A World-Exclusive Conservation Safari in Namibia

Namibia: Desert Lion Conservation Safari

Namibia

13 Days

From $9,795

Level 3

Moderate

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    Overview

    This unique safari brings you to the wonders of Namibia, whose dramatic landscapes, extraordinary wildlife, and visionary commitment to conservation have made it the most exciting safari destination in all Africa. See leopard at renowned AfriCat, track desert-adapted rhino—on foot—in Damaraland, and meet with the researchers of Save the Rhino Trust. In the wilds of Kaokoland, you'll have the world-exclusive opportunity to meet with Dr. Flip Stander, whose lifetime of work with desert lion has transformed our understanding of this unique population. With just six travelers, you'll have incredible wildlife experiences, and your participation directly supports Namibia's innovative conservation efforts.

    Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia

    Depart: Windhoek, Namibia

    Highlights

    • Exclusive safari—just 6 participants—with expert tracker and naturalist safari guide Jason Nott
    • Go behind the scenes at AfriCat for close encounters with leopard
    • Track rhino on foot, meet with field staff of Save the Rhino Trust
    • Search for desert lion with Dr. Flip Stander, the world's authority on this unique population
    • Walk among prehistoric rock engravings at Twyfelfontein
    • Special bush breakfasts, lantern-lit dinners

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      Itinerary

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      We head to Okonjima Bush Camp and AfriCat, the world's largest big cat rehabilitation center. We'll track leopard, brown hyena, and rhino, and have exclusive access to join the Vet Team as they monitor the reserve's wildlife. The leopard population here is thriving, and the viewing is up close!
      Amid the rock-ribbed mesas of Damaraland, we search for desert-adapted elephant as we travel through rugged landscapes to our remote lodge. We’ll do true wilderness tracking, by vehicle and on foot, in search of desert-adapted rhino. Save the Rhino Trust works here to protect the last, free-roaming population of black rhinos in the world (WT contributes to their work). At SRT’s base camp, we get a behind-the-scenes look at their conservation projects.
      The climax of our safari is the opportunity to meet Dr. Flip Stander in the wilds of Kaokoland. The world's leading authority on desert lion, Dr. Stander has tracked desert lion in this austere landscape for decades, charting their territory and habits to help reduce human-lion conflict. Your participation in this safari contributes directly to the Desert Lion Project, which has brought a three-fold increase of this rare population. We'll also hike through the amazing gallery of prehistoric rock art of Twyfelfontein. Depart on Day 13 via Windhoek, or join our Sossusvlei Dunes extension.
      These are our planned activities for the trip. Please note that we will make every effort to do all of these activities, however as the trip involves wildlife in an extreme environment, conditions at the time of departure may make it necessary to alter the order of the itinerary or some activities. We will work with out partners to ensure that you have the fullest experience possible.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $1,000
      120 days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $1,000 per person
      119 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels, lodges, mobile camp, and tented camp
      • All meals
      • Beer and table wine with meals
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Contribution to conservation projects
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Galton House

      Windhoek, Namibia

      Day 1 (1 night)

      This welcoming nine-room hotel, just a 10-minute shuttle drive from the center of town, offers a personal and informal atmosphere. Guest rooms are decorated in an inviting modern style, with wildlife photography adorning the walls. Communal areas include a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a small swimming...

      Okonjima Bush Camp

      Omboroko Mountains, Namibia

      Days 2-4 (3 nights)

      Home to the AfriCat Foundation, this luxury bush camp features eight thatched, African-style chalets decorated in earthy tones. The chalets are very spacious, have en suite bathrooms, and can be opened wide during the day for enjoying the views and watching birds in the garden right from your room....

      Camp Doros

      Damaraland, Namibia

      Days 5-6 (2 nights)

      This intimate camp is ideally suited as a base camp for our adventures in tracking black rhino, as it lies in an area renowned for harboring these creatures. Set in a grove of mopane trees, the camp carries arguably the lowest environmental footprint of any camp in Namibia. Six...

      Desert Lion Mobile Camp

      Kaokoland, Namibia

      Days 7-9 (3 nights)

      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 tents have a built in groundsheet and screens on all windows. Each tent is equipped with a battery powered lamp,...

