Namibia Wildlife Safari CME

11 Days from $7,700

Namibia is a “secret” wildlife lover’s gem!

If you want sheer adventure, offering unique experiences that are non-existent elsewhere in Africa, this trip is for you. Imagine tracking desert-adapted elephants, lions, and cheetahs–and the only population of desert black rhino still living in the wild?

Think you have already seen the best of Africa? Join us for a truly amazing wildlife safari to a very unique and exhilarating part of this incredible continent. Join us for a Wilderness Medicine CME experience par excellence!

Namibia Wildlife Safari CME

Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately twice the size of California, but with a population of a mere 2 million – the second lowest densities in the world giving an amazingly ‘soulful’ feeling of peace and solitude. It is also an ‘ageless land’; visible through the heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilized tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. Added to the space and silence, these all contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.

The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Temperatures are modified by the high plateau in the interior and by the cold Benguela Current that runs along the Atlantic coastline. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally dry with very little rain.

This Ultimate Namibia Safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will have your own professional and experienced safari guides who will enhance your enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery. The knowledge, experience and attitude of your guides are critical to a successful safari which is why we ensure that they are both personable and very professional. Your guides will have an intimate knowledge of each area and camps/lodges that you visit, allowing them to share the local highlights whilst adding continuity and depth to your safari. It goes without saying that they know exactly what a “True African Safari” is all about. Not only are your guides highly qualified, each has a specific area of expertise. Together they possess the breadth and depth of knowledge to allow them to answer questions and satisfy the particular interests of each of our guests. Your guide will turn your safari into an experience of a lifetime!

Itinerary Snapshot

Day 1: Galton House, Windhoek
Day 2 & 3: Ongava Lodge via AfriCat Foundation
Day 4 & 5: //Huab Under Canvas Camp, Damaraland
Day 6: Mowani Mountain Camp, Damaraland
Day 7: Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund
Day 8 & 9: Sossus Dune Lodge, Sossusvlei/Namib Naukluft National Park
Day 10: Naankuse, Windhoek
Day 11: Depart from Windhoek International Airport

Day 1:  Arrive in Windhoek

After landing at Windhoek International (Hosea Kutako) Airport, located 40km outside Windhoek, you will be met and greeted by your guest liaison who will transfer you into town. After checking in to your room, you will be given a short briefing on your safari, after which you have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to rest, lounge by the pool, acclimatize and recover from the long flight. Dinner this evening can be enjoyed at Galton House in-house restaurant, or out at one of the popular restaurants in town with your guide.

Windhoek Capital City: Windhoek, Namibia’s capital nestles among rolling hills, bounded by the Eros Mountains in the east, the Auas Mountains to the south and the Khomas Hochland in the west. It is a meeting place between Africa and Europe, the modern and the old. In the capital’s main street, well-preserved German colonial buildings are in sharp contrast with modern architectural styles, while Herero women in their traditional Victorian dresses mingle with executives dressed in the latest fashions. Centrally located within Namibia, Windhoek is an excellent starting point for an adventurous holiday for many visitors to the country and an ideal base from where to explore the rest of the country.

Galton House: Galton House is named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, it has a relaxed but efficient style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. A mere ten minute drive from the center of town and perched on the edge of Windhoek’s northernmost affluent suburb of Eros, guests staying here will be ensured of peace and tranquility. The nine guest rooms are all equipped with internet connectivity and satellite television, with a coffee/tea station available on request and other general guest amenities. The communal areas consist of a large lounge, dining room, swimming pool and garden. There is also delightful ‘al fresco’ dining area by the pool, serving freshly prepared and very tasty meals. There are also a number of shops, restaurants and supermarkets within easy striking distance.

Overnight: Galton House Dinner, Bed & Breakfast & local drinks at dinner

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Day 2: Windhoek to Etosha National Park

After breakfast, you are met by your guide and depart in your private safari vehicle to make your way through Windhoek and head north via Okahandja to Okonjima. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa’s big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. You arrive in time to join an exciting and informative drive and tour of the center. Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation’s special carnivore ambassadors. After the excursion and lunch, the journey continues further north for the Etosha National Park region to stay on at the Ongava Lodge, located on the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park.

