There are parks and camps in Namibia that are nearly unreachable by ground. This itinerary flies you into the most exclusive, luxurious lodges from which to explore the secluded parts of Namibia. We will provide you with all of the resources necessary to have a true leisurely adventure while exploring this wonderful country. With high class eco friendly accommodations and access to some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa, this trip embodies what Namibia has to offer.
Land at Windhoek international airport today and get transferred to Eros Airport, where you will connect with your charter flight to the south of Namibia and the ancient dunes of the Namib desert. Arrive at the luxurious Sossusvlei Desert Lodge and relax this afternoon around the beautiful pool or in your suites. This unique lodge is situated on the NamibRand Nature Reserve and each suite boasts an endless view across the magnificent desert.
The bar and restaurant are joined to a lounge and reading area, and the excellent cuisine is perfectly complemented by one of the many superb wines stocked in the wine cellar. Each suite boasts inside and outdoor showers, a lounge area and a skylight above the bed for midnight star gazing. Inclusive activities here take the form of nature drives within the NamibRand Conservancy, quad biking for the more adventurous and an early morning trip to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei to view the extensive dunes and scenery that contains the highest dunes in the world. It is also worth taking the opportunity to enjoy the amazing night sky using the lodge computer-controlled telescope, you will be amazed at the sheer numbers visible with the lack of light pollution in the desert.
This morning you can wake early and take your inclusive guided drive into the National Park area of Sesriem and onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from the Park entrance. The entrance opens at sunrise and this is the best time of day to see the dunes. The desert can be extremely hot in the middle of the day, so please remember to bring plenty of water, a hat and good walking shoes!
Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, and maybe take a short walk to Deadvlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes. Return to Sesriem and perhaps take a look at Sesriem Canyon before returning to the lodge.
Continue your journey northward, via charter aircraft, over the desert scenery to Swakopmund. This picturesque resort has many good seafood restaurants and shops as well as an interesting museum and aquarium.
Situated at 4 Sam Nujoma Road, Swakopmund Boutique Hotel is conveniently located close to the center of Swakopmund and a stone’s throw away from the beach. This new addition to Swakopmund opened in October 2009 and consists of 21 beautifully decorated rooms split between two adjacent properties. The spacious and welcoming entrance lobby leads guests upstairs to the rooms, and eventually to the rooftop terrace which boasts superb views of the old town to one side and the ocean to the other.
Enjoy this free day at your leisure. Swakopmund itself is a fascinating and intriguing resort town, complete with German half wooden architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well maintained gardens and palm lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants. The weather is unpredictable, though temperatures rarely drop below 15C and rainfall is practically zero, the town is subjected to 9 months of morning fog each year. These damp and grey conditions often result in cool temperatures persisting the whole day, but this mist band, stretching up to 30km inland, gives water and life to the deserts plants and animals giving rise to 80 types of lichen and ancient Welwitschia plants. The many ingenious adaptations to water collection, like the Tok-Tokkie beetle which condenses vapor on its raised back, make for fascinating walks and drives in the ‘Moon Landscape’ or ‘Welwitschia Drive’, located close to the town.
In addition, there are many adventure activities such as sand boarding, tandem parachuting, fishing and quad biking which can be arranged prior to arrival. We can also recommend some excellent day trips including the marine sanctuary of Sandwich Harbor, a unique environment comprising towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, a half day boat cruise from Walvis Bay may offer the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals and many species of marine birds. Please ask us for advice on restaurants, the more popular ones should be booked in advance and we are happy to do this for you.
This morning you will be transferred back to the airport, and from here you will depart Swakopmund and fly onwards to the semi-nomadic Desert Rhino Camp situated inside southern Africa's largest private conservancy area of 450,000ha. The camp itself is run in conjunction with the Save The Rhino Fund and is the central research base for monitoring and tracking Africa's last free roaming Black Rhino population, giving you an incredible opportunity to learn and understand a little more about these highly endangered creatures.
Your Wilderness guide will be waiting at Palmwag Lodge to escort you from Palmwag Lodge to your camp.
Desert Rhino Camp is situated in the 1-million-acre private Palmwag Reserve in northwest Namibia, between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast - few places on the planet can offer this level of privacy and wilderness experience. Your camp consists of luxury tents with en-suite facilities including bucket showers with hot water on call, accommodating a maximum of 12 guests. The tented dining room offers uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains. Welwitschia (ancient desert adapted plants) plants dot the plain in front of the camp.
