This 10-day custom luxury safari is perfect for the discerning traveler who has done it all and is seeking out a unique Namibia experience! Your journey begins in Windhoek, before soaring above the striking landscapes and breathtaking scenery on light charter aircraft. Experience the natural beauty of Etosha, Hoanib, the Skeleton Coast, and Sossusvlei, as you fly between unique camps and spectacular lodges. Enjoy thrilling excursions, cultural immersions, and expert guides, that will make this safari truly unforgettable. Observe the wildlife in their natural habitat, explore the diverse and dramatic landscapes, and return home with memories you could have never even dreamed of.
Welcome to Namibia! Upon arrival at the Windhoek/Hosea Kutako International Airport, and after clearing customs and immigration, you will be met by our local representative who will transfer you to your lodge for check-in.
If your flight arrives by 8:00 AM you will have enough time to enjoy an afternoon activity at the lodge!
ACTIVITIES ON OFFER
Rhino Tracking: Get on your walking shoes, grab your binoculars, and spend an afternoon with a ranger and tracker in search of rhinos. Rhino tracking offers a great opportunity to learn about the habits and characteristics of this threatened species, the issue of rhino poaching, and on-going conservation efforts. Duration: 2.5 hours / Times: daily at 10AM and 3PM
Elephant Tracking: Want to see the majestic elephants roaming playfully in their natural habitat? Go on an amazing elephant safari and enjoy the wildlife. An encounter with these iconic African animals will teach you about how intelligent and compassionate they actually are. Besides being a magnificent opportunity to explore nature, you will also learn much about the issues surrounding elephants’ conservation. Duration: 2.5 hours / Times: daily at 10AM and 3PM
Leopard Tracking: Whether they are hidden in the bush waiting for a prey or comfortably basking in the sun, leopards are extraordinary wild animals. You will have the opportunity to track these majestic felines on the Zannier Reserve by N/a’an ku sê, appreciate their wonder and gain true knowledge of their characteristics. Duration: 2.5 hours / Times: daily at 10AM and 3PM
Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary Visit: The Zannier Reserve by N/a’an ku sê is home to the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary, a valuable center aiming for caring rhinos or elephants that have been injured or orphaned in poaching incidents. Enter this wildlife animal clinic managed by the N/a’an ku sê Foundation and discover the incredible work of passionate vets who are rescuing and taking care of endangered animals. Duration: 1.5 hours to 2 hours / Times: daily at 10AM and 2PM.
At a time to be advised by the lodge management, you will be transferred to Eros airport for your shared scheduled flight to the Ongava Airstrip. On arrival, you will be met by the local camp guide and transferred to Ongava Tented Camp. Enjoy lunch before setting off an exciting afternoon activity! (This service is on a private basis.)
Etosha National Park covers 22,270 km², of which approximately 5,000 km² is made up of saline depressions or ‘pans’. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right. The Etosha Pan lies in the Owambo Basin, on the north-western edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert. Until three million years ago it formed part of huge, shallow lake that was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead. If the lake existed today, it would be the third largest in the world. Etosha is the largest of the pans at 4,760 km² in extent. It is nowadays filled with water only when sufficient rain falls to the north in Angola, inducing floods to flow southward along the Cuvelai drainage system. The Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers around the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.
Today is dedicated to exciting game viewing within the Etosha National Park and the Ongava Reserve as planned by camp guide.
ACTIVITIES ON OFFER
• Day and night game drives on Ongava Game Reserve in 4 x 10-seater open 4x4
• Land Cruiser accommodating a maximum of 6 guests
• Half and full day excursions into Etosha National Park with a picnic lunch
• Guided nature walks in the Ongava Game Reserve
• The white rhino can be approached on foot, guest minimum age 16 years
• Private activities available on request (additional cost applies)
• Hide for viewing and photography
• Visit the Ongava Research Centre Visiting Hub and planetarium
• Photographers corner
*All these activities are subject to change with season and availability.
At a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred back to the Ongava airstrip for your shared scheduled flight to Hoanib. Upon arrival, you'll be met and transferred to Hoanib Valley Camp. Settle in and enjoy your amazing surroundings!
Hoanib Valley Camp itself is located in the Sesfontein Community Conservancy, their joint partners in the area. The camp sits on the banks of the Obias River, just outside the private 500 square kilometer Palmwag Concession, and overlooks the ephemeral Hoanib River that teems with resident elephant, giraffe, oryx and springbok. Although parts of the land have been designated ‘concession areas’ tourism is still limited, making a visit to this unspoiled corner even more memorable.
