Diverse Namibia 10 day Guided Exploration Wilderness Tours

DIVERSE NAMIBIA GUIDED EXPLORATION WILDERNESS TOURS
9 NIGHTS/ 10 DAYS
Start Windhoek / End Windhoek

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.

Highlights
• 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.
• Our 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 ITINERARY

Day 1
Windhoek International Airport
You will be met by your Explorations guide and begin your journey by driving 340 kilometres (211 miles) through the Khomas Hochland mountains and down into the iconic Sossusvlei region. The driving time is approximately five hours.

Day 1,2
Kulala Adventurer Camp, Sossusvlei
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.

Day 3, 4
Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund
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 km / 230 miles). Discover the town of Swakopmund and bed down in an iconic hotel that forms part of city’s architectural culture.

Pelican Point Kayaking
On Day 4, we explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast by Kayaking from Walvis Bay (weather permitting).

Day 5, 6
Damaraland Adventurer Camp, Damaraland
We continue our journey by road to Damaraland, west of the Brandberg Mountain. 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.

Day 7, 8, 9: Ongava Tented Camp or Ongava Game Lodge, Ongava Game Reserve (Etosha)
We drive approximately 330km (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.

Day 10
Driving 420 kilometres (260 miles) south, we return to Windhoek at 13h00 and bid farewell to our adventure.

DETAILED CAMP INFORMATION

Kulala Adventurer Camp, Sossusvlei
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. 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.

Did you know?
• 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)

Damaraland Adventurer Camp, Damaraland
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.

Did you know?
• 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)

Ongava Tented Camp, Ongava Game Reserve
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 which stretches out over the wilderness. 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 complimented by the tranquillity of a private reserve.

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Ongava Lodge, Ongava Game Reserve
Set on the slopes of the unpronounceable Ondundozonanandana Mountain, Ongava Lodge overlooks a productive waterhole and the impressive landscape beyond. Settle into one of the 14 en-suite chalets built within a web of mopane trees with a deck stretching out over the vast plains. In between activities, refreshments will be served in the thatched main area or at the swimming pool. In the evenings, dining under the stars while being entertained by wildlife at the waterhole will become a favourite pastime. Situated within its own private reserve, only a stone’s throw from the world-famous Etosha National Park, you can look forward to a fascinating journey with us.

Did you know?
• Ongava Game Reserve was formed in 1991, when its shareholders converted four unproductive cattle ranches into a highly productive reserve, now home to large concentrations of wildlife.
• Etosha National Park takes its name from the world-famous Etosha Pan, 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 complement of wildlife including black-faced impala. Their predators, in particular lion, are never far away.
• Ongava is home to one of the largest black and white rhino populations in Namibia thanks to a successful reintroduction programme.
• Bird life is prolific with 340 species recorded.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL SAFARI NOTES
Private safari options: Tailored Explorations are available on flexible dates, accommodation and itineraries, for groups of up to eight guests. These are also ideal for families or for small groups.

Exclusive experience: Most areas in which we travel are private concessions, with Adventurer Camps being for the sole use of Explorations guests. At the lodges and hotels en route we have the chance to meet other guests.

An Adventurer camp (Kulala Adventurer Camp and Damaraland Adventurer Camp): 3 metre x3 metre (9.84feet x 9.84feet) dome tents (maximum of two guests per tent) on a slightly raised wooden platform, covered in shade cloth, which are semi-permanent. Our dome tents are well ventilated with a mini veranda. Wooden beds with mattress and crisp linen, duvets and pillows and towels and amenities (soap, shower gel and conditioning shampoo) are provided. In addition, there is a coir mat (inside) and a 12v reading light. The tents are large enough to stand in and move easily. The camps aim to provide simple camping comfort that is serviced. Hurricane lanterns and a good campfire light up the evening camp. Delicious meals are prepared around our campfire by our safari staff, creating a great atmosphere. The dining area is under the stars to ensure the ‘camping wilderness’ feel. A full dining table, director chairs and bush style stainless steel place settings and drinks glasses are set up to accentuate simple serviced comfort in pure wild areas. There is an en-suite bathroom with a flush toilet, basin and shower – with hot and cold running water available whenever guests require it.

International air connection onto the safari: If arrival is planned for the day of the safari’s departure, please ensure that this is with the earliest possible international flight arrival, before 07h00. Arrival on a later flight may necessitate additional road or air transfers (as the main group’s departure for the first camp/lodge will already have taken place), subject to extra cost.

Please note that if the guest overnights in Windhoek on the night before the safari begins, they will be met by the guide in the Explorations’ vehicle from the hotel they stayed at. If they arrive by flight on the day the safari commences, they will be met at the airport.

International air connections leaving the safari: Please ensure that your departure flight is booked for after 15h30 from Windhoek. For earlier international departure flights, an additional transfer will be required to arrive for this connection, subject to extra cost.

Flashlights/ torches: Please ensure that a compact LED flashlight is brought on safari, with spare batteries. Head lamps are also useful. Explorations does not supply flashlights.

Camera battery charging facilities: Please note that a 12V cigarette lighter adaptor will be required (that is compatible with camera make) on this safari for charging batteries while on game drive or transfer drives. 110/ 220V outlets are available at the permanent camps

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Note:  We highly recommend guests overnight in Windhoek the day before the safari and on the last day of their safari.