Awe Inspiring Namibia
11 days / 10 nights
Experience awe-inspiring Namibia, on this 11 day journey. Marvel at the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei, and the 900-year old, dead camel-thorn trees of Deadvlei, deep in the Namib, the world’s oldest desert. Be captivated by the Skeleton Coast where one can find shipwrecks in the middle of the desert. Gaze at the thousands of flamingos that gather on the coast at Walvis Bay, and enjoy world-class wildlife safaris at Etosha National Park. Finally, learn about the culture and traditions of the indigenous Himba and Herero people of the Kaokoveld.
Day one : Arrive in Windhoek and fly to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
9:00 AM : Arrive in Windhoek
11:30 AM : Take a charter flight over the scenic Naukluft mountain range to Sossusvlei
12:30 PM : Check in to the andBeyond Desert Lodge
1:00 PM : Lunch at the Desert Lodge
2:00 PM : Living Dunes Tour, Sossusvlei
Day two : Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
8:00 AM : Big Dune Walk, Sossusvlei
2:00 PM : Desert Drive, Sossusvlei
7:00 PM : Dinner at the Lodge
8:00 PM : Stargazing at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Day three : Walvis Bay
7:00 AM : Hot Air Balloon ride over the Namib Desert
10:30 AM : Check out of the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
11:00 AM : Take a charter flight to Walvis Bay
12:30 PM : Check in to your hotel at Walvis Bay
2:00 PM : Free afternoon in Walvis Bay
7:00 PM : Dinner at the hotel
Day four : Walvis Bay
8:00 AM : Breakfast at your hotel in Walvis Bay
9:00 AM : Boat Cruise off Walvis Bay
12:00 PM : Lunch at your hotel
2:00 PM : Desert Safari
7:30 PM : Dinner at your hotel
Day five : Walvis Bay to the Skeleton Coast
7:00 AM : Breakfast at your hotel in Walvis Bay
7:30 AM : Check out of your hotel in Walvis Bay
8:00 AM : Charter flight to central Skeleton Coast
10:00 AM : Excursion to Möwe Bay & Skeleton Coast
1:00 PM : Check in to the Shipwreck Lodge
1:30 PM : Lunch at Shipwreck Lodge
3:00 PM : Sundown Dune Drive, Skeleton Coast
7:30 PM : Dinner at Shipwreck Lodge
Day six : Skeleton Coast
8:00 AM : Breakfast at Shipwreck Lodge
9:00 AM : Full day Huarusib River Excursion
7:30 PM : Dinner at Shipwreck Lodge
Day seven : Skeleton Coast to Kaokoveld
7:30 AM : Breakfast at Shipwreck Lodge
8:00 AM : Drive to the Hoanib Valley Camp, Kaokoveld (4 hrs)
12:30 PM : Lunch at Hoanib Valley Camp
2:00 PM : Afternoon Game Drive
Day eight : Kaokoveld
Day nine : Kaokoveld to Onguma Game Reserve
8:30 AM : Check out of Hoanib Valley Camp
9:00 AM : Charter flight over Etosha National Park to Onguma Fort
11:00 AM : Check in to the Onguma Fort
3:00 PM : Onguma Sundowner Game Drive
Day ten : Onguma Game Reserve & Etosha National Park
Day : Fly back to Windhoek for your departure
Key sights to see
Deadvlei, meaning “dead marsh,” is famous for the breathtaking view of dead camel thorn trees in a white clay marsh, set against rust red sand dunes and a brilliant blue sky. It is located near another famous sight, the Sossulvei salt pan, which is surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes in the world.
Situated just south of Swakopmund, a beach resort with several examples of German colonial architecture, Walvis Bay is Namibia’s principal harbor. It is known for its natural lagoon, pink salt pans dotted with flocks of flamingoes, seal colonies, striking orange sand dunes and wealth of outdoor activities, including fishing, bird-watching, sailing, sandboarding, swimming, and surfing.
Stretching from the Swakop River to southern Angola, the Skeleton Coast is known as the ‘Land God Made in Anger.’ Here, thousands of miles of sandy desert dotted with shipwrecks meet with the cold waters of the Atlantic. This otherworldly area is a paradise for surfers, photographers, and nature lovers for its landscape and wildlife.
Straddling the Angola/Namibia border, the Kaokoveld is a dry, mountainous and relatively undeveloped region stretching over 45,000 sq. km. The area is inhabited by three main ethnic groups – the Damara, Herero and Himba people – each with their own unique customs and traditions. A diverse variety of wildlife can be found in this desert.
Situated east of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s Pan, Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia’s best-kept secrets. The reserve features over 34,000 hectares of protected land scattered with a variety of wildlife including plains game, black rhino, kudu, giraffe, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard and more than 300 bird species.
Etosha National Park spans an area of nearly 22,270 sq. km, with 23% of that area covered by the Etosha Salt Pan. The park is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds, and reptiles including the endangered black rhinoceros, some of the largest elephants in Africa, and the heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard.
Exciting and memorable things to do
Great places to stay
andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its luxurious accommodations overlooking the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. Designed to capture the solitude of the desert, the Lodge has just ten stone and glass suites, each with a private veranda, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, ensuite glass-encased bathroom, outdoor shower and a star-viewing skylight.
Flamingo Villas Boutique Hotel is nestled on the edge of the tidal lagoon of Walvis Bay, surrounded by scores of Lesser and Greater Flamingos. Guests can savor the sights and sounds of the Flamingo’s shuffling, and take in magnificent sunsets, from this exceptional retreat that offers superb accommodation, delicious cuisine and exceptional service.
Located in the famous Skeleton Coast concession in the Skeleton Coast National Park, Shipwreck Lodge has 10 ‘shipwreck’ style cabins spread out on the sand dunes, with spectacular views of the desert and the Atlantic Ocean. The design of the cabins is inspired by the famous shipwrecks that can be found along the Skeleton Coast.
Hoanib Valley Camp in the remote Kaokoveld is one of the best places to see desert adapted elephant, giraffe, lion, rhino, mountain zebra, and oryx. Guests can sip cocktails on their private veranda while admiring the stark landscape, or visit the local Herero people to learn how they live in such a harsh climate.
The Fort has a classical African feel combined with a touch of Moroccan and Indian flavors, a huge tower overlooking the beautiful scarceness of the Etosha and Fisher’s Pans, decorated only with wild animals and hundreds of Camel Thorn trees, and 11 suites, a honeymoon suite, and the Sultan Suite that are absolutely sublime.