Namibia Unearthed - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

Venture into a vast landscape of shimmering salt pans, red dunes, glittering oceans and haunting coastlines where the sunsets are unforgettable and the wildlife abundant.

Journey Overview

Venture into a vast landscape of shimmering salt pans, red dunes, glittering oceans and haunting coastlines where the sunsets are unforgettable and the wildlife abundant. This is Namibia, home to the Big Five and the Marine Big Five, and some of the continent’s finest game reserves. With specialist guiding throughout, you’ll get an intimate understanding of the country’s ecology and wildlife and its ancient cultures. Photography enthusiasts will have outstanding opportunities to focus their lenses on big game and small, dramatic landscapes and tribal portraits, bringing home unforgettable memories of a unique part of the world.

Journey Highlights

  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes at Sossusvlei
  • Spend the night in a star bed gazing at one of the clearest skies in the world
  • See desert adapted wildlife including the elusive desert elephant at Damaraland
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein
  • Get a birds-eye view of dramatic dune and desert landscapes from light aircraft
  • Be welcomed into the homes of the proud Himba people
  • Marvel at Africa’s most remarkable conservation movement with visits to animal and community projects
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Windhoek

A warm A&K welcome to the Namibian capital and transfer to the elegant new AM Weinberg Boutique Hotel, located within a prestigious estate offering an exclusive and luxurious stay. Tonight join fellow travellers for a special welcome dinner. 
Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel | Meals: D

Day 2: Sossusvlei | Majestic Dunes.

A private light aircraft delivers you south to the majestic Sossusvlei dunes where your accommodation at Kulala Desert Lodge awaits. Head out into the desert in search of the fascinating flora and fauna.
Kulala Desert Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Sossusvlei | Dead Vlei & Sesriem Canyon.

Today is an adventure into the world famous Sossusvlei dunes which are situated in the largest conservation area in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This photogenic area is famous for its large, red sand dunes, which are some of the tallest in the world. At the foot of the dunes look out for the stark skeletons of trees in an area known as Dead Vlei. Before lunch, you’ll visit Sesriem Canyon for breathtaking views and a fascinating walk. Choose what works for you this afternoon: head out on a nature drive or simply relax at the lodge. Desert-adapted wildlife found in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve includes ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, spotted hyena and the occasional brown hyena. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf can also be seen.
Kulala Desert Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Swakopmund | Between Desert and Sea.

Wing your way by private light aircraft north to Swakopmund via the scenic route (weather dependent) with bird’s-eye views of Sossusvlei and the dune sea that stretches all the way to the coast. Then veer north along the coastline (fog permitting) over abandoned mining camps, shipwrecks, salt pans and Walvis Bay lagoon before landing. On arrival you are met and transferred to your seaside hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this small, coastal resort.
Strand Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Swakopmund | Marine Big Five.

A catamaran cruise this morning in search of the marine Big Five – whales, dolphins, mola mola, leatherback turtles and seals. Sail to Pelican Point with its landmark lighthouse and 60,000 resident Cape fur seals. Keep an eye out for larger mammals too, such as the Southern Right and Humpback Whale, which migrate through the area with other whale species often seen, such as the grey whale and the pygmy right whale. Freshly shucked oysters with sparkling wine and snacks complete your outing. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
Strand Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Damaraland | Himba Traditions.

This morning transfer by light aircraft northwards and inland to wonderful and diverse Damaraland where you are invited to visit a local Himba settlement. The Himba are one of the last of Namibia’s traditional people with proud customs and traditions. Gain an insight to their extraordinary, unchanged way of life and everyday routines when you visit one of the villages. Afterwards drive onwards to luxury tented Mowani Mountain Camp, enjoying a picnic lunch en route.
Mowani Mountain Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Damaraland | Rock Art and Rare Wildlife.

Take off into this remarkable region by 4WD, scouring the river valleys for game. Your guides will share their intimate knowledge while local villagers are welcoming and keen to share their experiences. Explore the dunes in search of the rare desert adapted elephant before an extraordinary viewing this afternoon at World Heritage listed Twyfelfontein which has one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in Africa. The impressive rock art galleries depict an extraordinary diversity of wild animals and footprints.
Mowani Mountain Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Ongava Game Reserve | Underground Photographic Hide.

Journey north by road towards Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premier wildlife destination, and the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. Your accommodation is at reimagined Andersson’s Camp, a stylish and homely eco-camp remodelled from the original homestead set against a picturesque mountain backdrop.
Andersson’s at Ongava | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Ongava Game Reserve | Conservation and Reflection.

