Namibia Adventure Safari
DESERT, ELEPHANTS AND A SALT PAN
Featuring three Adventure Camps in Sossussvlei, Damaraland and Etosha National Park, including all your internal flights you will not be disappointed. This itinerary also includes one night at the start and finish in Windhoek in order to connect with international flights.
2 x nights
Kulala Desert Lodge
Unrivalled access to the red dunes of Sossusvlei
Family-friendly Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the 27 000-hectare (67 000-acre) private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Comprising 23 thatched and canvas "kulalas" with en-suite bathrooms and verandas, each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. There are also three tents which can accommodate a family of four each.
The convivial main area includes a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the riverbed – a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista and to contemplate the day’s exciting activities.
This is the closest point of access to the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei
Explore the dramatic Kulala Wilderness Reserve by quad bike, hot air balloon, nature drive or on foot
The perfect location to view and photograph Namib Desert scenery
Wildlife at Kulala Desert Lodge
Desert-adapted wildlife to be seen on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve includes ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, spotted hyaena and the occasional brown hyaena. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf can also be seen. One bird, the aptly named dune lark, has its entire global distribution limited to the area. A surprisingly diverse array of insects, reptiles and rodents make their home around Kulala Desert Lodge. At dusk the call of barking geckoes can be heard, and walks reveal the smaller creatures - the buck-spoor spider with its multi-entrance burrow or the ambush specialist antlion, to name but a few.
Things to do at Kulala Desert Lodge
Activities revolve around early morning guided drives to the dunes of Sossusvlei through the private gate on the Tsauchab River, as well as nature drives and walks on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve.
Visit Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei
World-famous Sossusvlei is both the name for the area in general as well as an enormous clay pan, flanked by the enormous sand dunes. Nearby, at the foot of some these dunes the skeletons of trees dominate the landscape, where once water flowed. This is known as Dead Vlei.
Visit Sesriem Canyon
This fascinating geographical formation is well worth a visit. The result of millions of years where water carved its way into the earth, Sesriem Canyon is today three kilometres long. Views from the top are breathtaking while walks through the canyon reveal distinct geographical layers which were laid down over aeons.
The 37 000-hectare private Kulala Nature Reserve offers visitors exclusive wildlife-viewing opportunities which include the likes of gemsbok (oryx), bat-eared fox, brown hyaena and birdlife. Enjoy a coffee or sunder stop in scenic parts of the reserve as a highlight.
Walking trails focus on becoming immersed in this remote area, as well as its scenic beauty and the fascinating, and surprisingly, diverse array of insects, reptiles and rodents which make this dry and harsh region their home. The Tsauchab River Trail takes a stroll along the dry riverbed close by the camp.
The sundowner tour
Set out in the late afternoon for a nature drive and complete your excursion in a remote and dramatic spot on the reserve, sipping a gin and tonic while watching the sun set over the distant mountains or dunes.
Sleep out under the starry starry skies of the Namib and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa on the roof or your unit.
Eco-sensitive quad biking through the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve will allow you to take in those incredible views, feel the wind through your hair, and catch a glimpse of the denizens of the desert.* This activity is at additional cost.
Hot air balloon safari*
The balloon safari on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve offers a truly unique experience to soar silently above the magnificent sand dunes and desert, with a champagne breakfast being served at your landing site. *This activity is at additional cost and is closed from 15 January to 15 February.
3 x nights
Doro Nawas Camp
Glimpse a long-gone world through its art at Twyfelfontein
Doro Nawas Camp is located in the dry Aba-Huab River Valley, within the Doro !Nawas Conservancy in central Damaraland, and commands spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains to the north and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein in the south.
Accommodation comprises 16 units (including a family room): a mix of stone and canvas walls with wood and glass doors, shaded by a thatch roof. Each unit, designed to blend into the hillside, consists of a bedroom, en-suite bathroom (with outdoor shower) and a veranda for star gazing or sleep-outs. The main area is perched atop a rocky knoll offering unspoilt panoramic views from the indoor and outdoor dining areas, pool area, bar and a local curio area. A staircase to the flat roof leads to a place perfect for relaxing sundowners and star gazing.
