Destinations

Namibia

Fast becoming one of Africa's hottest attractions, Namibia is gaining maturity as a safari destination and visiting the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast has to be one of the best safari experiences.

Namibia is a country of contrasts straddled between two deserts — the Namib along its coastline, and the Kalahari in the eastern interior. The scenery is diverse: dunes, savannah, desert, canyons and coastline. Etosha National Park, known for its elephant and lion populations, is the flagship of Namibia's well-managed wildlife reserves.

Namibia is the ideal destination for those in search of unforgettable scenery. The country boasts vast areas of complete wilderness – the red dunes of Sossusvlei, the interior of Damaraland and the Kunene River on Namibia's remote northern border with Angola are now drawing seasoned travellers looking for an African experience with a difference.

Portuguese sailors called it the "Gates of Hell." Namibia's Bushmen speak of the land God made in anger. From the air, the bleak shoreline of the Skeleton Coast is spectacular -- a deep green sea, fringed with surf, breaks over a shore receding into infinite dunes. From land, it's a different story.  The Benguela Current rushes in, urgent and strong, hurtling the chilling Atlantic into the fierce heat of the Namib.  Whale and seal skeletons from the former whaling industry still litter the coastline -- the source of the region's frightening name. Humans have suffered, too -- the remains of ships wrecked on the hidden rocks offshore rust and crumble beside the animal bones.

Uniquely designed around the enigmatic shipwrecks that line Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, Shipwreck Lodge is a raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of African wilderness, where towering dunes and wind-swept plains roll as far as the eye can see, buffeted by the icy Atlantic seas. Stay at Shipwreck Lodge and game drive in search of desert-dwelling fauna; discover the enchanting desert flora (succulents and lichens); sit atop the dunes as the sun sinks below the horizon; spend the day beach-combing for whale bones and debris from centuries of shipwrecks; and marvel at the geologically-remarkable Clay Castles.

The Hoanib is one of the twelve ephemeral seasonal rivers in western Namibia, acting as a border between northern Damaraland and Kaokoland. This oasis supports a relatively high wildlife population and is one of the last true wilderness areas in Namibia, one of the last settlements of desert elephants, desert lions, desert-adapted giraffe and black rhino and other species.

Namibia's big game country, Etosha is one of Africa’s great wildlife parks and Namibia’s prime wildlife area. Spanning 22 300 square kilometres, it consists mostly of grassy plains around a huge salt pan, which hosts massive densities and numbers of animals in the dry season. The area transforms into a lake in the rainy months, attracting large flocks o flamingo. Etosha also holds one of the largest population of black rhino in the world, as well as giraffe and many other big game species.  We concentrate our safaris on the private game reserves that border Etosha for the ultimate experience combining exclusive day and night drives with half or full day trips into the park.

With the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls close by, one can seamlessly combine Namibia with a safari in Botswana or Zambia for the ultimate bush and desert experience. Cape Town is only a two hour flight from Windhoek, also making it an excellent pre or post desert extension.

DID YOU KNOW?

The African elephant is the largest living land mammal. An elephant can weigh up to seven tons and has no natural enemies (although large lion prides occasionally hunt elephants when injured). An elephant drinks up to 160 litres of water per day and possesses such 'manual' dexterity in its trunk tip that it can actually turn the pages of a book with it.

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