Sossusvlei Shuttles - The Desert and the Coastal

Designed for 5 days, The Desert and the Coastal is one of the bestseller tours operated by African Extravaganza. In summary, The Desert and the Coastal is a combination of the Sossusvlei Shuttle and an individual coastal program. You start in Windhoek, join the Sossusvlei Shuttle, ending in Swakopmund. Here you spend another 2 nights or more on request, unguided and return to Windhoek with a scheduled bus service. During your stay in Swakopmund, you may have an excursion, that meets your specific interest: quad-biking in the dunes, sand-boarding, a catamaran excursion in Walvis Bay or the classical tour: the Welwitschia Drive.

The short (5 days) and longer (7 days) version of The Desert and The Coastal Shuttle are available with an upgrade option.


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Overview of The Desert and the Coastal (Short V.)

Duration of safari 5 days / 4 nights
Departure Daily (Windhoek / Swakopmund / Walvis and vv.)
Min/Max participants 2/8
Vehicle

Namib Desert: VW Microbus, 4x4 vehicle – all with air-condition
Coast: unaccompanied program (optional excursions avaliable)

Language English
Rate per person Please refer to current pricelist
Upgrade (Standard / Superior Version) Avalaible

 

Overview of Itinerary of The Desert and the Coastal (Short V.)(Day by Day)
Day Destination / Establishement Meals Included Excursions Included
1

Windhoek / Swakopmund

 

 

Namib Desert

 

Dinner

13:00 / 14:00 Departure. Drive: Windhoek – Namib Desert (Route via Spreetshoogte Pass) or Swakopmund – Namib Desert

(Route via Kuiseb Pass)

(Driving time: ca 3,5 to 4 hours)

Standard Version: Overnight at the Soft Adventure Camp

Superior Version: Overnight at Namib Naukluft Lodge        
2 Namib Desert

Picnic-Breakfast

Lunch   

Dinner

 AM: Early morning Sossusvlei excursion (incl. Dűne 45, ‘Dead Vlei’ & Sesriem)                               

PM: Sunset drive within the NamNau
Habitat to the natural marble mountains

Standard Version: Overnight at the Soft Adventure Camp

Superior Version: Overnight at Namib Naukluft Lodge        
3 Namib Desert

Breakfast

Lunch   

Dinner

08:00 / 09:00: Departure Drive: Namib Desert – Swakopmund via Gaub & Kuiseb Pass & Walvis Bay

(Driving time: app 4 hours) Swakopmund Arrival at around lunch-time.

End of accompanied part of tour

Start of unaccompanied coastal part

3 Swakopmund    

PM: Rest of the day at leisure – time
to explore the small town on your own.

Standard Version: Overnight in Pension Rapmund or similar
Superior Version: Overnight at the Hansa Hotel or similar 

4 Swakopmund   Breakfast

AM & PM: Optional excursions can be
booked (not included in rate)

Standard Version: Overnight in Pension Rapmund or similar
Superior Version: Overnight at the Hansa Hotel or similar 
5

Swakopmund    

Breakfast

07:30: You will be picked-up at your establishment and go on the scheduled bus service back to Windhoek.

13:00: Arrival time in Windhoek.

End of The Desert & Coast Safari

 

Detailed Itinerary for The Desert and the Coastal (Longer V.)

Duration of safari 7 days / 6 nights
Departure Daily (Windhoek / Swakopmund / Walvis and vv.)
Min/Max participants 2/8
Vehicle

Namib Desert: VW Microbus, 4x4 vehicle – all with air-condition
Coast: unaccompanied program (optional excursions avaliable)

Language English
Rate per person Please refer to current pricelist
Upgrade (Standard / Superior Version) Avalaible

 

Overview of Itinerary of The Desert and the Coastal (Longer V.) (Day by Day)

Day Destination / Establishement Meals Included Excursions Included
1

Windhoek / Swakopmund

 

 

Namib Desert

 

Dinner

13:00 / 14:00 Departure. Drive: Windhoek – Namib Desert (Route via Spreetshoogte Pass) or Swakopmund – Namib Desert

(Route via Kuiseb Pass)

(Driving time: ca 3,5 to 4 hours)

Standard Version: Overnight at the Soft Adventure Camp

Superior Version: Overnight at Namib Naukluft Lodge        
2 Namib Desert

Picnic-Breakfast

Lunch   

Dinner

 AM: Early morning Sossusvlei excursion (incl. Dűne 45, ‘Dead Vlei’ & Sesriem)                               

