Day 1: Arrive Windhoek

After landing at Windhoek’s International Hosea Kutako Airport, you are transferred to Galton House guesthouse for your first night in Namibia.

Galton House

Overnight at Galton House. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 2, 3 & 4: Sossusvlei

This morning you are picked up by your private guide and set out southwest. Drive through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic location en route and arrive at Sossus Dune Lodge in the late afternoon. This eco-conscious camp inside the park is your base for the next three nights. If there is still time when you arrive, you can visit Sesriem Canyon. The shaded cool depths of the canyon allow pools of water to gather during the rainy season and remain for much of the year round. These pools were a vital source of water for early settlers who drew water for their livestock by knotting six (ses) lengths of rawhide thongs (riems) together, hence the canyon and surrounding area became known as Sesriem.

Since your camp is already inside the park, you can get into Sossusvlei before everyone else and you will be up today see the sun rise and photograph the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. If you didn't have time to visit Sesriem Canyon on the first day, you have ample time during your two full days here.


Sossus Dune Lodge

Three nights at Sossus Dune Lodge. All meals included.

Day 5, 6 & 7: Damaraland

After a relaxed breakfast your guide will transfer you to the Geluk Airstrip to meet your pilot and board your scheduled light aircraft flight to Damaraland. This fantastic flight first takes you to the coast to refuel the aircraft at Swakopmund before continuing north to land at the Twyfelfontein Airstrip within the scenic region of Damaraland. The flight route begins with an amazing bird’s eye view of Sossusvlei and the great dune sea that stretches to the coast. You then fly north along the coastline (fog permitting) over abandoned mining camps, shipwrecks, Sandwich Harbour, salt pans and Walvis Bay lagoon before you land at Swakopmund Airport. Once the aircraft has been refueled you take to the air again and fly further north and inland into the heart of Damaraland.

If time allows this afternoon you will visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of Twyfelfontein rock engravings (recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes - if not there is plenty of time to do so during the next few days. After an early breakfast each day set out on an exciting 4x4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab River valley to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert species. In habitats with sufficient vegetation and water an adult elephant consumes as much as 300 kg of roughage and 230 liters of water every day of its life. Consider what a herd of them would eat and drink in a week or a month or a year. African elephant in a desert? Well, yes! Not only elephant, but other large mammals as well, such as black rhinoceros and giraffe. Their ranges extend from river catchments in northern Kaokoveld as far south as the northern Namib. Apart from the Kunene River, seven river courses northwards from the Ugab provide them with possible routes across the desert, right to the Skeleton Coast. The biggest are the Hoarusib, the Hoanib, the Huab and the Ugab Rivers. Desert adapted elephant in Kaokoland and the Namib walk further for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa. The distances between waterholes and feeding grounds can be as great as 68 km. The typical home range of a family herd is larger than 2,000 km², or eight times as big as ranges in central Africa where rainfall is much higher. They walk and feed at night and rest during the day. To meet their nutritional and bulk requirements they browse on no fewer than 74 of the 103 plant species that grow in their range. Not a separate species or even a subspecies, they are an ecotype unique to Namibia in Africa south of the equator, behaviorally adapted to hyper-arid conditions. Elephant in Mali on the southwestern fringe of the Sahara Desert are the only others known to survive in similar conditions.

Return to camp for lunch and in the afternoons visit Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions. Alternatively you can take a walk with your guide in the wilderness around camp.

Mowani Mountain Camp

Three nights at Mowani Mountain Lodge. All meals included.

Day 8, 9 & 10: Onguma Game Reserve & Etosha National Park

Morning at leisure with the option to take part in one last activity, before you are transferred back to the Twyfelfontein Airstrip after lunch. Your scheduled light aircraft flight takes you northeast to reach the Onguma Game Reserve, located on the eastern boundary of the Etosha National Park. Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s Pan, Onguma Safari Camps are one of Namibia’s best kept secrets! Here you will be afforded the opportunity of experiencing Africa in all her beauty and diversity. Onguma Game Reserve has more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife, with thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely as well as predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, being common residents of the area.

The latest addition to the already abundant wildlife at Onguma Nature Reserve is a family of black rhinos! More than 300 bird species can also be viewed. During the Namibian summer months the nature reserve becomes a bird-watcher's paradise with thousands of species migrating to the wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems. Various waterholes in and around Etosha ensure fantastic photographic opportunities and the thrill of seeing some of the largest mammals in the world.

Onguma Tented Camp

Three nights at Onguma Tented Camp. All meals and local drinks included.

Day 11: Windhoek

If time allows, you have the option to take part in a final morning game drive into the Etosha National Park before you are transferred back to the Mokuti Airstrip for you light aircraft flight to the Windhoek International Airport, where you will be met and transferred back to Galton Guesthouse for dinner and overnight. All meals included.

Day 12: Depart

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Windhoek International Airport in time to check in for your on-going flight. Breakfast included.

Rates - 2018: Based on a group of 4 or 6 people
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
January 11-June $7,806.00 $1,266.00
July-October $8,926.00 $1,714.00
Please call for rates for solo travelers or groups of 7 or more. International and regional flights not listed are not included. Please contact us for a quote.
Rates - 2018: Based on a group of 2 people
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
January 11-June $10,710.00 $1,266.00
July-October $11,828.00 $1,714.00
Please call for rates for solo travelers or groups of 7 or more.
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