Arrival in Windhoek where you will be met and transferred to Galton House.
Galton House, named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, is perched on the edge of Windhoek’s northernmost suburb 10 minutes drive from the city centre.Overnight at a very elegant lodge
After breakfast, light aircraft flight to the NamibRand Nature Reserve.
The breathtaking NamibRand Nature Reserve extends over 180,000 hectares of pristine Namib Desert and shares a border with the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
The particular attraction of NamibRand is its diversity of different desert landscapes, representing virtually all facets of the Namib Desert. Expansive sand and gravel plains and endless stretches of grass savannah alternate with majestic mountain ranges and vegetated dune belts of deep red sand. The variety of flora and fauna is as fascinating as the colour nuances of the landscape, which change continuously as the day progresses.
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge makes the most of its breathtaking surroundings whilst providing a sophisticated and luxurious stay. Each spacious, air-conditioned suite features a shaded deck, split level bedroom and living room with fireplace for cool evenings, en-suite glass encased bathroom and outdoor shower. Guided activities on offer to explore the local reserve include scenic 4×4 nature drives, fascinating walks and exhilarating quad-biking excursions.
On day 3 you will rise early for a magical excursion with a local guide from the lodge into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your local lodge guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs.Arrive at an attractive ‘Afro – village’ style lodge in the late afternoon where you will stay for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide.
After a leisurely breakfast, board your light aircraft flight to Mowani Mountain Camp. where you are met by your private guide, who will be with you for the remainder of your safari, and transferred to the lodge giving you time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
On day 5, an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4×4 excursion with your private guide along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valley to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. You will return to camp for lunch and this afternoon your guide will take you to visit the nearby attractions and geological sites of Twyfelfontein rock engravings (recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes returning to camp with time to relax before dinner.
The desert elephant ranges extend from river catchments in northern Kaokoveld as far south as the northern Namib. And these elephants walk further for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa. The typical home range of a family herd is larger than 2,000 km², or eight times as big as ranges in central Africa where rainfall is much higher. You will also visit Twyfelfontein – boulders and slabs of red sandstone hold some 2,500 prehistoric engravings that depict wildlife, animal spoor and abstract motifs. It is perhaps the largest and finest collection of petroglyphs in Africa.
Twyfelfontein is one of Namibia’s key National Monuments and has recently become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Head northeast through northern Damaraland to reach the Ongava Game Reserve. Here you enjoy an afternoon game drive on the private Ongava Game Reserve with a local guide, returning to the lodge in time for dinner. The Ongava Game Reserve is a private game reserve, spanning 30,000 hectares along the south-west border of Etosha National Park. The reserve is home to a wide variety of game including lion, leopard, giraffe, rhino, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, gemsbok (oryx), kudu, steenbok and much more. The scenery is attractive with large open plains blending into Mopane tree woodlands and granite outcrops.
Ongava Lodge is situated on the slopes of a rocky outcrop within the private 30,000 hectare Ongava Game Reserve, which shares a common border with Etosha. Ongava Lodge offers guests the full Etosha experience whilst providing superb accommodation and service, as well as night drives and nature walks on the reserve. Guests are accommodated in luxury air-conditioned thatched chalets with private veranda, all with en-suite bathroom. The main lounge, dining and pool area is situated on the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana Range, overlooking a floodlit waterhole and a vast plain.
On day 7 you will rise for an early breakfast before heading back into the Etosha National Park for an exciting morning game drive stopping at selected waterholes, returning to camp in time for lunch. After lunch you will have some time to relax before heading out on an afternoon game drive on the Ongava reserve.
Etosha National Park covers 22,270 km², of which approximately 5,000 km² is made up of saline depressions or ‘pans’. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right. The Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers on the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time- 114 mammal and over 340 bird species, including elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (Oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.
Continue south to Okonjima Villa for two nights. The camp is located at the base of the Omboroko Mountains near Waterberg and this is a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari.
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. Activities include leopard tracking by vehicle, a visit to the cheetah welfare project and a night game drive on the reserve or a visit to the night hide where nocturnal animals such as porcupine, caracal, honey badger and even leopard may be seen.
Okonjima Villa is located within the private Okonjima Game Reserve and overlooks a small waterhole that attracts game close to the villa. The two separate and very stylish thatched suites each stand about 40 to 50 m from the main house; one on each side. The en-suite bathrooms have inside and outdoor showers. A personal host and chef run the villa, and there’s a dedicated guide and 4WD vehicle for all guided activities.