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Conservation Safari

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Duration

15 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Unlimited

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English

Overview

Namibia has become a world leader in conservation and was the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution. Namibia’s conservancy movement and other conservation efforts such as eco-tourism have restored populations of Lions, Cheetahs, Black rhinos, zebras, and other native wildlife of one of the world’s most arid countries. Wildlife conservation is one of the country’s most important priorities, and if you go anywhere in Namibia, you’re likely to find that some part of the experience involves wildlife conservation in one-way shape or form; an incredible 42% of the land is dedicated to wildlife conservation initiatives under private or public ownership.

You can be part of this conservation experience when you join us on this 15 day, expert-guided trip-of-a-lifetime, that gives you the chance to spot some of Namibia’s most characteristic wildlife and witness the country’s innovative conservation measures first hand. Apart from stunning scenery and fantastic wildlife, you will visit some of the country’s leading conservation and eco-tourism organizations and reserves

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • N/a’an ku sê - World-famous wildlife sanctuary conserving the land, culture and wildlife of Namibia through community participation, education and scientific research
  • Namib Naukluft National Park - (including iconic Sossusvlei)
  • Etosha National Park - One of the greatest wildlife reserves on the planet
  • Palmwag - Hosts of our famous, annual Save the Rhino walking safari
  • REST (Rare & Endangered Species Trust) - Another organization doing incredible conservation work on many animals and birds, including pangolins
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Namib Sand Sea & Twyfelfontein) - Making a real contribution towards ensuring the survival of Namibia’s rare and unique fauna and flora.

Itinerary

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DAY 1: Welcome to Namibia

You will arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport and be transferred to Na’an ku se Lodge. Depending on your arrival time you might have time to explore the grounds around the lodge. Relax around the swimming pool area and absorb the wonderful views over the natural stone canyon.

DAY 2: Na’an ku se

After a hearty breakfast, join one of the many conservation activities on offer at Na’an ku se. Activities available are Various Carnivore Feeding Tours, Ancient San Skills Academy, Guided Nature Walk, Guided Horse Riding Excursion, Ancient San Stories under the stars, Cheetah Walk, Caracal Walk, Hunting with San Bushmen. Please let us know in advance which activities you would like to participate in.

DAY 3: Sossusvlei

After breakfast, we will depart for Sossusvlei. We will drive through the Khomas Hochland and down the escarpment via one of the scenic mountains passes into the Namib Desert. This journey will take about 4 hours depending on the number of stops for photographs. After lunch and settling in at the lodge we will depart for a late afternoon scenic nature drive. Dinner and accommodation will be at one of the best lodges in the area perfectly situated to explore the surrounding desert and its attractions.

DAY 4: Sossusvlei

After an early breakfast and coffee, we will depart for a morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. We will stop at the scenic Dune 45 along the way and spend a couple of hours at both Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Some of the dunes in the area are a few hundred meters high but the view from the top for those that dare is one you will never forget. After lunch and a well-earned siesta we will join the lodge for a sundowner Nature Drive before returning to the lodge in time for Dinner. Please let us know should you be interested in a Hot Air Balloon excursion or scenic flight excursion.

DAY 5: Swakopmund : Dorob National Park

After breakfast, we will join in on one more activity of your choice after which we will depart for Swakopmund via the Namib Naukluft National Park. Swakopmund forms part of the greater Dorob National Park.
(An alternative option would be to take a scenic flight from Sossusvlei Lodge to Swakopmund. Your guide will meet up with you again in Swakopmund. Please let us know in advance should you want to join in on this wonderful experience)

DAY 6: Swakopmund : Living Desert

After a relaxing breakfast, we will depart for a half-day living desert adventure where we will learn more about the fascinating desert plant and animal life. We will search for side-winding snakes, scorpions, burrowing lizards, spiders, and beetles. We will return to Swakopmund in time for lunch and then you have the afternoon at leisure. We can help organize Quad-biking and sand-boarding in the dunes, scenic flights, curio shopping or just explore the beautiful architecture of this fascinating town with its great coffee shops and restaurants. We will stay in the same hotel

DAY 7: Damaraland : Twyfelfontein

Today we continue our safari northwards along the Skeleton Coast. After visiting a shipwreck and the massive Cape Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross Seal Reserve we will turn inland towards Damaraland. We will drive past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain with the highest peak at 2573 meters. We will be at our lodge in time for lunch and then use the afternoon to explore this unique area that is considered by most to be the most scenic and dramatic landscape in Namibia.

