Namibia is a land of stunning landscapes, endless skies, barren deserts, rugged mountains and spectacular wildlife. This Namibia safari explores some of the most remote areas of this fascinating land —areas rarely explored by others, making this a true journey of discovery. From the dunes of Sossusvlei to the dramatic coastline of the Skeleton Coast, littered with historic remnants of shipwrecks, and reomte Etosha National Park, home to white and black rhinos and more than 340 species of birds, this Namibia safari offers a range of experiences.
This Namibia safari is led by highly skilled and qualified guides from the African Wildlife Foundation, who posess an incredible passion for Africa’s wildlife and a vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture of Namibia.
Namibia Flying Safari
- Day 1 Windhoek, Namibia May 20 2021Arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, and transfer to the Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel. Meet your African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) safari leader and fellow travelers for a briefing on your journey ahead. D
- Day 2-3 Sossusvlei / Kulala Wilderness Reserve May 21 2021 to May 22 2021After breakfast, depart on a scenic flight to the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve nestled in the heart of Sossusvlei. Situated in the Namib Desert, this landscape is famous for its huge, orange dunes, which you will explore and photograph during your stay. Enjoy game drives and walking safaris with the option to go hot-air ballooning. Desert-adapted wildlife like the ostrich, springbok, oryx, spotted and brown hyena, bat-eared fox, and the dune lark abound in this area. Your thatched canvas “kulala” directly overlooks the majestic red dunes. Each room has a rooftop “skybed” for stargazing. B,L,D daily
- Day 4-5 Palmwag / Damaraland May 23 2021 to May 24 2021Embark on another scenic flight as you head north over Damaraland. Your classic Meru tent at Desert Rhino Camp is set in a
remote valley of the Palmwag Concession, a conservation partnership between Wilderness Safaris, Save the Rhino Trust, and the Namibian government. The red-rock-strewn valleys, interspersed with tiny springs, are home to numbers of Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok, and spotted hyena. Of course, the real highlight of your time here will be tracking the local population of endangered black rhinos! B,L,D daily
- Day 6-7 Damaraland May 25 2021 to May 26 2021A short flight takes you to Damaraland Camp, each adobe and canvas thatched tent is en suite and is built on a raised deck with valley-facing views offering endless vistas across stark plains and ancient valleys with an ochre-purple mountain backdrop. Near Namibia’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, view fascinating petroglyphs — prehistoric rock engravings — and San rock art. Drives in search of desert-adapted wildlife and into local communities complete your exploration of this area. B,L,D daily
- Day 8-10 Etosha National Park / Ongava Game Reserve May 27 2021 to May 29 2021End your safari with three days in the wilderness haven of Etosha. You can expect unrivaled game viewing afforded by the tranquility of the private Ongava Game Reserve along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. Etosha takes its name from one of the largest saltpans in Africa. The national park and the neighboring game reserve are full of wildlife, including black-faced impala, large populations of lion, white and black rhinos, and more than 340 species of birds. B,L,D
- Day 11 Windhoek / Depart May 30 2021On your final day, fly back to Windhoek and connect to your independent homeward flight or independent overnight. B
Things to Know
What’s included in the cost of this safari expedition?
- Intra-tour airfare
- Accommodations on group dates
- Excursions, activities, and meals as listed in the itinerary
- Services of experienced English-speaking guides
- Arrival and departure transfers between the group hotel and airport regardless of day or time
- Selected beverages included with lunch and dinner
- Potable water
- Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance
- Game drives in 4×4 safari cruisers, with guaranteed window seat and no more than six people per vehicle
- Join this special departure in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation and learn more about their important conservation work throughout Africa.
- Take comfortable, convenient, and scenic bush flights into exquisite desert landscapes. See the vibrant red dunes, the famous Skeleton Coast, and beautiful geological patterns from the air.
- Enjoy the luxury of private reserves and wildlife viewing without the crowds, and experience varied activities including walking safaris, night drives, and private excursions to local communities.
- View wildlife during game drives and search for rare black rhinos on foot accompanied by trackers from Save the Rhino Trust.
Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel
This elegant 41-bedroom boutique hotel is situated on the prestigious Am Weinberg Estate. The rooms complement the historic character, while modern amenities and 5-star touches ensure the utmost comfort. Courtyard rooms feature doors opening onto a beautiful courtyard or on to your own private balcony where you may sit and breathe in the peaceful ambiance. The spacious suites feature a private bedroom, floor to ceiling windows, a separate lounge as well as a desk space.
Desert Rhino Camp
Set in a wide valley, accommodation at Desert Rhino Camp consists of eight raised Meru-style canvas tents with front verandas to take in the sweeping views in front dotted with scattered euphorbia and ancient welwitschia plants, and the dramatic Etendeka Mountains. The comfortable tented dining and lounge area is also elevated with partially open sides offering those panoramic views while a swimming pool provides a refreshing respite during the midday heat. Evening meals are often taken around the fire pit under the starry skies, known for their clarity.
Kulala Desert Lodge
Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Comprising 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas” with en-suite bathrooms and verandas, each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. There are also three tents which can accommodate a family of four each. The convivial main area includes a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the riverbed – a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista and to contemplate the day’s exciting activities.
Ongava Tented Camp
Ongava Tented Camp is tucked into a hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill in the Ongava Game Reserve, which borders Etosha National Park. Eight large, comfortable Meru-style tents all have en-suite facilities, open-air showers, and private verandas. 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.Ongava’s proximity to Etosha allows for game drives in the National Park and on the Ongava Reserve itself. 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.