Namibia Under Canvas    (10 Days)


Departing on Select Thursdays

$4,035 - $4,640

Operates from April 1, 2020 through November 30, 2021

    • Travel with one of Namibia’s most reputable and well-known naturalist guides.

    • Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and learn more about conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats.
    • Sleep under canvas in the tree tops overlooking one of the most productive waterholes on the Onguma Private Game Reserve.
    • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes at Sossusvlei and enjoy an enchanting box picnic in the Namib Naukluft Park afterwards.

Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately twice the size of California and four times the size of the United Kingdom, but with a population of a mere two million. This gives one of the lowest population densities in the world. It is also an “ageless land,” visible through the heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilized tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. When added to the space and silence, these factors all contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.

The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally dry with very little rain.

This safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will have your own professional and experienced safari guide who will enhance your enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery.

The camps are designed to offer a true “back to nature” experience with the emphasis being on the experiential aspect of safaris, to go back to the roots of safari, to touch, to smell, to feel and to experience the wild, with one’s feet firmly in the dust that covers Africa. Since most of the camps are semi-permanent and seasonal, there is a degree of compromise required concerning some of the frills and other “add-ons” that you might expect in a permanent tented camp or lodge, but there is still a strong focus on ensuring guests’ comfort. Those prepared to forego some conventional “necessities,” so that they are unencumbered by buildings and all the paraphernalia that goes with them, will be able to go to sleep hearing only the noisy silence of the desert and to wake up to a chorus that announces the start of a new day. It is the kind of intimacy that can only be achieved by taking guests to the most wild, remote and private places, and giving them access to exclusive areas away from the beaten path.

EWT will gladly arrange all of your pre and post-safari accommodation in Windhoek, Okonjima or Wolwedans Dune Lodge as well as any airport transfers that may be needed. These are not included in the safari fare so they will be charged additionally.

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Day 1: ONGUMA

Thursday

This morning your guide will collect you from your various accommodation establishments or from the Windhoek International Airport (assuming you land before 7:00 am). You then depart Windhoek in your safari vehicle with your private guide and set off on your journey!  On your way to Onguma Tree Tops you will visit Okonjima’s 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 will arrive in time to embark on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the center.  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 you will enjoy a light lunch before your journey continues further north via the small towns of Otjiwarango, Otavi and Tsumeb arriving at Onguma in the late afternoon. You will have time to freshen up and relax before dinner and the official safari briefing with your guide.  Dinner and overnight at Onguma Tree Top Camp.

There will be no tracking of wild cats on this visit, but if you would like to request it EWT would be happy to book a pre-overnight extension for you to experience cat tracking. 

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Day 2: ONGUMA

Friday

Today is full of exciting game viewing within the eastern section of Etosha National Park, with the option to go on across towards Halali or to concentrate on the areas closer to Namutoni and north to Fischer’s Pan. You also have the option to return to the camp for lunch, or spend the entire day in the park to maximize your game viewing experience.

Etosha National Park, translated as the "Place of Mirages," "Land of Dry Water" or the "Great White Place," covers about 14,000 square miles, of which over 3,000 square miles is made up of saline depressions or pans. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right. The Etosha Pan lies in the Owambo Basin, on the northwestern edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert. Until three million years ago it formed part of a huge, shallow lake that was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead. If the lake existed today, it would be the third largest in the world. Etosha Pan is the largest of the pans, and nowadays it is filled with water only when sufficient rain falls to the north in Angola, inducing floods to flow southward along the Cuvelai drainage system.

The Park consists of grassland, woodland and savanna. Game-viewing centers around the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.

Meals and overnight at Onguma Tree Top Camp.  

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Day 3: ONGUMA

Saturday

Another morning dedicated to memorable game drives within the eastern section of Etosha National Park with your guide. You return to camp for lunch and an early afternoon rest, spending your afternoon on a shared game drive with a local guide on the private Onguma Game Reserve, culminating in a sundowner overlooking Fischer’s Pan.

Onguma Game Reserve is situated on the eastern side of Etosha National Park and borders Fisher’s Pan.  The nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game such as kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely, as well as predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard, being common residents of the area. Onguma Game Reserve is now proud to be home to a family of black rhinos! More than 300 bird species can also be viewed at Onguma Game Reserve.

You then return after sunset with enough time to freshen up and enjoy your "safari dinner" overlooking the camp’s floodlit waterhole.

Meals and overnight at Onguma Tree Top Camp.

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Day 4: DAMARALAND

Sunday

This morning after breakfast you will continue your safari to the heart of Namibia, Damaraland, traveling through farmlands and the small towns. Damaraland is typified by displays of color, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. The presentday 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 splendor which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word "wilderness." 

You enjoy a delicious Magic Box picnic en route and arrive in time to enjoy fireside sundowners at your exclusive Huab Under Canvas.  Protected from all the prevailing winds and sun, the semi-mobile camp is virtually invisible from anywhere around and it carries arguably the lowest environmental footprint of any camp in Namibia.

Overnight at Huab Under Canvas.

