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Namibia: Desert Landscapes Journey

This safari focuses on experiencing this magical and unforgettable country in the most personalised way possible. We use a guiding team well known to us, with a relationship formed over many years of planning journeys through this area. Utilising luxurious accommodation that remains well located to explore each specific location in your journey.

This specific trip will take you to Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland and Ongava Private Game Reserve bordering Etosha National Park. Covering a huge range of habitats, each so different from the last and more so beautiful. It’s truly a country that will continually take your breath away.

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Limited:

7 Guests

Duration:

11 Days

Protection:

ABTOT 5409

Destination:

Namibia

Price:

$4,969.00£3,976.00

Your Daily Itinerary

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Arrive into Windhoek

After arriving at Windhoek Airport, you will be met by your driver who will transfer you to the comfortable Galton House.

A comfortable lodge, located in the upscale Eros neighbourhood and well equipped with a swimming pool, bar and restaurant serving local food all day. With just eight rooms the service remains personal and friendly, the perfect start or end to your time in Namibia.

  • Guide TBC
  • No meals included on this day
  • Accommodation in Galton House

Drive to Sossusvlei

Departing early in the morning, we will leave Windhoek in our 4WD vehicle and drive up into the stark and inspiring Khomas Hochland Highlands. Traversing the Great Escarpment, we will then descend into the arid Namib Desert. If there is still time after arrival at the Lodge, you can visit Sesriem Canyon with your guide, or explore the nearby Elim Dune. For those who would rather relax after the journey from Windhoek, now is the chance to just enjoy the beautiful and tranquil surroundings at the Lodge or go for a swim in the outdoor swimming pool.

  • Guide TBC
  • Full Board
  • Accommodation in Dead Valley Lodge

Dunes of Sossusvlei

We will be up before sunrise to explore some of the Namib Naukluft Park’s best-known sights – the towering dunes of Sossusvlei and the desert pan of Deadvlei. Reaching the dunes in the early morning – when the light is still soft and dramatic shadows highlight the dunes’ towering shapes. This part of the Desert has some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world and your guide will explain how the Desert has been formed and how animals and plants have adapted to survive here.

  • Guide TBC
  • Full Board
  • Accommodation in Dead Valley Lodge

Drive to Swakopmund

If you fancy getting up early, there is an opportunity to take to the skies for an optional sunrise balloon flight. This is not included in your itinerary but is a spectacular experience which we highly recommend. After a relaxed breakfast, we will leave Dead Valley Lodge to head northwest through the Namib Naukluft National Park’s stunning desert landscape, passing by the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons en route. We will eventually reach the coast at the busy fishing town of Walvis Bay before heading north to Swakopmund where we will be spending the next two nights.

  • Guide TBC
  • Full Board
  • Accommodation in central Swakopmund guesthouse

Coastline of Swakopmund

After an early breakfast, will be heading back along the coast road to Walvis Bay for a kayaking trip in the outer lagoon. Kayaking is an ideal way of viewing wildlife here – such as Cape fur seals, dolphins, pelicans, flamingos. It’s also sometimes possible to see whales, leather back turtles and sunfish. You will be accompanied by a specialist kayaking guide for this adventure. En route to the kayaking launch point, we will pass Pelican Point – a beautiful and windswept peninsula complete with iconic lighthouse. We will also stop briefly at the nearby salt works where you can see a variety of bird life.

  • Guide TBC
  • Full Board
  • Accommodation in central Swakopmund guesthouse

Drive to Damaraland

Today we will be setting off to the wonderfully diverse region of Damaraland. Passing by the Brandberg – Namibia’s highest mountain which peaks at 2,573 m above sea level – the trip will be something of a safari and we’ll be taking time to view game and marvel at the spectacular scenery along the way. Damaraland has an extraordinary and colourful landscape comprising magnificent table-topped mountains, dramatic rock formations and fascinating vegetation.

  • Guide TBC
  • Full Board
  • Accommodation in Camp Kipwe

Desert of Damaraland

After rising early for breakfast, we will be spending the morning on an exciting 4WD excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys – searching for game and exploring this remarkable region. We will be hoping for a sighting of the elusive desert adapted elephants that inhabit the area. These elephants are active mainly in the mornings so heading out early gives us the best chance of seeing them.

  • Guide TBC
  • Full Board
  • Accommodation in Camp Kipwe

Drive to Etosha National Park

Early this morning, we will head to the Ongava Game Reserve located on the southern edge of Etosha National Park. Arriving in time for an afternoon game drive. Game drives here take place in a purpose built open game-viewing 4WD and are accompanied by an Ongava ranger. Please note you may be accompanied on this game drive by other lodge guests. The Ongava Game Reserve is a private game reserve, spread across 30,000 hectares next to Etosha National Park. The reserve is home to a wide variety of game including lion, leopard, giraffe, rhino, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, kudu, steenbok, gemsbok (oryx) and much more.

  • TBC
  • Full Board
  • Accommodation in Ongava Tented Camp

Etosha National Park

Today we will be enjoying one of the highlights of our trip – two guided game drives in Etosha National Park. The Park is home to a wide variety of game and bird species and covers some 22,270 km². Around 5,000 km² of this is made up of huge saline depressions or ‘pans’. The largest is the Etosha Pan – a saline desert in its own right – located in the Owambo Basin on the north-western edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert. The rest of Etosha National Park comprises grassland, woodland and savannah with game-viewing focused mainly around the numerous springs and waterholes. The Park boasts 114 mammal species and over 340 bird species; several different species can often be seen using the waterholes at the same time.

  • TBC
  • Full Board
  • Accommodation in Ongava Tented Camp

Etosha National Park

Today we will spend another morning on a game drive, this time covering some of the southern section of Etosha National Park. We will return to camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest before our final game drive on the private Ongava Game Reserve. We will be back at Camp shortly after sunset to enjoy our last final ‘safari dinner’ overlooking the camp’s waterhole.

  • TBC
  • Full Board
  • Accommodation in Ongava Tented Camp

Depart from Windhoek

We will leave early today and head south from Ongava to visit Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa’s big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. After lunch, we will enjoy a fascinating, exciting and informative game drive at the centre and also get an up-close encounter with some the Foundation’s big cat residents. Later depart to Windhoek, arriving early evening.

  • TBC
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • No accommodation included on this day

Limited To 7 Guests

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Highlights

Some of the amazing things you’ll experience

Meet Your Guide

Joan Riera spent his childhood between contrasting lives in both west Africa and Spain’s Catalan region. This unique combination led him to study anthropology at London’s Richmond University, part of a journey that has led him to continue his studies of traditional African cultures, and to become one of the best experts available on the region today.

It is this unique childhood and academic background that enables Joan to both understand and importantly,empathise with, indigenous cultures whilst his infectious personality enables him to operate as a guide. It would be fair to say, it is the fact that he did not train specifically as a guide that makes him such a great one.

Departure Dates

Due to demand we now offer various dates

26 July to 4 August 2022

$5,561.00£4,449.00 per person

20 August to 29 August 2022

$5,561.00£4,449.00 per person

13 September to 22 September 2022

$5,561.00£4,449.00 per person

1 October to 10 October 2022

$5,561.00£4,449.00 per person

8 November to 17 November 2022

$4,969.00£3,976.00 per person

20 December to 29 December 2022

$5,561.00£4,449.00 per person

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Tanzania was our first safari but won't be the last, camping and walking in this area was as far removed from our day to day life as we could imagine, a really incredible experience and one we intend to try again.

Miss Romina Melo

San Diego, USA