All activities are fully inclusive and include tracking on foot with the aid of local guides, game driving both night and day, and general nature walks. This massive area of Damaraland is also home to Brown Hyena, Desert Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Cheetah, offering a wonderful, unexploited and exclusive view of wildlife in its natural environment. All meals and game drives, rhino tracking on foot and nature walk activities are included.
Your flight today will take you over the Harimannberge Mountain to one of southern Africa’s most remote and inaccessible regions. Situated on a lush green island in the Kunene River on the furthest border of the Skeleton Cost National Park overlooking Angola, Serra Cafema is one of Namibia’s most remote luxury lodges.
Situated under big shady Albida trees the camp comprises eight raised canvas and thatch chalets complete with en-suite bathroom, retractable glass facade with abundant outdoor lounging, dining and shower decks. The sounds of the rapids just downstream from camp contrast starkly with the views of the sand dunes of one of the driest deserts on Earth. The Ozonganda, or public homestead area, comprises indoor and outdoor dining areas, sunken lounge, river bar, library, shop and swimming pool.
The semi nomadic Himba tribes are the only local people in this area. Surviving virtually untouched by outside influences, they live a very simple, unchanged life style, similar to that of their ancestors who first settled in this region thousands of years ago. The river is the only permanent water source and produces a striking contrast to the surrounding harsh, dry mountains and dunes. Just to the south of the camp is the huge grassland plain of the Hartmann Valley, an area famed for its wildlife and scenic beauty.
Inclusive activities include enjoying the breathtaking landscape scenes with springbok, ostrich and gemsbok (oryx) dotted here and there, traversing the sand dunes in 4x4 Land Rovers and boating on the Kunene River where one can watch for the Kunene crocodiles. Walking in the remote mountain and river valleys is also a highlight. Serra Cafema is often visited by the native Ovahimba families who live in the nearby vicinity, which gives guests the opportunity to learn about their lifestyle and traditions. One of the highlights of Serra Cafema is the carefully guided ATV excursions that tread lightly on the dunes, while allowing guests to experience a true desert.
Continue south today, to Ongava Lodge located on the southern border of Etosha. Many fascinating species can be found in Etosha, and you may hope to see animals including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra and antelope in addition to many bird species.
Ongava Lodge is located in a private nature reserve bordering the southern section of the famous Etosha National Park. In addition to the early morning game drives that are offered from the lodge into Etosha itself, you will be able to enjoy viewing the many species present around the lodge grounds during afternoon drives. The lodge waterhole situated in front of the main deck provides the perfect place to relax and watch the movements of the many animals quenching their thirst. The accommodation is in luxurious en-suite brick & thatch chalets and a bar, dining area and swimming pool blend in to the surrounding environment.
Enjoy this day at Ongava Lodge. Etosha in general offers excellent game viewing opportunities while simply driving. The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan, and many water holes exist, joined by a network of well maintained gravel roads to enable visitors the best chances of seeing the many inhabitants of Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve.
Fly southwards today. Okonjima is home to the Africat foundation which works with farmers and the public to conserve the big cat species of Namibia. The unique and inclusive activities here include lion viewing, nature walks, cheetah & leopard tracking, and bushman walks. After dinner you will also be offered the opportunity to visit a night hide where many nocturnal animals, including porcupine, honey badger and leopard are frequently sighted. Maintaining a quintessential bush flavour, the lodge offers Edwardian safari elegance, subtly combined with modern necessities and comforts. The large, spacious rooms open out onto the grass and acacia savannah. Each split level room has a day bed, bar, tea & coffee facilities. The large bathrooms contain his and hers sinks. Choose to sleep with the blinds open allowing you to enjoy the unique stillness of the African night.
One of the first steps along this route is to reinstate visits to the Africat clinic and education centre. On the day of arrival you will be invited to join an afternoon activity, usually tracking leopard in the immense reserve.
This morning you will be taken on a drive to visit some of the 60-70 cheetah presently being rehabilitated or in some cases cared for on a more permanent basis. You will have the opportunity to view feeding, see the veterinary/research and learn more about AfriCat’s work. This afternoon may be spent in the company of a tracker who will teach you about the ancient San (Bushman) culture.
After what we hope will have been a fantastic holiday, you will make your way to Windhoek International Airport, in time for your onward flight.