The ancient Twyfelfontein San rock art engravings, a World Heritage Site, is close by
Sleeping under the stars is a must in this pristine environment
An easily accessible base from which to see desert-adapted elephant
Wildlife at Doro Nawas Camp
This is a wonderful area for enjoying the dramatic Damaraland landscape. There are no large concentrations of wildlife; however this seemingly stark environment is amazingly home to a range of wildlife including desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, springbok and variety of other species such as bat-eared fox and the occasional glimpse of black rhino and cheetah. Birdlife is excellent with several Namibian endemics, such as Damara hornbill, Carp's tit and Rüpell's korhaan.
Things to do at Doro Nawas Camp
An excellent base for self-drive and fly-in guests, activities here include nature drives and exploratory hikes to catch a glimpse of desert-adapted life, as well as discovering the geology and ancient rock engravings of this stark landscape.
Wildlife and scenic drives
While the landscape does not support huge herds, desert-adapted life such as springbok, gemsbok and even elephant do occur. We therefore offer nature drives in open Land Rovers which can end with a river lunch or scenic walk ending at "Little Table Mountain."
Geological excursionsVisit the ancient San rock art at Twylfelfontein, a World Heritage Site, as well as the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes, all incredible geological phenomena.
Back of house tours, and camp chats about the Doro !Nawas Conservancy, the Damara/Nama language and traditions all give insight into the community, while the Damara Living Museum shows off the traditional culture of the Damara people.
Guided nature walks
Learn more about the flora and fauna in this incredibly harsh environment. Adaptation to the desert environment is the miracle of all that survives here.
Scorpion night walks
After dark, another realm of the Namib awakes. Walks reveal some of these captivating critters such scorpions which fluoresce under UV lights.
Sleep out under the starry starry skies of the Namib and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa on your veranda.
Namibia is known for its clear night skies, and with no light pollution this is the ideal spot from which to learn about the stars and planets that whirl above us.
3 x nights
Ongava Lodge is one of Namibia’s premier lodges on one of the country’s most important private game reserves.
The well-established Ongava Lodge is situated in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. Placed as it is close to the top of a hill in the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana range, the vantage point is beautiful and overlooks a well-frequented waterhole and the plains beyond.
Ongava Lodge offers luxury accommodation in 14 rock-and-thatch en-suite chalets. There are impressive views over the camp’s waterhole from the main lounge and dining areas and there is also an inviting pool to cool off in the heat of the day. Meals are either served in the main dining area under thatch or on the dining deck under the stars.
Activities include game drives into Etosha, spending time in the camp hide, and nature drives and walks on the reserve. Ongava has resident white and black rhino, giving guests staying at Ongava the opportunity to see both species.
Unique Selling Points
Set on a hill with a beautiful vantage point overlooking miles of African scenery, 30,000-hectare private reserve with convenient access into Etosha National Park
Well-placed hide to look onto the productive waterhole near camp
Monitoring the black-faced impala, and reserve has high densities of big game including lion, white and black rhino and plains game
All rooms are en-suite with double basins, plus indoor and outdoor showers.
Private viewing deck, air conditioning and overhead fans, mosquito nets, tea/coffee, hairdryers & 220V power.
Your lodge experience includes
Thatched dining area and bar plus waterhole views, wi-fi service in the lounge, swimming pool, curio shop, a dedicated guide and shared game drive vehicle.
Activities on site (some may be seasonal)
Bird watching, Game drives,
Game viewing, Nature walks, Rhino approaching,
RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND £STERLING RATES ARE BASED ON THE CURRENT EXCHANGE RATE TO THE US$. A PREMIUM APPLIES FOR THE HOLIDAY PERIOD FROM 20TH DECEMBER TO 5TH JANUARY.
Includes Flights from Windhoek International, in between camps and back to Windhoek International.All accommodation, all activities, all meals, all drinks, laundry and national park fees
US$5,865 OR £4,800 PER PERSON SHARING
Mid - Season
US$6,200 OR £5,080 PER PERSON SHARING
US$7,260 OR £5,950 PER PERSON SHARING
US$6,440 OR £5,280 PER PERSON SHARING
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