Susan Worner Tours

Namibia – Skeleton Coast – Twyfelfontein – Palmwag

25 October – 05 November 2018

Namibia is such a diverse and fascinating country. The Skeleton Coast is the focus of our journey to a vast, remote region in the north west known as the Kunene. The absolute highlight is the three days at Hoanib Camp, in an isolated mountainous wilderness with desert-adapted wildlife and flora, and a unique chance to experience the dramatic shores of the Skeleton Coast with seal colonies and shipwrecks.

We start our journey after an overnight stay in Windhoek and fly to the Palmwag Concession in Damaraland and to the Desert Rhino Camp where the largest free-ranging population of black rhino are being protected in the Save the Rhino programme. After two days we fly to the remote Hoanib Camp for three nights with amazing activities during the day including a trip to the coast. Situated in the protected Skeleton Coast area, access is very limited. On leaving Hoanib, we spend two days at Mowani Lodge in Damaraland. Desert-adapted elephants, lions and cheetahs can be spotted on our game drives.

Our lodges have been hand-picked after extensive research. They are well-run, comfortable and typical of their surroundings. Our guide/driver, Siggi Straube, is from Namibia, a top-rate guide and photographer. The local lodge guides are well trained and their knowledge of fauna and flora is excellent.

The group is small, maximum 10 guests. Internal flights are with Wilderness private charter planes. For some of the journey we travel in a coach well built for the terrain and comfortable. Overnight flights from London Heathrow are with South African Airways.

We can arrange extensions to the tour for you to discover more of Namibia with our guide either by vehicle or with charter flights to remote regions.

 

Itinerary

DAY ONE – THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER D

Evening flight from London Heathrow on South African Airways to Johannesburg.

DAY TWO – FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER BD

Morning arrival in Johannesburg and transfer to flight to Windhoek arriving late morning. Transfer to our luxury guest house in Windhoek. Afternoon guided visit of Windhoek to include the botanic garden. Delicious dinner together on the terrace of our guest house, renowned for its cuisine.

DAY THREE – SATURDAY 27 OCTOBERBBRD

Morning departure to Windhoek airport for a charter flight with Wilderness Air arriving at the remote Desert Rhino Camp set in a wide valley. Black Rhinos are endangered and the Save The Rhino Trust is being actively supported at this Camp. We take a guided nature walk to discover the flora and fauna that live in the harsh environment. We return to the Camp for dinner.

DAY FOUR – SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER BD

Full day’s outing with a picnic lunch to find the desert-adapted rhino, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, perhaps the lions, kudu and a great variety of birds. Return to the lodge to enjoy dinner around the fire pit with views across the wide valley to the nearby mountains. We gain an amazing insight into the ecology and conservation of the area.

DAY FIVE – MONDAY 29 OCTOBER BLD

Leaving the Camp we take a short flight to the Hoanib Lodge in the remote Kaokveld region virtually inaccessible by vehicle. A land of dry riverbeds, mountains and vast plains, the lodge lies on the Hoanib River surrounded by rugged scenery. On game drives we discover the desert-adapted life of elephants, giraffe and antelope, followed by lion, leopard and cheetah. The Mopane and Camelthorn trees provide shelter and nourishment. A sundowner enjoyed just above the lodge is a special moment before dinner.

DAY SIX – TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER BPND

A full day visiting the coast, taking the Hoanib river bed and floodplain, the dune fields and Klein Oasis in a 4×4, admiring the wilderness and wildlife. At the coast, the Cape fur seal colony is impressive and a few shipwrecks can be spotted. We enjoy a delicious picnic on the beach. If possible, a scenic flight back to the camp gives a magnificent perspective of the journey.

DAY SEVEN – WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER BLD

Morning guided nature walk to discover smaller creatures and the fascinating plant life as well as the vestiges of the Strandlopers (beachcombers) who lived in the region hundreds of years ago. We learn about the vital work on wildlife protection, led by Dr Flip Stander and his team, especially supporting the desert lions. Afternoon game drive to explore more of the dry riverbed vegetation and wildlife.

DAY EIGHT – THURSDAY 01 NOVEMBER BD

Morning short flight from Hoanib to join the minibus in Doro Nawas to head eastwards. Arriving at our base, Mowani Mountain Camp surrounded by granite boulders, we take a gentle walk around the lodge area and enjoy a sundowner above the Camp with exceptional views of the landscapes. Dinner together.

DAY NINE – FRIDAY 02 NOVEMBER BD

Early morning game drive to spot desert-adapted elephants and giraffes feeding on the trees of the dry bed of the Aba Huab river. We should see extensive bird life and maybe lions, springbok and ostrich. We return at lunchtime. Afternoon guided walk in the Twyfelfontein Rock Art site to discover ancient rock engravings. We walk up into the boulder-strewn hills to watch the sun go down, returning to the lodge for dinner.

DAY TEN – SATURDAY 03 NOVEMBER BD

Early morning game drive to admire the light and beauty of the mountains and discover elephants, perhaps kudu and oryx. Depart with luggage eastwards via Khorixas visiting a Petrified Forest, an accumulation of enormous fossilized tree trunks about 280 million years old, washed down a river after one of many Ice Ages ended on the Gondwana continent. We continue to Windhoek for a final night in the Olive Exclusive guest house with dinner together. The restaurant serves innovative dishes with local produce.

DAY ELEVEN – SUNDAY 04 NOVEMBER BD

Relaxed morning with a delicious breakfast and transfer to Windhoek airport for the return flight via Johannesburg. Overnight flight to London Heathrow.

DAY TWELVE – MONDAY 05 NOVEMBER B

Early morning arrival in London Heathrow Terminal 3.


In 1836 William Cornwallis Harris led an expedition purely to observe and record wildlife and landscapes by the expedition’s members. Harris established the safari style of journey, starting with a not too strenuous rising at first light, an energetic day walking, an afternoon rest, concluding with a formal dinner and telling stories in the evening over drinks…

Map of Namibia


Tour Costs

£7,200 per person sharing
Single supplement £950

Included:

All air flights, land transport, accommodation in lodges/guest house, delicious meals, local guided game drives and walks. Tips to the lodge room and restaurant staff. Services of a professional guide/driver and accompanied by Susan Worner.
Water supplied on coach.

Not included:

Drinks, lunch if not indicated, driver/guide and lodge guides’ tips, items of a personal nature. Full cover of fully comprehensive travel insurance.

Notes:

The climate is hot and dry and the nights cooler.

Insect repellent is recommended. Malaria protection is necessary though the dry season has few mosquitos (Malarone has been tried and tested by Susan: no side effect and gives full protection). The tented rooms have insect screens and ceiling fans.

Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch), P (picnic) and D (dinner).
Lunches in the form of brunch are provided after a early morning game drive. When we are travelling between lodges, we stop for a light snack en route.

Limited wifi is available in some lodges, the more remote ones have no wifi.

Namibia is a very safe country, the indigenous people are most friendly and helpful. English is spoken everywhere as well as German. South African Rands can be used all over as well as the local currency Namibian Dollars.

Activity Level:

Early morning on game drive it can be cool. Dry heat in the daytime, Travel days quite extensive in comfortable, air conditioned vehicle. Walking shoes required for the Rock Art hillside.