- Swakopmund & Skeleton Coast
- Walvis Bay Lagoon
- Tropic of Capricorn
- Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
Relaxation or thrills and spills in in Swakopmund, the choice is yours, then heading for adventure on a magical trip to one of the most beautiful places on Planet Earth, the centre of the Namib - the oldest desert in the world. From the coast we cross the vast gravel plains that stretch inland for over 100km. We traverse high mountain passes and cross The Tropic of Capricorn on our way down to the dune fields.
A pre-dawn start to catch the soft light of sunrise as we head for Dead Vlei with its stark collection of skeleton trees and on to Sossusvlei, waters end for an ancient river. We watch out for wildlife, oryx and springbok are often seen in this sandy land but if we look and have sharp eyes, the dunes are also home to a full menagerie of reptiles, beetles, insects, rodents and birds. All these creatures are uniquely desert adapted survive in this waterless wonderland using super-power evolutionary adaptations. The Namib Desert is internationally recognised as a top biodiversity hot spot in a desert habitat. Climbing a towering sand dune, 300 m from top-to-toe, is an experience unique to Namibia, Big Daddy, Big Mamma and Dune 45 are all waiting to be conquered if you are feeling intrepid and want to experience the view from such a lofty perch. We visit the Solitaire cheetah conservation project, then homeward bound up-and-over rocky mountains as we climb our way up the central plateau and across the Khomas Hochland mountains to Windhoek.
Day 1: Thursday – Windhoek - Hotel A La Mer, Swakopmund
Day 2: Friday – Swakopmund - Desert Camp, near Sesriem
Day 3: Saturday - Desert Camp, Sossusvlei – Desert Camp
Day 4: Sunday – Desert Camp – Windhoek
- 3 nights’ accommodation in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms
- Services of a professional English speaking tour guide
- Transport in a custom built safari vehicle with USB charging facilities (no air-conditioning)
- Visit to Walvis Bay Lagoon & Dune 7
- National park entry fees (1 day Sossusvlei)
- Sossusvlei excursion (including 4x4 shuttle) and cheetah activity in Solitaire
- Pick up and drop off within Windhoek city limits
- Meals: B - 3 / L - 3 / D - 2
- Snacks & drinks
- Optional activities
- Items of personal nature
- Earn US$ 31+ in travel credits.
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20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.Payment
A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.Travel Insurance
We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.Other Practical InformationThis safari is a semi-participation safari and we do just ask that you wash your own plate, cutlery and mugs/cups after meals. If however you wish to assist the guide with meal preparation then it is entirely up to you. Water in Namibia is safe to drink in all places this tour visits, however for those that prefer to drink bottled water, we recommend that you bring or buy a re-usable water bottle and purchase your water in 5L containers to help reduce plastic waste. What to bring: Neutral coloured casual clothing (shorts/shirts or long trousers in winter) for everyday wear, stout shoes (with soles thick enough to protect against thorns and for walking), light jacket or jumper (summer time), warm jumper and jacket (winter time), flashlight/torch, pool towel, broad brimmed sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, light spray jacket when travelling between Nov-April. In winter thermal underwear and a beanie is useful at night as it does not take up much space and can keep you very warm on those cold winter nights around the campfire or on early morning activities. We recommend travelling light, soft bags where possible that do not exceed 15kgs. Camera, spare camera battery, charger for items such as cell phone (handy), ipod and camera batteries, binoculars, torch, toiletries & personal medication e.g. asthmatics and diabetics. As part of modern day travelling most people carry their own personal music, this is important as we do not supply radios in our vehicles for music as one person’s personal taste could be grating for the next participant. Electricity is available at the lodges. Please ensure that you bring your own chargers with you. We will do our best for recharging through the vehicle in the form of USB outlets but this cannot always be guaranteed. Our electrical plug points are 3 point and round – same as South Africa, suitable adaptors are available at the Chameleon Safaris office. Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine each year. Winter: May to September. Daytime 25°C, Night-time 0°C or below. Whilst the days are shorter and cooler the air is very dry. Summer: October to April Daytime 35°C+, Night time 15°C. The rainy season is during the summer so you can expect some storms at any time of the day or night during this period. Days are a little longer and can be incredibly hot so protection from the sun is essential.