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Ultimate Namibia Safari

From $5,845

  • 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

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.

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek

You may arrive anytime at Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International airport (WDH) today, but please be sure to arrive before 6 p.m. so that you can participate in the first trip briefing over dinner with your guide at 7 p.m. An MTS representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel, the modern Galton House. Check in and freshen up before dinner, when you will meet your guide and the other members of the group.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Galton House

Day 2: AfriCat Foundation

This morning you will be collected at the hotel by your guide for the drive north of Windhoek heading towards Okonjima. If the group wishes, we can stop in Okahandja to visit the local craft market, though it is often best to leave any serious curio shopping until the end of the safari. We'll reach Okonjima in time for lunch. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to research and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. Close encounters with leopard and cheetah are an unforgettable highlight. We'll start with a guided afternoon excursion to either track cheetah on foot or see leopard from the comfort of an open safari vehicle (whichever activity is not done today will be done tomorrow morning). After dinner, we'll take a night drive to a nearby hide where nocturnal animals such as porcupine, caracal, honey badger, and even leopard may be seen.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Okonjima

Day 3: Drive to Etosha National Park

After our second AfriCat activity, we return to Okonjima Bush Camp for brunch before driving further north to the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. We should arrive in time to take a short evening game drive within Etosha park, leaving before sunset and arriving back at camp in time for dinner.

Etosha owes its unique landscape to the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression of approximately 1,930 square miles which forms the heart of the park. Once part of a large inland lake fed by rivers from the north and east, it dried up 120 million years ago as continental drift changed the slope of the land and the course of the tributaries. This white, chalky expanse colors the park, and with the waterholes creates the characteristic atmosphere of Etosha today. We'll spend two nights at Andersson's Camp, located in the Ongava Private Game Reserve bordering Etosha. The camp overlooks a waterhole where guests can enjoy the interaction of wildlife coming and going throughout the day and night.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation: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.  We can either do two game drives, one early and one afternoon with a return to the lodge at midday for lunch, or we can pack a picnic and spend the whole day in the park (majority vote will decide).  Etosha National Park is typified by white calcrete soils, rocky outcrops, and scrub-covered plains which support a variety of game such as giraffe, zebra, lion, rhino, wildebeest, elephant, and various antelope species including oryx, kudus and the endemic black-faced impala.  Night drives are not possible within Etosha National Park itself, but are possible in the private game reserve of Ongava, where our camp is located.

Andersson's Camp was named after Swedish explorer Charles Andersson -- one of the first Europeans to "discover" Etosha, Africa's largest saltpan.  The resurrected former farmstead that stands on the site now forms the center of a charming camp fronting onto a productive waterhole.  The 20 tented en suite units are raised on decks for an enhanced view of the waterhole and surrounding plains. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Andersson's Camp

Day 5: Damaraland

After breakfast, we'll make our west to Damaraland. This landscape is characterized by hills interspersed with valleys and dry riverbeds. Early morning fog brings precious water to flora and fauna, which have adapted superbly to the harsh environment.  Despite its aridity, Damaraland supports a surprising diversity of wildlife, including a healthy number of desert-adapted elephant, as well as giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, the occasional cheetah, and black rhino. We'll stop for lunch under a shady tree out in the wilderness, then begin our search for a traditional Himba settlement, which may take some time as the Himba are a nomadic tribe and may move their cattle to better grazing areas without notice!

The Himba are cattle and goat herders, and are best known for the striking ochre they wear to protect their skin from the desert sun. Over the years, this resilient tribe has survived drought and war, and—with the help of international activists—successfully fought the damming of the Kunene River, which would have flooded their ancestral lands. Under the independent Namibian government, the Himba have mobile schools and control over wildlife and tourism in their nature conservancies. The remote, harsh desert environment has helped them maintain their pastoral lifestyle, and their population currently numbers between 20,000 and 50,000. Many Himba still wear traditional dress, consisting of animal-skin skirts and jewelry that includes coiled leather necklaces, copper bangles, and beaded anklets, and Himba women often sport elaborate braided hairdos.

