Sossusvlei, Windhoek
Destination
12 Days
Duration

Important Information

Namibia is a destination unlike any other in Africa. With its almost otherworldly dune landscapes, ancient deserts and incredible game viewing opportunities, Namibia is the ultimate African road trip destination for intrepid explorers.

COST & VALIDITY From ZAR 109 770.00
1st November 2021 – 31st October 2022
WHAT TO BRING Comfortable shoes
Warm jackets
Sunhat and sunglasses
Sun cream
Cameras
Personal belongings
Personal medication
IMPORTANT NOTE  Namibia emergency number: +264 81 127 0564
INCLUDED Accommodation and boards as per itinerary
Activities according to the itinerary
Transfers from/to the accommodations & airports
Fuel, landing, and navigation costs for the aircraft
English-speaking pilot
Passenger tax
Round trip according to the description
Travel documentation
15% VAT
2% tourist tax
Levo Dolphin & Seal Tour
NOT INCLUDED Flights
Travel insurance
Optional and recommended Excursions
Expenses of a personal nature
Visa fees (where applicable)
Airport taxes
Gratuity

Please note

Over two-thirds of Namibian roads are gravel. We recommend renting a 4×4. Because Windhoek – where most rental car companies are situated – is 45 km to the west of Hosea Kutako International Airport, you will need to arrange a transfer from the airport to Windhoek with your rental car company. Alternatively, please speak to us and we will arrange a rental car and transfer for you. Rates on request.

1

Day 1

Windhoek

Arrival at the Windhoek International Airport. Here you will be met by a representative of the car rental company and he will transfer you to your hotel, in the Capital of Namibia, Windhoek.
Here you will stay for your first night.
The city is considerably enhanced by stately historic buildings built in the German architectural style of the turn of the century. You can visit the buildings, which lend a singular charm to the city, including the historic seat of government also known as the Tintenpalast, which means palace of ink in German. The Christuskirche, right next to the Tintenpalast, with its graceful sphere, provides the city with a striking landmark. The white-walled Alte Feste, which was once a fort and is now a museum reflects the history of the country. Windhoek lies 1650m above sea level. The population of Windhoek consists of approx 450 000 people, which makes it the largest city in the country.
The largest part of Windhoek’s population stays in Katutura, the Bantu- speaking suburb of the city. Katutura is an Oshiwambo word meaning: “the place where we do not want to stay”. All along Independence Avenue (the former “Kaiserstrasse” – German for “emperor’s street”), one can see the old, colonial houses right next to the buildings of the modern, post-independence Namibia.
Check-in Time is around 14h00 at the Hotel/Guesthouse.
Overnight and Breakfast at Hotel Heinitzburg

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Day 2

Windhoek to Sossusvlei

In the morning, after breakfast, you will be met by a representative of the car rental company, who will transfer you to Eros Airport.
Upon arrival at Eros Airport and after clearing customs & immigration, you will be met and assisted by a Wilderness Safaris representative to your circuit light aircraft transfer to Kulala Desert Lodge via Hosea Kutako International Airport.

You will fly over the Namib Desert and the sheer endless dune landscape to Sossusvlei.

Long and narrow, the Namib stretches over 1900 km from the South African Cape Province up to Angola. It is considered one of the oldest deserts on earth. Two year-round water-bearing rivers cut through the Namib. The Kunene forms the northern border and the Orange River the southern border of Namibia. In the driest areas, it extends up to 200 km inland.
Perched above the plains of the Namib Desert and tucked away in the rocky Aus Mountains, the small village of Aus is located in the ǁKaras Region in southern Namibia. The arid surrounding landscape is known for its unique botanical diversity. Aus serves as an excellent base from which to explore the area and to view the main attraction: the feral horses of the Namib Desert, which run wild and free in the sparsely vegetated plains.

