This tour has been designed for those who want to experience the beauty of Namibia’s Atlantic coast after a tour to the desert. The Namib boasts some of the world's highest dunes with breathtaking views over this sea of sand. Swakopmund is Namibia's prime seaside destination, with palm-lined streets, great restaurants, seaside walkways, a lovely summer climate and perfect beaches.
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B = Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
FB+ (Full Board Plus) = Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Activities
Price per person: N$ 23 800
Single supplement: N$ 1 100
Min: 2pax | Max: 8pax
(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2020)
All park fees; Cape Cross seal colony, Sossusvlei & Walvis Bay lagoon.
Mineral water at all times.
All meals indicated on itinerary.
Other personal items.
ITINERARYDETAILED Itinerary (offsite)
Day 1: Windhoek to NamibRand Nature Reserve (Namib Desert)
(400km) (Desert Hills Lodge or similar)
Collection time is between 08:00 and 08:30 from anywhere in Windhoek. Windhoek is surrounded by mountains and we have to pass over both the Eros Mountains and the Khomas Hochland Range. As we travel through this splendid landscape we drop down from the central plateau to grassy desert savannah. We stop at Solitaire for petrol and perhaps also afternoon tea before we continue to our lodge. We aim to arrive during the early afternoon.
Desert Hills Lodge comprises of individual on-suite luxury huts, inspired by the San people's grass huts of old. Guests can relax in the bar, refresh themselves at the pool or enjoy their meals in the restaurant overlooking magnificent surroundings.
Spanning an area of 172,200 hectares and encompassing four distinct ecosystems, the Namib Rand Reserve is among the largest privately owned game parks in Southern Africa. The park's mix of dunes, mountains, rocky outcrops, sandy flats and gravel plains provides habitats for a diversity of mammals including hyenas, jackals, foxes, antelopes and various wild cats - as well as a plethora of bird species, reptiles, insects, frogs and flora.
Included: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: NamibRand Nature Reserve (Namib Desert)
(Desert Hills Lodge or similar)
We make an early start so as to catch the soft light of sunrise over the desert. After passing through Sesriem we continue towards Sossusvlei with sand dunes rising along both sides of the road. This iconic landscape is made up of white plains and red dunes which tower majestically against a deep blue sky and are among the highest in the world. We will stop at the famous Dune 45, a beautiful star dune which reaches over 170 metres in height. Those who feel fit enough to climb the dune will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding Namibian desert.
After breakfast we will take a desert walk in the cool of the morning, with the chance of seeing gemsboks, springboks, black-backed jackals and ostriches. We will also visit the picturesque Dead Vlei. This white clay pan lies between towering orange dunes and is dotted with the skeletal remains of hundreds of dead camelthorn trees, making it a striking vista and photographer's dream.
As the day cools down we will enjoy a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon.
Activities: Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon Hike, Sossusvlei
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Activities
Day 3: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
(350km) (Indulge or similar)
Namibia is a land of contrasts. Today we will move from desert to sea, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn and traversing the Gaub and Kuiseb passes. As we climb out the dry river bed at the bottom of Kuiseb Canyon, a spectacular desert landscape will unfold before us. We will stop over in Walvis Bay to enjoy the sight of flamingos and other birds in the lagoon and to visit the salt works. Dinner will be at a local restaurant and is included in the tour. We overnight in a hotel.
Activities: Walvis Bay Lagoon, Walvis Bay Salt Works
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities
Day 4: Swakopmund
(Indulge or similar)
In the morning we will visit the vast seal colony at Cape Cross, north of Swakopmund. Here you are able to get up close to thousands of wild Cape fur seals and observe them in their natural environment.
Swakopmund is a charming seaside town characterised by German colonial architecture, palm-lined streets, great restaurants, plenty of shops and beautiful beaches. You will be free to explore this town for the rest of the day. It offers plenty to do including a good museum and aquarium. Various optional activities can also be arranged. These include a boat tour (with oysters and champagne), scenic flights and micro-light flights over the desert, fishing trips (either from the beach or a boat), quad-biking in the desert, sandboarding and skydiving. Your guide will discuss all your options and offer to make pre-bookings. Note that all extra activities in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the client's own risk and expense.
Activity: Cape Cross seal colony
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Entrance Fee and Activity
Day 5: Swakopmund to Windhoek
Today, on our return to Windhoek, we will pass by marble and gold mines and visit Namibia's largest craft market in Okahandja, administrative centre of the Herero people. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Windhoek just after lunch.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch and transfer back to Windhoek