- Sossusvlei and the Namib Naukluft Desert
- Lagoon at Walvis Bay
- Solitaire Guest Farm
The perfect combination of sight-seeing and adventure, this 4-day tour offers you the chance to visit the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund, the stunning Sossusvlei sand dunes and the carnivore release site at Solitaire.
This tour starts and ends in Windhoek which means you can also find time to explore just what makes the capital city of Windhoek so special.
After being collected at 07:15, you’ll head to the safari office for an orientation talk. This will be all about Namibia and the spectacular sites which you’re likely to see on the tour. At 8am, you will depart Windhoek and drive to the incredible lagoon at Walvis Bay. After a light lunch, you will begin your early afternoon activity of bird-watching before heading to the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund where you will be able to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring.
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, you will have the opportunity to spend the first part of the morning joining an optional activity such as sand-boarding in the coastal dune fields – perfect for the more adventurous amongst you! You will then leave Swakopmund at midday as you travel to Solitaire, stopping at the Tropic of Capricorn en-route. The drive will take you through the scenic splendour of the Kuiseb and Gaub Passes and upon arrival, you will be able to enjoy a sunset walk overlooking the breathtaking Naukluft Mountain Range.
Following an early morning wake up call, you will depart camp and travel to the Sossusvlei park gate. Once you have entered the park, you will drive down an ancient river bed through the towering sand dunes to the rest stop area – a drive of approximately 55km. You will then climb the stunning Sossusvlei sand dunes themselves, taking the time to appreciate the beauty and wilderness of this iconic region. After exploring, you will discover ‘Dead Vlei’ – a vast expanse of bleached cracked clay and withered camel thorn trees before making your way back to your accommodation, visiting the Sesriem Canyon en-route and climbing the imposing ‘Dune 45’ if you wish.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will travel to the Solitaire Guest Farm which is affiliated with the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. Solitaire is the release site for numerous ‘problem carnivores’ that have caused issues on local farms and here you’ll be able to learn a little more about the amazing work that takes place and get some incredible photos! You will then return to Windhoek arriving in the afternoon. Should you wish to book onward travels, we recommend booking a flight that departs no earlier than 8pm.
Dates, Availability & Price
To secure a place on this tour a deposit of £195 is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.
Tour Comfort: Comfortable
This tour has been categorised as 'Comfortable'. This is based on the modes of transport used, the comfort level of accommodation and any modern facilities that they have to offer. In terms of comparison, this level of travel would be similar to that of a 3-star status.
Hotel Pension A La Mer
Hotel Pension A La Mer is located within the heart of charming Swakopmund and offers you comfortable accommodation with en-suite bathrooms. Plus, with the beach and jetty a mere 30 seconds away, your room will most certainly come with a view! What’s more, emphasis from the staff here is placed on providing a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Day 2 & 3:
The stunning ‘Desert Camp’ is situated just 5km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon within the Namib Nauklauft National Park. Nestled under century-old thorn trees, the Desert Camp has an unparalleled 360-degree view over the desert landscape and surrounding mountain range. The accommodation here will be on a twin-share basis with en-suite facilities.
Tailor My Tour
Sandboarding Stand Up or Lie Down
Runs Daily in Swakopmund
Departs at 9.30am
Returns at 1:30pm
(Minimum 2 people)
(Lay Down- Minimum age 8 years / Stand Up - 12 years)
Lie Down Boarding offers the ultimate adrenalin buzz as one zooms head first down the sandy slopes of the Namib Desert reaching speeds up to 80km/ph. Stand up Boarding is done on snowboards with soft boots and bindings. For beginners the sand is perfect training ground for a board sport and full instruction is given. Experienced boarders are given modified snowboards with super-fast bases. Stand up Boarders can also do the Lie Down Boarding.
Includes: transfers from accommodation in Swakopmund, all equipment, safety gear, instruction, light lunch, drinks and video.
Runs Daily in Swakopmund
Departs from 9am
Returns at sunset
(Minimum 2 people)
A 55- 60 km route takes you up the Swakopmund riverbed, across the plains, and then ultimately through the dune field crossing the dunes from the eastern ridge and winding your way through to the western ridge. The scenery along way is breath taking as you ride through the rollercoasters, berms, spirals and slopes of the oldest desert in the world. Safety is a first so all riders are given helmets and a full safety briefing. Automatic, semi-automatic and manual bikes available.
Includes: transfers from accommodation in Swakopmund, helmet, instruction, English speaking guide.
You will ideally need to arrive the day before the tour’s start date, arriving into Windhoek’s International Airport (Hosea Kutako) and spending the night in a local hotel. The tour begins on a Thursday, and you will be collected from your hotel at 07:15 before being transferred to a central hotel for a pre-departure talk.
If you would like help booking your flights, please visit our flights page and fill out the form. A member of our team will get back in touch as soon as possible with a suitable quote.
If you are joining this tour before or after one of our volunteer projects in Namibia (such as the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary), you will need to apply for a work visa in advance of your travel and we will provide you with the correct documents for this upon booking. The only exception is if you are joining the Desert Elephants in Namibia project, as no work visa is required. Instead, you will be able to get a tourist visa on arrival.
Similarly, if you’re joining this tour and will not be volunteering on a project, you will need a tourist visa which you can get on arrival.
MEALS AND BEVERAGES
One of the best ways to travel is by following your stomach, and the majority of meals throughout the tour will be typical of Namibian cuisine. That said, alternate options are available, and we are also able to cater to specific dietary requirements if told in advance. Please note that beverages are not included in the cost of the tour.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TOUR?
- 3 nights’ accommodation in twin-share rooms with en-suite bathrooms (see accommodation tab)
- Most meals (lunch on day 1, all meals on days 2 and 3 and breakfast on day 4
- National park entry fees
- Visit to Walvis Bay Lagoon and Dune 7
- English-speaking guide/driver
- Pick-up and drop-off within Windhoek city limits
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
- Beverages during meals (both soft and alcoholic)