Savor an introduction to two of the top destinations in Namibia - spectacular Sossusvlei and charming Swakopmund.
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Guests are met at any location of their choice in either Johannesburg or Pretoria, from where they are transferred to O.R. Tambo International Airport for a flight to Windhoek. Upon arrival in Windhoek you will be assisted with transferring to a light charter flight bound for Swakopmund. Here you will be met and transferred to the overnight accommodation. Swakopmund was established in 1892 and is a quaint, picturesque seaside town with a rich history. The late afternoon is spent relaxing after the day's traveling.
Your excursion today is tide and weather dependent. From Swakopmund we’ll make our way to Walvis Bay along the coastal road, passing the salt production plant at Walvis Bay and then heading out into the vast Namib dune sea. Finally, the sandy 4x4 track reaches the coast as we continue southwards along the beach en-route to Sandwich Harbour, about 60km (37 miles) from Walvis Bay. Alternatively, if the swells are too high or if the weather is generally poor and the track along the coast is considered unsafe, we’ll view Sandwich Harbour from the top of the surrounding high dunes. Sandwich Harbour – a saltwater lagoon, is designated a 'Wetland of International Importance’ and some 40 000 birds - 34 different species in total, were recorded in the area during recent surveys. Take a leisurely walk around the lagoon, an official marine sanctuary, and you might also see seals, dolphins and even whales. A lunch stop is included before returning to Swakopmund during the late afternoon.
After breakfast, guests are transferred to Swakopmund airstrip for a charter flight to Sossusvlei. Experience the haunting beauty of the Namib Desert at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, situated in the foothills of the private NamibRand Nature Reserve. The Namib - known as ‘the living desert’ - is a world of vast open spaces, endless horizons, dramatic desert landscapes and jagged mountain heights. Led by Sossusvlei’s expert rangers and naturalists, the afternoon is devoted to exploring the desert landscape in open 4x4 vehicles.
The morning is devoted to an excursion into the famous Sossusvlei dunes - amongst the highest in the world. The name 'Sossusvlei' applies to an area that encompasses the great plain of the Tsauchab River, along with the red dunes that appear to be marching along like giant sentinels to the south and north of the plain. After our desert excursion, we travel on to Sesriem Canyon. The canyon begins as an almost imperceptible but nevertheless deep cleft in level, stony ground and then widens until it finally flattens out onto the plain. Because it is so deep and sheltered, it often holds water well into the dry season - an invigorating sight in such a barren and stark environment. During the afternoon, we return to the lodge and after some time for relaxation, you may opt to explore the area on quad bikes (four wheelers).
A last breakfast in this desert oasis is followed by a charter flight to Windhoek and from there a connection to Johannesburg. Guests are met on arrival in Johannesburg and are transferred to any location of their choice in either Johannesburg or Pretoria. Memories of an unforgettable Namibian safari are sure to last a lifetime.
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