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Distinctive Namibia Circuit

6 nights • Namibia

This flying safari highlights some of the truly distinctive areas of Namibia including the dramatic red dunes of Sossusvlei, the fascinating landscapes of the Damaraland region and the enormous hidden Hartmann Valley in the far north. Travelling with Wilderness Air allows one to experience this vast and unique country – whether it is the changing colours of the Namib, the oldest desert in the world; the deep blue and seal colonies of the cool Atlantic coast or some of the remotest wilderness areas in Africa. The camps are all situated within private concessions, while accommodation styles vary between luxury villas and traditional tented rooms.

Focusing on the amazing contrasts of this spectacular country, the Distinctive Namibia Circuit itinerary begins at the iconic dunes and pans or vleis of the Namib Desert before venturing onto the rocky outcrops of Damaraland where desert-adapted elephant and black rhino roam and then onto the oasis of the Kunene River surrounded by mountains and plains. Add to this the solitude, incredible night skies, the desert fauna that could be encountered, visiting the Himba people – one of the last true nomads in Africa - and the wide open spaces, and you will experience a journey that is truly distinctive.

Sossusvlei

DAYS 1 & 2

Kulala Ballooning ©Mike Myers

Fly from Windhoek to the Sossusvlei region, and spend to nights in the Kulala Desert Lodge, with convenient access to the splendour of the towering red dunes of the Namib.

Damaraland

DAYS 3 & 4

Desert Rhino spotting ©Martin Benadie

After a scenic flight over the Namib Desert and a section of coastline the journey continues by air to northern Damaraland for two nights at either Damaraland Camp or Desert Rhino Camp on a fully inclusive basis.

Kunene

DAYS 5 & 6

Serra Cafema ©Dana Allen

Continue your journey by light aircraft to the vast Marienfluss Conservancy in the extreme north-west of Namibia. Here you will stay for two-nights at Serra Cafema Camp, situated on the banks of the Kunene river.

DAYS 1 & 2: Little Kulala, Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Sossusvlei

Depart from Windhoek by air and spend two nights exploring the Sossusvlei region, staying in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve, which provides convenient access to the splendour of the towering red dunes of the Namib. Activities at Little Kulala start with morning guided game drives to the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei. A private gate into the Park allows for early arrival at the dunes thereby maximising photographic opportunities and scenic grandeur. Kulala Wilderness Reserve, a 40 000-hectare (98 842-acre) tract of land, is home to all forms of desert wildlife, and borders the expansive Namib Naukluft Park. The Sossusvlei dunes rise dramatically more than 300 metres and are surrounded by awe-inspiring topography. Emphasis is laid on the smaller desert fauna, spectacular scenery and the incredible night sky. Larger desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok flourish here with carnivores such as bat-eared fox, Cape fox, cheetah and black-backed jackal often seen.

Days 3 & 4: Damaraland Camp or Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland

Enjoy a scenic flight over the Namib Desert for a different perspective of the "dune sea" and the possibility of seeing a wreck or two plus an old mining camp. After flying along a section of coastline to Swakopmund for refuelling, we head inland to northern Damaraland for two nights at either Damaraland Camp or Desert Rhino Camp. We leave the sandy dunes and make our way to an ancient rockstrewn landscape, of a previous glacial era.

The 352.200-hectare (870.305-acre) Torra Conservancy is a vast rocky area of rugged beauty interspersed with linear oases where spectacular topography dominate and an almost unquantifiable stillness pervades the air.

This private concession supports a diverse complement of arid-adapted wildlife, including several herds of Namibia's acclaimed 'desert-adapted' elephants, and healthy numbers of Hartmann's mountain zebra, southern giraffe, gemsbok and springbok in a landscape dotted with equally interesting flora. The conservancy, in which Damaraland Camp is situated, is the result of a highly successful partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the local Torra community that has become an inspiration for communities and conservationists throughout Africa.

Supporting the largest free-roaming population of desert-adapted black rhino in Africa, the 450 000-hectare (1 million acres) Palmwag Concession consists of rocky hills, flat-topped mountains and plains with unique flora such as the ancient welwitschia plants. The oasis-like freshwater springs support a surprising amount of life – Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu, spotted and brown hyaena as well as some of the elusive leopard, lion and cheetah populations of north-west Namibia. The opportunity to track rhino by vehicle and on foot is one of the highlights here. Desert Rhino Camp is run in conjunction with the Save the Rhino Trust, with a portion of the guest revenue going to the Trust.

Day 5 & 6: Serra Cafema Camp, Kunene

Fly by light aircraft to the vast Marienfluss Conservancy in the extreme north-west of Namibia for a two-night stay at Serra Cafema Camp. This intimate camp, whose design pays homage to the Himba people, is scenically poised along the lush banks of the Kunene River, in total contrast to the surrounding desert. Serra Cafema is one of the most remote and surreal destinations in Africa – the Kunene River a rejuvenating band of green surrounded by a lunar-like landscape of the Namib and the Cafema mountain range to the north.

Informative nature drives and guided quad-bike excursions allow guests to experience the mountains, dunes and plains on this area in its unbridled glory. The utmost care is taken to tread lightly and preserve the unique and delicate habitats of this landscape. Boating on the Kunene River provides guests with the opportunity to venture through the riverside oases with resident crocodiles and waterbirds. Walking in the remote mountain and river valleys is also a highlight, as is a visit to a Himba settlement. The intriguing fairy circle phenomenon is also best viewed in the Hartmann Valley.

Day 7: Departure

Transfer by light aircraft to Hosea Kutako International Airport for your onward travel arrangements

  • Desert Rhino Camp ©Wilderness Safaris

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