Namibia is an incredibly beautiful country, with a magical blend of deserts that stretch as far as the eye can see, the breathtaking Skeleton Coast, fascinating cultures, and unique desert-adapted animals. It is a photographer’s dream come true, and a special destination for anyone looking for more than just a wildlife safari. Take to the road with this adventure style desert safari, or take a classic approach by flying between camps…
Arrive Namibia and drive to Sossusvlei
You will arrive in Namibia’s capitol, Windhoek, and then drive to the desert. Visitors come to Sossusvlei to see the spectacular iconic giant red sand dunes, some over 1000 ft. tall! The clear blue skies contrast with these giant red towers of sand, creating one of Africa’s most dramatic and photogenic natural wonders. Although the area is most well-known for these dunes, there is also the stunning Sesriem Canyon as well as Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet the plains. Enjoy game drives to see the amazing wildlife that can survive in the driest desert in the world.
Hot Barren Desert to “City” by the Sea
Drive to the unusual town of Swakopmund, a harbor founded by the Germans in 1892. Today, much of its European past remains, creating a quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, as well as a cool ocean breeze in a country of hot, thirsty deserts. Now a popular quaint seaside resort, it is the “capital” of the Skeleton Coast tourism area, with a wide variety of activities for visitors, including sand-boarding on the tall dunes, game viewing, “Dolphin and Seal” catamaran cruises in Walvis Bay, swimming and simply just wandering around the town’s quaint colonial-era buildings.
Desert Wildlife and Ancient Art
Depart early for your drive to untamed and ruggedly beautiful, Damaraland, an exceptionally scenic landscape of seemingly endless plains and spectacular rock formations, as well as a variety of fascinating and unique desert-adapted wildlife, including desert elephants and black rhino. The area is bleak but beautiful – wild, uninhabited and very hot, with temperatures in summer often reaching over 100 degrees. The major attractions, for those prepared for the extreme conditions, are the imposing granite rock formations of Spitzkoppe; Twyfelfontein, with ancient Bushmen artwork painted on rocks; the Petrified Forest, giant fossilized tree trunks about 280 million years old; and the Brandberg Mountains, dramatically towering over the desert below, and glowing in the setting sun as if on fire. Enjoy game drives, “otherworldly” scenery and the peaceful silence of the desert.
Wildlife at World-Famous Etosha
Drive to Ongava Game Reserve, on the boundary of Etosha National Park, a world-famous park with the highest density of wildlife in the country, including elephant, endangered black rhino, lion, leopard, zebra, antelope, giraffes, etc. etc. as well as more than 340 species of birds. Its iconic salt pan, so large it can be seen from space, practically guarantees wildlife sightings, as they congregate around the pan for water and salt. You will also explore Ongava, one of the finest private game reserves in the area, recognized for its exceptional conservation, ground-breaking research and exciting safaris. Activities include game drives, nature walks, and, at some camps, a sunken photographic hide at a waterhole, providing a unique view of wildlife coming down to drink, as well as rhino tracking on foot.
Drive back to Windhoek where your adventure ends, transferring to the airport to start your journey home.