Starting in Windhoek and heading north, on our 9 day and 8 night semi-accommodated safari, our winding road takes us first to visit the cheetah of Africat at Okonjima. With a specialist guide, we will learn all about this fascinating species and the pressures and challenges they face to survive in the modern world.
Looking for amazing wildlife encounters in Etosha National Park we hope for predators and prey alike. Lion and leopard, elephant and giraffe, black rhino and eland are all in the mix of possible sightings and we enjoy the privilege of night-time viewing at the world famous Okaukuejo waterhole.
We meet and engage with the Himba Tribespeople and then travel, onwards to Palmwag, over the mighty Etendeka Mountains and Grootberg Pass with exotic and beautiful views, where the mountain peaks seem to touch the very sky. Stunning in every season this region of mountains and grassland, trees and riverbeds, desert elephant and desert rhino, puts real meaning into the words ‘’breath taking’’.
Palmwag is set out abreast of the Uniab River and under waving makalani palm trees which often provide a refuge for Namibia’s unique desert adapted elephants.
We experience the Skeleton Coast, the last resting place of many an ancient mariner, meet 100,000 seals and encounter shipwrecks and lichen fields like no other on our way into the coastal town of Swakopmund. Referred to by some as the adrenaline capital of Namibia, there are certainly some hair raising experiences on offer, but Swakopmund is also a place where you can relax and recharge.
We head for adventure on a magical trip to one of the most beautiful places on Planet Earth, the centre of the Namib – the oldest desert in the world. From the coast we cross the vast gravel plains that stretch inland for over 100km. We traverse high mountain passes and cross The Tropic of Capricorn on our way down to the dune fields.
A pre-dawn start to catch the soft light of sunrise as we head for Dead Vlei with its stark collection of skeleton trees and on to Sossusvlei, waters end for an ancient river. We watch out for wildlife, oryx and springbok are often seen in this sandy land but if we look and have sharp eyes, the dunes are also home to a full menagerie of reptiles, beetles, insects, rodents and birds. All these creatures are uniquely desert adapted survive in this waterless wonderland using super-power evolutionary adaptations. The Namib Desert is internationally recognised as a top biodiversity hot spot in a desert habitat.
Climbing a towering sand dune, 300 m from top-to-toe, is an experience unique to Namibia, Big Daddy, Big Mamma and Dune 45 are all waiting to be conquered if you are feeling intrepid and want to experience the view from such a lofty perch.
We visit the Solitaire cheetah conservation project, then homeward bound up-and-over rocky mountains as we climb our way up the central plateau and across the Khomas Hochland mountains to Windhoek.