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Namibia

A country of startling contrasts, Namibia boasts deserts, seascapes and endless horizons. The many national parks and game reserves present a huge variety of wildlife in a kaleidoscope of diverse environments.  Generally a destination for the repeat safari-goer, Namibia offers breathtaking landscapes, a rich culture and great game in semi-arid surrounds.

Namibia
Best Months April - October
Epic Suggests 9 Days
  • Sossusvlei

    Meaning 'the gathering place of water' in the local Nama language - in good years seasonal rains in the foothills of the Naukluft and Tsaris Mountains succeed in reaching the vleis, creating temporary lakes that mirror the sand dunes surrounding them. Sossusvlei's huge red dunes and flat valley floors make up the archetypical view of the Namib that is world famous.

    africa-namibia-sossusvleiDesert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok eke out an existence and are sparsely distributed here. Larger predators include spotted hyaena and occasionally brown hyaena. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, cape fox and aardwolf can be seen at night in the cool desert air, and one bird, the aptly named dune lark is dependent on the area's characteristic sands.

  • Damaraland

    One of the most scenic areas in Namibia, a huge, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region. Here, prehistoric water courses with open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and deep gorges.

    africa-namibia-damaralandTowards the west, the geography changes dramatically with endless sandy wastes, that are able to sustain small, but wide-ranging populations of desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, giraffe, ostrich and springbok, which have adapted their lifestyles to survive the harshness of the desert spaces.  Elephant move through euphorbia bush country, and can travel up to 70km in a day in search of food and water and unusually, do not destroy trees in their quest for food. Here you have the chance to follow black rhino in typical Damaraland 'melkbos' terrain.
  • Skeleton Coast

    The Skeleton Coast is one of the most remote and unique safari destinations. The original inhabitants, the Bushmen, referred to it as "The Land God made in Anger". The park covers 16,000 sq km and occupies much of Namibia’s northern coastline.  The Skeleton Coast is normally associated with the shipwrecks that litter the shoreline, however the area derives its name from the bones of whaling and sealing expeditions that line the beaches.

    africa-namibia-skeleton-coastIn parts it resembles a moonscape, yet peculiarly it flourishes with life, both big and small; all well adapted to this testing landscape. Large mammals include the famous desert-adapted elephant, lion, cheetah, black rhino, giraffe, gemsbok, zebra, springbok, and spotted and brown hyaena.  It is a must-see for the seasoned safari-goer.

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  • Etosha National Park

    Etosha is Namibia's premier game viewing destination, and one of Africa’s largest game parks. It is centred on a large salt pan, hence the name Etosha Pan, which is roughly 130 kilometres long and in places up to 50 kilometres wide. Large herds of plains-game concentrate around the waterholes in the dry season, making for exciting game viewing.

    africa-namibia-etoshaSpecies that can be seen year round include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, the endemic black-faced impala, wildebeest, springbok, oryx, kudu and the diminutive damara dik-dik. Birdlife is also good with ostrich and raptors in abundance.

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  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 1: Windhoek

    On arrival in Windhoek you are met and transferred to your lodgings for the night.

    Depending on the timing of your arrival flight, you may be able to connect through to Sossuvlei instead of overnighting in Windhoek.

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    Day 2: Windhoek / Sossusvlei

    This morning after breakfast you are transferred to Eros Airport for your light air transfer to world renowned Sossusvlei, home to the magnificent red dunes, for a two night stay.

    Activities on offer include dawn balloon safaris over the dunes, guided night and day game-drives and walks.
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    Day 3: Sossusvlei

    Sossusvlei lies in the heart of the enormous, almost 50,000 km² (19,305 square mile) Namib-Naukluft Park. Surrounded by a sea of ever-changing sand dunes, Sossusvlei is a clay pan that only rarely fills with water. It is a place of awe-inspiring beauty - magnificent terracotta sand dunes that rise over 300 m (980 ft) into the vast, blue sky.

    Said to be among the highest dunes in the world, climbing to the top of one of these dunes is an unforgettable experience.
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    Day 4: Sossusvlei / Damaraland

    Today you depart Sossusvlei and fly by light air transfer north to Damaraland where you enjoy three nights.

    The 1 million acre private Palmwag Reserve in Damaraland, in north-west Namibia, between Etosha National Park and the Skeleton Coast, is one of the few places on the planet that offers this level of privacy and wilderness experience. The geology is this area is fascinating and the kaleidoscope of rock formations absolutely spectacular.

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    Days 5-6: Damaraland

    This desert reserve supports populations of desert adapted black rhino and elephants, the rare Hartman's mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx and kudu. Predators include lions, cheetah and leopard.

    The "Save the Rhino Trust" - a non-profit conservation organisation - has been working in the area for 20 years and has successfully reintroduced the rare, desert adapted black rhino. Today the area boasts the largest concentration of rhino outside of a national park.  Activities offered include night and day game-drives although the highlight will undoubtedly be tracking black rhino on foot.
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    Day 7: Damaraland / Serra Cafema

    This morning you fly by light air transfer north to Serra Cafema, in the far northern reaches of Namibia, for a three night stay. This is undoubtedly one of the remotest safari destinations in Africa and in our opinion one of the most special.

    Aesthetically spectacular, every direction provides a vast hue of earthy colours.  A highlight of this region is the chance to spend time with the local tribespeople, the Himba, some of the last true nomadic pastoral people of Africa.  You will have the chance to learn about their lifestyle and traditions and observe them going about their daily lives.
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    Days 8-9: Serra Cafema

    The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water and creates an oasis along its banks surrounded by rugged mountains and sand dunes.

    Activities include enjoying the breath-taking landscape scenes with springbok, ostrich and oryx dotted here and there, traversing the sand dunes in 4x4 Landrovers and boating on the Kunene River where you can watch for the Kunene crocodiles.  Walking in the remote mountain and river valleys are also a highlight as are the carefully guided quad-bike excursions that tread lightly on the dunes.
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    Day 10: Serra Cafema / Windhoek

    Today you fly by light air transfer to Windhoek and connect with your onward flight.
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    Indicative Cost

    From US$ 580 per person per day.

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    Extension: Okavango Delta, Botswana

    Botswana is a logical extension to a safari in Namibia providing a wonderful contrast of habitats; dunes and delta.  The “sea of land” and the “land of water” that typify the Okavango make it a haven for wildlife.

    It offers arguably the highest quality game experience in all of Africa when one considers the fecundity of the environment with the exclusivity of private safari concessions.
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    Extension: Cape Town, South Africa

    Cape Town is a short hop down the west coast and a great option for safari-goers wanting a modern African city experience.

    One of the great harbour cities of the world, Cape Town offers a wonderful mix of cosmopolitan sophistication, history, culture and culinary pursuits, including the wine lands in close proximity.
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  • 1/11 | Day 1: Windhoek
  • 2/11 | Day 2: Windhoek / Sossusvlei
  • 3/11 | Day 3: Sossusvlei
  • 4/11 | Day 4: Sossusvlei / Damaraland
  • 5/11 | Days 5-6: Damaraland
  • 6/11 | Day 7: Damaraland / Serra Cafema
  • 7/11 | Days 8-9: Serra Cafema
  • 8/11 | Day 10: Serra Cafema / Windhoek
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  • 10/11 | Extension: Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • 11/11 | Extension: Cape Town, South Africa
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