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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.