Wings Over Namibia & the African West Coast Wings Over Namibia & the African West Coast

Wings Over Namibia & the African West Coast

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Latitude 33 Bonus Inclusions | Hot-air balloon safari in Sossusvlei for an awe-inspiring experience over the vast Namib Sand Sea and a coastal excursion to the Skeleton Coast! 

Namibia is a country of astonishing contrasts aptly named after the Namib - the oldest desert on the planet and a sea of red sand along the Atlantic coastline. 

There are many places where its lunar-like surface seems to deny the existence of all life. But life there is, and in many diverse and unique forms...the unique desert-adapted elephant, the bizarre welwitschia plant and the superbly-adapted tenebrionid beetles. 

Experience disparate cultures while travelling from the bleak but beautiful Skeleton Coast to the Gold Coast. Following the trade routes of Henry the Navigator along the west coast of Africa, you'll see some of the least visited places on Earth. This is expedition cruising at its source - a unique blend of beauty, nature, culture and history that gives truly one-of-a-kind experiences and lifelong memories. 

Savour, enjoy and photograph the distinctive Namibian and West African character. 

Destinations: Africa, South Africa

Commencing: Johannesburg, South Africa

Duration: 32 nights

Departure Date: 06 Mar 2020

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Highlights

  • Small group limited to only 16 guests
  • Hosted by a Latitude 33 Tour Host and local guides 

 

​Sossusvlei | Dead Vlei, Red Dunes and Vast Open Plains 

  • Spend 3 nights at Little Kulala, the closest luxury camp to the iconic Sossusvlei dunes and vleis
  • Inclusive of all meals and selected drinks, twice daily game drives and laundry 
  • Accommodation in thatched "kulalas", each with a private plunge pool and rooftop Star Bed for star gazing 
  • Private and exclusive access to 27,000 hectares of wildlife and desert scenery 
  • Included excursions to Sossusvlei, nature drives, walks and eco-sensitive quad biking 
  • BONUS | Hot-air balloon safari for an awe-inspiring experience over the vast Namib Sand Sea 

 

Skeleton Coast | Abundant Desert Wildlife, Shipwrecks and Seal Colonies 

  • Spend 3 nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp; exclusive use for Latitude 33 guests 
  • Inclusive of all meals and selected drinks, twice daily game drives and laundry 
  • Accommodation in en-suite tents, fully solar powered 
  • Dry riverbed draws fascinating desert-adapted wildlife 
  • Access to Skeleton Coast with its huge Cape fur seal colony and shipwreck remains 
  • BONUS | Coastal excursion to the Skeleton Coast (weather permitting) 

 

Damaraland | Sandstone Cliffs, Remote Springs and Endangered Rhinos 

  • Spend 3 nights at Desert Rhino Camp; exclusive use for Latitude 33 guests 
  • Inclusive of all meals and selected drinks, twice daily game drives and laundry 
  • Accommodation in Meru-style tents located within the enormous Palmwag Concession
  • Rhino tracking with Save the Rhino Trust; trackers who patrol and protect one of the largest free-ranging populations of the Critically Endangered desert-adapted black rhino in Africa 
  • Stark, beautiful and remote with desert-adapted wildlife including special plants like welsitschia 

 

Silver Cloud Expedition | Explore the Remote & Remarkable 

  • Guest capacity: 254 | Crew capacity: 323 | Last refurbishment: 2017 
  • 18 nights on board Silver Cloud cruising from Cape Town to Accra 
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac® 
 

Full Itinerary

click through the days of your journey

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    Day 01

    Friday 06 Mar 2020

    Australia | Johannesburg

    Welcome to Johannesburg, where your base is the Four Seasons Hotel overlooking the neighbouring zoo. Rest of the evening is at leisure. 

    Four Seasons The Westcliff 

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    Day 02

    Saturday 07 Mar 2020

    Johannesburg

    Spend the day at leisure. Or if this is your first time in Johannesburg, how about an optional city tour? You can visit the neighborhood where Nelson Mandela once lived and the renowned Apartheid Museum. A welcome dinner will bring everyone together this evening. 

