Luxury in the Namib Desert
Tiras Mountains – NamibRand Nature Reserve
5 Days / 4 Nights
Accommodation for 4 Nights @ 5* Lodges
Meals (Full Board)
Beverages (Excluding Champagne and premium spirits)
Park Entry Fees
Fuel for the whole trip
Zannier Hotels Sonop, Tiras Mountains
Today when you arrive, you will drive straight to Tira Mountains, in the Namib Naukluft Park.Accommodated at Zannier Sonop Lodge
Situated in southwestern Namibia at the edge of the world-renowned Namib Desert, the Tiras Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for visitors who venture to this red granite wonderland and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of this region. Namibian landscapes are synonymous with tranquility, serenity and endless open spaces and the magnificent Tiras Mountains encapsulate this quiet charm. Nature lovers flock here for an off-the-beaten-track experience in one of Namibia’s most beautiful areas. Visitors can enjoy thrilling 4X4 mountain and dune tours, nature walks, game and bird viewing as well as excursions through quiver tree forests and to ancient rock paintings on granite rocks. Visitors can relax at one of the luxurious farm lodges after a wonderful day of activities, or get up close with nature while camping in this beautiful desert wilderness.
Overnight: Zannier Hotels Sonop
Sonop is a luxurious tented camp nestled at the Southern extremity of the Namib desert, in the Karas region.
Designed as a refined British colonial experience from the 1920’s, this out-of-the-ordinary lodge offers a perfect retreat in a stunning panoramic desert landscape. Constructed on top of boulders, the ten spacious tents aim to offer a unique journey through time. Richly furnished with antiques made of fine materials, colourful carpets and precious wood, they are an invitation to live the life of yesteryear’s wealthy explorers. A sophistication that contrasts with the simplicity of the endless surroundings. At Sonop everything is orientated towards the desert’s richness: all views are awe-inspiring and a large list of adventures allow guests to admire the desert’s genuine beauty at leisure.
Every evening guests are invited to enjoy an opulent gastronomic experience, where silverware and candelabras set the mood, enhanced by black-tie and white gloves service. Flawless service and attention to detail characterise all facilities of the camp.
Directions – Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH] to Zannier Hotels Sonop
Travel Time: 5:29 hours
Basis Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
Zannier Hotels Sonop, Tiras Mountains
Today after breakfast, the lodge will present to you which activity you will partake in first after the other. The
activities that are included are as follow:
A non-private morning or afternoon scenic drive
E-mountain bikes: 30 Min Horse Riding
Group Yoga Outdoor Cinema
Accommodation at Zannier Sonop Lodge
Basis: Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities.
andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, NamibRand Nature Reserve
Today after breakfast, you again have an option to do other activities you could not partake in the previous day due to time. After the activity, you will travel to NamibRand Nature Reserve; AndBeyond Sossusvlei Lodge.
Accommodation at AndBeyond Sossusvlei Lodge
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Spanning an area of 172,200 hectares and encompassing four distinct ecosystems, the NamibRand Reserve of southern Namibia is among the largest privately owned game parks in Southern Africa. Founded to conserve the unique environment and wildlife species of the Namib Desert, the park’s mix of dunes, mountains, rocky outcrops, sandy flats, and gravel plains provides habitats for a diversity of mammals, including hyenas, jackals, foxes, antelopes, and various wild cats. A plethora of bird species, reptiles, insects, and frogs also have their home here, alongside an array of plant species. Discover the mysterious ‘fairy circles’, and unexplained bare patches in the sand, or enjoy a night of sublime stargazing – having been named Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, it is one of the least light-polluted areas in the world.
Overnight: andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
One of the most pristine areas on Earth, the Namib Desert is a world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic landscapes and jagged mountain heights. Cradled against the ancient mountains, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its luxurious accommodation overlooking the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. Designed to capture the splendour and solitude of the desert, just ten stone and glass suites spread out along the curve of the escarpment, allowing absolute privacy. Each air conditioned suite is furnished to complement the majestic hues of the desert and features a private veranda, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, ensuite glass-encased bathroom and outdoor shower. The suites are equipped with a star-viewing skylight, discrete music system and custom-stocked personal bar. The guest area, where walls have become windows that fold away completely, boasts unimpeded desert vistas. The split-level lodge boasts a fire-lit bar, comfortable sitting room, wraparound veranda and Safari Shop. A fine selection of wines from an impressive walk-in wine cellar complements the delicious meals.
Guests can escape the desert heat with a revitalising midday dip in the pool, fed by water from an underground
spring. At sunset, animals are drawn to a nearby waterhole, enhancing desert sundowner drinks. A state-of- the-art observatory and resident astronomer provide insight into the magnificent constellations of Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve.
Directions – Zannier Hotels Sonop to andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Travel Time: 1:56 hours
andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia and Nature Reserve
Today you are in again for yet another bunch of Experiences, after breakfast.
Dune Walk, Stargazing, E-biking and Hiking)
Accommodation at AndBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
Today after breakfast, you will travel back to Windhoek and go straight to the airport for your scheduled flight to go home. We hope you have taken lots of pictures and memories.
