Days 1-2: Kulala Desert Lodge
Transfer by flight from Windhoek Airport to Kulala Desert Lodge.
As the perfect gateway to the iconic sights of Sossusvlei, Kulala Desert Lodge is a traveler favorite. Magnificent views of the famous dunes, surrounding mountains and vast open plains will be the setting during your stay. The camp comprises 23 en-suite thatched and canvas ‘kulalas’ and a veranda for you to enjoy the outstanding scenery. On balmy nights, sleep under the clear night skies on your rooftop and awaken to the rising sun. By day, enjoy activities or spot desert-adapted wildlife from our lounge and dining area overlooking a waterhole. To escape the midday heat a cooling plunge pool provides the ideal sanctuary.
Kulala Desert Lodge is in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, the result of a rehabilitation project that aimed to return this land, previously used for farming, to its former natural aspect. Sossusvlei is situated within the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, characterized by huge dunes and flat valley floors.
To showcase such vast and impressive landscape, the lodge offers game drives, walking, quad biking, horse riding and ballooning (depending on the package chosen, some of these activities may not be included in the cost, and would be at an additional charge).
You can witness sparsely distributed desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok, oryx, spotted and brown hyaena, and bat-eared fox. One of the many fascinating bird species, the Dune Lark, has its entire global distribution limited to the area.
Day 3-4: Doro Nawas Camp
Flight from Kulala to Doro Nawas.
Resting on the slopes of a small hill in the dry Aba-Huab River valley, Doro Nawas Camp has panoramic views of the rugged Etendeka Mountains interspersed with valleys and sandstone cliffs. As a guest of Doro Nawas, you will be housed in one of 16 natural walled units, all well placed for you to take in the dramatic surrounds. Each unit, with en-suite facilities, has a veranda for stargazing and sleep-outs. As part of the main area there are indoor and outdoor dining areas as well as a pool and stargazing deck.
Days 5-7: Hoanib Skeleton Coast
Flight from Doro Nawas Camp to Hoanib Skeleton Coast.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast is located on the Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld. Exclusivity is taken a step further as the camp comprises only seven twin-bedded tents and one family unit. The camp looks out over stunning yet rugged scenery and offers you all the luxuries and amenities needed for an unforgettable stay. A bewitching and splendid part of the planet, you can unravel the enigmatic history of the original Strandlopers (Beachcombers), their stone circles lying in hidden valleys, studying the ancient Welwitschia plant, viewing the herds of desert-adapted wildlife, to savouring the endless landscapes unfolding – untouched – for hundreds of miles.
The area has a historic coastline, mountains, vast plains, and dry riverbeds inhabited by incredible desert-adapted plant and animal life. Despite the arid environs, great concentrations of desert-adapted elephant and lion can be found along with sightings of giraffe, antelope, black rhino, leopard and cheetah.
Activities include cultural experiences, nature walks, game drives, dune drives, use of hides, exploratory day excursions with picnic lunches and coastal visits.
Set in one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world, the camp is eco-friendly and has minimal impact on the environment. Furthermore an in-house training program ensures that the local communities are empowered and able to contribute to sustainable development of their areas.
Day 8: Depart for Windhoek
Flight transfer from Ongava Lodge to Windhoek Airport for your international departure.