You can either fly in on the day that the safari departs – but you need to arrive no later than 11:00 – or fly into Namibia the day before departure and have an overnight in Windhoek. The latter is recommended as you start the safari fresh. You would be collected from your accommodation by your driver / guide and start the itinerary from there with a six hour drive in a stretched Land Rover or Land Cruiser to Sossusvlei and Kulala Adventurer Camp. Sossusvlei is on the edge of the great sand belt which stretches as far as the eye can see to the Atlantic Ocean and up towards Walvis Bay, some 200 miles distant. The area has dramatic scenery with 1,000 feet sand dunes as well as ‘vlei’ and canyons. The wildlife in the area includes oryx, ostrich and bat eared foxes. Kulala Adventurer Camp is a camp tucked away at the foot of a small hill with en-suite domed tents on raised platforms to maximise the cooling breeze. The tents offer comfortable with X-framed camps beds, pillows and luxury duvets. Basic camping it IS NOT.
Local activities in Sossusvlei including a visit to DeadVlei and the opportunity to climb one of the huge dunes in the region (you need to be fit for this though!!) or Big Daddy is you’re really up for a challenge. You can also visit Sesriem Canyon and experience an early morning balloon safari (at additional cost).
Today you take to the desert roads through the Namib-Naukluft Park, a bleak yet starkly beautiful drive of some four hours. You’ll begin to encounter signs of life about twenty miles before you reach the coast at Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major port, where you turn north to the coastal (tourist) town of Swakopmund, staying at the Hansa Hotel for two nights. Swakopmund, a Germanic style town, stretches along the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast of Namibia and is a magnet for Namibians and South African wanting an adventurous beach holiday. The smaller town of Walvis Bay, about an hours’ drive to the south, has a lagoon where you can take marine cruises in search of cape fur seals, heavy sided dolphin, pelicans and sun fish. The oysters grown here are delicious.
Local activities as arranged such as a lagoon cruise, a scenic flight up the Skeleton Coast, shore -based fishing, horse riding and dune buggying.
Continue northwards via the Cape Cross cape seal colony to Damaraland and Damaraland Adventurer Camp, a comfortable yet rustic mobile camp set in this remote part of Namibia. The camp is similar in style and size to Kulala Adventurer Camp and offers rustic comfortable camping. Damaraland is characterised by rugged mountains interspersed with river valleys that contain a wide range of desert adapted wildlife including elephant and giraffe. Lion are occasionally seen.
DAY 6 & 7
Activities as arranged locally in Damaraland, such as game drives to locate the desert adapted wildlife, guided walks or a visit to Twyfelfontein, a world heritage sight of bushmen rock art gtoing back thousands of years.
Today you’ll drive north-eastwards to the Etosha National Park and Andersson’s Camp.The Etosha is the major wildlife park in Namibia, having a huge salt pan at its heart which floods seasonally. The game viewing within the Etosha is superb especially for elephant, rhino and lion as well as a diverse range and quantity of plains game. During the dry season (June to October) the pan almost dries up and animals can be seen for miles flocking to the permanent water holes, which make for some interesting species interaction.
Day trips into the Etosha National Park or day or night game drives or walks in Ongava Game Reserve.
Road transfer back to Windhoek in time for your outward international flight.