10 Day Guided Wildlife Safari
A condensed tour with a highly experienced naturalist guide, who will show you in depth the highlights of this massive and diverse country, including the iconic sand dunes of Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast, the World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein, the AfriCat foundation and national parks teeming with wildlife and birds. This is the ultimate small group safari (max 7).
- Travel in a small group (max 7 people) of like-minded individuals in the company of one of Namibia's most reputable naturalist guides
- Amazing wildlife encounters including tracking for desert-adapted elephants
- Thrilling game drives in Etosha National Park and the private Ongava Reserve
- Spectacular dune and desert scenery
- Sea kayak with seals and dolphins on the Skeleton Coast (or boat excursion)
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein
- Visit the renowned AfriCat Foundation
- 9 nights’ accommodation
- All meals
- All transfers and transportation
- Services of an experienced English speaking naturalist guide
- Entrance fees and excursions as per the itinerary
- Two guided game drives in Ongava
- Excursions as per itinerary
- Option of catamaran boat cruise or kayaking in Swakopmund
- Mineral water on board the safari vehicle
- Welcome pack
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Windhoek to Sossusvlei Area
Early this morning you will be collected either from your Windhoek accommodation or the Windhoek International Airport (arrive independently). You will then depart Windhoek in your safari vehicle with your private guide and drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way. You arrive at Dead Valley Lodge in the mid-afternoon and you will stay here for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide. If there is still time today, your guide will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon, a nearby geological attraction, or explore Elim Dune. However, if you prefer, you can just relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings at Dead Valley Lodge.
2 nights accommodation at Dead Valley Lodge on a full board basis with excursions included.
Namib Naukluft National Park
This morning you will need to rise early for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park, normally setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world and your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs.
Once you have explored Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and surrounding dune fields to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic brunch in the shade of a camel thorn tree. You then return to Sossus Dune Lodge in the early afternoon in time for a late lunch, with the option to visit Sesriem Canyon afterwards if you haven’t already done so the day before. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes).
Take an optional balloon or light-aircraft flight over the national park before departing to Swakopmund. Travel via the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons to the Atlantic coast at Walvis Bay, or take an optional flight over the Diamond Coast directly to Swakopmund. (Flights must be booked and paid for in advance).
Your stay for the next 2 nights will be at the Delight Hotel, the ideal base for exploring this delightful resort town with its German colonial architecture (full board).
After an early breakfast your guide will drive you along the scenic coastal road back south to Walvis Bay for a memorable kayaking adventure within the outer lagoon. After meeting your kayaking guide you will be taken on a short scenic drive to Pelican Point to see its lighthouse and windswept beauty, stopping briefly at the salt works to view the variety of birdlife on your way to the launch point. The kayaking is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. During the course of the day the guide will stop and inform you about the environment and light refreshments will be served on the beach before heading back to Walvis Bay.
You also have the choice to partake in a memorable motorized boat seal and dolphin excursion within the outer lagoon and harbour should the kayaking not appeal. Here you should also see Cape fur seals, heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. Again, if luck is on your side, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. During the course of the excursion snacks will be served along with local sparkling wine and fresh oysters, before you will return to the jetty at roughly midday.
You then have the opportunity to explore the waterfront area of Walvis Bay further before returning to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure at your guesthouse or out in town. Activities such as camel rides, scenic flights, sandboarding and more can all be booked at an extra cost.
Twyfelfontein and Damaraland
Continuing on your safari today, the road takes you north and east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. You pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg which peaks at 2,573 m above sea level, and take time to view game and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way. Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendour which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word 'wilderness'.
If time allows this afternoon your guide will take you to visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of the pre-historic Twyfelfontein rock engravings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) - if not there is plenty of time to see them tomorrow.
2 nights full-board at Camp Kipwe with excursions included.
After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4x4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. As the elephants are mostly active in the mornings you will normally have the best chance to see them then before returning to camp for lunch. However, if all the safari participants agree, you also have the option to take a picnic lunch and stop to enjoy that in the shade of a large Ana tree by the riverbed, ideally while watching a herd of elephant browsing nearby.