Ongava Lodge: Ongava Lodge is situated on the slopes of a rocky outcrop within the private 30,000 hectare Ongava Game Reserve, which shares a common border with Etosha. Ongava Lodge offers guests the full Etosha experience whilst providing superb accommodation and service, as well as night drives and nature walks on the reserve. At Ongava Lodge guests are accommodated in luxury air-conditioned thatched chalets with private veranda, all with en-suite bathroom. The main lounge, dining and pool area is situated on the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana Range, overlooking a floodlit waterhole and a vast plain.

Overnight: Ongava Lodge Lunch, Dinner, Bed & breakfast with local drinks

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Day 3: Etosha National Park

Today is available for a full day of exciting game viewing within the southern section of Etosha National Park. After discussion with your guide the previous evening, you usually go into the park in the morning, and return to the lodge for lunch and an early afternoon rest; or you can head out further across the Park to spend time in the area around Halali and Okaukuejo.

As you have the full time services of your own private guide, in your own 4×4, the day’s activities are scheduled around the specific interests of the group, around the usual park rules and regulations.

Etosha National Park: Etosha National Park covers 22,270km², of which approximately 5,000km² is made up of saline depressions or ‘pans’. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right. The Etosha Pan lies in the Owambo Basin, on the north-western edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert. Until three million years ago it formed part of a huge, shallow lake that was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead. If the lake existed today, it would be the third largest in the world. Etosha is the largest of the pans at 4,760km² in extent. It is nowadays filled with water only when sufficient rain falls to the north in Angola, inducing floods to flow southward along the Cuvelai drainage system. The Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers on the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (Oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.

Overnight: Ongava Lodge Lunch, Dinner, Bed & breakfast with local drinks

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Day 4: Etosha National Park to Damaraland

Today after breakfast you set off on your journey to the Damaraland region, travelling via the Grootberg Pass. Along the way your guide will take you to visit a local Himba settlement – you may have to search for a while as the semi-nomadic Himba people sometimes move location with no notice. They are one of the last truly traditional peoples of Namibia and have little time for conventional practices. Here you will learn about the customs and traditions of this very proud nation, and will be given insight into their beliefs, way of life and everyday routine.

After visiting the Himba you enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic location near an oasis, before you head to the exclusive location of your specially erected Mobile Camp, in time to enjoy fireside sundowners. It is a full day journey, but well worth the travel time.

The Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendour which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word ‘wilderness’.

The Himba: The Himba, Tjimba and other Herero people who inhabit Namibia’s remote north-western Kunene Region are loosely referred to as the Kaokovelders. Basically Herero in terms of origin, language and culture, they are semi-nomadic pastoralists who tend to tend from one watering place to another. They seldom leave their home areas and maintain, even in their own, on which other cultures have made little impression. For many centuries they have lived a relatively isolated existence and were not involved to any noteworthy extent in the long struggle for pasturelands between the Nama and the Herero. The largest group of Kaokovelders is the Himba, semi-nomads who live in scattered settlements throughout the Kunene Region. They are a tall, slender and statuesque people, characterized especially by their proud yet friendly bearing. The women especially are noted for their unusual sculptural beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments. They rub their bodies with red ochre and fat, a treatment that protects their skins against the harsh desert climate. The homes of the Himba of Kaokoland are simple, cone-shaped structures of saplings, bound together with palm leaves and plastered with mud and dung. The men build the structures, while the women mix the clay and do the plastering. A fire burns in the headman’s hut day and night, to keep away insects and provide light and heating. A family may move from one home to another several times a year to seek grazing for their goats and cattle. A Himba woman spends as much as three hours a day on her toilette. First she bathes, then she anoints herself with her own individually prepared mixture which not only protects her skin from the harsh desert sun, but also keeps insects away and prevents her body hair from falling out. She uses another mixture of butter fat, fresh herbs and black coals to rub on her hair, and ‘steams’ her clothes regularly over the permanent fire. Men, women and children adorn themselves with necklaces, bracelets, anklets and belts made from iron and shell beads. With their unusual and striking designs, these items have gained a commercial value and are being produced on a small scale for the urban market. Sculptural headrests in particular are sought-after items.

