Summary

from NAD 268,291.00 Per Person Sharing12 Days

Take a chartered flight from the capital city to your luxury lodge nestled among the red dunes of the Namib Rand Nature Reserve. Enjoy a guided excursion to the iconic Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, and experience one of the world’s premier star-gazing locations with the help a computer-assisted telescope. Crossing the Namib ‘Sand Sea’ by air, meet Namibia’s western border and continue onto the Skeleton Coast.

Your journey continues by air into Kaokoland, one of the last great wildernesses on earth and home to the semi-nomadic Himba tribes.

Watch out for crocodiles on a boat ride along the Kunene River before flying by chartered plane back to Windhoek and your onward fight home.

Highlights

  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Skeleton Coast Camp
  • Kaokoland

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Start of Namibian Safari

Zannier Reserve

Land at Windhoek International Airport today and be transferred to Omaanda Lodge, just 30 minutes from the airport.

Omaanda, meaning rhinoceros in Oshiwambo, is a five-star lodge set within the Zannier Reserve by N/a’an ku sê, an incredible private animal conservation reserve of 9000 hectares in the countryside surrounding Windhoek. Overlooking the boundless savannah, the lodge offers 10 comfortable round thatched huts, paying tribute to the traditional architecture of Ovambo. It also features a restaurant and a cosy bar, overlooking a heated infinity pool. A spa and a boma complete the lodge facilities, offering a typically local place to meet and mingle by the fire.The close proximity to Windhoek and the International Airport make Omaanda the perfect choice for the first and last nights of guest’s stay in Namibia, promising a locally authentic experience.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Omaanda
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Day 2-4: Sunsets over the Oldest Desert in the World

NamibRand Nature Reserve

Continue your journey south, via charter aircraft to the Namibrand Nature Reserve.

One of the most pristine areas on Earth, the Namib Desert is a world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic landscapes and jagged mountain heights. Cradled against the ancient mountains, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its luxurious accommodation overlooking the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. Designed to capture the splendour and solitude of the desert, just ten stone and glass suites spread out along the curve of the escarpment, allowing absolute privacy. Each air conditioned suite is furnished to complement the majestic hues of the desert and features a private veranda, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, ensuite glass-encased bathroom and outdoor shower. The suites are equipped with a star-viewing skylight, discrete music system and custom-stocked personal bar. The guest area, where walls have become windows that fold away completely, boasts unimpeded desert vistas. The split-level lodge boasts a fire-lit bar, comfortable sitting room, wraparound veranda and Safari Shop. A fine selection of wines from an impressive walk-in wine cellar complements the delicious meals.

Guests can escape the desert heat with a revitalising midday dip in the pool, fed by water from an underground spring. At sunset, animals are drawn to a nearby waterhole, enhancing desert sundowner drinks. A state-of-the-art observatory and resident astronomer provide insight into the magnificent constellations of Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve.

The fully inclusive rate includes three meals per day, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas & coffees, refreshments on scenic nature drives, laundry, fatbiking, safari activities, guided nature walks and quad bike excursions in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, stargazing with the lodge astronomer, airstrip transfers if applicable, and one Sossusvlei excursion per stay.

Destination: Namibia
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Day 5-6: Adventure into the Desolate Coast

Skeleton Coast

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.

Located in the famous Skeleton Coast concession between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers in the Skeleton Coast National Park, Shipwreck Lodge is only 45 km from Möwe Bay. The shipwreck-shaped chalets are nestled between the dunes with a view of the Atlantic Ocean where the cold Benguela current provides guests with a refreshing breeze.

Exclusive clients can look forward to appreciating the harshness of the desert and the beauty of these solitary landscapes filled with geological history. Guests can learn about the fauna and flora adapted to survive in these harsh conditions – all from the comfort of the restaurant deck. There are 8 twin or double chalets and 2 family chalets.

 

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Shipwreck Lodge
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Day 7-9: Remote Wildlife & Wilderness

Kaokoland

Your journey will continue by air inland to Kaokoveld, overnighting at Hoanib Valley Camp.

Straddling the Angola/Namibia border, the Kaokoveld is a dry, mountainous and relatively undeveloped region that takes in the harsh beauty of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and the copper sands of the northern Namib Desert. The area is inhabited by three main ethnic groups – the Damara, Herero and Himba people – each with their own unique customs, traditions and rituals.

Located in one of the most beautiful areas of Namibia, the camp and its surrounds are truly breathtaking with many visitors feeling time spent here is a life affirming experience. The north western area, Kaokoland, is identified by its vast open desert wilderness, towering dunes and swathes of rocky mountains. Tucked into the backdrop are six guest tents exuding a modern safari style that reflects their surrounds in the furnishing and design.

Your days are spent exploring this spectacular area, understanding its unique geology, wildlife and culture. Home to one of the last great nomadic tribes, the iconic Himba, as well as the indentifiable Herero, there is plenty of opportunity for cultural interaction.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation, with whom this is a joint venture, add a wealth of specialist knowledge to your morning and afternoon drives, searching for the desert adapted elephant, giraffe, lion, black rhino and mountain zebra. Alternatively there are few better places to spend restful time contemplating the beauty around you than from the privacy of your veranda before enjoying exceptional hosting and dining.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Hoanib Valley Camp
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Day 10-11: Venture to the Edge of the Map

Kunene

Bordering Angola in northern Namibia, Kunene is a region as well as the name of a river, which is one of just five perennial rivers in Namibia. The Kunene River is an invaluable source of water for the local Himba people, and it has been the mainstay of their existence for hundreds of years.

For travellers, the river’s most striking feature is the magnificent Epupa Falls, which cascade over a distance of more than a kilometre downstream, with an impressive vertical drop of around 60 metres. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are both popular pursuits in this areas. Visitors can look forward to an array of exciting activities including: learning about local culture with a trip to a traditional Himba village, hiking, sundowner cruises, canoeing, kayaking, game viewing and excellent bird watching.

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.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Serra Cafema Camp
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Day 12: Bidding you a very fond Farewell

Fly out of Windhoek

After what I hope will have been a fantastic holiday, you will fly back to Windhoek International Airport, in time for your onward flight home.

Destination: Windhoek

Included

  • All transfers & Charter flights, as stipulated
  • All meals as stipulated

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