Once you arrive in the wonderful harbour town of Walvis Bay, you will be met by your local guide at Rooikop Airport and taken to your accommodation, level 3-4* hotel or guesthouse. After checking in you then be taken on an excursion to explore the Walvis Bay lagoon. This is a world renowned RAMSAR site and Walvis Bay is considered one of the richest and most important wetlands in Southern Africa. The nutrient-rich deep-water fertilizes a very high primary production of phytoplankton, which then fuels the very productive food chain of zooplankton, marine invertebrates, fish and marine mammals and it may be possible to see fur seals and other marine mammals before your evening meal back at the accommodation.
Today after breakfast we will depart on a dolphin and seal cruise from the yacht club of Walvis Bay. Moving around the point, three different types of dolphins may be encountered, namely the endemic Heavyside dolphins, beautiful and playful dusky dolphins and the very common common bottlenose dolphins. Sometimes whales can be seen such as southern right whale and humpback whales can be spotted and with a bit of extra special luck, orcas might make an appearance. Also sometimes spotted are gigantic sunfish and the largest species of turtle the leatherback turtles. You will also visit a large colony of Cape fur seals that occupy the pelican point and with some luck there may be the odd southern elephant seal there. After the cruise you will have the rest of the day to relax and your evening meal will be served back at the accommodation, level 3-4* hotel or guesthouse.
After breakfast you will be taken on a special desert tour of the Namib coastal dune belt. Thought by most to be an uninhabitable desert we uncover all the hidden little treasures of the dunes and gravel plains. Mostly reptiles like the Perinqueys or sidewinding adder, palmato gecko, Fitsimmons burrowing skink, sand diving lizards and Namaqua chameleons. Large mammals such as the black-backed jackal and springbok are often encountered as you travel through the desert. Also here are some smaller but no less interesting and unusual species such as the cartwheeling spider, hand-standing beetle and black scorpion unique to the Namib dune belt and gravel plains, all of these can be found quite regularly. Whilst here we will also be searching for Namibias only true endemic bird species the dune lark. We will then return to the accommodation, level 3-4* hotel or guesthouse for your evening meal.
Today you will return to Namib Desert but this time you will visit the Moon Valley, this amazing landscape was carved out by the Swakop River over hundreds and thousands of years and offers vast ever-changing landscapes. Apart from the stunning scenery that is like nothing else on earth we will visit a couple of welwitschia plants. This huge and ancient plant is only found along a 100km stretch of this coastline and with some individuals over 2000 years old they are one of the longest lived organisms in the world. We also have the chance to see mammals such as springbok, klipspringer, chacma baboons, black-backed jackals and the worlds largest species of bird the ostrich. The birdlife is good due to the vegetation on the Swakop river fringes and species like bokmakierie, black-chested snake eagle, swallow-tailed bee-eater and mountain wheatear can all be observed. Every time we find an animal living in this incredibly harsh environment we will try to explain the evolutionary adaptation that have allowed them to survive here. Later in the day you will be transferred back to Walvis Bay and your accommodation, level 3-4* hotel and guesthouse, for your evening meal.
Today you will leave Walvis Bay and the coast and head south-east towards the small settlement located in the heart of the Namib Desert, Sesriem. En-route we will take in the breathtaking landscapes and maybe get some desert special birds and mammals on the way. Mammals like oryx, springbok and black backed jackal are all commonly seen along this route. The landscape here is what has made the Namib Desert famous, the worlds tallest sand dunes are present here and we will drive past some of these dunes including some that rise over 300m into the air. Once we arrive at the accommodation, level safari lodge, you will have some food and then in the late afternoon / evening we will try and find elusive mammals such as Cape fox and aardwolf.
For the next two days we will further explore this incredible and awe-inspiring landscape, we will rise early one morning so that we can watch the impressive sunrise over the huge sand dunes. The photographic opportunities in this area is almost unparalleled and the lighting and shadows created by first light is something not to be missed. An early morning start means the opportunity of finding some nocturnal species that may still be wandering about like the hairy-footed gerbil and Carps barking gecko. We will return to the accommodation, level – safari lodge, for breakfast and then enjoy the rest of the day exploring the area. Over the next couple of days we will also explore some of the lovely trails on foot, before enjoying sundowners and hopefully catching a glimpse of the desert spotted eagle-owl and listening to the barking geckos.
Sossusvlei & Walvis Bay
This morning we will leave the giant dunes and head back to Walvis Bay, en-route we will keep an eye out for new species such as Ruppells korhann and Ludwigs bustard. Once we arrive in the accommodation, level 3-4* hotel or guesthouse, in Walvis Bay you will have lunch and have the rest of the afternoon to relax and rest.
Today on our journey north along the famous Skeleton Coast towards our next destination in Damaraland. Along the way we will pass the Brandberg massif (the highest mountain in Namibia) and slowly move out of the arid desert into a mopane scrub and our views will have scattered dolomite and granite outcrops and hills. Once we arrive at the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Huab Lodge). The journey is a long one and when we arrive we will relax after checking in and then have a evening sundowner drive and hope to run into some really rare species such as Jamesons red rock rabbit, scrub hare, aardwolf, bat eared fox, leopard, striped polecat and Cape fox and maybe the recently described (as of 2010) the black mongoose.
This morning we will have an early morning guided walk as we hope to view some new large mammals. Then afterwards we will return to the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Huab Lodge) for breakfast and a relaxing midmorning, then after lunch we will have a game drive into the wilderness of this private game reserve. Whilst on safari here we could see dassie rat, rock hyrax, Damara dik dik, desert adapted elephants, klipspringer, Hartmanns mountain zebra, oryx, greater kudu, springbok and giraffe. We will also search out nocturnal mammals after dark as well.
This morning we will travel back south to Walvis Bay and we will explore the Brandberg massif and surrounding area en-route. Today is your last full day in Namibia and when we arrive at the accommodation, level 3-4* hotel or guesthouse you will have your farewell evening meal with your local guides and zoologist escort.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.