Ultimate Namibia

12 Days ~ Small Group Departure

Ultimate Namibia

This intimate and exclusive Ultimate Namibia safari offers you an ideal way to experience this magnificent country under the expert guidance of a professional and experienced safari guide. Visit some Namibia’s most breath-taking landscapes the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the German church spires of Swakopmund to the shimmering sandy wastes filled with desert-adapted game of Damaraland and the vast salty pans of the Etosha National Park.
Small group departure Max 7 Guests
Starting Price US$ 3,500*

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Windhoek (Monday)

    Upon Arrival at  Hosea Kutako airport you will be met and greeted by your safari guide. Transfer to your accommodation in Windhoek.
    Overnight: Galton House 

  • Day 2 Windhoek to Sossusvlei area (Tuesday )

    This morning after breakfast  you will depart Windhoek in your safari vehicle with your personal guide and drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way. You arrive at Sossus Dune Lodge in the midafternoon and you will stay here for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide. If there is still time today, your guide will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon, a nearby geological attraction, or explore Elim Dune. However, if you prefer, you can just relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings at Sossus Dune Lodge.

    Sesriem Canyon: Sesriem Canyon has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River which has incised a narrow gorge about 1.5 km long and 30 meters deep into the surrounding conglomerates, exposing the varying layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years. The shaded cool depths of the canyon allow pools of water to gather during the rainy season and remain for much of the year round. These pools were a vital source of water for early settlers who drew water for their livestock by knotting six (ses) lengths of rawhide thongs (riems) together, hence the canyon and surrounding area became known as Sesriem.
    Overnight Sossus Dune Lodge BLD

  • Day 3 Sossusvlei (Wednesday )

    This morning you will need to rise early for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park, normally setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world and your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and surrounding dune fields to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic brunch in the shade of a camel thorn tree. You then return to Sossus Dune Lodge in the early afternoon in time for a late lunch, with the option to visit Sesriem Canyon afterwards if you haven’t already done so the day before. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes).
    Overnight Sossus Dune Lodge BLD

  • Day 4 Sossusvlei to Swakopmund (Thursday)

    The fascinating drive today takes you northwest through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay and then continue north to Swakopmund where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for your next two nights. There will be time this afternoon to wander around town and along the waterfront on foot if appeals, before heading off for dinner at the popular Tug Restaurant by the jetty which specialises in fresh seafood.
    Overnight Centrally located guesthouse in Swakopmund BLD

  • Day 5 Swakopmund (Friday)

    After an early breakfast your guide will drive you along the scenic coastal road back south to Walvis Bay for a memorable kayaking adventure within the outer lagoon. After meeting your kayaking guide you will be taken on a short scenic drive to Pelican Point to see its lighthouse and windswept beauty, stopping briefly at the salt works to view the variety of birdlife on your way to the launch point. The kayaking is an ideal way of seeing Cape fur seals, Heaviside and bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of other sea birds. If you are lucky, there is also a chance of seeing whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. During the course of the day the guide will stop and inform you about the environment and light refreshments will be served on the beach before heading back to Walvis Bay.
    Overnight Centrally located guesthouse in Swakopmund BLD

  • Day 6 Swakopmund to Damaraland (Saturday )

    Continuing on your safari today, the road takes you north and east into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland. You pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg which peaks at 2,573 m above sea level, and take time to view game and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way. Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendour which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word ‘wilderness’.
    Overnight Camp Kipwe BLD

  • Day 7 Damaraland (Sunday)

    After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4×4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab and Huab River valleys to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. As the elephants are mostly active in the mornings you will normally have the best chance to see them then before returning to camp for lunch. However, if all the safari participants agree, you also have the option to take a picnic lunch and stop to enjoy that in the shade of a large Ana tree by the riverbed, ideally while watching a herd of elephant browsing nearby.
    Your guide will arrange to fit in a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions at a suitable time if you haven’t already done so the previous day. On return to camp there should be time to take a walk into the local area with your guide if desired, or simply relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time.
    Overnight Camp Kipwe BLD

