Walking for Lions: A fundraising journey

WALK WITH THE WILD THINGS

Join Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilsen, model, actress, author and earth activist, in Namibia on a 9-day walk through the Namib desert in support of the Desert Lion Conservation Project, a long-term project run by Dr. Flip Stander and IRDNC to address the struggling population of desert lions in northwest Namibia through human-lion conflict mitigation and monitoring.

Aleks has worked in Namibia for many years on projects close to her heart, using her celebrity platform to raise awareness about human rights, empowerment, sustainable living and wildlife conservation. Her walks have traversed Namibia and brought many issues to light with her passionate commitment to making a difference. This is your chance to join her on a once in a lifetime trip across the iconic Namib Desert.

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Price from:

US$17,500 (incl. donation)

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Duration:

9 days

Departure Dates:

31st May 2020

Min / Max Group Size

4 / 10

Trip Begins / Ends

Windhoek / Windhoek

Includes Mobile Camping:

Yes

Details, Details

Highlights

  • Discover the vast and changing habitats of Namibia where the desert-adapted wildlife etch out an existence.
  • Walk through the same terrain as the desert lions, negotiating mountain ridges, across desert plains and through dry riverbeds. Each day, the group will walk  ±20 kms (±12.5 miles).
  • Meet the lion conservationists who work hard to address issues around lion protection and learn a little more about village livelihoods.
  • Stay at two of our most spectacular and unique lodges, Hoanib Valley Camp in the Hoanib River and award-winning Shipwreck Lodge on the Skeleton Coast.
  • At the Skeleton Coast, visit one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies in the world, a favourite hunting ground for lions, or quad bike across the dune fields of the Skeleton Coast National Park.

The Essentials

Pricing Information: From US$17,500 per person which includes a US$5,000 donation to the Desert Lion Conservation Project (minimum 4 pax required).

Included: Internal flights, accommodation, all meals & local beverages, guest laundry (not whilst camping), daily activities, expert guiding, park entrance fees & VAT.

Excluded: International flights,fully comprehensive travel insurance, premium brand drinks, gratuities & any other services not mentioned here.

Child Policy:Please enquire with reservations for details on the child policy for this trip.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Wifi is available at both Hoanib Valley Camp and Shipwreck Lodge, but not on the walk through the desert.

Can this itinerary be customised? No. This is a once-off, fundraising journey with Aleksandra in aid of conservation and sadly cannot be customised.

When to Go & What to Pack

The trip will be departing at the beginning of June which is a beautiful time in north-western Namibia. The days are sunny and warm with a maximum temperature of 26°C to 30°C, which is the perfect climate for walking. It does however get a little colder at night and into the early mornings, and you can expect temperatures around the 18°C mark or perhaps lower.

When walking, we recommend wearing long trousers and comfy socks and shoes. You don’t necessarily require professional walking boots but remember, you will be covering long distances on foot, so please bring something sturdy that is up to the challenge. Sunglasses and a hat are a must, as is sunscreen and a light sarong or scarf that can be used as a cover up. Please also include a light jacket, flip flops and a swimming costume in your bag.

Our Guides

Throughout the trip, you will be in the company of our Natural Selection guides, many of whom hail from the local communities surrounding the camps. 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. They also know the landscape, the terrain and the wildlife better than anyone…

You will also be walking with Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilsen, a model, actress, author and earth activist who has spent many years walking across Namibia’s spectacular landscapes. She has used her celebrity platform to raise awareness about human rights, empowerment, sustainable living and wildlife conservation. Her walks have traversed Namibia and brought many issues to light with her passionate commitment to making a difference.

Highlights

  • Discover the vast and changing habitats of Namibia where the desert-adapted wildlife etch out an existence.
  • Walk through the same terrain as the desert lions, negotiating mountain ridges, across desert plains and through dry riverbeds. Each day, the group will walk  ±20 kms (±12.5 miles).
  • Meet the lion conservationists who work hard to address issues around lion protection and learn a little more about village livelihoods.
  • Stay at two of our most spectacular and unique lodges, Hoanib Valley Camp in the Hoanib River and award-winning Shipwreck Lodge on the Skeleton Coast.
  • At the Skeleton Coast, visit one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies in the world, a favourite hunting ground for lions, or quad bike across the dune fields of the Skeleton Coast National Park.

