Africa, Nambia Safaris
Namibia
Best of Namibia

Namibia is celebrated for its vast open landscapes – an abundance of space and an infinite supply of blue skies and star-filled nights. Its immensity is accentuated by the fact that it is the driest country south of the Sahara. But there is life here, from one of the last true nomadic tribes on Earth, to the unique desert-adapted elephant and the bizarre Welwitschia plant.

Namibia Overview

Namibia is a country of startling contrasts that straddles two great deserts: the Namib (after which it is named) is the oldest desert on the planet, with its sea of red sand dunes towering 1,000 feet high lying unexpectedly along the Atlantic coast, while in the eastern interior lies the Kalahari, a vast and sparsely vegetated savannah that sprawls across the border into neighboring countries.

The epic landscapes boast a huge variety of wildlife in a kaleidoscope of differing environments: giraffes amble across the blinding white saltpans of Etosha National Park, gemsbok plunge headlong up impossibly steep red dunes at Sossusvlei, and seals in their many thousands colonize lonely beachheads along the Skeleton Coast. Astonishing contrasts are everywhere for the adventurous traveler to savor, enjoy and photograph.

Days spent tracking rare white rhino on foot, learning the habits of desert-adapted elephant, climbing the dunes of Sossusvlei for incredible views, and exploring the expansive salt pans of Etosha are enhanced by remote and intimate lodges, and interaction with the indigenous people that make Namibia unique among African countries.

Nambia Safari at a Glance

Please note that as this is a private safari for you and your family or friends, it can be tailored to your preferences. The below overview is only one possible suggestion in Namibia based on our experience. We also offer custom safaris to Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, and the Republic of the Congo.

Namibia Safari map with Boundless JourneysDays 1-2: Meet by 10:00 a.m. in Windhoek, capital city of Namibia, before boarding your bush flight to Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp. Explore Sossusvlei's 1,000-foot-high red dunes on foot and by open 4 x 4 vehicle, entering the expansive park through our private entrance for the most exclusive experience possible.

Days 3-4: Board your aircraft for a scenic flight over the Namib desert to the Skeleton Coast, a desolate and unforgiving coastline known for its remnants of shipwrecks and boisterous colonies of sea lions. Continue to Damaraland Camp on our private reserve bordering the Skeleton Coast National Park, home to the unique desert-adapted elephant. Explore this remote wilderness region on foot and by vehicle.

Days 5-6: Fly to the private Ongava Game Reserve bordering the famed Etosha National Park. Explore the park's massive salt pans with its rich wildlife, including lion, elephant, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok and giraffe. Staying on our private game reserve allows us to embark on night drives and game walks, perhaps quietly observing one of the rarest of Africa's remaining large animals, the white rhino.

Day 7: Fly back to Windhoek or extend your trip.

Why take a Boundless Journeys safari in Namibia?

Namibia safarisBoundless Journeys has partnered with Wilderness Safaris, widely recognized as the best safari outfitter in Southern Africa, to offer this remarkable Namibia safari. In addition to experienced guides, first-class vehicles, and a diverse selection of camp and lodge options, Wilderness Safaris’ conservation efforts and community-mindedness are great matches for Boundless Journeys’ core philosophy.

THE PRIVATE COLLECTION ADVANTAGE

  • Independent travel at its best. With your own exclusive party of family or friends, you'll enjoy itineraries developed from our years of experience.
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  • Reconnect in remarkable places. What better way to celebrate important milestones than with family and friends in amazing places, with all of the details handled for you so you can simply relax and enjoy each other’s company?
  • Do your own thing. Customize your journey to indulge your most amazing travel fantasies.
  • Travel with Trusted Leaders in Adventure Travel. Recognized by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as a Top 10 "World's Best Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter".
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Group Size

1+

Trip Rating

Description of Trip Ratings

Adventure travel may involve exotic destinations, varying levels of physical exertion, and activities that may be new to you. We want to make sure that you choose the adventure that's right for you from our many one-of-a-kind trips. Each trip is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest, and 5 being the most strenuous. A few of our trips have had a "+" added to the number, indicating something that falls in between. Our Trip Ratings may be found on the trip schedule and on our website. Our detailed itineraries provide additional information on what to expect on the trip you are considering (detailed itineraries are available by mail or e-mail; or you can find them on our website: www.BoundlessJourneys.com). We encourage you to call one of our travel experts with any questions or concerns that you may have. We are happy to assist you in selecting the most appropriate adventure for you.
 
