Deserts & Savannas Namibia Safari

April 11-21, 2025

9 Nights/10 Days

from $12,798 per person 

Live Out a Desert Fantasy in Namibia. 

 

Mystical red dunes, desert-adapted wildlife, and the legendary Skeleton Coast—Source Journeys is excited to invite you to experience Namibia’s breathtaking landscapes. Each step of this journey is filled with otherworldly beauty and safaris unique to this magical land.

Our adventure begins at the Olive Exclusive, a tranquil oasis that sets the stage for this dream adventure. Fly to the enchanting Wilderness Little Kulala, where the surreal ancient dunes of Sossusvlei await. Here, beneath the expansive blue skies, float in a hot air balloon, climb the sand dunes of Big Daddy, and dine under the unimaginable starry skies. Then in the dreamland of Damaraland, feel the thrill of tracking the rare desert-adapted rhinos on foot.

The adventure culminates at the Wilderness Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, where desert-adapted elephants and giraffes roam amidst moonscapes. Take a scenic flight to the wild legendary coast, filled with haunted shipwrecks, pink flamingos, and a massive seal colony. It may be the only place in the world where lions go to the beach.

This LGBTQ+ Source Journeys experience promises an elevation in adventure with private chartered planes, secluded luxury lodges, and the warm, five-star hospitality Namibia is known for. Join us as we uncover the wonders of Namibia, a journey that not only sparks the imagination but also touches the soul with its profound beauty and serenity.

 

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS:

 

  • Discover Namibia’s desert-adapted wildlife: lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and more
  • Discover the rugged beauty of the Skeleton Coast viewing shipwrecks, seal colonies, and giant sand dunes
  • Stay in African desert lodges set in genuinely remote locations, accessing them with ease on private chartered flights
  • Indulge in gourmet cuisine at luxury lodges
  • Stargaze in the world’s clearest night skies
  • Track desert-adapted elephants and rhinos, visit a remote Himba camp
  • Engage with local communities who live in nearby villages
  • Explore the otherworldly landscapes of the towering dunes of Sossusvlei
  • Hot Air Ballooning over the colorful sand dunes of Sossusvlei
  • Small Group LGBTQ+ Journey limited to 12 travelers

Itinerary

APR 11

Windhoek

Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, we’ll begin our adventure with a private road transfer that takes us directly to the Olive Grove Guesthouse. Here, nestled in the calm embrace of lush gardens and under the wide, open skies, we find our first resting spot in the heart of Namibia. As we enjoy a welcoming breakfast and settle into our rooms, each featuring its own large veranda perfect for outdoor relaxation, we prepare to explore the unique mix of Windhoek’s historic and modern sights. Our exploration includes the Alte Feste fort, Christuskirche, and the Supreme Court, setting the stage for our exciting journey ahead.

Overnight: The Olive Exclusive

APR 12

Sossusvlei

Our day begins with a private road transfer back to Hosea Kutako International Airport, setting the stage for an extraordinary aerial journey to Wilderness Little Kulala Lodge. A thrilling flight across the vast landscapes of Namibia will afford us the gift of witnessing the breathtaking red dunes of the Namib Desert unfolding beneath us. This flight, lasting a little over two hours combined, offers a unique perspective on the world’s oldest desert, leading us directly to the heart of Sossusvlei.

Upon arrival at Wilderness Little Kulala, a luxury haven amidst the desert expanse, we’re greeted by the exclusive serenity of our surroundings. Our lodge is the gateway to unparalleled adventures with its prime location and private concession access, ensuring we’re perfectly poised for early morning excursions to the dunes, capturing them in the soft glow of sunrise.

The day offers a blend of exhilarating exploration and serene relaxation. Join in on nature drives and guided walks to delve into the mysteries of the Namib Sand Sea, or choose to unwind at the lodge’s pool and spa. Together, we’ll immerse in the stunning contrasts and natural wonders of Sossusvlei, making memories that last a lifetime.

