7-Day Fly-In Safari to Namibia

Namibia3Ujuzi is offering a new, 7-day Namibian safari with daily departures. It is a shorter, more economical version of our other Namibian safaris but with all the standard perks, including light aircraft flights between major destinations that allow you to experience a bird’s eye view of the stunning Namibian landscape.

On the seven-day safari,  you will experience the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the amazing history and geology of Damaraland, and the abundant wildlife of Etosha National Park. The safari also includes visits to a remote Himba village and to the renowned AfriCat Foundation, which runs the largest cheetah and leopard rescue and release program in the world:

  • Damaraland is home to a variety of wildlife and hidden desert treasures, including elusive desert-adapted elephants, the world-famous Twyfelfontein prehistoric rock engravings, Burnt Mountain and the geological curiosity of the Organ Pipes (named so because that’s what these dolerite columns look like).
  • Etosha National Park covers 8,600 square miles. It is famous for its saline depressions or ‘pans,’ but also comprises grasslands, woodlands and savannahs. The park boasts some 114 mammals and more than 340 bird species. One might see elephants, lions, giraffes, blue wildebeests, elands, kudus, oryxes, zebras, rhinos, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, honey badgers, warthogs, and endemic black-faced impalas.
  • Sossusvlei is the most-visited section of the 19,000-square-mile Namib Naukluft National Park. Its red sand dunes stand up to 1,000 feet above the surrounding plains, ranking them among the earth’s tallest dunes. Half a mile away is Deadvlei, a salt pan full of striking camel thorn trees that died about 900 years ago when the sand sea blocked water from occasionally flooding the pan. The trees still stand as erect as when they grew.
  • The Himba people have lived a relatively isolated existence for many centuries in scattered settlements throughout the Kunene Region. They are noted for their intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments – particularly otjize, a mixture of red ochre and fat that protects skin and hair against the harsh desert climate.
  • AfriCat Foundation has rescued more than 1,000 cheetahs and leopards, releasing more than 85 percent back into the wild. See these animals up close and learn about their crucial role in the ecosystem. The foundation is also home to rescued lions as well as wild porcupines, caracals, and honey badgers.

namibia5Accommodations include:

  • Andersson’s Camp, a comfortable base for your explorations of Etosha National Park’s unique landscape. The resurrected farmstead fronts onto a waterhole teeming with wildlife, and the twenty tented guest units with en suite bathrooms are raised on decks for an enhanced view. This model of eco-sensitive lodging provides an authentic, safe and down-to-earth experience.
  • Camp Kipwe, nestled in an outcrop of giant granite boulders above the ephemeral Aba Huab riverbed where desert adapted elephants often traverse. Each comfortable thatched bungalow is simply but tastefully furnished and has an en-suite bathroom. A refreshing swimming pool and sunset lookout with lovely views complement the camp.
  • Kulala Desert Lodge, providing magnificent views of Sossusvlei’s famous red dunes, mountainous scenery and vast open plains. The camp comprises 15 stylish, thatched-and-canvas rooms built on wooden platforms with en suite bathrooms and verandas. Each room has a deck on the flat rooftop where bedrolls can be placed for guests to sleep under the stars.

Contact us to learn more about this amazing safari!

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Featured Lodge: Okonjima Bush Camp

namibia5Situated at the base of the Omboroko Mountains in Namibia, Okonjima Bush Camp is home to the AfriCat Foundation, which runs the largest cheetah and leopard rescue and release program in the world. In the last 17 years, more than 1,000 of these predators have been rescued, and more than 85 percent of those have been released back into the wild. Okonjima also has three domesticated lions – Matata, Tambo and Tessie – who were born in captivity and rescued by AfriCat. They have become long-term residents and can often be heard in the mornings before guests leave the lodge.

Activities at Okonjima Bush Camp include leopard tracking by vehicle, a visit to the cheetah welfare project, and a visit to the night hide where nocturnal animals such as porcupines, caracals, honey badgers and leopards may be seen.

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Living accommodations consist of nine luxurious rondavels. The thatched chalets are linked by walkways to a main area where meals are taken and activities begin. Each rondavel is completely private and the green canvas ‘walls’ can be rolled up to give you a 180-degree view, allowing you to watch life in the bush while relaxing in total comfort and safety.

Energetic early risers will enjoy the guided walking trails, which offer excellent opportunities for bird watching—over 300 bird species have been identified here. Two spacious animal-viewing hides are located within easy walking distance of the lodge, and another is situated at a recently established vulture feeding area just a short drive away.

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Contact Ujuzi to learn more about safaris in Namibia!

 

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