Namibia is one of those places so unique, and so spectacular that once you have seen the ever-changing colors and shifting shadows on the Sossusvlei dunes, or tracked on foot the endangered Desert rhino, or experienced the surreal beauty of the Skeleton Coast, you are hooked for life. Something about Namibia has a deliciously intoxicating affect that lingers in the memory and will lure you back. If you are looking for a very different and inspiring African experience, this is the safari for you! But be ware: you’ll be back for more! – Donald Young
Description in a nutshell: Scenery unlike anything on the planet + great wildlife
Our featured lodges and camps: Little Kulala * Desert Rhino Camp * Ongava Wilderness Camp * Skeleton Coast Camp
Day 1, 2 Little Kulala Lodge
Upon arrival at Windhoek Airport, our representative will escort you to your scheduled flight to Little Kulala Lodge. The 37,000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve is the gateway to Namibia\’s Sand Sea with its towering red dunes and clear starry skies.
Little Kulala Lodge: 11 climate-controlled, thatched cabins blending into the desert landscape, each unit has bleached wood deck with private plunge pool, indoor and outdoor showers, and rooftop sky beds. The main lodge has an entertainment area including a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge, and indoor and outdoor dining areas.
Activities: Early morning guided game drives to the spectacular Sossusvlei dunes, guided drives and walks in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Hot Air Balloon rides over the dunes available at extra cost.
Animals: Desert-adapted wildlife such as Ostrich, Springbok, and Gemsbok/Oryx, and Bat-eared Fox, Aardwolf and other nocturnal animals can be seen on night drives.
Days 3, 4 Desert Rhino Camp
Morning flight to the Palmwag Concession, a 1,000,000-acre private nature reserve in northwest Namibia, between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast. Game drive to Desert Rhino Camp.
Desert Rhino Camp: 8 comfortable tents elevated on wooden decks, each with an en-suite bathroom with dual hand basins, toilet and spacious shower. The tented dining and lounge area has uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains.
Activities: Rhino tracking by vehicle and on foot, game drives, nature walks, stargazing, private picnics and sundowners.
Animals: Desert-adapted back rhino, Elephants, large populations of the endemic Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Giraffe, Gemsbok/Oryx, Springbok and Greater Kudu. The predator population is the largest outside Etosha National Park with over 100 Lions, Cheetah, Leopard, Brown and Spotted Hyena. Bird life includes endemics such as Benguela Long-billed Lark, Burchell’s Courser, Bokmakierie and Ruppell’s Korhaan to mention a few.
Days 5, 6 Ongava Tented Camp
Scheduled in light aircraft, transfer to Ongava Tented Camp.
Ongava Tented Camp: 8 large comfortable walk-in tents, each with en-suite facilities, including flush toilet and a hot shower. The stone and thatched main area comprises a dining area, bar and small swimming pool with views onto a much-frequented waterhole.
Activities: game drives into Etosha National Park, guided walks in Ongava private reserve to track resident white and black rhino, night drives, private picnics and sundowners.
Animals: Lion, Elephant, Cheetah, both Rhino species, Gemsbok/Oryx, Springbok, Red Hartebeest.
Day 7, 8, 9, 10 Skeleton Coast Camp
Morning flight to Skeleton Coast National Park.
Skeleton Coast Camp: 6 roomy, luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms built along a dry riverbed in the heart of the Skeleton Coast reserve. Dining is in the camp mess tent or outdoors beneath a gnarled old Leadwood tree.
Activities: Full day nature drives with a picnic lunch, or half-day nature drives returning to camp for lunch, then venturing out again in the afternoon, visits to Hoarusib River, the roaring dunes, lichen fields, seal colonies, and Himba villages. Because of the fragility of the landscape where vehicle tracks could damage the environment; many areas of the park are accessible only on foot. Thus walking plays a starring role. Many uniquely adapted species including Lithops and Welwitschia are best seen on walks.
Animals: Springbok, Gemsbok/Oryx, the rare desert Elephant, Ostrich, Cape fur seals, Jackal and Brown Hyena – and sometimes Cheetah.
Day 11 Morning flight to Windhoek
Our representatives will escort you to your hotel or to your international flight.