Chameleon Safaris Namibia 13 Day Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei, Canyons & N/a’an ku sê

For the enthusiastic volunteer, this 13 day package is the perfect combination of experiencing the higlights of Southern Namibia before spending the last 4 day volunteering at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary. Starting in Windhoek, we head west to explore Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital on the Skeleton Coast. Here we can enjoy any number of adrenaline inducing optional activities before starting our journey south. Our next stop after crossing the Tropic of Capricorn is Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, home to some of the world’s highest sand dunes. Continuing on to Namibia’s deep south where breath taking landscapes abound, we visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop, spot the wild horses of the Namib Desert, gaze over the Fish River Canyon, before ending an incredible 7 day trip with the last night at the impressive Quiver Tree Forest before returning to Windhoek. After 7 incredible days exploring Namibia we head out to N/a'an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary where we spend the next 4 days getting our hands dirty and doing out part for wildlife conservation. This is the ultimate Namibian adventure for the budget traveller!

Safari Type: Camping

Departs: Wednesday

Max: 12
Starting From:

$25,450.00 per person sharing

From Jan 1st, 2022
$27,525 per person sharing (includes/safari-overview.php (2))



  • Fish River Canyon
  • Kolmanskop Ghost Town
  • N/a'ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sossusvlei Dunes
  • Swakopmund
  • Windhoek

  • Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with pop up roof (no air-conditioning) – on safari
  • Services of a professional English speaking guide & camp assistant – on safari
  • 1 night pre safari + 1 night post safari at Chameleon Backpackers
  • 5 nights camping + 1 nights’ accommodation in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms on safari
  • 4 nights in twin or triple share tents at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag which can be hired)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Tap water
  • National Park entry fees
  • Sossusvlei excursion
  • Transfer from Chameleon Backpackers to N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary on day 9
  • Return airport transfers
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips/gratuities


Day 1: Wednesday - Chameleon Backpackers, Windhoek

We will be collected from the Hosea Kutako International Airport on arrival and transferred to Chameleon Backpackers in Windhoek. Depending on our arrival time, we may have the opportunity to join an afternoon City & Township Tour, choose to relax by the pool or take a short walk into the city centre to collect supplies. Whatever we choose, enjoy the evening with a delicious “potjiekos” at the Chameleon Backpackers’ bar before having an early night in preparation for the next 7 days exploring Southern Namibia.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Twin room with en-suite bathroom at Chameleon Backpackers

Day 2: Thursday - Hotel A La Mer, Swakopmund

This morning we start our tour of Namibia, with a pre-departure meeting at 7h30 and hitting the road shortly after. We drive via Okahandja and Usakos to the lagoon in Walvis Bay, where we will enjoy a light lunch. Here we have the opportunity to see many species of wetland birds, including the Greater and Lesser flamingo. We aim to arrive in Swakopmund mid-afternoon and you have time to explore this quaint little town on foot. Our guide will be happy to recommend a good restaurant for our evening meal, or we can join for a group meal (own expense). 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Twin room with en-suite bathroom at Hotel A La Mer

Day 3: Friday - Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sossusvlei

Today we leave Swakopmund at 11h30 so we have the time to enjoy an optional activity. For the adrenaline junkies this could be sandboarding down the dunes headfirst or exploring the dune field on a quad biking tour or it could discovering the “old city” of Swakopmund on a fat bike (e-bike option available). We depart no later than 11h30 and drive through the Namib Desert crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping briefly in Solitaire and arriving at our camp late afternoon. We set up our tents, and enjoy the sunset over the Namib Desert while listening to the barking geckos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Sesriem Oshana Camp

Day 4: Saturday - Sesriem Oshana Campsite, Sossusvlei

A pre-dawn departure from camp this morning with our first stop being at the famous Dune 45 where we have the chance to climb to the top to enjoy the sunrise. On descent we enjoy breakfast before continuing on into the Sossusvlei area. We explore this unique area on foot, heading into Dead Vlei with its large expanse of bleached cracked clay and skeletal camel thorn trees, contrasting with a backdrop of huge dunes with their ever-changing colours. We return to Sesriem for lunch and a swim or siesta during the heat of the day, before visiting the Sesriem Canyon. Our last stop of the day is Elim’s Dune and from there enjoy a sunset walk back to camp. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Sesriem Oshana Camp

Day 5: Sunday - Klein Aus Vista Campsite, Namib Desert

We pack up camp and enjoy breakfast before heading south through some of the most spectacular desert landscapes in Southern Namibia. Our destination today is the small outpost of Klein Aus, nestled in the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park. We arrive early afternoon and set up camp. For the active there is a short optional unguided hiking trail. Permits and a map are available at reception. We enjoy a beautiful sunset and dinner prepared by our guide over an open-fire. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Klein Aus Vista

