WONDERS OF THE DESERT
4 Night / 5 Day Private Tour
Namibia’s deserts are as diverse as they are beautiful and on this 5-day desert tour, you explore the Kalahari Desert as well as the oldest desert in the world, the Namib. You gaze upon the red sands of the Kalahari and will be in awe of the massive dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Each completely unique. You journey from the desert to the sea and come to the small town of Swakopmund. Back in the inland, you visit the Spitzkoppe, where prehistoric rock art made by the local San/Bushman tribes can still be seen. With intimate accommodations along the way, it creates the ultimate Namibian desert experience.
Day 1-5 | Namibia
- Kalahari: red dunes
- Namib Desert: beautiful scenery
- Namib Naukluft Park: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Sesriem Canyon
- Swakopmund: photo stop at Walvis Bay lagoon, optional activities
- Spitzkoppe: ancient San/Bushman rock art
Private Tour: Wonders of the Desert
Min number to guarantee tour: N/A
Max number of participants:
private tour (window seat guaranteed)
any day of your choice
Price: from 15,800 NAD (6 persons)
Single Supplement: from 800 NAD
Day 1 | Windhoek – Kalahari
Distance approx. 280 km; driving time approx. 3 hours
Your guide welcomes you to Namibia and after you have received a short briefing, you embark on your Namibia desert tour adventure. You begin heading south and at Rehoboth you leave the main road, in order to explore Namibia through its beautiful hinterlands. Namibia seldom has much traffic, but on these backroads you see almost no other vehicles. You will not get lost though, your guide knows the way. Once you start seeing the red dunes of the Kalahari, you will know that you are almost at your lodging for the night, the Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you please. The lodge offers numerous optional activities should you be interested.
Day 2 | Kalahari – Namib Desert
Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 3.5 hours
A great way to start your day is with the optional San/Bushman “Bushman Walk” offered by the lodge. You learn about their ancient way of life and the survival skills passed down through generations, teaching them how to survive in the harsh Kalahari climate. Following breakfast, you make your way westwards through the Tsaris pass, towards the Namib-Naukluft region. You arrive at your accommodation, the Elegant Desert Eco Camp, with enough time to still enjoy your surroundings or join the sundowner drive offered by the camp (optional). Upon your return to camp, dinner will almost be ready. It is even possible for you to sleep on your room’s balcony tonight if you wish. There certainly is no better way to enjoy the Namibian night sky above you.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 3 | Namib Desert
Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3 hours
You are up before the sun today and head out to the gate of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Once inside the park, you find a quiet dune, away from the other tourists and admire the beautiful morning light in the oldest desert in the world. This is also the perfect opportunity to have a breakfast picnic before making your way deeper into the park. You reach the Deadvlei/Sossusvlei area through the off-road track in your 4×4 vehicle. The dry clay pan of the Deadvlei, with its long dead camelthorn trees is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world and creates a surreal landscape. You also explore the Sesriem canyon, there is a path leading to the now dry riverbed at the bottom of the gorge which you can walk along. With many new sights and experiences to savour, you make your way back to your camp, where you can relax for the afternoon. A delicious three-course dinner awaits you in the evening.
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 4 | Namib Desert – Swakopmund
Distance approx. 370 km; driving time approx. 4 hours
After a hearty breakfast, your journey continues through the winding canyons of the Gaub and the Kuiseb. The scenery is often spectacular and your guide will show you the best lookout spots. As you make your way through the arid landscapes, a welcome sight awaits you on the horizon. You are driving towards the Atlantic Ocean’s coast. A stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon is scheduled, where you can spot flamingos before following the coast towards Swakopmund. Beautifully nestled between the desert and the sea, you have the rest of the day to explore this unique little seaside town. In the evening, you are encouraged to try one of the many good restaurants on offer (optional). Overnight lodging is at the Brigadoon Guesthouse, near the beach.
Day 5 | Swakopmund – Windhoek
Distance approx. 470 km; driving time approx. 5 hours
After breakfast, you leave the coast behind and return inland. Along the way, you visit the impressive Spitzkoppe Mountains. At the mountains, a local guide will show you some of the best preserved, prehistoric artworks found in the area. Created by local San/Bushmen thousands of years ago, your guide will explain the meanings behind many of these paintings. Further on, you can also make a stop in Okahandja, where you can buy some hand-made, souvenirs from the woodcarvers’ market. As you return to Windhoek, you are brought to either your next lodge or the Windhoek airport with a new love for Namibia’s deserts. Your 5-day Namibia desert tour has come to an end.
