Namibia is one of the most hauntingly beautiful safari destinations on earth, brimming with jaw-dropping geological wonders and exotic species found nowhere else. It is also an amazing story of wildlife conservation and hope. With a phenomenal forty-five percent of its land under conservation management, Namibia shelters the world’s only growing population of black rhino, the largest free-roaming population of desert lions, and fifty percent of the earth’s population of wild cheetahs. On this extraordinary—and utterly unique—safari, limited to just six participants, you will track these fascinating species, have incredible behind-the-scenes access to the conservation projects and the wildlife biologists working to protect them, and contribute directly to their survival. With renowned safari guide Jason Nott, whose family has been involved in conservation efforts for decades, you will experience the magnificent wildlife and unforgettable landscape of Namibia up-close, and be part of some of the most important conservation initiatives in the modern era.
Our journey begins at Africat, the world’s largest big-cat rehabilitation project, where we’ll track cheetah on foot—and on the exclusive June departure, be the only observers (and assistants!) of the annual vet check where you’ll assist as leopard, cheetah, and lion are weighed, measured, and vaccinated by an international team of vets. At Desert Rhino Camp, you’ll meet the field staff and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary work that is being done to ensure the survival of the black rhino. The climax of our safari will find us in the wilds of Kaokoland, in the magnificent Kunene Reserve, where you’ll have the opportunity to see the work of Dr. Flip Stander, the world’s leading authority on the elusive desert lion. “Dr. Flip” has tracked desert lion throughout this austere landscape—often walking barefoot alongside the tracks of the lions—to chart their territory and habits, working to help the surrounding communities understand and co-exist with this extraordinary creature. Your safari guide, Jason Nott, is Dr. Flip’s godson, and has spent countless hours with him, tracking desert lion and working with him to devise strategies that will ensure their survival. Your conservation fee goes directly into supporting this critical work.
Namibia is also renowned for its exquisite safari camps, ensconced in shifting dunes, where end-of-day sundowners allow you to savor the grandeur of the country’s vast and pristine open spaces. This safari is your chance to be part of one of the greatest African wildlife recovery stories ever told, and to experience wildlife as few others ever will. We invite you to make Namibia’s mystery, majesty and inspiring conservation efforts part of your story as well, on this unique adventurer’s safari.
Outstanding trip and great program. I enjoyed the opportunity to work with the cheetahs, plus learning about Namibia and its conservation efforts. I also felt fortunate to meet the top people who are trying to save rhinos and lions.
— Jean R., Honolulu, HI
Windhoek / Okonjima
From Windhoek, head to Okonjima Bush Camp and visit the AfriCat Foundation, the largest cheetah and leopard rescue-and-release program in the world. Setting off at dawn in open vehicles, you’ll search for leopard, track cheetah on foot, and keep an eye out for the many bird species found here. On our June departure (two extra days), enjoy the exclusive opportunity of being the only observers (and assistants!) of the annual “Vet Check”—an incredible experience with the big cats.
Damaraland / Desert Rhino Camp
In the heart of Damaraland, with its magnificent mesas and bizarre vegetation, explore the prehistoric rock art at Twyfelfontein—the largest petroglyph site in all Africa, with thousands of images, both animal and spirit, carved into the cliff face. At lovely Desert Rhino Camp, home to Save the Rhino Trust, meet some of the guardians of the rare black rhino and enjoy an insider’s look at the extraordinary work being done to ensure the survival of this species. You’ll track rhino by 4WD vehicle and on foot, and search ephemeral riverbeds for desert elephant.
Desert Lion Project / Damaraland / Windhoek
From our mobile camp in the heart of the Kunene, which stretches to Namibia’s legendary Skeleton Coast, search for desert lion, with the chance to meet (and even track with) Dr. Flip Stander. His work has been critical in ensuring the survival of this unique species. Our days may be long, with early starts and late finishes, but the overall experience is unforgettable! After a final night in the wilds of Damaraland, depart on Day 12 via Windhoek.