  • Day 8 Damaraland to Southern Etosha National Park (Monday)

    Today after a very early breakfast you set off on your journey to the Etosha National Park, travelling via the scenic Grootberg Pass. Along the way your guide will take you to visit a local Himba settlement – you may have to search for a while as the semi-nomadic Himba people sometimes move location with no notice. They are one of the last truly traditional peoples of Namibia and have little time for conventional practices. Here you will learn about the customs and traditions of this very proud nation, and will be given insight into their beliefs, way of life and everyday routine. Depending on the school semester and school holidays, you may also visit the Grootberg Primary School, a rural school where Ultimate Safaris’ Conservation Travel Foundation is actively involved, assisting with improved education infrastructure and methods. After visiting the Himba and school you will head east through the small town of Kamanjab before heading on towards tonight’s destination at the new Safarihoek Lodge, which is situated on the south western border of the Etosha National Park. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed en-route and arrival will be in the very late afternoon or early evening (after a long but rewarding day). After your arrival you will have some time at leisure, which can be spent appreciating the unique surroundings and enjoying the game viewing
    Overnight  Safarihoek Lodge  BLD

  • Day 9 Southern to Eastern Etosha National Park (Tuesday)

    Today is dedicated for a full day of exciting game viewing within the central section of Etosha National Park from your private safari vehicle as you make your way from the southern Andersson’s Gate to Halali (where you may stop for lunch) and then on across via selected waterholes such as Goas, which are normally particularly good for game viewing, to Namutoni Camp in the east. You will have to leave the Park before sunset and head out to stay at the delightful Onguma Tree Top Camp with enough time to relax and freshen up before for dinner. The rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole where game comes and goes throughout the day and night.
    Overnight  Onguma Tree Top Camp  BLD

  • Day 10 Etosha National Park to Onguma Game Reserve (Wednesday)

    Another morning dedicated to memorable game drives within the eastern section of Etosha National Park. You will return to camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest, spending your final afternoon on a game drive on the private Onguma Game Reserve, culminating in a final sundowner overlooking Fischer’s Pan. You will return after sunset with enough time to freshen up and enjoy your final ‘safari dinner’ overlooking the camp’s floodlit waterhole.
    Overnight  Onguma Tree Top Camp  BLD

  • Day 11 Onguma Game Reserve to Wimdhoek via the AfriCat Foundation (Thursday)

    Your early departure will take you south from Onguma Tree Top via Tsumeb, Otavi and Otjiwarongo to reach Okonjima’s AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa’s big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. You arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the centre. Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation’s special captive carnivore ambassadors. After the excursion and freshening up, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon, just as the sun is setting. Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to your accommodation.
    Overnight: Galton House BLD

  • Day 12 Depart ( Friday)

    After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B

  • Price

    01 March to 31 May 2018 :          US$ 3,500 per person – Single Supplement US$  970
    01 June to 31 December 2018 :  US$ 4,000 per person – Single Supplement US$ 1,010

