ENQUIRE

A SKELETON COAST SAFARI

This 11 day journey includes some of the finest and most innovative new lodge openings in Namibia - Omaanda by Zannier, the ingenious Shipwreck Lodge and wilderness luxury at Hoanib Valley Camp. Begin your adventure unwinding at the Zannier Reserve before heading out to the NamibRand Nature Reserve for two days exploring by foot, land rover and air. Amidst the raw beauty of the Skeleton Coast, you'll discover unique wildlife - large and small - as well as watch the powerful Atlantic as it meets the vast dunes of the desert. Kaokoland is a landscape of mountains, plains and dry riverbeds with fascinating desert-adapted wildlife including lion and elephant, as well as the Himba and Herero tribes. Your journey concludes in the Central Highlands and the AfriCat Foundation at Okonjima where you'll encounter cheetah and leopard on a rescue and release programme. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A stay at Namibia's newest luxury lodge, Omaanda.
  • Experiencing the bleak, raw beauty of the Skeleton Coast.
  • Quirky lodge accommodation at Shipwreck Lodge.
  • Observing the desert-adapted elephant and lion populations in Kaokoland.
  • Encountering the Herero and Himba tribes.
£9,745
per person

Price from

Destination expert Samantha Gee

SAMANTHA GEE

Africa Specialist

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Johannesburg - Windhoek

    Arrive at Windhoek, Namibia's capital, and transfer to your luxury lodge within a private conservancy - the Zannier Reserve by N/a'an ku sê. The lodge comprises 10 beautiful thatched rooms built in the style of the Owambo people. You'll have time to relax and unwind - take a swim in the infinity pool overlooking the savannah, perhaps a massage in the spa. There will be time for a late afternoon game drive on the Khomas Hochland Plateau - elephant, leopard, cheetah, rhino and giraffe inhabit this region, amongst other wildlife - before returning for dinner followed by fireside drinks in the fabulous boma.

    Overnight: Omaanda

  3. Day 2 Zannier Reserve - NamibRand Nature Reserve

    Transfer this morning to the NamibRand Nature Reserve by light aircraft. Here you will be met and taken to Wolwedans Dunes Lodge. Situated at the top of a dune plateau, overlooking the dramatic desert surroundings, the panoramic views are breath-taking. The nine spacious chalets each come equipped with en-suite bathrooms and private verandas leading out onto vast stretches of untouched sand. There is plenty of recreational space including various sundowner terraces, a fireplace, tea deck, library, two lounges and wine cellar, as well as two restaurants. 

    Overnight: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

  4. Day 3 - 4 NamibRand Nature Reserve 

    Two days of activities in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. On foot, by land rover or by air, you'll observe the desert-adapted flora and fauna with resident knowledgeable field guides, taking picnics in the desert and sundowners in the dunes. For a bird's eye view, take a hot air balloon over the ochre landscapes or a light aircraft to the immense dunes at Sossusvlei and the Atlantic Coast. The landscapes are as vast as you can imagine and the views truly awe-inspiring.

    Overnight: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

  5. Day 5 Skeleton Coast

    Transfer this morning to Namibia's stark Skeleton Coast. Your lodge is the extraordinary Shipwreck Lodge, which comprises 10 innovative rooms constructed from wood to resemble the wrecks that litter the shoreline. The lounge and restaurant has a vast deck with views extending over the sand to the wild Atlantic Ocean.

    Overnight: Shipwreck Lodge

  6. Day 6 Skeleton Coast

    Spend the day exploring the Skeleton Coast. This is a bleak, though strangely beautiful landscape visited by few, a coastal wilderness of dunes and windswept plains. There's much more to see and experience than might first be apparent, with life above and below the sand - desert-adapted elephant, jackal and lion roam the dunes and dry riverbeds, whilst tok tokkie beetles, side-winding adders and Namaqua chameleons make the sand their home. There are whale bones and remnants of centuries old shipwrecks to discover on the beaches and vast dunes to scale and run down.

    Overnight: Shipwreck Lodge

  7. Day 7 Skeleton Coast - Kaokoland

    Continue northwest this morning to Namibia's remotest corner. Hoanib Valley Camp comprises just six tents sitting within a natural bowl. Each of the tents and their furnishings have been created from regional materials and crafted by local people including Himba carvers and Rundo carpenters. Each has a private verandah where you can relax in the evening with a gin and tonic to admire the views.

    Overnight: Hoanib Valley Camp

  8. Day 8 Kaokoland

    You'll have a full day to appreciate the landscape and wildlife of the Hoanib Valley. Though a harsh landscape of dunes, mountains, plains and dry riverbeds, lion, giraffe, mountain zebra, kudu and oryx thrive here and this is home to the largest population of black rhino. It's also home to the Himba and Herero tribes and you'll likely encounter a small village and learn a little about how people survive in this remote environment. 

    Overnight: Hoanib Valley Camp

  9. Day 9 Okonjima 

    Transfer to Okonjima in the Central Highlands, home to the AfriCat Foundation. The AfriCat Foundation is the world's largest cheetah and leopard rescue and release programme. Over 900 cats have been saved since 1993 and most have been released back into the wild. It's the perfect place to get up close and personal with big cats.

    Overnight: Okonjima Bush Camp

  10. Day 10 Okonjima

    Enjoy a game drive to track cheetah and leopard.

    Overnight: Okonjima Bush Camp

  11. Day 11 Depart 

    Charter flight transfer to Windhoek and connect to your onward international flight home, via Johannesburg.

  12. Depart

GUIDELINE PRICES - Per Person

Currency
Low £ 9,745 $ 13,215 € 11,378
Mid £ 11,180 $ 15,161 € 13,053
High £ 12,950 $ 17,562 € 15,120

BOOKING NOTES

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing a room

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.

EXTRAS

  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.
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