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Namibia: Skeleton Coast Expedition

Surreal sand dunes, thrilling safaris, and a graveyard of shipwrecks.

Unveil the secrets of enigmatic Namibia, where the pulse of adventure meets the ferocity of the wild. Traverse Salvador Dalí-esque sand dunes, discover the heart-pounding drumbeat of nature during a multi-day safari at Etosha National Park, and witness the dramatic shipwreck-laden Skeleton Coast on a scenic flight. We’ll also delve into ancient African culture at a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bask in the unique German-Namibian architecture of Swakopmund before kicking back at a beyond-stylish game lodge. This ambitious journey is perfect for those seeking to ignite their spirit of exploration and discover an untamed coast. Keep your safari going by adding on our Botswana: Okavango Delta Extension which begins right after this tour wraps up!

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Quick Facts


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gaze upon The Skeleton Coast, a graveyard of shipwrecks where the desert meets the ocean
  • Conquer Dune 45, the most photographed sand dune in the world, at Sossusvlei
  • Discover Deadvlei, known for its skeleton trees and vibrant orange dunes
  • Marvel at a vast array of wildlife on a multi-day safari
  • Get revved up for an exciting desert 4×4 drive
  • Lounge in leisure on a West African beach in Swakopmund
  • Delve into the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Fall asleep to the sounds of the African wilderness at a stylish game lodge

DATES AND PRICES

2025
June 8-18, 2025 (From $12,995 USD)
ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $12,995.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $1,250.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: 25% Deposit - Balance due 90 Days prior to trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Robert Sharp
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Windhoek

Wa lalapo and welcome to Namibia! After a private transfer to the hotel, we’ll begin with a Group Meeting at 6:00PM followed by a Welcome Dinner at a quirky and entertaining spot that features Namibian food with a German twist.

Day 2 Sesriem

Our first day is all about familiarizing ourselves with Namibia’s surreal scenery. After breakfast, we’ll take in the sights during a 4.5-hour drive to the Dead Valley Lodge outside Sesriem. Once we’re settled in our luxury chalets with panoramic views of the Namib Desert, we’ll enjoy an included Namibian-style lunch and have time to relax at the pool. This afternoon, get revved up for an exciting desert 4×4 drive that’ll introduce us to the area’s unique flora and fauna. After a sundowner (African lingo for a sunset beverage stop), we’ll return to the lodge for dinner and a leisurely evening.

Day 3 Sossusvlei

Today begins early but it’s well worth it! Just after sunrise, we’ll visit Sossusvlei, a mesmerizing Namib desert oasis known for its towering red sand dunes. During our ascent to the top of Dune 45, one of the most photographed dunes in the world, we’ll take in unsurpassed views of the Dalí-like desertscape. After returning to the lodge for breakfast, we’ll drive to Deadvlei, a clay pan known for its skeleton trees set against a vibrant orange backdrop of dunes. This pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world with the tallest one colloquially known as “Big Daddy.” After an included lunch, we’ll go for a light hike through Sesriem Gorge, a tranquil natural canyon, before returning to the lodge for dinner and relaxation.

Day 4 Swakopmund

Start the day off early with an optional hot air balloon ride, or slumber until your heart’s desire. After breakfast, we’ll begin a 5-hour drive to Swakopmund on the Skeleton Coast. On the way, we’ll be privy to Solitaire (no, not the card game) which is notable for the cacti, abandoned vehicles, and apple pie. After a bakery visit and pie tasting, we’ll get a glimpse of Moon Valley on the way to Walvis Bay, where we’ll stop to marvel at the migratory birds that inhabit this coastal area. While we are out of season for most species, we might be lucky enough to see flamingos! Upon arrival in Swakopmund, we’ll have an optional lunch, then reconvene for a guided orientation walk through this unique German-Namibian town. Later this afternoon we’ll check in to our beachfront hotel with some free time before gathering for an included dinner at our hotel.

Day 5 Swakopmund

Today is yours to enjoy this gorgeous coastal town! Indulge in some beach time, explore the town’s charming open air markets, or delve into Namibian culture at a museum – all are within walking distance from the hotel. History buffs may be keen for an optional excursion to Cape Cross, named for the large cross left by Diego Cao, the first European to arrive on Namibian soil in 1485. Cape Cross is also a popular fur seal breeding site, boasting an excess of 100,000 seals at any given point, making for quite the spectacle (and quite the smell if the wind happens to change direction). Other optional excursions include a sea & dolphin cruise and a fishing trip. Tonight is free, although we’ll gather for an optional dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Day 6 Damaraland

Rise and shine! After breakfast, we’ll transfer to a local airstrip for a spectacular 2-hour scenic flight over the haunting and picturesque Skeleton Coast, renowned for its innumerable rusting shipwrecks. This is sure to be a major highlight of the trip, and we’ll bear witness to Cape Cross, the Zeila shipwreck, the Rössing and Husab Mines, the iconic Spitzkoppe granite inselberg, and the striking geological formations of Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain range. To make a great excursion fabulous, our flight will save us a long drive, having us land a short drive away from our next lodge where we’ll enjoy an included lunch, then check in. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the lodge or venture out on a self-guided nature walk. At sunset, we’ll gather for sundowners, then we’ll dine together (included) at the lodge.