    The group-size is minimum 1 guest / Maximum 7

  • Safari Departures 2018

    SAFARI 1:  12 February to 23  February 2018
    SAFARI 2:  19 March to 30  March 2018
    SAFARI 3:  26 March to 06 April 2018
    SAFARI 4:  02 April to 13  April 2018
    SAFARI 5:  09 April to 20 April 2018
    SAFARI 6:  16 April to 27 April 2018
    SAFARI 7:  23 April to 04 May 2018
    SAFARI 8:  30 April to 11 May 2018
    SAFARI 9:  07 May to  18 May 2018
    SAFARI 10: 14 May to 25 May 2018
    SAFARI 11: 21 May to 01 June 2018
    SAFARI 12: 28 May to 08 June 2018
    SAFARI 13: 04 June to 15 June 2018
    SAFARI 14: 11 June to 22 June 2018
    SAFARI 15: 18 June to 29 June 2018
    SAFARI 16:, 25 June to 06 July 2018
    SAFARI 17: 02 July to 13 July 2018
    SAFARI 18: 09 July to 20 July 2018
    SAFARI 19: 16 July to 27 July 2018
    SAFARI 20: 23 July to 03 August 2018
    SAFARI 21: 30 July to 10 August 2018
    SAFARI 22: 06  August to 17 August 2018
    SAFARI 23: 13 August to 24 August 2018
    SAFARI 24: 20 August to 31 August 2018
    SAFARI 25: 27 August to 07 September 2018
    SAFARI 26: 03 September to 14 September 2018
    SAFARI 27: 10 September to 21 September 2018
    SAFARI 28: 17 September to 28 September 2018
    SAFARI 29: 24 September to 05 October 2018
    SAFARI 30: 01 October to 12 October 2018
    SAFARI 31: 08 October to 19 October 2018
    SAFARI 32: 15 October to 26 October 2018
    SAFARI 33: 22 October to 02 November 2018
    SAFARI 34: 29 October to 09 November 2018
    SAFARI 35: 05 November to 16 November 2018
    SAFARI 36: 12 November to 23 November 2018
    SAFARI 37: 17 December to 28 December 2018
    SAFARI 38: 24 December 2018 to 04 January 2019

     

  • Included

    Accommodation and meal plan as stated above.
    Airport transfers
    Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle.
    Services of a registered and experienced naturalist English-speaking safari guide.
    Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
    Mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
    Welcome pack

     

  • Not Included

    International flights to Namibia and airport taxes.
    Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
    All beverages with the exception of mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
    Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost).
    Gratuities.
    Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc)

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customer reviews

Hi Thierry, Everything about the safari was superlative. Accommodation: all were really great. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Meals were delicious. My favourite locations would be Sossus Dune Lodge, Onguma Tent Camp and top of them all was Camp Kipwe. What a great location and set up! Locations again all were great. It was fantastic being in the sand dunes at Sossusvlei, looking for and finding the elephants in the Aba-Huab river valley and of course observing and photographing all the wildlife in Etosha park particularly at the water holes. Our guide Mike Haindongo was outstanding. He was very friendly, so knowledgeable and attentive to the needs of all in party. I had plenty of time for photography which was one of the prime purposes of the trip. I have nothing bad to say whatever about the trip (except the travel to get there) and would absolutely recommend the safari to friends.Thanks for helping make the trip one of my most memorable experiences.

Glenn J - Calgary AB | Namibia | June 2016

Hi Thierry Africa was totally amazing. I had high expectations and they were well exceeded. Dale also thoroughly enjoyed it. I think what really made Namibia so great was Michael our guide, and the great small group we had. The accommodations were also amazing and beyond our expectations both in Namibia and Botswana. The whole month was an experience never to be forgotten and one that'll probably never be matched. Thanks so much for all your help putting it together. You did an amazing job!

Paula C. Richmond BC | Namibia - Botswana

Good Morning Thierry, Just a quick note to tell you that our experience was tremendous. It was more and then some from what I expected. Our guide, who was also a Tarry made the trip. Our entire group couldn’t say enough about him. Cheers

Wilf W. Vancouver BC | Namibia

Hi Thierry Just a note to let you know that all your arrangements for our safari were perfect. Ultimate Safaris in Namibia did everything that they could to make our time there superb. The accommodations were mostly very good and the food excellent.  Our guide was Elvis - someone who is obviously very experienced. In Botswana and Zimbabwe, the operators (lodges and transport) all had us on their lists at the right time on the right day.  The lodges were exceptionally nice, the game drives well done, and the food excellent. We had a wonderful time. Thank you for arranging everything and making our safari vacation very memorable.

John & Shirley - Richmond BC | Namibia - Botswana

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