8 Day Tour
Price on Request
Experience the Kalahari and the Namib on a private guided safari. This eight-day guided tour visits the spectacular southern Kalahari and the Naukluft Mountains, Sossusvlei, the Moon Landscape, the Skeleton Coast and Erongo Mountains.
The Kalahari is the largest sand basin in the world. Almost devoid of rock, it covers an area of 900,000sq km. Contrary to popular belief it is not a desert but a semi-arid savannah biome. Oxide-red dunes and grassy plains dotted with gnarled, stunted acacia trees form an evocative landscape that supports a surprising diversity of wildlife.
The Namib Desert covers the entire Namibian coastline of over 1500km and sweeps up to 200km inland. It is one of the oldest deserts in the world and has an astonishing diversity of landscapes and habitats.
Day 1 - 2 Kalahari
Depending on your flight's arrival time, you can either stay one night in Windhoek or drive the three hours on mostly paved roads to the Kalahari or Namib Naukluft.
When you're there: The lodges offer scenic drives, game viewing activities and nature trails. The sunsets are spectacular and a good excuse for a gin and tonic.
Standard: Suricate Kalahari Tented Lodge
Luxury: Zebra Kalahari Lodge
Day 3-4 Sossusvlei
After breakfast, travel west to the Naukluft Mountains to hike the Wasserberg Trail.
On the way: The moderate three-hour hike takes you through the Naukluft Mountains with fresh water rock pools and beautiful riverine trees. From here, drive on to the next lodge for 2 nights. A late afternoon nature drive or walk at the lodge is recommended, especially at sunset!
When you're there: Enter Sossusvlei at sunrise and remember to take plenty of film or memory, sun cream, a hat, walking shoes and water. Explore the world's highest dunes and a sheltered pan with petrified trees that are hundreds of years old; climb the dunes and look out over a sea of sand. Private reserves in the area reveal fascinating flora, fauna and ancient desert landscapes.
Standard: The Desert Homestead and Horse Trails
Luxury: Kulala Desert Lodge
Day 5-7 Swakopmund
A five-hour drive north takes you through the gradual change from mountains and dunes to rolling grass-covered hills with scattered acacia trees. Swakopmund is a quaint resort town by the sea with an obvious German heritage at odds with its bleak surrounds.
On the way: Look out for the endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra as you leave; stop at Solitaire, about 80km from Sesriem for some home-made bread and an ice cold drink; Kuiseb Canyon has some shady picnic spots; you can see springbok and pure-bred wild ostrich across the vast gravel plains of the Namib; the lunar landscape; look out for the welwitschia plant.
When you're there: Visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon - a RAMSAR wetlands site - where thousands of flamingoes, pelicans and numerous waders feed in the nutrient-rich shallows; restaurants, shops and attractions in Swakopmund; spend an extra day making the most of the cool air.
Among the many organised activities, we recommend a scenic flight over Skeleton Coast; a comfortable and informative boat cruise of Walvis Bay where you meet dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and terns; and quad biking, which is an exciting way to experience the sand dunes.
Standard: Sandfields Guesthouse
Luxury: Zum Kaiser Hotel
Day 8 Windhoek
Windhoek is about four hour's drive from Swakopmund and the airport a further half hour. Stop for lunch in the city or continue on to the airport in time for your flight and the end of a fabulous desert expedition
There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangements, including the season, category of lodges/hotels chosen and any additional services added to the basic holiday.
Included in price
7 nights accommodation; dinner and breakfast at most stops; professional guide and safari vehicle hire incl. fuel and taxes; safari and sight-seeing activities
Desert and Dune Guided Tour - 8 Days
Namibia is a unique and fascinating country. Attractions range from prime wildlife safaris to fascinating desert landscapes and a whole lot of unpopulated places between.