Day 1: Sesriem, Namibia
Departure from Chameleon Guesthouse and Backpackers at 8:30am. Driving through the rugged Khomas Hochland mountain range you descend to the desert floor via the Gamsberg Pass, an imposing flat topped mountain and one of the highest points in Namibia, which provides a dramatic back drop for your roadside lunch.
After a short stop at Solitaire, you arrive at camp mid afternoon and enjoy a late afternoon walk across the desert to Elim’s Dune on the edge of the famous sand dune sea with views across to the nearby mountains. You return to camp just after sunset to enjoy your dinner prepared by the Guide with assistance from the Apprentice Guide. There is overnight camping, with lunch and dinner included.
Day 2 Sesriem, Namibia
Pre dawn departure from camp to drive the 65 kilometres (40 miles) to Sossusvlei where you watch the sunrise from this spectacular and unique area (dependent on opening time of inner park gate).
You head up a dune close to Sossusvlei then walk to Dead Vlei with its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees scattered around, contrasting with a backdrop of huge orange-red dunes that make for superb photographic opportunities.
You enjoy a mid morning brunch after exploring this dramatic and desolate landscape before returning to camp for a swim and this afternoon explore nearby Sesriem Canyon on foot. Enjoy another spectacular sunset surrounded by this colourful desert and sleep under the bright stars of the southern hemisphere. Overnight camping and dinner prepared by Guide with assistance from Apprentice Guide. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 3: Dunedin Star Guesthouse, Swakopmund, Namibia
Early morning departure from camp stopping at the one horse town of Solitaire before continuing through the desert with its endless views across the pastel-coloured gravel plains to the port town of Walvis Bay.
You visit the lagoon, which is a protected RAMSAR wetland site, where you may see the many species of birds including Greater and Lesser Flamingos, pelicans, avocets, plovers and the endemic Damara Tern before a short stop at the salt farm. You continue onto the quaint town of Swakopmund, full of historic buildings.
Your guide will assist those wishing to book optional adventure activities such as sand boarding, quad biking, scenic flights, parachuting, dolphin cruises to name but a few, which you have time for this afternoon and tomorrow morning.
Overnight in comfortable twin / double rooms with en-suite bathroom close to the town centre. Laundry facilities are available here. The evening’s meal is a group dinner in a restaurant at client’s own expense. Breakfast and lunch.
Day 4: Spitzkoppe, Namibia
This morning on your Namibia safari you will have free time to visit the museum, explore the town, visit the aquarium or partake in optional activities such as sand boarding and quad biking. After lunch on your safari tour in Namibia, you will drive north up the Skeleton Coast to the Cape Cross Seal Colony where you can spot up to 100 000 Cape Fur Seals.
You will arrive at Spitzkoppe late afternoon and set up camp. Dinner will be prepared by your guide with group assistance. Your evening will be spent under a million stars. Overnight in a remote bush camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served.
Day 5: Hobatere Campsite, Namibia
This morning you enjoy a walk to Bushman’s Paradise, viewing the ancient bushman paintings and vistas of the vast surrounding desert or you may simply wander around the desert floor. From here your drive takes you through some beautiful and dramatic landscapes arriving at camp late afternoon.
Hobatere borders western Etosha and the camp is set amongst boulders and trees offering seclusion, however, game, including lion may wander around freely and there are no fences to separate the camp from concession land. Overnight wild camping, dinner prepared by guide and camp assistant. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 6: Hobatere Campsite, Namibia
Today you can relax at the camp, enjoy a walk in the surrounding land or watch the game from the nearby hide come to drink at the waterhole, alternatively join an optional day trip through to Opuwo and visit the local himba tribes. These remarkable and proud people live in the Kunene region. Formally cattle/goat herders some still live a traditional life style in this harsh environment.
You will be accompanied by a local guide who will translate all your questions giving you a chance to find how they survive in today’s modern world learn about their fascinating culture. You return to camp late afternoon and you can sit at the waterhole watching the game come to quench their thirst. Dinner prepared by guide and camp assistant Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.