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Namib-Naukluft National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Kayaking at Bird Rock

1. Kayaking at Bird Rock

Launch near the historic landmark known as Bird Rock and paddle for about an hour in calm waters sheltered by the bay. Enjoy the wonderful bird life, see seals playing and dolphins swimming. See pelicans, cormorants and flamingos. Paddle for about 1 hour before enjoying some hot beverages on the beach. The brand new Fluid Synergy kayaks can be paddled solo or as a double and can accommodate a small child together with parents for fun for the whole family. Bird Rock is also known as Guano Island. Learn about one man's entrepreneurial drive to build a man-made island to harvest its “white gold.” By about 12:30 PM you’ll be back in Swakopmund to get ready for your afternoon activity.

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Walvis Bay Shore Excursion: Flamingos, Dune 7, Swakopmund

2. Walvis Bay Shore Excursion: Flamingos, Dune 7, Swakopmund

You'll be met at your cruise ship in the port of Walvis Bay. After a quick briefing, head over to the lagoon to view all the flamingos. From there, have the chance to climb Dune 7, the highest dune in the vicinity at 132 meters (433 feet) tall. Enjoy a drink of water and then move on to see the Welwitschia Mirabilis plant, an endemic living fossil. Stop to admire the lunar landscape of the Welwitschia Plains before spending lunchtime at Goanikontes Oasis (lunch at your own expense). After lunch, you'll be taken to the old German town of Swakopmund. Explore the town at your own pace and do some shopping. Finally, make your way back to your cruise ship via the coastal road.

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From Swakopmund: Two-Day Sosussvlei Guided Tour

3. From Swakopmund: Two-Day Sosussvlei Guided Tour

This two-day, private exploration tour to Sossusvlei departs from the quaint coastal village of Swakopmund on a daily basis. Get picked up from your hotel and head into the world-famous Namib Desert. Begin with a visit to the lagoon and salt pan in Walvisbay; this shallow and sheltered 45,000-hectare lagoon attracts a range of coastal water birds and enormous flocks of lesser and greater flamingos. It is also home to chestnut-banded plovers and curlew sandpipers, as well as the rare Damara tern. From there, head to the dunes of Sossusvlei. These gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand are a sought-after subject for photographers because of their warm tints, ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, contrasted with the large white pans at their bases. Spend the night at a camp in Sossusvlei.  On the second day, spend a little more time admiring all that Sossusvlie has to offer before you head through to Sesriem Canyon, which is invisible from even a short distance away. Formed some two million years ago as the then mighty Tsauchab River cut its way through the sedimentary rocks, this geological phenomenon is now one of Namibia's most popular tourist attractions. The tour concludes in Swakopmund with hotel drop-off.

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Walvis Bay: Wildlife Photography Full Day Tour

4. Walvis Bay: Wildlife Photography Full Day Tour

After pick-up from your accommodation in Walvis Bay, travel deep into the arid Namib Naukluft Park, the largest park in Africa, and 4th largest park in the world, at 50 000 square kilometers. During this adventure, see some of the most magnificent animals that call the National Park it's home in their natural habitat. This tour is great for aspiring and professional photographers alike. The wide open spaces create breathtaking landscape scenes that will be imprinted into your mind and heart forever. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the wild, that also include water and drinks. This is not a formal sit down lunch, instead, it is far more relaxed, and includes quality homemade treats. The tour concludes in the late afternoon at your starting point.

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From Windhoek: 3-Day Etosha with Lodge Accommodation

5. From Windhoek: 3-Day Etosha with Lodge Accommodation

Begin your 3-day, 2-night tour to Etosha National Park with pickup in Windhoek between 8–8:30 AM. Then, drive approximately 450 kilometers (around 280 miles) to the national park that covers an area of more than 22,000 square kilometers (8,494 square miles). After arrival, enjoy a 2-hour afternoon game drive with your guide around Etosha Pan, a vast salt pan at the center of the park surrounded by grass, savannah, and bushland. Later that evening, spend another 2 hours spotting wildlife at the Okaukuejo waterhole before sleeping overnight in the Okaukuejo Lodge. Lunch and dinner are included on the first day. On the second day, delight in a full-day game drive with your guide, lasting approximately 6 hours in East Etosha. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like lions, elephants, hyenas, and elusive leopards. Sleep overnight at Namutoni Lodge, and enjoy included breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the day. On the third day, savor an included breakfast, then leave the Etosha National Park and begin your journey back to Windhoek. On the way, stop for 30 minutes at the biggest woodcarvers' market in Namibia, Okahandja Mbangura Woodcarvers Craft Market. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation in Windhoek.

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Sossusvlei: 2 Nights in Namib Desert Lodge

6. Sossusvlei: 2 Nights in Namib Desert Lodge

The adventure begins with hotel pick up from Windhoek, where a driver will bring you in an air-conditioned vehicle to the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, home to the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. Disconnect and admire how the clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes, making Sossusvlei a photographer’s paradise. Search for desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich, and a variety of reptiles or climb 'Big Daddy', one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes. For those looking for something a bit more extravagant, hot air balloon trips followed by a champagne breakfast can be organized upon request.   After a day driving through the dunes at Gondwana Namib Park, cool off by the pool or retreat to our comfortable rooms. At the end of your stay, drop-off is provided to your hotel in Windhoek or at the airport (upon request).

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Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Sunset Photography Tour

7. Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Sunset Photography Tour

Enjoy an evening trip to capture the beautiful sunset of Sandwich Harbor. Drive along the beach, experience the unique wetland atmosphere, and feast on snacks and drinks after you have taken your pictures. Depart from Walvis Waterfront at 4:00 PM. Sit back and enjoy the journey as you are driven to the Kuiseb River Delta, a dry riverbed where you may spot the odd springbok, oryx, or jackal. Next, if the weather and tide allow, experience a drive to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon along the beach. This is one of Southern Africa’s richest and most unique wetlands and one of five internationally recognized Ramsar sites in Namibia Enjoy plenty of time for photography in the beautiful late afternoon light. Explore your photographic creativity with the sun slowly setting, then bury your feet in the sand and watch the sunset over the ocean. When the sun has set and the light has diminished, feast on a selection of fresh Namibian oysters and snacks with sparkling wine, Namibian beers, and cool drinks. Take in the views from the dunes or the beach, before returning at 8:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Namib-Naukluft National Park

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

We loved this tour. Our tour guide Jacques was so friendly and informative. We got to learn about Namibia and see some incredible untouched places. Would definitely recommend this tour!!