Namibia – Against All Odds

Namibia – Against All Odds

Sand, sand, sand as far as the eye can see. According to countryaah, Namibia is a country rich in contrasts with a great species richness of animals that for millennia have adapted to the barren landscape and climate. The colors change in different pastels and natural colors. The Skeleton Coast shows off its shipwrecks, the Nami Basin houses the famous lions, small and exclusive lodges house you. All transports take place with 4 × 4 Land Rovers, boats and small aircraft. Abbreviated as NAM by abbreviationfinder, Namibia is a country located in southern Africa.

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Namibia – 25 days

Day 1 Departure from Sweden

Day 2 Windhoek

On arrival you will be met by our local representative. Transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day on your own. The capital of Namibia is located in the middle of the country and has about 200,000 inhabitants. The visitor is greeted by a quiet, clean and modern city with good infrastructure. The selection of restaurants, bars and cafes is large and the African is mixed with the European. The city itself has no given tourist attractions except for a number of old buildings and some museums.
Hotel: Hotel Heinitzburg, Windhoek (breakfast)

Day 3 Windhoek – Sossusvlei

Early transfer to Eros Airport and further travel to Sossusvlei. Little Kulala is the flagship of Namibia’s cherished Sossusvlei district and has for several years attracted experienced travelers who know how to appreciate first-class standards, delightful hospitality and different nature experiences. The camp is located in a more than 21,000 hectare private reserve, next to Namib Naukluft Park in the heart of Namib and in direct connection to Sossusvlei. The accommodation consists of air-conditioned villas and an elegant lounge area where the high-class kitchen is one of the highlights. The eleven thatched villas blend seamlessly into the timeless desert landscape, with modern bleached patio decks and their own pool. The consistent use of neutral colors, magnificent fabrics and natural light reflects the mild pastel tones of the desert.
Camp: Little Kulula, Soussusvlei (full board including drinks)

Day 4, 5, 6 Sossusvlei

Get up early in the morning to get the most spectacular pictures as the sun colors the dunes in endless shades of red and black. Being on the threshold of the world’s oldest desert means that you miss the truly enchanting encounters with the wild animals. But nonetheless, it is fascinating to see how species such as springbok, oryx and ostrich have adapted their lives to the scarce circumstances.
Camp: Little Kulula, Soussusvlei (full board including drinks)

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Day 7 Sossusvlei – Damaraland

In the morning you continue with a flight over the barren desert landscape towards Damaraland. The area does not boast huge amounts of game but here is one of the few places where you have the opportunity to see Namibia’s rare desert elephants. There are also a number of specialized animal species that have learned to survive in these harsh conditions. Desert Rhino Camp is located in the gigantic 1 million acre Palmwag Reserve in northwestern Namibia, between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast. Very few places on this earth can offer the same level of wilderness experiences totally shielded from the outside world.
Camp: Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland (full board including drinks)

Day 8 Damaraland

This desert reserve has a number of fresh water sources that supply a healthy population of wild animals with water. Black rhino, elephant, the rare mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu, just to name a few. The predator population is the largest seen outside Etosha National Park with over 100 lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas. The bird life is enormous and here are most of the species that breed in Namibia. Your camp consists of eight large East African-inspired tents, each equipped with a bathroom with toilet and classic bucket shower that is filled with hot water as soon as needed. The dining room, which is also a tent, has a completely unbeatable view of the mountains and desert on the menu. The main occupation is rhino tracking. You get there by car until the scout gives a sign, then it’s time to sneak up on your toes. Desert Rhino Camp is a joint project for Wilderness Safaris and “Save the Rhino foundation”. The foundation is non-profit and has been active in the area for more than twenty years. It is only thanks to the foundation that the protected rhino has been able to survive the devastating hunt it was subjected to during the 1980s and 90s. Today, regrowth has gained momentum and Palmwag has the largest accumulation on earth of the previously endangered species. Conservators who have participated in the project now work as scouts and guides and part of the profit generated at the camp goes to the foundation.
Camp: Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland (full board including drinks)

