- Departure; Scheduled and tailor-made departure dates
- Duration; 5 Days / 4 Nights
- Lodging; Tented Camps
- Group Size; Minimum 2
- Note: Travel insurance is compulsory for all safaris
Day 1: Huab River Valley
- We meet at Eros Airport, Windhoek at 07h00 for an early morning flight to Sossusvlei in the Namib Naukluft Park
- Sossusvlei is reputed to have the highest dunes in the world, and the view of the shadow-lined dunes from the air is well worth seeing
- We land at Sesriem from where we undertake an excursion by vehicle into the dunes
- The dunes reach heights of 300m or more and for those inclined and fit enough to climb them, this might pose a challenge
- We return to the aircraft and fly along the coast via Conception Bay towards Swakopmund
- The flight includes an aerial view of the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay
- After landing and refuelling at Swakopmund, we continue with a low-level flight north along the Skeleton Coast past the seal colony at Cape Cross for a light picnic lunch near the beach
- Thereafter we fly east, over the desert, to the Ugab formations-a nearly lifeless 'moon landscape' of numerous black ridges that stand out in stark contrast to the white desert floor-before landing at Kuidas camp in the Huab River Valley, where we stay for the night
- Ancient rock engravings are found amongst the rocks within walking
- Meals: All Meals
- Accommodation: Private Kuidas Tented Camp
Day 2: Hoarusib Valley
- After breakfast, we depart by Land Rover to explore the colourful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab River environs and to be introduced to the ecological aspects of this area with its wide diversity of flora and fauna
- This includes the Welwitschia Mirabilis, a tree that has been dwarfed by the rigours of the encroaching desert climate
- We have lunch at Kuidas camp before flying along the coast to Terrace Bay in the Skeleton Coast Park
- The most prominent shipwrecks along this part of the coast are the Montrose and Henrietta
- At the coast, we access the roaring dunes by Land Rover, which always proves to be a stimulating experience
- We also visit the beach with its profusion of multi-coloured pebbles consisting of agate, lava, granite and quartz. Interesting to see are old bleached whale bones scattered along the beach above the high tide mark.
- We return to the aircraft and continue north to our Purros camp in the Hoarusib Valley in the Kunene Region, where we stay for the night
- Meals: All Meals
- Accommodation: Private Purros Tented Camp
Day 3: Kunene
- After breakfast, we embark on a scenic drive along the Hoarusib Valley to visit a settlement of the nomadic Himba people
- We might be lucky enough to come across the desert-dwelling elephant who frequent this valley
- From here we continue north along the Skeleton Coast by aircraft to the Kunene River acting as a border to Angola
- The Kaiu Maru shipwreck and pieces from old sailing vessels lie scattered along this part of the coast
- From the airfield, we take a scenic drive by Land Rover to our favourite lunch site
- After lunch, we continue through the mountains and dunes of the Hartmann Valley - which extends to the Kunene River - reaching our Kunene River camp in the late afternoon
- Meals: All Meals
- Accommodation: Private Kunene River Tented Camp
Day 4: Etosha National Park
- An early morning boat trip on the Kunene River as it flows through the scenic desert landscape, observing bird life and possibly some crocodiles.
- Birds vary from aquatic species on the perennial waters to endemic desert varieties and those which inhabit dense riverine vegetation.
- After lunch at the camp, we fly directly from the Kunene River to the eastern side of the Etosha National Park, where we spend the night at a lodge outside the park.
- Meals: All Meals
- Accommodation: Safari Lodge
Day 5: Windhoek
- After breakfast, we drive/fly into the park for a game drive by vehicle.
- Springs provide numerous drinking places for the animals, which congregate in spectacular numbers especially during the dry season (June to December).
- Animals such as lion and steenbok may be found in specific home ranges, while others such as springbok, eland, zebra, wildebeest and elephant wander all over browsing or in search of better grazing.
- Our flight back to Windhoek commences in the afternoon to ensure that we land before dark.
- Meals: Breakfast
From US$ 10 395.00 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
- All air transfers between camps within Namibia as specified
- All accommodation on a shared basis
- All meals
- All excursions and transfers by light aircraft or vehicle as shown
- Services of the guides and staff
- Park fees
- Minimum 2 people for the price quoted
- All scheduled flights and their departure taxes
- All items of a personal nature
- Emergency evacuation or medical insurance
- Visa and their respective fees
- Any new Namibian Government taxes
- Gratuities to staff
- Any activities and excursions which are not specified
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.