Namibia Conservation Safari
Days 1, 2 and 3 – Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland
On your arrival into Windhoek you will be met and assisted with your onward flight into the heart of the Damaraland and one of the best places to track and see black rhinos on foot. The rhinos here form part of the largest free-roaming populations of the highly endangered desert-adapted black rhinos. This is a unique experience to be able to head out on foot and track the rhinos with dedicated conservationist that are there to protect the population of the Palmwag Concession. Other activities include nature walks, game drives and full day excursions in search of other desert-adapted animals.
Days 4, 5 and 6 – Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Koakaland
From Damaraland you head into the Koakaland and the stunning Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, one of the remotest safari camps in Africa. The Koakaland is made up of gravel strewn plains, rocky mountains and dry riverbeds that snake between the mountains. These dry riverbeds support life with underground water that often bubbles to the surface as a spring. These springs and large acacia trees that live along the dry riverbeds is what draws the desert adapted animals in. Elephants, lions, rhino, oryx, springbok and giraffe make up the key species of the area and guides from the camp take guests out on daily game drives in search of these remarkable desert adapted animals.
From the camp guests have the chance to explore the unforgiving and desolate Skeleton Coast, strewn with shipwrecks and huge colonies of Cape fur seals.
A few nights here and you will truly feel the remoteness and isolation of the place. Nowadays, this isolation, space and remoteness is a luxury that is becoming rarer and rarer these days.
Day 7 – Sossusvlei
From the Koakaland you fly south to Sossusvlei where you will be met and transferred to the lodge for the night.
Day 8, 9 and 10 – Wolwedans
The following morning you will have an early start to get to Deadvlei and enjoy the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei. These are some of the highest dunes in the world, towering over 300 meters high. Deadvlei is one of the famous sights of Namibia and is a white vlei surrounded by red sand dunes. Inside the vlei are petrified trees that make for some incredible photo opportunities. Get there early to avoid the crowds and to get the best light.
After your visit to Deadvlei, you will be met by your driver who will transfer you to the private NamibRand Nature Reserve for the next 2 nights. This afternoon enjoy a game drive in the reserve, in search of the desert adapted animals that live here. Oryx, springbok, bat eared foxes, ostriches and if you are lucky cheetah.
The following morning after another early start you will have the chance to enjoy one of the highlights of your Namibian safari, a hot air balloon over the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Float silently over the reserve and admire the vast expanse of desert and mountains below you. Once you have safely touched down, you will be treated to a champagne breakfast in the middle of the reserve.
Other activities from the lodge include game drives, bushmen walks and horse riding. Game drives are either done in the mornings or afternoons and explore the fauna and flora of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Bushmen walks take place on the reserve and allow guests the opportunity to learn more about the smaller aspects of the desert. Bushmen have been traversing these deserts for many years and being able to learn from them is an experience you will remember for a long time. The next best thing to being on foot in the desert is being on horseback and exploring the dunes and valleys of the reserve.