Tonight we'll enjoy the first night in our rustic yet comfortable mobile camp.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Damaraland Mobile Camp

Day 6: Rhino Tracking

After an early breakfast, we'll set off with our guide and experienced local trackers to spend most of the day rhino tracking. Namibia is home to the larger of the two subspecies of the black rhinoceros found in southern Africa. The only population that remains in the wild—unhindered by fences and outside of reserves—these rhinos occupy an arid range in the western Kaokoveld. Their preferred habitat is the mountainous escarpment, but they follow ephemeral rivers into the northern Namib as well, especially when conditions are favorable after the rain. They are the only black rhino in Africa that are internationally recognized as a "desert group."  Like desrt-adapted elephant, they cover great distances, walking and feeding at night, and resting during the day. Our trackers will look for tracks on the ground and teach us how to identify them. We'll have lunch in the field and return to camp in the late afternoon with some time to relax in the shade of the Mopane trees.

Our mobile camp is fully-serviced and equipped so you can simply relax and revel in the feeling of space and solitude that makes Namibia so special. We use large 10 by 10 foot igloo tents with built in groundsheets and mosquito screens. Each tent has robust light, a bedside table, and camp beds with mattress, duvet, pillows and sheets. Bathroom facilities are shared with flush toilets and running water in the showers. Our camps are all set up for you before you arrive and have their own chef who prepares delicious, wholesome 3-course meals using fresh produce whenever possible.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Damaraland Mobile Camp

Day 7: Damaraland

Today we head south to Camp Kipwe, situated in the heart of Damaraland. This area is known for its displays of color, magnificent table-topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendor which will reward and astound you. During the drive south, we'll explore by 4WD the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys, in search of game, including desert-adapted elephants. Desert-adapted elephants in Kaokoland and the Namib walk further for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa. The distances between waterholes and feeding ground can be as great as 42 miles.  To meet their nutritional requirements they graze on no fewer than 74 of the 103 plant species that grow in their range. Lunch will be picnic-style in the bush, with a late afternoon arrival into our camp.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp Kipwe

Day 8: Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund

After an early breakfast, we'll head out to explore the nearby attractions and geological features of the Twyfelfontein rock engravings, Burnt Mountain, and the Organ Pipes. The petroglyphs at Twyfelfontein, recently named a World Heritage Site, are difficult to date accurately, but archaeologists believe they span a period of about 1,500 to 5,000 years ago. The artists were groups of San who walked the length of the country and recorded images from their journeys on massive sandstone cliffs in the area. The engravings lie along two circular routes; one is an hour's climb and the easier route takes about one hour and forty minutes. A rounded hill located just a few miles from Twyfelfontein, known as the Burnt Mountain, seems to catch fire at sunrise and sunset. This is due to a chemical reaction that took place roughly 125 million years ago when molten lava penetrated organic shale and limestone deposits, resulting in contact metamorphism. The Organ Pipes are another geological curiosity in the area consisting of a mass of perpendicular dolerite columns that intruded the surrounding rocks millions of years ago and have since been exposed in a ravine due to river erosion.

Once these sites have been visited, we'll head further south past Brandberg, Namibia's tallest mountain, then veer west to the coastal town of Henties Bay before turning south again to Swakopmund. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hansa Hotel

Day 9: Kayaking Walvis Bay

After an early breakfast, we'll drive along the scenic coastal road to Walvis Bay for a memorable Namibian kayaking adventure within the outer lagoon. Before getting into our kayaks, we'll drive to the lighthouse at Pelican Point and stop at the salt works to admire the views and check out the birdlife. Kayaking is an ideal way to see Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos, and a wide variety of other sea birds. If we are lucky, there is the chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles, and sunfish as well. We'll stop for snacks on the beach before heading back to Walvis Bay. No experience is necessary to enjoy the kayaking today. We'll head back to the hotel in the afternoon for a little leisure time before dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hansa Hotel

Day 10: Drive to Sossusvlei

Our fascinating drive today takes us southeast through the awesome and ever-changing desert landscapes of the Gaub and Kuiseb canyons until we find the dunes at the entrance to Namib Naukluft National Park. En route you will stop in the charming 'town' of Solitaire. Make sure to try the warm apple tart at Moose McGregor's Bakery - the best in all of Southern Africa! There is the option, at additional cost, to take a scenic flight today, over the Dune Sea, abandoned mining camps, shipwrecks, Sandwich Harbour, and salt pans to Sossusvlei, instead of driving. Those trip members who choose to fly will meet up with the guides and group later in the day at the Sossus Dune Lodge.

