8-day Desert and Dune Explorer

Desert and Dune Explorer
Desert and Dune Explorer

Experience the Kalahari and the Namib in one great expedition. This eight-day tour visits the spectacular southern Kalahari and the Naukluft Mountains, Sossusvlei, the Moon Landscape, the Skeleton Coast and Erongo Mountains.

Price:
From US$1345 pp (Our pricing)
Duration:
8 days
Highlights:
Namibia, Damaraland, Kalahari, Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Windhoek
Includes:
7 nights accommodation; meals and drinks as indicated in the itinerary; 8 days car hire (4x4 Double Cabin); vehicle drop off/delivery fee; vehicle insurance (minimum cover); safari and sight-seeing activities as indicated in the itinerary

Tour Brief

The Kalahari is the largest sand basin in the world. Almost devoid of rock, it covers an area of 900,000sq km. Contrary to popular belief it is not a desert but a semi-arid savannah biome. Oxide-red dunes and grassy plains dotted with gnarled, stunted acacia trees form an evocative landscape that supports a surprising diversity of wildlife.

The Namib Desert covers the entire Namibian coastline of over 1500km and sweeps up to 200km inland. It is one of the oldest deserts in the world and has an astonishing diversity of landscapes and habitats.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 and 2: Kalahari

    Depending on your flight's arrival time, you can either stay one night in Windhoek or drive the three hours on mostly paved roads to the Kalahari or Namib Naukluft.

    When you're there: The lodges offer scenic drives, game viewing activities and nature trails. The sunsets are spectacular and a good excuse for a gin and tonic.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Suricate Kalahari Tented Lodge
    Luxury: Zebra Kalahari Lodge

  • Day 3 and 4: Sossusvlei

    After breakfast, travel west to the Naukluft Mountains to hike the Wasserberg Trail.

    On the way: The moderate three-hour hike takes you through the Naukluft Mountains with fresh water rock pools and beautiful riverine trees. From here, drive on to the next lodge for 2 nights. A late afternoon nature drive or walk at the lodge is recommended, especially at sunset!

    When you're there: Enter Sossusvlei at sunrise and remember to take plenty of film or memory, sun cream, a hat, walking shoes and water. Explore the world's highest dunes and a sheltered pan with petrified trees that are hundreds of years old; climb the dunes and look out over a sea of sand. Private reserves in the area reveal fascinating flora, fauna and ancient desert landscapes.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: The Desert Homestead and Horse Trails
    Luxury: Kulala Desert Lodge

  • Day 5, 6 and 7: Swakopmund

    A five-hour drive north takes you through the gradual change from mountains and dunes to rolling grass-covered hills with scattered acacia trees. Swakopmund is a quaint resort town by the sea with an obvious German heritage at odds with its bleak surrounds.

    On the way: Look out for the endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra as you leave; stop at Solitaire, about 80km from Sesriem for some home-made bread and an ice cold drink; Kuiseb Canyon has some shady picnic spots; you can see springbok and pure-bred wild ostrich across the vast gravel plains of the Namib; the lunar landscape; look out for the welwitschia plant.

    When you're there: Visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon - a RAMSAR wetlands site - where thousands of flamingoes, pelicans and numerous waders feed in the nutrient-rich shallows; restaurants, shops and attractions in Swakopmund; spend an extra day making the most of the cool air.

    Among the many organised activities, we recommend a scenic flight over Skeleton Coast; a comfortable and informative boat cruise of Walvis Bay where you meet dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and terns; and quad biking, which is an exciting way to experience the sand dunes.

    Accommodation:
    Standard: Sandfields Guesthouse
    Luxury: Zum Kaiser Hotel

  • Day 8: Windhoek

    Windhoek is about four hour's drive from Swakopmund and the airport a further half hour. Stop for lunch in the city or continue on to the airport in time for your flight and the end of a fabulous desert expedition.

  • Self Drive Distance Chart and Travelling Times

Recent Reviews of This Tour

“Thanks for all your work putting together a holiday we truly loved”

We would like to commend the high service received from Namibian Tours and Safaris especially taking into account the short length of time you had to arrange this holiday for us. The recommendations and itinerary were ideal with the majority of our stay in each location being the right duration. The whole process of booking this holiday was hassle free and we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.

We would specifically like to thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work which resulted in a truly fabulous holiday for us. Also, it was great to meet up with you in Solitaire where you expressed so much love for your country and this was clearly mirrored in the schedule and service you presented to us allowing us to experience this fantastic country. It will not be the case of 'if' we return to Namibia, it is more the case of 'when' we will return as we enjoyed it so much.

Nik Stevenson, UK Desert and Dune Explorer

“Fall in love with Namibia”

Vincent is a very special guide. He made us fall in love with Namibia.

Hans and Ingeborg van der Meyden, The Netherlands Desert and Dune Explorer
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