Warren Samuels - Photographic Safari - Namibia - November 2025

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NAMIBIA WITH WARREN SAMUELS

November 2025

DESIGNED BY JOURNEYSMITHS

WELCOME

What do a polar bear, a mountain gorilla, a Bengal tiger and a desert elephant have in common? They are awesome creatures, few in number, living in places that are spectacular, wild and fragile. I marvel that we live in an age when we can even come close to creatures like these, in the world’s remotest places. And that we can stay in exclusive comfort, in the company of expert guides. And that by travelling we can contribute to these animals’ survival.

I have built a team of Journeysmiths with the ability to match your dreams and aspirations to their knowledge and experience of the world’s extraordinary places. The outcome is a holiday of a lifetime every time you travel. Our holidays go beyond “tailormade” — they are uniquely crafted and arranged and we simply adore what we do.

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WHO ARE JOURNEYSMITHS?

Choosing the right company to arrange your holiday to our world’s most complex and remote locations is vitally important. Like mankind, Journeysmiths’ roots are in Africa. 30 years ago John Burdett and Warwick Hoffman, the original Journeysmiths, founded Africa Exclusive. They were, and still are fired by a passion to show clients the wild world they love, in privacy and comfort. Today, driven by that same passion, Journeysmiths arranges the finest possible holidays to amazing places across five continents for our international clientele. Each trip is expertly arranged to exactly meet each client’s requirements and interests. We are proud of our exceptional level of service, which we believe sets us apart from other holiday companies.

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WHY JOURNEYSMITHS?

• We have over 30 years experience

• Our holidays are beautifully engineered

• We are passionate about quality

• We are fastidious about those tiny details

• We listen carefully, each client is unique

• We are passionate about positive impacts

• Our clients have a dedicated expert consultant

• Our prices are fair

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HELPING OUT

We are passionate about protecting the world’s most fragile environments. When you travel with us you are contributing to the protection of wildlife and the environment in partnership with local communities. As well as carefully selecting our partners around the world we also give 5% of our net profit each year to supporting charities and conservation efforts in the places we work.

FINANCIAL SECURITY

You have complete financial security when you book with Journeysmiths. We are fully bonded and licenced under the Civil Aviation Authority’s ATOL scheme, licence number ATOL 2883 (Journeysmiths is a trading name of Africa Exclusive Ltd). This covers all clients who book their international flights from the UK and holiday arrangements through us. If you are arranging your own flights or you are not departing from the UK you are also protected by a separate insurance policy that we voluntarily maintain with Travel and General Insurance Services. This is called a Total Payment Protection Policy (TOPP) and the policy number is AELI/topp/20/14.

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TRAVEL WELL

Travel to the world’s fragile places should benefit the habitats, wildlife and people who live there. We call this ‘travelling well’ and it is a feature of every safari we arrange.

It may seem counterintuitive that visiting a place could protect it, but staying at the right place can do just that. We actively favour safari lodges which work in partnership with local communities to conserve wildlife. We also support charities and NGOs working in our destinations.

We are fortunate enough to enjoy the incredible biodiversity this planet has to offer. We believe it is our responsibility to preserve it for future generations.

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In the 30 year life of Journeysmiths, Africa's human population has doubled. The future of vulnerable species and iconic landscapes can only be assured by a mutually beneficial partnership between Africa's people and wildlife.

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THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF YOUR TRIP

30 years ago we encountered Africa and fell in love with its awesome beauty. Ever since, we’ve been spreading the word, sharing our passion so that you too can experience the best of our world. In the best possible way. This means matching your individuality to a unique blend of places and experiences that fulfil your dreams and extend your horizons. It also means fighting to protect these fragile places.

The way we do this is simple but effective:

– We work with people who share our values

– We make it easy for you to see the positive impacts of your holiday

– We encourage you to get involved

– We donate a minimum of 5% of net profit to charity each year

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Our planet’s remote places and wildlife are under constant threat from poaching, encroachment and climate change. We favour lodges which actively conserve the land and its wildlife. This requires dynamic partnerships with local communities which leads to them benefiting significantly from wildlife conservation.

