NAMIB DESERT, COAST & DAMARALAND
- One of the oldest deserts in the world
- Spectacular vistas and great photographic opportunities
- An amazing and highly diverse mix of mammals, reptiles, birds, insects and endemic plants
- Shifting coastal dune fields – some of the highest in the world
- Colonial German architecture within the coastal town of Swakopmund
All year round along the Namib coastal strip. April to October in the interior as the December to March period can be hot. Birding is best during the wet season from December to March.
Logistical costs associated with servicing luxury safari lodges in the outback make Namibia an expensive option for the budget conscious traveller. This said a number of highly affordable options also exist along the Namib coast and inland within the smaller towns.
Direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Walvis Bay are the recommended access options. Incorporating the Namib Desert and Skeleton Coast in an overland itinerary starting and ending in Windhoek is another possibility.
- The Namib is home to a fascinating variety of life forms that have adapted to life in a fog shrouded environment stretching along the cold Atlantic coast. Explore the shifting sand dune system in an off-road vehicle with an experienced wildlife guide is a ‘must do’ nature experience.
- Take an excursion to look for Desert Elephants.
- Bird watching within the Walvis Bay salt pan complex that’s home to thousands of wintering shorebirds.
- Take a pelagic trip in search of dolphins and whales.
- Journey north to the Cape Fur Seal rookery at Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast.
- Enjoy the Germanic architecture and old world ambiance of Swakopmund and its many curio shops and coffee bars.
Options range from luxury hotels of an international standard through to a wide range of guesthouses and bed & breakfast establishments offering excellent value for money.
- Namibia Central circuit – 14 days, but flexible depending on individual preferences
Patrick and Marie-Louise Cardwell
PO Box 74, Simons Town 7995 South Africa
Ph/Fax: +27 21 786 1414
Mobile: +27 83 272 2455