Susan Worner Tours

Namibia – Skeleton Coast – Twyfelfontein – Palmwag

We arrange bespoke tour itineraries for small groups of friends or colleagues wishing to travel together to a special destination or for specialist horticultural groups. The minimum numbers are eight guests who will be accompanied by Susan or her specialist guides. We have the experience, know the good hotels or lodges and the best itineraries to offer. The itineraries below are examples of bespoke tours. Tailor-made programmes can be arranged for your personal preferences.

To know more please contact us on info@susanwornertours.com or +44 (0) 1423 326 300.

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

Evening departure from London Heathrow on South African Airways overnight to Johannesburg.

DAY TWO

Morning arrival in Johannesburg and transfer to flight to Windhoek arriving late morning. Transfer north
to the spectacular Erindi Game Reserve for two nights. Sunset game drive before enjoying dinner together.

DAY THREE

Early morning game drive in the reserve to observe the wildlife grazing and browsing. Chance to see giraffes, oryx, springbok and may be lions before returning for breakfast. The viewing terrace overlooking the large water hole at the lodge is spectacular. We enjoy an evening game drive perhaps to spot elephants, returning to the lodge for dinner.

DAY FOUR

Morning departure to arrive at the Palmwag entrance of the remote Desert Rhino Camp set in a wide valley.
Welwitschia mirabilis, Namibia’s elusive indigenous plant grown profusely along the track to the Camp. 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 enjoy a special bush dinner together.

DAY FIVE

Full day’s outing in remote hills with trackers to find the wild desert-adapted rhino. The trackers recount their work during a picnic lunch in the shade of trees surrounding a water hole. On our return we may see the rare Hartmann’s mountain zebra. 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 SIX

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 where trees grow surrounded by rugged mountain 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 SEVEN

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 EIGHT

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 NINE

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 TEN

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, ostrich and blue wildebeest. 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 ELEVEN

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 TWELVE

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

DAY THIRTEEN

Early morning arrival in London Heathrow Terminal 3.


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