Get to know Namibia's rural wilderness and fascinating wildlife on the ultimate safari adventure! This journey begins soaring through the skies above the dramatic landscapes of Sossusvlei and Damaraland. Discover the enchanting desert dunes and track down the elusive desert adapted elephants, alongside professional rangers. At Etosha National Park, enjoy a variety of game drives and wildlife encounters, before learning about the inspiring mission of the AfriCat Foundation in Okonjima. Between the value safari lodges, expert local guides and an ideal blend of adventure and relaxation, this trip showcases the best of the best!
Welcome to Namibia! Upon arrival at the Windhoek International Airport this morning, you will be greeted by a local representative and shown to your light aircraft for boarding. This flight will take you over the central highlands of Namibia, before descending after the escarpment and venturing on over the Namib Desert, ultimately landing at the Geluk Airstrip in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. This scenic flight will be the perfect introduction to Africa, as you soar over the spectacular wilderness and begin your safari adventure!
Upon arrival at the Geluk Airstrip, you will be met by your local guide, who will transfer you directly to the Kulala Desert Lodge. Get settled into your room and start exploring the beautiful surroundings of Sossusvlei on a variety of lodge activities!
*Please note that you will need to arrive in Windhoek no later than 12:00 PM, in order to make your domestic charter flight connection.
This place, this isolated, dry, epic, desolate place, is why you came to Namibia. Sossusvlei is a sea of red sand unlike any other, seemingly transplanted directly from Mars. Sunrises and sunsets light the sand on fire, and constant wind causes landscapes to change entirely, ensuring that no two visits to Sossusvlei are the same. Any native life one finds here is barely clinging to the term, and long-dead trees are often the only break in landscape. Make no mistake, Sossusvlei is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see, though your definition of beauty may be changed by your time here.
Rise and shine early this morning, for an enchanting excursion into the Namib Naukluft National Park. Alongside your guide, you will enter the park gates at sunrise, to capture the dunes at the magical time when the light is soft and the shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. As you explore, your guide will teach you about the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive in these harsh environs. Take a break to enjoy some refreshments and admire the views, before returning to the Kulala Desert Lodge.
You will arrive back at the lodge in the early afternoon, just in time for a delicious lunch. The rest of this afternoon can be spent at your leisure. Following such an early morning wake up call to see the dunes, this relaxing free time is welcomed and appreciated by most! However, if you're feeling up for it, you may want to embark on another guided lodge activity within the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Perhaps an exploration of the incredible Sesriem Canyon!
After a leisurely breakfast this morning, you will be transferred back to the local airstrip in good time to board your 10:00 AM light aircraft flight into the heart of Damaraland. On this aerial adventure, you will fly across the dune belt to meet the picturesque Atlantic, before continuing north to the coastal retreat of Swakopmund. You will stop here to refuel the plane.
From Swakopmund, your journey proceeds further north to reach the Doro Nawas Airstrip, landing at 11:40 AM. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your private naturalist guide, who will accompany you for the next few days of your safari. You will then be transferred on the 30 minute drive from the airstrip to Camp Kipwe, making sure to arrive in time for lunch.
*Please note that for an additional cost, this flight can also be arranged as a private charter scenic flight. Private charters showcase the most beautiful views of the region and offer a truly once in a lifetime experience.
The rest of this afternoon can be spent as you desire. You may want to embark on a guided excursion to visit the rock engravings at the World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein and other nearby geological sites. You will return to the camp before sunset, with time to freshen up before dinner. Pre-dinner drinks on Kipwe’s sundowner rock, a short stroll from the camp, is never a bad idea too! Later this evening, you can exchange stories by the fire.
Central Namibia is dominated by a series of plateaus at its higher elevations, and it's on these plateaus where life has found a way to thrive. Winding rivers and active springs dot the landscapes of Damaraland, attracting giraffes, elephants, zebras, antelopes and even the rare black rhino. The relatively livable environment also allowed for early man to build societies here, leaving behind evidence of their passing via fascinating rock engravings - some of the oldest in the world. Damaraland is one piece of a landscape puzzle that is necessary for a complete picture of Namibia's awesome space and scope.
Following this morning's breakfast, you will be treated to an exciting 4x4 safari excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab River Valley! This tour offers the opportunity to not only explore more of this remarkable region, but to also track down the beautiful wildlife! The elusive desert adapted elephants are always on the top of the list, if they happen to be in the area. Damaraland is home to an impressive variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. At the end of your desert discovery, you will head back the camp to enjoy lunch and a lazy siesta.
If you're up for it, your guide can arrange a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions later this afternoon. Alternatively, you may also wish to accompany your guide on a walk into the local area around camp, to learn more about the community. Of course, you are always welcome to just relax and enjoy yourself in the comforts of the camp as well!
This morning you will have an early departure from Camp Kipwe as you make your way north deeper into the heart of Damaraland. You will then continue on your journey, having a picnic lunch en route, and you will arrive at the Okaukuejo Resort, located inside the Etosha National Park, in the early afternoon. This rest camp’s focus is the popular floodlit waterhole, where guests can easily linger all day and watch the wildlife come and go. The basic accommodation, hosting and food is reasonably adequate for the value this rustic rest camp offers; the focus of this camp is its prime location being situation inside the park and thus you can dedicate as much time as possible on game drives within the Etosha National Park, subject to park regulations.
Etosha, meaning "Great White Place," is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. The pan is now a large dusty depression of salt and clay which fills only if the rains are heavy and even then it only holds water for a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including impressive flocks of flamingos. The perennial springs along the edges of the Etosha Pan draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds. Ranking as one of Africa's top wildlife viewing destinations, Etosha is your opportunity for a more traditional game viewing safari in an otherwise nontraditional African travel destination.
