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African Luxury Safari

9 Day Namibia Classic Safari

Namibia
The Namib a world of vast space, endless horizons, dramatic desert scapes and jagged mountain heights. It is one of the oldest, driest and most pristine deserts on Earth and home of predator-rich game reserves, rugged mountains and coastal resorts, prehistoric flora and a cultural tapestry of people from the Sun hunter-gatherers to the Herero and Himba tribes of the north. The NamibRand Nature Reserve spans 180 000 hectares of unspoilt desert wilderness and is the largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa. The Namib may appear to be a harsh environment, but the fascinating desert-adapted wildlife combined with endless space, utter tranquility and extraordinary light, makes it one of Africa’s most compelling wilderness regions. Although seemingly devoid of life, these dunes actually buzz with a unique community of desert adapted beetles, spiders, lizards, golden moles and other creatures, whose presence is most evident from their telltale tracks left in the fine sand. Large mammals such as oryx, springbok, Burchell’s zebra, the unique Hartmann’s mountain zebra (found only in Namibia and Southern Angola), ostrich and giraffe are most commonly encountered on the plains and dry watercourses. Predators include leopard, spotted hyena, cheetah, jackal, foxes and African wildcat, while elephant and blue wildebeest are commonly spotted. Sossusvlei, a famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert, is a huge clay pan surrounded by towering sand dunes. Some of the spectacular dunes reach a height of 300 meter, the highest in the world and are continuously being reshaped and reformed by the wind to form breathtaking landscapes. In hues of orange, buttermilk, pumpkin and sienna, they are magnificent and much photographed. When exceptional rains fall, the Tsauchab River breaks through the sand, flowing all the way to Sossusvlei. The huge pan that is encircled by the mighty dunes fills with water, attracting hundreds of flamingoes and other wildlife.
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Safari Itinerary
Day 1 - 3

Kulala Desert Lodge

Scheduled seat rate in light aircraft, transfer from Windhoek Airport to Kulala Desert Lodge.

Kulala Desert Lodge is situated within the arid Namib Desert on the private 37 000ha Kulala Wilderness Reserve and is closest to the iconic red dunes of the Sossusvlei. The lodge comprises 15 thatched and canvas "kulalas" ("to sleep" in Oshiwambo) 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 where bedrolls are placed for guests to sleep under the myriad stars that Namibia's clear skies portray.

The main area, with décor inspired by northern Africa, has a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool and wrap-around veranda overlooking the waterhole - a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista. The overall setting is a true delight to the senses, bringing together the rhythm of Namibia, wholesome meals and intimacy. A waterhole in front of camp attracts a number of local wildlife (such as gemsbok, springbok, ostrich and jackal) and provides a perfect location to view and photograph the desert scenery.

Early morning guided nature drives to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei are through a private gate on the Tsauchab River. World-famous Sossusvlei is an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous red sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky. These dunes have developed over millions of years, the wind continuously transforming the contours of this red sand sea. The 'vlei' itself only fills after rare heavy rainfall when, in a complete turn-around, it becomes a spectacular turquoise lake.

Nature drives and walks are also offered on the private reserve with those incredible views and to catch a glimpse of the denizens of the desert. Another option, at extra cost, is early morning ballooning, beginning at first light. The balloon safari 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. Alternately a breathtaking morning horse ride into the desert or a sundowner ride are available at an extra cost along with a visit to the driest wine farm in the world, Neuras. This is a full morning activity, at an additional cost, with a tour of the vineyards and wine tasting.

Day 3 - 6

Damaraland Camp

Scheduled seat rate in light aircraft, transfer from Kulala Desert Lodge to Damaraland Camp.

Situated on the northern face of the Huab River valley and looking south toward the imposing Brandberg Mountains, Damaraland Camp offers its guests endless vistas. 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 sand canyon, providing sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region. This comfortable and friendly camp offers walks and drives in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia.

Although wildlife is not concentrated, Damaraland Camp is situated where the rare Desert Elephant roams, alongside Gemsbok (Oryx), Springbok, Ostrich and other hardy desert animals. Rare succulent plants somehow manage to eke out an existence in this harsh countryside. Damaraland Camp accommodates guests in 10 large en-suite adobe-style thatched units, with en-suite facilities including flush toilets and showers with hot and cold running water. The stone living area combines the dining room and pub and an open fire is enjoyed on calm evenings. There is a swimming pool next to the bar. Activities throughout the area are in 4x4 vehicles and on foot as well as mountain bikes.

Day 6 - 8

Ongava Lodge

Scheduled seat rate in light aircraft, transfer from Damaraland Camp to Ongava Lodge.

