the Mowani Mountain Camp will be some that you remember forever.
Serra Cafema Wilderness Camp is one of the remote camps in Southern Africa, offering a chance for guests to truly disconnect from the outside world. Spectacular nature walks, interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba community, low-impact quad biking excursions and boating (water levels permitting) to complete the experience. Two nights here really gives you the chance to recharge your batteries.
Situated within one of Africa’s most remote corners, Hoanib is framed by the harsh desert landscapes of Kaokoland, which meet with the Skeleton Coast’s rugged mountains and deep canyons of the Hoanib River; this creates a unique home for some of the continent’s most unique wildlife, inhabiting 75% of Namibia’s endemic species. You can explore this incredible region by foot, from the comfort of a safari vehicle, or even by camel, and you’ll be sure to experience phenomenal scenery, wildlife and photo opportunities each time.
We also recommend heading out on a nature excursion to track endangered rhinos, desert-adapted giraffes and elephants, whilst also looking out for hyenas, zebra, lions and other native wildlife in north-west Namibia. With two nights here you will also have the chance to explore the nearby Skeleton Coast National Park, a truly unique region adorned by rocky and sandy coastal shallows, rusting shipwrecks and soaring dunes. It’s a protected area that stretches from Sandwich Harbour, Swakopmund and the Kunene River, taking in around 20,000sqkm of dunes and gravel plains. This is a starkly beautiful place to visit.
The environmentally friendly Hoanib Valley Camp is the perfect place to spend your last three nights on this Namibian adventure.
This safari can be tailored in any way to meet your personal needs including length of trip, accommodation and experiences included, with or without international flights. Contact one of our safari designers now to discuss your safari ideas.
- International flights
- Domestic flights and transfers
- Driver/guide for safari experiences
- 10 nights accommodation as detailed above
- All National Park fees and entrance fees for activities detailed
Prices start from £11140pp/€13975pp/$14500pp