Ultimate Namibia Safari
The Ultimate Namibia Safari is a small group trip that encompasses all that this stunning land has to offer – breathtaking landscapes, endless skies, barren deserts, rugged mountains and spectacular wildlife. This Namibia safari explores the dunes of Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert, the amazing marine life just off Swakopmund, the volcanic rock-strewn landscape of Damaraland and the game-filled savannah of Etosha.
- Game drives to see special desert-adapted wildlife
- See the desert adapted elephants
- Explore the endless rich red sand dunes at Sossusvlei
- See the wreckage and wonder of the Skeleton Coast
- Gaze up at the stunning star-scape of Namibia at night
- Visit to the Okonjima Cheetah Conservation Center
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1 – Your Namibia Safari
Sossusvlei Desert Picnic and Scenic Flight
This morning, journey to the mountains and sand dunes of the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. You’ll notice the silence and tranquility immediately. Arrive in time for lunch, which is an al fresco desert picnic. This afternoon, enjoy a spectacular scenic flight over the Namib Sand Dunes in a small bi-plane.
Sossusvlei Sand Dunes
Today experience the Namib Desert, one of the oldest, driest and most pristine areas on earth, by climbing up some of the tallest sand dunes in the world! After breakfast, head out to these spectacular dunes, magnificent in ever changing colors of orange and gold. Along the way, stop at Sesriem for beautiful morning vistas, and through the funnel-shaped gap created as a result of the flooding of the Tsauchab River. After the dunes, walk towards Deadvlei, where the bleached and twisted branches of dead trees reach up from the desert sands. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.
Namibia Safari – Swakopmund
This morning, fly to Swakopmund, arriving to your charming guest house in time for lunch. This afternoon, walk towards the city’s original wooden pier, constructed in 1905. Over the years, the port became redundant and the old wooden pier was removed in 1916, leaving this unfinished iron pier – a starkly beautiful thing – left to the elements. Tonight enjoy dinner at Tug, housed in the beached tugboat Danie Hugo and a must-visit restaurant here.
National Marine Aquarium
This morning, visit the National Marine Aquarium. This recently overhauled waterfront aquarium is a fabulous way to learn about the cold offshore marine life in the South Atlantic Ocean. A highlight is the impressive tunnel through the largest aquarium, which allows close-up views of graceful rays, toothy sharks and marine predators. Spend the afternoon shopping and enjoy dinner at a small local pub.
This morning, travel to the remote Damaraland in the northern part of the country, noticing the dramatic landscape from above as you arrive. This afternoon, relax by the pool and enjoy a spa service on site.
Damaraland Desert Elephants
This morning, set out on a full day game drive in search of the fascinating desert-adapted elephants. These elephants, unique to Namibia, have adapted to their dry, semi-desert environment by having a smaller body mass with proportionally longer legs and seemingly larger feet than other elephants. Their physical attributes allow them to cross miles of sand dunes to reach water. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.
Etosha National Park Game Drive
This morning, fly to Etosha National Park, home to Namibia’s highest concentration of wildlife and a salt pan so large it can be seen from outer space. You’ll be met by your guide and set out on a game drive guide explore the iconic salt pan and surrounding wildlife. Arriving at Andersson’s Camp in time for dinner and overnight.
Etosha National Park Bush Walk and Wildlife Hide
This morning, set out early on foot with an armed guide. Walk slowly, learning about various game trails, spoor identification and the smaller insects, birds and small mammals that are often missed from a safari vehicle. Return to camp for a full, hot breakfast. Transfer to a different area of the park, arriving at Onguma Treetop Camp in time for a late lunch. This afternoon, visit the onsite, water-level hide. This is an amazing opportunity to view wildlife extremely close, yet unobserved.
Full Day Game Drive
Today set out with a packed breakfast and lunch for a full day game drive in Etosha National Park. Go at your own pace and enjoy the scenery and over 114 different mammal species found in the park. Head back to camp after stopping for sunset cocktails overlooking the park. Dinner and overnight in camp.
From Etosha, you will fly to Windhoek for your final moments on our Namibia safari, where you will connect with your flight to Johannesburg and onto your flight home.