11 Day Safari –

From ZAR 58,925 p.p.s.

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Overview

This active and exciting adventure will give you access to the wilderness and wildlife highlights of Northern Namibia. The diverse mix of locations, habitats and experiences will showcase Namibia’s iconic species and scenes.
We drive along lesser known paths through huge private concessions and reserves.
Your exclusive accommodation along the route is mostly in private areas away from the more crowded public areas.
Private access gate to Sossusvlei allows for early access in the morning – thereby improving photographic opportunities.
We track the rare desert-adapted elephant following ancient paths to their freshwater springs.

Your journey : Diverse Namibia is an active, exciting adventure, exploring the iconic areas of this vast country – its dunes, deserts, plains and superb wildlife – enhanced by exclusive accommodation in private reserves and concessions. On this adventure you will take in the soaring red dunes of Sossusvlei, the life-filled, blue Atlantic Ocean, the desert and denizens of Damaraland, and the dense plains game and predators of Etosha National Park. Activities are varied and include the likes of scenic walks and visiting the spectacular ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. This a true Namibian adventure with a range of activities impossible to beat!

Your guide : Explorations are led by highly skilled and qualified professional guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions they work in. Sharing the adventure and guiding you on this journey of discovery combined with their vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture are their professions and personal hobby. Many of our guides are also skilled photographers and can assist you in taking amazing wildlife photographs. Your guide will host you for the duration of the safari, providing you with a consistent, detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interests.

Please Note : Diverse Namibia is a scheduled guided safari. Please contact us for departure dates. Each departure is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 confirmed guests and operates with a maximum of 7 guests per safari.

Highlights

  • Iconic dunes & desert-adapted wildlife in Namib Naukluft Park
  • Day & night scenic drives and walks at Kulala Adventurer Camp
  • Discover the quaint coastal oasis of Swakopmund
  • Pelican Point kayaking in Walvis Bay
  • Incredible diversity of desert-adapted wildlife in Damaraland
  • Nature walks & drives at Damaraland Adventurer Camp
  • Rock Engravings of Twyfelfontein
  • Large concentrations of wildlife in Ongava Game Reserve
  • Thrilling Game Drives in Etosha National Park and Ongava

Itinerary

DAY 1

OLIVE GROVE GUESTHOUSE, WINDHOEK
Standard Room – Bed & Breakfast

On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport you will be met by a driver from City Cab and transferred to Olive Grove Guesthouse in Windhoek. You then have the rest of the day free to explore the markets, shops and city highlights or join a tour of Windhoek and Katatura Township.

Olive Grove Guesthouse is located in the relaxed suburb of Klein Windhoek, close to the city centre and many excellent restaurants. Your Standard Room is furnished and fitted in a simplistic, but stylish fashion. Moroccan lights give the rooms a romantic feel with dimming switches to add to the ambience.

Room facilities include satellite TV, air conditioning, coffee / tea, mini bar and safe. Light lunches and dinner are served daily. There is a tranquil garden with a plunge pool and wifi is available.

Included : Bed and Breakfast, Airport transfer

DAYS 2 & 3

KULALA ADVENTURER CAMP, SOSSUSVLEI
Ensuite Maxi Dome Tent – Full Board

Today you will explore the iconic red dunes and be awed by the desert-adapted wildlife surviving in one of the world’s oldest and most arid deserts.

This morning after breakfast you will be picked up by your guide and begin your journey by driving 340 kms (211 miles) through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the iconic Sossusvlei region. The driving time is approximately five hours.

Set on 37,000 hectares of land near the spectacular sights of Sossusvlei, the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve is home to Kulala Adventurer Camp. The camp, comprising of 5 “maxi” dome tents under the shade, is perfect for taking in the Reserve’s expansive vistas and stark beauty. It enjoys views into the Namib Naukluft National Park. Each tent is surprisingly spacious comprising wooden beds with mattresses and cotton linen. En-suite bathrooms with toilet and shower are located at the back of each tent.

Dining under the star-filled Namibian skies and watching a rose-red sunset punctuated by the cacophony of barking geckos are a few highlights, as is spending unrushed quality time at the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, known for their red colouring in the early morning sunlight. These dunes are accessed through our private gate which is conveniently located right at the entrance to the dune corridor.

Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok can be seen on the reserve, as well as smaller creatures like bat eared fox, black-backed jackal and Cape fox.

Activities include walks and day and night scenic drives.

Included : All meals, daily activities and local drinks (excluding premium import brands)

DAYS 4 & 5

HANSA HOTEL, SWAKOPMUND
Ensuite Double/Twin Room – Bed & Breakfast, 1 Dinner

Depart camp early and drive through the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto the expansive gravel plains, eventually arriving in Walvis Bay. From here you will continue north onto the quaint town of Swakopmund. This is a drive of about 5 – 6 hours (approximately 370 kmS / 230 miles).

Discover the town of Swakopmund and bed down in an iconic hotel that forms part of city’s architectural culture.

Namibia’s oldest hotel, and consistently one of the best, the Hansa has retained its 100-year-old charm while providing present-day service and comfort. The bedrooms are spacious and tastefully appointed, with a blend of modern luxury and antique décor. Interesting photographs from the past adorn the walls along the carpeted passages. A short walk will bring you to the heated Olympic-sized indoor public swimming pool, the museum, lighthouse and Kristall Galerie, as well as several good restaurants if you wish to try an alternative to the Hansa’s tasty fare.

