Dunes & Desolation
NamibiaIf it’s dramatic landscapes you’re after, dramatic landscapes you’ll get!
Namibia is an absolute visual treat, offering some of the most memorable scenery in the world. Escape to the NamibRand Nature Reserve south of Windhoek for perfect desert landscapes and some of the world’s most impressive dune formations. This corner of Namibia is a true showstopper and we think does wonders for the soul – recharging and relaxing travelers with its colors, light and solitude.
The country’s remarkable and diverse desert scenery, wonderful desert-adapted wildlife, as well as the diverse culture including some very remote and authentic tribes like the semi-nomadic Himba are Namibia’s main draw-cards for visitors. The naturally sparse wildlife in the harsh desert environment could form a possible downside, therefore in our opinion making it a destination for the more seasoned safari traveller who is not looking for a ‘Big Five’ or wildlife rich safari experience.
AccommodationChoose from a selection of world-class camps in Namibia
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Unforgettable ExperiencesExplore and experience Namibia
Shipwreck LodgeSkeleton Coast, Namibia
Located in Namibia’s remote, wild and inhospitable Skeleton Coast, Shipwreck Lodge is nestled between the dunes with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, where the cold Benguela current provides a refreshing breeze.
- The lodge’s uniquely designed 10 shipwreck-shaped chalets resemble the wrecks that line the coastline.
- Explore a raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of African wilderness.
- Activities include game drives within the Skeleton Coast National Park, sundowners, enjoy a beach walk or go fishing on the beach.
- Discover the enchanting desert flora or end your day sitting atop the magical roaring dunes as the sun sinks below the horizon.
Sossusvlei Desert LodgeSossusvlei, Namibia
In the heart of the Namibia’s ancient Namib Desert, surrounded by impressive mountains and sand dunes, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge feels like another world. Be surrounded by an oasis of total silence and tranquillity of the desert wilderness.
- The 10 beautifully styled guest suites offer an outdoor shower and a dramatic skylight over the bed for late night star gazing. The extraordinary clarity of light in this part of the world offers magical skies and exceptional stargazing.
- In this malaria free area local wildlife includes oryx, springbok, Hartmann’s zebra and bat-eared foxes.
- Desert adventures include excursions to the renowned Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei salt pans, and the deep gorge of Sesriem Canyon.
- Other activities to explore the desert scenery include hot air ballooning flights (at additional cost), guided nature walks to see San rock paintings and quad bike excursions.
- At sunset, wildlife is drawn to a nearby waterholesundowner time in the desert!
Little KulalaSossusvlei, Namibia
Situated along the dry Auab riverbed, Little Kulala is an intimate tented camp celebrating the Namib Desert’s splendour and solitude.
- The design of the 11 thatched ‘kulalas’ are each inspired by Dead Vlei, and merges seamlessly into the desert environment.
- Your private plunge pool offers a welcome moment to cool down and the roof-top ‘star beds’ offer an incredible place to stare endlessly into the Namibian sky!
- The camp’s main area features an open deck overlooking a floodlit waterhole.
- Desert-adapted wildlife to be spotted includes gemsbok, ostrich, springbok, spotted hyena and the occasional brown hyena.
- Activities include a day excursion to the world-famous Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei, nature drives, walks and eco-sensitive quad biking, to explore the fascinating landscape.
- A balloon safari (at additional cost) soaring above the desert offers an awe-inspiring experience.
Hoanib Valley CampKaokoland, Namibia
In an area called Kaokoland, situated deep in Namibia’s north-western corner, the elegant Hoanib Valley Camp immerses you into a remote and wild desert environment. The intimate camp is a partnership between the local community and Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the world’s only Africa-wide giraffe conservation organisation.
- The area is an impressive melting pot of towering mountains, sand dunes, and huge expanses of desert, scattered with unique desert-adapted wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements.
- The 6 guest tents blend almost perfectly into the desert environment. Its colours, textures and patterns are inspired by the Hoanib; the dunes’ rich ochre, the geometric patterns of the Himba and, of course, the giraffe.
- Embark on a guided nature walk and discover the desert’s smaller flora and fauna of. This is one of the best places to see desert adapted elephant and giraffe, lion, rhino, mountain zebra, oryx and to track endangered rhino.
- Cultural excursions to the Himba and local Herero people will impress visitors.
- At the end of a long day, enjoy a refreshing G&T in the privacy of your own veranda.
- Learn more about the giraffe research, or spend time with the local Herero people and learn a little of their fascinating life in the harsh desert climate.
The Olive ExclusiveWindhoek, Namibia
Located in Namibia’s capital, this intimate boutique hotel is cool, contemporary and stylish combined with a warm heart and authentic African soul.
- The Olive Exclusive is a tranquil place to explore Windhoek before kicking off your Namibian adventure.
- A luxury sanctuary overlooking an olive grove and valley beyond tall glass windows make the most of the views.
- Each suite is individually styled to reflect the country’s different regions; and provides its own lounge area with fireplace and dining room, for private dining.
- An elegant, inspired, and informal restaurant where quality food can be enjoyed.
Cultural InteractionsLearn from the locals
One of the most enriching and memorable activities which we encourage on a safari is experiencing an authentic cultural exchange with the local people of each region. Whether it be visiting an incredibly traditional local Maasai village on the outskirts of the Maasai Mara where you can help herd the goats and learn about Maasai life, or visit the Hadzabe tribe who inhabit the shores of Lake Eyasi or just absorb the Swahili culture along the East African coastline, we encourage you to delve deeper into the safari experience… Trust us, you won’t regret it!
Hot Air BallooningFloat above Africa!
Available in select areas throughout sub-Saharan Africa (ask us!), ballooning is a romantic and exhilarating method of witnessing the stunning scenery of Africa. You may see some wildlife from the air (it is an especially amazing way to witness the Great Migration)
Walking SafarisVery much a “must-do” on your safari!
You will undoubtedly see an abundance of wildlife from the game drive vehicle, and usually will be interested in the ‘big’ game – lions, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest etc. However, walking safaris are an amazing experience (and will be highly recommended by us!) to truly learn about the ecosystem from the ground up. Your experienced guides will be able to advise you as to how such a small thing as a termite contributes to the larger ecosystem and how without them, everything would be different. Or they may teach you as to how the different bird calls can alert various plains game to danger approaching (ie, predators). You may see big game on your walking safari – but this is certainly not the objective. Your guides will be highly trained and clients’ safety is paramount.
Conservation ProjectsContribute to conservation efforts
We have many friends who are heavily involved in conservation projects across Africa. We’re able to arrange for you to participate in some of these various projects during your safari – whether it be helping to identify lions as part of the Mara Predator Project, or maybe you’re interested in helping to relocate rhinos; we’re able to suggest ways to incorporate some conservation activities during your safari.