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Into The Wild2018-12-20T14:24:34+00:00

Project Description

Into the Wild

16 Days

Windhoek to Windhoek

PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR
SOAN-ITW

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Namibia is on the forefront of conserving its natural heritage, yet not many guests get to experience the efforts that take place behind the scenes of the various organisations, which have dedicated their entire existence on conserving the national treasures visited by this unique Namibian safari.

Into the Wild
Languages English and German. Other languages on special request
Classification Deluxe
Vehicle / Aircraft 4WD / Cessna 210 / SUV or 4×4 Double Cab
Group size 2-4 guests
Accommodation As specified
Meals 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 15 dinners
Entrance fees included for flying and guided
NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namib Naukluft National Park; Dorob National Park, Twyfelfontein, Palmwag Concession, Etosha National Park
Activities
As specified
Optional extras
Additional excursions / activities on request
General
24hrs Medical Evacuation Insurance
Excluded: all international / domestic flights and taxes • visas • travel and personal accident insurance • personal expenses • excursions / activities not specified • gratuities

Day 1

NA’ANKUSE WILDLIFE RESERVE

After arrival at Windhoek International Airport you will be met by our transfer service who will take you to the Na’ankuse Wildlife Reserve. This organisation plays a fundamental function in Namibia’s ecological conservation efforts by protecting and conserving protected game species and also monitoring translocated carnivores and other species. The afternoon is spent with a Bushman community, who will reveal their ancient culture, tradition, and survival skill on a bush walk safari.

Overnight at Naankuse Lodge – Dinner.

Day 2

NA’ANKUSE WILDLIFE RESERVE

Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at the lodge with the sanctuary’s owner, Marlice van Vuuren, before she takes you out to the sanctuary to meet some of the animals and to give you a deep insight into Na’ankuse’s important function. You will get to see the colourful wild dogs playing, meet some of the cheetahs, and have the rare opportunity to walk with tame caracals through the veld. You will also have an insight behind the scenes and learn more about the carnivore conservation project and meet the San Bushman community.

Overnight at Naankuse Lodge – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3

NAMIB NAUKLUFT PARK

After breakfast and a transfer to Windhoek, meet your pilot/guide for the rest of the journey lying ahead, and head towards your luxury lodge, situated in the World Heritage site of the Namib Seas of Sand. At your lodge you can relax at your private pool, go for a guided nature drive or just take in these stunning but surreal environments.

Little Kulala – Fully Inclusive.

Day 4

NAMIB NAUKLUFT PARK /NAMIBRAND

Departing around sunrise, you enter the Naukluft National Park through a private entrance, travelling between monumental dunes towards Sossusvlei. Experience the fresh sunrays paint the highest sand dunes on earth into a kaleidoscope of colours and shades. At Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei you can clamber on and around the dunes to take in the surrounding landscape overshadowed by some of the highest dunes on earth. After coming back to your lodge, continue further to the private NamibRand Nature Reserve. Your lodge is set against a backdrop of unparalleled beauty and provides the perfect base from which to explore nature on guided walks or drives. This is the largest privately owned desert reserve in Southern Africa that prides itself in having established a fence-free ecosystem.

NamibRand Wolwedans Dunes Lodge – Fully Inclusive.

Day 5

NAMIBRAND

Today is yours to spend at leisure. A worthwhile activity is drifting over the desert in a hot-air balloon during sunrise whereafter breakfast is enjoyed amidst the dunes of the desert. Other activities offered include nature drives or scenic guided walks. The specialist guides bring you close to nature and explain the flora and fauna found in this untouched environment. If you are lucky you may glimpse a leopard, but otherwise the specially desert adapted animal species such as oryx, springbok, ostrich and giraffe.

NamibRand Wolwedans Dunes Lodge – Fully Inclusive.

