Trip reference number: 6 Day Dunes and Wildlife Experience
Trip Operator: The Great Projects
This whirlwind tour is the perfect way to explore Namibia’s most fascinating and unique sights including the beauty of Etosha National Park, the mesmerizing landscapes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, as well as the chance to explore an eerie shipwreck located on the Skeleton Coast.
This is the picture-perfect tour for keen photographers as you’ll witness Namibia’s most scenic and awe-inspiring landscapes. Combining adventure, sight-seeing and wildlife, this tour will certainly show you a side of Namibia that you will never forget!
Day 1: Etosha National Park
You’ll be up and out early on your first day! After a briefing at 7:15am, you’ll make your way to Etosha National Park. You’ll have lunch in Otjiwarongo before entering the Anderson Gate – the entry point of the park. You’ll start your Etosha adventure straight away are you head out on a game drive, visiting popular waterholes along the way. This drive will give you the perfect opportunity to see the many predators that reside here, as well as the critically endangered black rhino. You’ll arrive at the lodge before sunset and will be given time to settle in. At night, you’ll spend time at the floodlit watering hole while dinner is prepared over open fire.
Day 2: Etosha National Park CTD and Etosha Village
Today you’ll have another early wake-up call, to begin your first game drive. The early hours are great for catching a glimpse of predators whilst their still active. You’ll take a tour around many watering holes to spot the varied wildlife and then head back to Halali Camp for breakfast! The next game drive will find it’s way to the vast Etosha Pan, known as the “Great White Place”, here you’ll be able to jump out of the vehicle to experience the ‘saline desert’ for yourself. Then, it’s off to find lions, rhinos, elephants and if you’re lucky the elusive leopards. You’ll arrive back at camp for lunch and have a chance to relax, maybe even enjoying a dip in the pool. Your final game drive will take you to a few well-known watering holes before leaving the park at sunset.
Day 3: Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund
After an early breakfast, you’ll travel through the striking landscapes of Damaraland, where you’ll have the chance to meet the Herero tribe ladies who sell their handmade art in order to provide for their families. You’ll stop for lunch, with Brandberg Mountain as a backdrop – Namibia’s tallest mountain. You’ll then make your way to the remains of a small shipwreck located at the renowned Skeleton Coast. Finally, you’ll arrive in the coastal city Swakopmund where you’ll have ample time to explore all this city has to offer.
Day 4: Desert Camp/ Sesriem
After breakfast, the morning is yours to explore more of the city or for the more adventurous tourists, a chance to sandboard on the dunes! You’ll then be picked up from the hotel at 11:15am where you’ll make your way to Desert Camp. Along the way, you’ll drive through the Kuiseb Pass and Solitaire Reserve before arriving at camp just in time for a sunset walk with the Naukluft Mountain Range standing proudly behind you. You’ll have the chance to relax in the pool or by the bar before heading to bed for an early start the next day!
Day 5: Desert Camp/ Sesriem
After departing camp at dawn, you’ll arrive at Sossusvlei in time for sunrise. Driving down an ancient riverbed, you’ll have time to take in the red sand dunes surrounding you. You’ll trek the towering sand dunes, taking in the sights that are truly mesmerizing. You’ll then have time to discover the contrasting Deadvlei – a vast and surreal pan that is home to withered camel thorn trees. On your way back to camp, you’ll visit the awe-inspiring Sesriem Canyon before dinner which will be prepared for you whilst you relax and enjoy the sunset!
Day 6: Solitaire and Windhoek
Today is another day to be up early! After breakfast, you’ll make your way to the Solitaire Guest Farm, that is affiliated with Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. This area is used as a release site for ‘problem carnivores’ that are believed to be causing issues on local farms. After rehabilitating mainly cheetahs, as well as leopards and hyenas, they are released into the surrounding areas of Solitaire. You’ll join a biologist for an exciting morning tracking the local cheetahs. Lastly, you’ll transfer back to Windhoek to round of your journey. If you are planning on flying this evening, we do not recommend booking a flight before 8pm.
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