Desert and Dune Safari

 
SPECIAL OFFER. save $400pp  (£265pp) .... Price reduced for 2016 

A Journey through the dune-filled desert and the Skeleton Coast
Launching in 2015, this Exploration takes you through some of the most remote areas of this fascinating land; Exploring the incredible wildlife of areas which have been rarely explored by others, making this a journey of discovery.
The dunes of Sossusvlei are not to be missed and therefore we begin our journey here. This Exploration also takes in the amazing marine life just off Swakopmund, the secluded and dramatic coastline of the Skeleton Coast littered with historic remnants of shipwrecks and the rugged and rocky landscape of Palmwag where the last free-roaming black rhino rove. Aside from wildlife and activities, meet the native people of Namibia, from those who work at our camps to many others, such as local fishermen and vendors. 
Desert-adapted wildlife across Namibia is a highlight given the arid and harsh climate and the sparsely vegetated landscapes. Almost miraculously enormous elephant thrive along with giraffe, as well as lion and brown hyaena in areas such as Hoanib, while gemsbok (oryx), springbok, steenbok, scrub hare, and inquisitive ground squirrel can also be seen in the Palmwag Concession. Most importantly Palmwag Concession's freshwater springs support the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa as well as healthy populations of Hartmann's mountain zebra, kudu and predators.
Entirely different to the rugged mountains and valleys inland, the Skeleton Coast hosts Cape fur seals in their thousands along with black-backed jackals.
Exceptionally diverse variety of activities, including day and night nature drives, sea- and land-based wildlife viewing, flying, driving, and boating.
Other unique activities include climbing some of the world’s tallest dunes, rhino tracking, a motorboat lagoon trip at Walvis Bay and viewing shipwreck remains along the dramatic coastline.
Endless landscapes and places of interest are seen along the way, with a scenic flight from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund (weather permitting) being a highlight.

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 :    Kulala Desert Lodge, Kulala Wilderness Reserve

Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the 37 000-hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The perfect location to view and photograph Namib Desert sceneryComprising 23 thatched and canvas "kulalas" with en-suite bathrooms and verandas, each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. 
The convivial main area includes a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the riverbed – a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista and to contemplate the day’s exciting activities. This is the closest point of access to the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei. A chance to explore the dramatic Kulala Wilderness Reserve by quad bike, hot air balloon, nature drive or on foot. 

Day 3 & 4:    Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund

Our light aircraft transfer to Swakopmund Airport is in fact a spectacular scenic flight (weather permitting) that flies over the only well-preserved shipwreck in Namibia, endless dune fields and even an old diamond mining settlement.

Discover the town of Swakopmund and bed down in the historic Hansa Hotel that forms part of city’s architectural culture.

Boat Cruise
On Day 4, we explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast on a boat cruise (weather permitting) as well
as the imposing Sandwich Harbour dune fields by 4x4 vehicle. The adventure is rounded off with a private seafood lunch before driving back to Walvis Bay. 

Day 5:     Terrace Bay Lodge, Skeleton Coast National Park

We continue our journey by road for approximately 380 kilometres / 236 miles up the legendary Skeleton Coast (named for the numerous ships the treacherous shores have claimed over the years). You can expect to see the fascinating lichen plains at Wlotskasbaken, remains of the Zelia shipwreck near Henties Bay and the SW Seal shipwreck near Ugabmund. We also take in the ghostly remains of mining operations near Toscanini. Driving time is about five hours, excluding any stops.

 

 Day 6 & 7:  Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Palmwag Concession               

We continue through Skeleton Coast National Park to the Möwe Bay Museum and then stop and admire the remains of the Suiderkus shipwreck. Other attractions are the Klein Oase and Auses Springs hidden in the dunes, an intriguing “roaring” dune and spectacular desert scenery combined with whatever desert-adapted wildlife presents itself. The distance to camp is only 140 kilometres / 86 miles, however, given the gravel roads the driving time is approximately 5 hours.
A land of rugged scenery, this remote part of Namibia is inhabited by plant and animal life that has adapted superbly to the harsh environment of mountains, vast plains, dunes and dry riverbeds. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld.

