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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: Game viewing by 4WD vehicle, bush walks


  • Go behind the scenes at AfriCat for close encounters with cheetahs and leopards, including special “Vet Check” Departure
  • Exclusive safari—just 6 participants—with expert tracker and naturalist safari guide Jason Nott
  • Track desert-adapted elephants and the world’s only population of desert lions
  • Walk among prehistoric rock engravings at Twyfelfontein
  • Meet with field staff of Save the Rhino Trust, responsible for saving Namibia’s black rhinos from extinction
  • Special “bush breakfasts,” lantern-lit dinners

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

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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.

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$1000 off per person ($2000 per couple) for all 2016 departures.

The US Dollar is very strong in relation to the Rand, and we’re passing the savings along to you! Book soon to take advantage of this tremendous discount.

Namibia is a land of surreal beauty, brimming with jaw-dropping geological wonders and exotic species found nowhere else. It is also home to the most extraordinary story of wildlife conservation. Almost half of Namibia’s land is under conservation management to protect its wildlife, including endangered black rhinos, the world’s greatest population of free-roaming cheetahs, and the magnificent desert lions, which exists nowhere else on earth. 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 conservation projects and the biologists working to protect wildlife, and help contribute directly to Namibia’s conservation. Join us for the safari of a lifetime!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Windhoek / Okonjima From

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 leopards, track cheetahs on foot, and on our June departure (two extra days), have the exclusive opportunity of being the only observers (and assistants!) of 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 explore 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 here. It’s the largest petroglyph site in all of Africa. We’ll meet the conservationists at lovely Desert Rhino Camp and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary work being done to ensure the survival of the black rhino. We’ll also track them on foot and search along ephemeral riverbeds for desert elephants.

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 lions 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. Our days may be long, with early starts and late finishes because these desert-dwelling animals cover such large distances. But the overall experience is unforgettable! After one last night in the wild in Damaraland, depart on Day 12 via Windhoek.

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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

May 18-29, 2016   Jason Nott
Jun 20-Jul 3, 2016   AfriCat Annual Vet Check Departure*

Sep 3-14, 2016   Jason Nott
May 14-25, 2017   Jason Nott
Jun 23-Jul 6, 2017   AfriCat Annual Vet Check Departure
Sep 3-14, 2017   Jason Nott

*Please note the AfriCat Annual Vet Check Departures are 14 days, including 2 more nights at Okinjima to allow for the vet check

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016

12-Day Itinerary

$6895 (5-6 members)
$7395 (4 members)
Single supplement: $895
Forced single supplement: $695
Internal airfare: $650 (subject to change)
Donations to conservation projects: $1050

14-Day Itinerary

$8195 (5-6 members)
$8695 (4 members)
Single supplement: $1095
Forced single supplement: $895
Internal airfare: $650 (subject to change)
Donations to conservation projects: $2350
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Extension Costs
Sossusvlei Dunes Extension
   from: $3795
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1595

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $600 per person
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

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 Trip Leader and assistant guide, 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, additional laundry, etc.). Optional side trips and excursions are also at your own expense.

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

12 Day Itinerary

Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Windhoek (airport code WDH)
Suggested arrival time: 4:00 pm or earlier

Date: Day 12

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Windhoek (airport code WDH)
Suggested departure time: anytime


14 Day AfriCat Annual Vet Check Itinerary

Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Windhoek (airport code WDH)
Suggested arrival time: 4:00 pm or earlier

Date: Day 14

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Windhoek (airport code WDH)
Suggested departure time: anytime

Galton House

Galton House

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

This stylish eight-room hotel, just a 10-minute drive from the center of town, offers a casual elegance and welcoming atmosphere. Spacious and airy ...
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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 18-29, 2016
In the Realm of the Desert Lion, September 3-14, 2016
In the Realm of the Desert Lion, May 14-25, 2017
In the Realm of the Desert Lion, September 3-14, 2017

Client Testimonials:

No one but Jason Nott could do justice to this trip. His intimate knowledge of the country and experience with the wildlife and conservationists—especially his relationship with Flip Stander—were extraordinary. Glynda and Don R., Atlanta, GA
In the Realm of the Desert Lion
Jason is a wealth of knowledge and has a nice way of imparting that knowledge to us. He does an excellent job of guiding and seeing that everyone is taken care of. Jean R., Honolulu, HI
In the Realm of the Desert Lion
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
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

Optional Extensions

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


namibia sossusvlei sand dunes

Sossusvlei Dunes Extension

Explore a Legendary Landscape from a Beautiful Wilderness Lodge

Safaris, Walking, 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