      Onduli Ridge

      Damaraland, Namibia

      Days 10-11 (2 nights)

      Nestled among boulders on a private concession in the heart of Damaraland, the camp's six open-air suites feature incredible views of Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandberg, and out across the plains to the cathedral-like granite inselbergs (isolated small rock mountains). Each suite has a partially open-air bathroom with a flush...

      Galton House

      Windhoek, Namibia

      Day 12 (1 night)

      This welcoming nine-room hotel, just a 10-minute shuttle drive from the center of town, offers a personal and informal atmosphere. Guest rooms are decorated in an inviting modern style, with wildlife photography adorning the walls. Communal areas include a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a small swimming...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Jason Nott

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      What the Trip is Like

      The trip is Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system, and includes gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, nature walks, and long driving days. 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.
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      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.

      Our accommodation is in hotels (2 nights), superb permanent safari chalets and camps (7 nights), and in our mobile tented camp (3 nights). Our safari accommodations include African-style chalets at Okonjima, partially open-air suites at Onduli Ridge, and fully furnished walk-in tents on permanent decks at Camp Doros. 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, chairs, and en suite toilet facilities. Wonderful al fresco meals are prepared by our camp crew 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 cold 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 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.

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      Client Testimonials

      "Jason conveyed intense interest in protection and behavior of wildlife. He increased the value of this trip to make it one of searching for wildlife, and wildlife conservation, caring, and management, not just a safari to see wildlife and check off species on a list."

      Bill K.

      Portland, OR

      "This trip was beyond excellent—extraordinary with close interaction with some of the animals and wonderful hospitality."

      Charlotte F.

      Redwood City, CA

      "This was truly an incredible adventure; Namibia should be high on anyone’s destination list for a safari. Such an honor and privilege to spend time with conservationists and wildlife veterinarians."

      Gayle L.

      Round Rock, TX

      "This was a wonderful, exotic trip to an immensely beautiful country with varied landscapes. Jason, the main leader, had a depth of knowledge over a range of subjects that was utterly astounding. He also has a good sense of how to manage itineraries and people. John and I commend him to Wilderness Travel in every possible way."

      Ginny W.

      Healdsburg, CA

      "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

      "Jason is more than an outstanding guide. He is able to handle everything and anything, and is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of conservation, as well as all the animals, birds, trees, plants, grasses, etc., that one sees on this trip. Jason knows a great deal about Namibia in general and one can learn a great deal from him. He is exceptionally pleasant and friendly and takes the time to know each of his guests. He is a top guide in every respect and we who've just taken this amazing trip will miss him."

      Jane C.

      Bethesda, MD

      "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

      "Jason is a superstar, one of the best trip leaders I have ever traveled with. He is extremely empathetic and thoughtful, and works extraordinarily hard and demonstrates endless passion and energy about travel and conservation. He has a lot to offer to anyone willing to listen and learn."

      Nicole C.

      San Francisco, CA

      "This was a great experience and I am fortunate to have done it; nothing else in Africa compares. Jason was a fabulous companion and the sights will never be forgotten."

      Peter D.