Exclusivity is taken a step further as camp is only accessible by light aircraft and the camp itself consists of only seven twin-bedded tents and one family unit, each comprising stylish en-suite bedrooms with shaded outdoors decks. Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay. This is a vast, remote, isolated wilderness offering excellent viewing of Namibia’s distinctive desert-adapted wildlife. Diverse activities showcase spectacular scenery, unexpected oases and enormous sand dunes

 

Day 8 & 9 :   Desert Rhino Camp, Palmwag Concession

Another exciting day on the road to Desert Rhino Camp through the rugged, rocky and mountainous Palmwag Concession brings with it the opportunity of seeing giraffe, oryx and springbok.

The speciality of the area is its stable population of the endangered desert-adapted black rhino (the largest concentration in the world outside a national park), which are monitored and protected by the Save the Rhino Trust. This region is marked for its tranquil, minimalist beauty, surprising wealth of arid-adapted wildlife and the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa.
Set in a wide valley, accommodation at Desert Rhino Camp consists of eight raised Meru-style canvas tents with front verandas to take in the sweeping views in front dotted with scattered euphorbia and ancient welwitschia plants, and the dramatic Etendeka Mountains. The comfortable tented dining and lounge area is also elevated with partially open sides offering those panoramic views while a swimming pool provides a refreshing respite during the midday heat. Evening meals are often taken around the fire pit under the starry skies, known for their clarity.

Expect a surprising wealth of arid-adapted wildlife in this harsh but beautiful land. Adventurous rhino tracking activities take place daily from camp.

Day 10:  Wilderness Air - 
Today you will be transferred to catch a scheduled Wilderness Air flight back to Windhoek, in time to make afternoon connections to Johannesburg.

Or

Extend to Etosha for 3 days game watching at the water holes which draw wildife from miles around

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights ex London From $1200 pp

Price excluding international flights:
June - Oct $4700 pp 2016
Jan - May & No - Dec $3999 pp 2016
** Etosha add on $1450 pp (3nights)
Single Supplement charge $455
Safari Summary

Notes:  SPECIAL OFFER. save $400pp  (£265pp) .... Price reduced for 2016 

Guaranteed to depart with minimum of 2 guests (max 8)

Option to extend ** Visit Etosha to stay at Ongava lodge for 3 nights. Ongava Lodge is cleverly constructed on the slopes of a small hill in the Ongava Game Reserve which lies on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. From up here, guests can sit back and watch a host of wildlife species that come to drink at the waterhole – or sit quietly at the hide to see the wildlife close up.

Includes:

All accommodation on a shared basis; 

Meals & Drinks as specified

Excursions and transfers as included in the quote; 

Park fees and entrance fees as specified in the quote; 

Laundry.

Air transfers as specified;

Accommodation taxes

Excludes

Tips / gratuities; 

Visa fees where relevant. Should a visa payment be required, this will need to be made in US Dollar cash. 

Any items of a personal nature.  

Full Safari Details
Desert and Dune Safari

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 :    Kulala Desert Lodge, Kulala Wilderness Reserve

Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the 37 000-hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The perfect location to view and photograph Namib Desert sceneryComprising 23 thatched and canvas "kulalas" with en-suite bathrooms and verandas, each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. 
The convivial main area includes a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the riverbed – a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista and to contemplate the day’s exciting activities. This is the closest point of access to the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei. A chance to explore the dramatic Kulala Wilderness Reserve by quad bike, hot air balloon, nature drive or on foot. 

Day 3 & 4:    Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund

Our light aircraft transfer to Swakopmund Airport is in fact a spectacular scenic flight (weather permitting) that flies over the only well-preserved shipwreck in Namibia, endless dune fields and even an old diamond mining settlement.

Discover the town of Swakopmund and bed down in the historic Hansa Hotel that forms part of city’s architectural culture.

Boat Cruise
On Day 4, we explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast on a boat cruise (weather permitting) as well
as the imposing Sandwich Harbour dune fields by 4x4 vehicle. The adventure is rounded off with a private seafood lunch before driving back to Walvis Bay. 