We include details of initiatives run by each property you will visit in your travel itinerary, so that you can see the positive impact of your stay. Our team would also be delighted to discuss ways you can get more involved.

To help protect the amazing places we send our clients to; we donate 5% of our net profits each to charitable conservation projects within Africa.

We also work alongside charities that are dedicated to protecting endangered species, providing environmental education to local children and ensuring human-wildlife coexistence is sustained.

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AT A GLANCE...

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DATE SERVICE ROUTE & PROPERTY DURATION CLASS / ROOM TYPE 16 NOVEMBER
ARRIVAL INTO WINDHOEK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - UNDER OWN ARRANGEMENTS ROAD TRANSFER WINDHOEK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO GALTON HOUSE APPROX. 40 MINUTES PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION GALTON HOUSE 1 NIGHT 5X LUXURY ROOMS 17 NOVEMBER 2025 ROAD TRANSFER GALTON HOUSE TO DEAD VALLEY LODGE APPROX. 5 HOURS PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION DEAD VALLEY LODGE 2 NIGHTS 5X LUXURY TENTED CHALETS 19 NOVEMBER
ROAD TRANSFER DEAD VALLEY LODGE TO THE DELIGHT APPROX. 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION THE DELIGHT 1 NIGHT 5X ROOMS 20 NOVEMBER 2025 ROAD TRANSFER THE DELIGHT TO ONDULI RIDGE APPROX. 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION ONDULI RIDGE 3 NIGHTS 5X SUITES 23 NOVEMBER 2025 ROAD TRANSFER ONDULI RIDGE TO ONGAVA LODGE APPROX. 3 HOURS PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION ONGAVA LODGE 2 NIGHTS 5X SUITES 25 NOVEMBER 2025 ROAD TRANSFER ONGAVA LODGE TO ONGUMA THE FORT APPROX. 3 HOURS PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION ONGUMA THE FORT 2 NIGHTS 5X BUSH SUITES
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DATE SERVICE

27 NOVEMBER 2025 ROAD TRANSFER

ACCOMMODATION

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ROUTE & PROPERTY

ONGUMA THE FORT TO OKONJIMA BUSH CAMP

DURATION CLASS / ROOM TYPE

APPROX. 3 HOURS PRIVATE

OKONJIMA BUSH CAMP 1 NIGHT 5X LUXURY CHALETS

OKONJIMA BUSH CAMP TO WINDHOEK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

APPROX. 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES PRIVATE

DEPART FROM WINDHOEK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - UNDR OWN ARRANGEMENTS

When searching for an African safari we found that Journeysmiths was a cut above the others.We have been on safari several times and were attracted by the more remote luxury accommodations and game viewing. From first contact with the company their professionalism and attention to detail was obvious. Everything was as advertised and we were extremely pleased with all aspects of our safari experience.

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AT A GLANCE...

WARREN SAMUELS

Your photographer and lead guide

When we consider a truly exceptional safari experience, it is impossible to ignore the indispensable part played by your guide. Knowledge is essential of course, as is experience and that uncanny gift of tracking and spotting a leopard in a tree. Just as important is your guide’s personality, sense of humour, an infectious love of the wilderness and the ability to communicate and inspire.

One of the finest guides in all these respects is Warren Samuels,popularlyknownforhisoutstandingphotographic work on BBC wildlife programmes “Big Cat Diaries” and "Serengeti",the3rdseriesofwhichheiscurrentlytobefound filming in the Masai Mara.

Whobettertoaccompanyyou?Heisonhandifthereareany budding photographers among the group who would like to improve their skills, and also to be a reassuring constant throughoutyourjourmey,helpingtoorganiseandhosteach days adventures in his easy, laid-back manner.

