This eight-day itinerary combines Sossusvlei, Damaraland & Koakoveld.
Sossusvlei represents a classic view of the Namib Desert’s ocean of sand, ‘waves’ that are made of bright red sand and dark shadows. Known as the ‘Sand Sea,’ it is sandwiched between the Atlantic’s cold Benguela Current and a rocky mountain escarpment that runs parallel to the coast for more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) inland.
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. These rivers are ribbon-like oases that push through the most desolate of terrain, attracting wildlife along the length of their courses.
Located within the Palmwag Concession, but extending through the Skeleton Coast National Park to Möwe Bay, Hoanib is dominated by the ephemeral tree-lined Hoanib River which snakes westwards from rugged terrain in the east onto a broad floodplain that is halted in its journey to the sea by a large dune field.
- 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.
- Hoanib’s diverse activities showcase spectacular scenery, unexpected oases and enormous sand dunes
- Seal colonies that line the endless dramatic shores of the Skeleton Coast are a fascinating sight
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.
After two short scheduled charter flights guests arrive at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, scenically located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. Its location thus straddles Palmwag and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park in one of the most remote areas of Kaokoveld.
Game drives and nature walks showcase the magnitude of the landscape and offer the best possibility of seeing desert-adapted wildlife. Morning or afternoon drives are available as well as full-day excursions.
During a three-night stay an excursion to the Skeleton Coast is offered. The fascinating 4x4 trip to the coast takes you via the wilderness and wildlife of the Hoanib River and floodplain, the dune fields and Klein Oasis, while the Skeleton Coast itself reveals a rocky coastline with its huge Cape fur seal colony and a few shipwreck remains. Weather dependent, a scenic flight back to camp offers a magnificent perspective of your journey from the air.
Guests may also have the opportunity to interact with wildlife researchers who operate from the camp. Your stay includes twice-daily scheduled camp activities and all meals.
A scheduled flight returns guests to Windhoek where they will connect with their international flight.