Hills of Africa

A Taste of an African Safari Vacation to Namibia

Featuring Johannesburg, Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Etosha National Park

8 nights/9 days - Itineraries start at USD$10,000 per person

Day 1 - Johannesburg

Welcome to Africa. Once you land in Johannesburg you will need to clear South Africa's immigrations, collect your bags and proceed though customs. You will walk out into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by your Hills Of Africa representative who will have a sign with your names on it. They will assist you to your hotel.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - US passports do not require visas to enter South Africa BUT must have at least two empty pages in their passports for each country visited (3 country and 6 pages) and the passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry to the last country).

City Lodge OR Tambo Airport

Based at Africa's busiest airport, City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport will provide business and leisure travellers with "home away from home" accommodation that is ideal for those commuting to and from Johannesburg and perfect for those who require immediate access to the airport. OR Tambo Airport offers a number of services from banking to a wide range of retailers, so whether it's a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airport's facilities have everything you need. The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool and a large commercial area with a coffee shop.

Rooms: 1 x Standard Room on bed and breakfast basis for 1 night

Day 2 - Sossusvlei

Today at 4:45am, your Hills of Africa guide will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to the airport where you will check in for your early flight to Windhoek.

06:10am, Depart Johannesburg SA1731 (operated by South African Express) 07:25am, Arrive Windhoek

On arrival at Windhoek, you will be met by a guide from Wilderness who will help you transfer to your light aircraft charter flight to Sossusvlei, where the world's tallest dunes can be found.

09:15am, Depart Windhoek

10:20am, Arrive Little Kulala

Little Kulala

Journey through the Namib in harmony with the environment and savour the personal and sumptuous style of Little Kulala. Here you will find the gateway to Namibia's extraordinary Sossusvlei, where the world's tallest dunes can be found. Set amongst ancient camel thorn trees on the dry Auab riverbed, Little Kulala offers first-rate facilities, charming hospitality and proximity to the towering red sand dunes of the Namib Desert. There is no better way to experience the famed "Sand Sea" other than in the flesh.

Little Kulala is a luxurious desert retreat situated in the private 37 000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve - the gateway to Namibia's Sand Sea with its towering dunes and clear starry skies. Accommodation at Little Kulala consists of 11 climate-controlled, thatched "kulalas" (the word means 'to sleep') which merge impeccably into the timeless desert landscap', with exquisite fittings and fixtures, and innovative bleached decks - each with a private plunge pool. Each kulala has a rooftop 'skybed" for romantic stargazing, with both indoor and outdoor showers.

Little Kulala features an elegant entertainment area which includes a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge and dining areas. Dining under the clear Namibian skies is a highlight. The interiors have been designed to provide an all-natural and unique experience in this most beautiful environment. The extensive use of neutral colours, gorgeous textures and natural light reproduce the soothing pastel tones of the desert. Pure linens, cottons and mohair dyed with natural vegetable dyes all make for a very organic camp which takes its inspiration from its surroundings, notably from the magnificent Dead Vlei in the middle of Sossusvlei. The overall mood and feel is cool, serene, organic and sheltering.

Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok eke out an existence and are sparsely distributed around Little Kulala. Smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox and aardwolf can be seen at night in the cool desert air. One bird, the aptly named dune lark, has its entire global distribution limited to the area, so dependent is it on the area's characteristic sands

Activities at Little Kulala start with morning guided drives to the spectacular towering dunes of Sossusvlei, through a private gate into the reserve. Sossusvlei is situated within the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, which itself is part of the Namib Naukluft National Park that stretches 400km south of Walvis Bay and is sandwiched between the west coast and the escarpment that runs parallel more than 100km inland. Its huge dunes and flat valley floors make up the archetypical view of the Namib that is world famous. Guided drives and walks are also offered on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve with incredible views, desert-adapted wildlife and

Room: 1 x tent on a fully inclusive basis for 2 nights.

Day 4 - Damaraland

Today you will take a charter flight to Damaraland.

