Namib Desert Encounters
A mobile safari with top notch guide, Jeremia Mwapopi. A world of red dunes at dawn, harsh and fragile habitats, rare species and extreme contrasts. Our 12 day Namib Desert Encounters is limited to 8 guests only… we run this safari in November.
- Skeleton Coast
- 12 days/11 nights
In a nutshell… we’ve chosen that short period before the rains start. We go mobile and cover the long and dusty routes to get a proper sense of geological time through the full array of Namibia’s desert habitats.
Highlights of Desert Dune Encounters
We’ll fly over the dune fields of Sossusvlei, the barren expanse of the Skeleton Coast and the harsh yet fragile eco systems of the ephemeral river systems of the Kunene region.
What really unlocks Namibia’s extreme contrasts however is the knowledge of one of Namibia’s most experienced “explorations” guide, Jeremia Mwapopi will share his knowledge of Namibia’s geology, unique interactions between predator and prey – insects, reptiles, mammals and birds.
Discover the delicate harmony that desert-adapted elephants achieve in the hostile Kaokoveld. Learn about the complex balances that herdsmen and wildlife custodians aim for with predatory lions and endangered black rhino.
- Explore the spectacular sandy dunelands of the Namib Desert
- two nights in 5* lodgings in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve
- road route through varied Namib Desert landscapes to Swakopmund for a one night stay in town
- the wild part starts with a drive up into Damaraland to a remote adventurer’s camp in the Huab River Valley for two nights – this is 1* accommodation, a 5* experience in the harsh and unforgiving Torra Conservancy with not a soul about
- visit the Palmwag Concession – here we’re in the midst of the largest free-roaming population of rare and endangered black rhino
- Grand finale… an exploration of the ephemeral Hoanib River system from rugged canyons, ancient valleys down to linear oases gathering within the restricted Skeleton Coast National Park
- fly over the dunefields to Mowe Bay and then cover the region by vehicle and on foot to discover a habitat rich in geology, botanical wonders and big game activities
- desert-adapted elephants, lions, giraffe, oryx and smaller species inhabit this fascinating part of the Kaokoveld. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp provides 5* comforts for the final three nights.
“Any seasoned African traveller knows that sometimes only a combination of ample time and good luck will give you a crack at really getting under the skin of a place.”
You'll be met on arrival at Windhoek Airport and transferred to the Olive Grove for your first night. Delightful intimate guesthouse in a quiet location, close to the city centre.
Explore the spectacular sandy dunelands of the Namib desert. Two nights at the luxurious private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Look out for oryx, bat-eared fox, springbok, ostrich, aardwolf and jackals.
Head off across the Namib-Naukluft Natiojnal Park to Swakopmund for a night. The Swakopmund Sands Hotel is just a few minutes walk from restaurants.
Drive into Damaraland staying at the remote Adventurer's Camp for two nights. The Camp sits on the Huab River Valley. Day and night game drives and walk, stargazing with laser pointer, boma dinners.
Our next stop is the Palmwag Concession for two nights. Tranquil with a host of desert adapted wildlife and Africa's largest free-roaming population of black rhino.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp for the last 3 nights. Large ensuite tents with swimming pool. Look for desert elephants, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok, perhaps lion and hyena too.
Fly to Windhoek. From here you have the option of extending your safari to Serra Cafema for cultural exchange with the Himba people.
Tips and notes
There’s a mantra in the safari industry about Namibia which says “if you don’t have enough time then fly the circuit over a week, if you do then self-drive it over 3 weeks at least.” The shortcoming here is that you’ll invariably miss the best bits because you neither had the time nor the experience it takes to reveal some unique secrets.
Our Namib Desert Encounters includes:
- Services of a professional guide throughout the trip
- daily scheduled camp activities
- park fees
- 11 nights’ accommodation
- meals and drinks as specified in the itinerary
- ground transportation and excursions as noted
- park and entrance fees where applicable
- Internal flights from Hoanib to Windhoek
Note: On a stay of 3 nights or more at Hoanib Skeleton Coast, a full day fly-in excursion to the Skeleton Coast is included (Weather permitting).
- International flights to Namibia
- Visa fees as applicable
- Items of a personal nature
- Balloon safari and any additional activity not specified in the itinerary.
How to get there
The safari starts and ends at Hosea Kutako International Airport [WDH]
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