Namib-Naukluft National Park

Namib-Naukluft National Park

Set amidst the undulating, deep-orange sands of the ancient Namib Desert, the Namib-Naukluft National Park is the largest game park in Africa comprising a striking mix of landscapes, from expansive gravel plains, to gargantuan sand dunes, inselburgs, and mountain plains. One of the most accessible desert regions on earth, the park is an excellent self-drive destination. Views from the gravel roads are superb, and there’s a great range of accommodation from self-catering camps to luxury lodges.

Sossusvlei is the main highlight, with its astonishingly high sand dunes cascading down to the Atlantic Ocean shores. Those prepared to make the strenuous climb to the top of this ‘great dune sea’ will be rewarded with phenomenal views across the rippled, sun-baked sands. Nearby, the cracked white earth of the Dead Vlei salt pan, with its 500 year-old petrified trees dotting the path where a river once flowed, is a surreal and haunting sight. The Sesriem Canyon, shaped over millions of years by the Tsauchab River, is another ‘must see’ destination. One of the few places in the National Park to hold water year-round, the canyon can either be a frog-ridden and semi-stagnant pool, or an enticingly cool place to swim, depending on the time of year. In the park’s south west, the Namibrand Nature Reserve is an expansive and beautiful private desert area with smaller dunes and beautiful grasses, known for its exclusive lodges, superb walking trails, and some of the best guiding in Namibia. Last but not least, there’s a good range of easy to challenging hiking trails in the Naukluft Mountains, with semi-bare mountainsides to explore, along with stark plateaus interspersed with verdant ravines, and a wide variety of unusual plants and trees.

To make the most of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, it’s important to wind down the pace and soak up the scene. With patience and time, it’s possible to witness unique desert-adapted wildlife, from the crickets, beetles and lizards of the dune grasses, to occasional sightings of oryx, mountain zebra, kudu and hyena, to wonderful birdlife including parrots, eagles, buzzards, falcons and ostrich. Star gazing under the super-clear night skies is a real delight, and any adventure in this captivating region, characterised by space and silence, will prove that a visit to Namibia is as much about the landscape itself as the wildlife which inhabits it.


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Little Kulala

Namib-Naukluft

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Breath-taking location close to Sossusvlei
- Exclusive, luxurious facilities
- Hot air balloon rides
- Wilderness Safari Portfolio

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exquisite desert location
- Luxurious canvas chalets
- Seclusion and tranquility
- Wolwedans Portfolio

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Secluded and exclusive
- Enchanting setting
- Stunning scenery
- Wolwedans Portfolio

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Total privacy and exclusivity
- Stunning desert setting
- Perfect for families or honeymooners
- Wolwedans Portfolio

Kulala Desert Lodge

Namib-Naukluft

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Hot air ballooning
- Lots of desert activities
- Myriad of game

Kulala Desert Lodge

Namib-Naukluft

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Private access to Namib-Naukluft NP
- Roof top sala to sleep under stars
- Guided activities available
- Optional horse riding & balloon flights.

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stunning panoramic views
- Affordable yet stylish lodging
- Guided horse riding safaris

Wolwedans Dune Camp

Namib-Naukluft

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Intimate camp
- Spacious, luxurious tents
- Stunning desert landscapes
- Wolwedans Portfolio

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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