This specialised Namibian safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will stay in some remarkable locations and track some of the most sought after Namibian wildlife including desert adapted elephants, black rhinos, lions, leopards and cheetahs, whilst having the chance to spot numerous endemic bird species all with the help of your highly experienced private guide. This really is a trip of a lifetime for any wildlife enthusiast.
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
On arrival in Windhoek you will be met by your private guide and transferred to the well appointed Galton House. You will have a brief city tour before having the rest of the afternoon to explore the city in more depth at your own pace or relax after your long journey.2Day
After breakfast you will head towards the Namib Desert, via the scenic Khomas Highlands and Seriem Canyon. Tonight you will stay at Sossus Dune Lodge, being located within the National Park you will enjoy pre sunrise and post sunset access to Sossusvlei. This area is home to a variety of endemic fauna and flora species, such as the dune lark, Rueppell’s korhaan, Namib golden mole, hairy-footed gerbil, shovel-snouted and wedge-snouted lizards, a variety of tok tokkie beetles and many more.
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After enjoying an almost magical sunrise over the Namib Desert you will have some time to explore the area at leisure before heading to Tok Tokkie Basecamp. From here you will do a two day walking safari through one of the most beautiful deserts in the world, where you will learn about the intricacies of the desert fauna and flora. Each night you will arrive at a different wilderness camp, where you will have your own open air bedroom under a blanket of stars - this is a ‘once in a lifetime experience’ and something that will stay with you forever.
After breakfast you will drive northwest towards the coastal town of Walvis Bay passing the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons on route. There will be time to enjoy the lagoons, home to pelicans, flamingos and other sea-birds, before continuing north to the pleasant seaside town of Swakopmund. There will be an afternoon orientation tour of Swakopmund and a night walk in the Swakop River Valley which focuses on the nocturnal reptiles and insects of the Namib Desert.
You can spend the morning doing a gentle kayaking trip which is a perfect way to see Cape fur seals, heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. In the afternoon you may like to partake in some of the extra activities the area has to offer including camel rides, scenic flights, quad-biking in the dunes, sky diving and more.
Today you head Northeast to the diverse region of Damaraland, passing Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg on route. Damaraland is typified by both its dramatic landscape and its wildlife, being home to many endemic species such as the desert adapted elephants, lions, rhinos and bird species such as herero chat, Monteiro’s hornbill and Benguela long billed lark. This afternoon you will have time to visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of Twyfelfontein rock engravings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipe.
Today will be spent searching for the some of the remarkable wildlife that Damaraland has become famous for including the desert adapted elephant, lions, black rhino and giraffes and if you are really lucky you may spot endemic birds like the white-tailed shrike and the violet woodhoopoe.9Day
After breakfast you will head north, stopping at a Himba Settlement on route, to the private Palmwag concession. The drive from the concession gate to the lodge acts as a game drive, giving you a taste of the exceptional array of species that can be found here including, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, desert adapted elephant, ostrich, lion, oryx, spotted and brown hyena, cheetah, kudu, leopard, and in particular this area is home to one of the world’s largest natural populations of the rare black rhino.
You will spend an exciting morning out rhino tracking, whilst in the afternoon you will have the choice of doing a game drive or nature walk to explore more of this vast concession in search of its incredible flora and fauna, in fact 75% of Namibia’s endemic species inhabit this last bastion of the wilderness.11Day
This morning you will drive to Okonjima Bush Camp, located at the base of the Omboroko Mountains near Waterberg. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. Close encounters with leopard and cheetah are an unforgettable highlight as is a visit to the night hide where nocturnal animals such as porcupine, caracal, honey badger and even leopard may be seen.
You will rise early this morning for another memorable guided activity before you return to Bush Camp for a sumptuous brunch. Your early afternoon can be spent relaxing by the swimming pool overlooking the waterhole and enjoying the tranquillity of the sun until you go out on another excursion to observe the work and research activities of the AfriCat Foundation.
You will rise early this morning for another memorable guided activity before you return to Bush Camp for a sumptuous brunch. After freshening up you will depart for Windhoek, via the town of Okahandja, where you will have the chance to visit the woodcarvers craft market for some last minute curio shopping. Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to the Galton House for your last night in Namibia.
This morning your guide will collect you from Galton House and transfer you to the International Airport in time for you to catch your outgoing international flight back home.See All Itinerary