Day 1 : Namibia

Today you arrive at Windhoek International Airport where you are met and transferred by vehicle to Olive Grove Guest House for an overnight stay.

Overnight:  Olive Grove Guest House - Luxury Room - Bed and  breakfast

  

Activities and Services

Day 2 : Sossusvlei

This morning you are transferred back to the airport for your flight to Sossusvlei.

On arrival at Sossuvlei airstrip you are met and transferred to Little Kulala Lodge.  Sossusvlei is situated in the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, and part of the Namib Naukluft National Park that stretches 400 kilometres between Luderitz and Walvis Bay. 

After settling in to camp you set off for an afternoon activity before returning for dinner at the lodge.

Overnight: Little Kulala - Luxury thatch room -  All meals, selected beverages, daily scheduled activities and laundry

Day 3 : Sossusvlei

Rainfall in the area measures a meagre 50 – 100mm annually, yet despite this, and a lack of vegetation, a surprisingly diverse array of insects, reptiles and rodents make their home here.

Desert-adapted wildlife to be seen on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve includes ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, spotted hyena and the occasional brown hyena. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf can also be seen. One bird, the aptly named dune lark, has its entire global distribution limited to the area.

At dusk the call of barking geckoes can be heard, and walks reveal the smaller creatures - the buck-spoor spider with its multi-entrance burrow or the ambush specialist antlion, to name but a few.

You may also wish to consider an early morning balloon trip over the dunes – a spectacular way to view Sossusvlei (at additional cost).

Overnight: Little Kulala - Luxury thatch room - All meals, selected beverages, daily scheduled activities and laundry

Day 4 : Skeleton Coast

This morning after breakfast you are transferred back to the airstrip for your flight to the Hoanib.  You fly via Dora Nawas airstrip where you make a short stop before arriving at Hoanib airstrip.  On arrival, you are met and transferred by vehicle to camp.

Fly-in safaris are a great way to see Namibia, offering unparalleled opportunities for excellent photography.  This is the most effective way to fit in the vast spaces of Namibia in a shorter time.   Also, flying is the only way you'll see some parts of Namibia -- most parts of the Skeleton Coast Park and the Diamond Restricted Area are completely closed to ground traffic making a fly-in safari the only way to view these unspoiled, seldom visited, areas of Namibia.

vernight: Hoanib Skeleton Coast - Tented Room -  All meals, selected beverages, daily scheduled activities and laundry

Days 5 - 6 : Skeleton Coast

Hoanib Skeleton Coast’s location – close to the Skeleton Coast and within the true Namib Desert – is home to a rich diversity of wildlife, boasting the Kaokoveld’s best viewing of desert-adapted wildlife and access to vast, remote and isolated wilderness. Almost miraculously it seems, in this stark environment, enormous elephant thrive along with giraffe, lion and brown hyaena. Gemsbok (oryx), springbok, steenbok, scrub hare, and inquisitive ground squirrel are also seen. Entirely different to the rugged mountains and valleys inland, the Skeleton Coast hosts Cape fur seals in their thousands along with black-backed jackals and brown hyaena. Birds are equally diverse, with regular endemics like Rüppell's korhaan, Benguela long-billed lark and lark-like bunting. Towards the coast, the bird community changes and tractrac chat can be seen, as well as jaegers and skuas found around the seal colonies.

Spend the next two nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast.

Overnights: Hoanib Skeleton Coast - Tented Room - 2 nights - All meals, selected beverages, daily scheduled activities and laundry

Day 7 : Kunene

This morning you are transferred back to the airstrip for your flight to Serra Cafema.  Once again you fly via Dora Nawas before landing at the Kunene airstrip where you are met and transferred by vehicle to camp.

 

Located in the extreme north-west of Namibia, this intimate camp shares the region with the colourful Himba people who are some of the last true nomadic people of Africa. The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water and creates an oasis in an area of rugged mountains and sand dunes.

Overnight: Serra Cafema Camp  - Luxury Room - All meals, selected beverages, daily scheduled activities and laundry

Days 8 - 9 : Kunene

The Kunene River is the only permanent source of water in this region, the river creating an oasis along its banks – a winding band of green surrounded by the lunar-like landscape of the Namib Desert which stretches to the Serra Cafema mountain range in the north.

Game viewing in this area is limited to small herds of gemsbok, springbok and Hartmann's mountain zebra. The Kunene River has a large population of Nile crocodiles. Burchell's courser and Benguela long-billed lark are among the characteristic bird species to be found in this area. There are also a number of endemic reptiles, the desert plated lizard being a particular speciality.

You have two full days to enjoy the camp and its environment. During that time you will partake in a variety of activities ranging from game-drives, quad biking, walks to boating excursions.

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of your time at Serra Cafema, if luck is on our side, will be interaction with the Himba people.  You must understand that the Himba are truly nomadic and one never knows where they will be from one day to the next. There is no contrived set-up here as is the case with cultural experiences in many other parts of Africa. The chances of us coming into contact with the Himba, whilst not guaranteed, are pretty good.

Overnights: Serra Cafema Camp - Luxury Room - 2 nights - All meals, selected beverages, daily scheduled activities and laundry

Day 10 : End of Itinerary

This morning after breakfast, you are transferred back to the airstrip for your flight to Windhoek International Airport, again via Dora Nawas.

On arrival in Windhoek  you connect with your departure flight and depart Africa.

End of Arrangements

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