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GrowinguponaKenyancoffeefarm,WarrenSamuels’ passion for wildlife photography began on family campingsafarisintheMasaiMaraNationalReserve.As a young man he moved to South Africa and spent ten yearsasaguide,trackerandconservationist.YetKenya washisfirstloveandeventuallytheopportunityarose toreturnasaspecialistwildlifecameraman.Whenthe BBC hit upon the idea of creating the “Big Cat Diary” Warren’sreputationmadehimtheobviouschoiceaslead cameramanandhisworkonthatseriesandwithNational Geographic has secured his reputation as one of the world’s finest wildlife photographers.

Alongside his mastery of the technical aspects of wildlifephotographyWarrenalsodevelopedanintimate knowledge of and affection for specific locations and even particular herds and animals. During long months of patient watching and filming he acquired an innate understanding of animals’ behaviour. The sharing of this experience and understanding will make this safari particularly attractive.

Warren will personally guide and photograph every day of the safari alongside two of Namibia’s finest private naturalist guides. Each day a new adventure will begin as you explore the diverse landscapes, visit Warren’s favourite spots, and seek out the wildlife and birds. Precisely where you go and what you do each day can be agreed in response to opportunities that arise.

This safari is not a masterclass in wildlife photography and is designed to be inclusive for all. Warren will be chronicling the adventure and so everyone is sure to return home with some outstanding photographs of their experience.

For any keen photographers in the group, alongside expert tuition, Warren will also be pleased to review and help to edit your photographs when you are relaxing in camp.

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Your safari vehicles have been hand crafted so that every guest has a comfortable seat with good back support, each with a large window for optimal game viewing which is improved further by ‘pop-top’ roofs that can be raised whenever particularly good sightings are experienced. Every guest also has access to a personal library which includes a series of guide books, maps and stationary as well as country specific mammal and bird checklists. The vehicles all have a 220 volt electrical charging point, allowing guests to charge electrical devices whilst traveling as well as electric fridge-freezers to ensure that that drinks and snacks are always chilled. They are also fitted with VHF inter-vehicle radios that allow multiple vehicle groups to communicate with each other while ‘on the road’, and these radios also enable guides to communicate with local rangers in the eastern side of the Etosha National Park thus ensuring that those ‘special’ sightings are never missed. Added to all this, guides travel with their renowned ‘MAGIC BOXES’, which ensure all en-route catering needs can be taken care of, from a bush breakfast or lunch, through regular coffee and tea stops, to majestic sundowners.

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DAY 1

Sunday 16th November 2025

JOURNEY

Arrival into Windhoek International Aiprort under own arrangements

Private road transfer to hotel

ACCOMMODATION

Galton House

5x Luxury Rooms

1 night INCLUSIONS

Breakfast

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Situated in Namibia’s central highlands, Windhoek, the capital, is an attractive city surrounded by clusters of hills and the impressive Auas and Eros Mountains. The height above sea level of 1650 metres is only slightly less than that of Johannesburg, South Africa. The climate is typical of a semi-desert country with hot days and cool nights.

Tree-lined Independence Avenue with its fountains and walkways provides a pleasant ambience of tranquillity and leisure to the heart of the city, with its continental-style sidewalk cafes and beer gardens. Zoo Park in mid-city, adds to the relaxed atmosphere with its lawns, spreading trees, shrubs and flowers.

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Old buildings, which lend a singular charm to the city, include the historic seat of Government, known as the Tintenpalast, which means the Palace of Ink, and the Christuskirche, which provides the city with a striking landmark. Street vendors spread their wares on the pavements, reflecting Namibia’s cultural heritage, in the form of woodcarvings, basketry and pottery.

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Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, Galton House has a warm, relaxed, but efficient style that creates a very welcoming atmosphere. A mere ten-minute drive from the centre of town and perched on the edge of Windhoek’s northernmost affluent suburb of Eros, guests staying here will be ensured of peace and tranquillity.

The hotel’s nine luxurious rooms are decorated in muted, natural tones with simple yet stylish furnishings. All rooms have private bathrooms with rain showers, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi, and guests have use of the lounge and bar, an outdoor terrace with loungers and a swimming pool. From the indoor and outdoor restaurant, lunches are served à la carte, while in the evening there is a set menu, with delicious dishes made from the freshest of local ingredients.