    Four Seasons The Westcliff (B-D) 

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    Day 03

    Sunday 08 Mar 2020

    Johannesburg | Windhoek | Sossusvlei

    This morning, transfer to the airport for our onward flight to Namibia's capital, Windhoek. On arrival in Windhoek and after clearing customs and immigration, you'll be escorted to our charter fight transfer to Little Kulala. This 27,000 hectare private reserve is adjacent to the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, bordering the Namib-Naukluft National Park. 

    Little Kulala (B-D)

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    Day 04

    Monday 09 Mar 2020

    Sossusvlei

    An oasis along the dry Auab riverbed in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Little Kulala celebrates the splendor and solitude of the Namib Desert. Inspired by Dead Vlei, the design of the thatched “kulalas”, each with a private plunge pool, merges seamlessly into the timeless desert setting. Scenic sundowners take in awe-inspiring views that stretch endlessly to a distant horizon, while a "star-bed" offers slumber under some of Africa's clearest skies. 

    Little Kulala (B-L-D)

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    Day 05

    Tuesday 10 Mar 2020

    Sossusvlei

    Desert-adapted wildlife to be seen on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve includes ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, spotted hyena and the occasional brown hyena. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf can also be seen. One bird, the aptly named dune lark, has its entire global distribution limited to the area.

    Little Kulala (B-L-D)

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    Day 06

    Wednesday 11 Mar 2020

    Sossusvlei | Skeleton Coast

    Today, transfer back to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to your next destination. Hoanib Skeleton Coast’s location allows access to the legendary Skeleton Coast, with its stark shores interspersed with rocks and seal colonies, along with views of secret oases, magnificent dunes and unexpected yet thriving life. 

    Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (B-L-D)

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    Day 07

    Thursday 12 Mar 2020

    Skeleton Coast

    Almost miraculously in this stark environment, enormous elephant thrive along with giraffe, lion and brown hyena. Gemsbok (oryx), springbok, steenbok, scrub hare, and inquisitive ground squirrel are also seen. Birds are equally diverse, with regular endemics like Rüppell's korhaan, Benguela long-billed lark and lark-like bunting. 

    Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (B-L-D)

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    Day 08

    Friday 13 Mar 2020

    Skeleton Coast

    Witness a true desert oasis where subterranean water is forced to surface in two places; or explore the desolate Skeleton Coast with its shipwrecks and noisy colonies of Cape fur seals either by a fascinating drive or scenic flight (weather permitting). 

    Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (B-L-D)

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    Day 09

    Saturday 14 Mar 2020

    Skeleton Coast | Palmwag

    Today, our light aircraft transfer takes us to our final destination in Namibia. In a wide valley sometimes flush with grass, Desert Rhino Camp lies in the enormous Palmwag Concession. Here, experienced trackers patrol and protect one of the largest free-ranging populations of Critically Endangered desert-adapted black rhino in Africa.  

    Desert Rhino Camp (B-L-D)

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    Day 10

    Sunday 15 Mar 2020

    Palmwag

    The camp has comfortable Meru-style tents and a main area that overlooks a sweeping plain dotted with Namibia’s national plant, the welwitschia. The campfire encourages inspired storytelling under Namibia’s star-studded skies. Desert Rhino Camp is run in conjunction with the local community and Save the Rhino Trust. You'll gain an amazing insight into the ecology and conservation of this area. 

    Desert Rhino Camp (B-L-D)

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    Day 11

    Monday 16 Mar 2020

    Palmwag

    Aside from the desert-adapted black rhino to be found in the area, Palmwag Concession's freshwater springs also support healthy populations of desert-adapted elephant, Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu and predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyena. 

    Desert Rhino Camp (B-L-D)

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    Day 12

    Tuesday 17 Mar 2020

    Palmwag | Windhoek | Cape Town

    We farewell Namibia as our light aircraft transfer returns us to Windhoek where we meet our connecting flight to Cape Town. With captivating views of Table Mountain, the chic design and contemporary African flair of the One&Only Hotel finds a natural home in the heart of Cape Town. Spend the evening at leisure. 

    One&Only Cape Town (B)

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    Day 13

    Wednesday 18 Mar 2020

    Cape Town

    Sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Today, travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain where you can enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of the city and its mountainous surrounds. Afternoon is at leisure.

