Namibia - Discover Untouched Africa!
Even by African standards, Namibia is vast—bigger than Texas—but with one of the lowest population densities in the world at just two million. But what Namibia lacks in population, it more than makes up for in sheer adventure, offering experiences that are impossible to have in other African nations. Where else can you track cheetah on foot, sea kayak with Cape fur seals, track desert-adapted elephant, interact with the last traditional nomadic people in Southern Africa, the Himba, and track the only population of desert black rhino still living in the wild? A timeless land rich in natural and human history, including stone-age rock art, a petrified forest more than 280 million years old, and unique wildlife adapted to survive its harsh deserts, Namibia is perhaps the most “out there” destination in all Africa. And we’ll show you the best of it, from exciting game tracking by vehicle and on foot to hiking the enormous sand dunes of Sossusvlei! Think you know Africa? Join us for this one-of-a-kind safari and see a very different side of this amazing continent.
Game tracking by vehicle and on foot, sea kayaking, hiking
- Climb some of the world's highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei
- Track leopard by vehicle and cheetah on foot at AfriCat Foundation
- Visiting an authentic Himba village and learn about their nomadic way of life
- Camp 'under canvas' in private camp at Damaraland
- Travel with one of Namibia's most respected naturalist guides throughout your journey
Duration: 13 days Start Location: Windhoek End Location: WindhoekDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival in Windhoek
Arrive anytime into Windhoek, Namibia today. We'll have dinner with our guide at the hotel around 7 p.m., so please be sure to arrive before 6 p.m.
Day 2 : AfriCat Foundation
Drive north to Okonjima, home of the AfriCat foundation's wildlife sanctuary for big cats. Track leopard by vehicle and cheetah on foot, and spend time at a night hide looking for nocturnal species.
Day 3 : Drive to Etosha National Park
We enjoy a second game activity at the AfriCat Foundation before driving further north to the southern border of Etosha National Park. Late afternoon game drive into Etosha before settling in for the night at Andersson's Camp.
Day 4 : Etosha National Park
Today will be a full day of game viewing in Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier wildlife destination.
Day 5 : Damaraland
Drive to Damaraland, home to desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, springbok, black rhino, and the semi-nomadic Himba culture.
Day 6 : Rhino Tracking
We spend the day tracking the endangered black rhino—Namibia is the last place on Earth where they remain wild.
Day 7 : Damaraland
We continue our explorations further south into the heart of Damaraland. We'll search for desert-adapted elephants and explore the ephemeral river valleys of Huab and Aba Huab.
Day 8 : Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund
Today we explore Africa's largest collection of rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, plus other geological wonders en route to the coastal city of Swakopmund.
Day 9 : Kayaking Walvis Bay
Kayaking in Walvis Bay with Cape fur seals, dolphins, pelicans, and flamingos, and possibly even whales!
Day 10 : Drive to Sossusvlei
Drive (or take optional flight) to the Namib Naukluft National Park today, home to the famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei.
Day 11 : Sossusvlei
Rise early for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park. Capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world.
Day 12 : Sossusvlei to Windhoek
Bid farewell to the Namib Desert, make your way back to Windhoek. This evening you will have your farewell dinner at The Galton's in-house restaurant.
Day 13 : Depart Windhoek
Spend as much of the day as is available relaxing at the guest house or exploring town until it is time to be transferred to the Windhoek International Airport in time for your international flight home.
DATES: Best time to go: May - June, August, October Departures: May 25, 2014 - Jun 6, 2014 Jun 29, 2014 - Jul 11, 2014 Aug 11 - 23, 2014 Oct 13 - 25, 2014
Low Season (May trip)
High Season (June-Oct)
Galton HouseWindhoek, Namiba
Galton House is one of Windhoek's newest accommodation establishments. The seven rooms are all equipped with internet connectivity, satelite television, coffee/tea station and general guest amenities. The communal areas consist of a large lounge, dinning room, swimming pool and garden. There is also delightful 'al fresco' dinning area by the pool, serving freshly prepared and very tasty meals. There are also a number shops, restarants and supermarkets within easy walking distance.
