Highlights

Namibia is the King of wild and rugged safaris, bursting with contrasting landscapes and mind-boggling scenery. But there’s one area of the country that’s worth every superlative in the dictionary and that’s the north, in particular the Kaokoland and the Skeleton Coast – and that’s exactly where this desert adventure will be taking you.

Begin in the Hoanib Valley region of Kaokoland, with game drives through dust-blown landscapes in search of desert giraffe and elephant and interactions with the fascinating Himba people. Then, you’ll drive from the inland valleys of the Hoanib, past the cracked pans and sandy rivers, to the ochre dunes of the Skeleton Coast. The sheer beauty of the area is striking and it’s all yours to explore for your desert adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1: Hoanib Valley Camp, Kaokoland

Today, you’ll arrive at the stylish Hoanib Valley Camp and get settled into the safari way of life. Hoanib Valley Camp is tucked deep into the mountainous landscapes of the Kaokoland in a sheltered cocoon overlooking the Hoanib riverbed.

Days 2 & 3 Explore Hoanib Valley

Spend the next two days in your vehicle, searching for desert-adapted elephants and giraffes, enjoying morning coffee in the shadow of the mountains, and visiting the traditional villages of the nomadic Himba peoples. In Namibia, the breath-taking scenery is just as much of an attraction as the wildlife. The stark, dry landscapes of the north are an inhospitable place for animals to survive – but dig a little deeper and you’ll find an astonishing and varied assortment of wildlife hidden in these desert plains. In the Hoanib Valley, you’ll spot desert elephants digging deep holes in the river bed and stately giraffes trimming the leaves from the trees. There’s also the chance to track black rhinos.

Day 4: Drive to Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast

Just when you thought you couldn’t get any more remote, you’ll drive west to the Skeleton Coast, a strange yet utterly beautiful slice of Namibian wilderness. The ‘shipwrecked’ cabins of the aptly-named Shipwreck Lodge are scattered amongst the wind-rippled dunes of the Skeleton Coast with magnificent views over the surrounding sands. Each cabin is cozy and comfortable and the main area is equally so, with plenty of plush armchairs and squashy cushions to relax in. You might be in one of the harshest landscapes on earth, but there is no comfort to be sacrificed.

Days 5 & 6: Mowe Colony Seals Visit

Some might say this is when the adventure really begins! Visit the seals at Mowe Colony, walk across the lunar landscapes and discover the secrets of the desert, and clamber over the whale-bones and shipwrecks on the coast. At the Skeleton Coast, spot rare brown hyena, lion (if you’re very lucky), jackals, desert elephant and the ever-present sea

DAY 7: Bid Farewell…ls of the Mowe Bay colony.

Your six nights tour comes to an end. Bid farewell to the skeleton Coast


Travel Periods

January – December

TO NOTE: This trip can be taken at any time of year. November to January is the hot, summer season in Namibia and temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees! By April, the temperature cools down a little and by June, it can be very cold at night and in the morning, especially in the northern, desert areas. Generally speaking, the temperatures in the winter dry season (from June to September) are pleasant and you can expect lovely, sunny days and blue skies


Rates on Request

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

Inclusion

Accommodation, guest laundry, all meals & local beverages Full day scenic drive from Hoanib Valley Camp to Shipwreck Lodge Road transfer from Orutjandja Airstrip to Hoanib Valley Camp Road transfer to Mowe Bay from Shipwreck Lodge Daily activities, expert guiding, park entrance fees & VAT

Exclusion

Premium brand drinks, gratuities and fully comprehensive travel insurance.


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