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Wildlife Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Setting down at Windhoek airport in the morning, you will be transferred to a charming lodge on the outskirts of the city. 

In the afternoon, we will visit a local reserve, where in the hilly acacia savannah landscape, we will look out for our first game, including Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest and Giraffe. Some birds such as Short-toed Rock Thrush, Violet-eared and Black-faced Waxbills and Rockrunner might also be seen. 


Day 2

We will have an early start this morning and undertake a scenic journey to the desolate Namib Desert.   En route, we will stop at a road-site restaurant for lunch and to test its reputation for the best Namibian apple pie! 

We should reach our safari lodge on the edge of the Namib Nauklufts National Park by mid-afternoon. There will be enough time to relax before our alfresco dinner under a sky full of sparkling stars. 


Day 3

Today, we will undertake an early morning trip in a game-viewer vehicle to spectacular Sossusvlei, site of the oldest sand dunes on Earth.  An early start is necessary while the temperature is still low and when the dramatic light of the desert is at its best.  As the sun rises, the changing light and shadows create a variety of shape and colours providing a true feast for the eye. 

First, we will stop at the world’s most photographed Dune 45 and then we will take a walk to the Dead Vlei, where dead tree stumps in the background of gigantic sand dunes create one of the most spectacular scenes in Africa. 

From the upper ridges of the tallest dunes in the world, the sweeping view of Dead Vlei and the surrounding sand dune sea stretches for miles, and it is here that you will truly appreciate the scale of the desert.  Our lunch under the canopy of a gigantic Camel Thorn Tree will also be served here. 

There will be plenty of birds and mammals to see, including the spectacular Gemsbok or Bat-eared Fox. 

In the afternoon, we will visit the Sesriem Canyon, shaped by the Tsauchab river over millions of years.  You will enjoy a walk in the canyon alongside captivating rock formations. 


Day 4

After breakfast, we will head north through the gravel plains of the Namib Desert and over the Kuiseb Pass, one of the highest roads in Namibia.  The Tropic of Capricorn sign will be difficult to ignore and we will make a compulsory stop for all these important record shots! 

We should reach the intriguing foggy coastal desert town of Swakopmund by late afternoon.  Here, we will spend two days exploring Walvis Bay and the surrounding areas. 


Day 5

The Walvis Bay Lagoon and the adjacent saltwork pans support up to 200,000 migratory birds every year and we will be there to witness this spectacle.  The lagoon also hosts over 40,000 Greater and Lesser Flamingos at its peak in mid-winter (July).  We will not be able to see such big numbers, but a view of some of them in the crimson sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean will be a memorable experience. 

In the morning, we will undertake an eventful cruise, on which close encounters with Great White Pelicans flying around the boat and Cape Fur Seals swimming alongside it, are guaranteed.  Heavyside and Bottlenose Dolphins frolicking playfully in the surf are also possible encounters, as well as a plethors of birds, both on pland and in the air.  We will conclude our cruise onboard with champagne, fresh oysters and local snacks. 

The Namid Desert is home to an intriguing array of desert-adapted animals and plants which are nourished by condensation from early morning sea mists rising off the ocean.  The area hosts some animal and plant life unlike that found anywhere else on Earth, including a high diversity of localized reptiles (30 endemic species) and insects.  The Namib speciality, the Welwitschia mirabilis, is one of the most bizarre plants in the world and is often referred to as a living fossil.  The age of some largest specimen has been estimated at 2,000 years old!  In a specially adapted Land Rover, we will take a superb dune drive into the Namib Desert in search for those amazing inhabitants.  Several stops will be made to take landscape pictures and close-ups of numerous highly desert adapted species, including the sand-dancing Shovel-snouted Lizard, Namaqua Sand Lizard, FitzSimmons Burrowing Skink, Palmato Gecko, numerious Tenebrionid beetles and possibly the secretive Namaqua Chameleon and fierce Black Scorpion. 


Day 6

Today, after some morning birdwatching on our doorstep, we will head inland through the barren Damaraland.  This is one of the most interesting and dramatic regions in Namibia, often referred to as very beautiful but arid and unforgiving.  We will break our journey at a roadside cafe serving mouth-watering cakes. 

Our lodge is situated amongst boulders in a remote location where we will stay for the next two nights.  You will enjoy an amazing sundowner here with a dose of tranquillity and true wilderness. 


Day 7

The location of our lodge enables us to explore all the attractions that Damaraland offers. 

