This flying safari takes you to spectacularly remote luxury camps in northern Namibia. Your journey begins amongst the rocky outcrops of the Palmwag Concession, famous for its conservation of black rhino. Next fly north to the tented luxury of Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, an area rich in desert-adapted wildlife and your launchpad to the incredible Skeleton Coast. Finally, the oasis of the Kunene River gives you the chance to go quad biking on the surrounding dunes and visit the Himba people – one of the last true nomadic groups in Africa.
From Windhoek you’re flown over a vast sea of sand to the astonishingly beautiful Damaraland area. Here you’ll be staying at Desert Rhino Camp in the Palmwag Concession, a region that supports the largest free-roaming population of desert-adapted black rhino in Africa.
Explore this vast, miraculous ecosystem with some of the most knowledgeable guides in Namibia. This small camp is run in conjunction with the Save the Rhino Trust, and you’ll have the opportunity to set out with their highly trained trackers both by vehicle and on foot.
Thanks to freshwater springs in the area there is a surprising amount of life here, and along with black rhino you’ve got a good chance of seeing mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok (oryx) and if you’re lucky lion. But a stay here is not just about the wildlife, it’s also about the magnificent landscapes and wonderful staff, scenic sun downers and dinners under the stars.
Your next flight takes you north to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Although still in the 450 000-hectare (1 million-acre) Palmwag Concession, the experience here is wildly different. As for the accommodation, its modern and elegant with seven spacious tents each opening onto a private shaded deck.
This area boasts the Kaokoveld’s best viewing of desert-adapted wildlife, and regularly attracts researchers who come to study the herds of elephant and prides of lion that manage to survive in these harsh yet beautiful surroundings.
Along with game drives and nature walks, a real highlight of your stay is sure to be a trip to the famous Skeleton Coast (weather permitting). Drive amongst enormous sand dunes and unexpected oases to this dramatic rocky coastline, home to a colony of thousands of Cape fur seals. After a picnic lunch on the beach, you’re flown over the dune fields back to camp.
Leaving the Palmwag Concession behind, a light aircraft flight takes to the extreme north of Namibia for a three-night stay at Serra Cafema. One of the most remote camps in southern Africa, Serra Cafema camp sits on the bank of the Kunene River: a lush band of green contrasting with the surrounding lunar-like landscape of the Namib Desert.
Activities revolve around informative nature drives and eco-friendly quad-bike excursions through this fragile environment. Go boating on the river, your guide pointing out the resident crocodiles and water birds, and enjoy an authentic interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba people as you learn about their lifestyle and customs.
After a day in the desert, return to the cool oasis of your riverside camp overlooking the rapids below. Look forward to unforgettable sunsets and dinners served in different locations every evening, as you dine under the incredible night sky.
After a final breakfast at Serra Cafema camp, you’re transferred by light aircraft to Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek for your onward travel arrangements.
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