Desert Dune Safari

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Best time to go: April to October

14 Nights | from £5,935pp

Holiday type: Group departure

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  • Distinctive activities include climbing some of the world’s tallest dunes, rhino tracking, a motorboat lagoon trip at Walvis Bay and viewing shipwreck remains along the dramatic coastline.
  • Endless landscapes and places of interest are seen along the way, with a scenic flight from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund (weather permitting) being a highlight.
  • At the much-revered Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, an isolated wilderness and dry riverbed reveals Namibia’s unique desert-adapted wildlife, from elephant and giraffe to the uncommon "desert lion."

Day 1 UK / Windhoek
Fly via Johannesburg to Windhoek.

Day 2 Windhoek
Upon arrival you will be met by a representative of the A&K team and driven to the elegant Olive Grove Guesthouse.
Olive Grove Guest House | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Sossusvlei
Your guide will meet you at the guesthouse and drive you to Kulala Desert Lodge for a two night stay, while activities include nature walks and drives to scenic viewpoints. Set close to the enormous clay pan of Sossusvlei, the camp is flanked by the famous red sand dunes.
Kulala Desert Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Sossusvlei
An early but worthwhile start to experience the world famous dunes of Sossusvlei. With some rising as high as 300m, the dunes have developed over millions of years, with the most well-known being Dune 45. Later, you can enjoy relaxing decorously at the lodge or take a nature walk or drive to appreciate this beguiling area.
Kulala Desert Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Swakopmund
Today you’ll take a scenic flight on a light aircraft to Swakopmund (weather permitting) where you’ll head to the Hansa Hotel for two nights, which is ideally situated within walking distance of the town and beach.
Hansa Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Swakopmund
Today you’ll head off on a cruise departing from Walvis Bay to Sandwich Harbour in search of marine mammals. The excursion provides a unique chance to watch the diverse birdlife, Cape fur seal and rare heaviside’s dolphin (weather permitting). You’ll round off the morning with a private seafood lunch.
Hansa Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 Skeleton Coast National Park
You’ll travel up the legendary Skeleton Coast for a full day of mesmerising scenery, where you can expect to see the fascinating lichen plains at Wlotskasbaken and remains of shipwrecks along the way. We’ll also take in the ghostly disused diamond mine near Toscanini and overnight at Terrace Bay Lodge in Skeleton Coast National Park.
Terrace Bay Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 8 - 9 Skeleton Coast National Park
Today you’ll continue through the Skeleton Coast National Park to the Mowe Bay Museum and then head inland to other attractions including two oases, an intriguing “roaring” dune and spectacular desert scenery combined with whatever wildlife presents itself. The next two nights are spent at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Palmwag Reserve
You’ll head north to the mountainous and rocky region of the vast Palmwag Reserve. The rugged, rocky and mountainous Palmwag Concession brings with it the opportunity of seeing giraffe, gemsbok (oryx) and springbok. Staying at Desert Rhino Camp means you can spend two nights tracking the rare desert-adapted black rhino which are monitored and protected by the Save the Rhino Trust.
Desert Rhino Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Palmwag Reserve
The highlight of any stay at Palmwag is tracking the rare desert adapted black rhino by foot or vehicle. Also look out for the bizarre Welwitschia, a desert-adapted plant that can live over 2,000 years in this arid climate.
Desert Rhino Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 Palmwag / Windhoek
This morning enjoy a drive in the reserve and Doro Nawas Airstrip to fly back to Windhoek where you’ll overnight at the Olive Grove Guesthouse.
Olive Grove Guesthouse | Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Windhoek / UK
Time to say farewell to Windhoek. This afternoon you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight via Johannesburg back to the UK.

Day 14 UK
Arrive back in the UK in the early morning.

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 14 day suggested holiday will cost from £5,935 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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flying time

12 hours 30 minutes via Johannesburg

time difference

GMT +2 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

April - October


The best time to visit Namibia is between April and October, the days are warm and sunny and rainfall at a minimum. The wet season arrives in December and generally runs through until March.

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