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.
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.
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.
“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.”
Damaraland Adventure Camp by Dana Allen courtesy Wilderness Safaris
|Day 1 - Arrive at Windhoek Airport||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.|
|Days 2/3 Windhoek to Sossusvlei||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.|
|Day 4 - Swakopmund||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.|
|Days 5/6 - Damaraland||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.|
|Days 7/8 - Damaraland Palmwag Concession||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.|
|Days 9/11 - Hoanib Skeleton Coast||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.|
|Day 12 - Hoanib Valley to Windhoek||Fly to Windhoek. From here you have the option of extending your safari to Serra Cafema for cultural exchange with the Himba people.|