22 February 2017
Namibia is one of Africa's most diverse and beautiful countries and on this imaginative 10 day tour, which begins and ends in the capital city of Windhoek, you will experience all the highlights. Staying along the way at luxurious hotels and safari lodges, you will see some of the most spectacular scenery that this great continent has to offer and also get up close to many of the animals and birds that populate this vast desert region. As well as seeing all the sights you will have time to relax or take part in a whole range of adventure activities.
You will be met at Windhoek Airport by one of our experienced tour guides and begin your journey by driving 300 miles through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the iconic Sossusvlei region, where your first two nights are spent at Kulala Adventurer Camp on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. This vast tract of land is near the spectacular sights of Sossusvlei, which borders the expansive Namib Naukluft Park.
The Kulala Adventurer Camp, where you stay in dome tents under the shade, is perfect for taking in the reserve's expansive vistas and stark beauty. Dining under the star-filled Namibian skies and watching a blood red sunset punctuated by the cacophony of barking geckos are a few highlights, as is spending quality time at the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, known for their red colouring in the early morning sunlight, and accessed through a nearby private gate. Desert-adapted wildlife can be seen on the reserve, as well as smaller creatures. Activities include day and night scenic drives and walks, and optional ballooning, horse riding or quad-biking.
Today you leave your adventure camp early, driving through the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto the expansive gravel plains before arriving in picturesque Walvis Bay with time for sightseeing here. Later you drive for a memorable five hours up the spectacular Skeleton Coast into the quaint town of Swakopmund, where you stay for the next two nights.
On day four you explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast, from the port town of Swakopmund to its incredible marine mammals. A private Dolphin and Seal catamaran cruise provides a wonderful opportunity to explore this beautiful coastline. The cruise takes in the Oyster Platforms, Pelican Point to see the lighthouse and dolphins, birdlife, pelicans, flamingo, Cape fur seals, massive sunfish, leatherback turtles, and sometimes humpback whales. The luxury hotel you stay in at Swakopmund is ideally situated in the centre of town within easy walking distance of the beach.
Today you continue your journey by road to Damaraland, west of the Brandberg Mountain - which is the second largest monolith in the world after Ayers Rock, Australia - stopping for lunch at Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp, which has been involved with rhino conservation in this area since the early eighties, and has been singly responsible for helping these rare animals survive and thrive. Today this area boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere on the planet. Community game scouts employed by the trust as monitors are your trackers and guides.
Once in the area around Damaraland, you are in the heart of the rocky desert, an ancient glacial landscape. Damaraland boasts a varied and breathtaking assortment of desert-adapted species including one of the highest concentrations of desert elephant and black rhino, and a surprisingly high diversity of wildlife including Hartmann's mountain zebra, kudu, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, and cheetah. Your activities here range from nature walks, mountain biking, viewing the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site, to day and night nature drives, exploring the mountains, hills, river beds and springs.
Looking south from the camp towards the imposing Brandberg Mountains, Damaraland offers its guests endless vistas and one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia. Early morning mists generated by the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the warm desert air of the Skeleton Coast, drift inland along the river sand canyon, giving life to the flora and fauna of the region. A whole host of tours and guided walks and drives to choose from today.
Today you drive to Ongava Game Reserve on the boundary of Etosha National Park, to experience big game viewing on this iconic salt pan. Etosha remains the highest density wildlife area within Namibia. The salt pan (the largest in the world) is thought to be a remnant of an ancient glacial lake. Springs along the edge of the pan attract and quench the thirst of a huge variety of wildlife, mixing savanna and desert species. The vistas here are endless and have your cameras ready for mirages of the pan itself.
Situated on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park, the Ongava Game Reserve, a prolific private concession, is a haven to large concentrations of wildlife notably lion, cheetah, black rhino, white rhino, springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, and Burchell's zebra. Andersson's Camp makes for a comfortable modern day, eco-friendly exploration of the landscape. Its resurrected farmstead fronts onto a waterhole and the 20 tented guest units, each with en suite bathroom, are raised on decks for an enhanced view. Here you can enjoy night game drives and walks, while evening viewing is enhanced by a floodlit waterhole.
Get up early and watch the sun rise over this beautiful national park. Today your memorable tour of Namibia comes to an end, but there is a long and interesting drive ahead as you travel south back to Windhoek where you may have time for some sightseeing or shopping before you are taken to the international airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey home.
Adventurer fr £2338pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated