Grade

Easy

Accommodation

Lodge

Transportation

Safari Vehicle

Air Ticket

Included

Safari Guide

Iolo Williams

Group Tour

8

Departure

8th - 20th Nov 2020

Single Supplement

£300

£5,999

Iolo Williams Namibia Conservation Safari

Our friend Wildlife Presenter & Naturalist Iolo Williams will be leading a very special wildlife conservation safari to Namibia for Natoura Voyage Wildlife Travel in November 2020.

 

Skeleton Coast – Damaraland – Etosha – Okonjima – Erongo – Swakopmund

 

 

Skeleton Coast & Damaraland – Desert Adpated Wildlife including Desert Elephants, Lions and Meerkats. Rhino tracking on foot.

Etosha National Park – Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing and the waterholes attract huge numbers of game. . 114 Species of mammal are found in the park and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhino. Other game include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, honey-badger, black-faced impala, kudu, eland, damara dik-dik, warthog and big herds of springbok, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and oryx. More than 300 species of birds are found here and it is brilliant for finding raptors. One of the highlights of the park is flood-lit waterholes s where game viewing continues long after the sun has set.

Okonjima – Okonjima Nature Reserve in central Namibia is home to The AfriCat Foundation. It has grown significantly since it was established as a welfare organisation in the early 1990s and registered as a non-profit organisation in 1993. Today, AfriCat’s mission is the long-term conservation of some of Namibia’s large carnivores – such as brown hyaena, leopard and cheetah, all of which can be seen during an environmental education visit to Okonjima. Leapord tracking and Cheetah tracking on foot.

Erongo – the Erongo Mountain Range stretches across the plains between the towns of Omaruru and Karibib, and is home to a remarkably rich natural heritage. This expanse of rugged wilderness serves as one of Namibia’s most popular tourist drawcards, attracting visitors with its spectacularly scenic landscapes, magnificent caves and rock painting sites, and its impressive array of wildlife species. These include, among others: rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, blesbok, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, mountain zebra, oryx, eland, springbok and over 200 species of bird.

