On this journey, take a self-driving adventure through the heartland of northern Namibia, where awe-inspiring landscapes, thrilling encounters with desert-adapted elephants and rhinos, ancient rock art sites and the incredible big game and wildlife of Etosha and Ongava await you. Finally, you spend two nights deep in the Kalahari wilderness with a remote community of San Bushmen, where you gain a remarkable insight into an ancient hunter-gatherer lifestyle that has remained unchanged in millennia.
Okonjima Reserve – Welcome to Namibia
On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you collect your rental vehicle, which will be a large and comfortable 4x4, guided by a GPS system. You then set off on a beautifully scenic drive northwards to Okonjima. Once you have settled in at your first safari property, you can wander over to the main building for a delicious high tea and to meet your guide for the afternoon’s game drive. The Okonjima Reserve was created specifically to rehabilitate large carnivores, and the 20,000- hectare reserve hosts a number of free-roaming cheetah, leopard and spotted hyena that are radio-collared to allow researchers to monitor them. These animals freely hunt oryx, zebra, duiker, and impala that are present on the reserve. Your activity for the afternoon involves radio-tracking leopard, where you take a game drive in an open, custom-built game-viewing vehicle to track down and encounter these magnificent cats.
Tracking will be the primary focus of the afternoon, but along the drive you will also see many of the other species that call this reserve home. The rolling hills, acacia thickets and open grasslands provide a beautiful backdrop as you encounter giraffe peering curiously at you over low trees, eland, the largest antelope in Africa, wildebeest, warthogs and greater kudu, along with many more smaller but equally fascinating creatures.
Discovering a leopard will obviously be the highlight of the afternoon, and the sight of one is an awe-inspiring experience. Beneath their beautifully spotted coats, their superbly muscled bodies move with a feline grace belying their incredible ferocity, agility, and power. Their greenish eyes are like searchlights into your soul, constantly picking up any movement, their ears pricking up to the slightest sound. After a few breathless minutes, they regally move off, disdainfully ignoring the vehicles, and slip into the undergrowth like a wraith, their superb camouflage concealing them in an instant.
With your nerves jangling and a huge sense of elation, you return to the lodge for a much-need sundowner drink, where you stand gazing at the glorious colors of sunset, reliving every moment of your extraordinary experience.
Okonjima Reserve – Enjoy the Marvels of Okonjima
Damaraland – Drive Into Damaraland
Damaraland – Visit the San Rock Art
Damaraland – Visit the Himba
Ongava – Into Etosha National Park and Ongava Reserve
Ongava – Rhino Tracking
Day 8 - 9
Etosha – Exploring Wildlife
Etosha – Northeast to Namutoni
Bushmanland – Into Nyae Nyae Conservancy
Waterberg – Drive South into the Waterberg
Windhoek – Depart to Home
- Interact with the Ju/'hoansi Bushmen in a meaningful and uncontrived way
- Join a hunt, and learn of their ancestral skills and bushcraft
- Visit cheetahs at the AfriCat Foundation
- Track desert elephants and rhinos in Damaraland
- Visit the enigmatic Himba tribe
- Experience thrilling big game encounters at Ongava and Etosha National Park
- Track rhinos on foot at Ongava
$6,105 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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