Your guide will arrange to fit in a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions at a suitable time if you haven’t already done so the previous day. On return to camp there should be time to take a walk into the local area with your guide if desired, or simply relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time.
Enjoy the amazing views from the sunset lookout at Camp Kipwe before enjoying dinner in the large, alfresco dining area.
Southern Etosha NP
Today you set off on your journey to the Ongava Game Reserve, which is situated on the southern border of Etosha National Park. You arrive in time for an afternoon game drive on the Ongava Game Reserve in an open game viewer with Ongava ranger, on a shared basis with other lodge guests.
The Ongava Game Reserve is effectively a private game reserve, spanning 30,000 hectares along the south-west border of Etosha National Park. The reserve is home to a wide variety of game including lion, leopard, giraffe, rhino, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, gemsbok (oryx), kudu, steenbok and much more. The scenery is attractive with large open plains blending into Mopane tree woodlands and dolomite outcrops.
3 nights at Ongava Tented Camp on a full-board basis with Etosha game drive and Ongava game drive included.
Etosha NP Game Viewing
Today you will be treated to an exciting morning guided game drive into the Etosha National Park, to see more of the wide variety of game and bird species that are to be found there. There is then time to relax by the refreshing swimming pool before you head out again for an afternoon game drive into Etosha before exiting the park before sunset.
Alternatively, you can opt to spend the whole day out in the park and either take lunch by one of the other rest camps in the area, or have a picnic while watching game at a particularly productive waterhole in the area. Once you are back (gates close at sunset), the rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole while enjoying dinner, and afterwards.
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.
Etosha NP Game Drives
Another morning dedicated to memorable game drives within the southern section of Etosha National Park with your guide. You return to camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest, spending your final afternoon on a game drive on the private Ongava Game Reserve. You then return after sunset with enough time to freshen up and enjoy your final ‘safari dinner’ overlooking the camp’s floodlit waterhole.
Your early departure will take you south from Ongava via Outjo and Otjiwarongo to reach Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. You arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the centre. Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation’s special captive carnivore ambassadors.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no tracking of wild cats on this visit and should that be required an overnight extension should be booked.
After the excursion and freshening up, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon, just as the sun is setting. You will be transferred either to the airport or to overnight accommodation should have you have booked this.
A view from Above
Ongava Tented Camp
Overlooking a beautiful waterhole where a plethora of wildlife gathers to drink at all times of the day, the Ongava Tented Camp is one of Namibia's best kept secrets.
Located in the private Ongava Game Reserve to the south of the world-famous Etosha National Park this is a relaxing yet truly enjoyable place to stay, with fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities available.
Accommodation is provided in eight spacious and comfortable Meru-style tents which all have been elegantly furnished and decorated and have en-suite facilities, private verandas with lovely views and open air showers.
Camp Kipwe, Twyfelfontein
Set within the Twyfelfontein Conservancy in Damaraland, Camp Kipwe is an excellent eco-friendly safari camp that offers exciting activities, beautiful accommodations and sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley.
Huddled amongst the rocks and almost completely hidden from view this delightful camp offers endless space for guests to explore. Enjoy an early morning game drive in search of elusive desert dwelling elephants, hike in the ancient surroundings of the Aba Huab River or travel back in time at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site, before returning to camp for delicious home-cooked meals, a dip in the luxurious plunge pool and a great night's sleep in your private bungalow in the wilderness.
The Delight, Swakopmund
Situated in a convenient central location, The Delight is a modern garden hotel with free wifi and all facilities.
Dead Valley Lodge, Sossusvlei
This fantastic newly opened lodge is situated inside the Namib Naukluft Park, in-between Sesriem and Elim Dune on the road leading to the world-famous Dead Valley at Sossusvlei. Featuring striking design and luxurious, yet authentic, accommodation, the open-plan lodge offers panoramic views across the towering red sand dunes and rugged mountains of the Namib Desert. Enjoy nights around the firepit under the twinkling skies, delicious meals from the first-class restaurant, a relaxing drink in the beautiful bar area or a refreshing dip in the open-air swimming pool as you enjoy the very best of Namibian hospitality.
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