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The lands of Africa needs to be protected! You will explore the best places Namibia has to offer and at the same time, this-11 day safari will give you an understanding of how important nature is. African Wildlife Foundation’s leading conservation experts will provide insight into the compelling conservation issues facing both the wildlife and people of Namibia. You are allowed to find a joy of nature, but to preserve is all human beings' responsibility. Relish and cherish the lands!
You will spend 1 night at The Olive Exclusive Hotel, 2 nights at Kulala Wilderness Reserve, 2 nights at Grootberg Lodge, 2 nights at Serra Cafema, and 2 nights at Etosha National Park.
The Olive Exclusive has seven suites that are individually decorated to reflect a different region in Namibia, and each has its own lounge area with a fireplace and dining room for private dining. Wide glass doors open onto spacious decks where you can relax on a shady daybed, enjoy al fresco lunches, or take a dip in your own private plunge pool.
The rooms have extra-length beds dressed in crisp, pure cotton linen, air conditioning, high definition satellite TV, and iPod docking stations as well as Wi-Fi access. There's a fully stocked minibar, complete with a premium wine selections. The Olive Exclusive boasts a quality restaurant featuring a seasonal menu, with inventive signature dishes. The fully stocked bar also features a classic selection of fine whiskey.
Grootberg Lodge has 14 twin and 2 family rock and thatch chalets gazing out over the Klip River Valley where black eagles are a regular sight. Two family units provide enough space for parents and two children to share comfortably. Each room has a shower, toilet, and washbasin complimented with the necessary amenities. The rooms each have a writing desk, bedside lamps, and a small deck in front of the unit. Small coffee and tea stations are provided with hot water flasks (the refill available at the main area).
Serra Cafema consists of eight riverside wood, canvas, and thatched villas on spacious, elevated decks blended smoothly into the picturesque surroundings. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan, and mosquito nets. One of these rooms is an intimate, luxurious honeymoon villa with exceptional views, while another accommodates a family. The Ozonganda, or main area, comprises indoor and outdoor dining areas, sunken lounge, library, curio shop, and swimming pool, all sharing views of the Kunene River.
You will spend your 11 days starting from the Namib Desert with its iconic orange sand dunes, to the stark skeleton coast with its desert-adapted elephants, and finally, to the wildlife-rich of Etosha National Park.
You will arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in the capital of Namibia, and then be transferred to the contemporary, stylish, and luxurious Olive Exclusive Hotel. You will meet your African Wildlife Foundation safari leader and review your journey ahead.
After breakfast, you will depart on a scenic flight to the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve nestled in the Sossusvlei landscape. Situated in the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, this landscape is famous for its huge, orange dunes, which you will explore and photograph during your stay. You will also go for some game drives and take some game walks. Desert-adapted wildlife like the ostrich, springbok, oryx, spotted and brown hyena, bat-eared fox, and the dune lark abound in this area. After that, you will stay at a villa set among ancient camelthorn trees on the ephemeral Auab River.
You will board a scenic flight as you head north to Damaraland. Perched on the rim of a plateau, Grootberg Lodge, an African Wildlife Foundation conservation enterprise, stands sentinel over the valley below. Grootberg Lodge is not only an exceptional base for exploring the landscape but also the first conservation in Namibia, as its profits go back to the local conservancy. You will explore the 12,000 hectares of the reserve by foot and vehicle as you track the elusive desert-adapted elephant and visit nearby Himba villages. The real highlight of your tracking will be the local population of endangered black rhinos.
You will continue to fly north near the border of Angola as you settle into Serra Cafema, an oasis surrounded by shady trees on the banks of the only water source in the entire region. Your wildlife viewing will include gemsbok, springbok, and the endangered mountain zebra, along with enormous Nile crocodiles that inhabit the river.
The capstone of your safari will be spent within the wilderness haven of Etosha National Park. Here, you can expect an unrivaled game viewing afforded by the tranquility of your own private game reserve. You will spend your days watching huge elephant herds at watering holes or try to keep count of the seemingly limitless groups of zebra, giraffe, buffalo, and more.
On the final day, you will fly back to Windhoek and connect to your international flights home.
This safari will take place at Kulala WIldenress Reserve, Grootberg Lodge, Serra Cafema, and Etosha National Park.
Etosha National Park takes its name from the local pan, one of the largest saltpans in Africa. Around the pan, the landscape ranges from broad swathes of mopane and tall tree canopies to open plains. The national park and the neighboring game reserve are always full of wildlife, including black-faced impala and their impressive predators, including large populations of lions. The area is home to the largest populations of both white and black rhinos and the bird life is prolific, with more than 340 species.
After days of exploration, you can pamper yourself with a massage provided by Grootberg Lodge at an extra cost.
Please book your flight to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be picked up by African Wildlife Foundation. This pickup is included in the price.