Encounter with the desert wildlife of Namibia

April to November 2021

12 days / 10 nights – from £ 5,590 per person

Tailor made safari

Elephants, rhinoceros, giraffes and ostriches are among the animals that not only survive in the mythical desert areas of Damaraland and Kaokaland, in Namibia, but have also managed to adapt to live there permanently and thrive – and this is without counting the legendary desert lions!

This safari, which allows you to immerse yourself and explore in depth the great desert reserves and private sanctuaries of north-western Namibia, offers you a maximum of opportunities to meet and photograph the great fauna adapted to the desert.

Some notable aspects of this safari are to:

– live in immersion in preserved eco-systems with the freedom of a privatised 4×4 vehicle driven by an English-speaking specialised driver-guide

– maximise the time in the most striking landscapes and with the desert-adapted animals when conditions are optimal for their observation and photography

– appreciate your accommodation in super, eco-friendly and very comfortable lodges, centrally located in the reserves and the deserts

An exceptional safari in the Damaraland and the Kaokaland!

Day 1: Departure to Namibia

Departure at the end of the afternoon from Europe and night flight to Windhoek via Frankfurt.

Day 2: From Winhoek to Damaraland – Huab Conservancy

Arrival at Windhoek International Airport and transfer, by scheduled flight, to the airstrip of Doro Nawas where your private guide will meet and greet you and welcome you to Damaraland.

Departure by road in your privatised 4×4 vehicle and visit to the site of Twyfelfontei.

Picnic lunch and arrival at the end of the afternoon at the Huab Conservancy to settle into your tent before dinner.

Night at Huab Under Canvas Camp. Full board and activities and game drives included.

Day 3: Damaraland – Huab Conservancy

This day is dedicated to the discovery of the Huab Conservancy, its landscapes and fauna, which include desert rhinoceroses. This day will be a great opportunity for wildlife observation and photography.

Night at Huab Under Canvas Camp. Full board and game drives included.

Day 4: Damaraland – From the Huab Conservancy to the Hobatere Conservancy

Departure, after your breakfast, by road heading north in order to reach the next milestone of your safari at the begining of the afternoon.

Picnic lunch en route to the Hobatere Conservancy.

Night at Hobatere Lodge. Full board and game drives included.

Day 5: Damaraland – Hobatere Conservancy

This day is dedicated to the discovery of the Hobatere Conservancy, which offers sometimes, very early morning or very late afternoon, the opportunity to observe aardvarks, Cape foxes, bat-eared foxes, aardwolves and genet cats.

Alternatively, as you have the benefit of your own privatised 4×4 vehicle, you can choose to spend the day on a game drive in the western area of Etosha National Park.

Night at Hobatere Lodge. Full board and game drives included.

Day 6: Damaraland – Hobatere Conservancy to Orupembe Conservancy

Early breakfast and departure to continue to the north and pass through very wild landscapes along the Hoarusib River, towards the Plains of Onjuwa – a region where hunting was forbidden for centuries and thus where livestock and great fauna live in harmony.

Picnic lunch en route and arrival at the camp at the end of the afternoon.

Night at Etambura Camp. Full board and game drives included.

Day 7: Damaraland – Orupembe Conservancy

Early morning departure by road to the north, along the river Kunene and passing through Hartmann’s Valley and Hartmann’s Mountains before reaching Marienfluss Valley.

Game drive en route and lunch by the river Kunene, watching the particularly abundant and massive crocodiles in this area.

Game drive in the afternoon and return to camp by the track passing the Sacred Mountain of the Himbas.

Night at Etambura Camp. Full board and game drives included.

Day 8: From Orupembe Conservancy to Puros Conservancy

Morning departure by road to the south, along the Hoarusib and Khumibet rivers (if conditions permit).

Game drive en route searching for desert-adapted wildlife including giraffes, lions and desert elephants.

Lunch picnic and visit to one Himba village before continuing the road to Puros.

Arrival at the camp at the end of the afternoon.

Night at Okahirongo Elephant Lodge. Full board and game drives included.

Day 9: From Puros Conservancy to the Hoanib River

After an early morning breakfast, departure by road to the south and exploration of the Hoanib River area throughout the day.

Lunch picnic and arrival at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, to settle into your tents and dinner.

Night at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Full board and game drives included.

This day marks the end of the part of the safari that includes a privatised vehicle and a private guide. Starting from day 10, the drives games are undertaken in a 4×4 shared vehicle.

Days 10 and 11: Hoanib River and Skeleton Coast

This day is dedicated to the discovery of the Hoanib River area with its desertic landscapes, its coast line and its fauna, including desert-adapted animals.

If the conditions allow it, a picnic lunch will be organised on a beach of the Skeleton Coast, and the return to the camp will be by plane as a scenic flight.

Night at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Full board and game drives included.

Day 12: From the Skeleton Coast to Windhoek and departure

After breakfast, departure by scheduled flight to Windhoek where you will arrive in time for lunch (on own account).

Transfer to Windhoek International Airport at the end of the afternoon for a flight to your next destination or your return to Europe.

 

Indicative price:

On the basis of 4 participants sharing two double or twin rooms or tents:
. from £ 5,590 per person during the period of January to May 2021
. from £ 7,130 per person during the period of June to December 2021

Subject to availability at the time of booking.
The final budget will be communicated after establishing a personalised quotation that will depend on the exchange rates at the time.
(GBP/NAD exchange rate used for this brochure was 21.00).

– The game drives and activities indicated in this itinerary in a privatised 4×4 vehicle driven by a specialised and private driver-guide from day 2 to day 9, and in a shared 4×4 vehicle driven by a specialised driver-guide from day 10 to day 12

– The airport transfers

– The scheduled flights Windhoek -> Doro Nawas and Skeleton Coast -> Windhoek

– 2 nights in Huab Under Canvas Camp, in a double or twin semi-permanent tent with bathroom and toilets en-suite, full board

– 2 nights at Hobatere Lodge, in a double or twin room with bathroom and toilets en-suite, full board

– 2 nights in Etambura Camp, in a bungalow with bathroom and toilets en-suite, full board

– 1 nights at Okahirongo Elephant Lodge (équivalent 3***), in a double or twin permanent tent with bathroom and toilets en-suite, full board

– 3 nights in Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (équivalent 4****), in desert chalet with bathroom and toilets en-suite, full board

– The park fees and conservation fees (subject to changes)

– International flights to Windhoek and return

– Travel or Insurances (cancellation, repatriation, luggage, other risks and any additional insurance)

– Meals not mentioned or mentioned as “free” or “on own account” in the itinerary

– Any extras of personal nature, tips, laundry and drinks not mentioned in the program, etc.

Individual tent and room: £ 1,090 for the period of January to May, £1,490 from June to December.

Extension to the safari to include Etosha National Park: please consult us.

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