Namib-Naukluft National Park

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

Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Sunset Photography Tour

1. 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.

Kayaking at Bird Rock

2. 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.

Walvis Bay Shore Excursion: Flamingos, Dune 7, Swakopmund

3. 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.

From Windhoek: 3-Day Etosha with Lodge Accommodation

4. 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.

Walvis Bay: Wildlife Photography Full Day Tour

5. 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.

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).

From Windhoek: Namib Desert and Etosha National Park Tour

7. From Windhoek: Namib Desert and Etosha National Park Tour

Explore the Namib Desert and Etosha National Park on a multi-day tour adventure from Windhoek with accommodation and meals included. Be impressed by the Sossusvlei dunes, have a mesmerizing experience at the Etosha Pan, and get up-close to animals on exciting game drives. Day 1: Windhoek to Sossusvlei Depart from your Windhoek accommodation in the morning and drive through the surrounding mountains. Pass over the Eros Mountains and through the Khomas Highland region to a grassy desert savannah landscape. Stop at Solitaire for gas and a break before continuing on to your lodging in the southern part of the Namib Desert, near Sossusvlei, for an early afternoon arrival. Be greeted by a glamping-style tent camp, situated on a hillside with breathtaking views across the desert, and also have lunch. Enjoy use of the swimming pool, dining area, and a stocked bar during your stay. Explore the area around the camp before sunset, when the colors glow and change on the distant mountains to the east. Then have dinner served in the lodge. Day 2: Sossusvlei Have an early start to catch the soft light of a desert sunrise. Depart the camp and pass through Sesriem to continue towards Sossusvlei. Watch as the sand dunes rise along both sides of the road and be impressed by towering red dunes, some of which are the highest in the world, over white plains. Stop at the famous Dune 45, a star dune that is over 170 meters tall. Those who feel fit enough to climb the dune will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding Namibian desert. Afterward, eat breakfast and take a desert walk with the chance to see gemsboks, springboks, black-backed jackals, and ostriches. Visit the Deadvlei, a white clay pan located between orange dunes and dotted with the remains of hundreds of baren camelthorn trees. As the day cools down, take a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon before spending the rest of the day back at camp with lunch and dinner. Day 3: Sossusvlei to Windhoek Have breakfast and make your return from the desert to civilization on scenic roads through the Khomas Highlands. Arrive back in Windhoek in the afternoon where you will be dropped off at your guesthouse (included with the tour). Also, enjoy lunch before having time on your own. Day 4: Windhoek to Etosha National Park (Southside) Your adventure continues with a morning pickup. Leave Windhoek via the B1 road heading north. Delight in a picnic lunch on the way to Etosha National Park. Arrive in the afternoon and enter the south side of Etosha through the Andersson Gate and proceed to your Okaukuejo resort accommodations. Have time to explore your surroundings and enjoy the swimming pool before a late afternoon game drive. After dinner, a visit to the floodlit waterhole is strongly recommended as there is a good chance of seeing rhinos and lions coming to drink. Day 5: Etosha National Park (Eastside) Today, spend most of the day searching for animals, as you make your way through the game reserve towards Namutoni, your next rest camp. Visit a number of waterholes and stop to view the Etosha Pan. Be hypnotized by the expansive salt pan and witness shimmering mirages. Have the chance to see large herds of game in this unique setting. Afterward, stop at Halali to have lunch and continue on to Namutoni. At Namutoni, relax at the swimming pool or waterhole before a late afternoon game drive. Be prepared for an exciting experience with a likelihood of getting up-close views of springboks, zebras, impalas, giraffes, gemsboks, and plenty of birds. You might also see elephants and lions. In the evening unwind with a glass of wine and sunset from the tower of the old Namibian German fort before dinner. Day 6: Etosha National Park to Windhoek After a morning game drive and the opportunity to take some more pictures of Etosha's wildlife in the morning light, head back to Windhoek. On your drive, pass through farmland and small towns. Just before reaching Windhoek, stopover in the small town of Okahandja to visit Namibia's largest wood-carving market. Arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon to conclude your tour.

From Windhoek: 10-Day Namibia Highlights Tour with Lodging

8. From Windhoek: 10-Day Namibia Highlights Tour with Lodging

DAY 1 MONDAY Pick up accommodation in Windhoek (or at the airport on request) Tranfer to Kalahari Anib Lodge Dinner @ Kalahari Anib Lodge Overnight @ Kalahari Anib Lodge DAY 2 TUESDAY Breakfast @ Kalahari Anib Lodge Transfer to Namib Desert Lodge Dinner @ Namib Desert Lodge Overnight @ Namib Desert Lodge DAY 3 WEDNESDAY Sossusvlei Excursion (brunch packs) Sundowner dune drive Dinner @ Namib Desert Lodge Overnight @ Namib Desert Lodge DAY 4 THURSDAY Breakfast @ Namib Desert Lodge Transfer to The Delight Swakopmund Overnight @ The Delight Swakopmund DAY 5 FRIDAYBreakfast @ The Delight Swakopmund Overnight @ The Delight Swakopmund DAY 6 SATURDAY Breakfast @ The Delight Swakopmund/ breakfast pack Transfer to Damata Mopane Lodge Excursion to Petrified Forest Dinner @ Damara Mopane Lodge Overnight @ Damara Mopane Lodge DAY 7 SUNDAY Breakfast @ Damara Mopane Lodge Excursion to Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings Excursion to Damara Living Museum Excursion to Organ Pipes & Burnt Mountain Dinner @ Damara Mopane Lodge Overnight @ Damara Mopane Lodge DAY 8 MONDAY Breakfast @ Damara Mopane Lodge / breakfast pack Visit at a Himba Village Transfer to Etosha Safari Camp Afternoon Etosha Game Drive Dinner @ Etosha Safari Camp Overnight Etosha Safari Camp DAY 9 TUESDAY Breakfast packs Full Day Etosha Game Drive Dinner @ Etosha Safari Camp Overnight Etosha Safari Camp DAY 10 WEDNESDAY Breakfast @ Etosha Safari Camp Transfer to Windhoek Drop-off at accommodation in Windhoek

Walvis Bay: Pelican Point & Sandwich Harbor Kayak & 4x4 Tour

9. Walvis Bay: Pelican Point & Sandwich Harbor Kayak & 4x4 Tour

The Kayak Combo is the combination of our Pelican Point Kayaking morning tour and an afternoon 4x4 ride in the breathtaking Sandwich Harbour Area of the Namib Naukluft Park. We spend the morning kayak next to our permanent seal colony at the tip of the Pelican Point Peninsula about 35 km outside of Walvis Bay. We regularly encounter Heaviside’s and Benguella Dolphins. Our kayaks are molded plastic sit-inside double kayaks. They are stable and suitable for inexperienced paddlers. Our guide will use a waterproof camera for some photos, which we will email to you withing a week after the tour (no extra cost). After refreshments, we head back to Walvis Bay to meet up with your Sandwich Harbour guide to see the Kuiseb River Delta, flamingoes, the saltpans and the wetlands just north of the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. If weather and tides allow, you will drive right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands. Alternatively, you will get a chance to see the lagoon area from one of our many beautiful lookout spots. We return to Walvis Bay around 16h30.

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What people are saying about Namib-Naukluft National Park

Overall rating

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based on 6 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!!

A great experience, weather wasn't the best, however we still got to see some of the ocean life. We also had an amazing guide, who did a wonderful job explaining everything.

It was very beautiful. When we all capsized, our guide kept calm and brought us safely back on land!