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This quintessential journey encompasses Namibia's
attractions as a whole: stunning landscapes, endless skies,
barren deserts, rugged mountains and spectacular wildlife.
Explore the dunes of Sossusvlei and the awesome space of the
Namib Desert. Encounter the stark beauty of the Skeleton
Coast, marine life around Swakopmund and the game-filled
savannahs of Etosha. Such experiences are enhanced by a
range of Discoverer camps and lodges, including diverse
activities such as a scenic Skeleton Coast flight, a dolphin
cruise with private beach lunch at Walvis Bay, hiking and
cycling in Damaraland, interacting with the Damara and Himba
peoples (dependent on their movements) and tracking black
rhino on foot in Damaraland.
Days 1 & 2: Kulala Wilderness Camp, Sossusvlei
(Accommodation may vary between Kulala Desert, Little
Kulala or Wilderness Camp - dependent upon availability)
From Windhoek, travel by vehicle approximately 330km to
Kulala Wilderness Camp in the 37 000ha private Kulala
Wilderness Reserve, enjoying awe-inspiring views of the
mountains and the desert floor. En route, we enjoy a lunch
close to the Khomas Hochland escarpment, reaching onto
sweeping vistas below.
One of the most enduring impressions of the Sossusvlei
area is the early morning light on the sea of vivid orange
dunes, some as high as 300 meters. Nearby world-famous
Sossusvlei is an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous
red sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky.
These dunes - the most well-known being Big Daddy or Dune 45
- have developed over millions of years, the wind
continuously refashioning the contours of this red sand sea.
The 'vlei' itself only fills after rare heavy rainfall when,
in a complete turn-around, it transforms into a spectacular
Afternoon activities include nature walks, drives to
scenic viewpoints and marveling at the unique Namib fauna
and flora in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Here we
enjoy access to the Sossusvlei dunes through a private
access gate, for walks in the immense moving sands of the
Namib-Naukluft National Park, game drives (by day and night)
on our concession and stargazing. Photography in the early
morning of the dunes is particularly stunning with rich reds
and dark shadows completing the extraordinary vista that is
the enormity of the Namib Desert.
Kulala Wilderness Camp, commands a panoramic view of the
valley and mountains beyond. It consists of 10 comfortable
"kulalas" (meaning "to sleep" in Oshiwambo) with en-suite
bathrooms and verandas built on elevated platforms for that
spectacular view. The main area is raised to take advantage
of the endless vista and comprises a lounge and bar under
thatch. Meals are taken on the deck and guests can cool off
at the sparkling pool.
3 & 4: Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund
Travel 280km by road north-west via the Kuiseb Canyon
with its dark, craggy canyons and via a moon-like landscape
of flat gravel plains (with stops along the way that include
the Walvis bay lagoon for some bird watching viewing
inter-alia pelicans and flamingos). We arrive at the grand
Hansa Hotel in Swakopmund in the early afternoon in time for
lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the towns quaint
mix of European and African culture, as well as a little
shopping in the vibrant markets. On our second day we
explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast, from the port towns of
Walvis Bay and Swakopmund to its incredible marine mammals.
A private boat cruise at Walvis Bay and down the coast to
Sandwich Harbor (weather permitting) provides a unique
chance to see the diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife,
Cape fur seals and rare Heaviside's dolphins up close.
activity is rounded off with a private seafood lunch, before
returning to the hotel in the late afternoon. The remainder
of the afternoon is at leisure before meeting for dinner.
The grand three-star Hansa Hotel forms part of Swakopmund's
architectural culture and dates back to 1905; it is said to
be one of the oldest buildings in the town. It is ideally
situated in the centre of Swakopmund within easy walking
distance of town and the beach. The luxury of the hotel, its
excellent cuisine and friendly service are well known and
appreciated countrywide and overseas.
5: Damaraland Camp, Damaraland
Travel approximately 280km, partly up the legendary
Skeleton Coast (named for the numerous shipwrecks the
treacherous shores have claimed over the years) to the Cape
Cross seal colony with thousands of Cape fur seals. (We'll
visit Cape Cross only if we have not seen large populations
of seals on the boat cruise from Walvis Bay.) From here we
drive the back roads through the game productive Ugab
riverbed, travelling north past the Brandberg Mountain - the
second largest monolith on earth - to Damaraland. This
all-day excursion with lunch en route ends with our arrival
at Damaraland Camp Damaraland is a land of stark desert
beauty. 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 canyons, providing
sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region. Rare
succulent plants abound in this harsh countryside. Our
activities include explorations on foot or 4x4 vehicles,
viewing springbok, gemsbok and ostrich, and tracking the
unique desert-adapted elephant. Damaraland Camp accommodates
guests in 10 comfortable tented rooms, with en-suite
facilities including flush toilets and showers with hot and
cold running water. (Laundry facilities are limited due to
the low rainfall in the area). The dining room and pub are
combined under canvas, and an open fire is enjoyed on calm
evenings. A lovely feature of the camp is its unique rock
6 & 7: Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland
We depart Damaraland Camp and drive into the Huab
riverbed to search for desert-adapted elephants, before
heading north to the mountainous and rocky paradise of the
massive Palmwag Concession.
