Namibia Photo Safari

The Skeleton Coast and Kaokoland
Repertory Trip: No Future Dates Set

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: TBA  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Windhoek, Namibia
Lodging: 2 nights hotels, 9 nights safari lodges and camps
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Photography, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 4WD gameviewing, nature walks, cultural explorations, rugged overland travel


  • Gameviewing in search of Namibia’s rare desert-adapted wildlife, including elephants and lions
  • Fascinating encounters with the Himba, semi-nomadic pastoralists who inhabit Namibia’s remote northwestern Kunene Region
  • Scenic flight to the wild Skeleton Coast, boat excursion on the Kunene River

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Repertory Trip

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered every two to five years.  Future dates have not been set for this trip, but you can see the “Itinerary at a Glance” and the “Full Detailed Itinerary” below (there may be small changes to the itinerary for the future departures, and prices will be finalized closer to departure). Contact us to receive early notification of the trip dates. These special trips fill very quickly once the exact dates are set!

We invite you to join veteran Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and professional wildlife photographer Dana Allen on a special photo safari to the northwest corner of Namibia, an ageless realm of surreal landscapes, fascinating ancient Himba culture, and some of the most exotic animals on earth. The incredible geography of Kaokoland, the wild Skeleton Coast, and the Kunene River, along the border of Angola, are some of Namibia’s most remote regions, and our safari grants us the chance to truly  experience this magnificent, memorable land. We’ve custom-designed this itinerary to create unforgettable photo opportunities, with activities timed to make the most of the light, lingering at waterholes to get the perfect wildlife shots, heading out in our 4WD vehicles for sunrise and sunset photo opportunities, and searching for the scattered settlements of the semi-nomadic pastoral Himba. Throughout our journey, Dana will offer coaching on technique, while evening discussions cover a variety of technical and aesthetic aspects of photography. The sessions are always fun for everyone, whether you are a serious photographer or just getting started. Non-photographer travel companions are absolutely welcome on this safari as well.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Windhoek, Namibia / Damaraland

Arrive in Windhoek and head to Damaraland, with its magnificent table-topped mountains, rock formations, and bizarre-looking vegetation. From our lodge perched on the rim of a plateau, we explore the wildlife-rich Palmwag Concession, nearly 1,800 square miles of arid wilderness transected by ephemeral river courses that provide an oasis for the wildlife that has adapted to this harsh environment, including the legendary desert elephant, lion, and the last free-roaming black rhino population on earth.

Days 4-6
Etambura, Orupembe Conservancy / Kunene River

A wonderful drive past Himba settlements brings us to Etambura, the first Himba co-owned camp situated in the Orupembe Conservancy. Local tribes have not allowed hunting here for centuries, creating an interesting sanctuary often dotted with livestock and game grazing side-by-side in harmony. Our base for the following two days is Okahirongo River Camp, set on a sweeping ridge with breathtaking views of the Kunene River. The Kunene, a wild river whose origin is in the Angolan Highlands, is a lifeline for man and beast in this arid environment. On a boat excursion, we search for birdlife and crocodiles while appreciating this contrasting landscape.

Days 7-10
Kaokoland / Skeleton Coast

We head south to Kaokoland, a land of rugged scenery, mountains, vast plains, and dry riverbeds inhabited by incredible desert-adapted plant and animal life. Despite the arid environs, elephant thrive along with giraffe, antelope, lion, leopard, and cheetah. As we journey toward the Skeleton Coast, we look for settlements of the Himba, one of the last and most traditional peoples of Namibia, and search for desert adapted elephants and evidence of the rare desert lions that inhabit this area. From our camp right on the boundary of Skeleton Coast National Park, we go on exciting game drives in search of wildlife, take guided walks to hide platforms (great for up-close photography), and board a light aircraft to enjoy a scenic flight to the coast before landing on the beach where we continue in a safari vehicle exploring the majestic coastline.

Days 11-12

We fly back to Windhoek and depart on Day 12.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 2+, moderate. It is a photography safari with comfortable accommodations and camps, gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, and bush walks that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, it does take place in a remote area, far from medical facilities. We recommend each participant undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected. On game walks and during drives, we can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everybody’s chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no camping safari can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

It is important to note that an integral part of any Namibia safari is driving, and it’s part of the adventure. There are long driving days over rough roads and dusty, sandy game tracks, all in a desert environment. We will be in the company of the Trip Leader, who will make the road journeys very interesting and point out many highlights and hidden treasures en route. While the driving times may be long, please note that there is a lot to see and the scenery is dramatic and beautiful. Our vehicles are comfortable and the Trip Leader brings along supplies for the stops, such as tea, picnic lunches, etc.

Explanation of Trip Levels

Galton House

Galton House

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 11 (1 night), Windhoek, Namibia

A stay at the Galton House is a great way to kick-start our Namibia adventure. The stylish eight-room hotel, a 10-minute drive from the center of ...
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Grootberg Lodge

Grootberg Lodge

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Kunene, Namibia

Grootberg Lodge is perched on the rim of the Grootberg Plateau, offering senstional views over the Klip River Valley. Each of the 14 en suite ...
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Etambura Camp

Etambura Camp

Day 4 (1 night), Orupembe, Namibia

Etambura, Namibia's first Himba-owned camp, is situated on top of a hill near the holy plains of Onjuva in the Orupembe Conservancy. The camp ...
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Okahirongo River Camp

Okahirongo River Camp

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Kunene, Namibia

This eco-friendly lodge is built on a sweeping ridge with breathtaking views of the Kunene River. The central camp area, ...
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Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Day 7 (1 night), Purros Conservancy, Namibia

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is located in the Purros Conservancy, about 25 miles from the Skeleton Coast. Possibly one of the most remote ...
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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Days 8 to 10 (3 nights), Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Set along the Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession, the camp features a stunning location that straddles the Palmwag ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:


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Cape Town Extension

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Shumbalala Game Lodge Extension

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Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
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