      Bradenton, FL

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Witnessing this project is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and opportunity that very few guests to Namibia ever get to have. We head out with the local AfriCat vet and his team as they work to manage the health and welfare of the wildlife on the reserve. Activities involved could include inoculating and moving plains game, checking the health and well-being of the carnivores on the reserve and in captivity, checking box traps for captured carnivores that need to be collared, and assistance with the crucial work of the Team at AfriCat. We may also have the opportunity to track pangolins, one of Africa&apos;s most threatened mammals, and witness a leopard darting\/immobilization experience. If we are especially fortunate and the vet needs to do a full health check on one of the animals, we&apos;ll be able to witness this up close and personal! 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In the heart of this striking tableau of rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains, and ancient river terraces we come upon \/\/Huab Under Canvas, set right in the heart of a desert-adapted black rhino area in the \/\/Huab Conservancy in Damaraland. (The two forward slashes represent one of the four &ldquo;click&rdquo; sounds unique to Khoekhoe, the language spoken by Namibia&apos;s Damara people.) Protected from all the prevailing winds and sun, the&nbsp;permanent tented camp is virtually invisible from anywhere around and it carries arguably the lowest environmental footprint of any camp in Namibia.&nbsp; Once settled into camp, Jason will share an insightful&mdash;and very personal&mdash;discussion about the role of conservancies here and the bold foresight of the local people who have decided to live with wildlife including rhino and desert adapted elephant, recognizing the long-term benefits despite the inherent difficulties. Namibia&apos;s story of conservation is a truly astounding one. With less than two decades as an independent country, Namibia&apos;s innovative community conservancies have seen the country&apos;s wildlife, which had been trophy hunted and poached to minimal numbers, now rebounding, despite the harsh landscapes they must survive in. Jason has devoted his life to the preservation of Namibia&apos;s exceptional wildlife, and has witnessed, and contributed to, the work of protecting it. Overnight at \/\/Huab Under Canvas.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":6,"Headline":"\/\/Huab Under Canvas","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We head out into this vast, protected conservancy in northern Damaraland, experiencing a starkly beautiful landscape that is also home to the Himba, one of the world&apos;s last truly nomadic tribes. With an early start, we&apos;ll set out to track desert rhino in 4x4 vehicles, and if the spotters locate these elusive creatures, tracking on foot. This is true wilderness tracking&mdash;you may have to trek for quite a bit over bushy and open terrain for a sighting, but if you are lucky enough to see a wild black rhino over the rise in its stately grandeur, the elation makes all the effort well worth it. Your participation in this safari contributes to the vital work that Save the Rhino Trust does protecting and advocating for a species that has walked this land for over 14 million years. Unfortunately, both rhino and elephant poaching have hit dangerously high levels in neighboring South Africa, making the conservation efforts of SRT all the more vital today. Wilderness Travel is also playing an active role in conservation efforts, as we&apos;ve recently donated funds to outfit an entire mobile camp of rhino protectors, the guardians of this rare and ancient species. After&nbsp;returning to camp for some R&R, we&apos;ll head out for an evening drive or bush walk with Jason to watch the life of the night unfold. Overnight at camp.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":7,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Desert Lion Territory","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"\/\/Huab Under Canvas works together with the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT), an NGO that has been has been instrumental in the preservation of the rare, endangered, desert-adapted black rhino. Having barely survived the slaughter in many parts of Africa during the &apos;80s and &apos;90s, the black rhino population of Namibia increased substantially since the formation of SRT. Our explorations bring us to SRT&apos;s base camp, where we&apos;ll meet with a field staff representative and get a behind-the-scenes look at the conservation group&apos;s projects.\r\n\r\nWe then head to Desert Lion Territory. There are some revered personalities involved in Namibia&apos;s remarkable conservation story and over the next few days we&apos;ll have the opportunity to see the work of, and if conditions allow, meet up with the legendary Dr. Flip Stander. And although we hesitate to say we&apos;re saving the best for last because everything in Namibia seems to have larger-than-life stature, these days in Desert Lion Territory may well prove to be the kind of epic experiences you will recount and remember for years to come. After lunch under a shady tree out in the wilderness, we continue to make our way to our private mobile camp. True to its name, it&apos;s a temporary nomadic camp that will be set up where the lions are, so our route will be determined the day before when we receive an update on wildlife sightings. The driving may be long, but you&apos;re assured spectacular scenery and