London - Johannesburg - Windhoek
Fly to Windhoek, via Johannesburg. At Windhoek you’ll be met and taken to your stylish boutique hotel where you can relax or take a dip in your own private plunge pool.
Stay: One night in a premier suite at The Olive Exclusive – half board
Namib Rand Reserve
Your Namibian adventure begins in earnest as you take a light aircraft flight to the expansive Namib Rand Reserve. You’ll be met at the airstrip and transferred to your intimate camp on the edge of a 250-metre-high dune, facing the dramatic Losberg Mountain. Activities here include full day and scenic drives, as well as picnic lunches and sundowners out in the dunes, watching the sun sink below the Bushman Hills. The stargazing is also exceptional.
Stay: Two nights in a luxury tent at Wolwedans Dune Camp – full board
Another scheduled flight brings you to the beautifully wild region of Damaraland where you’ll be met by huge sandstone cliffs, imposing mountains and some of Africa’s most unique wildlife. The diversity of fauna in this remote region, all of which have adapted to the harshness of the environment, is truly impressive. Desert-adapted elephants, Hartman’s mountain zebra, southern giraffe, springbok, spotted hyena and cheetah can all be found here.
If you’re a bird watcher you’ll be delighted to find raptors such as martial eagles, lappet-faced vultures and pale chanting goshawks. You won’t have to venture far to see pale-winged starlings, mountain wheatears, Rüppell’s korhaan or Cape bunting as they frequently visit camp. You can encounter the region’s wildlife on nature drives, guided walks and even on mountain biking excursions. The area is also home to the famous rock engravings of Twyfelfontein, a must-see during your stay.
Stay: Two nights in a double tent at Damaraland Camp – full board
Today you’ll fly north from Damaraland Camp to Kunene where your exploration of Namibia’s arid landscapes continues. Wildlife in the area includes herds of gemsbok, springbok and Hartmann’s mountain zebra, whilst the mighty Kunene River supports a healthy population of Nile crocodiles.
You’ll be staying on the banks of the Kunene River, the region’s only permanent water source, in a truly remote property that provides a base for a range of desert activities. These include nature drives with expert guides, hiking across the breathtaking landscape and boating along the Kunene River – a fantastic way to spot water birds. Visit a local Himba settlement to get an insight into their desert-adapted culture, or explore the mysterious ‘fairy circle’ phenomenon in the Hartmann’s Valley.
Stay: Two nights in a double room at Serra Cafema Camp – full board
Kunene – Windhoek – Johannesburg – London
Today you’ll take a light aircraft back to Windhoek and fly to Johannesburg. Your connecting flight takes you to London, arriving early the following morning.
It was a complicated and very individual trip, and several changes were made by me during the planning. None of this seemed to worry Ayesha and everything went according to plan.- AM, India, 2014