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Namibia Desert Safari,
Dune & Wildlife

Starts
Windhoek
Ends
Windhoek

Highlights

Sossusvlei dune exploration
Skeleton Coast shipwrecks
Etosha wildlife safaris
Desert-adapted elephants

Dive into the heart of Namibia’s breathtaking landscapes on this 7-day Namibia desert safari, immersing yourself in the raw beauty of its Desert, Dune, & Wildlife Safari. From the awe-inspiring dunes of Sossusvlei to the haunting beauty of the Skeleton Coast and the abundant wildlife of Etosha National Park, each day unveils a new chapter of Africa’s untamed beauty.

Feel the thrill of adventure as you fly over vast deserts, walk among ancient shipwrecks, and track wildlife in their natural habitat. It’s a journey that promises not just sights and sounds, but a deep connection with the raw and beautiful wilds of Namibia, leaving you with memories and emotions that linger long after you’ve returned home.

Sossusvlei

Itinerary Details

Day-By-Day

Day 1

Sossusvlei is a striking desert realm within Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft National Park, renowned for its towering sand dunes that rank among the highest in the world. The vivid reds and oranges of the landscape at sunrise and sunset are mesmerizing, offering a dreamlike quality that captivates photographers and adventurers alike.

Exploring this area provides an almost surreal encounter with nature’s majesty, perfect for a memorable Namibia desert safari. From the iconic Deadvlei with its ancient, petrified trees set against a backdrop of towering dunes, to the adrenaline-inducing climb up Big Daddy, one of the tallest dunes in the area, every step in this vast, tranquil desert feels like a moment suspended in time, offering a profound sense of solitude and connection to the earth.

Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our Safari365 representatives. From Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), you take a light aircraft flight from Windhoek to Sossusvlei airstrip, flying over the Naukluft Mountain Range. From here, you will be whisked away to Hoodia Desert Lodge, located in magnificent surroundings amidst the vast landscapes of the Namib Desert. Arriving at the world’s oldest desert – the Namib Desert, you are sure to marvel at the rolling sand dunes with its breathtaking vistas, setting the stage for an unforgettable Namibia desert safari.

Air transfer from Windhoek International Airport to Sossusvlei & a road transfer to accommodation.
Starts:

Windhoek International Airport

Ends:
Hoodia Desert Lodge

1 x sundowner game drive

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Nestled in the heart of the Namib Desert, Hoodia Desert Lodge offers an authentic and immersive experience amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Sossusvlei, perfect for your Namibia desert safari adventure. Surrounded by towering sand dunes and ancient desert plains, the lodge provides guests with a tranquil retreat in one of Namibia’s most iconic destinations. Each spacious chalet at Hoodia Desert Lodge is designed to harmonize with the desert environment, offering comfort and serenity while showcasing panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness.

Hoodia Desert Lodge is committed to sustainability and responsible tourism practices, making it an ideal base for your Namibia desert safari. The lodge operates with a focus on minimizing its environmental impact, utilizing eco-friendly technologies such as solar power and water conservation measures. Additionally, Hoodia Desert Lodge supports local communities through initiatives that promote cultural preservation and economic empowerment.

A tip for visitors to Hoodia Desert Lodge: Rise early to witness the mesmerizing sunrise over the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei, a highlight of your Namibia desert safari. Embark on a guided excursion to explore the otherworldly landscapes of the Namib Desert, and don’t miss the opportunity to stargaze beneath the clear desert skies, where the Milky Way shines brightly overhead.

Sossusvlei

Day 2

Spend the full day immersing yourself in the captivating surroundings of Hoodia Desert Lodge, perfect for your Namibia desert safari adventure. Highlights include exploring iconic sites such as Sossuvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy, Elim Dune, and Sesriem Canyon. Enjoy a guided Sossusvlei excursion, complete with a memorable and delicious picnic lunch amidst the sand dunes. Local branded refreshing beverages are included to enhance your experience. Afterward, take ample time to relax and explore the desert lodge, and as night falls, marvel at one of the darkest skies in the world. The Namib Desert is part of the Dark Sky Reserve, offering unparalleled stargazing opportunities.

Hoodia Desert Lodge

1 x Guided Sossusvlei excursion including a full picnic lunch in the dunes

Skeleton Coast

Day 3

Stretching along Namibia’s rugged Atlantic coastline, the Skeleton Coast is a hauntingly beautiful and remote wilderness area characterized by its stark landscapes and shipwreck-strewn shores. Named for the skeletal remains of stranded ships and the bones of whales that litter its beaches, this desolate region is both captivating and forbidding. Its mist-shrouded dunes, towering cliffs, and relentless surf create an otherworldly atmosphere that has captured the imagination of adventurers and explorers for centuries.

