Namibia | Desert Dune Safari | Adult Only
Explore Namibia on this 10-day safari!
10 days / 9 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Explore the Skeleton Coast and one of the oldest deserts in the world, the Namib Desert on this authentic African safari adventure. Travel through some of the most remote areas of Africa searching for the ‘Big and Little Five’ species, making this vacation a discovery for everyone. Cruise along on a day or night nature drive or enjoy a boating expedition to see Africa’s extraordinary wildlife. Climb one of the world’s tallest dunes, try rhino tracking, or perhaps discover the shipwrecked remains on the desolate Skeleton Coast. From Sossusvlei to Swakopmund to the Skeleton Coast, venture far off the typical tourist’s path on this epic, ten-day expedition encompassing the best that Namibia has to offer.
- Step into a sea of crimson, mountain-high sand dunes and cobalt sky in Sossusvlei
- Sleep under the stars at the Kulala Desert Lodge
- Watch for ostrich, springbok, oryx, spotted hyena, and bat-eared fox on a horseback ride through Kulala Wilderness Reserve
- Cruise Walvis Bay beside Cape fur seals and dolphins
- Stroll the secluded, windswept Skeleton Coast, littered with historic wreckage of sunken ships
- Track the endangered, desert-adapted black rhino and watch for elephant, zebra, and giraffe roaming the rugged, rocky landscape of Palmwag Reserve
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
Head to Pelican Point to see the lighthouse and an area in which three species of dolphins may be encountered, namely the rare endemic Heaviside's dolphin as well as the dusky and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.
Discover Damaraland, which has the highest concentrations of desert elephant and black rhino species. The Brandberg Mountains in Damaraland offers its guests endless vistas and one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia.
Visit Skeleton Coast to search for historic sunken ship wreckage.
Windhoek, Namibia WDH
Windhoek, Namibia WDH
Kuala Desert Lodge / Kuala Wildernes Reserve
Explore the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei and the 37,000-acre private reserve where you will discover line in one of the world’s oldest and most arid deserts.
About the Kuala Desert Lodge
Kulala Desert Lodge boasts magnificent views of the famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei, breathtaking mountain scenery, and vast open plains. Set in the 37 000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, there is an abundance of space and silence to be found here.
Hansa Hotel Swakopund
Our Light aircraft transfer to Swakopmund Airport is in fact a spectacular scenic flight (weather permitting) that flies over the only well-preserved shipwreck in Namibia, endless dune fields, and even an old diamond mining settlement. Discover the town of Swakopmund and bed down in the historic Hansa Hotel that forms part of the city’s architectural culture.
On Day 4, we explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast on a boat cruise (weather permitting) as well as the imposing Sandwich Harbor dune fields on 4×4. The adventure is rounded off with a private seafood lunch before driving back to Walvis Bay.
About the Hansa Hotel
The Hansa Hotel – nestling in the very center of the charming little town of Swakopmund, wrapped in the shape of a timelessly classical building dating from 1905, and an integral part of Swakopmund’s architectural heritage, offers you a feeling of being enveloped in luxurious and sophisticated hospitality with a satisfying blend of both classic atmosphere and truly elegant interior, matched with friendly and personalized service.
Terrace Bay Lodge / Skeleton Coast National Park
We continue our journey by road for approx 236 miles up the legendary Skeleton Coast (named for the numerous ships the treacherous shores have claimed over the years). You can expect to see the fascinating lichen plains at Wlotskasbaken, the remains of the Zelia shipwreck near Henties Bay, and the SW Seal shipwreck near Ugabmund. We also take in the ghostly remains of mining operations near Toscanini. Driving time is about five hours, plus time for stops.
About the Terrace Bar Lodge
Terrace Bay Lodge is situated in the Skeleton Coast National Park in northwest Namibia. As the only accommodation in the Park itself, Terrace Bay is a popular destination in a remote location. This rustic rest camp has 20 comfortable en-suite rooms and a family chalet, while the bar and restaurant are convivial areas in which to meet fellow guests and discuss the exciting day’s happenings. This is also a destination for the angling crowd as the chances of catching a variety of fish here are amongst the best on Namibia’s coastline.
*Please note that whilst accommodation is clean, functional, and comfortable, it is not a luxury lodge comparable to Wilderness Safaris camps.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp / Palmwag Concession
We continue through the Skeleton Coast National Park to Mowe Bay Museum and the stop and admire the remains of the Suiderkus shipwreck. Other attractions are the Klein Oase ad Auses Springs hidden in the dunes, an intriguing “roaring” dune, and spectacular desert scenery combines with whatever desert-adapted wildlife presents itself. The distance to the camp is only 86 miles, however, given the gravel roads, the driving time is approx. 5 hours.
About the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Set in the starkly beautiful Palmwag Concession on the border of the legendary Skeleton Coast National Park, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp offers a unique experience of one of the most remote places on Earth. Eight stylish, well-insulated en-suite tents with shaded outdoor lounges are laid out against a rugged backdrop of hills and overlook a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries, providing breathtaking vistas over the highly photogenic landscape. A small plunge pool awaits you after summer activities, while a winter lounge provides a cozy respite from the icy Atlantic fog when it settles over the coastal plain.
Deser Rhino Camp / Palmwag Concession
Another exciting day on the road to Desert Rhino Camp through the rugged, rocky, and mountainous Palmwag Concession brings with it the opportunity of seeing giraffe, oryx, and dry riverbeds.
About the Desert Rhino Camp
- At Desert Rhino Camp, you can take part in a thrilling and exclusive conservation success story.
- Tracking Africa’s unique and endangered desert-adapted black rhino is an unforgettable experience.
- To set the scene, you will be shown into one of the eight en-suite Meru-style tents elevated off the ground.
- You can absorb the panoramic views over the rolling, rocky hills beyond from the privacy of your veranda.
- Full-day excursions are on offer; otherwise, between activities, relax in our tented living area.
- Evening meals are taken around the fire pit.
- As a wonderland of unusual plant life, fascinating wildlife, and sparse wilderness, Desert Rhino Camp is begging to be explored.
We bid farewell to our adventure as we transfer to the Doro Nawas Airstrip to return to Windhoek.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
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