Summer vacation doesn’t have to be synonymous with simply sitting on a beach! For those who like to combine their relaxation with a healthy dose of adventure, International Expeditions offers a range of experiences.
Our Diverse Namibia Safari explores the iconic areas of this vast country — dunes, desert, plains and superb wildlife — all while enjoying exclusive accommodation in private reserves and concessions. On this adventure you take in the soaring red dunes of Sossusvlei, wildlife-filled e Atlantic, desert and denizens of Damaraland, and dense plains game and predators of Etosha National Park. Throughout this Namibia safari, International Expeditions guests savor scenic walks with a talented naturalist guide.
Your Namibia Safari Guides
Your private Namibia tour is led by a highly skilled guide with a passion for Namibia’s natural regions. Sharing the thrill of discovery and their vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture is a true passion for our guides. Many guides are also skilled photographers and can assist you in taking away amazing wildlife photographs! IE guests enjoy private, early morning access to Sossusvlei, improving photographic opportunities.
Damaraland Adventurer Camp
Waterhole Photo Blind
WIldlife at a Waterhole
Diverse Namibia Itinerary
En Route to Namibia
WindhoekArrive Windhoek International Airport where you will be met and transferred to the Olive Grove Guesthouse for an overnight stay. Overnight Olive Grove Guesthouse or similar.
Sossusvlei: Kulala Adventurer CampYou will be met by your Explorations guide and begin your journey through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the iconic Sossusvlei region. Explore the iconic red dunes and be awed by the desert-adapted wildlife surviving in one of the world’s oldest and most arid deserts. Set on 37 000 hectares of land near the spectacular sights of Sossusvlei is the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, where you enjoy both day and night game drives and game walks. Watch for desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok can be seen on the reserve, as well as smaller creatures like bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal and Cape fox. Spend two nights at Kulala Adventurer Camp.The camp, comprised of five “maxi” dome tents, is an ideal base for taking in the Reserve’s expansive vistas and stark beauty and enjoys views into the Namib Naukluft National Park. Dining under the star-filled Namibian skies and watching a rose-red sunset punctuated by the cacophony of barking geckos are a few highlights, as is spending unrushed quality time at the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, known for their red coloring in the early morning sunlight, accessed through our private gate which is closer to the dunes than the main park entry gate. (B,L,D Daily)
Swakopmund: Hansa HotelWind through the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto the expansive gravel plains as we drive towards Walvis Bay before moving north into the quaint town of Swakopmund. Explore the town and spend two nights at the iconic Hansa Hotel. Namibia’s oldest hotel, and consistently one of the best, the Hansa has retained its 100-year-old charm while providing present-day service and comfort. Our bedrooms are spacious and tastefully appointed, with a blend of modern luxury and antique décor. Interesting photographs from the past adorn the walls along the carpeted passages. Although we are located in the center of town giving you access to most of the local amenities, even our street facing bedrooms are surprisingly quiet. A short walk will bring you to the heated Olympic-sized indoor public swimming pool, the museum, lighthouse and Kristall Galerie, as well as several good restaurants if you wish to try an alternative to the Hansa’s tasty fare.Explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast with a “Dolphin and Seal” catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay (weather permitting). Your cruise takes in the oyster platforms, where we learn about the oyster cultivation and tasting these delicacies. At Pelican Point, we see the lighthouse and an area where three species of dolphins may be encountered, namely the rare endemic Heaviside’s dolphin, dusky and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Aside from spotting diverse pelagic birds, pelicans, flamingos and Cape fur seals, the massive sunfish, leatherback turtles, southern right and humpback whales can be seen in season. Round out our day with a private seafood lunch, before returning to the hotel. (B,L Daily; D on Day 4)
Damaraland: Damaraland Adventurer CampContinue to Damaraland, west of the Brandberg Mountain, stopping for lunch at Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp. This area boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere on the planet outside a national park. Damaraland boasts a breathtaking assortment of desert-adapted species including one of the highest concentrations of desert elephant and black rhino. Other wildlife includes Hartmann's mountain zebra, kudu, giraffe, gemsbok, and springbok, with occasional cheetah sightings.Our activities range from day and night nature walks and viewing the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a World Heritage Site) to daytime nature drives, exploring the mountains, hills and ephemeral river beds and springs. Early morning mists, generated by the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the warm desert air of the Skeleton Coast, drift inland along the river valley, providing sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region, hence the area’s high density of wildlife.Accommodation is at Damaraland Adventurer Camp in “maxi” dome tents pitched on timber platforms that allow for a small viewing deck where you can sit for hours and contemplate the surrounding beauty. Tucked away in and amongst the sandstone hills, each tent is surprisingly spacious with wooden beds with mattresses and cotton linen. En-suite bathrooms with toilet and shower are located at the back of each tent. (B,L,D Daily)
Ongava Game Reserve (Etosha): Andersson’s CampDrive to Ongava Game Reserve on the boundary of Etosha National Park. Etosha remains the highest density wildlife area within Namibia, its fame justly acknowledged. We explore here, as well as the Ongava Game Reserve. Ongava Game Reserve was formed in 1991, when its shareholders converted four unproductive cattle ranches into a highly productive reserve, now home to large concentrations of wildlife. In addition to 340 bird species, Ongava is home to one of the largest black and white rhino populations in Namibia thanks to a successful reintroduction program.Etosha National Park takes its name from the world-famous Etosha Pan, one of the largest saltpans in the region. Around the pan, the topography ranges from broad swathes of mopane and tall tree canopies of woodland to open plains and dolomite hills. Game drives in both reserves will display a wide complement of wildlife including black-faced impala. Their predators, in particular lion, are never far away. Located on the boundary of the world renowned Etosha National Park, Andersson’s Camp is the perfect point from which to explore the diversity of fauna and flora in this region. This charming eco-sensitive camp is set within the privacy of its own reserve teeming with wildlife. Formerly an old farmstead, the camp is beautifully nestled in mopane scrub with the scenic backdrop of the low Ondundozonanandana mountain range. On arrival you will find your en-suite accommodation fronting onto a productive waterhole. (B,L,D Daily)
Etosha / Windhoek / En RouteDrive from Etosha to Windhoek. Connect with the international departure. (B)