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African Luxury Safari

8 Days in Namib & Skeleton Coast

Namibia
Explore the wildest and most remote reaches of Namibia from the air and by road. Fly over spectacular natural sights and shipwrecks along the Skeleton Coast. Land for road expeditions to unusual desert formations and scenic highlights. Explore some of the most wild and remote regions in Namibia, with scenic flights and rugged drives, over fascinating terrain, including the haunting surrounds of the Skeleton Coast. Stay at secluded camps in the breathtaking desert landscape and discover unique fauna and flora, adapted to the extremes of the desert environment. The breathtaking rock formations, ceaselessly shifting sand dunes and unique desert wildlife of the NamibRand Nature Reserve make a memorable ending to your trip. Here, you can embark on incredible nature drives, explore the dunes on All Terrain Vehicles and unwind at the end of successful day in the park with an evening of stargazing.
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Safari Itinerary
Day 1

Windhoek

Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport you will be met by a representative and driven to the Olive Grove Guest House on the outskirts of Windhoek. You will spend the night in a luxury room at the guesthouse on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2

Huab Valley

After breakfast you will be chauffeured to Eros Airport for a light aircraft flight to the Skeleton Coast via Conception Bay.

The Kuiseb canyon and the adjoining red dunes are a spectacular sight from the air. Weather permitting; the flight includes an aerial view of the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay.

After landing and refuelling at Swakopmund, continue fly north along the Skeleton Coast, landing near the seal colony at Cape Cross for a light picnic lunch near the beach. After lunch, you will fly across the desert to the Ugab formations, a nearly lifeless ‘moon landscape' of numerous black ridges in stark contrast to the white desert floor. From here you will proceed to Kuidas Camp in the Huab Valley, where you will stay the night in a dome tent with en-suite bucket shower. You will also have an opportunity to admire the ancient rock engravings within easy walking distance of the camp.

Day 3

Kaokoland

After breakfast, depart by vehicle to explore the colourful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab River formations and to be introduced to the wide diversity of flora and fauna. This includes the Welwitschia mirabilis, a tree that has been shrunk by the rigours of the desert climate. You will enjoy lunch at Kuidas Camp before flying along the coast to Terrace Bay in the Skeleton Coast Park. The most prominent shipwrecks along this part of the coast are the Montrose and Henrietta, still relatively intact. At the coast, you will be driven to the roaring dunes by vehicle. You will also visit the beach with its profusion of multi-coloured pebbles consisting of agate, lava, granite and others, as well as old bleached whale bones scattered above the high tide mark. Return to the aircraft and continue north to Puros Camp in the Hoarusib Valley in Kaokoland, where you will stay the night in a tent amongst the camelthorn and makanani palm trees lining the dry Hoarusib River.

Day 4

Kunene River

After breakfast, take a scenic drive along the Hoarusib Valley, visiting a settlement of the nomadic Himba people. You may be lucky enough to come across the desert-dwelling elephant that frequent this valley, although a planned encounter is unfortunately not possible. From here, continue north along the Skeleton Coast by aircraft to the Kunene River on the Angolan border. The Kaiu Maru shipwreck and pieces from old sailing vessels lie scattered along this part of the coast. From the airfield take a scenic drive to your lunch site. After lunch, continue through the mountains and dunes of the Hartmann Valley, reaching Kunene River Camp, where you will spend the night, in the late afternoon.

Day 5

Windhoek

Enjoy an early morning boat trip on the Kunene River as it flows through scenic desert landscape, observing bird life and possibly some crocodiles. Birds vary from aquatic species on the perennial waters to endemic desert varieties and those that inhabit the dense riverine vegetation. After lunch at the Camp, fly back to Eros Airport in Windhoek, arriving in the late afternoon. A vehicle will be waiting to take you to the Olive Grove Guest House, where you will relax in a luxury room for the night. Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6 - 7

NamibRand Nature Reserve

After breakfast you will be driven back to Eros Airport for a light aircraft flight to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.

Spend two nights at the Lodge in a twin bedded suite built of natural rock. Your stay is on a full board basis, including activities within the NamibRand Nature Reserve.

The surrounding area lends itself to numerous adventures, which include scenic drives by four-wheel drive vehicle in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, where you may encounter a variety of desert-adapted animals, such as gemsbok, zebra, springbok, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, caracal and jackal. A wonderful way of experiencing the dunes is by All Terrain Vehicle with an experienced guide who takes you along set paths in order not to damage the fragile ecology. Guided nature walks and hiking trails provide an insight into the scenic and ecological aspects of the environment with its wide diversity of desert-adapted flora and fauna. At the end of the day the blanket of stars which lights up the desert sky is brought to life through the Lodge’s high-powered computerised telescope.

Recognition and Awards - Sossusvlei Desert Lodge:

  • 2009 - Sits at #1 in Condé Nast Traveller UK list of 6 Best Places in the World to go Stargazing
  • 2007 - Placed #21 in Condé Nast Traveler US Reader’s Choice Awards
  • 2001 - Included in Condé Nast Traveler US Hot List
Day 8

Departure

Return to Windhoek International Airport by light aircraft.

African Safari Destinations

that will be included on this Safari
Kaokoland
Kaokoland
The Namib
The Namib
Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei
The Skeleton Coast
The Skeleton Coast
Windhoek
Windhoek
Kunene River
Kunene River
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African Safari Accommodation

that will be included on this African Safari
Kuidas Camp
Kuidas Camp
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Olive Grove Guest House
Olive Grove Guest House
Puros Camp
Puros Camp
Kunene River Camp
Kunene River Camp
Inclusions
  • Twin accommodation.
  • Scheduled road transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Breakfast at the Olive Grove Guest House.
  • Meals on a full board basis (except Olive Grove Guest House).
  • Domestic departure tax ex Eros.
  • Seat on charter for flights mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Scheduled activities as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Local brand drinks (premium brands to own account) (except Olive Grove Guest House).
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance.
Exclusions
  • Gratuities and all items of a personal nature.
  • Visas (please thoroughly check requirements, depending on your nationality, for the countries being visited prior to travel).
  • International flights to / from Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport.

 

General
  • Rates are based on a minimum of two guests travelling.
  • Rates are based on no single supplement at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge for the first two single rooms booked per reservation. Thereafter single supplement will apply.
  • Please note: Due to the increasing global cost of oil, fuel levies on scheduled and private flights as well as road transfers, may increase at any given moment.
  • The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in the countries featured in this quote.

 

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