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DAYS 2 AND 3

Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th November

JOURNEY

Meet private guide and vehicle who will accompany you for the next 12 days

Private road transfer to lodge

ACCOMMODATION

Dead Valley Lodge

5x Luxury Tented Chalets

2 nights

INCLUSIONS

Meals, activities with your private guide as detailed, including an excursion into Sossusvlei

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The most frequently visited section of the massive 50,000 km² Namib Naukluft National Park has become known as Sossusvlei, famous for its towering apricot coloured sand dunes which can be reached by following the Tsauchab River valley.

Affording dramatic views out over the surrounding desert landscape, Dead Valley Lodge is ideally located to discover the dunes of Sossusvlei; the lodge’s unique location within the national park allows guests early access to the dunes, an hour before sunrise and a late exit an hour after sunset.

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One of only two properties within the park, Dead Valley Lodge accommodates guests in just 20 luxury tented chalets each with an en-suite bathroom, bedroom area with climate control and a private verandah.

The sprawling main area makes the most of the spectacular location with open sides and vast picture windows, so whether you are relaxing in the bar, enjoying delicious Namibian inspired cuisine in the restaurant or cooling off in the pool you can enjoy views across the desert to the Elim Dune.

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Sossusvlei itself is actually a clay pan set amidst these star shaped dunes which stand up to 300 meters above the surrounding plains, ranking them among the tallest dunes on earth. The deathly white clay pan contrasts against the orange sands and forms the endpoint of the ephemeral Tsauchab River, within the interior of the Great Sand Sea.

Roughly once a decade rainfall over the catchment area is sufficient to bring the river down in flood and fill the pan attracting a number and variety of aquatic birds. Even in the dry season oryx, springbok and ostriches can be seen wandering over the pan, feeding on the sparse vegetation along the watercourses. This is a singularly beautiful wild and romantic spot, surrounded by dunes that extend as far as the eye can see.

Another area, famous for its gnarled and ghostly camel thorn trees, is Deadvlei which can be reached on foot over 1 km of sand. Deadvlei’s striking camel thorn trees; dead for want of water, still stand erect as they once grew. They survived until about 900 years ago when the sand sea finally blocked the river from occasionally flooding the pan.

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On the morning of Day 4 you will rise early for a magical excursion with your guide in the Namib Naukluft National Park, normally setting off before sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate the towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world and your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and surrounding dune fields to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic brunch in the shade of a camel thorn tree.

In the afternoon you will depart with your guide for the Sesriem Canyon.

The canyon, which is around 1.5 km long and 30 meters deep, has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River, exposing layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years. The shaded cool depths of the canyon allow pools of water to gather during the rainy season and remain for much of the year round. These pools were a vital source of water for early settlers who drew water for their livestock by knotting six (ses) lengths of rawhide thongs (riems) together, hence the canyon and surrounding area became known as Sesriem.

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On the morning of Day 3 you will explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide.

In the afternoon you will depart on a shared excursion to the Elim Dune. Located just 5km from Dead Valley Lodge, you will make your way to the dune on foot, taking the opportunity to look more closely at the flora and fauna which survive in this arid environment. Often referred to as the sunset dune, Elim will be the perfect place to sit back and absorb the beauty of your surroundings as the sun begins to fall below the horizon.

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DAY 4

Wednesday 19th November

JOURNEY

Privately guided road transfer to Swakopmund

ACCOMMODATION

The Delight

5x Rooms

1 night

INCLUSIONS

All meals

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blending with good hotels, restaurants, museums and coffee shops.

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Swakopmund resembles a small, German town nestled between the desert and the sea, and is a perfect example of German colonial architecture

The elaborate Railway building built in 1901 (now a hotel and casino) is worth seeing and there are various arts and crafts centres if you wish to visit them. Although the sea is normally cold for swimming there are pleasant beaches and the cooler climate is refreshing.

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The Delight is a lovely modern hotel, conveniently located in the centre of Swakopmund. Within a few minutes from the hotel you can walk to beaches, cafés, restaurants, lively pubs, and a variety of interesting shops and markets in the town. The 54 spacious rooms are all attractively and colourfully designed, have en-suite bathrooms, airconditioning, flat-screen television, safe, mini-bar, and free Wi-Fi. Tasty breakfasts are served every morning and there is a sociable bar and lounge area.

