In the Realm of the Desert Lion

A Thrilling Conservation Safari in Namibia

In the Realm of the Desert Lion route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6895  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Windhoek
Depart: Windhoek
Lodging: 8 nights hotels and lodges, 3 nights mobile camp
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level: Gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, bush walks, evening game drives


  • Behind the scenes at the AfriCat for close encounters with cheetah and leopard, including special “vet check” departure
  • Exclusive safari—just 6 participants—with expert tracker and safari guide Jason Nott
  • Track desert-adapted elephants and the world’s only population of desert lion
  • Walk among prehistoric rock art at Twyfelfontein
  • Meet with researchers of Save the Rhino Trust, responsible for saving Namibia’s black rhinos from extinction
  • Night game drives, special “bush breakfasts,” lantern-lit dinners

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.

Namibia is a land of surreal beauty, where mountains rise from the oldest desert on earth. It is also home to the most extraordinary story of wildlife conservation. Almost half of Namibia’s land has been put into conservancies to protect its wildlife: endangered black rhinos, the world’s greatest population of free-roaming cheetahs, and the magnificent desert lion, which exists nowhere else on earth. We have created a safari as unique as this land, an exceptional opportunity—limited to just 6 participants—to not only see the intriguing desert-adapted wildlife of Namibia up close, but to get behind the scenes of conservation, meeting the researchers and even participating in the work of ensuring the survival of these extraordinary species. Join us for the safari of a lifetime!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Windhoek / Okonjima

From Windhoek, we head to Okonjima and 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 on our June departure (two extra days), have the exclusive opportunity of participating in the annual vet check—an incredible experience with the big cats.

Days 4-6
Damaraland / Desert Rhino Camp

In the heart of Damaraland, with its magnificent mesas and bizarre vegetation, we’ll stop to see the prehistoric rock art at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. Thousands of images, both animal and spirit, are carved into the broad cliff face and boulders—it’s the largest petroglyph site in all of Africa. We’ll meet the conservationists at lovely Desert Rhino Camp, search along ephemeral riverbeds for desert elephant, and track rhinos—on foot!

Days 7-12
Desert Lion Project / Damaraland / Windhoek

Our mobile camp is set in the heart of the Kunene, which stretches to Namibia’s legendary Skeleton Coast. We’ll venture out each day in search of desert lion with the opportunity to meet and even track with Dr. Flip Stander, whose work has been critical in ensuring the survival of this unique species. On Day 10, we return to Damaraland for one last night in the wild, then it’s on to Windhoek, departing on Day 12.



May 19-30, 2015
Jun 29-Jul 12, 2015  AfriCat Annual Health Check Departure

Sep 8-19, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015

12-Day Itinerary

$6895 (5-6 members)
$7395 (4 members)
Single supplement: $995
Forced single supplement: $795
Internal airfare: $670 (subject to change)
Donations to conservation projects: $1100

14-Day Itinerary

$7895 (5-6 members)
$8395 (4 members)
Single supplement: $1195
Forced single supplement: $945
Internal airfare: $670 (subject to change)
Donations to conservation projects: $2600
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All meals included
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, juice, house wine, and beer
  • Park fees
  • Land transportation
  • Airport transfers for passengers as noted
  • Baggage handling and sightseeing as noted

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare to and from Africa, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (premium alcoholic beverages, etc.). Optional side trips and excursions are also at your own expense.

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

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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Okonjima Bush Camp

Okonjima Bush Camp

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Omboroko Mountains, Namibia

Home to The AfriCat Foundation, this luxury bush camp features eight thatched, African-style chalets decorated in earthy tones of ochre and ...
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Damaraland Camp

Damaraland Camp

Day 4 (1 night),
Day 10 (1 night), Damaraland, Namibia

Located in the Huab River Valley in one of the most pristine and remote areas of Damaraland, this camp has 10 adobe-styled, thatched tent units ...
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Desert Rhino Camp

Desert Rhino Camp

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

Operated in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust (SRT), this camp has eight walk-in tents with beds and en suite bathrooms with flush toilets. The ...
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Desert Lion Mobile Camp

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