Namibia is a large country and distances between wildlife areas can be vast. This itinerary replaces long drives by road with quick flights between destinations, meaning you can not only see its exquisite topography from the air but you also get to spend far more time at the lodges and camps. This allows for greater relaxation and, if you’re travelling with children, less time in a vehicle.
Your safari kicks off immediately with time at a renowned wildlife sanctuary before you fly to the immense red dunes of Sossusvlei and a conservancy in the Kaokoveld. Then it is onto a private concession in Damaraland, which borders the inimitable Skeleton Coast, before you end with a night in the capital, Windhoek.
As a passionate explorer in search of adventures, Namibia has always been a top contender on my journey to-do list. The sheer beauty of its landscapes, from the golden sand dunes of the Namib Desert to the wildlife encounters in Etosha National Park, fills me with an exhilarating sense of anticipation, every time I travel there. Going on an extraordinary expedition through Namibia’s diverse and awe-inspiring scenery is a promise of an unforgettable experience.
9 Nights / 10 Days
Naankuse Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary, Greater Windhoek, Namibia
Kulala Wilderness Sanctuary, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Hartmann Valley, Marienfluss Conservancy, Kaokoveld, Namibia
Usually, a first night in Namibia is spent in Windhoek. But in this special wildlife-focused itinerary, you go directly from Hosea Kutako International Airport to Naankuse Lodge on the Naankuse Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary, which specialises in rescuing and rehabilitating big cats like lion, cheetah and caracal on its private reserve.
To stretch your legs after a long flight, saddle up a horse or take to the self-guided nature trail before heading to dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Wishing the staff at Naankuse well, you are driven to the airport for your flight to Geluk Airstrip in the Kulala Wilderness Sanctuary. ‘Geluk’ means happiness or luck in Afrikaans, and hopefully you’ll be feeling both as you touch down.
Kulala Desert Lodge is your home for two nights, where each thatched tent has its own starbed on the roof. Every night, you can drift off to the incredible Milky Way above. By day, visit Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon.
By now your ‘desert eye’ should be in so you can spot oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. Your flight lands at Serra Cafema Airstrip and your guide will drive you to the lodge. Unusually for Namibia, it is built in riverine forest on the Kunene, one the few places you might see crocodiles and go on a boating safari.
The Himba are custodians of the Marienfluss Conservancy and you may be able to encounter their semi-nomadic way of life.
Today you fly north to the Sesfontein Community Conservancy in the Kaokoveld. This little-visited place is a breath-taking collection of valleys, rocky mountains and huge dunes. It is traditionally home to the Herero and you may be privileged to spend time with the community.
At Hoanib Valley Camp it’s easy to feel detached from the strains of the rest of the world. Just six tents are in this remote area and you may be lucky to see a rare desert-adapted giraffe from camp.
Desert Rhino Camp is aptly named as the Palmwag Concession is a centre point for the conservation of highly threatened black rhino. Once again, the drive from the airstrip to the camp acts as a mini-game drive so look out for spotted hyena, desert giraffe and elephant. The concession covers 550 million hectares so there is ample land to explore.
Tents are comfortable and simple, reinforcing the instant connection to nature. With luck, you may be able to approach rhino on foot.
All good things must come to an end and so a last light aircraft flight wings you from Damaraland over Namibia’s innumerable plains, valleys, mountains and passes back to Windhoek. A driver-guide will be waiting to hear all about your safari sightings and take you to the Belvedere Boutique Hotel.
Situated in the upscale neighbourhood of Klein Windhoek, the Belvedere has some unusual features that will appeal to sporty guests like a tennis court and artificial putting green!
You awake in a well-appointed room at the Belvedere on your final morning in Namibia. After breakfast and depending on your schedule, you may have time to see sites like Heroes’ Acre, the Christuskirche cathedral, Alte Feste (Old Fort) and the Independence Museum. Or perhaps you need to stock up on gifts and souvenirs!
The drive back to Hosea Kutako will evoke memories of how your safari started at Naankuse just over a week ago and how much you’ve experienced since then…
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Pre- and post-itinerary accommodation
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