DAY 8: Damaraland : Desert Adapted Elephants

After an early breakfast, we depart on a 4-6 hour drive, where we will be searching for the rare desert-adapted Elephants. Returning to the lodge for lunch, you can embark on a nature walk in the areas surrounding the camp to explore the smaller details of the bush up close and personal.

DAY 9: Palmwag

After breakfast we will make our way further north to the Palmwag Concession. Palmwag Concession’s freshwater springs support healthy populations of arid-adapted wildlife. Good numbers of Hartmann’s mountain zebra, southern giraffe, gemsbok (oryx), springbok, kudu, dwarf antelope (such as steenbok and klipspringer), scrub hare, comical meerkats (suricates), inquisitive ground squirrels, black-backed jackal, and small-spotted genet can be seen. This concession is also rich in reptiles including Kaokoveld sand lizard and Anchieta’s agama. We will enjoy lunch either en-route or at the lodge and join the afternoon game drive, with a stop for a sundowner.

DAY 10: Palmwag : Save the Rhino

This morning, after breakfast you will embark on a Half Day Rhino Tracking excursion. Seeing any animal in this inhospitable terrain and to see them doing so well is a truly humbling experience. Palmwag Lodge in a joint venture with the Torra Conservancy, Anabeb Conservancy and Sesfontein Conservancy offers rhino tracking in the Palmwag Concession and in the Torra Conservancy. The communities/conservancies directly benefit from these excursions since part of the income generated through rhino tracking is paid to the Conservancies. Rhino tracking excursions are guided by a qualified guide from Palmwag Lodge and a qualified tracker from the Rhino Rangers/Save the Rhino Trust. After lunch at the lodge, we will join an afternoon game drive with Palmwag Lodge.

DAY 11: Etosha South

From here we will depart for Etosha National Park where will spend the next 3 nights. Etosha is one of Africa’s biggest and best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia. It is 22 912km2 in size of which the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that only holds water after good rainy seasons, is 5000km2 in size.
Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing and the waterholes attract huge numbers of game in the dry season when all the open water has dried up. 114 Species of mammal are found in the park and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhino. Other game include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, honey-badger, black-faced impala, kudu, eland, Damara dik-dik, warthog and big herds of springbok, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and oryx. More than 300 species of birds are found here and it is brilliant for finding raptors. We will do morning and afternoon games drive and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives.

DAY 12 & 13: Etosha East

From here we will make our way across the park in a full morning game drive to our lodge on the eastern boundary where we will spend the next two nights. This part of the park has excellent game viewing

DAY 14: Okonjima Nature Reserve : AfriCat

This morning we will leave the Etosha area and make our way to Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22 000 ha nature reserve is home to AfriCat, a carnivore sanctuary, which gives the captive cats a second chance to be released back into the wild and become completely independent hunters in a protected area right in the middle of commercial cattle farmland. Join in on one of the bush walks, enjoy a nature drive or visit AfriCat where there are a range of activities.
Activities offered on Okonjima range from tracking leopards from a game-view vehicle; Tracking rehabilitated cheetah on foot; Tracking rehabilitated spotted hyena on foot; Tracking rehabilitated wild dog on foot, Guided walking / Bushman trail as well as a visit to AfriCat’s Carnivore Care and Information Centre. Not only is Okonjima a luxury lodge, but it is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, especially cheetahs, leopards and lions. A visit to Okonjima will give you an opportunity to witness some of AfriCat’s work.