This unique lodge is situated on the NamibRand Nature Reserve and each suite boasts an endless view across the magnificent desert. The bar & restaurant are joined to a lounge and reading area, and the excellent cuisine is perfectly complemented by one of the many superb wines stocked in the wine cellar. Each suite boasts inside and outdoor showers, a lounge area with CD player and a skylight above the bed for midnight star gazing. Inclusive activities here take the form of nature drives within the NamibRand Conservancy, quad biking for the more adventurous and an early morning trip to Sossusvlei & Deadvlei to view the extensive dunes and scenery that contains the highest dunes in the world. It is also worth taking the opportunity to enjoy the amazing night sky using the lodge computer-controlled telescope, you will be amazed at the sheer numbers visible with the lack of light pollution in the desert.
Graciousness meets contemporary chic at the new Swakopmund Boutique Hotel and Pension, a luxurious boutique hotel in the historic heart of Swakopmund and Namibia's premier holiday destination. Situated in the middle of "sleeping beauty", nickname for Swakopmund, this intimate boutique hotel offers direct access to the town’s vibrant street life, quaint architecture, shopping, fine dining and long walks on the beach. Each of the 21 rooms are custom-designed, and the 12 sea-view rooms offer space with a private balcony and breathtaking views. The hotel's Garden Roof Terrace is an inviting area where you can relax and enjoy sundowners as you take in the spectacular sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean.
Desert Rhino Camp lies amongst rolling, rocky hills with scattered euphorbia, ancient welwitschia plants, scrubby vegetation and isolated clumps of trees of the 450,000 hectare Palmwag Concession. This region is marked for its tranquil, minimalist beauty, surprising wealth of arid-adapted wildlife and the largest free roaming black rhino population in Africa. Desert Rhino Camp functions as a collaborative effort between Wilderness Safaris and the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) - an NGO that has been has been instrumental in the preservation of these rare, desert adapted black rhino. Having barely survived the slaughter of '80s and '90s throughout other parts of Africa, the black rhino population has doubled since the formation of the SRT. Set in a wide valley sometimes flush with grass, accommodation at Desert Rhino Camp is in the form of 8 Meru-style canvas tents which sleep up to 16 guests. Raised from the ground on a wooden deck, each tent features an en-suite bathroom with a hand basin, flush toilet and bucket shower. Beds are made up with crisp, white linen and have two dark wood bedside tables with wicker reading lamps. An extension of the deck functions as a front verandah where guests can relax in director's chairs to take in the magnificent vistas of the surrounding desert and Etendeka Mountains. Additionally, each room has an electronic combination safe, a loud emergency, insect repellant spray & mosquito. Extra duvets are available for the sometimes frosty nights.
Serra Cafema is located in the extreme north-west of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann Valley. Undoubtedly amongst the most remote camps in Southern Africa, Serra Cafema is only reachable by a three hour light aircraft trip from Windhoek. The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water in this region, the river creating a lush oasis along its banks - a winding band of green surrounded by the lunar like landscape of the Namib Desert which stretches to the Serra Cafema mountain range in the north. Serra Cafema is an intimate, peaceful camp with a unique mix of rustic and luxury elements nestled amongst the shady Albida trees on the banks of the Kunene. Rapids just below camp provide a calming ambiance with guests often lulled into dreamland by the gurgling waters after a hard day exploring one of the driest, starkly beautiful regions in the world. Accommodation at Serra Cafema consists of 8 riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched chalets on spacious, elevated decks blended craftily into the picturesque surroundings. Each fully furnished tent has an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito nets as well as bug repellent. A late afternoon spent lounging in the hammock on the front deck soaking up the breathtaking vistas of this contrasting wilderness is an absolute must.
Ongava Lodge is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. Ongava is the ideal place from which to base your activities when visiting Etosha. Accommodation comprises twelve air-conditioned brick, rock and thatch chalets, each with en-suite facilities. Meals are either served in the main dining area under thatch with a view over the camp's water hole, or on the dining deck under the stars. Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles into the Okaukeujo area of Etosha where Lion, Elephant, Cheetah, Gemsbok, Springbok and Hartebeest can be seen at many of the waterholes in the park. In addition, hides and walks with armed guides are enjoyed on the private reserve. Ongava has resident White and Black Rhino, giving guests staying at Ongava the unique opportunity to see both of these charismatic species.
West of the Waterberg Plateau Park, the vast plains are occasionally broken up by the remnants of the ancient Sandstone Outcrops, which once covered large areas of northern Namibia. Nestled among the Omboroko Mountains lies Okonjima Lodge, a Herero name meaning “Place of the baboons”. This is much more than just a lodge, Okonjima is also home to the Africat Foundation. The Africat Foundation is the World’s Largest Cheetah and Leopard Rescue and Release Programme and has saved more than 850 cats since 1993.