Namibia Wildlife & Dunes Safari Tour

Spellbinding Landscapes of the Namib Desert & Damaraland


Journey through a timeless land of arid deserts, majestic sand dunes, Stone Age rock art, and petrified forests. Follow experienced trackers through the last-remaining haven of desert-adapted black rhinos, and see cheetahs and leopards on exhilarating safaris. Explore Damaraland and search for desert-dwelling elephants which survive on the region's ephemeral river systems. Visit the highest free-standing dunes in the world at Namib Naukluft National Park and find the San Bushman rock engravings at famed Twyfelfontein. After taking in game-rich waterholes and pristine wilderness of Etosha National Park and the coastal wonders of Walvis Bay, unwind at deluxe camps with panoramic views.

14 Days

From: $9,695

Journey through a timeless land of arid deserts, majestic sand dunes, Stone Age rock art, and petrified forests. Follow experienced trackers through the last-remaining haven of desert-adapted black rhinos, and see cheetahs and leopards on exhilarating safaris. Explore Damaraland and search for desert-dwelling elephants which survive on the region's ephemeral river systems. Visit the highest free-standing dunes in the world at Namib Naukluft National Park and find the San Bushman rock engravings at famed Twyfelfontein. After taking in game-rich waterholes and pristine wilderness of Etosha National Park and the coastal wonders of Walvis Bay, unwind at deluxe camps with panoramic views.

Highlights


  • Witness impressive wind-sculpted landscapes and 1,000-foot-tall sand dunes at Sossusvlei

  • Head into the ancient Namib Desert to track the last free-roaming black rhinos

  • Be wowed by exciting game drives in Etosha National Park and the private Onguma Game Reserve

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Namibia Wildlife & Dunes Safari

Start: Windhoek, Namibia  End: Windhoek, Namibia

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Windhoek

    Day 1

    After landing at Windhoek's International Hosea Kutako Airport, you will be welcomed by an MT Sobek representative and transferred to the Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel. Take a leisurely afternoon rest before meeting up with your group and naturalist guide to learn about the adventure ahead. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

    Accommodation: Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel

    Transportation: 45-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund

    Day 2

    This morning, set off on your journey north through Namibia's central highlands to the Cheetah Conservation Fund and superb Cheetah View Eco Lodge. After lunch at the Dancing Goat Creamery, you'll embark on a Cheetah Drive to the "Elands Pen" (where the female cheetahs are kept), and explore the main CCF facility with its education center and museum. Next, enjoy a spectacular sundowner game drive through CCF's own "Little Serengeti" and the Bellebenno Reserve, an expansive and picturesque open plain. Look out for free-ranging game species such as oryx, eland, red hartebeest, springbok, steenbok, duiker, warthog, jackals, and many more.

    Accommodation: Cheetah View Eco Lodge

    Activity: Safari drives in open 4X4 vehicles and interpretive walks

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head to Onguma Game Reserve

    Day 3

    Wake early to watch the daily Cheetah Run and then continue your journey northeast to Etosha National Park. Your destination is the rustic Onguma Tree Top Camp, located inside the private Onguma Game Reserve. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, allowing you time to soak in the tranquility of your surroundings as wildlife come to the camp's waterhole to drink.

    Accommodation: Ongava Tented CampAccommodation: Ongava Lodge

    Activity: Wildlife watching at camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Etosha National Park

    Day 4

    Take in the scents of the white saline "pans" and waterholes of Etosha National Park and get ready for a full day of game viewing. Decide on separate game drives — with a return at midday for lunch at the camp — or a full-day safari adventure with a picnic outdoors. Look out for giraffe, zebra, lion, rhino, elephant, and various antelope species such as oryx and the endemic black-faced impala across the park's scrub-covered plains. Return after sunset with enough time to freshen up for your 'safari dinner' overlooking the camp's floodlit waterhole.

    Accommodation: Ongava Tented CampAccommodation: Ongava Lodge

    Activity: Safari drives in open 4X4 vehicles

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow Trails in Etosha National Park

    Day 5

    Rise early for an interpretive bush walk with your lodge ranger, experiencing the sights, smells and sounds of the Namibian bush. Learn about game trails, spoor identification, insects, birds and small mammals, as well as the diverse vegetation that sustains life in this biosphere. Next, choose to take a morning game drive and spend the afternoon at leisure or spend a full date exploring Etosha, including Halali, Fischer's Pan and up into the Andoni Plains. Either way, you will return to the comforts of Onguma Tree Top Camp by sunset, with enough time to freshen up before dinner.

