Safaris

Cheetah Safaris 
NEW: Scroll down for full information on two Namibia 2017 Safaris

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SAFARI ONE: Namibia Luxe Off the Beaten Path Safari 2017  

June 14 – 26, 2017

Day 1:  Arrival Windhoek

On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.  You have the remainder of the day at leisure.  This evening you will meet your guide at the accommodation for the tour briefing.

Overnight at Utopia Boutique Luxury Hotel, dinner & breakfast

Days 2 & 3:  Windhoek – Brandberg

We depart after an early breakfast for the Brandberg and Ugab Rivers.  This afternoon we partake in a local farm tour and also visit the local school at Sorris Sorris.  The following day we go on a full day patrol in search of desert-adapted elephants with a qualified tracker.

Overnight at Sorris Sorris, incl. fullboard, all activities & local beverages 

Day 4 & 5:  Brandberg – Palmwag

We travel to the Damaraland highlands with its impressive landscape and ragged valleys.  We spend the following day exploring the Palmwag Concession, which is home to the endangered black rhino.

Overnight at Palmwag, incl. dinner & breakfast

 

Days 6 & 7:  Palmwag – Purros

After breakfast you bid farewell to your guide for the next two days and embark on a charter flight to Purros.  On arrival you will be met by your local guides and transferred to Okahirongo Elephant Lodge.  Spend the following day exploring the area and possibly encounter a Himba tribe.

Overnight at Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, incl. fullboard and activities  

Day 8:  Purros – Ongava Game Reserve

Return to Purros where charter aircraft awaits you.  Flight from Sesfontein to the Ongava Private Game Reserve.  On arrival here, you meet with your guide again and onward transfer to Anderssons Camp.  We go on an afternoon walk to encounter various game, otherwise we suggest to spend time in the underground hide at the camp to observe our wildlife.

Overnight at Anderson’s Camp, incl. dinner & breakfast 

Day 9:  Ongava – Mushara

We leave Ongava after breakfast and take a full days’ game drive through the Etosha National Park to the eastern side.  We exit the park at the Von Lindequist gate and make our way to Mushara Lodge for overnight.

Overnight at Mushara Lodge, incl. dinner & breakfast 

Day 10:  Mushara – Okonjima

After breakfast we head by road to the Okonjima Nature Reserve, which is home to the AfriCat Foundation.  Enjoy an afternoon activity viewing rehabilitated leopard, cheetah and various other predators, whilst finding out more about the remarkable work of this foundation.

Overnight at Okonjima Bush Camp, incl. fullboard, activities & local beverages

 

Day 11:  Okonjima – Windhoek

After a last morning activity and a heart brunch, road transfer to Windhoek.

Overnight at River Crossing Lodge, incl. dinner & breakfast

Day 12:  Departure

Today a transfer takes you to Windhoek Airport continue your homebound.  Bid farewell to Namibia

Costs in USD

2 participants:  Inquire for Special 2 person Tour Rate

4 participants:  $7200 per person sharing

6 participants:  $6780 per person sharing

Single Supplement:  $810

SAFARI TWO: Namibia Classic Safari 2017  

July 2 – 14, 2017

Namibia Classic Safari 2017

Cheetah Watch, Tour Leader Marcy Mendelson

July 2 – 14, 2017

 

Day 1:  Arrival Windhoek

On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.  You have the remainder of the day at leisure.  This evening you will meet your guide at the accommodation for the tour briefing.

Overnight at River Crossing Lodge. dinner & breakfast

Days 2 & 3:  Windhoek – Sossusvlei 

We depart after an early breakfast for Sossusvlei.  The following day visit the dunes at Sossusvlei and the Sesriem Canyon.  *Optional Scenic Flight over the vast dune landscape, the oldest desert in the world!

Overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge, incl. dinner & breakfast

Days 4 & 5:  Sossusvlei – Swakopmund

After breakfast depart to the charming coastal town of Swakopmund.  On the first evening we enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant.  The following day we explore the Namib Desert with our guide to see, among others, the Welwitshia Plains and the Moon Landscape.  We’ll be on the Fury Road itself, where Mad Max was filmed!

Overnight at The Delight, incl. breakfast

  

Day 6:  Swakopmund – Palmwag

Departure from Swakopmund along the Atlantic Coast towards the North. Visit the lichen fields near Wlotzka’s Baken before continuing to Henties Bay, a small holiday resort. Onwards to the seal colony at Cape Cross. After visiting the seals, the journey continues via Ugabmund to the southern Skeleton Coast Park to inspect a shipwreck.  You leave the Skeleton Coast Park in the early afternoon via Springbok Water and can experience the harsh transition from the Namib Desert to the Damaraland highlands with its impressive landscape and ragged valleys.