From its beautiful vantage point overlooking a well-frequented watering point and the plains beyond, the well established Ongava Game Lodge is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. Ongava is the ideal place from which to base your activities when visiting Etosha.

The 14 air-conditioned rock and thatch units each have en-suite bathroom facilities. Meals are served in the main dining area under thatch with a view over the camp’s waterhole and the lodge also has a shady swimming pool. Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles into the Okaukuejo area of Etosha where animals such as lion, elephant, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok and hartebeest can be seen at many of the water holes in the park. In addition, hides and walks with guides are enjoyed on the private reserve. Ongava has resident white and black rhino - one of the few private reserves in southern Africa - allowing guests the unique opportunity to see both of these charismatic species.

Day 9

Departure

Scheduled seat rate in light aircraft, transfer from Ongava Lodge to Windhoek Airport.

Please note that if you are booked on the scheduled light aircraft transfer from the Ongava / Sossusvlei to Windhoek, you miss the morning activity on departure from the lodge.

African Safari Destinations

that will be included on this Safari
Etosha
Etosha
Damaraland
Damaraland
Ongava Game Reserve
Ongava Game Reserve
Kulala Wilderness Reserve
Kulala Wilderness Reserve
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African Safari Accommodation

that will be included on this African Safari
Ongava Lodge
Ongava Lodge
Damaraland Camp
Damaraland Camp
Kulala Desert Lodge
Kulala Desert Lodge
Inclusions
  • All accommodation on a shared basis.
  • Meals as specified.
  • Excursions and transfers as included in the quote.
  • Most safari camps and lodges include two game activities a day in their tariff (one in the morning and the other in the afternoon). A private vehicle and guide can be booked, at an additional cost, for extra activities (or special interest activities). Please advise if you would like additional information on this service.
  • Services of the lodge guides and staff.
  • Relevant park fees.
  • Drinks as specified - drink inclusions may differ between camps / lodges.
  • Laundry can be done at most camps / lodges and hotels. In some cases this is included in the tariff quoted.
  • Air transfers as specified.
  • Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST).
Exclusions
  • Meals not specified in the quote such as lunch and dinner in city hotels.
  • Drinks, entrance fees, porterage, tours / excursions and transfers not specified in the quote.
  • Any scheduled flights and related taxes.
  • Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance.
  • Staff gratuities.
  • Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.
  • Visa fees where relevant. If a visa payment is required, then this must be made in US Dollars cash. Change is often not provided and so the exact amounts payable are required. Traveller's cheques and credit cards are not accepted for this purpose.
  • International airport departure taxes applicable from manned airports only, which is to be paid in US$ cash on departure unless included in your ticket cost.
  • Zambian international airport departure tax and Domestic departure tax (applicable at manned airports only), to be paid in US$ cash on departure.
  • Any items of a personal nature.
General

WEIGHT AND LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS

  • Passengers weighing more than 100kg must please advise us in advance as an extra seat will have to be costed into the package for safety purposes.
  • Luggage is restricted to (maximum in a soft bag/s including camera equipment and carryon luggage).
  • In Zimbabwe - 12kg per person.
  • In Botswana, Namibia (including the Skeleton Coast Fly-In Safari) South Africa and Zambia - 20kg per person.
  • In Namibia for Best of Namibia Wing Safaris and Namibia Explorations - 12kg per person.

If these limits above are exceeded, the excess luggage can be held (or forwarded to the point of exit) for your flight out at the end of the safari. Kindly note that the additional cost incurred will be for your account. Please advise us before you travel if you are likely to have excess luggage and we will make the necessary arrangements. These limits are applicable when travelling with the services of Sefofane Air Charters on a seat rate basis.

Please Note:

  • Services are subject to availability at the time of booking confirmation.
  • All relevant booking conditions of Wilderness Safaris and/or any other booked services will apply to your travel arrangements.
  • You must please take out, prior to confirming the booking, comprehensive travel, medical, cancellation, curtailment and default insurance for the duration of your trip. Due to the remote areas through which you may travel, it is vital that all guests are covered for emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances. We will not be held responsible for guest travelling without insurance.
  • The relevant cancellation policy applies should you fail to join or start your safari / journey for any reason, including airline delays or missed connections. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance for this purpose. You become liable for cancellation penalties immediately on confirmation of booking services.
  • The above itinerary includes camps / lodges that are situated in Malaria areas. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist and establish what precautions will be required for this fever.
  • Passports must be valid (usually for at least 6 months after date of travel) and still have at least 3 blank visa (not endorsement) pages.
  • All visa requirements must be fulfilled and these are your responsibility. If you have any queries about obtaining visas please contact us.
  • Due to the logistics of travelling on a safari to remote areas, we strongly recommend that you read all the literature that will be forwarded to you and if you have any queries to please contact us.
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