Namibia: Deserts, Oceans & Saltpans
April 17-28, 2017
(Guided by Dr. Ryan & Liza Snider)
US$4,890 per person (international airfare not included)
Join Ryan and Liza on this extraordinary journey to one of Africa’s most unique and spectacular destinations! Traverse remarkable landscapes, photograph unusual wildlife, and learn from rarely visited indigenous populations.
April 17, 18: International Flight to Windhoek, Namibia
A comfortable International flight takes you to Windhoek, Namibia (arriving April 18th). Upon arrival in Windhoek, Ryan and Liza will welcome you with champagne and cold face towels, and then drive you to the nearby Terra Africa Guesthouse in Windhoek.
April 19, 20: Sossusvlei Desert:
After a tour briefing over breakfast by the pool, drive south over the scenic Spreetshoogte Pass to the hamlet of Solitaire where you stop for a light lunch, before proceeding to the eco-award winning Kulala Desert Lodge. As this is the lodge located closest to the dunes, and it has its own private entrance to the National Park, we will be able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and stay until after sunset. Activities include a Sossusvlei sunset drive, guided nature drive, and a guided after-dinner stargazing stroll! This is the ideal destination to photograph the stunning scenery of the Naukluft Park's high red/orange sand dunes.
April 21, 22: Swakopmund:
Drive north via the Kuiseb Canyon to Swakopmund, with highlights including the geographical rock formations of the Kuiseb Canyon, and the “Moon Landscape”, stopping for a delicious picnic lunch along the way. Continue on to the coastal resort town of Swakopmund, filled with old-world charm and a relaxed atmosphere hedged by desert and the ocean, where we check into our Delight Hotel for the next two nights.
The next morning, transfer to Walvis Bay where we will board a cruise boat that will take us through the harbour to Bird Island, before cutting across the lagoon to the moored Russian trawlers where inquisitive seals will swim up to the boats looking for something to eat! From there we head to Pelican Point to photograph the large seal colonies and pods of Heavyside and Bottlenose Dolphins swimming alongside the boats. For bird lovers, there are common sightings of flamingoes, cormorants, pelicans, White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Black Oystercatchers and the Jackass Penguin. To round off the trip you will be spoilt with fresh Walvis Bay oysters, snacks and cold sparkling wine served on board the boat. After lunch at the Walvis Bay Waterfront, return to Swakopmund for an afternoon driving quadbikes over the dunes of the Namib desert! (easy to operate!). Then return to our hotel for dinner and the night.
April 23, 24: Damaraland:
Depart from Swakopmund and travel north along the Atlantic Coast. Visit the lichen fields near Wlotzka’s Baken before continuing to Henties Bay, a small holiday resort. Continue onwards to the seal colony at Cape Cross. After visiting the seals, the journey continues via Ugabmund to the southern Skeleton Coast Park to inspect the famous shipwrecks. After lunch, we will experience the transition from the Namib Desert to the Damaraland highlands with its impressive landscape and ragged valleys. Check in to Camp Kipwe in time for a swim in the pool nestled in the rocks, the traditional sundowners, and a delicious dinner.
The following day we will visit Twyfelfontein, which means “doubtful fountain” and resembles a large, open-air art gallery. This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections of rock engravings in Africa. South of Twyfelfontein is the Burnt Mountain, a panorama of desolation with coloured rocks contrasting vividly against the grey-black surroundings. In the afternoon, we will explore the dry riverbeds in the vicinity to photograph the desert adapted elephants that roam freely in this region.
April 25, 26: Etosha National Park and Saltpans:
After breakfast, we will proceed to the world-famous Etosha National Park for two incredible nights at the eco-award winning rock-and-thatch Ongava Lodge in the privately-owned Ongava Game Reserve. From its beautiful vantage point overlooking a waterhole and the plains beyond, one can enjoy a plethora of wildlife that arrives to drink. Activities here revolve around day and night wildlife-viewing drives in search of black and white rhinos, visiting wildlife 'hides' that overlook waterholes, and safari walks with experienced guides. Similarly, wildlife drives into the nearby Etosha National Park are rewarding, with sightings of lion, elephant, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, and rhino. At the heart of the park is the Etosha Saltpan, a vast dry shallow depression with perennial springs that feed the waterholes attracting a myriad of animal species.
April 27, 28: Departure Flight Home:
After one last game drive, board your charter flight (included) back to your Windhoek day room near the international airport for a chance to swim, shower, and share a final dinner together. Transfer to the airport for your flight home (arriving on April 28th), with memories of a unique adventure that will last a lifetime!
Included for this safari:
- All en-suite accommodations (based on double occupancy) and all meals.
- Exclusive transport in 4x4 vehicles with guaranteed window seat.
- Charter flight from Etosha to Windhoek on April 27.
- Services of an excellent guide who is knowledgeable of the local region and culture.
- Long-range radio communication (and access to mobile phone) for the duration of the trip.
- Complementary bottled drinking water in your room and vehicle.
- All park entry fees, conservation fees, entrance fees, airport transfers, and departure taxes.
- All gratuities for porters, waiters, and room stewards.
- Complete pre-departure information including packing lists, customized trip itinerary, and flight details.
- International Airfare
- Travel/medical/cancellation/interruption insurance.
- Single Supplement (US$ 700) if you would like your own room.
- Passport fees, inoculations, and Tourist Entry Visas (if necessary).
- Gratuities for drivers, and any optional excursions.
- Souvenirs, soft drinks, bar beverages, laundry, email, phone, and items of a personal nature.