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 hearty desert wildlife, like oryx, springbok and ostrich Marvel at petrified dunes, where sand has transformed back into rock Our local San Bushman guide sheds light on the desert's resilient flora and fauna The stars are unbelievable! Join an astronomer for an extraordinary night of stargazing.
3 Charter flights seamlessly connect varied African landscapes Walk across the bright red-orange sands of the Sossusvlei Dunes Climb the enormous dunes—among the highest in the world—for sweeping desert views Gain insight into traditional and contemporary culture on a guided twilight walk As the sun slips below the horizon, sip refreshing sundowners and enjoy dinner alfresco.
4-6 Track rare desert-dwelling elephants and black rhinos Discover remote Damaraland, a ruggedly beautiful region of vast 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 four of the Big Five—lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros Another stunning landscape unfolds on a walk in Onguma Game Reserve.
7 Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls, a breathtaking explosion of thunder and spray, is a sight to behold Watch the mighty Zambezi River surge down a narrow and zigzagging chasm On a guided hike, learn about this World Heritage site's fascinating history Savor an unforgettable dinner on the Zambezi riverbank.
8-9 Cruise along a sprawling stretch of the Zambezi, keeping your camera ready for hippos, crocodiles and a plethora of birdlife Get to know the Zimbabwean bush—a true feast for the senses—on a walking safari through Matetsi Private Game Reserve Relax and rejuvenate under a canopy of mangosteen trees at our magnificent river abode.