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Deserts and Dunes of Namibia 2021

Namibia

10 days from $14,495 per person

* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.

1 Night Windhoek 2 Nights NamibRand Nature Reserve 2 Nights Kaokoland 2 Nights Skeleton Coast 2 Nights Ongava Game Reserve

Namibia's landscape is its defining natural asset, with each region filled with awe inspiring wonders. On this flying safari, you will scale the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei, explore remote, rugged landscapes spending time with the people who live in these harsh environments. Track black and white rhino, learn about ground-breaking giraffe research, sleep in a shipwrecked lodge and marvel at the magnitude of your surroundings!

Book by December 31: Guests who book this adventure now will receive more exciting complimentary offers to see this ever changing, wild and remote landscape. From the air, enjoy a hot air balloon safari over Kwessi Dunes as well as a private scenic transfer over the Skeleton coast to spot seals and elusive dune elephants. At Shipwreck Lodge, enjoy epic sundowners on the Roaring Dunes and another on the beach, with feet in the sand and wine flowing as the sun sets.


Highlights

Explore the remote Kaokoland, in search of desert adapted elephant, giraffe, lion, rhino, mountain zebra, and oryx. Spend time with the Himba people, one of the last true nomadic tribes of Africa, and learn about their fascinating way of life.

Discover the Skeleton coast, a raw and rugged slice of true wilderness. Sleep in one of the most unique accommodations, unlike any other on the African continent!

Experience Africa’s first designated International Dark Sky Reserve and one of the least light-polluted areas in the world. Enjoy a night under the starry skies in your open-air ‘star gazer’ room.

Enjoy guided game drives and nature walks in Ongava Private Reserve, home to endangered black and white rhino. Learn about the cutting edge research being done to making a difference to conservation not only in Namibia but also throughout Africa.

Accommodations

1. Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel

Namibia, Windhoek

Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel is the perfect destination to relax before or after your Namibian adventure. The intimate boutique hotel blends old-world splendor with modern lines and state of the art amenities, ensuring an unparalleled guest experience. Relax in the inviting courtyard, or in one of three upmarket lounge spaces, including the Sky Lounge, which boasts panoramic views of the surrounding valley. Two restaurants and a delicatessen cater to every whim, from lazy lunches to stylish dining. A tranquil Spa offering the very latest techniques and products, completes the hotel’s detailed guests focused amenities.

 

2. Kwessi Dunes

Namibia, NamibRand Nature Reserve

Kwessi Dunes is located deep in Namibia’s striking NamibRand Nature Reserve, a vast desert wilderness of over 200,000 hectares. With its rolling desert plains and backdrop of craggy mountains and iconic red dunes, this is a place where time seems to stand still. Here, it’s not about chasing big game but rather soaking up the beauty of the compelling landscape. Thatch-and-canvas air-conditioned rooms have en suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and a shaded patio. Each room has a separate ‘star gazer’ room, which is completely open to the sky for the ultimate celestial experience. At the heart of the lodge is the comfortable main area, with a well-stocked bar, small library area and plenty of sofas and armchairs, the perfect spot to relax, any time of day. Views from the rooms, the main area and the swimming pool are of the vast, desert vistas and when you can bear to tear your eyes away, enjoy quad biking, scenic drives and nature walks.

3. Hoanib Valley Camp

Namibia, Kaokoland

Hoanib Valley Camp is in the starkly beautiful Kaokoland, surrounded by towering mountains, sand dunes, and huge expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements. The camp is a joint venture between the local communities and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the world’s only Africa-wide giraffe conservation organization. The intimate camp blends seamlessly with the environment. The colors, textures and patterns are inspired by the experience of the Hoanib; the rich ochre of the dunes, the geometric patterns of the Himba people and, of course, the giraffe that inspired the project. The camp is a clean and green place, leaving virtually no footprint on this fragile eco-system. It’s entirely solar powered to ensure carbon emissions are kept to a minimum. Days are spent tracking endangered rhino, desert-adapted elephant, and of course desert-adapted giraffe, before retiring to your private veranda to marvel at the magnitude of your surroundings.

4. Shipwreck Lodge

Namibia, Skeleton Coast

There’s nowhere on the continent quite like Shipwreck Lodge. In fact, there’s nowhere on the continent quite like the Skeleton Coast, a raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of African wilderness. Uniquely designed rooms resemble the enigmatic shipwrecks that line the Skeleton Coast. Each of the solar-powered rooms have en-suite bathrooms with showers, and a welcoming wood burning stove for those chilly mornings and evenings. At the center of camp, is an equally innovatively designed lounge and restaurant with a wide, wraparound deck and uninterrupted views across the sand all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Spend your days on game drives in search of desert-dwelling fauna; discover the enchanting desert flora; watch the sun sink below the horizon from the top of a dune; comb the beach for whale bones and debris from centuries of shipwrecks; and marvel at the geologically-remarkable Clay Castles.

