Arrive on the international flight of your choice. You will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred into Windhoek to your guesthouse. Tonight, enjoy dinner getting to know your guide at one of the famous local restaurants or at the guesthouse. The guesthouse can arrange an optional cooking class for foodies interested in learning to prepare some traditional Namibian dishes and enjoy South African wines.
This morning depart Windhoek and head south through the Khomas Hochland highlands before descending the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert. Enjoy a scenic picnic lunch en route, and arrive to your lodge in the late afternoon. Time depending, you can explore the area with your guide, or just relax and freshen up before dinner.
Rise early and move further into Sossusvlei, beating the crowds coming from outside the park, and experience the unique dawn lighting over some of the world’s tallest freestanding sand dunes. Once you have explored the area, watching the changing light, you will move on to the Tok Tokkie Trails. These trails are located on a largest privately owned reserve in southern Africa, the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Enjoy lunch at the farmstead before embarking on a two day hike in the dunes.
Your gear will be moved by vehicle, so you will only need to carry what you want for the day. Traveling by foot affords you the opportunity to see animals very rarely seen when traveling by vehicle such as the Hairy-footed Gerbil, Namib Golden Mole, and several species of beetle. Oryx, springbok, and ostrich are also typically found in the area. Sleeping out on top of the dunes under a blanket of stars is sure to be an experience not soon forgotten.
*Note: walking is done at a slow pace and typically does not exceed 7 miles a day.
After breakfast this morning walk back to the homestead and continue your trip. Drive north through the Namib Naukluft National Park, where you will see the Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. Arrive to the port town of Walvis Bay where you can explore the lagoon and see an interesting mix of sea birds such as flamingos, and pelicans. Continue on to Swakopmund and wander around the waterfront before heading to dinner at the popular Tug Restaurant which specializes in seafood.
Take to the Atlantic Ocean by sea kayak this morning to see the seals and dolphins play in the wild. Enjoy a light lunch before heading to the inner lagoon of Walvis Bay where you will find several varieties of sea birds. Retreat to the lodge for the heat of the afternoon, but return to the shore for another dinner out.
Continue northeast on your safari towards Damaraland passing Namibia's highest peak, the Brandberg. Wind, water, and other natural forces have created this expansive landscape of hills, table top mountains, gravel plains, and ancient river terraces. Enjoy the feeling of solitude as you take the day traversing this sprawling countryside. If time allows, your guide will make stops at Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes, and the Twyfelfontein rock engravings which were recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After an early breakfast proceed on an exciting 4x4 expedition along the ephemeral Aba Huab River Valley in search of game. The desert is home to several species of animal, including the elusive desert adapted elephants, so keep your eyes peeled. Return to camp for lunch and enjoy your afternoon by either spending time wandering the area with your guide or relaxing and enjoy some well deserved leisure time.
Before breakfast, take a walk around the area with your guide to see what hidden treasures there are to be found. Arrive to the Palmwag concession after a slow drive in time for lunch. Continue on through the concession for the next 2-3 hours until you reach the secluded Desert Rhino Camp. Arrive in time to freshen up before dinner and conversation in the Boma.
The Palmwag concession is home to the Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, desert adapted elephant, ostrich, lion, oryx, spotted and brown hyena, cheetah, kudu, leopard, and in particular this area is home to one of the world’s largest natural populations of the rare black rhino.
A memorable experience awaits you today: tracking the black rhino by foot! Head out into the cool morning with your guides to track these huge animals before the heat of the day. Have a picnic lunch in the wilderness (weather permitting) and head back to camp to relax while the temperatures soar. Head back out later in the afternoon for a picturesque nature drive, or continue on by foot to appreciate the minutia of Namibia.
Visit an extremely remote Himba village on your way to Etosha National Park. Your guide's presence and contacts with the local community will ensure you will be welcomed as a 'friend of a friend' and you are invited to spend considerable time there learning about these fascinating nomadic pastoralists. There has been virtually no modern influence on these communities, which makes for a fascinating cultural exchange. Enjoy lunch en route as you continue on your journey. By late afternoon you will arrive to camp, which will give you time to investigate the grounds and prepare for your game activities the following morning.
Today your guide is at your disposal. Choose to take a morning game drive and return to camp for the heat of the day before going back out for an afternoon game drive, or spend the entire day out in the bush and enjoy lunch at a watering hole or at one of the restcamps.
Etosha National Park houses huge salt pans which are leftover from a shallow lake that existed there three million years ago, lending to its name, which translates to 'Land of Dry Water'. Game-viewing revolves around the numerous springs and waterholes where numerous diverse species can often be seen at the same time. The Park boasts over 100 mammal and over 340 bird species including elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.
Depart Etosha and head for Okonjima, home to the Africat Foundation. This wildlife sanctuary focuses on the examination and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. Activities include leopard tracking by vehicle, a visit to the cheetah welfare project and after dinner there is the possibility to visit the night hide where nocturnal animals such as porcupine, caracal, honey badger and even leopard may be seen.
Rise early this morning to participate in one last guided activity before returning to camp for breakfast. Freshen up and depart for Windhoek, stopping at the craft markets of Okahandja if you wish. Your tour ends with a drop off at Windhoek International Airport (flights must be no earlier than 4 PM).
$805 - $825 single supplement
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