- Departure; Scheduled and tailor-made departure dates
- Duration; 14 Days / 13 Nights
- Lodging; Safari Lodges
- Group Size; Minimum 2
- Note: Travel insurance is compulsory for all safaris
Days 1-2: Sossusvlei
- From Windhoek, travel by vehicle approximately 380km to Kulala Desert Lodge, enjoying awe-inspiring views of the mountains and the desert floor - on a clear day you can see the fog banks of the Skeleton Coast
- En route, we enjoy a lunch close to the Khomas Hochland escarpment, reaching onto sweeping vistas below
- One of the most enduring impressions of this area is the early morning light on the sea of vivid orange dunes of Sossusvlei, some as high as 300 metres
- Afternoon activities include nature walks, drives to scenic viewpoints and marvelling at the unique Namib fauna and flora in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve
- Kulala Desert Lodge lies at the foot of a mountain facing west to catch the majestic Namibian sunsets
- It comprises 15 thatched tents on elevated wooden decks which are linked to the main dining room, bar, reception area and swimming pool by pathways
- The interiors are simple yet stylish, and each tent has 220V lighting and an en-suite bathroom with solar-heated water
- There is a fully stocked bar, and traditional 3-course dinners are served
- At night, lanterns light up the central area
- On the edge of the oldest desert in the world, wildlife here is sparse but fascinating
- Sightings of animals such as springbok, gemsbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox and aardwolf are exciting in these rugged conditions
- Meals: All Meals (Except; Breakfast on the first day)
- Accommodation: Kulala Desert Lodge
Days 3-4: Swakopmund
- Travel 280km by road north-west via the Kuiseb Canyon with its dark, craggy canyons and via a moon-like landscape of flat gravel plains (with stops along the way that include viewing the extraordinary Welwitschia plants)
- We arrive at the grand Hansa Hotel in Swakopmund in the late afternoon
- On our second day, we explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast, from the port towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund to its incredible marine mammals
- A private boat cruise at Walvis Bay and down the coast to Sandwich Harbour (weather permitting) provides a unique chance to see the diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife, Cape fur seals and rare Heaviside's dolphins up close
- This activity is rounded off with a private seafood lunch, before returning to the hotel in the afternoon
- The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the charming town of Swakopmund before meeting in the evening for dinner
- The grand three-star Hansa Hotel forms part of Swakopmund's architectural culture and dates back to 1905; it is said to be one of the oldest buildings in the town
- It is ideally situated in the centre of Swakopmund within easy walking distance of town and the beach
- The luxury of the hotel, its excellent cuisine and friendly service are well known and appreciated countrywide and overseas
- Meals: All Meals (except dinner on the second night in Swakopmund)
- Accommodation: Hansa Hotel
Day 5: Damaraland
- Travel approximately 280km, partly up the legendary Skeleton Coast (named for the numerous shipwrecks the treacherous shores have claimed over the years) to the Cape Cross seal colony with thousands of Cape fur seals
- (We'll visit Cape Cross only if we have not seen large populations of seals on the boat cruise from Walvis Bay) From here we drive the back roads through the game productive Ugab riverbed, travelling north past the Brandberg Mountain - the second largest monolith on earth - to Damaraland
- This all-day excursion with lunch en route ends with our arrival at Damaraland Camp
- Damaraland is a land of stark desert beauty
- 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 canyons, providing sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region
- Rare succulent plants abound in this harsh countryside
- Our activities include explorations on foot, by mountain bike or 4x4 vehicles, viewing springbok, gemsbok and ostrich, and tracking the unique desert-adapted elephant.
- Damaraland Camp accommodates guests in 10 comfortable tented rooms, with en-suite facilities including flush toilets and showers with hot and cold running water (Laundry facilities are limited due to the low rainfall in the area)
- The dining room and pub are combined under canvas, and an open fire is enjoyed on calm evenings
- A lovely feature of the camp is its unique rock pool
- Meals: All Meals
- Accommodation: Damaraland Camp
Days 6-7: Damaraland
- We depart Damaraland Camp and drive into the Huab riverbed to search for desert-adapted elephants, before heading north to the mountainous and rocky paradise of the massive Palmwag Concessions
- Desert Rhino Camp is situated in the enormous private Palmwag Reserve in north-west Namibia, between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast - few places on the planet can offer this level of privacy and wilderness experience
- This reserve has some freshwater springs that support healthy populations of animals including desert-adapted black rhino and elephant as well as large populations of the rare Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok and kudu
- The predator population is the biggest outside of the Etosha National Park including lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyaena
- Birdlife is prolific and diverse featuring most of Namibia's endemics
- Welwitschia plants (ancient and highly unusual succulents) dot the plain in front of the camp
- The speciality of the area is its growing population of the rare desert-adapted black rhino (the largest concentration in the world outside a national park), which are monitored and protected by the Save the Rhino Trust
- Lights are powered by solar panels, and the tented dining room offers uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains
- On the second day, the highlight is rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle; other activities include day and night nature drives
- Meals: All Meals
- Accommodation: Desert Rhino Camp
Days 8-10: Skeleton Coast/ Hoanib
- Enjoy a breathtaking scenic flight over dramatic desert landscapes to the exclusive Hoanib Skeleton Coast situated in a private concession in the Skeleton Coast Park
- This is one of the most inhospitable but hauntingly beautiful places on the planet: desolate and uninhabited.
