The Desert of Namibia9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Windhoek - To Sossusvlei
Upon arrival in Windhoek, connect by light aircraft to the vast Namib Desert. Commence your adventure in Sossusvlei, home to the highest sand dunes in the world. This afternoon, you can enjoy a nature drive or walk for great views of desert-adapted wildlife and plants followed by a sundowner and dinner at the lodge.Little Kulala - 2 Nights (D)
After breakfast this morning, embark on a visit to the enormous clay pan of Sossusvlei, which is flanked by the famous sand dunes that glow red in the early morning sun. Also see Dead Vlei, another pan where water once flowed; now, all that remains are the skeletons of trees reaching up out of the cracked earth. This afternoon, explore the wilderness reserve by quad-bike.Little Kulala (B, L, D)
Day 3To Skeleton Coast
Travel by light aircraft to a remote land of mountains, vast plains, and dry riverbeds inhabited by fascinating wildlife. Your camp lies on the transient Hoanib River and is flanked by desert mountains.Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 4Skeleton Coast
Discover the wealth of desert-adapted life, including elephant and giraffe, alongside antelope, which are stalked by lion, leopard and cheetah. Learn the history of the original Strandlopers ("Beachcombers"), their stone circles lying in hidden valleys; marvel at the ancient welwitschia plant, follow the herds of springbok; and savor landscapes untouched by human habitation for hundreds of miles.Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (B, L, D)
Day 5Skeleton Coast
Embark on a 4x4 trip to the Skeleton Coast via the wilderness and wildlife of the Hoanib River and floodplain. Upon arrival, marvel at the rocky coastline with its huge Cape fur seal colony and remains of shipwrecks. If weather permits, a scenic flight back to camp offers a different - and breathtaking - perspective of your journey from the air.Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (B, L, D)
Day 6To Kunene River Valley
Continue by light aircraft to one of the most remote camps on the African continent. Set among shady trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema offers access to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world - and an opportunity to meet some of Africa's last nomadic people.Serra Cafema - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 7Kunene River Valley
Embark on nature drives in open Land Rovers to experience the Namib Desert in all its glory. Then, slow down and take a guided walking safari to see the smaller denizens of the desert, from the famous fairy circles to the desert chameleon. Climb aboard a boat to explore the lush riverside oases and the Kunene River, which is home to crocodile and water birds.Serra Cafema (B, L, D)
Day 8Kunene River Valley
Accompany your expert guides - who take care not to disturb the fragile ecosystem - on a quad bike excursion through the dunes where local Himba people continue their traditional, semi-nomadic way of life. As you pass through this remote area, you'll have the opportunity to learn about their lifestyles and traditions.Serra Cafema (B, L, D)
Day 9Depart Windhoek
Fly to Windhoek to connect with your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road conditions in southern Africa are reasonably good; however, they vary greatly between the modern cities and the remote areas, where the dusty, gravel roads necessitate 4-wheel-drive travel. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy and pot-holed, and have stretches which are not sealed, or which are under reconstruction. In Ethiopia, Madagascar, Namibia and Rwanda particularly, conditions are very dusty and the off-road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year, and heavy tropical rains and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times enormously.
If we are custom designing an itinerary for you, it is always a good idea to discuss your particular requirements with your travel consultant, who will endeavor to include as much or as little road travel as you desire. The type of vehicle varies according to the country visited and the number of people within your group. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4-wheel-drive Land Cruisers or Land Rovers.
Internal Flights: Scheduled flights within Sub-Saharan Africa are typically limited to 33-44 lbs. of luggage per person, depending on the airline or charter company operating the flight. Although you may have a luggage weight limit of 44-88 lbs. on your international flight as well as hand luggage, you will need to limit your baggage as required according to the country and airlines or store baggage at your arrival airport. Some flights also require that luggage be packed in soft-sided bags, which Cox & Kings will provide prior to your travel. Between the camps and lodges, we can book either shared air transfers or private charters. We will automatically book shared air transfers wherever available unless otherwise requested. Please note that shared air transfers may make stops to pick up and drop off passengers at other camps, lodges and airstrips en route. Private charter flights only stop for refueling or for customs and immigration formalities as needed. The flight times for air transfers between camps and lodges are arranged 24-48 hours prior to the flight. Departure times are therefore advised locally. Passengers weighing more than 220 lbs. should advise us in advance, as some air charter companies require that an extra seat be purchased at an additional cost for all shared air transfer flight segments. This is for safety and comfort of all guests on board.
Flight Delays & Insurance: Unfortunately, due to the increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more common. Apart from delaying your arrival at your destination, these delays can cause problems with onward connections and/or hotel and vacation arrangements, which may need to be rescheduled. Although the airline will sometimes make alternative arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, additional costs may be involved after your arrival in the form of additional accommodation costs, transfers and onward tickets. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. Therefore, it is essential that you are insured against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: Many cities in Africa levy a tax for passengers departing on international flights, and where this is not included in the ticket price it will need to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in U.S. dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included in your ticket; we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We list applicable departure taxes in our pre-tour general information, which you should receive when you confirm your booking. We attempt to keep these as current as possible. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or U.S. dollars to cover these taxes.
Traveling by train in southern Africa can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. New luxury train routes are constantly being developed and there are now a variety of excellent routes available. Cox & Kings does not advise travelers to use the local trains, which cannot be confirmed as safe; however, the internationally acclaimed Rovos Rail and Blue Train offer a relaxed and luxurious alternative to road travel.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Africa; however, hotels used on Cox & Kings journeys can normally be expected to be very comfortable. In more remote destinations, such as parts of Ethiopia, Madagascar and Rwanda, accommodation will be more basic. Cox & Kings uses the best available properties in remote destinations and, although these will be clean and offer en suite rooms, in general they cannot be compared to modern, Western hotels. In some locations, many of the hotels we use are small, privately owned properties retaining much of their original ambience. In most destinations, service and food will be of a high quality, but in some less-developed regions hotel service can be slow and we ask you to show patience in this regard. Please note, typically all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room, please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Early Starts: When on safari, you will find it is necessary to leave your lodge very early in the morning (around dawn) in order to maximize the opportunities for game viewing, as the wildlife is more active during the cooler morning hours and in the evening.
Check-in & Check-out Times: In some situations, when a flight arrives very early in the morning, it may be that you will be taken for breakfast or sightseeing before being allocated your rooms since check-in time is normally between 12 noon and 2 p.m. and check-out time is normally 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Cox & Kings’ local representatives will ensure that you are able to access your room as early as possible, but early check-ins are not guaranteed.
Game Parks & Remote Areas: Within Africa, we generally use the best accommodation available. However, even luxurious properties are a long way from other civilization and can often only be reached down narrow and makeshift roads. Although accommodation will often be in tents, these can be more luxurious than some lodges and include private facilities. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation in game lodges, smaller hotels and tented camps is on par with the best available in that category. Sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases we feel that such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of these more remote areas.
The Desert Of Namibia
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