Discover the beauty of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

Think Namibia is your run-off the-mill safari destination? Well think again. A country of great contrasts, Namibia’s lunar like landscapes and desert-adapted wildlife are sure to leave you astounded and mesmerized. On this seven night luxury vacation to Namibia look forward to discovering the towering sand dunes of the south, and sleeping out under the stars at Kulala Desert Lodge. We’ll then fly you by private light aircraft over the desert to the secret hideaway of Desert Rhino Camp – where you’ll have an exclusive chance to track the endangered black rhino with local conservationists. From here you’ll be flown to the remote Skeleton Coast, a region so vast and pristine authorities have only recently allowed visitors to the National Park. Here you’ll embark on exhilarating game drives with desert-adapted lion researchers from the camp and fly over the hauntingly beautiful coast to explore the historic wrecks.

Climb the Red Dunes of Sossusvlei

Begin your African adventure at Windhoek Airport, where you’ll be met by our guides and whisked south by private charter flight with to Kulala Desert Lodge. The gateway to the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei, the Lodge has 23 en-suite thatched ‘kulalas’, each perfectly positioned to give you magnificent views of the opens plains, rocky mountains and rolling sand dunes. If you can’t wait to get out and explore, why not take a high-octane quad bike tour into the Kulala Wilderness Reserve where you can spot desert-adapted wildlife like ostrich, springbok and oryx before watching the sunset over the glowing amber hills?

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The next day you’ll a visit the red sand sea of Sossusvlei and have the chance to hike up Big Daddy –  the biggest dune in the world – followed by a drive to the Deadvlei, an enormous clay pan flanked by mammoth sand dunes. Finish your stay at Kulala with a hot air balloon ride over Sossusvlei, giving you the opportunity to marvel at the scenery from the clouds, before a beautiful breakfast upon landing.

Track Black Rhinos in Damaraland

Next stop is the stunning Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland, northern Namibia, which you’ll reach by private plane. Home to Africa’s largest population of the endangered desert-adapted black rhino, the phrase ‘once in a lifetime experience’ has never rung more true. You’ll stay in one of just eight en-suite Meru-style tents, elevated off the ground to give you panoramic views over the rolling, rocky hills from the privacy of your shady veranda. Game drives are the main activity here: track the black rhino with our expert guides, as well as desert-adapted elephant, rhino and giraffe.  This is also your chance to explore the wonderland of flora and fauna, with a daytime stroll followed by a picnic in the middle of the bush. In the evening, relax in the gorgeous tented lounge before dining around the fire pit.

Explore the Shipwrecks of the Skeleton Coast

Arise bright and early for breakfast followed by an air transfer to the Hoanib Camp, the last leg of your Namibian adventure. Located on the Hoanib River in the private Palmwag Concession, this beautiful camp is a perfectly formed pocket of luxury in the heart of the Namib wilderness. So remote, the camp is only accessible by air and with just eight luxury tented rooms, you’ll feel like it was made just for you. Let the rugged landscape bewitch you as you explore the endless coastline, littered with haunting shipwrecks of a bygone era. Later, take a game drive out into the Hoanib river bed to spot desert wildlife; lion, elephant and giraffe, as well as herds of gemsbok and springbok. As dusk falls, you’ll return to camp for dinner under the stars.

To explore the surrounding flora and fauna you’ll be taken on a wilderness adventure to the waters of the Klein Oase and Auses Spring, where you can watch African wildlife large and small coming together to quench their thirst. After a lavish picnic, you’ll return to Hoanib and fall asleep to the calls of African wildlife. For a final high on your last day we’ll arranged a scenic flight to take you to the Skeleton Coast where you’ll spend the day exploring its stark shores and lonely shipwreck remains. After an exhilarating 20 minute flight over the winding Hoanib River, over the flood plains and out to the Auses spring and dune fields you’ll land at the stunning Möwe Bay. From here you’ll be whisked off by 4×4 to explore the dune fields at Little Oasis, visit the seal colony, and enjoy lunch at the rusted remains of the Suiderkus shipwreck before your round trip back to camp. Landing back at camp you’ll enjoy a final dinner over-looking the stark landscapes before taking a night-walk in the camps surrounding area – the perfect finale to your wild adventure.

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