Overnight: Wilderness Little Kulala

APR 13

Sossusvlei

As dawn breaks over Wilderness Little Kulala Lodge, we are greeted by the extraordinary beauty of the Namib Sand Sea. The day promises an adventure into this unique ecosystem, starting with a morning nature drive. Amidst the vast, open desert, we might spot the desert-adapted oryx, springbok, and perhaps even a brown hyena, all thriving in this harsh landscape.

For those who prefer a slower pace, a guided walk offers an intimate exploration of the desert. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll learn about the resilient flora and fauna and the geological wonders that shape this ancient terrain.

After a discovery-filled morning, we’ll return to the lodge for well-deserved relaxation. Spend the afternoon soaking in the peaceful desert ambiance, marveling at the panoramic views, or cooling off in the lodge’s pool.

And for an adventure that soars above the rest, consider the optional hot air balloon excursion. Floating gently above the dunes, you’ll witness the desert from an unparalleled vantage point, making for an unforgettable highlight of your Sossusvlei experience.

Overnight: Wilderness Little Kulala

APR 14

Sossusvlei

The final morning of our stay in Sossusvlei invites us to greet the dawn, seizing the opportunity to witness the dunes awash in the soft, golden light of sunrise—a moment that captures the essence of the Namib Desert’s timeless beauty. For those eager to soak in every last detail of this extraordinary landscape, a final nature drive or guided walk beckons, offering one last chance to marvel at the desert’s unique inhabitants and its mesmerizing vistas.

As we bid farewell to the tranquil haven of Wilderness Little Kulala Lodge, our spirits are high with the memories of the desert’s stark, captivating beauty. Our adventure is far from over, though, as we set off toward Twyfelfontein, ready to discover more of Namibia’s stunning natural wonders and rich heritage. The journey continues, promising new experiences and unforgettable sights in the heart of this remarkable country.

Overnight: Wilderness Little Kulala

APR 15

Damaraland

As we leave the serene embrace of Wilderness Little Kulala, our adventure takes to the skies with a scenic flight over Namibia’s vast dunes and rugged landscapes, heading towards the unique Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp. Our flight offers us a bird’s-eye view of the dramatic transition from the dunes to the stark beauty of the Palmwag Concession in Damaraland.

Arriving at Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp, we’re welcomed into a world where the desert’s raw beauty is matched by the comfort of our lodgings—each a spacious suite with a private deck overlooking the untamed wilderness. Best of all, Source Journeys will have exclusive use of this brand-new luxury camp.

In this extraordinary setting, every moment is an adventure, from thrilling nature drives to insightful guided walks. Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp invites us to connect with the profound silence and vastness of the desert, offering an unforgettable journey into the wild heart of Namibia.

Overnight: Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp

APR 16

Damaraland

Today, the critically endangered Rhinos are the star of the show. You’ll have the rare opportunity to join anti-poaching rangers of the Rhino Trust of Namibia on a day of safaris to track the rare deserted adapted black rhinos. Once discovered, leave the land rover and go on a guided walk allowing you to get closer than you ever imagined. Our guides will find the perfect spot for a picnic lunch and sundowners at dusk.

Overnight: Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp

APR 17

Damaraland

After breakfast, go on a nature drive in the Palmwag Concession. This area is home to large mammals, including zebras, spotted hyenas, giraffes, and antelopes such as oryx and springbok. More rare are the desert-adapted lions, elephants, and even leopards. You’ll find that birdlife is prolific and diverse. Birding enthusiasts can tick Ruppell’s korhaan, Benguela long-billed lark, Herrero chat, and Verreaux’s eagle. Back at the camp, enjoy a massage and cool off with a dip by the pool. For the last night at Desert Rhino Camp, you may want to sleep on your private deck under the stars.

Overnight: Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp

APR 18

Hoanib River

After breakfast, fly to the magnificent Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Arguably one of the most remote lodges on Earth, this superb desert camp is located in a remote area of the Kaokoveld, where gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds draw in rare and magnificent wildlife. In the afternoon, go on a guided nature drive along the riverbed’s narrow ribbon of vegetation, where a surprising array of desert-adapted animals can be found. This adventurous location is an ideal option for adventurous travelers seeking an off-the-beaten-track destination close to the Skeleton Coast and within the true Namib desert.

