This is your chance to be part of a unique behind-the-scenes Conservation experience! The 10 Day Namibia Conservation Safari offers the amazing opportunity to spot some of Namibia’s characteristic wildlife and witness the country’s innovative conservation measures first hand.
Your guide has many years of extensive experience with wildlife and conservation in Namibia. Apart from stunning scenery and fantastic wildlife, you will visit some of the country’s leading conservation and eco-tourism organisations and reserves.
|Starts in Windhoek||Ends in Windhoek||Duration: 10 Days||Group Dep date: TBC|
• Namib Naukluft National Park (including iconic Sossusvlei)–
One of Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attractions
• Etosha National Park–
One of the greatest wildlife reserves on the planet
Home to Desert Adapted Elephants
• Okonjima Nature Reserve-
Various Conservation activities
• Making a real contribution towards ensuring the survival of Namibia’s rare and unique fauna and flora
|Day 1||Arrival in Windhoek / Sossusvlei|
|Day 6-7||Etosha National Park|
|Day 8-9||Okonjima Nature Reserve|
|Day 10||Windhoek Departure|
Day to Day Itinerary
Windhoek to Sossusvlei – After your arrival in Windhoek, we’re heading for Sossusvlei. En-route you will be welcomed to Namibia by the beautiful landscapes; any photographer’s dream!
Our stop in Solitaire for the “famous Apple Pie”, a true Namibian tradition is definitely a highlight. Our accommodation is a lodge close to the entrance gate of Sesriem.
Sossusvlei – We will be up before the sun rises to get ready for our Sossusvlei visit. We will enjoy a quick cup of coffee/tea and then wait for the entrance gates of the park to open. (The gates open at sunrise) We will drive for about 30 minutes while appreciating the beauty of the sun that is rising over the amazing red dunes. Sossusvlei is home to some of the highest dunes in the world, reaching almost 400 meters.
For the adventurous you have the option of climbing the dunes, sliding down them or enjoying a brisk walk to Dead Vlei. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the many highlights that surround Sossusvlei itself.
• Dune 45, the most photographed dune on earth (situated 45 km past Sesriem on the road to Sossusvlei)
• Hiddenvlei, perfect if you are looking for solitude in the desert
• The magnificently tall Big Daddy dune
• Deadvlei, a paradise for photographers, as it is punctuated by blackened, dead acacia trees, in vivid contrast to the shiny white of the salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes
Swakopmund – This morning we can enjoy a relaxed breakfast and for those that are interested there is the option to do an early morning Balloon Ride (please enquire about this option).
From Sossusvlei, our next stop is the picturesque town Swakopmund. You can look forward to the Living Desert Adventure, an unforgettable outing.
We will also do an afternoon trip to Walvis Bay where we will marvel at the thousands of waterbirds that call the Walvis Bay Lagoon their home. There are various optional activities you can partake in while you are in Swakopmund. These range from scenic flights, quad-biking, fat bike tours, horse riding, skydiving, Catamaran Cruises and early morning Balloon Rides. Please enquire should you be interested in any of these options.
Damaraland – Today you continue your safari northwards along the Skeleton Coast. After visiting a shipwreck you will turn inland towards Damaraland. You will drive past the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain with the highest peak at 2573 meters. You will be at your 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. This afternoon you will join the lodge for a drive, where you will be searching for the rare desert adapted African Elephants. This is a uniquely wonderful experience that you will always treasure. Although not a separate species, and not much different from other savannah elephants of Africa, Loxodonta africana, Namibia’s desert-dwelling elephants are very special nonetheless. They are of high national and international conservation priority, and have been designated as top priority for protection by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). They live in the Kunene Region, encompassing 115,154 km2 of mostly sandy desert, rocky mountains and arid gravel plains in Namibia’s northwest.
They have adapted to their dry, semi-desert environment by having a smaller body mass with proportionally longer legs and seemingly larger feet than other elephants. Their physical attributes allow them to cross miles of sand dunes to reach water. They survive by eating moisture-laden vegetation growing in ephemeral riverbeds and with their ability to go several days without drinking water. Sometimes they must travel long distances to reach a water source. By living in smaller than average family units of only two or three animals, they decrease pressure on food and water resources. Researchers have noted that they destroy fewer trees than elephants living in higher rainfall areas in other parts of Africa.
Etosha National Park – The next two days will be spent in Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s biggest and best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia.
You will be treated to spectacular game viewing 114 Species of mammal found in the park. This is also 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.
Okonjima Nature Reserve – 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. We will spend two nights here while enjoying some of the many conservation activities on offer here.
After lunch and settling in at the camp, we will meet up for tea/coffee and then do an afternoon Leopard Tracking drive. We return to camp for sundowners and dinner
This morning we will visit Africat, where we will get some background information on the conservation done here. We will return to camp for lunch and do another tracking drive late afternoon.
Our last dinner in Namibia will be enjoyed at our camp, a perfect way to end our Conservation Safari
Windhoek – This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Hosea Kutako International Airport, or extend your visit with a night in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.
• Palmwag Rhino Tracking
• Damaraland Desert Adapted Elephant Tracking
• Naankuse Foundation Visit