Spirit of Namibia
On this safari you will fly to spectacularly remote luxury camps in northern Namibia. The journey begins amongst the rocky outcrops of the Palmwag Concession, famous for its conservation of black rhino. Next fly north to the tented luxury of Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, an area rich in desert-adapted wildlife and your gateway to the incredible Skeleton Coast where seal colonies line the dramatic shores. Finally, fly to Serra Caferma Camp set in one of the most uninhabitable deserts in the world. Spend your days walking, quad biking, driving, boating (water levels permitting) and visiting the Himba people - one of the last true nomadic groups in Africa.
Day 1: Windhoek > Damaraland > Palmwag Concession Depart from Windhoek Airport and fly to Doro Nawas in Damaraland. From there you will fly to Desert Rhino Camp.
At Desert Rhino Camp you will take part in a thrilling and exclusive conservation success story. Tracking Africa's unique and endangered desert-adapted black rhino is an unforgettable experience. Along with the rhino you may see desert-adapted elephant, Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok and kudu as well as cheetah, leopard and spotted hyaena. To set the scene, you will be shown into one of the eight en-suite Meru-style tents elevated off the ground. You can absorb the panoramic views over the rolling, rocky hills beyond from the privacy of your veranda. Full day excursions are on offer; otherwise, between activities, relax in the tented living area. Evening meals are enjoyed around the fire pit. As a wonderland of unusual plant life, fascinating wildlife and sparse wilderness, Desert Rhino is begging to be explored.
Day 2: Palmwag Concession Other than tracking rhino, you can fill your days with full day outings with a picnic lunch, sundowner drives, walks and cultural visits.
Day 3: Palmwag Concession > Damaraland > Hoanib Depart from Desert Rhino Camp and fly to Doro Nawas. Then fly to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.Set in one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world, the camp is eco-friendly and has minimal impact on the environment.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is located on the Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld. Exclusivity is taken a step further as the camp comprises only seven twin-bed tents and one family unit. The camp looks out over stunning yet rugged scenery and offers you all the luxuries and amenities needed for an unforgettable stay. A bewitching and splendid part of the planet, you can unravel the enigmatic history of the original Strandlopers (Beachcombers), their stone circles lying in hidden valleys, studying the ancient Welwitschia plant, viewing the herds of desert-adapted wildlife, to savouring the endless landscapes unfolding - untouched - for hundreds of kilometres.
Days 4 & 5: Hoanib Spend your days on activities such as nature walks, game drives, dune drives, use of hides, exploratory day excursions with picnic lunches and coastal visits (weather permitting).
Day 6: Hoanib > Namib Desert Depart from Hoanib and fly to Serra Cafema Camp. Set in one of the most uninhabitable deserts in the world, Serra Cafema is an oasis surrounded by shady trees on the banks of the only permanent water source in the region. Offering an incredible insight into two completely different biomes, prepare to fall asleep to the sound of rushing water, while exploring the stark and unforgiving landscape by day. You will be impressed with your luxury canvas and thatched chalet - only one of eight - with en-suite bathroom and elevated deck. Inspired by the local Himba people's culture, this camp also has an attractive entertainment area, along with a plunge pool, which looks out over the bubbling rapids of the river.
Days 7 & 8: Namib Desert Spend your days walking, quad biking, driving, boating (water levels permitting) and engaging with the Himba, who move around according to the grazing needs for their livestock so may be in the villages or further afield. The Himba people are one of the last semi-nomadic peoples on the planet. Game viewing includes gemsbok, springbok and Hartmann's mountain zebra with a number of endemic reptiles. The river hosts a large population of Nile crocodiles.
Day 9: Namib Desert > Doro Nawas > Windhoek Bid farewell to Serra Cafema Camp and transfer to the airport for your flights to Windhoek, via Doro Nawas.
• All accommodation on a shared basis • Meals as specified • Excursions and transfers as specified • Most safari camps/lodges include two game activities per day - one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Private activities and guide may be booked, at an additional cost, for sole use or special interest activities • Services of the camp/lodge guides and staff • Relevant park fees and entrance fees as specified in the quote • Drinks as specified - drink inclusions may differ between camps/lodges • Laundry can be done at most camps/lodges and hotels. In some cases this is included • Air transfers as specified
Pricing (per person) $NZD