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ULTIMATE NAMIBIA - Luxury
12 Nights Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast, Kaokoveld and Etosha
If you want to experience the the best of Namibia's habitats and regions while staying in the finest lodges this country has to offer then this is the safari for you! From Sossusvlei and it's iconic red dunes to the Skeleton Coast with its all its desert adapted wonders to the wild, northern reaches on the Kunene River and back down to Etosha where big game congregates, this is a Namibia experience bar none. The views from the air over the varied landscapes is a safari in itself. Staying at the finest Wilderness Safaris lodges and flying with Wilderness Air: if I could choose any itinerary in this wonderful country this would be it!
Day 1 to 4 - Sossusvlei
Arrive Windhoek International Airport – Transfer via Light Aircraft to Kulala Airstrip.
Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.
Situated at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes, a private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest location to Sossusvlei, while magnificent views of its famous red dunes, mountainous scenery and vast open plains make it the most spectacular. Activities impress guests with the overwhelming magnitude, solitude and tranquillity of the desert and include private tours to Sossusvlei, scenic nature walks and drives to view the desert’s fascinating flora and fauna. At extra cost, it is also possible to experience the area on a hot air balloon safari and eco-sensitive guided quad-biking excursions.
Little Kulala (BLD)
Day 4 to 7 - Skeleton Coast
Transfer via Light Aircraft from Kulala Airstrip via Doro Nawas Airstrip to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Airstrip.
Known by the Bushmen as the "land God made in anger" the Skeleton Coast is remoteness at its best. Thousands of miles of sandy desert dotted with shipwrecks meet with the cold waters on the Atlantic and somehow an amazing array of wildlife and flora manages to survive in this harsh but beautiful environment. In a remote area of the Kaokoveld, in a land of bare mountains, gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife, lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Both the eight large en-suite tents (including one family unit) with shaded outdoor lounges and the main area and swimming pool look out over rugged scenery: a wide valley that slopes down to the almost-always dry Hoanib River. Explorations of this isolated yet diverse area take place via game drives along the riverbed’s narrow ribbon of vegetation, where a surprising wealth of desert-adapted wildlife can be found: elephant, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok, with glimpses of lion and brown hyaena. The Skeleton Coast with its desolate rocky coastline, noisy colonies of Cape fur seals and remains of shipwrecks is accessed either by a fascinating drive or scenic flight, depending on the weather. The camp is fully solar powered and a joint venture with the neighbouring Conservancies of Anabeb, Torra and Sesfontein.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (BLD)
Day 7 to 10 - Kaokoveld
Transfer via Light Aircraft from Hoanib Skeleton Coast Airstrip to Hartman Valley Airstrip.
The Kaokoveld is a dry, mountainous and relatively undeveloped region that takes in the harsh beauty of the Skeleton Coast and the coppery sands of the northern Namib Desert. The area is inhabited by three main ethnic groups – the Damara, Herero and Himba people – each with their unique customs, traditions and rituals. Set amongst shady trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa, its Portuguese name originating from the mountains that dominate the northern skyline. Guests fall asleep to the sound of rushing water, while by day they explore one of the driest deserts in the world. The camp’s eight unique canvas and thatched chalets, each with its own en-suite bathroom, show great attention to detail; the elevated decks and simple structures of wood, canvas and thatch create a camp that is at one with its surroundings. The dining room and pool look out over the Kunene River.Activities here are varied, including boating (water levels permitting), walking, viewing breathtaking landscapes, as well as carefully guided quad-bike excursions that tread lightly on the dunes. In this isolated region, the Himba people continue their nomadic, traditional way of life and when in the area, guests have the opportunity to meet them and learn about their lifestyle and traditions.
Serra Cafema Camp (BLD)
Day 10 to 13 - Etosha National Park
Transfer via Light Aircraft from Hartman Valley Airstrip via Doro Nawas Airstrip to Ongava Airstrip.
Ongava is one of the largest and most exclusive games reserves in the southern part of Etosha National Park. It offers an authentic and comprehensive safari experience, including nature walks and game drives, as well as luxurious accommodation. The reserve is home to – among others – lion, eland, black-faced impala, Hartmann's mountain zebra and a variety of other antelope species. It is also one of the few private reserves in South Africa where both black and white rhino can be observed. Birdlife is plentiful at the reserve, with over 340 species recorded in the area. Little Ongava is perched on the crest of a hill commanding magnificent vistas of the plains stretching for miles to the horizon. Arguably Namibia’s most luxurious accommodation, Little Ongava offers an extraordinary experience as the focal point of an Etosha journey. This intimate camp has only three spacious suites each with its own plunge pool, en-suite bathroom, “sala”, and outdoor shower. The lounge and dining areas have wonderful views of a productive waterhole below the camp, the open deck allowing for relaxed, stylish dining under the African sky. Guests at Little Ongava share a dedicated guide and vehicle, ensuring the best possible nature experience at one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Day and night wildlife-viewing drives, visiting hides overlooking waterholes, walks and rhino tracking with experienced guides can all be enjoyed exclusively on this reserve. Game drives and day trips into nearby Etosha National Park are also offered.
Little Ongava (BLD)
Day 13 - Departure
Transfer via light Aircraft from Ongava Airstrip via Doro Nawas Airstrip to Windhoek International Airport (Hosea Kutako). Take care of all formalities and bid farewell to Namibia!
Type of Safari
for singles, couples, families & groups
12 nights/13 days
Accommodation on a shared basis
Scheduled activities and all internal charters
National Park fees
Meals and drinks as specified
Activities, excursions and road transfers as specified
Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and all relevant VAT
Flights (other than specified in the detailed safari itinerary)
Compulsory comprehensive insurance
All relevant entry and departure Government taxes
All personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls, etc.)
Optional extra activities
Pre and post safari tours
All other travel arrangements pre or post the safari and any new Government taxes
Fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
Light Aircraft, 4x4 safari vehicle
PER PERSON SHARING
R163 860 (2016)