A down to earth safari camp, Andersson's is set against the low Ondundozonanandana Mountains on the boundary of Etosha.
|10 Days||Jun - Dec||Namibia||Small Group Safari|
Journey through the breath-taking landscapes of Namibia from Windhoek to the Erongo Mountains exploring wildlife hotspots along the way. From cheetah tracking to spotting the magnificent elephants of Etosha National park you will have the chance to encounter and photograph some incredible wildlife, with expert guides imparting their local knowledge to enhance your experience.
Meet with your group in the morning and you will be driven south to Kulala Wilderness Reserve, the drive takes about 3 hours. You will have the chance to relax and settle in and depending on your time of arrival you may have a chance to visit the Sesriem Canyon; a 30 metre deep canyon gorged out of the rock by the Tsauchab River.
The best time to see the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei is in the morning as the sun rises. Some of the red sand dunes at Sossusvlei are over 300 metres high, giving you a great vantage point to look out over the Namib Desert. You will also explore the moon like landscape of Dead Vlei. Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok can be seen on the reserve, as well as smaller creatures like bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal and Cape fox. Other activities include day and night scenic drives and walks.
Departing camp early, you drive through the snaking roads of the Kuiseb Canyon and out onto the expansive gravel plains, eventually arriving in Walvis Bay before moving north into the quaint town of Swakopmund, a drive of about 5 – 6 hours. Swakopmund is a fascinating town, complete with German architecture, palm lined avenues, great seafood restaurants and historic buildings. It does however suffer from morning fog, but these damp conditions give water and life to 80 types of lichen and the ancient Welwitshcia plants. In the afternoon, take a stroll along the seafront and watch as the sun sets behind the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast and its incredible marine mammals, from the port towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The cruise takes in the Oyster Platforms, where we learn about the oysters cultivated here and taste the delicacies, before moving on to Pelican Point to see the lighthouse, and an area in which three species of dolphins may be encountered, namely the rare endemic Heaviside’s dolphin, dusky and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Aside from spotting diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birds, pelicans, flamingos, and Cape fur seals, the massive sunfish, leatherback turtles, southern right and humpback whales can be seen in season. This activity is rounded off with a private seafood lunch, before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Set off in the morning for the eight hour drive north to Damaraland, west of the Brandberg Mountain, stopping for lunch at Ugab Save the Rhino Trust. Damaraland boasts the largest concentration of black rhino anywhere on the planet outside a national park, a varied assortment of desert-adapted wildlife and incredible geological formations.
You will now have two full days to explore this incredible area. Visit the famous rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, the burnt mountain or the Organ Pipes. Nature drives head out in search of the elusive desert adapted elephant and the rare black rhino. Walking trails and night drives offer different perspectives of this wilderness area. This massive area of Damaraland is also home to brown hyena, desert elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah, offering a wonderful, unexploited and exclusive view of wildlife in its natural environment.
Depart Damaraland for the five hour journey to Ongava Private Game Reserve, a private reserve just outside the Etosha National Park. Only those staying in the concession can explore this area, which makes it very exclusive. Perennial springs feed the waterholes along the southern verge, which attract a myriad of animal species; explore with fascinating game drives alongside excellent guides.
Overnight: Andersson's Camp (B, L, D)
Relax and enjoy the spectacular wildlife of Ongava. Activities include guided walks and night drives around the reserve, and game drives during the day in Etosha National Park. Etosha offers excellent game viewing opportunities and is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan, and many water holes exist, joined by a network of well-maintained gravel roads to enable visitors the best chances of seeing the many inhabitants of Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve. Big game found in the park includes lions, leopards, cheetah, elephants, rhinos, giraffe & zebra as well as many antelope and bird species.
Overnight: Andersson's Camp (B, L, D)
Today you depart the wilderness of Ongava and head back to the airport in time for your onwards international flight.
This is a small group safari in Namibia taking in the best the country has to offer, including access to private concessions and reserves. This safari departs on set dates. Get in touch for more details.
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