PM: Sunset drive within the NamNau
Habitat to the natural marble mountains

Standard Version: Overnight at the Soft Adventure Camp

Superior Version: Overnight at Namib Naukluft Lodge        
3 Namib Desert

Breakfast

Lunch   

Dinner

AM: Early morning walk in the mountains of the reserve: NamNau Habitat (Duration app. 2 hours – easy walking)

PM: Afternoon nature drive on the Private Nature Reserve: NamNau Habitat: Dinner Tsondab river bed & Moringa forest

Standard Version: Overnight at the Soft Adventure Camp

Superior Version: Overnight at Namib Naukluft Lodge    
4 Namib Desert

Breakfast

Lunch   

Dinner

08:00 / 09:00: Departure Drive: Namib Desert – Swakopmund via Gaub & Kuiseb Pass & Walvis Bay

(Driving time: app 4 hours) Swakopmund Arrival at around lunch-time.

 

End of accompanied part of tour

Start of unaccompanied coastal part

4 Swakopmund    

PM: Rest of the day at leisure – time
to explore the small town on your own.

Standard Version: Overnight in Pension Rapmund or similar
Superior Version: Overnight at the Hansa Hotel or similar 

5 Swakopmund   Breakfast

AM & PM: Optional excursions can be
booked (not included in rate)

Standard Version: Overnight in Pension Rapmund or similar
Superior Version: Overnight at the Hansa Hotel or similar 
6 Swakopmund   Breakfast AM & PM: Optional excursions can be
booked (not included in rate)
Standard Version: Overnight in Pension Rapmund or similar
Superior Version: Overnight at the Hansa Hotel or similar 
7

Swakopmund    

Breakfast

06:40: You will be picked-up at your establishment and go on the scheduled bus service back to Windhoek.

13:00: Arrival time in Windhoek.

End of The Desert & Coast Safari

 

 

Detailed Itinerary for The Desert and the Coastal (Short V.)

Day 1: Windhoek – Namib Desert.
(app. 240 km on gravel road – ca 3.5 - 4 hours driving time)
            You will be met at your establishment in the capital just before 14h00 (during Namibian wintertime – 13h00). Depart from Windhoek and we’ll first pass the Kupferberg Pass. We drive along cattle farm land and see a few farmhouses along the way. The landscape is hilly and we can enjoy some nice views over fertile valleys. As we continue, the vegetation changes and the farmland is used for sheep and goat farming. We take the turn via the scenic and steep Spreetshoogte Pass. Enjoy an undisturbed view on top of one of the steepest passes in Namibia! We will stop at the small settlement Solitaire and continue to the beautifully set Namib Naukluft Lodge & Soft Adventure Camp. Both establishments are located on the private nature reserve: NamNau Habitat, which hosts a variety of desert adapted game like springbok, ostrich, earth wolf, bat-eared fox and many more.
Standard Version: Overnight with dinner, bed and breakfast at the Soft Adventure Camp.
Superior Version: Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Day 2: Namib Desert.      
(Total km for excursion: app. 240 km – duration app. 7 hours)
An early morning rise with a snack before leaving enables you to arrive at Sesriem, the Park’s gate at around sunrise. The route leads along and also across the Tsauchab dry riverbed, which has found a way through the dunes until it reaches the claypan – the Sossusvlei. After a good rainy season – about every 7 to 10 years – the Tsauchab River runs in full flood and fills the Vlei with water. For months it remains here and offers sensational scenery with a prolific birdlife.
The early morning sun offers spectacular pastel colours in the star-shaped dunes. This is the highlight for the keen photographer. Your first stop will be at Dune 45 before we continue to the Sossusvlei. Climb one of the dunes – there are plenty – and you might be overwhelmed by the sight of the dynamic and living desert!
Breakfast will be served in form of a picnic under one of the shady camelthorn trees, before you continue to the base of the ‘Dead Vlei’. It is quite a walk over patches of dunes that are crossing your way. When you arrive you will be paid off for your efforts – the scenery is awesome!
We will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a 30 metre deep rift, before we return to our base Namib Naukluft Lodge and the Soft Adventure Camp for a late lunch.
During the late afternoon a sundowner-drive to the natural marble mountains on this 25,000 ha private nature reserve is included.
Standard Version: Overnight with full board at the Soft Adventure Camp.
Superior Version: Overnight with full board at Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Day 3: Namib Desert – Swakopmund.
(app. 270 km on gravel road – ca 4 hours driving time)
09:00 Departure (during Namibia’s wintertime – departure from the lodge / camp at 08:00) and return to Swakopmund via Gaub & Kuiseb Pass. You will pass Namibia’s largest nature reserve, the Namib Naukluft Park. We pass the Vogelfederberg and shall drive through Namibia’s harbor town Walvis Bay, before we arrive in Swakopmund at around 12:30.