Day 6: Monday - Klein Aus Vista Campsite, Namib Desert

After an early breakfast we make our way from Klein Aus to the ghost town, of Kolmanskop. During a diamond boom in 1910 Kolmanskop became one of the richest towns in Africa. As the diamond boom came to an end and the town’s inhabitants abandoned the area Kolmanskop became a ghost town. After our tour we continue our adventure to the small town of Luderitz, situated on the rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean. We stop at Diaz Point, the famous site of the Original Diaz Cross and enjoy a picnic lunch. On return to Aus, we keep our eyes peeled for the wild horses of the Namib Desert that roam between Luderitz and Klein Aus. We arrive back at camp late afternoon and can relax before enjoying another incredible sunset over the Aus Mountains. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Klein Aus Vista

Day 7: Tuesday - Quiver Tree Forest Restcamp, Keetmanshoop

We enjoy another early start this morning as we pack up camp and head east. Our first official stop is at the Fish River Canyon. Here we have the opportunity to overlook the second largest canyon in the world. After lunch we continue our adventure heading to our last destination, The Quiver Tree Forest. The forest grew spontaneously, and the oldest trees are estimated to be around 200-300 years old. The Quiver tree is also Namibia’s national tree, and the forest was declared a national monument in 1995. The last night on our adventure is spent camping under the stars with meals prepared by our guide. This is an excellent location for photographing the stars should you be an avid photographer (permits are available for night photography of the quiver trees at additional cost). 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Quiver Tree Forest Restcamp

Day 8: Wednesday - Chameleon Backpackers, Windhoek

After a tasty cooked breakfast, we start the day with a chance to really explore the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground, a geological phenomenon of dolerite rocks that appear to have been stacked by giants. From here we begin our journey back to Windhoek passing Brukkaros Mountain, an extinct volcano which is 650m above the surrounding area. We pass through the small towns of Mariental and Rehoboth before arriving in Windhoek late afternoon. Dinner tonight is at own expense in one of Windhoek’s excellent restaurants and our guide will be happy to make some suggestions. 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Twin room with en-suite bathroom at Chameleon Backpackers

Day 9: Thursday - N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

An early breakfast this morning and we will be transferred to the volunteer centre at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, which provides a safe haven for injured, orphaned or conflict animals. Whenever possible the goal is to re-introduce the animals into the wild. Only animals too ill, abused or habituated remain at the sanctuary. Arriving early this morning we will meet the N/a’an ku sê team for an induction presentation before heading out in the afternoon for our first hands on activity. The next 4 nights are spend in basic tented accommodation with spectacular views over the veld.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
Accommodation: Twin or triple share tents at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 10: Friday - N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

We enjoy an early morning breakfast and a quick morning meeting with the team to start the day off. The next couple of days are the perfect opportunity to learn about and actively participate in the conservation, rehabilitation, care and research of the African wildlife. The wildlife team takes us out for group based morning activities, such as feeding orphaned and injured animals, cleaning enclosures or project work and animal enrichment. After a morning full of fun and work, we enjoy a light lunch at the Lapa. After lunch we start the afternoon activities with a presentation from the research team before we learn about the on-going projects N/a’an ku se is involved with to support wildlife conservation. Research activities may include; monitoring free roaming carnivores, analysing camera traps, analysing GPS data or game counts. Dinner each night is a delicious home cooked meal served at the Lapa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
Accommodation: Twin or triple share tents at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 11: Saturday - N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Another busy day today as we spend the morning and afternoons out and about keeping up with all that needs to be done to run a wildlife sanctuary. This could be anything from being part of the food prep team to ensure all animals are fed on time, cleaning enclosures, tracking wildlife, game counts or to border patrols to check fence lines. The jobs here are never the same, and always offer the chance to experience some incredible moments as part of their conservation effort.

Whatever the tasks, the end of every day brings the chance to enjoy a spectacular sunset and share stories over dinner before enjoying a well deserved rest after a busy day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Twin or triple share tents

Day 12: Sunday - N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Our morning starts with an early breakfast and Sundays are rest days but not before we prepare and feed the orphaned and injured animals, anything from carnivores to reptiles or small mammals. This usually takes between 1 and 2 hours in the morning and the rest of the day can be spent enjoying the beautiful outdoors, horse riding or lazing around the pool reading a book or learning more about the conservation work done at the volunteer centre, the perfect way to spend our last day in Namibia. However we choose to spend our last day, be sure to set aside a few minutes to enjoy one last magnificent sunset over N/aan ku sê.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Twin or triple share tents at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 13: Monday - Departure

Depending on our flight time, we may have time for a leisurely breakfast and morning activity before being transferred to the International Airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight departure. Be sure to say goodbye to all new friends before departing. Transfer times subject to flight departure times.

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