A day to relax and soak up your idyllic bush surrounds, head out on an extraordinary day of game viewing in Etosha or the Ongava Game Reserve. The reserve covers an area of over 34,000 hectares and is home to over 30 different animal species, including lion, black rhino, leopard and hyena, plus more than 300 bird species. A sunset drive with your guides reveals many more bush surprises.
Andersson’s at Ongava | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Etosha National Park | Saltpans and Waterholes.

An extraordinary day of game viewing in Etosha N.P. where waterholes in the desert terrain attract a wide range of animals from lion, leopard, elephant and rhino to giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah and more. Arrive at Onguma Game Reserve late today. This evening, soak up one of Namibia’s finest sunsets as you gaze over the beautiful sparseness of the Etosha pans.
Onguma – The Fort | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Onguma Reserve | Breathtaking Sunsets.

Depart on a game drive within the eastern section of the Etosha National Park, where the arid landscape makes the spotting of wildlife effortless. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. Later this afternoon, discover more surprises over sundowners in the reserve.
Onguma – The Fort | Meals: BLD

Day 12: Otjiwarongo | Home of The AfriCat Foundation.

The journey heads south today to Otjiwarongo and on to Okonjima Bush Camp, your luxury lodge which is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, especially cheetah and leopard. Take time this afternoon to settle into your safari-chic chalet amidst the pristine wilderness.
Okonjima Bush Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 13: Okonjima Nature Reserve | Cheetah and Leopard.

Be absorbed by the myriad activities on offer at Okonjima, including a fascinating cultural encounter on the Bushman Trail. Head out on foot into the reserve to learn about making traditional artefacts and how the San bushmen adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. Alternatively, you may join a radio-tracking mission on foot in search of rehabilitated spotted hyenas. During the afternoon, visit AfriCat’s Carnivore Care and Information Centre to see firsthand the invaluable conservation work being carried out and how the programme assists in research and conservation through education and positive relations with the local farming community.

This evening a special farewell dinner is scheduled and the chance to relive memories of your trip.
Okonjima Bush Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 14: Depart Windhoek

Transfer by road southwards through the central highlands to the international airport for your departure.
Meals: BL

Journey Details

Maximum Group Size: 14

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Tour Inclusions

All accommodation as detailed on a double/ twin share basis with private facilities; meals as specified; bottled water during transfers and touring; airport welcome; assistance with luggage and group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle; services of English speaking A&K Resident Tour Director; economy flights only if specified as included in itinerary, all entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges, all tipping.

Tour Exclusions

International flights not specified as included, visas, insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip; items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax or phone charges; transfers, sightseeing or meals not specified in itinerary; excess baggage charges 

Tailor Made Travel with A&K

If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, talk to your A&K travel specialist or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke journey for your, or a small group.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

The Strand, Swakopmund

Namibia Unearthed - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

The Strand Hotel is found on the coastline of Swakopmund, only a 300 metre walk into the centre of town. It has a great location with fan ... Read more

Mowani Mountain Camp, Twyfelfontein

Namibia Unearthed - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

Mowani is taken from the word M'Wane, meaning "Place of God", and it is here, that you will find the true meaning of peace and tranquilli ... Read more

Onguma Tented Camp, Etosha National Park

Namibia Unearthed - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

Onguma Tented Camp offers an exclusive safari experience in the Onguma Reserve. The private reserve is 20,000 hectares and is on the East ... Read more

Okonjima Bush Camp, Okonjima Nature Reserve

Namibia Unearthed - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

Okonjima Nature Reserve has a variety of accommodation on offer to suit everyone. The Main camp is the original family homestead and has ... Read more

Kulala Desert Lodge

Namibia Unearthed - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

Kulala Desert Lodge is a rustic tented camp, located on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, offering inspiring views of the Namib Sand Dunes. ... Read more

Anderssons at Ongava, Etosha National Park

Namibia Unearthed - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

Focussing on a light environmental footprint and an exceptional experience, Anderssons at Ongava has seven contemporary luxury guest un ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jun 9, 2020 - Jun 22, 2020
Price AU$15,890pp Single Supplement AU$2,270 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Book
Aug 23, 2020 - Sep 5, 2020
Price AU$16,990pp Single Supplement AU$2,490 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Book
Notes:

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