Day 9 DamaralandHoanib Skeleton Coast

In the morning, your flight departs for the Hoanib River on the border of Skeleton Coast National Park. The Skeleton Coast stretches from the Kunene River to the Ugab River, and is one of the most inaccessible areas in Namibia, characterized by dunes and mountain ranges. The park is named after the wrecks of ships that have sunk along this coast and which in some places can be seen sticking out of the sand. It is wild, desolate, uninhabited and amazingly beautiful. Hoanib Camp is only accessible by air and the camp itself consists of only eight tents, each consisting of elegant rooms with private bathrooms and a shaded outdoor deck. Flanked in the east and west by rugged mountains and with an incomparable view of brutally beautiful nature, Hoanib offers its guests all the exclusivity and comfort required for an unforgettable stay.
Camp: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (full board including drinks)

Day 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Hoanib Skeleton Coast

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is located on the border of Skeleton Coast Park, 50 km inland. The eight tents are fully equipped with all comforts and are shaded by a beautiful old Leadwood tree, allowing you to enjoy your meals outdoors without being disturbed by the sun. All activities take place here in open off-road vehicles. Sometimes the excursions last all day, with a picnic lunch, sometimes you go home to the camp, have lunch and rest for a while in the middle of the day. Activities vary, ranging from visits to roaring dunes, lava fields to secret little water sources that attract oryx, springbok, giraffe, ostrich, hyena, jackal and other smaller mammals. One of the days is a full day trip by plane out to the coast to get close to seal colonies and see shipwrecks from the air.
Camp: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (full board including drinks)

Day 15 Hoanib Skeleton Coast – Serra Cafema

In the morning, your flight departs from Damaraland to Serra Cafema. The camp is located in the shade of the trees along the banks of the Kunene River and consists of eight straw and canvas chalets on raised platforms, all with private bathrooms. There is also a small pool, dining room and bar. In the evening you fall asleep to the sound of the small rapids located downstream from the camp.
Camp: Serra Cafema, Kuene (full board including drinks)

Day 16, 17 Serra Cafema

In stark contrast to the soothing evenings, the days can be filled with activities by exploring one of the driest deserts on earth. With 4 × 4 Land Rovers, you enjoy the scenery that is enlivened with occasional Ostriches, Springbok and Oryx on your journey between the dunes. Under the boat lanes along the river you also have the chance to see Kunene corks. Hiking in the distant mountains and dehydrated riverbeds are also one of the highlights. Serra Cafema also offers guided tours through the dunes with four-wheeled motorcycles that are gentler on the fragile environment than cars. Serra Cafema is often visited by the local Ovahimba families who live in the area and gives you the opportunity to learn more about their traditions and lifestyle. The Himba people are a nomadic people concentrated in the Kaokoland region of northwestern Namibia. Originally, Himba is a breakaway group from the Herero people who came to Namibia from the north around the turn of the last century. Due to the late contact with missionaries from Europe, Himba has preserved much of its traditions and ethnic heritage and especially the beautiful Himba women are known for their extraordinary hair creations and beautiful jewelry. To adorn themselves, and as protection from the sun, the women cover themselves with a mixture of fat, ocher and herbs that give the skin a red glow.
Camp: Serra Cafema, Kuene (full board including drinks)

Day 18 Serra Cafema – Etosha

You travel further by plane to Etosha National Park in the morning. This is one of the largest national parks in Africa and is known throughout the world. Etosha is Namibia’s first nature reserve and its most distinctive feature is Etosha Pan, a plain that for most of the year consists of dry, cracked clay with mirages in the hot air. Your camp is located in Ongava, which borders the southern part of Etosha National Park and is part of the 30,000 hectare Ongava Reserve.
Camp: Ongava Lodge, Etosha (full board including drinks)

Day 19 Etosha

You have all day to explore Ongava and Etosha with your guides. Etosha is one of southern Africa’s most important game reserves, occupying an area of ​​about 22,270 km2 and is home to over 114 different species of mammals, more than 300 bird species, lots of reptile species and one fish species. Etosha consists mostly of a so-called “mineral pan” and is part of the Kalahari basin. Nowadays there is very rarely water in Etosha and most of the rain that falls disappears very quickly into the desert sand. Visitors to Etosha can count on seeing many different kinds of buck, elephant, giraffe, rhino and lion. With some luck, there is also a chance to see leopard and cheetah.

Camp: Ongava Lodge, Etosha (full board including drinks)

Day 20 – 21 Etosha – Windhoek – return trip

After a last morning safari, you return to Windhoek by plane for further travel to Sweden.

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