Day 1 : Solitaire
You will be met at your establishment in the coastal town just before 14:00 (wintertime – 13:00). Depart from Swakopmund and we’ll first pass Namibia’s harbour town Walvis Bay. We might pick-up more clients at the Walvis Bay lagoon and continue through the National Namib Naukluft Park, which is the largest conservation area in Namibia. We pass the Vogelfederberg and drive through the Kuiseb Pass as well as the Gaub Pass before we stop at Solitaire, a small settlement. We shall arrive at the beautifully set Namib Naukluft Lodge during the late afternoon. The establishment is located on the private nature reserve: NamNau Habitat, which hosts a variety of desert adapted game like springbok, ostrich, earth wolf, bat-eared fox and many more.
Day 2 : Solitaire
An early morning rise with a snack before leaving enables you to arrive at Sesriem, the Park’s gate at around sunrise. The route leads along and also across the Tsauchab dry riverbed, which has found a way through the dunes until it reaches the clay pan – the Sossusvlei. After a good rainy season – about every 7 to 10 years – the Tsauchab River runs in full flood and fills the vlei with water. For months it remains here and offers sensational scenery with a prolific birdlife. The early morning sun offers spectacular pastel colours in the star-shaped dunes. This is the highlight for a keen photographer. Your first stop will be at Dune 45 before we continue to the Sossusvlei. Climb one of the dunes – there are plenty – and you might be overwhelmed by the sight of the dynamic and living desert!
Breakfast will be served in the form of a picnic under one of the shady camel thorn trees, before you continue to the base of the ‘Dead Vlei’. It is quite a walk over patches of dunes that are crossing your
way. When you arrive you will be paid off for your efforts – the scenery is awesome! We will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a 30m deep rift, before we return to our base Namib Naukluft Lodge and the Soft Adventure Camp for a late lunch.
During the late afternoon a sundowner-drive to the natural marble mountains on this 25,000 hectare private nature reserve is included.
Day 3 : End of Itinerary
Depart at 09:00 (during Namibia’s wintertime – departure from the lodge at 08:00) and return to Swakopmund via Gaub & Kuiseb Pass. You will pass Namibia’s largest Nature Reserve, the Namib Naukluft Park. An internationally renowned desert research station is located at Gobabeb (not accessible to the public). We pass the Vogelfederberg and shall drive through Namibia’s harbour town Walvis Bay, before we arrive in Swakopmund at around 12:30.