World-Exclusive Safari with GPS Tagging of Giraffe

Overview

Join one of our keynote speakers, Dr. Julian Fennessy, and his Giraffe Conservation Foundation team and experience unparalleled access to the work these experts are doing to save this species that is facing a “silent extinction.” You’ll even have the chance to assist in fitting wild giraffe with GPS tracking tags! Our safari includes a fascinating visit with the semi-nomadic Himba people, exploring rock art at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site, and tracking desert rhino on foot in stunning Damaraland.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4, Mar 30-Apr 2, 2019
Windhoek / Kaokoveld / Giraffe Tagging

After meeting in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city, we head to our private mobile camp in Kaokoveld, set in the heart of desert giraffe habitat. In the company of Dr. Julian Fennessy, we join field biologists of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation for two exciting days of tracking giraffe, immobolizing them, and assisting with GPS tagging of the giraffe.

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Days 5-9, Apr 3- 7, 2019
Damaraland / Himba / Twyfelfontein / Erongo

In remote Damaraland, we meet with the field staff at the Save the Rhino Trust, search for desert-adapted wildlife, and track rhino on foot. Heading farther into Damaraland, we visit a settlement of the semi-nomadic Himba pastoralists, search for desert-adapted elephant, and view extraordinary rock art at Twyfelfontein and the Erongo Mountains.

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Days 10-14, Apr 8-12, 2019
A Vision for WIldlife Symposium: Windhoek / Okonjima / Etosha

Return to Windhoek, where our symposium begins. We then move to Okonjima, home to the renowned AfriCat Foundation. One of the world’s largest big cat rehabilitation-and-release sanctuaries, AfriCat focuses especially on injured or captured leopard and cheetah. We will meet some of AfriCat’s key personnel, learn about the conservation efforts firsthand, and enjoy close encounters with leopard and cheetah with activities including leopard-tracking by vehicle and a visit to the cheetah welfare project. Our symposium then moves to Etosha National Park. Set on Namibia’s central plateau, Etosha is a haven for wildlife, including four of the Big Five—rhino, leopard, lion, and elephant—along with gemsbok (oryx), zebra, cheetah, hyena, and the endemic black-faced impala. In April, game viewing on the green, rain-refreshed landscapes allows us to see prolific plains game and observe lots of wildlife activity, including young animals. And the birding is terrific (more than 340 species!). Throughout the symposium, we'll enjoy daily presentations by our phenomenal Guest Speakers. Depart from Etosha on April 12.

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Highlights

Highlights

4-day symposium featuring 5 of the world's leading wildlife and conservation experts
Hands-on participation in GPS tagging of giraffe with Dr. Julian Fennessy
Track endangered desert rhino in Damaraland with the Save the Rhino Trust
Go behind the scenes at AfriCat, one of the world's largest big cat rehabilitation-and-release sanctuaries
Enjoy world-class game viewing in Etosha National Park

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $10,695  
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Windhoek, Namibia
Lodging: 2 nights hotel, 8 nights safari camps and lodges, 3 nights mobile camp
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch, with most beverages included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level:

4WD game viewing, bush walks
Namibia symposium 2019 brochure

Download Brochure

Download our Namibia: A Vision for Wildlife brochure, featuring Guest Speakers Garth Owen-Smith, Tammy Hoth-Hanssen, Simson Uri-Khob, Julian Fennessy, and Philip “Flip” Stander. Or request a print copy to be sent by mail.