EASIEST 1
 
Our easiest trips are generally hotel-based cultural and nature journeys that offer light activity. Walks and hikes (approximately 2 to 4 hours) are through gentle terrain with little elevation gain or loss. Altitude is not a factor on these tours. Other activities, such as snorkeling or sea kayaking, are optional. Examples: Galapagos Islands Cruise, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
 
EASY TO MODERATE 2
 
Hotel nights and/or deluxe, safari-style camping. Walking, hiking (approximately 3 to 5 hours), kayaking, or other activities on most days. Trails and paths are through rolling countryside, with occasional steep trails with up to 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Many of our hotel-based walking trips are in this category. Examples: Tuscany & Umbria, Turkey, and Bhutan.
 
MODERATE 3
 
Hotel or inn-based hiking trips, that involve full day hikes (approximately 4 to 6 hours), mostly on unpaved trails and paths through hilly terrain with typical elevation gains and losses of 1,000 to 2,000 feet. There may be occasional steep sections of trail. Examples: Slovenia, Amalfi Coast, Spain.
 
MODERATE TO STRENUOUS 4
 
Full day hikes (approximately 5 to 7 hours) through mountainous terrain with significant elevation gains and losses (2,000 to 3,000 feet). Terrain may be rugged with uneven footpaths. The average altitude is generally no more than 12,000 feet. Vehicle support is limited. These trips may involve some full-service camping or simple accommodations in remote locations. Examples: Tour du Mont Blanc, Peru Trek, Haute Route.
 
MOST STRENUOUS 5
 
Full-day trekking (approximately 6 to 8 hours) through rugged mountainous terrain with steep climbs and descents and the following present: elevation gains and losses of as much as 4,000 feet, altitude that exceeds 12,000 feet, and rugged uneven footpaths with some exposure. These trips typically offer minimal to no vehicle support and include full-service camping in a remote setting.

Activity Details

Game driving over bumpy terrain, easy to moderate optional game walks, optional mountain biking and quad-bike riding, and one optional moderate sand-dune climb.

Meeting Point

Windhoek, Namibia, 10:00 a.m.

Departure Point

Windhoek, Namibia, 1:00 p.m.

Traveling To and From

Most Convenient Airport:
For international flights into Namibia: Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek, Namibia (WDH)

Meeting Time and Place:
10:00 a.m., your choice of Hosea Kutako International Airport or Eros Airport*, Windhoek, Namibia

Departure Time and Place:
1:00 p.m., your choice of Hosea Kutako International Airport or Eros Airport*, Windhoek, Namibia

*Depending on your international flight schedule and pre/post safari plans, you may be spending pre- or post-safari nights in Windhoek. If you are in Windhoek the night before your safari begins, we recommend meeting our representative at Eros Airport (15 minutes from downtown). If you are flying into Windhoek that morning from Cape Town or Johannesburg, then Hosea Kutako International Airport is a better place to meet. Likewise, if you are spending post-safari time in Windhoek, we will return you to Eros Airport; if you are departing Namibia immediately following your safari, we will return you to Hosea Kutako International Airport.

Namibia Camps

Please note that as this is a private safari for you and your family or friends, it can be tailored to your preferences. The below overview is only one possible suggestion in Namibia based on our experience. We also offer custom safaris to Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, and the Republic of the Congo.

Namibia Accommodation Overview: Luxury safari camps, offering superb facilities and accommodation. All camps have en-suite bathrooms. Please note that Desert Rhino Camp may be substituted for Damaraland Camp, and Ongava Lodge for Ongava Tented Camp, depending on availability.
 
