This fully-accommodated combo of a 3-day Sossusvlei trip and a 3-day Etosha excursion is the ideal option for travelers with a constrained amount of time. Enjoy your stay in convenient lodges in and around Etosha National Park, outside Namib Naukluft National Park, and one night in Swakopmund in between. You will be able to see Etosha National Park, known as one of the top wildlife reserves in Africa, as well as the magnificent Namib and Sossusvlei region with its sand dune sea.
You’ll depart from your Lodge, Windhoek at around 8:00 am. You’ll make a brief stop at Otjiwarongo for a light lunch before entering Etosha National Park through the Anderson Gate. Take pleasure in game drives around the park, stopping at waterholes to watch for predators and other animals like zebra, giraffe, elephant, and rhino. You will reach your lodging just before dusk. The camp is close to a floodlit waterhole and is situated inside Etosha National Park. Your accommodations will include twin-share double rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Your guide will make dinner, and an early bedtime is advised.
Start your day with a pre-sunrise snack and tea or coffee, followed by a game drive till mid-morning, when you’ll return to the camp for breakfast before going on another game drive. After lunch at Halali, explore the huge Etosha Pan (Namibia’s largest salt pan) before game driving across the park in search of the big four as well as all plains wildlife. You will get to Okaukuejo in the late afternoon and depart the park just before dusk, stopping at one more waterholes to admire yet another African sunset. Permanent twin-share tents with en suite bathrooms are available for lodging, and they are situated close to the park. Your guide makes dinner over the campfire, where you can share pictures and tales of the creatures you saw today. It is advised that you get a good night’s rest.
Breakfast should be consumed before leaving the lodge at 7:40 in the morning for a trip through the communal lands of Damaraland, where you will meet the communal farmers in this dry area. Visit the lovely Herero women who are selling their modest works of art and crafts to support their families. After your meal, you’ll go straight across the Namib Desert, making a stop at the most recent shipwreck off the Skeleton Coast, and finally arriving in Swakopmund in the late afternoon. We advise going on a walking tour of this beach town this afternoon, and perhaps stopping at the jetty for sundowners viewing the chilly Atlantic Ocean. Your guide will be pleased to suggest a reputable eatery for your evening meal, which you are responsible for paying for.
After breakfast today, we strongly advise visiting the Museum or Aquarium (optional and unguided). For those seeking more extreme excitement, a 2-hour boarding excursion in the dunes should get your heart pumping. At 12 o’clock, you will leave Swakopmund. You’ll reach the camp in the late afternoon after traveling over the Namib Desert through the Kuiseb Pass and Solitaire. Take some time to unwind and take in the scenery before going for a quick stroll while the sun is setting over the Naukluft mountain range. You will spend the night in twin rooms or permanent tents with en suite bathrooms. There are bars and a pool table.
You’ll leave camp at first light to make it to the park entrance in time for sunrise. Take a 4×4 shuttle into the Sossusvlei area and travel down an ancient riverbed flanked by towering dunes to take in the grandeur of this location in the early morning light and the calm and quiet of the area. Before proceeding to Dead Vlei with its expansive region of bleached broken clay and skeletal camel thorn trees, you have the opportunity to stroll around this unusual place. You can return to our vehicle by walking or using the 4×4 shuttle. You will stop at the well-known Dune 45 on the way back to our accommodations, where you can climb it if you choose or simply explore the base. Prior to returning to the lodge to see the magnificent desert sunset, explore the neighboring Sesriem Canyon, one of the few permanent water sources, on your way back to Sesriem. Your overnight accommodations will be in permanent tents or twin-share rooms with en-suite toilets.
You’ll go back to Windhoek through Rehoboth and the Naukluft Mountains. You will be dropped off at the hotel of your choosing when you arrive in Windhoek in the middle of the day. If you’re taking a flight out, you can organize a transfer (for a fee) to the international airport for your subsequent departure or to the bus terminal for your overnight trip.
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