LIVE AUCTION PREVIEW:  Namibia Flying & Guided 12-Night Private Desert Safari

LIVE AUCTION PREVIEW: Namibia Flying & Guided 12-Night Private Desert Safari

Value: $16,000
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Namibia has some of the world’s most incredible wilderness, wildlife and scenery - it is the ‘must see’ destination in Africa right now.

ATR Safaris in partnership with Wilderness Safaris, Natural Selection & Wolwedans are delighted to offer a private 12-night safari for two taking in the highlights of Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland and Big 5 wildlife of Etosha. Stay in some of the most exclusive and newest camps and lodges in Namibia, including Little Kulala, Wolwedans, Hoanib Valley Camp and Safarihoek Lodge.
 
Highlights
  • This incredible private Namibia safari has you flying to the world’s oldest desert, The Namib, home to the largest dunes on earth
  • See Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and the Sesriem Canyon
  • Enjoy the Skeleton Coast and German colonial history in the town of Swakopmund
  • Private 4x4 safari to Damaraland to enjoy the Bushman Rock Art, amazing geological formations and then the desert lion, rhino and elephant of the Hoanib Valley
  • Guided safari walks to enjoy the Big 5 of Etosha
  • The safari starts and ends at Windhoek International
Fair Market Value: $16,000

Itinerary
Note:  Air transportation between camps will be on aircraft that ranges from a five-seater Cessna up to a twelve-seater Cessna Caravan.

Day 1
Upon arrival at Windhoek International, you will be greeted by a representative of Olive Exclusive who will transfer you into the city and an overnight at the best accommodation in town. Dinner & Breakfast included.

 Select here for more information about Olive Exclusive.

Days 2 - 3
The next morning you will be met by Wilderness Air who will transfer you to Eros Airport from where you fly to Sossusvlei.

Stay at Little Kulala Lodge
Includes accommodations in a double room, all meals, drinks, excluding premium brands, laundry, shared safari activities & quad-biking.

Select here for more information about Little Kulala Lodge.

Sossusvlei
This is probably the most famous and most photogenic area of Namibia. Here the enormous empty landscapes of the rocky desert meet the huge dunes of the coast. Sossusvlei itself is a broad, usually dry river valley which cuts into the dunes from the east, at the far end of which the path to the sea has been cut by the advancing desert, causing a succession of evaporation pans to be formed in the midst of the sea of sand.

Activities
  • A guided trip into the dunes takes the best part of a day.
    • The priority should be to get to Dead Vlei by first light, when photography is at its best. This means a very early pre-dawn start.
    • After Dead Vlei, the challenge it to try to get to the top of one of the tallest dunes, after which you can really enjoy the lavish picnic lunch.
    • On the way back, the lesser sight of Sesriem Canyon is perhaps worth a visit.
  • Walks and game-drives: Guides are available to take you around the Kulala Private Concession Area, a very scenic area of rocky desert and hills bordering the dune sea itself. Game is not abundant here, but oryx, zebra, springbok and a host of lesser fauna is present.
  • Quad-biking: A rather less sedate, but nonetheless surprisingly uplifting experience is to quad-bike into the desert. (Please note that there is a minimum age of 12 years for quad-biking)
Days 4 – 5
Depart Sossusvlei by road south to the beautiful and private Namibrand Game Reserve which is one of the most beautiful regions in Namibia and home to a large amount of desert wildlife including cheetah. Here you will enjoy open top 4x4 safaris with experts guides, incredible scenery, star gazing and dining with some of the best chefs in the country.

Stay at Wolwedans Dune Camp or Lodge
Includes accommodations in a double room, all meals, drinks, excluding premium brands, laundry, shared safari activities.

Select here to see more about Wolwedans.

Days 6 – 7 
Depart Wolwedans on an aircraft and head across the dunes of Sossusvlei towards the Skeleton Coast at Meob Bay where enormous dune sea spills spectacularly into the ocean. You can also see the Eduard Bolen shipwreck before passing Conception Bay and the wreck of the Shaunee, Sandwich Harbour and its famous lagoon, extensive salt extraction fields and the industrial port of Walvis Bay with its populations of flamingo, before arriving in Swakopmund.  A driver will meet you and take you into town.

Stay at Strand Hotel Swakopmund
Includes accommodations in a double room and breakfast

Select here for more information about the Strand Hotel.
 
Swakopmund
Namibia's second city has the alluring reputation of being an historic outpost on this infamous and inhospitable coastline. The German history, many desert adrenalin activities and excellent seafood restaurants makes this a fun and interesting break from the desert.

Activities
Free day or African Travel Resources can arrange at extra cost a selection of half and full day activities, including a Catamaran Cruise around Walvis Bay, guided tours into the restricted Skeleton Coast including Sandwich Harbour, a Living Desert educational tour and quad-biking in the Namib Dunes.

Day 8
Get picked up at the Strand Hotel Swakopmund in the morning for a private guided overland safari. You and your expert private guide and 4x4 vehicle will explore over  5 nights, 6 days some of the remoter regions of Namibia.

Twyfelfontein
Southern Damaraland is renowned for its rugged and varied mountain landscapes. Twyfelfontein is one of the most spectacular locations, with the Huab river cutting a divide between the rocky hills and valleys to the south and the ochre escarpment of the upper plateau north towards Palmwag.  For most people there are two main reasons to stop ... desert elephant and rock art ... but for walkers and geologists especially this is a place to linger longer.
 
Stay at Malansrus Tented Camp
Includes accommodations and all meals

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Days 9 - 10
Get picked up and take a private vehicle and guide to explore Hoanib
 
Hoanib
The remote and inaccessible Hoanib Valley an area of remarkable and atmospheric desert landscapes, centered on the ephemeral Hoanib River, whose canyon dramatically cuts a path through ranges of granite hills before passing underneath an enormous dune sea on the way to the coast. Although this river only tends to flow quite rarely, the sub-surface water encourages significant flora to exist along its course which, along with the occasional waterhole, manages to sustain an unusual range of desert wildlife. The wildlife viewing in this area is as good as any in the country, bearing in mind that locations such as Etosha are fenced and therefore not wild. The area is perhaps best known for its populations of desert elephants and lions, but there is much more besides, including oryx, giraffes, springboks, ostriches and kudus, as well as more elusive predators such as brown and spotted hyenas, jackals, leopards and even caracals.
 
Stay at Hoanib Valley Camp
Includes accommodations, all meals & local drinks

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Days 11 – 12
Get picked up and take a private vehicle and guide to explore Etosha National Park
 
Etosha National Park
This park is traditionally considered to be one of the real highlights of Namibia. The landscape is a broad flat grassland, surrounded by light scrub woodland. This is great grazing country and herbivores are here in large numbers, migrating across the plains and surrounding hinterland throughout the year. But this is a dry landscape and the game is only sustained by the presence of numerous waterholes, key to the game-viewing experience here at Etosha. The sheer concentration of large mammals that one sees around the waterholes is remarkable and can make for wonderful photography.
 
Stay at Safarihoek Lodge
Includes accommodations, all meals & local drinks

Select here for more information about Safarihoek.
 
Day 13
Private vehicle back to Windhoek Airport

Photo Credit:  Wilderness Safaris
Restrictions and Exclusions:
  • Subject to availability - valid for travel in 2019 thru March 31, 2010, excluding June 1 – September 30, 2019
  • Includes all airport and lodge transfers, but excludes international travel
  • Not transferable for cash and non-transferable
  • Planning for the trip can be initiated 6 months prior to travel dates