• Desert adapted wildlife • Black Rhino tracking • A geologists' paradise • Kunene River • Endemic bird species • Himba tribes • Ongava Game Reserve • Etosha Pan & National Park
Wilderness Safaris pride themselves on building lodges and camps in Africa that match and blend into their surroundings, while providing exceptional service and comfort in the wilderness. This magical flying safari includes the Hoanib Skeleton Coast region. In the far north of the country stay in a luxury camp in an oasis in one of the most remote parts of Southern Africa and learn about the nomadic Himba people; and enjoy a spot right by a waterhole in the Ongava Game Reserve (Etosha) at your tented camp.
Day 1 - 3: Windhoek > Hoanib Depart from Windhoek Airport and fly to Hoanib. Hoanib Skeleton Coast 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-bedded 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. Other activities include nature walks, game drives, dune drives, use of hides, exploratory day excursions with picnic lunches and coastal visits (weather permitting).
Day 4 - 6: Hoanib > Serra Cafema Depart from Hoanib and fly to Serra Cafema Airstrip. 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'll 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. The activities on offer include 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. 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 7 - 9: Serra Cafema > DoroNawas > Ongava Depart from Serra Cafema Airstrip via Hoanib and fly to DoroNawas Airstrip. Then fly from DoroNawas to Ongava. Tucked away in the foothills of a dolomite hill, Ongava Tented Camp is one of Namibia's best-kept secrets. You will be captivated by the bustling waterhole in front of camp as wildlife file through to quench their thirst. Your accommodation will be one of the eight delightfully rustic en-suite Meru-style tents, built on a raised wooden deck which stretches out over the wilderness. The stone, canvas and thatched main area, with its relaxed swimming pool completes this intimate camp. Bordering the iconic Etosha National Park and set within its own wilderness haven, you can expect unrivalled game viewing complimented by the tranquillity of a private reserve. Game drives in both reserves will display a wide complement of wildlife including black-faced impala. Their predators, in particular lion, are never far away. Ongava is home to one of the largest black and white rhino populations in Namibia thanks to a successful reintroduction programme.
Day 10: Ongava > Windhoek Fly to Windhoek Airport.
• Tailor-made journey • 9 nights' accommodation • Light aircraft transfers Windhoek > Hoanib > Serra Cafema > Ongava > Windhoek • Scheduled excursions and safari activities • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners • Local beverages and house wines • Laundry at Serra Cafema and Ongava Tented Camp or Ongava Lodge
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions The itinerary is subject to a minimum of two people travelling together. The single price is for a single room but travelling with others. If you are travelling alone, single travel surcharges may apply.
The itinerary is subject to a minimum of two people travelling together. The single price is for a single room but travelling with others. If you are travelling alone, single travel surcharges may apply.