Desert Wildlife of Namibia
- The safari begins and ends at Windhoek International Airport
- 2 Nights Doro Nawas Camp
- 2 Nights Damaraland camp
- 3 Nights Desert Rhino Camp
- 4 Nights Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
- Private Vehicle Throughout
- The chance to see Desert Adapted Elephants
- Extra Freight Seat on all Scenic Internal Flights
- Visit the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings and Petrified forest
- Best location for tracking and viewing unique desert-adapted black rhino
- Access to Skeleton Coast with its huge Cape fur seal colony and shipwreck remains
- Dry riverbed yields good desert-adapted game: from elephant to occasional lion and brown hyaena
- Stark, beautiful and remote, with high concentrations of desert-adapted wildlife and special plants like welwitschia
Dates: March 28, 2019 - April 8, 2019
Guide: Andrew Beck
Cost: ZAR 173 850 per person sharing
Single person supplement: ZAR 18 950
Max number of Photographers: 4
Namibia is home to an incredible array of desert adapted wildlife over and above its famous landscapes. This itinerary combines three of the most wild and remote wilderness regions exposing our guests to the best possible chances of encountering these unique species.
Our journey begins with flight from Windhoek to the remote Doro Nawas Camp located in the dry Aba-Huab River Valley, within the Doro !Nawas Conservancy in central Damaraland, and commands spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains to the north and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein in the south. This is a wonderful area for enjoying the dramatic Damaraland landscape. There are no large concentrations of wildlife; however this seemingly stark environment is amazingly home to a range of wildlife including desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, springbok and variety of other species such as bat-eared fox and the occasional glimpse of black rhino and cheetah. Birdlife is excellent with several Namibian endemics, such as Damara hornbill, Carp’s tit and Rüpell’s korhaan.
The proximity of the camp to an incredible range of geological phenoma is just too much to pass up and after a first afternoon game drive spent searching for desert adapted Elephant, we will take a full day trip out to visit the ancient San rock art at Twylfelfontein, the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes of the region.
One of the great features of this camp is the ability to wheel your bed out onto the deck and spend the night beneath a blanket of stars whilst still having the convenience of all your standard room facilities.
Our final morning at Doro Nawas will be spent driving through the Aba-Haub River Valley in search of desert adapted wildlife which call this arid landscape home.
From here, we head deeper into the Damaraland to Damaraland Camp situated in the Huab River Valley in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia, offering endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys and a stunning ochre-purple mountain backdrop. Here we will focus on photographing the various desert adapted species such as desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, kudu and springbok, as well as rare succulent plants. This scrub landscape cannot support vast, concentrated herds of wildlife, but it nevertheless boasts a varied and breathtaking assortment of desert-adapted species. The Torra Conservancy supports healthy populations of rare desert-adapted elephant and some black rhino. Gemsbok (oryx), kudu, springbok, Hartman’s mountain zebra, southern giraffe, gemsbok, lion, cheetah, and spotted and brown hyaena also live in the area. Birding is excellent, with over 240 species recorded.
From here, a flight to the north takes us to Desert Rhino Camp which offers an original and exclusive wilderness experience and the possibility of seeing some of the largest free-ranging population of desert-adapted black rhino in Africa. Activities during our 3 night stay include rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle with Save the Rhino Trust trackers (an NGO responsible for the conservation of the black rhino in the area), full-day outings with a picnic lunch, birding and nature drives. Other species seen in the area include Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, elephant and lion. Desert Rhino Camp is run in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust so in addition to gaining amazing insight into the ecology and conservation of this area, a portion of guest revenue goes to the Trust and its conservation operations.
From here we head further north to the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in a remote area of the Kaokoveld. In a land of bare mountains, gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife, lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Explorations of this isolated yet diverse area take place via game drives along the riverbed’s narrow ribbon of vegetation, where a surprising wealth of desert-adapted wildlife can be found: elephant, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok, with glimpses of lion and brown hyaena. The Skeleton Coast with its desolate rocky coastline, noisy colonies of Cape fur seals and remains of shipwrecks is accessed either by a fascinating drive or scenic flight, depending on the weather.
Day trips to Klein Oase and Auses Spring are included. These oases are a fascinating respite from the dry surrounds of the desert and offer the chance of seeing wildlife coming to drink as well as plenty of birdlife. These full-day trips are done in semi-closed game drive vehicles, with a stop for a picnic at a scenic spot along the way.
Over and above this, presentations and interaction with wildlife researchers are planned when researchers are in camp, or nearby. These include all current research, in particular the good work being done by Dr Flip Stander and his team on the unique desert-adapted lion.
- Day 1: Flight from Windhoek to Doro Nawas (approx. 80 minutes), overnight Doro Nawas
- Day 2: Overnight Doro Nawas
- Day 3: Flight from Doro Nawas to Damaraland camp (approx. 15 minutes)
- Day 4: Damaraland Camp
- Day 5: Flight from Damaraland Camp to Desert Rhino Camp (2 flights, apprx 1 hour)
- Day 6: Desert Rhino Camp
- Day 7: Desert Rhino Camp
- Day 8: Flight from Desert Rhino Camp to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (via Doro Nawas approx. 80 minutes total), overnight Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
- Day 9: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
- Day 10: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
- Day 11: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
- Day 12: Flight from Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to Doro Nawas (approx. 40 min) then to Windhoek (approx. 80 min).
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