End of accompanied part of the itinerary

            PM: The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy the afternoon on a walk through this premier coastal holiday resort by foot.
Standard Version: Overnight with bed and breakfast at Pension Rapmund or similar.
Superior Version: Overnight with bed and breakfast at the Hansa Hotel or similar.

Day 4: Swakopmund.
You have the full day at leisure and we would suggest (excursions are not included) one of the following optional excursions in the morning: a catamaran boat cruise from the Walvis Bay yacht harbour or a quad-bike / sand-boarding experience in the dunes around Swakopmund. In the afternoon, the following optional excursions are very popular: An excursion to the highlights in the desert: The ‘Moonlandscape’, the Swakop river valley and the ancient and endemic plant: Welwitschia Mirabilis. Otherwise – join a scenic flight along the coastline. The choice is yours – please contact us for your individual excursion.
Standard Version: Overnight with bed and breakfast at Pension Rapmund or similar.
Superior Version: Overnight with bed and breakfast at the Hansa Hotel or similar.

Day 5: Swakopmund - Windhoek.
(app. 360 km on tarred road – app. 4.5 hours driving time)
At around 07:30 you will be met at your establishment and the scheduled bus service will bring you from Swakopmund to Windhoek. Arrival in Windhoek at around 13:00.

End of Desert & Coast Safari

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detailed Itinerary for The Desert and the Coastal (Longer V.)

Day 1: Windhoek – Namib Desert.
(app. 240 km on gravel road – ca 3.5 - 4 hours driving time)
You will be met at your establishment in the capital just before 14h00 (during Namibian wintertime – 13h00). Depart from Windhoek and we’ll first pass the Kupferberg Pass. We drive along cattle farm land and see a few farmhouses along the way. The landscape is hilly and we can enjoy some nice views over fertile valleys. As we continue, the vegetation changes and the farmland is used for sheep and goat farming. We take the turn via the scenic and steep Spreetshoogte Pass. Enjoy an undisturbed view on top of one of the steepest passes in Namibia! We will stop at the small settlement Solitaire and continue to the beautifully set Namib Naukluft Lodge & Soft Adventure Camp. Both establishments are located on the private nature reserve: NamNau Habitat, which hosts a variety of desert adapted game like springbok, ostrich, earth wolf, bat-eared fox and many more.
Standard Version: Overnight with dinner, bed and breakfast at the Soft Adventure Camp.
Superior Version: Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Day 2: Namib Desert.      
(Total km for excursion: app. 240 km – duration app. 7 hours)
An early morning rise with a snack before leaving enables you to arrive at Sesriem, the Park’s gate at around sunrise. The route leads along and also across the Tsauchab dry riverbed, which has found a way through the dunes until it reaches the claypan – the Sossusvlei. After a good rainy season – about every 7 to 10 years – the Tsauchab River runs in full flood and fills the Vlei with water. For months it remains here and offers sensational scenery with a prolific birdlife.
The early morning sun offers spectacular pastel colours in the star-shaped dunes. This is the highlight for the keen photographer. Your first stop will be at Dune 45 before we continue to the Sossusvlei. Climb one of the dunes – there are plenty – and you might be overwhelmed by the sight of the dynamic and living desert!
Breakfast will be served in form of a picnic under one of the shady camelthorn trees, before you continue to the base of the ‘Dead Vlei’. It is quite a walk over patches of dunes that are crossing your way. When you arrive you will be paid off for your efforts – the scenery is awesome!
We will visit the Sesriem Canyon, a 30 metre deep rift, before we return to our base Namib Naukluft Lodge and the Soft Adventure Camp for a late lunch.
During the late afternoon a sundowner-drive to the natural marble mountains on this 25,000 ha private nature reserve is included.
Standard Version: Overnight with full board at the Soft Adventure Camp.
Superior Version: Overnight with full board at Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Day 3: Namib Desert.
This morning – around 07:00 o’clock - you may participate in a guided walk in the Naukluft Mountains, which are part of the private nature reserve: NamNau Habitat. The walk takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Upon return enjoy your full breakfast. The rest of the morning is at leisure and you may want to relax at the pool-side with a great view over the open plains. Lunch will be served at the Lodge / Camp.
During the afternoon you will do an extensive desert drive: This is undisturbed nature! We cross the dry riverbed of the Tsondab and visit the Moringa Forest – a hidden treasure – until we get to a spot, where you can feel the solitude of the Namib: a 360 ̊ degrees view! Enjoy the scenery and return to the lodge on a scenic route, where depending on the season herds of springbok and oryx antelope can be seen.
Standard Version: Overnight with full board at the Soft Adventure Camp.
Superior Version: Overnight with full board basis at Namib Naukluft Lodge.

