Journey through Northern Namibia

Mountains, mist and magic

Northern Namibia never fails to impress even the most worldly of travellers. There are soaring mountains to marvel at, sweeping sand dunes to impress you and a multitude of desert-adapted species to search for. This superb itinerary has been designed to make the most of the northern areas of the country – and take you to a few secret corners too.

The adventure begins in the private Etosha Heights Reserve on the edge of Etosha National Park, where there’s some serious wildlife watching to be done. You’ll then head west to the remote Hoanib Valley Camp to spend a few days with the desert-adapted giraffe of the region before continuing all the way to the misty Atlantic Ocean coast and the aptly-named Shipwreck Lodge.

 

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Price from:

TBC

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Duration:

7 days/6 nights

Departure Dates:

Departures on demand

Min / Max Group Size

Enquire with reservations

Trip Begins / Ends

Windhoek / Windhoek

Includes Mobile Camping:

No

Details, Details

Highlights

  • Take a journey through some of Namibia’s mesmerising scenery, from the remote Kaokoland to the enigmatic Atlantic coastline.
  • Fulfil your safari dreams with game drives and bush walks in the private Etosha Heights Farm Reserve.
  • Search for endangered rhino; the area around Etosha Heights Reserve has one of the highest concentrations of white rhino on the continent.
  • Spend time with the iconic Himba and Herero people of northern Namibia.
  • Look for desert-adapted elephant, free roaming black rhino, and other unique, desert wildlife in the sandy riverbeds of the Hoanib Valley.
  • Explore the dunes of the Skeleton Coast, a dramatically beautiful yet eerily mysterious part of the country…

 

The Essentials

Pricing Information: From N$TBC per person sharing. A single supplement applies to single travellers. The price is dependent on actual travel dates..

Included: Travelling costs as per itinerary; activities (most!); entrance and park fees; accommodation as specified on a sharing basis; all meals and local drinks; road transfers; applicable tourism levies, taxes, and all relevant VAT.

Excluded: Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone expenses & shopping; premium brand drinks; tips and gratuities; additional activities; scheduled flights and related taxes; Visa fees where relevant; cancellation, baggage, medical, and evacuation insurance.

Child Policy: Please enquire with reservations.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Wifi is available throughout this trip.

Can this itinerary be customised? Yes, this itinerary can be fully customised.

When to Go & What to Pack

 

This is a trip that can be done at any time of year, although the wildlife in the Etosha area will peak during the drier, winter months of June through to November. The Skeleton Coast can be chilly at any time of year so remember a light jacket for when the mist descends – and it will probably come in useful at Hoanib Valley too!

There are some items that should always have in your safari suitcase and we highly recommend the following: cotton, long-sleeved tops and trousers in neutral colours (beige, khaki, tan) to protect from both sun and insects, a fleece or warm sweater, a hat and sunglasses for protection against the sun, sunblock, insect repellent and lip balm, good, sturdy closed shoes or boots and socks for walking, a head torch for the evenings, your swimming kit and a good pair of binos!

Our Guides

As guides ourselves, we are only too aware of the importance of great guiding on safari. At Natural Selection, our guides live and breathe the bush. They know its rhythms, its beats and its quirks. They can spot a leopard’s whisker from around a corner, and they have an innate ability to expect the unexpected. Most importantly, they love to share their knowledge and delight for all aspects of Africa’s ecosystems, from the smallest plant to the hairiest mammal, and everything in between. Many of our guides are from the local communities, and they are always happy to discuss their cultures, backgrounds and upbringings. After all, understanding the way of life of the local people can bring a whole new perspective to the land you’re exploring. And did we mention that they are all fantastic company, with some of the biggest personalities in the business? But we can’t vouch for their jokes…

Highlights

  • Take a journey through some of Namibia’s mesmerising scenery, from the remote Kaokoland to the enigmatic Atlantic coastline.
  • Fulfil your safari dreams with game drives and bush walks in the private Etosha Heights Farm Reserve.
  • Search for endangered rhino; the area around Etosha Heights Reserve has one of the highest concentrations of white rhino on the continent.
  • Spend time with the iconic Himba and Herero people of northern Namibia.
  • Look for desert-adapted elephant, free roaming black rhino, and other unique, desert wildlife in the sandy riverbeds of the Hoanib Valley.
  • Explore the dunes of the Skeleton Coast, a dramatically beautiful yet eerily mysterious part of the country…

 

The Essentials

Pricing Information: From N$TBC per person sharing. A single supplement applies to single travellers. The price is dependent on actual travel dates..

Included: Travelling costs as per itinerary; activities (most!); entrance and park fees; accommodation as specified on a sharing basis; all meals and local drinks; road transfers; applicable tourism levies, taxes, and all relevant VAT.

Excluded: Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone expenses & shopping; premium brand drinks; tips and gratuities; additional activities; scheduled flights and related taxes; Visa fees where relevant; cancellation, baggage, medical, and evacuation insurance.

