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Namibian Discovery - Scheduled Safari

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Traversing through the dunes, endless grass plains and along mystical mountain formations, you will explore the ancient hunting spots of the Bushmen, encounter large and small desert animals and learn their unique habits.

Day-by-day itinerary

Sun Day 1 Sossusvlei: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge (LD)
This trip begins in Windhoek, where you will meet the pilot at Eros airport and fly to Wolwedans. Arrive at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge in the late afternoon and book into your beautiful chalet with its own private verandah and a breathtaking view of the dunes, plains and distant mountains. Freshen up and join everyone for sundowners on the deck before you enjoy a three-course candlelight dinner under a blanket of stars. Wolwedans Dune Lodge is situated in the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The lodge accommodates eighteen guests in spacious chalets, which have been built on wooden platforms. Four of these chalets are directly accessible from the main complex by a wooden walkway. The front section of each chalet can be opened onto a verandah with a 180-degree view, in case of wind and rain, canvas blinds can be lowered within minutes. Each chalet is furnished with two over-sized beds, bedside tables, a coffee table, and two comfortable chairs and has en-suite facilities with shower, two washbasins and flush toilet. The Lapa consists of a lounge, dinning area, terrace and open-plan kitchen. A spacious sundowner deck provides a relaxed atmosphere and unique dining conditions. Unspoilt nature experience on the scenic drives, personal care by personnel and the exclusivity of the camp will make you stay the highlight of your visit to Namibia.

Mon Day 2 Sossusvlei: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge (BLD)
After breakfast, depart on a day-safari on the NamibRand Nature Reserve with a delicious picnic lunch served en-route. Absorb the unique NamibRand Nature Reserve landscape during a morning and afternoon excursion by Landrover through the dunes, endless grassy plains and along mystical mountain formations. You could encounter large and small desert animals, learn about their unique habits and explore the ancient hunting spots of the Bushmen. Revel in the incredible landscape around you and Wolwedans commitment to care for guest and nature alike. Here in this land of stretching blue skies, endless plains and countless creatures enacting natures savagely exciting passion play, you will find beauty feeding your soul, tranquility to clear your mind and space for your imagination to fly!

Tue Day 3 Skeleton Coast: Kuidas Camp (BLD)
After breakfast you will be picked up by Skeleton Coast Safaris for an a flight along the coast via Conception Bay, Sandwich harbor and the fascinating salt pans of Walfishbay towards Swakopmund where you stop for refueling. Continue with a low-level flight north along the Skeleton Coast past the seal colony at Cape Cross from where you cross the desert by aircraft to the Ugab formations, a nearly lifeless ‘moon landscape' of numerous black ridges in stark contrast to the white desert floor. From here you proceed to Kuidas camp in the Huab Valley where we stay for the night. Amongst the rocks within walking distance of the camp are ancient rock engravings. Accommodation consists of small but comfortable igloo tents with en suite bucket showers and chemical toilets, making it unnecessary for guests to go outside during the night. Communal flush toilets are also available.

Wed Day 4 Skeleton Coast: Purros Camp (BLD)
After breakfast you depart by Landrover to explore the colorful red lavas and yellow sandstones of the Huab River formations and to be introduced to the ecological aspects of this environment with its wide diversity of flora and fauna. This includes the Welwitschia mirabilis, a tree that has been dwarfed by the rigors of the desert climate. We have lunch back at camp before flying along the coast to Terrace Bay in the Skeleton Coast Park. The most prominent shipwrecks along this part of the coast are the Montrose and Henrietta, still relatively intact. At Terrace Bay you access the roaring dunes by Landrover, which always proves to be a stimulating experience. You also visit the beach with its profusion of multi-colored pebbles consisting of agates, lavas, granites and others. Interesting to see are old whalebones scattered along the beach above the high tide mark. We return to the airfield and continue north to Purros camp in the Hoarusib Valley. Accommodation consists of small but comfortable igloo tents with en suite bucket showers and chemical toilets, making it unnecessary for guests to go outside during the night. Communal flush toilets are also available.

Thu Day 5 Skeleton Coast:
Kunene Camp (BLD)
After breakfast you undertake a scenic drive along the Hoarusib Valley to visit a settlement of the nomadic Himba people. You might be lucky enough to come across the desert-dwelling elephant that frequent this valley. A planned encounter is unfortunately not possible. From here you continue north along the Skeleton Coast by aircraft to the perennial Kunene River on the Angolan border. The Kaiu Maru shipwreck and pieces from old sailing vessels lie scattered along this part of the coast. From the airfield you take a scenic drive by Landrover to a favorite site. After lunch you continue through the mountains and dunes of the Hartmann Valley, which extends to the Kunene River, arriving at our Kunene camp next to the river in the late afternoon. Accommodation consists of small but comfortable igloo tents with en suite bucket showers and chemical toilets, making it unnecessary for guests to go outside during the night. Communal flush toilets are also available.

Fri Day 6 Etosha National Park: Onguma Tented Camp (BLD)
After breakfast you enjoy an early morning boat trip on the Kunene River as it flows through scenic desert landscape, observing bird life and some crocodiles. Birds vary from aquatic species on the perennial waters, to endemic desert varieties and those that inhabit dense riverine vegetation. After lunch at the camp, you fly to Onguma arriving in the afternoon. In the local Herero language, Onguma means, "the place you don't want to leave." With a stunning main building and seven tents providing private, exclusive accommodation, Onguma Tented Camp, certainly lives up to its name. An atmosphere of elegant dining prevails, complimented by the daily activities taking place around the watering hole, approximately 60 metres away. The surrounding nature lends itself to long lazy afternoons, spent relaxing on the sofas in the lounge, watching the animals go. Onguma became part of an innovative custodianship project relating to the black rhino. Six black rhino were darted in Etosha National park and shipped to the reserve. Here they are protected and monitored. More than 300 bird species can be viewed at Onguma. The reserve boasts the biggest breeding colony of white-backed vultures in Namibia. During the summer months Onguma becomes a bird-watchers paradise with thousands of species migrating to wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems. This part of Namibia has been identified as one of the key bird watching sites in Southern Africa. The seven spacious safari tents are designed with attention to detail and a sense of natural luxury. Each tent has an indoor and outdoor shower, a gorgeous zinc bath, a separate toilet, two stone basins and a private sitting area. The tents are softened by white fabric draped from above, and from each bed in every tent, there is a direct view out onto a waterhole that is floodlit at night. Under a canopy of stars, lions roar, hyenas cackle and owls hoot.

Sat Day 7 Etosha National Park: Onguma Tented Camp (BLD)
Enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive.

Sun Day 8 Etosha National Park: Onguma Tented Camp (BLD)
Enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive.

Mon Day 9 Departure (B)
After breakfast and a morning game drive fly via light aircraft to Windhoek where your safari ends.

Rates for the Namibian Discovery - Scheduled Safari

Land, per person double occupancy

01 Jan '14 - 31 Oct '14 $5,420
Single Supplement on request

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation for 8 nights
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages at Wolwedans Dune Lodge (except premium alcohol & champagne)
  • Laundry at Little Kulala & Wolwedans Dune Lodge
  • FLIGHTS: Windhoek – Sossusvlei – Kuidas Camp – Purros Camp – Kunene Camp – Etosha - Windhoek
  • Game drives and park entry fees
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages (except at Wolwedans Dune Lodge)
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry (except at Wolwedans Dune Lodge)

 

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