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Sand dune 4x4 desert tour Namibia
Private Lodge Tour

Wonders of the Desert

5 Days from NAD 16,700 per person

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Wonders of the Desert – 5 Day Private Lodge Tour

The Kalahari and the Namib are Namibia’s most famous deserts and on this 5-day tour, you can appreciate that they are as beautiful as they are unique. Wide open spaces, towering dunes, the town of Swakopmund and prehistoric paintings of the San at Spitzkoppe await you.

Accommodation type

Lodges & camps

Accommodation style

Tour price

From 16,700 NAD

Starting price per person

Travellers

Private tour

Travellers (window seat guaranteed)

Departure date

Any day of your choice

Departure dates

Highlights

Day 1-5 Namibia

Stunning red dunes of the Kalahari, diverse flora and fauna

Kalahari
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Stunning red dunes of the Kalahari, diverse flora and fauna

The oldest desert in the world

Namib Desert
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The oldest desert in the world

Beautiful scenery with impressive red sand dunes and white clay pans

Sossusvlei
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Beautiful scenery with impressive red sand dunes and white clay pans

Formed by the Tsauchab River, interesting rock formations

Sesriem Canyon
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Formed by the Tsauchab River, interesting rock formations

Quaint coastal town nestling between the desert & the sea

Swakopmund
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Quaint coastal town nestling between the desert & the sea

Impressive rock formations, ancient San rock art

Spitzkoppe
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Impressive rock formations, ancient San rock art

Who Should Go

This 4×4 Namibia desert tour is for nature lovers who want to see fantastic desert landscapes but also experience a change of scenery during their trip. If you’re an active traveller, you will look forward to getting out of the car and exploring your surroundings on foot as often as possible. Thanks to a private local guide you get an in-depth understanding of some of the highlights Namibia is so famous for. If this is your first trip to Namibia, combine this tour with a guided trip to Etosha National Park and see many classic sites in only one trip.

Nature lovers

Nature Lovers

Outdoor lovers

Outdoor Lovers

Active travellers

Active Travellers

Photographers

Photographers

“On route, Hartmut shared a lot about the flora and fauna, the way of life in Namibia, history as well as geology. We only used our guidebook to re-read what Hartmut had already told us.”
Martina, Thomas and Lauren-Sophie | Germany

Accommodation

3 accommodations over 5 days/4 nights
Room interior at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Day 1
Kalahari
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
1 night half-board
Day 1
View at Elegant Desert Camp
Day 2-3
Namib Desert
The Elegant Desert Camp
2 nights half-board
Day 2-3
Brigadoon Guesthouse Swakopmund
Day 4
Swakopmund
Brigadoon Guesthouse
1 night bed&breakfast
Day 4

Tour Itinerary

Private lodge tour

Namibia’s deserts are as diverse as they are beautiful and on this 5-day 4×4 Namibia 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.

Wonders of the Desert tour map

Start Windhoek

Ends Windhoek

Moon rise in the Kalahari Desert

Day 1 | Windhoek – Kalahari

Distance approx. 280 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

Windhoek – Kalahari

Distance approx. 280 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

Your guide welcomes you to Namibia and after you have received a short tour briefing, you embark on your desert adventure. You begin heading south and soon 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.

Dinner
4x4 desert tour Namibi Kalahari

Day 2 | Kalahari – Namib Desert

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 3.5 hours

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 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
Camel thorn tree in Deadvlei clay pan

Day 3 | Namib Desert

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

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
Desert meets the ocean in Swakopmund

Day 4 | Namib Desert – Swakopmund

Distance approx. 370 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

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.

Breakfast
Spitzkoppe at sunset

Day 5 | Swakopmund – Windhoek

Distance approx. 470 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

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, your 4×4 desert tour in Namibia comes to an end. You are brought to either your next lodge or the Windhoek airport with a new love for Namibia’s deserts.

Breakfast

Included

  • transport in a 4x4 vehicle
  • professional, English-speaking guide
  • 4 nights’ stay in lodges, guest houses & tented camps
  • meals according to the itinerary
  • activities and transfers as per itinerary
  • all national park fees

Excluded

  • flights (international and domestic)
  • meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • alcoholic and soft drinks
  • optional activities
  • tips
  • personal expenses, visa fees, travel insurance

Upcoming Departures

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01.01.2022-
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