While on this guided safari guests will have the opportunity to experience the diversity of Namibia’s habitats and landscapes. Despite being considered a desert country the occurrence and sometimes seasonal abundance of game in certain of these desert environments only serves to prove how adaptable the flora and fauna in these regions are. Namibia has been referred to as “the land between two deserts.” This safari includes visits to both the Namib and Kalahari Deserts. In addition to viewing game in “wilderness” areas, this safari includes visits to the Etosha National Park, the Skeleton Coast Park and the Namib Naukluft Park.
Departure from Windhoek around 8 o’clock in the morning. Our guide will pick you up from the hotel. We are heading west, into the Namib Desert, and will be travelling through scenic bushland and savannah of the Central Highlands and Namib-Naukluft Park. On route stop-over at the spectacular view point of the Spreetshoogte Mountain Pass before we descend from Central Plateau (1600 meters above the sea level) into the desert (at 600 m above sea level). We are crossing dried-up river beds, which fill-up with water only during rainy season. Lunch served amidst semi-desert savannah at the cozy, wilderness restaurant at Solitaire. Stop at the small, desert bakery to taste freshly baked bread, cakes and famous ‚apple pie’.
Before sunrise, we begin fascinating adventure to spectacular Sossusvlei – land of the highest sandy dunes on Earth! After climbing to the top of picturesque Dune 45 we will go on an off-road trail and desert-walk among orange, surreal dunes of Dead Vlei. Breath-taking landscape of the majestic dunes, touched by the light of the rising sun and contrasting shadows overwhelms with its shapes, forms and colors! Towering over 380 m overhead is one of the highest dunes of the Namib, ‚Big Daddy’. Exquisite vistas worth capturing through the eye of a camera. Surreal Dead Vlei charms and amazes with its incredible landscape expressions! Dry acacia forest (Camelthorn acacia) as if ‚frozen in time’, calmly and motionlessly stands among the silent dunes. Unique desert experience leaves impressive, lasting impressions! In the afternoon hike through the fascinating formations of the Sesriem Canyon.
After breakfast, we are travelling through the Namib Desert and Namib-Naukluft Park – venturing north-west to small town-oasis Swakopmund, set on the Atlantic coast. En route, crossing Kuiseb Riverbed, travelling through vast regions of savannah and semi-desert. Good chance of sighting ostriches, springboks, mountain zebras and oryx grazing in their natural habitat. While crossing iconic Tropic of Capricorn, time for break, stretching legs and short photo-moment. Arrival in Swakopmund, early afternoon.
In the morning, relaxing walk through picturesque, coastal town of Swakopmund. Visit at the local ‚open-air’ curio market, admiring, as well as shopping for an attractive and colorful, African artifacts. After lunch, escapade to spectacular Moon Valley and Welwitchia mirabilis trails – desert plant and botanical attraction; one of the oldest known plants on Earth, called by the botanists the ‚living fossil’.
Boat cruise (morning hours) to the colony of pink flamingos and fur seals, with dolphins and marine life viewing.
Quad bike tour into the desert dunes.
Visit at fascinating Crystal Gallery – exhibition of magnificent, Namibian crystals, some of the biggest specimen in the World, as well as rich selection of semi-precious stones.
Visit at the Snake Park – indigenous Namibian species including most poisons ones, such as: Black Mamba, Puff Adder, Cape Cobra, Gaboon Adder, Boom snake, Zebra Snake, as well as Pythons, grass and sand snakes.
Salt road along the Atlantic Coast takes us further north. On the way, visit to the largest fur seal colony with short stop-over at the historical Cape Cross, where in 1486, Portuguese sailor Diego Cao set up a granite cross in tribute of the King of Portugal, after landing on the Namibian coast. Turning east, inland – we are on route to the mountainous Brandberg Massif with the highest Namibian peak, Konigsberg, towering 2574m above sea level. Set amidst grassy African savannah and granite mountains is famous ‚White Lady’, ancient Bushmen painting, created by the tribal artists, who inhabited these regions centuries ago. Arrival at the lodge, in the afternoon.