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    Day 14

    Thursday 19 Mar 2020

    Cape Town

    Today you will head out to the majestic Cape Winelands. Exit the city and enter the Winelands regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek for a leisurely exploration of these historic Wine Route towns. Taste for yourself the rich offering of wine varietals created in the Western Cape - a region famed for the quality of its wines - none more so than Grande Provence Estate. 

    One&Only Hotel (B-L)

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    Day 15

    Friday 20 Mar 2020

    Cape Town | Embark

    Enjoy breakfast followed by check out and transfer to the Cape Town Harbour. Embark Silver Cloud for your 18-night cruise along the West Africa Coast. Onboard, meet your fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the ship’s luxurious amenities. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

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    Day 16

    Saturday 21 Mar 2020

    At Sea

    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you've been meaning to do. These blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days that will be spent exploring shore side.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

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    Day 17

    Sunday 22 Mar 2020

    Luderitz, Namibia

    See gangs of playful penguins skipping across the waves, pink flamingos wading by the coast, and dolphins leaping into the air, as you visit a city that boasts some of the most incredible wildlife in Africa. Take a boat tour across the waves, to drop in on Penguin Island and Seal Island – where friendly seals flop about, and bark out welcomes in your direction. Surcharges may apply.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

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    Day 18-19

    Monday 23 Mar 2020

    Walvis Bay, Namibia

    One of Southern Africa's most important harbor towns, the once industrial Walvis Bay has recently developed into a seaside holiday destination. The majority of water activities advertised in Swakopmund actually depart from Walvis's small waterfront area, and there's an amazing flamingo colony residing in the Bay's 3,000-year-old lagoon.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

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    Day 20

    Wednesday 25 Mar 2020

    At Sea

    Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Attend informative lectures that will prepare you for the upcoming ports-of-call in Angola. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

  • Namibe

    Day 21

    Thursday 26 Mar 2020

    Namibe, Angola

    Namibe is perched between the edge of the expansive Namib Desert and the cold waters of the Benguela Current flowing to the north offshore. Thanks to the blend of cool water and proximity to the desert, Namibe has a cool dry climate and desert vegetation. The most famous of these desert plants is the Welwitschia mirabilis, a rare plant found only in the Namibe Provence of South Angola and the Namib Desert

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

  • Lobito Angola

    Day 22

    Friday 27 Mar 2020

    Lobito, Angola

    Lobito is a city in search of a new identity, whose natural resources include unspoilt tropical Atlantic beaches, vast national parks and a chequered heritage of Portuguese rule and struggle for independence. Drive through the city to the most famous church in Benguela, and once back at the pier there will be a festival with traditional dances and singing. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

  • Luanda

    Day 23

    Saturday 28 Mar 2020

    Luanda, Angola

    Luanda is the capital of Angola, and home to more than four million, making it one of the largest Portuguese speaking cities in the world. As capital of Africa’s second-largest oil-producing country, it has been deemed the world’s most expensive city. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

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    Day 24-25

    Sunday 29 Mar 2020

    At Sea

    Participate in onboard activities, relax in one of the lounges, or peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library. Let your onboard Ornithologist give you a glimpse of the fascinating birds of Sao Tome and Principe. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D) 

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    Day 26

    Tuesday 31 Mar 2020

    Sao Tome and Principe

    São Tomé seems to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific. São Tomé and Príncipe is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Africa. Both islands are part of an extinct volcanic mountain range.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

  • Bom Bom Island

    Day 27

    Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

    Bom Bom Island

    The two West African islands of São Tomé & Principe form the smallest nation in Africa. This morning, go ashore at Bom Bom Island to either enjoy the beaches and the facilities of the Bom Bom Island Resort, or to walk towards Santo Antonio, Principe’s main town. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

  • Cameroon-Limbe

    Day 28

    Thursday 02 Apr 2020

    Limbe, Cameroon

    Limbe is located on a beautiful bay against the backdrop of a major mountain range. Cameroon is world famous for its tea and agriculture production, and Limbe is the centre of its oil industry. Formerly known as Victoria, Limbe is on the southwest coast of the Republic of Cameroon between West and Central Africa.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

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    Day 29

    Friday 03 Apr 2020

    At Sea

    This leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Participate in discussions and onboard activities led by the Expedition Team. Perhaps a wine seminar or teatime’s Team Trivia will call your attention.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

  • Cotonou Benin

    Day 30

    Saturday 04 Apr 2020

    Cotonou, Benin

    Tucked between Nigeria and Togo in Benin is the busy trading port of Cotonou. Named a “market town” for its coastal placement and lucrative palm oil and textile trades, Cotonou is a sprawling amorphous city, swaddled between the Atlantic coast and Lake Nakoué. 

