Days 1-2 Kulala Wilderness Reserve
You will be met by your private guide on arrival in Windhoek. The journey begins with a drive through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the dune-filled Sossusvlei region.
As the perfect gateway to the impressive sights of Sossusvlei, Kulala Desert Lodge offers magnificent views of dunes, mountains and vast open plains. The camp comprises 23 en-suite thatched and canvas ‘kulalas’ each with a veranda. On balmy nights, sleep under the clear night skies on your rooftop and awaken to the rising sun. By day, enjoy your activities or spot desert-adapted wildlife from our lounge and dining area overlooking a waterhole. To escape the mid-day heat a cooling plunge pool provides the ideal sanctuary.
2 Nights at Kulala Desert Lodge
Days 3 - 4 Swakopmund
Depart camp early and drive through the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto the expansive gravel plains, eventually arriving in Walvis Bay before moving north into the quaint town of Swakopmund, a drive of about 5 – 6 hours. Namibia’s oldest hotel, the Hansa has retained its 100-year-old charm. Located in the center of town, you have access to most of the local amenities and several good restaurants.
2 Nights at Hansa Hotel
Day 4 Dolphin & Seal Catamaran Cruise
You will explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast and its incredible marine mammals, from the port towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The cruise takes in the Oyster Platforms, where you’ll learn about the oysters cultivated here – including tasting the delicacies – before moving on to Pelican Point to see the lighthouse, and an area in which three species of dolphins may be encountered, namely the rare endemic Heaviside’s dolphin, dusky and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Aside from spotting diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birds, pelicans, flamingos, and Cape fur seals, the massive sunfish, leatherback turtles, southern right and humpback whales can be seen in season.
Day 5 Torra Conservancy
Travel overland for roughly five hours up the legendary Skeleton Coast and on the back roads through the Ugab riverbed, and north past the Brandberg Mountain. The day ends with your arrival at Damaraland Camp.
Set in the Huab River valley, Damaraland Camp is situated in arguably one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Namibia. Endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys and stunning ochre-purple mountains will be the backdrop during your stay. The ten large adobe-style thatched units are raised off the ground for sensational vistas. Each includes a walk-in dressing room, en-suite facilities and a deck from which to contemplate the desert. A dip in the swimming pool might be welcome after today’s journey.
1 Night at Damaraland Camp
Days 6 – 7 Palmwag Concession
Begin the day driving into the Huab riverbed to search for desert-adapted elephants, before heading north to the mountainous paradise of the massive Palmwag Concession. The specialty of this area is its growing population of the rare desert-adapted black rhino (the largest concentration in the world outside a national park), which are monitored and protected by Save the Rhino Trust.
While staying at Desert Rhino Camp you will take part in a thrilling and exclusive conservation success story. Tracking Africa’s unique and endangered desert-adapted black rhino is an unforgettable experience.
2 Nights at Desert Rhino Camp
Days 8 – 10 Palmwag Concession (North)
Today you will drive to Doro Nawas airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is located on the Hoanib River. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld. Exclusivity is taken a step further as the camp comprises only seven twin-bedded tents and one family unit. The camp looks out over stunning yet rugged scenery and offers you all the luxuries and amenities needed for an unforgettable stay.
2 Nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Days 11 – 13 Ongava Game Reserve
This morning, you will fly to Doro Nawas airstrip and continue by road to Ongava Game Reserve on the boundary of Etosha National Park. Etosha remains the highest density wildlife area within Namibia, its fame justly acknowledged.
Ongava Lodge overlooks a productive waterhole and the impressive landscape beyond. Settle into one of the 14 en-suite chalets built within a web of mopane trees with a deck stretching out over the vast plains.
2 Nights at Ongava Lodge
We set off south to Windhoek, which is about 260 miles away, arriving by 1 p.m. to connect to your onward journey.