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9-day Desert & Dune Safari (Self-drive)

Experience the Kalahari and the Namib in one great expedition. This nine-day tour visits the spectacular southern Kalahari and the Naukluft Mountains, Sossusvlei, the Moon Landscape, the Skeleton Coast and Erongo Mountains.

Price from USD 1,524 pps
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Self-drive
Highlights Kalahari, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund
Includes

Accommodation; Meals (SQ); Vehicle hire; Meet and Greet; Airport Transfers; 24-hour support; Comprehensive tour file with detailed itinerary, map, route descriptions, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information

Excludes

International flights; Personal travel insurance; Entry visas; Fuel; Park entry fees; Staff gratuities

The Kalahari is the largest sand basin in the world. Almost devoid of rock, it covers an area of 900,000sq km. Contrary to popular belief it is not a desert but a semi-arid savannah biome. Oxide-red dunes and grassy plains dotted with gnarled, stunted acacia trees form an evocative landscape that supports a surprising diversity of wildlife.

The Namib Desert covers the entire Namibian coastline of over 1500km and sweeps up to 200km inland. It is one of the oldest deserts in the world and has an astonishing diversity of landscapes and habitats.

Itinerary Summary

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Windhoek ( 1 night )

You will be met by the car rental company representative on arrival and transferred to their offices in Windhoek to complete all rental procedures. You will then meet with our representative to hand over your travel documents. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing at your own leisure. For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek’s well known restaurants.

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Windhoek cityscape

Day 2 & 3: Kalahari ( 2 nights )

Drive the three hours on mostly paved roads to the Kalahari.

When you're there: The lodges offer scenic drives, a Bushman walk, game viewing activities and nature trails. The sunsets are spectacular and a good excuse for a gin and tonic.

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Day 4 & 5: Sossusvlei ( 2 nights )

Today you will make your way from the Kalahari to Sossusvlei.

On the way: The route will take you via Maltahöhe and the Tsaris Pass, showcasing the natural beauty of the desert. A late afternoon nature drive or walk at the lodge is recommended, especially at sunset!

When you're there: Enter Sossusvlei at sunrise and remember to take plenty of film or memory, sun cream, a hat, walking shoes and water. Explore the world's highest dunes and a sheltered pan with petrified trees that are hundreds of years old; climb the dunes and look out over a sea of sand. Private reserves in the area reveal fascinating flora, fauna and ancient desert landscapes.

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Day 6, 7 & 8: Swakopmund ( 3 nights )

A five-hour drive north takes you through the gradual change from mountains and dunes to rolling grass-covered hills with scattered acacia trees. Swakopmund is a quaint resort town by the sea with an obvious German heritage at odds with its bleak surrounds.

On the way: Look out for the endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra as you leave; stop at Solitaire, about 80km from Sesriem for some home-made bread and an ice cold drink; Kuiseb Canyon has some shady picnic spots; you can see springbok and pure-bred wild ostrich across the vast gravel plains of the Namib; the lunar landscape; look out for the welwitschia plant.

When you're there: Visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon - a RAMSAR wetlands site - where thousands of flamingoes, pelicans and numerous waders feed in the nutrient-rich shallows; restaurants, shops and attractions in Swakopmund; spend an extra day making the most of the cool air.

Among the many organised activities, we recommend a scenic flight over Skeleton Coast; a comfortable and informative boat cruise of Walvis Bay where you meet dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and terns; and quad biking, which is an exciting way to experience the sand dunes.

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Day 9: Windhoek ( Departure / End of Tour )

Windhoek is about four hour's drive from Swakopmund and the airport a further half hour. Stop for lunch in the city or continue on to the airport in time for your flight and the end of a fabulous desert expedition.

Windhoek cityscape

Prices

Guests Accommodation Season Amount
2 Standard Low Season USD 1,524 pps
2 Standard High Season USD 1,625 pps
2 Luxury Low Season USD 2,294 pps
2 Luxury High Season USD 2,447 pps
  • Low Season is from 1 January to 30 June and High Season is from 1 July to 31 December.
  • Our prices are based on two adults sharing accommodation unless otherwise stated.
  • Please treat all pricing as a guide only. Read more about our pricing.
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