The wild, desert landscapes of Namibia are truly epic. The Namibian coastline is one of the most infamous, and eerie, in the world. Even the country’s wildlife has been changed and adapted to meet the special conditions confronting them in this challenging environment. So prepare to be awe-struck by the massive, wind-carved dunes of Sossusvlei, and the bones of shipwrecks lured to their doom on the Skeleton Coast around Hoanib.
You’ll follow the spoor of desert-adapted elephants along the Hoanib riverbed and track rhinos in Damaraland. You’ll even explore the desiccated landscapes around Swakopmund and take a catamaran to see seals at Pelican Point.
Johannesburg – Windhoek
Fly to Johannesburg to catch your connecting flight to Windhoek, where your discovery of this bleak, yet magical country begins.
Stay: One night in Olive Grove.
From Windhoek you’ll fly in a light aircraft to the remote area of Sossusvlei where you’ll be surrounded by vast sand dunes that are shaped by the wind into great crescents and shifting curves. A chance for photographers to capture graphic images of a seemingly alien environment.
Stay: Two nights in Kulala Desert Lodge.
After Sossusvlei a scheduled light aircraft takes you on highly scenic flight to Swakopmund – and the opportunity to explore the desert surrounding this Namibian township. Not to mention the quaint colonial architecture.
Stay: Two nights in Swakopmund Guest House.
After the comparatively large community of Swakopmund, you’ll find yourself flying to a remote settlement in far flung Damaraland. Here you’ll experience the adventure of a desert safari, with game drives and the chance to track desert-adapted rhinos on foot – followed by sundowners in the evening.
Stay: Two nights at Desert Rhino Camp.
A light aircraft takes you to the world famous – or infamous – Skeleton Coast. At Hoanib you’ll venture through vast sand dunes and a sun-baked ‘moonscape’ to the Skeleton Coast itself; scene of dramatic shipwrecks throughout the ages. You’ll also trek along the Hoanib riverbed in search of desert elephants and take game drives to see the wildlife of the dunes. Walking safaris will take you into the craggy environment surrounding the camp, with the pool providing a place to chill.
Stay: Three nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.
For your return journey you’ll fly back to Windhoek where you’ll connect with your flight home via Johannesburg.