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CONSERVATION

The Delight’s parent company, Scintilla Travel are firm believers that wildlife experiences, balancing tourism with nature, allowing for an immersive experience whilst participating in essential conservation projects.

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COMMUNITY

The Delight are firm believers that the impact of your trip should be mutually rewarding, benefitting you as the traveller as well as the people and places you choose to interact with. Your cultural interactions with local partners on the ground, will offer an insight and understanding into different ways of life and offer a better understanding and appreciation of the history and importance of these communities.

ENVIRONMENT

Sustainability is woven into the fabric of things at Scintilla Travel – Eco-conscious choices abound, with many of their partner properties either partially or fully off the grid or have initiatives to lower their impact on the environments in which they operate.

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DAYS 5 TO 7

Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd November

JOURNEY

Privately guided road transfer to Damaraland

ACCOMMODATION

Onduli Ridge

5x Suites

3 nights

INCLUSIONS

Allmeals,localdrinksandprivateactivitieswithyourguide inlcudingtrackingdesertadaptedelephantandrhinoand visits to Twyfelfontein and other points of geologiocal interest.

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Damaraland with the rugged beauty of its landscape is a region of rolling plains and distant mountain ranges. Unusual geological features, a wealth of rock

paintings and engravings and populations of desertadapted elephant and black rhino combine to form the unique attraction of Damaraland.

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In this one area you can see much of the essence of Namibia by vehicle and you can also enjoy excellent walking trails which run down dry riverbeds to small oases before turning up into the hill country, coming across fascinating desert adapted wildlife, birds and vegetation as you go.

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Nestling at the base of two granite outcrops connected by a ridge that provides panoramic views over the surrounding area, Onduli Ridge is a brand-new camp within Damaraland.

There is a good sized swimming pool and lounge area where you can relax in between activities. Every part of the camp has been carefully considered to maximise the views of the extraordinary landscape.

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Guests are accommodated in six beautifully decorated luxury suites with natural ventilation and partial open-air bathrooms designed especially for comfort and convenience. Comfortably secluded in your own private hide-away, your king-size bed can be rolled out on to your private deck for a night under a star filled sky.

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Wildlife viewing concentrates on the game found in the river bed and along the valleys that sometimes fill with flood water in the rainy season. There are no large concentrations of wildlife but this arid environment is home to desert adapted elephant, gemsbok, springbok and a variety of other species including occasional glimpses of the endangered black rhino whilst predator populations of lion and leopard are steadily increasing. Birdlife is excellent with several Namibian endemics such as Monteiro’s hornbill and Rupell’s Korhaan.

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Equally fascinating are the Bushman’s rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, featuring engravings and paintings of creatures dating back to prehistoric times. Strewn over a hillside amongst flattopped mountains of red sandstone, Twyfelfontein’s boulders and slabs of red sandstone hold some 2,500 prehistoric engravings that depict wildlife, animal spoor and abstract motifs. It is perhaps the largest and finest collection of petroglyphs in Africa. Stone tools and other artifacts found at Twyfelfontein suggest that hunter-gatherers occupied the site over a period of perhaps 7,000 years. These days a local guide accompanies visitors to showcase the rock art. Twyfelfontein is one of Namibia’s key National Monuments and has recently become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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A rounded hill located a few kilometres from Twyfelfontein, known as the Burnt Mountain, seems to catch fire again at sunrise and sunset. The fantastic range of colours at dawn and dusk is due to a chemical reaction that took place roughly 125 million years ago when molten lava penetrated organic shale and limestone deposits, resulting in contact metamorphism. In ordinary sunlight it is a dull black. Blackened rubble lies to one side like cinders from the original fire.

The Organ Pipes are another geological curiosity in the area consisting of a mass of perpendicular dolerite columns that intruded the surrounding rocks also about 125 million years ago and have since been exposed in a ravine due to river erosion.