- It has everything, from roaring dunes, windswept plains, towering canyons and saltpans to seal colonies and shipwrecks
- Full-day explorations in 4x4 Land Rovers will take all these in, picnicking on the way
- Included are cultural visits to the remote villages of the Himba people
- Hoanib Skeleton Coast comprises 8 Meru-style tents nestled among granite rocks.
- Surrounded by pure wilderness, this camp is truly remote and the perfect setting for a serviced style of camping
- The camp is outfitted with necessary comforts and equipment, essential elements to the old and relaxed manner of early explorers
- Meals: All Meals
- Accommodation: Hoanib Skeleton Coast
Days 11-13: Etosha
- We depart Palmwag eastward on an extended combination of wildlife viewing (first part of the drive) and transfer drive of approximately 350km to Etosha National Park
- Accommodated in the privacy of an exclusive bush camp situated on an extensive private game reserve, Ongava, just on the outside of Etosha
- Activities include day and night drives, walks and hides
- Within Etosha we visit numerous perennial springs and pans, encountering a myriad of different species
- Ongava Tented Camp comprises ten large comfortable walk-in tents, each with en-suite facilities, including flush toilet and a hot shower
- All meals are enjoyed in the thatched dining area that overlooks an active waterhole.
- There is a small pool in which to cool off as well
- Meals: All Meals
- Accommodation: Ongava Tented Camp
Day 14: Great Namibian Journey Ends
- Say farewell to the adventure as we return by air charter to Windhoek, arriving at approximately 4 pm late afternoon
- Meals: Breakfast
From NAD$ 128 050.00 per person
The Above Rates should be used as a guideline only.
- Rates are in US Dollars (US$)
- All rates are subject to availability
- Rates may vary according to season
- Lodging may change depending on your budget
- All rates may change without notice
- Single supplement may apply
- Accommodation on a sharing basis
- All meals from lunch on Day 1, drinks (except premium brands) while on activity
- House wine at dinner times
- National park fees
- Laundry (except at Hansa Hotel, Damaraland Camp and Noanib Skeleton Coast Camp)
- Activities and all internal charters as specified in the detailed itinerary
- All other flights (other than specified in the safari itinerary)
- Compulsory insurance
- All relevant entry and departure government taxes
- All personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls etc)
- Optional extra activities
- Pre and post safari tours and meals or accommodation before or after the safari
The Road To Sossusvlei
Once one navigates the main Sesriem entrance gates and enters the national park a pleasant surprise awaits, a tarred road (yes, a tarred road) that extends all the way through to the main parking area near Sossusvlei.
Cape Town To The Kunene River
In November and December of last year (2019), we loaded our Jeep and headed north out of Cape Town, destination Namibia and the Kunene River, her border with Angola.
A couple of thousand kilometres later, we returned, this time, more in love with country than ever.
Windhoek Oktoberfest 2021
On the 25th and 26th of October, the Sports Klub Windhoek will host the 55th edition of the Oktoberfest. Over 5000 people are expected to attend (compared to 1000 in 2010).
Adding a certain local flavour will be the Namibian band Famaz Attak, and there will be long-established activities and games like archery and tree trunk sawing.
Top 5 restaurants in Windhoek
Continuing our series of dining in Africa, we look at Windhoek. More and more visitors are becoming aware of the unique attractions that this country as a safari destination has to offer.
Nowhere is too far to travel in this small (and clean) city of 330,000 but be warned when you go out to eat, vegetarianism is not common!
Best Places To Go In Namibia
The Uyaphi team has compiled a list of the "Best Places to go" which most safari itineraries would include. A different destination from most African safari destinations.
Instead of lush green forests or open savannas, the primary attraction being vast, open deserts interspersed with canyons, mountain ranges, and oasis.
Living With The Himba
In May 2012, we arranged for Uyaphi.Com client Ken Vine from Devon in England to stay with the traditional Himba people in two remote villages in the middle of Kaokoland.
He lived, slept, ate, conversed and photographed these Himba villagers.