Reference code: SOAN-ITW
Max pax: 4
Availability: Nov 20 – Oct 21
Languages: German, English
Your journey begins…
Namibia is at the forefront of conserving its natural heritage, yet not many guests get to experience the efforts that take place “behind the scenes” of the various organisations.
Accommodation: As specified
Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary
15 Breakfasts, 14 lunches and 15 dinners
Entrance Fees: NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namib Naukluft National Park; Dorob National Park, Twyfelfontein, Palmwag Concession, Etosha National Park
General: Still mineral water on bus, tourism levy and government taxes where applicable, 24hrs medical evacuation insurance
All International / Domestic Flights and taxes, Visas, Travel and Personal accident insurance, Personal Expenses, Excursions / Activities not specified, Gratuities
Day 1 – 2
NA’ANKUSE WILDLIFE RESERVE
After arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met by your driver who will take you to the Naankuse Wildlife Reserve. This organisation plays a fundamental function in Namibia’s environmental conservation efforts by protecting and conserving protected game species. The afternoon is spent with a Bushman community, revealing their ancient culture, tradition and survival skill on a bush walk safari. The next morning, enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at the lodge with the sanctuary’s owner or one of her representatives, before being taken out to meet some of the animals and to give you a deep insight into Na’ankuse’s important work. You will get to see “behind the scenes”, learn more about the carnivore conservation project and see our Clever Cubs school.
Overnight at Zannier Hotels Omaanda – Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Incl. selected beverages and activities).
NAMIB NAUKLUFT PARK
After breakfast you depart via Windhoek down the central escarpment to the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the World, where your lodge is situated within the private NamibRand Nature Reserve. Whether you discover nature’s miracles on foot, by land rover or from the air you will be astounded by the multi-faceted desert habitats. Scenic drives, flights and/or nature walks with resident guides reveal the fascinating wonders of the NamibRand Nature Reserve as do picnics in the wild, Sundowner on the dunes and dinners by candlelight. The special attraction of the reserve is its diversity of landscape.
Overnight at Wolwedans Dune Camp – Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Incl. selected beverages and activities).
NAMIB NAUKLUFT PARK / SOSSUSVLEI
Your journey takes you a short trip north to the edge of the NamibRand Nature Reserve to the luxurious Kwessi Dunes Camp. With its rolling desert plains and backdrop of craggy mountains and iconic red dunes, this is a place where time seems to stand still and the space is never-ending. At Kwessi Dunes, you’ll find cool and comfortable chalets all with canvas walls and thatched roofs. Each bedroom has a separate ‘star gazer’ room, completely open to the sky, and the perfect spot from which to watch the celestial theatre show above. Views from the rooms, the main area and the swimming pool are of the vast, desert vistas.
Overnight at Kwesi Dunes – Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Incl. selected beverages and activities).
Your adventure then takes you along the endless Namib Desert to the Atlantic Ocean, where you can see Sandwich Harbour and the Walvis Bay Lagoon from above. After landing in Swakopmund, your guide will meet you, and you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. The next day join a marine cruise on the calm waters of the Walvis Bay peninsula, enjoy the interaction with Cape fur seals, dolphins, leatherback turtles and maybe even seasonal whales and Orka’s, while sipping cold sparkling wine and savouring the taste of fresh oysters and snacks. Swakopmund is often fondly referred to as the “playground of Namibia”, it has numerous activities.
Overnight at Strand Hotel – Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
After a leisurely breakfast, depart for Damaraland and the Mowani Mountain Camp, set between the lush and life-sustaining Ugab and Huab Rivers. “Mowani” means “Place of God” and it is here that you will find the true meaning of peace and tranquillity. Lunch is followed by an afternoon excursion to the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a world heritage site considered being the largest open-air museum in Southern Africa.
Overnight at Mowani Mountain Camp – Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
After breakfast, a scenic flight takes you into the northern parts of the Damaraland area and to the world-renowned Desert Rhino Camp which is located amongst rolling, rocky hills of the Palmwag Concession. Together with the Save The Rhino Trust, they oversee the protection and study of the black rhino. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive, where you stand a chance to view arid-adapted wildlife. In the evening, you are joined by a wildlife specialist who will give an inspiring talk about the efforts of the Save The Rhino Trust.
The next day is spent on the concession in search of the Desert Rhino. Your guide and tracker have a wealth of information to share with you, not only on the specially protected black rhino but also on all other flora and fauna in the mountainous concession. Return to camp for dinner under the stars.
Overnight at Desert Rhino Camp – Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After Breakfast, travel through Damaraland to the Ongava Game Reserve situated on a vast private game reserve on the southwestern side of the Etosha National Park. Consisting of a variety of vegetation zones, this game reserve is home to a wide range of animal species. After a sundowner drink, enjoy dinner in the open restaurant, which awards you a great view onto a flood-lit waterhole.
Overnight at Andersson’s at Ongava – Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive in the Etosha National Park. With its 114 different animal and 340 different bird species, this park belongs to the world’s most diverse wildlife parks. The park surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan and is home to 4 of the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. Your lodge for the following nights serves as a conservation breeding ground of the black rhino.
The next afternoon, enjoy a guided bush drive with an experienced game ranger, who will introduce you to the conservation efforts of the Onguma game Reserve.
Overnight at Onguma Tented Camp – Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This morning your journey continues to Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, In the afternoon you have the option of a variety of activities on offer, some of which include nature walks, hyena or leopard tracking, or join one of the guides at the Africat Research centre to explain the critical function the AfriCat Foundation plays in the Namibian conservation efforts.
Enjoy a drink around a campfire, before enjoying dinner in the African-style restaurant. Enjoy the next day out in nature with the abundance of animal and birdlife within spectacular scenery – Okonjima is a nature lover’s and photographer’s paradise alike.
Overnight at Okonjima Bush Camp – Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
After an optional morning walk and breakfast, travel back to Windhoek, well in time for your outward flight from the international airport, from where you bid your guide farewell and embark on your onward journey.