Note: The 2016 itinerary will feature Desert Homestead Outpost.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Sossus Dune Lodge OR Desert Homestead Outpost

Day 11: Sossusvlei

This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park, setting off from the lodge within the park boundary. As a result, you can be on your way at sunrise to capture the dunes while the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves—a photographer's dream! This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world, and your guide will give you an insight to the formation of the Namib Desert and the myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive its harsh environs. Once you have explored to your heart's content you can enjoy a relaxing picnic breakfast under the shade of a camel thorn tree.

Return to Sossus Dune Lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon en route, if this wasn't done the previous day. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Sossus Dune Lodge OR Desert Homestead Outpost

Day 12: Sossusvlei to Windhoek

After breakfast you bid farewell to the Namib Desert, traversing the Great Escarpment and scenic Khomas Hochland highlands to make your way back to Windhoek. Upon arrival in Windhoek your guide will transfer you to Galton House for the last night of your trip. This evening you will have your farewell dinner at The Galton's in-house restaurant.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Galton House

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.

  • Breakfast

Oct 04 - 16, 2015

May 03 - 15, 2016

Jun 01 - 13, 2016

Aug 02 - 14, 2016

Oct 06 - 18, 2016

pricing

2015 Prices, per person

Low Season (May trip)
$ 5,845 (4-12 members)
$ 500 single supplement

High Season (June-Oct)
$ 5,995 (4-12 members)
$ 750 single supplement

2016 Prices, per person

Low Season (May trip)
$ 5,995(4-12 members)
$ 550 single supplement

High Season (June-Oct)
$ 6,295(4-12 members)
$ 750 single supplement

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Andersson's Camp — Etosha, 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.

Camp Kipwe — Damaraland, 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.

Damaraland Mobile Camp — Damaraland, 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.

Desert Homestead Outpost — Sossusvlei

Deep in the 7000 ha nature reserve of Desert Homestead Lodge the Outpost opens its gates and offers relaxed hospitality with a natural atmosphere. Enjoy the impressive panoramic view from the 11 houses, the family apartment or the main house with restaurant, lounge and pool area, set on the base of a mountain. On the wide open plains there are often cheetahs to observe, roaming the endless grasslands.

Galton House — Windhoek, 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.

Hansa Hotel — Swakopmund

The Hansa Hotel is nestled in the very center of the charming little town of Swakopmund, wrapped in the shape of a timelessly classical building dating from 1905, and integral part of Swakopmund's architectural heritage, offers you a feeling of being enveloped in a luxurious and sophisticated hospitality with a satisfying blend of both classic atmosphere and truly elegant interior, matched with friendly and personalized service.

Okonjima — Okonjima 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.

Sossus Dune Lodge — Sossusvlei, 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.

“Perez is one of the best guides in ALL ways, that I have had in 35 years of adventure travel – over 30 guided trips and my 8th with MTS...An extraordinary level of expertise, transport, professionalism, food and virtually open bar” – Jonathan R

“Seeing animals in the wild was outstanding and Perez took us to may special areas and also explained the geology to us. He is very knowledgeable. The mobile camp crew were outstanding. Jason and Jimmy made delicious meals and took good care of us. Thank you so much for a great trip through Namibia. What a beautiful country. You were a terrific guide – thank you so much.” – Susan & Robert

“Life enhancing – really!” – Sarah

"Perez is the best guide we have ever experienced. He is not only knowledgeable about Namibia, including geology, botany, animals, cultures and the land but also very professional and attentive. We would like to travel with him again." - Susan B

"We have gone on many MT Sobek Trips  - this trip was fantastic. Perez is an excellent guide. Hopefully we can take another trip with Perez” – Robert & Caroline

“We would highly recommend this safari to anyone wanting to experience the country of Namibia.  This safari was enjoyed not only for the animals and birds but also for the varied terrain that we travelled through”  - David & Ardella Z

"Outstanding!" - James D

  • 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

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.

