World Exclusive Safari with GPS Tagging of Giraffe

Special Event!

A special variation of this itinerary is part of our Namibia: A Vision for Wildlife Symposium and Safari Program in April 2019.

Overview

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. Joining our renowned safari guide Jason Nott, we begin by tracking cheetah on foot at famed AfriCat, the world’s largest big-cat rehabilitation project, then 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.

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!

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
Windhoek / Leopard Tracking / AfriCat

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, track cheetah on foot, and enjoy remarkably close encounters.

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Days 3-4
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 5-8
Himba / Damaraland

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 9-13
Tagging of Giraffe

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. Fly back to Windhoek on Day 12 and depart on Day 13.

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Highlights

Highlights

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 cheetah and leopard at AfriCat, and endangered rhino in Damaraland with the Save the Rhino Trust
Stay in gorgeous game lodges and wonderfully remote camps

Details

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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