Child Policy: Please enquire with reservations.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Wifi is available throughout this trip.

Can this itinerary be customised? Yes, this itinerary can be fully customised.

When to Go & What to Pack

 

This is a trip that can be done at any time of year, although the wildlife in the Etosha area will peak during the drier, winter months of June through to November. The Skeleton Coast can be chilly at any time of year so remember a light jacket for when the mist descends – and it will probably come in useful at Hoanib Valley too!

There are some items that should always have in your safari suitcase and we highly recommend the following: cotton, long-sleeved tops and trousers in neutral colours (beige, khaki, tan) to protect from both sun and insects, a fleece or warm sweater, a hat and sunglasses for protection against the sun, sunblock, insect repellent and lip balm, good, sturdy closed shoes or boots and socks for walking, a head torch for the evenings, your swimming kit and a good pair of binos!

Our Guides

As guides ourselves, we are only too aware of the importance of great guiding on safari. At Natural Selection, our guides live and breathe the bush. They know its rhythms, its beats and its quirks. They can spot a leopard’s whisker from around a corner, and they have an innate ability to expect the unexpected. Most importantly, they love to share their knowledge and delight for all aspects of Africa’s ecosystems, from the smallest plant to the hairiest mammal, and everything in between. Many of our guides are from the local communities, and they are always happy to discuss their cultures, backgrounds and upbringings. After all, understanding the way of life of the local people can bring a whole new perspective to the land you’re exploring. And did we mention that they are all fantastic company, with some of the biggest personalities in the business? But we can’t vouch for their jokes…

Itinerary & Map

Day 1: Arrive at Safarihoek, Etosha Heights Private Reserve

Your first taste of Namibia will be in the wildlife-packed Etosha Heights Private Reserve and Safarihoek Lodge. Binos (and G&Ts) at the ready!

Day 2: Safarihoek Lodge, Etosha Heights Private Reserve

Drive through the animal-dotted plains of the reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for white rhino, and head out on foot for a taste of the smaller flora and fauna.

Day 3: Hoanib Valley Camp, Kaokoland

Today, you’ll head west over the rolling dunes and rocky mountains of Kaokoland before settling into Hoanib Valley Camp.

Day 4: Hoanib Valley Camp, Kaokoland

Explore the wonders of this stark area on foot and by vehicle, tracking black rhino and searching for desert-adapted wildlife, before falling asleep under the twinkling skies.

Day 5: Transfer to Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast

Make your way even further west to where the sand meets the sea: the Skeleton Coast and the funky Shipwreck Lodge.

Day 6: Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast

Today is for marvelling at the magic of this isolated area – but keep your eyes peeled for the unique, desert species of the area. It’s never as quiet as it seems…

Day 7: Transfer to Swakopmund or Windhoek and depart.

Today, you’ll transfer back to either Swakopmund or Windhoek for your onward travel arrangements.

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Accommodations

 

Cool and comfortable Safarihoek Lodge is perched high on a ridge, with camera-loving vistas across the plains of Etosha Heights Private Reserve. The 11 thatch chalets are raised above the ground on wooden platforms, truly making the most of that view, and all have ensuite bathrooms with private loos and indoor showers. At the main area, there’s a swimming pool, wine cellar, indoor lounge, outdoor bar, and a large deck with a fireplace.

Hoanib Valley Camp is tucked deep into the dry riverbeds and towering dunes of Kaokoland in north-western Namibia. The camp is an elegant, intimate affair that immerses you into the wilds of the desert and the six rooms are bush-chic down to a T. Then, it’s off to the funky and ever-so-trendy Shipwreck Lodge to sleep inside a ‘shipwrecked’ cabin and enjoy the comforts of the lodge in one of the most desolate landscapes on earth…

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Wildlife

Etosha Heights Private Reserve is home to a fascinating range of desert-adapted wildlife including elephant, kudu, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, gemsbok and springbok. Lion, cheetah and leopard are all present, but the real star of the show here is the regal white rhino. The endangered giants amble between the private reserve and nearby Etosha National Park, ears twitching and tails flicking, leaving unmistakable footprints in the dust and memories to last a lifetime.

In the Hoanib Valley, the elephants who’ve managed to adapt to a harsh life in the desert are fascinating to watch and the stately giraffe are also quite something to behold. Birdwatchers will enjoy sightings of Monteiro’s hornbills or Ruppell’s korhaans in the valleys and a morning spent tracking black rhino through the sandy riverbeds wont’ be forgotten in a hurry!

The Skeleton Coast is all about spectacular landscapes but when you do spot a sign of life, it’s a fascinating experience. There are ellies, digging deep holes in the sand, and brown hyena skulking on the beach, you’ll see Cape fur seals harping noisily at Mowe Bay and plenty of birds, and if you’re really lucky, perhaps even a lion or two….

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