the potential to see a variety of desert-adapted wildlife along the way, as well as being well taken care of. Arriving at camp, you&apos;ll be greeted with enthusiastic Namibian hospitality, and given the chance to freshen up before dinner under the star-filled Namibian night sky (southern Namibia was recently named one of the world&apos;s few International Dark Sky Reserves, due to the lack of light pollution). Even though we are deep in Namibia&apos;s wild heart, you can still count on a delicious meal at the mobile camp, prepared by the wonderful crew. The food and wine will pair perfectly with conversation about the adventures ahead. You&apos;ll learn about the elusive and resourceful desert lion, and the extraordinary work of Dr. Flip Stander. This conservation legend&mdash;known to track lions in bare feet so he can better understand the nuances of their tracks&mdash;is almost single-handedly responsible for the vast strides made in protecting desert lions since he began his work in 1998.\r\n\r\nFounder of the Desert Lion Project, Flip Stander&apos;s work has led to greatly reduced levels of human-lion conflict and helped locals and the Namibian government understand and design measures to protect these rare animals. Using VHF and satellite collars as well as tracking on foot and by vehicle, Flip has amassed a treasure trove of invaluable data providing information on the movement, grouping patterns, reproduction, and other key indicators of the lions of the Kunene region of the Northern Namib Desert. Previously viewed as a nuisance for attacks on valuable livestock, lions are now seen by many locals as assets, thanks to Dr. Stander&apos;s insistence that communities share in the economic benefits that wildlife bring through eco-tourism. The results speak for themselves, as Namibia now has the largest free-roaming population of lions outside of national parks in all of Africa. Overnight at camp.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Desert Lion Territory","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We are now deep in the Northern Namib desert in one of the most dramatic, isolated and photogenic regions on Earth. So the next time you hear someone say true adventure perished in the 19th century, you&apos;ll have one word for them: Namibia. We&apos;ll track with Jason, and hopefully meet up with Dr. Stander in the wilds of the Kunene&mdash;it all depends on where the lions are. Jason has worked closely with Flip Stander for years; he will take us to see Dr. Standers&apos; operations in the field, and we&apos;ll learn about the amazing work he is doing that is changing the face of conservation in Africa. We&apos;ll also have our best chance of seeing desert lions in the wild here, a truly privileged encounter. As this is true tracking, the type you will see in the documentaries starring Flip Stander and the desert lions, 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 priceless, and may leave you awestruck both by the beauty and majesty of this place and its animals, and the dedication of Flip Stander. Each afternoon we will return to our mobile camp, for a hearty dinner set at the table under the stars.\r\n\r\nHere is how Jason Nott describes what he has witnessed in this region:\r\n&ldquo;As a proud Namibian having grown up in a Namibian conservation family, I am delighted to share what must be the world&apos;s greatest conservation success story. The progression of areas I witnessed from childhood to today have been nothing short of remarkable. Under the protection of our constitution and the major sacrifices made by many rural Namibians, the northwestern region of Namibia holds a special place in my heart, as it is home to so many conservation successes. It is an area where people have made the conscious decision to live with wildlife, knowing what the challenges are, but working towards a sustainable long-term future. I am proud to be part of this achievement.&rdquo; Overnights at camp. each day","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Onduli Ridge","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After a final breakfast in the &ldquo;deep bush,&rdquo; we drive to Onduli Ridge for a relaxing afternoon with plenty of time to freshen up after our days in the mobile bush camp. Nestled among giant granite boulders, the camp offers views of Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandberg. We&apos;ll settle into luxury en suite rooms, each with a private veranda and splendid views. The accommodations and staff are wonderful and welcoming, but what you might remember most is the utter quiet and tranquility here. This is the perfect time to indulge in some safari lodge amenities like a dip in the plunge pool. In the late afternoon, we have a guided walk planned before sitting down to a delightful evening meal prepared by the skilled and welcoming staff.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":11,"Headline":"Damaraland \/ Twyfelfontein \/","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We&nbsp;set out after breakfast and head to Namibia&apos;s UNESCO World Heritage site of Twyfelfontein, set among striking red sandstone flat-topped mountains. We&apos;ll hike into this site that leaves many awestruck by the power and living presence of this land. The overhanging cliffs reveal themselves to be an utterly immense ancient gallery sheltering more than 2,500 prehistoric petroglyphs depicting all manner of wildlife including rhino, lion, and springbok that used to drink from the springs at the base of the rocks, as well as mystical drawings representing shamanic trance states. Dating back more than 7,000 years, this is one of the largest and finest petroglyph sites in all of Africa.