Despite its harsh conditions, the Skeleton Coast is home to a surprising array of wildlife, including desert-adapted elephants, lions, and seals, as well as a diverse bird population. Visitors to this unique wilderness can explore its barren expanses on guided safaris, discovering hidden oases, ancient rock formations, and the remnants of bygone maritime expeditions. Whether marveling at the eerie shipwrecks protruding from the sand or witnessing the power of the ocean against a backdrop of mist and fog, the Skeleton Coast offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of Namibia’s untamed wilderness, making it a must-visit destination for any Namibia desert safari.

After an easy check out, your dedicated guide will transfer you to the Sossusvlei airstrip and from here board the flight through to Swakopmund Airport for a refuelling stop and then take another flight through to the amazing Skeleton Coast – landing at Mowe Bay Airstrip. this flight is 1 hour 30 minutes to Swakopmund (for a refuel stop) and then a from Swakopmund to Mowe Bay is another 1 hour 30 minutes. Fly over old diamond mines, shipwrecks and Sandwich Harbour. A local respresentative will collect you and transfer you through to Shipwreck Lodge.

The drive to the lodge is a scenic drive as you meander throught he Skeleton Coast National Park, an untouched wilderness. In the late afternoon you’ll take a game drive within the Skeleton Coast National Park. You’ll see huge bleached whalebones, rusting ship hulls and dry river beds. This is one of the most unique places on earth. This game drive will be with a professional lodge guide.

Road transfer to departure flight, private charter light aircraft flight along the Skeleton Coast, road transfer from Mowe Bay to the lodge
Starts:

Skeleton Coast

Ends:
Shipwreck Lodge

Game drives within the Skeleton Coast National Park, sundowner, walks on the beach at your leisure, catch & release fishing (equipment provided)

Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge

Located within the rugged and remote Skeleton Coast of Namibia, Shipwreck Lodge offers a unique and unforgettable accommodation experience amidst the haunting beauty of this wilderness. The lodge’s distinctive architecture mirrors the shape of the shipwrecks that dot the coastline, providing guests with an immersive experience that blends seamlessly with the stark landscape. Each room boasts panoramic views of the surrounding dunes and Atlantic Ocean, allowing guests to soak in the tranquility and marvel at the desolate yet mesmerizing scenery.

Shipwreck Lodge is committed to sustainability and responsible tourism practices. The lodge operates in harmony with its natural surroundings, utilizing eco-friendly technologies such as solar power and water conservation measures to minimize its environmental impact. Additionally, Shipwreck Lodge supports local communities through employment opportunities and initiatives that contribute to the preservation of Namibia’s cultural heritage.

A tip for visitors to Shipwreck Lodge: Take advantage of the guided excursions offered by the lodge to explore the Skeleton Coast’s unique landscapes and wildlife. From guided nature walks to coastal drives, these experiences provide insights into the region’s fascinating history and ecology, enhancing your stay in this remote and remarkable destination, perfect for a Namibia desert safari.

Skeleton Coast

Day 4

After a hearty breakfast, embark on a 4×4 trip to the Hoanib River Delta, a highlight of your Namibia desert safari adventure. Here, you’ll encounter dozens of ‘clay castles’ that date back tens of thousands of years. En route to or from Mowe Bay, make a stop at the seal colony, where The Mowe, a German ship, made the first official sightings of cape fur seals in 1884. A drive along the Hoarusib River presents the opportunity to track the desert-adapted elephant, adding to the excitement of your Namibia desert safari experience.

We highly recommend trying out sandboarding and quad biking as well – both offer a wonderful and thrilling experience, further enhancing your adventure in the Namib Desert, perfect for a Namibia desert safari.

Shipwreck Lodge

Game drives within the Skeleton Coast National Park, Sundowners and walks on the beach, fishing at the coastline (equipment provided), 4×4 excursions to the Clay Castles, the Hoanib River Delta and the Mowe Bay seal colony, visits to the Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks & drives along the Hoarusib River to track desert-adapted wildlife

Etosha

Day 5

Etosha National Park, a jewel of Namibia’s wildlife conservation efforts, beckons travelers with its vast salt pans, sprawling savannahs, and diverse ecosystems. Spanning over 22,000 square kilometers, Etosha is home to an impressive array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, giraffes, and rhinos, offering visitors unparalleled opportunities for game viewing and photography. The park’s centerpiece, the Etosha Pan, is a vast salt flat visible even from space and provides a striking backdrop for unforgettable safari experiences.

Exploring Etosha is a journey into the heart of Africa’s wilderness, where each watering hole and grassy plain teems with life and natural beauty. Visitors can embark on guided game drives or opt for self-drive safaris, immersing themselves in the rhythm of the bush and encountering iconic African wildlife in their natural habitat. Etosha’s diverse landscapes, from open plains to dense mopane woodlands, ensure that every safari excursion offers a unique and captivating experience, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike. Whether you’re seeking an adventure in the heart of the wilderness or a thrilling Namibia desert safari, Etosha National Park promises an unforgettable journey into the wilds of Namibia.

