Namibia with VIP visit to Cheetah Conservation Fund

Namibia is a vast country; even by African standards. It is an “ageless land” with a unique history. Conservation is so important to this country that it is written in their constitution.

This safari has been specially created to offer exposure to the many facets of Namibia. Some of the highlights include, visiting the stark and vast Namib Desert with its world famous sand dunes, the Skeleton Coast and the German Colonial town of Swapumond, Damaraland with its petrified forest, ancient engravings and the nomadic Himba people and spectacular game viewing in Etosha National Park, the second oldest park in Africa. Your safari culminates with a VIP tour of the Cheetah Conservation Fund for a chance to see the incredible work that is being done to save these beautiful cats, of which there are less than 10,000 left in the world. This safari offers an experience of the best of what Namibia has to offer!

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Upon arrival in Windhoek you will be met by a representative of Infinite Safari Adventures and taken to Galton House (Dinner). Galton House is is Windhoek’s newest guest house. Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, it has a relaxed but efficient style that creates a very welcoming atmosphere. Impressive wildlife photography adorns the walls, while the rest of the interior is a combination of modern minimalistic and understated chic. There is wireless internet available throughout the property and in the eight guest rooms.

Day 2: After your breakfast you will be driven back to regional airport for a light aircraft flight to the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. You will arrive in time to participate in someof the afternoon activities at the lodge. You will stay at Kulala Desert Lodge (FB). Located within the arid Namib Desert on the 27 000-hectare (67 000-acre) private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Comprising 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas” with en-suite bathrooms and verandas, each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. It also happens to be the closest point of access to the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei.

Day 3: This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your local 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. This is one of the most photographed places in Sub-Saharan Africa. Once you have explored the areas around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei you will return to Kulala Desert Lodge (FB) for lunch and then the rest of the afternoon is at your option with other activities at the lodge.

Day 4: Today you will take a scenic flight to Swakopmund. This premier beach resort town has a German colonial heritage which is evident in its architecture, place names, and even language (many German-speaking citizens still reside in the area). Indulge in a city tour to take in the Woermannhaus with its attractive tower, Swakopmund Museum, the National Marine Aquarium, crystal gallery, and more. Outside the city, explore the stunning sand dunes near Langstrand, a camel farm, or an abandoned steam locomotive dating from 1896. Tonight you will stay at Swakopmond Guest House (Breakfast, Dinner). Just 5 minutes to the beach this house was previously used as a holiday house by the family that runs it. It is also an eco-friendly lodge as it uses solar power.

Day 5: This morning you will take a catamaran cruise with the hope of seeing dolphin and other wildlife close by. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please as you explore the historic town of Swakopmond. Spend another night at Swakopmond Guest House (Breakfast, Snack Lunch, Dinner).

Day 6: Board another flight to fly up to Damaraland. Here you will connect with the ancient past of Namibia. During our stay here we will visit Twyfelfontein with its ancient rock paintings, the petrified forest and the tallest point in Namibia Brandberg mountain. This is also the home of desert adapted rhino and elephant which we will go looking for. Prior to your arrival you will also visit the Damara Cultural Village. This is a living museum You will stay at Doro Nawas (FB). With just 16 units, Doro Nawas Camp is located in the the Doro Nawas Conservancy in central Damaraland. It commands spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains to the north and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein in the south. It is the perfect place to sleep out under the stars and has a beautiful outdoor shower. It is also an easily accessible base to see desert-adapted elephants.

Day 7: Spend another day exploring Damaraland. You may meet the Himba people along the way as well as a chance for a desert elephant or rhino encounter. Spend another night at Doro Nawas Camp (FB). Today your guide who has driven up from Windhoek will meet you to be your guide for the rest of your safari.