Catch a glimpse of these wild desert-adapted creatures at the water trough at Garub just twenty kilometers away from the village. Visitors can explore the Succulent Karoo with a visit to the beautiful Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park, home to the most biodiverse desert in the world, and take a scenic hike to discover fascinating indigenous fauna and flora. Don’t miss the opportunity to camp under the clear Namibian night sky and view the vast desert landscape on horseback.
Arrive at the lodge and participate in two activities of your choice before your dinner.
Fully Inclusive basis at the Kulala Desert Lodge
Optional: Kulala Lodge Nature Drives

• Included: All Meals
• Two activities
• Sossusvlei Park fees
• Laundry
• Local drinks
• Excluded: Premium brands drinks and champagne

3

Day 3

Sossusvlei

Early departure to the Sossusvlei and you have the opportunity to climb one of the highest sand dunes in the world. The unique color example of the dune landscape will definitely impress you, here you will certainly be able to take beautiful photos.

Sossusvlei is a dune wonderland, with towering dunes up to 300m high surrounds a huge, dried-up pan. Dunes extend as far as the eye can see and their rich tints vary from pale apricot to vivid reds and oranges. During a good rainy season, the Tsauchab River flows into the pan which creates a heaven for water birds. Even during the dry season, oryx, springbok, and ostriches can be seen feeding off the sparse vegetation along the watercourses.

This is the Vlei itself, where at the moment the waters of the Tsauchab River are disappearing into the red sand of the Namib.

This can be followed by a visit to the Sesriem Canyon.

Before you leave the dunes, you explore on foot the Sesriem Canyon. The Sesriem Canyon, a deep ravine, is a striking natural feature of the area, which is best explored on foot. The name of the canyon means “six belts” because early settlers used it as a source of water, with six lengths of leather used to draw water. It is where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down for 30m to 40m, are deep pools of water that become replenished after good rains.
Arrive back at the lodge in the afternoon and participate in one activity of your choice before your dinner.

Fully Inclusive basis at the Kulala Desert Lodge

• Included: All Meals
• Two activities
• Sossusvlei Park fees
• Laundry
• Local drinks
• Excluded: Premium brands drinks and champagne

4

Day 4

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

At a time to be advised by camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your circuit light aircraft transfer from Kulala Desert Lodge to Swakopmund.
This idyllic town, better known as Namibia’s playground, is located between the Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean. This desert city is a rhapsody of adventure, fun, exploration, and relaxation. Swakopmund has many beautiful old buildings in the colonial, Bavarian-style.
Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the inland heat. It is also popular amongst visitors because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, it served as the territory’s main harbor for many years. The distinct German colonial character has been well preserved and today many of the old buildings serve a useful purpose. The Woermann House (1905) now houses an art gallery. The Woermann Tower was used in earlier times to watch ships entering the harbor. Other old interesting buildings are: „Die Alte Kaserne“, „Hohenzollern Haus“, and the Railway Station Building.
Checkin and spend the afternoon at leisure
Overnight & Breakfast at the Swakopmund Strand Hotel

5

Day 5

Swakopmund

Today you have an interesting boat trip planned in the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Here fur seals, pelicans, and dolphins can often be spotted. Namibian oysters and iced South African sparkling wine provide a pleasant culinary setting.

After your boat cruise, you can optionally take part in one of the many activities offered in and around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay or explore the city on your own, stroll through the woodcarving market, or just stroll along the beach and enjoy a cup of coffee right on the Beach.

The coastal town of Swakopmund, located on the spectacular coast of Namibia, is known for its sprawling tree-lined avenues, colonial architecture and is surrounded by otherworldly desert terrain.

Overnight & Breakfast at the Swakopmund Strand Hotel

• Included: Levo Dolphin & Seal Cruise

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Day 6

Swakopmund to Twyfelfontein

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Swakopmund Airport, Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted by a Wilderness Safaris representative to your circuit light aircraft for your onward air transfer to Doro Nawas.

You will fly over and enjoy the beautiful sight of the unique mountain landscape of Damaraland.

The Damaraland and Kaokoveld in the dry northwest of Namibia form parts of the mosaic of ethnically diverse regions that make Namibia so diverse and interesting. Until recently, Damaraland was a secluded region where the life of the local people has hardly changed over the centuries. It is an area of strong contrasts, with high mountains, grassland, and plains.
Upon arrival at the lodge, you may participate in 2 activities of your choice before dinner.

