• Namibia: Diverse Namibia

Epic landscapes, remote coastline, and Africa's rarest wildlife await in Namibia with Boundless Journeys

Namibia is a country of startling contrasts that straddles two great deserts: the Namib (for which the country is named) being the oldest desert on the planet, with red dunes towering 1,000 feet high, lording over the Atlantic coast, and the Kalahari, a vast and sparsely vegetated savannah in the east that sprawls across the border into neighboring countries. This safari, in Namibia’s unique desert environment, will take us through remote coastal and inland areas that are rarely explored by others, for an unforgettable journey of discovery.

Our Desert Explorer Safari begins with an exploration of Sossusvlei’s iconic red dunes and continues to the coast to discover amazing marine life in Swakopmund. We then head up the iconic Skeleton Coast and into the mountains of Damaraland, an area know for its high concentration of black rhino. From there, we make our way to the famous Etosha National Park and explore from a private reserve to top off the adventure with epic wildlife encounters.

Why Trust Your Safari in Namibia to Boundless Journeys?
To develop a collection of truly unique safaris, Boundless Journeys has partnered with some of the best safari outfitters in Southern and Eastern Africa. In addition to experienced guides, first-class vehicles, and a diverse selection of camp and lodge options, our partners’ conservation efforts and community-mindedness are great matches for Boundless Journeys’ core philosophy.

What Our Guests Have To Say About This Tour

Unique and Wonderful

5 5 1
Namibia is an exotic destination full of contradictions and surprises. It is a country that values -- and strives hard to protect -- its wildlife, which I felt privileged to have the opportunity to see at close range. Each day was unique and wonderful. My favorite day was August 15, when we left Swakopmund and drove along the Skeleton Coast, then east into Damaraland, which was a gorgeous tableau of rose rock formations contrasted with celadon green desert foliage.. Our camp, at the high end of a narrow, bumpy track, looked like the African version of Shangri-La. Dinner around the fire pit down the hill was fun as well as delicious.

Every day a highlight

5 5 1
Traveling with small group of friends and our outstanding guide, Forster, our Namibian adventure was the trip of a lifetime. Forster provided the means by which we were exposed the beautiful landscapes, people and wildlife of this gorgeous country. Highlights? Every day - Forster's knowledge and honor. An evening visit with lions, the solitude of the Skeleton Coast, immensity of sand seas, rhino trekking, poolside visit from an elephant, wildlife encounters in Walvis Bay.

A dream come true

5 5 1
Traveling across the stunning Namibian landscape was a dream come true and sundowners in the magnificent tented camps were a joy to close the days with. But it was our guide Forster that truly made our journey one of our all time favorites. His deep knowledge on numerous subjects made for lively and educational conversations all while being swept away by the majesty of this beautiful country.

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Itinerary & Accommodations

Day 1

Into the Namib Desert

  • Activity Overview: Overland excursion
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 5-6 hours

This morning, we gather as a group and depart Windhoek, beginning our journey with a scenic drive through the rugged Khomas Hochland mountains and descending into the dune-filled Sossusvlei region, a driving time of approximately five to six hours (about 200 miles). En route, we stop at a scenic spot for lunch. Soon we find ourselves surrounded by the classic view of the Namib Desert as an ocean of sand with ''waves'' of bright red and dark shadows. Also known as the 'Sand Sea,' Sossusvlei is sandwiched between the Atlantic's cold Benguela Current and a rocky escarpment that runs parallel more than 60 miles inland and presents not only a spectacular visual experience, but also a unique ecosystem, to which our guide will introduce us in the coming days.

This afternoon, we settle into our accommodation for the next two nights, a 5-tent retreat, each built on an elevated platform with its own veranda, bathroom, and sundeck. You may enjoy a drink by the pool or take a dip to cool off and take in the spectacular landscape before us.