Overnight: Wilderness Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

APR 19

Skeleton Coast

The day trip to the mysterious Skeleton Coast will surely be a highlight. On the adrenaline-packed drive over the dunes, you may see a pride of desert-adapted lions on their way to the beach to lunch on seals. The Namib desert meets the sea at the legendary coast, and a special lunch is planned on the beach. There are shipwreck remnants and colonies of Cape fur seals. The birds are wonderfully diverse towards the coast, and you may be greeted by flocks of pink flamingos flying overhead along with long-billed larks. After exploring the coast, enjoy a private lunch on the beach take a private plane over the sea, and dune back to Camp for dinner under the stars.

Overnight: Wilderness Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

APR 20

Hoanib River

Today’s adventure is a safari in search of herds of desert adapted elephants, giraffes, hyenas, oryx and lions. As you drive along the dry riverbed of the Hoanib River towards the gravel floodplain of the Skeleton Coast, the area’s towering dunes and sporadic lush oases provide a stunning setting to get up close to the abundant wildlife. After lunch in a spectacular setting, return to the camp and take a dip in the pool, enjoy a massage, or just relax on your private deck and watch the animals come by for a drink at the watering hole. A guided nature walk at sunset from the camp to the top of a nearby hill and a farewell dinner under the stars is the perfect way to end a magical day. Enjoy a farewell dinner under the stars.

Overnight: Wilderness Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

APR 21

End of Itinerary

As our journey draws close, we bid farewell to the rugged beauty and serene isolation of the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. This place has offered us unparalleled insights into the heart of Namibia’s wilderness. Our adventure here, amidst the stark landscapes and remarkable wildlife, has enriched our understanding of nature and underscored the importance of sustainable tourism in preserving these treasures for future generations.

Following a final breakfast in the camp, amidst the early morning tranquility that defines this region, we’ll make our way to the private Hoanib airstrip. Here, our private charter flight awaits to carry us back to Windhoek. The flight provides a moment of reflection as we traverse the vast expanses of the Namibian landscape for the last time. This departure, though bittersweet, marks not just the end of our journey but also the beginning of a lifelong appreciation for the delicate balance of our natural world. Please schedule an early evening flight out of Windhoek back home. Airport code (WDH)

 

Accommodations

THE OLIVE EXCLUSIVE | WINDHOEK

The Olive Exclusive is an intimate boutique hotel in a tranquil corner of Windhoek, Namibia – striving to embody the very essence of chic comfort. This hotel has modern lines that are complemented by organic textures, natural furnishings and an eco-friendly approach. The seven suites are individually decorated, reflecting different regions of Namibia and each has its own lounge area with fireplace and dining room. Wide glass doors open onto spacious decks where you can relax on a shady daybed and take a dip in a private pool. The Olive Exclusive boasts a quality restaurant featuring seasonal menu, with inventive signature dishes.

WILDERNESS LITTLE KULALA | SOSSUSVLEI

 

Located in the heart of Sossusvlei, Wilderness Little Kulala stands as a luxurious gateway to Namibia’s iconic desert vistas. This exclusive lodge is designed with elegance and sustainability in mind, offering guests a deep connection to the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding wilderness.

The lodge’s spacious, en-suite accommodations are crafted in an adobe-style thatch, harmonizing with the desert environment while providing utmost comfort and privacy. Including a family unit, the lodge ensures a welcoming experience for all guests. Each suite features a large private viewing deck, offering expansive views of the dramatic Namibian skies and the pristine, undulating desert sands.

Wilderness Little Kulala emphasizes the blend of innovative technology and traditional knowledge to minimize environmental impact, preserving the desert’s tranquility and purity. Guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the vastness of Sossusvlei through guided nature drives and walks, revealing the secrets of the desert-adapted wildlife, ancient rock art, and striking geological formations. The clear, star-filled sky presents a breathtaking spectacle each night, concluding every day’s adventures with a moment of awe and beauty.