Under Canvas: Appealing to those who want to connect with the earth, cultures and wildlife in a very up-close and personal way, mobile camps are just that, designed to be relatively easily moved every few days. Since these camps are mobile, there is a certain amount of compromise on the frills and add-ons that you might expect in a permanent lodge or camp, however, guests will go to sleep hearing only the noisy silence of the desert and wake up to a chorus that announces the start of a new day. It’s the kind of intimacy only achieved by locating guests in the most wild and remote places. This allows guests to relax and revel in the feeling of space and solitude that makes Namibia so special. Our mobile camps are non-participatory and are fully serviced and equipped to ensure that guests are extremely comfortable. We consider good food and wine to be an important part of your overall experience so our catering in camp is of a very high standard with delicious, wholesome meals prepared for each meal time using fresh produce and local delicacies where possible.

We use large rectangular tents (4m x 3m and 2.5 m high) with built in groundsheets and mosquito screens on all doors and windows. Each tent is equipped with a solar powered lights, bedside table, robust standard height camp beds and mattresses made up with sheet, duvet, and pillows, as well as a cabinet in which to store clothing and other articles which need to be accessible. Towels and soap are also provided in the bathroom which also has its own toilet, bucket shower and washbasin.

Overnight: Under Canvas Camp inclusive of three daily camping meals & local drinks

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Day 5: Under Canvas Camp, Damaraland

Today you explore the Damaraland, enjoying the freedom to explore the fascinating landscapes with your private Ultimate Guide. There is plenty of opportunity to disembark your vehicle and explore the area by foot, including exclusive rhino tracking excursion. The Damaraland is a surprising refuge for desert adapted wildlife that may include elephants, giraffe, oryx, springbok and even some predators such as lion, though with any wildlife sightings in Namibia, its season depending and never guaranteed. The wildlife roams large tracks of unfenced desert landscapes and sightings can therefore be at times challenging, but part of the adventure of exploring this wild untouched gem of Namibia.

Your highlights include a 4×4 scenic excursion along the ephemeral rivers of the Damaraland to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area, as well as rhino tracking with Save the Rhino trust anti-poaching unit.

Desert Black Rhinoceros: Namibia is home to the larger of two subspecies of the black rhinoceros found in southern Africa. The only population that remains in the wild, unfenced and outside reserves occupies an arid range in the western Kaokoveld. Their preferred habitat is the mountainous escarpment, but they follow ephemeral rivers into the northern Namib as well, especially when conditions are favorable after rains. They are the only black rhinoceros in Africa that are internationally recognized as a “desert group”. Like desert-adapted elephant, they cover great distances. They walk and feed at night and rest during the day. To meet their nutritional and bulk requirements they browse on no fewer than 74 of the 103 plant species that grow in their range. One of the few animals to eat fibrous Welwitschia leaves; they even feed heavily on the milkbush (Euphorbia virosa) with its sharp spines and toxic latex, presumably because of the high water and fat content. They are physical defenses of dryland plants without apparent harm. Once widespread in the subcontinent, black rhinoceros are an endangered species. The smaller subspecies, Diceros bicornis minor, does not range into Namibia.

Overnight: Under Canvas Camp inclusive of three daily camping meals & local drinks

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Day 6: Damaraland

After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4×4 scenic excursion along the ephemeral rivers of the Damaraland to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. You will normally take a picnic lunch so that you can stop off and eat it in the shade of a large Ana tree and enjoy the unique ambience of the area – hopefully while watching a herd of elephants browsing nearby. You arrive in the afternoon at your next destination in the Damaraland, the Mowani Mountain Camp.

If time allows this afternoon your guide will take you to visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of Twyfelfontein rock engravings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Desert Adapted Elephant: In habitats with sufficient vegetation and water an adult elephant consumes as much as 300 kg of roughage and 230 liters of water every day of its life. Consider what a herd of them would eat and drink in a week or a month or a year. Finding an African elephant in a desert? Well, yes, and not only elephant, but other large mammals as well, such as black rhinoceros and giraffe. Their ranges extend from river catchments in northern Kaokoveld as far south as the northern Namib. Apart from the Kunene River, seven river courses northwards from the Ugab provide them with possible routes across the desert, right to the Skeleton Coast. The biggest are the Hoarusib, the Hoanib, the Huab and the Ugab Rivers. Desert adapted elephant in Kaokoland and the Namib walk further for water and fodder then any other elephant in Africa. The distances between waterholes and feeding grounds can be as great as 68 km. The typical home range of a family herd is larger then 2,000 km², or eight times as big as ranges in central Africa where rainfall is much higher. They walk and feed at night and rest during the day. To meet their nutritional and bulk requirements they browse on no fewer than 74 of the 103 plant species that grow in their range. Not a separate species or even a subspecies, they are an ecotype unique to Namibia in Africa south of the equator, behaviorally adapted to hyper-arid conditions. Elephant in Mali on the south western fringe of the Sahara Desert are the only others known to survive in similar conditions.