Nights 1 & 2: Little Kulala
Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Sossusvlei
Namibia


Namibia Private Safari - Little Kulala, Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, NamibiaFREE UPGRADE TO PREMIER CAMP! Our guests will enjoy the comforts of Little Kulala, a luxurious desert retreat from Wilderness Safaris "Premier" camp collection, situated in the private 37,000 hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve – the gateway to Namibia's Sand Sea with its towering red dunes and clear starry skies.

Accommodation at Little Kulala consists of 11 climate-controlled, thatched "kulalas" (the word means 'to sleep') which merge impeccably into the timeless desert landscape, with exquisite fittings and fixtures, and innovative bleached decks - each with a private plunge pool. Each kulala has a rooftop 'skybed' for romantic stargazing, with both indoor and outdoor showers.



Nights 3 & 4: Damaraland Camp
Torra Conservancy, Damaraland, bordering Skeleton Coast National Park
Namibia


Namibia Private Safari - Damaraland Camp, Skeleton Coast Kunene Region, Namibia Situated on the northern face of the Huab River valley and looking south toward the imposing Brandberg Mountains, Damaraland Camp offers its guests endless vistas. 

This friendly camp accommodates guests in 9 comfortable tented rooms, with en-suite facilities including flush toilets and showers with hot and cold running water. The combined dining room and bar are under canvas, and an open fire is enjoyed on calm evenings. A feature of the camp is its unique rock pool. 
 
Nights 5 & 6: Ongava Tented Camp
Ongava Game Reserve bordering Etosha National Park
Namibia


Namibia Private Safari - Ongava Tented Camp, Ongava Game Reserve, Etosha National Park, NamibiaOngava Tented Camp is Etosha National Park's best-kept secret, tucked into a hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill in the privately-owned 30 000-ha Ongava Game Reserve. This camp offers private luxury, great company, delicious food and an original African wildlife experience without the crowds.

Just 12 guests are accommodated in six large, comfortable walk-in tents with en-suite facilities, including flush toilet and a hot shower. All meals are enjoyed in the main dining area under thatch, and there is a small pool as well.

 

Detailed Itinerary

SAMPLE ITINERARY: Other private customized options are available.

DAY 1
Into the Namib Desert

Afternoon at leisure.

This morning by 10:00 a.m. you will meet our representative at Windhoek International Airport or Eros Airport (depending on your pre-safari plans) and depart by light aircraft on a one-hour flight to the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve bordering the world-famous red dunes of Sossusvlei. Our exclusive luxury camp, with panoramic views of the surrounding plains, is situated away from the Namib Naukluft Park's main entrance, and enjoys its own private entrance to the Sossusvlei dunes, allowing us to explore in relative solitude over the next two days. 

This afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the amenities of the camp, or join other guests on a guided walk to introduce you to the local flora and fauna of the camp's environs. Drinks at sunset ("sundowners" are a safari tradition) are followed by a sumptuous dinner showcasing the best of African bush cuisine.
Little Kulala, Private Kulala Wilderness Reserve

DAY 2
The Red Dunes of Sossusvlei

Optional dune hiking - moderate, about 2 hours.

After an early breakfast we depart camp for the interior of Sossuvlei, where towering dunes rise dramatically, some more than 1,000 feet above the surrounding plains. We plan our activities for early morning to enjoy the fine morning weather before the day gets too warm. This morning, perhaps you'll choose to challenge yourself to climb to the peak of the dunes, for epic views across a sea of sand. Or perhaps you simply enjoy photographing the native wildlife and stunning landscapes in the beautiful morning light. Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok eke out a scattered existence here. Larger predators include hyena, the almost mystical shaggy-coated scavenger. One bird, the aptly named Dune Lark, has its entire global distribution limited to this region, so dependent is it on the area's characteristic sands.

