Namibia and the desert

Serra Cafema Camp, Kunene

  • Be moved by rolling red desert sand dunes and swirling morning mists as you quad bike your way through one of the most enchanting places on earth - the Namib Desert.
  • Fly direct to Windhoek - from either Cape Town or Johannesburg - connect a charter flight to the lodge and step into a surreal landscape of distant horiZon lines, rugged stony outcrops and vast open spaces under the biggest blue skies!
  • Discover a fascinating array of bizarre desert flora and fauna on guided day trips and climb your own sand dune before settling into luxurious lodge comforts for a star-spangled night of total tranQuility and sheer silence in the world's oldest desert...
    sweet dreams
  • If you have only 2/3 nights - simply choose your favourite lodge and stay for 2/3nights.
    4 nights - stay 2nights in a dune camp + 2nights in a game camp.
    9 to 13 nights - ask about our set departure guided driving tours
  • Rain from November to March (January to March being the wettest). 
    April/early May, lush foliage making game viewing more challenging
    Peak season (and dry) from mid April to late October.

map of Namibia

There are FOUR main regions to consider in Namibia:

  • 1. Sossusvlei dunes
  • 2. Etosha big game
  • 3. Damaraland big game
  • 4. Skeleton Coast and Kunene big game
  • where to stay?

    First up, those magical sand dunes...

Sossusvlei dunes

1 of 4 Namibia regions
Situated in the heart of the Namib Naukluft National Park, the clean-lined and gently curving slopes of the terracotta-hued sand dunes at Sossusvlei rise up to a remarkable 300m and are the most photographed dunes in the world! The magical clarity of light during sunrise and sunset reveals a fascinating and surrealistic landscape changing colour from deep pink to bright orange and makes for one of the most astonishing sights in the world. Sossusvlei is a clay pan, surrounded by enormous sand dunes, and close to Deadvlei - the most arid and lifeless place on earth with pitch black sun scorched Camel Thorn trees set against a contrasting backdrop of bleached-white pans, rusty-red dunes and a deep blue sky - a photographer's dream! Don't expect to see the big 5 here but keep an eye open for ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, hyena's, cheetah, bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox, aardwolf and a fascinating array of small desert floor creatures leaving the tiniest tracks in the sand - all well adapted to live in this dry, desert climate where day time temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius (and more) and night time temperatures can drop to below zero.
  • Little Kulala Lodge, Sossusvlei

    Sossusvlei lodge 1 of 4
  • stay

    closed for renovation 11nov 2019 to 31may 2020
    9 aircon chalets, raised on white washed wooden decks with large veranda, sala & private plunge pool
    neutral interiors, double vanities, indoor/outdoor showers and large windows for scenic views
    all kulala's feature a romantic rooftop skybed for sleeping outdoors - memorable star gazing
    an airy, thatched, multi-level central dining/bar area with library and swimming pool
    private dinners, desert excursions, unique interiors and perfect for honeymooners
  • travel

    1hr10m charter flight from Windhoek + short complimentary transfer to lodge
  • rate

    rates 2019 - from R8165 to R13430 per person per night
    high season jun-oct
    include all meals, 2 daily activities, park fees, local drinks and laundry
    exclude premium bar brands, champagne and staff gratuities
  • Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

    Sossusvlei lodge 2 of 4
  • stay

    closed for rebuild until 16oct 2019
    10 luxurious stone and glass desert villas with telescope and star-gazing skylights above beds 
    aircon, indoor/outdoor showers, minibars, CD-player and viewing terrace with sun loungers 
    central dining/bar area, swimming pool and observatory with a professional astronomer
    plains game like oryx, mountain zebra, burchells zebra, springbok, ostrich, leopard
  • travel

    1hr10m charter flight from Windhoek + short complimentary transfer to lodge
  • rate

    re-opens 16oct2019 - from R9265 to R14875 per person per night
    stay 3 nights for free hot air balloon safari
    high season oct and 21dec-10jan 2020
    include all meals, local bar brands, tea/coffee, safari activities and refreshments, Sossusvlei tour, guided walks/quad bike tours (subject to availability), emergency medical evacuation insurance, return airstrip transfers, laundry and VAT
    exclude premium bar brands, champagne, charter flights, landing fees, bed levy and staff gratuities
  • Kulala Desert Lodge

