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Namibia – A Desert Adventure

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7 Days 6 Nights
Availability : Jan 21’ - Dec 21’
Windhoek Namibia
Windhoek Namibia
Min Age : All
Max People : 6
Tour Details

During a thrilling independent journey, savour the beauty of the vast Sossusvlei dunes and pristine Damaraland with its desert elephants; see the petroglyphs of Twyfelfontein; visit Otjikandero Himba village and the historic coastal town of Swakopmund, and take game drives at the private Ongava Game Reserve.

Namibia, one of the world’s least populated countries, bursts with natural wonders of all kinds, from the sky-high dunes of the Namib Desert to the chilly South Atlantic coastlines. With AST Travel, discover this country of limitless landscapes and abundant wildlife, one of Africa’s best-kept secrets.

On an AST journey to Namibia, set off for the towering, surreal sand dunes and rocky outcroppings of Sossusvlei on an ATV, traversing these timeless, sun-baked landscapes with your expert guide. Come face to face with the work of some of the world’s earliest civilizations when you view the animal rock art at Twyfelfontein or embark on a safari to see beasts in the flesh in the Onguma Private Nature Reserve, home to the elusive, endangered black rhino. With us you can also explore the forbidding Skeleton Coast independently, so named for the thousands of shipwrecks caused by the thick fog that blankets the region, or meander the waterfall-dotted Hartmann’s Valley. No matter where you travel in Namibia, rest assured that we can reveal the very best of this hidden gem thanks to our longstanding connections in southern Africa.

Departure & Return Location

Windhoek International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Private trip
  • 10 nights accommodations - 2 nights Sossusvlei, 2 nights Swakopmund, 2 nights Damaraland, 2 nights Etosha National Park (West), 1 night Etosha National Park (East), 1 night Windhoek
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included
  • Desert excursions and game drives in 4X4 vehicles
  • All meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners (including welcome and farewell dinners)
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • National Park Fees

Price Excludes

  • Premium brand drinks and gratuity
  • Light aircraft/road transfers to/from Hoanib Valley Camp or Shipwreck Lodge
  • car rental
  • fully comprehensive travel insurance & any other services not mentioned here (Please contact reservations for flying and/or driving quotations).
What to Expect

Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Your Sossusvlei adventure is marked by towering dunes, surreal landscapes and dazzling colours
  • Travel through a dunes corridor to Deadvlei, a "dead" marsh that sits eerily in a forest frozen in time
  • Explore the Sesriem Canyon, carved into the rock by the mighty Tsauchab River
  • Ride in a 4x4 through desert dunes in a barren landscape populated by geckos and chameleons
  • Zoom through the "singing" dunes travelling from the eastern side through to the Atlantic on the west
  • A scenic drive takes you to Damaraland, one of the most dramatic and picturesque areas in Namibia
  • Discover the world-famous rock engravings at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein
  • Visit a Himba tribe dwelling and learn first-hand about their history, culture and unique traditions
  • Spend three days exploring Etosha National Park, one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Africa
  • Meet with staff at the AfriCat Foundation dedicated to the conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores
Itinerary

Day 1 Windhoek and Sossusvlei in Namibia

A morning flight takes you to Windhoek in Namibia, a country that possesses some of the most stunning and untamed scenery on the planet with spectacular species of wildlife. Upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and travel to the Namib Desert*, stopping en route to visit a local winery. Take a leisurely stroll through the vineyards and sample some of the fine wines before continuing south to Sossusvlei, marked by towering red sand dunes, surreal landscapes and an incredible splash of dazzling colours. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travellers

*Today’s route from Windhoek to the Namib Desert will cover a considerable distance.