Spend the day filled with exciting guided activities arranged by the camp. Deep in the north-west corner of Namibia, Kaokoland is one of the most remote and wild areas of the country. This unique place is characterized by rolling dunes, rocky mountains, desert plains, dry ancient river beds, and wildlife. You can schedule activities based on your likes or simply relax and discover the camp.
ACTIVITIES ON OFFER
• Desert drives to track desert-adapted lion, rhino, elephant, and giraffe
• Learn about the giraffe research conducted here
• Nature Walks
• Himba, Herero, and Damara communities in the area
After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a full day scenic nature drive as you make your way to the Skeleton Coast. En-route, there will be a picnic lunch for you to enjoy. Upon arrival at Shipwreck Lodge check-in and take in the contrast of your new surroundings!
Namibia's Skeleton Coast has a reputation for being remote, inhospitable and steeped in eerie history. Many ships have run aground on this coast over time, and these ships, "skeletons", can still be seen lying forlorn and rusting along the never-ending beaches. Early Portuguese sailors called it As Areias do Inferno (The Sands of Hell), as once a ship washed ashore, the desolate nature of the coastline meant that any sailor lucky enough to survive the shipwreck had a very slim chance of survival. The lack of food, water and shelter would have provided scant comfort for any budding Robinson Crusoe.
Today is filled with exciting guided activities as arranged by the camp.
Covering about a third of Namibia’s coastline, the legendary Skeleton Coast Park stretches 500km from the Ugab River in the south, to the Kunene River in the north. The attraction of the remote Skeleton Coast Park lies essentially in the color, changing moods and untouched profile of its landscape. Its aura of mystery and impenetrability is due to the many shipwrecks, dense coastal fogs and cold sea breeze by the cold Benguela Current. The landscape in the park ranges from sweeping vistas of windswept dunes to rugged canyons with walls of richly colored volcanic rock and extensive mountains ranges. On their slopes grow a surprising variety of xerophytic plants, whose survival is ensured by a wide spectrum of ingenious adaptations. Over a hundred species of lichen grow on the plains and west facing mountain slopes, which change color and become soft and leathery to the touch when the coastal fog pushes inland. The cold Benguela Current that sweeps along Namibia’s coastline supports some of the highest concentrations of marine life found anywhere in the world. It also played a crucial role in the formation of the world’s oldest desert, the Namib.
ACTIVITIES ON OFFER
• Day excursions to Möwe Bay Seal Colony. Guests will be shown the remnants of the Suiderkus Shipwreck, along with the beach past the remains of the Karimona shipwreck, abandoned Westies diamond mine, remains of the Ventura Bomber, and the beautiful natural wind shelter created by the reeds at the Flamingo pools.
• Sundowner drive to the roaring dunes. An afternoon excursion by vehicle to the Oasis water point, which is complemented by the smoothly sculptured roaring dunes of the concession area to conclude the “must do” sundowner.
• Full day Huarusib River excursion A 4x4 trip to the Clay castles, a natural geological formation.
• Fishing weather permitting (catch and release basis)
At a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred to the Möwe Bay airstrip for your shared scheduled flight to Sossusvlei (via Swakopmund for refuel). The flight from Swakopmund takes you south all along the coast and over the great Namib Sea Sand (declared a natural World Heritage Site), where (weather dependent) you will see deserted mines, shipwrecks and seal colonies on the way towards the famous Sossusvlei dunes. A highlight is a flight over the Eduard Bohlen, a German cargo ship that ran aground in 1909 while it was on its way to Table Bay from Swakopmund. It is believed that thick fog caused the ship to founder close to Conception Bay. Years after the ship ran aground the desert began to encroach on the ocean and the ship that was once stranded in the ocean slowly became stranded in the desert. The wreck currently sits about 500 meters from the ocean, ensuring that it’s the best-preserved shipwreck along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and making it a must-see for photographers. Visibility and low-level flying subject to is weather conditions, as well as a national park and conservation area regulations.
On arrival at the Sossusvlei airstrip, you will be met by the local camp guide and transferred to Little Kulala.
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.
During your stay at the Little Kulala, you can look forward to a variety of fascinating excursions arranged by the camp.
