15 Day Tour of the 3 Sands of Southern Africa


3 Sands of Southern Africa


A SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE

A LONGING FOR FREEDOM

A SENSE OF INDIVIDUALITY


Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique

This fabulous itinerary showcases three of the most famous "sands" in Southern Africa; 

The red SANDS of the Namib desert in Namibia — The Sabi SANDS Private game reserve in South Africa — The pristine white SANDS of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. 

There is nothing ordinary about this itinerary as guests take the road less travelled to combine and explore these three unique destinations in one trip.


DAY 1 - ARRIVAL DAY

Arrival Information

Welcome to Africa!

Arrive at Windhoek International Airport - Namibia, collect your luggage, clear through customs and enter into the arrival hall where you will be met.  Transfer by road (+/- 35 minutes) to the Olive Exclusive Hotel for a 1—night stay.    

The Olive Exclusive All-suite Hotel

The Olive Exclusive is the first ultra-luxurious sanctuary of its kind in the Namibian capital. It is cool, contemporary and stylish but with a warm heart and authentic African soul. This intimate boutique hotel is situated in a tranquil corner of Windhoek that embodies the very essence of chic comfort.

Included:

BreakfastDinnerWi-Fi

The Olive Exclusive All-suite Hotel22 Promenaden Road, Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibiahttp://www.theolive-namibia.com/

Meal Information

No meals included (depending on the time of International arrival)


DAY 2 - HOANIB SKELETON COAST TRANSFER

Transfer — Skeleton Coast

Following breakfast, depart by road (+/- 15 minutes) to Eros Airport in time to connect on a shared air shuttle to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Campfor a 3-night stay. 

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession.Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the camp looks out over stunning scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay.

Included:

All mealsTwice daily scheduled camp activitiesLaundryLocal drinks - excludes premium imported brands and champagnes

Hoanib Skeleton Coast CampKunene Region, Namibiahttp://www.wilderness-safaris.com/camps/hoanib-skeleton-coast

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: The Olive Exclusive Hotel Time: Prior to pickup 

Lunch: Included Location: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp Time: On arrival

Dinner: Included Location: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp 


DAY 3 - EXPLORE HOANIB

Explore — Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Enjoy game drives and nature walks

Note: Walks are never guaranteed. They are done at the discretion of the camp and only when conditions are considered safe for walking.

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Lunch: Included Location: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Dinner: Included Location: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp


DAY 4 - SKELETON COAST EXCURSION

Skeleton Coast Excursion

Following breakfast and some time to relax, be picked up by your guide for the Skeleton Coast Excursion. 

The fascinating 4x4 trip to the coast takes you via the wilderness and wildlife of the Hoanib River and floodplain, the dune fields and Klein Oasis, while the Skeleton Coast itself reveals a rocky coastline with its huge Cape fur seal colony and a few shipwreck remains.

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp Time: Prior to pickup 

Lunch: Included Location: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Dinner: Included Location: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp


DAY 5 - SOSSUSVLEI TRANSFER

Transfer — Sossusvlei

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic private charter flight along the coast to the small town of Swakopmund.  Touch down where you will be met by a private guide who will take you on a private living desert tour followed by lunch. 

After lunch, continue with your private charter landing at Sossusvlei.  Transfer by road to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge for a 3-night stay.    

The Living Desert Tour

On arrival at Swakopmund, be met by a member of the Living DesertAdventure team for a private "living desert" tour. 

During this tour you have the opportunity to enjoy a unique 4x4 adventure which specializes in bringing the desert to life. Get introduced to the "Little 5" of the Namib which consists of the Namaqua Chameleon, the Sidewinder snake, Shovel-Snouted Lizard, Cartwheeling Spider and the Palmato Gecko.

End your tour at one of the local seaside restaurants where you will enjoy lunch before heading back to the airport.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Surrounded by the mountains and sand dunes of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is an escape to the world as it should be. Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia's ancient Namib Desert in Southern Africa, the lodge is a secluded and serene oasis that overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops.

Included:

Three meals dailySoft drinks, teas and coffeesHouse wines and local brand spirits and beersLimited Wi-FiLaundrySafari activitiesGuided nature walksQuad bike excursions in the NamibRand reserve (subject to availability)Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip1 excursion to Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei Desert LodgeandBeyond, Namibrand Nature Reservehttp://bit.ly/2lv9u6z

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp Time: Prior to pickup 

Lunch: Not Included Location: Swakopmund

Dinner: Included Location: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge


DAY 6 - EXPLORE SOSSUSVLEI

Explore — Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Enjoy the many activities on offer at the lodge including guided nature drives in the stark landscapes of the NamibRand, walks in the dunes around the lodge or to a cave with Bushman paintings, quad biking (when available) and not to be missed the excursion of Sossusvlei where the highest desert dunes in the world are to be seen.

Weather permitting, enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the sand dunes on a sunrise trip where you will take in the beautiful landscape of Sossusvlei.

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Lunch: Included Location: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Dinner: Included Location:  Sossusvlei Desert Lodge


DAY 7 - EXPLORE SOSSUSVLEI

Explore — Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Lunch: Included Location: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Dinner: Included Location: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge


DAY 8 - JOHANNESBURG TRANSFER

Transfer — Johannesburg

Following an early breakfast depart by shared air shuttle to Windhoekin time to connect onto a commercial flight to Johannesburg.