You can also visit the pre-historic Petrified Forest where you will find huge trees that turned to stone some 250 million years ago. Broken into segments but aligned, they are clearly recognizable as fallen trees, some as long as 30 m and 6 m in diameter, complete with wood grain and growth rings. It is the biggest accumulation of petrified logs in southern Africa. Floodwaters uprooted the trees elsewhere and carried them to their present position towards the end of an ice age on the Gondwana super continent. The trees were species of early cone bearing plants which flourished between 200 and 300 million years ago.

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CONSERVATION

Onduli Ridge’s parent company, Ultimate Safaris has provided funds to help cover operational costs in the development of the Lion Guardian Programme, including the building of lion proof kraals (enclosures) in areas of potential humanwildlife conflict.

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CONSERVATION

Onduli Ridge work in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust to support a rhino ranger team ensuring critical rhino monitoring can continue throughout Namibia.

COMMUNITY

Further to their efforts in Namibia, Ultimate Safaris supports a primary school in Grootberg, South Africa. Some of their work includes upgrades to canteens, the provision of mattresses and blankets, the planting of citrus trees, the equipping of a fully fledged computer centre and the set-up of a volunteer teacher programme.

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DAYS 8 AND 9

Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th November

JOURNEY

Privately guided road transfer from Damaraland to Ongava Private Reserve

ACCOMMODATION

Lodge

6x Suites

2 nights

INCLUSIONS

Meals and activities: game drives in the national park with your private guide, shared game drives on the reserve with a lodge guide, guided nature walks, rhino approaching and hide-visits.

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Ongava

Ongava Lodge is situated on the 66,000-acre Ongava Private Game Reserve recognised as the nation’s premier big game private game reserve. Combined with easy access to the extraordinary Etosha National Park on its northern boundary, Ongava provides the quintessential Namibian safari

experience. For over 30 years, what was former cattle ranches has been converted into a prolific and protected wildlife destination, renowned for its conversation initiatives and ground-breaking research.

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The reserve is now home to several lion prides , as well as elephants, giraffe, and several species of antelope including the rare black-faced impala. Perhaps the most important species here, and an attraction for all visitors, are black and white rhino, after one of the most successful relocation and reintroduction projects in Africa. The rhino population is not only protected but growing and more understood, with major genetics studies revealing fascinating information about how these creates live, adapt and thrive.

The Etosha National Park itself covers 22,270km squared of countryside ranging from dense bush to large open plains where herds of animals roam free. The heart of the park is the Etosha Pan – a gigantic shallow depression in the ground – dry, flat and silvery white for most of the year. Traditionally it is known as the place of mirages, although the name Etosha is said to mean "great white place".

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A wide range of African game species are represented in the park, including several rare and endangered species such as black rhino. Lions may be seen in the park, cheetah and leopard also occur, although sightings are rare. Elephant are often to be met in the central regions during the dry season while springbok, giraffe and zebra are well represented everywhere and kudu - one of the most magnificent of all antelopes –are plentiful in the area around Namutoni. The birdlife too is fascinating with over 340 recorded species including several desert species such as ruppel’s parrot and pygmy falcon, and it is an excellent region for raptor spotting. Iconic flamingos also call the area home and can be found on the pans in vast flocks when water is present.

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There are four fabulous properties on the Ongava reserve, each offering something slightly different in style but with a high level of comfort, service and guiding. Built from local materials in traditional fashion, they blend tastefully into the surrounding landscape, allowing visitors to feel at one with nature.

Ongava Lodge consists of fourteen very comfortable rock and thatch chalets, each with airconditioning, en-suite bathrooms and balconies, which command fine views across the reserve from the top of the Ondundozonanandana Hills.

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Game viewing by open 4x4 vehicles by day and at night, and on foot, is done in the company of highly trained rangers, and rhino approaching can also be done on the private reserve. Between safaris you can return to Ongava to enjoy the views and dip in

the pool whilst meals are served in the main dining room area under thatch with a view over the lodge’s waterhole often teeming with wildlife. This makes it the perfect place to relax and enjoy wildlife without setting foot out of the lodge.

