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Journey of giraffes, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Sand Dunes and Desert Wildlife

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

11 Days

Prices Start from

£7,600 ex. flights

Begin with the windswept dunes of Sossusvlei – best admired from a balloon, before tracking desert rhinos in Kunene and exploring the exclusive, wildlife-rich Ongava Reserve. Journey across Namibia in comfort, flying over its inspiring landscape.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Balloon at dawn, Sossusvlei, Namibia 1

Balloon Ride

Take a sunrise balloon ride over the majestic dunes of Sossusvlei.

Rhino Family, South Africa 2

Desert Rhinos

Track rare desert-adapted rhinos in the protected Palmwag Reserve.

Flying safari, Skeleton Coast, Namibia 3

Flying Safari

Fly over Namibia’s magnificent landscape, avoiding long road journeys.

gemsboka nd springbok,Etosha National Park, Namibia 4

Wildlife Viewing

Explore a private concession that borders Etosha, spotting predators and prey.

Why we like it

This flying safari links three of Namibia’s greatest sights, staying at a handful of secluded lodges. Perfect as a honeymoon or couple’s break, it combines desert, safari and luxury. Wildlife features heavily, with desert rhinos a uniquely Namibian phenomenon, whilst activities abound amidst the sand-dune playground of Sossusvlei.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Windhoek
  • Day 2
    Windhoek - Sossusvlei
  • Day 3 - 4
    Sossusvlei
  • Day 5
    Sossusvlei - Damaraland - Palmwag Reserve
  • Day 6 - 7
    Palmwag Reserve
  • Day 8
    Palmwag Reserve - Damaraland - Etosha National Park
  • Day 9 - 10
    Etosha National Park
  • Day 11
    Etosha National Park - Windhoek
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei, Namibia

Dunes

The dunes of Sossusvlei offer the perfect starting point. Intriguingly beautiful, this landscape is perfect for exploration by quad bike, on foot and in 4×4 vehicles. Stay at Little Kulala, which offers magnificent views of the surrounding dunes and impressive desert terrain. Take an early-morning balloon ride as the dawn light illuminates this ethereal landscape.

At night, watch as the beauty of the desert changes and the majesty of the African night sky is brought to life. Stargaze or even sleep out under the stars, in one on of the lodge’s specially designed star beds.

Rhinos in long grass, Palmwag Reserve, Namibia
Black rhinos, Palmwag Reserve, Namibia

Desert Wildlife

Fly north to the remote Palmwag Reserve, home to the majority of Namibia’s desert-adapted rhino population. Hidden amongst the harsh landscape of Kunene – a smorgasbord of browns, reds and greys, this reserve is full of wildlife. Track rhinos across this dry terrain, getting close on foot, led by an experienced tracker.

After a day out amidst the rocks and scrub of the reserve, return to the camp to relax in tented comfort. Blending in with the natural environment, this traditional safari camp offers an unspoilt, wild experience. Sip drinks around the blazing fire pit and dine under the stars.

Elephants approaching over the dusty plains of Etosha, Namibia
Etosha National Park, Namibia

Salt-Pan Safari

Fly to the wildlife-rich private concession of Ongava, bordering Namibia’s famous Etosha National Park. Here, head to the reserve’s smallest accommodation offering, Little Ongava. Beautifully situated, this pocket-sized lodge houses just three spacious suites.

Explore the landscape of the private reserve, led by a dedicated guide. Make the most of one of Namibia’s finest wildlife destination, spotting elephants, lions, cheetahs, gemsboks, hartebeests and even rhinos.

Back at the lodge, relax and indulge in some time to unwind, away from the game. Private plunge pools offer the perfect place to pass some time whilst admiring the wonderful surroundings.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Little Kulala Camp £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Little Kulala is situated on a large private reserve, bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, in the heart of the Namib. The camp offers magnificent views of the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei, mountainous scenery and vast open plains. Little Kulala has eight thatched and canvas chalets, each built on a wooden platform to provide maximum airflow. A popular option with outdoor enthusiasts is to sleep under the stars – mattresses are placed on private stargazing platform on top of each room.

