16 – 28 November 2020
Namibia is a fascinating country with richly diverse landscapes, geology, wildlife, and flora including endemic species such as the extraordinary Welwitschia mirabilis plant, one of the country’s national symbols. The Skeleton Coast is the focus of our journey to the northwest – a vast, remote region – with the highlight two days based at Shipwreck Camp in an isolated coastal wilderness. Here we have a unique chance to explore the dramatic ocean shore with seal colonies and shipwrecks, and to discover desert-adapted wildlife and flora.
© Alastair Marsh Photography
We start our journey from Windhoek by travelling west to Swakopmund on the Atlantic Coast where we encounter the “Little Five” (insects, reptiles and small mammals) living in the dunes, desert hardy flora, and flamingos resident in the lagoon at Walwis Bay. Heading north and inland, we spend two days at Mowani Lodge in Damaraland where we may spot desert-adapted elephants, lions and cheetahs on our game drives. Our next destination, the Desert Rhino Camp on the Palmwag Concession, has Africa’s largest free-ranging population of black rhino, protected by the Save the Rhino programme.
From Damaraland we travel to the protected Skeleton Coast and Shipwreck Lodge, where we stay in stylish wooden cabins nestled between the dramatic sand dunes, with views of the Atlantic Ocean. In this wild, remote landscape with its roaring dunes, we bird-watch around the lake in a nearby oasis and visit seal colonies and shipwrecks.
Heading south, we leave the coastal area and arrive at the Old Traders’ Lodge in Erindi Game Reserve. Covering a vast area, the Reserve is home to a spectacular variety of wildlife and vegetation, providing endless fascination on our game drives.
Our lodges have been handpicked after extensive research. They are well run, comfortable and designed to be environmentally sensitive. Our guide/driver, Namibian Siggi Straube, is a top-rate guide and photographer; local lodge guides are well trained and knowledgeable about local fauna and flora.
The group will comprise a maximum 10 guests. We travel in a small and comfortable coach, well built for the terrain. Overnight flights are between London Heathrow and Johannesburg with connecting flights to/from Windhoek.
The climate is likely to be hot and dry by day, cooling at night. Early morning game drives will be cool, or even chilly, and additional layers (e.g. a fleece jacket) are recommended.
Insect repellent is recommended. Malaria protection is not necessary in the regions we visit. The tented rooms have insect screens and ceiling fans for your protection and comfort.
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch), Picnic and D (dinner)
Lunches in the form of brunch are provided after an early morning game drive. When we are travelling between lodges, we stop for a light snack en route.
Limited Wi-Fi is available in some lodges, but those in more remote areas have no Wi-Fi.
Namibia is a very safe country, and the indigenous people are most friendly and helpful. English is spoken everywhere as well as German. For currency, the South African Rand can be used as well as local Namibian Dollars.