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Spirit of Namib Camping 11 Days

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SPIRIT OF NAMIB CAMPING

A combination of Wilderness Vintage camp, Discoverer camp, lodge overnight and serviced dome tent camping in private concession areas and campsites. The style of accommodation takes you back to the great days of African exploration. Pure cotton linen bedrolls (with duvets) on GI stretchers, bedside table with lantern and mini luggage benches complement the atmosphere in pristine, wild camping areas. Separate toilet and shower "bathrooms" with old-style tin bucket showers and basins and amenities create simple serviced comfort.

Adventurer camping brings the guest closer to nature, by means of lively camp fires, hurricane lanterns, diverse activities and a warm inviting atmosphere permeating the camp and it's simple comforts. Adventurer camps are specifically outfitted to create that wilderness camping feel with a clear emphasis on essential camp comforts and maximum wilderness experience.

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1 & 2 Fly to Ongava Homestead, Etosha Region
Day 3 & 4 Drive to Palmwag Adventurer Camp, Damaraland
Day 5 & 6 Drive to Hoanib Camp, Skeleton Coast
Day 7 Drive to Damaraland Camp
Day 8 Drive to The Stiltz, Swakopmund
Day 9 & 10 Drive to Walvis Bay Lagoon Kayaking, road to Kulala Adventurer Camp, Sossusvlei
Day 11 Drive to Windhoek

ITINERARY DETAILS

Days 1 & 2: Ongava Homestead, Etosha Region
Spirit of Namib Camping 11 Days - Camping Safaris - Africa Discovery NamibiaTransfer by comfortable charter flight to Namibia's big game country: Etosha and its environs. Here, the diverse flora and fauna is experienced in a variety of activities, from game walks to game drives and visits to hides, both on the property and in the famous Etosha National Park.

Within Etosha we'll also visit numerous perennial springs and pans, encountering lion, leopard, elephant and black rhino as well as plains game.

We stay the night at Ongava Homestead, a renovated old farmhouse, with en-suite bathrooms, and a farm kitchen overlooking its own waterhole, floodlit at night to watch nocturnal visitors, from the timid genet to big game such as lion, leopard and a host of antelope that come to drink. Simple safari furnishings create a wonderful atmosphere in which to make friends and enjoy good company throughout the Exploration.

Days 3 & 4: Palmwag Adventurer Camp, Damaraland
After an early breakfast, we depart westwards by road in the direction of Palmwag concession. Here, on the concession and in the surrounding areas the desert-adapted elephant and black rhino can be found. Special activities include tracking and searching for these wonderful mammals on foot and by vehicle.

In addition, our guides expose the sheer magnificence of nature's survival strategies in this arid environment, through walks and game drives concentrating on a variety of topics from birds to insects, medicinal uses of plants and viewing wildlife. Our Adventurer campsite lies in a private setting with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and vast, wide-open landscape.
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Days 5 & 6: Hoanib Camp, KaokolandWith an early start, our journey continues by road, towards the ephemeral river of the Hoanib Valley. Here, in an area seemingly parched and desolate, we enter one of Namibia's richest desert wildlife areas.
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We stay at Hoanib Camp, a tented camp comprising elegantly appointed hexagonal meru tents. From here, we enjoy game walks, rhino tracking, game drives and night drives into the Hoanib river valley.

Day 7: Damaraland Camp, Damaraland
Departing early, we travel to Twyfelfontein where we take a guided walk via a number of routes with local Damara guides to view the San (Bushman) petroglyphs - prehistoric rock etchings strewn over the rock face. We end the journey at the award-winning Damaraland Camp.

Damaraland Camp accommodates guests in 10 comfortable tented rooms, with en-suite facilities including flush toilets and showers with hot and cold running water. The dining room and pub are combined under canvas, and an open fire is enjoyed on calm evenings. A feature of the camp is its unique natural rock pool. In the late afternoon, we search on foot or vehicle for the black rhino, hoping to have a glimpse of this prehistoric-looking animal that survives today in these desolately beautiful areas.
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Day 8: The Stiltz Lodge, Swakopmund
We leave Damaraland Camp and cross over the Huab riverbed. Traveling south we begin finding some Welwitschia plants, we also come across some petrified wood and pass the Gai As spring where we find numerous stone circles made by people who lived here about 500 years ago. Continuing south we cross over the Ugab River and then start heading westwards towards the coast. As we get closer to the coast there are lichen fields strewn over the gravel plains, one of the most fragile ecosystems on Earth.

After relaxing over our packed lunch en route, we make for The Stiltz Lodge in the quaint and charming town of Swakopmund, arriving in the late afternoon. Swakopmund is a wonderful town in which to end a safari after the experiences of the northern Namibian bush, with its unique urban atmosphere that is a vibrant combination of Africa and Europe.

The Stiltz, as its name implies is built on stilts, providing breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, the red iron-rich beach dunes and also the Swakopmund River mouth. Each of the 8 minimalist yet elegantly furnished thatched bungalows is linked by wooden walkways to the main restaurant. As the lodge is sited close to the central part of town, this allows for easy access to enjoy the special hospitality, history and cuisine.

Days 9 & 10: Kulala Adventurer Camp, Sossusvlei
After an early breakfast, we drive southwards to Walvis Bay Lagoon. Here in a protected bay, many flamingos, pelicans and other waterfowl amass. On the calm waters of the bay, we experience sea kayaking, a spectacular activity that allows us to approach the waterbirds at a respectable distance and in their habitat, allowing for some unique photographic opportunities of birds flying low over the bay.

We enjoy a seafood lunch served on the beach and afterwards drive inland to the Kulala Adventurer Camp in our private Sossusvlei concession.

Here we enjoy access to the Sossusvlei dunes, for walks in the immense moving sands of the Namib, game drives on our concession and stargazing. Photography in the early morning of the dunes is particularly stunning with rich reds and dark shadows completing the extraordinary vista that is the enormity of the Namib Desert.
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Day 11: Transfer to Windhoek
After breakfast we transfer by road, including lunch overlooking the view of the plains nearby, to Windhoek and bid farewell to the adventure.

THIS ITINERARY IS AVAILABLE ON FLEXIBLE DATES AND ITINERARIES, FOR TAILOR-MADE SAFARIS FOR SMALL GROUPS UP TO EIGHT GUESTS.

NOTES:

  • We gladly arrange competitively priced flexible tailor-made departures, subject to availability of space.
  • Each departure is guaranteed for a minimum of 2 confirmed guests and operates with a maximum of 8 guests per safari.
  • Included is accommodation on a sharing basis, all meals from lunch on Day 1, drinks (except premium brands) while on activity, house wine at dinner times, national park fees, laundry (except at Hansa Hotel, Damaraland Camp and Skeleton Coast Research Camp), activities and all internal charters as specified in the detailed itinerary.
  • Excluded are flights (other than specified in the detailed safari itinerary), visas, compulsory insurance, all relevant entry and departure government taxes, all drinks other than specified above, all personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls etc.), gratuities, optional extra activities, pre and post safari tours and meals or accommodation before or after the safari.
  • Age Limits - Children from the age of 12 are welcome on all scheduled departures. For groups with children under 12, we can create a private tailor-made safari, on request and at a different cost. For guests over the age of 75, a medical certificate of full health must be provided.
  • Wilderness Safaris reserve the right, due to situations beyond our control, to substitute a lodge or location with another of comparable quality. This will be advised in a timely manner.
  • If a guest is willing to share and we can match with another guest of the same gender, the single supplement will not be charged. However, if there is no suitable match, the single supplement surcharge will apply.
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