Twyfelfontein: Strewn over a hillside amongst flat-topped mountains of red sandstone, Twyfelfontein’s boulders and slabs of red sandstone hold some 2,500 prehistoric engravings that depict wildlife, animal spoor and abstract motifs. It is perhaps the largest and finest collection of petroglyphs in Africa. The engravings show animals such as elephant, giraffe, kudu, lion, rhinoceros, springbok, zebra and ostrich that once used to drink from a fountain at the bottom of the hill. In some cases footprints were engraved instead of hooves or paws. The abstract motifs feature mainly circles. Stone tools and other artifacts found at Twyfelfontein suggest that hunter-gatherers occupied the site over a period of perhaps 7,000 years. These days a local guide accompanies visitors to showcase the rock art. The engravings lie along two circular routes, one an hour’s climb and the other 40 minutes longer. Twyfelfontein is one of Namibia’s key National Monuments and has recently become a UNESCO World Heritage Site .

Mowani Mountain Camp: Mowani Mountain Camp is ideally located a short drive from the local attractions in the Damaraland area. The Camp is nestled amongst giant granite boulders, overlooking the ephemeral Aba Huab riverbed where desert adapted elephants often traverse. The thatch dome-shape structures echo the shape of the rough textured granite boulders amongst which they are built, a theme complemented by African wood carvings and artefacts. Mowani’s main complex consists of a reception area, bar, spacious alfresco dining room and lounge overlooking a waterhole with an inviting fireplace nearby to relax beside in the evenings. A refreshing swimming pool and fantastic sundowner viewpoint with its own bar also complement the Camp. Guests are accommodated in luxury en suite rooms with rock and canvas walls and thatched roofs that are built on raised wooden platforms, each with a private verandah and splendid views over the Aba Huab valley.

Overnight: Mowani Mountain Camp All meals and local drinks

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Day 7: Damaraland to Swakopmund

This morning you set off on your safari by road for Swakopmund. You pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg which peaks at 2,573 m above sea level, and arrive late afternoon in Swakopmund. There may be some time this afternoon to wander around town on foot if appeals – it’s important when planning the holiday dates to not stay in Swakopmund over a weekend, when most shops are closed from Saturday afternoon until they reopen Monday morning.

You head off for dinner at the popular Tug Restaurant by the jetty which specializes in fresh locally harvested Namibian seafood.

Swakopmund: Swakopmund resembles a small, German coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea. It boasts a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with good hotels, shops, restaurants, museums, craft centres, galleries and cafés. Swakopmund had its beginnings as a landing station in 1892 when the Imperial Navy erected beacons on the site. Settlers followed and attempts to create a harbour town by constructing a concrete Mole and then iron jetty failed. The advent of World War 1 halted developments and the town sank into decline until half a century later when infrastructures improved and an asphalt road opened between Windhoek and Swakopmund. This made reaching the previously isolated town quicker and easier and it prospered once again to become Namibia’s premier resort town. Although the sea is normally cold for swimming there are pleasant beaches and the cooler climate is refreshing after the time spent in the desert.

Hansa Hotel: A timeless classic forming part of Swakopmund’s architectural culture is the grand Hansa Hotel, dating back to 1905. Conveniently located in the center of town, the Hansa Hotel is within easy walking distance to the waterfront, shops, cafes, the aquarium, Crystal Gallery and other attractions which Swakopmund has to offer. Not only is the Hansa Hotel world renowned for its outstanding cuisine, but also comparable with the most prestigious address encountered abroad. This luxurious residence places emphasis not only on personalized service and elegant style, but also affordability.

Overnight: Hansa Hotel Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and local drinks

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Day 8: Swakopmund to Sossusvlei

Today you have a morning kayaking excursion included, taking you around the Walvis Bay lagoon. This is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. You will return to the jetty at roughly 12h30 after which you are transferred to the Walvis Bay airport, where you depart on a scenic flight from Swakopmund to Sossusvlei while your guide will drive south and meet you later that day at Sossus Dune Lodge.

