The Best of Namibia Safari - Sample Itinerary

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Best of Namibia Safari
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Sample Best of Namibia Safari Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1 – Galton House/Windhoek – Bed and Breakfast – On arrival into Windhoek airport, you will be met and escorted to the Galton House hotel for the night.

DAY 2 – Little Kulala Camp/Sosssusvlei – Fully Inclusive – This morning after breakfast, you will be driven a short way to Eros airport and flown by scheduled flight to Sossussvlei and then driven a short distance to Little Kulala camp for a 2- night stay.

DAY 3 – Little Kulala Camp/Sosssusvlei – Fully Inclusive – Wake up early to climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; this afternoon we will explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees. Or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes.

DAY 4 – Desert Rhino Camp/Pamwag Nature Reserve – Fully Inclusive – This morning, you will be flown by scheduled flight along the Skeleton Coast and to Damaraland/Desert Rhino camp.  This afternoon you will have a nature game drive to experience the magnitude of the landscapes and search for the desert-adapted wildlife including rhino, elephant, giraffe, antelope, zebra and maybe even the area’s predators.

DAY 5 – Desert Rhino Camp/Pamwag Nature Reserve – Fully Inclusive – Today you will have the option to go Rhino tracking or have a full-day outing with picnic lunch traveling amongst rolling, rocky hills with scattered euphorbia and ancient welwitschia plants through the 450,000-hectare Palmwag Concession.

DAY 6 – Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge/Skeleton Coast – Fully Inclusive – This morning, you will be flown by scheduled flight along the Skeleton Coast and to Shipwreck Lodge for a 3-night stay. During the next 3 days, you will have a variety of activities to choose from including day excursions to Mowe Bay Seal Colony, sundowner drive to the roaring dunes, full-day Huarusib River excursion, beach lunch, fishing, quad bike tours and dune boarding.

DAY 7 – Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge/Skeleton Coast – Fully Inclusive – See list of activities on Day 6

DAY 8 – Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge/Skeleton Coast – Fully Inclusive – See list of activities on Day 6

DAY 9 – Ongava Tented Camp/Ongava Game Reserve – Fully Inclusive – This morning, you will be flown by scheduled flight to Etosha National Park and to Ongava Tented Camp for a 2-night stay. Afternoon game drive on Ogava Game Reserve where you will have a good chance to see both black and white rhino.

DAY 10 – Ongava Tented Camp/Ongava Game Reserve – Fully Inclusive – Excursion to Etosha National Park and afternoon visit to the Ongava Game Reserve Information System and Visitor Center to learn about the unique and amazing natural history and science of Namibia.

DAY 11 – Ongava Tented Camp/Ongava Game Reserve – Breakfast – After breakfast you will be flown back to Windhoek airport in time to connect with your onward connection.

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Galton House/Windhoek

Galton House is Windhoek’s newest accommodation establishment. Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, it has a relaxed but comfortable style which creates a welcoming atmosphere. Impressive wildlife photography adorns the walls whilst the rest of the interior is a combination of modern minimalistic and understated chic.

A mere ten-minute drive from the center of town and perched on the edge of Windhoek’s northernmost affluent suburb of Eros, guests staying here will be ensured of peace and tranquillity. There is Wi-Fi throughout the property and the eight guest rooms all have wired internet connectivity and satellite television. There is a coffee/tea station available in the reception area and these can also be provided in the rooms on request.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Total number of rooms: 9

  • 4 standard double en-suite rooms
  • 3 standard twin en-suite rooms
  • 1 standard triple en-suite room (2 twins & 1 single bed)
  • 1 standard family en-suite room (2 twins, 1 single & 1 kiddies bed)

All rooms are equipped with internet connectivity, satellite television, coffee station, air conditioning, safe & telephone.

PROPERTY & ROOM FACILITIES/SERVICES

The communal areas consist of a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a swimming pool, an early arrival/late departure day room (including toilet, shower, changing and re-packing facility) as well as understated garden areas. There is also a delightful ‘al fresco’ dining area by the pool where freshly prepared and very tasty meals are served (including lunch and dinner). A number of shops, restaurants and supermarkets are within easy walking distance.

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Little Kulala / Sossusvlei

Newly renovated Little Kulala is the closest luxury desert retreat to the famous, seen-from-space Sossusvlei dunes. Guests enjoy exclusive private concession access and the camp’s location makes early morning dune visits (to see Sossusvlei at its best) very easy.

Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 meters: some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety of desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles.

ACTIVITIES

Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes. Other activities make the most of the solitude and stark beauty of the Namib Desert, with nature drives and guided walks revealing the majesty and mystery of the sand sea.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Eleven climate-controlled, brick and glass accommodations (including one family unit), each with two three quarter beds. All are under thatch and have a private plunge pool, private rooftop area for stargazing, a signature sleep-out experience on the bottom deck of each accommodation to allow for easy access during the night, luxury fittings, as well as indoor and outdoor showers. In terms of color and form, Little Kulala blends seamlessly into the desert landscape.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Library, Pool, Private Vehicle Available

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Plunge Pool, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Safe, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

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Desert Rhino Camp / Palmwag Nature Reserve

Desert Rhino Camp offers an original, exclusive wilderness experience and the possibility of seeing some of the largest free-ranging population of desert-adapted black rhino in Africa. The desert plains – transformed overnight by summer rains – are starkly scenic, and home to other unique species, from Hartmann’s zebra and giraffe, to the bizarre welwitschia plant.