 

 

5. Ongava Lodge

Namibia, Ongava Private Game Reserve

Ongava Lodge is situated in the privately owned 30 000-hectare Ongava Game Reserve along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. Set on a hill, the lodge has a wonderful views overlooking a well-frequented waterhole and the plains beyond. Luxury rock and thatch en suite chalets feature double basins, outdoor showers, air conditioning, overhead fans, and private viewing decks. Meals are served in the main dining area or on the dining deck under the stars. Additional amenities includes complimentary Wi-Fi in the lounge, a curio shop and an inviting swimming pool. Activities include game drives and nature walks on the reserve, game drives into Etosha, a photographic hide and bird watching.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Windhoek, Namibia

Welcome to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital! Transfer to your hotel for a relaxing evening before tomorrow’s exciting flight to the Namib Nature Reserve, and the start of your journey of discovery through this beautiful country. (D)

Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel

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Day 2. Windhoek / NamibRand Nature Reserve

After breakfast, transfer to Eros Airport, where you will be met by your pilot for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Kwessi Dunes. The striking NamibRand Nature Reserve with its rolling desert plains and iconic red dunes offers an escape from the modern world and a chance to reconnect with the wild. (BLD)

Kwessi Dunes

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Day 3. NamibRand Nature Reserve

Soak up the beauty of the area, the landscape is just as much of an attraction as the wildlife. Keep a lookout for springbok and oryx, as well as some of the rarer creatures like aardwolf. If you’ve got a penchant for birdlife, ask your guide to find the endemic dune lark, which is only found in Namibia. For an otherworldly experience, go on a sunrise float over the Namib Desert in a hot air balloon (additional). Tonight, watch the celestial show from the comfort of your ‘star gazer’ room. (BLD)

Kwessi Dunes

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Day 4. NamibRand Nature Reserve / Kaokoland

After breakfast, hop back on the plane for a scenic flight over the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck, Conception Bay and Sandwich Harbor, before touching down in Swakopmund for lunch and to refuel. Continue over the dramatic Skeleton Coast and then inland to the beautiful interior of the country. Remnants of shipwrecks are still visible from the air, a stark reminder of nature’s power. (BLD)

Hoanib Valley Camp

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Day 5. Kaokoland

The area is a mix of towering mountains and huge expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements. Spend a fascinating morning or afternoon with the local Himba people, one of the last true nomadic tribes of Africa. Game drive through the sandy terrain in search of desert-adapted giraffe, elephant, lion and rhino. Learn about the giraffe research conducted in the area by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. Later this evening, retire to your private patio, cocktail in hand, and marvel at the magnitude of your surroundings. (BLD)

Hoanib Valley Camp

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Day 6. Kaokoland / Skeleton Coast

Get ready to enjoy the best transfer drive on the continent! You’ll pass incredible rock formations and desert-elephant digging for water, before arriving at the crashing waves and rolling dunes of the Skeleton Coast. (BLD)

Shipwreck Lodge

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Day 7. Skeleton Coast

Wake to the ocean fog rolling in over the stark landscape, and a chance to explore this raw and rugged slice of African wilderness. 4×4 drives along the Hoarusib River, provide a chance to spot some of the unique wildlife of the area. Visit Möwe Bay Seal Colony, go quad biking and sand boarding across the dunes, walk across lunar landscapes, or simply put your feet up and admire the views. (BLD)

Shipwreck Lodge

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Day 8. Skeleton Coast / Ongava Game Reserve

This morning enjoy a scenic road transfer to Möwe Bay where your pilot and private charter plane will be waiting for you. Fly over the otherworldly Skeleton Coast to the famous Etosha National Park. Arrive in time for lunch. Later this afternoon, set out on your afternoon game drive in the Ongava Private Game Reserve. (BLD)

Ongava Lodge

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Day 9. Ongava Game Reserve

Enjoy a morning game drive in Etosha National Park, meaning ‘Great White Place,’ the name refers to the Etosha pan, which makes up a large part of the park. Large mammals in the park include lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, zebra, springbok, kudu, gemsbok and eland. Return to the lodge for lunch and a siesta, or spend some time in the camp’s photographic hide. In the late afternoon, explore the Ongava Reserve, which has resident white and black rhino. (BLD)

Ongava Lodge

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Day 10. Ongava Game Reserve / Depart

After a short flight to Windhoek, you'll be transferred to a day room to relax, until your onward arrangements. (B)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jan 1, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021
Share Twin/Double From $14,495
Single Room Supplement From $695
Departure Dates Apr 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2021
Share Twin/Double From $15,695
Single Room Supplement From $4,095
Departure Dates Jul 1, 2021 - Jul 31, 2021
Share Twin/Double From $17,695
Single Room Supplement From $4,095
Departure Dates Aug 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2021
Share Twin/Double From $18,695
Single Room Supplement From $4,495
Departure Dates Sep 1, 2021 - Sep 30, 2021
Share Twin/Double From $17,695
Single Room Supplement From $4,095
Departure Dates Oct 1, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021
Share Twin/Double From $18,695
Single Room Supplement From $4,495
Departure Dates Nov 1, 2021 - Dec 19, 2021
Share Twin/Double From $16,395
Single Room Supplement From $4,195

**Surcharges Apply Dec 20-31.

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