Overnight: Kwesi dunes Lodge – NamibRand Nature Reserve

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Sossusvlei Dunes, Deadvlei & Sesriem Canyon

Rise before dawn to explore the Sossusvlei area, a salt and clay pan situated in Namib-Naukluft National Park. The large, red sand dunes are some of the tallest in the world. Perhaps climb to the upper ridge of Big Daddy dune*, one of the highest in the area, surrounded by dreamlike scenery and extraordinary panoramas. At star-shaped Dune 45, stand in awe at the world’s most photographed dune. Walk over the dunes to reach Deadvlei, a “dead” marsh that sits eerily in a forest frozen in time**. Here, witness surprising palettes of colours ranging from shades of orange to bright red and violet. Marvel at the majestic dunes, among the highest in the world, and see unique plants and wildlife that survive in the harsh terrain. On your exploration, keep your camera ready for sightings of springbok, geckos, and other desert wildlife. After lunch at the lodge, travel to Sesriem Canyon, a narrow 100-foot deep gorge carved into the rock by the mighty Tsauchab River. Learn the history of this magnificent natural canyon that dates back over two million years and view the canyon’s multicoloured layers of rock on the trails. Visit the Elim Dune before returning to the lodge. At dinner tonight, share recollections of this exhilarating day

*Climbing the Big Daddy dune can be challenging.

**The walk to reach Deadvlei is an active hike.

Overnight: Kwesi dunes Lodge – NamibRand Nature Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3Swakopmund

Today, drive via the Kuiseb Canyon toward Swakopmund*, a lively resort town nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert. A packed lunch will be provided en-route before stopping in Walvis Bay. Continue to Swakopmund, known as the adventure sports capital of Namibia. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere, lovely seaside promenades, colonial-era architecture and cool ocean breezes along the tree-lined boulevards and sandy beaches. Tonight, dinner is at a popular restaurant in Swakopmund

*Today’s route from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund will cover a considerable distance.

 

Overnight: Strand Hotel, Swakopmund

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 The Living Desert

This morning, travel in a 4×4 through dry desert dunes searching for life in a barren landscape populated by geckos, chameleons, sand diving lizards and scorpions. Your knowledgeable guides enlighten you about the plant life and minerals as you zoom through the dunes travelling from the scenic eastern side through to the Atlantic Coast on the west. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Swakopmund, or join the optional Mondesa Township Tour for a glimpse into everyday life in a typical Namibian township. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant

Optional: Half Day Mondesa Township Tour

This afternoon, drive to Mondesa Township, a suburb of Swakopmund, and learn about the history of the township from your local guide. Mondesa was established in the early 1950s to provide housing for blacks working in Swakopmund. During your visit, get a glimpse into everyday life in a typical Namibian township. You will have a chance to meet with some of the residents, who will introduce you to their customs and traditions. Stroll along the streets to view typical homes, small craft markets and schools. At the conclusion of your visit, return back to Swakopmund.

 

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

 

Overnight: Strand Hotel, Swakopmund

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5Skeleton Coast to Damaraland

After a leisurely morning in Swakopmund, drive to Damaraland*, with its dramatic rugged terrain, one of the most picturesque areas in Namibia. This pristine wilderness of harsh wind-eroded mountains, wide gravel plains, dry valleys and stark desert landscape is dotted with unusual succulent plants that thrive from the mists of the Atlantic. Arrive at your lodge in the afternoon for time at leisure, or join the optional Desert Elephant Safari. Embark on a safari to see Namib desert elephants in the wild, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Marvel in the vast desert expanses from the comfort of your lodge, and enjoy a traditional sundowner while watching the sunset. This evening, dinner tonight is at the lodge

Desert Elephant Safari

Embark on a safari to see Namib desert elephants in the wild, a once in a lifetime opportunity. These hardy elephants are smaller than standard African elephants and have evolved to make the most of their extreme environment, with larger ears to aid their cooling and broader feet that help them dig for precious water in soft riverbeds. Your guide will use fine tracking skills as well as information from the indigenous Damara people to bring you to a safe watching distance of these wondrous creatures. Unlike the large herds of the savanna, desert elephants travel in small groups due to scarcity of resources, so it may take some time to find a group to observe. Afterwards, enjoy a refreshing drink in the bush before returning to your lodge.

