"South Africa possesses an extremely unique environment with its marvellous culture, delicious food and astonishing history. Namibia is also home to one of the tallest dunes in the world. The dunes extend perfectly into the water, creating a beautiful scene which can't be found anywhere else in the world. Another great beautiful area that can be experienced is where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean."
Arrive in Windhoek, and transfer to your hotel, nestled in a quiet, peaceful area close to the city center. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, perhaps unwinding in the hotel gardens or at its swimming pool.
The day is free at leisure to explore the city at own pace,
Journey by air to Sossusvlei Desert Reserve. Your lodge — set in the far northern part of the NamibRand Nature Reserve — is surrounded by the endless dune fields of the Namib Desert, jagged mountains of the escarpment and rocky outcrops at the base of the Nubib Mountains. Many varied rock formations exist in the area, their different textures and colors stretching as far as the eye can see. Further south are distinctive, red sand dunes.
The days here are dedicated to thrilling desert adventures, while nights bring to life the romance and beauty of the African sky. Explore the famous dunes of Sossusvlei, some of the highest in the world; you may even choose to climb one. Explore the starkly beautiful reserve during scenic nature drives, concentrating on unique, desert-adapted plants and wildlife. You also may venture out on the trails by all-terrain vehicle, led by an experienced guide. Meanwhile, a dip in the lodge’s pool is the perfect remedy for the afternoon heat. After dinner, a resident astronomer unlocks the secrets of the southern skies at the lodge observatory. End your night gazing at the vast, starry skies through the skylight positioned directly above your plush bed; all the while, the sounds of the desert surround you.
Leaving Sossusvlei, soar over dramatic landscapes to your next picturesque destination. Mowani Mountain Camp — its name taken from the word m’wane, meaning “Place of God” — features thatched, dome-shaped structures, which echo the shape of the granite boulders that surround them; it is here that you may find the true meaning of peace and tranquility. All around are geological formations, archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna and flora. Notably, this is also the southernmost stomping ground for the rare black rhino and desert elephant.
Set out on a nature drive in search of desert elephant (seasonal), stopping for a picnic lunch. This afternoon, take an excursion to Twyfelfontein, fascinating site of mysterious rock carvings (petroglyphs) and paintings (pictograms).Return to your camp to relax in the pool, enjoy the stunning scenery from the deck of your tent or hike through the magnificent mountain landscape.
This morning, transfer to the nearby airstrip for your flight to Onguma, bordering Etosha National Park. Continue to your luxurious, beguiling tented camp, hidden in the tranquil Onguma Private Game Reserve. It amply lives up to its name: in the local Herero language, Onguma translates to “the place you want to remember.” Spend the afternoon at leisure in this peaceful setting, where tents fringe a watering hole that is frequented by giraffe, wildebeest, antelope and zebra. Other species that call the property home include kudu, eland, oryx and hartebeest.
Take guided walks and day and night game drives through the private reserve, where lion, jackal, antelope and rare black rhino roam free. Also, drive through neighboring Etosha National Park — site of 30 springs and watering holes — in search of regular residents: lion, zebra, giraffe and over 300 species of bird.
Today, transfer via light aircraft back to Windhoek, connecting to your homebound flight.
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