Our Namibia desert extension begins in Windhoek, the country's
Days 2 & 3: Private Kulala Wilderness Reserve—Sossusvlei Dunes
This morning, fly to the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve at the edge of Namibia’s great sand sea, our base for exploring Sossusvlei, a vast clay pan surrounded by some of the world's tallest sand dunes. Rising a thousand feet above the floor of the Namib Desery, these shape-shifting mountains of golden sand are framed by deep blue skies to create one of Africa’s most dramatic landscapes. The word
Kulala Wilderness Reserve encompasses more than 90,000 acres of scenic landscapes and intriguing geological formations. Explore the contrasts on 4x4 drives and guided walks along dunes and dry riverbeds home to fascinating insects,
Days 4–6: Damaraland
Fly to the rugged Damaraland region in northwest Namibia. Here we find the Torra, Palmwag and Doro Nawas conservancies in the Huab River Valley, one of Namibia’s most pristine tracts of wilderness. The Brandberg Mountains tower over deep gorges, sun-baked sand expanses and ancient petrified forests—and at night, some of the darkest, starriest skies on Earth glitter overhead. Dry riverbeds carve through deep gorges, creating ribbon-like valleys winding through the desolate terrain. Amid these arid wastes we find some of Namibia's most captivating wildlife, including the famous desert-adapted elephant and black rhinoceros.
Today this land is home to the Nama, Damara, Riemvasmaaker and Herero people, but evidence of much older human presence is on display at the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site, an ancient rock art site marking 2,000 years of
If you choose a stay at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, you’ll also visit Skeleton Coast National Park, whose notorious shoreline is littered with shipwrecks and whale carcasses. Noisy seal colonies gather on the beach, and unique forms of plant and insect life subsist on dense ocean fog that cloaks the coastal desert each dawn. Among other species in Damaraland we find gemsbok, springbok, greater kudu, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, ostrich, and sporadic predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and both spotted and brown hyena—as well as more than 200 bird species.
Day 7: Windhoek / Depart
Your desert safari ends with a flight back to Windhoek today, to meet onward flights.