    Sossusvlei lodge 3 of 4
  • stay

    23 thatch and canvas tents on wooden decks with en-suite bathroom & rooftop “sky-bed”
    central dining/bar area, plunge pool and wrap-around veranda overlooking riverbed 
    tours, nature walks, hot air ballooning, quad biking and horse riding
  • travel

    90min charter flight from Windhoek + short complimentary transfer to lodge
  • rate

    rates 2019 - from R4475 to R7166 per person per night
    high season jun-oct
    include accommodation, all meals, 2 daily camp activities, park fees, local drinks and laundry
    exclude flights, transfers, premium imported brands, champagne and staff gratuities
  • Wolwedans Lodges, NamibRand

    Sossusvlei lodge 4 of 4
  • stay

    escape seasonal traffic at Sossusvlei and head further south to the jaw-dropping Wolwedans
    one of the darkest skies ever measured with little to no impact from any light pollution
    4 different camps set against a backdrop of diverse and breathtaking desert scenery
    solar powered suites constructed with poles, wooden decks & roll-up canvas walls
    3 options (for 2, 6 or 8 adults) offer totally private accommodation and activities
    sleep with canvas blinds open and marvel in desert silence & star-sprinkled skies
    central dining/bar areas with expansive decks and panoramic views all around 
    view the unique phenomena of unexplained 'bare patches' called 'fairy circles'
    explore by hot air balloon, scenic flights, nature drives and walking safari's 
    a 2.5hr desert drive from Sossusvlei so NO day tour excursions there
    however, a scenic flight over Sossusvlei will be remembered forever
  • travel

    1.5hr charter flight from Windhoek + 20min transfer
  • rate

    rates 2019 - from R7450 to R10850 per person per night
    include all meals, local bar, activities, nightly Park fee/levies and airstrip transfers
    exclude charter flights, hot‐air ballooning, scenic flights, horse-riding, massages, bush barbeques, sleep-outs and staff gratuities
     

Onward to the dusty salt pans of Etosha

Etosha National Park

2 of 6 Namibia regions

Completely off the beaten track with far less visitor's than most other African reserves, the strikingly beautiful, stark and arid Etosha National Park is probably the most rewarding big game destination in Africa. Open grassy woodland and thick scrub spread out around the flat, silvery-white, salt encrusted 5000 square km Etosha Pan upon which dust devils twirl playfully while heat mirages blur an endless horizon. Home to the big 5 - along with 114 species of plains game - game spotting is made incredibly easy by simply waiting patiently at one of the many watering holes dotted across the park. Best season is winter (May-September) with cooler days and less shrub for easy viewing while summer sees the return of thousands of waterbirds, including hundreds of thousands of flamingos making their mass breeding grounds in the area. A true untamed wilderness well worth a visit!

  • Ongava Lodge

    Etosha lodge 1 of 1
  • stay

    14 aircon rock & thatch chalets with a central dining/bar area with swimming pool 
    situated on a hill overlooking the distant plains and an active watering hole
    please note that multiple steps render no wheelchair access

  • travel

    charter from Windhoek to airstrip + short transfer to lodge

  • rate

    rates 2018 -
    R9811 pp per night or jul-nov at R10465 pp per night
    include accommodation, all meals, 2 daily camp activities, park fees, local drinks and laundry
    exclude flights, transfers, premium imported brands, champagne and staff gratuities

Going remote into the rugged north-west

Damaraland

3 of 6 Botswana regions

The dramatically stark and rugged landscape of Damaraland in north-west Namibia is characterised by valleys and dry riverbeds that carve their way through deep gorges and ancient geological features. These rivers are ribbon-like oases that push through the most desolate of terrains and attract wildlife. The area boasts the geologically fascinating Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site and is home to around 1200 Nama, Damara, Riemvasmaaker and Herero people. Wildlife is captivating including the famous desert-adapted elephant and black rhino. pristine wilderness areas in Namibia, where the effect of the light brings constantly changing scenery.