On arrival at O.R Tambo International, collect your luggage and exit into the arrivals hall where you will be met by a Dare to Explore representative.  Transfer by road (+/- 40 minutes) to the Saxon Hotel for a 1—night stay.

Saxon Hotel

The Saxon Hotel is situated in the exclusive Sandhurst suburb of Johannesburg. Originally a private home and host to many honoured guests, the art within the home portrays lives lived with guests and friends spending time together. Elegant. Luxurious. Unforgettable. Merging the finest culinary experiences, the ultimate in luxurious accommodation and an award winning Spa, The Saxon Hotel will take you on an unforgettable journey.

Included:

BreakfastWi-FiVirtuoso Amenities

Saxon Hotel36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst 2196http://www.saxon.co.za/

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Time: Prior to pickup 

Lunch: Not Included 

Dinner: Not Included Reservation details: Grey Restaurant - The Saxon Hotel Time: 19:00 Address: 36 Saxon Rd, Sandhurst, Sandton Contact Number: 011 292 6000 Note: This restaurant is situated at your hotel. 


DAY 9 - SAFARI TRANSFER

Transfer — Safari

Following breakfast, be collected and transfer by road (+/- 40 minutes) to Federal Airlines private terminal, situated behind O.R. Tambo International Airport, in time to connect onto a air shuttle flight to Earth lodge situated in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve for a 3—night stay. 

Earth Lodge

Earth Lodge is a sanctuary symbolizing a new era in luxury South African safari lodges. Located in The Sabi Sands, it is one of the prime wildlife areas of South Africa and shares an unfenced border with the world famous Kruger National Park. Sculpted into a slope of the earth, almost invisible in the landscape, the lodge uses texture, light and space to present a lodge like no other. Taking its cue from the surrounding environment, it has been described as the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa.

Included:

All mealsAll drinks (excluding premium brands)Twice daily safari activitiesWi-i

Earth LodgeSabi Sands Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, ZA, 2146http://www.sabisabi.com/lodges/earthlodge/

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Saxon Hotel Time: Prior to pickup 

Lunch: Included Location: Earth Lodge Time: On arrival 

Dinner: Included Location: Earth Lodge


DAY 10 - EXPLORE EARTH LODGE

Explore — Earth Lodge

During your stay at Earth Lodge, enjoy twice daily game drives and scenic walking safaris.

Note: Walks are never guaranteed. They are done at the discretion of the camp and only when conditions are considered safe for walking.

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Earth Lodge 

Lunch: Included Location: Earth Lodge

Dinner: Included Location: Earth Lodge 


DAY 11 - EXPLORE EARTH LODGE

Explore — Earth Lodge

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Earth Lodge 

Lunch: Included Location: Earth Lodge

Dinner: Included Location: Earth Lodge 


DAY 12 - MOZAMBIQUE TRANSFER

Transfer — Mozambique

Following your morning game drive and breakfast, depart by shared air shuttle to Nelspruit in time to connect on a commercial flight to Vilanculos, Mozambique.

On arrival, clear through customs, collect your luggage, be met and assisted onto a helicopter transfer to Azura Benguerra Island Lodge for a 4—night stay.  

Azura Benguerra Island

Azura Benguerra Island, an unspoiled island within a Marine National Park. Just 20 villas are nestled along one of the last undiscovered stretches of beach in the world, with all the creature comforts you could wish for, sparkling private pools, Mozambican Butler-hosts to look after your every need, fish and seafood fresh from the ocean, a fantastic range of activities and experiences, an African spa to relax in, all at a community based project where the local islanders benefit as much as you. Azura is paradise found. 

Included:

All mealsAll beverages, including house wine (excluding premium brands)Sunset cocktail served dailyIntermittent Wi-FiVirtuoso AmenitiesReturn helicopter flights between Vilanculos and BenquerraOne Landrover island driveOne sunset Dhow cruise

Azura Benguerra IslandInhambane, Mozambiquehttp://www.azura-retreats.com/azura-benguerra/

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Earth Lodge Time: Prior to pickup

Lunch: Not Included Location: In Transit 

Dinner: Included Location: Azura Benguerra Lodge  


DAY 13 - EXPLORE BENGUERRA

Explore — Azura Benguerra Island

Spend your day snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, dhow sailing, paddle boarding, horse back riding and more.

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Azura Benguerra Island 

Lunch: Included Location: Azura Benguerra Island

Dinner: Included Location: Azura Benguerra Island   


DAY 14 - EXPLORE BENGUERRA

Explore — Azura Benguerra Island

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Azura Benguerra Island

Lunch: Included Location: Azura Benguerra Island

Dinner: Included Location: Azura Benguerra Island  


DAY 15 - EXPLORE BENGUERRA

Explore — Azura Benguerra Island

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Azura Benguerra Island

Lunch: Included Location: Azura Benguerra Island

Dinner: Included Location: Azura Benguerra Island 


DAY 15 - JOHANNESBURG TRANSFER

Transfer — Johannesburg

Following breakfast , depart by helicopter to Vilanculos Airport  in time to connect on a commercial flight to Johannesburg.

On arrival at O.R Tambo International airport , collect your luggage and exit into the arrivals hall where you will be met by a Dare to Explore representative who will assist you to check-in for your International flight home.    

Bon Voyage! 

Meal Information

Breakfast: Included Location: Azura Benguerra Island Time: Prior to pickup 

Lunch:Not Included

Dinner:Not Included   


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