On Day 4, we explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast by kayaking from Walvis Bay (weather permitting). This is a great opportunity for birdlife photography and we’ll be kayaking amongst seals on the protected peninsula side.

Our Pelican Point Kayaking tour starts at 07h45 at the Waterfront in Walvis Bay. Guests travel by 4×4 on a scenic drive along Walvis Bay Lagoon and the salt mines to Pelican Point. We stop along the way to take pictures of the countless flamingos, pelicans, large flocks of cormorants and great variety of other birds and wildlife. After about an hour’s drive we reach Pelican Point where the kayaks are prepared for paddling. Pelican Point is home to some 50,000 Cape fur seals which are habituated to our kayaks. The seals are inquisitive and often come within touching distance. Our route encompasses the protected side of the peninsula. We spend around two hours on the ocean, depending on general weather conditions.

After kayaking, we recharge over a late breakfast with fresh rolls and coffee and tea, before heading back to Walvis Bay. Return time is between 12h00 and 12h30.

Included : Bed, breakfast, 1 dinner (excludes dinner on 2nd night), Pelican Point kayaking activity.

DAYS 6 & 7

DAMARALAND ADVENTURER CAMP, DAMARALAND
Ensuite Maxi Dome Tent Full Board

We continue our journey by road to Damaraland, west of the Brandberg Mountain, stopping for lunch at Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp. This area boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere on the planet outside a national park. This drive is 320 kilometres (200 miles) and approximately 8-hours in duration.

The area boasts a varied assortment of desert-adapted wildlife and incredible geological formations.

Damaraland Adventurer Camp is located in a special place in the heart of the rocky desert of Damaraland, an ancient, starkly beautiful landscape. Looking south from camp toward the imposing Brandberg Mountains, Damaraland offers you endless vistas and one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia. Early morning mists, generated by the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the warm desert air of the Skeleton Coast, drift inland along the river valley, providing sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region, hence the high density of wildlife in the area. Accommodation is in 5 “maxi” dome tents pitched on timber platforms that allow for a small viewing deck where you can sit for hours and contemplate the surrounding beauty. Tucked away in and amongst the sandstone hills, each tent is surprisingly spacious with wooden beds with mattresses and cotton linen. En-suite bathrooms with toilet and shower are located at the back of each tent.

Damaraland boasts a breath-taking assortment of desert-adapted species including one of the highest concentrations of desert elephant and black rhino. Other wildlife includes Hartmann’s mountain zebra, kudu, giraffe, gemsbok, and springbok, with the occasional sighting of cheetah.

Our activities range from day and night nature walks and viewing the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a World Heritage Site), to daytime nature drives, exploring the mountains, hills and ephemeral river beds and springs.

Included : All meals, daily activities and local drinks (excluding premium import brands)

DAYS 8, 9 & 10

ONGAVA TENTED CAMP, ONGAVA GAME RESERVE
Ensuite Meru Tent – Full Board

We drive approximately 330 kms (205 miles and a 5-hour drive) to Ongava Game Reserve on the boundary of Etosha National Park. Etosha remains the highest density wildlife area within Namibia, its fame justly acknowledged. We will have the opportunity to explore both the Ongava Game Reserve as well as Etosha National Park.

Tucked away in the foothills of a dolomite hill, Ongava Tented Camp is one of Namibia’s best-kept secrets. You will be captivated by the bustling waterhole in front of camp as wildlife file through to quench their much needed thirst. Your accommodation will be one of the eight delightfully rustic en-suite Meru-style tents, built on a raised wooden deck. The stone, canvas and thatched main area, with its relaxed swimming pool completes this intimate camp. Bordering the iconic Etosha National Park and set within its own wilderness haven, you can expect unrivalled game viewing complemented by the tranquillity of a private reserve.

Ongava Game Reserve is home to large concentrations of wildlife and one of the largest black and white rhino populations in Namibia thanks to a successful reintroduction programme.

Etosha Pan is one of the largest saltpans in the region. Around the pan, the topography ranges from broad swathes of mopane and tall tree canopies of woodland to open plains and dolomite hills.

Game drives in both reserves will display a wide variety of wildlife including black-faced impala. Their predators, in particular lion, are never far away.

Birdlife is prolific with 340 species recorded.f the Falls, return transfers, Rainforest Entrance Fee, raincoats.

Included : All meals, daily activities and local drinks (excluding premium import brands)

DAY 11

END OF SAFARI

Driving 420 kilometres (260 miles) south, we return to Windhoek at 13h00 and bid farewell to our adventure.

We wish you a safe and thrilling journey that will leave lasting memories and a desire to return.

Rates

  • Jan – May & Dec – ZAR 58,925 per person sharing
  • 1 – 30 Jun – ZAR 62,500 per person sharing
  • 1 Jul – 31 Oct – ZAR 68,400 per person sharing
  • 1 – 30 Nov – ZAR 64,800 per person sharing
  • Single Supplement – ZAR 6,000
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Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • All meals from breakfast on Day 2 (excluding dinner on the second night in Swakopmund) to the end of the scheduled safari
  • A reasonable amount of soft drinks, mineral water, fruit juice, house wine and beer, as well as local spirits such as gin and Amarula whilst at Kulala Adventurer Camp, Damaraland Adventurer Camp and Ongava Tented Camp
  • National Park fees
  • All road transfers and scheduled activities.