DAY 15: Departure

Our last morning of this wonderful trip will be spent at the AfriCat foundation with an activity of your choice. You will be transferred to Hosea Kutako International Airport, or extend your visit with night in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Please contact us for any pre- or post trip extensions.

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Wayne Brown

10/08/2020

Exceptional Trip

While this is not the exact same trip , we have travelled with Nature Travel Namibia twice before and both trips were exceptional. The review that follows was a save the Rhino expedition in 2019, In 2018 we were approached by Nick Buys of Nature Travel Namibia to see if we would be interested in participating in a unique new safari opportunity - Save the Rhino Walking Safari. The safari would give us the opportunity to track one of the most endangered African Mammal Species, the black Rhino, and to learn first hand the conservation measures being undertaken in Namibia. Having travelled with Nature Travel Namibia a few years ago, and experiencing a great safari at that time, we did not hesitate sign up for this journey, and again we had an exceptional experience. In preparation for the trip, the team at Nature Travel Namibia, were very prompt in responding to any questions we had, assisting us with booking pre and post accommodation in Windhoek and providing a good summary of the safari. On arrival in Windhoek the transfer process was seamless our guesthouse. We were picked up as scheduled on the first day of the safari and had a pleasant day drive to the Palmwag Lodge where two nights were spent prior to the start of the safari. The lodge is quite comfortable with great staff and tasty food. While at the lodge we visited the Save the Rhino Trust office location to learn more about their activities and history. The next six days were spent in the Palmwag Concession, in which the itinerary would be varied and could change depending upon what we encountered. We would occasionally walk, a few times we came across fresh tracks, would then track the Rhino, and were successful in locating the Rhinos. From a safe distance would observe this grand animal in its natural habitat. At other times during the day we would be on a game drive in the open air Toyota Land Cruiser. We came across, lions, elephants, springbok, zebra, oryx, giraffes, during our drives and walking experiences. The accommodation for six nights was camping - absolutely stellar - under the light of a full moon! For 4 of the nights we were completely alone, on the last couple of nights the campsite was more traditional with showers(!) and only a couple of other campers. The bedding provided was comfortable and it was easy to sleep. Breakfasts and lunches were straightforward and the dinners were always prepared over an open campfire and consisted of a variety of meats / game or chicken - always very delicious. The team that accompanied us on the journey was all great. This small group adventure was a memorable experience and Nature Travel Namibia did not disappoint!
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Sam Scott

31/07/2020

Nature Travel Namibia is the Best in the Business for Both Conservation and Unforgettable Adventure

Though I haven't done this particular trip (yet!), I have been on two Nature Travel Namibia tours, and I am convinced they are the best in the business. Last year, I contacted Nick Buys, the founder of Nature Travel Namibia and told him exactly what I hoped to do and he created an itinerary specifically designed to my desires that far exceeded my expectations. Nick and his entire team were so professional and easy to work with, and they gave me the adventure of a lifetime camping in the Caprivi Strip. Traveling with Nick was like getting shown around a new part of the world with an old friend who knows everything about the place. I could have spent months in the Caprivi and never found some of the off-the-beaten-track places Nick took us straight to. Nick is so knowledgeable about African wildlife, and he is an especially talented ornithologist. I will never forget the eight days I spent with Nick in the Caprivi Strip for as long as I live. The NTN team is passionate about conservation, so this trip is sure to provide both an unforgettable adventure, as well as a great way to do your part to protect African wildlife. I couldn't recommend them more.
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Liz Richardson

29/07/2020

Wonderful experience

In June 2019, I was lucky enough to travel with Nature Travel Namibia on their Save the Rhino walking safari. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and excellent in every way hence the 5 star review. It was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. Nick, our leader, was professional, hugely knowledgable, fun and passionate about Namibia and its wildlife and he had a great back up team who took care of the driving and all the camp arrangements. Seeing rhinos up close when you are out walking was amazing and tracking them was both exciting and a little nerve-wracking! We saw at first hand the wonderful work which is being done on rhino conservation in Namibia. Take a tour with Nature Travel Namibia and I'm sure you'll have a fabulous time.
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