Damaraland Camp

Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley, arguably the most pristine wilderness area in Namibia, 90km from Torra Bay in the Torra Conservancy. It is lauded as one of the country's best camps, with sensational views of the surrounding desert plains, ancient valleys and soaring peaks of the Brandberg Mountains. Winner of the 2005 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Conservation Award, the eco-friendly construction of Damaraland Camp has merged new technology with ancient methodology in an incredibly inventive manner. Another unique feature of this sustainable ecotourism venture is that it is owned and largely run by the local community - who have injected their own distinctive optimism and cheerful nature into the Damaraland Camp experience. This unusual flavour comes from the mixed heritage of the local peoples, which include Nama-Damara, Herero, Owambo, and the displaced Riemvasmakers of South Africa.

Accommodation at Damaraland Camp consists of 10 adobe-styled, thatched units each raised on individual wooden decking - part of which extends out to form a large viewing deck with magnificent vistas. Recently refurbished, each tent has en-suite facilities (shower only), a walk-in dressing area and built-in fan. Mosquito repellent is also provided. The spacious, thatched living area features a restaurant and bar, complete with fireplace. Evening meals at Damaraland Camp are often prepared over an open fire and served out in the open in an area near to the camp lit by an assortment of small lanterns. The swimming pool is conveniently sited next to the bar. An open campfire and outdoor 'boma' can be enjoyed during calm evenings, with superb stargazing in the crystal-clear night skies. Large game is not concentrated year-round here, with the natural cycle of rainfall dictating the seasonal movement of wildlife along the Huab River.

Activities at Damaraland Camp revolve around exploring the Haub River system, featuring guided nature drives and walks. Morning and afternoon drives in search for desert-adapted elephant are a great favourite. Gemsbok, greater kudu, springbok, and occasionally lion, cheetah, elephants and black rhino can be spotted. Interesting flora such as euphorbias and shepherd's trees can be viewed on the way to some of Africa's best known rock engravings, including the famous Twyfelfontein etchings.

Room: 1 x tent on a fully inclusive basis for 2 nights.

Day 6 - Etosha National Park

Today you will take a shared, light aircraft charter flight to Ongava. On arrival you will be transferred to camp.

Little Ongava

Little Ongava, in the private 66,000 acre Ongava game reserve shares a common boundary with Etosha National Park, nestles on the crest of a hill with wonderful views onto the plains below. Enjoy unrivalled privacy with only three spacious suites, each with private plunge pool, en-suite bathroom, a sala, and outdoor shower with views of the waterhole in front of camp. Little Ongava's entertainment area lends itself to relaxed, stylish dining.

Little Ongava is perched on the crest of a hill commanding magnificent vistas of the African plains beyond. Arguably Namibia's most civilized and certainly most comfortable accommodation, exclusive without being indulgent, Little Ongava offers an extraordinary experience from which to focus your Etosha journey. Anticipate a warm welcome at this intimate and exclusive lodge, with only three spacious, private and luxurious suites each with its own plunge pool, en-suite bathroom, a 'sala', and outdoor 'al fresco' shower.

The dining and lounge area has a wonderful view of the waterhole below the camp and lends itself to relaxed, stylish dining under an African sky or under thatch. Day and night wildlife-viewing drives, visiting hides that overlook waterholes and walks with experienced guides can all be enjoyed exclusively on this reserve. Such game drives and daytrips into the easily accessible Etosha National Park are rewarding, with sightings of lion, elephant, gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest, and white and black rhino. Guests at Little Ongava share a dedicated guide and Land Rover, ensuring the best possible nature experience at one of Africa's great wildlife destinations.

A kaleidoscope of Africa wildlife can be seen at many of the water holes in the Park and the reserve has resident White and Black Rhino plus a healthy predator population. Guests share a dedicated guide, ensuring the optimum nature experience at one of Africa's great wilderness destinations.

Room: 1 x tent on a fully inclusive basis for 3 nights.

Day 9 - Johannesburg

Today you will take a light aircraft charter flight to Windhoek (1hr 30 mins). On arrival at Windhoek, you will need to connect with your flight to Johannesburg.

10:40am, Depart Little Ongava

12:20pm, Arrive Windhoek

On arrival at the Johannesburg Airport, you will need to transfer and check in for your onward, international flights home.

Safe travels and we hope you have experienced the true magic of Africa!

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