Raw, wild and prehistoric, there is nowhere on the African continent that quite compares with the rugged grandeur of Namibia – and this itinerary is the ultimate introduction.
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You fly overnight from London Heathrow, arriving in Johannesburg the next morning to connect with your onward flight to Windhoek. Landing in the early afternoon, you’ll be met and driven to your luxury lodge on the private Zannier Nature Reserve. You can relax after your flight by the pool or venture out on guided game drives.
Stay: Two nights at Omaanda – full board
Today you’ll journey south for some sensational wildlife and landscape viewing in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Sharing a border with the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the reserve boasts one of the country’s most striking landscapes – think sweeping desert and savannah, faraway mountain ranges, isolated inselbergs, elusive fairy circles and iconic red dunes.
Set in the northern part of the reserve and surrounded by panoramic desert vistas, Kwessi Dunes provides the ultimate base. When not admiring the views, you can choose from an exciting menu of scenic drives, nature walks, quad biking, hot air ballooning and helicopter flights. You can even traverse the landscape on horseback and take day trips out to the soaring dunes of Sossusvlei. A designated International Dark Sky Reserve, the stargazing opportunities are unrivalled.
Stay: Two nights at Kwessi Dunes – full board
Today you’ll catch a flight to Sesfontein, transferring to your camp in the Kaokoveld – a rugged, remote and incredibly beautiful wilderness roamed by a remarkable array of desert-adapted wildlife.
You’ll fill your days with guided game drives and walks along ancient, dry riverbeds in search of lion, giraffe, elephant, springbok, oryx and the endangered black rhino. Bird watchers should also keep an eye out for Monterio’s hornbills and Verreaux’s eagle. Visits to nomadic Himba settlements can also be arranged, providing a deeper insight into life in this isolated region.
Stay: Two nights at Hoanib Valley Camp – full board
This morning you will take a light aircraft flight to the desolate Skeleton Coast, transferring to your upscale safari lodge nestled amidst the region’s rolling sand dunes and mysterious shipwrecks.
You’ll find yourself perfectly positioned for an array of desert adventures, from guided game drives to quad biking across the roaring dunes and cultural visits to nearby Himba villages. You’ll also be able to enjoy 4×4 excursions to the eerie shipwrecks of Suiderkus and Kariomona, the seal colony at Mowe Bay and the remarkable Clay Castles geological formation. Finishing off each day with sundowners in the dune fields.
Stay: Two nights at Shipwreck Lodge – full board
Your Namibian adventure comes to an end. Catch a light aircraft flight back to Windhoek international airport. From Windhoek, you’ll fly to Johannesburg and connect with a British Airways flight back to London Heathrow.