Early in the morning, on route to scenic Damaraland and to visit Twyfelfontein – UNESCO World Heritage Site, where over 2000 rock engravings created by Bushmen are found in the rusty rocks and mountains. Engravings picture animals, hunters and hunting, people and their lifestyle.
After breakfast, we are venturing further into Kaokoland, to Opuwo, capital of this northern region. The next day we will meet semi-nomadic Himba people. One of the last, pastoral tribes on Earth, who continue to keep their traditional ancient way of life, as they did for hundreds of years. Unique chance for ethnic photography!
In the morning, unforgettable visit to the Himba village, learning about their nomadic way of life. Unique opportunity to observe exotic culture and customs. The Himba are a tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralis, who inhabit the Kaokoland, in northern Namibia. They have clung to their traditions, and the beautiful Himba women are noted for their orange-colored skin, intricate hairstyles and traditional jewelry. Himba men and women wear few clothes, apart from a loin cloth or goat-skin mini-skirt, they rub their bodies with mixture of red ochre and animal fat to protect themselves against sun, insects and to condition their skin. It gives Himba’s skin characteristic rich, red color. Himba jewelry is made from iron, animal skin or shell, and due to the intricate designs, have become very popular among the visiting tourists. Visit at the Himba village creates superb opportunity for spectacular ethnic photography! After morning adventure, time for lunch and afternoon rest.
After visit to the Himba village we are heading further north in direction of Kunene River to admire Epupa Falls. Kunene creates natural border between Namibia and Angola.
Today, time for rest and optional, recreational activities, while tucked away in nature, meditating beauty of this charming region, set ‚far away from civilization’. Option of quiet rest in tranquil surroundings, nature walks, bird watching or spotting crocodiles inhabiting Kunene River. Crocodiles at Kunene are considered to be some of the most aggressive crocs in Africa. Giant reptiles, water monitors measuring up to 2 meters long, inhabit the area.
On our way to spectacular nature reserve – Etosha National Park! Etosha is dedicated to protecting wildlife of African bush and savannah. Its beauty and natural charm simply overwhelms the visitor! Wild animals inhabit enormous regions of grassy savannah. Harmony and balance of nature fills the viewer with tranquil peace and serenity. Live ‚theatre of nature’ at its best.
On safari trails of Etosha! We are tracking wildlife in its own natural habitat, observing herds of elephants, zebras, hyenas, variety of the antelopes (kudu, oryx, impalas, eland, springbok, gnu) giraffes, rhino, jackals and birds of prey. Searching for big cats of Etosha: cheetah and leopard, and for ‚king of the savannah’ – the lion. At the waterholes, in calm and stillness, we are observing wild animals coming for a drink of water after a hot day. Evenings spent at the waterhole, watching and admiring rich variety of wildlife. Till late at night, we are captivated by incredible nature show! Fantastic opportunity for unforgettable photographic moments!
After last visit to the waterhole, leaving Etosha early in the morning and heading south to Windhoek ‚back to civilization’. On the way, visit to an open-air craft market in Okahandja. Wonderful opportunity to purchase hand-made curios and African souvenirs. After two weeks filled with unforgettable adventures, we are heading to the international airport. We will bid you ‚bye, bye’ and a safe journey, till we see you again on a safari in Africa – with Wild Wind Safaris!
What is the type of clothing I should pack?
Due to our favorable climate conditions, visitors to the East African region are encouraged to travel with clothing that suit moderate temperatures. It is not hot or too cold. Our terrain is sloppy so bring comfortable shoes. Things like jewelry leave behind because it might get lost in the wilderness and will be difficult to retrieve them.
Will I get information in advance concerning the places I will visit, people to meet and the type of wildlife to watch?
Yes, upon confirmation of your trip we will send to you detailed information about the local culture, flora and fauna, our safari etiquette, etc.
Is passport part of the requirement needed to visit East Africa safaris?
Definitely, it is necessary for any traveler visiting Kenya or Tanzania. The passport should be valid for at least 6 months.