Overnight at Palmwag, incl. dinner & breakfast

 

Day 7:  Khowarib Gorge

Today we can experience the harsh transition from the Namib Desert to the Damaraland highlands with its impressive landscape and ragged valleys.  We visit Sesfontein and a local Himba village. Sesfontein and its fort, a previous Schutztruppe outpost of the former German colonial time and its six natural springs, provide the village with fresh water.

Camping overnight close to the Kowarib Gorge, incl. fullboard & selected drinks 

Days 8 & 9:  Hoanib River

Today we make our way to the Hoanib River, a dry river bed densely overgrown with nutritious acacia trees providing the necessary providing the necessary fodder for the desert adapted elephant.   Optimal chances to encounter one of the breeding herds of these giant creatures during the next two days, following game viewing drives through the valleys and side arms of this unique natural paradise.   For two nights we will be camping in the Hoanib River valley.

Camping overnight in Hoanib River valley, incl. fullboard & selected drinks 

 

Day 10:  Hoanib River – Ongava Game Reserve

After breakfast we make out way to Sesfontein, where you bid farewell to your guide and your charter aircraft awaits you.  Flight from Sesfontein to the Ongava Private Game Reserve.  On arrival here, you will be met by your local guides, who will transfer you to Anderssons Camp.  You may want to go on an afternoon walk to encounter various game, otherwise we suggest to spend time in the underground hide at the camp to observe our wildlife.

Overnight at Anderssons Camp, incl. dinner & breakfast

  

Day 11:  Ongava – Okonjima

At sunrise we make our way into the Etosha National Park with our local guides.  On return from the excursion, you will be taken to the airstrip, where you take the aircraft charter to the Okonjima Nature Reserve, which is home to the AfriCat Foundation.  Enjoy an afternoon activity viewing rehabilitated leopard, cheetah and various other predators, whilst finding out more about the remarkable work of this foundation.

Overnight at Okonjima Bush Camp, incl. fullboard, activities & local beverages

 

Day 12:  Okonjima – Windhoek

After a last morning activity and a heart brunch, the charter will take you back to Windhoek.  On arrival at Eros Airport you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Overnight at Naankuse Lodge. dinner & breakfast

*Naankuse Lodge is part of the Naankuse Wildlife Foundation, dedicated to ‘Conservation through Innovation’.

Day 13:  Departure

Today a transfer takes you to Windhoek Airport continue your homebound.  Bid farewell to Namibia!

Costs:

6 participants: $4875 per person sharing

Single Supplement: $350

Scenic Flight (optional): $215.00 pp

INCLUDED

  • Travelling costs as per itinerary, game drives, activities, entrance- and park fees;
  • All accommodation as specified;
  • Private aircraft transfers as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Meals as specified;
  • Activities & excursions as specified;
  • Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and all relevant VAT;

EXCLUDED: 

  • Expenses of a personal nature, i.e. laundry, telephone expenses, gratuities, porterage fees, etc 
  • All beverages;
  • Any additional activities;
  • Any international flights and related taxes;
  • Visa fees where relevant.      
  • Cancellation-, baggage-, medical- and evacuation insurance;
  • Any new Government taxes, levies, etc which are beyond our control.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Luggage allowance is strictly 20 kg per person including hand luggage and camera equipment and it must be packed in a soft bag.   If these limits above are exceeded, the excess luggage can be held (or forwarded to the point of exit) for your flight out at the end of the safari. Kindly note that the additional cost incurred will be for your account. Please advise us before you travel if you are likely to have excess luggage, and we will make the necessary arrangements.
  • It is compulsory for all guests to have comprehensive cancellation-, default-, baggage-, emergency evacuation- and medical insurance for the duration of the trip;
  • The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary.

 


The cheetah is the fastest mammal that has ever set foot on our planet. In one form or another, cheetahs have been around for four million years, and the present species represents the pinnacle of felid evolution – there has never been a cat more finely tuned to it’s method of hunting – that being pure, blinding speed.

Join Conservation Photographer and National Geographic contributor, Marcy Mendelson on a these unique journeys as we explore the best regions in Africa (& see one-of-kind Iran trip) to see cheetah in the wild.   Luxury accommodations in spectacular settings include all game drives with experienced game rangers on private land (in addition to national reserves) that allow off road access and the ability to follow animals at night.  These are truly the trips of a lifetime.

We will be visiting areas known for wild cheetah, and will have lectures and hands-on experiences with cheetah researchers and experts. While these wonderful cats will be our focus, we will experience a great diversity of habitat and spend time tracking all the other magnificent animals and birds of the region, from the shy and elusive leopard to elephant, rhino and all the way down to the dung beetle!

In the spirit of protecting this graceful cat, we will donate a percentage of each guests safari cost to in-country cheetah conservation organizations.  By visiting Africa and going on safari, we not only encourage the protection of cheetah habitat, but come back as ambassadors for the continent and the species.

A healthy cheetah population means a healthy ecosystem.   We are committed to the cause of helping the cheetah survive.