- Transport in a 4×4 vehicle
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- 4 Nights’ stay in lodges, rest camps and guesthouses (depending on availability, accommodation of a similar standard will be booked)
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Activities as per itinerary
- All national park fees
- Flights (international and domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Optional activities
- Personal expenses
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
Frequently Asked Questions
A lodge tour is a journey along a well-planned route, through the wide expanses of Namibia on tar and gravel roads. You will get to see impressive landscapes, experience game viewing and gain an insight into the different cultures. In order to experience Namibia in all its facets, long driving distances are inevitable. On a lodge tour, all accommodations offer rooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as a comfortable atmosphere and personal service.
This is a private tour and hence the group will only consist of the people you chose to travel with. Our vehicles can take a maximum of 7 people and should your group be bigger than that, more than one vehicle will be used.
A guided lodge tour is suitable for individuals who want to feel Africa and experience its splendid nature and wildlife while travelling in comfort and ease. Clocks tick differently in Africa and unexpected hurdles can arise on the way. Flexibility, patience, an open mind as well as a good sense of humour are the key to an enjoyable trip and an unforgettable experience.
Your qualified and registered guide is also your driver. Our guides know the fauna, flora, people and roads of Namibia like the back of their hand and have many years of driving experience on gravel roads. Our guides have a passion for Namibia and love nothing more than sharing interesting facts and stories about the country.
When booking with us, please notify us of any dietary requirements and/or allergies you might have.
Namibian food is a combination of African and European styles. The latter is often German cuisine – pork dishes, potatoes, breads and pastries. Dishes with game meat, beef and lamb are very popular. Seafood is also regularly on the menu. Biltong (cured, dried meat) and droëwors (dried sausage) are typical Namibian snacks. All lodges serve a full breakfast, most include a 3-course dinner as well. In some towns there is the option to have supper at a restaurant (own account).
When booking with us, please notify us of any dietary requirements and/or allergies you might have.
A normal day will start with breakfast at around 8am and end with supper at around 8pm. It might happen that you have an early morning activity planned, so breakfast might be slightly later or a packed breakfast will be provided. In general, departure times are quite flexible and can be arranged in consultation with the guide. As your guide knows his or her way around and is familiar with the driving times and distances, he or she will decide what time to leave. You will either travel to your next destination or explore the surroundings on excursions. You arrive at the overnight accommodation in the afternoon, with some time to relax and freshen up before supper. After supper, you might want to chat and enjoy a nightcap before you go to bed.
Should you be a group of up to 3 people, we use a fully enclosed, 4×4 Toyota Hilux. The vehicle provides excellent comfort for travelling with leather seats, air-con, large windows and a 40-litre fridge. If your group consists of 4 or more people, we use specially designed and customised 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers with large sliding windows, pop-up roofs for great game viewing and an onboard 40-litre fridge. The passenger compartment comprises of six individual and comfortable seats. A window seat is guaranteed for each guest no matter which vehicle.
In the event that you are a group of up to 3 people and you would rather travel in a Land Cruiser, please contact us for additional costs.
You will overnight in guest houses, guest farms, lodges or permanent tented camps. While guest houses, guest farms and lodges consist of permanent buildings, tented camps provide accommodation in large walk-in tents with en-suite bathrooms, including washbasin, shower and toilet. The standard is 3-star to 4-star. Most accommodations are nestled in beautiful scenery and offer spectacular views.
You need a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Namibia and have at least three blank pages.
Most nationalities travelling to Namibia for holiday purposes do not require a visa for up to 90 days. Nevertheless, visa requirements are constantly changing – please contact Namibia’s embassy in your home country. Namibia-Experience cannot be held responsible if you are refused entry and cannot begin your trip. All costs incurred due to a delay in travelling are for the traveller’s account.
If you travel with children via South Africa to Namibia: From 1 June 2015, all passengers under 18 years old, arriving in and departing from South Africa, will be required by law to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.
You must have a valid return flight ticket or other onward travel documents which allow you to leave the country when your trip ends. Otherwise you must provide proof that you have sufficient funds (i.e. credit card) to purchase a return ticket.
Since you will be staying outside your home country, you are not covered by your personal health insurance. You will be treated as a private patient and must be adequately insured for. Also check whether your personal liability covers damage when travelling outside of your country.
Although the tour price includes most meals, entry fees to national parks and accommodation, you still need to plan for other expenses. Plan for optional activities (game drives, boat trips, cultural visits etc), tipping, souvenirs, extra meals and drinks.
Tipping in Namibia is a reward for good service and is at the guest’s discretion. Normally you can add 10% to a restaurant bill. For lodge staff, there is generally a communal tip box. If you want to tip your Namibia-Experience guide, we recommend 150 – 220 N$ per group per day.
The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$) and is traded at 1:1 to the South African Rand. South African Rands can also be used as payment in Namibia.
