Tailor-Made Holiday

Namibia - Sossusvlei, Etosha and Damaraland

Privately guided Namibian safari

10 days

from £4,995pp (excluding flights)

See the wildlife, people and dramatic landscapes of Namibia from the air and by land. With excellent guiding throughout, this holiday will leave an indellible impression on first time visitors to Africa and old Africa hands alike.

      • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes.
      • Scenic flight over the Great Sand Sea and along the Diamond Coast.
      • Private professional guide from Damaraland
      • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein.
      • Track for desert-adapted elephants on the ephemeral riverbeds in Damaraland.
      • Visit an authentic and remote Himba settlement.
      • Embark on exciting game drives within the Etosha National Park.
      • Game viewing at a floodlit waterhole at night.
      • Visit the AfriCat Foundation at Okonjima.

Travelling across Namibia through a combination of flying and private guided safaris gives both a dramatic and intimate impression of this magnificent country. Fly across Sossusvlei for a bird’s eye view of the great sand sea and scan the desolate Skeleton Coast to see its shipwrecks, deserted mining camps and seal colonies. With feet back on the ground, a professional and experienced naturalist safari guide accompanies the second part of the holiday, travelling through the northern reaches of Namibia. These areas include Damaraland and Camp Kipwe and the famous wildlife of Etosha National Park. For an insight into the conservation work being undertaken in Namibia, a day spent with AfriCat at Okonjima is an inspiring and thought provoking experience.
This safari will depart on any date you wish, with a minimum of 2 participants and we can add other accommodation to the beginning or the end of the tour as you wish. 

Please note that this itienrary includes a private guide from Camp Kipwe, at Kulala the game drives and guide will be shared. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 4995 £ 1100
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Johannesburg overnight

Day 2

Fly Johannesburg to Windhoek

Fly to Kualala Desert Lodge
Depart Windhoek International Airport for Sossusvlei at 2.35pm. This scenic flight passes over the central highlands of Namibia, before descending after the escarpment and continuing on over the Namib Desert. Land at Geluk Airstrip, situated in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Upon arrival, meet the local guide and transfer to Kulala Desert Lodge, with time to settle in.

In the afternoon, take advantage of the many activities offered by Kulala Desert Lodge.

Namibia's capital and only city, Windhoek, is a vibrant place of many contrasts. Seemingly misplaced German architecture stands side by side with modern sky scrapers, while African drums and wood-carvings from the north displayed on pavements vie with elegant shops offering sophisticated Swakara garments and gemstone jewellery.

A pedestrian-friendly city with a cosmopolitan outlook, Windhoek makes for a wonderful stopover. This is modern Africa at its most fascinating - a melting pot of modernity, colonial echoes and African tradition.

You will be staying at Kulala Desert Lodge, All inclusive

Day 3

Visit Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon
This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion with your local guide into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your local guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Afterwards a relaxed picnic breakfast in the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to Kulala Desert Lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure or can be spent on another guided activity within the Kulala Wilderness Reserve as offered by the lodge

In the heart of the Namib-Naukluft Park, surrounded by a sea of ever changing dunes lies Sossusvlei - a place of awe inspiring beauty and home to some pretty spectacular scenery. Burnt orange dunes tower into the vast blue sky, some 300 metres above the desert floor. It's hard not to be moved by this desolate wilderness.

Scenic air and hot air balloon flights, sunset game drives, hiking trips, horseback trails and more await; and for those with added sense of adventure, climbing the dunes is an unforgettable experience.

You will be staying at Kulala Desert Lodge, All inclusive

Day 4

You will be staying at Camp Kipwe, Full board

Day 5

Explore Damaraland
After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4x4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab River valley to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, especially the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. You will normally then return to camp for lunch and a well-deserved siesta. Your guide will arrange to fit in a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions at a suitable time in the afternoon if this appeals and you haven't already been there the previous day, or you can go out with your guide and take a walk into the local area around Camp. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can stay in to relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time in the comforts of the camp.

Situated near the rugged Skeleton Coast, Damaraland is scenically magnificent with vast desert landscapes, granite kopjes, deep gorges and open plains. Colourful rock formations brighten this desolate landscape, contrasting wonderfully with deep-blue Namibian skies.

The region is famed for the ancient petroglyphs of Twyfelfontein, created by the predecessors of the Namibian Bushmen, as well as the nearby petrified forests. Desert-adapted elephants roam Damaraland, surviving in the harshest conditions, whilst populations of wild black rhinos can be found in the Palmwag Reserve and the environs of the remote Ugab River valley.

You will be staying at Camp Kipwe, Full board

Day 6

Drive to Etosha National Park
This morning you will have an early departure from Camp Kipwe as you make your way north deeper into the heart of Damaraland. En route you will visit an extremely remote Himba village, only known to a few people (Ultimate Safaris being one of them). Your guide's presence and contacts with the local community will ensure you will be welcomed as a 'friend of a friend' and that you will be able to spend considerable time there learning about these fascinating nomadic pastoralists. There has been virtually no modern influence on these communities, which makes for a fascinating cultural exchange. You will then continue on your journey, having a picnic lunch en route, and you will arrive at the Anderson's Camp on the southern border of Etosha in the late afternoon. This should leave some time to spare after settling in when you can relax at the camp's floodlit waterhole whilst contemplating the fascinating impressions of the day.

You will be staying at Andersson's Camp, Full board

Day 7

Day of Game Drives in Etosha
Today you will be treated to an exciting morning guided game drive into the Etosha National Park, to see more of the wide variety of game and bird species that are to be found there before returning to Andersson's Camp for a late lunch. There is then time to relax by the refreshing swimming pool before you head out again for an afternoon game drive before exiting the park before sunset. Alternatively, you can opt to spend the whole day out in the park and either take lunch by the waterhole at the Okaukuejo restcamp or have a picnic while watching game at a particularly productive waterhole in the area. Once you are back, the rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp's floodlit waterhole while enjoying dinner, and afterwards.

Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important game reserves.

Situated in northern Namibia, Etosha, meaning 'Great White Place', is dominated by a massive shimmering mineral pan, which is flat, rugged and, for much of the year, dry and dusty. All the same, it supports some of the best game viewing in the whole of Southern Africa.

You will be staying at Andersson's Camp, Full board

Day 8

Return to Windhoek via AfriCat
After breakfast this morning you will make your way south from the Etosha National Park through the small towns of Outjo and Otjiwarongo before stopping at the Okonjima Day Centre. You will arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the centre. Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation's special carnivore ambassadors. After the excursion and freshening up, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon, just as the sun is setting. Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to your accommodation

You will be staying at Galton House, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Fly Windhoek to Johannesburg

Fly Johannesburg to London overnight

Day 10

Arrive into London Heathrow


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

Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe lies in the heart of Damaraland, ideally located a short drive from the local attractions in the area....

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Andersson's at Ongava

Andersson's at Ongava

Andersson's at Ongava is set to open in March 2019 (previously called Andersson's Camp)....

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Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge's access to a unique private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park means it is closest to Sossusvlei dunes....

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