Discover the soulful landscapes and wild shores of Namibia on a stylishly luxe-rugged safari through the contrasting scenery of the Kaokoland and the Skeleton Coast.
A fascinating country of diversity, Namibia’s stark, dry scenes of rolling dunes, craggy mountains and dust-swirled plains are genuinely something to behold – and equally as much of a drawcard as the country’s uniquely desert-adapted wildlife. Seemingly inhospitable, there is an astonishing variety of wildlife in Namibia’s desert plains. While you will be sure to see elephant and giraffe in the Hoanib Valley, you may also be privileged to spot the rare black rhino. Don’t forget your binoculars at home!
From the Kaokoland, your journey takes you to the Skeleton Coast, which serves up sightings of the rare brown hyena, lion (if you’re fortunate), jackals, desert elephants and the ever-present seal colony of Mowe Bay. Not forgetting the ‘bones’ of old shipwrecks and the swirling mist shrouding the haunting shores, the Skeleton Coast is a highlight on any Namibia safari.
3 nights in Kaokoland
Spend two days exploring the remote Hoanib Valley, an area of remarkable and atmospheric desert landscapes. Seek out desert-adapted elephant, giraffe, springbok, oryx and kudu on guided game drives. You also have the option to spend time with the nomadic Himba tribe as they lead their livestock across the desert, learning about their fascinating customs and traditional way of life.
The most famous resident of this area is, of course, the black rhino. This is the only free-range non-reintroduced population in Africa, and as the Hoanib region is one of their great strongholds, the local communities go to great lengths to protect them.
Also favouring the Hoanib Valley is the rare desert-adapted lion. While sightings are typically unpredictable, here they are relatively reliable, with the camps reporting an average of once or twice per week.
Bush meals, picnics and sunset cocktails are the order of the day, with private dining on the menu as requested.
WHERE YOU'LL STAY
Hoanib Valley Camp
Hoanib Valley Camp takes desert luxury to a whole new level. Centred around an extensive public area under a geodesic canvas roof, the tents blend almost entirely into the rugged environment; their colours, textures and patterns inspired by the experience of the Hoanib. With a focus on sustainability and to ensure a minimal footprint on the fragile ecosystem, the lodge was constructed using only local materials and resources – even the furniture was made by the local Rundu carpenters and Himba carvers.
3 nights in Skeleton Coast
The next leg of your Namibia holiday takes you to the Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge, where, across a broad gravel plain, lies the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Mist-shrouded, windswept and littered with the bones of whales, the carcasses of shipwrecks and the ruins of abandoned diamond operations, the beaches of the Skeleton Coast are like nowhere else on earth.
Where the desert is harsh and lightly populated, the cold waters offshore are packed with shoals of large fish, whales, dolphins and leatherback turtles. At Mowe Bay, the large seal colony provides easy pickings for jackals and brown hyenas.
Be sure to experience the “roaring dunes” behind Shipwreck Lodge. Best visited either late afternoon for sundowners or early morning for a bush breakfast, these dunes make an otherworldly sound as you slide down their slopes.
A not-to-be-missed attraction here is the Dunedin Star, the most famous shipwreck in history which grounded here in 1942, leaving 100 survivors stranded on this inhospitable shore until a convoy arrived from Windhoek one month later.
Early morning bush breakfasts and late afternoon cocktails are enjoyed on the dunes. Back at camp, meals are served in the public dining area, and feature seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients whipped into fresh and innovative desert cuisine.
WHERE YOU'LL STAY
Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge
The Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge is the only permanent accommodation in this remarkable area, with guest accommodation in 10 freestanding suites with distant views of the Atlantic Ocean. Influenced by the stories of shipwrecked sailors, the innovative design of the rooms is offset by the luxury of the interiors.
Road transfer from Orutjandja Airstrip to Hoanib Valley Camp
3 nights Hoanib Valley Camp on an all inclusive basis (all meals, select drinks, desert activities)
Full day scenic drive from Hoanib Valley Camp to Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge
3 nights Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge on an all inclusive basis (all meals, select drinks, desert activities)
Road transfer from Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge to Mowe Bay
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