Desert Explorer

from £1758
excluding flights *
7 nights Year round

Overview

This is a very special trip for those fascinated by desert scenery. Discover the contrasts of the Kalahari and Namib Deserts, explore the scenic NamibRand Nature Reserve, climb some of the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei and spend a night sleeping under the stars.

Highlights

  • Discover both the Kalahari and Namib Deserts
  • Sleep out under the stars at Namib Dune Star Camp
  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes
  • Explore the picturesque NamibRand Nature Reserve; an International Dark Sky Reserve

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • Fully inclusive at Wolwedans including activities
  • Car rental throughout
  • Meet and Greet on arrival

Full description

80 percent of Namibia is made up of desert and this eight-day holiday enables you to discover Namibia’s stunning desert scenery in depth.

The Namib Desert is often referred to as the world’s oldest desert.  Spend five nights discovering its many faces including some of the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei and the picturesque NamibRand Nature Reserve.  You will also visit the Kalahari which is a fossil desert meaning it is often a lot greener.  All of this area provides amazing star gazing possibilities and you can spend a night sleeping out under the stars and two nights in the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Africa.

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Airfares start from around £700 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Accommodation Car Category Twin Price (pp) Single Price
Year round 7 nights Standard Toyota Fortuner (or similar) £1,758 £2,530

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • Fully inclusive at Wolwedans including activities
  • Car rental throughout (Toyota Fortuner or similar)
  • Meet and Greet on arrival
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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Day 1: Windhoek

Arrive at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) Airport, where you will receive your rental vehicle. Once you have sorted out all the formalities for your vehicle, drive to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. After checking-in at your accommodation, you can explore the city. Windhoek is a city of many contrasts; modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings from the German colonial era. Windhoek attractions you may wish to explore this afternoon include the Christ Church (Christuskirche), the capital’s best-recognised landmark, the National Museum of Namibia which houses an excellent display on Namibia’s independence and Katutura, a former apartheid-era black township. Windhoek has a selection of restaurants for you to dine at this evening; Joe’s Beerhouse is a Windhoek institution.

Days 2-3: Windhoek – Namib Desert

Today you will drive south into the Namib Desert. The Namib Desert is commonly referred to as the world’s oldest desert, dating back at least 55 million years. The desert is a large expanse of moving gravel plains and dunes of all shapes and sizes. Part of the desert, towards the centre incorporates the Namib-Naukluft National Park, which is the largest park in Namibia (50,000 square kilometres) and the third largest in Africa. The Namib Desert is largely unpopulated so there is no light pollution making it one of the best places in the world to stargaze. In 2013, a large part of the desert became a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name of ‘Namib Sand Sea’. You will spend one night at Namib Dune Star Camp, where you can roll your bed out onto the deck and enjoy a night sleeping out under the stars. The following day, you will drive to the Sossusvlei area.

Day 4: Discover Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon

Today is free to explore Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. The best time to visit Sossusvlei is close to sunrise, avoiding the heat of the midday sun and taking advantage of the natural light to bring out the best of the strong and constantly changing colours of the dunes - warm tints of apricot, orange, red and maroon, which provide excellent photographic opportunities. Sossusvlei itself is a large, white, salt and clay pan. However, the name ‘Sossusvlei’ is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, including Deadvlei and other neighbouring rust-coloured sand dunes. A climb up the dunes is rewarded by spectacular views and is highly recommended. The most popular dunes to walk up are Dune 45 (80m), one of Sossusvlei’s most iconic dunes, and Big Daddy which at 325m is the highest dune in the area, boasting great views of Deadvlei. Close to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei is a clay pan characterised by dark, dead camel thorn trees which stand in stark contrast against the white pan floor. This afternoon you may wish to visit Sesriem Canyon. Shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of year

Days 5-6: Sossusvlei – NamibRand Nature Reserve

Before leaving the Sossusvlei area this morning, you may wish to partake in a sunrise hot air balloon ride over this magical landscape; an unforgettable experience. Leaving the Sossusvlei area, you will have a short drive to the NamibRand Nature Reserve; one of the largest private reserves in Namibia at almost 200,000 hectares. It is also an International Dark Sky Reserve (the first place in Africa to be given this title), boasting one of the darkest skies measured on Earth and offering unparalleled star-gazing. The nature reserve offers incredible contrasting scenery including red sand dune fields, purple granite mountains and grassy valleys. The NamibRand experience is primarily about nature and landscapes rather than wildlife, but you are likely to see oryx, kudu, springbok and ostrich here. You will spend two nights at Wolwedans, where all activities are included. You can choose to explore the scenic NamibRand Nature Reserve on scenic drives or on walking safaris.

Day 7: NamibRand – Kalahari Desert

Today you will drive east to the Kalahari. The Kalahari is not a true desert as it receives more rain than a true desert should. It is technically categorised as a fossil desert, meaning that the dunes are usually greener than the Namib Desert and at the start of the year can be covered in flowers. The best known of the Kalahari's inhabitants are the San Bushmen, a nomadic hunter-gatherer tribe that have inhabited Southern Africa for at least 20,000 years. The Kalahari is a great destination for birders and here you may see raptors including the martial eagle and lappet-faced vulture. Other wildlife in this area includes giraffe, zebra and meerkat.

Day 8: Kalahari - Windhoek

Drive north back to the capital city; Windhoek where your holiday ends.

Desert Homestead Lodge, nr Sossusvlei

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Luxury Lodge

Located 30km south-east of Sesriem, Desert Homestead Lodge can be used as a base to explore Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon.

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Namib Dune Star Camp, Namib Desert

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Luxury Lodge

Namib Dune Star Camp is situated on the crest of ancient sand dunes overlooking the spectacular landscape of the Namib Desert.

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Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, NamibRand Nature Reserve

Namibia

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Luxury Lodge

Located in the picturesque NamibRand Nature Reserve, Wolwedans Dunes Lodge is perched on the top…

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Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Kalahari Desert

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Luxury Lodge

Built atop and amidst the huge red parallel Kalahari Dunes, this owner-run lodge is situated in the southern Kalahari, less than an hour’s drive from Mariental.

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Olive Grove Guesthouse, Windhoek

Namibia

Grade: Standard

Type: Guesthouse

This intimate guesthouse features eleven rooms, all with air conditioning and Moroccan decorative touches. All rooms have a mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and a large veranda.

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