Afternoon activities are enjoyed on the property where you can spend time taking in the desert scenery with its unique fauna and flora. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf can be seen as the desert air cools toward sundown.
Little Kulala, Private Kulala Wilderness Reserve

DAY 3
The Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast scenic flight

We say goodbye to Sossusvlei this morning, departing  by light aircraft over the Namib and Sossusvlei itself for an alternative view of the dunes from the air, before turning due west to Meob Bay on the Skeleton Coast. Aptly named the "Skeleton Coast" for its numerous shipwrecks as well as the bleached bones of large sea animals, the combination of desert and coastal scenery here is spectacular. The flight up the coast takes us over the site of the Eduard Bolen shipwreck, past Conception Bay and the wreck of the Shaunee, and over Sandwich Harbour and its famous lagoon, before landing at Swakopmund Airport.

We depart from Swakopmund for another scenic flight further up the Skeleton Coast, past the Cape Cross Seal Colony, before turning east to fly along the Huab River Valley to Damaraland Camp. We arrive at camp by early afternoon, in time for a game drive, sundowners, and another memorable dinner.
Damaraland Camp, Torra Conservancy, Damaraland

DAY 4
Haub River Valley Exploration

Optional game drives (morning and evening) - about 2 hours each; optional game tracking walks - easy, about two hours; optional mountain biking - easy to moderate, about 2 hours.

Situated on the northern face of the Huab River valley and looking south toward the imposing Brandberg Mountains, Damaraland Camp offers seemingly endless vistas. Early morning mists, generated by the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the warm desert air of the Skeleton Coast, drift inland along the river sand canyon, providing sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region. This comfortable and friendly camp offers walks and drives in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia. Although wildlife is not concentrated, the camp is situated where the rare desert elephant roams, alongside gemsbok (oryx), springbok, ostrich, and other hardy desert animals. Rare succulent plants somehow manage to eke out an existence in this harsh landscape.

Our explorations today will be by 4 x 4 vehicle as well as on foot in search of the resident wildlife and to simply take in the inspiring landscape. This area also is home to some of Africa's best rock engravings, including the famous Twyfelfontein etchings. Birding is also excellent with raptors including Martial Eagle, Lappet-faced Vulture and Pale Chanting Goshawk.
Damaraland Camp, Torra Conservancy, Damaraland

DAY 5
Damaraland to Etosha National Park

Morning and evening game drives - about 2 hours each.

After a final Damaraland game drive this morning, we fly by light aircraft to Ongava Tented Camp, located on a private reserve bordering the famed Etosha National Park. Highlights over the next two days will include game drives into Etosha to explore its immense white salt pans, as well as night drives, guided walks and hides on our private reserve - activities that are not available to those staying inside the national park.

A watering hole near camp offers an ideal spot for a rhino "hide", where we can quietly wait for these impressive animals to approach and observe their actions completely undisturbed. Ongava has resident white rhino, and Etosha has black rhino, allowing us the opportunity to encounter both rare species in the course of just a few days.
Ongava Tented Camp, Ongava Game Reserve bordering Etosha National Park

DAY 6
Etosha National Park and Ongava Game Reserve

Morning and evening game drives as well as optional night drives and guided walks on our private reserve.

This morning we set off on a game drive into the Okaukuejo area of Etosha where lion, elephant, cheetah, gemsbok, springbok, and hartebeest can be seen at many of the waterholes. This flat landscape is dotted with a number of large saltpans, slight depressions produced by wind action. Etosha means "great white place" and indeed its immense salt pan stretches in blinding whiteness across 5,000 square kilometers (120km east to west, and 55km from north to south). Today, a few rivers and occasional heavy summer rains can fill the pan (in good years attracting more than a million flamingos to its salty waters), but for the most part it is parched and dry. While the pan itself is extremely salty and as a result does not support much vegetation, its edges give way to a surprising variety of vegetation types: from the tall tree canopies of the tamboti and terminalia woodland in the east, to the broad swath of mopane that envelops the broader area and the open acacia-strewn plains, grasslands and dwarf shrub savannah in the west.

