It is our absolute joy to bring you closer to our breathtaking continent, and we know you will fall in love with the energy and magic of Namibia! Your journey starts in the Namib Naukluft National Park at the incredible andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.
3 nights Sossusvlei | 3 nights Skeleton Coast | 3 nights Etosha
DAY ONE, TWO & THREE
For those who have considered travelling to Africa Sossusvlei is likely the first attraction that pops up on the radar, however it is only one clay and salt pan in the vast 49,800 km² Namib-Naukluft National Park. However, it is by no means any less spectacular! The name Sossusvlei translates to ‘dead-end marsh and is the place where the Tsauchab River can go no further, resulting in a bone dry white pan surrounded by the highest red sand dunes in the world.
A photographer's delight year round, and even more so during rare times of heavy rain when the Tsauchab fills the pan. Walk up Big Daddy, capture the incredible desolation of Dead Vlei and hop on a hot air balloon to watch the sunrise over this spectacular landscape. Close to Sossusvlei carved by the Tsauchab is the Sesriem Canyon measuring about 30m deep and 1km long. And further north is the small town of Solitaire, famous for Big Moose’s Bakery and their incredible Apple Strudel! Despite the harsh unforgiving desert conditions this area provides many unique experiences and a variety of plants and animals that have adapted to this environment. Truly deserving of the distinction of the most spectacular attraction in Namibia.
Overnight: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
DAY FOUR, FIVE & SIX
Transfer to the Skeleton Coast by private aircraft for three nights.
Möwe Bay Excursions
The dangerous beauty of Skeleton Coast . Either on your way to the lodge from Möwe Bay or returning from the lodge, you will see what is left of the victims of this treacherous coastline: Decaying ships, the remains of a Ventura Bomber and the abandoned Westies Diamond Mine bear witness to the unforgiving nature of this arid landscape. You will also visit the seal colony.
The music of the Namib. Embark on a sundowner drive to the Roaring Dunes where the desert’s voice can be heard. Or watch the sun disappear into the Atlantic Ocean. Hoarusib River Excursion All along the river… Spend your morning exploring the Hoarusib River. Visit the Clay Castles, a striking geological formation. You might even spot the elusive desert-adapted elephants, brown hyenas and lions. Beach Lunch (weather permitting) Seaside lunch ... Weather permitting, enjoy a scrumptious lunch on the vast empty beach. Feel the crisp sea-breeze tousle your hair and ponder the meaning of life as the ocean washes onto the pristine sand in its unending ebb and flow.
Quad Bike Activity
Join one of our guides on a scenic drive over the Roaring Dunes . This excursion will only be conducted in an area specifically allocated for the purpose by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to minimise the effects on the environment. The tour takes approximately 1.5 hours and is for one guest per quad. As a safety precaution the minimum age is 16 years.
For the more adventurous at heart, join us for dune boarding. This is done by lying down on a polished board while you slide down the dune headfirst. Speeds of up to 80km/h can be reached.
Overnight: Shipwreck Lodge
DAY SEVEN, EIGHT & NINE
Transfer today by private aircraft to Etosha
The Dream Cruiser - A Romantic Adventure Sleep-Out The Dream Cruiser is Onguma's newest and most unique under the stars sleep-out experience. Arriving in time to enjoy sundowners and take a tour of your overnight accommodation, this sleep out in the wilderness of the reserve is on our custom built Land Cruiser, featuring a full bathroom on the lower deck and a bedroom with lounge area on the upper deck. A night on the Dream Cruiser calls for al fresco picnic-style dining is delivered by our chef for you to enjoy as the evening turns to night and the stars dance in all their glory. A ranger is on call via a two-way radio, so make the most of this time and relax in the safety and complete comfort of this unique space. After a good night's rest, you can enjoy morning tea/coffee with homemade rusks before being collected for breakfast at the lodge.
Onguma's fabulous new water-level hide affords guests a great opportunity to calmly sit and enjoy nature unobserved. Amateur and professional photographers alike love the angles and light from this equipped hide. There is a small ablution facility nearby, benches from which to view the surroundings and lots of windows and vantage points for creative camera angles.
Onguma Sundowner Drive
Onguma Nature Reserve consists of 34 000 hectares of Namibian wilderness & is home to numerous plains game, more than 300 bird species and even 4 of the Big 5. The Reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Plains game roam freely on the Reserve and predators although not always easy to spot, are nevertheless common residents of the area. Lions and Cheetahs are frequently seen and often heard. There is a healthy black rhino and leopard population and hyenas are also often seen and heard.
Etosha Game Drives
Etosha is a 22 750km² wildlife sanctuary in Namibia – one of Africa’s most stable and accessible countries. Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, and refers to a flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000km². The ‘Pan’ (overlooked by the Onguma Reserve) provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. Bush Walks Africa takes on a new perspective when you experience it on foot as the first explorers did. A bush walk is a unique physical, mental and spiritual adventure through nature. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of the Namibian bush by conducting an early morning leisurely walk accompanied by one of our experienced armed rangers.
Overnight: Onguma The Fort
Departure today for home.
HOW TO GET HERE
This itinerary commences in Sossusvlei
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