\r\n\r\nIn the afternoon we&apos;ll follow the course of the ephemeral Aba Huab River, in this season rippled with sand, not water, and seek the chance to observe majestic desert elephants. From a distance, these stately giants look like ships of the desert navigating the minimalist landscape as they trek between watering holes and subterranean springs, an amazing sight in this arid environment. The desert-adapted elephants of Kaokoland and the Namib walk farther for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa. The distances between waterholes and feeding grounds can be as great as 40 miles; they walk and feed in the cool of the night and rest during the day. Not a separate species or even a subspecies, desert-adapted elephants are an ecotype unique to Namibia in Africa south of the equator. We return to&nbsp;our lodge in the late afternoon, with time to enjoy fireside sundowners before dinner. Overnight at camp.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":12,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"Damaraland to Windhoek","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After a leisurely breakfast, it&apos;s time to say !gaise hare'!gure (goodbye) to Damaraland as you drive back to Windhoek. On arrival in Windhoek, you&apos;ll be transferred to Galton House. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure and our Farewell Dinner tonight is at this charming guesthouse.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":13,"DayTo":13,"Headline":"Departure","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After breakfast at your leisure (depending on flight times), you are transferred to the Windhoek International Airport in time for your international flight. 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While managing a remote game lodge in Namibia, he developed excellent relationships with local communities all across northwest Namibia, and now he and his guests are welcomed at these fascinating communities. &ldquo;One of my greatest pleasures is sharing the wonders of the country I love with visitors,&rdquo; he says, &ldquo;and guiding is my tool for doing this.&rdquo; Jason has a passion for wildlife and its protection, and a strong belief that this is best achieved through the development of communities. He is a phenomenally knowledgeable birder, wildlife expert, and wonderful traveling companion. In addition to being a guide, he also helps run the Conservation Travel Foundation, which is involved in funding a number of humanitarian and conservation initiatives around the country."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Bill K.","GuestLocation":"Portland, OR","GuestReview":"Jason conveyed intense interest in protection and behavior of wildlife. He increased the value of this trip to make it one of searching for wildlife, and wildlife conservation, caring, and management, not just a safari to see wildlife and check off species on a list."},{"GuestNames":"Charlotte F.","GuestLocation":"Redwood City, CA","GuestReview":"This trip was beyond excellent&#8212;extraordinary with close interaction with some of the animals and wonderful hospitality."},{"GuestNames":"Gayle L.","GuestLocation":"Round Rock, TX","GuestReview":"This was truly an incredible adventure; Namibia should be high on anyone&#8217;s destination list for a safari. Such an honor and privilege to spend time with conservationists and wildlife veterinarians."},{"GuestNames":"Ginny W.","GuestLocation":"Healdsburg, CA","GuestReview":"This was a wonderful, exotic trip to an immensely beautiful country with varied landscapes. Jason, the main leader, had a depth of knowledge over a range of subjects that was utterly astounding. He also has a good sense of how to manage itineraries and people. John and I commend him to Wilderness Travel in every possible way."},{"GuestNames":"Glynda and Don R.","GuestLocation":"Atlanta, GA","GuestReview":"No one but Jason Nott could do justice to this trip. His intimate knowledge of the country and experience with the wildlife and conservationists&#8212;especially his relationship with Flip Stander&#8212;were extraordinary."},{"GuestNames":"Jane C.","GuestLocation":"Bethesda, MD","GuestReview":"Jason is more than an outstanding guide. He is able to handle everything and anything, and is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of conservation, as well as all the animals, birds, trees, plants, grasses, etc., that one sees on this trip. Jason knows a great deal about Namibia in general and one can learn a great deal from him. He is exceptionally pleasant and friendly and takes the time to know each of his guests. He is a top guide in every respect and we who've just taken this amazing trip will miss him."},{"GuestNames":"Jean R.","GuestLocation":"Honolulu, HI","GuestReview":"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."},{"GuestNames":"Nicole C.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"Jason is a superstar, one of the best trip leaders I have ever traveled with. He is extremely empathetic and thoughtful, and works extraordinarily hard and demonstrates endless passion and energy about travel and conservation. He has a lot to offer to anyone willing to listen and learn."},{"GuestNames":"Peter D.","GuestLocation":"Bradenton, FL","GuestReview":"This was a great experience and I am fortunate to have done it; nothing else in Africa compares. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $1,000<br>120 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $1,000 per person<br>119 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}