WILDERNESS DESERT RHINO CAMP | PALMWAG CONCESSION

 

Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp, nestled in the vast wilderness of the Palmwag Concession, offers an immersive safari experience focused on the conservation of the rare desert-adapted black rhino. This camp serves as a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, blending the thrill of adventure with the comforts of luxury accommodation in one of Namibia’s most spectacular landscapes.

This stunning brand new camp, features modern, eco-friendly tents, each equipped with en-suite facilities and a private deck that provides sweeping views of the rugged terrain and its inhabitants. Guests are invited to participate in guided nature drives and rhino tracking excursions, led by knowledgeable conservationists who share insights into the life and survival of these magnificent creatures and the efforts to protect them.

At Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp, every day is an opportunity to explore the desert’s unique flora and fauna, experience the serene beauty of the African wilderness, and contribute to the vital conservation work that ensures the future of the desert-adapted black rhino and other wildlife in this unique ecosystem.

WILDERNESS HOANIB SKELETON COAST CAMP | HOANIB RIVER

The evocative name of the “Skeleton Coast” paints a picture of mysterious allure and untouched natural splendor, a vision fully embodied by the secluded Wilderness Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in the remote expanses of the Kaokoveld. Here, the arid course of the Hoanib River weaves a verdant thread of life through the landscape, leading to the wild shores of the Atlantic where seal colonies create a cacophony of sounds against the backdrop of silent, haunting shipwrecks.

This exclusive camp offers eight spacious, en-suite tents, including a special accommodation for families, each designed to maximize comfort while providing serene vistas. The central gathering area is a perfect spot for relaxation, offering shaded outlooks over this starkly beautiful terrain. Nature drives venture into the heart of the wilderness, uncovering the unique survival strategies of desert-adapted wildlife, including the elusive desert lion and the rare brown hyena, in a landscape that, while vast and seemingly barren, teems with life and intrigue.

The Source Small Group Experience

Explore Namibia with LGBTQ+ Travelers on a Source Journeys Small-Group Luxury African Experience

Embark on a one-of-a-kind journey with Source Journeys to explore the breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife of Namibia. As a trusted provider of luxurious small group tours, Source Journeys offers an unparalleled travel experience backed by a team of seasoned travel experts.

Experience the best of Namibia with our signature luxury tour, designed exclusively for a small group of travelers. Indulge in award-winning lodges, handpicked by Source Journeys, to ensure you receive the finest accommodations and expert local guides. Our all-inclusive lodges provide exceptional meals, drinks, activities, and laundry services, with dietary requests always accommodated.

Thoughtfully curated by Craig Smith, Founder and President of Source Journeys, a seasoned traveler to Africa with decades of experience, our Namibia tour promises to be an inspiring adventure every day. Join us and discover the true beauty of Namibia with fellow LGBTQ+ travelers on this exclusive Source Journeys experience.

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$13,599 per person

Included in this Journey

  • 1-night Luxury Hotel in Windhoek
  • 9 nights of Accommodations in luxury lodges that offer unique experiences
  • Private safari game drives with experienced guides through national parks and private game reserves
  • Relevant Park and Entrance fees
  • Private Chartered Flights within Namibia
  • Complimentary Laundry services at all  lodges
  • All meals, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages at the safari lodges
  • Airport transfers in Windhoek and throughout the journey
  • Escorted by Source Journeys tour director

Not Included in this Journey

  • International Flights
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance is mandatory
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Visa Expenses (If needed)
  • Departure Airport Taxes (If needed)
  • Optional activities such as Hot Air Balloon

Passports: Your valid passport should have at least two consecutive blank pages and should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure from the country you are visiting. Visas will be required for all passport holders. Arrival and Departure Airport: Hosea Kutano (WDH). We can assist with international airfares.