The flight takes you south over the great Namib Sea Sand (declared a natural World Heritage Site) all along the coast, where (weather dependent) you will see deserted mines, shipwrecks and seal colonies on the way towards the famous Sossusvlei dunes. A highlight is the flight over the Eduard Bohlen, a German cargo ship that ran aground in 1909 while it was on its way to Table Bay from Swakopmund. It is believed that thick fog caused the ship to founder close to Conception Bay. Years after the ship ran aground the desert began to encroach on the ocean and the ship that was once stranded in the ocean slowly became stranded in the desert. The wreck currently sits about 500 meters from the ocean, ensuring that it’s the best preserved shipwreck along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and making it a must see for photographers.

Upon landing at Sossusvlei Lodge airstrip, you are welcomed by your private naturalist guides, with whom you will continue exploring the Namib Desert.

Sossusvlei: This most frequently visited section of the massive 50,000 km² Namib Naukluft National Park has become known as Sossusvlei, famous for its towering apricot colored sand dunes which can be reached by following the Tsauchab River valley. Sossusvlei itself is actually a clay pan set amidst these star shaped dunes which stand up to 300 meters above the surrounding plains, ranking them among the tallest dunes on earth. The deathly white clay pan contrasts against the orange sands and forms the endpoint of the ephemeral Tsauchab River, within the interior of the Great Sand Sea. The river course rises south of the Naukluft Mountains in the Great Escarpment. It penetrates the sand sea for some 55 km before it finally peters out at Sossusvlei, about the same distance from the Atlantic Ocean. Until the encroaching dunes blocked its course around 60,000 years ago, the Tsauchab River once reached the sea; as ephemeral rivers still do in the northern half of the Namib. Sand-locked pans to the west show where the river previously flowed to before dunes shifted its endpoint to where it currently gathers at Sossusvlei. Roughly once a decade rainfall over the catchment area is sufficient to bring the river down in flood and fill the pan. On such occasions the mirror images of dunes and camel thorn trees around the pan are reflected in the water. Sossusvlei is the biggest of four pans in the vicinity. Another, famous for its gnarled and ghostly camel thorn trees, is Deadvlei which can be reached on foot over 1 km of sand. Deadvlei’s striking camel thorn trees; dead for want of water, still stand erect as they once grew. They survived until about 900 years ago when the sand sea finally blocked the river from occasionally flooding the pan.

Sossus Dune Lodge: Sossus Dune Lodge is built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, in an attractive ‘afro–village’ style. Situated within the Namib Naukluft Park, close to the Sesriem Canyon, and providing sweeping vistas of the dunes to the west, guests benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, or to stay until after sunset. Accommodation units are interlinked by elevated wooden walkways, and consist of 23 well-spaced en suite desert chalets, equipped with tea stations and small fridges, with an additional relaxation gazebo. All units offer magnificent open vistas of the surrounding landscapes. Sossus Dune Lodge offers a good base from which to go on guided excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem and the surrounding areas, as well as sunset drives and guided walks, to fully unleash the beauty and biological diversity of the desert environment.

Overnight: Sossus Dune Lodge All meals and local drinks

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Day 9: Namib Naukluft National Park

This morning you will need to rise early for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park, normally setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world and your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and surrounding dune fields to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic brunch in the shade of a camel thorn tree.

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes), or you can enjoy another sightseeing excursion into the Namib Naukluft Park with your guide, with possible sundowners at Elim dune.

Sesriem Canyon: Sesriem Canyon has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River which has incised a narrow gorge about 1.5 km long and 30 meters deep into the surrounding conglomerates, exposing the varying layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years. The shaded cool depths of the canyon allow pools of water to gather during the rainy season and remain for much of the year round. These pools were a vital source of water for early settlers who drew water for their livestock by knotting six (ses) lengths of rawhide thongs (riems) together, hence the canyon and surrounding area became known as Sesriem.

Overnight: Sossus Dune Lodge All meals and local drinks

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Day 10: Namib Naukluft National Park back to Windhoek

Today you return to Windhoek – your guide drives you to Windhoek, where you stay at a welfare conservation lodge outside Windhoek and where you bid farewell to your guides.

You also have the option of selecting a flight that flies daily from Sossusvlei to Windhoek. Pre-booking required, return to Windhoek in the mid-afternoon, on about a 1 hour 15 minute flight.

Your daily packages at Naankuse has one of following tours included for you.

