41Skeleton Coast Camp HIGHSkeleton Coast Camp accommodates only twelve people in its six large and roomy Meru-style tents. It is situated in a private reserve on an island in a dry riverbed - a beautiful, wild and desolate spot. Game drives are conducted in Landrovers with pop-top roofs, whilst nature walks and trips to see the local Himba people are also possible. Serra Cafema HIGHThis is perhaps the most remote camp in southern Africa, only reachable by light aircraft. Accommodation here consists of six comfortable Meru-style tents raised off the ground overlooking Kunene River. There is a dining room, bar and pool, and activities include walks, four-wheel drive safaris, boat trips on the river and visits to the nearby Himba village.Etosha & the Ongava Reserve Etosha National Park is considered by many to be one of the fi nest game sanctuaries in southern Africa. This enormous park is famous for its vast dazzling white salt pan. The nearby permanent waterholes attract a multitude of wildlife, particularly in the dry winter months, including black-faced impala, red hartebeest, Damara dik-dik, eland and greater kudu, together with large numbers of elephant, lion and black rhino. The birdlife of Etosha is also excellent, with over 300 species recorded. Ongava Private Game Reserve, bordering Etosha, has the big attraction of being able to offer rhino tracking on foot, an experience not permitted inside the park itself. Ongava Lodge HIGHThis is a Wilderness Safaris luxury lodge situated on a large private reserve close to Sossusvlei. It consists of nine bungalows, each with a private plunge pool. A great location. Little Ongava is the lodge's smaller 'sister' camp. It is perfect for groups of friends to book for an exclusive private camp experience.Onguma Bush Camp MID Onguma is a simple and comfortable base from which to explore Etosha. It has six rustic chalets and a large central swimming pool to cool off in after a hard day's game-viewing. Etosha Safari Lodge MIDThis 55-roomed lodge is situated on a rise with magnifi cent views over the tree-covered hills towards the park. The lodge is near the Anderson Gate.The Mushara Outpost HIGH OUR CHOICEThis is an exquisite property (accommodating only 16 guests) built in the style of an old colonial homestead. The tented rooms are all raised on wooden decks and all have superb views of the countryside around. The food here is superb, the guiding excellent, and the service second to none.Or visit us on the web www.wildlifeworldwide.comAFRICA | NAMIBIASUGGESTED ITINERARYDay 1 Depart UK for Windhoek Day 2 Conservation project, 13 nights. Undertaking essential maintenance on the reserve, large carnivore tracking and monitoring, meeting the cheetahs, behind the scenes feeding run, possible rescue and release of cheetahs and leopards, visiting endangered wild dogs at close quarters, and sleeping under the stars occasionally! (BLD) Day 15 Return to the UK (B) Day 16 Arrive UK.Whilst we are offering a two-week conservation programme, this can be extended (in two week blocks) to a maximum of eight weeks.Departure dates Fortnightly, on a FridayCost per person From £2075 (Jan - mid Mar), £1995 (mid Mar - mid Sep), £2115 (Mid Sep - Nov) What's included Flights, transfers, meals as indicated, thirteen nights' accommodation at the projectBIG CAT VOLUNTEERINGThis is a truly amazing volunteer opportunity to get close to large carnivores. Based at a big cat rehabilitation centre north of Windhoek your day will be split in two. Early in the day you will be working as part of a team to help restore an old cattle station back to a game reserve. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to help gather vital data by tracking and monitoring (using a telemetry system) leopards and cheetahs. You will also get behind the scenes of the daily feeding run of over 100 big cats in the welfare programme. Staying in simple, but comfortable, accommodation and working as part of a closely knit team of volunteers, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.TAILOR-MADE
