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Namibia Wildlife & Dunes Safari

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.

  • Witness Namib Desert's wind-sculpted landscapes and 1,000-ft-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

Arrive:

Windhoek, Namibia

Depart:

Windhoek, Namibia

Price: from $8,595

Duration:

14 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-8 Guests

Min Age:

12 yrs

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.
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  • 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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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: Onguma Tree Top Camp-Onguma Game Reserve, Namibia

    Located within the Etosha National Park, Onguma Tree Top Camp is small and intimate, composed of four thatched rooms with canvas walls, outside showers, a dining room, and main complex. Built on wooden stilts amongst tree tops, the camp showcases panoramas over a beautiful watering hole frequented by wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, and lion.

    Accommodation: 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.

    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: Onguma Tree Top Camp-Onguma Game Reserve, Namibia

    Located within the Etosha National Park, Onguma Tree Top Camp is small and intimate, composed of four thatched rooms with canvas walls, outside showers, a dining room, and main complex. Built on wooden stilts amongst tree tops, the camp showcases panoramas over a beautiful watering hole frequented by wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, and lion.

    Accommodation: 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.

    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: Onguma Tree Top Camp-Onguma Game Reserve, Namibia

    Located within the Etosha National Park, Onguma Tree Top Camp is small and intimate, composed of four thatched rooms with canvas walls, outside showers, a dining room, and main complex. Built on wooden stilts amongst tree tops, the camp showcases panoramas over a beautiful watering hole frequented by wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, and lion.

    Accommodation: 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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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!

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

Namibia Wildlife & Dunes Safari

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Join our phenomenal local guides on this unique safari experience, tracking wildlife such as desert-adapted rhinos, elephants, and giraffe.

Reason #02

Traditional scenery-adapted lodgings throughout the trip offer dramatic wildlife panoramas and contemporary upscale amenities.

Reason #03

Conservancy is core to our Namibia program and we work closelywith Save the Rhino Trust and the private Namib Tsaris Conservancy at our exclusive camps.

Meet your guides

Perez Kamukuenjandje

Perez Kamukuenjandje

Perez grew up in Gobabis in northeastern Namibia and has been guiding in the country for 17 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 Ultimate Namibia Safari. 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.

Johann Cloete

Johann Cloete

Johann comes from a small town in the south of Namibia called Keetmanshoop, with the bush just a stone's throw away from town. Johann's vast experience in the north-west means that he is an acknowledged expert on the black rhinos of that region, and he is therefore a very valuable resource for passing on his expertise to the rest of our guiding team. He has been leading trips for over 10 years, and loves sharing the wonders of the bush with MT Sobek travelers.

Franco Morao

Franco Morao

He has worked at lodges near most of the iconic hotspots in Namibia including Sossusvlei, Damaraland, the Skeleton Coast, Hartmann's valley and Etosha National Park. While there he gained intimate knowledge of the surrounding areas and has put that to good use leading adventures in the region. He is a passionate birder and photographer, and has a tremendously engaging personality. He enjoys discovering new surprises that mother nature has to offer, and sharing these special moments and adventures with people from all over the world.

Activities

Thrilling game-watching drives, easy wilderness hikes through spellbinding landscapes, climbing sand dunes and witnessing prehistoric art.

Lodging

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

Climate

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.

FAQ

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.

  • 2021
  • 2022
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom

2021

Scheduled Dates

  • Aug 03 - 16, 2021
    $8,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,000 single supplement
    Wait List
  • Oct 26 - Nov 08, 2021
    $8,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,000 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary specialty camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • One arrival day and one departure day group airport transfer

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

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2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jun 30 - Jul 13, 2022
    $9,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,100 single supplement
    Available
  • Jul 27 - Aug 09, 2022
    $9,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,100 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 01 - 14, 2022
    $9,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,100 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 11 - 24, 2022
    $9,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,100 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary specialty camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • One arrival day and one departure day group airport transfer

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

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Go Private

Go Private

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

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.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

Private Trip Pricing:

2021 Pricing

6 to 7 guests from $9,995 per person double occupancy

8 to guests from $9,295 per person double occupancy

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

	

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Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary specialty camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • One arrival day and one departure day group airport transfer

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of group transfers
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

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Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure

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.