Full Carnivore Feeding Tour (Lion, Cheetah, Baboons, Wild Dog, Leopard, Caracal)
OR
Ancient San Skills Academy
OR
Visit Caracal Walk

Naankuse Lodge: Located just a twenty minute drive from Windhoek International airport and nestled in the stunning African veld, this Lodge is perfectly situated to start or finish a trip to Namibia. There is a range of enjoyable activities including an exciting carnivore feeding tour. The Lodge is crafted from ecologically clean material including solid logs and glass to complement the beautiful wilderness setting. Guests will find six luxurious, individual chalets and a tranquil dining area with stunning views, bar and swimming pool. There are also five beautifully appointed and fully equipped holiday houses available for hire. The Lodge provides a breathtaking backdrop for weddings and conferences.

Marlice van Vuuren, one of Namibia’s most well-known conservationist, together with her husband Dr. Rudie van Vuuren and their pharmacist friend Chris Heunis started N/a’an ku sê Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary in 2007. N/a’an ku sê is committed to playing a key role in conservation and the protection of the Namibian wildlife, land and people. When one stays a few days at the luxurious N/a’an ku sê Lodge as a guest one has the unique hands on opportunity to take part in the conservation of threatened African wildlife and vulnerable communities. All revenue from the Lodge, which is a registered charity in Namibia, goes directly to benefit our work with wildlife conservation and supporting the poverty stricken San community.

Overnight: Naankuse All meals and one tour

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Day 11: Windhoek 

This morning you will be met by a representative for your transfer to the Windhoek International Airport, in time for your international flight. This is officially the end of your Namibian Safari. We hope to see you again soon, Bon voyage!

We wish you safe travels onwards and hope that your Namibian safari has been full of unforgettable highlights and memorable experiences!
Breakfast

Galton House: www.galtonhouse.com

Ongava Lodge: ongava.com

Huab Under Canvas: A semi-mobile camp that is set up in the remote Huab Conservancy in northern Damaraland. Found on the banks of the Huab River, its green canvas tents sit amongst the shade of mopane thickets.

Mowani Mountain Camp: www.mowani.com

Hansa Hotel: www.hansahotel.com.na

Sous Dune Lodge: www.sossusdunelodge.com

Naankuse Lodge: www.naankuselodge.com

Departure Dates:

2017
October 26 – November 5

Trip Length: 11 Days
Trip Price:

$7,700 per person, based on double occupancy

$695 CME Course Credits (16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

Included:

  • Meals as stipulated in itinerary
  • Road transfer from Windhoek International Airport to Galton House
  • Services of a registered and experienced English speaking safari guides
  • Transportation in luxury air-conditioned safari vehicles
  • Entrance fees and excursions as described in itinerary
  • Kayaking excursion in Walvis Bay
  • Light aircraft flight from Swakopmund to Sossusvlei, scenic route
  • Mineral water on board the safari vehicle and most local beverages (excluding premium and export brands)
  • Road transfer from Naankuse to Windhoek International Airport
  • Welcome pack

Excluded:

  • International flights to Namibia and airport taxes
  • Any meals not included in the itinerary
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Additional beverages with the exception of mineral water on board the safari vehicle or where otherwise specified at lodge
  • Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost)
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature
  • VISA FEES

Optional airfare extra (to avoid the longer road transfers):

  • Air transfer Windhoek to Ongava, inclusive of airport road transfer: $495.00 per person
  • Air transfer Sossusvlei to Windhoek, plus road transfer to Naankuse: $350.00 per person
Deposit: $600

Visas/Passports: Please ensure: 1) that you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required; 2) that your passport is valid for at least six months after your scheduled departure date from Namibia; 3) that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive clear pages. If this is not the case, there is a danger of being turned away by the Immigration Service on arrival at the airport – assuming your airline has agreed to bring you and risk a fine in the first place.

Health: No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Namibia are considered to be malarial so we recommend the use of anti-malarial prophylactics (normally Malarone), especially if visiting during the Namibian summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.

Luggage: Is normally restricted to 20kg (not including photographic equipment) per person in a soft, hold all type bag. Weight is generally less important than volume as everything is carried with you on safari. If adding extensions that involve light aircraft transfers the luggage limit may be reduced further to 12 kg in soft bags (please inquire if this may apply to you). If required, any extra luggage can be stored at our base when visitors are away on safari.

Vehicles: Vehicles used are normally comfortable 4×4 stretch land cruisers, equipped with air-conditioning and cool boxes or fridges for drinks and snacks. A trailer for luggage is taken if required.

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