Our Namibia wildlife safari begins on arrival in Windhoek. Namibia's capital is a modern, walkable city with an eclectic urban skyline featuring both contemporary and colonial architecture, from German castles and cathedral spires to glass skyscrapers. There's time to relax this afternoon at our boutique hotel in a tranquil neighborhood before a welcome dinner with our Expedition Leader.
Days 2–4: Kulala Private Reserve—Sossusvlei Dunes
Fly by light aircraft to Little Kulala, a luxurious retreat within the private 90,000-acre Kulala Wilderness Reserve on the edge of Namibia’s great sand sea. The word
Please note: Some 2020 departures will spend two nights at Little Kulala Camp in Sossusvlei, and one additional night at Desert Rhino Camp in the Palmwag Concession. Check with an Adventure Specialist for details.
Days 5 & 6: Palmwag Concession—Rhino Tracking
Fly north to the private million-acre Palmwag Concession. Our destination, Desert Rhino Camp, lies at the heart of this vast reserve in Damaraland, one of Africa's last great wildernesses. Few safari locales offer the level of isolation found here. The raw landscape is defined by ancient riverbeds, open plains, stacked granite rocks and deep gorges. Within these stark environs, freshwater springs support healthy numbers of wildlife, including Africa's largest population of free-roaming black rhinos. We'll track this endangered icon in the company of rhino experts from Save the Rhino Trust and researchers based at the camp. To search for rhinos on foot is a rare and exhilarating experience. Taking care to stay downwind, silent and hiding behind scrub bushes, we hold our breath in anticipation of spying this ancient desert dweller. On 4x4 drives, look also for desert-adapted elephant, endemic Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, gemsbok, springbok,greater kudu and possibly even predators. Birds are abundant, with a number of southern African endemics.
Days 7–9: Etosha National Park—Ongava Private Reserve