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge
Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Featuring magnificent views of the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei and vast open plains, Kulala Desert Lodge offers 23 ensuite thatch-and-canvas ‘kulalas’ each with a veranda to enjoy the outstanding scenery. By day, a plunge pool provides a cooling sanctuary. On balmy nights, enjoy the option of sleeping under the star-filled skies on your rooftop deck, and awaken to the rising sun.

Day 2

Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei

  • Activity Overview: Optional exploration on foot
  • Activity Level: Easy to moderate
  • Activity Length: About 4 hours

We depart camp early for the interior of Sossusvlei, where towering dunes rise dramatically, some more than 1,000 feet above the surrounding plains. We plan our activities for early morning to enjoy the fine weather before the day gets too warm. This morning, perhaps you'll choose to challenge yourself to climb to the peak of "Big Daddy" the highest of the famous red dunes, for epic views across the sea of sand. Or perhaps you simply want to enjoy photographing the native wildlife and stunning landscapes in the beautiful morning light. Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok, and gemsbok eke out a carefully balanced existence here. Larger predators include hyena, the almost mystical shaggy-coated scavenger. One bird, the aptly named Dune Lark, has its entire global distribution limited to this region, so dependent is it on the area's characteristic sands.

We also explore the moon-like landscape of Dead Vlei today, a clay pan characterized by the haunting remains of ancient camelthorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. The flat pan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and an abundance of water allowed camelthorn trees to grow here. However, shifting dunes blocked the river from reaching the area, resulting in the dead trees, estimated to be approximately 900 years old, which have not decomposed due to the extremely dry climate.

This evening we find ourselves again enjoying life at camp.

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge
Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Featuring magnificent views of the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei and vast open plains, Kulala Desert Lodge offers 23 ensuite thatch-and-canvas ‘kulalas’ each with a veranda to enjoy the outstanding scenery. By day, a plunge pool provides a cooling sanctuary. On balmy nights, enjoy the option of sleeping under the star-filled skies on your rooftop deck, and awaken to the rising sun.

Day 3

Kuiseb Canyon to Swakupmond

  • Activity Overview: Overland excursion
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 5-6 hours

We say goodbye to Sossusvlei this morning, departing camp early and driving through the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto expansive gravel plains, eventually arriving in Walvis Bay before continuing north into the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund.

We arrive in Swakopmund and settle in to our accommodations for the next two nights, a boutique hotel situated just outside town near the beach. This afternoon you are free for lunch and time to explore town or stroll along the beach.

Driftwood Guesthouse

Driftwood Guesthouse
Swakopmund, Namibia

Spacious, personal, tranquil and unique describe Driftwood Guesthouse. With just 8 rooms situated a stone's throw from the beach, Driftwood is perfect for those who want to get the true Swakopmund experience. A short drive or 30-minute stroll along the beach brings you in to the hustle and bustle of downtown Swakopmund.

Day 4

Walvis Bay Marine Safari

  • Activity Overview: Kayaking
  • Activity Level: Easy (no experience necessary)
  • Activity Length: 1-2 hours

After breakfast, we depart for our marine safari, exploring Walvis Bay Harbour aboard a large, luxury catamaran and keeping our eyes out for all manner of marine creatures.

In season (July to November), larger mammals, such as the Southern right whale and humpback whales, are often spotted, while other whale species, such as the gray whale and the pygmy right whale have also made appearances. Bottlenose, heaviside, and dusky dolphins are regularly seen, as are mola molas and leatherback turtles. Accompanying us are a variety of seabirds, such as the Kelp Gull, Hartlaub's Gull, Pelicans, and Cape Cormorant.

We arrive back to Walvis Bay in the early afternoon and have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Swakopmund. Your guide will be happy to make suggestions for dinner.

Driftwood Guesthouse

Driftwood Guesthouse
Swakopmund, Namibia

Spacious, personal, tranquil and unique describe Driftwood Guesthouse. With just 8 rooms situated a stone's throw from the beach, Driftwood is perfect for those who want to get the true Swakopmund experience. A short drive or 30-minute stroll along the beach brings you in to the hustle and bustle of downtown Swakopmund.

