DESERT DASH (3 Nights/4 days)
e language of Waves, “Rest, Relax and Reflect”! “You need to lose yourself and disappear in the depths of the repetitions? Find a coast and watch the repetitive waves! Soon your mind vanishes away and when your mind disappears you disappear!” (Mehmet Murat ildan). Before we get to the Namibian Coast, let us explore the oldest desert in the world (55 million years), with reddish/orange sand dunes estimated to be 5 million years old! Our Desert Dash Tour is short, during a period of 4 days, one will get a chance to get a hang of the Namib Desert.
ETOSHA DASH (3 Nights/4 Days)
This short tour gives one an insight into Namibia’s renowned National Park, the Etosha. It is a 22 270 km2 park with 114 mammal species and over 350 bird species. Etosha means “Great White Place” in local Oshindonga language, referring to the 4800 km2 salt pan that covers 23% of the park’s surface area. Mammals include Black and White Rhinoceros, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, African elephant, Plains and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras, Southern Giraffe subs. angolensis, Eland, Gemsbok, African Wild Cat, Spotted and Brown Hyeana among other animals. It is quite unique in its own way because the concentration and diversity around waterholes in the dry season is magnificent, giving one a chance to see animal dramas unfolding as they make turns to quench their thirst. For birders, this 3-day tour may yield over 200 species on your list depending on the season.
DESERT TO WETLANDS (20 Nights/21 Days)
This itinerary is for individuals with more vacation days or time. It covers three countries viz. Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. We will spend more time in Namibia mainly because of the variation in landscape and wildlife to be seen. Northeastern Namibia, Chobe (Botswana) and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) is a homogeneous habitat but slightly different in terms of activities offered. Because of the different habitats, activities, people and cultures, in a period of 3 weeks, one feels like you have been away from home for 3 months! The Kalahari is a semi-arid savannah environment with very small red sand dunes and vegetated, Fish River is much more dry, mountainous and very rocky and Sossusvlei has very high red sand dunes. The Namib Desert represents a true desert with less precipitation and unique flora and fauna. We will get a taste of the Skeleton Coast National Park. We will still experience dry conditions around Twyfelfontein area but changes immediately after an hour drive to little more vegetation. Etosha is one of the renowned national parks in Namibia and game drives are more in wide open gravel roads around waterholes. As we proceed more northeastern, perennial river system start to appear and more vegetation. Games drives here are more on little tracks, sandy and sometimes require heavy 4 x 4 driving. Herds of game tend to be bigger, water antelopes and birds implies more species to tick off your list. Boat Cruises, optional helicopter flights and White-water rafting can entice this ultimate trip throughout Southern Africa. We will cover 10 different national parks in 3 countries, each of them unique and special in its own way.
ULTIMATE NAMIBIAN NORTHEAST ADVENTURE (11 Nights/12 Days)
The northeastern corner of Namibia is time consuming, and even difficult to visit but offers a fascinating wilderness experience those who are well prepared and make time to reach it. This 12-day tour encompasses wildlife, scenery and culture in one of the less visited part of Namibia. The main aim is to explore the Khaudum National Park, one of the very wild parks in the country. Due to the sandy terrain in this untouched wilderness, we need a minimum of two 4×4 vehicles, hence minimum of 6 people to explore the area. We will visit the San people, who are renowned for being Southern Africa’s earliest ancestors and experience their vanishing way of life. We will have a day of wild camping as there is no accommodation option in northern Khaudum. We will then proceed to the Zambezi region and explore a series of national parks up to Botswana and the end our tour at the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
WILD WEST NAMIBIA EXPEDITION (13 Nights/14 Days)
This is one of Africa’s true remaining wilderness. It is the least populated part of Namibia with a density of one person per every 2 km2. It is less visited by tourists and is home to several desert adapted wildlife. During this 14-day adventure tour we will explore Namibia’s ephemeral rivers; Ugab, Huab, Aba-Haub, Uniab, Hoanib, Hoarusib. These are important for the survival of Desert Adapted Elephants, Black Rhino, Oryx, Springboks, Desert Adapted Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, and other animals. Special birds that are mostly near endemic to Namibia include White-tailed Shrike, Benguela Long-billed Lark, Monteiro’s Hornbill, Damara Red-billed Hornbill, Bare-cheeked Babbler, Violet Wood hoopoe, Ruppel’s Korhaan, Ruppel’s Parrot, Ludwig’s Bustard among others. We will do the OvaHimba cultural tour. A visit to the Epupa Falls and a drive along the Kunene drive is worthwhile. Birds of interest around this area include Rufous Palm-Thrush, elusive Grey Kestrel and Cinderella Waxbill. Afternoon boat cruise along in the Kunene River is a good way of waving a goodbye to the Kaokoland before we explore another less visited part of Etosha National Park: the northwestern part.
CONSERVATION SAFARI (15 Days/16 Nights)
Namibia was the first country in the world to include environmental protection in its constitution. Approximately 17% of its surface area is protected either as a national park, game reserve, conservancy exceeding the 10% prescribed by IUCN. The Marine Protected Area stretches 400km along the coast and 30km offshore. Protection of the Black Rhino in western arid regions has resulted in Namibia being one of the few countries in Africa with growing populations within as well as outside national parks. In private sector, several Non-Governmental Organisations assist the government in conservation and development. These include the Namibia Nature Foundation, Save the Rhino Trust, Cheetah Conservation Fund, AfriCat Foundation and the Namibian Association of Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Support Organisations (15 NGOs and University of Namibia). A total of 161 private game reserves are registered with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. During this 15-day tour we will be visiting some of the prime conservation areas, including game reserves and Organisations, getting to experience some conservation work while enjoying wildlife and scenery.
Much of Namibia’s surface area is arid and birds in these dry areas have restricted distribution. The diversity of birds increases as one move towards either northeast or northwest of the country. Around September and October, the Palearctic migrants appear and remain until around April or May. Intra-African migrants are also around this time of the year. The coastal wetlands receive visits from various migrating species, as well as seabird species that are not normally seen inland of southern Africa. In essence, tours including the coast, as well as the country’s interior and riverine borders, make Namibia and excellent destination for birders. Select any one of our tours on a private basis and enjoy birding with our local birding guide, or alternatively talk to our safari consultants to put up a customized birding itinerary for you.
NAMIBIAN HIGHLIGHTS EXTENDED (9 Nights/10 Days)
This tour gives you an insight into Namibia’s main attractions, mainly the sand dunes, the coast, semi-arid Damaraland, Etosha National Park and one of the renowned conservation organization on a private game reserve, the AfriCat Foundation. We will spend more time at the coast, Damaraland and Etosha National Park. This implies that in Damaraland, we have a chance of tracking the infamous Desert Adapted Elephants in one of the 12 ephemeral rivers in Namibia. We will experience hands on conservation efforts on the Okonjima Private Game Reserve, which is home to the AfriCat Foundation and the latter is dedicated to the big carnivore conservation. The southern side of Namibia has a unique biome, different from most parts of the sub-region.
NAMIBIAN HIGHLIGHTS (7 Days)
This a highlight tour that gives one an insight into some landscapes and wildlife that are unique to Namibia. Within a week we will visit the high and red sand dunes in Sossusvlei, spend some time enjoying the Namibian Coast in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. We will then make our way inland along the coast, taste a bit of the Skeleton Coast before we reach Damaraland to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Twyfelfontein, the Rock Engravings made by the San people some 2000 years ago. We end our week stay in the Etosha National Park before returning to the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek.