WINGS OVER THE DUNES
Explore breathtaking landscape including the magnificent Namib - ‘the living desert’.
The Namib may be the oldest desert in the world and feautures stark and varied arid landscapes from sandy dunes to rugged, stoney peaks. The effect is mesmerising.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL - Windhoek- Swakopmund
Upon arrival in Windhoek you will be met by our tour leader at the airport and assisted with transferring to a light aircraft on a charter flight for Swakopmund. Here you will be met by our driver guide and transferred to hotel Zum Kaizer or any other similar hotel,your place of accommodation. Swakopmund was established in 1892 and is a quaint, picturesque seaside town with a rich history. The late afternoon is spent relaxing after the day's traveling.
DAY 2: SWAKOPMUND
Your excursion today is tide and weather dependent. From Swakopmund we’ll make our way to Walvis Bay along the coastal road, passing the salt production plant at Walvis Bay and then heading out into the vast Namib dune sea. Finally, the sandy 4x4 track reaches the coast as we continue southwards along the beach en-route to Sandwich Harbour, about 60km (37 miles) from Walvis Bay. Alternatively, if the swells are too high or if the weather is generally poor and the track along the coast is considered unsafe, we’ll view Sandwich Harbour from the top of the surrounding high dunes. Sandwich Harbour – a saltwater lagoon, is designated a 'Wetland of International Importance’ and some 40 000 birds - 34 different species in total, were recorded in the area during recent surveys. Take a leisurely walk around the lagoon, an official marine sanctuary, and you might also see seals, dolphins and even whales. A lunch stop is included before returning to Swakopmund during the late afternoon.
Included: Breakfast, and Dinner, Entrance Fee and Activity
DAY 3: SWAKOPMUND - SOSSUSVLEI
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Swakopmund airstrip for a charter flight to Sossusvlei. Experience the haunting beauty of the Namib Desert at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge or similar lodge, situated in the foothills of the private NamibRand Nature Reserve. The Namib - known as ‘the living desert’ - is a world of vast open spaces, endless horizons, dramatic desert landscapes and jagged mountain heights. Led by Sossusvlei’s expert rangers and naturalists, the afternoon is devoted to exploring the desert landscape in open 4x4 vehicles.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities
DAY 4: SOSSUSVLEI
The morning is devoted to an excursion into the famous Sossusvlei dunes - amongst the highest in the world. The name 'Sossusvlei' applies to an area that encompasses the great plain of the Tsauchab River, along with the red dunes that appear to be marching along like giant sentinels to the south and north of the plain. After our desert excursion, we travel on to Sesriem Canyon. The canyon begins as an almost imperceptible but nevertheless deep cleft in level, stony ground and then widens until it finally flattens out onto the plain. Because it is so deep and sheltered, it often holds water well into the dry season - an invigorating sight in such a barren and stark environment. During the afternoon, we return to the lodge and after some time for relaxation, you may opt to explore the area on quad bikes (four-wheelers).
Activities: Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon Hike, Sossusvlei
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Activities
DAY 5: Sossusvlei- Windhoek
After an early breakfast and checking out of our lodge in the desert, it will be followed by a charter flight to Windhoek and transferred to any location of your choice within Windhoek, or hop onto homebound flight with fond Memories of an unforgettable Namibian safari of a lifetime.
Parks & Reserves:
One full day and two half days
Trip Highlights: Maasai Mara Reserve (home of the ‘big five’) | Great Migration (seasonal) | Optional Maasai village visit | Picnic lunch with the hippos
All our stays are with three of the most respected accommodation providers in Africa. Sarova, Sopa and Serena hotels, lodges and resorts. They have all been chosen for their African sympathies; connection to the local people; support for local enterprise and suppliers; as well as their knowledge of local customs.
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