Met on arrival into Windhoek – there are daily flight from Johannesburg and Cape Town if you’ve had a few days in South Africa with a light aircraft transfer to the NamibRand Nature Reserve and Wolwedans Dunes Camp for a three night stay. The NamibRand reserve is privately owned having previously been a number of game farms that amalgamated back in 1992 to form a non-for profit ‘no-fences’ reserve extending to not far short of 500,000 acres, sharing a 60 mile border with the NamibNaukluft Park to the west and the impressive Nubib Mountains to the east. Wolwedans Dunes Camp, set on a ridge line overlooking the surrounding landscape is one of just five lodges in the reserve, each offering a small and intimate feel. Dunes Camp has just six en-suite tented units raised on generous sized decking allowing guest to sleep out under the stars if wanted. The communal area is relaxed with a lounge and dining area and open plan kitchen, allowing guest to chat to the chef as he prepares your meals. Dunes Camp is ideal for the young, or young at heart, adventurous traveller. There is a minimum two night stay policy at Dunes Camp.
DAY 2 & 3
Activities as arranged by Wolwedans Dunes Camp – the NamibRand Nature Reserve is not all about the wildlife, although there is a good number and diversity to be seen; it’s more about the setting, the remoteness, and if you’re a bit of a ‘rock hound’ the geology.
Light aircraft transfer to Swakopmund and the Hansa Hotel for a two night stay. Swakopmund is a coastal town with a definite Germanic feel to it, that is the principal holiday destination for local and international travellers alike. There is so much to do here that a two night stay is an absolute minimum with three giving your more time to explore the dunes, the southern Skeleton Coast and the lagoon at Walvis Bay, with its pelicans, sunfish, cape fur seals and oyster beds. The Hansa is the ‘grosse Dame’ of Swakopmund Hotels being situated in the heart of the town, yet just a short walk from the beaches. I’d stay on a bed & breakfast basis allowing you to explore some of the great seafood restaurants such as The Tug or the steak bar in The Strand Hotel.
Locally arranged optional activities such as a lagoon cruise, scenic flight up the Skeleton Coast, dune buggying, shore based fishing, horse-riding – to name but a few.
Light aircraft transfer to the Ongava Reserve and Ongava Tented Camp for a three night stay. The privately owned Ongava Reserve is just to the south of the Andersson’s Gate of the Etosha National Park, the largest game reserve in Namibia and home to the ubiquitous ‘Big Five’. Ongava covers some 66,000 acres and offers an experience a little more relaxed and exclusive than is available in its big brother next door. The tented camp has just eight en-suite tented units, including one for a family of four, all raised on decking to allow for the cooling effects of the breezes. The camp is tucked away in the reserve allowing for a luxurious rustic and quiet safari but close enough to the Etosha for game drives there is required.
DAY 7 & 8
Activities as arranged by Ongava Tented Camp including day and night 4×4 game drives, guided walks and rhino tracking. Gane drives into the Etosha National Park.
Light aircraft transfer 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. There are a number of high quality guest houses and boutique hotels to choose from to suit all budgets.