World Exclusive Safari with GPS Tagging of Giraffe


With its otherworldly landscape of ochre dunes, salt pans, and jagged peaks under cobalt skies, Namibia is one of the most spectacular countries on the planet. It’s also a land with an amazing story of wildlife conservation, with an unmatched 45 percent of its territory under conservation management. On our extraordinary safari—exclusive to Wilderness Travel and limited to just six participants—we track wildlife in Namibia’s wide range of habitats and have incredible behind-the-scenes access to exciting conservation projects.

We’ll join field biologists of the Giraffe Conservation Center for two special days of tracking and GPS tagging giraffes in the wild. Giraffe numbers have plummeted in Africa, and in the past 30 years, these graceful, gentle animals have become extinct in at least seven African countries. This dramatic loss has gone largely unnoticed—a silent extinction. Our host for this hands-on experience is Dr. Julian Fennessy, Africa’s leading authority on giraffe conservation. Our entire safari will be brimming with thrilling moments, but our time in the field with Julian and his conservationists and vets will be incredible as we help them immobilize giraffe and fit them with GPS tags, working as an integral part of the ground team. At the same time, we will learn about giraffe ecology with a world expert—a life-enriching experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Along with our renowned safari guide Jason Nott, we'll track leopard and brown hyena at famed AfriCat, the world’s largest big-cat rehabilitation project, and search for amazing wildlife on the great salt pans of World Heritage-listed Etosha National Park. At our remote camp in stunning Damaraland, we look for desert-adapted elephants and meet with the field staff of the Save the Rhino Trust to track desert rhino in this dramatic wilderness.

Good food and wine are an important part of our overall safari, and our mix of gorgeous lodges and atmospheric camps will keep us comfortable. In our camps, we will be looked after by a caring, warm tribe of “safari magicians” who love what they do and whose main ambition is to ensure that each moment at camp is as perfect as possible.

Very pertinent to current conservation efforts in Africa, this safari promises to engage, educate, and help you participate in becoming part of the solution. A portion of your trip fee goes directly to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to help fund the tagging operation you will be an integral part of. We invite you to make Namibia’s inspiring conservation efforts part of your story on this unique and adventurous safari.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2, Jul 19-20, 2019
Windhoek / Kaokoveld / Hoanib Expedition Camp

We meet in Windhoek and share a Welcome Dinner with our safari guide. In the morning we catch a flight into Damaraland. We’ll spend the afternoon on a game drive in a mobile camp set up specifically for us in the heart of desert giraffe habitat. The evening will be spent around the camp fire with Dr. Julian Fennessy preparing for the next few days tagging.

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Days 3-4, Jul 21-22, 2019
Tagging of Giraffe in Etosha National Park

On a private game reserve adjacent to Etosha National Park, we have the extraordinary—and world exclusive—opportunity to be an integral part of a team performing GPS tagging of giraffe in the wild. We will work alongside them, observing the darting procedures, assisting with tagging, and at the same time, learning about giraffe ecology with pioneering conservation scientist Dr. Julian Fennessy.

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Days 5-6, Jul 23-24, 2019
Damaraland / Twyfelfontein / Track Desert Elephant

Making our way through Damaraland’s wonderfully diverse landscape, we visit a nomadic settlement on our way to Twyfelfontein, one of the finest collections of petroglyphs in Africa. From our camp set in the Twyfelfontein Conservancy, we take a 4WD excursion along the Aba Huab River to search for Namibia’s desert-adapted elephants.

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Days 7-8, Jul 25-26, 2019
Rhino Tracking / Huab Under Canvas

Namibia’s wildlife roams large tracks of unfenced desert landscapes and to behold this vast and beautiful land is as much of a reward as the thrill of seeing wildlife. We visit the semi-nomadic Himba people, then head to our private “under canvas” camp (expect comfort!) in Damaraland. Here we search for rare desert-adapted wildlife including rhino. Wilderness Travel is proud to support the vital anti-poaching work of the Save the Rhino Trust located here. Namibia now has the only growing black rhino population in all of Africa.

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Days 9-10, Jul 27-28, 2019
Etosha National Park

Explore by 4WD vehicle in magnificent Etosha, one of Africa’s finest game reserves and a haven for an immense variety of wildlife. At Etosha’s springs, fountains, and waterholes, we should see herds of wildebeest, flocks of ostrich, lines of zebra, and other game, as well as Etosha’s large predators, including lion, cheetah, and jackal.

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Days 11-13, Jul 29-31, 2019
Africat Foundation / Leopard Tracking / Windhoek

We head to Okonjima, home of AfriCat, the world’s largest center for the rehabilitation of Africa’s big cats. In the last 20 years, more than a thousand of these predators have been rescued, with over 85 percent released back into the wild. We search for leopard, brown hyena, and rhino, and enjoy remarkably close encounters. We make our way to Windhoek for an overnight at the Galton House on Day 12 and depart on Day 13.

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Just 6 participants—led by Jason Nott, one of Namibia’s most respected safari guides
Hands-on participation in GPS tagging of giraffe with Dr. Julian Fennessy—an incredible experience!
Track leopard at AfriCat, and endangered rhino in Damaraland with the Save the Rhino Trust
Stay in gorgeous game lodges and wonderfully remote camps


Length: 13 days
Cost From: $8995  
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Windhoek, Namibia
Lodging: 9 nights hotels and lodges, 3 nights mobile camp
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

4WD game viewing, bush walks

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