“Perez is one of the best guides in ALL ways, that I have had in 35 years of adventure travel – over 30 guided trips and my 8th with MTS...An extraordinary level of expertise, transport, professionalism, food and virtually open bar” – Jonathan R

“Seeing animals in the wild was outstanding and Perez took us to may special areas and also explained the geology to us. He is very knowledgeable. The mobile camp crew were outstanding. Jason and Jimmy made delicious meals and took good care of us. Thank you so much for a great trip through Namibia. What a beautiful country. You were a terrific guide – thank you so much.” – Susan & Robert

“Life enhancing – really!” – Sarah

"Perez is the best guide we have ever experienced. He is not only knowledgeable about Namibia, including geology, botany, animals, cultures and the land but also very professional and attentive. We would like to travel with him again." - Susan B

"We have gone on many MT Sobek Trips  - this trip was fantastic. Perez is an excellent guide. Hopefully we can take another trip with Perez” – Robert & Caroline

“We would highly recommend this safari to anyone wanting to experience the country of Namibia.  This safari was enjoyed not only for the animals and birds but also for the varied terrain that we travelled through”  - David & Ardella Z

"Outstanding!" - James D

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek

You may arrive anytime at Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International airport (WDH) today, but please be sure to arrive before 6 p.m. so that you can participate in the first trip briefing over dinner with your guide at 7 p.m. An MTS representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel, the modern Galton House. Check in and freshen up before dinner, when you will meet your guide and the other members of the group.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Galton House

Day 2: AfriCat Foundation

This morning you will be collected at the hotel by your guide for the drive north of Windhoek heading towards Okonjima. If the group wishes, we can stop in Okahandja to visit the local craft market, though it is often best to leave any serious curio shopping until the end of the safari. We'll reach Okonjima in time for lunch. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to research and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. Close encounters with leopard and cheetah are an unforgettable highlight. We'll start with a guided afternoon excursion to either track cheetah on foot or see leopard from the comfort of an open safari vehicle (whichever activity is not done today will be done tomorrow morning). After dinner, we'll take a night drive to a nearby hide where nocturnal animals such as porcupine, caracal, honey badger, and even leopard may be seen.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Okonjima

Day 3: Drive to Etosha National Park

After our second AfriCat activity, we return to Okonjima Bush Camp for brunch before driving further north to the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. We should arrive in time to take a short evening game drive within Etosha park, leaving before sunset and arriving back at camp in time for dinner.

Etosha owes its unique landscape to the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression of approximately 1,930 square miles which forms the heart of the park. Once part of a large inland lake fed by rivers from the north and east, it dried up 120 million years ago as continental drift changed the slope of the land and the course of the tributaries. This white, chalky expanse colors the park, and with the waterholes creates the characteristic atmosphere of Etosha today. We'll spend two nights at Andersson's Camp, located in the Ongava Private Game Reserve bordering Etosha. The camp overlooks a waterhole where guests can enjoy the interaction of wildlife coming and going throughout the day and night.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation: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.  We can either do two game drives, one early and one afternoon with a return to the lodge at midday for lunch, or we can pack a picnic and spend the whole day in the park (majority vote will decide).  Etosha National Park is typified by white calcrete soils, rocky outcrops, and scrub-covered plains which support a variety of game such as giraffe, zebra, lion, rhino, wildebeest, elephant, and various antelope species including oryx, kudus and the endemic black-faced impala.  Night drives are not possible within Etosha National Park itself, but are possible in the private game reserve of Ongava, where our camp is located.

Andersson's Camp was named after Swedish explorer Charles Andersson -- one of the first Europeans to "discover" Etosha, Africa's largest saltpan.  The resurrected former farmstead that stands on the site now forms the center of a charming camp fronting onto a productive waterhole.  The 20 tented en suite units are raised on decks for an enhanced view of the waterhole and surrounding plains. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Andersson's Camp

Day 5: Damaraland

After breakfast, we'll make our west to Damaraland. This landscape is characterized by hills interspersed with valleys and dry riverbeds. Early morning fog brings precious water to flora and fauna, which have adapted superbly to the harsh environment.  Despite its aridity, Damaraland supports a surprising diversity of wildlife, including a healthy number of desert-adapted elephant, as well as giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, the occasional cheetah, and black rhino. We'll stop for lunch under a shady tree out in the wilderness, then begin our search for a traditional Himba settlement, which may take some time as the Himba are a nomadic tribe and may move their cattle to better grazing areas without notice!