Day 6-7

SWAKOPMUND

Your adventure takes you along the endless Namib Desert to the Atlantic Ocean, where you can see Sandwich Harbour and the Walvis Bay Lagoon, both of which are internationally acclaimed RAMSAR Heritage Sites and the world’s largest breeding area of the lesser flamingo. The next day promises both relaxation and adventure. On a marine cruise on the calm waters of the Walvis Bay peninsula, enjoy interaction with cape fur seals, dolphins, leatherback turtles and maybe even seasonal whales and orcas, whilst sipping cold sparkling wine and savouring the taste of fresh oysters and snacks. The afternoon is at leisure. Swakopmund offers a wide variety of activities including scenic flights, quad biking, dune boarding, desert explorations, and much more.

Overnight at Strand Hotel – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8

DAMARALAND

After a leisurely breakfast, depart for your lodge in the heart of the Damaraland, set between the lush and life-sustaining Ugab and Huab Rivers. Mowani means “Place of God” and it is here that you will find the true meaning of peace and tranquillity. Lunch is followed an afternoon excursion to the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site considered being the largest open-air museum in southern Africa.

Overnight at Mowani Mountain Camp – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 9

DAMARALAND

After breakfast, a scenic route takes you into the northern parts of the Damaraland area and to the world-renowned Desert Rhino Camp in a sweeping valley scattered with euphorbia and ancient welwitschia plants. It is situated amongst rolling, rocky hills of the 450 000-hectare Palmwag Concession and, together with the Save The Rhino Trust, oversees the protection and study of the largest free-ranging population of black rhino in Africa. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in this tranquil, minimalistic, and untouched area, where you stand the chance to view a surprising wealth of arid-adapted wildlife. In the evening you are joined by a wildlife specialist who will give an interesting talk about the efforts of the Save The Rhino Trust.

Overnight at Desert Rhino Camp – Fully inclusive.

Day 10

SAVE THE RHINO TRUST / DAMARALAND

The entire day is spent on the concession in search of the desert rhino. This is done in the vehicle and on foot, depending on the terrain where the rhinos are currently living in. Your guide and tracker have a wealth of information to share with you, not only on the specially protected black rhino, but also on all other flora and fauna in the mountainous concession.

Overnight at Desert Rhino Camp – Fully inclusive.

Day 11

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, travel through the Damaraland to the Ongava Game Reserve situated on a huge private game reserve on the south-western side of the Etosha National Park. Consisting of a variety of vegetation zones, this game reserve is home to a wide variety of animal species, after a sundowner drink enjoy dinner in the open restaurant, which awards you a great view onto a flood-lit waterhole.

Overnight at Ongava Lodge – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 12-13

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast enjoy a full day game drive in the Etosha National Park. With its 114 different animal and 340 different bird species, this park belongs to the world’s most diverse wildlife parks, and promises to be an unforgettable game experience. The park surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to four of the ‘Big 5’ – elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino – with its waterholes supporting a rich diversity of birds and mammals, including rare species such as black-faced impala, roan, cheetah, and Namibia’s smallest antelope, the Damara dik-dik. Your lodge for the following nights serves as a conservation breeding ground of the black rhino. On an afternoon enjoy a guided bush walk with an experienced game ranger, who will introduce you to the conservation efforts of the Onguma Game Reserve and show you new and exciting animal and bird species not encountered before on your safari.

Overnight at Onguma Tented Camp – Fully inclusive.

Day 14-15

AFRICAT FOUNDATION

This morning your journey continues to Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, where your luxurious camp is situated in a secluded spot within the wildlife reserve. In the afternoon you have the option of a variety of activities on offer, some of which include nature walks, cheetah or leopard tracking, or alternatively join one of the guides at the AfriCat Research Centre to explain the important function the AfriCat Foundation plays in the Namibian conservation efforts. Enjoy the entire next day on the property of the lodge. Your guide will inform you about the choices of activities possible for the day. Enjoy the day out in nature with the abundance of animal and bird life within spectacular scenery – Okonjima is a nature lover’s and photographer’s paradise alike.

Overnight at Okonjima Bush Camp – Fully inclusive.

Day 16

DEPARTURE

After an optional morning walk and breakfast, travel back to Windhoek, well in time for your outward flight from the international airport, from where you bid your guide farewell and embark on your onward journey.

Breakfast.

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