Fully Inclusive basis at the Doro Nawas Adventure Camp

• Included: All Meals
• Two activities
• Laundry
• Local drinks
• Excluded: Premium brands drinks and champagne

7

Day 7

Twyfelfontein to Skeleton Coast

At a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your circuit light aircraft transfer from Doro Nawas to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.
Today you experience the fascinating sight of the Skeleton Coast.

The 16 390sq km Skeleton Coast Park stretches for nearly 500 km, from the Ugab river course to the perennial Kunene River on the Angolan border. Visits to the northern half beyond the Hoanib river course (a wilderness full of dunes without roads or other infrastructure) are restricted to fly-in safaris with a licensed operator. The southern half consists of gravel plains and low hills, with occasional saltpans and dunes. Ghost rivers cross the plains.

Rust-eaten hulls of wrecked ships give the Skeleton Coast its name. Here the ocean and desert are omnipresent and game sightings are a matter of chance. On a calm clear morning, the unexpected sight of a waterhole in a sandy river course, a patch of green where springbok or gemsbok graze within sight of the sea while dolphins gamble in the surf, seems nothing short of miraculous. Black-backed Jackal and Brown Hyena patrol the beaches, while African elephants sometimes move down the river courses from the interior.

Upon arrival at the lodge, you may participate in 2 activities of your choice before dinner.

Fully Inclusive basis at the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

• Included: All Meals
• Two activities
• Skeleton Coast Park fees
• Laundry
• Local drinks
• Excluded: Premium brands drinks and champagne

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Day 8

Skeleton Coast

Today you can partake in any two activities offered at the lodge.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Fully Inclusive basis at the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

  • Included: All Meals
  • Two  activities
  • Skeleton Coast Park fees
  • Laundry
  • Local drinks
  • Excluded: Premium brands drinks and champagne
9

Day 9

Skeleton Coast to Ongava Private Game Reserve

After a hearty breakfast, at a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your circuit light aircraft transfer from Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to Doro Nawas Airstrip for an en-route stop to change aircraft.

At a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your circuit light aircraft transfer from Doro Nawas Airstrip to Ongava Lodge.

Ongava Lodge is situated at the gate of the famous Etosha National Park.

The Etosha National Park, consisting of 22 270 sq km of saline desert, savannah, and woodlands, is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5000 sq km. For the greater part of the year, the pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud that shimmers with mirages on most days. It is seeing vast herds of game with this eerie „great white place of dry water“ as a backdrop which makes the Etosha experience unique.

A total of about 114 mammal species are found in the park, including several rare and endangered animals such as the black rhino and black-faced impala. Many bird species occur in the park, of which approximately one-third are migratory, including the European bee-eater and several species of waders.

Upon arrival at the lodge, you may participate in 2 activities of your choice.

Fully Inclusive basis at Ongava Lodge:

  • Included: All Meals
  • Two  activities
  • Etosha National Park fees
  • Laundry
  • Local drinks
  • Excluded: Premium brands drinks and champagne
10

Day 10

Ongava Private Game Reserve

Today you can partake in any two activities offered at the lodge.

Fully Inclusive basis at Ongava Lodge 

  • Included: All Meals
  • Two  activities
  • Etosha National Park fees
  • Laundry
  • Local drinks
  • Excluded: Premium brands drinks and champagne
11

Day 11

Ongava Private Game Reserve to Windhoek

After breakfast, at a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your circuit light aircraft transfer from Ongava Lodge to Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek).

On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport and after clearing customs & immigration, you will be met and assisted by a Wilderness Safaris representative to your circuit light aircraft transfer departing at 13h45 to Eros Airport, arriving at 14h00.

Check-in at your hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

You can enjoy an afternoon tour through the City of Windhoek by foot.

Overnight and Breakfast at Hotel Heinitzburg

12

Day 12

Departure

Unfortunately, your African adventure has come to an end. Today, you will be transferred to the Hosea Kutako International Airport.