Day 5:     Terrace Bay Lodge, Skeleton Coast National Park

We continue our journey by road for approximately 380 kilometres / 236 miles up the legendary Skeleton Coast (named for the numerous ships the treacherous shores have claimed over the years). You can expect to see the fascinating lichen plains at Wlotskasbaken, remains of the Zelia shipwreck near Henties Bay and the SW Seal shipwreck near Ugabmund. We also take in the ghostly remains of mining operations near Toscanini. Driving time is about five hours, excluding any stops.

 

 Day 6 & 7:  Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Palmwag Concession               

We continue through Skeleton Coast National Park to the Möwe Bay Museum and then stop and admire the remains of the Suiderkus shipwreck. Other attractions are the Klein Oase and Auses Springs hidden in the dunes, an intriguing “roaring” dune and spectacular desert scenery combined with whatever desert-adapted wildlife presents itself. The distance to camp is only 140 kilometres / 86 miles, however, given the gravel roads the driving time is approximately 5 hours.
A land of rugged scenery, this remote part of Namibia is inhabited by plant and animal life that has adapted superbly to the harsh environment of mountains, vast plains, dunes and dry riverbeds. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld.

Exclusivity is taken a step further as camp is only accessible by light aircraft and the camp itself consists of only seven twin-bedded tents and one family unit, each comprising stylish en-suite bedrooms with shaded outdoors decks. Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay. This is a vast, remote, isolated wilderness offering excellent viewing of Namibia’s distinctive desert-adapted wildlife. Diverse activities showcase spectacular scenery, unexpected oases and enormous sand dunes

 

Day 8 & 9 :   Desert Rhino Camp, Palmwag Concession

Another exciting day on the road to Desert Rhino Camp through the rugged, rocky and mountainous Palmwag Concession brings with it the opportunity of seeing giraffe, oryx and springbok.

The speciality of the area is its stable population of the endangered desert-adapted black rhino (the largest concentration in the world outside a national park), which are monitored and protected by the Save the Rhino Trust. This region is marked for its tranquil, minimalist beauty, surprising wealth of arid-adapted wildlife and the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa.
Set in a wide valley, accommodation at Desert Rhino Camp consists of eight raised Meru-style canvas tents with front verandas to take in the sweeping views in front dotted with scattered euphorbia and ancient welwitschia plants, and the dramatic Etendeka Mountains. The comfortable tented dining and lounge area is also elevated with partially open sides offering those panoramic views while a swimming pool provides a refreshing respite during the midday heat. Evening meals are often taken around the fire pit under the starry skies, known for their clarity.

Expect a surprising wealth of arid-adapted wildlife in this harsh but beautiful land. Adventurous rhino tracking activities take place daily from camp.

Day 10:  Wilderness Air - 
Today you will be transferred to catch a scheduled Wilderness Air flight back to Windhoek, in time to make afternoon connections to Johannesburg.

Or

Extend to Etosha for 3 days game watching at the water holes which draw wildife from miles around

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights ex London From $1200 pp

Price excluding international flights:
June - Oct $4700 pp 2016
Jan - May & No - Dec $3999 pp 2016
** Etosha add on $1450 pp (3nights)
Single Supplement charge $455
Book this safari
Safari Summary

Notes:  SPECIAL OFFER. save $400pp  (£265pp) .... Price reduced for 2016 

Guaranteed to depart with minimum of 2 guests (max 8)

Option to extend ** Visit Etosha to stay at Ongava lodge for 3 nights. Ongava Lodge is cleverly constructed on the slopes of a small hill in the Ongava Game Reserve which lies on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. From up here, guests can sit back and watch a host of wildlife species that come to drink at the waterhole – or sit quietly at the hide to see the wildlife close up.

Includes:

All accommodation on a shared basis; 

Meals & Drinks as specified

Excursions and transfers as included in the quote; 

Park fees and entrance fees as specified in the quote; 

Laundry.

Air transfers as specified;

Accommodation taxes

Excludes

Tips / gratuities; 

Visa fees where relevant. Should a visa payment be required, this will need to be made in US Dollar cash. 

Any items of a personal nature.