Sossusvlei and Zambezi Queen Collection Houseboat Stay (5/6 nights)
This itinerary combines the arid Sossusvlei desert in Namibia with a trip on the Chobe on board one of our houseboats within the Zambezi Queen Collection – an unforgettable combination!
This tour starts in Windhoek, where you’ll transfer via the Spreetshoogte Pass and Solitaire to your lodge on the border of the Namib Desert. This is the oldest desert on earth that was formed some 5 million years ago, and today it’s a breathtaking sea of sand and dunes that can reach up to 220 metres high. Due to early morning fog from the coast, this arid region is home to a surprising array of creatures that benefit from the moisture.
To take full advantage of the magnificent play of early morning light on the dunes, you’ll leave your lodge at 05:00 and arrive at Sesriem gate at sunrise. Your drive will take you through commanding vistas of the Tsauchab River Valley that’s towered over by dunes, then onto Sossusvlei in Namibia, a clay pan set amid some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Stop for breakfast before heading off to the dramatic Sesriem Canyon that’s been carved out of the local sedimentary rock over aeons by the Tsauchab River. You’ll return for lunch at the lodge and spend the afternoon relaxing and soaking up the sweeping views across the open plains. Later, you’ll join a guided nature sunset drive to the Marble Mountains.
On day three, you’ll leave the lodge after breakfast and make your way via Remhoogte Pass back to Windhoek. Once you arrive, the remainder of the afternoon will be at your leisure. We recommend an afternoon tour of Namibia’s capital and dinner at the infamous Joe’s Beerhouse before returning back to the Olive Exclusive, where you’ll stay for the night.
On day four, you’ll board an Air Namibia flight to Victoria Falls, where you’ll transfer to Kasane in Botswana to board one of our Zambezi Queen Collection houseboats.