Namibia is a vast, sparsely populated country with rewarding pockets of endemism in its enormous wilderness. Home to diverse and unique biomes like the Namib, the oldest desert in the world, the shimmering saltpans of Etosha and equally fascinating local cultures, Namibia is also the epitome of open space with our concessions offering an incredible 30 230-hectares (74 700-acres) per guest.
This 6-night flying package takes in three completely contrasting ecosystems within this spectacular country. Kulala Wilderness Reserve offers you an excellent vantage point from which to view the majestic rust-red dunes of Sossusvlei and the star studded desert sky at night. The starkly beautiful vistas and desert-adapted wildlife await you in Damaraland where you may visit ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site. Your final destination lets you explore the iconic Etosha National Park famed for its large herds of game and excellent predator viewing.
DAYS 1 & 2: KULALA DESERT LODGE - KULALA WILDERNESS RESERVE, SOSSUSVLEI
Depart Windhoek and travel by light aircraft to Sossusvlei for two nights at Kulala Desert Lodge. Located on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Kulala Desert Lodge provides convenient private access to the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei and consists of 23 thatched and canvas "kulalas" with en-suite bathrooms and verandas, and a rooftop deck for those who want to sleep under the stars. The main area has a lounge, dining area, plunge pool, and deck overlooking the ephemeral Tsauchab River. Desert-adapted wildlife is sparsely distributed, such as ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, and predators such as spotted hyaena and the occasional brown hyaena as well as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf.
Activities include early morning guided nature drives to the world-famous dunes of Sossusvlei, nature drives and walks on the private reserve, or an excursion to Sesriem Canyon. Other options, at extra cost, are quad biking and an early morning hot air ballooning trip.
DAYS 3 & 4: DORO NAWAS CAMP - DORO !NAWAS 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 for two nights at Doro Nawas. We leave the sandy dunes and make our way to an ancient rock-strewn landscape, of a previous glacial era.
Doro Nawas Camp rests on a sparse, rocky knoll in the breathtaking Aba-Huab River Valley within the 407 300-hectare (1 million acre) Doro !Nawas Conservancy. 16 natural walled units combine a clever mix of local stone and canvas walls with wood and glass, shaded by a thatch roof. Each unit has a bedroom, en-suite bathroom with outdoor shower and a spacious veranda for stargazing or sleep-outs. The main building, with indoor and outdoor dining areas and pool, is perched on a small hill providing panoramic views of the rugged Damaraland landscape. Desert-adapted species such as the unique desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, kudu, springbok, steenbok and occasionally the rare desert-adapted black rhino can be seen as well as excellent birding. Carnivores include brown hyaena, bateared fox and black-backed jackal.
Guided game, nature drives and walks enable one to explore the Huab and Aba Huab river systems, or view Africa`s largest collection of petroglyphs prehistoric rock engravings and Bushman rock art at Twyfelfontein, Namibia`s first World Heritage Site. Other geological wonders to be seen are the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes
DAYS 5 & 6: ANDERSSON`S CAMP - ONGAVA GAME RESERVE, ETOSHA
As we return to the interior, and the game-filled scrub savannah surrounding the unmistakable Etosha saltpan for two nights at Andersson`s Camp, our air transfer will take us over the catchment of the Huab and Aba-Huab ephemeral riverine systems.
Andersson`s Camp (named for Charles Andersson, Swedish explorer of Etosha) is located on the private 30 000-hectare (74 000-acre) Ongava Game Reserve, south of Etosha National Park`s Andersson Gate. The camp is set against the backdrop of the low Ondundozonanandana Mountains. 18 tented guest units of stone, canvas and wood are elevated and radiate outwards from the renovated old farmhouse that forms the main area, all overlooking a waterhole. Between Etosha and Ongava, there is plenty of wildlife to see, such as springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, Hartmann`s mountain zebra, elephant, red hartebeest, giraffe, eland, and Burchell`s zebra.
Predators include lion, leopard, and cheetah; unusual species include Damara dik-dik and the endemic black-faced impala. Ongava is a custodian of both black and white rhino and bird life is prolific, with over 340 species to be seen amongst them 10 of Namibia`s 14 endemic bird species. Activities include guided game drives into Etosha, with guided walks and night drives on Ongava Reserve also an option.