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CONSERVATION

Ongava is committed to ‘Nature First’, striving to restore biodiversity, provide a safe haven for rare and endangered species and protect the natural resources of Etosha.

Ongava Research Centre (ORC) is a vital part of this mission. Cutting edge research into the genetics of Ongava’s rhino population is just one example of how the work being done at Ongava is making a difference to conservation not only in Namibia but also throughout Africa.

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DAYS 10 AND 11

Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th November

JOURNEY

Privately guided game drive transfer to Onguma Private Reserve

ACCOMMODATION

Onguma The Fort 5x Bush Suites

2 nights

INCLUSIONS

Meals, soft drinks, local beers, wines and spirits, and shared activities: game drives and sundowners on the Onguma reserve

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Onguma is a private 34,000-hectare wildlife reserve in the eastern part of Etosha. More than 200km of internal fences have gradually been removed to create a natural environment for the wildlife. Guests have exclusive access to this reserve and can also

venture into the main National Park. Onguma has a variety of accommodation including two tented camps, a tree-top camp and The Fort, each providing a different style of accommodation and atmosphere.

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The Etosha National Park covers 22,270km² of countryside ranging from dense bush to large open plains where herds of animals roam free. The heart of the park is the Etosha Pan - a gigantic shallow depression in the ground - dry, flat and silvery white for most of the year. Traditionally it is known as the place of mirages, although the name Etosha is said to mean “great white place”.

A wide range of African game species are represented in the park, including several rare and endangered species such as black rhino which were relocated to the safety of the park in the 1970s and are now one of the few growing populations in Africa.

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Lions may be seen in the park, cheetah and leopard also occur but sightings are rare. Elephant are often to be met in the central regions during the dry season and visitors may watch them drinking at a waterhole. Springbok, giraffe and zebra are well represented everywhere and kudu - one of the most magnificent of all antelopes, are plentiful in the area around Namutoni.

The birdlife too is fascinating with several desert species such as ruppel’s parrot and pygmy falcon, and it is an excellent region for raptor spotting.

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The dry winter months of May to November see the largest gatherings of wildlife around diminishing waterholes though, during the summer months from January to March, sporadic rainfall renews the vegetation, encourages animals to drop their young and can sometimes fill parts of the Etosha saltpan with water, bringing numerous migrant birds including pelicans and flamingos.

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The Fort is one of the most unusual and stylishly comfortable lodges in Etosha. Inspired by the architecture of the nearby Namutoni Fort (built when Namibia was a German colony), The Fort accommodates guests in twelve very attractive suites, set about fifty yards apart, each with airconditioning, elegantly furnished bedroom, ensuite bathroom incorporating an outside shower, and outside an area of private wooden decking which leads to a larger decked relaxation area where there is also a pool.

The Fort has its own restaurant for exclusive use of residents and a lounge and library so there are plenty of places to relax between safaris. The game viewing is conducted in open four-wheel drive vehicles with highly experienced guides, both on the large private reserve and in the main Etosha National Park.

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DAY 12 Thursday 27th November

JOURNEY

Privately guided road transfer from Onguma Private Reserve to Okonjima Reserve

ACCOMMODATION

Okonjima Bush Camp 5x Luxury Chalets

1 night

INCLUSIONS

All meals and one afternoon shared leopard tracking activity with lodge guide and vehicle. Additional activities available at extra cost.

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Okonjima is the original home of the Hanssen Family, reconstructed as a Lodge in 1992. It is based around two and a half hours drive, or a forty-five minute light aircraft flight, north of Windhoek and is also the home of the Africat project. For generations, the Hanssen Family had been avid cattle farmers until the need for solutions to increasing livestock losses and

post-independence interest in Namibia as a tourist destination, changed the face of Okonjima, as well as that of Carnivore Conservation. With the family still at the helm, Okonjima now encompasses a dedicated team and a variety of accommodation facilities, offering guests a truly Namibian stay.