  • Desert Rhino Camp

    Damaraland lodge 1 of 4
  • stay

    set on rocky hills, 8 raised Meru-style canvas tents with verandas overlooking a sweeping valley
    elevated central area with pool and semi open-sided dining/lounge area with panoramic views 
    tranquil minimalist beauty, desert-adapted wildlife and unique rhino tracking experiences
    the 1.1 million acre Palmwag has largest free-ranging numbers of black rhino in Africa

  • travel

    4x4 transfers for last 3hr drive OR fly in and road transfer to the lodge

  • rate

    rates 2019 - from R5010 to R10300 per person per night
    high season jun-oct
    include all meals, 2 daily camp activities, park fees, local drinks and laundry
    exclude charter flights, transfers, premium imported brands, champagne and staff gratuities
  • Damaraland Camp

    Damaraland lodges 2 of 4
  • stay

    10 elevated adobe-styled, thatched units with large deck and views across plains, valleys and peaks 
    Torra Conservancy game drives/walk, cultural visits, geological excursions and superb stargazing 
    spot desert elephant, gemsbok, kudu, springbok & the occasional lion, cheetah & black rhino 
    eco-friendly & community-based lodge with friendly and happy staff ensuring a great stay

  • travel

    4x4 transfers for last 13km OR fly in and road transfer to lodge

  • rate

    rates 2019 - from R5365 to R10170 per person per night
    high season jun-oct
    include all meals, 2 daily camp activities, park fees, local drinks and laundry
    exclude charter flights, transfers, premium imported brands, champagne and staff gratuities
     
  • Doro Nawas Camp

    Damaraland lodge 3 of 4
  • stay

    located in the Doro !Nawas Conservancy, central Damaraland - and great for self drive holidays
    16 stone, canvas, wood & thatch chalets with large outdoor veranda for stargazing sleep-outs
    hillsede central area offers distant views from bar/dining areas, swimming pool & rooftop deck
    no huge herds but some desert elephant, plains game &, sometimes, black rhino or cheetah 
    excellent birdlife, fascinating rock art excursions & a cultural glimpse of the Damara people

  • travel

    fly in and road transfer to lodge

  • rate

    rates 2019 - from R4475 to R6825 per person per night
    high season jun-oct
    include all meals, 2 daily camp activities, park fees, local drinks and laundry
    exclude charter flights, transfers, premium imported brands, champagne and staff gratuities
     
  • Mowani Lodge

    Damaraland lodge 4 of 4
  • stay

    12 thatched rooms with twin/king beds and panoramic views over dramatic, boulder-strewn valleys
    a luxurious mountain suite with butler, aircon lounge, TV/CD, bush bath and shower with a view
    a smaller thatched 'mini suite' offers aircon, an additional lounge area with TV & distant views
    elephant/nature drives and excursions to Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and 'Organ Pipes' 
    antelope and great birding but more a photograher's dream & perfect for a honeymoon

  • travel

    charter flight to Twyfelfontein OR great for self drive stop-over

  • rate

    rates 2018
    2night package from R8270 to R18070 per person - various room types
    high season jul-dec
    include 2nights accommodation, all meals, 2 daily activities, tourism levy and VAT
    exclude bar, charter flights, transfers, N$400 conservancy fee pp for 2nights and staff gratuities
     

And finally, remotest Namibia at its very best

SKELETON COAST & KUNENE

4 of 4 Namibia regions
Stark desert serenity and deafening silence await in the extreme north west - Namibia's most remote and unpopulated region. A study of life in extremes, the desolate Skeleton Coast gives way to endless ancient valleys, rugged terrain and lunar-like dune fields while, even further north, the perennial Kunene River, home to Nile crocodiles, creates a surreal and lush green oasis in this harsh and arid landscape. The local Himba people, along with plains game like gemsbok, mountain zebra, springbok and ostrich, thrive on the famous damp (and eerie) coastal fog coming in off the ocean every morning while the vast grasslands of nearby Hartmann's Valley is the best place to view many fascinating examples of the intriguing 'fairy circle' phenomenon.
  • Hoanib Camp, Skeleton Coast

    lodge 1 of 2
  • stay

    one of the planet's harshest environments - stark plains, ancient valleys & rugged peaks
    8 stylish en-suite tents under free flow canvas roofing on stilted cement foundation
    no air-con, a fan only, but private viewing deck with shaded outdoor lounge area
    dining/bar & outdoor lounge area with pool and camp fire overlooking waterhole
    this is home to one of the greatest concentrations of desert-adapted elephant 
    morning and afternoon nature drives also reveal zebra, oryx, lion and hyena 

  • travel

    fly 1h45m Windhoek/Damaraland + fly 30min to Hoanib + 10min transfer
    no self drive access