Desert Rhino Camp is situated in the enormous private
Palmwag Reserve in north-west Namibia, between Etosha and
the Skeleton Coast - few places on the planet can offer this
level of privacy and wilderness experience.
This reserve has a number of freshwater springs that
support healthy populations of animals including
desert-adapted back rhino and elephant as well as large
populations of the rare Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe,
gemsbok, springbok and kudu. The predator population is the
largest outside of the Etosha National Park including lion,
cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyaena. Bird life is
prolific and diverse featuring most of Namibia's endemics.
Welwitschia plants (ancient and highly unusual succulents)
dot the plain in front of the camp. The speciality of the
area is its growing population of the rare desert-adapted
black rhino (the largest concentration in the world outside
a national park), which are monitored and protected by the
Save the Rhino Trust.
Desert Rhino Camp accommodates guests in 7 large East
African-style Meru tents, each with an en-suite bathroom and
a classic bucket shower that is filled with hot water
whenever needed. Lights are powered by solar panels and the
tented dining room offers uninterrupted views of the desert
and mountains. On the second day, the highlight is rhino
tracking on foot or by vehicle; other activities include day
and night nature drives.
Days 8 & 9: Ongava Tented Camp, Etosha National Park
We depart Palmwag eastward on an extended combination
wildlife viewing (first part of the drive) and transfer
drive of approximately 350km to Etosha National Park, where
we experience the pinnacle of game viewing - but
accommodated in the privacy of an exclusive bush camp
situated on an extensive private game reserve, Ongava, just
on the outside of Etosha National Park.
Activities include day and night drives (in Etosha
National Park and on the private Ongava concession), walks
and hides (on the Ongava concession). Etosha National Park
is a renowned park, boasting the most wildlife prolific game
experience on a salt pan in the world. A healthy mix of
wildlife, ranging from savanna based species like impala and
then desert species like springbuck abound. Elephant roam
the pan fringes and large herds of zebra are often
highlighted against a mirage background of the white
expansive salt pans. Within Etosha we visit numerous
perennial springs and pans, encountering a myriad of
Ongava houses healthy populations of the species within
the park (except elephant) with rhino and predators often
sighted. Ongava Tented Camp comprises 10 large comfortable
walk-in tents, each with en-suite facilities, including
flush toilet and a hot shower. All meals are enjoyed in the
thatched dining area that overlooks an active waterhole.
There is a small pool in which to cool off as well.
10, 11 & 12: Skeleton Coast Research Camp, Skeleton Coast
Park Enjoy a breathtaking scenic flight over dramatic
desert landscapes to the exclusive Skeleton Coast Research
Camp situated in a private concession in the Skeleton Coast
This is one of the most inhospitable but hauntingly
beautiful places on the planet: desolate and uninhabited. It
has everything, from roaring sand dunes, windswept plains,
towering canyons and saltpans to seal colonies and
shipwrecks. Full-day explorations in 4x4 Land Rovers will
take all these in, picnicking on the way. Included are
cultural visits to the remote villages of the Himba people.
Skeleton Coast Research Camp comprises 5 Meru-style tents
nestled between granite rocks. Surrounded by pure
wilderness, this camp is truly remote and the perfect
setting for a serviced style of camping. The camp is
outfitted with necessary comforts and equipment, essential
elements to the old and relaxed manner of early explorers.
Discoverer camping aims to bring the guest closer to
nature, by means of a lively campfire, lanterns,
wide-ranging activities and a warm atmosphere complimenting
the comfort and added luxury of the lodges visited. Skeleton
Coast Research Camp is specifically outfitted to ensure that
old-style camping feel with a clear emphasis on necessary
and simple comfortable interiors, creating a peerless
Day 13: Charter flight to Windhoek
Say farewell to the adventure as we return by air charter
to Windhoek, arriving at approximately 4pm late afternoon.
Rates from $7,550 per
person sharing. Please contact us for a quote based on your
envisaged period of travel.