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The Great Namibia Wildlife Safari

A Fly-In Safari to Discover the Gems of Namibia, the Desert Jewel of Africa
Day 1: Windhoek, Namibia
Our Namibia tour begins on arrival in the capital of Windhoek, where we'll transfer to our contemporary boutique hotel in a peaceful district of this former colonial capital.

Days 2 & 3: Little Kulala / Sossusvlei, Namib Desert
Depart by light aircraft this morning for Little Kulala Lodge, a luxury desert retreat within the private 90,000-acre Kulala Wilderness Reserve at the edge of Namibia’s great sand sea. The word “namib” in the Nama language means “vast,” an apt name for this ancient arid expanse. Morning game drives take us into Sossusvlei, the shape-shifting, ochre-colored dunes in the Namib Desert’s lonely center. Framed by intense blue skies, these dunes are the world’s tallest. Inside are diamonds, tucked into the sand mountains by currents, waves and wind. Surprisingly, these dunes are home to a host of desert species, including oryx and ostrich, springbok and gemsbok, aardwolf and bat-eared fox. We discover the desert’s subtle magic on short walks and safari drives. Little Kulala offers some of the most arresting vistas in all of Africa and is duly famed for its peach sunsets and unmatched stargazing. A balloon safari is offered at an additional cost, a chance to float silently above the desert at sunrise, followed by a champagne breakfast.

Days 4-6: Desert Rhino Camp
Fly north along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, where the dried bones of wrecked ships lay half-buried on beaches battered by fierce Atlantic storms. Our destination, Desert Rhino Camp, lies inland, in the heart of the private million-acre Palmwag Concession. Few safari locales can offer the level of privacy and isolation found here in one of Africa’s last great wildernesses. This desert reserve has several freshwater springs that support healthy populations of wildlife including the camp’s namesake, the rare desert-adapted black rhino, which we spend time tracking. We also find desert-adapted elephants, endemic Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and greater kudu. Namibia’s second-largest predator population thrives here, with more than 100 lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. Birds are also abundant, including a number of southern African endemics.

Days 7-9: Ongava Game Reserve / Etosha National Park
Transfer by light aircraft to Ongava Tented Camp on the border of Etosha National Park. The Etosha Salt Pan is the remnant of a huge lake that existed here two million years ago. Bare and dry today, the depression offers Namibia’s best wildlife viewing, with elephant, black and white rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, springbok, oryx, kudu and the diminutive dik-dik drawn to its life-sustaining waterholes. Birdlife is abundant, and we may see ostrich and raptors. We stay on the private Ongava Game Reserve adjacent to the park and far from any other accommodations. From camp we take guided walks and night drives on the reserve, venturing into the park by day.

Day 10: Fly to Windhoek / Depart
Our Namibia safari comes to an end as we fly from Ongava back to Windhoek today to connect with departing flights.

Physical Rating: Easy to Moderate



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