Day 8: Today you drive to Etosha National Park and all the stunning wildlife there is to see. You will visit the petrified forest along the way. Etosha, when created in 1907 was the largest game reserve in the world. It is Namibia’s premiere wildlife destination. Named for the Etosha Pan, a salt desert that is nearly completely barren in the dry winter months, there are perennial sprinds along the edges that create natural waterholes that are a magnet for wildlife. Game viewing is excellent during the time we are there including herds of impala, elephnts, giraffe, lion, leopard, black rhino and of course cheetah! Tonight you will stay at Anderssons Camp (FB). Taking its name from Charles Andersson, the Swedish explorer who first ‘discovered’ the Etosha Pan with Sir Francis Galton in 1851, Andersson’s Camp is surrounded by scrub-covered plains and white calcrete soils. The 20 tents are a clever mix of calcrete stone cladding, canvas and wood, with double-door entrances and a small veranda that is an extension of the elevated wooden decks on which the tents are constructed. Located ideally for full-day guided drives there is a lot of wildlife here as Large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterholes in the dry season, whilst the summer months’ sporadic rainfall produces a profusion of new life - with pronking baby springbok and comical young wildebeest.

Day 9: Spend another day on game drives in this part of Etosha. The experienced guides of the camp will instruct you about how the game of Etosha, live, interact and survive on each other. Spend the morning on a game drive then return in the middle of the day for lunch and relaxation and then in the late afternoon head back out. Spend the night at Anderssons Camp (FB).

Day 10: Etosha is the size of Switzerland so day we are going to move to the eastern part of the park with lunch en route and game drives you will arrive at Onguma Bush Camp (FB). The camp offers just 16 rooms. The lounge and dining areas overlook a stunning waterhole that affords great opportunities to see nature at play around the clock. You don’t even have to leave the camp to see game – they come to you! But better yet we have arranged for you a Waterhole Chalet that is built with views of the newly enlarged waterhole. Watch wildlife right from the comfort of your room!

The Onguma Reserve boasts thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely as well as predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, being common residents of the area. And in addition there is a family of black rhinos!

Day 11: Spend a final day in Etosha. Go on game drives, a bush walk and continue to be in awe of all the wildlife that is around you. Spend a final night in the bush at Onguma Bush Camp (FB).

Day 12: Today to culminate your safari by heading south to be a VIP guest of the Cheetah Conservation Fund of which I am a trustee. You will spend today and tomorrow at Cheetah Conservation Fund Headquarters. Spend the day visiting the CCF facilities where research, conservation and educational work is done dedicated to saving cheetahs who are facing extincintion. You will also have an opporutity to see cheetahs exercise, being fed, and witness CCF’s various projects including the raising of Anatolian Shepherds to protect rancher’s herds from cheetah attacks. Tonight you will stay the beautiful and small Babson House (FB) located on the CCF property.

Day 13: Spend another day at CCF. There is much to see and do her on the 50,000 hectares that is CCF. Meet some of the staff. Visit the vet hospital and genetics lab. Learn about the goat cheese and bushblock programs. It is hard to not come away from this experienced impressed by all that CCF does. Spend a final night at Babson House (FB).

Day 14: After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred back to the Windhoek International Airport for your international flight home. (If your flight is the next day we will arrange for you to spend another night at Windhoek at an additional expense).

Pricing available on request. Single supplement charges apply.

This is an all-inclusive trip and includes full board accommodation throughout including local beverages (premium brands extra), activities, park fees and laundry at most camps, and all internal flights.

It does not include international flights, gratuities, extra night accommodation as the result of flight schedules, international travel insurance which is required and items of a personal nature. We strongly recommend all clients take out international travel insurance – we can advise on this if you would like. Also please note that because we are using light aircraft there is a luggage limit of 44 lbs. and it must be contained in soft-sided bags.

** Please note ** – This itinerary and the accommodations are subject to availability and space. It is best to book this as far in advance as possible to insure the best chance of having space available.

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Galton House

Doro Nawas Camp

Kulala Desert Lodge

Ongava Lodge

Babson House

Swakopmond Guest House

Onguma Bush Camp