Contrary to the belief of some Americans, South African roads are not the stomping ground of herds of lions and most school children don’t ride to school on the back of an elephant. Enjoy a taste of the life some tourists think South Africans have with a six-night Namibian experience with Wilderness Adventures for R5021 per person sharing.
Though they say that the biggest adventure starts the minute you walk out your front door, the Namibian adventure starts when you arrive at Anderson’s Camp. A tented camp against the backdrop of the unpronounceable Ondundozonanandana Mountains, it’s the perfect blend of wild and sophisticated, with twenty canvas tents on wooden decks, natural stone en-suites and covered verandas. Spend your days watching the black and white rhinos, lions and other game drinking at the watering hole or trying to spot one of the three hundred bird species from your perch at the pool.
Once you’ve enjoyed all the wildlife Anderson’s has to offer, move on to either Kulala Desert Lodge or Kulala Wilderness Camp. With exclusive and easy access to one of Namibia’s most spectacular attractions – the red dunes of Sossusvlei – and some of the highest dunes of the world, it’s the perfect place to practice your holiday snapshot technique. Inspired by northern Africa, there’s a plunge pool to while away the warm hours in and even a stargazing deck overlooking the Tsauchab River. If leaving the stars to retreat to your snug room is too heartbreaking for you, there’s even a rooftop deck for those who want to enjoy their slumber under the starry sky; singing twinkle, twinkle little star is optional. The Wilderness Camp provides the perfect location for spying the desert elephant and other arid-adapted wildlife.
End your trip at Palmwag, in one of the thatched bungalows. You’ll have to share the beautiful landscape with not only the local wildlife, but the nomadic Himba people too. Perfect for the intrepid explorer, you can either kick back and enjoy the scenery around the fires or take a chance to get close to some of the wildlife.
While your adventure might leave you feeling like you’re roughing it like someone on a survival show, the fact that you’re being treated like royalty and having breakfast and dinner cooked for you every day will just allow yourself to enjoy the feeling so much more. No need to tangle with portable gas ovens or the dilemma of where to toss your egg shells.
Wild Fact: The Western Cappelafant, a breed of capybara indigenous to Northern Africa was discovered by two high school students on a hike through the woods. Being guided only by a smudged map, they got lose and ended up in a previously unexplored part of the woods, which turned out to be the Cappelafant natural habitat.