Namibia Under Canvas
A 10-day Journey Across Namibia
Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately twice the size of California and four times the size of the United Kingdom. With a population of a mere 2 million, Namibia has one of the lowest population densities in the world.
It is also an 'ageless land’; visible through the heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilized tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. When added to the space and silence, these factors all contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.
On this Namibia Under Canvas Safari, you will experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will have your own professional and experienced safari guide who will enhance your enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery. The knowledge, experience, and character of our guides are critical to a successful safari which is why we ensure that they are both personable and very professional.
The Namibia Under Canvas Safari is designed to offer a true “back to nature” experience with the emphasis being on the experiential aspect of safaris, to go back to the roots of safari, to touch, to smell, to feel and to experience the wild, with one’s feet firmly in the dust that covers Africa. This is an experience that is exclusive in the real sense of the word, as well as being very much away from the pressures of ‘normal’ life!
This safari runs with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 participants, making use of largely Under Canvas style accommodation, namely Onguma Tree Tops, //Huab Under Canvas and Sossus Under Canvas, with a single night on the outskirts of Swakopmund at Desert Breeze Lodge.
Day 1 | Windhoek to Etosha National Park | Onguma Tree Top Camp
Depart Windhoek as you head north to Etosha with your private guide and other guests. Along the way you'll stop at the AfriCat Foundation, a conservation group specializing in rehabilitating injured cheetahs and leopards. Following lunch you'll continue your journey arriving at Etosha and the Onguma Tree Top Camp in the mid afternoon. (Lunch, Dinner)
Days 2 & 3 | Etosha National Park & Onguma Private Reserve | Onguma Tree Top Camp
The next two days will be spent on game drives in both Etosha Park and the Onguma Tree Top Camp. Etosha is famous for its many waterholes that provide exciting wildlife interactions as elephants, zebra, giraffe and other plains game gather to drink. Predators such as lions and hyenas patrol the waterholes searching for an easy meal. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4, 5, 6 | Darmaraland | //Huab Under Canvas
Depart Etosha early as you head west into Damaraland. It's a long drive but the spectacular landscape of Damaraland will give you plenty for your eyes to enjoy! Your next 3 nights will be spent at they private, exclusive-use //Huab Under Canvas Tented Camp. This remote camp provides all the luxuries for a comfortable stay and the kind of intimacy that can only be achieved by taking guests to the most wild, remote and private places, and giving them access to exclusive areas away from the beaten path.
You'll join the rangers of Save the Rhino Trust for an exhilarating treck to search for the endangered black rhino (on foot), search for desert elephants, and enjoy scenic game drives and nature walks around the camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 | Damaraland to Swakopmund | Desert Breeze Lodge
Continue your journey south the seaside town of Swakopmund. The drive take you by Namibia's highest mountain and across the gravel plains of the Namib Desert before arriving at the Atlantic Coast. Tonight will be at a secluded lodge on the outskirts of Swakopmund, a few minute's drive from the town center. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Days 8 & 9 | Tsaris Conservancy & Sossusvlei Dunes | Sossus Under Canvas
Your route now takes you to the southwest and across the harsh Namib Desert to the exclusive Sossus Under Canvas Tented Camp. Similar in style to //Huab Under Canvas, you'll enjoy a remote, private setting in large, comfortable tents. Your guide will take you to the famous dunes of Sossusvlei where you can hike up the world's tallest sand dunes and explore the eerie Deadvlei, with skeletons of long dead camelthorn trees. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 | Tsaris Conservancy to Windhoek
Today you'll head north once again for your return to Windhoek and departing flight. (Breakfast)
Onguma Tree Top Camp: A unique and beautiful camp, situated on the Onguma Game Reserve, adjacent to the Eastern side of Etosha National Park. It is a small and intimate camp, especially designed for those travellers who would like to truly experience the bush in all its raw splendour. This Camp is built on wooden stilts amongst the tree tops with full views over one of the most beautiful watering holes on the Reserve. The Camp consists of 4 thatched wooden rooms, and a main complex.
//Huab & Sossus Under Canvas: The exclusive-use Under Canvas camps use large rectangular Meru tents (4m x 3m and 2.5 m high) with built in groundsheets and mosquito screens on all doors and windows. Each spacious tent is equipped with standard height camp beds, solar lighting, and storage for clothing and other belongings that need to be accessible. Each also has a bathroom which has its own toilet, bucket shower and washbasin. A small table, mirror, towels and toiletries as well as solar lighting are also provided in the bathroom, and chairs on the patio allow guests to relax and enjoy the surrounding view.
Desert Breeze: On the banks of the ephemeral Swakop River and just a few minutes' drive from the centre of town, Desert Breeze provides the perfect escape to experience space, tranquility and serenity. There are twelve en-suite, luxury bungalows and one exquisite villa, each with a private sun deck to admire the breath-taking view of the dunes. Expressing sophisticated style and luxury from their accommodation right through to their breakfast facilities makes guests feel pampered and spoiled. Each bungalow and villa is equipped with wireless internet, mini bar, coffee and tea making facilities and digital safes. Only the freshest of produce is provided for breakfast and seating is available indoors or on the deck for guests to enjoy the view and peaceful atmosphere. Big basalt sculptures along with colourful and very unique architecture stand in contrast to the desert landscape, yet also compliments it. The creative luxury offered in the bungalows along with the friendly staff will make your stay very memorable.
Vehicles used are comfortable, specially modified 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers, equipped with air-conditioning, large windows, pop tops, fridges for drinks and snacks, a personal library (with maps and guidebooks), guaranteed window seat.
Minimum 2 guests/Maximum 7
INCLUDES: Accommodation as stated above; Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle; All meals; Local drinks (water, soft drinks, beer, table wine); Services of a registered and experienced English-speaking safari guide; Entrance fees, sightseeing and excursions as described in above itinerary; Mineral water on board the safari vehicle; Welcome pack.
EXCLUDES: International flights to/from Namibia and airport taxes; Entry visas; Travel insurance; Airport transfers to/from Windhoek International Airport; Pre- and post-safari accommodation in Windhoek; Any meals not included in the above itinerary; Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary (scenic flights); Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost; //Huab Under Canvas will have limited complimentary laundry); Gratuities; Souvenirs and items of personal nature.
PAYMENT: A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm booking and due within 7 days of receiving the invoice. Other terms & conditions apply.
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Namibia Under Canvas
2020 & 2021 Rates
- $3500 (Apr-Jun, 2020)
- $3750 (Jul-Oct, 2020)
- $3520 (Apr-Jun, 2021)
- $3680 (Apr-Jun, 2021)
Rates are per person sharing & subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Single supplement applies.
Length/Route: 9 nights/10 days; Starts and ends in Windhoek, Namibia