Met on arrival into Windhoek International with a scheduled light aircraft transfer northwards via Doro !Nawas and onwards to the Palmwag Concession and Desert Rhino Camp for a three night stay. The Palmwag Concession is well over 1 million acres in size and consist of flat topped mountains, rugged plains and rocky hills interspersed with river valleys such as the Unaib. It is truly a desolate part of Namibia and yet wildlife thrives here with desert adapted black rhino, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and brown hyaena just some of the species that you might encounter on this adventure. Game viewing activities focus on rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle but scenic nature drives and birding trips are also offered. Desert Rhino Camp sits isolated in a wide valley in this bleak wilderness with just eight comfortable en-suite Meru style safari tents. The communal areas of the camp offer a lounge and dining with views across the welwitschia strewn valley to the mountains beyond. There is also a plunge pool to cool guests in the hotter months. Desert Rhino is run in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust so apart from getting to see this magnificent animals, your stay at the camp will directly benefit the their conservation and that of the area, with a portion of guest revenue going to the charity.
DAY 2 & 3
Game viewing activities as arranged by Desert Rhino Camp – activities naturally focus on rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle but scenic nature drives (short or full day) and birding trips are also offered.
Light aircraft transfer to Doro Nawas for a three night stay. Doro !Nawas is located in the Torra Conservancy another huge and remote area of Namibia with rugged landscapes bisected by rocky valleys and (often dry) riverbeds of Huab and Koigab rivers. The activities offered at Doro !Nawas include a visit to Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage site, to view its prehistoric rock art, game drives and walks to see the desert adapated elephants, visits to the Petrified Forest and Burnt Mountain and star-gazing. Doro !Nawas is an Adventure grade of camp set on and around a rocky outcrop with a wide arc of far reaching views from the exterior balcony and dining area. The camp has sixteen rooms, including a family room, made of local stone that blend in with their surroundings. Each of the rooms has an en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower and a verandah accessed through wide doors ideal for ‘sleep-outs’ or star gazing.
DAY 5 & 6
Game viewing activities as arranged by Doro Nawas.
Light aircraft transfer to Andersson’s Camp or Ongava Tented Camp on the southern edge of the Etosha National Park near Andersson’s Gate for a three night stay. The Etosha is the major wildlife national park in northern Namibia with a huge seasonally flooded salt pan at its centre with sparse bush fringes. During the dry season when the pan is dry, animals congregate at a number of permanent water holes making game viewing both easy and interesting with more species interaction than you would usually see. Andersson’s like Doro !Nawas is an Adventure grade of camp centred around an old farmhouse with stone built rooms affording views to local water holes. Being situated close to the Etosha National Park and Ongava Game Reserve, activities include day and night game drives in both the Etosha and Ongava, as well as guided nature walks and hides.
DAY 8 & 9
Game viewing activities as arranged by Andersson’s Camp. You might expect to see large numbers of elephant, giraffes, plain game such as zebra and springbok as well as predators such as lion and cheetah.
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. You could also do this safari on a self drive basis but a 4×4 vehicle or one with high ground clearance is recommended.