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Namibia Under Canvas

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Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, and Namibia Under Canvas small-group tour allows travelers to experience the wonders of Namibia in a very personal way. Climb the mesmerizing sand dunes of Sossusvlei, explore the coastal city of Swakopmund, marvel at the natural wonders of Damaraland and search for wildlife in Etosha National Park. Return most nights to an Under Canvas-style camp, designed to offer a true back-to-nature-adventure with an emphasis being on the experiential nature of safaris. Forget about modern life as you venture into the some of Namibia's most remote, wild places, returning to the basics of what a "True African Safari" is meant to be. 
A giraffe stands against the beautiful African landscapeSpectacular sunrises are the norm at //Huab Under CanvasAfrica Safari, game of NamibiaDiscover the beauty of the NamibRand Nature ReserveA couple gemsbok make their way up a sand dune.A rhino runs across the desertExteriorShare stories of adventure around the campfire pit at Sossus Under Canvas
  • Sleep under canvas overlooking one of Onguma's busiest watering holes
  • Track the endangered black rhino
  • Climb some of the world's highest free-standing sand dunes at Sossuvlei
  • Explore the natural wonder of the Damaraland
Places Visited
  • Africa
  • Namibia
  • Camp Doros
  • Camp Sossus
  • Damaraland
  • Namib Desert and Sossusvlei Area
  • Okonjima Nature Reserve
  • Onguma Tree Top Camp
  • Swakopmund
  • Windhoek
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: AfriCat Foundation | Eastern Etosha National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning your guide will collect you from your various accommodation establishments in Windhoek. Together you will set off for Eastern Etosha National Park, stopping at the AfriCat Day Center along the way. This wildlife sanctuary on the research and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, particularly injured or captured leopard and cheetah. Enjoy an informative game drive and tour of the park before continuing onwards to Onguma Private Reserve along Etosha's eastern border. 

Freshen up in your thatched room before enjoying your first "safari dinner" overlooking the camp's floodlit waterhole.  

Day 2-3: Safari in Eastern Etosha National Park

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The next two days are full of exciting game viewing activities within the eastern section of Etosha National Park, with the option to venture further toward Halali or closer to Fischer's Pan in the north. Etosha National Park, translated as the "place of Mirages", covers 22,270 square kilometers and consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers around the numerous springs and waterholes, and the park boasts some 114 mammals and 340 bird species. Wildlife that one may see include elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland kudu, zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena and warthog. 

Your final evening outside Etosha concludes with a shared game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve, culminating with sundowners overlooking Fischer's Pan. The Onguma Game Reserve consists of more than 20,000 hectares of protected land, and is home to a family of black rhinos! 

Day 4: Etosha to Damaraland

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning travel from Etosha National Park toward the Damaraland, traveling through farmlands and small towns along the way. Damaraland is typified by magnificent displays of color, table topped mountains, rock formations and otherworldly vegetation. The variety of loneliness coupled with scenic splendor will reward and astound, giving one an authentic understanding of the world "wilderness". This long day of travel is broken up by a scenic picnic lunch before arriving at Camp Doros, where you will spend the next 3 nights. 


Day 5-6: Explore Damaraland

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Set out on your first full day in Damaraland for an exciting and memorable rhino-tracking adventure. The black rhino population in this area forms part of one of the only free-roaming black rhino populations in Africa, and tracking them in an unfenced and uninhibited environment is an absolute privilege. Return to camp for lunch before heading back out for a scenic nature walk or drive. 

Continue your adventures in Damaraland the following morning, enjoying the freedom to discover the fascinating landscapes with your naturalist guide by vehicle or on foot. The focus today is on tracking the desert-adapted elephant, although other desert-adapted species that may be spotted include giraffe, orynx, springbok and even lion. Return to camp after a delicious picnic lunch to relax and take in the captivating scenery. 

Day 7: Damaraland to Swakopmund

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arise early this morning to head south toward the coastal town of Swakopmund, passing Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandberg, along the way. Upon arrival in Swakopmund you are free to enjoy the pleasent seaside location and cooler coastal air for the night. For dinner, head to a popular restaurant specializing in locally harvested seafood as well as other local and international dishes. Settle in this evening at your canvas lodge on the outskirts of town, overlooking the Swakop River Valley and desolate desert landscapes. 

Day 8: Onwards to Namib Tsaris Conservancy, Sossusvlei

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After another early breakfast continue onward toward Sossusvlei. The ever-changing desert landscape is diverse and impressive, and you will witness where the Guab and Kuiseb Canyons meet the dunes at the settlement of Solitaire. Enjoy a picnic lunch en-route, arriving at Sossus Under Canvas with enough time to freshen up with a hot bucket shower before dinner. 

Note: As an alternative to the drive from Swakopmund to Sossusvlei, you may take a scenic light aircraft flight along the Diamond Coast, allowing for a bird's eye view of the Sandwhich Harbor and the Namib Sea Sand, as well as abandoned mining camps and two shipwrecks (optional extra at an additional cost). 

Day 9: Namib Tsaris Conservancy | Sossusvlei

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake before sunrise this morning for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park. Enter the park by sunrise, while the light is soft and the shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves of the sand dunes. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world, and your guide will give you insight into the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fasinating creatures and plants that call this harsh landscape home. 

Explore Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and surrounds before taking a picnic brunch under the much-appreciated shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to camp to rest before heading out in the late afternoon for a scenic nature drive or walk to further explore this astounding ecosystem. Your day concludes with a memorable final safari sundowner. 

Day 10: Return to Windhoek

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Enjoy a leisurly breakfast this morning before traveling back to Windhoek, arriving mid-afternoon at the establishment of your choice or, if flying home, an additional transfer can be booked to the Windhoek International Airport (please note departure flights must be no earlier than 6pm). 


Ongava Tented Camp

Ongava Tented Camp
Ongava Tented Camp
Ongava Tented Camp

Camp Doros

Spend evenings around the cozy campfire at //Huab
Spectacular sunrises are the norm at //Huab Under Canvas
Rustic interiors make this experience a truly back-to-the-basics experience

Camp Sossus

Sossus by starlight
Relax in hammocks and take in the view of Sossusvlei
Dining area at Sossus Under Canvas

Desert Breeze Lodge

Wake up to sweeping views of the Namibian desert
Dining at Desert Breeze Lodge
Desert Breeze Lodge is surrounded by Namibia's vast desert

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  • 9 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Local drinks at meals
  • Mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
  • Two Ongava afternoon property drives in open game viewer with lodge guide
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Pre and Post accommodation in Windhoek
  • Entry Visa Fees


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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.


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