    Accommodation: Ongava Tented CampAccommodation: Ongava Lodge

    Activity: Safari drives in open 4X4 vehicles

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Dramatic Damaraland

    Day 6

    After an early breakfast, continue southwest to Damaraland — a vast and rugged region with table-top mountains and unusual rock formations. The last stretch to your private MT Sobek Damaraland Explorations Camp is well off the beaten path, so arrival will be in the late afternoon to early evening with time at leisure to freshen up. Then sit back with a cold drink and enjoy the solitude and serenity of this remarkable area, before the sun melts into the horizon.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Damaraland Explorations Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Search for Desert-Adapted Rhinos in Damaraland

    Day 7

    After breakfast, head out to explore Damaraland's fascinating landscapes with your personal naturalist guide. Follow tracks in search of endangered black rhinos and other desert-adapted wildlife before returning to camp for a freshly prepared brunch and a chance to cool off. Take a leisurely walk with your guide this afternoon and enjoy a sunset cocktail. Tonight you'll have the chance to try an enchanting "stellar escape!" After your sumptuous bush dinner, you'll retire for the night under a billion stars in a dry riverbed. You'll have complete privacy a radio for communication — although your guide can spend the night a discreet distance away if so desired.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Damaraland Explorations Camp

    Activity: Interpretive game walks

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Sunrise Exploration & A Trip to Twyfelfontein

    Day 8

    This morning you will be woken by a spectacular sunrise! After returning to camp for breakfast, you can relax for the day or choose from a variety of activities: head out on a nature drive with your guide; go on a 4x4 scenic excursion in search of game; or take a trip to the pre-historic Twyfelfontein rock engravings. Return in the late afternoon for a final evening in camp.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Damaraland Explorations Camp

    Activity: Optional safari and cultural activities

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey from Damaraland to Swakopmund

    Day 9

    Today's journey takes you southwest past the Brandberg, Namibia's tallest mountain at 8,445 feet, before heading south to reach the charming coastal town of Swakopmund. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way. After checking in at your hotel, take a wander to the waterfront before dining at one of the popular restaurants in town.

    Accommodation: The Strand Hotel – Swakopmund

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Scenic Drive From Walvis Bay to the Namib Desert

    Day 10

    Today's exciting drive south takes you from the pelican- and flamingo-filled lagoons of Walvis Bay through the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons, and into the ever-changing landscapes of vast Namib Desert. Reach your exclusive camp by mid-afternoon and settle in for 3 days of epic exploration. This afternoon you can opt to relax at camp or take a guided walk, ending the day with sundowners overlooking the enchanting desert plains.

    As an alternative to the drive from Swakopmund to Sossusvlei you may like to take a scenic light aircraft flight over Sossusvlei and along the Diamond Coast (optional extra at additional cost and weather permitting).

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Sossusvlei Explorations Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Dunes of Sossusvlei

    Day 11

    Rise early for a magical guided excursion into Namib Naukluft National Park, home to some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Sunrise is the best time to experience the apricot-hued dunes — with the soft light and shadows accentuating their towering shapes and curves. Learn about the formation of the Namib Desert as you explore to your heart's content. Enjoy a relaxed picnic breakfast in the shade of a camel thorn tree before heading back to camp via Sesriem Canyon. After an exhilarating morning, your afternoon is at leisure. Later in the day you can opt for a sundowner drive or walk in the Namib Tsaris Conservancy.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Sossusvlei Explorations Camp

    Activity: Scenic touring and dune exploration

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Go Deeper into the Namib Tsaris Conservancy

    Day 12

    Wake to explore the picturesque Namib Tsaris Conservancy either on foot or by mountain bike. Look out for wildlife (oryx, springbok, zebra, kudu, hartebeest, giraffe, steenbok, klipspringer, bat-eared fox, and aardwolf, as well as predators such as leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena can be found) as you head to the top of the reserve's plateau, where awe-inspiring views and a delicious picnic brunch await. Return to camp for a leisurely afternoon or opt for further exploration.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Sossusvlei Explorations Camp

    Activity: Game viewing and moderate hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Bid Farewell to the Namib Desert

    Day 13

    After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to the Namib Desert and traverse the Great Escarpment and scenic Khomas Hochland highlands on your way back to Windhoek. On arrival in Windhoek your guide will transfer you back to the Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel for the last night of your safari. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your guide and group at one of the popular restaurants in town.

