24 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.
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.
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.