Namibia Giraffe Conservation Safari

World Exclusive Safari with GPS Tagging of Giraffe

Repertory Trip: Next Offered August 10-22, 2022

Overview

Namibia is a hauntingly beautiful land brimming with stunning landscapes and rare species found nowhere else. It is also an amazing story of wildlife conservation and hope. On our world-exclusive safari, we’ll join Dr. Julian Fennessy and his team from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation for two thrilling days, working right alongside them in the field to track and attach GPS tags to wild giraffes—be prepared to be awed! Dr. Fennessy is renowned as the world’s leading giraffe expert and is a veteran of conservation expeditions across the African continent. Giraffe tagging will be a thrilling highlight, but our wide-ranging journey also brings you tracking leopard, brown hyena, and rhino at AfriCat, a foundation dedicated to conserving wildlife based at Okonjima Nature Reserve, visiting an authentic settlement of the Himba, semi-nomadic dwellers of the Kaokoveld, viewing the extraordinary rock art at Twyfelfontein, and the opportunity to track desert-adapted elephants in remote Damaraland. And to top it off, you’ll enjoy it all with our beloved Trip Leader Jason Nott, one of Namibia’s best known naturalist guides. Join us for an unforgettable adventure in Namibia!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3, Aug 10-12, 2022
Windhoek / Okonjima Bush Camp / AfriCat

From Windhoek, head to Okonjima Bush Camp and AfriCat, a non-profit organization set up to assist in the conservation of threatened, wild carnivores of Namibia in their natural habitat. We’ll track leopard, brown hyena, and other mammals. The leopard population here is thriving, and the viewing is up close!

Galton House
Windhoek, Namibia
Day 1 (1 night), Day 12 (1 night)
Okonjima Bush Camp
Omboroko Mountains, Namibia
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Days 4-5, Aug 13-14, 2022
//Huab Under Canvas Camp, Damaraland

We head to //Huab Under Canvas Camp in the //Huab Conservancy, a largely sparse semi-arid mountainous savanna, with wooded ephemeral river valleys separating hills and plains and boasting some of the most magnificent views in Damaraland. The area is home to desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, and general plains game, including kudu, giraffe, springbok, oryx, klipspringer, and steenbok, as well as predators such as cheetah, leopard, and spotted and brown hyena. Our activities here include a morning of rhino tracking and searching for desert-adapted elephant.

Huab Under Canvas
Damaraland, Namibia
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)
Days 6-8, Aug 15-17, 2022
Mobile Expedition Camp, Kaokoveld

We make our way to our mobile expedition camp in the Kaokoveld, the heart of desert giraffe habitat. Here we spend time with the field crew of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), setting the tone for the tagging operation that will take place at Onduli Ridge in the days to come. Activities include identifying and monitoring giraffe, DNA sample collection, and biopsy if needed. We will also discuss human wildlife conflict, along with the growth of wildlife, such as the desert adapted elephant, in these communal areas.

Days 9-11, Aug 18-20, 2022
Onduli Ridge / Desert Giraffe Habitat / GPS Satellite Tagging / Twyfelfontein

We drive into the heart of Damaraland, a region of magnificent table-topped mountains and rock formations. Our stylish accommodation, Onduli Ridge, offers “star beds” that can be rolled out to enjoy the night sky. For two days, we will work as an integral part of Dr. Fennessy’s ground team as they track giraffe, immobilize them, and complete GPS satellite tagging of the giraffes. While here, we will also visit the famed treasury of rock art at nearby Twyfelfontein.

Onduli Ridge
Damaraland, Namibia
Days 9 to 11 (3 nights)
Days 12-13, Aug 21-22, 2022
WIndhoek / Depart

Returning to Windhoek, we enjoy some leisure time before departing on Day 13.

Galton House
Windhoek, Namibia
Day 12 (1 night)

Highlights

Highlights

Meet Dr. Julian Fennessy and giraffe conservationists and be part of their giraffe-tagging operation
Travel with Jason Nott, one of Namibia’s most respected naturalist guides
Explore remote Damaraland in search of desert-adapted elephant
Track rhino, leopard, and brown hyena in Okonjima Nature Reserve
Enjoy spectacular lodges and remote camps that get you close to the wildlife

Details

Length: 13 days
Cost From: $9795  
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Windhoek, Namibia
Lodging: 2 nights hotels, 7 nights permanent camps, 3 nights mobile camp
Meals: All meals included as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

4WD game viewing, easy to moderate hiking
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