The Himba are cattle and goat herders, and are best known for the striking ochre they wear to protect their skin from the desert sun. Over the years, this resilient tribe has survived drought and war, and—with the help of international activists—successfully fought the damming of the Kunene River, which would have flooded their ancestral lands. Under the independent Namibian government, the Himba have mobile schools and control over wildlife and tourism in their nature conservancies. The remote, harsh desert environment has helped them maintain their pastoral lifestyle, and their population currently numbers between 20,000 and 50,000. Many Himba still wear traditional dress, consisting of animal-skin skirts and jewelry that includes coiled leather necklaces, copper bangles, and beaded anklets, and Himba women often sport elaborate braided hairdos.

Tonight we'll enjoy the first night in our rustic yet comfortable mobile camp.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Damaraland Mobile Camp

Day 6: Rhino Tracking

After an early breakfast, we'll set off with our guide and experienced local trackers to spend most of the day rhino tracking. Namibia is home to the larger of the two subspecies of the black rhinoceros found in southern Africa. The only population that remains in the wild—unhindered by fences and outside of reserves—these rhinos occupy an arid range in the western Kaokoveld. Their preferred habitat is the mountainous escarpment, but they follow ephemeral rivers into the northern Namib as well, especially when conditions are favorable after the rain. They are the only black rhino in Africa that are internationally recognized as a "desert group."  Like desrt-adapted elephant, they cover great distances, walking and feeding at night, and resting during the day. Our trackers will look for tracks on the ground and teach us how to identify them. We'll have lunch in the field and return to camp in the late afternoon with some time to relax in the shade of the Mopane trees.

Our mobile camp is fully-serviced and equipped so you can simply relax and revel in the feeling of space and solitude that makes Namibia so special. We use large 10 by 10 foot igloo tents with built in groundsheets and mosquito screens. Each tent has robust light, a bedside table, and camp beds with mattress, duvet, pillows and sheets. Bathroom facilities are shared with flush toilets and running water in the showers. Our camps are all set up for you before you arrive and have their own chef who prepares delicious, wholesome 3-course meals using fresh produce whenever possible.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Damaraland Mobile Camp

Day 7: Damaraland

Today we head south to Camp Kipwe, situated in the heart of Damaraland. This area is known for its displays of color, magnificent table-topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendor which will reward and astound you. During the drive south, we'll explore by 4WD the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys, in search of game, including desert-adapted elephants. Desert-adapted elephants in Kaokoland and the Namib walk further for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa. The distances between waterholes and feeding ground can be as great as 42 miles.  To meet their nutritional requirements they graze on no fewer than 74 of the 103 plant species that grow in their range. Lunch will be picnic-style in the bush, with a late afternoon arrival into our camp.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp Kipwe

Day 8: Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund

After an early breakfast, we'll head out to explore the nearby attractions and geological features of the Twyfelfontein rock engravings, Burnt Mountain, and the Organ Pipes. The petroglyphs at Twyfelfontein, recently named a World Heritage Site, are difficult to date accurately, but archaeologists believe they span a period of about 1,500 to 5,000 years ago. The artists were groups of San who walked the length of the country and recorded images from their journeys on massive sandstone cliffs in the area. The engravings lie along two circular routes; one is an hour's climb and the easier route takes about one hour and forty minutes. A rounded hill located just a few miles from Twyfelfontein, known as the Burnt Mountain, seems to catch fire at sunrise and sunset. This is due to a chemical reaction that took place roughly 125 million years ago when molten lava penetrated organic shale and limestone deposits, resulting in contact metamorphism. The Organ Pipes are another geological curiosity in the area consisting of a mass of perpendicular dolerite columns that intruded the surrounding rocks millions of years ago and have since been exposed in a ravine due to river erosion.

