We think of our itineraries as melodies: they have a beginning and an end, a certain arc, dramatic highlights and a few surprises. We like to improvise, to adapt to the mood of our guests or to circumstances that arise — an invitation to a traditional wedding, say, or a local ethnic festival…
Crafting beautiful, harmonious trips with delightful twists is our trade mark and passion.
Surreal landscapes, exquisite wildlife, ancient cultures
Day 1 — Arrive in Windhoek
Transfer to the Hilton Hotel. In the evening your Trip Leader will join you for a briefing and a welcome dinner to celebrate the beginning of this Hidden Places Adventure.
Day 2 — The Namib Desert
From Windhoek, our journey takes us to the Khomas Hochland for the most dramatic views of the famous Namib Desert, 1800 metres below. After a steep descent into the desert we arrive at Sossuvlei, and our boutique lodge inside the National Park. We celebrate the sunset in a spectacular setting and enjoy the best stargazing you’ve ever experienced.
Day 3 — Sossuvlei and the Skeleton Coast
At the break of dawn we head out to one of the world’s most iconic desert landscapes at Sossuvlei and Dead Vlei. Walking towards some of the world’s highest sand dunes, sculpted into incredible shapes, is a surreal and unforgettable experience. If you’re up for it, hike to the top of a massive dune to take some extraordinary photos.
In the afternoon we board a small plane for a spectacular flight across the remote parts of the Namib Sand Sea and the Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund where we check into a beautiful hotel on the beach.
Day 4 — Swakopmund and Walvis Bay
We take a 4X4 across the salt flats to Walvis Bay Lagoon; here we embark on a kayak exploration of its amazing diversity of birdlife and sea mammals including whales and dolphins. A highlight is a vast fur seal colony where the young are just starting to get independent. You and your kayak are welcome playmates, so loook forward to some very close encounters and the odd spray of water from these boisterous youngsters!
The afternoon is free to explore Swakopmund with its wonderful cafes, curios shops and beaches.
Day 5 — The Coastal Desert and Damaraland
This morning we go deep into the Coastal Desert, a fascinating environment that, despite its harsh, inhospitable appearance, is home to a myriad of animals and plants whose survival depends entirely on the sea fog. We look for Palmato geckos, scorpions, Peringuey’s adder (famous for its side-winding motion, horned adder, Namib sand snake, Shovel-nosed Lizards, Namaqua chameleons, and Toktokkie beetles.
In the afternoon our Safari continues northwards along the Skeleton Coast and then inland to the wild landscape of Damaraland, home of desert elephants. We skirt the foothills of Brandberg, ‘Fire Mountain’, the highest point in Namibia and before sundown we arrive at our lodge set among magnificent red granite outcroppings.
Day 6 — Damaraland and the Desert Elephants
En route to Etosha National Park we visit the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Petrified Forest.
We arrive at a wonderful boutique safari lodge on a private game reserve bordering Etosha National Park, our home for the next three nights. After settling in we embark on an evening game drive, then enjoy dinner under the huge African sky while watching wildlife (including rare and endangered rhinos) at a water hole close by.
Day 8 & 9 — Etosha National Park
These two days we take game drives throughout the vast expanses of Etosha, one of Africa’s biggest and best National Parks, It is renowned for its spectacular game viewing which includes 114 species of mammals such as elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, honey-badger, the endemic black-faced impala, kudu, eland, Damara dik-dik, warthog and big herds of springbok, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and oryx, as well as such rare animals as black rhino. More than 300 species of birds are found here and it is brilliant for observing raptors.
Day 10 & 11 — Etosha National Park
Heading southwards, we spend our last two nights at Okonjima Bush Camp which is home to the world famous AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, especially cheetahs leopards and lions. Our stay in Okonjima will give you an opportunity to witness some of AfriCat's work.
As well as tracking leopards from a game-view vehicle, we also go on foot to track rehabilitated cheetah, rehabilitated spotted hyena and the endangered African wild dog - an exciting finale to a spectacular trip!
Day 12 — Departure
After breakfast or perhaps another activity at Africat we depart for Windhoek where you can catch your connecting flight. Note: please do not book your flight before 2:00 pm to ensure that we have enough time to arrive back in Windhoek.
Please note: this itinerary serves as an example of trip highlights and is subject to change.