Fish River Canyon The magnifi cent Fish River Canyon is one of nature's great dramatic spectacles - second only in size to the Grand Canyon yet receiving just a fraction of the visitors. This enormous gorge winds for 161 kilometres through the surrounding desert plains, at times reaching depths of over 550 metres. There is great birdwatching here, and short scenic hikes are possible from the smaller nature park.Canon Lodge MIDLocated in a private reserve adjoining the canyon, the lodge has 30 bungalows scattered amongst gigantic granite boulders, and the original historic farmstead houses a central restaurant.The Caprivi Strip Namibia's Caprivi Strip is a long 'fi nger' of land jutting out almost to Victoria Falls. Geographically, the Caprivi Strip is closer to the Falls than to Windhoek its capital, and as such perhaps combines better with a stay in nearby Botswana or Zambia than it does with other parts of Namibia. Here, the tributaries of the Zambezi form a complex system of waterways, islands and riverine forests all protected by a series of parks and wilderness areas. The trans-frontier park scheme allows freedom of wildlife movement across; it is as rich in wildlife as the more popular and better known areas of Chobe and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. See page 36 for how to include the Caprivi Strip in your holiday. Ntwala Island Lodge HIGHNtwala is a secluded and luxurious safari lodge accommodating a maximum of eight guests. Surrounded on all sides by waterways, Ntwala is located on an untouched Namibian cluster of islands within the Mambova rapids where the Zambezi and Chobe rivers converge. The emphasis here is on personal service with privately guided game viewing in your own personal boat.Susuwe Island Lodge HIGHSusuwe Island Lodge has six spacious thatched cottages with private plunge pools and viewing decks overlooking the Kwando River. The emphasis here is on privacy and comfort with game drives in Bwabwata National Park offering some great sightings of large elephant herds.Impalila Island Lodge HIGHAt the eastern end of the Caprivi Strip, Impalila has eight beautiful chalets each overlooking the Mambova rapids on the Zambezi River. There is a dining area, open lounge, bar and swimming pool. Activities here include birding and fi shing, game-viewing along the Chobe River and guided nature walks on the island.42SUGGESTED ITINERARYDay 1 Depart UK for Windhoek Day 2 Windhoek, 1-night, Elegant Guesthouse. Relax and unwind after your fl ight Day 3 Sossusvlei, 2-nights, Desert Homestead. Visit the dunes early morning for the best sunrise you will ever see (BD) Day 5 Swakopmund, 2-nights, Cornerstone Guesthouse. See the ancient Welwitschias and take a boat trip into the bay for Heaviside's dolphin (B) Day 7 Damaraland, 2-nights, Palmwag Lodge. Morning and afternoon game-viewing and walking trails (BD) Day 9 Omaruru, 1-night, Erongo Wilderness Lodge. Game-viewing and birdwatching (BD) Day 10 Depart for the UK (B) Day 11 Arrive homeDUNES, PELICANS & RHINOS SELF-DRIVEAs self-drive holidays go, you would be hard pushed to beat this one for value and quality. We feature all of the best places in the southern region of Namibia, for fantastic scenery and game-viewing.TAILOR-MADESUGGESTED ITINERARYDay 1 Depart UK for Windhoek Day 2 NamibRand, 2-nights, Wolwedans Dunes Lodge. Game-viewing, walks, optional balloon fl ight and the chance of a sleep-out (BLD) Day 4 Swakopmund, 2-nights, Cornerstone Guesthouse. Fur seal colonies, Walvis Bay Lagoon and world-class birding (B) Day 6 Damaraland, 2-nights, Damaraland Camp. The chance to see desert-adapted black rhino (BLD) Day 8 Western Etosha, 2-nights, Ongava Lodge. Some of the best game-viewing in Africa (BLD) Day 10 Depart for the UK (B) Day 11 Arrive homeDeparture dates Daily, throughout the yearCost per person From £5365 (Jan - mid Mar), £5275 (mid - end Mar), £5295 (Apr - mid Jun), £5855 (mid Jun - mid Sep), £5945 (Mid Sep - Nov) What's included Flights, transfers, meals as indicated, eight nights lodge accommodation, guided activitiesWINGS OVER NAMIBIAThis is one of the best fl ying safaris Namibia has to offer. The fi nest lodges, a complete 'north and south' country experience, superb game-viewing and, as ever, the very best guides everywhere you go. Add to that great food and exceptional photographic opportunities and this trip is unbeatable!TAILOR-MADETalk to an expert 0845 130 6982Departure dates Daily, throughout the yearCost per person From £2335 (Jan - mid Mar), £2245 (mid - end Mar), £2275 (Apr - mid Jun), £2325 (mid Jun - mid Sep), £2425 (Mid Sep - Nov) What's included Flights (fl ight inclusive package only), transfers, meals as indicated, eight nights lodge accommodation, guided activitiesPlease note, a four-wheel drive is necessary at certain times of the year.