11 day trip

Namibian Dunes and West African Islands

From 12140 PP


Red dunes and wild islands

Contrast Namibia’s red sands with the tropical forests of Príncipe island, staying at two beautiful properties linked by their conservation efforts and work with communities.

Begin with a scenic flight into the otherworldly NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of the most unspoiled places on the planet, spending five nights between Wolwedans’ beautiful Dune Lodge and Boulders Camp. Its plains, red dunes and mountains are home to diverse desert-specialist wildlife species you can spot on walks, bike rides and game drives. The sense of space and peace here are positively restorative.

And then, for something completely different, fly to the tiny island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe off West Africa’s coast. Staying in a tented villa hidden among tropical almond and banana trees on a deserted stretch of beach, trek into rainforest interiors and immerse yourself in the island nation’s fascinating history and culture.


Trip highlights

  • Desert adventure from Wolwedans

  • Dark Sky Reserve star gazing

  • Beautiful beaches and cultural ties at Sundy Praia

  • Unique, community-first lodges


What's included

  • Ten nights of luxury accommodation

  • Tours, experiences and safari activities

  • Internal flights and private transfers

  • Price per person based on two adults sharing

  • Sao Tome Omali Lodge 6
    Omali Lodge
  • Wolwedans Dune Lodge 25
  • STB HBD Sao Tome Principe 9
    São Tomé
    Wolwedans Private Camp 6
  • STB HBD Sao Tome Principe 8
  • Principe Sundy Praia West Africa 6

An unforgettable trip with a positive impact

Created to maximize the benefits to people and place, while minimizing the environmental footprint.

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    Community & Culture

    Properties and experiences that uplift and empower local communities.

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    Supports wildlife projects, protected areas and ecosystem regeneration.

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    Lodges and camps chosen for their sustainability credentials and initiatives.

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Days 1 — 2

Fly to Wolwedans

Hop aboard a light aircraft for a spectacular flight from Windhoek across Namibia’s central highlands to a 220,000 hectare private reserve skirting the shore of the Namib Desert’s great sand sea.

Wolwedans Dune Lodge 29
Wolwedans Dune Lodge 20

Days 2 — 5

Relax in the Wilderness

The secluded Boulders Camp will be your home for the next three nights. Enjoy the NamibRand Reserve’s vast wilderness with Bushman walks, e-biking and game drives, and take the time to sit back and enjoy the silence. Guides will bring the dunes to life, introducing you to fascinating desert-adapted flora and fauna, from oryxes and cheetahs to the enigmatic fairy circles that mark the savannah.

Wolwedans Dune Lodge 12

Days 5 — 6

Overnight on São Tomé

Fly via Luanda in Angola out into the Gulf of Guinea to the island of São Tomé. Spend a night at the comfortable ocean-side Omali Lodge, exploring the colourful, laid-back capital for a warm welcome to the island nation.

Omali Lodge sao tome principe 2
STB HBD Sao Tome Principe 10

Days 6 — 11

Discover Príncipe island

A short hop takes you to neighbouring Príncipe island and the wonderful Sundy Praia. Spend your days relaxing on the sands, spotting nesting turtles, snorkelling in the sea and venturing into the island’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on a network of trails to hidden waterfalls on the lookout for endemic species.

Sao Tome Omali Lodge 2
Omali Lodge sao tome principe 6

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Namibian Dunes and West African Islands
12140 PP
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