On this Namibia Under Canvas safari you’ll share a stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery with a small group of fellow travellers. You’ll avoid the crowds by staying in private conservancies where your group will be the only guests.
Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, with a population of just 2 million. It’s an ageless land, with its heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists, and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilised tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years.
The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally dry with very little rain.
Experience Namibia on this exclusive private guided safari
You’ll have your own professional and experienced safari guide who will share his love of this unique country with you. Your guide’s knowledge, experience, and character are critical to a successful safari, which is why we ensure that our guides are both personable and very professional. Your guide has an intimate knowledge of each area and camp/lodge that you visit. He will share local insights and highlights with you. It goes without saying that he knows exactly what a “True African Safari” is all about. Etosha National Park, a vast salt pan whose waterholes provide a vital resource for the wildlife, will undoubtedly be a highlight.
Our Namibia Under Canvas camps are designed to offer a genuine “back to nature” experience. They go back to the roots of safari, to touch, to smell, to feel and to experience the wild, with one’s feet firmly in the dust that covers Africa. This is an experience that is exclusive in the real sense of the word, as well as being very much away from the pressures of ‘normal’ life!
Most of our Namibia Under Canvas camps are semi-permanent and seasonal. They may lack some of the frills that you might expect in a permanent tented camp or lodge, but your comfort is assured. You’ll go to sleep hearing only the noisy silence of the desert and wake up to a chorus that announces the start of a new day. It’s the kind of intimacy that can only be achieved by taking guests to wild, remote places, and giving them access to exclusive areas away from the beaten path.
Ask about scheduled departures: A 10-day option of this safari, escorted by local guides, is available from April – October – please enquire!
5 Sept: Independent arrival in Windhoek, Namibia where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
6 & 7 Sept: Begin your journey south-west through awesome and ever-changing desert landscapes and impressive canyons to the edge of Namibia’s spectacular sand dunes. You will spend two nights at Sossus Under Canvas camp on the private Namib Tsaris Conservancy. The camp is booked on an exclusive basis and your group will be the only guests. On the second day you will visit the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the park at sunrise to capture some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei in the incredible morning light. An option to see this breathtaking landscape from the air on a Hot Air Balloon is available here (optional, weather-dependent).
8 & 9 Sept: Today you’ll travel to the coastal town of Swakopmund with its charming German colonial architecture. Experience one of Namibia’s historical and most beautiful cities, and maybe even do a bit of shopping. On a very interesting half-day excursion into the Namib desert you’ll learn about the small creatures, including chameleons, who live in this harsh environment.
10 – 12 Sept: Continue your journey north to remote Damaraland, where you’ll stay at Desert Rhino Camp for three nights. Activities here include tracking desert-adapted rhino with local trackers in an area that has the highest tracking success rate in northwestern Namibia and exploring the upper //Huab River in search of desert-adapted elephants.
13 – 15 Sept: 3 nights at a luxury tented camp on a private Game Reserve on the eastern border to Etosha National Park. Game drives in Etosha National Park focus on the numerous springs and waterholes where large numbers of several different species can often be seen at one time.
16 Sept: Travel south to the Africat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary that is dedicated to conservation and supporting animal welfare. Their main focus is Africa’s big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. Activities include leopard tracking by vehicle. Each exclusive chalet at Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp enjoys complete privacy and is a unique combination of earthy ochre walls, glass windows and khaki-green canvas, under a thatched roof.
17 Sept: Return to Windhoek for your last night on a private game reserve on the outskirts of the city.
18 Sept: Transfer to Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport to connect with your flight home.
An optional 4-night extension in Cape Town is a great way to finish your wonderful Namibia adventure.
- Return airport transfers
- Quality accommodation in very comfortable tented camps (all with ensuite) and lodges
- All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 14
- Services of a registered and experienced naturalist English-speaking safari guide
- Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle
- Mineral water on board the safari vehicle
- All National Park and Private Conservancy fees
- Local drinks with meals (this includes water, soft drinks, beers and table wine)
- Escorted from Windhoek, Namibia by Karen Platzer, African Encounters tour director
- International airfares
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary such as scenic flights
- All premium and imported wines, champagnes and spirits
- Hot air balloon flight over the Sossusvlei dunes (weather-dependent)
- Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost)
- Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc)
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What our clients have to say...
“We would like to say a big thank you for a fabulous trip. We both loved every minute. I am now a huge “Africa Convert.” Look forward to hearing about options for next year.”
Karen de Willimoff & John McIndoe – Namibia