  • rate

    rates 2019 - from R11875 to R19566 per person sharing
    high season jun-oct
    include all meals, local bar brands, mini bar, scheduled activities, laundry, emergency medical evacuation insurance, park fees/levies and Kasane airport transfers 
    exclude premium bar brands, charter flights and staff gratuities
  • Serra Cafema Camp, Kunene

    lodge 2 of 2
  • stay

    probably one of Africa's most remote lodges and perfect for a dreamy honeymoon away from it all 
    8 expansive, wood, canvas and thatch tents with bathroom and elevated sundeck with river views
    be lulled to sleep by river rapids after a day of exploring one of the world's driest places 
    a surreal oasis offering nature drives, quad-bikes, walks and local Himba community visits 
    gemsbok, mountain zebra, springbok, ostrich, Nile crocodile and fairy circles

  • travel

    fly 1h45m Windhoek/Damaraland + another 30min to Skeleton Coast + another 1hr to Kunene...
    break the journey with an overnight stay in either Damaraland or Skeleton Coast
  • rate

    rates 2019 - from R8905 to R17360 per person per night
    high season jun-oct
    include all meals, 2 daily camp activities, park fees, local drinks and laundry
    exclude charter flights, transfers, premium imported brands, champagne and staff gratuities

itinerary ideas

Below some ideas of what can be done but YOU decide.
Travel when YOU want to 
choose YOUR favourite lodge
and combine destinations as YOU wish.

And if it's the pricey charter flights you want to avoid...
take a look at the very last itinerary - a 10night guided tour
and a perfect money-saver for single travelers
 

8 nights - Cape Town and Sossusvlei

  • day 1
    arrive Cape Town and stay 5nights (or more if time allows)
     
    day 6
    fly 2hr direct Cape Town/Windhoek
    connect 1hr10m charter flight to Sossusvlei
    transfer to lodge for 2night desert safari
     
    day 8
    return charter flight lodge to Windhoek
    fly 1hr45m Windhoek/Johannesburg & fly out of JNB

14 nights - Cape Town, Winelands and Namibia

day 1
arrive Cape Town and stay for 8nights
 
day 9
1hr self drive to Franschhoek winelands and stay for 2nights 

day 11
drive 1hr to Cape Town airport and drop rental car
fly 2hr direct Cape Town/Windhoek, Namibia
charter flight to lodge + transfer to lodge for 2night safari

day 13
charter flight to a different region lodge + transfer to lodge for 2night safari
 
day 15
return charter flight to Windhoek
fly 1hr45m Windhoek/Johannesburg & fly out of JNB

14 nights - Namibia, Vic Falls, Botswana & Cape Town

day1
arrive Johannesburg Airport and overnight to rest up

day2
connect 2hr flight JNB/Windhoek
charter flight to reserve & stay 2 nights Namibia

day4
return charter to Windhoek
connect 1.5hr flight Windhoek/Victoria Falls
transfer to Victoria Falls and stay 2 nights

day6
1.5hr road transfer Vic Falls to Kasane Airport, Botswana
1hr charter into Okavango Delta
 transfer to Botswana lodge and stay 3 nights

day9
30min charter flight to Maun
connect flight Maun/Cape Town
end your holiday with 6nts in beautiful Cape Town
or stay as long as you want!
 
day15
fly out of Cape Town

9 nights - guided tour Namibia

This 9 night guided tour departs and ends Windhoek International Airport
route: from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund to Damaraland to Etosha Pan
all with a qualified guide in state-of-the-art game viewing vehicle
operates with minimum 2 guests and a maximum of 7 guests
this means everybody on the tour gets a window seat
includes all meals, activities and local brand drinks
ask about regular but set departure dates
this is Namibia at its very best...
day1
arrive Windhoek Airport and overnight to rest up

day2
5hr guided drive to Sossusvlei dunes and stay 2 nights
accommodation in 3m x 3m tent with private bathroom

day4
6hr guided drive to Swakopmund and stay 2 nights
accommodation in the charming 100yr old Hansa Hotel
includes a Pelican Point kayaking tour!

day6
8hr guided drive to Damaraland and stay 2 nights
accommodation in 3m x 3m tent with private bathroom

day8
5hr guided drive to Etosha and stay 3 nights
accommodation either Ongava Lodge or Ongava Tented Camp
so ending your tour with a touch of luxury
 
day11
5hr guided drive to Windhoek airport + fly out of Windhoek

Beautiful Namibia - come 'hear' the silence...

Serra Cafema, Kunene


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