Distinctive Namibia is a flying safari that encompasses the best attributes of Namibia: the dramatic dunes of Sossusvlei, the fascinating topography of Damaraland and the enormous hidden Hartmann Valley in the far north. Accommodation is in small luxury camps set within Wilderness Safaris private concessions while Wilderness Air transfers guests seamlessly between destinations.
The focus of this itinerary are the amazing contrasts to be found in this wonderful country - the red dunes and pale pans of the Namib Desert, the rocky outcrops and elephants of Damaraland and the oasis of the Kunene River surrounded by mountains and plains. Add to this the solitude, the desert-adapted wildlife that could be encountered, visiting the Himba people, one of the last true nomads in Africa - and the wide open spaces, and you will experience a journey that is truly distinctive.
This safari has another wondrous facet - observing Namibia from the air. Namibia is the epitome of open space with our concessions offering an incredible 30 230 hectares (74 700 acres) per guest! The route takes you over the Namib, the oldest desert in the world; along the cool Atlantic coast and across some of the remotest wilderness areas in Africa.
DAYS 1 & 2: LITTLE KULALA - KULALA WILDERNESS RESERVE, SOSSUSVLEI
Depart from Windhoek by air and spend two nights exploring the Sossusvlei region, staying in Kulala Wilderness Reserve, which provides convenient access to the splendour of the towering red dunes of the Namib. Activities at Little Kulala start with morning guided game drives to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei, through a private gate into the Park, allowing early arrival at the dunes thereby maximising photographic opportunities and scenic grandeur.
Kulala Wilderness Reserve, a 40 000-hectare (98 842-acre) tract of land, is home to all forms of desert wildlife near the spectacular sights of Sossusvlei, and borders the expansive Namib Naukluft Park. The Sossusvlei dunes rise dramatically more than 300 metres and are surrounded by awe-inspiring topography. Emphasis is laid on the smaller desert fauna, spectacular scenery and the incredible night sky. Larger desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok flourish here with carnivores such as bat-eared fox, Cape fox, cheetah and black-backed jackal often seen.
DAYS 3 & 4: DAMARALAND CAMP - TORRA CONSERVANCY, DAMARALAND
Enjoy a scenic three-hour flight over the Namib Desert for a different view of the desert and the Skeleton Coast?s spectacular topography, before deviating inland to northern Damaraland for two nights. We leave the sandy dunes and make our way to an ancient rock-strewn landscape, of a previous glacial era. The 352 200-hectare (870 305-acre) Torra Conservancy is a vast rocky area of rugged beauty interspersed with linear oases where spectacular topography dominate and an almost unquantifiable stillness pervades the air.
This private concession supports a diverse complement of arid-adapted wildlife, including several herds of Namibia`s acclaimed desert-adapted elephants, and healthy numbers of Hartmann?s mountain zebra, southern giraffe, gemsbok and springbok in a landscape dotted with equally interesting flora. The conservancy is the result of a highly successful partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the local Torra community that has become an inspiration for communities and conservationists throughout Africa.
DAYS 5 & 6: SERRA CAFEMA CAMP, KUNENE
Fly by light aircraft to the vast Marienfluss Conservancy in the extreme north-west of Namibia for a two-night stay at Serra Cafema Camp. This intimate camp, whose design pays homage to the Himba people, is scenically poised along the lush banks of the Kunene River, in total contrast to the surrounding desert. Serra Cafema is one of the most remote and surreal destinations in Africa, the Kunene River a rejuvenating band of green surrounded by a lunar-like landscape of the Namib and the Cafema mountain range to the north.
Informative nature drives and carefully guided quad-bike excursions through the fragile dunes allow guests to experience this area in its unbridled glory. The utmost care is taken to tread lightly and preserve the unique and delicate habitats of this landscape. Boating on the Kunene River provides guests with the opportunity to venture through the riverside oases with resident crocodiles and waterbirds. Walking in the remote mountain and river valleys is also a highlight, as is a visit to a Himba settlement. The fairy circle phenomenon is also best viewed in the Hartmann Valley.