In the morning, we will embark an open-safari vehicle to search for the legendary desert-adapted Elephants.  These Elephants, although not a separate species have adapted to the dry environment by having a smaller body mass and proportionally longer legs and larger feet than other elephants, allowing them to walk for miles over sand dunes in search of water.  Gemsbok, Greater Kudu, and Springbok are likely to be spotted as well. 

We will come back for lunch to our lodge and after a short rest, we will visit Twyffelfontein, amid flat-topped mountains concealing one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of rock art.  The area was designated a World Heritage Site in 2007 and we will have a guided tour around this spectacular site.  Close by, the 120-million-year-old dolorite formation known as the Organ Pipes and the glowing Burnt Mountain, are also interesting geological spectacles. 


Days 8-9

After breakfast, we will head north to the Etosha National Park, one of the best wildlife viewing places in Africa, where we will spend the next three days.  The most striking feature of the park is the Etosha Pan.  About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake.  Today, it is a vast, shallow depression that, for the greater part of the year, is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud, which shimmers with mirages. 

There are, however, numerous waterholes scattered throughout the area that attract a large diversity of mammals and birds.  The park is home to 144 mammal species, including Black and White Rhinos, Giraffe, Burchell's Zebra, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyena, Warthog, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Eland (the largest antelope), Gemsbok (Oryx), Greater Kudu, Damara Dik-dik, Black-faced Impala and a plethora of others.  Springboks are especially numerous.  At least 20,000 of them roam the reserve, and often, they can be seen in herds of several thousands. 

Three-hundred and forty bird species inhabit the park.  The majestic Kori Bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird, and an intriguing, if not comical, Secretarybird, are just two that we will encounter. 

We will spend the first two nights in the Okaukuejo camp, famous for its floodlit waterholes.  The waterhole is frequented by numerous animals throughout the day and night and we should be able to get close views of wonderful antelopes, big cats and Rhinos just a few metres away from us and in the safety of the confines of the camp.

In the morning and in the afternoon, we will undertake drives to explore the park and visit several waterholes in search of mammals and birds.  We will come back to the park for lunch and spend the middle of the day relaxing by the pool or at the waterhole.  


Days 10

We will continue exploring the area by moving to the Halali camp on our third day in Etosha Park, while game and birdwatching en route

The Mopani forest in the camp is home to numerous birds and we will spend some time looking for them.    Close encounters with roosting owls, as well as three species of hornbills and the very attractive Green Wood-hoopoe are all likely.   

The dense woodland south of Halali camp is home to the highly localized Damara Dik-dik and we will spend some time searching for this diminutive antelope.

The illuminated waterhole on the camp premises should provide entertainment late into the night. 


Day 11

The early morning will be devoted to further game viewing in the park. We should reach the historic fort at Namutoni camp in time for lunch.  The fort, is a national monument, dating back to 1903, but now transformed into shops and a restaurant. 

We will continue game viewing in the afternoon, including a visit to the ‘Fisherman’s Pan’ as well as the north-eastern side of the park.

Our last night in the park will be spent in a stylish camp just outside the gates to Etosha. 


Day 12

After a leisurely morning and some birding on our doorstep, we will drive south to a guest farm, which is part of the Africat Foundation.  The Foundation protects Cheetah, Leopard and other wild animals in Namibia by rescuing them, researching and rehabilitating them back to the wild.  You will enjoy a spectacular 180o view across the grassland savannah stretching from the window of your chalet. 

The afternoon will be spent tracking radio-collared Leopards in a game-viewing vehicle.  Over 300 bird species have been recorded in the area and, no doubt, we will make an impressive bird list here.  We will conclude our venture, with refreshments in the middle of the African bush and the sun setting on the horizon. 

Spotlighting at night and a visit to a hide is likely to produce Honey Badger and Black-backed Jackal.

Traditional Namibian cuisine and attentive staff will add to the unforgettable experiences that we will take with us of this amazing country.


Day 13

Today, we will depart after breakfast and head south towards Windhoek.  We will break our journey for lunch before finally heading off to the airport to catch our overnight flight home or to take up one of the extensions of the tour (Cape Town/Victoria Falls/Kruger National Park).


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Sossusvlei

Reticulated Lizard Namibia

Namaqua Chameleon Namibia

Walvis Bay

White Pelican namibia

Cape Fur Seal

Rock Hyrax in Erongo Mountains

Small Spotted Genet

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk Namibia

Green Wood-hoopoe

Blue Waxbill

Violet-eared Waxbill

Kori Bustard Namnibia

Elephants Namibia

Black Rhino in Etosha

Springbok Namibia

Giraffes Namibia

Lion

Cheetah

Leopard in Okonjima