Days 5 - 6

The Skeleton Coast to Damaraland

  • Activity Overview: Overland excursion, morning and evening game drives
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: About 5 hours, excluding any stops

We depart Swakopmund this morning to continue our journey north for approximately 175 miles, partly up the legendary Skeleton Coast (named for the numerous ships the treacherous shores have claimed over the years). We then depart from the coast and drive back roads through the productive Ugab riverbed, where we may encounter wildlife, and travel north past Brandberg Mountain — the second largest monolith on earth after Ayers Rock in Australia — to Damaraland.

A land of stark beauty, the Damaraland area boasts a varied assortment of desert-adapted wildlife and incredible geological formations. We take our time and spend the day absorbing the scenery and pausing to observe any wildlife we may encounter and enjoy a picnic lunch en route.

By late afternoon we arrive to our home for the next two nights.Damaraland Camp is set in the Huab River Valley, one of Namibia's most dramatic wilderness areas: stark plains and ancient mountains turning from rust to purple as the sun sets - a harsh land full of geological wonders and fascinating desert-adapted wildlife. Nearby, trackers patrol and protect one of Africa's largest free-ranging populations of Critically Endangered desert-adapted black rhino. Rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle with these dedicated conservationists is a unique and exclusive wilderness experience; other activities include exploring the area on full-day outings, nature drives or walks.

Damaraland offers endless vistas and one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia. Early morning mists, generated by the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the warm desert air of the Skeleton Coast, drift inland along the river valleys, providing sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region, hence the high density of wildlife in the area.

The breathtaking assortment of desert-adapted species includes one of the highest concentrations of desert elephant and black rhino. Other wildlife includes Hartmann's mountain zebra, kudu, giraffe, gemsbok, and springbok, with the occasional sighting of cheetah.

Damaraland Camp

Damaraland Camp
Damaraland, Namibia

Each of the ten spacious en-suite, adobe-style thatched accommodations has a large private viewing deck. New technology and ancient knowledge makes for an ultra-light footprint; nature drives and guided walks offer sights of desert-adapted wildlife, ancient rock-art and striking geological formations. Astonishing night skies round out each day’s experiences.

Days 7 - 8

Etosha National Park

  • Activity Overview: Morning and afternoon game drives, easy nature walks
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: About 5 hours

We transfer (6.5-7 hrs) to Onguma Game Reserve on the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park. Etosha is justly famous for being the highest density wildlife area in Namibia. Our final two nights on the private Onguma Game Reserve allows us to explore the area's unique offerings.

Located in northern Namibia, Etosha National Park is a contrasting landscape of woodlands, acacia-strewn plains, and grasslands. But its most defining characteristic is the Pan: over 2,400 square miles of a parched, white salt pan that can even be seen from space.

While there is very little vegetation here, fringing the Pan are a number of waterholes that support over 150 mammal species, including lion, elephant, and huge herds of zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, and springbok, as well as rare and endangered species such as the black rhino, tsessebe, gemsbok, and black-faced impala. Our days include game drives both in the park and in the adjacent private concession, where we can explore in relative solitude, and may also include nature and tracking walks.

Onguma The Fort

Onguma The Fort
, Namibia

The Fort is situated facing arguably Namibia's finest sunset view, stretching across the austere pans of Etosha National Park. 13 rooms evoke a desert vibe embracing Moroccan and Arabian influences. The prominent main tower overlooks spacious lounge areas and a plunge pool. Activities include game drives, hide visits, and nature walks. 

Day 9

Return to Windhoek for departure

Driving 260 miles south, we return to Windhoek by 1 p.m. and bid farewell to our adventure.

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.

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Dates &

Dates And Prices

Trip Length

9 Days

Trip Dates

Jun 21-29, 2024

Aug 3-11, 2024

Sep 13-21, 2024

2024 Land Cost

From $7,695 Per Person

Single Supplement

First one reserved:$750


See single supplement policy below.

