Distinctive Namibia – Gold
- In Detail
The Distinctive Namibia safari is a 6 night, three camp luxury flying safari, ideal for those short of time or on a multi-country adventure, that concentrates on two of the most iconic regions that Namibia has to show visitors, finishing at one of the most remote camps anywhere in Namibia, if not Africa.
The itinerary starts in Sossusvlei, on the edge of the immense sand fields of the Namib Desert at Little Kulala, the closest luxury lodge to the huge dunes, before moving far northwards to Damaraland Camp, one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia and home to desert-adapted elephants and the San rock art of Twyfelfontein. Your journey finishes at the incredibly remote Serra Cafema, set on the banks of the Kunene River which separates Namibia from Angola, where you will truly understand the meaning of the word “tranquillity”.
Your safari starts and ends in Windhoek, Namibia
Windhoek / WindhoekPrices:
£4195 to £5845
$5139 to $7160
R71315 to R99365
per person sharing
- Day 1
Having cleared immigration and customs on arrival into Windhoek, you will be met and assisted to your scheduled light aircraft transfer to Geluk Airstrip in Sossusvlei with a road transfer to Little Kulala for a two night stay. Sossusvlei, although a specific feature (a ‘vlei’ is a clay pan) has come to signify a region consisting of a number of ‘vleis’ and the dune belt surrounding them. The dune belt of which Sossusvlei is just a part is a huge geographical feature consisting of a sea of sand stretching for some 250 miles south of Walvis Bay. The largest dune in the sand belt is Bid Daddy at close to 1,000 feet tall. Little Kulala is situated in the private Kulala concession set back, with amazing view, just a mile or two from the edge of the sandbelt. The lodge has eleven thatched and air-conditioned en-suite ‘kulalas’, each offering a generous private outside space with a shaded seated area, a plunge pool and a ‘star bed’ for sleep out under the incredible Namibian night sky. Inside the room is light and airy with neutral colours and natural textures blending with the exterior views through large glass windows. The communal area of Little Kulala is set on raised decking overlooking a water hole with amenities including an exterior bar, small curio shop, pool and an exquisite little underground wine cellar, stocking a good variety of local wines including South African sparkling wines.
- Day 2
Activities as arranged by Little Kulala. There is plenty to do in Sossusvlei to suit all travellers with day trip to Deadvlei with the opportunity to climb Big Dadday, trips to Sesriem Canyon, quad biking and hot air balloon flights. The area is not rich in game but you would be unlucky not to see oryx, ostrich and cape foxes.
- Day 3
Light aircraft transfer, via Swakopmund and Doro Nawas to Damaraland Camp for a two night stay. Damaraland is located in the Doro !Nawas Conservancy, north of Swakopmund and inland from the Skeleton Coast. The conservancy is almost one million acres in extent consisting of rugged mountains interspersed with river valleys. The camp is located in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia from where you can explore the Huab River Valley in search of the desert adapted elephants, and perhaps lions, or visit the ancient San rock art at Twyfelfontein. Damaraland Camp is sited at the head of a valley with far reaching views towards the west and has ten tented en-suite units raised to allow the breezes to cool the rooms. The communal area is light and open with a bar, lounge and dining area and outside pool, What makes this camp so special though are the staff – arguably the best team in Namibia.
- Day 4
Activities as arranged by Damaraland Camp. Wildlife in the area includes desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, springbok and occasionally cheetah.
- Day 5
Light aircraft transfer via Doro Nawas to Serra Cafema, in the far north of Namibia for a two night stay. The first thing that will strike you at Serra Cafema is the stark serenity of the lodge’s location swiftly followed by deafening silence save for the River Kunene as it pass over some rapids on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Activities at Serra Cafema range from nature drives, quad biking and boat excursions (seasonal) and guided walks. Visits to meet the local nomadic Himba people can be arranged – subject to their presence.
- Day 6
Activities as arranged by Serra Cafema. Wildlife is not the primary reason for visiting this region but you could well see some oryx, crocodiles and baboons – the latter being in the cliffs on the Angolan side of the river.
- Day 7
Light aircraft transfer via Doro Nawas back to Windhoek in time for your onward flight.
N.B. If you would prefer a more genteel start to your safari, we would recommend an overnight stay in Windhoek, so that you start your journey totally refreshed.
Prices are based on two guest sharing double/twin accommodation throughout.
- 11 January to 31 March 2017: £4,195
- 1 April to 31 May 2017: £4,495
- 1 June to 31 October 2017: £5,845
- 1 November to 19 December 2017: £4,295
Single supplement, child policy and child rates for this itinerary are available on request.
Please ask about having your own private specialist guide throughout your time on safari and about exclusive use of a private safari vehicle (for a maximum of six guests).
Flights for both the long-haul and short-haul international sectors can be arranged on your behalf. Please call us with your preferred airline and choice of cabin and we’ll provide you with our best price.