Etosha, Himba Tribes, Sossusvlei Dunes, and a Desert Hike

Overview

With its ochre-colored sand dunes and unique desert-adapted wildlife, Namibia is utterly bewitching. In this incredibly photogenic country, you’ll track cheetah and leopard with a big-cat specialist, explore 6,000-year-old rock carvings on the flanks of sandstone peaks, search for the Big Five in Etosha’s wild western reaches, climb the colossal Sossusvlei dunes of the Namib Desert, and meet traditional Himba nomadic pastoralists. The grand finale of your adventure is an exclusive three-day trek across the stunning NamibRand Nature Reserve, with nights spent beneath a spectacular star-studded sky amid distant mountain ranges, endless dunes, and wondrous desert silence. No other company offers this! Throughout our adventure, our superbly located wilderness camps and lodges put you in the heart of this celebrated landscape.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Windhoek / Okonjima / Etosha National Park

At delightful Okonjima Bush Camp, thrilling up-close encounters with cheetah await, and we may have the chance to track them on foot. Radio-track leopard with a specialist, then head to the salt pans and savannas of Etosha National Park, home to elephant, lion, giraffe, and the endemic black-faced impala. There is also a good chance to spot elusive black rhino here.

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Days 6-10
Damaraland / Twyfelfontein / Sossusvlei

Explore the table-top mountains of Damaraland, visit a remote Himba settlement, and walk the trail at Twyfelfontein—Namibia’s first World Heritage Site—to view the most extensive rock etchings in Africa. In the heart of magical Namib-Naukluft National Park, climb the shimmering dunes at sunrise and sunset, capturing the colors of Sossusvlei in perfect light.

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Days 11-14
NamibRand Nature Reserve / Tok Tokkie Trail

Hike across the private NamibRand Nature Reserve as your guide brings the immense diversity of the desert world to life, and sleep under a brilliant canopy of stars. Depart on Day 14 via Windhoek.

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Highlights

Highlights

Specialist guides for tracking leopard and cheetah at Okonjima
World-class game viewing in a remote section of Etosha
Himba villages in Damaraland, desert-adapted wildlife
Climb some of the world's highest free-standing dunes in Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast overflight
Trek across NamibRand Nature Reserve, a stunning desert landscape

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $6195  
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Windhoek, Namibia
Lodging: 8 nights deluxe wildlife camps, 2 nights open-air camping, 1 night hotel, 2 nights B&B
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

4WD game viewing, easy to moderate hiking