AT A GLANCE
This 7 day safari will take to you to two of Namibia’s must see natural wonders. We will start our trip in Etosha which is one of Africa’s best game viewing destinations.We will then stop over in Windhoek whereafter we will visit the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei which is home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world.
DAY 1&2: Etosha South
After breakfast and meeting your guide for the safari we will drive to Etosha National Park where will spend the next 3 nights. 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.
Other game include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, honey-badger, black-faced impala, kudu, eland, damara dik-dik, warthog and big herds of springbok, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and oryx. More than 300 species of birds are found here and it is brilliant for finding raptors.
We will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.
Day 3: Etosha East
From here we will make our way across the park in a full morning game drive to the eastern boundary of Etosha where we will spend the next night.
Day 4: Windhoek
After an early morning breakfast and perhaps another short game drive we will depart for Windhoek where will spend tonight in a Hotel before continuing our safari tomorrow to Sossusvlei.
Day 5: Sossusvlei
After breakfast we will depart for Sossusvlei. We will drive through the Khomas Hochland and down the escarpment via one of the scenic mountain passes into the Namib Desert. This journey will take about 4 hours depending on the number of stops for photographs. After lunch and settling in at the lodge we will depart for a late afternoon scenic nature drive. Dinner and accommodation will be at one of the best lodges in the area perfectly situated to explore the surrounding desert and its attractions.
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 good early morning light. The Sesriem canyon is a narrow gorge about 1 km long and is well worth a visit. Several desert adapted wildlife like oryx, springbok, black-backed jackal, ostrich, sociable weavers and plenty of reptiles and small mammals call this place home.
Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei – Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei – other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.
Day 6: Sossusvlei
After an early breakfast and coffee, we will depart for a morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. We will 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 a quick stop for lunch en route we will do an excursion to Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge to relax after an exciting day.
Day 7: Departure
After an early morning breakfast, we will depart for Windhoek where you will catch your connecting flight or stay for another night in Windhoek. Please do let us know for suggestions on possible extensions if you are interested in exploring the rest of Namibia or Africa.