Super-Scenic Namibian Wildlife Safari Deluxe

# Tailor-Made Tour

Super-Scenic Namibian Wildlife Safari Deluxe

13 Days from £6043 per adult.
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Big Cat Safari

This high quality, part fly-in, part self-drive itinerary reveals multiple stunning vistas of Namibia’s immense beauty from both ground level and above, while providing luxury accommodation and excellent guiding. Be truly awed by the sheer scale of this harsh, parched wilderness and the intricate, almost surreal patterns, colours and shapes visible from your bird’s eye viewpoint. Adding to that lofty perspective, it is even more difficult to comprehend how the desert adapted elephants, lions, black rhinos, springbok, ostriches and other animals and plants survive in those arid conditions when viewed from the ground. This extraordinarily varied itinerary is mind-blowing in all its facets and provides a truly privileged insight into this unique destination.


Price from £6043 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Windhoek

Arrive in Windhoek. Met by your guide and enjoy a city tour. Transfer to the hotel later in the day.

Staying at The Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 2 - NamibRand Nature Reserve

Transfer to the airport and board charter flight to the private NamibRand Nature Reserve. Afternoon excursion in the stunning NamibRand dunes to discover the geography and wildlife of the huge reserve. The mighty dunes and open vistas provide an unforgettable scenic experience as well as plenty of photographic opportunities.

Staying at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei

Morning excursion to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. These two natural clay pans offer sensational natural wonders with outstanding photographic opportunities. The moon-like landscape includes sand dunes over 300 metres high and trees over 500 years old. After lunch return to the lodge via the Sesriem Canyon. Optional excursions from the lodge: quad biking, horse riding, guided nature walks and sundowner drive.

Staying at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Palmwag Concession

Today, drive to Geluk airstrip and take what promises to be the most stunningly beautiful scenic flight of your life over the Namib Desert sand sea to the coast, with shipwrecks, abandoned diamond mines and seal colonies, to Swakopmund. Stop for refuelling, then fly over ever-changing geological patterns to the Desert Rhino Camp. Afternoon game drives or walks in the Palmwag Concession.

Staying at Desert Rhino Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Palmwag Concession

Full day of guided excursions in the 450,000 hectare Palmwag Concession. The reserve is mainly an area of rocky hills and a desert home to a stable population of the endangered black rhino, which has specially adapted to the challenging desert conditions. Spend time tracking the rhino, including the opportunity to approach on foot.

Staying at Desert Rhino Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Damaraland

Scenic drive from the lodge to Palmwag entrance gate. Pick up your hire car and self-drive into dramatic Damaraland to your next lodge, maybe en route stopping at the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings (World Heritage Site). Spend the afternoon searching for desert-adapted elephants in the ephemeral riverbeds.

Staying at Mowani Mountain Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Damaraland

Morning in Damaraland to look for elephant herds in the Aba-Huab River. Afternoon excursions could include a nature drive or walk or simply relax and enjoy your stunning surroundings. Hot air ballooning can be arranged at an additional charge.

Staying at Mowani Mountain Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Ongava Private Game Reserve

Today drive to Ongava Private Game Reserve, perhaps via the Petrified Forest. Afternoon game drives in the Ongava Private Game Reserve. The private reserve covers an area of 30,000 hectares and is home to a wide diversity of antelope species such as gemsbok, kudu, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, and mountain and Burchell’s zebra, giraffe, lion and a population of both black and white rhinos.

Staying at Ongava Tented Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Etosha National Park

Day of safari activities in Ongava and Etosha National Park. The Etosha pan is a large saltpan formed by wind action and supports a great diversity of flora and fauna. The park is known for its large concentrations of game, particularly around waterhole, and the attractive endemic race of black-faced impala and important population of black and white rhino.

Staying at Ongava Tented Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Etosha National Park

Independent full day game drive across Etosha National Park to the eastern gate.

Staying at Onguma Tented Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Okonjima

Today, drive to Okonjima Nature Reserve, stopping at Lake Otjikoto en route. In the afternoon there will be activities run by the AfriCat project that could include visits to the cheetah and leopard rehabilitation centres, or tracking the cats and other wildlife of the reserve.

Staying at Okonjima Bush Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Okonjima

Morning and afternoon with the AfriCat team, tracking leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena and guided walking of trails.

Staying at Okonjima Bush Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Windhoek

There will be the chance for a pre-breakfast AfriCat activity, then after breakfast return to Windhoek. Connect with your international flight home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are International Flights Included?
No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Windhoek

Best Visited:
January to January

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin

If you are averse to self-drive, we can arrange for a qualified driver/guide to accompany you for the latter part of the tour from Day 7 (at extra cost).

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

This was our second visit to Namibia in just over 12 months, with Reef and Rainforest and our seventh consecutive wildlife trip with them. I think that speaks for itself. This year we were particularly keen to try and observe some desert adapted Lions. The Lions found in ‘The Namib Desert’ are genetically identical to those found in the rest of Southern Africa but have adapted to live in one of the harshest environments on earth. They number around 150 and have a huge range, and are rarely seen. They came to prominence in the outstanding documentary film ‘Vanishing Kings’. The best chance of observing members of this subset of Lions is during a stay at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, although sightings cannot be guaranteed and weeks can pass by without any success. Therefore a stay at this camp was at the heart of our itinerary and we were very lucky to spend time with a Lioness and her niece who had killed an Oryx in the conservancy. The camp itself is absolutely outstanding in every respect and the location is just spectacular.

Visitors should be aware that this is not ‘The Serengeti’ and that the wildlife is quite thin on the ground. However you would have to be very unlucky not to see Elephant, Giraffe and several other species. Whilst we were out in the desert we were lucky to bump in to Dr P. Stander who has dedicated the whole of his adult life to the conservation of The Desert Lion, what a thrill. The day trip out to the coast was pretty special as well.

The rest of the itinerary worked very well and we were very pleased to have three full days in Etosha N.P. where we recorded 25 mammal species, including 32 individual Lions, observed the aftermath of 4 zebra kills, 11 Rhinoceros (both Black & White), an African Wildcat and the rarely seen in Etosha, elusive Leopard.

So a big thank you to ALL at Reef and Rainforest, another highly successful trip, you certainly delivered again.

Mr JW - Scottish Borders

Route Map

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The Olive Exclusive: -22.607222, 17.078889
Onguma Bush Camp: -18.731240, 17.048340
Okonjima Bush Camp & Plains Camp: -20.856509, 16.645007
Desert Rhino Camp: -20.024565, 13.845735
Ongava Tented Camp: -19.334140, 15.798860
Mowani Mountain Camp: -20.544331, 14.368050
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge: -24.779536, 15.888596