Location of Adventure
Namibia, Southern Africa
Group Size Limit
Approximately 7 Travelers
A very important feature of our Namibia safaris is the limited group size, as nature and wildlife encounters are most meaningful with fewer people, and our environmental footprint is lighter, too.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
An essential element that makes this safari successful is our use of various specialized vehicles designed to provide unmatched wildlife viewing opportunities. During our time in the Sossusvlei region, we explore in closed 4x4 Land Cruisers or Land Rovers that provide protection from the wind (and the sand that travels with it) in this vast, sandy landscape. In other regions, we will use open 4x4 Land Rovers or Land Cruisers with a unique suspension system and an open-top, open-sided, tiered seating arrangement designed to maximize wildlife viewing and provide a comfortable and safe ride over the often uneven terrain of Namibia's desert environs.
The open vehicles have 10 cushioned passenger seats, one in front next to the driver, followed by three rows of three seats each, though we limit our capacity to just seven travelers, allowing a window seat for each guest, for maximum comfort and the best viewing opportunities. The closed 4x4 vehicles have eight cushioned seats with a spacious interior providing plenty of room for travelers and their belongings. Both vehicles have a mini-fridge stocked with cold drinks and a small library with reference books and field guides. Each custom-built vehicle sports front bull bars and runner boards, as well as a full recovery kit, including spare tires and a high lift jack. Vehicles are updated or replaced regularly and meticulously maintained to provide our guests with an unmatched safari experience.
Our Private Leaders
Internal scheduled light aircraft flights, accommodations, meals from dinner Day 1 to breakfast final day, non-alcoholic drinks at camps and in vehicles, house alcoholic beverages in camps, services of NHA Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff, some gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, premium alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance, and required medical evacuation insurance.
Easy to Moderate
There is no strenuous activity involved during this safari, though the 4x4 vehicles frequently offer a bumpy ride over rugged terrain. Wildlife drives often involve long hours of sitting and sometimes bouncing around. While we don't consider this strenuous, it can be uncomfortable and pose a particular type of physical demand on the body. All travelers must be able to climb into and out of our raised 4x4 safari trucks. They must also be able to walk to and from the vehicle to our camp accommodations, which sometimes involves walking over uneven ground (including sand) or on boardwalks. Safari accommodations and vehicles are not climate controlled and, depending on the seasonality, temperatures can range from quite cold to extremely hot, so it is crucial that travelers come prepared.
Additionally, while any walks are considered optional, you will get the most out of your safari experience if you can walk a mile or two over uneven ground and rough or steep terrain without assistance. Climbing the sand dunes of Sossusvlei and walking over rocky terrain in search of rhinos constitute the most strenuous activities on this safari, but other more moderate walks without incline are also offered, which still allow for enjoyment of the dunes (i.e., simply walking through Dead Vlei with a view up to the dunes). An important aspect of Namibia is its dry and sandy/dusty conditions, as this is truly a desert environment. Travelers are advised to bring adequate eye and head protection, and a bandana can come in handy to keep sand off the face in windy conditions. We recommend that all travelers have an adventurous spirit, as they will often enjoy the most exhilarating animal encounters.
Important Information About This Trip
This adventure encompasses the magic of Namibia’s vast and varied landscape, from the world’s tallest sand dunes to wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, without having to make long, hot, dusty drives that have traditionally been a part of a Namibia safari. A major benefit of this flight-based safari is the unbelievable view from the air. Towering dunes, endless desert, and rocky coastlines reveal Namibia’s natural diversity. Also by flying, we maximize our time on safari, rather than in transit. While the scenery - and the entire experience - is tremendous, the animal encounters here tend to be somewhat less plentiful than in some other safari destinations (though the Etosha portion is fantastic for wildlife!).
Since the areas we travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for our guests' safety. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we request that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We will add the cost of a medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
Getting There & Getting Home
For 2016 safaris, plan to arrive Windhoek International Airport by 12 pm on Day 1 and you may depart Windhoek anytime after 3 pm on the final day. For 2017 safaris, please plan to arrive Windhoek by 5 pm on Day 1 and you may depart Windhoek anytime after 3 pm on the final day.
We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as our staff is intimately familiar with the special requirements of these programs and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.