You can draw cash at a local ATM with your credit card or Maestro card (PIN required). Transaction fees depend on your bank and the establishment which you are using it at.
In many big shops/shopping malls you can pay with credit card. At smaller shops and at some fuel stations you can only pay cash. Furthermore, we recommend having cash for emergencies and small purchases such as curios or at markets as well as for tips. Also have cash for tipping as some accommodations will not add the tips onto your service bill.
Traveller’s cheques are not recommended. They are rarely accepted because of fraud, high fees and long waiting times at the exchange.
The travel destination and season will determine what to pack. Bear in mind that Namibia is in the southern hemisphere with opposite seasons to the USA and Europe. Namibia’s summer (with intermittent thunder showers) is from December to February and the dry winter months are from June to September.
Bring warm clothes if you travel between April to September, which you will need especially in the evening, at night and in the early morning. Even in summer include long trousers, closed shoes and a long sleeve shirt – these will help against mosquitos, which are mainly found in the north of Namibia and in the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip).
Due to limited space in our safari vehicles, please restrict your luggage to no more than 15 kg and one small hand luggage. The best bags to bring with you on safari are definitely soft shell bags. NO SUITCASES PLEASE! Hard shell bags are often too big and bulky.
Here is a rough checklist for clothing:
- Warm jacket, warm pullover
- Wind jacket or rain jacket
- 2 long-sleeved shirts
- 1 pair of long trousers
- 1 spare pair of trousers (comfortable and durable)
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 4-6 T-shirts
- Sufficient underwear and socks
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Sandals or flip flops
- Base cap, sun hat
Very colourful textiles are not necessarily an advantage if you want to observe wild animals. Military style clothing is also not advisable, as it can be a problem for government officials.
- Sun glasses
- Torch, preferably headtorch
- Neck pouch, money belt or hip bag for money, documents, passport, vaccination card
- Photo equipment
- Alarm clock
- Toiletry bag
- Sunscreen with high sun protection factor
- Mosquito repellent
- Malaria prophylaxis (after consultation with your doctor)
- First-aid kit
- Water bottle
It is recommended that you have your regular vaccinations updated – tetanus, hepatitis A and B and polio. Malaria is a concern in some areas and we therefore recommend that some precautionary measures are taken. For more detailed information on prophylaxis and the effects as well as possible side effects, please contact your doctor, travel clinic or tropical institute.
Namibian custom officials require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.
Namibia’s climate can be extreme. In summer (November to February) it can be scorching in the interior and Namib Desert with temperatures of up to 50°C. This is also the rainy season and afternoon thunder showers can bring relief. In the northeast of the country, the summers are more humid. In winter (from May to September) the central plateau can be very cold at night with pleasant day time temperatures.
No smoking is allowed in the safari vehicle or in the rooms. While on the road, there will be frequent stops for smoking and bathroom breaks.
For most people it goes without saying that one has to comply with the laws and regulations of the country visited. Guests who do not comply, are responsible themselves for any consequences that might result. If any non-compliance has negative effects on the tour itinerary, continuous travel arrangements would be at one’s own account. Please accept that in such cases, refunds are not possible.
Please also comply with unwritten rules such as patience and courtesy towards government representatives and Namibians in general. Please always ask first before taking pictures of local people and respect their privacy.
When travelling anywhere, basic safety measures apply. Do not carry large sums of cash, be careful of your cameras, cell phones and jewellery and never leave valuables lying open in the safari vehicle. Carry cash and travel documents in a pouch on your body or leave in a lodge safe. Do not walk alone at night and be especially cautious when drawing money at an ATM. When in doubt, ask your guide.
Different safety measures apply when on a game drive in the bush. Always stay in the vehicle and only get out at designated picnic stops. Our safari vehicles have pop-up roofs to allow for safe photography – never get out of the vehicle to get closer to animals for a better photo. Wild animals can be dangerous, even if it does not look like it. Please do not feed the animals or remove plants, flowers, seeds or stones.
During a bush walk, do not approach the animals too closely just for the sake of a good photo and do not be loud as animals respond immediately to noise.
Always remember that your tour guide is a trained professional and knows the area well. For your safety (and that of the animals), follow the guide’s instructions at all times.
Voltage is 220 Volt and the South African plug with three round pins in a triangular pattern is used. The common two-pin plugs are not compatible and you will need an adapter. Our safari vehicles are equipped with 220 Volts electric sockets to charge cell phone and batteries while driving.
Should – against expectation – any problems arise while travelling, please speak to your guide right away. Only once your guide knows about problems of any kind, can these be rectified.
Speaking frankly will be to your advantage. If your objections are not met by immediate redress, please contact our office in Windhoek directly. We will do everything we can to rectify the situation immediately.