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Spectacular Stargazing

Namibia

Spectacular Stargazing

per person

Stargazing is most spectacular in remote places, often wild reserves, with big, clear skies and little or no light pollution. Sparsely populated Namibia, with its vast expanses of desert, qualifies. Offering one of the most astounding stargazing experiences on Earth.
Marvel at the constellations of the southern hemisphere; the sounds of a crackling fire and the glowing embers as they burn, listening to the stories of old African lore captivate you.
One of our personal favourites is about the way the Milky Way was created: the legend tells of a young girl who one night threw a fire’s glowing embers into the sky, where they glittered and glowed for the rest of eternity.

 

3 Nights Sossusvlei |2 Nights Huab River Valley |3 Nights Kunene River Valley

 

Accommodation

  • Little Kulala
  • Damaraland Camp
  • Serra Cafema

Included: 

  • Return transfers from/to the nearest local airstrip(s)
  • All meals, non-alcoholic beverages, and alcoholic beverages (with exception of premium brands and Champagne)
  • Two daily scheduled camp activities
  • Park fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Laundry services

Excluded:

  • All flights and transfers not specifically included
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional optional activities
  • Gratuities and all items of a personal nature
  • Spa Treatments
  • Anything else not mentioned above

Notes:

  • The operator may reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.
  • Single traveller supplement and child rates will be quoted on request.
  • Flight rates are subject to change.
  • Validity periods are as specified above; should a booking fall over two rate periods the rate will change, and we reserve the right to re-quote.
  • The rates quoted are subject to change without warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services, the rand / dollar exchange rate or any other circumstances beyond our control in any country which could influence these.
  • Rates are subject to currency fluctuations.
  • Tour Through Africa Trading Terms apply.
  • Destination
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    All Drinks
    Breakfast
    Emergency medical evacuation
    Entry Fees
    Fully Inclusive
    Laundry
    Park Fees
  • Not Included
    Departure Taxes
    Meet & Greet service
    Personal Guide
    Scheduled Fligths
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Day 1 – 3: Little Kulala

The Experience Climb the 300-metre red dunes at Sossusvlei and gaze upon oceans of sand. Hike through a canyon carved by water over the millennia. Float above the world’s oldest desert in a hot air balloon, and see it come alive on nature walks, drives, e-bikes, or low-impact quad bikes. Spot desert-adapted wildlife such as ostriches, springbok, gemsbok, brown hyaenas, black-backed jackals, bat-eared foxes, perhaps an aardwolf, or the endemic dune lark. At dusk hear the call of barking geckos; at night go with a guide on a scorpion safari. Stargaze in one of the darkest places on Earth, and sleep out under the stars, contemplating space.   The Place Little Kulala’s home is the 27 000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve, a pristine wilderness sited in Namibia’s Namib, nicknamed ‘The Living Desert’. A welcome oasis, the camp lies along the dry Auab riverbed. You can’t get much closer to the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei and the haunting panoramas of Dead Vlei, accessible through an exclusive-use gate.   The Camp Kulala entices with its adventures, its landscapes, its peace. Totally solar-powered, it has modern lines opening out to the desert. Its 11 climate-controlled suites – each with its own plunge pool – honour the local geology, reflecting the surrounding grey and pink limestone in colour and texture. Each suite’s rooftop invites private sundowners and suppers, and a roll-out bed on a shaded sala is perfect for an afternoon siesta or starry sleep-out.  
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Days 4-5: Damaraland Camp

The Experience Spot desert-adapted elephants and other wildlife on nature walks and drives, learning their survival skills in this arid place. Search for smaller desert dwellers; follow a guide on a scorpion night walk with UV spotlighting. Travel to Tywfelfontein to view astounding San rock art dating back 6000 years. Visit farmers from the local Torra Conservancy and hear how human-wildlife conflict has shifted to conservation. Cool off in the pool; enjoy a spectacular breakfast stop in the wilds; relish a fireside boma evening of cultural cuisine, song and dance, and incomparable stargazing. The Place Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley, one of Namibia’s most dramatic wilderness areas: stark plains and ancient mountains turning from rust to purple as the sun sets – a harsh land full of geological wonders and fascinating desert-adapted wildlife. The Camp Simply beautiful, relaxed, and open to the desert, Damaraland Camp has been a model for community-based conservation initiatives since 1996 – an award-winning partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the Torra Conservancy. Displaced in the early twentieth century from the local area and relocated back to their homeland from South Africa in 1973, today the Torra community farmers thrive, largely through our partnership. The camp is comprised of ten elevated, spacious, adobe-style thatched rooms (including a family unit), each with a large deck where you can contemplate the desert. Off the main area are a pool, open campfire, and outdoor boma – canopied with countless stars in crystal-clear night skies. *Available from Damaraland Camp, guests will be able to take part in the once-in-a-lifetime rhino tracking experience also offered from Desert Rhino Camp.  
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Days 6-8: Serra Cafema

The Experience Tune in, tune out in one of the most untouched places on Earth, along a rushing river amidst an ochre desert – one of the world’s oldest. Respectfully engage with a community of Himba, Namibia’s last semi-nomads still living traditionally, and local custodians. Hear their stories and share yours. When water levels permit, boat on the Kunene, with Angola’s craggy mountains in the distance and plenty of Nile crocs on the banks and in the water. Explore the dunes on foot and in game vehicles, perhaps spotting oryxes, springbok, Hartmann’s Mountain zebras, or tiny desert chameleons. Along specially allocated, low-impact pathways, quad bike across the untamed, lunar landscape. The Place Serra Cafema’s home is in Namibia’s Kaokoveld, more specifically in the 300 000-hectare Marienfluss Conservancy, owned primarily by the Himba, and a model of ecotourism. The Camp Set under verdant trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. Guests can truly disconnect, unwinding to the sound of rushing water, and beyond, to the desert’s silence. The eight chalets and the common areas are set on elevated decks and crafted in wood, canvas, and thatch, at one with the environment, paying homage to Himba culture.
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Day 9: Departure

  • Wave a fond farewell as your getaway comes to an end.
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