Namibia self drive vacation, big cat conservation

“A tailor made itinerary for two weeks in Namibia, staying in four star but with off the scale stars for wildlife watching and adventure”

Highlights

Windhoek | Etosha National Park |Namib Desert | Sesreim Canyon | Himba village visit | Damaraland | Three days of game drives in Etosha National Park | Big cats reserve | Leopard tracking | Dolphin watching

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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Vacation type

Tailor made vacation

This trip can be tailormade to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in some of the best and most characterful local accommodation! Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Namibia self drive vacation, big cat conservation

Environment

The Africat Foundation is dedicated to the conservation, management and rehabilitation of leopard and cheetah. Over 13 and a half years, the foundation has rescued more than 870 cats, of which 87% have been released back into the wild. Admission fees, which form part of your stay, ensure that the valuable work undertaken by the charitable foundation is supported. We are a wholly online company and do not produce paper brochures.


Community

All visits to the rock art sites in Damaraland are lead by local guides and fees paid for these tours are reinvested directly back into the local community. There is little employment in this area and tourism brings in much needed revenue.

We use accommodation that is small and locally owned, ensuring that the costs are retained in the local economy. Our local ground handler is particularly supportive of local community projects and the company has formed a partnership with the Windhoek SOS Children’s Village which offers a home to around 118 orphaned children aged between 3 & 18. We encourage our clients to bring a few gifts such as clothes, shoes, toys, English books, crayons and colouring books. In addition, SOS supports the local community to help children who have lost one or both parents to be cared for in their own extended families wherever possible. The aim of the trust is to give tangible assistance to African people and their environment in their efforts to achieve economic viability without doing harm to natural habitats and wildlife, thus utilizing both on a sustainable basis for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

Reviews of Namibia self drive vacation, big cat conservation

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The views from all of the accommodations was amazing, also nothing can beat spotting a rhino when driving through Etosha!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Try to stretch out the vacation as much as you can, the driving is intense, and a couple of rest days can make a big difference!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, many local people are forging new careers in hospitality. Tourism is helping
Namibians appreciate that it's wildlife is worth more alive than dead!!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Amazing!! The space, the colours, the diverse landscapes, from desert to seaside to safari!

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The lodges and safari trips were excellent. We enjoyed the independence of driving ourselves but it was great to have experienced guides especially in
Sossusvlei and tracking desert elephants in Damaraland and and in Okonjima looking for leopards.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Drives are quite long so two drivers I think are essential. Take the guided safaris at the lodges but Etosha is very easy to do independently. Plenty of music for
the long drives. If you go to Okonjima make sure you have time for a morning and an afternoon game drive...they do separate drives to look for leopards and
cheetahs.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Lodges provided lots of local employment and support for the two game reserves we went to, Etosha and Okonjima. Every where we went that had good
water conservation measures....but they did use some unnecessary resources, replacing towels for example when not necessary.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent really good organisation, excellent briefings and advice. The lodges were super. Personally we didn't like Swakopmund and would have stayed just
one night there with an extra night at Okonjima.

Reviewed on 21 May 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Being in Hidden Vlei, all alone and surrounded by the peace and quiet and with the most amazing view. An able bodied person who goes to Soussevlei and doesn't make the walk is missing out on one of the world's most amazing places.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go with the flow and enjoy.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most places we stayed were run by local people, the best being the community lodge at Grootberg which was one of our favourite places.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellently organised with great places to stay and awesome sights.

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Grootberg Lodge and desert elephant tracking.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Stay two nights where you can at Grootberg Lodge - fantastic place.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant.

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