Palmwag is a nature reserve idyllically located along a palm-lined tributary of the Uniab River. Water is scarce in this area, so the river’s presence often lures elephants closer to the camps. Palmwag is situated halfway between Swakopmund and Etosha, and is the ideal base from which to see the sights of the Kunene region or embark on one of the many local hiking trails. The reserve is notable for its unusual species of palm tree, the hyphaena pertesiana, and for being home to the largest population of south-western black rhinos in Africa. Animal lovers can also get a peek at leopard, lion, cheetah, mountain zebra, Angolan giraffe, springbok, kudu, and African bush elephant.

ACTIVITIES

  • Rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle
  • Game drives showcase the magnitude of the landscape and offer the best possibilities of seeing desert-adapted wildlife including rhino, elephant, giraffe, antelope, zebra and maybe even the area’s predators.
  • Guided nature walks
  • Full-day outings with picnic lunch  – Travel amongst rolling, rocky hills with scattered euphorbia, ancient welwitschia plants, scrubby vegetation and isolated clumps of trees through the 450,000-hectare Palmwag Concession and search out the fascinating desert-adapted wildlife of the region.
  • Birding

ROOM CONFIGURATION

The camp consists of eight comfortable Meru-style tents with en-suite bathrooms, and shady main area with a refreshing plunge pool.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Library, Pool, Private Vehicle Available

ROOM FACILITIES

Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Safe, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

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Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge / Skeleton Coast

The lodge is located in the famous Skeleton Coast Central Concession between the Hoarusib and Hoanib Rivers in the Skeleton Coast Park, only 45 km north of Möwe Bay. The lodge is situated on the southern bank of the Huarusib River Mouth, nestled between the dunes with a view of the Atlantic
Ocean where the cold Benguela current pushes a refreshing breeze over the shipwreck shaped cabins. The size of the concession area is approximately 146,600 hectares situated in North-Western Namibia.

Stretching from the Swakop River to southern Angola, the Skeleton Coast is known as the ‘Land God Made in Anger’ and is remoteness at its best. Thousands of miles of sandy desert dotted with shipwrecks meet with the cold waters of the Atlantic and somehow an amazing array of wildlife and flora manages to survive in this harsh but beautiful environment. Ocean fog creeps over the shoreline caused by the warm dry air of the Namib Desert colliding with the cold Benguela current. This otherworldly area is home to a diversity of wildlife including seabird colonies, Cape fur seals, zebra, gemsbok, desert-adapted elephant, lion and much more. Surfing enthusiasts are drawn to these powerful waves and photographers flock from around the globe to snap a shot of this eerie shipwreck graveyard and for the unrivaled maritime photographic opportunities. This coast is desolate but breathtakingly beautiful.

ACTIVITIES

  • Day excursions to Mowe Bay Seal Colony – see remnants of
 the Suiderkus and Karimona Shipwrecks,  abandoned Westies diamond mine, remains of the Ventura Bomber and the beautiful natural wind shelter created by
 the reeds at the Flamingo pools.
  • Sundowner drive to the roaring dunes
  • Full day Huarusib River excursion
  • Beach lunch
  • Fishing
  • Quad bike tours
  • Dune boarding

ROOM CONFIGURATION

There are a total of 10 rooms. Each room has a shower, toilet and washbasin complemented with the necessary guest amenities.
 Each room also has a writing desk,  bedside lamp and wood-burning stove.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Restaurant

ROOM FACILITIES

En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Laundry Facilities, Laundry Service (Available), Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee

 

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ONGAVA TENTED CAMP/ONGAVA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Immersed in the African Mopani bush, Ongava Tented Camp is a natural extension of this wild and wonderful landscape. The classic safari-style camp is tucked in a hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill in Ongava Game Reserve bordering Etosha National Park.

Sharing the southern boundary with Etosha National Park, the prolific 30,000-hectare private Ongava Game Reserve is considered one of the top private game reserves in the region, enjoying global recognition for exceptional conservation, groundbreaking research and exciting safari experiences. The landscape is characterized by vast open plains dotted with salt pans and abundant wildlife. Visitors can easily access Etosha through Andersson’s Gate in the south.

Known for its luxury lodges made out of natural materials, Ongava is a popular destination for those looking to immerse themselves in nature. The reserve offers visitors the perfect combination of wildlife safari experiences within and around the Etosha National Park. One of Ongava’s top attractions is its rhino population and guests can experience the thrill of getting close to these majestic creatures. Popular activities include: night game drives, guided nature walks, bird watching and 4×4 guided game drives.

ACTIVITIES

Ongava’s proximity to Etosha allows for game drives in the Etosha National Park and on the Ongava Reserve itself. Other possibilities include guided walks, birding and visiting hides. Ongava holds one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian government in the country and is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where guests can see both black and white rhino.

  • Afternoon and evening game drives on Ogava Game Reserve
  • Excursions into Etosha National Park
  • Guided nature walks
  • Get immersed in the world of natural history and science at the Ongava Game Reserve Information System and Visitor Center.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Eight large comfortable Meru-style tents all have en-suite facilities, open-air showers and private verandas; the family unit sleeps four. The main area, built of stone, canvas and thatch, fronts onto a much-frequented waterhole; watching wildlife coming to drink from here or from the swimming pool is a favorite pastime.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Pool, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Balcony / Deck, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee

 

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