    It's possible to add a sunrise balloon flight over the Namib Naukluft National Park before you depart for Windhoek (at additional cost).

    Accommodation: Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Windhoek

    Day 14

    Relax at your hotel or do some last-minute souvenir shopping this morning. Then head to Windhoek International Airport for your homeward-bound flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


  • 2023
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2023

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • Jul 15 - 28, 2023
    $9,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available
  • Aug 12 - 25, 2023
    $9,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 26 - Oct 09, 2023
    $9,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 21 - Nov 03, 2023
    $9,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available

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Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:


2022 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $9,595 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $9,395 per person double occupancy

8 guests from $9,195 per person double occupancy

2023 Pricing

4 to 5 guests from $9,595 per person double occupancy

6 guests from $9,395 per person double occupancy

7 guests from $9,795 per person double occupancy

8 guests from $9,695 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:


Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Perez Kamukuenjandje

Perez Kamukuenjandje

Perez grew up in Gobabis in northeastern Namibia and has been guiding in the country for 20 years. Spending time out in a wild and remote part of Namibia allowed Perez to develop a passion for nature and the stunningly beautiful Namib Desert, and he loves to share his great knowledge of the natural world with guests on MT Sobek's adventures in Namibia. Perez is a natural entertainer and a great travel companion, and he consistently receives top ratings from guests for his guiding skills and depth of knowledge.

Alpha Tjai Tjai Mau

Alpha Tjai Tjai Mau

Raised in the desert settlement of Uis, surrounded by the surreal landscapes of the Namib Desert, Alpha was born to become a nature guide. He has been guiding trips through the heart of Damaraland and all over Namibia for over 10 years. Alpha is passionate about using his platform to share his knowledge of nature and discover hidden treasures to share. He loves that guiding offers him the opportunity to meet a very wide variety of people with diverse interests and experiences.

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It\'s possible to add a sunrise balloon flight over the Namib Naukluft National Park before you depart for Windhoek (at additional cost).

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Relax at your hotel or do some last-minute souvenir shopping this morning. Then head to Windhoek International Airport for your homeward-bound flight.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 1. This safari trip includes early morning and evening game drives in 4X4 vehicles, some of which can be on long and dusty roads. You should be prepared to walk for 1-3 hours per day. There are opportunities for rhino tracking, when possible, which involves walking on rugged, rocky terrain.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

Safari drives in open 4X4 vehicles and interpretive walks

Day 3

Wildlife watching at camp

Day 4

Safari drives in open 4X4 vehicles

Day 5

Safari drives in open 4X4 vehicles

Day 7

Interpretive game walks

Day 8

Optional safari and cultural activities

Day 11

Scenic touring and dune exploration

Day 12

Game viewing and moderate hiking

Accommodations


A mix of modern accommodations and rustic tents, landscape-inspired bungalows and traditional-style huts, all providing standard to deluxe amenities.

Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel
Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel

The elegant 41-room Am Weinberg Estate's Boutique Hotel is the perfect retreat, seamlessly blending old-world splendor with modern styling. Its comfortable rooms are equipped with the latest amenities from HDTV, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning to en-suite bathrooms with rainfall showers. The hotel also has two restaurants and 5-star spa.

Cheetah View Eco Lodge
Cheetah View Eco Lodge

With uninterrupted views of the Waterberg Plateau, the Cheetah View Lodge is the ideal setting for travelers who want to witness a world-class conservation facility at work. All proceeds from the lodge support the CCF's continuing efforts to save the cheetah, promote ethical farming and teach coexistence in Namibia. The "Meal House" offers a full service restaurant with an open-air veranda for lounging and wildlife viewing at the purpose-built waterhole. Relax in the comfort of your well-appointed guestroom at night.