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

  • Lome

    Day 31-32

    Sunday 05 Apr 2020

    Lome, Togo

    If you're sick of the usual beach resorts, then zesty Lomé will welcome you to a coastal destination that oozes with inimitable character. The former 'Jewel of West Africa' offers some wonderful beaches, and exports its delicious bounty of cocoa, coffee and pine kernels far and wide.

    Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L-D)

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    Day 33

    Tuesday 07 Apr 2020

    Accra (Tema), Ghana | Australia

    Following breakfast on board, disembark Silver Cloud in Tema, Ghana’s largest seaport and Accra’s harbour. Enjoy a guided city tour and lunch. Afterwards, we'll transfer you to the Kempinski Hotel where you'll have day-use until transferring to the airport for your flight home. 

    Disembark Silver Cloud Expedition (B-L) 

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01 | FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS

 

  • Return airport transfers in Australia*
  • Return International airfares with Emirates from Australia 
  • Wilderness Air charter flights in Namibia (luggage restrictions apply)
  • Luggage transfer from Johannesburg to Cape Town 
  • All transfers and baggage handling on tour 
  • See flight upgrade options below, subject to availability 
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02 | ACCOMMODATION

 

  • Four Seasons The Westcliff, Johannesburg | 2 nights
  • Little Kulala, Sossusvlei | 3 nights
  • Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp | 3 nights
  • Desert Rhino Camp, Palmwag | 3 nights
  • One&Only, Cape Town  | 3 nights 
  • Silver Cloud Expedition | 18 nights 
  • Day-room at Kempinski Hotel in Accra prior to evening flight home 
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03 | LITTLE KULALA

 

The closest luxury camp to the remarkable Sossusvlei dunes, Little Kulala's exquisite fittings, pastel tones and use of natural light merge into the timeless desert landscape. Aside from excursions to the dunes, the unadorned beauty of the Namib is explored via game drives and walks on Kulala Wilderness Reserve, providing sightings of desert-adapted wildlife and plants, from ungainly ostrich to charismatic bat-eared fox. 

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04 | HOANIB SKELETON COAST CAMP

 

In a broad, dry valley that looks down into the seldom-flowing Hoanib River lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, its flowing rooftops and award-winning environmentally-friendly design seemingly a permanent part of the ancient landscape. Here in this land of rugged mountains, gravel plains and rolling dunefields regular encounters with a surprising array of large, charismatic desert-adapted wildlife abound, from elephant; lion and giraffe to oryx, springbok and even brown hyaena.

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05 | DESERT RHINO CAMP

 

Set in a remote valley of the Palmwag Concession, this light-footprint camp is the result of a forward-thinking rhino conservation partnership between. Privileged access to desert-adapted black rhino from this special location is enabled by skilled trackers from Save the Rhino Trust, with discussions around the campfire later at night focusing on how visitors here contribute to the protection of this Critically Endangered species.

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06 | ONE&ONLY CAPE TOWN

 

Nestled within a natural amphitheatre shaped by the vertical cliffs of Devil's Peak and Lion's Head sits Cape Town in all of its coastal glory. Here, commanding an enviable spot in the city's fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is One&Only Cape Town, overlooking the marina with panoramic views of Table Mountain. Stay in Island Superior Rooms surrounding the resort's spectacular infinity-edge pool, located on one of the resort’s two lushly landscaped private islands 

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07 | SILVER CLOUD EXPEDITION

 

  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Daily multiple shore excursions in small groups of no more than 14 people
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites 
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI* throughout the ship (conditions apply)
  • Onboard gratuities
 
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