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Day 5: DARMALAND

Monday

Today you will spend an exciting and memorable morning out rhino tracking with the assistance of local trackers in Damaraland. It is worth noting that these black rhino form part of one of the only free-roaming black rhino populations in Africa and tracking animals in an unfenced and uninhibited environment is an absolute privilege. You will return to camp for a freshly prepared lunch and with time to relax at camp during the heat of the day. Later in the afternoon you head out again for a scenic nature drive or walk to explore this vast and astounding ecosystem.

Namibia is home to the larger of two subspecies of the black rhinoceros found in southern Africa, and the only population that remains in the wild, unfenced and outside reserves.   Once widespread in the subcontinent, black rhinoceros are an endangered species today.

Meals and overnight at Huab Under Canvas

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Day 6: DAMARALAND

Tuesday

Today you  continue  your  adventures exploring Damaraland,  enjoying  the  freedom  to  discover  the  fascinating  landscapes  with your private naturalist guide both by vehicle and on foot. Damaraland is a surprising refuge for desert adapted wildlife that includes elephant, giraffe,  oryx,  springbok  and  even  some  predators  such  as  lion.  However,  as  with  any  wildlife  sightings  in Namibia, this depends on many factors including seasonality so specific sightings are never guaranteed. The wildlife roams large tracks of unfenced desert landscapes and finding game can be challenging, but this is all part of the adventure of exploring this wild untouched gem of Namibia.

Today’s focus will be largely on tracking the elusive desert adapted elephants in the ephemeral river systems.  Your guide will take along a delicious picnic lunch and you will return to camp in the late afternoon.

Meals and overnight at Huab Under Canvas

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Day 7: SWAKOPMUND

Wednesday

After an early breakfast and departure the drive today takes you south past Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg which peaks at 2,573 m above  sea level, and west to meet the coast at Henties Bay. You then continue south to the coastal town of Swakopmund  where  you  can  enjoy  the  pleasant  seaside  location  and  cooler  coastal  air  for the  night.  You  stay  on  the  eastern outskirts of the town, overlooking the Swakop River  valley and desolate desert dune landscapes.   Tonight includes dinner at a popular restaurant which specializes in locally harvested fresh seafood as well as other local and international dishes.

Swakopmund  resembles  a  small,  German  coastal  resort  nestled  between  the  desert  and  the  sea.  It  boasts  a charming  combination  of  German  colonial  architecture  blended  with  good  hotels,  shops,  restaurants,  museums,  craft centers, galleries and cafés.

Meals and overnight at Desert Breeze

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Day 8: SOSSUSVLEI

Thursday

After an early breakfast you depart on  a fascinating  drive which takes you  southeast  through  awesome  and ever-changing desert landscapes via the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons to meet the dunes at the settlement of Solitaire. A picnic lunch will  be  had  en  route  and  you  will  continue  onto the Namib Tsaris Conservancy,  where  you  will  spend your  final  two nights  of your  safari in Sossusvlei, at the  exclusive-use Sossus Under Canvas. Arrival should be in the mid to late afternoon with enough time to acquaint yourself with the camp and enjoy a hot bucket shower before dinner.

As an alternative to the drive from Swakopmund to Sossusvlei you may like to take a  scenic  light  aircraft  flight  over Sossusvlei  and  along  the  Diamond  Coast (optional extra at additional cost), allowing you a bird’s eye view over the Sandwich Harbor  and  salt  pans,  the  Namib Sea Sand, abandoned  mining  camps and  two shipwrecks.

The  almost 60,000  hectare  Namib  Tsaris  Conservancy  was  founded in 2010, and it serves as a natural buffer from the harshest desert conditions and a refuge that is vital to wildlife through the dry season and one of the most picturesque and ecologically sound tracts of land in the area. It is now home to some of largest concentrations of wildlife in the area, including oryx, springbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, Burchell’s zebra, kudu, hartebeest, giraffe, steenbok, klipspringer, bat-eared fox, and aardwolf, as well as predators such as leopard, cheetah and brown and spotted hyena.

Meals and overnight at Sossus Under Canvas

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Day 9: SOSSUSVLEI

Friday

This  morning you will need to rise early for a magical excursion with your guide to Sossusvlei in the Namib Naukluft National Park, normally setting off before dawn to enter the park at sunrise and capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and  curves. The Sossusvlei 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 will return to camp for a late freshly prepared lunch and with time to relax at camp during the heat of the day. Later in the afternoon you head out again for a scenic nature drive or walk to explore this vast and astounding ecosystem and to enjoy a magnificent final safari sundowner.

Meals and overnight at Sossus Under Canvas.

 

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Day 10: WINDHOEK

Saturday

After a leisurely breakfast this morning you will depart from Sossusvlei and return to Windhoek, driving northeast up the Great Escarpment and through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands. A tasty picnic lunch will be served en route and arrival in Windhoek should be by the mid-afternoon.

Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to the Windhoek International Airport (transfer to be booked additionally) if flying out in the evening.  Departure flights must be no earlier than 6 pm to allow sufficient time for the journey back to Windhoek.  However, a final night in Windhoek is highly recommended and can be arranged at additional cost.  

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