One of Africa’s most unusual countries and home to some of the most exquisite desert ecosystems, Namibia is a wildlife and landscape enthusiast’s dream.
Spend 11 days exploring the best places this country has to offer. From the Namib desert, with its iconic orange sand dunes, to the stark skeleton coast with its desert-adapted elephants and finally to the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, this safari is Africa at its best. Throughout the journey, you will be joined by some of AWF’s leading conservation experts, who will provide insight into the compelling conservation issues facing both the wildlife and people of Namibia.
Arrive at Windhoek International Airport in the capital of Namibia, and you will be transferred to the contemporary, stylish and luxurious Olive Exclusive Hotel. Meet your AWF safari leader and review your journey ahead.
Day 2 & 3
After breakfast you will depart on a scenic flight to the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve nestled in the Sossuveli landscape. Situated in the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, this landscape is famous for its huge, orange dunes, which you will explore and photograph during your stay. You will take game drives and walks and even have the opportunity to go horseback riding and ballooning if you would like. Desert-adapted wildlife like the ostrich, springbok, oryx, spotted and brown hyaena, bat-eared fox and the dune lark abound in this area. Your villa is set amongst ancient camelthorn trees on the ephemeral Auab River. Each room is climate-controlled and has a rooftop “skybed” for stargazing.
Days 4 & 5
Again you’ll board a scenic flight as you head north to Damaraland. Perched on the rim of a plateau, Grootberg Lodge, an AWF conservation enterprise, stands sentinel over the valley below. Your chalet gazes over the gorge where black eagles soar below your private deck. Grootberg Lodge is not only an exceptional base for exploring the landscape but a conservation first in Namibia, as its profits go back to the local conservancy. You will explore the 12,000 hectares of the reserve by foot and vehicle as you track the elusive desert-adapted elephant and visit nearby Himba villages. Of course, the real highlight of your tracking will be the local population of endangered black rhinos!
Day 6 & 7
Continue to fly north near the border with Angola, as you settle into Serra Cafema, an oasis surrounded by shady trees on the banks of the only water source in the entire region. Fall asleep to the sound of the rushing river while exploring the stark desert landscape by day. These luxury chalets are beyond impressive and inspired by the culture of the local Himba people, one of the last semi-nomadic people on the planet. Wildlife viewing includes gemsbok, springbok and the endangered mountain zebra, along with enormous Nile crocs that inhabit the river.
Days 8 - 10
The capstone of your safari will be your days spent within the wilderness haven of Etosha. Here, you can expect unrivaled game viewing afforded by the tranquility of your own private game reserve. Etosha National Park takes its name from the local pan, one of the largest saltpans in Africa. Around the pan, the landscape ranges from broad swathes of mopane and tall tree canopies to open plains. The national park and the neighboring game reserve are always full of wildlife, including black-faced impala and their impressive predators, including large populations of lion. The area is home to the largest populations of both white and black rhinos and the bird life is prolific, with more than 340 species. Spend days watching huge elephant herds at watering holes or try to keep count of the seemingly limitless groups of zebra, giraffe, buffalo and more.
On your final day you fly back to Windhoek and connect to your international flights home.