Sossusvlei Dunes, Damaraland, and Etosha National Park

Overview

Namibia is an ageless land, a world of desert-adapted animals and infinite blue skies, where space and silence contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude, and wilderness. Our Private Journey offers you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You’ll explore the amazing dunescapes of Sossusvlei and the mountains of Damaraland, see a heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists, and witness an amazing parade of wildlife at Etosha National Park, the greatest wildlife sanctuary in all Namibia. You’ll also have the chance to meet the Himba, nomadic pastoralists who have been little influenced by the modern world. For most of the trip, you’ll have your own private experienced safari guide/driver who will enhance your enjoyment of this unique country and ensure you have an experience of a lifetime!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Windhoek / Sossusvlei Dunes

From Windhoek, fly to the airstrip at Kulala Desert Lodge, the closest and most spectacular lodge to the famous red Sossusvlei dunes, some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. An excursion at sunrise allows you to capture the fantastic colors while the light is soft and the shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. Other activities here include scenic nature drives, game drives to view the desert’s fascinating flora and fauna, horseback rides, and hot air ballooning.

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Days 4-5
Damaraland

Enjoy an amazing bird’s-eye view of Sossusvlei and the great dune sea that stretches to the Skeleton Coast as you fly to Damaraland, a striking tableau of rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains, and ancient river terraces. You’ll view the remarkable rock art at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site, where some 2,500 prehistoric engravings are found, and explore Burnt Mountain, with its fiery colors that appear at sunrise and sunset. More explorations by 4WD vehicle bring you into the dramatic landscape of the ephemeral Aba Huab River valley as you search for game, including the elusive desert-adapted elephants, an amazing sight in this arid environment.

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Days 6-8
Etosha National Park

En route to Etosha National Park, you’ll visit a remote settlement of the semi-nomadic Himba, one of the last most traditional peoples of Namibia. At Etosha, explore its game-filled pans that attract an immense variety of wildlife in a concentrated area, making for fantastic gameviewing. The park’s habitats include grassland, woodland, and savanna, with gameviewing centered around numerous springs and waterholes where multiple species can often be seen at one time. Wildlife in the park includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger, and warthog, as well as the endemic black-faced impala. Depart on Day 8 via Windhoek.

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Highlights

Highlights

Climb one of the world’s highest free standing dunes in Sossusvlei
Scenic flight along the Skeleton Coast viewing shipwrecks, seal colonies, and giant sand dunes
Track desert-adapted elephants, visit a remote Himba camp
Walk among pre-historic rock art at the World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein
Gameviewing at renowned Etosha National Park
Private guide and vehicle on Days 4 to 8
Optional extensions to NamibRand Nature Reserve, Skeleton Coast, Serra Cafema, Desert Rhino Camp, and Okonjima Bush Camp

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4295  
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Windhoek, Namibia
Lodging: 6 nights deluxe wildlife camps or lodges, 1 night hotel
Meals: All meals as indicated in itinerary
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level:

4WD gameviewing, easy to moderate day hikes