During this tour, you may come into the proximity of wild animals whose actions can be unpredictable. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion. Sightings of the animals cannot be guaranteed.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

*Today’s route from Swakopmund to Damaraland will cover a considerable distance.

Optional: Desert Elephant Safari

Overnight: Hoanib Valley Lodge, Damaraland

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6Twyfelfontein Excursion

This morning visits the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. These remarkable petroglyphs of wild animals, including rhinos, elephants, giraffes and zebras, were created over 2,000 years ago by ancient hunter-gatherers. Continue to the Organ Pipes, a distinctive section of geometric rock pillars formed by natural erosion. This afternoon, visit the Damara Living Museum to gain insight into one of the oldest traditional nations in Namibia. Dinner together is at the lodge

Overnight: Hoanib Valley Lodge, Damaraland

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7The Himba Tribe & Etosha National Park

An exciting morning with a visit to a Himba tribe dwelling; these semi-nomadic pastoralists live in homes built of palms and mud in scattered settlements throughout the region. Learn first-hand about their history, proud culture and unique traditions that have not changed over the centuries. The Himbas are colourfully adorned with shells and jewellery made of iron and copper and clothes cut from goatskin, with ochre glazed skin to protect them from the harsh desert climate. Drive to Etosha National Park* in the vast arid space of Northern Namibia. One of the most important reserves and wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, the park is centred on the white salt Etosha Pan that dominates the landscape. At Etosha, meaning “place of dry water,” amazing wildlife sightings await you! The pan itself contains water only after very good rains (a few days a year) but enough to stimulate the growth of blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. After a box lunch en route, arrive at your lodge on the outskirts of the park. On the late afternoon open vehicle game drive, observe the perennial springs and waterholes within the park that allow the predominantly desert environment to support an incredible diversity of wildlife

*Today’s route from Damaraland to Etosha National Park will cover a considerable distance.

Overnight: Etosha National Park (West) – ONGAVA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8Western Etosha National Park

Rise early this morning, and set out to explore the many water holes along with the enormous salt pan. More than 114 species of mammals survive in Etosha, including the rare black-faced impala, along with over 340 species of birds. The game reserve is also home to the ostrich, the world’s largest bird and the kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird on the planet. On the full day game drive, you’ll look for cheetahs on the vast open plains, lions lazing under the hot sun, and plenty of springbok and striking gemsbok. Relax and enjoy dinner at the lodge

Overnight: Etosha National Park (West) – ONGAVA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Eastern Etosha National Park

Today, move to the Eastern side of the National Park. Enjoy game viewing en route where you may have a chance to look for endemic birds like the bare cheeked babbler and catch glimpses of elephants splashing at the water’s edge. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephants, some of the largest in Africa, the endangered black and white rhino and even leopard. Lions are camouflaged in the pale-golden color of the grasslands, while giraffes rise high above most of the dry vegetation. After stopping at a rest camp for lunch (on your own) continue to your lodge, arriving in the late afternoon

Overnight: Etosha National Park (East) – SAFARIHOEK LODGE, ETOSHA HEIGHTS PRIVATE RESERVE

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10AfriCat Foundation, Windhoek

Today, continue to Okahandja, the “Garden Town” of Namibia, for a specially arranged visit with staff at the AfriCat Foundation, dedicated to long term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores. A guided drive begins at the AfriCat Carnivore Care and Information Centre. Here, meet Species Ambassadors responsible for the care of young, orphaned or injured animals until they can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild. The guide answers your questions and explains the work being done with carnivores in Namibia. AfriCat also provides an environment for non-releasable carnivores to hone their hunting skills in a 50,000-acre nature reserve with a goal of long term survival in their natural habitat. Continue to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Tonight, bid a fond farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends as you gather for a Farewell Dinner. Share memories together of your magnificent adventure in Namibia that will last a lifetime

*Today’s route from Etosha National Park to Windhoek will cover a considerable distance.

Overnight: The Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel, Windhoek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11Depart Namibia

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Windhoek for your flight to Johannesburg, where you will connect to your departure flight. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 7 PM.

Meals: Breakfast.

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