This morning's guided adventure consists of an exhilarating game drive within the wonders of Etosha National Park! This activity offers the chance to discover a wide variety of game and bird species that call this beautiful destination home. Admiring the wildlife in their natural habitat is something that is truly spectacular. And within the unpredictable action of the game, every drive offers something new and exciting! Head back to the camp this afternoon, to enjoy lunch and relax by the swimming pool. Before sunset, you will have the opportunity for another game drive out in the wild.
Alternatively, you may decide to spend the entire day out in the park. You can venture out to one of the other rest camps in the area to enjoy lunch this afternoon. Or, you can take a picnic lunch along with you, to eat while watching game at a particularly active waterhole in the area. Back at the camp this evening, the rest of the day can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole and sharing stories with other guests.
Enjoy one last breakfast at the Okaukuejo Camp this morning, before packing up the car and making your way south from the Etosha National Park, through the small towns of Outjo and Otjiwarongo, along the way to the Okonjima Day Center. You will arrive just in time to enjoy lunch, before taking an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the center. Your guide will teach you all about the function and vision of the inspiring AfriCat Foundation during this interactive excursion. You will even get to meet some of the Foundation’s special carnivore ambassadors.
At the end of your tour, you will be driven to the luxurious Okonjima Bush Camp, where you will spend the final two nights of your trip. Your total driving time today will be around 3 hours. These last few days in Okonjima offer the unique opportunity to appreciate a deeper insight into the work being done by the AfriCat Foundation. Getting to see more of the cheetah, leopard and other big cats in the wild, will quickly make you understand the significance of the Foundation's influential mission.
Okonjima Nature Reserve is famously known as the home of the AfriCat Foundation, an organization dedicated to revitalizing Namibia's wild cat population. Because of this exclusive attraction, there may not be a better destination in the world to ensure wild leopard or cheetah sightings, than here. Halfway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park, Okonjima also serves as a convenient stopping point between these two highlights. If you're feeling particularly brave, walking safaris are available, to truly get up close and personal with the wild cats.
The Okonjima Bush Camp offers you the most elegant way of getting up close and personal with Namibia's wildlife. You may want to simply relax pool side in the midst of this incredible setting, while you keep your eye out for the wildlife passing by. However, you may also be interested in partaking in some of the optional activities on offer at the Camp, not included with your stay. These excursions involve large carnivore tracking on foot, leopard viewing tours, game drives or self guided nature trail walks, just to name a few. You may also be interested in learning more about The Cheetah Project or the Africat Foundation, that the camp strongly supports.
A specialty tour, offered only at the Bush Camp, for those feeling very adventurous, can join the nocturnal animals tour. After dinner, you could partake in the nocturnal hide, where you may view 'Nightlife' such as porcupine, honey-badgers and caracal, among others or join in on a guided night-drive into the Nature Reserve. Whether you are enjoying the scenery on your own, or actively in search of the excitement, you are sure not to be disappointed!
Sadly, your journey through the pristine wilderness of Namibia must come to an end today. However, you will be leaving with unforgettable memories and the experience of a lifetime! After checking out of the Okonjima Bush Camp, you will be transferred back to the Windhoek International Airport, a drive of around 3 hours. You will be dropped off with plenty of time for your 2 hour mandatory check in procedure prior to your international departure flight home. We hope you had an incredible trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels!
*Please note that you will need to book your international outbound flight no earlier than 4:30 PM, in order to allow for enough time to transfer back to Windhoek and check in at the airport.
The Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the 37,000-hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The relaxed and comfortable main area of the property features a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda, which overlooks the scenic riverbed – a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista and to reminisce on the day’s exciting activities. Each of the guest rooms boast a roof-top sleeping platform, which offers the extraordinarily unique opportunity to sleep beneath the stars! This experience is not something that is offered at just any safari lodge. The property organizes nature drives on the reserve, as well as guided excursions to the vast sand dunes of Sossusvlei, through Kulala’s private entrance.
Creatively designed to blend in with the surrounding granite boulders, Camp Kipwe cures the mind, body and soul of travelers. Making the most of the expansive pristine landscape, the camp features a refreshing perspective on traditional safari life. Accommodation is offered in 8 igloo-shaped double bungalows, welcoming a maximum of just 16 guests at a time. Each bungalow includes its own private veranda, overlooking the wide open plains. The simplistic elegance of the camp invites you to enjoy Namibia at it's finest, in peace and quiet.
The Okaukuejo Rest Camp was the first tourist camp to open in Etosha. The property currently functions as the administrative hub of the park and is home to the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at the western end of the pan, about 120 kilometers north of the town of Outjo. Travelers come from near and far to see the famous Okaukuejo waterhole and admire its amazing display of wildlife. The camp's waterhole chalets are located very close to the floodlit waterhole and many areas around the property are perfectly positioned for glimpse at what animals may be stopping by for a drink. On site, you will also find a small shop, post office, a full service restaurant, snack kiosk, bar and swimming pool.
Featuring a quintessential bush experience, the Okonjima Bush Camp, home of the AfriCat Foundation, offers a blend of safari elegance and modern comforts. The property's spacious chalets open out onto the barren grass and acacia savannah. Each split level room has a day bed, bar, tea & coffee facilities. The exclusive chalets offer complete privacy under a unique thatched roof. You may want to sleep with the blinds open, making the most of the tranquil stillness of an African night. In front of each chalet, a birdbath is visited by a variety of birds and small mammals. The lodge also boasts a curio shop, cozy lounge, rustic indoor fire place, scenic outdoor fire place, kitchen and dining area, all of which overlooks the local waterhole and wildlife activity.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.
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