In the afternoon and early evening we focus on the area closer to our camp, taking the opportunity that this private reserve affords to venture off road in search of white rhino and other resident species. Tonight we enjoy a final memorable dinner with soft desert breezes and the nighttime sounds of this remarkable African landscape serenading us.
Ongava Tented Camp, Ongava Game Reserve bordering Etosha National Park

DAY 7
Return to Windhoek


After a final game drive, we depart Ongava by light air charter back to Windhoek where the safari ends at your choice of Windhoek Eros or Windhoek International Airport at about 1:00 p.m.

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary to take advantage of weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience.  Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these should the need arise.

Trip Length

7 Days

Trip Dates

Upcoming Trips:

This Private Collection safari is available year-round on the dates that work for you, subject to availability of accommodations. We suggest planning 6-8 months ahead of time to avoid disappointment!

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2014 Land Cost

From $5,095 per person

2014 Land Cost Details

Through June 14, 2014:

$5,095 per person

June 15-October 31, 2014:
$6,395 per person

November 1-December 19, 2014:
$5,095 per person

December 20-January 10, 2015:
$5,595 per person

A single supplement will apply for solo travelers. If your dates cross over a seasonal pricing period, pricing is subject to review. Child reduction: Children between 6-16 years of age are offered a $1,000 savings when sharing a family tent with two adults! Parties traveling with children 12 and under must book private activities at additional expense, unless traveling with 6 or more people.

Single Supplement

$1,100

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Single Supplements: (Free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.)

Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement may be charged to participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. We have made every effort to eliminate or greatly reduce this cost for most of our scheduled small-group departures; however, these savings are limited to two single supplements per departure. Therefore, the first two single participants to reserve will receive the savings. This is not applicable to our Private Collection journeys.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 90 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary).* Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!

*This does not apply to cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Please see these trip pages for more details.

Internal Airfare

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Please note that all bush flights, beginning and ending in Windhoek, Namibia, are included in the Land Cost of your safari.

What's Included

  • Expert naturalist guides at each camp
  • Services of safari camp staff
  • All accommodations as noted
  • All meals and select alcoholic beverages
  • All activities noted in the itinerary, such as daily game drives, night drives, four-wheel excursions, and tracking walks
  • All internal flights round-trip from Windhoek, Namibia

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With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work – the mark of a truly great leader – our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own.

Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. For safaris such as Best of Namibia, you will join a local guide at each camp, unless you have asked us to arrange a private guide to seamlessly lead your entire journey.

Meet one of our Namibia guides:

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Douw Styen: Douw was born in eastern Namibia, but grew up in Windhoek. A large part of his childhood was spent on the family farm where both his grandfather and the Herero people working there opened his eyes to the joys of the bush and influenced his decision to pursue a career in guiding. Douw joined our partner, Wilderness Safaris, in 1999, after a year of full time study towards a guiding diploma. Over the course of the next six years Douw worked as a guide in camps all over Namibia, each area contributing some unique element to his guiding repertoire. A year and a half at Ongava honed skills in tracking and observing big game and endemic birds, and a year at Damaraland Camp conjured a love of geology, archaeology and wild, unspoilt places. Twelve months spent at Sossusvlei revealed additional aspects of desert ecology while two years spent at Skeleton Coast experiencing the remoteness and the Himba communities remain a highlight. Palmwag Rhino Camp and the rare desert-adapted black rhino of the area added further strings to Douw's bow.

 

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Picture Yourself Here:

Exploring epic and diverse landscapes with transfers by light aircraft – making the most of your time in Namibia

Guided game drives and optional nature walks, quad-biking adventures, and hiking are all part of this active safari

Exclusive luxury camps on private reserves allow you to experience Africa as it was meant to be experienced; as a wild place away from crowds

Exceptional and rare wildlife includes desert-adapted elephant, black and white rhino, large predators such as lion, cheetah, and hyena, springbok, and oryx

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This Private Collection safari is available year-round on the dates that work for you, subject to availability of accommodations. We suggest planning 6-8 months ahead of time to avoid disappointment!

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