Namibia safaris; sand dunes

Red and White Desert Safari

Hannah Champion

Hannah Champion

19 Sep 2016




noun: desert; plural noun: deserts
1a waterless, desolate area of land with little or no vegetation, typically one covered with sand.
wasteland, waste, wilderness, wilds, dust bowl, barren land

2. a situation or place considered dull and uninteresting.
uninteresting place/period, unproductive place/period, wasteland

Natural World Epic desert safari

The word desert seems to denote bleak, lifeless areas of terrain that perhaps wouldn’t appear to be the obvious choice for travel bucket lists. However, with intrepid travellers looking to explore further and travel deeper into the world’s rugged landscapes, the vast vistas of the Namib Desert and the icescapes of the Antarctic tundra are becoming more and more popular choices for unique, unforgettable safaris.

Travel from red to white through superlative deserts on this once-in-a-lifetime safari; encountering the extraordinary wildlife that survives in these unrelenting environments.

Black-maned Kalahari Lion, Botswana

Central Kalahari, Botswana

Ride through the desert on horseback with the wind rushing through your hair, discover the fascinating culture of the San bushmen or get your heart racing with a quad bike journey across the Pans; these are just a handful of activities available at this enchanting camp. While not home to huge numbers of big game, the Kalahari’s Makgadikgadi salt pans are a haven for other wildlife including hyena, meerkats, zebra and, during the wet season, thousands of flamingos. Being situated on the edge of the largest salt pans the world, Jack’s Camp in Botswana offers a remote safari style, ideal for those looking for something a little different to a traditional game drives and plains without compromising on classic African hospitality and luxurious accommodation. 

As the first stop of your epic desert safari, Jack’s will most certainly give you an insight as to why the unspoiled beauty of desert landscapes is one to be treasured. 

Shannon Wild Africa Namibia - oryx at sunset

Serra Cafema, Namibia

Moving on though the remote desert landscapes of Namibia, you arrive at Serra Cafema; a true oasis in the barren backdrop of the Skeleton Coast. Inspired by the local Himba tribespeople, this rustic lodge uses its seclusion as its focal point and is often referred to as Namibia’s most remote camp. Located on the banks of the Kunene River in north western Namibia, overlooking Angola, Serra Cafema provides the perfect base to discover the remote mountains and valleys by quad bike. The dunes here have more of a yellow tone in contrast to the rich orange/red hues of Sossusvlei, and can be explored by jeep or small charter plane. 

Seeing a lone ostrich standing on the edge of the vast sandy wilderness will give you a real sense of perspective.

Namibia safari; Kulala Desert Lodge Ballooning

Namib-Naukluft National PArk, Namibia

One of the most photographed desert landscapes in the world is the rolling, red dunes of Namibia. The spectacular hues of the mammoth Sossusvlei desert, range from dusty pinks to deep, rust oranges, with colours intensifying at sunrise and sunset. 

Enjoy a hot air balloon flight over the dunes to take in the vast scenery followed by game drives on land to discover the fascinating desert-adapted wildlife that calls this area home.

Dining at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge can be taken under the magnificently starry sky allowing you to witness the Milky Way and a sumptuous breakfast can be enjoyed by the spring-fed swimming pool. Once you have seen the Sossusvlei dunes you may feel no other desert landscape will be comparable. However, as you move on through Africa and down to Antarctica you will begin to realise how much more there is to deserts than perhaps you first thought.

Meerkats, South Africa

Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa

Travelling south from Namibia you enter South Africa to stay at Tswalu Kalahari at the foot of the Korannaberg Mountains. This pristine wilderness is home to a number of rare and endangered species such as the desert black rhino, pangolin and the black-maned lion.

Seeing these animals endure this desolate landscape and learning about the ways in which they have adapted to their environment is truly fascinating.

Staying at Tswalu’s ‘Motse’ (meaning village in Tswana) you can enjoy sumptuous cuisine, relax on your private sundeck and even take a dip in the infinity pool to cool off from the Kalahari’s intense climate.

Antarctic safari;  emperor penguins

Antarctic Shelf, Antarctica

Venturing out of your tent, you are awe-inspired as you are surrounded by thousands of emperor penguins.

Seeing these huge colonies is a natural world experience not to be missed. Staying on the icy Antarctic tundra, as opposed to aboard an expedition ship, is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Inaccessible to most, Whichaway Camp accommodates just 12 guests in six pods using aerospace technology to allow comfort in one of the most remote locations on earth. 

As you explore out on the tundra you will be astounded by the pure white landscape that stretches as far as the eye can see. 

This is the last stop on your epic desert safari and is a completely contrast to the heat and colour of the African dunes. 


Each of these safari accommodations has been carefully selected for its remote location and proximity to the unique wildlife that resides there. Every lodge commits to protecting the pristine wilderness that surrounds it and truly cherishes their location.

Want to book this epic desert safari?

Get in touch with our Destination Specialists and they will help plan this once-in-a-lifetime safari through some of the world's most remote, yet pristine wildernesses.

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