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

Special Event!

A special variation of this itinerary is part of our Namibia: A Vision for Wildlife Symposium and Safari Program in April 2019.


Namibia is one of the most hauntingly beautiful safari destinations on earth, brimming with jaw-dropping geological wonders and exotic species found nowhere else. Join us to track cheetah and leopard on foot with big cat specialists, view 6,000-year-old rock art on the flanks of sandstone peaks, search for big game in Etosha, track desert-adapted rhino on foot, climb the colossal Sossusvlei Dunes of the Namib Desert, and meet traditional Himba nomads. Our grand finale is a three-day trek across the stunning NamibRand Nature Reserve, with nights spent beneath a spectacular star-studded sky surrounded by distant mountains and wondrous desert silence.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Windhoek / Okonjima

At delightful Okonjima, we visit AfriCat, a rescue and rehabilitation center for threatened cheetah and leopard. Here we learn about conservation efforts and track these captivating species on foot.

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Days 3-4
Etosha National Park

On the salt pans of world-renowned Etosha National Park, we head out by 4WD vehicle to look for elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, gemsbok (oryx), and more, with a good chance to spot elusive black rhino.

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Days 5-8
Huab Under Canvas / Himba / Twyfelfontein

Explore the table-top mountains of Damaraland, visit a remote Himba settlement, track desert-adapted rhino on foot, and walk the trail at Twyfelfontein—a World Heritage Site with one of the most extensive rock art sites in Africa.

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Days 9-10
Swakopmund / Sossusvlei Dunes

From the coastal town of Swakopmund, a scenic flight brings us into Namib-Naukluft National Park, where we can climb the towering Sossusvlei Dunes.

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Days 11-14
NamibRand Nature Reserve / Tok Tokkie Trail

Hike across the private NamibRand Nature Reserve, where the immense diversity of the desert world comes to life, and sleep in open-air “dune beds” under a brilliant canopy of stars. Depart on Day 14 via Windhoek.

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Specialist guides for tracking leopard and cheetah at Okonjima
World-class game viewing in Etosha National Park
Track desert rhino on foot in Damaraland with the Save the Rhino Trust
Climb and photograph some of the world’s highest dunes in Sossusvlei
Hike across the NamibRand Nature Reserve’s magnificent desert landscape


Length: 14 days
Cost From: $7295  
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Windhoek, Namibia
Lodging: 8 nights deluxe wildlife camps, 2 nights open-air camping, 1 night hotel, 2 nights guesthouse
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

4WD game viewing, easy to moderate hiking

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