Day 4: Namib Desert – Swakopmund.
(app. 270 km on gravel road – ca 4 hours driving time)
09:00 Departure (during Namibia’s wintertime – departure from the lodge / camp at 08:00) and return to Swakopmund via Gaub & Kuiseb Pass. You will pass Namibia’s largest nature reserve, the Namib Naukluft Park. We pass the Vogelfederberg and shall drive through Namibia’s harbor town Walvis Bay, before we arrive in Swakopmund at around 12:30.

End of accompanied part of the itinerary
Start of unaccompanied coastal part

            PM: The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy the afternoon on a walk through this premier coastal holiday resort by foot.
Standard Version: Overnight with bed and breakfast at Pension Rapmund or similar.
Superior Version: Overnight with bed and breakfast at the Hansa Hotel or similar.

Day 5: Swakopmund.
You have the full day at leisure and we would suggest (excursions are not included) one of the following optional excursions in the morning: a catamaran boat cruise from the Walvis Bay yacht harbour or a quad-bike / sand-boarding experience in the dunes around Swakopmund. In the afternoon, the following optional excursions are very popular: An excursion to the highlights in the desert: The ‘Moonlandscape’, the Swakop river valley and the ancient and endemic plant: Welwitschia Mirabilis. Otherwise – join a scenic flight along the coastline. The choice is yours – please contact us for your individual excursion.
Standard Version: Overnight with bed and breakfast at Pension Rapmund or similar.
Superior Version: Overnight with bed and breakfast at the Hansa Hotel or similar.

Day 6: Swakopmund.
You have another full day at leisure.
Standard Version: Overnight with bed and breakfast at Pension Rapmund or similar.
Superior Version: Overnight with bed and breakfast at the Hansa Hotel or similar.

Day 7: Swakopmund - Windhoek.
(app. 360 km on tarred road – app. 4.5 hours driving time)
At around 06:40 you will be met at your establishment and the scheduled bus service will bring you from Swakopmund to Windhoek. Arrival in Windhoek at around 13:00.

or

Day 7: Swakopmund – Walvis Bay
(app. 42 km on tarred road – app. 45 minutes driving time)
If your flight is departing from Walvis Bay, you can exchange the return to Windhoek by an Airport Transfer from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay.

End of Desert & Coast Safari

Rates for the The Desert and the Coastal (Short v.)

Included:
First part in the desert: Tour in a small group (2 to 8 passengers) with an English speaking driver – guide in a 4x4 Landcruiser or Double Cab, Landrover or a VW Microbus – all with air-condition.
Second part at the coast: unaccompanied.
Accommodation and meals: 4x overnight, 4x breakfast, 1x lunch, 2x dinner.
Excursions: Sossusvlei Excursion, sunset drive to the marble-mountains.
Extras: Park-entrance-fees, porterage, still and sparkling water on board the vehicle (first part), scheduled bus service from Swakopmund to Windhoek.

Excluded:
Any additional excursions or activities, beverages, tips, personal insurances and other personal items are excluded.

2018 Rates for The Desert and the Coastal (Short V.) can be uploaded from here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rates for the The Desert and the Coastal (Longer v.)

Included:
First part in the desert: Tour in a small group (2 to 8 passengers) with an English speaking driver – guide in a 4x4 Landcruiser or Double Cab, Landrover or a VW Microbus – all with air-condition.
Second part at the coast: unaccompanied.
Accommodation and meals: 4x overnight, 4x breakfast, 1x lunch, 2x dinner.
Excursions: Sossusvlei Excursion, sunset drive to the marble-mountains.
Extras: Park-entrance-fees, porterage, still and sparkling water on board the vehicle (first part), scheduled bus service from Swakopmund to Windhoek.

Excluded:
Any additional excursions or activities, beverages, tips, personal insurances and other personal items are excluded.

2018 Rates for The Desert and the Coastal (Longer V.) can be uploaded from here

 

2018 Rates for The Desert and the Coastal (Short V.) can be uploaded from here

Detailed Itinerary The Desert and the Coastal (Short V.)can be upload from here

2018 Rates for The Desert and the Coastal (Longer V.) can be uploaded from here

Detailed Itinerary The Desert and the Coastal (Longer V.) can be upload from here

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