Once these sites have been visited, we'll head further south past Brandberg, Namibia's tallest mountain, then veer west to the coastal town of Henties Bay before turning south again to Swakopmund. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hansa Hotel

Day 9: Kayaking Walvis Bay

After an early breakfast, we'll drive along the scenic coastal road to Walvis Bay for a memorable Namibian kayaking adventure within the outer lagoon. Before getting into our kayaks, we'll drive to the lighthouse at Pelican Point and stop at the salt works to admire the views and check out the birdlife. Kayaking is an ideal way to see Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos, and a wide variety of other sea birds. If we are lucky, there is the chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles, and sunfish as well. We'll stop for snacks on the beach before heading back to Walvis Bay. No experience is necessary to enjoy the kayaking today. We'll head back to the hotel in the afternoon for a little leisure time before dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hansa Hotel

Day 10: Drive to Sossusvlei

Our fascinating drive today takes us southeast through the awesome and ever-changing desert landscapes of the Gaub and Kuiseb canyons until we find the dunes at the entrance to Namib Naukluft National Park. En route you will stop in the charming 'town' of Solitaire. Make sure to try the warm apple tart at Moose McGregor's Bakery - the best in all of Southern Africa! There is the option, at additional cost, to take a scenic flight today, over the Dune Sea, abandoned mining camps, shipwrecks, Sandwich Harbour, and salt pans to Sossusvlei, instead of driving. Those trip members who choose to fly will meet up with the guides and group later in the day at the Sossus Dune Lodge.

Note: The 2016 itinerary will feature Desert Homestead Outpost.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Sossus Dune Lodge OR Desert Homestead Outpost

Day 11: Sossusvlei

This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park, setting off from the lodge within the park boundary. As a result, you can be on your way at sunrise to capture the dunes while the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves—a photographer's dream! This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world, and your guide will give you an insight to the formation of the Namib Desert and the myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive its harsh environs. Once you have explored to your heart's content you can enjoy a relaxing picnic breakfast under the shade of a camel thorn tree.

Return to Sossus Dune Lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon en route, if this wasn't done the previous day. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Sossus Dune Lodge OR Desert Homestead Outpost

Day 12: Sossusvlei to Windhoek

After breakfast you bid farewell to the Namib Desert, traversing the Great Escarpment and scenic Khomas Hochland highlands to make your way back to Windhoek. Upon arrival in Windhoek your guide will transfer you to Galton House for the last night of your trip. This evening you will have your farewell dinner at The Galton's in-house restaurant.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Galton House

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.

  • Breakfast

Andersson's Camp — Etosha, 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.

Camp Kipwe — Damaraland, 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.

Damaraland Mobile Camp — Damaraland, 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.

Desert Homestead Outpost — Sossusvlei

Deep in the 7000 ha nature reserve of Desert Homestead Lodge the Outpost opens its gates and offers relaxed hospitality with a natural atmosphere. Enjoy the impressive panoramic view from the 11 houses, the family apartment or the main house with restaurant, lounge and pool area, set on the base of a mountain. On the wide open plains there are often cheetahs to observe, roaming the endless grasslands.

Galton House — Windhoek, 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.

Hansa Hotel — Swakopmund

The Hansa Hotel is nestled in the very center of the charming little town of Swakopmund, wrapped in the shape of a timelessly classical building dating from 1905, and integral part of Swakopmund's architectural heritage, offers you a feeling of being enveloped in a luxurious and sophisticated hospitality with a satisfying blend of both classic atmosphere and truly elegant interior, matched with friendly and personalized service.

Okonjima — Okonjima 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.

Sossus Dune Lodge — Sossusvlei, 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.

Dates and Pricing

Oct 04 - 16, 2015

May 03 - 15, 2016

Jun 01 - 13, 2016

Aug 02 - 14, 2016

Oct 06 - 18, 2016

pricing

2015 Prices, per person

Low Season (May trip)
$ 5,845 (4-12 members)
$ 500 single supplement

High Season (June-Oct)
$ 5,995 (4-12 members)
$ 750 single supplement

2016 Prices, per person

Low Season (May trip)
$ 5,995(4-12 members)
$ 550 single supplement

High Season (June-Oct)
$ 6,295(4-12 members)
$ 750 single supplement

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