Day 1 : Windhoek
Scheduled road transfer from Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek) to Galton House.
Accommodation: Galton House
Rooms: Luxury Room
Breakfast, Bed Levy and VAT.
Note from Bert: Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, Galton House, has a relaxed but efficient style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. Impressive wildlife photography adorns the walls whilst the rest of the interior is a combination of modern minimalist chic. There is Wi-Fi throughout the property and the eight guest rooms all have wired internet connectivity and satellite television. There is a coffee- and tea station available in the reception area and these can also be provided in the rooms on request. The communal areas consist of a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a swimming pool, an early arrival/late departure day room (including toilet, shower, changing and re-packing facility) as well as understated garden areas.
Day 2 : Sossusvlei
Scheduled road transfer from Galton House to Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek).
On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport and after clearing customs & immigration, you will be met and assisted by a Wilderness Safaris representative to your circuit light aircraft transfer to Kulala Desert Lodge.
Luggage limit of 44 lbs per person in soft sided luggage including carry ons.
Accommodation: Kulala Desert Lodge
All meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry, Namibian VAT & Tourism Levy, and local drinks excludes premium imported brands and champagne.
Note from Bert: Sossusvlei is popular for a good reason - the dunes themselves are a staggering sight to behold and of course you'd want to climb one as well! Particularly during the early morning the interplay of shadow and light creates some serious photography opportunities. Definitely make the walk to Dead Vlei where the apricot dunes, white gravel plain and azure sky plus the semi-petrified trees which dominate the scene.
Day 3 : Sossusvlei
Day 4 : Skeleton Coast
At a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your circuit light aircraft transfer from Geluk Airstrip to Doro Nawas Airstrip via Swakopmund Airport.
At a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your circuit light aircraft transfer from Doro Nawas Airstrip to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.
Accommodation: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
All meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry, Namibian VAT & Tourism Levy, and local drinks excludes premium imported brands and champagne. On a stay of 3 nights or more at Hoanib Skeleton Coast, a coastal excursion to the Skeleton Coast is included (applicable to our standard and long stay rates only).
Note from Bert: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is luxury enclave in a geologically astonishing landscape. You fly over it, marveling at the idea that lions and other predators actually survive, given the scarcity of sustenance for their prey. But they all do. The elephants, the giraffes, the oryxes, the brown hyenas, springboks... and so many more birds than you could ever imagine. It all happens because of coastal fog. Freezing cold when it softly cloaks the earth, it leaves behind dripping condensation, eagerly utilized by a myriad tenebrionid beetles, and a host of other thirsty organisms eking out a living in this harshest of environments.
Day 5 : Skeleton Coast
Day 6 : Skeleton Coast
Day 7 : Onguma Game Reserve
At a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your circuit light aircraft transfer from Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to Doro Nawas Airstrip .
At a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your circuit light aircraft transfer from Doro Nawas Airstrip to Onguma The Fort.
Accommodation: Onguma The Fort
Rooms: Bush Suites
Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner (4-course), beverages Bar and Mini Bar (beers, local spirits, soft drinks, water and house wines), 2 Activities per night stayed Etosha AM Game Drive and Sundowner Drive on the Onguma Nature Reserve, transfer from and to the Onguma Airstrip, VAT, Social Development Levy and NTB Tourism Levy.
Note from Bert: On a recent visit to Onguma Kathy and I spent some time at both Onguma Tented Camp and Onguma The Fort. Of the two we had a greater affinity for the Tented Camp, not that there was anything lacking at the more luxurious Fort. Different style and concept but both great places to spend a couple of nights or so on the far eastern edge of Etosha National Park. Onguma Tented Camp had it all going: super nice tents of a good size striking the right balance between luxury and practicality; all with a view over a nearby water hole and a compact yet attractive main area and indoor-outdoor dining room. A definite highlight was the water hole at Onguma Tented Camp where we were woken up one night by the clattering of giraffe hooves when a large group of them (more than 10) came to drink in the middle of the night. Giraffes do not communicate by voice. So for these quiet mammals to literally kick up such a racket was bizarre. There were lots of them around during the day-time too. We saw a fairly good range of other mammals and also enjoyed a cheetah sighting one afternoon. Oddly enough the Onguma driver-guide left the cheetahs behind (after 15 minutes or so) for no apparent reason. Our experience on this day and the next (on an Etosha game drive with a guide out of Onguma The Fort) made it clear that the guiding at Onguma is below par. Our advice would be to visit the property with your own independent/private guide. The plated multi-course meals were splendid at both properties and the location just outside Etosha National Park is excellent.
Day 8 : Onguma Game Reserve
Day 9 : Onguma Game Reserve
Day 10 : Ongava Private Game Reserve
At a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your circuit light aircraft transfer from Onguma The Fort to Ongava Lodge.
Accommodation: Ongava Lodge
Rooms: Twin Chalet
All meals, twice daily scheduled camp/lodge activities, park fees, local drinks and laundry at camps/lodges which are able to provide this service, Namibian VAT and Tourism Levy excludes premium imported brands and champagne.
Note from Bert: Little Ongava, Ongava Lodge and Ongava Tented Camp are located in an ecotone of woodland and mopane bushveld bordering on the open plains and salt pans of Etosha Game Reserve. The scenery is attractive with large open plains blending into Mopane tree woodlands and granite outcrops. Ongava would definitely be your best opportunity to see white and black rhino.
Ongava Lodge is somewhat bigger with 14 rooms, strung out along a walkway lower down the same hill on which Little Ongava is built. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and are air-conditioned. The best feature at Ongava Lodge is its roomy and inviting main lounge and dining area, overlooking the waterhole below camp and the bushveld surroundings. The waterhole is subtly lit at night, and there is a hide (accessed by a protected walkway) from where it is possible to get good close up views of the interesting species which come to drink at night. This includes the otherwise seldomly seen black rhino. On a recent visit we point blank views of no less than 7 black rhino - including two youngsters - all at the same time, at the hide.
Game is plentiful on the Ongava property which is effectively a private game reserve. On one of our trips there we saw gemsbok, waterbuck, kudu, zebra, eland, warthog and giraffe within 30 minutes of our arrival. Like most other lodges, the Ongava properties takes its guests on two game outings each day, usually heading into Etosha national park in the morning and exploring the 115-square-mile reserve in the afternoon. Alternatively, guest may opt to go on a guided walk on the reserve, in search of the rare white rhino, which is regularly seen here. Besides the smaller, more common mammals like the bat-eared fox and black-backed jackal, in Etosha there is an excellent chance of spotting game such as lions, cheetah, black rhino, giraffe, elephant, springbok, gemsbok, Burchell’s zebra and wildebeest.
Day 11 : Ongava Private Game Reserve
Day 12 : Ongava Private Game Reserve
Day 13 : End of Itinerary
At a time to be advised by the camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your circuit light aircraft transfer from Ongava Lodge to Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek).