Susan Worner Tours

Namibia – Skeleton Coast – Twyfelfontein – Palmwag – Etosha

18 November – 02 December 2017

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, 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.

Our journey ranges from a conservation reserve supporting endangered cheetahs to the Palmwag Concession in Damaraland, where the largest free-ranging population of black rhino are being protected in the Save the Rhino programme. One highlight is the three days spent at Hoanib Camp, a unique lodge in the remote desert mountains of the Skeleton Coast. Our lodges have been hand-picked after extensive research. They are well-run, comfortable and typical of their surroundings. During the journey we always stay at least two nights at the lodge to enjoy activities particular to each region. The lodges are small and often cater just for us. 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. We travel in a coach well built for the terrain and comfortable. Internal flights are with private charters. Overnight flights are with South African Airways.

 

Itinerary

DAY ONE – SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER D

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

DAY TWO – SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER BD

Morning arrival in Johannesburg and transfer to flight to Windhoek arriving late morning. We meet our driver/guide, Siggi, and head north to Okonjima Lodge Bush Camp arriving in afternoon.After refreshments, evening game drive to track the cheetahs. Dinner together.

DAY THREE – MONDAY 20 NOVEMBER BBRD

Morning game drive with possibility to see leopards and cheetahs. Return for brunch. Time to relax, watch the wildlife and birds around the waterhole. After dinner we join a nocturnal hide to spot porcupine, honey badgers and caracal.

DAY FOUR – TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER BD

Depart with luggage westwards via Outjo and 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. Arriving at Mowani Mountain Camp surrounded by granite boulders, we take a gentle walk around the lodge area. Dinner together.

DAY FIVE – WEDNESDAY 22 NOVEMBER BLD

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. Return for lunch. Afternoon guided walk in the Twyfelfontein Rock Art site to discover ancient rock engravings. We go up into the boulder-strewn hills to watch the sun go down, returning to the lodge for dinner.

DAY SIX – THURSDAY 23 NOVEMBER BD

We depart to Palmwag in Damaraland, taking a long track into the bush, to arrive 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 SEVEN – FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER BPND

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 EIGHT – SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 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 tracked by the mountain lions. The Mopane and Camelthorn trees provide shelter and nourishment. A sundowner enjoyed just above the lodge is a special moment before dinner.

DAY NINE – SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER BPND

WA 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. If possible, a scenic flight back to the camp gives a magnificent perspective of the journey.

DAY TEN – MONDAY 27 NOVEMBER 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 ELEVEN – TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER BD

Morning short flight from Hoanib. On landing we head eastwards and visit the Otjikandero Himba village to discover their way of life, unchanged for centuries. We take the road towards the Etosha National Park to our lodge on the southern boundary of the Park. Situated in the mountain foothills with an amazing vantage point over the plain and a well-frequented waterhole. Dinner is enjoyed with views to the waterhole.

DAY TWELVE – WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER BLD

Morning outing into the Etosha National Park to discover waterholes with a rich variety of wildlife and birds. Return to the lodge for lunch. We join a game drive on the 30,000 hectare private reserve and experience amazing wildlife, and may see a rare black-faced impala. Chance to see both black and white rhinos.

DAY THIRTEEN – THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER BD

After an early morning game drive, we depart south through ever changing landscapes to arrive at the Olive Exclusive Lodge for dinner and a relaxing overnight stay.

DAY FOURTEEN – FRIDAY 01 DECEMBER BD

After a delicious brunch we have a guided tour of Windhoek and visit to the Arts Centre for refreshments and see the local crafts and books. Depart to Windhoek airport for the flight to Johannesburg changing to the overnight flight to London Heathrow.

DAY FIFTEEN – SATURDAY 02 DECEMBER B

Early arrival in London Heathrow.


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

£7,395 per person sharing Single supplement £980

Included:

All flights and private transfer flights.
Accommodation in lodges.
Local guided game drives and walks.
All National Park entrance fees, garden entrance fees and local guides.
Professional guide/driver throughout, accompanied by Susan Worner.
Water supplied on coach

Not included:

Drinks.
Lunch when travelling
Driver/guide and lodge staff tip.
Local ranger guide tips.
Items of a personal nature.
Full travel insurance.

Activity Level:

Dry daytime heat, cooler at night. Travel days quite extensive in comfortable, air conditioned vehicle. Some walking.


Notes

The climate is hot and dry and the nights cooler.
Lunches in the form of brunch are provided from an early morning game drive. When we are travelling between lodges we stop for a light snack en route (not included).
Namibia is a very safe country, the indigenous people are most friendly and helpful. English is spoken everywhere. South African Rand can be used all over as well as the local currency Namibia dollars.
B – Breakfast
BR – Brunch
L – Lunch
PN – Picnic
D – Dinner