The ancient Namib desert has a magic about it that you have to experience to understand what we mean. One of our favorite countries to visit because of its friendly people and magical spaces. These lodges get you off the tourist tracks and into the desert wilderness in true conservation conscious comfort. Tourism in these areas is the lifeblood of its protection. Etosha's white washed salt pan and Sossusvlei's giant red sand dunes will firmly wedge themselves into your fondest memories while serenading you with their wildlife and deep golden desert sunsets.
A few of the many incredible things you'll see and experience while on this journey.
Day 1: Arrival - Windhoek, Namibia
Your Namibian adventure will begin as you fly into the Skeleton Coast; the true Namib Desert which boasts the Kaokoveld’s best game viewing of desert-adapted wildlife and access to vast, remote and isolated wilderness. In this stark environment, elephant thrive along with giraffe, lion and brown hyaena. Entirely different to the rugged mountains and valleys inland, the Skeleton Coast itself hosts Cape fur seals in their thousands. Birds are equally diverse, with regular endemics like Rüppell's korhaan, Benguela long-billed lark and lark-like bunting. Towards the coast, the bird community changes and tractrac chat can be seen, as well as jaegers and skuas found around the seal colonies.
Days 2 - 4: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Lodge
Exciting game drives explore this isolated area, moving along the riverbed’s narrow ribbon of vegetation, where a surprising wealth of desert-adapted animals can be found; in camp the research centre provides even more insights. Take a day trip into the desert or a nature walk into sand dunes. Spend the day exploring the Skeleton Coast. The fascinating 4x4 trip to the coast takes you via Hoanib River and floodplain, the dune fields and Klein Oasis, while the Skeleton Coast itself reveals huge Cape fur seal colonies and shipwreck remains. Weather-dependent, a flight back to camp can offer a magnificent perspective of your journey from the air.
Days 5 - 7: Little Ongava, Ongava Private Game Reserve (near Etosha NP)
From the Kaokoveld and Skeleton coast, it is time to head East to the salt lake of Etosha. Travel by light aircraft between the two lodges. Staying at Ongava, keep your eyes open for the unusual black faced Impala. Spend one full day exploring Etosha National Park, including a picnic lunch. Quiet time is well spent at the lodge's photographic hide where black rhinos are often seen!
Days 8 - 10: Little Kulala, Sossusvlei
After a morning game drive and breakfast, you will catch a scheduled charter flight south to Little Kulala. The fascinating red sand dunes of Sossusvlei await you here. Take the challenge of climbing Big Daddy or Dune 51, two of the tallest, reddest mountains of sand you've ever seen or take a slow walk around Dead Vlei photographing the petrified trees in this alien landscape. Quad biking over the dunes is heaps of fun and once darkness falls, look out for glow in the dark scoprions on a scorpion night walk.
Option: Organise to sleep in the star bed above your room and have an incredible night under the stars. Get to know the southern hemisphere constellations, including the southern cross, scorpions and many more.
Day 11: Departure - Windhoek, Namibia
After watching the sunrise over the sand dunes for a final time, it will be time to head home. Depart from Little Kulala's desert airstrip and fly back to Windhoek. Here you can connect with onward international flights home.
Optional: Visit Ongava's research centre to learn about the history of rhino's on our planet and their fascinating genetics. Head out into the desert wilderness shoulder to shoulder with researchers as they collect data on desert adapted lions and brown hyenas.
We've carefully selected local projects that are doing amazing work for conservation in the area. You can add a visit on to your itinerary which will automatically include a direct donation to their work. Note: Some of these projects may already be included in your itinerary!