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Established in 1991, The Africat Foundation began as a sanctuary for cheetah and leopard rescued from irate, livestock farmers. Africat is a non-profit making organisation dedicated to the protection and long-term conservation of all large carnivores in Namibia and has since become renowned for much-needed Environmental Education, Carnivore Research and Animal Welfare.

Because The Africat Foundation is based at Okonjima it provides a mutually beneficial relationship which allows for interested visitors to experience, first hand, the works of the project, gaining valuable insight into carnivore conservation and, at the same time, creating the platform for donating much-needed funds.

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Leopard and cheetah are often seen as a threat or nuisance by Namibian farmers who often shoot, trap or poison them. Staff from Okonjima visit farmers throughout the country when they learn that a leopard or a cheetah is causing a “problem” and work with the farmer to rescue and relocate the animal, or if it has been injured, they take it to their headquarters and nurse it back to health. This veterinary and education project has led to literally hundreds of these beautiful cats being protected. At any time, several dozen are located on the Okonjima Reserve and you will have a unique opportunity to see them and learn of the work of the project.

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The luxury bush camp is situated on the edge of a wilderness area, 3km from the main lodge. Each of the nine chalets includes en-suite facilities and double/twin beds and enjoys complete privacy. Each one is constructed with a combination of earthy, ochre walls and khaki-green canvas under

a thatched roof. The canvas front may be rolled up for a spectacular view. There is a honeymoon suite for that little extra privacy and luxury. The camp also has a secluded swimming pool, an attractive dining lodge and bar providing very comfortable accommodation and facilities.

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DAY 13

Friday 28th November

JOURNEY

Privately guided road transfer to Windhoek International Airport

Continue with onward travel arrangements

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PRICING INFORMATION

The price of this itinerary (subject to availability) on the basis that you book directly with us, departing in November 2025 and travelling as a party of 10 adults is: US$16,286 per person (sharing)

Single Supplement - US$2,260 per person

Inclusions:

• Accommodation as detailed

• Meals and drinks as listed

• Warren Samuels Private Guide for 12 days

• Game viewing activities as listed

Exclusions:

• International flights

• Any items not detailed in the travel itinerary

Notes:

• Private vehicle and Namibian expert naturalist driver/guide for 12 days

• Pre-payable park/concession fees

• Tips

Inclusions are subject to change at the discretion of the property.

All the photos contained in this itinerary are illustrative of the lodges, transport and sights you will see on your holiday. Please note however that we cannot guarantee that you will see all the animals and birds shown as these are wild creatures and not under our control. Equally where specific food or drink, or furniture/furnishings are shown, these may not be identical to those you will experience. Please note inclusions are subject to change at the discretion of the property.

If flights have been included within your booking then unless provisionally held for you, these are subject to change and any increases in fares at the time of booking will be passed on. Similarly, if booking a trip inclusive of flights more than 11 months in advance we will try to give as accurate an indicative cost as possible, but exact flight costs will need to be obtained once flight fares become available and as such, any variance will be reflected in your final balance.

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VISAS & PASSPORT INFORMATION

VISAS

COUNTRIES TO BE VISITED NATIONALITY VISA REQUIRED VISA COST (PER PERSON)

Namibia

American No n/a

Whilst we endeavour to keep up with the latest information regarding visas and entry requirements for each country, we recommend that clients contact the relevant Embassy or High Commission to obtain further information and up to date fees.

PASSPORTS

COUNTRIES TO BE VISITED REQUIRED VALIDITY

Namibia

6 months

NUMBER OF BLANK PAGES PER ENTRY

3

The passports required validity period is from the date of your departure from that country (note: regulations on this vary so please double-check with us if you have less than specified duration on your passport).

Please ensure you have sufficient blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) available in your passport for the countries to be visited.

VACCINATIONS INFORMATION

VACCINATIONS

COUNTRIES TO BE VISITED

MALARIA PROPHYLACTICS ADVISED?

YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION ADVISED?

YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATE REQUIRED?

Namibia Yes No **Yes

** This country requires you to have a yellow fever vaccination (or exemption certificate) only if you have recently visited a place where yellow fever is endemic.

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