The Essentials

Pricing Information: From US$17,500 per person which includes a US$5,000 donation to the Desert Lion Conservation Project (minimum 4 pax required).

Included: Internal flights, accommodation, all meals & local beverages, guest laundry (not whilst camping), daily activities, expert guiding, park entrance fees & VAT.

Excluded: International flights,fully comprehensive travel insurance, premium brand drinks, gratuities & any other services not mentioned here.

Child Policy:Please enquire with reservations for details on the child policy for this trip.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Wifi is available at both Hoanib Valley Camp and Shipwreck Lodge, but not on the walk through the desert.

Can this itinerary be customised? No. This is a once-off, fundraising journey with Aleksandra in aid of conservation and sadly cannot be customised.

When to Go & What to Pack

The trip will be departing at the beginning of June which is a beautiful time in north-western Namibia. The days are sunny and warm with a maximum temperature of 26°C to 30°C, which is the perfect climate for walking. It does however get a little colder at night and into the early mornings, and you can expect temperatures around the 18°C mark or perhaps lower.

When walking, we recommend wearing long trousers and comfy socks and shoes. You don’t necessarily require professional walking boots but remember, you will be covering long distances on foot, so please bring something sturdy that is up to the challenge. Sunglasses and a hat are a must, as is sunscreen and a light sarong or scarf that can be used as a cover up. Please also include a light jacket, flip flops and a swimming costume in your bag.

Our Guides

Throughout the trip, you will be in the company of our Natural Selection guides, many of whom hail from the local communities surrounding the camps. 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. They also know the landscape, the terrain and the wildlife better than anyone…

You will also be walking with Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilsen, a model, actress, author and earth activist who has spent many years walking across Namibia’s spectacular landscapes. She has used her celebrity platform to raise awareness about human rights, empowerment, sustainable living and wildlife conservation. Her walks have traversed Namibia and brought many issues to light with her passionate commitment to making a difference.

Itinerary & Map

The walking trip will take place from the 31stMay – 8thJune 2020.

Day 1: 31stMay 2020

Arrive at Hoanib Valley Camp, deep in north-western Namibia’s Kaokoland region.

Day 2: 1stJune 2020

Explore the area around Hoanib Valley on game drives and walks, meet the lion conservationists and visit a local village to learn more about community life.

Days 3 – 6: 2nd– 5thJune 2020

Today, you’ll begin your walk across the Namib Desert along the very paths that the lions take, from mountain ridges to sandy dunes and dry riverbeds. Here, lions move greater distances
than any other lion population in Africa and on each day, you will walk up to around 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) before falling soundly asleep in your mobile tent in the evening.

Day 7: 6thJune 2020

On the last day of the walk, you’ll traverse the dry Hoarusib River where clay formations look like castles and where ephemeral river vegetation turns to dunes in the earth’s most ancient desert. The end of the journey takes you over the dunes and down to the cool breezes of Shipwreck Lodge.

Day 8: 7thJune 2020

Enjoy all the activities on offer from the lodge, including visits to Mowe Bay seal colony, quad biking, sand boarding, game drives and sundowners on the dunes.

Day 9: 8thJune 2020

Depart Shipwreck Lodge for your onward travel plans…

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Accommodations

The journey begins in Natural Selection’s Hoanib Valley Camp, an elegant, 6-bedroom tented camp sheltered by towering mountains. The stylish lounge area has a well-stocked drinks cabinet, veranda, and outdoor and indoor dining areas whilst outside, the fire pit is the perfect spot for an early-morning coffee or to watch the stars unfold as darkness falls. There is also a small plunge pool in which to cool off.

Whilst on the walking safari, you will sleep in comfortable mobile tents along the way. Although simple, rest assured that the water will be hot, the food tasty and the company, fantastic!

You will end at the unique Shipwreck Lodge on the Skeleton Coast. Designed to look like the enigmatic shipwrecks that dot the sandy shores, it’s a quirky yet luxurious lodge with 10 cosy cabins. All are ensuite (with indoor showers), solar powered, and have wood burning stoves to ward off the coastal chill.

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