OkonjimaOkonjima Game Reserve
Situated halfway between the capital Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, the 55,000 acre Okonjima Game Reserve has some of the best accommodation in Namibia, but the highlight has to be the cheetah and leopard safaris. Namibian safaris are truly wonderful and as The AfriCat Foundation rehabilitates cheetahs, wild dogs hyaenas and leopards, there are opportunities to see these beautiful carnivores in their natural environment.
Andersson's CampEtosha, Namibia
Located just 2miles from Etosha National Park's Andersson Gate. Set against a backdrop of the low Ondundozonanandana Mountains, Andersson's Camp is located within the private Ongava Game Reserve which borders onto Etosha National Park. The camp over looks a waterhole where guests can enjoy the interaction of wildlife coming and going throughout the day and night. The old farmhouse now forms the main dinning, bar and swimming pool area of Andersson's Camp, with guest tents radiating outwards into the secluded Mopane woodlands tyical og the region. Tents are constructed using a clever mix of calcrete stone cladding, canvas and wood, with double-door entrances and a small verandah that is an extension of the elevated wooden decks on which the tents are raised. The open-air en-suite bathrooms continue the unique design.
Damaraland Mobile CampDamaraland, Namibia
Our mobile camps are non-participatory and are serviced and quipped to ensure that guests are extremley comfortable while out in the less developed and remote 'Wilderness Areas'. We use 10ft x10f x 7ft igloo tenst with built in groundsheet and mosquito screens on all doors and windows. Each tent is equipped with robust light, bedside tables, camp beds, a bed roll contaning mattress, duvet, pillow, sheet and towel. Ablutions for this camp would be shared ablutions, with flush toilet and running water in the showers.
Camp KipweDamaraland, Namibia
Guest can relax and unwind in the lounge. The mountain views from here are breath-taking as are the stunning sunsets. Meals at Camp Kipwe are served in the dinning room. Accomodation is in 9 igloos-shaped double bungalows, emphasizing the peace and quet of the camp. Outside each bungalow is an en-suite bathroom with a shower, and has a private veranda, overlooking yhe surrounding plains.
Desert BreezeSwakopmund, Namibia
Desert Breeze offers 12, all en-suite, luxury bungalows and one exquisite villa, each with a private sun deck to admire the breath-taking view of the dunes. Each bungalow is equipped with wireless internet, mini bar, coffee and tea making facilities and digital safes.
Sossus Dune LodgeSossusvlei, Namibia
Sossus Dune Lodge is ideally located with dramatic views out over the surrounding desert landscapes; its unique location allows you early entry into the dunes at Sossusvlei an hour before sunrise and a late exit an hour after sunset. Accommodation is in very comfortable en-suite wooden and canvas chalets that lead to a private wooden veranda overlooking the expansive desert plains. There is a large main area consisting of a dinning room, a swimming pool and a pleasant bar.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Michael’s family is Oshivambo speaking and originally comes from southern Angola, although they are now split between the southern part of Angola and northern part of Namibia. Michael was born in Angola during the liberation struggle and spent much of his childhood in a refugee camp near Kwanza, before UNICEF moved him and many other children to Cuba so that they could get an education in a safe environment. He returned to Namibia after Independence at the age of 16, and he completed his schooling in Windhoek before going on to study Natural Resource Management (Nature Conservations) at the Polytechnic of Namibia. During his studies, he did some in service training with Save The Rhino Trust (SRT). During that time, he met the owner of the premier Londolozi Camp in South Africa, and was offered his first job at Londolozi in 2003 as a result. After a year there, he moved to work for a year with a South African tour operator before returning to Namibia. He is married with two children, who he cherishes more than anything else in the world.
