In Namibia’s far northwest Kunene region (also known as Kaokoland) black rhinos were almost extinct thirty years ago. Today, Kunene has the largest number of free-roaming black rhino in the world – the only rhino worldwide living on communally and traditionally-owned land without formal conservation status. Namibia created a culture of good human-wildlife interactions by involving communities, employing locals in anti-poaching patrols and generating income from rhino-related tourism.
DAY 1: Our Adventure Awaits!
After breakfast we will depart Windhoek and make our way north to our first lodge which is situated on a concession. The concession’s freshwater springs support healthy populations of arid-adapted wildlife. This concession is also rich in reptiles including Kaokoveld sand lizard and Anchieta’s agama. We will enjoy lunch en-route and arrive at our lodge just in time for a sundowner drink.
DAY 2: Concession Game Drives
After a delicious breakfast we will join the lodge for a game drive on the conservancy. We will rest up for the 6 nights walking safari that starts early tomorrow morning.
DAY 3-8: Rhino Tracking
After breakfast we will leave our lodge and make our way to the campsite where we will start our walk. Every day we will follow a different itinerary, which will include walking and game drives with lunch back at the campsite.
We will be walking in an area where other tourists don’t get to go and the only people operating here are the Save the Rhino Team scouts patrolling. The itinerary and the exact route will be flexible as we will be tracking the Desert adapted wildlife that roam in this area and the distance covered each day will depend on the fitness of the group. We will be walking and tracking every morning breaking for brunch or lunch and after a siesta period we will be driving in the open 4×4 safari vehicles in the afternoon looking for wildlife and enjoying the spectacular scenery. The Damaraland area of Namibia is arguably one of the most scenic places in Africa and one of the few places where there are areas where people have not been to or developed and wildlife still roam freely outside of National Parks.
We have a full back up team that will take care of our camping needs (setting and breaking of camp, cooking etc) so you just have to bring yourself and your personal belongings to Namibia. The group size will be limited to 6 to ensure an exclusive experience and a better chance of getting close to the wildlife. Some of the wildlife that we hope to see are the desert adapted Black Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Springbok, Kudu, Oryx and hopefully some of the predators that roam this spectacular area – Cheetah, the famous Desert Adapted Lions, Leopard, Jackal, Spotted and Brown Hyena.
DAY 9: Rhino Tracking and back to the lodge
After our last breakfast at the campsite we will embark on our last walk and make our way back to the lodge where we will spend our last night of this wonderful walking safari.
DAY 10: Departure
After breakfast we will make our way back to Windhoek or continue on to Etosha National Park or Sossusvlei Extensions.
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