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Desert Rhino Camp £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Desert Rhino Camp lies within private Palmwag Concession in northern Damaraland, a region highlighted for its remarkable tranquillity and minimalist beauty. There are eight canvas tented rooms on raised decks with walkways linking them to the main area, a classic-style canvas, shaded open-sided lounge and dining area that extends onto the magnificent landscape providing uninterrupted desert and mountain views. There is a library and curio corner, as well as a small swimming pool with sun loungers. The camp offers a brilliant insight into the ecology and conservation of Damaraland. At the same time, it contributes directly to the Save the Rhino Trust and ultimately the sustainability of this vulnerable area and its wildlife.

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Little Ongava £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Built on the crest of a hill in the Ongava Game Reserve, Little Ongava offers wonderful views of the plains below and is an ideal base from which to explore. Accommodation comprises three spacious suites, each with its own plunge pool, en-suite bathroom, a sala, an additional outdoor shower and a view of the waterhole in front of the camp. Little Ongava’s main area, meanwhile, lends itself to relaxed, stylish dining under an African sky or under thatch. A dedicated guide and open 4×4 vehicle ensure the optimum nature experience at one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations – here you can see lion, elephant, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok and hartebeest, as well as white and black rhino. Also included is a morning game drive into the Okaukuejo area of Etosha, day and night drives and walks with armed guides on the Ongava private reserve.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £7,600 Per person

When to travel

Namibia in January

It is the peak of summer, with hot and humid conditions broken most afternoons by thundery downpours. Quiet season with lower visitor numbers and a good time to spot flamingos.

Namibia in February

The wettest month in many parts, especially in the north of the country. Wildlife is spread out so game viewing is not at its best, with plenty of vegetation. There is, however, the chance of spotting newborns.

Namibia in March

The wettest month in many parts, especially in the north of the country. Wildlife is spread out so game viewing is not at its best, with plenty of vegetation. There is, however, the chance of spotting newborns.

Namibia in April

The end of the wet season, with vegetation at its most lush, and cooler temperatures. A fantastic time to enjoy Namibia, with lower visitor numbers, flowers bursting through, and mainly dry weather.

Namibia in May

The beginning of winter. Almost every day is dry now, and water sources are drying up. Therefore wildlife is starting to congregate around water holes, but the landscapes are still colourful and nights aren’t chilly just yet. A great time to visit.

Namibia in June

Namibia’s winter runs from June until September. This is the most popular time to visit, as temperatures during the day are cool and the skies are clear. However, temperatures can drop close to freezing at night, particularly in the south.

Namibia in July

Namibia’s winter runs from June until September. This is the most popular time to visit, as temperatures during the day are cool and the skies are clear. However, temperatures can drop close to freezing at night, particularly in the south.

Namibia in August

Namibia’s winter runs from June until September. This is the most popular time to visit, as temperatures during the day are cool and the skies are clear. However, temperatures can drop close to freezing at night, particularly in the south.

Namibia in September

Namibia’s winter runs from June until September. This is the most popular time to visit, as temperatures during the day are cool and the skies are clear. However, temperatures can drop close to freezing at night, particularly in the south.

Namibia in October

From October to December, temperatures start to rise as summer arrives. In the heat of the day, it can be very hot, but mornings and evenings will still be cool. Showers start to become more frequent, but the weather is still mainly dry for most of the country.

Namibia in November

From October to December, temperatures start to rise as summer arrives. In the heat of the day, it can be very hot, but mornings and evenings will still be cool. Showers start to become more frequent, but the weather is still mainly dry for most of the country.

Namibia in December

From October to December, temperatures start to rise as summer arrives. In the heat of the day, it can be very hot, but mornings and evenings will still be cool. Showers start to become more frequent, but the weather is still mainly dry for most of the country.

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