Day 7 Damaraland

Today’s pre-dawn wakeup call is well worth it as we’ll be chauffeured on an early-morning nature drive through the harsh, arid environment that’s home to desert-adapted elephants and other unique flora and fauna, with a picnic breakfast no less. We’ll return to the lodge for an included lunch and some free time to take a dip in the pool – which has been carefully carved out of local boulders. This afternoon, we’ll visit the fascinating geological formations of Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, and Twyfelfontein Heritage Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest concentrations of ancient rock engravings in southern Africa. Here, we’ll gain insight into the ritual practices of the Stone Age hunter-gatherer communities that once inhabited the area. Back at the lodge, another sumptuous dinner awaits (included).

Day 8 Etosha

After breakfast, we’ll see the countryside once more on a 4-hour drive to Etosha, renowned for its spectacular landscape, wildlife diversity, and conservation efforts. Upon arrival at the crown jewel of lodges, Epacha Game Lodge & Spa, we’ll check into our luxury chalets, enjoy an included lunch, and have the afternoon to discover everything this alluring property has to offer. Optional activities include clay pigeon shooting or a rejuvenating session in the Lodge’s Mystique Spa. This afternoon, we’ll visit a local Himba village to discover their rich heritage and get a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of one of Namibia’s most distinctive nomadic tribes. The Himba continue to lead remarkably similar lives to their ancestors, forging an existence in the harsh environment of Kunene (formerly called Kaokoland). After our visit concludes, we’ll return to our lodge for a group dinner (included) and some relaxing free time.

Days 9 & 10 Etosha National Park

For the grand finalé of our trip, we’re going wild with a 2-day safari through Etosha National Park, home to elephants, giraffes, elands, kudus, oryx, springbok, and over 340 avian species. The park’s centerpiece is the Etosha Pan, a massive salt flat that gleams like a shimmering white sea and transforms into a mirage during dry seasons. Both days begin with a pre-sunrise departure from the lodge and include a boxed breakfast, a full morning game drive, and an included picnic lunch. We’ll return to the lodge in the early afternoon with the rest of the day free to catch up on some z’s, indulge in a spa service, or read by the pool before reconvening for dinner (included).

Day 11 Windhoek/Departure

Today a group transfer will be provided to Windhoek Airport or to the Out Adventures finishing point hotel in Windhoek. With that in mind, we ask that you schedule your departing flight to leave no earlier than 8 PM.


GUIDES AND HOSTS

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel
  • An LGBTQ+ Out Adventures host and an English-speaking local guide throughout
  • Daily breakfast, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
  • All gratuities for safari guides, drivers, included meals and porters
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All land transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles
  • 4×4 Open Safari Vehicle on game drives
  • Scenic Skeleton Coast flight
  • Entry to Twyfelfontein Heritage Site

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International airfare
  • Optional activities, meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All items of a personal nature (laundry, drinks, etc.)
  • Gratuities for your local group leader (budget approximately $100 – $150 USD)
  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.
  • COVID-19 rapid tests, or any expenses related to a guest contracting COVID-19. Click here for more details.

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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Windhoek
The Weinberg Hotel
Exterior
Windhoek
The Weinberg Hotel
Courtyard Room
Windhoek
The Weinberg Hotel
Courtyard Room Twin
Windhoek
The Weinberg Hotel
Bathroom
Sesriem
Dead Valley Lodge
Pool & Lounge
Sesriem
Dead Valley Lodge
Exterior
Sesriem
Dead Valley Lodge
Guestroom
Sesriem
Dead Valley Lodge
Bathroom
Swakopmund
The Strand Hotel
Exterior
Swakopmund
The Strand Hotel
Dining Hall
Swakopmund
The Strand Hotel
Standard Room
Swakopmund
The Strand Hotel
Standard Room
Swakopmund
The Strand Hotel
Bathroom
Damaraland
Mowani Mountain Camp
Exterior
Damaraland
Mowani Mountain Camp
Sun Deck
Damaraland
Mowani Mountain Camp
Pool
Damaraland
Mowani Mountain Camp
Luxury Room
Damaraland
Mowani Mountain Camp
Bathroom
Etosha
Epacha Game Lodge & Spa
Infinity Pool
Etosha
Epacha Game Lodge & Spa
Lobby
Etosha
Epacha Game Lodge & Spa
Luxury Chalet
Etosha
Epacha Game Lodge & Spa
Luxury Chalet
Etosha
Epacha Game Lodge & Spa
Bathroom



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Accommodations

All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.

5-Star Hotels: Luxurious and well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a stylish restaurant and/or bar, a fitness centre, and a pool/sauna. Extras may include a bathrobe and slippers, and often an evening turndown service. Customer service is exceptional and includes a concierge service.

Luxury Tented Lodges: Expect a luxurious experience complete with a proper bed, quality linens, and usually a balcony/veranda. Bathrooms are attached/private and feature hot water and a flushing toilet. There will be common areas with a lounge/restaurant and some lodges even have a pool. Scroll down to ‘Examples Of Accommodations’ for photos.

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