- Sossusvlei and the Namib Naukluft Desert
- Lagoon at Walvis Bay
- Solitaire Guest Farm
The perfect combination of sight-seeing and adventure, this intrepid four day tour offers you the chance to visit the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund, the stunning Sossusvlei sand dunes and the Solitaire carnivore release site.
This tour also starts and ends in Windhoek which means you can also find time to explore just what makes the capital city Windhoek so special…
After a morning pick up at 7 am, you will be given an orientation talk of Namibia and the spectacular sites which you are about to see on your tour. After you depart Windhoek, you will then drive to the spectacular lagoon at Walvis Bay. After a light lunch, you will be able to begin your early afternoon activity of bird-watching before heading to the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund, where you will be able to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring.
This morning after a hearty breakfast, you will have the opportunity to spend the first part of the morning joining an optional activity. This includes sand-boarding for the more adventurous amongst you! After this, you will then be collected from your hotel for a pre-departure briefing, before heading off to the desert camp near Sesriem. The drive will take you through the scenic splendours of Kuiseb and Gaub Passes.
Following an early morning wake up call, you will depart from camp to the Sossusvlei park gate. Once you have entered the park, you will then drive down an ancient river bed through the towering sand dunes to the rest stop area – a drive of around 55 km. After a short drive, you will then trek into the stunning Sossusvlei sand dunes themselves, taking the time to appreciate the beauty and wilderness of this iconic region. After exploring, you will then be able to discover ‘Dead Vlei’ – a vast expanse of bleached cracked clay and withered camel thorn trees. Afterwards, you will then make your way back to your accommodation, climbing the imposing and iconic ‘Dune 45’ if you so wish. You will also visit the Sesriem Canyon on the way back.
After a hearty early morning breakfast, you will travel to the Solitaire Guest Farm. Affiliated with the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, Solitaire is the release site for numerous ‘problem carnivores’ that have caused issues on local farms. After their rehabilitation, these carnivores (leopard, brown hyena and particularly cheetah) are released back into the region immediately surrounding Solitaire. Here, you’ll be able to join a biologist to help track the cheetah for the entirety of the morning - keep your eyes peeled! You will then return back to Windhoek. Should you wish to book your onwards travel, we recommend you book your flight from 8pm!
Dates, Availability & Price
To secure a place on this project a deposit of £195 is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.
Tour Comfort: Comfortable
This tour has been categorised as Comfortable. This is based on the modes of transport used whilst on the tour, the comfort level of accommodation and any modern facilities that they have to offer. In terms of comparison, this level of travel would be similar to that of a 3 star status.
Hotel Pension A La Mer
Hotel Pension A La Mer is located within the heart of charming Swakopmund and offers you comfortable accommodation with en-suite bathrooms. Plus, with the beach and jetty a mere 30 seconds away, your room will most certainly come with a view! What’s more, emphasis from the staff here is placed on providing a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Day 2 & 3:
The stunning ‘Desert Camp’ is situated a mere 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon within the Namib Nauklauft National Park. Nestled under centuries old thorn trees, the Desert Camp has an unparalleled 360 degrees view over the desert landscape and surrounding the mountain range. This is an absolute must for the nature lover and photographer – you’re right out in the middle of it here! Overnight accommodation here will be on a twin-shared basis with en-suite facilities.
Tailor My Tour
Sandboarding Stand Up or Lie Down
Runs Daily in Swakopmund
Departs at 9.30am
Returns at 1:30pm
(Minimum 2 people)
(Lay Down- Minimum age 8 years / Stand Up - 12 years)
Lie Down Boarding offers the ultimate adrenalin buzz as one zooms head first down the sandy slopes of the Namib Desert reaching speeds up to 80km/ph. Stand up Boarding is done on snowboards with soft boots and bindings. For beginners the sand is perfect training ground for a board sport and full instruction is given. Experienced boarders are given modified snowboards with super-fast bases. Stand up Boarders can also do the Lie Down Boarding.
Includes: transfers from accommodation in Swakopmund, all equipment, safety gear, instruction, light lunch, drinks and video.
Runs Daily in Swakopmund
Departs from 9am
Returns at sunset
(Minimum 2 people)
A 55- 60 km route takes you up the Swakopmund riverbed, across the plains, and then ultimately through the dune field crossing the dunes from the eastern ridge and winding your way through to the western ridge. The scenery along way is breath taking as you ride through the rollercoasters, berms, spirals and slopes of the oldest desert in the world. Safety is a first so all riders are given helmets and a full safety briefing. Automatic, semi-automatic and manual bikes available.
Includes: transfers from accommodation in Swakopmund, helmet, instruction, English speaking guide.
Arrive at Windhoek's International Airport (Hosea Kutako). You will ideally arrive the day before the Tour start date and stay in a Windhoek City hotel. The first morning of your Tour, which is a Thursday, you will be collected early and taken to a central Hotel for a pre departure talk.
you would like help booking your flights, please visit our flights page and fill out the form. A member of our team
will get back in touch as soon as possible with a suitable quote.
If joining this Tour from the Namibia Wildlife Sancutary or either of the Carnivore Conservation Projects, you will need to apply for a work visa before travel. However, if you are joining from the Desert Elephants in Namibia Project you will not. We will provide further information and documents for this upon booking. However, if you are just joining the Tour and are not joining a Volunteer Project, then you will only require a tourist visa. Please enquire for further details.
MEALS AND BEVERAGES
Meals served throughout the Tour are mainly Namibian food, which is a fantastic way of exploring the culinary delights of the areas. However, should this not appeal, you will always the option to have something different. If you have any special dietary requirements please inform us before you travel. Please note that beverages are not included within the price.
CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATES
The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar, but South African Rand is also accepted. The exchange rate is around 1 NAD = 0.06 GBP, 0.1 USD, 0.07 EUR. Please note exchange rates are subject to change. Please make sure you tell your bank that you are going away, as if you make a larger withdrawal abroad, they may block your card!
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TOUR?
- Transport in a custom built safari vehicle (no air-conditioning)
- Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
- 3 nights' accommodation in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms as above
- Meals as specified in the itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
Day 1 – L
Day 2 – B, L, D
Day 3 – B, L, D
Day 4 – B
- National park entry fees (1 day Sossusvlei)
- Visit to Walvis Bay Lagoon & Dune 7
- Sossusvlei excursion (including 4x4 shuttle) and cheetah tracking activity in Solitaire
Pick up and drop off within Windhoek city limits
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
- Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, and telephone / fax calls, medical expenses
- Airport departure tax etc.
- Any beverages (both soft and alcoholic) during meals.
- VISA fee – please check this at least two months before travel
- All flights