In Search of Desert Elephants and Black Rhinos

from £1047
excluding flights *
3 nights Year round

Overview

Journey into the wilderness of Damaraland on this privately guided safari in search of Namibia's unique desert-adapted elephants, rare black rhinos, and other wildlife, as well as the chance to meet the indigenous Himba people.

Highlights

  • Chance to see endangered black rhino and iconic desert dwelling elephants
  • Visit a remote Himba village and learn about the indigenous culture
  • Camp under the stars in the Namibian wilderness
  • Travel with your own experienced private guide to ensure you don’t miss a thing

What's Included

  • Accommodation in two-man tents
  • All meals
  • House wine and beer with dinner
  • Private driver/guide throughout
  • Game drives and activities

Full description

Starting in the Palmwag region of Damaraland, this private escorted safari takes in the highlights of northwest Namibia. Along the way you will search for a variety of wildlife, including desert adapted species such as elephants, lions and the endangered black rhino. A mixture of game drives and tracking on foot will provide plenty of opportunity for photography and leisurely wildlife viewing.

In addition to wildlife you will also explore Namibia’s rich culture, with a visit to a remote Himba village. Here you will have the opportunity to meet the local people and gain an insight into their lives in this seemingly inhospitable landscape.

Each night will be spent under the stars as you set up camp in remote locations. Your guide will take care of dinner whilst you sit back, relax and reminisce over the day’s encounters.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £700 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a tent

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
Year round 3 nights £1,047

What's Included

  • Accommodation in two-man tents with camp beds
  • All meals (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4)
  • Refreshing non-alcoholic drinks during drives
  • House wine and beer at dinner whilst camping
  • Private driver/guide services throughout
  • Game drives, activities, entrance and park fees
  • All applicable taxes and levies
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Group Size:

Minimum group size: 2

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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Day 1: Palmwag area - Hunkab Spring

Your journey begins in the 5000 square kilometre private concession area of Palmwag Lodge, Damaraland. A wealth of wildlife may be found here roaming against a spectacular mountain backdrop, including springbok, oryx, kudu, ostrich, jackal, zebra, giraffe, hyena, and occasionally lion, leopard and cheetah. The safari continues through valleys and riverbeds, through gorges and past natural springs in search of fresh wildlife tracks. Upon finding tracks your guide will lead you on foot with the aim of discovering the endangered black rhino (bicornis bicornis) or the renowned desert elephant in their natural habitat. The day will be dictated by game sightings, but will end in the Hunkab Spring area where camp will be erected for the night. Relax with a refreshing drink whilst your guide prepares dinner over an open fire in the heart of the Namibian wilderness.

Day 2: Hunkab Spring - Hoanib River

After breakfast enjoy a short hike for a brief inspection of the night's game activities around camp. Travel to the upper Mudorib River region, offering a good chance of encountering black rhino or desert elephant, and continue to the Hoanib River. This dry riverbed is densely overgrown with nutritious acacia trees, providing essential food for the desert adapted elephant. Here you will explore the valleys and tributaries of the Hoanib in search of breeding herds, and learn how the elephants have evolved to survive in such a dry and harsh desert environment.

Day 3: Hoanib River Valley

Setting off early this morning you will spend the day exploring the Hoanib River Valley. Along the way you may encounter plains game, desert adapted lions and elephants.

Day 4: Purros - Palmwag area

The final leg of your journey takes you to Sesfontein, home to six natural springs which give the village its name. Here you will also find a fort, an old Schutztruppe outpost from the German colonial days. Later, you will also enjoy the rare opportunity to visit a local Himba village, meeting the locals to gain an insight into the way of life of Namibia’s indigenous people. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to Palmwag late afternoon.

Other Information

Accommodation

The joy of camping in Namibia is being able to get off the beaten track to experience the beautiful wilderness and nature. This trip is operated on a non participation basis so you can relax with a sundowner whilst the crew set up camp and prepare dinner.

On this trip you will be sleeping in a dome tent on a camping fold up bed with a comfortable mattress and a duvet. The tent also contains an electric tent lantern and bedside table and towels will be provided.

Bathroom facilities comprise a long-drop toilet, solar bucket shower (both one for every four guests) and a washing stand at the overnight camps.

There are no electrical supplies for charging batteries, so please ensure you carry a spare for your camera etc.

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