Directions – andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge to Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH]
Travel Time: 4:47 hours
Basis:Bed and Breakfast
Upon your arrival, some pertinent information on Travel in Namibia:
Police roadblocks: Please note that you will encounter several police roadblocks, usually on exit/entrances to biggertowns or cities. These are for your safety and police might ask to check your driver’s licence or passport.
Cell phone coverage: is largely restricted to towns and cities, with irregular coverage in-between.
Fuelling (gas) stations: accept cash only, no credit cards are allowed. Most of the bigger towns as well as National
Parks have fuelling stations available.
Cash withdrawal: Namibia has ATM (Automated Teller Machines) available in most of the bigger towns, where any of the international visa or master cards can be used to withdraw cash.
Time changes: Time zone in Namibia (GMT+2)
Animals on roads: As Namibia has largely wide, open grasslands and antelope are aplenty, be on the lookout for game like Kudu and warthog that can cross the roads any time.
Business hours: Monday to Friday, 08h00 – 17h00. Saturdays’ most shops close around 14h00; Sundays and Public
Holidays shops are usually closed.
Banking hours: vary from 08h00/09h00 – 16h00 on weekdays, and Saturday mornings to around 11h00.
Hitchhikers: It is not suggested that you pick up hitchhikers on any road in Namibia
Stolen Items: Should you be so unfortunate as to have a personal item stolen from your person or vehicle, please report to the nearest police station, where you will receive a claim number, and which can be used for insurance purposes.
Vehicle breakdown: In case you do become stranded next to road (e.g. vehicle problems or flat tyre) please remain at your vehicle. Frequently other vehicles pass along on the same road who can either assist you or contact us.
Intermix Tours & Safaris will be aware of your overnight stops and if you do not show up at the pre-booked spot, we will launch a search. It is therefore very important that you keep water and some dry snacks with you at all times when traveling in Namibia.
100km per hour.
Mind when passing donkey carts and pedestrians in rural areas and slow down!
Check engine oil, water and tyre pressure when the engine and tyres are cold.
Just before most of the bigger towns, there are road blocks, but these are more a formality than an issue. If you adhere to the Namibian rules and regulations there should be no problems. We would like to advise you before you visit your country to have the following documents with you:
HEALTH & SAFETY ON TOUR IN NAMIBIA
Due to the hot dry climate, Namibia is virtually free of tropical diseases. Visitors should however take care of the following
A bite from an infected Anopheles mosquito can transmit microscopic blood parasites resulting in malaria. While malaria is found mainly in the north of the country, cases have been reported in the central region and occasionally in the south. Malaria can be a serious and fatal disease without prompt treatment. You can reduce the risk of malaria by using prophylactics (which should be started before arriving in Namibia and under your doctor’s guidance) and by following these simple procedures:
Insect repellents of high quality can be purchased in Namibia. Should any of the symptoms of malaria, such as fever, rigours (shaking), headaches, backache, diarrhoea and/or vomiting be experienced, it is extremely important to obtain professional help as soon as possible for proper diagnosis (a blood test) and prompt treatment. Symptoms can surface as soon as ten days and as long as eight weeks after being bitten. If any flu-like symptoms are experienced once you return home seek immediate medical attention and advise your doctor that you have recently visited a malaria area.
This disease is caused by a parasite, which lives in slow-flowing water. Fortunately, it is only travelers to the Caprivi and Kavango, who need be aware of bilharzia. Avoid drinking, swimming, or washing in rivers in the extreme north, especially in areas, where there is a lot of human habitation.
This is one of the most common problems in Namibia, especially in the hot summer months. Because of the high evaporation rate one seldom notices water loss – your sweat evaporates almost immediately! To avoid dehydration, try to drink three litres of water a day. Fizzy drinks (e.g.: Coca Cola) and beer DO NOT re-hydrate you! Early warning signs are a dull, throbbing headache and unusual tiredness.
Tap water is safe to drink throughout the country, except for isolated rural areas, where the consumption of filtered or bottled water is recommended.
The dry climate and the height above sea level often cause nose bleeds for the first few days after arrival.
SNAKES, SCORPIONS & SPIDERS
Although we have many different snakes in Namibia, they are seldom seen. The great majority of snakes are timid and move out of your path long before you see them. When walking in the bush wear good walking boots, preferable with thick socks covering the ankles. When walking in long grass be sure to check your legs and clothes for grass ticks – especially in the rainy season Scorpions and spiders are also seldom seen. They are more active in the rainy season, during the cooler evening and early morning hours. The best way to avoid being stung is to wear shoes. If by chance you encounter a scorpion or spider in your room, please ask your host to have it removed. Do not leave your shoes/boots outside at night –these provide convenient places for scorpions and Spiders to hole up in – not to mention the fact that Jackals have an insatiable appetite for shoes of all makes and sizes!
Wear a hat and sunscreen at all times. Never go walking without a supply of water – even if on a short walk. Keep a supply of water and some fruit or biscuits in your vehicle at all times.
Namibia is a peaceful, democratic country and it is safe to travel throughout the country.
Generally, Namibia is relatively crime-free. However, as in any other place in the world, there are undesirable
elements. The following precautions can be taken to ensure a safe and pleasant stay: