Venture to a land of stunning contrasts. Where soaring charter flights lead to down-to-earth hikes, from flame-colored dunes to mist-shrouded Victoria Falls. Where mighty elephants roam and springbok leap. Where luxurious retreats nestle amid raw nature. And impossibly blue skies turn into a blanket of stars. Where? Namibia and Zimbabwe.
1-2 Hike the dramatic Namib Desert, with its vivid pink-to-orange dunes | Spot desert wildlife, like oryx, springbok and ostrich | Marvel at petrified dunes | Our local San Bushman guide sheds light on the desert's flora and fauna | Join an astronomer for an extraordinary night of stargazing.
3 Climb the bright red-orange Sossusvlei Dunes—among the highest in the world—for sweeping desert views | Gain insight into traditional and contemporary culture on a guided twilight walk | Sip refreshing sundowners and enjoy dinner alfresco.
4-6 Discover remote Damaraland, a rugged region of arid plains, granite outcrops and deep gorges | Tonight, relish a magical bush dinner under the stars | In Etosha National Park, a scenic game drive offers the chance to see lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros.
7 Behold Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls, a breathtaking explosion of thunder and spray | Watch the mighty Zambezi River surge down a zigzagging chasm on a guided hike | Savor an unforgettable dinner on the Zambezi riverbank.
8-9 Cruise a sprawling stretch of the Zambezi, watching for hippos, crocodiles and birdlife | Get to know the Zimbabwean bush on a walking safari through Matetsi Private Game Reserve | Relax under mangosteen trees at our magnificent river abode.