Bid farewell and board your onward flight back home.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Southern Africa!

Hotel Heinitzburg

The Heinitzburg offers 16 spacious generously appointed en-suite rooms, each individually decorated, leaving no two rooms looking the same. Each room has individual air conditioning / heating unit, direct telephone, electronic safe, mini bar, flat screen TV with satellite channels. The superior deluxe rooms have a bath with integrated showers, whilst the deluxe rooms all have a walk in shower.

At the hotel’s serene garden, guests are welcome to relax in a private atmosphere whilst enjoying the refreshing swimming pool (heated in winter).

Hotel Heinitzburg has a variety of dining outlets. There’s the gourmet restaurant overlooking the skyline of the city while serving varied cuisine ranging from local to international dishes. The Garden Terrace provides superb view over the city and the surrounding mountains. At the Garden Terrace, meals, coffee and cakes from the patisserie are served throughout the day while snacks and sundowner cocktails are served at the viewpoint with marvelous vistas of spectacular sunsets. There’s also the Wine Cellar which houses a large collection of carefully selected South African vintages. The cellar is built into the mountain rock and is an ideal meeting place.

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge’s location at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes allows for stunning views in every direction, while its private entrance to the Namib Naukluft National Park makes it the closest location to Sossusvlei. The camp is ideal for self-drives and groups.

Twenty-three thatched and canvas tents (including two family units), each built on raised wooden platforms make for airy, comfortable accommodation, with a rooftop area for sleep-outs under the stars. Afternoons around the pool provide relief from the heat, while the wraparound veranda at the main area overlooks a waterhole, and private tours of the dunes provide the ultimate Sossusvlei experience.

INSIDER’S TIP: Try your hand at desert photography – whether capturing the red colour of the dunes in the early morning light or the otherworldly tree skeletons standing starkly across the floor of Dead Vlei.

Strand Hotel Swakopmund

With its extensive, unique and creatively entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Deli, Lobby-Lounge, Sea Facing Terraces, Beach Kiosk and state of the art Conference & Banqueting Center, all set on the Mole, a historic and iconic site surrounded by Ocean on three sides, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a social epicenter and destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund. Its architectural inspiration finds its roots deep in Namibian-German history and reflects this in a tasteful contemporary manner. The interiors are residential in nature, and the brief to all designers involved was to create a non-hotel, hotel. One as charming and welcoming as the town it is located in. Simply very warm and comfortable, and as they say in German: “gemütlich” providing a genuine “sense-of-place” atmosphere adding to any Namibian visit. Arriving at the Strand is a dramatic experience as one passes through its 13m high and 9m wide Ocean View Atrium which travels right through the Hotel offering sea views at either end. Off this Atrium Lobby is Reception, consisting of three individual desks and an inviting open fireplace which rounds off the residential feel and warm welcome.

Doro Nawas Camp

From a hillside above the dry Aba-Huab River, Doro Nawas provides guests with far-reaching views across rugged Damaraland. The camp is ideally located as base from which to learn more about both the area’s ancient inhabitants and the visionary ecotourism partnership with today’s communities. The petroglyphs and San rock art of Twyfelfontein are within easy reach.

Sixteen guest units (including a family room) blend in with the scenery, and feature private verandas and outdoor showers. Sleeping out under the stars is also an option. Nature drives and walks reveal more of the desert’s surprising and superbly-adapted flora and fauna.

INSIDER’S TIP: Without bright lights and far from pollution the camp is the ideal setting for marvelling at the night sky. Opt for a night in the Star Bed to experience superb stargazing…

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

The name “Skeleton Coast” conjures up romantic images of desolate beauty, and proudly remote Hoanib in the Kaokoveld does not disappoint. The dry bed of the Hoanib River supports a thin green ribbon of vegetation and the wild beaches of the Atlantic coast are within reach, with their noisy seal colonies and eerily quiet shipwreck remnants.