Pricing Notes


5+ Guests: $7,695 per person

4-5 Guests: $8,195 per person

Make it Private price is based on Land Cost only, and a guarantee of the specified number of guests in double occupancy. For groups smaller than the numbers shown, or those requiring single occupancy, we reserve the right to adjust the per person price. Additionally, some trips have minimum group sizes. Please call 1-800-941-8010 for details.

What's Included

  • Expert naturalist guide for your entire safari
  • All accommodations as noted
  • All meals except two lunches and one dinner
  • Local wine and beer with included dinners
  • All activities noted in the itinerary
  • National park entry fees
  • Ground transfers beginning and ending in Windhoek, Namibia
  • Explorers Club savings on your next scheduled, small-group trip (conditions apply)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Accommodations are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability.

Single Supplement for Scheduled Group Departures. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement. This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and request a roommate but one is not available, you will receive a $500 reduction from the standard single supplement (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary for your specific trip).

Single Supplement for Custom Tours. Custom Tour prices are generally based on two or more participants; therefore, single supplements for “solo” Custom Tours will vary and are available upon request.

What To

What To Expect

Physical Activity

Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. This trip is rated 1+, easy with moderate options, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). The primary activities require some agility for getting in and out of vehicles, and walking at a leisurely pace through uneven terrain, including an optional hike on a sand dune that may be moderately strenuous. This trip can be enjoyed by anyone who is in reasonably good health and likes to be outdoors and active. We will walk where possible, but this is often determined by the local area and park regulations. NOTE: These optional walks are at your own risk, and can take you close to potentially dangerous wild animals in some areas.

Meeting Point

Hotels in Windhoek, Namibia by 9 a.m. on Day 1. If arriving to Windhoek on Day 1, we will collect you from the airport; please schedule the earliest possible arrival, but in any case no later than 7 a.m.

Departure Point

1:00 p.m., Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek, Namibia. Please leave a minimum of two hours before your international departure, i.e. no earlier than 3 p.m.

Traveling to and from

Most Convenient Airport:
Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek, Namibia (airport code WDH)



Namibia is one of the driest countries on Earth and receives virtually no rainfall from April-November. Mornings along the coast are typically foggy until the sun burns through. In May and June, the landscapes tend to be a bit greener and the air quality is extremely clear with very little dust. As the dry season progresses, the vegetation is less green and animals tend to congregate around remaining sources of water. Inland temperatures are typically higher during the day, and cooler at night, than those shown, and can even drop below freezing overnight. You may obtain other regional weather information on www.weatherbase.com.



High: 69
Low: 52


High: 63
Low: 48


High: 63
Low: 51

When to go

Namibia is a true year-round destination with less extreme seasonal changes than other parts of southern Africa. Along the Namibian coastline, the cold Atlantic Benguela Current dictates the weather. The Skeleton Coast and coastal towns such as Swakopmund are often enveloped in moody fog for a few hours in the mornings, before it is burnt off by the sun. The likelihood of rain is higher from December-March. Namibia is equally about the scenic grandeur of immense landscapes as the wildlife.


In the camps, the food is healthy, varied, and delicious, a feat when considering the logistics involved in servicing these remote areas with fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and meats. To accommodate the typical morning and late afternoon activity schedule, several small meals and a few large ones are served daily. The pre-activity early breakfast typically includes porridge, cereals, yogurt, fruit, coffee and tea; brunch includes typical breakfast fare accompanied by more savory items like sausage tarts, spring rolls, light lasagnas, and other eclectic choices; afternoon tea offers cakes, cookies, and savory items; "sundowners" are light appetizers and cocktails often enjoyed at a scenic spot; and finally, dinner, ordered from a menu with two or three daily choices. Beef, pork, and chicken are the basis of most main dishes, with occasional opportunities to try indigenous meats like farm-raised springbok. German colonial influence can still be seen in the meals in places like Swakopmund and Windhoek especially.

Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice, though choices tend to be more limited. Please inform us of specific dietary restrictions by completing your online guest paperwork.


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