If endless stretches of desert, clear night skies and rare wildlife sightings sound like the components of your perfect getaway, you can stop your search. We’ve put together a truly unique nine-night safari adventure to Namibia, one of the most naturally stunning parts of Africa. Travel the country in search of the most elusive and fascinating animals in the world (think Africa’s giants – elephants, rhinos, giraffes) as you enjoy guided 4×4 drives across magnificent sand dunes, visits to World Heritage Sites and nature walks along breath-taking wildlife trails as you explore every corner of the untouched landscapes. When it comes to resting your head, your stay here includes some of the finest luxury accommodation available. Everything is taken care of – all you have to worry about is charging your camera.
Sleep under the stars
Namibia contains a hugely diverse range of scenery, so it’s no surprise that the activities on offer here are virtually endless. After a private transfer from the airport your trip begins at Little Kulala Lodge, situated in the camp’s 37,000-hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Whilst here, take advantage of the camp’s private entrance to Namib Naukluft National Park and catch some truly incredible glimpses of wildlife in their natural habitat; the park’s vast terrain is home to zebra, leopard, ostrich and hundreds of species of bird among others. If its striking desert landscapes you’re after, guided 4×4 morning drives into the dunes include visits to the famous (and magnificent) Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei clay pans, and Sundowner drives are also available on the nature reserve that provide beautiful sunsets. After your busy day, return to the lavish accommodation to relax on your private veranda; the flat rooftops of the thatched “kulalas” are the perfect place to rest your head and sleep directly under the vast sky and its many stars – a very fitting view to match your isolated location. For the early risers, early morning balloon flights from Little Kulala Lodge provide an awe-inspiring perspective of the surrounding Namib Desert and the Wilderness Reserve.Read more
Next stop is Damaraland Camp in the Huab River Valley, famed as Namibia’s most pristine wilderness area with awe-inspiring landscapes to show you the true meaning of the word ‘remote’. An award winning, eco-friendly lodge, D-Camp offers a catalogue of activities along with the luxury accommodation and breath-taking vistas. Get to grips with the terrain via mountain bike, or visit collections of ancient rock engravings at Namibia’s first World Heritage Site before a traditional Boma dinner and local entertainment from the ever attentive staff. Damaraland is one of the few places on earth where you might encounter the desert-adapted elephant alongside cheetah, brown hyena and the near extinct black rhino, so nature drives and walks drives are heartily recommended here; the area is regarded as one of Africa’s top wilderness locations.
Get up close with nature
Spend your remaining three nights in Ongava Tented Camp, perfectly located on the boundary of Etosha National Park and built with a view of the waterhole just metres from the camp’s open lobby, unique and exciting wildlife-spotting opportunities are a regular occurrence for guests; lions and elephants are among the many frequent visitors to this spot. Take a guided walk or a 4×4 game drive on Ongava reserve before a refreshing dip in the camp’s swimming pool, a Namibian feast and drinks around the fire before retiring to your luxury en-suite accommodation. It’s easy to see why this is one of Namibia’s most sought after retreats. End your trip with a private transfer back to the airport, taking one last opportunity to gaze at the inspiring horizons that really set this country apart from other safari destinations. For those on the hunt for an authentic safari experience, we think you’ll agree this is the perfect place for your unforgettable African adventure.