Eight large en-suite tents (including one family unit) and the main area provide shady viewpoints, while nature drives into the surrounding area reveal a wealth of desert-adapted wildlife. Desert-adapted lion and brown hyaena may also be glimpsed in this vast but far from lifeless landscape.

INSIDER’S TIP: On a stay of three nights or more, a coastal excursion to The Skeleton Coast is included. Usually involving a drive down to the coast and a flight back to camp, to see such a diverse area both on the ground and in the air.

Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge is one of Namibia’s premier lodges on one of the country’s most important private game reserves.

The well-established Ongava Lodge is situated in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. Placed as it is close to the top of a hill in the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana range, the vantage point is beautiful and overlooks a well-frequented waterhole and the plains beyond.

Ongava Lodge offers luxury accommodation in 14 rock-and-thatch en-suite chalets. There are impressive views over the camp’s waterhole from the main lounge and dining areas and there is also an inviting pool to cool off in the heat of the day. Meals are either served in the main dining area under thatch or on the dining deck under the stars.

Activities include game drives into Etosha, spending time in the camp hide, and nature drives and walks on the reserve. Ongava has resident white and black rhino, giving guests staying at Ongava the opportunity to see both species.

Hotel Heinitzburg

The Heinitzburg offers 16 spacious generously appointed en-suite rooms, each individually decorated, leaving no two rooms looking the same. Each room has individual air-conditioning / heating unit, direct telephone, electronic safe, mini bar, flat screen TV with satellite channels. The superior deluxe rooms have a bath with integrated showers, whilst the deluxe rooms all have a walk in shower.

At the hotel’s serene garden, guests are welcome to relax in a private atmosphere whilst enjoying the refreshing swimming pool (heated in winter).

Hotel Heinitzburg has a variety of dining outlets. There’s the gourmet restaurant overlooking the skyline of the city while serving varied cuisine ranging from local to international dishes. The Garden Terrace provides superb view over the city and the surrounding mountains. At the Garden Terrace, meals, coffee and cakes from the patisserie are served throughout the day while snacks and sundowner cocktails are served at the viewpoint with marvelous vistas of spectacular sunsets. There’s also the Wine Cellar which houses a large collection of carefully selected South African vintages. The cellar is built into the mountain rock and is an ideal meeting place.

Payment Terms

  • 90 – 46 days before departure 20%

  • 45 – 33 days before departure 30%

  • 32 – 25 days before departure 50%

  • 24 – 14 days before departure 75%

  • 13 – 07 days before departure 95%

  • 06 – 00 days before departure 100%

  • A 10% deposit per person is due upon booking, which is non-refundable in case of cancellation!

Banking Details

Account holder: Africa Focus Tours Namibia (Pty) ltd
Bank: Nedbank Namibia
Account number: 1100 0070 752
Branch code: 461 696
Swift code: NEDSNANX

Cancellation Policy

  • Special cancellation terms may apply for certain products and services.

Terms & Conditions

General Terms

  • Minimum Age of 8 (eight) years old for children
  • Families with children younger than 8 years of age are welcome to request the tour as a Private Safari Option
  • Final Bookings and Rooming Lists to be supplied 35 days prior to the commencement date of the tour
  • The accommodation establishments offered in the itinerary will depend on availability at the time of making the booking and all alternatives will be of an equivalent or better standard and will be within the same region.
  • This is merely a quotation – no bookings have been made
  • Price quoted per person sharing and including accommodation and meals for Guide and Driver.

Health

Please see your doctor for advice regarding vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis.

Travelling with Children

  • Parents travelling with children must provide an unabridged birth certificate which includes details of the child’s father as well as the mother for all travelling children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children.
  • When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from the children’s parents proving permission for the children to travel.The above applies to foreigners and South Africans travelling to or from South Africa as well as travellers in transit.
  • Please note that the child must be the appropriate age (according to accommodation stipulated) at the time of travel.
    Unless otherwise specified, children under 12 years of age qualify as a child rate and over 12 years of age as an adult rate.
    Rates and policies for children under 12 years of age on request.