Trip Overview
Day 1 (Nov 8th)
London to Windhoek
Depart London for Flight to Windhoek
Day 2 (Nov 9th)
Okonjima Plains Camp, Okonjima Nature Reserve
 After meeting you in Windhoek we will depart for Okonjima Lodge near Otjiwarongo in central Namibia where we will spend our first evening. Okonjima Lodge is based at the famous Africat Foundation where you have the opportunity to learn more about Namibian population of free-roaming predators (lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and smaller species)and the way this foundation is trying to protect them living on private cattle farms. They also have a very interesting rehabilitation centre here where you can get close up views of these amazing animals. From a birding point of view this will be the perfect introduction to the Acacia savannah ecosystem of this part of the country and we might see Pied Babbler,Barred Wren-warbler, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Fork-tailed Drongo, Marico Flycatcher,Violet-eared, Blue and Black-faced Waxbills, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, White-backedMousebird, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, White-browed Sparrow-weaver, Southern MaskedWeaver to name a few of the more common species. This part of the country is also great for Vultures and we hope to see Lappet-faced, White-backed and the endangered Cape Vulture. On arrival, we will enjoy lunch, have time to settle in before departing for the afternoon activity which will be leopard or cheetah tracking. We will enjoy a sun-downer drink in the bush before arriving back at the lodge in time to relax around the fire before dinner. Evening meal with your host and guide Iolo Williams. This will be the perfect Namibian welcome and should set the tone of for the rest of the safari. Overnight Okonjima Plains Camp
Day 3 (Nov 10th)
Mushara Lodge , Etosha East
After breakfast and our last activity we will depart for Etosha National Park where will spend the next 4 nights. Etosha is one of Africa’s biggest and best National Parks and one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia. It is 22 912 km 2 in size of which the Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that only holds water after good rainy seasons, is 5000 km 2 in size. Etosha is known for its spectacular game viewing and the waterholes attract huge numbers of game in the dry season when all the open water has dried up. During the rainy season in the park the dry grassland is transformed into a green oasis and this is the time you find young of various animal species in huge numbers. 114 Species of mammal are found in the park and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhino. Other game include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, honey-badger, black-faced impala, kudu, eland, damara dik-dik, warthog and big herds of springbok, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and oryx. More than 300 species of birds are found here and it is brilliant for finding raptors. One of the highlights of the park is flood-lit waterholes at the 3 main camps where game viewing continues long after the sun has set. Overnight: Mushara Lodge
Day 4 (Nov 11th)
Mushara Lodge , Etosha East
We will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives. Overnight: Mushara Lodge
Day 5 (Nov 12th)
Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha South
This morning we will make our way to Okaukeujo Resort where we will spend the next two nights. The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night. A wide diversity of wildlife surrounds Okaukuejo camps. Animals come in large numbers to quench their thirst at the waterhole.In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhino, elephant, and lion all drinking at the same time Overnight: Okaukuejo Resort
Day 6 (Nov 13th)
Okaukuejo Resort, Etosha South
We will do morning and afternoon games drives and relax at the pool or camp waterhole between drives. Overnight: Okaukuejo Resort
Day 7 (Nov 14th)
Palmwag Lodge, Palmwag
After breakfast we will make our way to the Palmwag Concession. Palmwag Concession's freshwater springs support healthy populations of arid-adapted wildlife. Good numbers of Hartmann's mountain zebra, southern giraffe, gemsbok (oryx), springbok, kudu, dwarf antelope (such as steenbok and klipspringer), scrub hare, comical meerkats (suricates), inquisitive ground squirrels, black-backed jackal andsmall spotted genet can be seen. This concession is also rich in reptiles including Kaokoveld sand lizard and Anchieta’s agama. We will enjoy lunch either en-route or at the lodge and join the afternoon game drive, with a stop for a sundowner. Palmwag Lodge manages and operates the 582,000 hectare large concession area. Abundant wildlife such as mountain zebra, kudu, springbok, giraffe, lion, desert adapted elephant, the endangered black rhino and many other species occur here. Overnight: Palmwag Lodge
Day 8 (Nov 15th)
Palmwag Lodge
This morning, after breakfast you will embark on a Half Day Rhino Tracking excursion. Seeing any animal in this inhospitable terrain and to see them doing so well is a truly humbling experience. Palmwag Lodge in a joint venture with the Torra Conservancy, Anabeb Conservancy and Sesfontein Conservancy offers rhino tracking in the Palmwag Concession and in the Torra Conservancy. The communities/conservancies directly benefit from these excursions since part of the income generated through rhino tracking is paid to the Conservancies. Rhino tracking excursions are guided by a qualified guide from Palmwag Lodge and a qualified tracker from the Rhino Rangers/Save the Rhino Trust. After lunch at the lodge we have time to explore the area around the lodge or do an optional game drive Palmwag Rhino Tracking Palmwag Lodge, in a joint venture with the Torra Conservancy, Anabeb Conservancy, and Sesfontein Conservancy offers rhino tracking in the Palmwag Concession and in the Torra Conservancy. The communities and conservancies directly benefit from these excursions since part of the income generated through rhino tracking is paid to the conservancies. Rhino tracking excursions are guided by a qualified guide from Palmwag Lodge and a qualified tracker from the Rhino Rangers or Save the Rhino Trust. Full-day and half-day tracking excursions are available and both options include breakfast. Lunch is included in the full-day tracking package. Overnight: Palmwag Lodge
Day 9 (Nov 16th)
Brandberg White Lady Lodge, Brandberg
After breakfast we will make our way to Brandberg White Lady Lodge. After settling in at the lodge and enjoying lunch, you can embark on a nature walk in the areas surrounding the camp to explore the smaller details of the bush up close and personal.Here we will be searching for free roaming mountain zebra, kudu, springbok, and desert elephant Overnight: Brandberg White Lady Lodge
Day 10 (Nov 17th)
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
After an early breakfast we depart on an Elephant drive, where we will be searching for the rare desert adapted Elephants. After this we will make our way to Erongo Wilderness Lodge and enjoy lunch en route. Conveniently located only a few hour’s drive from Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek, the Erongo Mountain Range stretches across the plains between the towns of Omaruru and Karibib, and is home to a remarkably rich natural heritage. This expanse of rugged wilderness serves as one of Namibia’s most popular tourist drawcards, attracting visitors with its spectacularly scenic landscapes, magnificent caves and rock painting sites, and its impressive array of wildlife species. These include, among others: rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, blesbok, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, mountain zebra, oryx, eland, springbok and over 200 species of bird. Visitors can look forward to enjoying a variety of adventurous activities such as hiking, rock climbing, games drives, horse riding safaris and mountain biking. Overnight: Erongo Wilderness Lodge
Day 11 (Nov 18th)
Swakopmund Sands Hotel, Swakopmund
After taking a nature walk and breakfast we will make our way to the coast. We will arrive in time for lunch and we might have some time to explore this charming coastal city, booming in the middle of hostile desert environment. We will all be back at our hotel after sunset, for a nice dinner and a great night’s rest. Overnight: Swakopmund Sands Hotel
Day 12 (Nov 19th)
Swakopmund - Windhoek
After an early breakfast we will transfer to Windhoek International Airport for our flight back to the UK.
Day 13 (Nov 20th)
Cost Per Person
GBP £5,999

  • Guest Tour Leader - Iolo Williams
  • International Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • En - Suite Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All Transport
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Visas
  • Guides Tips & Gratuities
  • Items of a Personal Nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks

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