Namibia self drive holiday, big cat conservation

“A tailor made itinerary for two weeks in Namibia, staying in four star but with off the scale stars for wildlife watching and adventure”

Highlights

Windhoek | Etosha National Park |Namib Desert | Sesreim Canyon | Himba village visit | Damaraland | Three days of game drives in Etosha National Park | Big cats reserve | Leopard tracking | Dolphin watching

Description of Namibia self drive holiday, big cat conservation

This two week Namibia self drive holiday itinerary has been carefully crafted to take you on one of the most eclectic, exquisite and exciting journeys this stunning country can offer. Such as game drives in Etosha National Park, world renowned for its thriving populations of lion, cheetahs, leopard, as well as elephant, giraffe and rhinoceros. Most of these can be seen at the park’s unique Etosha Pan, a salt-crusted, dry lakebed with wildlife packed waterholes.

Other natural wonders to be seen on this holiday include a visit to a big cat conservation reserve, dedicated to the management and rehabilitation of leopard and cheetah and where you can get involved in some leopard tracking. From land mammals to sea, you will also have the opportunity to go dolphin watching near Swakopmund. For sand dunes, however, it’s the desert rather than the coast that is Namibia’s crowning glory - the Namib Desert. Here you can walk along the iconic dunes at Sossusvlei but also visit dramatic sites such as the Sesreim Canyon. This holiday also includes a visit the indigenous Himba people, with village visits that have maintained authenticity and a genuine cultural exchange.

We always offer small, locally owned luxury lodges for road trips around Namibia, with a focus on Namibian culture and cuisine. From our years of experience, we recommend that the best time to go to Namibia is during the dry season, March-Sept, as this is not only when temperatures are manageable but also when you will get the best wildlife viewing. During these months temperatures range from 20 °C-25 °C, although they do dip at night time. The temperatures start to soar as high as 40 °C during the rainy season which, in Namibia, is between Jan-March.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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Holiday type

Tailor made holiday

This trip can be tailormade to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in some of the best and most characterful local accommodation! Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Namibia self drive holiday, big cat conservation

Environment

The Africat Foundation is dedicated to the conservation, management and rehabilitation of leopard and cheetah. Over 13 and a half years, the foundation has rescued more than 870 cats, of which 87% have been released back into the wild. Admission fees, which form part of your stay, ensure that the valuable work undertaken by the charitable foundation is supported. We are a wholly online company and do not produce paper brochures.


Community

All visits to the rock art sites in Damaraland are lead by local guides and fees paid for these tours are reinvested directly back into the local community. There is little employment in this area and tourism brings in much needed revenue.

We use accommodation that is small and locally owned, ensuring that the costs are retained in the local economy. Our local ground handler is particularly supportive of local community projects and the company has formed a partnership with the Windhoek SOS Children’s Village which offers a home to around 118 orphaned children aged between 3 & 18. We encourage our clients to bring a few gifts such as clothes, shoes, toys, English books, crayons and colouring books. In addition, SOS supports the local community to help children who have lost one or both parents to be cared for in their own extended families wherever possible. The aim of the trust is to give tangible assistance to African people and their environment in their efforts to achieve economic viability without doing harm to natural habitats and wildlife, thus utilizing both on a sustainable basis for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

Reviews of Namibia self drive holiday, big cat conservation

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 21 May 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being in Hidden Vlei, all alone and surrounded by the peace and quiet and with the most amazing view. An able bodied person who goes to Soussevlei and doesn't make the walk is missing out on one of the world's most amazing places.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with the flow and enjoy.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most places we stayed were run by local people, the best being the community lodge at Grootberg which was one of our favourite places.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellently organised with great places to stay and awesome sights.

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Grootberg Lodge and desert elephant tracking.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Stay two nights where you can at Grootberg Lodge - fantastic place.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant.

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