MT Sobek Damaraland Explorations Camp
MT Sobek Damaraland Explorations Camp

Located in heart of rhino country in Damaraland's Huab Conservancy, Huab Under Canvas Camp offers rustic Meru-style tents with built-in groundsheets and mosquito screens. Each tent has solar lighting and private bathrooms appointed with towels, toiletries, bucket showers, and washbasins. For chilly nights, find hot water bottles and extra blankets. The patios with chairs offer spectacular views.

The Strand Hotel – Swakopmund
The Strand Hotel – Swakopmund

With a prime beachfront location, the classy Strand Hotel is the perfect base for town exploration. Each of its 125 spacious rooms are elegantly furnished and feature an en-suite bathroom and all the modern amenities you would expect, from complimentary Wi-Fi and air-con to LCD TV and tea/coffee stations. You can also check out the hotel's entertaining restaurants and bars, lobby-lounge, and sea facing terraces. It's a destination in itself!

MT Sobek Sossusvlei Explorations Camp
MT Sobek Sossusvlei Explorations Camp

Built in a naturally formed amphitheater of a south-facing granite outcrop, this semi-permanent camp has eight comfortable tents, including two family units - all protected from the desert climate by natural stone walls and roofs built from recycled oil drums. Furniture is also partly built from recycled metals and wooden pallets, adding to the camp's low environmental footprint.

Ongava Tented Camp
Ongava Tented Camp

Located on a private game reserve, each canvas tent features comfortable mattress beds on raised decks, en suite bathrooms, electrical outlets and lounging chairs. Wi-Fi is availability at the community area. Enjoy a sundowner at the thatched bar and open deck campfire with the sounds of the Namibian bush all around you.

Ongava Lodge
Ongava Lodge

Nestled within the Ongava Game Reserve, the luxury lodge overlooks the surrounding foothills and plains. Each thatch chalet boasts a private deck with comfortable amenities. Relax with a sundowner at the bar or pool while watching wildlife, such as black-face impalas, lions or white and black rhinos, cool off at the nearby waterhole.

Weather


Namibia's humid and wet summer season occurs from December to February with daily temperatures around 86ºF. The dry season is from June to October.

 
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Damaraland 
High
Low
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Low
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Low
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Low
Damaraland
75
50
79
52
82
55
84
57
Namib Desert 
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Namib Desert
84
50
89
54
96
62
99
68
Windhoek 
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Low
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Windhoek
72
45
76
49
83
55
87
59

FAQs


Do I need a visa to enter Namibia?

Yes, however, citizens of the USA do not need to obtain a Namibian visa in advance and may obtain one on arrival.

Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes. We have chosen these particular camps for solo travelers, as they have relatively low single supplements and they encourage communal dining. Joining a small group trip is an excellent way to explore the country by road as a solo traveler.

Do I need vaccinations or malaria tablets?

We always recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations and malaria tablets well in advance of your safari. Currently, certain areas of Namibia are affected by malaria.

Can I book pre and/or post safari accommodation?

Yes, please contact your Adventure Coordinator who will be able to book those for you.

When is the best time to visit Namibia?

Namibia receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east. Between December and March, days can be humid and rain may follow often in localized, afternoon thunderstorms. Wildlife viewing is best in the Dry season from June to October.

Are tour dates flexible?

Yes, please contact us if you are not able to travel on the dates listed. Most safaris can be arranged on alternative dates for a minimum of one traveler as long as camps/lodges are available.

Does this trip contribute to any local conservation efforts?

Yes! Each group visits the Cheetah Conservation Fund to learn about projects developed to support cheetah populations and ecosystem.

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Guest Reviews


"We would highly recommend this safari to anyone wanting to experience the country of Namibia. This safari was enjoyed for the animals, birds, and varied terrain that we travelled through."

David & Ardella Z.
MT Sobek Guest, Namibia Wildlife & Dunes Safari

"Our trip to Namibia with MT Sobek was magical and action packed. It provided us with a rich experience of the culture, history, wildlife, natural beauty, desert, people, and its unique ecosystem."

Noemi R.
MT Sobek Guest, Namibia Wildlife & Dunes Safari