ACTIVITIES ON OFFER
• Nature drives into the desert in closed Land Cruiser with pop-up roof. Hot water bottles and lined ponchos are provided on nature drives.
• Private activities available on request (subject to availability and at an additional cost).
• Excursions to Sossusvlei and Sesriem
• Guided walking trail; the Black Mountain Trail (seasonal and subject to a qualified walking guide being available).
• Stargazing with a laser pointer.
• Guided scorpion walks at night, weather permitting.
• Guided quad biking - no children under 16 years of age (subject to availability, 12 quad bikes).
• In-room massage treatments, at an additional cost. *
• Wilderness Safaris and Olympus Photo Hub experience.
Although your adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving with new friends, amazing experiences and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. At a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your shared scheduled flight back to Windhoek International Airport.
We wish you safe and happy travels home!
Omaanda is a five-star lodge set within the Zannier Reserve by N/a’an ku sê, an incredible private animal conservation reserve of 9000 hectares in the countryside surrounding the Namibian capital Windhoek. Overlooking the boundless savannah, the camp offers 10 comfortable round thatched huts, paying tribute to the traditional architecture of Ovambo. It also features a restaurant and a cozy bar, overlooking an infinity pool. A spa and a boma complete the camp facilities, offering relaxation and a typically local place to meet and mingle by the fire. Experience a wild luxury retreat at Omaanda and savor an unforgettable journey. All huts offer a bathroom with separate toilet, walk in shower, double sink and a large bathtub with a view. The bedroom has a king-size bed and a walk-in dressing room, an open fire place and a private terrace. Every hut at Omaanda has a flat screen television, free Wi-Fi, an integrated sound system, a safe, a minibar, and is equipped with an air conditioning system.
On the southern boundary of Etosha National Park and forming a buffer to the Park lies Ongava Game Reserve, a 30 000-hectare (74 129-acre) private reserve. It is a haven to large concentrations of wildlife: notably lion, wildebeest, springbok, gemsbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, red hartebeest, giraffe, eland and the largest population of the endemic black-faced impala outside of Etosha. The Reserve is also known for the successful reintroduction of white and black rhino. Ongava also provides easy access to the prime game viewing areas of central Etosha, Namibia’s flagship national park. The Andersson’s At Ongava guest suites are designed as a direct extension of the landscape itself. The rock and other natural elements are used to reflect the environment and drama of Etosha. The natural stone and spacious solid build with innovative roof structure offer guests a climate-controlled sanctuary in the bush. The design includes a private viewing deck with 180-degree panorama. Each suite comprises of en-suite facilities with separate toilet, double indoor shower, and outdoor shower, double vanity basin, mosquito net, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer, electronic safe.
Hoanib Valley’s six guest tents blend almost perfectly into the rugged environment. The colors, textures, and patterns are inspired by the experience of the Hoanib; the rich ochre of the dunes, the geometric patterns of the Himba people and, of course, the giraffe that inspired the project. True to the ethos of Natural Selection, we’ve sourced materials locally, and you’ll find furniture shaped by the local Rundu carpenters and Himba carvers, and baskets weaved by the people of the Omba Project in Windhoek. The whole camp is a clean and green sort of place, leaving virtually no footprint on this fragile eco-system. It’s entirely solar powered to ensure carbon emissions are kept to a minimum, and the tents sit on decks made of wood, bamboo, and 70% recycled-material composite.
Located in the famous Skeleton Coast concession between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers in the Skeleton Coast National Park, Shipwreck Lodge is only 45 km from Möwe Bay. The shipwreck-shaped chalets are nestled between the dunes with a view of the Atlantic Ocean where the cold Benguela current provides guests with a refreshing breeze. Exclusive clients can look forward to appreciating the harshness of the desert and the beauty of these solitary landscapes filled with geological history. Learn about the fauna and flora adapted to survive in these harsh conditions – all from the comfort of the restaurant deck. There are 8 twin/double chalets and 2 family chalets.
Accommodation at Little Kulala Lodge consists of 11 climate-controlled, thatched "kulalas", which quite literally mean, "to sleep". Each of the huts merge impeccably into the desert landscape, complete with a refreshing private plunge pool, both indoor and outdoor showers, and a rooftop star bed for romantic star gazing. An elegant entertainment area includes a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge and dining area. The interior of Little Kulala feature neutral colors, gorgeous textures and natural light. The design takes its inspiration from the scenic surroundings, notably the magnificent Dead Vlei.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.
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