- 3 Nights Desert Rhino Camp
- 3 Nights Ongava Tented camp
- 4 Nights Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
- Private Vehicle
- Extra Freight Seat on all Internal Flights
- The chance to see Desert Adapted Elephants
- Ongava has one of the highest concentrations of lion in Namibia
- 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: April 1, 2018 - April 12, 2018
Guide: Andrew Beck
Cost: USD 14 995 per single guest
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 3 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.
After our four night stay at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp we head north East to the well lnown Etosha National Park and the Ongava Tented Camp, tucked into a hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill in Ongava Game Reserve bordering Etosha National Park. Ongava’s proximity to Etosha allows for game drives in the National Park and on the Ongava Reserve itself where we will have more flexibility oin our private vehicle. Other activities include guided walks, birding and visiting hides. Ongava holds one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian government in the country and is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where guests can see both black and white rhino.
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