9-Day Namibian Luxury Classic
The fly-in luxury safari offers our guests the opportunity to see Namibia from a bird-eyed view, and to experience what a few get to. This is a beautiful program with some of the most amazing desert retreats, as well as a chance to discover pristine wildlife habitats. It will leave you wondering when you will be coming back to discover more of Namibia!
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You will not be collected until noon today, and thus we have arranged an optional Windhoek City Tour for you this morning. The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-desert area in Southern Africa extending for around 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 sq mi), and covering much of western Botswana, a big part of eastern Namibia and some areas of South Africa.
Your flight takes you to the town of Mariental this afternoon, where you will be collected and transferred by road to the nearby Bagatelle lodge. Upon arrival at your beautiful accommodation, we can take some time to admire the uniqueness and beauty of the accommodation before a guided afternoon sunset drive to familiarize you with the landscape, the fauna and flora of one of the most iconic deserts in Africa.
A wonderful dinner at our lodge will bring this first day to a close.
You’ll fly across country to yet another desert on the opposite spectrum of Namibia. You can comfortably sleep-in and enjoy a morning nature walk, as you do not leave for the NamibRand Nature Reserve until noon today.
As you fly over the Namib Naukluft area you notice that a relatively flat landscape starts to give way to a more mountainous terrain as you get closer to the Namib Naukluft National park and the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The Naukluft Park is home to various species of wildlife, but more specially, the Hartmann Mountain Zebra which roam freely through the vast plains and mountains of this area.
The NamibRand Nature Reserve is situated east of the Namib Naukluft Park, with which it shares its western border, and with its mountains, savannahs and dunes it is home to a diversity of animals. The touristic interest here is high because of the beauty of the unique location, the blaze of colour of the desert landscape and the tranquillity has spread swiftly.
A wonderful sunset and a lovely dinner is something to look forward to this evening.
The idea to create NamibRand Nature Reserve was born from a dream to extend the frontiers of the Namib Desert. A number of adjoining former sheep farms situated on the edge of the Namib were rendered fenceless and allowed to rehabilitate to establish what is today one of Southern Africa’s largest private conservation areas. Game can once again roam freely through a large section of its original habitat. Comprising almost 180 000 hectares, the reserve shares a common border of some 100km (62miles) with the Namib-Naukluft Park in the west and is protected by the Nubib Mountains in the east.
Wolwedans, situated in the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, comprises a selection of unique luxury desert camps. Located amidst red dunes in a vast and eternal landscape, Wolwedans provides the base from which you will embark on your discovery of the magical surroundings.
Refueling stop in Swakopmund!
Taking off from Swakopmund after a short refuelling stop will take you over parts of the Skeleton Coast National Park to the Palmwag rhino concession. From above, you’ll also will see the Brandberg mountain from a distance, known to be the highest mountain in Namibia at over 2,500m (over 8,400ft) above sea level.
The so called Skeleton Coast is a 40km (25miles) wide and 500km (311miles) long coastal stretch in Namibia, a hostile but fascinating area. Here the cold and unpredictable Benguela Current of the Atlantic Ocean clashes with the dune and desert landscape of north-western Namibia. A late afternoon arrival at the Desert Rhino Camp warrants a cold beverage at our beautiful lodge! The Palmwag concession also pays homage to the Desert-Adapted Elephants of Namibia, but also more importantly the Black Rhino.
You are free to join an afternoon game drive today, or just to unwind and expand your knowledge in the Desert Rhino Camp library. You’ll have a lovely dinner at the lodge!
The Palmwag concession is an area covering over 400,000 hectares (988,400 Acres) of conservation land, and is home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, zebra, springbok, desert-adapted elephants and much more. The reserve is specially known for providing habitat for the largest population of south-western black rhinos in Africa, under the protection of the organization known as the Save the Rhino Trust. Today you have been booked for a half day rhino tracking activity, in order to learn more about and understand the conservation of the rhinos better.
You’ll have a lovely dinner at the luxury Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp before your flight to the Onguma Game Reserve the next day.