Elvis was born in Swakopmund but spent his childhood in a small village called Eedunja in North Central of Namibia, where he completed his primary school before moving back to his birth town to complete his education. After completing his schooling Elvis went directly into the workforce, starting his career in a Fishing factory in Walvis Bay. While he was there, he started attending short courses offered by NATH in order to further his knowledge in the field that he really wanted to be in, tourism. As he had already demonstrated his enthusiasm and determination, it was a logical step for him to continue to expand his knowledge and experience by working at lodges which were based in the desert regions to the south of his home town In addition to his passion for guiding, Elvis is very interested in world affairs and local politics, knowing the families of many of the local senior politicians who come from his area. As a result, he is a very interesting companion with whom to discuss local issues and he is often able to offer interesting, and sometimes unexpected, African insights and perspective. He is single and lives in Windhoek although he still visits Swakopmund to see his family when he has time between safaris to do so. Some visitors initially find his accent a little hard to understand, but they swiftly get attuned to this so they can fully appreciate the depth of his knowledge in a wide variety of subjects. The insights he can offer in order to ‘bring the country alive’ are greatly valued, and he showcases aspects of what they are seeing in a way that is both unique and fascinating
Jason comes from a well-known family of Namibian “Nature Conservators” who have been very involved in development issues in the country for decades. The Nott family first came to “South West Africa” in the early 80’s to work for the South African administration in Nature Conservation, and they stayed on after Independence in 1990 when they all opted to take Namibian Citizenship. They have continued to work on conservation and community development issues, mainly in the north of the country, ever since. Jason spent his early years living in a small town called Omaruru where a love of nature was instilled in him from a young age. He took every opportunity to be outdoors, either with his parents or his godfather (Dr Flip Stander who has become well-known for his veterinary work and scientific research on Namibia’s desert lions). He gained a huge amount of knowledge and expertise through being with them as they worked, and he has added to this experience with his own book learning as he is also an avid reader of any publications on the subject. As he also enjoys working with people, he soon found a way of combining both interests through running his own safaris and then getting more heavily involved in the tourism industry. He studied to get his diploma in Travel and Tourism management, and then started his formal career off in lodge management when he ran a lodge in north-western Namibia. While he was there, he found his way to his true joy, sharing the wonders of the more remote areas of Namibia with visitors – and that is why he became a safari guide. He still guides for Mountain Travel Sobek guests where he has found a way to continue his professional guiding career while still being able to ‘give back’ to conservation and sustainable tourism. He also uses a separate part of his former experiences to manage the mobile (under canvas) safari department at the company, ensuring mobile camps run smoothly and efficiently whilst in the field. Jason is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable birder, although not yet quite able to claim that he is a specialist guide in the field, and he is an accomplished photographer. He is very personable and brings his passion for his country across to his guests, leaving them an abiding love for Namibia and its various inhabitants.
Tarry Murray Butcher
Tarry is a true Namibian, who was born in Windhoek and attended primary school at St. George’s Diocesan School and high school at St. Paul’s College. While there, he took part in many outdoor activities including hiking the Fish River Canyon, and doing volunteer work for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Etosha National Park. From a young age, Tarry had a keen interest in nature, birds and photography which was inherited from his parents, fostered during many family camping holidays, and extended through intensive involvement in the Scouts of Namibia. He started in Scouts at the early age of seven and went on to become a troop leader, later also being involved in two Cederberg Senior Scout Adventures. He then developed his skills further when he went to study at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa, and he spent his final year on their Game Ranch Management course where he extended his knowledge on wildlife and gained even greater understanding of the subject which provides his major graduate qualification. In addition to his general outdoor interests and academic studies, Tarry has also always been a keen sportsman. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and trekking as well as a number of team sports. He has regularly represented Namibia in the National field hockey team in both the indoor and outdoor form and he plans to continue doing so (when he has time) for the foreseeable future. Tarry has traveled all over southern Africa for personal and professional reasons, and this has given him a greater understanding of the relationship between Namibia and its neighbors.