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11 Days Desert tour itinerary for namibia: Set Out On A One Of Its Kind Namibian Safari

Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Sossusvlei

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Set out on a one of its kind Namibian Safari

Desert safari

Swakopmund-Namibia

Visit three of Namibia’s must-see natural wonders: the Namib Desert, the home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world and a west coast city, where the desert and the coast come together. Then, head to the Skeleton Coast and scenic Damaraland. 

DAY 01

Arrival. sossusvlei, namib desert

  • After breakfast and meeting your Namibian guide for the safari, depart for Sossusvlei. 

  • Drive through the Khomas Hochland and down the escarpment via one of the scenic mountains passes into the Namib Desert. This journey will take about 4 hours depending on the number of stops for photographs.

Dinner and accommodation at one of the best lodges in the area perfectly situated to explore the surrounding desert and its attractions.





Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included

  • Drinks not included

DAY 02

Sossusvlei, Namib Desert

  • After an early breakfast and coffee, depart for a morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. 

  • Stop at the scenic Dune 45 along the way and spend a couple of hours at both Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Some of the dunes in the area are a few hundred meters high but the view from the top for those that dare is one you will never forget. 

  • After lunch and a well-earned siesta,  join the lodge for a sundowner Nature Drive before returning to the lodge in time for dinner.

Accommodation:

  • Namib Desert Lodge

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included

  • Drinks not included

DAY 03

Swakopmund

  • After a relaxing breakfast, depart for Swakopmund via the Namib Naukluft National Park. 

  • Spend the next 2 nights at a guesthouse and have dinner at some of the top restaurants in Swakopmund. Please note that dinner tonight is not included and for your own account. 

Accommodation:

  • Swakopmund Sands.

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast and lunch (dinner not included).

  • Drinks not included.

DAY 04

Swakopmund

  • After breakfast, depart for a living desert adventure, where you will encounter and learn more about the fascinating wildlife of the Namib Desert.

  • Look for gecko's, scorpions, side-winder snakes, lizards and beetles as well as the incredible plant life that survives in this harsh environment.

  • Once you are back in Swakopmund, enjoy lunch and then, have an afternoon to explore the town or perhaps finish the day with a quad-biking and dune-boarding adventure. Other optional activities that could be arranged include scenic flights over the coast and dunes.

Accommodation:

  • Swakopmund Sands

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast and dinner (lunch not included).

DAY 05

Twyfelfontein, Damaraland

  • Embark on a Pelican Point Kayak adventure and join the seals and dolphins for a paddle at the tip of the remote Pelican Point peninsula.  

  • Continue your safari northwards along the Skeleton Coast. 

  • After visiting a shipwreck, turn inland towards Damaraland with your Namibia tour guide. 

  • Drive past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain with the highest peak at 2573 meters.

  • Arrive at the lodge in time for a sun-downer drink and enjoy the view over this beautiful landscape.

Accommodation:

  • Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included.

  • Drinks not included.


DAY 06

Twyfelfontein, Damaraland

  • After breakfast, embark on a half day tracking adventure to try and find the desert-adapted elephants. 

  • Return to the lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon visiting the Twyfelfontein rock engravings (Namibia’s only world heritage site), burnt mountain and organ pipes rock formation and the Petrified Forest.

Accommodation:

  • Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included.

  • Drinks not included.

DAY 07

etosha national park

  • Continue to Etosha National Park, where you will spend the next 4 nights.  One of the highlights of the park is the flood-lit waterholes at the 3 main camps, where game viewing continues long after the sun has set.

Accommodation:

  • Etosha Safari Lodge.

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included.

  • Drinks not included.

DAY 08

etosha national park

  • After breakfast, do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives. White dust and clay which makes up the Etosha Pan turn to a reddish-brown soil during this time which may lead you to believe you have entered an entirely new park when you visit.

Accommodation:

  • Etosha Safari Lodge

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included.

  • Drinks not included.

DAY 09

etosha national park

  • From here, make your way across the park in a full morning game drive to Mushara Lodge on the eastern boundary where you will spend the next 2 nights. 

Accommodation:

  • Mushara Lodge

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included.

  • Drink not included.

DAY 10

etosha national park

  • Do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives. 

Accommodation:

  • Mushara Lodge

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included.

  • Drinks not included.

DAY 11

windhoek

  • After early morning breakfast, depart for Windhoek, where you will catch your connecting flight.

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast.

  • 2300 USD Per Adult , 1700 USD Per Child (* rate dependent on season)
  • Park fees (for non-residents).

  • All activities (unless labelled as optional).

  • All accommodations (unless listed as upgrade).

  • A professional Namibian driver/guide.

  • All transportation (unless labelled as optional).

  • All Taxes/VAT.

  • Round trip airport transfer.

  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section).

  • International flights (From/to home).

  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour.

  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day).

  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.).

  • Any Government imposed increases in taxes and/or park fees.

  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section).

  • Drinks.

  • The Namib is the oldest desert and boasts the highest sand dunes in the world. This region is one of the most spectacular areas of Namibia and always one of the highlights of any safari. The name Sossusvlei refers to the vlei or pan into which the seasonal Tsauchab River flows in years of exceptional rainfall. The neighbouring Dead Vlei with the ancient dead Camel Thorn trees is one of the most photographic sites in the good early morning light. The Sesriem canyon is a narrow gorge about 1 km long and is well worth a visit.

  • Swakopmund is a very popular holiday destination for many Namibians and will probably be the only place that you will visit on the Namibian safari that has a real town feel to it. Wedged between the Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean, Swakopmund which is known for its very relaxed atmosphere, has something for everybody. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars, good shopping opportunities and fascinating architecture. For the adventurous, there’s quad biking, sand-boarding, skydiving, beach angling and scenic flights over the coastline and Sossusvlei to name a few. The nearby Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major harbour town is well known for the lagoon and its prolific birdlife.

  • Etosha is one of Africa’s biggest and best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia. It is 22 912 km 2 in size of which the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that only holds water after good rainy seasons, is 5000 km 2 in size. Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing and the waterholes attract huge numbers of game in the dry season when all the open water has dried up. During the rainy season, the park is transformed into a green oasis and this is the time you find young of various animal species in huge numbers. 114 species of mammal are found in the park and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhino. The area and vegetation are very different to the south-eastern and eastern part of the park and the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra can be found here. In this area and with a more undulating landscape, it makes for a very different wildlife experience. 

  • In the vast arid space of Northern Namibia lies one of Southern Africa’s best-loved wildlife sanctuaries. The Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing in one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope. Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, encloses a huge, flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000km². The ‘Pan’ 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 blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.

Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Sossusvlei

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