They 8 Day itinerary combines Little Kulala (Sossusvlei), Damaraland Camp and Serra Cafema. Sossusvlei represents a classic view of the Namib Desert’s ocean of sand, ‘waves’ that are made of bright red sand and dark shadows. The rugged, rocky landscape of Damaraland in north-west Namibia is characterised by valleys and dry riverbeds that carve their way through deep gorges and ancient geological features. Serra Cafema is located in the extreme north-west of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann's Valley. All three camps offer unique activities, completely different in each of the regions.
- Little Kulala offers close proximity and private access to the dunes of Sossusvlei
- Explore the dramatic Kulala Wilderness Reserve by quad bike, hot air balloon, nature drive or on foot
- Damaraland Camp is owned and largely run by the local community who have injected their own distinctive optimism and cheerful nature into their guests’ experience.
- Rushing rapids just below Serra Cafema Camp lull you into dreamland after a day of desert exploration
- Most authentic Himba cultural experience in all of Namibia
Guests are met upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport and assisted to their scheduled charter flight departing for Geluk Airstrip. Guests are met and transferred to Little Kulala, a luxurious desert retreat situated in the private 27 000-hectare (67 000-acre) Kulala Wilderness Reserve – the gateway to Namibia's Sand Sea with its towering dunes and clear star-studded skies. Desert-adapted wildlife in the area is fascinating and adds another dimension to this truly spectacular place.
Nature drives and guided walks offer guests insight into the world’s oldest desert, the Namib. A highlight is unquestionably a visit to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. The world-famous Sossusvlei is an enormous clay pan flanked by world-famous sand dunes that flush red in the early morning sun. Close to Sossusvlei is Dead Vlei, another pan where water once flowed, but where now all that remain are the centuries-old skeletons of trees reaching up out of the cracked earth. Other highlights include star gazing, sleeping under the stars, quad-biking, a scorpion walk and a balloon safari (own account). Your stay includes twice-daily scheduled camp activities and all meals.
A scheduled transfer brings guests to Damaraland Camp, situated in the Torra Conservancy – an inspirational community partnership – with sensational views of the surrounding desert plains, ancient valleys and distant peaks of the Brandberg Mountains. New technology blends with ancient construction methods to create innovative, eco-friendly luxury in the desert through the camp’s 10 elevated, adobe-style thatched units (including a family unit).
Morning and afternoon game drives reveal the dramatic scenery and fascinating wildlife of the region. Desert-adapted elephant are a highlight of the area, although the natural cycle of rainfall dictates the seasonal movements of wildlife along the Huab River. Guests can visit the local communities which include Nama-Damara, Herero, Owambo, and the displaced Riemvasmaakers of South Africa. Damaraland is also world-famous for its ancient rock art. Your stay includes twice-daily scheduled camp activities and all meals.
Fly by light aircraft to the vast Marienfluss Conservancy in the extreme north of Namibia for a three-night stay at Serra Cafema. The camp is poised along the lush banks of the Kunene River, a rejuvenating band of green, surrounded by the lunar-like landscape of the Namib Desert and the Cafema mountain range to the north.
Informative nature drives and eco-friendly quad-bike excursions allow guests to experience this vast, fascinating area. Boating on the river reveals the resident crocodiles and waterbirds living in this riverside oasis. Walking in the remote mountain and river valleys is also a highlight, as is a visit to a Himba settlement. The intriguing fairy circle phenomenon is best viewed in the Hartmann Valley. Your stay will include twice daily scheduled camp activities and all meals.
Transfer by light aircraft to Hosea Kutako International Airport for your onward travel arrangements.