Today, you’ll be flown to the Ongava Game Reserve to start your wildlife viewing adventure. You will have the entire morning to enjoy your lovely accommodation and perhaps conduct a morning game drive. Ongava Game Reserve used to be unproductive farmland, but now it’s been rehabilitated to serve as a natural habitat for wildlife in the area. We’re passionate about protecting Namibia’s wildlife and natural surroundings. The 30 000hectare (74 132acre) conservancy offers visitors the perfect escape into the Namibian bush.
Visitors will find many surprises because if you linger a bit you will see the birdlife emerge from the bush. One can also hear the lions roar nearby just before sunrise as you get ready for a morning safari. You can look out over the plains and admire the sunrise from the lounge area and watch as plains game stroll past. You are free to join today afternoon game drive in the Ongava Game Reserve.
A beautiful African sunset and great dinner is on the cards for this evening from our beautiful lodge.
One of Namibia’s most exceptional adventures is to visit the Etosha National Park, and you’re at the perfect location from which to discover this famous park, so with the Ongava Game Reserve safari vehicle you’ll have a leisurely game drive today. You do not head back to your accommodation until the late afternoon.
An early start this morning can help you spot some of your favourite animals today, as we are on a quest to see and learn about as much of the free roaming wildlife in this area as we can. The Etosha National Park is famous for African elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, rhino, and other antelope sightings, offering a very pleasant experience, especially to first timers in the part. The waterholes at clearly marked and the maps of the park are very clear.
Your route today may also take you to the Etosha Pan lookout point, to see the vastness of this great white open space.
Dinner tonight will be at Ongava Lodge!
Today, you’ll be flown to the Okonjima Game Reserve, the home of the AfriCat Foundation, responsible for the rehabilitation of endangered large cats.
You can enjoy an early morning game drive in the Ongava Game Reserve, before your flight this afternoon as you will arrive in time for an afternoon drive to see the cheetah and learn about these large cats at the AfriCat Foundation, and why they are indeed special to Namibia. This magical place will definitely leave our travelers with food for thought concerning the conservation work that these very extraordinary man and woman do here.
Here you’ll enjoy your last dinner of this splendid safari at the Okonjima Game Reserve’s Plains Camp.
We have come to the end of our tour and heading south on the B1 road to the capital city of Windhoek but transiting via Okahandja, and here we will take time to stop as this town is home to Namibia’s largest wood carving and craft market.
Windhoek developed at the site of a permanent spring known to the indigenous pastoral communities. It developed rapidly after Jonker Afrikaner, Captain of the Orlam, settled here in 1840 and built a stone church for his community. In the decades following, multiple wars and armed hostilities resulted in the neglect and destruction of the new settlement. Windhoek was founded a second time in 1890 by Imperial German Army Major Curt von François, when the territory became colonized by Germany.
Windhoek is the social, economic, political, and cultural centre of the country. Nearly every Namibian national enterprise, governmental body, educational and cultural institution is headquartered here. Our arrival in Windhoek will be in the late afternoon. A great chance to see the African sunset from the city
|Day 1||Bagatelle Lodge (Kalahari)||Mid-Range Lodge ★★★||D|
|Day 2||Wolvedans Dunes Lodge (NamibRand Nature Reserve)||Luxury Tented Lodge ★★★★||FB|
|Day 3||Wolvedans Dunes Lodge (NamibRand Nature Reserve)||Luxury Tented Lodge ★★★★||FB|
|Day 4||Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp||Luxury Tented Camp ★★★||FB|
|Day 5||Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp||Luxury Tented Camp ★★★||FB|
|Day 6||Ongava Lodge (Ongava Game Reserve)||Luxury Lodge ★★★★||FB|
|Day 7||Ongava Lodge (Ongava Game Reserve)||Luxury Lodge ★★★★||FB|
|Day 8||Plains Camp (Okonjima Nature Reserve)||Luxury Lodge ★★★||B, D|
B – Breakfast
L – Lunch
D – Dinner
SC – Self Catering
FB – Full Board