Your mid-morning flight takes you to the east of Etosha from Mowe Bay to Ondangwa to refuel and then onto Etosha National Park to the Mokuti Lodge airport in the east. Upon arrival, enjoy a road transfer to the lodge with our local Safari365 representative.

When you’re there: No visit to Namibia would be complete without a safari in Etosha National Park, which is one of Africa’s great game parks. It is a primate safari destination in Namibia and hosts an abundance of wildlife, including the endangered black rhino. This is the perfect opportunity for photographic enthusiasts and safari aficionados or first-time safari-goers. Whether you’re seeking a thrilling Namibia desert safari or a chance to capture the mesmerizing wildlife of Etosha, this safari destination promises an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Namibia’s wilderness.

Flight transfer from Skeleton Coast to Etosha National Park and road transfer from the airstrip to the lodge.
Starts:

Skeleton Coast

Ends:
Onguma The Fort

Afternoon game activity

Onguma The Fort

Onguma The Fort

Nestled on the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park, Onguma The Fort offers a luxurious retreat amidst the rugged beauty of Namibia’s wilderness, perfect for your Namibia desert safari adventure. This exclusive lodge features stunning architecture inspired by a traditional African fort, blending seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. Each spacious suite boasts panoramic views of the plains, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the savannah.

Onguma The Fort is committed to sustainable tourism practices, utilizing eco-friendly initiatives such as solar power and water conservation to minimize its environmental impact. Additionally, the lodge actively supports local communities through various conservation and community development projects, ensuring that guests can enjoy their stay with a clear conscience.

For an unforgettable experience, guests can partake in guided game drives and nature walks, exploring the rich biodiversity of Etosha and encountering iconic African wildlife up close during their Namibia desert safari. Whether marveling at the spectacle of a lion pride or admiring the graceful movements of a herd of elephants, Onguma The Fort offers a truly immersive safari experience in the heart of Namibia’s wilderness.

Etosha

Day 6

Onguma the Fort is built to allow guests memorable views of the sunset and overlooks the Etosha pans, which has hundreds of Camel Thorn trees. Spend your down time relaxing in this beautiful and luxurious lodge, which is also very private. One to be one of the best lodges in Namibia. Enjoy the game drives with exceptionally knowledgeable and professional guides.

Onguma The Fort

Morning and afternoon game activity

Windhoek

Day 7

Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, is a vibrant cultural and economic hub nestled in the heart of the Khomas Highland plateau. With its blend of European and African influences, Windhoek offers visitors a unique cultural experience. The city boasts a mix of modern skyscrapers and colonial-era architecture, reflecting its rich history as a former German colony.

Visitors to Windhoek can explore its many attractions, including the historic Christuskirche, Independence Memorial Museum, and the bustling craft markets offering locally-made souvenirs. The city is also known for its vibrant culinary scene, with a wide range of restaurants serving up delicious Namibian and international cuisine. Whether strolling through the lush gardens of the National Botanical Garden or enjoying panoramic views from the top of the nearby Auas Mountains, Windhoek offers something for every traveler to enjoy, including a gateway to thrilling Namibia desert safaris.

Bid farewell to the wildlife, the peace and tranquility and the unspoiled scenery as you fly back to Windhoek in time to catch your outbound flight at the end of your amazing Namibia highlights fly-in safari tour. The flight will be 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Flight Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Starts:

Etosha National Park

Ends:
Windhoek

Morning game activity

Summary

Namibia Desert, Dune & Wildlife Safari

Start / End
Windhoek | Windhoek
Accommodation
2 nights at Hoodia Desert Lodge, 2 nights at Shipwreck Lodge & 2 nights at Onguma The Fort
Meals & Drinks
6 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners, plus selected alcoholic & soft drinks in Namibia.
Activities

<strong>Sossusvlei: Guided excursion, plus sundowner drive
Skeleton Coast: Game drives, walks on the beach, fishing, 4×4 excursions, visits to the Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks & drives along the Hoarusib River to track desert-adapted wildlife
Etosha East: Game drives to learn about the Etosha pan, the flora and fauna

Transport
All air transfers after joining in Windhoek until finishing in Windhoek.
Bonuses
Private light aircraft flights

General
Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions:

Accommodation as indicated – can change depending on availability and request at time of booking
Meals as indicated
Meet and greet upon arrival
Activities as indicated including park entry fees
Private charter flights as indicated
Airstrip transfers as necessary

Exclusions:

Items of a personal nature
Optional extra activities
International flights
Holiday or personal insurance
Staff gratuities
Visas and visa applications
Lunch on day 2

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