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In the Realm of the Desert Lion

A Thrilling Conservation Safari in Namibia

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6895  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Windhoek
Depart: Windhoek
Lodging: 2 nights hotels, 6 nights permanent safari camps and chalets, 3 nights mobile safari camp
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level: Gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, bush walks, evening game drives
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Highlights

  • Behind the scenes at the AfriCat Foundation 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.

References

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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 community conservation, 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 participants!) 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 researchers 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.

Itinerary at a Glance

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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.

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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 Level 2+, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system, and includes gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, nature walks, and long driving days.

Our accommodation is in hotels (2 nights), superb permanent safari chalets and camps (6 nights), and in our mobile tented camp (3 nights). Our safari accommodations include African-style chalets at Okonjima,  thatched adobe tents at Damaraland, and fully furnished walk-in tents on permanent decks at Desert Rhino Camp. Each of these permanent safari camps offers en suite bathrooms. Our mobile tented camp offers incredible access to the desert lion habitat of Kunene, and here we'll stay in more basic domed tents that are comfortably outfitted with cots, linens, a shade canopy, and chairs. Our toilet tent is set at a discreet distance from camp. Wonderful meals are prepared by our camp crew al fresco and served at our dining table with comfortable canvas-backed chairs.

While on safari most breakfasts and evening meals will be taken at our camps and lodges. Lunches while traveling between destinations will be served picnic style at a scenic location en route, or at a café or restaurant should there not be a suitable picnic site. Bottled water, soft drinks, juice, house wine, and beer at meals are included throughout the trip. All vehicles are equipped with a fridge or cool box stocked with bottled water for your convenience. Tea and coffee are offered by most accommodation establishments free of charge with meals and at afternoon tea time.

It is important to note that an integral part of any Namibia safari is driving, and it’s part of the adventure. 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 appear long, please note that there is a lot to see and the scenery is dramatic and beautiful. Our vehicles are air conditioned and very comfortable and the Trip Leader brings along supplies for the stops, such as tea, picnic lunches, etc.

Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, we still recommend you undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent preparatory exercises. 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.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

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

Sep 8-19, 2015  Jason Nott
2016
Jul 2016  AfriCat Annual Health Check Departure

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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Extension Costs
Sossusvlei Dunes Extension
   from: $3595
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1695

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
  • Accommodations as noted, based on double occupancy
  • All meals included
  • Water, soft drinks, beer, and table wine at meals; mineral water on board the safari vehicle
  • Park fees, entrance fees and excursions as noted in the itinerary
  • Land transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned safari vehicles
  • Airport transfers and baggage handling as noted
  • Laundry services at Desert Rhino Camp
  • Donations as noted to the Desert Lion Project and Save the Rhino Trust

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 (drinks outside of meals as noted, 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% of trip cost
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

Desert Lion Mobile Camp

Days 7 to 9 (3 nights), Namibia

Our Desert Mobile Camp is fully serviced and equipped to keep you in comfort in this remote setting. Large (9 ft. x 9 ft. x 6 ft. high) igloo style ...
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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.

Jason Nott

Jason Nott of Namibia comes from a well-known family of “nature conservators” who have been involved in development issues in Namibia for decades, and his love for wild Africa was instilled in him at a young age. He spent a year of study in England, returning to Namibia run a safari for his fellow students at the age of 19, then studying for a Travel and Tourism Management degree at a local university. After managing a remote game lodge in Namibia, he became a full-time guide and has developed excellent relationships with local communities all across northwest Namibia, meaning that he and his guests are welcomed at these fascinating communities. Jason met his wife, Amber, when she was in Namibia on a study abroad program as part of her degree in Zoology. Both Jason and Amber have a passion for wildlife and its protection, and a strong belief that this is best achieved through the development of communities. Jason is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable birder as well as a wonderful traveling companion.

Upcoming Trips:

In the Realm of the Desert Lion, May 19-30, 2015
In the Realm of the Desert Lion, June 29-July 12, 2015
In the Realm of the Desert Lion, September 8-19, 2015

Client Testimonials:


It was a pleasure to get to know Jason. He has a deep love for Namibia and had wonderful stories to share of his experiences camping throughout the country. He had thorough knowledge of the wildlife, plant life, and history/government of Namibia and interacted well with all of us. Jean A., Hotchkiss, CO
Namibia Expedition
Jason is an amazing young man. His knowledge of all things concerning Namibia is exceptional. His love for his country and joy in sharing it really adds to the trip. And, his people skills are off the charts! Pam M., Louisville, KY
Namibia Photo Safari

Optional Extensions

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

Namibia

namibia sossusvlei sand dunes

Sossusvlei Dunes Extension

Explore a Legendary Landscape from a Beautiful Wilderness Lodge

Walking, Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
5 days  -  Level 2

South Africa

cape town table mountain south africa

Cape Town Extension

Africa’s Most Romantic City

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 2